It's been a bit of a busy period over the past couple of weeks which means I haven't made as much progress on the 30 before 30 challenge as I would have liked which means the Ryan Gosling body remains as unlikely as every (sorry ladies) and the Queen remains unmet (sorry Ma'am).
However, it's not been a completely fruitless period and I have made progress on a number of the challenges.
Challenge 3: Grow a real beard
Albeit at an embarrassingly slow rate, the stubble has been replaced by the fledlings of a gingery/blonde beard as the picture below illustrates:
Unfortunately, coverage is patchy at best but the beauty with this challenge is I've still got another 11 months to pull off a proper beard that looks something a little more like this (although hopefully not quite as ginger!):
Challenge 6: Perform a poem at Rhymes with Orange
My Rhymes with Orange performance is now CONFIRMED for Wednesday 5th December at the Bedroom Bar on Revington Street in Shoreditch.
I am pretty apprehensive about this challenge. I have never, ever written a poem before and would list performing in front of a live audience in any kind of creative capacity as something I would actively seek to avoid doing.
I haven't started writing my poem yet and I really don't want to make a complete fool out of myself in front of loads of people that I know.
That said, if anyone is interested in coming along to have a laugh (preferrably with me rather than at my expense), I'll be performing at some time between 7 and 10 pm.
Challenge 7: Read 30 books
I've been racing through the Game of Thrones books on my Kindle and am now well in to book 4 - A Feast of Crows.
That means that I've whittled off three books in three weeks and if I carry on at that rate I'll have this challenge in the bag well before the end of the summer. That would be a huge bonus as I was thinking that this was going to be one of more difficult challenges as I'm not the quickest of readers.
I've still got another two Game of Thrones books to go before I start thinking about what I'm going to read next but I think that I'm going to try and use the opportunity to read a few classics which, as a failed English teacher, I really should have read already.
Challenge 16: Take part in a Beetle Drive
I've been doing a bit of research recently into Beetle Drives and now feel a lot more comfortable with the challenge. Originally, I thought that a Beetle Drive involved having to be able to drive VW Beetle in some kind of race which would make my participation utterly dependent upon being able to learn to drive before the competition.
Fortunately, it turns out that a Beetle Drive is actually something completely different altogether, requiring absolutely no driving ability whatsoever. A Beetle Drive is actually a game similar to Bingo invovling dice, a pencil, an ability to draw a beetle and a large amount of luck.
I'm still not entirely sure what it's all about but I will hopefully be finding out sooner rather than later as I have emailed a guy in Tunbridge Wells about taking part in a drive on 4th December.
That's the night before Rhymes with Orange, so all going well I could be ticking two further challenges off in the space of a couple of days. The only issue is that I'm not currently a member of the Constitution Club where it's taking place.
Challenge 23: Win £10 on the National Lottery
Since my last blog, I've played the Saturday and Wednesday midweek draw a further three further times and to date I've still only achieved one number and the bonus ball (again once).
I've obviously still got a long way to go to get my three numbers but it'll be interesting to see how many goes it will take for me to succeed. It'll also be interesting to see how many times I get any numbers at all in my attempts. I think it's a safe bet to say that zero is undoubtedly going to be the most likely out come.
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