30 before 30 – the results

8 06 2018

Just after my 29th birthday I wrote a list of 30 things to do before I’m 30. I’m pretty pleased with how I’ve done, I knew it’d never get all done, but it’s really pushed me to do some new things this year! You’ll notice the list below is changed a bit from the original list – I reviewed it a month or two ago to try and make some of them a little more achievable, but it hasn’t helped much.
And yes I’m counting a book I finished this morning because I’m not fully 30 until 4.45pm!

I think it might be interesting to see how many more I can complete before I finish being 30…
Anyway, results below!

  1. Buy my own home. COMPLETED 15th September 2016
  2. Climb a mountain. COMPLETED 26th May 2018
  3. Dye my hair.
  4. Fundraise £300 for a good cause.
  5. Get below 10 stone.
  6. Get my next photobook printed.
  7. Give Blood. COMPLETED 23rd October 2017
  8. Have a go on a cello.
  9. Have a meal at the Hand and Flowers. COMPLETED 21st October 2017
  10. Have a pedicure. COMPLETED 26th August 2017
  11. Learn all the countries of the world and complete the Sporcle quiz.
  12. Learn how to curl my hair.
  13. Re-learn how to do the rubiks cube. COMPLETED 16th July 2017
  14. Re-learn the sign language I learnt 4 years ago and have forgotten.
  15. Try coming off my anti-depressants. – DOSAGE REDUCED
  16. Visit NYC, Disneyland Paris or Iceland. – COMPLETED March 2018
  17. Watch a Shakespeare play at the Globe Theatre. – COMPLETED 8th May 2018
  18. Watch Friends all the way through.
  19. Learn 3 new pieces on the piano.
  20. Sew 3 items. – TWO DONE
  21. Read 30 books.
    1. Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley COMPLETED 28th June 2017
    2. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld COMPLETED 11th July 2017
    3. The Humans by Matt Haig COMPLETED 23rd July 2017
    4. Spectacles by Sue Perkins COMPLETED 31st July 2017
    5. The Know-It-All by A J Jacobs COMPLETED 28th July 2017
    6. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae COMPLETED 30th August 2017
    7. Salty Sam and the Windy Day by Christina Sinclair COMPLETED 30th August 2017
    8. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler COMPLETED 30th August 2017
    9. The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory COMPLETED 6th September 2017
    10. Remember, Remember (the fifth of November) by Judy Parkinson COMPLETED 11th September 2017
    11. The House of New Beginnings by Lucy Diamond COMPLETED 25th September 2017
    12. A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis COMPLETED 5th October 2017
    13. Anne of Windy Willows by L M Montgomery COMPLETED 28th October 2017
    14. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig COMPLETED 2nd December 2017
    15. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens COMPLETED 31st December 2017
    16. Some Kind Of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher COMPLETED 6th January 2018
    17. The Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year by Sue Townsend COMPLETED 21st January 2018
    18. Brain Freeze by Tom Fletcher COMPLETED 28th February 2018
    19. How Not To Be Wrong – The Hidden Maths Of Everyday Life by Jordan Ellenberg COMPLETED 30th March 2018
    20. Still Me by Jojo Moyes COMPLETED 5th April 2018
    21. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman COMPLETED 19th April 2018
    22. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett ABANDONED 6th May 2018
    23. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood COMPLETED 22nd May 2018
    24. The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer COMPLETED 8th June 2018
    25. Something by Jane Austen
  22. Get meals I’m confident to cook up to 30. (not including things you just put in the oven or microwave….)
    1. Spaghetti Bolognaise
    2. Chilli Con Carne
    3. The Bacon Dinner
    4. Sausage Casserole
    5. Shepherds Pie
    6. Tuna/Vegetable Pasta Bake
    7. Fish Burger
    8. Peach and Chick Pea Curry
    9. Roast Chicken
    10. Toad in the Hole
    11. Lasagne
    12. Risotto
    13. Beef Stroganoff
    14. Chicken Curry
    15. Kedgeree
    16. Fish Pie
  23. Get things I’m confident to bake up to 10.
    1. Victoria Sponge
    2. Chocolate and Banana loaf cake
    3. Cheesecake
    4. Brownie
    5. Blondie
    6. Flapjack
  24. Learn 30 bible verses by heart. 0/30
  25. Write 3 handwritten letters to friends. 1/3
  26. Write 3 letters to MP or organisations about ethical issues. 0/3
  27. Write 3 prayers. 0/3
  28. Get the Eurostar somewhere COMPLETED 9th December 2017
  29. Learn pi to 30 decimal places. 27/30
  30. Go to a Ballet COMPLETED 30th December 2017
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Internet highlights – w/c 25th December 2016

31 12 2016

Bizarrely genius inventions!

A girl spent 3 months decorating every single page of a Bible for her boyfriend’s Christmas present

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – by J. K. Rowling

6 08 2016

I’m going to have to start this with a **SPOILER ALERT** because there’s not really any way to talk about this book without spoilers!

The first thing to mention is just how easy it is to read – being a script rather than a novel, there’s not too much on each page, and it’s only the length of what they can show within two plays anyway, so it won’t take you long!

