Okay, so January didn’t last forever (even though it felt like it was going to at times) and I managed all my little mini goals.
Which means it is on to February’s goals and targets now instead!
First up, I actually added a goal to January which was to start learning German again using the Duolingo app. I challenged myself to complete Stage 1 of the course in January and managed it, finishing the final section (Animals 1) on Thursday 30th leaving the 31st for me to spend doing quick revision before moving on to my February aim… complete Stage 2.
I’m trying to do it properly, actually sitting down for 15 minutes or so at my desk with my phone and a notebook. I find writing things down helps me remember them in general so making notes is a must – I now have a notebook full of lists of food, grammatical rules and ‘useful’ phrases – in the hope that it will help it all stick a bit more.
The last lesson I did taught me how to say ‘The bear is drinking beer’ though, so I’m still not sure how good my knowledge would hold up in a real conversation. Unless people often talk about drunk bears in Germany…? (Der Bär trinkt Bier – just if you were wondering.)
Spring is supposedly on the horizon (have we even had Winter yet? It has felt like an endless damp Autumn so far…) so I would like to turn over and prep the flowerbeds in the garden. Maybe even plant some things if I’m feeling adventurous. I have some salad/vegetable seeds that I could potentially try to get food out of… but honestly would probably just feed the garden wildlife instead. And that’s fine too, I guess.
I also want to have a good sort out and tidy up of my bedroom because it is the one room in the house that still feels like we’ve only just moved in and haven’t quite figured out what we are doing with it yet… and we moved in over 3 years ago, so it should probably be past that point now!
The six bookcases in the front room could also do with an overhaul. Rearranging and tidying up – including sorting out the several shelves of board games and jigsaws. I’m actually quite looking forward to that, it appeals to the Librarian in my blood.
Talking of jigsaws, I want to complete one of the many sat waiting for me to start that I have been given over the last few years. I’m sure it will be extra fun with Amber’s help but I have a special jigsaw case to put it in so she can’t totally trash it when unsupervised… right?
I want to keep up my walking, and make sure I meet up with my Mum at least once for one of the adventures. But if it could get a bit less soggy underfoot everywhere for February that would be great – I’ve been resorting to laps of town because the prettier routes are literally ankle deep in mud at best and standing water deeper than that on bad days. The only safe(ish) days to risk them have been the odd time when the ground was frozen so you could just skate over the mud instead of wade through it.
I’m going to try and go swimming at least three times as well, to see if I can rekindle a love for it as an alternative exercise… however my main issue with it is the whole getting wet thing so I don’t really see how that is going to improve any.
And then I want to read at least 6 books (to keep on target for my 75 finished in 2020) and for one of those to be my book swap book. I’m also going to try my best to NOT BUY any books for the month. Because my TBR is not going to get any shorter if I keep adding to it… (Disclaimer: any gifts/free books/books borrowed off friends totally do not count. Ditto anything I’ve preordered already and forgotten about. I don’t think there’s any of those, but it wouldn’t be the first time I’d entirely forgotten about a pre-order until it landed on my doorstep sooo…)
Have you got any goals for February? How are your resolutions going if you made any?