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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

Soundtrack To My Life - Paula

soundtrack to my lifeI have an ENORMOUS confession to make.  This weeks Soundtrack To My Life should have been posted up last week to celebrate Paula's 40th Birthday.  Paula is one of my besties on Twitter and we had the chance to meet up a few weeks ago.  She's just as amazing in real life as I thought she would be.  And to show how much I love her, I allowed her to post her last song without questioning it even though it is #2 in my most hated songs ever.  THAT'S true friendship right there.


Barbara Streisand - Secondhand Rose 

My mum always sang this at family gatherings from as far back as I can remember. I could never really understand it when I was younger, but that didn't stop me memorising all the lyrics.


 Boney M - Rasputin 

We lived in a two up, two down - all eleven of us. There was a girls room, a boys room and my folks slept downstairs. In the girls room, there was a big Boney M poster that used to frighten the bejesus outta me! The eyes used to follow me around the room.


 Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now 

Naff maybe, but this was my teenage years. I didn't realise back then what awful dress sense she had. But I can still remember dancing around my bedroom and every time I hear it, I'm 16 again!


Van Morrison - Days Like This 

I've already written a blog post about this, but this is "our" song and when I hear it I go a little big gooey inside


 Feel It - The Tamperer 

Will always remind me of my son, Andy, who at 2 used to sing "chimney on her" at the top of his voice whenever he heard this. He still has appalling taste in music.



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You can find Paula on Twitter as @paulamaher which happens to be her name, so that's handy.  She also is an amazing poet and needs TELLING to get this off the ground somehow.  You can hear one of her poems here but she'll also sing for you if you ask nicely enough (honestly - click on this link - it's GREAT - my words, her voice).   Paula also writes the blog Cad É An Scéal.

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