38 things

Regular readers will remember that when I was 38, I had a list of 38 Things To Do.

Last time I posted, shortly before my 39th birthday, these were the things still undone:

2. Become Dr. Ros
7. Learn to weave properly
10. Learn to make fabulous lingerie
15. Visit 38 new places
20. Do The Artist’s Way
21. Make puff pastry from scratch
22. Start saving for the Best Holiday In The World Ever
30. Get a professional manicure
31. Sign up for an OCA module

I am happy to report that I have since done #2, #20, #22 and #30, leaving:

7. Learn to weave properly
10. Learn to make fabulous lingerie
15. Visit 38 new places
21. Make puff pastry from scratch
31. Sign up for an OCA module

#10 and #21 are just waiting for a quiet day or two to happen soon. I am resigned to the fact that #15 may never happen and have stopped counting. I’m still hopeful of #7 and #31 one day, but they are going to have to wait for a while.

It’s been a fun exercise and I’ve enjoyed the excuse it’s given me to do things I otherwise might have put off for ever.

38 things resurrected!

Phew! One of the things I lost when the website went down was my list of 38 things to do while I’m 38. But thanks to the magic of the internet, I have tracked down a cached version of the old page, so I can now update my progress.

1. Get first novel published (and hopefully second and third)
2. Become Dr. Ros
3. Go to see the Strictly Live Tour at the O2.(We actually went to Wembley Arena.)
4. Holiday in Sardinia
5. Go to Woolfest
6. Enter craft and baking categories at the county show.

7. Learn to weave properly
8. Finish some of my knitting WIPs
9. Eat something I’ve never eaten before

10. Learn to make fabulous lingerie
11. Spa day with F.
12. Plant 38 new bulbs
13. Become a better spinner
14. Go to see the Strictly Dance To The Music Tour

15. Visit 38 new places
16. Walk along a beach without shoes
17. Make a new quilt
18. Eat pizza in Italy
19. And gelato

20. Do The Artist’s Way
21. Make puff pastry from scratch
22. Start saving for the Best Holiday In The World Ever
23. Swim in the sea
24. Have my hair cut in a different style
25. Wardrobe cull
26. Book cull
27. Buy new clothes
28. Buy new books
29. Learn to take better photos

30. Get a professional manicure
31. Sign up for an OCA module
32. Start teaching again. Not in a school, obviously.
33. Start wearing perfume more regularly
34. Find a dance class to go to
35. Be in the audience for a TV or radio show. Preferably Strictly, but I realise this is unlikely.
36. Have afternoon tea at glamorous London hotel
37. Always have flowers in the house
38. See the Staffordshire Hoard

Not bad at all. Still to do with just over two months to go:
2. Become Dr. Ros
7. Learn to weave properly
10. Learn to make fabulous lingerie
15. Visit 38 new places
20. Do The Artist’s Way
21. Make puff pastry from scratch
22. Start saving for the Best Holiday In The World Ever
30. Get a professional manicure
31. Sign up for an OCA module

I am reasonably hopeful about #2, 10, 21, 30. I have begun #10 with one pair of pretty knickers and I have the pattern and all the kit to start on a bra soon.
There is a possibility of #7, 20, 22, but I think it’s likely that I won’t do them in time.
I am pretty sure that #15 and #31 are not going to happen by April 15th. This is okay.

#2 is obviously the one causing all the angst, sleeplessness, stress and fatigue. I have a very nearly complete first draft which will need serious chopping to get down to size. We shall see. If I have submitted by my birthday I will be very happy indeed.