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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'M ON A DRUG... IT'S CALLED "TYPECAST".  It's not available because if you try it you will get addicted to blogging.  Your fingers will melt off and your children will weep over your reduced parenting.  I'm tired of pretending like I'm not special.  I'm tired of pretending I'm not bitchin', a total freakin' blog star from the Blogoverse...  *

Oops, sorry.  I have no idea what just happened there.  It was like I went all Charlie Sheen and got TYPECAST BLOOD coursing through my veins.  Which is sort of true... but not really.  

*fanfare*  I love recognition for all the hard work I put into blogging, both on the front of the blog and behind the scenes.  Yes, once again I have been nominated for not one but TWO MAD Blog Awards in 2012.  The "MADs" celebrate the UK's best Mum & Dad blogs and are sponsored, once again, by ParentDish.

I'm really chuffed to have been nominated for "Most Innovative" for a second year running and also for the brand new category of "Most Helpful".  Both of these categories suit this blog down to the ground.  

I am massively grateful for the first round of nominations that got me through to the finals but I'd love for you to vote one final time to ensure that I WIN AND WE ALL CONTINUE RECEIVING TYPECAST BLOOD.  Voting is open RIGHT NOW and will close at 5.00pm on Wednesday 6th June 2012.  It's dead easy to vote - you just search for my categories in the menu and use the drop down option to select TYPECAST

Watch out for projects that I'm getting involved with during the build-up to the awards ceremony.  I've already signed up for something that is no doubt going to embarrass me and the Most Innovative nominees intend to try and top the lip sync video from last year.

*Charlie Sheen quotes adapted from his Top 10 Quotes in the Telegraph