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Looking back

About a year ago, when I embarked upon my Gap Year aka Gap Yah aka Year of Awesome aka Year of Holy God What Am I Doing With My Life, I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish. LET'S SEE HOW I DID.

1. Teach myself to draw - I did more drawing at the start of the year, but haven't really done any more lately. And I'm still not great at it. Oh well!

2. Teach myself to cook more things - Not only have I got really good at the recipes I knew before, I've learned several new ones and also gained the ability to just make recipes up, chucking various foods in a pan and knowing with the right combo of herbs it'll all come together. DONE!

3. Go white-water rafting - I am so happy I got to do this in New Zealand. DONE!

4. Read lots - Oh man, I discovered so many new amazing novels this year. Devil's Consort, Carter Beats the Devil, Pillars of the Earth, Mistress of the Art of Death and The Magicians in particular have been amazing. DONE AND DONE.

5. Finish writing either two first-draft novels, or one and actually edit it - No, but I have started ONE, and I totally wrote an entire 3YGB, which is basically a PhD length. So for this, I'm going to be generous and give myself half marks for effort.

6. Finish one of my big-ass cross-stitches (not actually depicting big asses) - Nope. I did start knitting, though, so I don't feel too bad.

7. Learn to drive - Ha! No. But then, I don't see when I'm going to need a car in the near future, and petrol is so expensive right now, I'm probably better off being public-transport-bound.

8. Get part-time jobs and internships in various places - I did LOADS of volunteering, and actually have a real proper job now, so I'm checking this off as DONE.

9. Visit Jackie in Americaland - Alas, no :(

10. Go somewhere abroad on my own for an adventure - I went to NZ, but that was with my parents, so I don't count it as an adventure. I did go to Paris with some friends for a week, but I wouldn't say that counted as an adventure. Hmmm... half marks, again.

11. Join a gym, keep going to the gym - HELL YEAH. Though... I haven't really been much recently. But I have been utterly up in the air as to what I'm doing with my life. I think I'm excused. DONE.

12. Get good at painting my nails - DONE!

13. Go through all the stuff in my room and get rid of a lot of it - For the most part, DONE. I even cleared out a two massive box loads of books for a charity shop. It was a heartrending moment.

Hmmm, 8/13. That's not too bad! That's about a 2:1. So I did about as well in my Year of Awesome as at university. That's nicely symmetrical.

Ah, but extra credit? What did I do this year that I WASN'T expecting to do?

- Bungee jumping, paragliding, sea kayaking in the face of a tsunami warning
- Learned how to operate film cameras and edit footage for TWAM
- Learned how to knit
- Discovered what I wanted to do with my life AND got a good first job in it
- Managed to maintain a fantastic relationship with boyfriend and didn't fuck it up, WOO
- Navigated a group of girls through Paris, somehow becoming the Communicator even though I haven't done French since I was 14
- Learned how to deal with occasional anxiety attacks
- Came to know who my friends really are, and learned to appreciate them all the more
- Learned how to sail a boat

So, yeah. I think I did all right!


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Aug. 21st, 2011 03:10 pm (UTC)
PLEASE let me know when you finish the sequel to The Magicians. I need someone to talk about it with. I just finished it yesterday. I am shipping Quentin and Eliot so hard and I don't know what to do with myself. I've never slashed in a book, but I just have this bizarre feeling that they are endgame. Despite everything. Not that they get together in the second book and it's not like Quentin is suddenly bisexual or ANYTHING happens at all. I just... feel it. And ship it. And I'm losing my mind. Quentin's still kind of a douchebag, but I love Eliot SO FUCKING MUCH.
Aug. 26th, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
Rest assured I will be buying it the moment I find it! But it's not actually out here in England until September 1st! So as soon as I'm all moved into Bradford I will be going STRAIGHT to a bookshop and finding it because DAMN I want to read it!
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