50before50

I turn fifty at the end of 2017. This is a list of things I’d like to accomplish before then. The list was started around 22 June 2014 – so I allowed myself quite a bit of time to get this done.

Also, 50, what the hell? How did we get here so fast?

  1. visit Vietnam and Cambodia
    COMPLETED: APR 2017

  2. run a total of 700km
    (was: run a total of 100km in fun runs – revised 15/06/16 | was: run in a half-marathon – revised 13/02/16)
    ABANDONED

  3. participate two runs (of any distance) that are not in Sydney
    1 at Nov 2016
    Not completed

  4. stay (well) under 70kg (154lbs) for the next 1,254 days
    COMPLETED: NOV 2017

  5. gtfo of SML
    (or resign myself to seeing out my days there and shut the hell up about the horror)

    COMPLETED: NOV 2017

  6. 100 proper push-ups in a row
    (currently I can do about 5, okay probably 3)

    COMPLETED: JUL 2016

  7. sign up for a pilates class(es)
    COMPLETED: APR 2016

  8. make a patchwork quilt
    Not started – carried forward

  9. sew a garment for myself and wear it
    (pyjama pants don’t count)

    COMPLETED: AUG 2017

  10. visit Japan
    COMPLETED: SEP 2016

  11. attend a chamber music concert
    (was: build a wee model boat (still so bitter that my parents would not allow me to buy a kit) – revised 14/02/16)
    COMPLETED: OCT 2017

  12. stop drinking alcohol, like forever
    (was: go skiing – revised 17/11/16)
    COMPLETED: NOV 2017 (though obviously ongoing)

  13. complete the painting of ThePalace(OfLove)
    COMPLETED: SEP 2016

  14. see a decent production of Macbeth
    COMPLETED: JUN 2017

  15. construct something with electricity
    (building a computer doesn’t count)

    COMPLETED: NOV 2017

  16. learn to complete a cryptic crossword
    Commenced, but abandoned – carried forward

  17. visit Hong Kong
    COMPLETED: JAN 2015

  18. do the splits (9cm to go)
  19. do a back arch from standing
    ABANDONED

  20. learn to meditate
    (was: get decent & pleasing portrait of self – revised 27/11/16)
    COMPLETED: NOV 2017

  21. eat no meat for a week
    (was: make wine + limocello (or other alcoholic thing) – revised 12/12/15)
    NO! – carried forward

  22. do the 100 days of happiness challenge
    (was: take Joe/Frank to Europe – revised 27/11/16)
    COMPLETED: APR 2017

  23. make will / estate planning
    COMPLETED: MAR 2015

  24. reduce frequency of sports injuries
    COMPLETED: NOV 2017

  25. bike ride 50km in one day
    (was: see a moose InRealLife – revised 13/02/16)
    COMPLETED: FEB 2016

  26. buy an overlocker or stop talking about it
    COMPLETED: FEB 2016

  27. Ride bike to and from work (on one day)
    COMPLETED: JAN 2017

  28. Make a piece of jewellery
    Not started – carried forward

  29. Complete an edx or coursera course
    ABANDONED

  30. Cook something ridiculously complex
    NO! – carried forward

  31. Make a sourdough loaf
    COMPLETED: FEB 2016

  32. listen to an audio book
    (was: make a piece of furniture – revised 27/11/16)
    COMPLETED: JAN 2017

  33. Solder something
    COMPLETED: NOV 2017

  34. Go indoor climbing
    NO! – carried forward

  35. Make something from clay
    NO! – carried forward

  36. Read something long and challenging
    COMPLETED: JUN 2016

  37. ride a pony
    COMPLETED: JUN 2016

  38. make something from resin
    Not started – carried forward

  39. complete a family craft activity
    In progress – carried forward

  40. complete a complicated jigsaw puzzle as a family
    COMPLETED: DEC 2015

  41. complete a piece of embroidery or needlepoint
    In progress – carried forward

  42. Enter Sydney to Gong bike ride
    (was: family laser tag or locked room activity – revised 15/06/16)
    NO! (Well I entered but withdrew) – carried forward

  43. 5 x hikes of >10km
    COMPLETED: APR 2017

  44. blog every day for a 12 month period
    (photos count)

    COMPLETED: DEC 2016

  45. knit a complicated shawl or scarf
    (was: knit a garment for myself – revised 14/02/16)
    COMPLETED: MAR 2017

  46. watch those Zeitgeisty/Important/Classic films which have passed me by – one every 6 weeks? (that makes 16)
    (was: finish advanced manageressing course – replaced 16/11/15)
    14/16 at NOV 2017

    • O Brother where art thou
    • Jackie Brown
    • Glengarry Glen Ross
    • American Beauty
    • Lantana
    • Being John Malkovich
    • The Matrix
    • The Apartment
    • Blowup
    • Die Hard
    • Faster Pussycat Kill Kill
    • Dr Strangelove
    • Seventh Seal
    • The Princess Bride (was The Ice Storm)
    • The Grifters
    • The Royal Tennenbaums
  1. no internet in the evenings for a month
    (was: make a planter with trellis for the front veranda, plant viney *things* and keep them alive – revised 27/11/16)
    COMPLETED: MAR 2017

  2. see four plays (~ 2 per year)
    COMPLETED: DEC 2016

  3. buy new music on average of once per month (that makes 24)
    COMPLETED: NOV 2017

  4. make/craft something special for each of the family
    COMPLETED: 2/4 at OCT 2017 (Bessie and Joe/Frank)
    COMMENCED: 1/4 at OCT 2017 (Don)
    PLANNED: 1/4 at NOV 2017 (Joan)

xxx

The project was inspired by the 30before30 list on the lovely danslelakehouse.

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