August 18th, 2012

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So, how am I doing with the Not The New Year Resolutions?

At the end of 2011, I wrote about setting myself 12 challenges for 2012. I don't really get on with New Year resolutions and so instead I set myself a number of challenges that were measurable and, hopefully, achievable.

So how am I doing?

There are 12 altogether, 4 physical, 4 creative and 4 intellectual. With regard to the physical challenges these were:

1) Climb Cadair Idris (893 metres / 2930 feet)
2) Cycle to Barmouth and back (17½ miles / 28 km)
3) Run to Penmaenpool (2 miles / 3.2 km)
4) Make a 3-5 minute hooping video outdoors (somewhere beautiful!)

I haven't completed any of these yet, but I am now fit enough to tackle the first two and it's just a case of waiting for some good weather. This is supposed to be at least partly for fun and slogging up a mountain in the rain is a miserable undertaking and somewhat pointless. Ditto cycling to the seaside.

With regard to 3, I haven't done any running at all this year, so I don't know how that will play out in the end. I'm happy to walk in the rain, but I've never been a runner, so running in the rain has absolutely no appeal. If we can get a settled spell through September and October, there is still time to address that challenge though. I also have to admit that I let the conservatory get cluttered and thus the hooping fell by the wayside because that's the only indoor space I have that's big enough. I haven't managed to hoop outside either due to the wettest summer on record. However, the conservatory is cleared again, so I can start working out some moves and (again weather permitting!) find some suitable locations.

There has, however, been definite progress on the 4 intellectual challenges though. These were:

1) To complete the OU children's literature course EA300. (Achieved a Grade 2 pass)
2) Complete the AS-Level Practical Maths module and pass the exam. (Achieved a Grade B)
3) Learn the whole of the Welsh play we are doing in Welsh class.
4) Read 2 Welsh novels.

As you can see, numbers 1 & 2 have been completed. :) The results for EA300 were announced shortly after returning from South Korea and I just got the A-level result on Thursday. I'm really pleased with both. I was particularly pleased with the maths because I only got a grade C at school. I'd have been perfectly happy with another C, but I would have felt sad and old if I'd done worse. The B was a therefore a lovely surprise and huge relief. I'm not brain dead yet!

With regard to number 3, this has been hindered by the fact that the Welsh teacher decided to take early retirement due to work-related stress and our group turned into a self-help group. The idea of performing the play on stage in front of an audience -- as we have done in previous years -- had to be abandoned and instead we are just putting the final touches to a "radio play" version, ie recorded in audio only. Of course this means that we haven't pushed to learn everything by heart because we can read the script. However, the tutor is starting a new private project next month and if enough people join the group, we'll be working on putting the play on the stage, so I hope that I will have achieved that challenge by Christmas. With regard to 4, I'm half way through one novel, so that's on target to be completed too.

So that's the state of play approximately two thirds of the way through the year. The other 4 challenges were creative, but I'll talk about those some other time because they haven't progressed at all.

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