9 Things I Tried Once and Will Never Try Again

9 Things I Tried Once and Will Never Try Again (Las Vegas 2011) - Not Dressed As Lamb blog

Ever tried something that everyone else seems to love and then wondered what the fuss was all about?

Or ever tried something and thought to yourself, OMG nooo this is NOT for me, can’t say I’ll try that again…?

I’m just hoping that I’m not alone when it comes to some of these things that I’ve done (or tried) once and never done ever again, and have no intention of doing ever again. This is my ultimate “once was enough” list.

As with all these listicle posts I write (like 22 Things in Life I’m Absolutely CRAZY About, 18 Things I Can’t Stand (That Everyone Else Loves), 11 Weird Phobias I Have (or Things I Do) That You Might Find Bizarre), I HAVE TO STRESS THIS FACT: they’re just a bit of fun.

 

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I KNOW that there’ll be things here that many other people will get great enjoyment out of, and I’m not knocking anyone’s choices. In fact, do them more and enjoy them more! We’re all different. At least you know that there’s more for you if I’m not doing it…!

But what things have YOU tried once and not since? Any on my list that you a) have never tried ever, b) have tried once and never again like me, or c) think is bloody brilliant and can’t understand why I wouldn’t want to do it again and again for the rest of my life?

Let me know in the comments what your “Never again” things are – I’d love to know.

(And in case you’re surprised to see me “back” – I know I’ve been absent here for a while – I’ll explain all in my next blog post. Which shouldn’t be anywhere near as long as this last break took…!)

Anyway – here are my:

 

9 things I did once and will never, ever do again…

 

1. Drinking whisky

What in the holy hell drink of Satan IS that stuff? Maybe I shouldn’t have tried one of the most notoriously strong whiskies to start with – Scottish Laphroaig – but OMFG WITH HEMINGWAY BELLS ON that was, without doubt, the WORST food or drink I have ever tasted in my LIFE. No contest.

Why would anyone drink that stuff?! WHY?? WHY???!!!!!!!!

 

2. Having a pedicure

I’d resisted having a pedicure until two summers ago because a) I’ve always managed to do my own mani-pedis pretty well myself, and b) I’m worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep my feet still because I am really, REALLY ticklish.

Guess what? I was right to have avoided them. I had my first-ever pedi in 2021, and I was so beyond ticklish it was embarrassing. I jerked my foot so often I’m amazed the lovely girl who had the misfortunate of being allocated my feet managed to get ANYTHING done to them at all. I literally sat there squirming, grinding my teeth and tensing as hard as I could to try and keep still.

Safe to say, it didn’t work. Remember Wile E. Coyote getting electrocuted in the Road Runner cartoons? Yep, that was me.

 

3. Watching Fifty Shades of Grey/Twilight

=She shakes her head at the mere thought of having spent 4 hours 7 mins of her life watching them=

Let’s just say I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. But with IMDb ratings of 4.2 and 5.3 respectively, I really should have heeded those who put themselves through the torture before me. But yes, ladies and gentlemen, they really are as bad as they say they are.

Let’s start with Fifty Shades… If that was meant to be raunchy then let’s just say I’m less of a prude than I thought I was. Two solid hours of waiting for the raunchy stuff to happen… and then the credits rolled. That was the entire film, done. Some things have to be watched out of curiosity (like the appalling SATC reboot And Just Like That), but this isn’t one of them. At least there are two sequels that I can actively avoid – I’m happy in the knowledge that my life is far richer as a result.

And Twilight? Julianne Moore was right when her character said in Crazy, Stupid, Love that she watched it by herself and (cue whining voice) it was “SO bad…”. I wanted to hide behind the sofa I was so scared. Not because they were vampires, noooo. I was scared by the wooden acting and the terrible dialogue. #SomebodyPutMeOutOfMyMisery

(Strangely, in the same way that I love Daniel Radcliffe but can’t stand Harry Potter, I think Robert Pattinson is a great actor. If he’s in it, I want to see it, like Tenet or The Batman. Just not those twinkling vampires movies, of course.)

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So watching the numerous sequels of either of those? I’ll pass, thanks.

 

4. A trip to Las Vegas

Big disclaimer: I did not dislike Vegas. Keith and I went as part of our two-week West Coast trip to the US in 2011 and really enjoyed the two days we spent there. I just… don’t want to go back ever again.

