I’m trying really hard not to say “how are we half way through the year already”, because it’s such a massive cliche. But seriously, how are we?!
As I mentioned in the first of these blog posts, I’m not overly keen on New Year’s Resolutions, but I do like to try and set myself fun challenges. This year I went for a trinity of books, film and theatre, and this is the mid-way look at how I’m getting on. In terms of the numbers, I’ve already completed one, am well on course to completely the other and failing miserably at the third. But numbers rarely tell the whole story.
I’ve really enjoyed how much having these challenges have kept the idea of going to the cinema or theatre more front of mind. What this means is that if I’ve got some time free I’ll have a look at what’s on and see what my budget can afford. It means I’ve seen some really interesting pieces of theatre around social issues, but also some things which are a bit more off the wall (I’m looking at you The String Quartest’s Guide to Sex and Anxiety). I worried with taking up cycling that I’d lose my cinema days, but I’ve managed a few and now instead I cycle down and feel a bit less guilty at spending the day lounging around watching films when I’ve cycled a few miles to get there.
50 films at the cinema
I was well on track in the first quarter of the year, and was almost close to completing it by the halfway point, but after going on holiday for two weeks this would’ve meant cramming in a few films for the sake of it, rather than the enjoyment. So I didn’t, but I am still at a respectable
Ready Player One | Isle of Dogs | Midnight Sun | A Quiet Place | Ghost Stories | Love Simon | Funny Cow | Beast | Avengers Infinity War | The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society | Journeyman | Avengers Infinity War (IMAX) | Tully | You Can Dig This | Hereditary | Adrift | Love Sonia | Ocean’s 8 | Deadpool 2 | The Book Club | Cycle = 45
Read 24 books in a year
Looking very likely that I won’t get anywhere near this one. With health struggles this year, I’ve really struggled to be able to focus on reading for any length of time, of even shorter bursts like on the bus (I’m usually having a nap instead). I’ve been carting round Holly Bourne’s new book, an author I have enjoyed all of her previous work and have similarly for this one, but just struggling to maintain focus. Must try harder.
The Exact Opposite of Okay | Nina Is Not Okay
See 12 theatre shows – DONE
I’d set this at twelve shows for the year thinking one a month was doable, but in the second quarter of the year I steamed ahead and managed to get to 17 shows. I’ve got a few more lined up for the upcoming months, but rather than create a stretch target, I’m just going to keep trying to fit in shows when I can.
Fat Friends | Police Cops From Outer Space | This House | Love From a Stranger | The String Quartest’s Guide to Sex and Anxiety | Legally Blonde | Summer Holiday | Birdsong | Woyzeck | Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Right then, onto the second half of the year…