It’s that time of year again! I know that I always end up writing a lot about 31 Before 31 in the week of my birthday, and that’s because I have to round everything up and get ready to launch my new list!
This list has been my best yet, in terms of items ticked off. I achieved four from my first list, and five from my second. Then last year, on my 31 Before 31 list, I crossed off eight. And this year, the grand total is twelve! I know that in the grand scheme of things, twelve out of thirty one is not that great, but I’m really pleased that it’s such an improvement on last year!
The first two items I crossed off were number 7 – Visit a new British city, and number 17 – Write a letter to my MP. I managed to visit a new British city really soon after I had started my list, because I went to the Lincoln Christmas fair with my friends Katy and Hannah. Lincoln is a beautiful city and I will definitely be going back! Writing to my MP had been on lists for a few years, and I finally got around to it when I wrote to him about gay marriage. I got a reply, and a comment on the post itself!
Next up were Number 19 – Use a telescope and Number 23 – Complete a cross stitch. I went with Hannah to an astronomy meeting where she was hoping to get some help with her fairly new telescope, and we had a lot of fun looking at the moon. I made a Gandalf cross stitch for my friend Jenny’s birthday.
In July I blogged about Number 20 – Have an international penfriend, and in August I crossed off Number 8 – Visit the British Library. Bev and I haven’t been particularly good at writing letters; at the moment I think we’re on a couple each, but she did send me a lovely birthday card this week (thanks Bev!). My trip to the British Library was part of a fun and tiring day in London playing tourist.
Part of that day in London included Number 9 – Go to the top of the London Monument. It’s a long way up and it started raining when I got there, but I’m so glad I did it! Later in August I crossed off Number 15 – Go to the cinema alone when I went to see The Wolverine.
I also crossed off Number 24 – Give blood in August when I went and, well, gave blood. No major story here! Then there was a big gap before I crossed off the next item on the day before my birthday; Number 1 – Read 26 books; one for each letter of the alphabet.
The last two that I crossed off were completed on my birthday; Number 4 – Bake ten different biscuits and Number 2 – Watch twelve new Hitchcock films.
So there you have it. 12/31 is not all that good, but it’s not all that bad either. It’s more than a third! I’ll be launching my 32 Before 32 list in the next couple of days, and while I’d like to make grand claims about wanting to achieve them all, I’m fully aware I won’t! So I’ll just hope for more than twelve!