I know you’ve been eagerly anticipating this blog, and it’s been a while in the making. I would apologise, but I’m not going to. I could tell you that I’ve been too busy, but I’d be lying. If you weren’t eagerly anticipating this blog, then at least I hope you enjoy the read.
#number3: Complete a marathon: This was the big one! Well I made it round the course quicker than my target time – finishing in a time of 3 hrs 27 mins. The last 6 miles really hurt but I managed to keep running, if I had stopped that would have been game over – cramp was banging loudly at my brain door. I will probably quit now as I don’t want to train really hard for another one. Maybe if I do enter another I’ll do something stupid like run it backwards or inside a giant Rhino suit, or do it after 2.4 mile swim and a 112 mile cycle in the heat of Barcelona…
#number20: Go to a place abroad that you haven’t been before: I thought I ticked this one off when I went on a short weekend trip to Puerto Banus for a friends birthday. However, it turns out it was the same place I went when I was 17, on that oh-so-typical “we’re pretty much 18 and they’ll serve us in Spain and there are nightclubs and sun and stuff, and lets get matching t-shirts” holiday we all remember fondly.
So instead I’ll have to attribute this to the UAE – namely my trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. I saw a really tall building, lots of other quite tall buildings, some man-made islands of some sort, a VW shaped office block, and an extremely symmetric mosque. There was a very amazing all-you-can-eat ex-pat brunch with champagne, and a dead jellyfish too.
Challenges In Progress
#number 26 Buy your little sister something every week: TRANSLATE – bombarding my sister with free stuff every week: This will be an ongoing feature of my blog as it happens, suprisingly, every week. What I have sent my sister to date:
- a Nicki Minaj perfume sample
- a “Yes Peas!” recipe book
- a Lenor Spring Awakening sample
- Original Redbush and Redbush Citrus tea samples
- a sample pack of Bullet Screws
- an Owl Wall hanging*
- 3 Holgraphic animal wall prints
- a Sealife children’s magazine
- a month trial with a Taste card
- 250g of professional Moorland butter
- St Johns Ambulance first aid guide
- Halifax Big Lunch Kit
- an Aqua One 50ml water conditioner voucher (she has to go the the shop to pick it up though)
- a Diabetes UK pedometer
*The owl wall hanging was an actual real present (read: paid for). Well, it has to be her birthday once in a year. I might make an excuse for Christmas too.
#number12: Learn a new language: I quit languages at school as early as I was allowed to for a very good reason. I just don’t have the memory for remembering words and I struggle enough as it is with English vocabulary. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for learning a new language, but when it comes down to it how often am I going to go on holiday and end up resorting to English anyway because we both know his/her English will be much better than my generic foreign?
If I was to lean a language it would have to be Mandarin, in preparation for when China releases its vast stockpile of US dollars on the world, USA is ousted as the world power, and China becomes the new dominate world leader. But Mandarin is really hard right?
So to tackle this challenge I’m instead relying on my strengths (I read a book that I would recommend that says this is the right thing to do anyway and is in no way a cop out). I’m learning HTML5, CSS3, and PHP (wow, that’s 3 languages!). In short, as a side project I’m learning to write websites and I am going to act like that counts.
#number19 Write and record a love song: My contact in a band has fallen through – however I am in talks with someone who has a friend who knows a roadie for an Eric Clapton tribute act so I expect this to take off very soon.
Part of the original challenge is that any of you people (yes you!) can set me a new challenge at any time. I’ve got 1 more to add to the list this time:
#number29 Create a wall display using the art of mosaic: #challengeaccepted #baresymmetry
This weeks random muse comes from the world of motivation. If you are not happy with the use of the phrase “the world of motivation” feel free to replace the last sentence with “Here’s a motivational quote”, I don’t care.
“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And, that is why I succeed.”
Nice, huh? I’m definitely inspired. Some of you might recognise this as coming from the great man himself Michael Jordon (the adjective ‘great’, of course, assumes you have ignored his short baseball career). If you’re interested I got this when I read this article
That’s All Folks!