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Polly’s 40 things to do before 40: # 14 Drive a car

On the road…

I am pleased to announce that not only have I actually completed a task from the 40 x 40, I am also making headway into a task on the Kettle List ; I had a driving lesson!

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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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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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Posted in Blogmas, Bucket List, Christmas, Lifestyle, Seasonal

December 22nd – The Christmas Bucket List- Round-up

If you have read the Blogmas post for December 3rd  (which you can go back and look at here)  – or indeed watched the vlog ,you will know that I had a bit of a brain wave regarding an item that links to both Blogmas and the supposed theme of my vlog…Bucket Lists… And  o I wrote A Christmas Bucket List.  … And did things on it.

Dec 22nd

 

Polly’s Bucket List Plug

If you are a new here,  firstly- Hello!- and secondly, you may have already picked up on the fact that I have a penchant for planning, a lust for lists and an all-encompassing adoration for alliteration.  These three traits culminate in my having quite the fancy for Bucket Lists, in their many forms. If you currently don’t have one, may I recommend you check this post out…. And if you are ahead of the game and have already written one, you may want to look into possible upgrades.

If that sounds like too much effort, and you literally popped here for a quick read and can’t be bothered to go looking at other pages, all you really need to know is the ‘Polly’s Pad Rules of Bucket Lists’:
There is no pressure to complete anything on the list
You should have a few things that challenge you
Always remember that the idea is to have fun and not to be stressed out about any of the tasks.

Back to the actual post…

Here is a reminder of the list, with links and comments on how my Christmas Checklist of Challenges Has gone, so far.

  • Sip on Hot Chocolate by the Fire
  • Make a Christmas Tune Playlist –  Christmas Day is conveniently a Tuesday – So my “Tuesday Tunes” post will write itself!
  • Watch a Holiday Movie Favourite

These are Christmas Eve/Day tasks, so will definitely be getting done, but not until then.  Christmas Eve in our house involves a hot chocolate station (although we don’t technically have a fire, just an electric heater, but the general concept of warmth being emitted is the same) and our movies of choice are various versions of The Christmas Carol – with ‘The Muppets’, and Bill Murray’s ‘Scrooged’ being our favourites. 

  • Make a Wreath for Your Front Door – I am on this one guys! I am so annoyed about this! I made one at Guides last Wednesday and accidentally left it in the church hall! I may have time to have another attempt
  • Spend an Evening Wrapping Presents – more of a chore than fun, but needs doing nonetheless. Managed to talk my Mother into having the kids round for their tea last night, so while they were out of the house, I managed to get this task done  
  • Make Paper Snowflakes – this is going to be my EBI   Got this done and there are photos to prove it! 
  • Go Ice Skating – this is the most challenging one on the list as far as I am concerned! And expensive – and not done yet
  • Dressed Up and Attend a Holiday PartyHad three parties so far, and all of the photos have been…questionable.  Will make sure I get at least one decent one by the end of the year!
  • Make Your Christmas ListA Pinterest board counts, right? As it is, I think I ma be doing quite well this year!
  • Eat a Candy CaneWhile kids get told off for playing with their food, that is exactly what I do this this post!
  • Take a Family Christmas Photo – Not yet, again this will hopefully happen on Christmas Eve, if I can get everyone to keep still for long enough…
  • Leave Cookies for Father Christmas – he is also partial to a gin, as I understand it.
    This will be happening soon.  If you are a fan of cookies, maybe this board will be of interest.

 

As it currently stands then, I have ticked off a grand total of four out of twelve, on the understanding that at least five more will get done in the next few days.

As Christmas Day draws nearer, what have you still got left to do? Any plans to change things up next year and do something a bit differently? Let me know in the comments.

 

Posted in Blogmas, Bucket List, Christmas, Lifestyle, Seasonal

December 7th – A Christmas Bucket List.

If you have read the Blogmas post for December 3rd  (which you can go back and look at here)  – or indeed watched the vlog ,you will know that I had a bit of a brain wave regarding an item that links to both Blogmas and the supposed theme of my vlog…Bucket Lists.