It’s definitely a been-there-done-that kind of place, and I am glad we went to have had the experience and know what it’s really like. But to go again when I’ve just, kinda, done it already? Nah, I’m alright.

 

5. Swimming in the sea

Cue cries of “Huh? What? Swimming in the sea is, like, totally normal?!“. I get it, this is a very normal thing for a lot of/most people. Your honour, I put forth two compelling arguments for why I’ve never attempted swimming in the sea since swimming in the Gold Coast surf on a family holiday to Australia in 1982:

a) I got caught in the surf and my skinny, 9-year-old featherweight frame was rolled over and over until I couldn’t tell which way was up. I thought I was going to die. I swallowed loads of salt water and since then, as you can imagine, the thought of ANY seawater going near my lips fills me with horror and dread.

b) The sea is usually freezing, and swimming pools are usually not freezing. And pools are usually cleaner (I stress usually). And pools don’t have spiky creatures on the bottom that might stab/sting your feet or worse, kill you.

Therefore, I have stuck to swimming in swimming pools and haven’t got more than up to my ankles in seawater ever since. But what about scuba diving, you say?! That’d be a Nope with a capital “P”…

 

6. Going on a light aircraft flight

Now to me, I thought there wouldn’t be much difference in the fear factor between flying in a light aircraft and flying in a helicopter.

Oh, Catherine. You dear, sweet, naive child.

We went to NYC in 2009 and went on a helicopter above the city – I loved it, and I was even sat up front next to the pilot. No fear whatsoever (remember I am absolutely PETRIFIED of heights: ladders, those long London Underground escalators, staircases on the sides of buildings, etc. present a huge problem for me). So when we went to the US again in 2011 and visited the Grand Canyon, we OF COURSE had to see it from the air. We decided to do the light aircraft tour as we’d already done the chopper in NYC.

Keith videoed the flight, and he caught my reaction on camera as well. I think he must have known what my reaction was going be, because as we started to pick up speed on the runway he turned the video camera towards me, catching me going from excitement to sheer horror in the blink of an eye.

It was so rough and noisy that I thought the plane was going to fall apart. It was shaking like nobody’s business the whole time, but taking off really was the worst bit. And I normally LIKE take-offs on planes. I do sort of remember enjoying the flight – my fear was abated a little because of course the Grand Canyon is like nothing else on earth – but do I want to travel on a light aircraft ever again? You’d have to drag me on, kicking and screaming. Or just take me to the nearest heliport.

 

7. Reading a Dickens novel

I’m so sorry, Charles. I tried. Several times, and with several different books. After leaving school I set myself a target of reading all the classics, from Pride and Prejudice to Jude the Obscure as I regretted not taking English Literature A-Level. But for someone who loves the classics, I just couldn’t get into Dickens. I can’t understand why, because I LOVE Dickens adaptations on TV. The BBC does Dickens like no other. I still remember how much I loved Our Mutual Friend with Anna Friel way back in the 90s.

Now I know I said things I tried once for this listicle, but I tried Great Expectations, Our Mutual Friend and (I think) David Copperfield. I found them all a hard slog and I gave up several pages in after wondering how long before I’d finish the damn thing. As I said, I’m so sorry to Charles and the great writer that he was. It’s the one I feel the most guilty about, but I think I’ll stick to Thomas Hardy for the reads and Dickens for the TV adaptations.

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Note: see also Moby Dick. Sorry Herman, but there are only so many descriptions of whales I can take. I prefer my whale with a side of Gregory Peck.

 

8. Going skiing

Maybe I’m wrong to go by my experience as a gangly, awkward nearly-13 year old, but I can’t say there was really anything about my first and last times on the slopes that made me want to go YES! SKIING IS FOR ME!!

Disclaimer: I don’t want to knock the fact that my parents took me on, what was, a lovely skiing holiday in Switzerland in 1985. We stayed at my uncle and aunt’s chalet which they had at the time, and all in all we had a great time.

