Day Zero Project: update 19

"Home is where the heart is. And my heart is anywhere you are. Anywhere you are is home." ~ Elvis Presley

The Day Zero Project.

101 tasks in 1001 days.

Update 19

Starts: June 19, 2013

Ends: March 16, 2016

Tasks achieved so far: 72/101


01. Graduate College []
02. Get a job (or a traineeship)
03. Learn to change a tire
04. Learn the alphabet in sign language Spanish []
05. Get a frickin driver's licence


06. Buy a plant and try to keep it alive until the Day Zero Project is over
07. Get my own apartment
08. Plant a windowsill herb garden []
09. Redecorate and/or renovate my room []
10. Start a compost bin
11. Get a (white metal) bed []
12. Paint one wall or door an outrageous colour []
13. Plant tomatoes and or other fruit and vegetables []
[Yay, look at that! I think overall we harvested about 20 little tomatoes already :)] 

Health & Happiness

14. Donate blood (or hair) for a good cause (I'm anaemic)
15. Learn the basic Yoga positions []
16. Quit coffee and sell my coffee machine [♥] 
17. Make raw vegan ice cream [♥]
18. Quit facebook/the internet/my laptop for a week [♥]
19. Make a list of 101 quotes that inspire me []
20. Make a list of 25 things I like about myself []
21. Go barefoot for a whole day []
22. Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years []
23. Write all my bad memories on paper, burn this paper afterwards []
24. Think of the top 5 people who have positively influenced me and write each of them a letter []

[So. The last two letters.
- One goes to my boyfriend J. who brings out the best (and sometimes the worst) in me and treats me with so much acceptance, love and mutual craziness that sometimes i can't actually believe how lucky i am to have him in my life. 
- And the last letter is to my mum who is the greatest, wisest, most loving and helpful person i know; not only has she been there for me my whole life, but she has always supported me and my aspirations (no matter which struggling phases i went through), she has never forced me to do anything i didn't want to do and has always allowed me to burgeon at my own pace, in my own way.]

25. Make a list of 101 things that make me happy [♥]

Family & Friends []

26. Make a marzipan birthday cake for someone dear to me []
27. Surprise my mum with flowers []
28. Send Christmas cards to friends and family []
29. Cook a nice dinner for my parents []
30. Have a family picnic in the woods []
31. Visit my childhood home []
32. Contact my estranged granddad before he dies []


33. Start a blog []
34. Decorate a mug or bowl with a sharpie []

35. Draw a self-portrait
36. Buy a disposable camera and take 1 picture every day for a month []
37. Start a sketchbook and fill it with drawings and quotes and own scribblings []
38. Write my first screenplay
39. Illustrate a story I've written []
40. Write and illustrate a graphic novel
41. Read 1 book every week (a.k.a 52 books in a year) [117/143]

[read: Under Wildwood by Colin Meloy, The Taste of Apple Seeds by Katharina Hagena, The Animal Farm by George Orwell, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, 1984 by George Orwell, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.]

42. Participate in NaNoWriMo []
43. Make British scones and clotted cream []

[For Boxing Day in South Africa i made some vegan spelt scones with coconut "clotted cream", jam, tea and fresh raspberries. Doesn't that look amazing? In any case, it tasted amazing!]

The recipe i used was Lexie's Kitchen's GF Vegan Scones, which i slightly adapted. 


3/4 cup unsweetened soy milk
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup almond flour (I made my own)
2 cups spelt flour
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
1/3 cup cane sugar
2 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt

Mix the wet ingredients on a low speed in your stand mixer until just combined. Slowly add the dry ingredient mixture until just combined. Remove from the stand mixer and roll dough out onto a floured surface. With moistened hands, gently form little balls and throw them down onto a parchment-lined baking sheet with a thwack! These should make 1-2 inch thick disks. Gently flatten a bit more to create a 1-inch thick disk. Bake at about 200 C / 400 F for about 15 minutes. Cool slightly on a cooling rack before serving with jam and vegan cream.

For the coconut cream:
Chill a can of coconut milk or cream in the fridge overnight, pour into a chilled metal bowl, add a bit of vanilla extract or sugar and whip until it forms a nice creamy stiff "clotted cream".

44. Design an outfit []

[Several outfits, actually! There are even more than these, but i picked the ten that turned out the best, in my opinion. Do you recognize Nr 10? It's actually the design sketch of my Autumn Colours outfit that i wore in October! It's so much fun to come up with outfit designs... too bad i never really wear anything fashionable, bahaha!]

45. Make cookie monster cupcakes []
46. Write a song (and sing it to somebody)
47. Write a poem []

[This is the first poem i've written in a long, long time. It is written to my boyfriend, who i've spent many days, nights and hours with, who i've travelled, laughed and cried with. Sometimes everything is light and easy, we dance, we jump, we travel lightly, hand in hand. And sometimes we quarrel, we are hurt, we fall quiet. And at the end of the day, when even words can't express our emotions, i know that our hands will be there for each other, holding each other.]

