My Life List in Pictures

18 Apr

So I have had a little play with Pinterest, and I LOVE it!! It is so fun, and maybe a little too addictive, but I have created a board displaying my Life List in pictures!! Please take a look: – http://pinterest.com/sashalwatson/life-list/

I have also created a few other boards (all of which are works in progress, and a means of seeing exactly what Pinterest can do), so please feel free to have a look at those too: – http://pinterest.com/sashalwatson/

High Tea but not in London

11 Mar

I’m off for High Tea today with my mum and sister, but we are in Sydney and not London, so I guess I will just have to class this as a warm up to crossing off something on my list!! :0)

First step to “Loving Fish”

13 Dec

So just over a week ago I took my first (big) step in attempting to “6 – Learn to LOVE eating fish“!

I ate some without throwing up!!!!

Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t eat fish or nuts!  Nuts, I am allergic to, and fish makes me want to throw up, just from the smell!  But I have so wanted to like, even love, eating fish! Not only because of the health benefits, but because when eating out there are often meals on the menu that look as though they would be delicious, but then they end up having some of those nasties in them!  Yep, seafood!

A trip to Port Macquarie to catch up with friends resulted in a trip to the harbour and a fish and chip meal.  Knowing that I was not yet ready to venture into eating a whole fillet of fish I opted for the battered savaloy, with everyone else ordering crumbed fish to accompany their chips!

Arriving freshly cooked and wrapped in paper came the time for me to take the plunge!  I tore a small lump of the white flesh away and popped it into my mouth before I could think too much about it, and well, it wasn’t at all bad!!  It was actually ok!! And so I tore another lump and ate that too!!  Just how amazing am !????

Well that was enough for me anyways, I don’t want to be running before I can walk, and so tucked into my saveloy and chips proud in the realisation that I am on the road to loving to eat fish!! Next step is to eat more fish, but I think I may need to try something that has a sauce on it to help me!!

Sky Dive

21 Nov

So, I can now tick off the first challenge off of my Life List!

On Saturday I completed what I can only describe as the stupidest thing I have ever done in my life!! I sky dived!! And I can quite honestly say I hated it!

I had some nerves before hand, but on the whole I was pretty calm throughout the build up. Ollie and I arrived at the drop zone at 8:30am to find a large group of people had already arrived, and I was relieved to see that I was not the only female. The majority of those taking the plunge were of course backpackers, but unlike us, the majority of them had most definitely hammered the goon the night before, and were looking very worse for wear.

After signing in, we were directed inside to watch a DVD of a terrified girl doing a tandem jump, and then a crazy South American doing a solo jump, after which we could choose which jump we would like to do. Watching the solo jumper having to climb out of the plane and then hang off of the wing strut there was no way I was going to even think about doing that one! I needed to know that I had someone else with me, who would be in control, and who would also be able to get me out of that plane!!

Then came the long wait! An hour in and my name was called to get my jumpsuit on and it seemed as though it was all going to be happening pretty imminently, but it wasn’t until four hours after arriving that I finally got the call to get into my harness. This is when you get to meet your life saver, i.e. the person that will be strapped to your back, who will pull the parachute open and get you to the ground safely (you hope!). My tandem professional was Sam, quite a strapping man, not particularly chatty, but seemed to know his stuff. Plus I had seen him do at least two other tandems that morning, so I knew for sure he had definitely done this before!! Sam secured me into my harness, and made me hang from a couple of hooks to teach me what I needed to do while plummeting towards the ground. And it all seems relatively straightforward – arch, keep your head back, arms crossed and feet tucked up behind you, then when prompted you can uncross your arms in we’ll be doing some smiling and thumbs up to the camera before the parachute opens at just under 6,000 feet. Simple right?!

As Ollie and I were both having our jumps filmed, we needed to go in separate planes, and so with Ollie’s crew all ready he was escorted off while I was still going through my training. Then with training done, we just had to wait for the pilot to finish his sandwich and we could head off!! At the plane you go through the jump simulation once again before climbing into the tiny plane and sitting on the floor. The plane is so tiny that there is only room for four people plus the pilot, and so there were five of us in this plane, me, Sam, my cameraman, the pilot and a girl who was getting her sky diving licence, and I am suddenly very aware that I am the only person there not wearing a parachute!!

We were signed up for jumping at 14,000 feet, but there were strong thermals which meant that the plane could not get above 9,000ft, but to be honest, that was more than high enough for me!! Up at 9,000ft we had to circle for some time as another plane was in our airspace, and then along came a para-glider who got in the way a little, but finally came the time when I was told to shuffle to the front of the plane so that Sam could hook himself onto my harness. At this point you get VERY VERY close to your tandem jumper, and you can feel each other breathing, but hey, at least you knew he was definitely there!!

