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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

#dosomethingyummy - Link Up - Week 3

Welcome to the #dosomethingyummy Writing Prompt Link Up for Week 3 of our CLIC Sargent Do Something Yummy awareness campaign.

Your writing prompt for Week 3 was "Getting Together" and you had a choice of three types of post:
  1. Personal post.  When was the last time you got together with a group of friends?
  2. Yummy post.  Tell us why getting together with other parents is important.
  3. Creative writing.  Tell us how you are surviving the half term holidays.  You also had a vlog prompt to get the kids involved with maybe an interview or something.
How did you do this week?  Did you tag someone?  Don't forget to remind them to link up here if they have written something.  I have cheated a little bit because my "Getting Together" post is family related rather than friend related but it's relevant to last week's post.  You can read it by scrolling past the link widget.  If you have written a #dosomethingyummy post please link up below but don't worry if you haven't joined in yet - the linky will be staying open for the whole of February and March.  If you are here to read the entries it would be great if you could share this post, or any of the ones linked up, on your social networks.

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Making Amends

After my post last week, I had to dig deep into my emotions to try and make a family meet-up something that was going to be a success.  My relationship with my family is a difficult one at the moment and whilst we love each other, we never seem to be on the same page.  It's like when people sing 'rounds' of London's Burning... we're all starting and finishing at different times.

My sister phoned to say that she was over at Dad's this week and could they come over to see us.  Yeah - drop everything Nickie and we'll come over and pretend to be a family for a few hours.  Without going into great detail, my sister ignored all phone calls and emails from me last year and still hasn't explained why.  Rejection, much?  Gawd, I sound bitter, don't I?

So, these sort of family meet-ups are always a little strained, to say the least, but seeing all the children together takes the edge of it.  Again, it's a long story and we're all really good a putting a front on but pictures like this make it all worthwhile.  Plus Dad offered to shout fish and chips for all - that was twelve of us when I counted up!    I can't even begin to tell you the blend of relatives here - siblings, cousins and second cousins... or first cousins, once removed ... maybe... I checked with Twitter and got them all confused!