Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Half Term Report

Ok February and most of March seem to have got away from me.

I have managed to scrap some more of the Vegas trip photos but not any of 2015 yet.
  • I’ve manage to get in a couple of walks but not managed to get for a run or a swim.
  • I’ve taken some photos but not managed to keep to one a day.
  • I didn’t make any cards but have found the Easter ones from last year so will make sure they go out this year.
  • I have done a bit more cooking, still loving the slow cooker but remembered how much I love the simplicity of stir fries and made scotch broth (ish) for church.
  • I’ve not managed any baking but have been playing games with the Youth club and decorating cakes.
  • I have managed to declutter more of the living room and the bedroom cupboards so another pile of bags for Cancer Research.  However the craft room is still a chaos zone.
  • Not visited anyone since the new year but have had regular dinners with Dad and calls with Mum and occasional chats with Brother.
  • Shortly going on holiday to visit family and friends take in a trip to the beach and sing my heart out at Spring Harvest.   

So half term report, not a complete disaster but could do better :) 

Thinking of my holiday I'm trying to work out a capsule wardrobe
5 vest tops, 4 t-shirts, 3 bottoms, 2 long sleeved tops, 1 dress and 1 skirt for 14 days to include travelling, sightseeing, working, poss beach and church induction. 

Any thoughts?

Friday, January 09, 2015

Starting well..

January has started well.

I have been taking time for me, going for walks, taking photographs and even started a plan for scrapbooking again.

I'm trying a photo a day challenge from #theidearoom and 9 days in still going.

I've also bought a project life kit from Create and Craft and am starting to work on my Vegas holiday picutres. Just 4 years late :) I'm really liking the simplicity of how pages can come together.

I'll probably use this method to deal with my photo challenge photos as well as recording things I'm thankful for or positive about throughout the year.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Happy New Year (little early)

2014 has been a rough year for a number of reasons.
There have been good times but also some really low times.

I've decided I need to make some changes this year and actually put in my calendar and diary time for me.
This may be time to exercise, time to craft or just time to chill and do nothing but it's my nothing and it doesn't mean I'm not doing something important.

Just as I had to learn that I'm good enough to use my 'good' dishes and cutlery and any day is good enough to wear my 'good' clothes I will learn that I am important enough to have time for me.

So if I say no to something next year please don't take it personally it's simply there may be more things to do than I have time to do them.

Some of the things I'm hoping to do in 2015

  • Run
  • Walk
  • Swim
  • Take photographs
  • Make Cards
  • Scrapbook
  • Sing
  • Play Games
  • Cook
  • Bake
  • Visit family and friends
  • Get to a musical
  • Visit the beach
  • and lots more.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Conquer Worry

Last week at work I had a mini meltdown over something that was actually quite small but managed to reduce me to tears in the middle of a meeting.  This coincided with a friend sharing a tweet from @ConquerWorry

Struggling? Would you like to join us for the July Jump Start Challenge? conquerworry.org/jump-start-cha… pic.twitter.com/eYjKFHwtjW

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I took time to read through the pages and realised I've let myself get back into a place where I am just working, sleeping and worrying without having time for me or friends or exercise. As a result my physical and mental health is stretched which contributed to my meltdown. 

I was going to start July following the Conquer Worry Jump Start Challenge and began over the weekend thinking of things to be grateful for.  However, as Burns said "The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men  Gang aft agley." Translation - the best laid plans of mice and men often go wrong.

I started the weekend with an allergic reaction that made my right eye swell up like I'd been in a boxing match and as that went down my cheek started to swell up. This turned out to be an abscess so my 1st of July started with an emergency dental appointment and extraction. 

The Jump Start Challenge has some steps to get us started 
  1. Pick three Daily Tasks
  2. Do each task daily for 21 consecutive days
  3. Record your results
  4. Record one thing you are grateful for.
  5. Record on positive experience that happened that day
  6. Start over if you miss a day.
My tasks I'd picked were to exercise, get 20 mins sunlight and work on daily prayer. This is my attempt to record how I got on,

For exercise I'm counting the walk to work, the walk from there to the dentist, the walk back an hour and half later and then the walk home to recover.  
As it was a beautiful sunny day yesterday I'm counting that as my sunshine exposure as well. 
I'm not sure I should count the praying it would end during the trip to the dentist but I do keep a prayer list and when the painkillers had kicked in later last night I did work through it.

The positive experience of the day was, unlikely as it sounds, the extraction itself. My dentist was amazing and took her time to make sure I was fully aware of what would happen and comfortable at all times. The extraction itself was the least painful I've ever had, not counting those when I was younger when they could still knock you out :-) 

I'm grateful for the support of colleagues, friends and family when I was feeling lousy and those who contacted me to make sure I was ok. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Extra Time

Earlier this week I was praying for more time in the week (or even in a day), I felt like I was running around like a headless chicken but getting nothing done and getting further and further behind.

It's been a hard and busy couple of months trying to juggle work, family, church and time for me seems to have been reduced to sleeping and eating inbetween everything else.

Decluttering has slowed, running has paused and crafting is non existant.

I got an answer to prayer on Tuesday in an odd way. We were overstaffed at work so our boss was offering an extra hour on the lunchbreak, unpaid buy hey an hour extra is an hour extra :-)
in that hour and a half I managed to get to the shops to buy a gas canister for my heater, get to the bank for the bits you can't do online, cook lunch instead of a sandwich, do all my dishes, clean the kitchen start some decluttering of the living room and have 10 mins just for me to sit and remember how thankful I am that I have a family, a job and a loving church. Amazing the difference an hour makes.

Going to try and have a productive hour at least a couple of days each week.

I've taken today as a holiday as its my birthday tomorrow and I'm going to catch up on all the Dr Who programs I've recorded over the last couple of weeks. So may be a bit timey-wimey for the next 24 hours.

If you haven't watched the minisode 'Night of the Doctor' yet I urge you to do so now.

You may scream at the screen a little - or as I did a lot.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Winter Cooking

I've decided as the weathers going straight to winter that my cooking should follow suit so been working on my stews and soups. However, most of my recipes are from weight watchers and can be a little heavy on the tomatos which seems to set off my joint pains, so I wanted to try some other options and have found several great budget ideas and some that are just really handy.

I found 'A girl called Jack' through a friend on twitter and she has some really great budget tips as well as costed out recipes. I'm bookmarking this one as someones added their lentil soup recipe in the comments :)

I found a packet of broth mix in the cupboard and was stuck for what to do with it so googled it as you do and found 'Carolines Kitchen Diary' not had a chance to really look through it yet but wanted to keep the broth recipe handy.

and finally 'The Great British Budget Menu' my minister and his wife have been using these recipes for the past couple of months and the food is amazing. We had the hairy bikers lasagne last night and I've decided I must have a go myself.

What are you cooking this winter and where do you find your ideas?

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Back to running

I had been regularly running 5km a run at the start of the summer using the Loch Fad loop but damaging my ankle in July cut back on my running and I was just getting back into it start of September when my Step-Mum Katy died very suddenly from a heart attack.

Today was my first run in over a month so only did one lap of the park loop :) fellt good though and my ankle was fine, looking forward to longer run on monday/tuesday. My (big) wee brother Johnnie recommended the Strava app for the mobile and it makes logging my run so much easier. Gotta love brothers <3 span="">

Also got some decluttering done gave drawer full of mettalic table confetti packs to our works table top sale, I could never get them to stick to cards so no point keeping them. Did notice a gap in the market as no-one doing hand made cards so may think more about that.