For Vicky’s birthday I gave her a list of 30 things to do at 30 (within 30 months) – we also did one for Becky (Vicky’s twin) – I’m sure you’ve heard of this kind of thing before.
As we had done one for Becky too I made sure that some of them were the same (i.e. a night with your twin etc) and others were the same because I came up with them for Becky too!
It takes quite a bit of thought to produce this sort of thing; some of them are fun / silly (walk in the rain without a coat), others are to over-come fears / inhibitions (learn to ride your bike confidently), some are childhood reminders (swim in the river at Appletreewick) whilst others are to help us get a bit more out of life.
We’ve had what might be termed a ‘difficult’ last 12 months and with Holly coming along within the year before that too, I felt this was an opportunity to encourage Vicky (and by default myself too) to do some more enjoyable and social things. In all honesty, life has passed us by a bit over the last year, particularly socially, so here are a few of the things to get us out and about a bit more;
- Go to the theatre / ballet in London
- Have a spa treatment
- Have a date night with your husband at least every other week
- Eat out in each of the ‘Five Towns’
- Go to the dogs
- Go to Pontefract races
- Try Japanese food
- Go to a karaoke bar and sing at least one song
As you may well have read, one of Vicky’s presents was a bike – so one of the challenges was to learn to ride the bike confidently. Vicky had a bit of an “issue” about riding a bike so this was a way of encouraging her to learn.
Others are to encourage her to make the most of her crafting skills whilst also being a hobby; this should help her to unwind after work.
I will definitely benefit from some of these – even if it is just the humour of it – learn to juggle, walk in the rain without a coat, watching her do karaoke, doing something that scares her and host a ‘Mighty Boosh’ party!
The rest of Vicky’s list (that isn’t in 1 to 8 above is;
- Learn to ride your bike confidently
- Wear a skirt at least once a week
- Complete a new cross-stitch
- Run on Bamburgh beach in bare feet
- Do one piece of exercise per week (run or cycle)
- Learn to juggle
- Make Holly a dress
- Make a date with your twin once a month
- Swim in the river at Appletreewick
- Make a new friend
- Read a new book every other month
- Grow all the ingredients for a meal (starter and main)
- Watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy over consecutive nights
- Have a fish meal at least every other week
- Make a den with Holly
- Do something that scares you
- Host a “Might Boosh” party including dressing up as characters
- Make a patch work quilt for your bedroom
- Support a local cause
- Cook a new dish every month
- Teach Holly to count to ten
- Walk in the rain without a coat