18 for 2018 – March update

Happy Sunday everyone!

I am not dead, I am in fact quite invigorated after these couple of weeks on holidays and I am ready to take on April (what? that started a week ago? Oh well!)

I have been keeping track of my goals as usual and here is where I’m at on my 18 for 2018 goals. Not much progress in some areas but I am reaching some of my bigger goals so that’s okay!

18 letters sent to friends – 1/18
With the interstate move I would like to keep in contact with friends so I want to make the effort to send them handwritten letter throughout the year.

I’ve written and delivered a wedding card to one of my first Australian friend who got married at the end of March, the ceremony was beautiful and we had lots of fun catching up with uni friends at dinner. 


17 new recipes tried – 10/17
If you’ve been following me for a while you will know that I love cooking and baking so this should be pretty easy. Plus, the monthly bake-along will definitely help me with this one!

I’ve tried two new recipes this month, a prawn stir fry and blinnies. The recipe for blinnies was so easy and delicious I will definitely make them again and they were great with some cream and jam. 


16 painted units of miniatures – 3/16
My husband and I play a miniature game and one of the fun parts is to build and paint our own miniatures. I haven’t done much last year so I hope to catch up this year by painting more models.

I’ve already shown you two of the units I’ve painted, and I’ve added a third one, still from the same army. I’m getting a break from orks at the moment though and I’ve been painting from another army, so I’m going great with this goal. 

15 books read – 1/15
I’ve decided to tune down this goal from last year, as I don’t have a lot of time to read. But I feel like 15 would be a good number to reach this year.

I’m afraid that unless you count fan fiction, I haven’t done much reading in March either. Maybe this month, as I’m away from hubby again so I might get bored and read more. We’ll see. 

14 mitered squares added to my memory blanket – 1/14
I have started a knitted memory blanket using my scraps of yarn from previous projects (mostly socks) and I’d like to see it grow this year.

No new square this month.

13 batches of biscuits made and eaten – 3/13
Again, with the bake-along this should be quite easy to accomplish!

No Bake-along for me this month but I’ve made some delicious chocolate clusters that I will count for this goal!


12 pairs of socks – 2/12
We have real winters in Melbourne, so hubby and I will definitely need new socks, I thought one per month was a manageable goal.

None this month but I’m working on a pair of gloves as I found my fingers to be rather freezing on my afternoon walks. 

11 new stitch markers made – 0/11
I have been playing with shrinking plastic lately and I’d like to make new stitch markers using some cute drawings.

I’ve made some really pretty earrings with shrinking plastic but no stitch marker yet. This will happen soon though and I think I might make them all at the same time. I currently have about 8 designs so I also need to think about a few more to reach 11. 

10 new movies seen – 7/10
We go to the movies almost every week, so I think this goal will be easy to reach, but it will give me a change to blog about movies I see a bit more.

Three more movies this month, we’ve seen Game Night, Red Sparrow and Tomb Raider. All of them were pretty good but nothing really special either. I’m really looking forward to Infinity Wars this month though!

9 amigurumi made – 1/9
I obviously love amigurumi enough to design some! I want to precise that those 9 amigurumi will be from other designers, I might even participate in another ami-along.

No amis from other designers this month, I feel like I didn’t get much crochet done actually. 

8 months cross-stitched on the snowblower diaries calendar – 1/8
This did not get worked on at all last year, so I’d like to finish it this year.

None this month but I took it with me so I will be working on it this month. 

7 games of 40k played with hubby – 2/7
The good thing with painting miniatures is that I will definitely want to play more (I’m hoping anyway) and this will definitely be a fun activity to do with my husband.

We’ve played a second game hurray! It was really fun and we were quite close until the end on the board but I had way too many points for poor hubby to come back. I thought of taking a picture though! I was playing the scary looking monsters/aliens that are mostly painted. 


6 new designs published – 2/6
As you know I already have two new designs that I need to write up and publish. I have also started on a knitted shawl design using the beautiful yarn I got in NZ. Very excited about this one!

No designs published but I’ve been reworking my nudibranch pattern and I designed a new amigurumi that needs writing up. Pretty excited about both of those.

5 km ran without stopping – in progress
This doesn’t seem like much but currently I can’t run more than a few minutes without having to slow down to a walk, so I’d like to be able to actually run without dying for 5 km!

