Guy Fawkes “The Nasty Villain”

So today Amelia comes home from school today, telling me about the nasty villain Guy Hawkes, and how he wanted to blow up a king and queen.  This was fine but then she started to ask would he blow her up too.

I explained that he didn’t succeed and he would not he able to hurt her as he died over 400 years ago.  Unfortunately this did not stop her fears and the rest of the night I was told not to mention him.

By bedtime I thought it had all been forgotten, until she wouldn’t let me leave her as she was scared and would not sleep without me, in the end she had to come in with me and until she finally calmed down, Daddy transferring her to her own bed when he came up.  All was fine till she woke me in a panic as she had wet the bed.

Now she hasn’t wet the bed in over a year if not two.  I’m not sure whether to mention it to the teacher as the next day it could all be forgotten.  We are definitely entering new territory on the eve of her 5th birthday.

November = Start of Christmas Fun

Yes I am one of those annoying people that adores Christmas, once will have celebrated my daughters birthday on the 7th and my sisters on the 9th as far as I am concerned it gives me licence to go completely crazy.  Yes I agree that the shops and the adverts start too early each and every year, but then all they see is the £ signs.

Christmas for me is so much more than that, presents are lovely who wouldn’t say no to  a gift, but the ones I love the most are from people who know me the best, and get me something that really means something and comes from the heart.  Not spending as much as possible or a panic buy of oh that will do.
Yes Christmas for me is spending time with those you love that mean the most, family traditions, putting the decorations up which just seem to lift the spirit.  The decorations that you have had for so many years they could tell their own story, decorating the tree with my daughter and seeing the excitement and wonder in her eyes.

Christmas is such a merry time and we should spread that joy to everyone, so that no one feels alone.  Just a smile or a hello can mean so much.  It’s something that should last all year.

Yes I am in a very happy and positive mood and this time of year has kick started it and I want to hold on to it.

101 in 1001 days

Start: 1st November 2015
End: 20th July 2018

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 2016
02. Walk to and from work/school everyday for nine weeks. {tbc}
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 Vegtarian Christmas dinner from the beginning.
08. Read 350 new books. [0 / 350]
09. Lose 7 lbs.
10. Lose 1 stone.
11. Make the 250,000 song count on
12. Do a workout 2 times a week for six months. [tbc]
13. Lose 2 stone
14. Lose 3 stone
15. Start Saving, put at least one thousand away. [0 / 1000]
16. Pass my driving test.
17. Complete a 100 happy days.
18. Enter a photography competition.
19. Participate in Project 365. {tbc}
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 2015.
24. Buy a bird bath for the garden.
25. Go to a Christmas market in Germany.
26. Pay off my credit cards. [0 / 3]
27. Eat Vegan one day per week in 2016, post about the recipe.
28. Go to 5 different restaurants. [0 / 5] 
29. Read 10 nonfiction books. [0 / 10] 
30. Swim with Dolphins.
31. Make a list of 100 random things about me and post on my WordPress.
32. See at least 05 films at the cinema. [0 / 05] 
33. Reach 50.000 tweets on twitter.
34. Re-fit the kitchen.
35. Bake at least once a month in 2016, post about what we made. [0 / 12]
36. Don’t eat take-a-way for three months.
37. Update my journal at least three times a week for six months. [tbc]
38. Do a scuba diver taster course.
39. Go go-karting.
40. Learn to knit, more than one stitch.
41.Go alcohol-free during the workweek in 2015.
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. Cook one new recipe a week in 2016, post about it. [0 / 52]
47. Keep up to date my written diary in 2016.
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. {Summer 2014}
51. Put £10 in savings for each of the items on this list that I don’t complete.
52. Complete a 10k in 2017.
53. Read 10 penguin classics [0 / 10] 
54. Cook a roast dinner every fortnight for six months [starts – tbc – ] [0 / 12]
55. Watch 300 movies I have never seen before. [0 / 300]
56. Try 50 new recipes [0 / 50]
57. Add one more strength session to my exercise regimen each week in 2015. [0 / 52]
58. Kiss in the rain.
59. Give up something for Lent 2014. {buying yarn}
60. Give up something for Lent 2016.
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. Sign up and train for a 5k race in 2016.
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. Dye my own yarn
74. Take a cookery course
75. Take a Disney Cruise.
76. Teach Amelia how to crochet.
77. Write 50 reviews on Goodreads. [0 / 50]
78. Go to the local beaches in the summer, take a picnic. [0 / 3]
79. Start jogging regularly.
80. Complete my 2016 Goodreads challenge.
81. Complete my 2017 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 Canada.
85. Complete 5k training.
86. Complete 10k training.
87. Complete half marathon training.
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. Write down one thing I love about myself in a journal each day, lose the negativity. [0 / 365]
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 November 2015 , End – 31st October 2016]
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.)

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Cranky much… but change is happening.

Amelia is sobbing because she is not allowed crisps or chocolate for lunch…

When did I fall into this bad parent trap when she could even think this was okay?  Thankfully I have calmed down and she happily having pasta and fish fingers.  Not perfect but better than what she did originally want.

I have been such a bad example in the past, letting my emotions rule what I eat and drink, and of course she wants to know if mummy is doing it why can’t she!  Hoping things will improve now I have started Slimming World.

So what are you giving up for Lent?

Well previous years I have done the old faithful of giving up chocolate or alcohol, last year I even gave up buying yarn which if you had seen me then was a big problem that I have curbed now.

This year I have gone for the same but slightly different… I am giving up for lent the buying of unnecessary things, you may read this and think huh.  Well just lately to cheer myself up I have brought may things that I don’t need and in many cases can not really afford, so I have set myself quite a big challenge really. This includes food and drink groups, clothes, books and so on.  So in a way I am once again giving up chocolate and alcohol neither of which are a necessary purchase, I also have to ignore the 25% off clothes that Sainsburys currently has running.  Read all the books I currently own of which there are many, and when they are read, there is the library which I am already obsessed with and tons of free books for the kindle (I have at least 700 waiting to be read on that :-0 )

By easter I hope to be healthier, wiser and slightly richer, and most of all set the foundations to keep this line of living for the foreseeable future.

Happy New Year to all!

Sat cuddled up on the sofa with Amelia, while Sascha is still in bed.  Little madam seems exhausted already and she was in bed by 7.15 last night, but still we have been up since 6am. Still I would be quite happy to stay cuddled up with her all day, yet I suppose we will have to do something at some point like take all the christmas decorations down and pack them all away.  I find for about a week after this you feel like you have a much bigger house (if only, still then it would mean more cleaning…)

Amelia: Mummy I’ll tell you a joke… What did the mummy tree say to the baby tree?                                                                Me: I don’t know?                                                                                                                                      Amelia: I don’t know either!