Thursday, March 10, 2011

Switching it up

I've made the decision to keep my fantasy baseball blog separate from this challenge blog, so I won't mix any of the posts.  If you'd like to check out the other site the link is

Thanks to everyone who's followed our progress!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Blood like my chardonnay: chilled

I was reading "Early August" by Robert B Parker.  The main character, Spenser, is reading a book throughout the novel.  The book is "A Distant Mirror" by Barbara Tuchman.  "A Distant Mirror" was used as the basis for all of the background in The Seventh Seal.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Recap and New Challenge

Final count

Nils: 100, Nicole 83 in 363 days.

And in other news I've signed up for the 2011 MDI Marathon.  It's scheduled to be held at 8AM on October 16th, 2011 so I have tons of time to train but I'm going for a finish under four and a half hours.  I've never raced anything longer than 5 miles and never run longer than 16 at once (back in college) so this will be a good test.  Instead of a h2h counter I'll be posting a training mileage counter which will start at 0 and then just add up until race day.  Any guesses for the total mileage?  I'm thinking it'll be close to 1500 over the course of the next 11 months as I'd like to start slowly (at around 15-20 miles/week) and then build up to more like 70-80 before I start to taper.  This is all premature of course; I could probably start training in July of next year and be fine to finish it.  I'm going to work on some other challenges in the meantime as well and I'll just pepper in training updates as I go.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Greece was awesome

But now I need suggestions for a new challenge.  Something epic but not completely retarded would be nice.  I'm thinking either a marathon or trying to memorize pi to 100 decimal places or something.

Monday, October 18, 2010


This may be proof that Portland, Maine is indeed a finer city that Cleveland, Ohio...I mean it was almost too easy to get ahead in Cleveland...

Proud loser

uuuhhhh so I threw in the towel, the summer became hectic and the viewings became less of a priority. I hold confident that I would have finished viewing groundhog's day 100 times had I kept the momentum from the start, but after the move, the new job, my cousin's wedding, and planning for the future, seeing Bill Murray shove angelfood cake in his mouth once more made me nauseous.
I'm proud and impressed with Nils for his accomplishments, all of them. He stuck to his guns and truly seemed to love the competition it's sad to see him bid farewell to a friend.

His prize? Crete. Nils and I depart on Wednesday for the island of Crete for 10 days...10 days of sun, warmth, and ocean breezes...something opposite both of the movies we've been strapped to for 100 days. I won't lie, I'm mildly disappointed I couldn't complete the challenge, and I'm sure Nils is mildly disappointed as well.

But there will be other challenges, competitions in the future...this I guarantee. I will also guarantee victory too (by myself that is).

100 - "So you know nothing?"

"I am unknowing."

I lack the faculty to fully express my emotions right now.  I have experienced something magical, birthed something metaphysical and have persevered to an incredible triumph.  I have taken something common and forged it into something never before done on this world.  I have been part of something truly great in the old sense of the world, and I will never forget this moment.  161 hours and 40 minutes, the equivalent of over six straight days of viewing, and now I have finished.  Bengt, Max, Gunnar, Bibi, Nils, Ake, Anders, Maude, Inga, Erik, and most of all Ingmar, I thank you.  I will forever more think of you as family, and I will visit you always.

99 down - "And will you now reveal your secrets to me?"

I have no secrets.


-just died for the 99th time.  He's getting REALLY good at it.


On to 99, and the promise of oblivion...