Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Ten on Tuesday

1. Normally I work Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, however this week the status of the project I was on warranted overtime, so I worked Monday too. So now I am completely muddled as to what day it is!
2. Chris has chefs on holiday so he is working every day for this week and next... adding into the pot my overtime, I really am struggling to remember what day it is!!!
3. Todd's football training has moved to winter training, which is now indoors, however the start time is 5pm. Fortunately Chris is normally off that day so he can take him as I am still at work at that time. But of course he is now working non-stop for the next two weeks... thank heavens for a lovely school mum who is stepping in to help.
4. I am losing a good friend and colleague at work this week as she moves to pastures new. I am feeling the loss more than I thought I would.
5. Being stressful at work makes me do strange things... yesterday I came home and scrubbed the bathroom to within an inch of its life... I suppose I shall have a clean house by the end of this project... which ends in December by the way :-)
6. Jake and I have discovered a good tv show on the Sky Arts channel, its called My Shakespeare. Each week an actor takes you through one of his plays and teaches you the story. As Jake will be studying Shakespeare this year I thought it would be good for him, but to be honest I really enjoyed it too.
7. Our tumble drier is not very well, so we have clothes drying all around the house. Although the weather is quite dry and mild at the moment it's still quite damp outside and it's also too warm to have the heating on so it's a bit of a juggling act trying to get stuff dry.
8. One thing I love about autumn is the return of our favourite tv shows. We don't watch a lot, but are eagerly awaiting NCIS, Hawaii 50, and Greys Anatomy (well the last one is more me than him).
9. Please can the shops stop shoving Christmas stuff in our faces, with this lovely mild weather its hard to believe we are getting close.
10. The squirrels around here have taken to tormenting Bosley. They know he can't get them from the living room, so they sit on the fence by the window just in his view twitching their tails. It drives him nuts... it's so funny to watch, you can almost see them smiling!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Right Now...

I've been thinking a lot lately... about stuff. Life choices, behaviours, big stuff and little stuff. The blog even got a look in too ;-) I have often held back, sometimes here on the blog, sometimes when I'm stood in front of someone... afraid to show the real me for fear of being judged. You know when you're about to say something but the other person gives their opinion which is the total opposite of yours... before you know it you've swallowed your words and are agreeing/sympathising/etc with them.

Do you ever do that, where you hold your true self back for fear of looking silly or being different?

It happened again quite recently to me when one of the boys friends mums said how they'd got to go and see Kylie in concert as a work perk... at this point I was ready to tell them that I'd been to see her shows five times over the years and loved every minute of it, when she said how awful and boring it was so they walked out part-way through. What did I do... swallowed my words and made some lame comment like 'oh that's a shame'. Never admitting that I'd loved the shows, singing and dancing my way through them.

I do it at work too, afraid to be different, making sure I say and do the right thing. Why I do this so much, I'm not sure.

Anyway I've decided that I'm fed up trying to be all people, I'd like to be me. Funnily enough I am always telling Jake that the world would be a boring place if we were all the same and he should embrace his uniqueness. I now feel slightly embarrassed that I'm not living up to the same values I'm trying to instil in my boys.

So this may mean some real random posts on the horizon ;-) it may also mean that you learn one or two more things about me. You might not agree with me, but that's ok because 'the world would be a boring place if we were all the same', wouldn't it?

And just to really put myself out there, a slightly grainy selfie I took when I was off out to meet up with my lovely crafting girlies...

K x

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Ten on Tuesday

1. I know it's been forever since I blogged. Shameful, but in my defence I've just had the last two weeks off with the boys, and Chris has been off for the last 6 weeks following his shoulder op. I've been enjoying the company and chilling, not doing an awful lot but soaking up the days with my boys... all four of them. We've explored, swam, walked, paddled, baked, shopped, eaten out, laughed :-)

2. We did manage to get away for a day in London. It was boiling hot and very expensive, but fun. We went to the Tower of London and saw these...

3. I've upgraded my mobile phone - my contract of 2 years was up a month or so ago. I did play with the idea of an i-phone, but after thorough research (yes I'm one of those) I've got the Xperia Z2.... it's so lovely, my previous phone was a Sony too. The plus point for me... the camera... 20.7 megapixels. Perfect for all those 'I wish I'd got my camera with me' moments. It's also waterproof, so you can use the camera and video recorder underwater.... not sure I'm confident about proving that though!
4. We emptied the loft of 'stuff' this weekend and did a car boot sale. We got up early and with two cars full we headed to Ashley Heath. It was very busy and we ended up making just over £200! We also came home with more than enough stuff to do another one. Does that give you an idea of the amount of stuff we had! I've been using our takings for our food money this week - it was quite funny paying in Aldi and Sainsburys with 50 pences and pound coins!!!
5. Lucky that we made some money, as of right now I have a bill on my desk for a boiler repair, one for the extra to pay for Chris' shoulder op (our private medical insurance would not cover the full amount), Chris also had to have emergency dental treatment, and then yesterday my tumble dryer stopped working... grrr!
6. Jake had a piece of homework to complete over the holidays to research a family member who fought in WW1. We signed up for the 14 day free trial with Ancestry and have been working on two of his great-great-grandads, one on my side of the family and one on Chris' side of the family. In all honesty it's me that loves doing all this family research stuff. I love to find out all I can about each person. Since we've only got 14 days, I've been desperately trying to search all I can before the free trial ends. This is his great-great-grandad John Dart.... he was one of the lucky ones who came home.

