My Pre-40 Bucket List

I’m fast approaching my mid thirties, and have been thinking about all the things I want to do before I hit the big 4-0. It seems appropriate to write a bucket list, and as I have 5½ years to tick everything off, it should all be perfectly achievable. Ok, so it’s a teeny tiny bit ambitious. You’ve gotta have dreams though, right? – write and publish my book, I’m hoping to tick this off first – go on a family holiday to Thailand, even if it takes us the whole 5½ years to save for it! – buy a house. …

crisis plan

Unsupported

They say a good friend is like your favourite bra – there to support and prop you up. Being pregnant means that I’ve had to give up underwire along with gin, so most days out of comfort I wear a vest underneath my clothes. I hate getting all woe is me, but it feels like my unsupported boobs are an analogy for my life today. The downside of being estranged from my family and having in-laws that are as useful as a chocolate teapot is that I rely entirely on friends in an hour of need. As wonderful as they …

new friends

Why are new friends always a disappointment?

They say you’re lucky if you have two or three really good friends. Ones you’ll be taking to the grave. Friends that know every detail of your life and would never judge you for any of it. I have eight, which makes me incredibly fortunate. They’re an eclectic bunch that I’ve accumulated over the years. They have each shared important parts of my life; one is the best friend I made throughout school years, three are ex-colleagues, three ex-flatmates and one I met sitting on the stairs at a party. New friends are another matter entirely.  From an early age …