For the first post of 2013 I did have a lovely bright blue nail polish post prepared but I picked it all off while watching Deception last night. Which was rather good but not as good as I thought it would be. So, instead, I thought I'd give you a quick update on how my 30 Before 30 is going.
Surprisingly, it's going quite well! I've ticked another few things off the list.
1. Get New Glasses
I took advantage of one of the offers Specsavers were running in December - free eye tests and buy one get one free on glasses. I went to Specsavers in Athlone and they were brilliant, I felt so sorry for the girls doing my eye test & little question session because I literally had no voice, I was completely choked up with some kind of laryngitis and at one point had to resort to grunting to identify different things during the test.
It's a good job I went - my eyesight had gotten two steps worse since the last time I'd been. The glasses were ready in an hour and I got a pair of prescription sunglasses free, which was brilliant. I love all the really brilliant cheap sunglasses around in summer, I always buy some, but it's such a pain in the bum when I can't actually see properly out of them. I'd been meaning to get new ones for ages & it's great to finally have them. The difference between my old & new glasses is shocking - I didn't realise how bad my eyes had gotten until I put the new ones on. I'm not posting a picture of my big mug on here, but these are the frames I picked and I'm delighted with them. The husband said I look like a librarian, which is always a good thing.
2. Do a Nail Technician Course.
After looking into this, I decided to do a distance learning course because I'm basically at home every day and I can't drive legally until I get my licence sorted (kinda limits my college prospects at the minute). I picked Kilroy's, because I have had indirect experience with them before & I find their tutors very helpful. They also have a handy payment plan if you want to space your payments out.
I received the first two modules of my course before Christmas, and I did my first exam online yesterday - and passed, woohoo! I'm not looking for a degree or anything, just some proper knowledge of the basics of nails and something that gives me a little personal boost & makes me feel like I'm achieving something. I'm delighted with it so far, and anything that needs you to buy a new folder and highlighters can't be a bad thing, right?
12. Run a Stall at a Car Boot Sale.
For the three Saturdays before Christmas, I got together with a good friend of mine and we ran a table at a local Indoor Market. The craic was had, the tea was drank, the toilets were disgusting, and we made sweet feck all but we got rid of a load of clutter and we had a laugh. Will I be doing it again? Coming up to next Christmas, I definitely would. Until then, I'm not getting up at 7am on a Saturday EVER AGAIN.
26. Read 5 Classic Novels.
One down, four to go. I struggled through Pride & Prejudice. I had to read every page 3-4 times, which is exasperating for someone who usually flies through books. I have to confess, I found it difficult to understand, difficult to follow and a bit boring, to be honest. I did like the overall story, but the nuisance of having to read paragraphs over and over got really irritating after a while.
I'm working on some of the other things, and I'll update as soon as I get them ticked off!
Hope 2013 is a good year for us all, yay for not exploding on December 21st!