24 March 2015

8 Things I will never do before I die

I adore having goals. They're perfect rainy day guides, helpful when wanting a direction in life and just plain amusing; but Holly's post on '8 things I will never do before I die' tickled my fancy. Call it an anti-bucket list.

8 Things I will never do before I die

1. Resist taking photos of foreign cats.
Yes, I have an addiction and I can't help it.

2. Enjoy wearing shoes
Much to the consternation of my British workmates, whatever instruments of torture I've strapped to my feet are discarded the milisecond it's possible. At the altar I kicked off my sensible heels whilst speaking my vows (only to panic as we were instructed to turn around and walk down the aisle as man and wife but I couldn't find them...)

3. Believe the weather report on the News
I can't manage to pay any attention to the weather report mostly due to past disappointments and several pairs of ruined shoes. Over the years I've simply developed a 'look-out-the-window' system that tends to work pretty well.

Sunshine = All good, but hope I remember to take an umbrella.
Rain = All good, wear boots and hope I remember to take an umbrella.
Snow = All good, wear hiking boots (ice is slippery after all), take an umbrella and a good book (train delays)
Hail = Sit back in a good coffee shop and relax.

4. Be comfortable asking for things whilst travelling.
Mr Kiwi and I have an unspoken travel agreement. I organise the admin, do the research, run the map and book the required bumpf. He asks for things. Directions when we're (often) lost, menu items, advice and random questions - of which I normally have many.

8 Things I will never do before I die
5. Achieve a degree in Astrophysics
I mean there are some serious math skills involved in working out the gravitational attraction between two orbiting planets (I had to do a Physics paper at University and that's a real equation I attempted to answer. Regardless to say I messed it up).

6. Bungee-jump.
Just hell no.

7. Enjoy stewed liver
My mum used to adore cooking Lamb's Fry and Bacon (accompanied by limp onion and gravy). Even though offal has become de rigueur, I just can't. Give me a steak any day.

8. Dive.
With a serious aversion to putting my head under water, a dislike of being eaten by sharks and an allergy to the idea of wearing a wetsuit it just isn't going to happen.

How about you?

55 comments :

  1. Brilliant list! I think parachuting would be on mine

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  2. I am the worst about asking for things on holiday ... I leave it to John as well, which I'm embarrassed about. I think I'm just embarrassed to/shy about it more than anything else. I secretly also think he's more charming/endearing so is likely to get better answers than me!

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  3. I'm with you on #3. This winter has been crazy so I've just stopped paying attention to the weather reports. Whatever it ends up being, I'll just deal with it!

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  4. skydive / paraglide / bungee jump / base jump anything involving heights pretty much!

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  5. I so am with you on the weather thing, I don't believe the forecast until I look out the window and see it myself!

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  6. I've been meaning to blog a list like this for a while now. #6 is definitely on mine, too!

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  7. I'm with you on bungee jumping! Although I quite like the idea of skydiving... Go figure!

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  8. I heartly agree with all of these, except the diving. That I did. :) I would also add "climb Mt Everest, or any mountain for that matter". Great list!!

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  9. Oh I agree with a lot of these especially no 4 - that's me to a tee!

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  10. The weather forecast is more wrong than it is right, if that is at all possible! I love this as an idea for a post! x

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  11. Totally agree with number eight - never will you get me to go under the sea!

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  12. Hahaha I love this. What a cute idea for a post. You're dead right about the weather, I think people in the British Isles have just given up caring. The number of Irish I see walking around with no coat in the pouring rain is just disgusting. And I absolutely love number 2! (Sorry about that though ;) )

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  13. Ha these posts are so fun to read! I like your weather system - simple but effective :)

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  14. I don't even bother with the weather most days, I have a permanent umbrella in my work bag and I never buy a coat without a hood haha! Have the time it's too windy for the umbrella, but it's the thought that counts.


    Diving is probably something I wouldn't do, or snorkelling, but if there was the chance to see something amazing I might put my hatred of water aside for five minutes... maybe.

