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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


I am good at making lists - that's a given.  However, I now have so many lists that I'm making a list of the whereabouts of all the lists....
Holiday imminent
  • Grovelling to school complete, guilt trip ridden, release form filled in
  • 16 year old son staying at home
  • Instructions given and written down including notes about that need to be done whilst we are away - feed self, feed lizards, feed goldfish, wash self, lock windows, no parties, etc.
  • Iceland cleared out of ready meals (x14)
  • Daughter round the corner - offered to cook him the occasional meal to make sure he doesn't starve to death
  • Neighbour alerted
  • Ironing complete
  • Packing more or less done
  • Passports all in date
  • Need to dye hair
  • Need to have hair cut
  • Need to get eyebrows threaded
  • Guest posts almost ready for scheduling (Oh, you're in for some treats.... itinerary up on Wednesday)
  • Tickets to be collected at the airport (never done that before)