18 for 2018 – April update

Hello readers!

That’s it, another month already! Again, it wasn’t very productive craft-wise as I was away for work again in Queensland. It was very productive for work though so that’s a great thing! Here we go!

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.

No new letter this month, but I’ll be sending a few next month for my baby shower invitations! How exciting!

17 new recipes tried – 11/17
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!

Only one new recipe tried this month, and it was the delicious caramels from our bake-along (although mine were a bit hard as you may remember, caramels are hard work!)


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 have been painting this month but I haven’t finished any unit of miniatures. So no new unit this month but I’ll probably have progress next month!

15 books read – 3/15
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’ve read not one but two books this month! I guess being away from hubby makes me read more 😂 I’ve finished All the lights we cannot see by Anthony Doerr and it was an amazing book, I did cry very hard though at the end, it just such an emotional story and so beautifully written. The other book I read is Masters of death by Olivie Blake. I’ve been reading lots of fan-fictions from this author and I think she is amazing. This book was her first full story and it really didn’t disappoint. I fell in love with the characters straight away and the story was so well thought I couldn’t put it down!

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.

None this month again sadly but I’ll be knitting some this month, promise!

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

Sadly again, none this month because I was far away from home and I didn’t want to eat all the biscuits by myself! 

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.

Zero here too but do gloves count? 😅

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.

Again, it’s just a matter of making them but I didn’t get time. They will happen eventually!

10 new movies seen – 9/10
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.

I’m almost done with this goal already, with two new movies seen this month. I’ve seen Ready player one, which I thought was fantastic! I loved all the nerdy references to pop culture and video games in it. The second movies I saw was Avengers: infinity war and it was awesome! That was one of the movies I was really looking forward to seeing this year and it was so cool. I won’t give any spoiler but I just can’t wait for the next Marvel movies in the next few years!

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.

I’ve made a couple of my own designs again but none from other designers. I’m still working on mini me and I hope to finish her this month.

8 months cross-stitched on the snowblower diaries calendar – 2/8
This did not get worked on at all last year, so I’d like to finish it this year.

I’ve finished June! That means I’m half way done with the calendar. I would really like to have this displayed in baby’s room when it’s done so I’ll try to get cracking on it!


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.

None played this month but we will probably have a few games this month.

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!

I’ve published my updated design for Naiad the nudibranch, but I don’t really count it as it was already a published design. I’m putting together the pdf for my copepod at the moment so hopefully I’ll have another publish next month!

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!

I’m kind of giving up for this goal as I’ve not been able to run in the last month. I get really out of breath so I think that instead of running 5 km I’m going to try to walk 5 km at least 5 days out of 7 in the week to still keep active. I’m also trying to keep my pace around 10-12 min/km. I’ll let you know how I do next month! 

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!

None this month, I don’t actually think I’ll get started on a new square for a little while, as I already have wayyyy too many projects!

3 jumpers knitted – 0.2/3
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.

I cast on! I’ve bought Arwen, a beautiful jumper design from Isabell Kraemer and I’ve made a start on Monday. It’s knitting up really fast so I’m hoping it will be done in no time. Very excited to add another jumper to my wardrobe!

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

Next trip has been booked for July to go to Bendigo! I’m still so excited about it!

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

Another paper submitted this month for my thesis so it’s really shaping up now! Supervisors are happy which is always a good feeling. Submission date is still set to 1st of July so not far now!

That’s it for me! I hope your month has been productive 😘





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10 responses to “18 for 2018 – April update

  1. You are nailing it on how many movies you’ve seen lol! Do you have a treadmill well actually I suppose you don’t need one but when i used to go the gym (not now i’m lazy) i wasn’t the best at running and would get so out of breath. I did this thing where i would run for two minutes then walk, run again for two minutes then walk. Each week i would add a minute, after about a month i found that i could run for a lot longer. Good luck!

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    • Yes that’s pretty much what I was doing for the running but with being pregnant, I literally can’t breathe and I’m afraid it’s not good for the baby to cut the air supply too long 😅 (also I get out of breath just going up one flight of stairs, doctor says it’s normal now but I’d rather not risk the running). I’ve been going on long walks though to keep active and that seems to do the trick so far. And yeah, we go to the movies a lot! lol so many I want to see this month!


      • I didn’t even know you were having a baby did I miss this 😂😂😂

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      • 😂 LOL that explains it! Yes I’m due in October and the belly has been growing over the past week like crazy. Not the best time to do heavy cardio

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      • October baby yay! Whens the date? My birthday is on the 12th. Oh no don’t even bother exercising, just chill and enjoy eating and eating and eating lol

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      • haha I’ve definitely been eating too much nutella! Due date is on the 1st of Oct but I have a feeling it will be a bit early as the baby was measuring big at my last ultra sound. I just hope it’s not on my birthday lol I’m the 21st of Sept so it’s definitely possible.


  2. dezertsuz

    Wow. What a list! First, I read the first book you mentioned shortly after it came out, and I had a good cry, too. I looked at the second one just now on Amazon, and the Kindle version is $3.99, so I will buy it if I still like it tomorrow. I try to give myself a little think time. I liked that 93% gave it 5 stars and 7% gave it 4, meaning no one didn’t like it!

    You have some wonderful goals here, and plenty of time to see them come to a finish. I like how many are things you do with your husband. =)

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    • I think you’ll cry with ‘All the lights we cannot see’ for sure, it was such an emotional story! And I think it’s important to continue doing things with hubby, this year has been a bit crazy so far and we’ve spent too much time apart already. We’ve both had so much work so it’s nice to plan more time together 😉


  3. This is such a nice way to make goals! I had the same goal of “5 km ran without stopping” last year. Are you doing a special program? I started with a program like Couch to 5K and that worked really well for me. I did have to repeat some weeks, but after about 15 weeks I managed to run the 5K. Hope that this story might give you some extra motivation 🙂

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    • I was just doing interval training with alternating walking and running. I hadn’t heard of this program, but I’ll definitely look into it for after the baby is born. I might still be able to fit that goal in before the end of the year! Lol


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