December 3rd

So the plan was…

I thought I would scour the internet to see what I could come up with regards lists of cool stuff to do in December.  As we are already a week in, I will need to catch up a bit – which is fine as I have already done a few things that appear on some of the lists.

After an explore I discovered Annette’s site : Bucket List Journey and her very impressive Christmas Bucket List  I decided that a pared down version of hers would be perfect.  While the one on Annette’s site has 45 activities, some of them would be quite impossible for me, or they were things I just didn’t really fancy.

Things like –
*Get Your Picture with Santa – I am still considering this.  It will depend on how much I drink at the Christmas party.

*Chop Down Your Own Christmas Tree – not really how it works here. I don’t want Bristol City Council onto me for criminal damage!

*Read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas  – I suppose I could try this, but who would be listening!

*Build a Snowman or Make a Snowman Angel – if the opportunity presents itself I would love to…but it is not likely!

*Roast Chestnuts on an Open Fire – this just won’t work on radiators… and I couldn’t handle the sheer amount of ‘roasting nut’ jokes I would get from my boys…

 

Polly’s Christmas Bucket List:

I have gone through the rest of the list and picked the top 12 things I intend to do this season.  As you must be aware if you are a regular to my blog, there are very important rules regarding bucket lists (if you haven’t got one, you need to check this post out…. And if you do have one, you need to look at how I upgraded mine)

So a quick reminder of the patented (not really) Polly rules of Bucket Lists:
No pressure, have a few things that challenge you, remember the idea is to have fun and not to be stressed out!

So here they are – in no particular order

  1. Sip on Hot Chocolate by the Fire (electric heater)
  2. Make a Christmas Tune Playlist – this will link in with Christmas Day being a Tuesday – “Tuesday Tunes!”
  3. Watch a Holiday Movie Favourite
  4. Make a Wreath for Your Front Door – I am on this one guys!
  5. Spend an Evening Wrapping Presents – more of a chore than fun, but needs doing nonetheless.
  6. Make Paper Snowflakes – this is going to be my EBI
  7. Go Ice Skating – this is the most challenging one on the list as far as I am concerned!
  8. Dressed Up and Attend a Holiday Party – This is happening tonight! I will get photos and hope I don’t look too drunk in them…
  9. Make Your Christmas List – A Pinterest board counts, right?
  10. Eat a Candy Cane – I am going to go one better and craft with them first…then eat them.
  11. Take a Family Christmas Photo – We always take a last man standing photo on New Years Eve, but I will try and get a group shot on Christmas Day too.
  12. Leave Cookies for Father Christmas – he is also partial to a gin, as I understand it.

 

The idea now, is that I complete these all by the end of the year, and as I do, I can either write a separate post or add some photos to this page, so keep an eye on the post – especially over the weekend, as I will need to add pictures from my Christmas Work Party… and it is possible that not even a snap-chat filter will be able to salvage some of those shots!

 

What would be on your Christmas Bucket List?

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Polly’s 40 things to do before 40: #4 Watch a Concert in a Large Arena

Back in the day, I had a 40×40 list; a list of 40 things to do before I was 40.  Well I turned 40, and upgraded the list.  One of the things on that new list was – finish the old list!  One of the things on that list? …Go watch a concert in a large arena.

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I have, of course, seen live music before but I added this task as I was desperate to see a performance in a large arena type environment before my 40th Birthday.
My opportunity came when Pat – my old dear – bought me tickets to see Wet Wet Wet for my birthday.  I was under no illusion; I knew she was only going to ogle Marti Pellow (She came along to see Evita for the same reason, and spent the whole night asking me what was going on!)  However I wasn’t going to pass up the chance to not only see my favourite late eighties band, but also a chance to tick another county off the list AND drink another coffee.

Check out that “Pre-Canva-Microsoft-Paint-Thumbnail” aesthetic !

We decided to make a weekend of it; we went up on the train and had booked a hotel for 2 nights so we would have a chance to do a ‘bit’ of shopping.
While the hotel was nothing special, had it been any closer to the train station we would have been sleeping on the tracks! It offered easy access to Birmingham’s Bullring and indoor markets, and I bought more material and craft things than I should have.

