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The Kettle List – Working on my fitness

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What’s on the list?

There are a number of fitness goals on the list – interestingly enough very few have been selected for my ‘focus list’, apart from ‘lose weight’ – which is a task from my 40 x 40 that I have been working on in a rather lack lustre manner!

So here are the fitness and health based goals that appear on the various lists…

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Polly’s Pondering’s – Languages and words we need

and this week I have pondered…

The wonders of language

I am currently in the process of learning Japanese; it appeared on my 40 x 40and is still there on the Kettle List. One thing that amazes me about other languages are all of the words they have that we don’t, in terms of meaning. For example…

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The Vlog link – Trip Planning 2019

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Oh the places we will go…

For the first Vlog of year I wanted to look forward to travel plans – all connected to the Kettlelist, of course – as it seemed like a ‘New Year’ kind of thing to do. I love the fact that I can now say ‘this year I am going…’ instead of ‘Next year, I want to go to…’ so here are the plans…

# 22 – Visit five European Capitals

IMG_20180322_074819_555.jpgAfter managing to survive the freezing cold of Berlin last March, I was hoping to tick off another European Capital this year so that I would be one step closer to completing this task. I have been looking at a number of places that have short (and cheap!) flights. After a number of my friends visited Portugal last year and returned with good reports, Lisbon looks to be the likely contender. The trip is hopefully happening in June – can’t book anything yet as I am waiting for my friend to save up for the flights, but we should be able to sort something in March. So look forward to lots of photos from a girlie break!


40 x 40:  # 11-Visit all of the English Counties

Another ‘travel’ related item that appears on the 40 x 40 is to visit every ceremonial English county.  2018 was a great year for visits as I managed to tick off five counties, mainly because we now have a car that actually works! The plan this year is to tick off Devon and Cornwall, which are well within extended day trip distance (we have done Newquay for a day trip in the past, but it would probably make a better overnight stay)
Ticking off a few northern counties would also be good, so we will look at a few air BNB’s and see what is available to us.


#21 Visit California, See the Hollywood Sign, Stand on a Star on Hollywood Boulevard

For her 18th birthday Hannah has chosen to visit L.A; she wants to stand on a Hollywood star, see the sign, eat a Voodoo donut and visit the Museum of Death (because, of course she does!) I have booked the dates off work, so now we just need to save and plan. Having looked at a few options it isn’t going to be as expensive as I thought it would be, so we are hopefully going to be able to look at booking up in June.  Looks like I am going to be doing a lot of saving this year!



Over to you

What are your plans for this year? Where would you like to go? Do you have any local attractions that you would recommend to visitors? Let me know in the comments below.

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The Kettle List – Remember the little wins.

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Have you noticed the change around here? I have discovered colours taken from my favourite photo and based the blog around it – Canva is literally the best thing my friend Rin has ever introduced me to (I am still waiting for her to introduce me to a rich and eligible K-pop star who has a thing for older women, but I am willing to wait for that one).  Think of it as a ‘New year, New me’ thing.  One other blog based task I have intended doing was a Saturday post purely about the Kettle List – as distinct from my 40 x 40 or all the other Bucket List’s I seem to continuously compile!

Today I want to look at the cumulative things on the list – and how having them can encourage you get more of your list completed.

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Polly’s Ponderings – Keeping things for ‘BEST’

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Why do we keep things ‘for best’?

I received an amazing pair of shoes for Christmas – in fact, let’s just take a second to gaze on how adorable they are…

Don’t tell my Mum, but these new shoes are on a table!

They are a little big, but nothing a pair of chunky socks won’t sort. And I love chunky knee high socks! I wore them the other day when I went out with my Mum.

“I thought you were keeping them”

“For what?”

“For best”

Can we just take a few minutes to ponder the concept of ‘keeping something for best’ and how this actually means sometimes NEVER using it!

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31 December – A Review of #PollyPrepares2018

A 2018 Review
And now, the end is near, and so I face…having to film a review of it all.

The vlog/Blog Link:

I may have mentioned it once or twice…or maybe more times than that, but I have a Pinterest Board that I use to list things I would very much like, if I can find them on Pinterest that is, and if not I just retroactively add them once I do own them and can take photos… you get the general idea. What with Christmas gifts, together with a bit of an Amazon spree just before Christmas, and a trip to Ikea, I am now the owner of a number of the things on the list.

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26th December – My Christmas 2018

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Christmas 2018

We’ve made it to the other side and it’s Boxing Day; It’s like Christmas, with less presents and less stress. Boxing Day was the day, as a child, when you finally got to play with your Christmas presents, and for non-child me, today is no different. After I return from a disappointing walk around the shops, I will sit and read the books I received for Christmas – while eyeing up my tree and wondering if it is too early to take it down. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas, but once the day passes and as the new year approaches, all I can think of is how much I want to get back to ‘normal’, put all the presents into their new homes and clear away the excess clutter.

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