I had meant to write last week about what was happening, then between what was happening and all the other things that were going on I didn’t really get chance to blog properly. It’s not exciting news like I have a permanent job for as long as i like it but I have something for now.
So what is happening, well last Thursday or Friday, a friend of my Mum’s got a call and it meant that she needed someone to help her at short notice – well I’m jobless and she needs someone.
It would be temporary and it’s part time, but it’s better than nothing right?
So that’s what I’ve been doing this week and last week. I start around 10/10:30 which means I get a lay in (or like today I got up and went to church to help with Playtime before going into work).
I’m doing all sorts of bits around the kitchen. On my first day I made meringue, on the second day I made Pineapple Upside Down cake, I also made the sponge for a Victoria Sponge (my boss put the cake together). This week I made a sultana cake as well as peeling lots of veggies and doing lots of washing up.
It’s tiring but it’s really interesting and I’m learning loads and improving my skills. Definitely beats a desk job for now!
Joining with Sar from [Life of Love] and Syndal from Synfully Delicious.
This Weekend I… (well technically Thursday) I finished at work.
This Weekend I… (Friday – it’s a four day weekend!) I went to the Open Air service in Bedford town centre. We were stood near the back and at one point I went to grab a sandwich as I wasn’t really sure what the plan was for the rest of the day and I was getting grouchy having not eaten anything all morning.
Following the service, a whole group of us (I think about 20 in the end!) invaded Dragon’s Chinese Buffet for lunch – I think we probably made most of the covers for lunch! It was good fun especially when we ended up swapping chairs to make sure that everyone had a seat at least for part of the meal. I think the table was meant for 8 people and we ended up with about 12 crammed round the table but it was still great fun. While at dinner, me and my friend came up with a plan for lunch on Sunday. We have started going out for lunch but it’s cheaper to get bits and pieces from the supermarket, cater for a few extra people and then one or two people take responsibility to host. Chris and I hosted this time – it was going to be a bit crazy as by Saturday lunchtime we were on eight people (by Sunday it had gone to thirteen, and by the time we ate it was at fifteen!)
I we… celebrated my Dad’s Birthday. We had dinner on Saturday evening at Mum’s house. Mum had been on a mission and had made a roast dinner with all the trimmings like at Christmas. We all sat around the table together and then following dinner we watched Doctor Who. Iwe…
went to church for the family Easter Day service. It was good fun and a lot of testimonies were shared. Following church we had the lunch gathering at our house. We got home from church and went mad on the tidying to make sure that it was ready for people to come round.
After everyone left I carried on tidying up but also managed to clear out the pantry – it had been getting to the point that it really needed to be sorted out – the bottom shelve was overfilling as my tupperwares escaped!
(Okay so still looks messy but it’s a whole bunch better and things should be easier to get to and I feel more organised for it!)
Following that Our Sidekick and I hung out and watched Shrek Forever After and then I watched Labyrinth when he went to bed (Thank goodness some bits are dodgy! Then again not as dodgy as The Guardian have made out in their review)
At CNMAC12 I went to the final seminar of the day – it was a bit of a challenge to decide which seminar I wanted to go to but I ended up at James‘s “Participant Driven Session”, yep that was kind of vague but I was excited about it. I got there and I was the only one there, I think everyone else was trying to grab a quick coffee before the next session started.
I took up residence part way back and opened my MacBook to fill out some of the notes I’d been taking between tweets in other seminars, I’d also been working on other blog posts while I didn’t have Our Sidekick or Chris asking me to do other things. While I sat there another lady arrived. (The lady does have a name! She’s called Laura except at this point I don’t know that she’s called that!)
So we’re sat there, minding our own and Laura strikes up a conversation, we start talking about blogs, social media and all sorts of other bits and pieces from the day. I move to sit next to Laura and I show her my blog. Then she shows me hers. You can find hers here, it’s called Lay Anglicana.
The first post that comes up is titled “Journey of Faith” (Part One and Part Two are now available). I read Part One while we sat chatting and discussing blogs and also things that she mentions like the Bhagavad Gita. At some point in our conversation James arrives along with other people and we all start to get settled.
So what’s that introduction got to do with this post. Well I’m going to share my testimony/story with you lot. It’s not going to come all in one go because that would be long and boring. It’s going to be in bitesize chunks starting on Tuesday next week. Does this sound like a good plan?
To start with we could do with a picture, because after all a picture is worth a thousand words – so this is me, I think I’m about 2 or 3 (maybe a little older). Yup once I was that adorable and cute!
