Friday, 3 March 2017

Life lately, winter 2016 and 2017.

Healing - so, I'll start with this, as I started with it last time, and I think it's important that we talk about miscarriage, so many people go through it.  I'm feeling a little better after my miscarriage last year, it's funny (aka horrible) living with something you'll never really get over or feel better about, but I feel happy sometimes and that can only be a good thing.  I had a real run of feeling poorly and sorry for myself last year (was 2016 good for anyone?!) nauseous pregnancy, miscarriage, then I fell over and twisted pretty much everything, then had norovirus and then a cold, but I've been ok the last few weeks and I'm trying to look after myself now, eating lots of greens and going swimming.

Swimming - I'm back to my swimming, it feels really good!  I'm really slow again though, so lots more practice needed.

Auntie-ing - My day off work is the day mum looks after the niblings, so I go to play most weeks which is lovely.  Big niece asked me to walk her into nursery school last week and I felt all warm and fuzzy.  We do lots of drawing and playing dollies and reading books and watching either the Gruffalo, We're going on a Bear Hunt or Peppa Pig.

Reading - I've been loving anything by Holly Bourne and lots of gardening books.

Watching - at the cinema we've seen La La Land and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, and the new Star Wars and that's about it, winter is the season of hibernation after all, not gallivanting to the pictures.  And hibernating in front of the TV is pretty much all I've felt up to this winter, I loved the new Gilmore Girls, and loads of other stuff on Netflix - iZombie, Crazy Ex Girlfriend, Santa Clarita Diet, Riverdale.  I've rewatched my Ugly Betty DVDs too and I loved that. 

Listening to - I saw a band called The Small Glories and I've been listening to them loads ever since, and the La La Land soundtrack.  On repeat.  I'm really sad that my Taylor Swift CD is lost somewhere in the house and has been for months - come back to me Taylor I need to shake it off!

House renovationing -  Mum paid for us to have a beautiful new front door, Joe painted it pale blue and tis lovely and warm.  Joe's mate is a blacksmith so we've commissioned him to make us door numbers and a DOOR KNOCKER IN THE SHAPE OF A SNAIL - oh yeah!  We bought a fireplace too, and lots of picture frames so we can get some art on the walls.  Joe demolished the old shed too and I'm having a worrying urge to dig up the lawn and turn it into a flower bed!

Guiding - I've started helping at a new unit, I only go once a fortnight because of work, but I stay for Rainbows and then Brownies straight after.  They're lovely.  Some of the Brownies used to be my Rainbows, so it's nice to see them again.  We did a happy smile challenge badge too.

Eating - it's a hard job but husband and I have decided to try every curry place within delivering distance to find the best.  Our usual has been replaced (they started putting egg in the bhajis!!!!), my current favourite is called the Blue Elephant (though I like Bangla Pride too), but there's still more to try.

Looking forward to - we've booked our holiday in May to Aberdovey and I'm sooo excited to spend some time by the beach!  The touring production of Wicked is coming to Birmingham so I'm going to try to get tickets to see that too.

Working - the whole of 2016 was spent wondering if I'd have a job, we were told in January 2016 the library service was being severely cut, and basically prepare for the worst.  The date we could reapply for our jobs kept being pushed back, until the week before Christmas we were told we would be 'slotted in' (those who were left put into  jobs as close to their original hours as possible, as well as losing some staff to voluntary redundancy) so at least there was no need for interviews.  After something like 350 days of waiting to hear if I had a job I've ended up with in the same post with the same number of hours.  It's a relief, but it was an irritating and stressful process and we've lost a lot of good library people along the way. 

Gardening - so much to do, I wish for nice dry weather so I can get out there more I want to the garden to be beautiful this year.

Blogging - I wrote a little thing for Cut out and Keep's blog and one of my real life friends started her own blog so you should go and check it out, it's called Book Forager.  

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Hope you've had a good winter and you've kept all lovely and cosy and warm!


  1. I'm so glad you've been able to keep your job! It is devastating to see such swathing library cuts around the country; it's so short sighted, and I am grateful every day that I work in two environments that are supportive of the library services.

    You're absolutely right, it is a great sign that you are able to feel happy again. I shall continue sending you positive thoughts. xx

    1. Thank you for the positive thoughts :) Have some back for yourself too :) xx

  2. Sounds like 2017 is looking up, Lots of positive things to look forward too x

  3. I've been loving Holly Bourne books too, and yay for new Guiding units!

    1. I've finished all the Holly Bournes now, boo! And I'm loving my new units, they seem to do a LOT of badges which is only a good thing in my mind!

  4. It's great to hear an update and what a relief about your jobs. Something similar happened at my school too. Lots of stress and then not so much happened either! Yay, Aberdovey sounds fab and your front door is gorgeous!xx

    1. Thank you indeed :) I've tried to learn my lesson about getting stressed with work (this has been the 3rd restructure I've been through!) but it's not nice when you're going through it and it drags on for so long!

  5. Sp pleased to hear that this year has started well, with lots to look forward to.

    Auntying is pretty good isn't it. My three year old neice is currently swapping between Paw Patrol and Beatrix Potter as her favourite, I cope better with one than the other!

    We dug up our lawn last year and I'm so glad we did. We didn't turn it into a flower bed, we covered the area in beach cobbles and have some pots there, a great decision for us.

    1. The urge to dig up the lawn is getting stronger! I've seen some massive round steel raised beds I cold put on the lawn, with some winding paths around them and low maintenance plants around them, I think I'm going to do it! I love the idea of beachy cobbles too, but I will always be lured by flowers and plants!

  6. I'm very glad your job is safe, great news! Also Holly Bourne FTW, I love those books.

  7. Lovely to read your catch up and I'm relieved for you that your job is safe. Let's hope the rest of the year holds only good things.
    The front door looks lovely. It's not a colour I would have thought to try but it looks fab.
    It's great you've booked a holiday too. It's always good to have something to look forward to.
    Sending some extra healing thoughts from someone who understands x 4. 💕


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