Guys, guys! Guess what! The library is finally finished! Hurrah! Rejoice, etc. We started working on it when we first moved in two and a half years ago (whoa) and it’s finally, finally finished. It’s been on my Life List for as long as I remember, and I can’t express enough how much joy it brings me to spend time in this little room. Before Oh, before. When we moved in the walls were pale blue paint over stripy blue wallpaper. The skirting boards were SILVER…Continue Reading “Life List: Have a Library”

When I was a very small child I took ballet classes with my sister. I loved the wraparound cardigans (still do, I should pick up some of those) and the leg warmers and the silky soft shoes. But when the teacher casually remarked that I’d never be tall enough to be a professional ballerina (she was totally right by the way) I lost all interest and stopped going. Fast forward 26 years and I found myself itching to get back to first position. There’s something…Continue Reading “31 for 31/Life List: Take a Ballet Class”

Ah, this was such a fun one to tick off! Swimming outdoors is my number one joy and I hardly ever get to do it. There’s something so calming about being in the water and being able to feel the sun on your skin, no? I added ‘swim in a lido’ to my Life List a little while ago – I knew there was one in Bristol but I had the vague idea that there would be one closer to home, after all, who doesn’t want…Continue Reading “31 for 31/Life List: Swim in a Lido”

I only added this goal to my Life List recently, but it’s one I’ve been considering for a while. It’s not one I ever thought I’d be able to tick off and honestly, before the start of the year I had very little inclination to achieve it. Which makes it all the more surprising that last week I ran my first ever 5K. I ran 5 kilometres, in one go, without stopping. It doesn’t sound like much but having reached the age of 31 before I hit…Continue Reading “Life List: Complete a 5K”

Check! (Little chess pun for you there. Ba-dom-cha.) Technically neither of us noticed Q’s king sitting all exposed and in danger, so I did kind of swoop in and win without putting him in check first. We looked up the rules (he insisted 😉 ) and it turns out saying check is a courtesy but not a requirement, so I’m going to class this one as complete! Ha. It’d be nice to win a game that wasn’t a total fluke, of course. I’ll keep trying….Continue Reading “Life List: Win a Game of Chess”

I’ve had this goal on my list for a few years now. I’ve been writing Grace in Small Things posts since October 2009 (gosh!) and I honestly think it’s been so good for me to practice gratitude on a regular basis. I hit 500 a while ago, but as I looked through the list I realised I had a fair few duplicates (the perils of writing them weekly I suppose) so I cleaned out the dupes and waited to hit 500 originals before ticking it off. At a quick…Continue Reading “Life List: Find Grace in 500 Small Things”

“i love you much (most beautiful darling) more than anyone on the earth and i like you better than everything in the sky —sunlight and singing welcome your coming although winter may be everywhere with such a silence and such a darkness noone can quite begin to guess (except my life) the true time of year— and if what calls itself a world should have the luck to hear such singing (or glimpse such sunlight as will leap higher than high through gayer than gayest…Continue Reading “Life List: Paint EE Cummings on a Wall in Our House”

After I shaved my head, we headed down to Gwdihw (pronounced good-e-hue) for a much needed gin. Gwdihw is Welsh for owl, which is appropriate as they happened to have some furry friends from the local owl sanctuary there and you could pet them. For free. I’ve had “pet a tiny owl” on my Life List ever since seeing this amazing video… so you’d better believe I petted that owl. I’m not sure if you can tell from my very understated expression, but I was a little…Continue Reading “Life List: Pet A Tiny Owl”

I added “learn how to french braid my hair” to my 31 for 31, not really thinking about the fact that I was due to shave my head in August and that my hair probably  wouldn’t be long enough by June 2015 to attempt it. If you’re wondering if I am particularly good at forward planning, I think this is perhaps your answer. Luckily, I realised ahead of time and french braiding, it turns out, is not that difficult to learn. The photo below was my…Continue Reading “Life List / 31 for 31: Learn How to French Braid My Hair”

At the beginning of March we threw our first “Secret Supper Club” event – 6 friends, 7 courses, £5 per head. It was so much fun that we’ve done it again a couple of times since then and each time it’s been an absolute blast. I’m a big fan of food, as is Q (we have our own cooking blog together in fact), and we’ve been to a couple of supper clubs before so hosting one of our own seemed like the next logical step…Continue Reading “Life List: Team Chong Supper Club”