It’s just that, as an adult, skiing is going to be quite expensive. We don’t know anyone with a holiday home in any skiing resorts, the gear will cost a lot to either hire or buy, and we’re so far removed from “made of money” that a weekend in Skegness is more on our current scale of affordability. And anyway – if I’m going to spend money on a holiday, I want WARMTH. I want to soak up the sun and enjoy temperatures far greater than those you normally see on a wet June afternoon in Blighty. All that snow, all that gear, all that après ski just kind of leaves me (for no want of a better word)… cold.

 

9. Knitting

Excuse me while I stifle a yawn here… Sorry about that, I was just thinking about knitting. Thinking back to when I tried it aged roughly 14? 15? when my mother tried to get me interested in it, herself being a keen knitter. Now, I can sew – rather, I at least know how to use a sewing machine, doesn’t mean I really do it all that much – and I’m generally a crafty person, but knitting was, like, Nope. Just didn’t do it for me IN THE SLIGHTEST.

In fact, the sweater that my mum encouraged me to knit for myself c.1987 was an oversized, blue and white wide stripe affair with cotton bouclé yarn, and it sat half finished (well, I say half… more like one-fifteenth finished) for YEARS. I’ve no idea what happened to the lump of knitting needles poked into the ball of wool and two sad stripes of knitted sweater in the end, but ironically I would have LOVED it if I’d ever got round to finishing it. It’d be so retro I’d even consider wearing it now.

Was that enough to make me want to go back to it and give it another go? Hell, no.

 

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Afterthoughts

Just as a kind of afterthought, I thought I might add some honourable mentions. But rather than things I’ve tried once and never again, these are never tried and probably never will. Writing this post got me thinking about stuff I don’t want to try. Again, this might ruffle some feathers(!), but who cares, the thought of doing the following leaves me – like the skiing  – somewhat cold…

 

Things I’m not gonna try anytime soon:

Golf. I’d rather just go for a proper walk.

Understanding the rules of cricket. Most ridiculous rules ever.

Watching a Harry Potter movie. I can’t take more than 20 seconds.

Going to a hen party. I’ve so far managed 50 years of never having been to one.

Visiting Dubai. Human rights records aside, it looks horribly devoid of culture and soulless to me.

A hot tub. Sitting half naked in a bubbling miniature pool with other half naked people? Awkwardness personified.

Skydiving. Do I need to explain?!

 

Your turn – what things have you tried once and thought, “never again”? Are any of the things on my list your favourite thing EVER?! Tell me in the comments…

 

Stay safe XOXO

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51 Comments

  1. 26 July 2023 / 6:47 pm

    I do agree with you on some of these items you listed, but some I have done and love.
    As for the light aircraft, as a wife to a small aircraft pilot, we did lots and family and wonderful trips and we love it, but to each his own. You either love it or not. In fact we as a family gifted my husband a GC for a scenic flight for his 70th birthday and we will be going next week, and yes, I am going with and so looking forward to it.
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    • Catherine
      Author
      27 July 2023 / 2:29 pm

      Thanks Esme – looking back I think I enjoyed the actual flying part (up in the air), it’s the take off and landing that terrified me!!

      I’ll look up your link as soon as I get a moment… thank you! x

  2. Lou
    19 June 2023 / 11:16 am

    Going on a cruise on an enormous ship. I tried three Alaska cruises, hoping each time that it would get better. Nope, each time, it got worse. Seven to ten days confined to a limited space with hordes of strangers and their children, bad tasting lukewarm food not worth eating, a room not more than a few square centimeters larger than a broom closet, a trickle for a shower, poor entertainment that usually gets cancelled for rough seas, getting dumped off each day at a new shanty town offering nothing but tourist traps, and getting sick without any comforts of home. Unlike tropical cruises, there is no competition for deck chairs. It is too cold and rainy to go out on deck. It is too crowded to stay indoors. I do not drink but a cruise would drive me to drink if it was not so expensive to do so. The scenery is magnificent but I can see it on Google images without the misery of the ship. Best parts of the cruise…the scenery and losing five kilograms each cruise. You could not get me on another cruise for anything.

