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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

Glee - The End


If you haven't yet seen the final episode of Season 1 and want no hint of what happens then

You're still here?  Oh, OK then.  Let's groove!

If you follow me on Twitter you will have noticed that I may have made the odd remark commented rather a lot about Glee.  I was a bit nervous about the final episode, "Journey", as I'd got a little tired of seeing Rachel sing with her eyes shut with emotion and the story lines over the past few weeks had seemed to lack...  I don't know... something Gleeful?  There have been some fabulously genius moments like Artie's flashmob in the shopping mall...
... but, I digress.

My favourite bits:

  • Sue Sylvester mentioning her autobiography - "I'm A Winner And You're Fat" (rated: 4 tears of laughter)
  • Finn telling Rachel that he loves her and pursing his lips into a tiny air kiss before they went on stage (rated: 1 tear).
  • The way in which Quinn's labour/birth story was incorporated into Vocal Adrenaline's performance song.  REALLY clever (rated: buckets of tears).
  • The fact that New Directions didn't actually win.
  • Seeing Sue's choice on her voting slip (rated: one small gasp).
  • The song that the Glee Club sing collectively to Will back at school after the competition, including the reaction from Sue (rated: three tears).
  • Sue telling Will that if he didn't let go of her hand that she was "going to puke in his mouth"(rated: a real LOL moment).
  • Seeing who adopted Quinn's baby (rated: one large gasp).

Bit's I didn't enjoy:

  • The New Directions set list.  Not impressed at all to be honest (rated: three yawns).
  • The fact that Will and Emma didn't quite make it as a couple (rated: one roll of the eyes).
  • The song that Will sings at the end to the collective Glee club at the end.  Personal reasons only.  The fact that Puck was singing along too sort of made it bearable to watch/listen to (rated: two buckets of tears).

Glee.  Missing you already.  Roll on Season 2.

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Related Links:  Quotes from Sue Sylvester (work backwards from Page 12)