Continuing with my "Being Happy" series, something that always puts a big grin on my face...
Who doesn't love a bucket list!
I've placed an X by all the things I've done - some are sad though, but, each experience whether good or bad, exciting or terrifying, shapes you as a human being and defines your life:
Gone on a blind date
Skipped school X
Watched someone die X
Watched a pet die X
Seen the Grand Canyon in person
Flown in a plane X
Served on a jury
Been lost X
Travelled to the opposite side of the country X
Been to Europe X
Swam in the Ocean X
Gone south for the winter
Gone on a cruise
Cried yourself to sleep X
Played cops and robbers X
Recently coloured with crayons/pencils X
Sung karaoke, a solo or duet in church X
Paid for a meal with coins only X
Made a prank phone call X
Laughed until some beverage came out of your nose X
Caught a snowflake on your tongue X
Lost a child
Had a pet X
Been skinny-dipping X
Been boating X
Been downhill skiing
Been water skiing
Been camping in a trailer/RV X
Been camping in a tent X
Driven a motorcycle
Been bungee-jumping (ripcord jumping)
Gone to a drive-in movie
Done something that could have killed you X
Done something that you will regret for the rest of your life
Rode an elephant or camel X
Eaten just cookies, chips, ice cream or cake for dinner X
Been on TV X
Stolen any traffic signs X
Been in a car accident X
Been in hospital in the past 24 months
Gotten a (speeding) or any type of ticket in the past 12 months
Gotten a piercing X
Driven a four door vehicle X
Fell in love X
Fell out of love X
Paid for a strangers meal X
Driven over 100 mph X
Written a published book/story (poem) X
Been scuba diving
Gotten a tattoo
How about you?
Theatre, food and great friends = springtime London fun!
Back on home turf, Angela is visiting her friends and family after two years away from home. I loved the cast in this book. We got to know Angela's parents better and her best friend Louisa, now with baby in tow. This story really developed her life outside of the States and I particularly enjoyed the way Kelk unravelled Angela's relationship with her parents. Humourous, comical, emotional - at times! Simply a really heartwarming read with the usual road bumps along the way, that we've come to expect of Angela and her life. I thought this was the end of the road for this series, but I believe there are a couple more I need to hunt down...
Watch this space!
Never mind that a weekend in London with my Mum cost the same as a long weekend in Europe - it's kind of what you expect anyway - and besides, we had a great time enjoying the marathon vibe and St Georges celebrations last weekend.
Lovely hotel in Kensington with a pool, so I even managed an early Sunday morning swim, excellent seats at Jersey Boys with snacks and drinks delivered to us during the interval and fab food at the Churchill Arms, said to be Churchill's Grandfather's local pub. I don't believe in doing things by halves!
From perfected, consistently brilliant talent to... you blow my mind fresh, new talent...
And they are best friends - which makes it even better.
I am a massive fan of BGT and this dance act (below) blew me away. Ingeniously put together - music and dance nostalgia!
Before we lose anymore of our National Treasures this year, I would like to dedicate this blog post to the ones that have passed. For some reason, Victoria Wood's death hit me particularly hard. She was amazing. They were all amazing. These are the icons I grew up with, who have influenced me in so many ways.
For a lover of words, this is pure genius! Spot a very young Patricia Hodge and Julie Walters ☺️
Iconic "will have you in stitches" sketch
And bringing it up-to-date, sadly minus our other funny Ronnie, but still brilliant comedy
So the great thing about working in London is... all the cool things you get to do after a hard day in the office. On Thursday I went to a cocktail masterclass at the Mixology Studio in Shoreditch. We made (and drank) several (Expresso Martini, Singapore Sling, Sex on the Beach and Tequila Sunrise) whilst nibbling on antipasti, before making the ultimate - the Zombie - and having a go at a team effort in the final challenge. All good fun with a little history to boot!
Pictured below is the Zombie cocktail said to have more rum in it than a pirate ship. The best bit is when you light the lime and sprinkle cinnamon on it. The sparks are amazing!
The fruity taste smooths over the high alcoholic content, making it deadly. And now, having made (and sampled) it myself, I know what Billy Connolly is talking about, when he advised his audience during his An Audience With... show back in the 80s, to try the Zombie because it's "an extraordinary concept; [the consumer gets] drunk from the bottom-up" !!!
Following on from last week's post - Poems on the Underground - here's my very own poem about the Underground.
Oh Circle Circle
Blogging is an amazing concept so here I am giving it a whirl. You'll get words. You'll get pics. Sometimes a vid or two. You'll get tongue in cheek, the odd humble opinion and an honest insight into my travels and writing life. Maybe even a few gems along the way. I'll be musing on home turf as I see more and more of the UK and sharing my experiences further afield on holidays and adventurous trips across the globe.