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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

Stuff That's Making Me Happy

After my car being pronounced dead during its MOT I've needed a bit of cheering up, so here are a few things that have helped lightened the mood over the past few days.


A Quote

My husband, whilst tucking into a KFC Big Daddy box meal:

"They never seem put enough sauce on these buns but there's always just enough to spill out the other side onto your jumper."

A Collage

vision board - 12.02.13

You can read more about why I am doing this here and I tasked myself to find a new notebook this week to start my weekly vision boards.  However, I was sent the most gorgeous notebook from Clinique as a "thank you" for taking part in a G+ Hangout with them last week (also see "Pretties" further down).  I'm a great believer in things happening for a reason and this notebook found its way to me.  If our paths cross this year at any time I may ask you to fill in a page or two for me.  I'll explain at the time. 

A Tweet


I wish someone would tell me about my system.  It sounds amazing!  I could bottle it and sell it.


beauty products

Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus (a gift from Clinique - see above), some Miners eggshell blue nail varnish (found at the bottom of my colour basket), some pale blue glitter top coat (ditto) and perfume samples (Gaga, Spears, Kardashian) from Latest In Beauty (a mini treat once a month that costs me a £1.50 text).

Pancake Day

I love pancake day!  We should eat pancakes more often.  Here's my fool proof batter receipe:

FOUR heaped dessert spoons of PLAIN flour
TWO eggs
ENOUGH milk to make a runny batter
Mix like fuck with a balloon whisk 

This batter recipe is the same for my Yorkshire Pudding/Toad in the Hole recipe only you use slightly more milk.

A New Job

the high tea cast logo

I'm one of the new features writers for The High Tea Cast.  Can I get a WHOOP!?
  I fell in love with the HTC girls at Cybher last year, became slightly addicted to their podcasts and their blogzine and have seen them take their online presence to new heights over the past nine months or so.  It's a huge honour to be part of the team.  The only drawback is that they are making me view humorous pictures of cats, which leads me to...

A Tumblr Account

I see the Eurythmics, Janet Jackson and Footloose and...

 ...all is right again with the world.  For now.