Tuesday, 12 July 2011

The Not Really Resolutions: Update 4

1. Run a 5km race: My goodness. Who would have thought that one little resolution would be the cause of so much flippin’ trouble? It’s actually kind of hilarious reading back the last update I did in May. I’ve actually said in it “I still get terrible pain in my shins that isn’t shin splints but which no-one seems able to diagnose” How hilarious.

Of course you are all bored of hearing about my running calamities over the past 2 months. But just in case you fancied a re-run then click HERE to read all my Running Woman posts.

The good news is that despite all of my setbacks I am ready the run the whole thing – it won’t be a groundbreaking time, in fact it might be embarrassingly slow, but I will make sure I run the whole thing.

We do have a sponsorship page set up, I’m sure you’ve already received a thousand and one demands to sponsor people for various activities this summer, but if you did have a couple of quid knocking about and wanted to throw them our way then that would be great. Our sponsorship page can be found HERE  (Please excuse the absolutely terrible photo of me on the front of the page, it was not my idea to have my photo taken with my hair scraped back and my gym clothes on!)

2. Crochet a ripple blanket: Cue sounds of excited panting and heavy breathing. I’ve totally crossed this one off! Last update I had officially started him and now I am pleased to say he is finished. You can see him in all his glory HERE.
3. Back up photos on to CD: Cue more sounds of excited panting and heavy breathing. I’ve totally crossed this one off too! I told myself to stop procrastinating and get a wriggle on and sat down one evening and before I knew it, everything was copied on to CD. And thank goodness I did, because on the 1st June my laptop completely crashed because of a meltdown in the hard drive. Luckily everything was saved but I came very close to losing all of it – so you can imagine how very smug I was that I had all my photos backed up.

Even better than this, I am the biggest geek alive now. I actually have a system in my Pictures folder on my laptop so I can keep track of what I’ve copied and what I haven’t. If I folder has a ‘C’ at the end of the title then it’s backed up, if not, it’s on my to do list and I make sure I frequently keep things backed up. Smug smug smuggy smug smug.

4. Paint my frog: Done, done and done

5. Go to the cinema on my own: I’m seriously starting to doubt that I’m going to get this one done you know. It’s not that I’m scared of doing it, I haven’t been the cinema at all this year, with anyone, let alone on my own. It’s just not really part of my life, I don’t know what to do about it really.

6. Project 365: Hurray, we’re in July which means we’re over half way through – woop! The pictures are getting increasingly random and if not, increasingly samey, I’m coming to the conclusion that basically my life revolves around cats and crochet. As always the photos can be found on my Flickr page in the set imaginatively titled, Project 365.

7. Make album/scrapbook of my France 2010 holiday: Totally started this one! Read all about it HERE. It’s a very exciting project, although it’s also a very time-consuming project and hence work on it is s.l.o.w. It keeps getting put to one side in favour of other projects and I’m very aware that this could be one of those things that slips past me – after all, summer will soon be at an end and then crafting for the big C will begin and I don’t want him forgotten about.

8. Travel to Belfast to see my family: Money is now saved up for this and I need to book it fast before I spend the money on something different. In my last update I’d said that some of the family we’re going to be coming over for my niece’s Christening at the end of May but unfortunately this didn’t happen in the end. I’m planning on starting to coordinate something next month.

9. Read 12 classics: We’re all good. We’re on track. We’re loving this resolution (even if it does result in boring book review posts that no-one wants to read) and I love that I’ve read books I would never normally have picked up. And so far I am officially on track, with 7 classics already read and another one almost finished. I have pretty much decided that this is something I’m going to carry on with in 2012.

10. Cross stitch one Christmas card per month: Also on track. (Although I haven’t started number 7 yet – will get on that immediately!) 6 little cards all stitched up and made into cards and ready for the end of the year. I’m so so pleased I made this a resolution – if I hadn’t I know full well that I wouldn’t have stuck to it and would have let it slip, even if I don’t manage to make all my Christmas cards this year, at least I know that there will be 12 lucky people receiving one – now all I have to do is decide which 12!


Not bad going - managed to cross two things off my list since my last update and hopefully by the next update I'll be able to cross off one more.

If you did want to keep track of how I'm doing on my resolutions, I do try to keep the page regularly updated, it's right up there at the top on the right hand side - "Not Really Resolutions 2011"


  1. Well done. I have been terrible with mine but hopefully will get back on it soon.


  2. Wooo, nothing like a good list to keep you on track! What a relief about the backing up of the files before the crashing of the hard drive - phewee! BEST OF LUCK FOR TNE RUN ON SUNDAY, you'll be brilliant!! xxx

  3. Any life that revolves around cats can't be bad.


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