    • Catherine
      Author
      15 July 2023 / 1:14 pm

      Oh gosh Lou I’m so sorry you had such an awful time, it does sound pretty miserable!! Weirdly before I went on a cruise I thought aexactly the same: No, not for me, sounds dreadful. But I was offered the chance to go on a promotional trip with Virgin Voyages a couple of years ago, and I have to say it was amazing. No under 18s allowed (bonus), all food is free/included and the restaurants are top-restaurant-in-London level, the entertainment was the opposite of cheesy, they had gyms and a running track, the basic room was surprisingly spacious… I was quite amazed at how much my friend and I enjoyed it. But the weather was incredible (it was August) and it was wall-to-wall blue skies on a very still English Channel (don’t ask me how!!) – so it seems it’s very much dependent on where you go, the cruise company you choose and the weather.

      But if I’d gone on yours first then I don’t think I’d even have attempted the one I was offered, I’m sure I’d have been put off for life as well!! Poor you 🙁

    • Cheryl
      7 August 2023 / 6:39 pm

      I thought I would feel like that, but I went on 2 “Dave Koz” Jazz cruises (via Royal Caribbean) and found it delightful — because there was music, music everywhere! Only a single child was seen, and we found other passengers to be engaging. Food was OK, not served cold or lukewarm. Drinks when ordered were well made and not really expensive.

      Plus we all had the music in common. The staff/crew were unfailingly courteous and while the stops are too short (this was in Alaska and in the Baltic: one of my fave stops was Estonia of all places).

      The musicians eat with the passengers for the most part – and each little bar area in the ship was dedicated to different performers, with different vibes.

      The only thing we did in our room was sleeping, and I found there were places to find a little privacy to sit and read if I felt like it. It was a truly good time. This sounds a bit silly, but the man who sets up these cruises models the best behavior. And notably, they are sold out on the day they are announced.
      But again – we had fantastic entertainment, everywhere, almost all the time. Not sure I’d care for a regular cruise.

  3. Mary
    1 June 2023 / 6:08 pm

    Dickens’ novels were published in installments in the newspaper. They were like weekly soap operas, hence the ridiculously contrived plots and improbable deus ex machina endings. I think he COULD write well, but went with what enabled him to make a good living. He’s not the first–and definitely not the last–literary sellout.

    • Catherine
      Author
      15 July 2023 / 12:42 pm

      Mary that’s really interesting – I did not know that about him!! I never thought he wasn’t a good writer – he’s one of the greatest as his plot lines are just brilliant – but I don’t know… they’re just a super hard read. It kinda sucked the enjoyment out of reading for me as it was such a struggle to really get into the book (as opposed to the story). Installments in the newspaper makes total sense…!

  4. 27 May 2023 / 5:00 pm

    I completely agree with the light aircraft. I went on one when I went to the Maldives and I was terrified!

    Danielle | thereluctantblogger.co.uk

    • Catherine
      Author
      15 July 2023 / 1:59 pm

      Not just me then, Danielle!!

  5. 18 April 2023 / 1:33 pm

    I totally agree on the whisky, it’s vile! I’m not keen on swimming in the sea unless it’s warm and shallow (I hate being out of my depth because I sink like a brick). I tried scuba diving once and was petrified. It took me 10 minutes to stop hyperventilating (not good when breathing affects your buoyancy!). I’ve been in a Cessna plane a few times when my dad was learning to fly and had just got his license. I agree, it is quite unlike being on a commercial plane. I thought it was like being in a 2CV with wings.

    I’ve never been skiing, and while I’m curious, I think I’d rather spend my time and money lounging on a beach or by a pool. And when it comes to cricket, well, I didn’t have the foggiest about the rules until I got together with Pete who’s a massive cricket fan, Our first holiday was in Sri Lanka watching a test match with his Barmy Army friends. A few months later we went to New Zealand for more cricket, and when Isobel was 16 months old we went to Australia to watch an Ashes test match. I’ve had to learn a lot of the rules just to make it more interesting! Cricket fans are total nerds though! The good thing is that test matches are often in nice locations!

    Emma xxx

    • Catherine
      Author
      15 July 2023 / 2:02 pm

      I have to admit I’ve not yet met a woman who likes whiskey, Emma!! Men are weird, lol 😉

      Sounds like you didn’t enjoy the same sort of things as me… though actually when I was young our family used to go and watch a lot of cricket as my dad got invited through his work – I enjoyed the day out but I never watched any cricket: I just enjoyed playing and eating ice cream!!!

