So it felt like a lot of my May list of goals were left unmet. Perhaps I tried to do too much or became distracted when I realised I needed to clear down my PVRs in time for Glastonbury. It also wasn’t helped by picking up Bioshock Infinite which now I’ve started makes sense to try and finish instead of waiting until next month.
So let’s try and keep June more obtainable and focused around getting ready and going to Glastonbury.
The Men Who Stare At Goats Finish Bioshock Infinite
- Try to 100% Lego City
- KFC Interview
Glastonbury Clear PVR space Shopping Packing Planning Do it
- Arrested Development
1 2 3 4
- Arrested Development
- Hang picture
- Tidy speakers
I’m going to leave the other entertainment things from May until I know I have more time. Blade Runner, Walking Dead, Professor Layton and House Of Cards I’ll see you in July if not before.
So here we go with a list of things to do in May, I’m hardly reaching for the stars and I’ve already made a head start on some of these things but all should be achievable (apart from hanging the picture which will probably never happen).
Lego City 50%
- Sort out home cinema speakers
(Sort of) Tidy desk area Edge Empire Run 50km (cumulative) 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50
Read Raiders of The Last Ark PDF transcript
- Blade Runner Disc 1
PVR > 20% Feed Videos
- SMS Tidy
- Start reading The Walking Dead
- Finish Professor Layton
Photo Disc Backup Love Film Your Sister’s Sister The Adjustment Bureau Chemical Brothers
Salmon Fishing In The Yemen
- House Of Cards
- Arrested Development
Season 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Season 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Season 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
- April Leftofvers
- Hang Picture
One of the ideas behind blogging goals for each month was to be accountable to something. As I approach the end of April I thought I’d have a look back at those goals and see how I’ve done. There are a few days left and I often round a month up to the following weekend but I’ve mostly done okay.
I started, finished and loved reading Cloud Atlas, it’s made me want to read real novels again. I’ve also read this months Empire and nearly finished Edge. I got my money’s worth from LoveFilm by watching 4 films although Brave was an extra one I squeezed in last month. There are lots of great films on Instant at the moment but I think I’m going to take a 90 day holiday to switch to Netflix and give myself chance to watch some other things.
I’ve finished the story in Lego City Undercover, a fun game and perhaps even more enjoyable now I’m just finding things to do. A few more hours play yesterday took me up to 40% complete, I arbitrary decided to try and get to 50% this month which won’t happen now but I should hold off buying another game (Bioshock Infinite or Tomb Raider) until I do.
The poster isn’t hung. It may never be. It almost seems more in character for it to be propped up against the wall, fully framed. I was going to do it but we had no nails and I never made it to the shop.
I’ve made a good attempt at clearing down my Pocket list which was approaching 200 items at the start on the month. It’s back down to below 100 which is where I want to keep it. I’ll continue making my way through the videos which have been clogging it up for months now.
I tried playing Waking Mars but couldn’t get back into it, perhaps I left it too long between starting and continuing or maybe it’s not for me. I doubt I’ll try it again and will move on to something else.
I left it until today but I cleared out my kitchen cupboard and it feels a lot better now. Earlier in the month I copied all the music files I’d ripped to an external drive back to my laptop so I can use Google Music in the cloud – it’s an amazing service and it feels good to know I can stream my entire music library wherever I am.
So I’ve done most of what I set out to do even if that wasn’t a lot. I also attended Bradford International Film Festival where I saw nine films and two programmes of Tom and Jerry shorts meaning I’ve logged 47 films on Letterboxd. I also discovered the trakt.tv site containing all the TV date I’ve been logging with the Series Guide Android app which says I’ve checked in 1 day, 5 hours, 5 minutes of television including most of Spiral and Broadchurch plus the return of Doctor Who.
It’s May on Wednesday and I may even make a start on some of my May goals; I’m thinking of watching Arrested Development before the new episodes as well as House Of Cards on Netflix. Should I start reading The Walking Dead? Or buy Bioshock Infinite which I’m annoyed to have missed at £25 twice now. I really should aim higher and do something more than read, watch and play but what else is there?
I managed to get through most of my March list time to move on to April:
Empire Edge LoveFilm 4 Films Brave Cockneys Vs Zombies Potiche Jeff Who Lives At Home
Read Cloud Atlas
- Lego City Undercover
- Some Extras
20% 30% 40%
- Hang Poster
- Clear Pocket Unread list
- Finish Waking Mars
Tidy Kitchen Cupboard ITunes and Google Music
I’m not going to add a boxset this month even though I want to watch House Of Cards and Deadwood, I think it will be enough trying to read a real book and play a full game, not to mention clearing some space from the PVR.
It’s time to set out another list of things to try and achieve this month.
February Fails Pointless Book Finish Super Mario U Feb Empire
Empire (March) Edge Finish An Idiot Abroad book Frameand hang poster Import film diary to Letterboxd Copenhagen Photosand maybe a Blog Caprica (LoveFilm) S01 E01 – Caprica Pilot, Part 1 S01 E02 – Caprica Pilot, Part 2 S01 E03 – Rebirth S01 E04 – The Reins of A Waterfall S01 E05 – Gravedancing S01 E06 – There Is Another Sky S01 E07 – Know Thy Enemy S01 E08 – The Imperfections of Memory S01 E09 – Ghosts in the Machine S01 E10 – End of Line S01 E11 – Unvanquished S01 E12 – Retribution S01 E13 – Things We Lock Away S01 E14 – False Labor S01 E15 – Blowback S01 E16 – The Dirteaters S01 E17 – The Heavens Will Rise S01 E18 – Here Be Dragons S01 E19 – Apotheosis
I’ve always said January is a bad time to try and make any life changes or trying to set any goals for the year ahead. Practically and psychologically it makes no sense and I’m sure I’ve read most “experts” recommend waiting a few weeks.
Personally I’m usually busy in January with Keswick Film Festival not to mention having lots of goodies left over from Christmas and the “bad” weather makes it difficult to get things done. However I do like to plan and set goals and as we enter February it felt like a good time to think about things. I’m leaving out anything big and focussing on the small things like making sure I go to Live At Leeds and watching the Deadwood boxset I bought last year. Even though I like to think nobody is reading this blog I know I’m more likely to do things if I tell somebody, so here is a list for February:
Finish watching Battlestar Galactica boxset (Season 5)
Sometimes a Great Notion
A Disquiet Follows My Soul
Blood on the Scales
Someone to Watch Over Me
Islanded In a Stream of Stars
Daybreak, Part I
Daybreak, Part II
Daybreak, Part III
- Start and finish New Super Mario Bros U
Finish Little Inferno (Wii U) Story Achievements
- Read the Pointless book (FAILED but made some substitutions instead:
An Idiot Abroad 32% 1227 QI Facts to Blow Your Socks Off
Read Danish phrasebook Plan visit to Copenhagen 5 Lovefilm films/discs 1: 30 Rock 1-3 2: 21 Jump Street 3: Machete 4: My Week With Marilyn 5: Easy A
Clean ceiling (exciting stuff) Buy picture frame Buy or repair camera
Hopefully that should be achievable.