As you may know, if you’ve spent any amount of time following my witterings on this blog, you’ll know that I’m notoriously bad at actually getting things ticked off my birthday lists. It becomes increasingly tough to think of things to include on the list, and then before I know it, the year has gone by, and I haven’t ticked any off!
This year, I managed ten, which is obviously just less than a third. There are some that I got partway through, without managing to complete in full, which is just down to sheer laziness! There are some that were never going to happen, and so I probably should have thought twice about including them!
I managed Visit Cambridge or Bristol in May, when I went to Bristol for a work event. I fell in love with the tiny bit of the city that I saw outside the marquee I was in, so I’m definitely planning a return trip. Make a book jar was one of the first things I managed, and I was so pleased with how it turned out! I didn’t manage to read any of the books in it, shamefully, but I’m going to have a think about what I want to use it for next; another list of books, I expect, rather than my to-read pile.
I’m so glad that I put Read a Graphic Novel on my list, because I really wanted to discover this previously untapped (on my part, obviously) side of literature. I read Are You My Mother, by Alison Bechdel, which I enjoyed, but found quite hard going. Since then, I’ve read The New York Four by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly, which I loved, and I’ve just ordered Alias Volume 1 to read, which is probably more of a comic book than a graphic novel, but I don’t actually know which label is right. Apply for a Game Show was another one I completed way back, when I applied for Two Tribes. I wasn’t successful in my application, sadly!
Visit Highgate Cemetery was a rollover from the year before, and I put it back on knowing that my sister and I would actually do it, and we did, in January. It’s definitely worth a visit! I only recently ticked off Have a Photo with Mark Kermode, and I’ve definitely gushed about it enough by now!
When I put Recreate Some Old Photos on the list, I actually anticipated doing more than just two, but I figure it counts as a win! I want to do some more, so when I go home at Christmas I’ll be taking a look through the albums for some inspiration! Get a Scaffold Piercing is another recent success; so recent that it’s still healing!
Get a Tattoo has been on every birthday list since 29 Before 29 – that’s a long time! I can’t actually believe that I did it; I had a moment the other day where I thought, “Oh yeah, I have a tattoo!” It’s only tiny, but it’s just for me, so it’s perfect. I still love it! And finally, Visit a Town Called Ugley was a summer trip to the tiniest, most non-town town in the world, Ugley in Essex. It was fun, but mainly because I got to see some of my best friends, and Ward Thomas retweeted the photo. Definitely worth it!
So there you have it. Not a very successful year, but I do so enjoy making the list in the first place, and I’ve given up all hope that I’ll ever tick off everything! I’ve finally finished making my 34 Before 34 list, so that will be revealed very soon.