Day 289: If X and X, Then Y By Z

A number of people on the blogosphere have done this. X number of things to do before you turn X on you next birthday. Credit to whoever started it, or whoever I saw doing it, but I have no idea who that was as it was a while ago, and I'm old and forgetful. Ironically getting older in this experiment means you have to do more, in what appears, due to age, to be a shorter time (you know how it is, the more years you have, the more proportionally shorter they seem). So I have to do forty-six things before I turn forty-six. Eek! And because I am verbose, I am going to spread this around the days that will, when historians of the future are trolling through the insanity that is the early twenty-first century Internet, appear to be my birthday. Here goes. How many things do you have to do before your next birthday?

1. Catch up on the blog. At this moment in time I am forty-two blogs behind. I got sick back in June or July and it has just got worse from there. Because I have so many clothes now I have decided that instead of doing this project over just one year, you will see me and Irene sharing clothes for 1001 days. Lucky you! But by next birthday I would like to be writing about the day, on the day. Either that or be less fazed by the 'blogging every day' thing.

2. Get hypnotised. I would like to have something like this impressed onto my brain: eat only whole foods, no sugars and no processed foods, also, fancy doing some exercise, and, you are allowed one chocolate royal a day. I would like that but I think it is going to be an all or nothing sort of deal and I may have to give up that one chocolate royal too. V—— would like them to get me to stop fussing about small pieces of paper left lying around, but that would just give him a licence to be messy so that request will not be made. (There are a few things a hypnotist could do for you too Baby, if that is how you want to play it!)

3. Finish at least one reading challenge. Self explanatory, but any long-time reader of this blog knows this is a very difficult one for me as I always have too many books and difficulties reading them in an allotted time.

4. Become an iceberger. For those unfamiliar, these are the dudes who swim during the winter months. Technically there is no ice (here at any rate). I have a feeling there is a group in London who may have started it all, but in Australia there are the formal groups in Bondi and Brighton. I'm content with not being part of a group, and with a lack of ice in the bay (Port Phillip Bay, just near my house). But I would like to take up the benefits of swimming all year round. The benefits seem to include vigor, vitality, immunity, virility and endorphins.

List_Addict               Irene

5. Apply for my PhD. It seems this is a list of all the things I've been saying I was going to do anyway, but never get around to. I should be thinking of new things to do, new challenges, but then I'll have twice as many undone things, and twice as many desired objectives. Maybe I need to get some willpower hypnotised in too. I wonder how many things can be installed with that upgrade?

6. Design and build my own house. This list should be about the achievable, and I just rejected V——'s suggestion of 'Buy a Mustang' as unrealistic, but I think I should be able to do this. It is just a more complex bookshelf, and I think I could make a great bookshelf. How amazing an accomplishment would building your own house be? I am not sure what I need to have under my belt to make this real so maybe I will make it a goal to research that, and get stared on loading up that building 'tool belt'.

7. Buy a piece of land to accommodate list item number six.

8. Write, in instalments to be posted on my blog, a satirical version of the next James Bond novel, starring Daniel Craig of course, called Cry Me a River (or Spy Me a River) after the distinctly 007 sounding Michael Bublé version of the song.

9. Wardrobe essentials to obtain: blue aviator sunglasses, spurs, chambray shirt. What? Can you believe they're missing from my must-have list?

(More to come .... Days Two, Three, Four and Five)

The Outfit
Clearing the Closet: It’s time to go patterned, oddly shaped and sitting, but 'it's got pockets', top
Top: Op-shopped
Skirt: Op-shopped
Necklace/Cuff: Junk Jewellery Shop Somewhere/Op-shopped
Shoes: Irregular Choice 'Bloxy'

Photographer de Jour: Moi

Who wore it better?

Getting linky today with:

Lena B, Actually


  1. Haha, I love this idea! Actually both ideas

    1: Things to do before your next birthday - I do not think I would be able to do this though because there are too many things and not enough time!

    2: You vs the mannequin. I have one called Maria and I should do a competition vs here, although she often gets more comments in the background of my posts than me!

    Corinne x

    1. I had a squizz at Maria - she has an amazing skirt! That would be very fun to have Maria and yourself do some competing too. I'll keep an eye out for it. :)

  2. I'm going to make your day. I thought you were 24. No joke. Go celebrate now : )

    I always looked at those lists and figured I'd have WAY too many things to fit in during the course of one short year. Why couldn't I be 20 instead? That's a bit more realistic.

    I can't wait to see your spurs once you find some.


    1. Sorry it took me so long to reply - I was celebrating!!!! You are too kind. Now you are probably reconsidering the appropriateness of my outfits for the last, mmm, three hundred or so days!!! I hear you about the quantity of things to do!! I'm having trouble even coming up with forty-six things to do, let alone doing them. And I saw the most amazing spurs in Williams, Arizona and never again. Why didn't I act at the time? I'll be as excited as you when I finally do get them.

  3. Ah Longevity! The thought of it is both inspirational and depressing all at once! I recently had a fantastic experience at the Melbourne Zoo with A_____ (a lovely, younger work friend of ours). The experience asked you to engage with several animals at the zoo - from butterflies to elephants - and consider their longevity. Of course, the point of this fascinating zoo experience was to remind each of us that we only get one life, so make the most of it!

    It was an amazing concept. I learnt that an elephant lives for around 50years, but alas the poor butterfly only gets about 2-4 weeks! However, what I didn't expect or appreciate, was when my own life-expectancy was bought into focus. "You have just 540 months left" is what the Zoo computer program told me. 540 Months? How could that be? Our friend A____ fared much better - a whopping 680 months.

    As I said - depressing and inspiring, all at once.

    You live once. You're dead a long time. Dance in the rain. Drink Pina Coladas. Eat Chocolate Royals. Be kind to yourself. XOXO

    1. That sounds like an amazing thing to do!! And depressing as all get-out. We were having a chat about it earlier this evening over here at the Pickles. They won't all be quality months and that makes it even scarier. We have to make the most of them now because later may be too late and we won't even know what a month is. But that is not worth worrying about now. Live like a butterfly!


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