So I’m currently sat here watching the Winter Olympics. This thing is insane! Firstly the ice hockey. Who saw a game of hockey and thought ‘you know what this game needs? A really slippy surface. Let’s do this on ice!’
And then there’s speed skating. Like what?! Probably one of the weirdest sights you’ll see in all the sports. Men dressed in really tight Lycra skating around really fast with their hands behind their backs. They just look so casual, holding the same position my grandad does when he wanders down the the newsagents in the morning. Until the corners where they’re practically skimming the floor and somehow managing to overtake!
But now, my personal favourite, freestyle skiing. Seriously, if you haven’t seen this you really should. You’ll be amazed trust me. Basically it’s skiing down a hill over what I can only describe as snow speed bumps and throwing in a spectacular jump every now and then. Kind of reminds me the when I used to slide down the stairs on my bum as a child (and still now, let’s not lie). If you’ve seen it then you’ll know what I mean …
We may only be on the 20th day of this year, but they say you learn something new everyday … don’t worry there aren’t 20 lessons here, just some of the most interesting ones:
Also, I have no photo to relate to this post so I thought I’d just crack this one out again. She’s a beauty isn’t she?!
1) Everyone hates quizes
If you read my post on my goals for this year you’ll know that this is going to be a big fundraising year, and to start us off with a bang, made an awesome dingbats quiz competiton, set out to get people to take part … andddd discovered that apparently, everyone I know really hates quizes. If I didn’t want their money it would be quite funny to watch people’s faces as they try to think of a polite way to say “no I really don’t want to do that, it sounds really dull”
2) Good grades require revision
Wait what? I may have been somewhat distracted over the Christmas period doing things that were much more fun than sitting at a desk writing lots of words, but that kind of means my mother received my grades. Which leads us to the next lesson …
3) THEY EMAIL REPORTS STRAIGHT TO YOUR PARENTS NOW!
Gone are the days of inconspicuously throwing your brown envelope in the bin on your way home. Nowadays, the first suggestion that your mum’s about to find out about that D is that raised eyebrow as she tells you “I got an email from college today …”
4) Don’t bother with planning
Another of our new year’s goals was to be more organised with this blog, so I headed to Katie’s after my last lesson on Friday so we could get some serious planning done. 3 hours later we’d gossiped, laughed, watched vines of Zac Efron … and done absolutely no planning
5) If you’re going to dabble in selfies – go all out
Whilst avoiding planning on that Friday we also amused ourselves by counting the amount of selfies on a friend of ours’ instagram page. 101. Seriously. 101!
I’ve been a bit absent from this blog for quite a while now but I’m going to start as I mean to go on with some new goals for 2014…
Complete a large percentage of our 101 Challenge
We’ve actually done quite a few of them already without writing them up, but I’d like to have got loads more challenges completed by the end of 2014.
Decide what I’m doing next year
Now that I’m halfway through Year 13, as many of you will know from experience or your teachers going on about it all the time, I’ve had to make a decision about my options for after sixth form. I’ve decided to take a gap year instead of going to university straight away and I want to try to do some work experience with children, then go on to do an education degree the year after. I just need to decide exactly what I’m going to do, because as exciting as the freedom of a year out sounds – it’s also incredibly scary to have no definite plans yet.
Be more motivated to do revision and studying
Now that I’m in my last 5 months of sixth form, its vitally important that I get my head down and study… I’m actually starting to sound like my teachers now.
and leaving the best ’til last…
Spend more time with Hannah
Mainly because everyone needs a friend that they can laugh continuously with for hours on end over absolutely nothing, but also because we need to get ourselves a bit more organised with our posting on here. Also there need to be more pictures of our faces in the world. Like this one for example:
2013 has been a pretty eventful year complete with college drop-outs, starting blogs, weddings, babies, engagements, new friends, old friends, and pretty awesome adventures. I mean come on, we built a fort (look out for that post soon)!
I’m pretty excited for this new year and all the possibilities it already holds, but it’s also kinda scary. This will be the year my friends all go off to Uni and I’ll be left to become fully independent and to move on from how life was in high school. This is the year I’ll gain the responsibility of two more girls to my youth group. And most importantly, this is the year when our Halloween tradition will become really sad, as an 18 and a 19 year old sit and watch High School Musical.
So here’s my personal goals for this year:
Fund raise My Ass Off
Yes, that is the term I’ll be using when people ask me what I hope to do this year although maybe not to my grandma. There’s a course in London on leadership in the Church that I want to do once I’ve finished college, problem being that it’s really expensive. I mean really expensive. So I have a feeling that practically everyone I know will immediately attempt to hide their purse every time they see by the end of the year …
Make it to the end of Year 12
I mean, this is my second time around and it’d be kind of embarrassing to have to do it three times. I’m not sure I can cope with the shame of being 19 and still in the same year as I was at 17. This is probably the most important one, but it’s also the one that will involve the most work, and that doesn’t sound very fun at the moment.
Read the Bible at least twice a week
Because it’s a good book that never gets old
Be more organised with this blog
Actually plan things instead of just fluking it on the day, because that’s how I start to ramble about rubbish that no one cares about
Be more organised with youth planning
Being in charge of a youth group really does require more planning than I’m good at. There’s always things I think I should mention or take them too then realise three months later I’ve completely missed it again. But not this year!
Be more organised in life
See above and apply it to literally every situation in day-to-day life. I feel lists are the way forward.
Do more of the 101 challenge!
Seriously, we’ve done so many that we haven’t got round to blogging about yet! Come on girls!