Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years
Oscar Wilde: The Importance of being Earnest
I am 35. Really. This is a non-exhaustive list of stuff I'd like to get done, or do again. Preferably before I hit 40, but it's mainly just a list I can refer to when I think "what shall we go this Summer?" or "what could we do this weekend?". I'll add to it as I think of things - if this seems too easy, and I'm actually ticking things off, I may progress it to the Day Zero project
1.Visit New York and San Francisco
2. Own a piano again (and play it!)
3. Make some money from my writing
4. Ride a sled pulled by huskies. Also want to stay in an ice hotel
5. Stay at Hotel Pelirocco in Brighton
6. Holiday in a gypsy caravan
7. Crochet a blanket. I may need to give myself longer than 5 years. (I can have it on my lap in the nursing home)
8. Go to a massive antiques fair
9. Actually meet some of my favourite bloggers
10. Take the kids to a festival
11. Proper British beach holiday in Devon or Cornwall (Mr FHCS is mooting Pembrokeshire too)
12. Go to the circus
13. Go to an auction
14. Do tourist things in London I don't do because I live here. eg, Tower of London, Thames boat ride
Also take the boys to the ones I have done - London Eye, Monument
15. See the Northern Lights
16. Go to Marrakesh and get lost in a souk
17. Find make-up which doesn't bring me out in spots if worn for more than two days in a row
18. Be able to do something with my hair other than than putting it in a ponytail.
19. Learn to make proper jewellery - earrings for example.
20. Take archery lessons
21. See 'The Woman in Black' at the theatre
22. Be familiar with all the London museums (am shamefully bad at regular visiting)
23. Go on more weekends away, some with kids, some just as a couple. (Whitby, Hebden Bridge)
24. Finally have conquered the sewing machine - get lessons?
25. Stop being rubbish about long drives / motorway driving in the car
26. Own a cat (sorry, allergic brother in law)
27. Have moved house. Somewhere I really love.
28. Go to the dogs (as in greyhound racing, not rack and ruin)
29. Get to Portobello market again. Early. Perhaps I should combine this with a hotel stay.
30. Colombia Road Flower market
31. Have a go on a potter's wheel.
32. Either relearn my appalling French (I have an A level in this language? Really?) or ditch it and learn Spanish instead.
33. Own a cocktail cabinet and make cocktails of an evening to the strains of the gramophone. Wearing a fabulous vintage frock and waving a cigarette holder around. (And have morphed into someone living in 1929, apparently. Who smokes. Hmm)
34. Have my fortune told by various methods and see whether any similarities occur.
35. Go ghost hunting
36. Be proficient at a card game other than 'Shithead'. Sorry, but that's what it's called. And I am the mistress. (Abby, if you're reading, you still owe me your first born child).
37. Keep up with music - do not become person who only recognises songs because they've been in a Building Society advert.
38. Buy fewer boots, and more actual clothes. Preferably ones which I love.
39. Replace my second hand Mulberry shoulder bag (which is ancient and used for gigs etc, and will probably have reached a sad demise in the next 5 years) with a healthier model befitting a grown-up. And do not sit it in a puddle of beer.
40. Make sure we all own bikes, and go on wholesome rides through the country in style of Centre Parcs family.