Seems I skipped a day or two

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Day 7 & 8 seemed to have been skipped. It’s been a busy and tiring weekend.

Day 7 – the best thing about my day was being able to speak to my brother for 3 hrs, 21 minutes! He’s my big little brother and I’m so proud of all he has achieved so far! Keep going little bro; you’re going to do some amazing stuff with your life!

Day 8 – my best qualities, I genuinely hate answering questions like this. There are days I find it difficult to think of things I am good at or things that are good about me. For now, two of the qualities I definitely know are my best; empathy and adaptability.

Day 9 – my top priorities – these would be spending time with my little family and investing in myself through reading and learning new skills that I have left on the back burner for years.

So that’s the last 3 days in a nutshell, short and sweet! I’ll leave you with a photo of our tiny pooch, Miss Tiggles.

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Such a short blog of the last three days but “back to work” fatigue has hit hard, all the same I didn’t want to give up my 30 day challenge, even if I do miss posting something every day.

Looking forward to Day 10, see you then

T

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Books & Memories

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Day 5 & 6

My days have got busy again, it’s back to work, day 2 and I am already tired. Most grateful for the weekend!

Main note to self: schedule blog posts into diary to complete 30 day challenge!

Today I am sharing photos with short comments of the day 5 (books in my reading list) & day 6 (something to remember) prompts; it seemed fitting since they don’t need much explanation.

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The five books I aim to read this year!

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Remembering my Auntie Bev today! Most sorely missed

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Memories with my Auntie B and Uncle M – when I was little

Time to chill.  See you again tomorrow.

T

A really good idea!*

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*disclaimer – here’s hoping!

Day 4

I work as an elected officer for a university Student Union. It is hectically busy, quite challenging and lots of fun, there is never a dull day! One of the main hurdles to overcome is finding ways to engage with the wide range of students.

My idea – challenge students, elected officers and SU staff to Bop It!

The basic idea would require a bop it per campus (we have at least 5 campuses, I know, it’s crazy!) and a Challenge Leader board. Set up, await students, play Bop It, have something fun to talk about or tell others about – engage!!

I already bought my family our own Bop It over Christmas and it’s fun seeing who can get the highest score, so here’s hoping this really good idea really is an idea worth talking about in the near future. I will definitely keep you posted!

Till tomorrow …

T

Few Notes:
  • Bop It Leader Challenge starts at the end of January
  • Bop It aren’t sponsoring me for this post 🙂 
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Day 2 didn’t even get a peek! I woke up feeling unwell, but was determined to go for a walk with doggie and family, so I made the effort to get ready and we ventured out. Once we’d arrived back home I felt so much worse and spent the rest of the day in bed with a terrible headache, lots of sneezing and feeling sorry for myself. I even started typing for day 2, but gave up after one sentence. However you only fail if you give up completely, not falter for one day, so here is a little something on day 2 and day 3 of the blog challenge!

Day 2 – Something good from last week

Last week we had Christmas (& New Year’s), feels ages away now, which is weird after all the build up to it! There were a few good things, spending time with family and good friends, being able to relax a little after a very busy few weeks at work, eating some great food and getting some lovely jubbly presents!

The two best things from last week, however, were: seeing my teen, who suffers from anxiety, come with us on Christmas day to spend the entire day out among quite a few more people than she is generally used to. This made me smile inside! It has been a reasonably tough year which may get mentioned in future posts, but for now it is definitely the small things which keep us going! The second thing that made me really happy was having my boyfriend spend his first Christmas (& New Year’s) with us, I can’t wait for many more!

 

Day 3 – A time when I was frightened

Not entirely in the mood to be exceptionally personal in today’s blog post, I’ll use the excuse that I still feel unwell and don’t want to upset myself too much further. (Definitely am still unwell, but needed to find some energy so I can sort children for “January back to school” and that, as I am sure some of you know, is a right mission!!)