  6. 13 March 2023 / 8:27 am

    I’m with you on nearly all of these: Las Vegas, knitting, skiing, whisky and 50 Shades. Fun read, thanks for sharing at #WowonWednesday x

    • Catherine
      Author
      15 July 2023 / 2:03 pm

      Maybe I’m not as odd as I thought, Gail, as so many of you are agreeing with my choices!!!! hehe 😀

  7. Liz P.
    12 March 2023 / 11:05 pm

    I share your views on every single one of these except swimming in the ocean (native Californian here) and knitting. I also have a poncho that is 90% finished sitting in a bag by my chair for 15 years now. Once every few months, I think I will finish it while sitting in my chair and watching a movie. I went to Las Vegas twice. First time, in 1993, saw Chicago at Ceasars Palace, front row center, at it was great! Second time, in 2012, I called the front desk on the first day and asked if I could check out early. I was out by dawn and on the road out of town. I couldn’t wait to leave Las Vegas. Would never go back.

    • Catherine
      Author
      15 July 2023 / 2:07 pm

      Oh no to asking to check out early in Vegas, Liz… it must have been truly awful if you asked to do that!!

      Knitting is one of those things I kinda wished I liked, but tbh I think it’s my lack of patience that made me dislike it. I like instant transformations or results with things: I have all the patience in the world for sanding and stripping wooden furniture, for example, but then you get an “instant” result when you clean the stripper off or paint it. Knitting is so excruciatingly slow I just can’t bear it, lol!

  8. 8 March 2023 / 5:05 pm

    This was fun, and I have similar dislikes. Never tried whiskey; probably never will. Vegas was ok. I love pedicures simply because I don’t like bending over to do my toes. I haven’t read most of the “classics,” and there’s probably a good reason behind that.
    If hen parties are bridal showers, I must say I love them, but I’ve always hated the name hen party.

    • Catherine
      Author
      8 March 2023 / 8:14 pm

      Nylse sounds like you and I are mostly on the same sort of wavelength… the term hen party is really a UK (and maybe other places) phrase: to me it concurs up images of brides-to-be wearing veils covered in condoms and groups of roudy girls drinking too much. I know not all hen parties are like that, but I know for sure some of them are!!

      I can’t stand the bending over part of doing my own pedicures (it gets harder the older I get) but there’s no way in the world I can put myself through that again, LOL xx

  9. 4 March 2023 / 2:59 pm

    Loved this post and I agree with you on most of these points. I tried a pedicure once and disliked it so much, not that it tickled, I’m just not keen on anyone touching my feet, my quirk! I could write you a list a mile long of the times friends have, sometimes forcibly recommended something, saying “but you would love it, really!!” Then I/we try whatever it is and absolutely hate it. Whiskey and ginger is my favourite tipple (grandmas fault), only now I’m older I’ve got a bit of an intolerance to alcohol. Las Vegas, I have never been and I don’t think it would be for me, however, our passion is the underwater world. I used to dive but now snorkel, however, the ocean has to be warm, clear with preferably a coral reef, so there’s lots of life there. I’m always so careful recommending anything to anyone because as you say we are all so different.
    Alison xx

    • Catherine
      Author
      8 March 2023 / 8:16 pm

      Haha yes I know some other people who dislike their feet being touched, Alison – I don’t think you’re alone!

      I would LOVE to go snorkelling – in theory – but only if the water were reasonably shallow and it wasn’t saltwater. Not sure any coral reefs like that exist, however…! 😉 x

  10. 3 March 2023 / 9:32 pm

    Fun post..that’s cool you made it to Las Vegas..I live here! Moved from Seattle 18 mos ago..its so very strange living here…better place for vacation ha ha..I plan on going back to Seattle this summer.

    Valerie

    • Catherine
      Author
      8 March 2023 / 8:17 pm

      Wow, Valerie – I honestly don’t know how you live in that heat during the summer (and I LOVE hot weather)! Bit of a contrast with Seattle, no?!! hehe x

  11. Frieda
    3 March 2023 / 9:05 pm

    It’s great you returned to blogging! I laughed tears, finally someone understands my struggle with Charles Dickens. He was just a bad writer of otherwise good plots. How lucky there are films. ;D
    My once and never again experience is getting a Thai massage. I guess I am not having enough (back) pain for it but I went there feeling very fit and healthy and returned a cripple (for the next entire week!).

