19 for 2019: April update

Bit more on time this month!

1.Have at least one holiday that involves a hot tub
It now looks like September holiday plan might actually accidentally involve a hot tub. And I’ve organised a week away in April.
April: I had a nice time in Wales! The photos are here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmAMPgVx No hot tub this time though

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
Saw Wildlife Photographer of the Year at Natural History Museum with my sister

5.Drink cocktails at least 6 times (in a cocktail bar)
Jan: Ticked off one of these with Kath and EJ at Mother’s Ruin
Feb: Ticked second one off at Every Cloud with the whole crew
Apr: Booked some in June with my sis

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

7.Get to show 400 of Girls Gone WoW
Jan: Currently at 351
Feb: 358 up this evening
Mar: 359 up this evening
Apr: 363 been and gone

8.Go to Blizzcon
WE ARE GOING. We have tickets, hotel and are booking the flights this weekend!

9.Finally get caught up with Arrow/Flash/Supergirl/LoT etc
Jan: Started on The Flash season 3
Feb: Making progress….
Mar: About halfway through season 3 Flash now
Apr: 3/4 of the way through season 3….

10.Eat more healthily
Jan: Been using the slow cooker a bit and generally eating better
Feb: Was doing ok but fallen off a bit recently
Mar: Not feeling great about this at the moment
Apr: Feeling a bit better about this

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
Jan: Finished two and halfway through a third.
Feb: Up to 5 by end of Feb
Mar: Up to 8 by end of Mar
Apr: 11 done!

13.Have Bibliogoth happen every month
January happened, February happened, March happened, April happened, May happened

14.Either get a pay rise or get a new job
Jan: 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.
Apr: I applied for something but it’s a secret.

15.Have a better mental health year
Well it’s not been a great start… But maybe I can move forward now.
Mar: Still not great to be honest.
Apr: Better. Time away was good and making some moves to fix some stuff is also helping.

16.Compete at prelim
Jan: Pony hasn’t been right so not actually ridden for weeks. Trying to get on top of his weight issues.
Feb: Got on top of the weight problem and he’s back in work!
Mar: Pony is doing really well at the moment. Thinking about putting in a dressage anywhere video
Apr: Pony still doing really well but I’m not organised enough to get video!

17.Compete in the online Horse Agility competition
Jan: 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 February
Feb: Missed February and March but aiming for April
Mar: Still aiming for April – done some practice!
Apr: We’ve been practising….but again with the video fail

18.Jump a clear round
Need to get his fitness back up!
Mar: We have popped a few tiny jumps this week for the first time since July!
Apr: Keeping up popping a fence each week

19.Go hacking at least once per month
We hacked at least twice in January!
Feb: Missed this as the equine flu outbreak messed meant we were restricted to yard.
Mar: Missed this as well.
Apr: Missed this BUT did go out early May

19 for 2019: March update

Bit more on time this month!

1.Have at least one holiday that involves a hot tub
It now looks like September holiday plan might actually accidentally involve a hot tub. And I’ve organised a week away in April.

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
Saw Wildlife Photographer of the Year at Natural History Museum with my sister

5.Drink cocktails at least 6 times (in a cocktail bar)
Jan: Ticked off one of these with Kath and EJ at Mother’s Ruin
Feb: Ticked second one off at Every Cloud with the whole crew

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

7.Get to show 400 of Girls Gone WoW
Jan: Currently at 351
Feb: 358 up this evening
Mar: 359 up this evening

8.Go to Blizzcon
Still planning…

9.Finally get caught up with Arrow/Flash/Supergirl/LoT etc
Jan: Started on The Flash season 3
Feb: Making progress….
Mar: About halfway through season 3 Flash now

10.Eat more healthily
Jan: Been using the slow cooker a bit and generally eating better
Feb: Was doing ok but fallen off a bit recently
Mar: Not feeling great about this at the moment

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
Jan: Finished two and halfway through a third.
Feb: Up to 5 by end of Feb
Mar: Up to 8 by end of Mar

13.Have Bibliogoth happen every month
January happened, February happened, March happened, April next week

14.Either get a pay rise or get a new job
Jan: 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.
Mar: Still not great to be honest.

16.Compete at prelim
Jan: Pony hasn’t been right so not actually ridden for weeks. Trying to get on top of his weight issues.
Feb: Got on top of the weight problem and he’s back in work!
Mar: Pony is doing really well at the moment. Thinking about putting in a dressage anywhere video

17.Compete in the online Horse Agility competition
Jan: 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 February
Feb: Missed February and March but aiming for April
Mar: Still aiming for April – done some practice!

18.Jump a clear round
Need to get his fitness back up!
Mar: We have popped a few tiny jumps this week for the first time since July!

19.Go hacking at least once per month
We hacked at least twice in January!
Feb: Missed this as the equine flu outbreak messed meant we were restricted to yard.
Mar: Missed this as well.

March’s photo topic was movement, but to be honest I didn’t really get much chance to think about it.

19 for 2019: February update

Very very late as I’ve been super busy and very distracted by Brexit. I’m not really enjoying quite a lot of my life right now.

1.Have at least one holiday that involves a hot tub
It now looks like September holiday plan might actually accidentally involve a hot tub. And I’ve organised a week away in April.

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
Saw Wildlife Photographer of the Year at Natural History Museum with my sister

5.Drink cocktails at least 6 times (in a cocktail bar)
Jan: Ticked off one of these with Kath and EJ at Mother’s Ruin
Feb: Ticked second one off at Every Cloud with the whole crew

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

7.Get to show 400 of Girls Gone WoW
Jan: Currently at 351
Feb: 358 up this evening

8.Go to Blizzcon
Still planning…

9.Finally get caught up with Arrow/Flash/Supergirl/LoT etc
Jan: Started on The Flash season 3
Feb: Making progress….

10.Eat more healthily
Jan: Been using the slow cooker a bit and generally eating better
Feb: Was doing ok but fallen off a bit recently

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
Jan: Finished two and halfway through a third.
Feb: Up to 5 by end of Feb

13.Have Bibliogoth happen every month
January happened, February happened, March happened

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
Jan: Pony hasn’t been right so not actually ridden for weeks. Trying to get on top of his weight issues.
Feb: Got on top of the weight problem and he’s back in work!

17.Compete in the online Horse Agility competition
Jan: 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
Feb: Missed February and March but aiming for April

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!
Feb: Missed this as the equine flu outbreak messed meant we were restricted to yard.

February’s photo topic was buildings:

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