33 Before 33

33 Before 33 ~ The Results

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!

Biristol Book Jar

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.

Alison Bechdel

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!

Highgate Cemetery Movie Doctors

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!

Recreate Old Photos Scaffold Piercing

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!

Tattoo A Town Called Ugley

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.

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  • Reply Janet

    I love the recreated childhood photo! Hmm, might need to get the albums out at Christmas and twist my brothers’ arms into doing something similar.

    December 6, 2015 at 8:12 pm
  • Reply Kerri

    This reminds me, my 26 before 26 has ended and I think I need to look back and see how well I did 🙂 It kind of fizzled out in the last month or two. Oops. I’m not sure I want to make another though.

    December 10, 2015 at 12:52 pm
    • Reply Jane

      I am addicted to these lists – I can’t imagine not doing them any more!

      January 8, 2016 at 10:17 pm

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