There were a couple of things that were either plot faults, or I just read it too quickly and missed them! Firstly the fact they managed to make poly-juice potion so quickly whereas in other books they’ve had to brew it for weeks or months. Secondly Albus having a wand after his had been snapped!

The first few scenes move through time quite quickly, and feel very rushed, but you can feel how they’d work well on stage in setting the scene and giving you a few years worth quickly before settling down to the main story.

They may have aged twenty years, but Ron is still his humorous self, Hermione still appearing exasperated with him while loving him dearly, to be honest, very little has changed! The story revolves mainly around Harry’s relationship with his middle son, Albus, which is a bit fraught to say the least, and so we follow both generations in the storyline.

I love how this book went a bit unpredictable from the word go – in the original seven books, no one was ever sorted into a house that was surprising, but that rule book went straight out the window here.

I also loved how much it harked back to the fourth book, which I think was one of my favourites. That said, all the time travel and alternate reality stuff, (which was great!) did leave me wondering if she’d literally just watched Back To The Future when she wrote this 🙂

In general though, it’s classic Potter – if you loved the original books, you’ll love this!

harry potter and the cursed child

I’m going back to Roald Dahl next – and the next one I’m due to read is less than 100 pages, so I’ll see you soon!





Things I’m getting rid of in the move – any takers?

1 08 2016

Furniture, textbooks and a graphical calculator so far – I’ll keep updating this as packing goes on, so keep checking back!

Ideally bigger items would be for local people to me or my parents, but if you’re willing to collect then feel free!

Prices may be negotiable.

  • Wardrobe – wooden frame with fabric outer – £10
  • End Table/Bedside Table – wooden with shelf underneath and magazine rack on the side, one rail missing but fine if against the wall – FREE
    Argos sold this a few years ago but can’t find any photos online, below is just for fun
  • Car wash stuff – FREE
    DSC_0135 (1)
  • Other things to get rid of anyway

  • Graphic Calculator – Texas Instruments Ti-83 plus – £40
  • Calculus by Anton, 8th Edition – £25
  • Comparative Programming Languages, 3rd edition – £10




EU referendum: resources and info

22 06 2016

Weeks and weeks ago I promised myself I’d do proper research for this hugely important decision. I started to bookmark and favourite and like all sorts of links, facebook posts and tweets, meaning to sit down and read it all up properly. So in my best student impression, here I am, the night before the election and finally sifting through it.

I know what my gut says, and the way I will probably vote, but it’s important to me that it’s also an educated vote.

Hopefully I’m not the only one cramming tonight, so below are some of the links I’m using and things I’m reading and watching. There is a definite bias, and you can definitely see what my gut says, but certainly some of the articles are balanced, and a couple of links come in pairs to balance each other.

I sincerely hope that no matter the outcome, there won’t be too much upset or uproar from the side that doesn’t succeed.

If I find other useful bits between now and the end of tomorrow I’ll try to add them to the bottom of the list.

I hope you find this useful.
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Cobblers

26 03 2015

What comes to mind when you hear the word cobblers?

A couple of weeks ago, the base of the heel came off of a pair of my boots, and because they were Clarks shoes, I thought I’d take them to be re-heeled, something I’ve never bothered with before as I used to buy exclusively cheap, almost disposable shoes.

So I popped over to the cobblers and it was much more affordable than I expected to get them sorted, and the customer service was excellent! So much so that a week later I took another pair of boots there to be re-heeled and re-soled as they’d worn down so badly and I’d been ignoring it.

I’m definitely a convert to cobblers!

It got me thinking though, the word “cobblers” has many meanings, and I’m a fan of most of them!

When I was younger, we moved into a house where the previous owner was a keen gardener and so we had a fruit cage. In particular, we had an abundance of blueberries and blackberries every year, and a good harvest of many other sorts of berry. This meant that we went through phases where Mum would make a fruit cobbler nearly every Sunday, and they were amazing!

Of course, it’s also very common to “talk a load of cobblers”, and I do that probably more often than not 🙂

What’s my favourite form of cobblers? Who knows! What’s yours?!





The next Disney princess

4 02 2015

Dear Disney,

I know you’ve come a long way since the traditional, damsel in distress, can’t do anything without a prince, Disney princess. In the last few years we’ve seen the first black Disney princess, as well as one who was saved by a sister instead of a prince, but I think there are so many more areas to cover to help the rest of us feel included.

When will we see a Disney princess who:

  • wears glasses
  • can’t control her eyebrows
  • has unruly hair
  • has acne
  • has gappy or crooked teeth
  • is a plus size
  • sniffs occasionally, just because it’s cold out
  • bites her nails

These are things that we can’t necessarily help about ourselves, and it’d just make the princesses far more relateable.

Yes I may be in my mid-20s but I think you’ll find that a lot of us this age grew up on Disney and are still pretty big fans and loyal customers of the brand!

Yours,
Ineke

If you’re a fan of things like buzzfeed, and are gifted in the art of photoshop, feel free to try and produce images of some of these princesses!