Author Archive: wednesdaylotion

17. Stop Making Excuses (or at least find better ones)

This one was prompted by a recent comment asking if I had turned forty yet. Yes I have, hence the hiatus; what is the point of continuing the blog if the main premise is no longer relevent? My excuse hinged on a single preposition which, in a title, isn’t even capitalised. Furthermore, until relatively recently, …

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Number 8 – Learn to Salsa cont.

Now in my second week of dance classes, I have learned a few things: First – three moves of a salsa routine, not in succession but at key points when we are all facing the mirror. This is the single most important time to get the moves right. Most of the time I can bounce and …

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Number 8 – Learn to Salsa

I have now signed up for six weeks of unlimited dance classes. My experience in dance is somewhat limited to dancing around to Barry Manilow’s greatest hits and Grease in my mother’s white PVC boots on the back porch, pretending to be Olivia Newton-John or the newest member of Young Talent Time. Skip to drunken nights out with …

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A mid-life existential crisis and two more things for my list

After abandoning my blog to have a brief mid-life existential crisis and a minor breakdown over the impossibility of finishing the list – let alone getting through it — I am returning with renewed vigour and a couple more things to add: 15. Find a hairstyle that suits me (another one from the original list which I still …

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Number 5 – Learn to cook Thai

Today I stocked up on the basics. Having gone through my recipe books last night, I made a list of all the ingredients I need to make any or all of the sauces, dressings, pastes and stocks within. What I failed to note were the main ingredients (meat, vegetables and rice/noodles). Thus, when it came …

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Number 1 – Ski Wishing Well

(not my top priority but the most immediate and achievable thing on my list right now) As we only have three full days skiing, there’s no time to muck around. Day 1 is a blizzard, hence a write-off. I don’t care; I have two more days. Day 2. Full of confidence I head up Summit …

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Forty Before Forty

When I was young(er), I read a magazine article – ‘thirty things to do before you turn thirty’. Being some fifteen years off, I ripped it out and put it aside and lost it long before I got anywhere close to the end or the age. Now, ten years past the deadline, I have decided …

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