Day 60 – 12 things for leap day

As this year was a leap year and we’ve been gifted a free day, I wanted to make the most of it and do something more significant. I toyed with the idea of doing something official – like becoming a wedding officiant here, but realised it might be hard in Germany. Plus, it had been a long week, and I didn’t want to do anything with too much effort. So, I decided to do some silly new things, every hour, for 12 hours…

I documented the whole thing on instagram, you can follow my whole day on @newday_newthing if you like, so here I’ll just touch on a few of the new things.

11-12pm

I walked backwards from the shops, and got my fair share of funny looks.

12-1pm

A music quiz in the style of Jukebox Jams on Sara Cox’s BBC Radio 2 show. Basically, play a well known song, get the other person to stop the music at a random point, and then you sing the next line. I am notoriously bad at knowing the correct lyrics, so this was a challenge, but I somehow managed to get 9 out of 14! If you understood all that, I really recommend giving it a try – it was so much fun.

1-2pm

Stood on one leg for as long as I could – I lasted a measley 3 minutes, 50 seconds.

2-3pm

I made a bowl with some self-drying clay. This is a bit of work-in-progress.

3-4pm

I drew a self-portrait whilst blindfolded. This was so hard, but it was hilarous, I highly recommened giving this a go!

Yet another masterpiece for my collection.

4-5pm

Challenge my husband to see how many dried beans we could transfer from one bowl to another with chopsticks. Another fun and silly game, that was super easy to do.

5-6pm

I juggled, whilst standing on one leg, and recited the alphabet backwards. I’m really proud of this one, and honestly, absolutely amazed I managed to do it. I used a few of the new skills I’ve learned and combined them into one. I didn’t think it would work, and to be honest, it barely did, but I’m so happy I tried it! Hopefully, you can see this amazing feat by clicking here.

6-7pm

I played a game that was new to me, on my husband’s Megadrive Mini. It was called Kid Chamaleon and I basically only picked it because the main character looked like a cool dude!

7-8pm

I learned to play the spoons! I don’t think I’ll be doing it again – it just sounded a bit noisy.

8-9pm

Finally, new cocktail time! I didn’t want to buy anything extra for this, so I looked at what we had in and made a Grappatini. This was lovely, and incredibly potent – I even added one of my newly learned lemon twists.

Grappatini

9-10pm

Made a picture of a boy, from the word boy.

10-11pm

Used my t-shirt to become a ninja!

I loved doing all of these little challenges – they were all brand new to me, just a bit smaller or sillier than I’d normally do. They were so much fun, but I’m most pleased with the juggling/backwards alphabet/on one leg new thing: that is something I never in a million years thought I’d be able to do, which I think is a perfect way to celebrate this Leap Day!

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