It’s one of those days I think. I had my first awkward annoying call at about 9:13am – I’m hoping it’s not a sign of things to come.
This morning Chris gave me a hug. But I was still partially asleep so when I felt someone leaning over me I jumped awake again – that’s like 3 days in a row he’s done it – you would think that I’d get the hang of it and not jump a mile each morning!
Chris gave me a lift to work today so that he could take the car to collect all the kit for The Fountain @ Costa – it’s like the 4th to last before they move to the new building – it will be so exciting! I’m literally living and breathing it hence all the blogging about it! I helped paint on Monday and as you can tell by my shoes – I am a mucky pup when it comes to painting. I had white spots up my arms, bits in my hair (which was newly dyed!), absolutely killed my old jeans (which is fine because they aren’t really that good for anything more than painting clothes) and my pink T-shirt that I bought in Turkey (I don’t wear it anymore and figured it would work for now).
The Swishing Party is this weekend and it suddenly occurred to me last night how I hadn’t done a bunch of stuff that I had meant to do – not good! So at some point before Saturday I’m going shopping for two clothing rails – hopefully makes the clothes a bit more presentable.
So my day didn’t get any better. It kept getting worse – thankfully I had a trip planned with Mum after work so I could look forward to that even though it was going to take all day to get there!
Anyway the list for this week is inspired by Becca. Her post was actually written about a week ago but I caught it a few days ago when clearing our my RSS reader and catching up.
What films do I think everyone should see at least once……
I thought I had more ideas than this – what do you suggest? What have I missed?
This week’s list probably should come next week given it being Valentine’s Day but I want to say thank you for all this bits now.
My “I Love Lists” list this week is a list of things that Chris did for me this week that have made me feel loved. I wasn’t well at the beginning of the week and then I had the dentist for two filings yesterday so had epic numb face for like 3 hours (it was a horrible feeling I felt like a hamster!)
Here we go:
- At some point in the weekend/week Chris fixed my blog – the scheduled post bit had been broken and I couldn’t get it to work – Chris took a look and fixed it!
- I was really not feeling getting up yesterday and clearly I was giving the vibes or something because after sending Our Sidekick off to school, Chris came and parked on my side of the bed and gave me a hug while playing on his phone – I was half asleep so it was a nice wake up call.
- Packing up the laptop while I got ready for work yesterday – I’d been lent a HP Laptop to trial and it had to be sent back yesterday so Chris packed up the power lead while I put my shoes on
- While I was putting my coat on I’d realised that I’d forgotten to pack my toothbrush and toothpaste – I was about to head for the stairs to get it and Chris had gone and reappeared a few moments later with my toothbrush.
- I left for work and Chris locked the door behind me when I left rather than me having to find my keys to the lock the door.
- Following the dentist and my numb face I’d been to my Mum’s house to organise a presentation we’re doing at her sewing group. While I was out Chris and Our Sidekick had tea. Chris saved me some and when I got in from Connect Group he reheated it for me so that I could eat it.
- Twice this week Chris has taken me to work so that he can have the car to run errands and go to meetings but add into that, on Monday when I was sent home from work he came to collect me from work and took me home
- We’d had a whole conversation about the kitchen needing a clean. Well when I got in yesterday Chris had done it and minus the tea things which needed to be dealt with he’d tidied up.
I am so blessed.
Things To Do
Since Christmas I feel like I’ve been treading water both at home and at work. I think it’s finally reached the point that it’s winding me up and stressing me out. I stood in the kitchen this evening, had a cry and basically said “I didn’t want to be at work and I didn’t want to be here, I just wanted to be somewhere else”. I’ve never been that good at chores – my room would get to the point where I was essentially “grounded” until I tidied it – I’d have piles of books here there and everywhere or clean clothes stacked up along my sofa bed and dirty clothes across the floor.
Anyway, I figured this week would be dedicated to things to do. (And at the rate I’m going next weeks might be things to do to escape the chores!)
- Unload the dishwasher
- Reload the dishwasher
- Hand wash Chris’s posh knives
- Wash Our Sidekick’s school uniform (tomorrow is mufti so I have a head start!)
- Washing my work clothes
- Vacuum the living room
- Tidy our bedroom
- Vacuum the bedroom
- Sort out my clothes
- Store clothes somewhere until the Swishing Party on the 11th Feb
Films I’d Like To See…
Today, I’m seriously glad for a preformed post rather than something I need to think about a lot! I’ve had a sore throat since Tuesday but today it stepped up a gear and I feel lethargic and generally bleurgh!