So spider talk it is. I am a terrible arachnophobe. It is such an awful fear; irrational and debilitating all at the same time and try as I might, I cannot stop myself from being frightened of those small furry eight legged creatures who hide just out of sight until they need to make a dash for heck knows where right at the moment I need to be getting somewhere and then my world falls apart. I often scream, so everyone straight away knows what is going on. Then I freeze and start to shake, usually cry if it is quite a big spider, but often I will call for help. Someone needs to come kill it.  Murder the spider! It is terrible, I know, and I worry that many spider relatives will come find me one day to take revenge due to all the spider murders I have committed or ordered. It’s like I am the spider mafia, but don’t judge, I feel bad enough already.

Back to the story at hand. Every time I go shower I check my towel for any sign of spiders, this is due to a whole other story, which I might tell some day, but it means now I always check my towel, without fail, it is essentially a habit from many years ago!  So about 4 days ago now, I check my towel, and low and behold, a fast black spider….running for its life (I am sure it must have heard about my reputation as spider killer). Anyway, cue me screaming, throwing my towel on the ground and then watching the spider try to run away, off my towel, onto the bedroom carpet and under the cupboard. The adrenalin kicked in and I grabbed my boot to stomp the spider to its flattened end. Important point to note, I never usually kill them myself because I am too scared of them, but that day I just did. My boyfriend came in a minute or so after and could see I was shaken up, towel on the floor and he knew – Spider! He did what he always does, started searching for it, but this time I told him I had already got it, he even had to make sure it was a spider in case I had only seen a bug of some kind and was just freaking out. But nope, I had squished it. Now, I know, it is mean, killing a small little thing which essentially isn’t going to harm me, but it’s my fear and they completely frighten me, so this day was a victory! It didn’t stop me from shaking and feeling horrid to the point I was crying – I did get hugs from my guy to help – but I did it! Hopefully this is a positive step to overcoming my fear meaning one day I can stop being frightened by creepy crawlies of the eight legged kind (and also end my killing spree)!

Thanks for reading, if you stuck around for this long! I got a little carried away with my story; see you tomorrow for day 4, a really good idea!

Have a good Tuesday evening.

T

Interruptions, fears and good things!

Happy New Year

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Happy 2017!

No point going on about how I am back, it seems to be my track record to start and then never carry on; instead this time I have decided to take on a 30 day blog challenge. I am sort of cheating as I picked a June version I found on Pinterest instead of say, a January one, but this is me, I am rather random. I picked June for two reasons: June is my favourite month (might be my birthday month) and it has topics I wanted to chat about, so let’s get started!

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It’s been a while

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A whole year since I last posted, I see I’ve got this yearly blog posting thing down!! I am most proud of my achievements.

A little sarcasm never hurt anyone. 😉

However, it has been an exceptionally difficult year for my family. In a nut shell, f*** cancer!!  We are still carrying on, carrying on; life has thrown us many lemons and some we have hit back, some we are still sucking on.

This was my little introduction back to blogging, letting you know I am back with more adventures, challenges, fun and probably sadness, but I am back!!

This week we have “Challenges await us” & “Man, it’s freezing out” to look forward to! See you then!

T

Road Trip – Day 6

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Updates to our road trip have been delayed after arriving in Newmarket. We have been rather busy visiting with a lot of friends, late nights and then illness. So even though it’s been great fun and really lovely, illness has made us feel a bit grotty and stopped our plans a little.

All the same, here’s day 6, which really was a wonderful day.

Since Saturday would be a day to ourselves, without any visits booked, I decided to surprise my girls. They didn’t know what we’d be doing at all, not one clue was given, they only found out once we arrived at Woburn Safari Park. Arriving at the gate caused gasps of “Oooo, animals, yay, I can’t wait”.

We started our day off having lunch and then walking through the part of the park that has kangaroos, penguins, sea lions, meerkats, fun slides and an indoor play area. The sun even decided to make an appearance and I can gladly report that there wasn’t any rain!

