19 for 2019: January update

So one month in: how’s it going? Well. It’s not exactly been the month I was expecting….but some progress has been made:

1.Have at least one holiday that involves a hot tub
This might need to be adjusted since hot tubs were a thing I did with Peter…and we just broke up. This is a plan afoot for a relaxing holiday in September though so I would count that here.

2.Go walking in a National Park
Part of the September plan!

3.Go to at least one cider festival
Not yet!

4.Visit at least 3 museums
Booked tickets for the Natural History Museum with my sister in February.

5.Drink cocktails at least 6 times (in a cocktail bar)
Ticked off one of these with Kath and EJ at Mother’s Ruin

6.Do a come and sing Mozart Requiem (or Mass in C minor)
Not yet

7.Get to show 400 of Girls Gone WoW
Currently at 351

8.Go to Blizzcon
Still planning…

9.Finally get caught up with Arrow/Flash/Supergirl/LoT etc
Started on The Flash season 3

10.Eat more healthily
Been using the slow cooker a bit and generally eating better

11.Regularly cycle to work (at least twice per week)
Utterly failing at this! The weather has been terrible and my new office is soooooo close to the tube…

12.Read 20 books
Finished two and halfway through a third.

13.Have Bibliogoth happen every month
January happened, February is tomorrow

14.Either get a pay rise or get a new job
We shall see. I need to up my game I think as I’m sensing my boss isn’t that thrilled with me at present.

15.Have a better mental health year
Well it’s not been a great start… But maybe I can move forward now.

16.Compete at prelim
Pony hasn’t been right so not actually ridden for weeks. Trying to get on top of his weight issues.

17.Compete in the online Horse Agility competition
We have mastered standing in a hoop, tried some S-bends and started with the curtain. Really hoping to get something into the first monthly competition – deadline is 14 Februrary

18.Jump a clear round
Need to get his fitness back up!

19.Go hacking at least once per month
We hacked at least twice in January!

Photo subject for January was winter…so here are some winter pics:

19 for 2019

Early January walk in Epping Forest; there should be more of this in 2019!

The ladies over at Happier by Gretchen Rubin (a podcast I recommend! Listen at https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/) have a thing where instead of new year resolutions they do a list of things they would like to do during the year. Since it 2019 this year they are doing 19 things! So here’s my personal 19 for 2019….

1.Have at least one holiday that involves a hot tub
2.Go walking in a National Park
3.Go to at least one cider festival
4.Visit at least 3 museums
5.Drink cocktails at least 6 times (in a cocktail bar)
6.Do a come and sing Mozart Requiem (or Mass in C minor)
7.Get to show 400 of Girls Gone WoW
8.Go to Blizzcon
9.Finally get caught up with Arrow/Flash/Supergirl/LoT etc
10.Eat more healthily
11.Regularly cycle to work (at least twice per week)
12.Read 20 books
13.Have Bibliogoth happen every month
14.Either get a pay rise or get a new job
15.Have a better mental health year
16.Compete at prelim
17.Compete in the online Horse Agility competition
18.Jump a clear round
19.Go hacking at least once per month

If I get these done it should be a good year! I’m also doing #365days photo project, again, but this year I’m using Instagram instead of Flickr as it will post direct to Facebook and I won’t have to upload and faff about each week. I feel like the one I did last year didn’t have many ‘good’ pictures in it because the year was exhausting and stressful so to give me some focus I’m picking a theme each month. I aim for at least five photos each month to be on the ‘proper’ camera and related to the theme – so not everything by any means and there’ll probably still be lots of photos of the cat, but a better chance at getting some actual practice at taking nice pictures!

My slightly random list of themes is as follows:
January – Winter
February – Buildings
March – Movement
April – Spring
May – Tress and flowers
June – Horses
July – Summer
August – People
September – Landscapes
October – Autumn
November – Stillness
December – Advent

Venice

I’ve just got back from a wonderful week in Venice with Peter, my first proper holiday in some time. It was really good to get away from work and all the Dino stress and just chill out in the warm. The photos from the trip are here: (click through to Flickr)

Venice 2017

We didn’t do the big ticket items: we didn’t go into the Basilica or the Doge’s Palace for example as the queues were too long. Instead we did smaller churches and generally wandered around some of the less populated areas. We started the week with a walking tour which was really good and took us round a less tourist filled area and then just wandered really. It was great.