Sunday, 29 September 2013

To Do List

Seeing Othello the other night, meant that another one of those things on my " to do" list had been ticked off. " To do" lists are the everyday version of the more glamorous and definitely more emotive " bucket lists" .....you know...the ones where someone hurls themselves out of an airplane with a fixed smiling expression plastered all over their grey faces or get their snorkel blocked off by a dolphins nether regions in a therapeutic " swimming experience"
" To do" lists are a little more pragmatic
And for the most part, I am sure, a little cheaper.

Here are a few of mine for the next twelve months

-Find a ram to impregnate Sylvia and Irene this autumn ( he needs to be a small fellow)
Lamb chops in the freezer by spring

-Start a conversational Spanish course during the cold winter months so that I can at least attempt to conquer my embarrassingly British condition of being silently paralysed in social situations whilst on holiday

- reach my target weight ( or near enough) before Christmas so that I can bend over in public without  letting out a pressure fart that sounds like the Queen Mary's Hooter going off.!

-wear a dinner jacket in public! ( we are going to New York again next year ...and so...in the big apple....I can revisit my Towering Inferno tuxedo fetish)

- learn how to .....milk a cow
                             And  Spin my own wool

- not to get too embroiled in The WALKING DEAD  series 4 ( yeah right!)

- win the BEST QUICHE class in the Trelawnyd Flower Show ( just the bleeding once!)

- get our grandfather clock working

- finish my Samaritan training.


The general public clamouring to see john' s quiche in the 2014 flower show

33 comments:

  1. Re: your first on the list (with nod to Talbot Rothwell):-
    "But can't you get a farner to do it?"
    "Oh no. It's got to be a ram!"

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  2. are you buying a cow? Have I missed it? Are you keeping Winnie? Did she pass muster?

    all these questions.

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    1. Yes sol..... Winnie is staying!

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    2. Horray for Winnie. Now you need another on called Kevin and you have the couple from the wonder years! Awww

      Your Chris is a sweet heart isn't he!

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  3. It all sounds do able...and you are doing really well on the WW front. If I were closer to NY I'd pop up to see you.....you will do well!

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  4. We've been learning Spanish at Abergele college every Monday evening. It's £45 for the course. There is also Learn Spanish North Wales (https://www.facebook.com/LearnSpanishNorthWales) who do classes in Talacre and a few other places :-)

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  5. Thanks Hannah
    Abergele sounds good to me

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  6. That is an imposing list....I can teach you how to milk a cow...nothing to it. Just remember to warm your hands before starting lol.

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  7. Looks like a very do-able list John. Once you have learnt to spin your own wool you will have to add learn how to knit to your 'to do' list!

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  8. Too bad we don't live closer - my husband is a clockmaker

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  9. Sorry, can't help you on any of those; but I have milked cows.

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  10. To do lists are great but I keep losing mine.

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  11. When husband and I first lived in Spain we learnt the sentence, " Two Calezone pizzas and two house salads at the same time please " because the salad tended to be served first, like a starter if we didn't request different !
    Of course the waiter then thought we were fluent Spanish speakers& started to gabble away...

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  12. Learn to make a Scotch Egg?
    Jane x

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  13. You might achieve all that list if you get going now John. I am a great to do list maker, I find it so satisfying to cross things off. I laughed at Bad Penny's reply - reminds me of learning how to say 'How mush' in French - always a waste of time as I could never understand the reply. Always better to put a question mark on a piece of paper and hand it to the stall holder.

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  14. Yo estoy dispuesto a ayudarte con el espanol (got dragged to Spain by my dearly departed partner once, we ended up in a fabulously non developed little corner of Mallorca and was "shamed" into learning this beautiful language on my return - the realisation came when, in 40 degree heat, I ordered what I thought was a starter of cold asparagus and was served piping hot asparagus soup!) I look forward to your progress x

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  15. That photo looks like someone trying to blag a ticket for Glastonbury.

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  16. You must add Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones to your TV list. Must!

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  17. I'll second Cathy with the Breaking Bad Series, we are on series three at the moment, so good.
    As for the Queen Mary, I thought Mr.T was the only one who could replicate that sound.
    Briony
    x

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  18. Your description of bucket-list snorkeling had me guffawing! Where do you come up with these? And the revelation of your planned trip to our shores made me seriously ponder arranging a visit to family in the region timed to your arrival...can you just see a motley allotment of Statesiders greeting you & Chris at JFK, with banners & Scotch eggs a'waving?

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  19. It's good to make plans John. America sounds a great place to visit. I would love to see a Rodeo in Texas and the Amish and visit Gracelands.

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  20. Yeah, I'd like to lose twenty pounds by Christmas but every time I try and start an exercise program all hell breaks loose at my house. This is made worse since I work night shift, unfortunately sleep is not an option for me anymore like it was when I was younger.

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  21. Hola! Como esta? Te amo. Nueva York es muy bueno.

    Janie

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  22. My hubby always says farts are funny. You'd think I'd get used to him letting one rip. ;-)
    You have a very sensible list. Good luck!

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  23. After reading this post, I got reminded of the fact that you have all sorts of animals but not cows. I am sure you will be great with milking them.

    The caption at the end of the Walking Dead pic is amazing. Best part of the post!

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  24. Kon-nichiwa... Your trying to learn Spanish I am trying to learn Japanese !

    cheers, parsnip

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  25. You missed off entering a scotch egg eating competition!
    e.g. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMPFjMJViTg

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  26. You missed off entering a scotch egg eating competition!
    e.g. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMPFjMJViTg

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  27. A worryingly haphazard "To Do List". The "learn to milk a cow" item does not flow on seamlessly from "wear a dinner jacket in public" unless I'm missing something. Suggest "brain training" as the first item.

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  28. Brilliant list.

    But I'm fed up with lists, ours is just getting longer and bl**dy longer :-(

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  29. Head a little further west along the Great Lakes whilst in NY and I can give you a spinning and milking lesson! We are situated between the center of Lakes Michigan and Superior in "Gods Country" (apostrophe left out intentionally).

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  30. Oh, you surprise me, John - with all your experience of animals I would have thought you knew exactly how to milk a cow. I tried it once many years ago and couldn't get the hang of it at all - a miserable trickle of milk was all I could manage. And as Sol says, are you buying a cow then?

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  31. ( we are going to New York again next year ...and so...in the big apple....I can revisit my Towering Inferno tuxedo fetish)

    Make sure you give advance notice so I can buy you a beer.

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