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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

100 Words - The Fish Is Dead, Long Live The Fish

Number 2 and Number 1
After our goldfish had the meal of their lives yesterday morning, I noticed that Number 2 was looking a little peaky.  He was gasping for breath at the top of the tank, lying on his side, dive-bombing to the bottom of the tank then slowly floating back up to the top again.  Repeating ad infinitum.

I changed the water, much to the protest of Number 1, and pondered whether to put Number 2 out of his misery there and then.  I didn't though - not sure why.

Today he is back to his normal self as if nothing had happened.  Weird.