Beautiful Spring Day.

It has been one held of a wet but mild winter this year.

Okay if we were going to be official it’s not really spring until 21st March but with a day like today it sure feels like it.  Sat in the garden while I write this wearing a t-shirt, Amelia has helped me do some gardening still loads more to do but I would rather do it in spurts instead of all at once and after today I can say that madam is definitely the same. (That and the fact I was becoming sick of being attacked by brambles and stinging nettles, I mean I even had gloves on). I’ve got next week off work so I can make myself busy as and when I want, looking at the forecast I think we will be having a few meals outside.  Living in the UK you never take this weather for granted and do as much as possible as soon as the sun makes an appearance.

We even ended up at the beach, one of little madam’s favourite places.  When we have been on holiday previous years she has refused to go in the water because it was cold, so we thought she would be the same today.  She was the complete opposite, looking forward to Malta even more now.



Book Review: Gone Girl {Gillian Flynn}

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really can’t believe I spent hours of my life on this book, only to get to the end and think what the hell? Really!

Okay it was well written to the degree that I don’t think I liked any of the characters in this book other than Go, and their cat.

Can’t really say much more without major spoilers and I’ve ready wasted enough time on this. So I shall leave it here.

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Mood Blanket 2014


I am really pleased with what I have done so far, considering at the start of this year I didn’t even know how to crochet.
The trouble with putting them all together I have had an attack of the OCD. Now they are all laid side by side you can clearly see which are my first ones, I was so proud of them at the time but now I want to frog them and do them again. I don’t like all the colours together and I am really thinking that I would like to boarder them in the same colour and stitch them differently.
I am already behind so do I really after all this work want to effectively start again. Right now I don’t know.


Weightloss journey starts again.


Height – 5ft 6in
Weight – 213.5lbs
BMI – 34.5

It’s taken a lot of courage to actually post this photo, but I have done it to spur myself on. I need a big kick up the bum and hopefully this will help do it. There has been so many excuses over the years, but they need to stop now. For my sake and Amelia’s.

The plan is to share a photo and stats update each month. Wish me luck I’m going to need it.


Am I missing something?

I lye in bed awake unable to sleep and my mind starts firing and then I have even less success getting back to sleep.
The conversation I had with my husband tonight will just not leave me. He has just come back from a weekend away (which did not include myself and Amelia), he was saying to me he is just so busy at the moment. If it’s not work it’s scuba, study or spending time with his friends. I looked at him as said you know that sounds like the past time of a single man. He grins and replies he knows.
I very calmly say he does remember he has a wife and daughter doesn’t he.
‘You never want to go anywhere anymore’ is the answer.

You see we get to the bottom of it, I do want to go out but including Amelia. Today he tells me that being parents we should be able to dump her on people when we want to do something. I don’t even know where to begin to start with where I have problems with that statement.
1) I do not DUMP my daughter with anyone.
2) The fact he says everyone does this! (😬 what really? please correct me if he is right and I am wrong)
3) My life includes her now, I made that decision when I had her and don’t regret it for a minute. I have done the parties, the clubbing, drinking all night etc etc. He on the other hand did none of this when he was younger, so says now he has the chance he is making up for it. (Why does he have the chance now? A stupidly understanding wife) Yet he still wants me to be the perfect housewife and mother, and thinks I am strange because I have a problem with all this.

Maybe it’s the lack of sleep talking and in the morning I will wonder what I was even worried about.


101 in 1001 days.

Start: 1st February 2014
End: 29th October 2016

The Mission

Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:

Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days?

Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as New Year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Some common goal setting tips:

Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.

Stay focused. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.

Welcome failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.

Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.

Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.

Not completed
In progress  

“The List”

