Sunday 28 September 2008

List Love: 20 things to do before my career break is over

I thought it would be fun to join in on the list challenge started by Simple Lovely and Doobleh-Vay.

I'm currently on a bit of a career break, but a return to work is imminent, probably in the next two months. Here's a list of what I want to do before I get another job. I've capped the list at 20, but believe me, I could go on...

1. Go to New York as an election tourist - go Obama!
2. Make something with the 24 old watch faces I just bought in Paris - I'm desperate to have an Etsy shop, even though I don't have any craft-making talent.
3. Take up salsa again.
4. Design a header for my blog.
5. De-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter - the story of my life.
6. Look for an old Polaroid camera on E-bay and stockpile as much film as I can, as they've stopped making it.
7. Finish painting my living room - there's been one unpainted wall for over a month now.
8. Admit that I am lazy and lacking in some domestic graces - and hire a cleaner.
9. Go to the Columbia Road flower market.
10. Spend some dedicated time on Ebay looking for the bargain furniture/ephemera/painting finds which other people always seem to find and refer to in their Living Etc homes.
11. Put up curtains, which I've lived without for the 17 months (really, that long?) I've owned this flat.
12. For at least one week, use up all of the ingredients in my organic vegetable box before the next one arrives.
13. Make at least one of Orangette's banana bread recipes (with the bananas I've frozen when I haven't eaten them before they get a bit mushy - see no. 12.)
14. Go for a walk on Wandsworth Common every day (I was going to write run but that may be slightly optimistic.)
15. Figure out how to use all the new appliances I have in my lovely new kitchen.
16. Take some time to consider what really is my signature karaoke song.
17. Have at least one dinner party where I'm not running round in a blind panic five minutes before the guests arrive.
18. Read at least five of the currently 23 unread books on my bookshelves.
19. Rearrange my bookshelves so my books are colour co-ordinated.
20. Have a brilliant idea so that I can have another (and preferably permanent) career break from my professional but uninspiring career.


Strawberry Girl said...

Cool list! I hope you don't mind me following your blog, I live a rather cloistered life here in Utah, USA. But I do appreciate what I have.

Lynne said...

no, that's great! maybe you should write a list too!

Anonymous said...

i have an OLD polaroid camera (my mom won it collecting point from huggies when i was a baby, haha)...and i'm always looking for film. i was so sad they discontinued it! polaroid pictures and transfers are so classic and beautiful!

Lynne said...

Hi Modern Eve,
I did read somewhere that they might license the making of film to a third party, as there is still a demand from collectors. Let's hope so!

Jackie said...

What a great list! I really love #16!

Liz said...

I love number 23! I wish I had a signature song, too.

Helen Cuthbert said...

I love this many things that ring true with me too! ...My excuse if there are just not enough hours in the day and not enough days in the week!!!

Joslyn said...

i love you list lynne...i'm going to post it today!

Lynne said...

Thanks everyone. Haven't found a karaoke song YET. I just love Take That's Rule the World, but not sure if a thirty something female can carry off the same pitch as four forty year old men...