It’s the end of the world as we know it…

Apparently, tomorrow is the end of the world. I’d kind of like that. I’ll die in debt and the world won’t owe me a living. I’ll also not have to mark 500 GCSE papers, which is all good since I won’t need to earn cash to pay my taxes. However, it leaves a lot undone. There’s a good few things I need to get straightened out before the end of the world. And a whole world of things I’ve not done. I better get a wriggle on because some of them are time-consuming and kind of important.

I guess it’s time to revamp my consumerist ‘things to do before the end of the world’ list… some of the things are ongoing from my former ‘things to do before I die’ list. So… I’ve still got:

  1. Read the works of Dickens. I’ve got a bit behind on this one. I’m going to have to pick that up again this summer. Maybe I can do it when I’m doing some others to save time.
  2. See the works of Shakespeare. Much harder now I’m in the land of Racine and Moliere. However, I could accept defeat on that having seen The Taming of the Shrew by Propeller – by far the best production ever of anything. Ever. Of Anything.
  3. I’m giving up on India. I wanted to go to it when I thought it was like Kerala, not filled with mobile phones and people called Malcolm. Maybe I’ll go to Kerala.
  4. I might get my nose pierced again this summer when I come back for marking. As long as they don’t put a nasty stud in it. Which reminds me, I’m off to Afflecks tomorrow to see if I can find Jake a cool earring. It won’t have Nike on it, that’s for sure. I’m not a Nike-herdarista. I’m not an anything herdarista. If there’s a herd, I’m leaping over the cliff.
  5. I had skiing and skating to do – but my crappy legs are making that impossible. I need to abandon those maybe.

I still have places to see… I feel like there’s a whole load more to see in Africa for me now – and the whole francophone world to explore with my newly ‘okay’ French. At least I don’t mind speaking on the phone now. So out of 44, I have maybe 10 still to do – get a hummingbird tattoo, go to China, own some murano glass or lalique, drive through California and walk in the Alps. However, these are my next 25 things to do:

  1. Have a year without shopping for clothes
  2. Get back to living out of a kitbag – minimalism, baby! In the digital age, it shouldn’t be a problem. Well, a kitbag and some boxes. Luckily some important Apple-related people have invented everything I need to store all my precious stuff on a laptop.
  3. Go solar
  4. Get some farm animals (other than the chickens)
  5. Pick up horse-riding again – I’d love, love, love to breed working Shire horses in France
  6. Travel through Morocco once more – and across to Egypt through the deserts
  7. Become a herbal medicine Mistress
  8. Make a patchwork quilt
  9. Find my alternative roots once again
  10. Learn another language once again
  11. Make an outfit from scratch
  12. Learn how to make the beautiful skirts I have and make my own
  13. Be one of those clean gardeners who have a pinny and a panier for their mini-harvest
  14. Sell some art
  15. Find my niche as an artist
  16. Learn to crochet
  17. Live with the seasons
  18. Live without debt – not a penny!
  19. Camp on the Cote d’Argent
  20. Become an Art Deco expert
  21. Make my own arbor and plant it up with climbing plants
  22. Create a really big, beautiful garden
  23. Learn how to propagate properly, including roses!
  24. See more of France
  25. Do what I can to live without petrol
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One thought on “It’s the end of the world as we know it…

  1. Great minds think alike, LJ, although your list is serious…mine isn’t!

    #13. A “clean gardener”? In my opinion, if you don’t get a bit dirty, you’re not doing it right!
    #16. Learning to crochet is easy…I’ve been doing it since I was 10! My suggestion is to find a friend or a neighbour to show you how.
    #20. I love Art Deco (but I’m not an expert!).
    #23. I think you’re propagating pretty well already!

    Wendy

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