Friday, 6 February 2015

Life, Love and Things That Get in the Way (Mostly)........


Nope, I'm not in France or anything; although I've been away so long you may have thought I'd disappeared off there ;)
So today is Friday and it's the weekend again - it is astonishingly crazy how the weeks are running off, sprinting even.......towards something better: the summer perhaps?! Even the evenings are getting lighter already - when I left work at 5pm yesterday it was quite light still. Last week it was complete darkness! Funny how everything seems to creep upon you with just a teeny moments notice isn't it?

So what have I been up to since my last post? Well, quite a lot and not enough all at the same time - if that makes sense?
Oh, Happy New Year by the way!
So I've been spending a lot of time listing, packaging and delivering to the post office many items from my online vintage shop. It's been fun so far.....really hard work mainly - especially when juggling it with normal life too...... I think I may well need to make a schedule or timetable type thing to keep me on organise my time better. It's like I have a thousand things to think about all of the time......and actually, I've been quite assertive recently......but just not with blogging it seems.

Since the new year I've taken up boot camp exercise classes twice a week. On my first week of bootcamp I literally couldn't breathe with all the cardio work - I felt so unfit and weak; I never realised I was so bad, so I knew I'd made the right decision to improve my health, even if it was painful at the beginning.

Gav and I are still working our way through anything Star Trek. We completed all 7 series of The Next Generation just before Christmas - and I miss watching it completely -haha! It's true!
We've then been watching Star Trek the original series.....the one with Kirk and Spock - and although it's visually fantastic to watch, for the whole retro aspect - we've kind of given up halfway through series 2 and started on the films instead.

I've also been listing so, so many items on ebay too, for the charity shop I work at - that takes up a crazy amount of my time......but I'm making lots of money for them so that's good!

Last weekend, Gav and I popped down to London for the weekend to stay with's made me realise that we don't spend enough time together. I suppose that happens to many couples that are juggling "normal life" between them?!

London was lovely though, we went to this teeny Irish pub; they had a folk band playing all the old Irish classics - I could have stayed there all night jigging around!
On the Saturday we had breakfast at lunchtime, then wandered around the cemetery on Stoke Newington's Church Street......unfortunately it had begun to rain by then; where there's rain, there's mud! Alas we didn't stay long. I just wanted to show Gav how crazily amazing this cemetery is - besides, last time I came I didn't have my camera with me.
Then we popped along to Beyond Retro; Gav's favourite part of the weekend, haha - but to be fair, it was payday......and we are girls in London, in walking distance to vintage fabulousness!
Later we went to watch Peeping Tom at the Barbican theatre.......I'm still trying to work out what that was all about if I'm honest! We all then went for an amazing curry and beer on brick lane :)
Fantastic weekend - makes you realise what life is all about!

.....and if I could move to London? Perfect!

I do miss blogging; I know I've been rather sporadic lately to say the least; I just don't want to blog about the mundane boring things I've been up to..........aaannnnd, I'm still trying to lose this extra weight. It seems the older I get, I put the pounds on easier - and it takes longer to lose it. I think my body wants to be spongy haha!
I did the slimfast plan for two weeks after new year and didn't lose a single bloody pound! Gutted!! So really, I'm not too keen, confident or comfortable to be in front of the camera right all my blogging ideas are a little up in the air at the minute. I'm going to do slimming world again I think, I lost a stone last time on SW and got to my perfect weight........I need to be happy in my own skin again, besides: I want to wear all my lovely vintage summer dresses again this year :D

Ok, so really that's about it.........for now

Until next time...



Monday, 29 December 2014

Christmas Memories, Goodies and Plentiful Amounts of Food!


Good evening, Happy in-between Christmas and New Year time! 

Although it's lovely enjoying the build-up to Christmas: trimming the tree, buying (then eating) all that yummy, totally-terrible-for-you food, seeing friends and family; choosing and then wrapping gifts. It all soon comes cascading down; a landslide even, from a great height once boxing day is done with.........and everyday since that day has felt like a Sunday. I'm in limbo.......Gav and I both have considerable time off work over the holiday period; we have plans for our time off - well, more accurately, I have plans! Plans to do some DIY around the house mainly: yet neither of us can be bothered to do anything. I'm tired of sitting in front of netflix every evening strained for something semi-decent to watch - and then after the fact think: can I actually be bothered now? and then there's the MASSIVE dish of chocolates twinkling in all their gem coloured good(bad)ness - why must you taunt me so?

So yes, Christmas is behind us for another year........and as I sit here now, warm and cosy in my oversized elephant jumper which (I hope) covers and hides a multitude of sins; I can't help but feel restless - just waiting it seems, for I know when the 1st January comes things will be getting back to normal: I'll resume my usual healthy (mostly) eating plan, I'll chuck in some extra workouts - I'm actually doing a bootcamp thing too. We'll all go back to work, school...the usual routines of life and I think I will feel happier, more certain, settled.

I have however been back and forth to the post office sending out vintage goodies for my shop - so at least that has given me an excuse to get dressed most days HA!

I've received some beautiful presents this year though........a gorgeous parasol (which I fully intend to use in the summer: picnics on the river anyone?), a bottle of Hollister perfume which I've wanted for over a year now; I received a massive soap and glory gift set from the Hinge as well as S&G perfume and makeup. Soaps and smellies and plenty of chocolate. Wow, my friends and family know me too well!

So I suppose this will be my last blog post in 2014 - I'll see you all again next year :)











Friday, 19 December 2014

Thoughts of Diaries and Journals and Things........


These past few weeks I've been keeping a personal journal........does that sound utterly egocentric and old-fashioned? Do people still keep a journal nowadays? Well, anyway; the idea came about whilst reading Dracula (in fact, I'm still mulling my way through Dracula) - I've kept a diary at times throughout my past......but ended up forgetting to write in it: leaving me with lots of empty date pages, etc, etc. I just found keeping a daily diary too much of a commitment - a bit like attempting to blog daily I guess! So, aforementioned Journal seems like a happy compromise for me.
Mostly I've been using it to rant and moan; it seems that this is happening a lot lately...the moaning that is.........but only in my journal - I try hard not to inflict other with the wrath of my annoying, stress ridden moods.

It seems the overall theme in the journal recently revolves around how I'm feeling physically: fitness levels, weight - the usual really........I feel that since I turned 35 last month I've gained another half stone (well, actually: I know I have gained a half stone.......the scales told me so) my skin is looking and feeling really crappy and oily (yet somehow dry) and I'm fed up of getting spots. Also, I've noticed that my back is aching more when lifting or........getting out of bed (eeeek!!) - I'm lacking energy and I'm generally puffy all over. Ugh, shall I go on? I could, but I won't........these are merely the skimmings, a superficial glance of the drivel my journal contains - pretty much!

Hey - maybe if I ever write an interesting, less self absorbing entry, I'll post it here (smiley face!) ................I know, I know, I can practically hear you thanking me ;)

I plan to achieve A LOT next year, maybe too much........I'm definitely going to to start running again (like at least 3 times a week) that's for sure! But for now, I'll just enjoy Christmas and New Year, then I'll find my motivation, slap him over the head and be F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S in time for summer! Plan? Plan.......

Do you want to achieve something next year? personal, work or life goal?