Another year has passed, and we find ourselves here, with me bemoaning the fact that a) I haven’t ticked off many of my birthday goals, and b) I haven’t got around to blogging about most of the ones I did tick off.
My excuse this year is that I was on a roll just before my birthday with some posts about the ones I did tick off, and then disaster struck. I fell over whilst rollerskating and fractured my wrist on the day before my birthday, and typing is not the easiest thing in the world right now. But I’m perservering, in the hopes of getting this post written, and a new list up before too much time elapses!
Firstly, a roundup of the ones I completed but didn’t blog about…
I dyed my hair! Well, kinda. I wanted to try something like a pastel colour, or maybe go grey, but it didn’t happen. But I did a sort of dip dye on the ends of my hair with a Bleach London kit, and I really like the results! So I’m calling it a win.
I managed to photograph 50 Blue Plaques. It was always a bit problematic as to how I was going to write a whole blog post about all 50 without it being the dullest thing in the world, so I’ll just say here that I did it with a few days to spare, and I’m going to continue on my Blue Plaque quest!
I’m so annoyed that I didn’t get around to blogging about the Warner Bros. Studio Tour – it happened in May for goodness’ sake! I may still write a post about it (I probably won’t), but suffice to say, I went and had a fabulous time (again).
I also saved up for and bought my camera. I saved five pound notes for months, but ended up putting a hefty chunk towards it straight out of my pocket, because I wanted it before I went on holiday.
I made pin displays, inspired by something I’d seen on Instagram – I bought some cork place mats, spray painted them, and then cut them into cloud shapes. They aren’t hanging up like I wanted them to be, but it’s still a win.
Finally, another one that I’m really annoyed that I didn’t get to blog about; I visited Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset. Known to many as the Hovis Hill, from the old television advert, it’s where my Granddad was born, so I’ve wanted to go for years. It was just as special as I expected it to be.
Then there are the two (!) that I managed to blog about; I got new glasses, and I threw a Gilmore Girls party.
I tried to compile a top 50 songs list – I started it on New Year’s Eve, and never finished it. I failed miserably at reading more diversely, I think of all the books I’ve read this year, only two have been written by people of colour, and I can’t find any other diversity amongst them at all. That’s seriously shocking, and something I need to address.
I started listening to an album a week, but didn’t get very far with it. It’s a series I want to continue with, but I won’t be adding it to my next list. I managed a further six films on the Film4 Musicals list, but was still short of of 40 films, at 27.
So my final tally was a meagre nine out of 35. Not a great result, but the joy is as much in making the list and trying to tick them off as it is in actually achieving them!