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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

The Fridge of a Bad Parent

All these pictures of beautiful bulging fridges full of food and interesting jars and containers are annoying me.

First of all, I don't keep eggs in the fridge.  No, no, no!!!  Eggs should be room temperature and kept on top of the microwave like in our house.  All condiments and jars of sauces and spreads are kept in the pantry cupboard above the fridge along with the cereal and bread.

Finally, this is totally and utterly representative of our fridge.  In fact, this isn't the worst it's been (but it has been better, obviously) and no, I don't have another fridge in the shed or the garage hiding all the good stuff because I have neither of those things.  There are rarely leftovers as we have two ever-growing boys and a dog and we tend to use food out of the freezer or buy fresh on the day.

Ice Tray
I have no idea.  It is completely iced up and overflowing.
The door is broken but frozen in place.

Top Shelf
Tub of "fiery jalapeños and garlic" houmous 
Chicken and stuffing in a plastic box
Coleslaw that is just on the verge of being past its best
Cream Cheese that seems to have been in there forever 

Middle Shelf
Stork margarine 
Four bottles of Budweiser 

Bottom Shelf
Six cans of Carlsberg Export

Salad Drawer

Door - Top Tray
A bit of butter, to be used for greasing next time I bake
Garlic and liver paté

Door - Middle Shelf
Two cans of Carlsberg Export 
A bottle of Irish Meadow (it's not Baileys - it just thinks it is)
Some semi-skimmed milk
Some more butter for cooking

Door - Bottom Shelf
An almost empty, very sticky, jar of strawberry jam


Edit: Thursday Afternoon

I got bullied into going shopping.

The fridge looks a little better now with some yoghurts, boiled ham, new coleslaw, bacon, sausages, cheese and more milk.  Oh and there's a couple of pasties from Gregg's left over from lunch time.  I'm such a chav!

It's ended up like a "spot the difference" challenge, hasn't it?


Thank you to Cass from Frugal Family for allowing me to give you the opportunity to make you feel good about yourself.

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