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  15. I'm looking at your #4 and thinking.... "aw man, I have to do both of those things!!!" Hmmmm..... but my fiance does all the dishes alllll the time so I guess it's alright :)

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  16. I did the same thing with my shoes at our wedding, the vicar was going on and on so I was switching feet taking them off and then lost one in the folds of my dress!

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  17. I could travel with you then! I'm always the asker, Adam shys away from it all.

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  18. I am a veritable slave to the weather reports – I follow the
    hour by hour forecast and continually lament when it’s wrong! When will I
    learn!

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  19. Love this & I totally get the shoes thing!

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  20. Love this! Want to make my own! Back in uni I took an Astrophysics class (for arts students). I loved telling people I took Astrophysics *mutter* for arts.
    YAY for dumbed down science!

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  21. I'm kinda torn - sky diving sounds sort of exhilarating. But diving, ah no!!

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  22. That's a terrific way to see it (I must mention that to my Mr!)

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  23. How does anyone base jump for the first time, knowing that they could die!?

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  24. It's just, no! I've her a figure that the weather guys are about 35% correct...

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  25. That's an amazing kind of class in it's own right!! I look forward to yours!

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  26. Us antipodean have to stick together & be United against the shoed hordes!

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  27. No, there's just something wrong about throwing yourself off a bridge with a bit of rope around your ankles isn't there?

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  28. I am obsessed with getting qualified to dive! But can understand the fear!

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  29. I'm with you - I reckon it's because you're strapped to a professional it crazily seems a little more safe?

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  30. I can't wait to see your adventures, but as a non-put-head-under-the-water person, well I can't wait to see your adventures ;)

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  31. Honestly ;) Just do what I do and assume it'll rain - anything better is a pleasant surprise :D

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  32. And this is why we're friends Bailie, sisters from another mister!

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  33. Then it's totally fair! I find I enjoy the organisation of a trip almost as much as the holiday itself - weird, probably yes!

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  34. Ditto that - those cool mini umbrellas that double sometimes as a sword... I adored a coat I bought with a hood so much that I bought two more for next season ...

    I might maybe snorkel - I'm not sure though!

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  35. They're cool aren't they! It's a combo of living in Wellington & London. I may not be smart, but I like to think I'm getting a little wiser. Maybe.

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  36. Yes, mountaineering is *definitely* off my list too!!

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  37. It's just funny because in every other area of my life I don't stop talking!?

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  38. Isn't it such a cool idea? And such an interesting way to look at life!
    All kudos goes to @Holly Hollyson :)

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  39. It's not somewhere I especially want to be - unless speeding on the Eurostar towards French eclairs!

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  40. Hehe, what a fab anti-list! I hate shoes too - I'd rather pad around everywhere in socks so my footwear is often highly unglamorous and I can only wear heels for about an hour before I kick them off in despair ;) Number 5 will never ever happen for me ever - in fact, I can't see myself doing a PhD in anything! xx

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  41. I wouldn't want to dive either, I have no burning desire to push myself to do things I don't want to do! I can't bear the idea of the oppression and weight of water all around me - when I am in the swimming pool I feel like the weight of the water on my chest stops me from breathing!!

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  42. I'm exactly the same! It's just not a fun sensation... I'm quite envious of everyone who enjoys swimming so much more!

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  43. I'm super envious of anyone who can totter glamourously in heels, but they're just not for me either :)

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  44. Gabrielle Trenbath31 March 2015 at 04:36

    There are so many things to do before I die, I had better not get run over by a bus or get cancer any time soon

    www.blogsbygabrielle.blogspot.com

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  45. hahaha this list made me laugh :) especially number 3...they all lie!!!!

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  46. Ha #6 - I agree!!! (does that make us bad kiwi's???)

    http://kiwiontheloose.com/

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  47. This made me laugh. A great list - I'm now thinking of my own! xx

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  48. We have to live for today Gabrielle, that's for sure!!

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  49. All of them. And when they don't do that I'm pretty they just guess sometimes :)

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