The train station made it easy to get the arena, and the vlog above will give you  a better idea about what went on than me telling you – suffice to say that fun was had by all and we are planning a return train trip to Birmingham for some Christmas shopping.

 

I bought entirely too much craft stuff, that I haven’t used yet and material that is sat there reminding me I haven’t started on my quilt task either.

All in all – fun was had by all and I can declare another task…

completed

 

 

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Polly’s 40 things to do before 40: #11 Visit Every Ceremonial County in England

Back in the day, I had a 40×40 list, a list of 40 things to do before I was 40. Well I turned 40, and upgraded the list. One of the things on that new list was – finish the old list! One of the things on that list? Visit every ceremonial county in England

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If Wiki is to be believed, and why wouldn’t you believe them, there are 48 Ceremonial Counties of England.

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They are distinct from just normal counties, which tend to be administrative in nature, in that they represent areas as they were prior to 1974, before the Government started playing about with names and boundaries. There are also less of them than regular counties – therefore making this challenge a little easier. Not, unfortunately, easy enough to complete before my 40th, so it has been carried over to the new list.

When I initially came up with the idea to add this to the list, I had grand plans of days out on the train, or bussing to new cities. In fact I was able to tick three counties off in one day, just by travelling to Uni – although Bristol doesn’t really count, what with me living there, and I had to walk the whole half a mile to South Gloucestershire to catch the bus anyway. That then took me to Somerset (Bath is technically in BANES; Bath and North East Somerset, but for the purpose of this task I totally got to tick off Somerset!)

As I had, in essence, given myself 3 counties for free, I chose to do the rest of the challenge properly. While in my youth I had visited a lot of England: the Lake District, Middlesbrough, Shrewsbury, London, Hull, …but none of these counted as I would need to visit them after declaring my intention to visit, if you see what I mean. You can’t go around adding stuff to your Bucket List and then saying “already done that” and ticking it off. That kind of skulduggery is only allowed on household to-do lists. (It is acceptable, for example, to list the jobs you have already done, cross them out and then add ‘drink coffee’ to the list and then take the rest of the day off. Laundry can always wait… in fact if you wait long enough the kids grow out of it and you don’t have to wash it at all #TrueStory)

My list pretty much stayed at those 3 lone counties until my Mum, Pat, whisked me off to Birmingham to see Wet,Wet Wet. This not only enabled me to tick West Midlands off the county list, but also allowed me to tick ‘see a large music concert’ off .

Later that same month we travelled to Reading on the train, it was a stopover on our way to Gatwick, but as we got off the train and made footfall in the county, I was able to add Berkshire to my ‘visited’ list, even if it was for about 30 minutes. Once we got to the airport I was also able to tick off West Sussex. We then went off to Prague, but that is a whole other task that I no doubt write up at some point.

My eldest daughter, Harri, has a boyfriend who lives in Chippenham, which makes ‘dropping her off at Jack’s house’, a three county trek. However, we had always just stayed in the car while she jumped out, and came home again. We decided to ‘treat’ ourselves to a McDonalds on one of our drop-off missions, and as it is well know what happens at the drive in we decide to get out of the car. On making that all important footfall we were able to tick Wiltshire off the list.

And these were the only counties that got ticked off before the end date of my challenge… so, of course, it got carried over.

In April 2017 we went to Japan – which, obviously isn’t a county in England, but it did require us going to Heathrow and ticking off Greater London
( I have just realised all the back linking I will need to do once I finally get round to writing up all of my 40×40 challenges! I don’t half like making extra work for myself!)

2018 has been a great year for county ticking:

There was Dorset, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire all in one weekend, although Oxfordshire was a stopover at Bicester services for coffee, so I intend going back to see the place properly at some point.

Then in June we stopped off in Hertfordshire on our way to the Colchester Medieval Fayre, in Essex.

And with full props to Wiki, here is the full list:

The following are the 48 ceremonial counties of England, as presently defined:

My list is currently a bit ‘south’ heavy, but as our car isn’t particularly reliable we worry about going too far in it. Maybe my initial train and bus idea wasn’t such a bad one?

Which county should I visit next? Any great places I really need to see? Let me know in the comments.

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