    P.S. I will now go back to knitting a Harry Potter house scarf. ;D

    • Catherine
      Author
      8 March 2023 / 8:19 pm

      Thanks Frieda – it was never an intentional leaving, just a long hiatus…! I think you’re spot-on about Dickens: a bad writer of great plots. I’ve seen there’s a new BBC adaptation of Great Expectations coming soon so I’ll be watching for sure!!

      And OMG about the Thai massage: I’ve had some full-on sports massages in my time but never one that’s left me feeling worse! Thank you for the warning 😉 lol

  12. 3 March 2023 / 3:28 pm

    Lovely post Catherine, just want to add some of my likes and dislikes too.
    Whisky … sometimes mainly only on Burns night with haggis!
    Swimming in the sea, as long as it’s not rough and I can see the bottom .. lol
    Skiing a big fat yes! I love it and wish I could go all the time.

    Knitting is a maybe in the future, but I don’t have the time right now.
    Love a pedicure though, its a real treat for me!

    Good luck with the things you do like, enjoy them all. Jacqui xx

    • Catherine
      Author
      8 March 2023 / 8:22 pm

      Jacqui you mentioned something that most people have never – and would never – try: haggis! I LOVE haggis!! Keith got me to try it once and I was like, noooooo it’s gonna be disgusting… it’s so delicious. In fact we had it two nights ago with mash and swede, nomnomnomnomnom

      I love that you love skiing; maybe if I’d been as a young adult (rather than a gangly, uncoordinated 13 year old) then I might think differently. But the warmth thing is still a factor for me, hehe x

  13. Tina
    3 March 2023 / 11:08 am

    As someone who hates both Vegas and Dickens, I feel so seen right now! We spent a week in Vegas over Christmas a couple of years ago (with a much younger couple, which may have been part of the problem) and I tried gamely to enjoy myself but was miserable. It just felt so…aggressively fake and consumerist. I know that’s the reason many people love it. The food and drinks were incredibly overpriced and mediocre at best — including meals at Spago and Hell’s Kitchen. We did have an absolutely lovely meal and experience at Sushi Roku on Christmas day, the only time I felt truly relaxed and taken care of the whole trip.
    I have a degree in English literature, so always felt guilty about my loathing for Dickens.
    I’m ambivalent about pedicures — I lack the patience and hand dexterity to paint my own nails. But they’re rarely as relaxing as I want them to be.
    And +1 to the commenter who mentioned hot tubs. It’s human soup!

    • Catherine
      Author
      15 July 2023 / 2:11 pm

      Hehe so glad you feel seen, Tina!!!!! And your description of Vegas sums it up for me, too… similar thing with Dubai.

      And I must say I love your “human soup” expression… I’m so going to use that if I’m ever asked if I want to go in a hot tub, LOL

  14. Marie-Claire Saunders
    3 March 2023 / 6:23 am

    I have never had a pedicure but my husband decided to treat me and arranged a reflexology massage. This is torture for the feet of the first order,and when the torture was finally over the practitioner asked me if I would like to pray with her. NO WAY

    • Catherine
      Author
      15 July 2023 / 2:13 pm

      Oh Marie-Claire I feel so sorry for you – I would have had to have got out of there as possible too, what a nightmare!! You have my full sympathy 😉

  15. Randi
    3 March 2023 / 4:20 am

    First, my husband owns a Bonanza which he flies at least twice a week. He has a cadre of old men buds who also fly. They each fly their own plane and go to a place they decided on for lunch where they discuss flying. They call it “the hundred dollar hamburger.” I met my husband of 34 years about 36 years ago. He invited me and my then 7 year old daughter to go flying which scared me to death. But since the kid begged to go, I gave in and he flew us neatly around the pattern and landed. Since we got married when she was 9 and he helped raise her, flying with him turned into a family deal. Our 4 grandchildren have been flying with him. That 7 year old kid is the mother of those 4 children, and since she loved flying as a child, she has given her children the same opportunity.

    • Catherine
      Author
      18 July 2023 / 12:35 pm

      I hope those hamburgers are worth it, Randi!!!! lol 😉

      I’m sure I’d get used to it if I went on small aircraft often (then again, maybe not…), but that one time put me off for life. But how lovely that your grandchildren get to fly with your husband: what a treat!

