44 things to do while I am 44
Write a small stone every day in January- Done - well, every weekday :) Take the Blogging from the Heart e-course- Done Take the Photo Meditations e-coursethanks to a special offer, I have the ebook and will be working through it.
- Learn to crochet. I tried and failed years ago, then again last year. Third time lucky? - still working on it. A friend has volunteered to teach me a different way this year, so looking forward to that.
- Become healthier. I won't bore you or myself with the details here, but I have a plan involving poundage to lose, exercise to
enjoyforce myself into, sleep to get proper amounts of and fresh air to breathe occasionally... about all I managed was eating a low GI diet, on and off, which helps a bit with the CFS. I lost a few pounds too, but only a few.
- Write more letters - Done, but Could Do Better.
- Work on the To Be read pile, actually more of a small bookcase than a pile - read a few, and used the library almost exclusively this year, so not many books added to the TBR bookcase
- Fill my moleskin sketchbook with drawings - nope, not even started. I took part in an online drawing course, which got me briefly enthusiastic, and then it got a bit more difficult and my enthusiasm fizzled out.
- Write. I find so many excuses not to. As a start I am working my way through 'Old Friend from Far Away', by Natalie Goldberg, one of my birthday presents - just writing here as usual, and on my joint blog with Jennifer, Notes Across the Sea
- Learn more about my fabulous new camera - nope. I love it, but then I hate learning how to use new gadgets. When I got my first smartphone the Prof had to work out to use it and ten explain it to me....
- Choose and print our wedding photos, put in albums/frame - some albums done!
- Organise all my old photos into albums - nope. Given up and packed them back away in the loft.
- Organise all my digital photographs, print some and put in albums - nope. Backed them up though, which I'd not done before. It's a start!
- Learn how to back up the computer and do it regularly (I know) - Does getting the Prof to do it count?
- Paint the garden bench again - as it has more or less rained for 365 days and 365 nights in the last year, no.
- Paint the doorsteps - see above.
- Make a birthday cake, in fact, bake in general. I don't know why I never have, really, as I enjoy cooking. This may be incompatible with aspects of number 5, we will see how it goes! - no. Still don't even possess a cake tin. I got a rolling pin for Christmas, but then we have just started a
diethealthy eating plan, so I don't see baking in my immediate future. I might make a birthday cake later in the year, though, if I get those cake tins.
- Renew my passport - on hold until I manage to remember where I have put my birth certificate.
- Go out with the Prof for proper London pie, mash and liquor - yes!
Grow sweet peas from seedmy mini greenhouse broke, due to a combination or being flung around the garden by weather of biblical proportions, and next door's huge cat jumping on it. Bought some plants instead. Grow vegetablessee above
- Keep a list of all the books I read this year - Yes!
- Make some presents - a few knitted things, yes.
- Keep a record of what meals we have and new recipes we try, for inspiration when it’s lacking - started a list a couple of times and lost them. I still think it would be a great idea to do this, maybe I will get to it eventually.
- Declutter every room in the house - hah
- Declutter the loft and the shed - made a good start on the loft
- Sell some unwanted things on ebay - no...
- Have a boot sale - and again, no...
- Put the proceeds aside for a few days away - well, we had a few days away a few times, so can I have half a point even though I didn't raise the money myself?
- Learn how to put eyeliner on - I can put it on, but then I can't really leave the house for fear of frightening small children.
- Go to London more - hospital appointments don't count, right?
- Visit Kew Gardens - see number 15
- Go on a London Walk - ditto
- Go on a picnic - ditto
- Go out for a drive through Kent to see the bluebells yes
- Visit this restaurant again - it's quite a way from where we live, so not yet.
- Establish a routine for dealing with house stuff and prevent me from getting overwhelmed - of course not.
- Create a comfort drawer - no
Visit the Isle of WightWe visited Hay-on-Wye instead. IOW another time.
- Streamline wardrobe, work out what I need to fill gaps and get those items - made a start
- Buy some dresses and skirts - I hate shopping. I did get a few things, mostly online.
- Grow my hair colour out (hello grey!) Not quite sure I have the courage, we will see - Decided I am definitely not ready for this yet.
- Find and buy some non-stretch jeans if any still exist in the world in my size - found some jeans that I like, finally. I think they have a little stretch, but they are ok.
- Personalise our 3 new red felt Christmas stockings BEFORE next year’s Christmas frenzy - no, and I stuffed the Prof's one so full this Christmas it got holes in, so I need to buy at least one new one.
I don't think I will ever complete all the items on whatever list I write. There are things that appear on both my lists that I still haven't done (43 things list from 2011 here), and other things that I change my mind about within weeks of writing them. Sometimes I have a great idea for a project in the morning and have gone off the idea by the afternoon! It's been fun having a list of things to inspire me though, and I enjoy checking in through the year to see how I am doing. I'm still thinking about what I'd like to do this year.