The list to rule all lists

One of the reasons for wanting to write a blog is to try and force myself to feel more accountable with regards to some of the things I include here. So, if there’s something I really want to achieve, the idea is to write about it in the hopes of making it more ‘real’.

So there’s a list. A list of things my little three-person family have mentioned we would like to do. There’s no absolute deadline for any of the things included here, and they range from the ‘simple’ to the ‘what the fuck are you thinking’ but if we manage to achieve any of them, I will update the list while doing a little happy dance. And of course if any other ideas/dreams come up they will be added here as well.

This has been sitting as a draft for bloody days actually, but then I figured if I only published it once it included all the things we had thought of , it would forever remain a draft. I don’t want my life to be a draft. Ha. But you know how it is – you discuss something with someone which makes you think of something you’d like to do in future. You’re all like ‘I mustn’t forget this! It will go on the list!’ and then you promptly forget about it. Because life, I guess.

1. Buy a new curtain for the bedroom which matches the other two.
We have two gorgeous red curtains, and then another excuse-for-a-red curtain on the other window thingy. It’s taffeta (I think?) and it doesn’t even deserve to be called a bloody curtain.

2. Keep a supply of puff pastry in the freezer.
It’s a genius idea actually. When I make supper with things like mince or chicken, I want to bulk it up with extra veg/lentils/whatever else, so that there’s leftovers, and then the next night I can quickly make a chicken/mince pie. I’ll be a kitchen goddess.

3. Have a wall of herbs in little buckets.
It’s much sexier than it sounds. Something like this. (Oh. My. God. I just got lost for 30 minutes, looking at the cool things people are doing around this idea on Pinterest).

4. Create more counter space in the kitchen.
Now this is tougher than it sounds, as I am sure anyone who has wanted to achieve the same goal without spending your entire salary or moving house will agree. I would post a picture, but it’s just too terrible.

5. Get bitten by a radioactive spider in the hopes of gaining superpowers.
My son’s request. Not quite sure how to make this happen, but if you’ve any ideas I would be eternally grateful. Unless he turns into a rock monster or something. Then I’ll sue you.

6. I make the best cheese sauce in the world.
At least one person has verified this so of course it’s true. It would be great to keep a fresh supply of white sauce in the fridge, which can then be quickly turned into cheese sauce, mushroom sauce…whatever we want.

7. Repaint the kitchen cupboard and the hall cupboard.
Both of these cupboards are painted with blackboard paint. If you have a child, or even if you don’t, it’s a great thing to have. They’re both looking a little worse for wear though. The hall cupboard is for Kayden to draw to his heart’s content, and the kitchen cupboard is for ‘adult doodles’ and any groceries we need to buy, or any reminders. Admittedly Kayden muscles his way onto this one as well.

8. A desk and a decent office chair.
I work from home at the moment and I am currently using our dining table as a desk. As a chair, I alternate between a bar stool and an ottoman thingy.

9. Purchase something to practice irish dancing on.
As I mentioned on my ‘About’ page, I do irish dancing. I have been dancing on and off since I was 6. Anyway, there are these shoes we use, which will kill any floor if given half the chance, and so I need something that I can easily place on the floor to practice on. I am not sure what this something is yet, but it needs to be thin and flexible and strong at the same time. Something I can roll up and put away when it’s not in use, you know?

10. Watch all the movies of recently dead movie stars.
First we want to start with Heath Ledger. Although technically not recently dead, his passing still troubles me. That man was gorgeous. We have googled a list of all his movies, and we want to watch them in chronological order. We’d like to do the same with Philip Seymour Hoffman. Popcorn will be involved.

11. Go to Cornwall and gorge ourselves on castles and scones with clotted cream.
Right?! Is this not the most epic thing ever? I have been to Cornwall before, but that was when I was a teenager and didn’t appreciate the finer things in life. Like the perfect scone.

12. Take up archery.
Of course this was not partly inspired by watching Brave. Of cooourse not.
There’s a place that offers archery lessons/practice around the corner from where we live, and so when I have more money I really want to try it out. And when I do, I’ll leave my hair down and put on a Scottish-Irish accent and feel all cool and stuff.

13. Offer to manage small-medium companies’ social media accounts.
A big part of my current job is to manage the company’s social media profiles. Although on a personal level I have a few issues with Facebook, I thoroughly enjoy this aspect of my work; building relationships, encouraging interactions, growing brand presence etc. I also enjoy the research involved and keeping on top of new changes, although admittedly lately I haven’t been able to stay as on top of things as I would like. Anyway, I would initially like to do this as an after-hours project, and then see where it takes me. I need to plan it properly though, and at the moment this just can’t be a top priority. And just to note, I certainly wouldn’t swear as much on people’s social media accounts. I wouldn’t swear at all even, I promise.

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