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.
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.
Stood on one leg for as long as I could – I lasted a measley 3 minutes, 50 seconds.
I drew a self-portrait whilst blindfolded. This was so hard, but it was hilarous, I highly recommened giving this a go!
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.
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.
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!
I learned to play the spoons! I don’t think I’ll be doing it again – it just sounded a bit noisy.
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.
Made a picture of a boy, from the word boy.
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!