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April goals

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April!  Summer is just around the corner.  Don’t we all want a bit of sunshine?

I’m intending to be very productive this month, to make up for my lack of productivity in March.  I’ve already started on most of my goals, and I will remain committed!

My goals for this month are:

  • Read six books
  • Knit four hours a week
  • Walk 15km
  • Lose 1kg
  • Don’t go over spend limit

I need to get back on track with my reading, but I decided not to set an exceptionally large goal this month.  Just doing my target six will be enough; I’ll have to catch up on my reading challenge later in the year (I’m currently 9 books behind schedule).

I haven’t forgotten about my crochet blanket, but I want to finish one of my knitted tops this year, and this means concentrating on knitting.  I doubt I will finish a top this month as I’m a slow knitter, but I want to make a good bit of progress.  I will be concentrating on my glittery top.

The rest of my goals are regular goals this year.  Walk, lose weight and don’t spend too much!

What are your plans for April?

March in review

Hahaha, this will be a short post!  My goals for March were:

  • Lose 1kg
  • Walk 10km
  • Read seven books
  • No spend (starts 7th March)

I did none of them.  Go me!

I almost reached the walking goal (I did 9.1km, which is really annoying – had I known in advance how close I was I would have gone out again!).  The problem with the walking goal is that I often take my camera, and then instead of walking I ended up standing around photographing things.

My diet is pretty much non-existent at the moment.  On the upside, I haven’t put any weight on, so I won’t give up just yet!

I didn’t finish any books this month, not one, so there won’t be a book review post this month.  It’s the first time in over a year I haven’t got any books to review.  Terrible!  Due to my poor reading in February as well, I’m now very behind on my challenge to read 70 books this year.

I have been doing a reducing spending month, but I found a pair of jeans in a sale for £20, and they were so nice that I bought two pairs.  They are the only jeans I own!  I hate jean shopping as I can never find jeans that fit nicely, so I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to get a decent pair (twice!).  I am keeping an eye on my spending in April, so I will report back on this at the end of April.

I hope you had a good month, whatever your goals were!

Lots and lots of drugs

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I’ve been having a particularly crappy week (I have complained about it constantly).  In your jaw hinges (you have one either side of your mouth, as I’m sure you’ve realised!), you have a disc that sits between the two bones to cushion against blows (it’s basically a disc of cartilage).  In my jaw, the discs have been bent into the wrong shape through injury, and this results in pain in the jaw joint itself and means that the joints don’t move properly.  Alongside this, because the muscles are working overtime, I get muscle pain in my jaw.  Usually the muscle pain is a minor annoyance and easy to treat with painkillers, and the joint itself just causes slight twangs that can be ignored.  I wear a brace and it is great at managing pain and mobility (seriously – if you suffer from jaw problems and haven’t yet been given a brace, demand it!).

On Sunday I woke up in terrible pain for no reason at all, and my prescribed painkillers did very little.  After being up all Sunday night with my jaw on fire, I hit the pharmacist for stronger painkillers on Monday morning and took the day off work to recover.  Sadly, the drugs only worked for a few hours and then stopped doing anything, so I had to go to the doctor on Monday evening to get the real party drugs (!).  Those worked great and I was at work yesterday, but today the drugs are not getting rid of all the pain again, and I’m really sore.

The pain doesn’t worry me as I assume there’s nothing seriously wrong (if it was in a different part of my body I would be in A&E by now thinking I’m dying), but pain is so debilitating.  It really takes it out of you and makes you feel crappy.  Jaw pain is basically like the worst toothache ever – it often includes multiple teeth and radiates down the jaw bone.

If I can hang on until Friday afternoon, I managed to get an appointment with my consultant so he can check my jaw.  If I can’t hang on until then, I will have to go to A&E and demand an anaesthetic.  Or a beheading.

I haven’t got any posts written, so I might be a little more absent than usual, but I hope you don’t mind.

Isn’t life fun!

Around here…

Veronica Mars

… I’ve been watching a lot of Veronica Mars.  I’ve already seen the film, and am now re-watching season 3.  I watched this show when I was at uni, and I love it.  It should have had way more than three seasons.

… I’ve also been watching season 2 of Hawaii Five-0.  I’m totally in love with Scott Caan, but let’s be honest: the whole cast is beautiful.

Hawaii Five-0

… I spotted a wren in the garden and it finally let me take a photo.  They’re such busy little birds that they usually don’t stay still long enough!

Wren on the rose bush


… I saw a treecreeper on a walk, but I didn’t get a good photo, so here are four blurry ones.


… I hosted a tea party for old uni friends this weekend, but I didn’t take many photos!  Bad blogger!  It was delicious though!

Archie on her chair

Meow meow meow.

Earth Hour 2014

This Saturday is WWF’s Earth Hour. I’m a big fan of campaigns like this, which highlight energy usage and climate change in a nice simple challenge. All you need to do is turn off your lights for an hour at 8.30pm (it’s same time whichever country you’re in).

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Australia. Last year, 154 countries took part (that’s 7000+ cities!). And even cooler, the International Space Station took part too! In the UK, over 10 million people took part in 2013, which is almost 1 in 6 Brits!

Climate change remains the biggest long-term threat to our environment, and a lot of the work being done to address this is led by charities. We need to tell our Governments to act now, and simple campaigns like Earth Hour show Governments how interested we are in these problems.

