Tuesday, January 8, 2013

30 Before 30 - Update!

Hi!

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!






14 comments:

  1. Jeez you are flying through them!! Delighted it's going well for you. Honestly could not be bothered with classic novels but reading in general is amazing fun for me :) love the new specs too xx

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    1. Thank you! I'm kinda really bored of the classic novel thing already but maybe Pride & Prejudice just put me off! Delighted with the glasses, don't know why I put that off for so long xx

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  2. Well done on passing your exam! Always wondered about te kilroys courses! I should have done. 30 befor 30, too Late now and the thoughts I may someday have to do a 40 before 40 is terrifying!

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    1. Thank you! I find Kilroys great for this kind of thing, Mum did a creative writing course before & the tutors gave excellent feedback & were really helpful, learning a lot already! Age is just a number ;-) x

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  3. Ah specsavers, what wonderful offers they have!
    I remember getting a session on how to put in contact lenses about 2 years ago and I kept dropping the lenses. The women was so nice about it but I think she was secretly getting very impatient with me. Well done on passing your exam! :)

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    1. Thanks! I thought they wouldn't test me, I was squawking!! Poor girl probably thought she'd catch my horrible cold before Christmas x

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  4. I love Specsavers, how come your glasses were ready in an hour?! I have to wait a week for mine! VIP lol x

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    1. Ooh really?! I've no idea, I thought they did that all the time - maybe they had extra frames in before the Christmas holidays? x

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  5. Congrats! You're getting on great so far!

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  6. These are all really positive goals, well done! It's a shame you didn't enjoy Pride and Prejudice, I didn't like it the first time round, but loved it the second time. I find I need to hear the voice and rhythm of the writing in my head before I can get into more classic books (if that makes sense?) I hope you enjoy others as you read them. Why don't you mix it up with more modern classics?

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    1. It does make sense, and I think that's why I couldn't get into it, I kept picking it up & leaving it down & it'd take me ages to get back into that era in my brain again! I'm gonna try a few more modern ones x

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