  16. Pilar Collignon
    3 March 2023 / 3:46 am

    OMG this is hilarious!!!! Here is my loooong take:

    1. Drinking whisky
    Tastes like wood, like the wooden popsicle sticks, I don’t love it but I don’t hate it. We got a Japanese whiskey that is mellow an delicious!

    2. Having a pedicure
    I’m also very ticklish BUT I can never cut my nails correctly. I love having a pedi without having to be bent over for awhile!

    3. Watching Fifty Shades of Grey/Twilight
    I’ve watched a little bit of the three Twilight fiascos and really hated them. Haven’t seen 50 but tell me if Jamie Dornan goes shirtless, I might endure the rest of the movie!

    4. A trip to Las Vegas
    I live 4 hrs away from Vegas and I LOOOOVE IT!!! Hahaha haven’t been since having children though

    5. Swimming in the sea
    I’ve also had a terrible experience in the ocean as a kid but I do like it! I do have a fear of stepping in something that can hurt/kill me but I love the ocean. There us a time when beaches in Mexico have warm water 😉

    6. Going on a light aircraft flight
    I did it as a child and loved it!!!! (It was my aunt’s boss’ plane)

    7. Reading a Dickens novel
    I think I’ve never read those unless in was a lighter Children’s version. I did tried Wuthering heights and couldn’t understand it so left it after a couple of pages.

    8. Going skiing
    Love it! Too expensive even though I have resorts 3 hours away. Haven’t been since having children

    9. Knitting
    Did it as a child, liked it, never finished my piece hahahaha

    An on your after thoughts:

    Golf. Booooring! Not interested at all

    Understanding the rules of cricket. Not for ne

    Watching a Harry Potter movie. I did watch them all not doing that ever again, hated the end. Never read the books

    Going to a hen party. I have no idea what this is lol

    Visiting Dubai. Too much MUCH lol

    A hot tub. Just with the fam or friends I’d do it.

    Skydiving. Yessssssss

    I can’t think right now on a list of my own… but I’ll try later

    Love,

    • Catherine
      Author
      5 August 2023 / 1:42 pm

      I think apart from Vegas and skiing, I think we agreed on the same things, Pilar!! Thanks hun x

  17. 3 March 2023 / 2:50 am

    Pedicure: got given one for a birthday. Lovely, earnest young girl buffed one of my toenails so much that it hurt, and nearly 3 years later…. that toenail still looks as though it has a deformity disease.

    Small airplanes: friend dave was a pilot in the countryside. Took 3 of us up for a ride. Cut the engines mid-air, we fell straight down, then he flicked engines back on, aimed the nose directly up… and continued. Apparently it was hilarious….

    Swimming: 2 near drowning incidents when very young. One was indeed lovely. The other was not. I loathe any swimming place

    Alcohol: ewh. Why would anyone want the pain and misery of a hangover? Yeah, I’m a kill-joy…….

    • Catherine
      Author
      5 August 2023 / 1:45 pm

      Ratnamurti nooooooooo [about the pedicure]!!! That’s so bad! I will admit one of the few manicures I’ve had was on a photo shoot: my nails were quite long – and I liked them that way at the time – but the manicurist (who literally didn’t speak a word of English, this was in Prague) had been told [in Czech] to file them down much shorter. So I didn’t realise what she was doing until it was too late, plus she rushed the mani so much and filed so hard she ripped through the skin just under the nail tip on one finger and oh BOY did I jump… she effectively gave me the worst ‘paper cut’ (with a nail file) I’ve ever had in my life! It hurt like buggery for bloody ages after!!

  18. 2 March 2023 / 7:46 pm

    I live in Scotland and don’t like whisky. That may actually be illegal to say out loud, and now that I’ve done so I’ll probably be deported back to the USA after fifteen years up here, but that’s the truth of it. I can say that now that I actually know what goes into the process of making whisky, I appreciate it, I just DO NOT like it. I’m a beer and wine girl and that’s about it. Give me a hoppy IPA any day. And you are also 100% correct about Vegas. It’s a great place to spend a weekend, or pass through on your way somewhere else.

    • Catherine
      Author
      6 August 2023 / 10:05 am

      Kristin I think it IS illegal to live in Scotland and not like whiskey, lol!!

