It's that time again, when I get out my list from 2000 and see how far I've come towards my 2008 goals.
Not once in seven years have I been free to celebrate my birthday in a restaurant. July, it seems, is disaster month but I have enough to sneak in another viewing of 'The Order of the Phoenix' next week. I shouldn't have said that out loud, Fate is probably listening.
Divorce from husband, finalised. Goodness negated by apparently ending up married to my mother.
Freedom to do something with my remaining life. Nope, held captive by two little old ladies for six years, still in captivity in the seventh.
Subjects passed at Open University. Big Zero here but I did get the enrolment forms and the handbook so I tried.
Weight. Lost 20 kilos, regained 10, lost 6 and still trying. A definite possibility of success for this one.
Diet. Extremely good. 7 years a vegetarian. ???? years a chocoholic. Throw in a drop of booze and there's my three basic food groups.
Travel. I got off the mainland of Australia if you count going to Phillip Island to see the penguins. I did take a train and a bus in 2005 and survived the panic attack so I continued to ride.
Debt. I can't remember if I was supposed to get in or out but in up to my neck mainly vet bills since I was left the sole parent of four ageing cats. One left, hanging in there by a thread only because it's cheaper to feed him than make that last visit to the clinic.
Health. Improved. I walk, fall over, bounce. My teeth are fixed although I haven't been back for a year due to little old lady. Pinched sciatic nerve almost fixed but not quite due to l.o.l. Eyes haven't been tested due to l.o.l. I really need new glasses or a repairing spell. Nerves and blood pressure are in tatters due to l.o.l.
Personality. A work in progress. Some days I feel as though I should be wearing a sign that says "Do not prod the Viper". I still swear a lot and like to kick small children.
Love, marriage, partnership. Still a big NO. I'd rather open a vein. Become a hermit. Anything but those three.
I think I'd better extend the wish list until 2010. According to the New Age pundits, the world is due to end in 2012 so I've still got time to become ruler of the universe.