Then it was thumbs up all round from the pilot and the airplane door was opened, with little time to think I was shuffled forward by Sam and I was very quickly sitting on the end of the plane with my feet dangling over the edge, then it was a signal to cross my arms a count to three, and we were out!!!!!

This is where it all went from being a fairly fun day out, to the most terrifying day of my life!!! All of a sudden we are tumbling 9000ft above the ground and falling at 115mph, and I go straight into panic mode!! All that simple “arch, keep your head back, arms crossed and feet tucked up behind you” etc etc training received on the ground went totally out of the window! Instead I formed the foetal position! Only really moving out of that position slightly when the cameraman dived down to be level with me in an attempt to get me on film! It wasn’t pretty!! Finally, after what feels like a lifetime, but was in fact only 20 seconds, the cameraman waves goodbye and Sam opens our parachute. At which point the air pressure and noise around you comes to a sudden stop and there is total silence.

Sam then asks how it was! My reaction?! “It was terrible! Please just take me down as fast as possible but do it slowly and smoothly!”

Sam: – “You didn’t like it then?”

Sasha: – “I think I’m going to be sick!”

Sam: – “Time to grab your sick bag then”

Yep, that’s right, on your harness you have a little pocket that houses a nicely folded sick bag! Unfolding the sick bag I then spent the next 10 minutes of the floating down to earth reaching and heaving into the bag, but thankfully not producing any sick! Sam was fantastic and got me down as soon as he could, but with the thermal activity it meant that at times you just couldn’t lose height, but I finally hit the ground in a somewhat heap like mess, and I have never been happier to have been on solid ground. Ollie had made it down well before me and was there to meet me and just says that I was as white as a sheet!

And so would I do it again?! No bloody way!!

 

Only two more sleeps! . . . SKY DIVE!!

17 Nov

So it’s only two more sleeps left until I cross the first thing off of My List!! 

SKY DIVE!!!!!

I’m getting a little nervous now, not in a OMG I might die sort of way, but more of an excited sort of nervousness setting in!  It’s the unknown of what is going to happen most of all I think, I haven’t had any anxiety about doing the jump itself, you know, the whole sitting on the edge of the door of the plane doesn’t faze me (at the moment).  It’s knowing that there is going to be a HUGE build up to getting on the plane with all the training and safety talk that you have to go through first.

Ollie on the other hand is a nervous wreck!!

We plan to have video as well as photos of our jump, so watch this space!!

Not on my List But . . . Throw a Themed Party

27 Oct

So, for anyone that know me, you know I LOVE a bit of fancy dress, and there would be no chance of this “challenge” ever appearing on my Life List, because it is just the done deal!  A Sasha party = theme = fancy dress!!

Two dinner parties that I hosted for some fantastic friends, each had a theme!  The first party was a murder mystery night, with the theme being Italian Mafia!  It was a fantastic night, with everyone getting into their roles, and all arriving in the most fantastic fancy dress!!

The second dinner party was as a part of a come-dine-with-me event that Ollie and I, and three other couples organised so that we each organised dinners at our houses.   After much deliberations, Ollie and I decided on a 80’s theme, preparing prawn cocktail for starters, homemade chicken kievs for main course, and of course the obligatory vienetta ice cream for dessert!  All washed down with a creme de menthe!  And of course, Ollie and I dressed up for our guests!  Ollie looking like a  extra out of Miami Vice, and me as 80’s GoGo girl!!

For our 30th birthday party, we decided that we would have a big party, and that without saying it would have to have a fancy dress theme.  And to be a little different, we chose the theme “What did you what to be when you grew up?” . . . . . . .

"I ain't nothing but a gold digger!"

 

What makes up Europe?

26 Oct

Ok, so in trying to work out just how many countries make up Europe, so that I can monitor my progress with task 13 on my Life List, I am coming across lots of conflicting information.

At the moment I am looking at there being 52 Countries (listed below). . . . ?  Your thoughts would be appreciated!!

  1. Albania
  2. Andorra
  3. Austria
  4. Belarus
  5. Belgium
  6. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  7. Bulgaria
  8. Croatia
  9. Cyprus
  10. Czech Republic
  11. Denmark
  12. England
  13. Estonia
  14. Faroe Islands
  15. Finland
  16. France
  17. Germany
  18. Gibraltar
  19. Greece
  20. Greenland
  21. Hungary
  22. Iceland
  23. Ireland
  24. Italy
  25. Latvia
  26. Liechtenstein
  27. Lithuania
  28. Luxembourg
  29. Macedonia
  30. Malta
  31. Moldova
  32. Monaco
  33. Montenegro
  34. Netherlands
  35. Northern Ireland
  36. Norway
  37. Poland
  38. Portugal
  39. Romania
  40. Russian Federation
  41. San Marino
  42. Scotland
  43. Serbia
  44. Slovakia
  45. Slovenia
  46. Spain
  47. Sweden
  48. Switzerland
  49. Turkey
  50. Ukraine
  51. Vatican City
  52. Wales