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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 a sushi convert... almost

sushi, chicken, vegetable, rice,
Sushi.  Raw fish and cold rice with seaweed wrapped around it.  *makes vomiting noise*

I have always been fascinated by the creation of sushi; the colours, the intricacy and the rolling (no, it doesn't remind me of rolling joints, no, not one bit...) but ask me to put raw fish in my mouth and you'll not see me for dust.  [dearest reader: insert your own joke here]

But I was in Tesco the other day, browsing for a sandwich at lunch time, and saw that sushi came in all sorts of other "flavours", including vegetable and chicken... CHICKEN!!!

Oooohh!  Chicken is my all-time favourite food.  It doesn't look raw and looks quite inviting. I thought I'd give it a try.

Well, knock me down with a feather... it's LOVELY!  Why did no-one tell me this before?  The cold rice doesn't taste as awful as I thought it would.  The vegetables are fresh and crunchy.  The chicken is marinated in all sorts of lovely flavours.  I'll have a bit more of that please.  And maybe even a veg version.

But you'll still not get me trying the fishy version.  Not in a million years.

EDITED TO ADD:  So I just nipped over to the sushi page on Wikipedia and it seems that you can make all manner of sushi and it's the rice (shari) that's the common ingredient rather than the filling (neta).  You learn something every day.  Note to self:  avoid sashimi at all costs.