48. Make a handmade greeting card [] 
49. Cook 5 meals from 5 different cultures [] 
50. DIY an outfit (t-shirt print?) or sew my own piece of clothing (dress/top/jacket) []
51. Make a comic strip
52. Draw a nice little background sketch for my blog wallpaper [
53. DIY an Advent calender and give it to someone as a present [

[This advent calendar was crafted for my flatmates to share instead of a single present for each of them. I love advent calendars that are not those store-bought boxes filled with cheap chocolate or junk. Up until my 18th birthday my mom used to make me an advent calendar made of hand sown fabric bags filled with little gifts and sweets, tied to a ribbon which she pin down to the wall (she actually just bequeathed them to me this Christmas). But since i didn't have the material nor the sowing skills of my mom back in November, i had to come up with a low-budget "student-appropriate" version for my flatmates, and this is the result!]
54. Construct a detailed zombie apocalypse plan
55. Make my own earrings []
56. Make my own handbag (or notebook bag)  
57. Write/Finish a novel


58. Go to a festival
59. Have a bonfire at the beach []

[This pretty scenery is Grotto Bay, a little beach in a private nature reserve near Cape Town, where i spent most of the last 3 weeks. Since it is quite dangerous to light a fire in South Africa without causing a fire, we chose to make only a small bonfire at the beach in a hollow of cold, moist sand. Luckily it's summer in South Africa at the moment, so it wasn't cold at all. We brought some mats to sit on, blankets, jackets and some cider. It was a wonderful night, surrounded by the sound of the waves, which almost drowned out the crackling of the flames, and a very round, almost full moon. Super cosy and romantic ;)]
60. Go strawberry picking [♥]
61. Read the Lord of the Rings (1087 pages) []
62. Read all of the Akira graphic novels (2146 pages) [
63. Go swimming in the sea at night / go skinny dipping []

[Argh, this took so much courage! I actually had to wait until all passers-by were more or less out of sight (there were several para-gliders up in the sky above us that were probably enjoying their sight, lol), and then i had to run down the beach naked until the water of the sea was high enough to at least cover my below parts.

So yeah. This is me, bar naked in the Indian Ocean at Buffelo Bay near Knysna, South Africa. It felt a little strange at first, but then i actually got used to it and quite liked the feeling :) freedom! nature! maybe i am more of a hippie girl than i thought, haha! and a bit naughty perhaps.]
64. Build a proper sandcastle [
65. Build a decent snow(wo)man [
66. Sleep under the stars [

[Yet another task that was fulfilled in South Africa! It was actually the perfect night we finally decided to dare and sleep outside under the stars because it was full moon (our last night in South Africa actually, on the 25th of December) and it was actually very bright out in the night. That comforted me because there ARE quite a few uncomfortable animals creeping around in South Africa, such as snakes (especially on pavement and stone after a hot day), spiders and scorpions.

We slept very peacefully though on our thick mattress with a blanket underneath, with pillows and a sleeping bag. And the next morning we woke up with the sun (okay, i still slept even after the sun had risen, haha), which was around 5 o'clock. And even though it was full moon that day we saw several shooting stars! I love the South African sky at night. So bright and beautiful.]

67. Make a chalk mural in the driveway [
68. Dance in the rain [
69. Get a tattoo
70. Do a vintage tea party
71. Bake and build a gingerbread house []
72. Watch the sunrise and sunset in the same day
73. Leave an inspirational note inside a book for whoever will find it []
74. Host a mystery dinner party
75. Plant a tree on Earth Day
76. Tie a note (or a secret) to a balloon and let it go [
77. Spend 24 hours in a 24-hour café
78. Carve a pumpkin (and make pumpkin soup pumpkin spice latte!) []
79. Make berry jam [♥]

80. Learn how to juggle (with three balls) Go paragliding! []

[Weee, look at me smiling. This was just before we took off into the sky from Lion's Head and went paragliding over the coast of Cape Town! Such a gorgeous view from up there! And it wasn't even as scary as you would think because there is no drop (like when you go skydiving for example), you just run a few steps down the hill and then gently slide into the air, and it's all very smooth and just a little bit scary when you look down at the far away ground or when a gust of wind suddenly takes the kite up a few meters.]

[After a few peaceful minutes (and loads of photos with the go pro cam, which were quite annoying because it felt more like a photo shooting and i couldn't enjoy the view as much as i'd liked) things became rather thrilling when i got to steer the kite, and we even spiralled down in a roller-coaster fashion for a heart-racing minute! 

If you happen to be in Cape Town one day and you're willing to wait for up to 2 hours (until the weather conditions are right etc.), definitely do paragliding! It's so much fun! The company we flew with was Parapax, but there are at least 2 other companies that start from the same spot, either Lion's Head or Signal Hill (but Lion's Head is nicer!).]

81. Open a cookbook to a random page and make whatever is on it []
82. Wear a free-hugs sign or shirt for a day
83. Organize a clothing swap party
84. Bake a big-ass rainbow cake []
85. Make fortune cookies []
86. Take a photo of the same place every month for a year and turn that into a calendar [10/12]

November 2015

December 2015

87. Make macarons []
88. Send a book or story to a publisher []
89. Learn to write my name in Japanese
90. Dress up as Alice in Wonderland []

91. Finally watch Schindler's List []
92. Learn three new hairstyles (braids, updo...) []
93. Geez, watch Pulp Fiction already! []
94. Wear blood red lipstick (and feel like a lady) []


95. Get a tripod
96. Get a vacuum cleaner (Dyson)
97. Get a slim wallet []
98. Visit Japan Africa []

To be perfectly honest with you, i never felt the urge to go to Africa one day. I feel more connected with Asian culture, especially Buddhist countries and ancient legends, and the things i associated with African countries were things like war, poverty, oppression, apartheid, and a land of many scars. However, since my boyfriend's mum moved to South Africa earlier this year, we decided to visit her and her husband over Christmas and travel Western Cape Province with two of our friends. South Africa is a very "white" country. You can tell it was colonized by the Brits during colonialism, but the relaxed, timeless, open attitude of the black citizens is very present nevertheless, if i may say so.

If you are interested in my impressions of my 2 1/2 weeks vacation there, feel free to check out my City Capture: Cape Town & South Africa (as soon as i've put together the pictures for you, that is).

99. Re-visit Thailand
100. Put 1 buck into a piggy bank every week until the end of Day Zero Project. With that money do something decadent. [121/143]
101. Get rid of 101 things! []


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