Weekly Roundup 07/07/19 – 13/07/19

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  • Sunday 07/07/19

Today I woke to my phone ringing, my ex was in town and wanted to pop by after he had finished shopping.  I got up and got dressed, by that time he was just pulling up outside the house.  We spent much of the day mowing the lawn it was super long and I thought I may have needed to borrow a strimmer to tackle it but the mower worked really well, though we did need to keep stopping and starting as the mower is old and we didn’t want to burn the motor out.  Once that was done it was late afternoon, my ex headed home and I went for a shower, put my pjs on and watched a bit of My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on Netflix before heading to bed.  Fresh air and gardening really wiped me out and I was asleep by 10:00pm!

  • Monday 08/07/19

Today was a quiet day in work as we had finalized all the work for the months’ payment.  I was able to make a start on next months’ payment so that was good.  I finished work at 4:00pm (thank you flexi-time!) as my back was hurting from gardening on Sunday and I was starting to feel really achy from sitting at my desk all day.  I got home and changed and did some gentle stretching exercises that helped a bit.  Later, my friend called in and we finished watching About Time.  We then started watching Book of Life as part of our A-Z film challenge!

  • Tuesday 09/07/19

Not much happened in work today, it was really warm and I found it hard to cool down.  even with the fans on and windows open there didn’t seem to be much air but I suppose that is one of the joys of working in an open plan office.  I had a really bad headache so decided to head home at 4:30pm, had a nap until nearly 8:00pm.  I got up and worked on some blog things with Roxy overlooking what I was up to! I didn’t get back into bed until gone midnight as I really wasn’t particularly tired after my nap.

  • Wednesday 10/07/19

Today more of the screens were open for payment processing which meant more of a variety of things to process which made the day go much quicker!  I left work at 5:00pm and my friend came over.  We finished watching the Book of Life and I chose a film for C.  I chose Chappie which is about AI and robots and how one of the robots is able to develop a consciousness.  We started watching it and decided to finish it the following day as we were both a bit tired.  After my friend left, Roxy and I headed to bed.

  • Thursday 11/07/19

Today was spent processing and filing paperwork, the day went pretty quick and I seemed to get a lot accomplished.  I worked through until 6:00pm as I had a few things I wanted to complete for the following day.  I always like working after 5:00pm as the office is always quiet, most people leave between 4:00pm and 5:00pm, and I find that the systems speed up and I can get lots of things done.  I came home and my friend headed over.  We went shopping and chose pizza and potato wedges for tea.  After cooking we sat down and finished watching Chappie on Netflix.  It was my friends turn to choose the next film, the letter D, and they settled on Dumplin’ which has Jennifer Aniston in it.  We had a good, chilled out evening with lovely food.

  • Friday 12/07/19

I love Friday’s at work!  Not only for the promise of a few days off over the weekend to recharge and unwind but because Fridays in work are dress down days!  And dress down days for me mean a little bit more of a lie in as clothing for dress down days require less thinking about and less prep work with the overall look!  I decided to wear my acid wash cropped jeans and a white shirt with my favorite flat Moshulu shoes and felt like an art student again!  Work went really smooth, if not a bit too noisy for my liking and by the end of the day I was feeling pretty tired.  I got home not long after 6:00pm, had a coffee and went to start some blog work but felt really tired and drained.  I asked Roxy if she wanted to go to sleep for a bit, she charged upstairs and settled onto the bed so I joined her.  I planned on sleeping for an hour or so but woke 3 hours later.  I got up and worked on some graphics for my blog before getting back into bed at 12:20am.

  • Saturday 13/07/19

I’ve spent much of the day asleep, waking after 2:00pm in the afternoon.  I’ve not felt like doing much today and have spent much of it curled up on the sofa with Roxy just reading blogs and watching My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.  I have had a headache which I was aware of not long after waking, these seem to be becoming more frequent and I’m not sure whether they are air pressure related or something else.  I’ve also spent time worrying about the amount of sleep I have had this last few days, though I’ve not come to any sort of conclusion.  Maybe I should go and see the dr to get checked out?  I’m still feeling tired and worn out in general but I don’t want to go to bed too early so, for now, I’m just trying to keep myself awake for a while.