And because I can’t resist the opportunity to share a photo of the McFly boys, here’s a pic from them taking part in Earth Hour 2013!

Admin news – I broke my website and then half-fixed it!

Hi all.

This week I have been doing some “behind the scenes” admin on my website.  Sadly, it wasn’t very ‘behind the scenes’ and I’ve lost the last week of posts.  There has been lots of muttering on Twitter!  I’m working at bringing these back, but I apologise if you get any random email updates in the meantime (this will only affect you if you subscribe by email).

The URL of this site has now changed, and is  If you subscribe by RSS feed, Bloglovin’ or by email, you don’t need to do anything.  If you log on the site to read, you will need to update the address you’ve got saved.

If you spot anything that’s broken, please please please let me know!

EDIT: The posts from the last week are all back online. YEY!  Sadly I can’t bring your comments back, so anything you guys have written in the last week has been eaten by the internet, I’m afraid :(

Goals for March 2014

I know, I am super late with this.  March is practically over (well, not quite).  Still, I thought it was better late than never to share my March goals!

I haven’t set a goal for my crochet blanket this month, because I’m focussing on the tops that I’m knitting for now.  I hope to do a few rows of it though so that it does get finished this year.

  • Lose 1kg
  • Walk 10km
  • Read seven books
  • No spend (starts 7th March)

My dieting goal is already going badly.  Oops.  I haven’t been able to recommit since my birthday weekend blow-out!  Mexican food, crisps, take-away… they’ve all lured me back over to the dark side of my diet!

I had to set a walking goal because I didn’t go out much in January and February (thank you, rain) and I need to get some fresh air!  It’s quite a small goal because it’s largely weather dependent, but I need to get into the habit of being outside once more.

My reading goal for this month is one more book than usual (seven instead of six books), because I didn’t reach my February goal and am now behind with my 2014 reading challenge.  Having said that, it is March 13th and I haven’t finished any books yet this month, so I may not complete this goal either!

My “no spend” challenge started on the 7th March, after I’d finished my birthday spending.  So far, this has gone well.  And, as a little bonus, I didn’t like one of the pairs of shoes I bought with my birthday money, so I’ll be getting a refund on that as soon as the website process it!

It’s sort of nice to write this post in the middle of March, as it’s made me realise I need to work harder this month otherwise I’m not going to achieve many of my goals!

Archie goes fishing

At every meal, Archie flicks food into her water bowl.  She doesn’t use this water bowl, and it’s there more for decoration than anything else (she has a separate bowl in the kitchen that she likes to drink from).  As she doesn’t like having bits of food floating around in the water, throughout the day she stops by and picks bits of food out the water with her paw.  It’s the cutest thing ever, and I tried to photograph it for you recently!

Archie fishing 1

Archie fishing 2

Archie fishing 3

Archie fishing 4

This fishing session was unsuccessful, and she couldn’t get the piece of food out the water.  She gave up and went to sleep in the end.  She’s not a very good hunter, so she’s lucky she gets fed twice a day!

My unproductive February

Archie on ripple blanket

I didn’t do very well for my February goals.  I didn’t achieve any of them!

I did nine rows of my ripple blanket (my goal was 10).  This month I started several knitting projects, and this ate into my crochet time.  The photo above is Archie sitting on the blanket when I laid it out to check the pattern.  I arranged the last of the balls of yarn into the pattern I’ll crochet, which you can see in my photo below.  The problem is, now I can’t put them away as they’re all in order!

Organised yarn ripple blanket

I bought one t-shirt in February (this one) so broke my “no clothes” goal.  I’ve also already broken this goal for March as I needed some boring plain t-shirts!

My diet was a bit of a mess in February, but I re-started it yesterday so hopefully I’ll get back on track!  And finally, I only read three books, which I’ll be discussing in a separate post.

I need to get back on track this month!

Around here

Oops, I took an unintended holiday from my blog! Sorry for not talking much this week. It’s been a bit of an frustrating week.

I’ve had a dull toothache for a while now (since Christmas), and I finally went to the dentist last Friday, which was great. She found a teeny crack in the tooth that didn’t even show up on X-ray, filled my tooth and all was well. Except now the toothache has come back again. I think it’s my jaw playing up (I have jaw problems), so I know the pain is not really my tooth. Those of you who have jaw problems will relate; the pain can manifest pretty much anywhere! I’ve met people who’ve had back pain, and it turns out it was their jaw! Drugs and a hot water bottle do the trick eventually, but it’s not very practical to walk around with a water bottle on your head, and I haven’t got much done.

Alongside this, the cat has developed a squint, which it turns out is from an ulcer on her lower eye lid. The vet thinks she’s been injured in a fight again, and now I have a gel to put in her eye twice a day. She does not like it, and now runs away if I get too close to her.

Then, to top it all off, the car has developed a rattle and now needs a new water pump. Life is expensive!

In other annoying news, my Twitter feed is broken, I’ve had a problem with an order from Forbidden Planet and neither of us know what went wrong (they’re currently looking into it) and I have two parcels at the Post Office because I missed a delivery by 10 mins.

Ok whinge over.

I have done a lot of crafting this week in amongst all of this, so I have a few things to show you, including an epic project I’m very excited about! I haven’t done much reading this week though, and I think it’s very unlikely I’m going to reach my reading challenge of six books this month. You win some and you lose some!

I hope you’re all well.