7. Whilst I've been off, I've been going through all my old photo albums. A lot of them were falling apart, so I've taken all the photos out and boxed them, ensuring that I have information written on the back with dates, who, when, etc. It's been an emotional exercise. People who are no longer with us, a life before our boys, nieces and nephews a lot smaller than they are now, places I'd forgotten about. Here's one of Chris and I in 1988! Bet your jealous of that hair right!?! Love how I have a camera in my hand.

8. The air's getting a bit chilly around here the last few days... there's a chance one or two of the radiators may be turned on soon. Trying to hold out til at least September.
9. I have all the uniform shopping done - hallelujah. All washed, labelled and ready to go. I am superwoman.. no not really but it feels good that this one is checked off my to-do list. Now all we need to do is teach Todd how to tie a tie!
10. Chris has received an email from the Olympics medical team asking him to volunteer for Rio. He was very excited until he realised he would need to fund his own flight and accommodation, much like for London. Travel and meals whilst on duty would be covered as would the uniform, but alas that is not enough to get him there.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Ten on Tuesday

1. Can I mention the weather, can I, you won't mind will you? It's blinking hot.... I'm trying desperately not to say 'too hot'. My sister reckons it's hotter than Hawaii... I'm not sure about that but I am struggling with keep up with the ironing, cleaning, fitness stuff and of course sleeping!
2. I guess it must be very hot for some, as when Todd got in the shower tonight, Bosley jumped right on in with him!!!
3. Fabulous catch-up with one of my dearest friends tonight.... why does it take a miracle to get us together. Life can be so full, but I really will make more of an effort. Moments like that lift your soul :-)
4. Todd is so excited, tomorrow is his last day, well half day, then he can finally shout that it's the summer holidays, like his brother has been able to do since Friday last week.
5. Trying a couple of new recipes this week. The coconut curry shrimp was really tasty tonight, recipe here if you are interested.
6. Watched a lovely movie last night, 'About Time'. A lovely English movie with a great message for us all at the end. If I said it was about time travel you probably wouldn't watch it, but trust me and do because you'll love it.
7. The in-laws arrive this weekend for a week, which means I will spend all day Friday cleaning, then cleaning some more. At least it means I won't be doing dishes for a week as my father-in-law insists on doing them for me :-)
8. Bosley loves visitors, he's very friendly, bouncy and licky.... except for one.... the postman. I don't know why dogs are so aggressive towards them, but Bosley is exactly the same. You should see the state of the mail if he gets to it first!
9. We've just spent the last 20 minutes trying to catch a bee that decided to fly through our open window... I say we... what I actually mean is that I was stood in the doorway dishing out 'helpful' advice whilst Chris dealt with it. And don't bees sleep, what on earth was he doing up at this late hour!?!
10. Chris and Jake have been watching the Darts championship the last few evenings. I personally cannot stand it, thank heaven for laptops. All I will say is that there are some 'unusual' characters that play.... well I guess it takes all sorts.

K x

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Fun Kitchen Elements

Recently I spent time going through all the contents of my kitchen and got rid of all the unused junk and gadgets I really didn't need. It is so nice opening a drawer or cupboard now, however....

I've found a few things that perhaps would convince me to add a bit of fun back into my kitchen...

Salt and Pepper

Salt and pepper wand shakers

Magnetic Spice Rack
magnetic spice rack - looks like honeycomb

Stirr--It walks around the pot, blending ingredients and keeping them from sticking to the bottom while you are doing other things. Great for making custards and gravy that require attention. $29.98
a crazy pot-stirrer - it walks around the pot whilst you are busy doing other things

Bloody Kitchen Chopping Board
a bloody chopping board

dog oil and vinegar set

Animal Mugs - can also be used as a votive!
these mugs can be used with candles too

Fun! Hot Dog Toaster
a hotdog toaster - I know someone in this house that would love this!

Kitchen & Dining - Sea for Two Tea Infuser
tea infuser

Kitchen & Dining - Brainfood Mold

brainfood mould - one of my boys would think this is great!

so which would you have?

Stormy Skies

I think the weather forecasters may have got it right for a change... tonight's sky... the storm clouds are building up on the left...

I would also like to apologise for the severe weather we are due to have on Saturday, you see it's entirely our fault... we've invited friends over for a barbecue!!!


Car Boot Bargains

I got these a couple of weeks ago, but only just got around to taking and sorting the photos.

This is an M&S skirt, more rust than orange. The kind without a waistband. It's quite warm and lined so will be good in the winter I think with my boots.... £1.

A nice denim skirt again from M&S, only trouble is it's too tight across my tummy, which means it gapes at the buttons down the front. I'm doing my best at trying to lose a few pounds so hopefully this won't end up at the charity shop... £2.

 I love this dress from Red Herring, it's so soft, kind of t-shirt material... £1. Another upset, this one is also too tight. I will hang onto it for a while to see if I can lose enough to wear it. That's the chance you take buying without trying on.

Here's a close up of the print, more orange, but with black and a soft green.