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So, how am I doing with the Not The New Year Resolutions? - Helen's journal and online home
In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
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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athgarvan From: athgarvan Date: August 18th, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
a very interesting and practical procedure. Congratulations on those areas achieved.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 19th, 2012 10:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. All I need now is a few days of dry weather and I can tick off those physical challenges. Heaven knows when that will be. Not next week, according to the forecast. :(
pickledginger From: pickledginger Date: August 18th, 2012 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like pretty good progress -- a dry week or two, sometime when it's not broiling hot or bitter cold, and you can knock out half your "physical" list, and enjoy it!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 19th, 2012 10:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a decent spell of weather in September. Usually it's a really pleasant time of year, but with this year's weather, who knows? :(
pickledginger From: pickledginger Date: August 19th, 2012 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
We are having a beautiful morning -- the first in months -- and may actually have clement weather this week. June-like even ...well, july, at least. It's a bit of a shock.

If September is usually the nice weather, maybe this year it'll be October or December? Crazy stuff.
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: August 18th, 2012 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well done! I bet none of the other students can claim to have chaired a session at a mathematics convention!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 19th, 2012 10:16 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL! Indeed! But you can see why I felt like an imposter with my maths A-level alongside their masters and Ph.D.s :)
dendrophilous From: dendrophilous Date: August 20th, 2012 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Good job setting goals that were realistic. And then achieving them (or making good progress).
endlessrarities From: endlessrarities Date: August 23rd, 2012 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, I've often wondered how high Cader Idris is!!! It's just under Munro height, I see...
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 24th, 2012 09:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Many people mistakenly believe that Cadair Idris is the second highest mountain in Wales. It isn't, though it's probably the second most famous. The Munro height mountains are listed here.

However, because Cadair is right by the coast and surrounded by much lower hills, it does look particularly magnificent. Also because it's near the coast, if you climb it from the Youth Hostel, you'll climb about 800 metres and if starting from the car park on this side you will ascend about 730 metres, so very similar to climbing Snowdon where, because you're starting from a higher altitude, the climbs are between 725 - 935 metres, depending which path you choose.
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