Friday, 11 May 2012

Getting things booked

I've been off work this week as I lost my voice. Careless I know. As a teacher a voice is pretty much essential for my job. Still at least I've been able to get loads (and I mean LOADS) of stuff done at home that I normally never get time to do. Like cleaning. I'm feeling very organised and virtuous as I look around my sparkling and tidy home. Having a clear and clean space around me makes my head feel cleaner and clearer too and I feel better able to get on with things. So this afternoon I've sat at my clean and clear desk and done all kinds of organising and booking tasks.

I tried to book tickets for myself and a friend to go to Wembley in June to see England play Belgium but they are sold out! I only got an email on Sunday saying that tickets were available and I really didn't think Belgium were that exciting a team, so I didn't quite believe the 'sold out' sign when I first saw it. Oh well, what's meant to be is meant to be. I'll try to go next season instead and maybe I'll get to see a more interesting team. Not going in June also means I get to go straight down to the south west coast path for half term rather than having to detour into London on the way. So that's a bonus. It would be better to see England when it's a stand-alone weekend rather than a half-term and then it doesn't impact on anything else and I can actually have a nice weekend in London. So although it would have been nice to get a challenge ticked off, I'm not too disappointed about it.

I did get to book tickets to hear the Dalai Lama speak in Manchester later on in June though. I'm not overly interested in Buddhism but he is pretty important and as I am interested in religions generally it's a good opportunity to go and hear what he's got to say. I'm going with a friend's daughter who is currently studying Theology. Like me, she's got more of a general interest than a specific interest in Buddhism.

I've also booked myself onto a walk led by Stephen Booth in September. It's a 5 mile walk starting in Castleton and is visiting some of the locations mentioned in his books. No dead bodies guaranteed but it should still be an interesting walk. At the same time as booking it I've also joined the Friends of the Peak District. This is an organisation that runs various campaigns to support the Peak District and has different events on offer, the Booth walk being just one of them.

As well as this, I've sorted out lots of other things today, like the breakdown cover for my van (actually got a refund!), a magazine subscription, my pension, and changed my Ramblers membership to a group closer to where I live.

So, all in all, I feel like I've had a productive day. This would never have been possible if I'd had to go to work. It's made me realise that for my life to run smoothly and for me to be able to do all the things I want I either have to give up work or get myself a maid and a PA. As I can't afford either option I guess I'll just have to accept that for most of the time things just don't get done.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

2012 Twelve April Review

1)  Floating in a floatation tank (I'm hoping to do this in London during the February half term)

2)  Reading at least 10 books from the BBC Big Read list (if I read 10 a year, I'll have the whole 200 knocked off in the next 12-13 years!) - I still haven't read any more of the list, though I have bought myself a copy of Heidi which is on the list somewhere.

3)  Taking at least one photo every day of the year (this will improve my photography skills, be a photo-diary of 'year in my life', and help me to learn to use my new camera) - as I've been on holiday I've taken a lot more photographs - however this all stopped when I got back home and got straight back into being busy, busy, busy ...  

4)  Coming up with a fitness plan and sticking to it (the start of my training for Kilimanjaro, though I may not actually climb it for several years yet) - still nothing done on this one.

5)  Leading at least 4 of my own walks (good practice for my walking group leader's qualification) - nor this one.

6)  Buying another house (need to get my finances in order first) - actually made a start on going through my accounts

7)  Learning to use at least 3 new pieces of technology or computer programmes (not counting my new camera) - I've been learning to use the video camera I bought before Christmas.

8)  Doing a writing course (depends on the length of the course whether I'd complete it in the year or not) - I took the first lesson with me on holiday and made a start on it. Now I just need to finish it. 

9)  Getting at least one piece of writing published (paid or unpaid, as long as someone else makes the decision to publish it and it's not self-published)

10) Making a start on sorting out my photos (putting the prints that are currently still stuffed in packets into albums and getting all my photos scanned into the computer - no way will this be completed in a year, but I'll feel good even if I get started on it) - nothing done

11) Buying a car/van that I can sleep in (and doing any necessary conversions/adaptations) - I'm researching conversions and have the number of someone I can get to have a look at it for me and give me some advice. 

12) Getting into cycling (even if it's just short cycles along decent paths) - I've bought some panniers and a cycle computer. I might not have done any actual cycling but I'm now better equipped for the cycling I don't do!