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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 - DorkyMum

soundtrack to my lifeOccasionally I find a blog that has the perfect mix of words and pictures. Then you hear the owner of that blog read out one of their own posts and understand even more why their words and pictures completely fit in your world.  Ruth's "Twitter is like..." post made me nod along when I first read it but after hearing her read it out at BritMums Live, in her soft lilt, it made it more of a beautiful piece of prose.  This is Ruth's fabulous Soundtrack To My Life and I had a giggle at the story behind the Josh Rouse one.


U2 - The Sweetest Thing

When I was at high school I had to go on a two week work experience placement. I ended up stuck in the basement of a graphic designer's office for a fortnight, sticking pictures onto pieces of cardboard and making coffee for the staff. This song was on the radio CONSTANTLY (along with Perfect 10 by the Beautiful South) and I can't hear it without it bringing back memories of that time. 

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Culture Club - Karma Chameleon

After finishing my exams, I went on holiday to Crete with two friends for a week. There were a lot of vodka shots and a lot of dancing on tables, mainly in a really tacky but oh-so-fun 80s Bar. I came home and had to buy the Greatest Hits of Culture Club, Spandau Ballet and the Human League to keep the memories alive.

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Josh Rouse - Winter in the Hamptons

In the sunny summer of 2005, you could still walk into a shop and buy mushrooms of the, erm, magic variety. Making the most of my last days as a student, I decided I would. One night I ate an entire bag of them, and then I put on my headphones, put this song on repeat, and walked to the top of a nearby hill. The sunrise was lovely, but it took me a good eight hours or so to find my way back home. That's a lot of Josh Rouse.

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The Proclaimers - Sunshine on Leith

I am not the biggest fan of the two speccy Edinburgh boys, but this song is imprinted on my brain forever. A couple of weeks before we got married, DorkyDad and I realised that we'd never really danced together in public, and we had a bit of a panic about doing our first dance. We hired a lovely dance instructor couple to come to our house for an hour, cleared everything out of our dining room, and spent an hour waltzing up and down the wooden floor to Sunshine on Leith. Apparently it has the perfect beat for beginners...

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Crowded House - Heaven that I'm Making

I knew that labour for first time mothers could be a fairly drawn out experience... but I didn't expect an entire week of contractions every ten minutes. Daytimes were fine, because I could distract myself. Night-times were awful, because I was exhausted but too uncomfortable to sleep. So I listened to an awful lot of music on my iPod, and for some reason found Crowded House to be the most comforting. This song remains one of my favourites.

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soundtrack to my life
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