So, last night, whilst a little groggy from tiredness and doing my final skim of the evening through my blog list I came across My Orange Brompton’s article on the 2014 Brompton World Championships…. and I entered.
To say I am excited by the idea is an understatement – the Goodwood Motor Circuit, a Le Mans style start, the formal dress code (shirt, tie and jacket) and 600 Bromptons racing the 9.6 miles of the course… oh my! Time to get into training!
As you know, I like to post videos of various b-boy and other dancey stuff, simply because I find the physicality, grace and control as something awe-inspiring to behold. And this is something else indeed…
This is taken from nanaspics on wordpress, via a couple of friends on facebook…
I see my age and the passing years, not in myself, but in those around me.
giveit100 is a website (movement?) which encourages you to spend 100 days practising something in order to achieve a goal. The crux is videoing your progress, which can be seen online at the website.
I came across this when I read an article about Karen Cheng, who taught herself to dance in a year and the improvement in her dancing from day 1 to, well, now is immense. She also is co-founder for the site and continues to ‘vlog’ her progress with her dancing.
It is quite a nice idea, and watching the progress in some of the participants can be both inspirational and entertaining. The breadth of the activities people are undertaking is vast, ranging from losing weight to touching toes to learning Japanese to smiling every day. It will be interesting to see how many of the people achieve what they set out to do (some of the chalenges are a bit nonsensical to me, but each to their own). We shall see!
Was 2013 a bad year? A lot of my friends (according to their facebook and blog posts) seem to think so. I guess the hardest thing for me was adapting to the fact that my mum had gone. There was some other downs, but on the whole I think there were many more ups.
- I did very little writing and seemed to lose my way with it all
- I bought a car, ending nearly four years without one
- I didn’t see enough of my brother and his family
- I didn’t run much
- I only managed 672 words for NaNoWriMo – not unexpected really
- I got stuck into the new job, and despite everything, seem to have done well at it
- I started the OU Law degree and am loving it – I even attained a good score on my first TMA
- I slowly got back into photography, even if it is rather sporadic at the moment
- EF and I had a good year – we did some cool stuff and had a good time
- I bought a Brompton and love riding it beyond words
- I bought a ten year old MINI Cooper and have bimbled and done some stuff that was too difficult to do without a car (and I love driving it, by the gods I do)
- I finally sorted out much of the house so it looks less a pigsty and more a home
- I ran the MoKRun 10k, with little, if any, preparation – 17 minutes slower than my best time but I ran it all nonetheless
- I met some very cool people at BristolCon
2014 holds promise. Every day does, if you look at it right. There are things I want to do and want to achieve every day, but in the broader context of 2014 they are:
- Complete W100 of the OU LLB law degree successfully
- Start W200 (or whatever it is) in the same vein as I started W100
- Run more
- Cycle more
- Do a couple of long distance multi-day trips on the Brompton
- Take up archery (I have signed up for and am just waiting for a slot on a beginner’s course to come free)
- Photograph a lot more places and people
- Have another good year with EF
- Travel for pleasure more
- Finish the novel
- See the family more
- Play more table-top/board games
- Meet new people
- Visit other Cons
- Be happy
That’s it, for the moment. Enough to be getting on with anyway.
All I can say is that my wrapping leaves something to be desired.
I am sat on my own this morning, watching one of my usual ‘background’ youtubers that I nearly always have on (girlpainting today). I have just had breakfast and am drinking a cup of very nice coffee indeed (Grumpy Mule). And I am perfectly content.
I do miss my mum, but in a good way. I wish she were here, to see Rudy and Hugo and Coco, to love them as fiercely as she did, to dote on them and be proud of them in every little thing they did. I wish she was around so they could know her, and know her love and her pride and her joy in their existence. And to partake in her awesome alternative christmas dinners.
But she isn’t, and in her absence I guess I will have to love them and take pride in them on her behalf, as well as my own. They will be up on Friday and I simply cannot wait for those few hours of chaos and noise and bedlam. It will be fab.
In the meantime I am going to potter about a bit more before heading off to EF’s for presents, nibbles and probably lots of playing with Lego with T.
Merry Christmas. Eat the mince pies, dude, that is what they are there for…
Today I kick TMA02′s ass.
I don’t know if I mentioned but one of the things I did this year was take up a NFL GamePass subscription, which allows me to watch the entire American Football season.
And I bloody love it.
There is something completely ridiculous about the game (42 players in the squad team, special teams, downs, play-offs, rushing yards, body armour, touchdowns, etc) that I can’t help but love it. At its heart it is utterly entertaining, especially if you understand what is going on.
The first time I stayed up on a Thursday night to watch the Thursday night game (obviously) live was the last. It kicked off at 1am and the ONE HOUR game didn’t finish until 5am. Fuck me. That was a tiring day.
The entertainment of the commentary and advertising and all that other gumph that surrounds the game aside, you have to admire the athleticism, commitment, entertainment factor, skill and relative gentlemanliness of it all (so much more than football/soccer). Great fun.
Family commits me to the San Francisco 49ers but I have developed a soft spot for the sublime play of the Seattle Seahawks and the quirky mercurialness of the Washington Redskins, although I just find the whole thing enjoyable through and through.
This time next year I would like to see the 49ers and Seahawks play in their home stadiums – something to aim for if I can’t get a ticket for the London-based games…
I have posted over on my OU blog space about law and why I am studying it. The intent is to go into the specifics and observations a little more over there, without overburdening (ie boring you, dearest of audiences) this website. I will still talk about it here, but not to the same degree.