Still going on this one, my routine jogging route is about 3 km now so I’m definitely getting closer. 

4 LOTR squares finished – 1/4
Yes I know I’ve been making this for ages but 2018 is the year I get it finished!

Not even started on the next one! Whoops! 

3 jumpers knitted – 0/3
Similarly to the need for socks, I will need more jumpers this year! I already have the yarn and a pattern for my first jumper so I’m hoping this goes smoothly.

Still not started because I desperately need to cast off my RBTL shawl first! This is killing me I think I will try to finish the RBTL in April but I’ll need all the concentration I can get. 

2 getaway trips – 1/2
We are trying to save money for a house deposit this year, but I’d still like to get a couple weekends away with hubby. We already have one planned, we will be going to the Bendigo sheep and wool show in July

We have booked Bendigo!! I’m so excited about it I just can’t wait 😀 we have also obviously just finished a week and a half holidays in Queensland and it was great to spend time with family and friends. We even went to our very fist escape room and it was so much fun! 

1 thesis submitted – 0/1
I’m so keen to finish my PhD, so this is definitely my n°1 goal this year!

This is going well, only the last paragraphs of the discussion to polish up, but I have until July so no stress! 

That’s it for me! I also really wanted to thank you so much for all your support on my previous 18 for 2018 posts, you guys are the best and really keep me motivated! I’ll be back a bit more regularly from this week on, with at least WIP Wednesday posts to show you what I’ve been up to lately.




Filed under miscellaneous, WIP, Work in progress

15 responses to “18 for 2018 – March update

  1. claire93

    lots of great goals there!
    I bought myself an eliptigo cross trainer a long while back, and it’s been gathering dust in the attic . . . however, over the past few weeks, I’ve been going up there for 15 minute training sessions each day and am pleased to say I have worked up speed & stamina so I can now do 4km in 15 minutes and my legs don’t feel all wobbly afterwards lol. It’s a lot more gentle on joints than proper running.

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    • That’s really good Claire! You’re definitely doing better than me 😅 I’ve never been much of a runner so I do find it a bit challenging but I enjoy the outside circuit we go on with my pup (he often comes run with me)


  2. You are doing well, especially since I’m betting many of these will move quickly when the thesis is turned in! You are polishing the discussion section? That is so exciting to here!! We had happy news on that front here, Girl #1 is now a doctoral candidate instead of a grad student! Her final research and the initial chapters of her dissertation have been approved so she is living in the lab now.

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    • Thanks Kathy! Ah yes becoming a candidate was definitely a big milestone! Congrats to her!! It does seem so far away for me 😂 I love working in the lab though so I’m currently back and doing some contract work for my lab. It’s fun as I don’t have to write a whole thesis after that work lol

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  3. Your minis look great – really need to get into painting too but my painting table always gets all cluttered up miraculously o.O. What is shrinking plastic? Never heard of it but it sparks my interest (I know that’s not really difficult). And one tip for your 5k goal: sign up for a race – not only is it fun but it will give you the extra incentive to stretch yourself out of your 3k comfy routine 🙂

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    • Thanks 😊 I’m lucky that hubby keeps our painting table (ahem, our lounge room table) useable! Shrinking plastic is plastic on which you can draw or write and then you pop it in the oven and it comes out much smaller but sturdier. Perfect to make jewellery and stitch markers I’m hoping! It’s really fun too 😊 and thanks for the running tip, I should look into races in my area

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  4. A great crafty month, well done. Keep it up and enjoy.

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  5. Oh my goodness Emma! How in the world do you get it all done?! You are an amazing woman! I could comment on everyone of your fantastic goals, but will focus on two. I am impressed with your being able to create while working on a PHd. Good luck and definitely keep that goal number 2 after spending quality time with your husband. And second, I am so going to have to look up that game. I’ve never heard of it before❤️❤️

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    • That’s a good question actually! I do feel like I’m trying to do too much sometimes but then again I love a good list! And you totally have to look up the game, it’s really fun! 😀


  6. Gosh you really are keeping yourself out of mischief! Some good progress all round I think!


  7. You’re doing great! I’m a bit behind on my recipes, I must catch up – maybe I’ll give blinnies a go!

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