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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

In the words of Lady Bracknell.... " A HANDBAG?"

Most women (and some men) use a handbag of some description - it's a handy receptacle to carry a whole load of junk around; junk that you might just need one day.  

I recently tipped my handbag out and found the following:

My Filofax (how retro), OU study book, OU assignment book, study note-book, a sheaf of papers that I deemed "important" at some point but have currently no relevance to my life, a copy of the electric bill (why?  I have no idea - I pay by direct debit), an apple, office keys, car keys, house keys, 2 open packets of Polo's, a blister pack of headache tablets, a pair of sunglasses (!), 2 plasters, comb, mirror, lip plumper, lipstick, lip gloss, aloe vera lip salve (but also good for cuts, burns, etc), highlighter pen (in green), a fountain pen, a tiny figure of an angel that was a present from a close friend, pair of gloves, a crystal (that is supposed to warn off drunkness!!!), my purse (which also houses a whole load more crap) and my mobile phone (which is also my mp3 player).

This is the stuff I cart around every single day.  I can say that I do use most of it but I'm sure I should be carrying less.  However, this isn't a patch on what I used to lug around with me when the children were ankle-biters - there was the odd nappy, change of clothes for each child, a bottle or sippy cup, snacks, spare 20p's for the ride outside the supermarket, more gloves (kiddie size)... you name it, it was in the "survival kit".  I have no idea how I've not got a curvature of the spine from dragging that bag along for 10 years.

And this brings me to the burning question of this blog entry... Do you use a handbag? If so, what is in your bag?  Do you use it all or do you just carry the bare necessities?

A woman's mind is as complex as the contents of her handbag; even when you get to the bottom of it, there is ALWAYS something at the bottom to surprise you!

Billy Connelly

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Photo from "bbaunach" on Flickr