So I’m a little late rounding up the things I’ve checked off the 2013 Checklist for February, but you don’t mind right? I can’t quite believe that it’s March already, life just seems to go so quickly when you’re an adult. I remember when I was a kid, the six week summer holiday seemed to stretch on for eternity, yawning in front of me like a glorious, sunny, retirement. Six weeks now feels like six minutes. This is what getting old must be. Anyway, onto the list.
Books read: One. The Hobbit. I’m not doing well with reading at the moment. Catch-22 is killing me slowly from the inside out. I wish I could read more than one book at once but I just can’t. So yeah, one book read this whole year so far. Not doing well.
Films watched: Kingpin, Argo (for the second time) and Big Daddy. The film watching has slowed down since work has started again. And since we got Sky.
Song I’ve listened to a lot: Countdown by Beyoncé. Not that endless playing of Beyoncé songs helped to get me tickets, because it didn’t.
The 2013 Checklist
Well, I thought that February would be a quiet month for checking things off but it’s turned out pretty well. Here is what I’ve ticked off this month.
Item #5: Test a new drink
Completed: 16th February 2013.
When I discovered that Kopparberg make non-alcoholic cider, I knew that this would be the drink to test for this checklist item. I bought the pear version and the mixed berry version and I really enjoyed them both and it was nice that they had the sharpness that you get with alcohol so it wasn’t just like drinking pop. I got asked for ID when I bought it which was quite amusing too. But yes, I’ll definitely buy it again.
Item #6: Try a new restaurant
Completed: 3rd February 2013.
February is the notorious ‘birthday month’ during which every person and their dog has a birthday, usually meaning lots of meals out. For Greg’s sister’s birthday we went somewhere new; a little Italian restaurant called The Italian Orchard. Everything about it was enjoyable. The atmosphere and surroundings were lovely, with a live pianist who also took requests. I thought that only happened in films. The food was great and there were lots of italians eating there which I always think is the sign of a good ‘foreign’ restaurant. We shared a massive garlic bread to start, I then chose vegetable lasagne for my main and then proceeded to be super gluttonous and have a creme brulée for afters. Yummy.
Item #12: Try a food you hated as a child
Completed: 17th February 2013.
I went to Greg’s Mum’s for a Sunday roast and there was a big heap of cabbage on my plate. Cabbage has always been an arch nemesis of mine, and as soon as I was old enough not to have it put on my plate whether I liked it or not, I stopped eating it. There’s only so much hiding it underneath your mashed potatoes a person can do. Anyway, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to get this checked off my list. I still hate it. It’s so awful.
Item #30: Tell someone you love them
Completed: 14th February 2013.
Well it might seem obvious that I completed this item on Valentine’s Day, but I did go out of my way to tell someone I love them. I say it to Greg all of the time so I was hardly going to be lame and check that off the list – that would be too easy. Anyway, I used Valentine’s Day to text my closest family and friends and tell them that I love them. Because sometimes you forget to say it even though you feel it.
Item #47: Discover new music
Completed: 13th February 2013.
I went to see Paloma Faith and the support act was a young woman called Josephine who I had never heard before. I thought a lot of her music was quite similar but one song did stand out to me and that was this one:
Item #53: Buy yourself something frivolous
Completed: 28th February 2013.
Well. Oh my goodness. I accidentally bought myself something really frivolous. I say accidentally because it happened really quickly and it was something I wasn’t supposed to be buying until summer when I’d saved up a bit of money. Anyway. This.
Not this exact one in case you were thinking of searching my number plate or something weird (I don’t know). But it’s a little VW Fox and I love it. It’s my first ever car even though I’ve been able to drive for about five years, so it’s pretty exciting!
Anyway, that’s my February. What have you been up to?