Friday, 29 January 2016

Things I want to do in February (and how my January plans went)

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In response to my 'Things I want to do in January' list, here's how I got on.

I redid my CV because I did, in fact, lose my job.  We were all a bit too optimistic, it seems.  I'm still there until early March and I've applied for a couple of things, but it's really hard to find such a niche job anywhere else.  Why don't people want film archivists?  Or any kind of archivists, for that matter.  Bah.

On a happier note, I started some selfish knitting and managed to replace my grotty old cushion cover with a gorgeous new floral one, made from a charity-shopped bed sheet.  I have loads of this fabric left over so I might make up a couple of pillow cases too.   I still have to tackle the alteration bag and earn some cake, but I feel like the time is coming... (and let's not mention the wardrobe situation cause...ugh.)

I started watching Outlander.  Then, a few days later, finished watching Outlander.  It was fantastic and I loved that I recognised so many places where it was filmed, although there was the odd 'nope, not watching that' moment.  The 18th century was pretty dangerous, if this is anything to go by.

Last weekend, we found a great lunch place in Dalgety Bay - Louie Brown's Coffee Shop.  This week I went to Yo! Sushi for the first time and really enjoyed it.  Plus lunch out for under a tenner on a Monday is not to be sniffed at!

Another exciting Monday was had last week too, when I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 3D IMAX.  I don't usually care about all that 3D guff but on a screen that size, it looks bloody brilliant.  The film was even better than I expected and I loved spotting all my favourites.  A and I saw The Danish Girl the week before and it was also super.  I wasn't really sure what to expect but Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander always deliver.   And the costumes were perfection, which always helps.  The Revenant was not viewed since I learned, after seeing Star Wars, that this film was even longer.  One for the sofa I think, although I'm slightly torn - maybe the cinematography is the type that deserves the big screen?

So that was January.  One black moment surrounded by a bunch of light ones (until yesterday, when my landlady decided she was evicting us.  So...that's pretty non-helpful.  And something I'm not even gonna think about for another six weeks.)

February's list will have to be things that won't make my head explode, I think.

Find a job - Okay, that might just do it.  But it needs to be done.

Perform a super declutter on my room (life?) - I hate clutter and it has somehow found me in recent weeks.  I'm living in a pig sty and I don't like it, so I'm dedicating some time to having a good clear out next month.  Also, as I already mentioned, my brain is hurting and January has made me weary, so it's time to eliminate all the distractions and focus on what really matters.

Tackle the sewing pile - Similar to last month, except this task encompasses the entirety of the teetering pile of fabric on my desk.  It will be reshaped into something useful!  (I may as well declare this Sewing Month right now - it's a pretty big pile.)

Start practising pilates again - I've been having back problems again recently and I really need to take the time to stretch a bit every day.  I did pilates every night when I was a teenager and I loved it, and it would be nice to work on improving my posture after a day slumped over my desk.

Sleep more - See above re weariness.  I don't sleep enough and I have crazy vivid dreams when I do, which I'm assuming means I'm over-tired and in need of some quality shut-eye.

I think that's enough to be getting on with, right?  February gifting us with an extra day this year might be just what I need to squeeze in as much productivity as possible...

How's everyone's January been?  Busy?  Sleepy?  Cold and miserable?  Count me in for all of the aforementioned.


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