Things Before 30

Things Before 30 – January.

I can’t believe one month of this year has already gone! It’s been a slightly odd month for me, the first couple of weeks were very busy with uni assignments and exam revision and then the last couple were almost completely empty and a very welcome chance to take things a bit easy.

On my Things Before 30 list there are four things to do every month, so here’s how I got on with each of them.

14. Listen to at least one new (to me) band a month.
This month I listened to two new singers (I probably shouldn’t have used the word band). The first was Josh Kelley, I heard his cover of To Make You Feel My Love in the background of a film I was watching and paused it to find out who was singing. I listened to his Georgia Clay and BackWoods albums on Spotify, they were okay but I don’t think I’ll be rushing to buy them.

The second singer I listened to was Michael Kiwanuka following a recommendation from a twitter friend. I have listened to the five songs he has available on his MySpace page countless times since, I really love his style. His album isn’t available until March but I shall definitely be buying it.

19. Watch one as yet unwatched classic movie a month.
My lovely friend Emma has volunteered to steer in me in the direction of the 12 films I should watch this year to fulfil this part of my list, January’s film was The Philadelphia Story. I really enjoyed it, if all of the films this year are as good then I think this will have been a really good item to have on my list.

22. Try out a new recipe once a month.
This was the one that I nearly didn’t achieve, there was a sudden panic when I realised there were just two days left in January and my knee was playing up so I couldn’t stand for long. I flicked through my copy of Phil Vickery’s Seriously Good! Gluten-free Baking and found that the recipe I had most wanted to cook was incredibly simple and quick, so a perfect match. The recipe was for Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge cookies, and they were absolutely delicious.

27. Read one non-fiction book every month.
This month I read Heloise Goodley’s An Officer and a Gentlewoman which tells the story of her experience going through the Sandhurst training process. I shall be reviewing it in a couple of weeks, it was certainly an interesting read.

I have made some initial progress on a few of the other things on my list, but there’s nothing I can cross off completely yet.

4 thoughts on “Things Before 30 – January.

  1. I’m thrilled that you’re liking Michael Kiwanuka! I’m eagerly awaiting his album, too, but, in the meantime, I’ve downloaded his live stuff from the iTunes festival. It’s SO good. Particularly recommend I’ll Get Along.

    As for those Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge cookies, they look properly yummy!

  2. Oh hurrah! I’m glad you’re going to keep us posted on these monthly tasks. I especially love the baking and movie tasks.

    Chocolate peanut butter fudge cookies sound DIVINE. Like everything great in a cookie all lumped together 🙂

    1. I figured it was a good way to make sure I stuck to the monthly things 😉

      The cookies were good. The recipe was really simple too, it’d be a good one to do with children I think.

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