  19. Christine
    2 March 2023 / 7:33 pm

    I so needed this kind of read today. Thank you. I will never do another cruise again. So many people love them and I understand the appeal but I was happy when I got off the ship. I agree with you about Las Vegas! I’ve been twice, 20 years apart and that was enough. The films you mentioned were a complete waste of time. Looking forward to future posts and I do enjoy following you on Instagram – love your walks!

    • Catherine
      Author
      6 August 2023 / 10:08 am

      Christine I’m so glad you liked the post, thank you! It’s funny about the cruise because they NEVER appealed to me until I went on one, but it was with Virgin Voyages and they’ve designed them to be the opposite of your standard cruise. Also thank you re. the walks on my stories… knowing that people look forward to them gives me another reason to make sure I get out there every day! x

  20. Susan Dunlop
    2 March 2023 / 7:30 pm

    Too funny! We all have things others rave about and we’re like, no thanks. For me it’s roller coasters and theme parks generally. Loved ‘‘em when I was twenty something but just can’t now. Glad to see you back.

    • Catherine
      Author
      6 August 2023 / 4:32 pm

      I’m totally with you on the rollercoasters, Susan… that’s a HUGE Nope with a capital P for me!! Throwing me round upside down at great heights?! They’ve always been a no, no, NO for me!

      HOWEVER… I went on one once – I think it was Chessington [in the UK] – and it was indoors and in the dark. And that I could cope with because there was no heights thing involved. It’s all about the heights for me!

  21. Terri
    2 March 2023 / 7:15 pm

    Disney World. There are so many websites devoted to planning a Disney vacation, people talk about it like it’s heaven on earth, and when I lived in Miami most of my friends began buying season passes when their children were still infants. With all the hype, maybe my expectations were too high, but it’s just a nice bunch of theme parks. Been there, done it, no need to ever return.

    • Catherine
      Author
      6 August 2023 / 4:34 pm

      Terri I went to Disney World when I was about 4 [when we lived in Canada] and I’m pretty sure I must have loved it, from what I remember of it… however I’d still like to go an an adult, just for two or three days tops. I think it might be another Vegas for me – great while I was there, but then it’s Been there, done that like you said 😉

  22. 2 March 2023 / 6:31 pm

    I agree with you on all points. Only the pedicure I can stand (I only have them in spring and summer). Las Vegas I have never been and it doesn’t appeal to me either.
    Greetje

    • Catherine
      Author
      6 August 2023 / 4:35 pm

      I think I’d like them if my feet weren’t so ticklish, Greetje!! lol 😀

  23. 2 March 2023 / 6:27 pm

    Great to see you back! My list would include: having my eyelashes tinted (couldn’t see a difference), going to a casino/playing a slot machine, getting a permanent, a bikini wax, using an Epilady (don’t know what they were called elsewhere, but pulled your leg hairs out by the roots), smoking a cigarette, using a neti pot (waterboarding yourself)

    • Frieda
      3 March 2023 / 9:11 pm

      Lucky you, then you must have very dark eyelashes already. I just had mine tinted today and it was like discovering that I actually have eyelashes. 😀 With everything else I can totally agree!

      • Catherine
        Author
        6 August 2023 / 4:41 pm

        Frieda I’m the opposite but with my eyebrows… I hate that they’re so dark! I bleach them blonde then fill them with a mid brown… such a palaver, lol 😉

    • Caroline Roberts
      3 March 2023 / 9:25 pm

      You just made me laugh out loud about the Neti pot! My doctor made me use similar for an ENT problem I had and waterboarding is exactly how it feels! Or drowning!!!

      • Catherine
        Author
        6 August 2023 / 4:39 pm

        Lol I really need to look up what a neti pot is now, I haven’t a clue 😉

    • Catherine
      Author
      6 August 2023 / 4:38 pm

      Thanks MK! I’m somewhat intrigued by the neti pot… waterboarding yourself?! I mean why, LOL!!!!

      Though I am a fan of epilating – I haven’t shaved in years and years as I’m such a fan. I can’t bear having to let leg hair grow long between waxes and epilating doesn’t hurt if you do it regularly – though I will agree it hurts like BUGGERY if the hair is long and/or it’s the first time you do it!!

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