01. Complete my Crochet mood blanket 2014
02. Walk to and from work everyday for nine weeks. {24th February to 25th April 2014}
03. See 10 New Cities/Towns. [0 / 10]
04. Complete The 30 day shred, 30 days on level 1.
05. Complete The 30 day shred, 30 days on level 2.
06. Complete The 30 day shred, 30 days on level 3.
07. Make a full Christmas dinner from the beginning.
08. Read 350 new books. [016 / 350]
09. Lose 7 lbs.
10. Lose 1 stone.
11. Make the 100,000 song count on Last.fm
12. Do a workout 2 times a week for six months. [Starts - 24th February , Ends - 25th August 2014]
13. Lose 2 stone
14. Lose 3 stone
15. Start Saving, put at least one thousand away. [0 / 1000]
16. Change hair colour at least twice. [0 / 2]
17. Participate in Project 365. For March 2014 – February 2015
18. Enter a photography competition.
19. Participate in Project 365. For March 2015 – February 2016.
20. Go to three gigs/concerts. [0 / 3]
21. Donate blood 5 times. [0 / 5]
22. Complete Fat Mum Slim’s monthly photos for a year. [0 / 12]
23. Put up lights on the front of the house at Christmas 2014.
24. Buy a bird bath for the garden.
25. Go to a Christmas market in Germany.
26. Pay off my credit cards. [0 / 2]
27. Put up lights on the front of the house at Christmas 2015.
28. Go to 5 different restaurants. [1 / 5] The Olive Tree 
29. Read 10 nonfiction books. [1 / 10] 12 Years a Slave
30. Go to the theatre in London.
31. Make a list of 100 random things about me and post on my WordPress.
32. See at least 10 films at the cinema. [0 / 10]
33. Reach 30.000 tweets on twitter.
34. Re-fit the kitchen.
35. Bake at least once a month [0 / 33]
36. Don’t eat take-a-way for three months. [starts - , ends - ]
37. Update my journal at least three times a week for six months. [Starts - tbc, Ends - tbc]
38. Do a scuba diver taster course.
39. Go go-karting.
40. Learn to knit.
41. Have no alcohol for two months. [Starts 16th February 2014, Ends 19th April 2014]
42. Go horse riding.
43. Learn basic German.
44. Go to three nature reserves and take photos and post them [0 / 3]
45. Watch my Supernatural season 1 -7 box set [0 / 7]
46. Complete my 2013 diary.
47. Keep up to date my written diary in 2014.
48. Watch the whole 7 seasons of Buffy The Vampire Slayer again. [0 / 7]
49. Watch all seven series of Doctor Who again [0 / 7]
50. Go to the Worstead Festival.
51. Put £10 in savings for each of the items on this list that I don’t complete.
52. Write in my wordpress blog at least every week for three months. [starts - 21st February, ends - 22nd May]
53. Read 10 penguin classics [1 / 10] Twelve Years a Slave
54. Cook a roast dinner every week for six months [starts - tbc, ends - tbc]
55. Watch 300 movies I have never seen before. [03 / 300]
56. Try 50 new recipes [02 / 50]
57. Bake a cake every couple of months [0 / 16]
58. Kiss in the rain.
59. Give up something for Lent 2014.
60. Give up something for Lent 2015.
61. Read 10 books about famous people in history [0 / 10]
62. Take photos, documenting my day once a month for a year. [0 / 12]
63. Watch all the dvd’s I have brought but not yet watched. Review them.
64. Re-watch a 100 films [0 / 100]
65. Visit 10 museums [0 / 10]
66. Wear a bikini.
67. Drink no caffeine for 4 weeks. [Start - tbc / End - tbc]
68. Have barbecues in the nice weather, six a year. [0 / 18]
69. Get back into my old size 14 clothes.
70. Post journal entries about these tasks as they are completed.
71. Read 30 Autobiographies [0 / 30]
72. Crochet something from a pattern.
73. Update said journal at least once a month [01 / 33]
74. Take a cookery course
75. Go meat free for two weeks [Start tbc, Ends tbc]
76. Teach Amelia how to crochet.
77. Write 50 reviews on Goodreads. [01 / 50]
78. Go to the local beaches in the summer. [0 / 3]
79. Start jogging.
80. Complete my 2014 Goodreads challenge.
81. Complete my 2015 Goodreads challenge.
82. Take Amelia to cBeebies land.
83. Listen to a new album every day for a month. Review. [0 / 31] {Starts – tbc, ends  – tbc}
84. Visit Malta.
85. Visit the south coast of England.
86. Visit Northern Ireland.
87. Go back to EIRE.
88. Make the bookmark, Sascha bought me in Scotland.
89. Visit the South of Germany.
90. Lose 4 stone.
91. Run a Race for Life.
92. Watch all 5 seasons of Angel [0 /5]
93. Get my Amelia koi carp tattoo done.
94. Complete my 2012 written diary.
95. Get family pictures printed and framed for Amelia’s bedroom.
96. Have an up to date Family canvas done.
97. Be able to run 3 miles.
98. Not use a credit card for a year. [Start - 1st February 2014, End - 31st January 2015]</font>
99. Start to learn ballroom/Latin.
100. Re-decorate Amelia’s room to her choosing.
101. Inspire someone else to create their own list of 101 things to do in 1001 days. (Hopefully we will both keep it up.)

Last Updated:

Items Completed: 000


Nearly 3

How on earth did that happen.  

Of course with her third birthday comes the start of pre-school. We didn’t think that she would start until the September before her fourth birthday, but then the pre-school of our choosing changed their admission policy.  

Now suddenly she is starting and it seems too soon even though I know its not.  She is 3 on the 7th and starting on the 11th, with the teacher coming to see us at home on the 6th.  I have booked the days off work, and now I just have to buy the tissues.

Still I know Amelia is going to love it.