Anyway! So today is loving lists day – I’ve been looking into GTD to see if it’s my kind of organisation system but I think it’s going to take a lot of work to get it started in my Filofax properly but we’ll come back to that another day.
Today’s theme is Films To See. I love watching all the trailers before the film (they are a bit annoying now as they keep playing the same trailer for Man on A Ledge and the film still doesn’t interest me – I might watch it on DVD if Rich or Mum get it but I doubt I’ll make the effort to see it at the cinema)
- Young Adult (Trailer)
- Our Idiot Brother (Trailer – it came out last year but I think I missed it at the cinema)
- Crazy Stupid Love (Trailer – wanted to see when it was out at the cinema but again missed it – Bedford had like 3 showings of it or something stupid)
- The Hunger Games (Trailer)
- The Help (Trailer)
- The Hobbit (Trailer – okay so not until later this year!)
- In Time (Trailer)
- 50/50 (Trailer)
- The Dark Knight Rises (Trailer - Probably see it with my brother)
- Love, Wedding, Marriage (Trailer - Then again it might not release here)
(One Day) I’d like to visit…
I love the idea of travelling and love the idea of going further afield and to different places each time I go away well sometimes it’s not as simple as that so I have to live a bit vicariously at the moment but one day I’d like to visit these places (there are more but these are the Top 15)
- Montreal, Canada
- Quebec, Canada
- Toronto, Canada (Will try to hang with Emily at some point during the time in Canada)
- Boston, America
- New York, America
- Kansas (to meet Bobberdilly),
- Texas (to hang with Em and Tim – if they’ll let me!)
- Missouri (to meet Becca, Koree and Amy – again if they’ll let me!)
- Tokyo, Japan - Lots of photos here to inspire
- Harajuku, Japan
- Italy (Verona, Roma, Pisa, Venezia – There should be links to pictures
- Sydney/Woolongong – I have to meet Ruby and Branden at some point, along with Em, Wez and their gang who I talk to on Twitter.
- Melbourne (to catch up with Loz and Sheens)
- Dundee, Scotland – need to visit my cousin (if Scotland becomes Independent will I need my passport to get in?)
- Vladivostok, Russia – this is more to say that I’ve been there – if I got to go on the Trans-Siberia Railway that would be even cooler (yes I am a geek!)
I’m the queen of to-do lists in my house – I have a notebook and I write lists – I writes lists about the films I want to see and the books I want to read, I also keep a list of the films I’ve seen and the places I’ve been. I am a lister. I’ve even joined in with 30 Days of Lists in the past.
I think I struggle with the 30 Days in a row thing but I’ve decided that Thursday are going to be for lists – hence I Love Lists Thursday.
First up we have Books to Read in 2012. I’ve decided to match Lydia’s goal/resolution of reading 25 books in 2012 and here we go. (BTW did you know that Les Mis is about 2700 pages long. To read that in a fortnight I have to read 192 pages a day! Although I have a plan of how to fit that one in)
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- When Got was A Rabbit by Sarah Winson (started before Christmas just not finished)
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
- Stealing Phoenix by Joss Stirling
- Finding Sky by Joss Stirling
- The Church of Facebook by Jesse Rice (I was given this for my birthday last year and still haven’t read it!)
- Love Wins by Rob Bell (Again was given for my birthday but never read it)
- The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
- The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo
- Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse Book 1)
- Emma by Jane Austen
- The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
Now you clever ones out there will notice that there are only 15 books on my list – that’s because I’m bound to pick up some books along the way and so they will fill in the gaps as the year goes on. Also quite a few of the titles above appear on my 25 Before I’m 26 list.
The Most Dangerous Thing You Have Done While Travelling
It wasn’t really travelling but it was away from home so I guess that kinda counts – me and Chris had decided that we’d get up and go and see the sun rise – the weather report was that it would be clear and so we got up and drove through Hull and out to the seaside to watch the sunrise. Well we headed for the seaside and when we got there it was cloudy and you couldn’t see the sun rising. We parked the car anyway in the seaside car park and cut over the dunes onto the beach.
As we headed back to the car we walked round a sign which we figured was just information – we got round the other side of the sign and it was an MOD site and it had unexploded munitions under the sand or something like that – yay! You’d figure out that kind of stuff would have been fenced off but apparently not.