Our second part of the day we spent in the car driving through the Safari part of the park, they girls truly loved this! We were lucky enough to see all the animals on the safari and also managed to get through with our car intact – bonus!  My favourite part was seeing the rhinos, they come right up next to the car as they roam freely on a grassy area, quite content. Am glad to say the bull was safely kept in a fenced off area, but we did see him running about, possibly irritated with a shiny red car passing by (not ours).

The girls favourite bit was definitely the monkey enclosure, twice one of them climbed on the roof and the girls thought it great fun. The second time, the monkey was so bold, he sat on the wing mirror and had a good look at us as well as then sitting on the bonnet, picking leaves out of the windscreen wipers. Screams of delight from my girls made the day well worth it!

To finish our day off, another surprise a short journey away was The Waffle House in St Albans. If you can go, you definitely should! For our dinner we had waffles, the girls had waffles with chocolate sauce and ice cream, mine was pecan nut with butterscotch sauce and ice cream, most yum indeed!  We even had a walk in a nearby park just before the sun set!

All in all a very enjoyable day, enjoy the pictures. Week two will be up tomorrow, we’ve been rather busy….

 

 

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Our favourite part of the day!

Our favourite part of the day!

 

Walk in the park

Walk in the park

 

Holding a swan - as you do!

Holding a swan – as you do!

 

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Road Trip – day 4 & 5

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On Wednesday we arrived in a village north of Peterborough just in time for dinner. My beautiful Rhodesian/British friend Flis welcomed us into her family home for our next two nights on the road trip. What a lovely family, all three of us felt so relaxed and welcomed. We mainly chatted, a lot, to catch up on the last three years of happenings. We also made sure the children had some fun, so a trip to the park with a small picnic was in order. Lots of chatty family meals around the table made the stay most memorable, charades and 20 questions brought lots of laughs and silliness.

Flis, hubby and boys, you guys have brilliantly blessed us, we love you lots, till soon!!

Our next destination, north of Stevenage, brought about one broken nail due to a huge spider drama, much happiness about free Wifi (teens) and a surprise for day 6. You’ll have to wait till tomorrow for that!

Enjoy the pics!

 

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On the road grub

On the road grub!

On the road grub!

Road Trip – Day 2 & 3

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Day two and three of our road trip has been rather fun. We’ve been with Daniela and her two children, Jack & Niamh, just chilling out, chatting, playing on gadgets, chatting and drinking coffee. No stress, just a lovely pleasant time.

After a leisurely morning and lunch, we took a walk to visit Daniela’s mom, on the way the kids had a play in the park to burn off some steam. Then a nice hot coffee and chats at Nonna Polly’s house while kids played on the trampoline and teased the fish in the big pond outdoors. Before the rain set in we set off home again to get some dinner. Daniela made a lovely pasta bolognese, yum!!

Day 3 meant it was time to leave and yes, Daniela, we wont leave it as long as four years next time!

Enjoy the pics – day 4 will be up soon!

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Cats sense allergies

Cats sense allergies

Group Selfie

Group Selfie

Time to say bye

Time to say bye

Road Trip

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Time for our annual holiday and this year I have decided to take the girls on a road trip round all the towns we have lived in, in the UK. We have moved a lot and met a lot of folk on our journeys; most of the friends we will be visiting we haven’t seen in four years and miss them dearly, so we are quite excited!

We started our journey yesterday, arriving at my friend Daniela’s at 10:20pm after a 5 hour journey (coffee break was also needed). We then ended up chatting and catching up till about 1am. It’s been a great start to our journey, you know it will when your youngest asks you to tell her all the other places you’ll be going and then says “I think this is gonna be a great holiday, mom!” “Yes, I think so too, sweetie!”

We’ll try post a little something every day so come along on our Road Trip holiday this year, we hope you enjoy the ride!

 

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Starting our Road Trip