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Saturday Shout Out – Mental Health @ Home

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Today’s Shout Out goes to Ashley who runs the blog – Mental Health @ Home which has been running since October 2017.

Mental Health @ Home is a blog about mental health predominantly with a few other odds and ends thrown in.  I really like how down to earth and friendly Ashley’s blog is and how it helps to open up conversations surrounding really difficult topics relating to mental health and the challenges faced by people who experience mental health problems in day to day life.

Ashley chose the following posts to share in response to the question I asked about favorite posts

which was chosen because it is a topic that doesn’t get talked about very often.

The post itself isn’t what I like; this was a call-out for input for an article I was working on. It was the comments that were left that made it really special for me.

This is actually a directory page rather than a post. I’m really happy with how this series has been going and it’s been great to have so many bloggers participate.

This was based on ideas in a book that I really liked called The Stigma Effect.

Some people say happiness is a choice. I disagree.

I have 5 guinea pigs named Cookie, Oreo, Casper, Peanut, and Butternut. They love celery and they go wild when they hear the fridge crisper drawer opening. – Ashley’s Fun Fact

You can find Ashley over on

Please check out the links and go give Ashley’s blog a read!

 

 

Stress Less Cards – Review

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I’ve added another item to my Mental Health Toolkit in the form of these Stress Less Cards.  I stumbled on these cards when perusing Amazon one evening around a month ago and decided to add them to my basket before checking out.  I was drawn to the idea of having a set of cards that I could carry around and use when I felt my stress and anxiety start to kick in as, even though I have had mindfulness classes and have other things I can use to bring my stress and anxiety back down, I was finding that I would forget them if I got too stressed out.  Having something written down that I could follow had a really big appeal.

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As these cards are roughly the size and shape of a deck of playing cards they fit into my pocket or into my bag without taking up much space at all.  There are 50 cards in the pack and have various mindfulness exercises printed on one side of the card and the Stress Less Cards name and mandala print on the reverse.  The cards are numbered at the bottom of the exercise side so you can work your way through the exercises from 1 to 50, or, like I prefer, take one out of the pack at random when you want to use them.

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The exercises only take a few moments out of your day and are designed to help lessen the anxiety and stress you are feeling.  The cards can be used anywhere, the size makes them perfect to use in work as they are small and not very noticeable.  I have used them in work and at home and feel that they really do help me to stress less, I have also found that they can really help with my concentration levels, which, at times can be sketchy at best.

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I’m not sure how well the cards will survive in the card box that they come in or the cards themselves with repeated use.  I would love the box to have been made of something sturdier (a metal tin would have been perfect) and perhaps having the cards laminated would help them to be a bit longer wearing, but for the moment I am happy with them, though I may transfer them to another container soon.

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Overall, I am really happy that I found and purchased these Stress Less Cards.

What things do you have to help you when your stress and anxiety starts to rise?

Top 10 Ways to be More Organised

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Forever running around, wasting time trying to find something, forgetting appointments or fed up with rushing everything?  Todays Top 10 Thursday shares ways to be more organized!

  • Put items in the same place.  This goes especially for everyday items like keys and your purse/wallet.  Doing this will save you so much time in the mornings as you will know where they are and not have to rush around looking for them.
  • Make your lunch the night before.  You can then, in the morning, just grab and go, knowing that you have a lovely, well thought out meal for lunch.
  • Make lists.  Whenever you think of something that you need to do or buy, write it down into a list.  At the end of the day, you can move these items to the correct lists (like Tasks, Shopping, Reminders…) or cross off the things you don’t need.
  • Use a diary.  Write down all the important dates such as birthdays, anniversaries, and then write a reminder 2 weeks before to get a present and card, and sput in the post if necessary.  Write in all other appointments too, so you know when things are happening and avoid clashes in your schedule.
  • Check the weather using an app.  Knowing what the weather is going to be like the following day can help with decisions such as what to wear or pack so you are never caught out.
  • Choose your outfit the night before.  Planning what to wear the following day takes the pressure off in the morning and can leave you time to dedicate to other matters.  It will also help you to assess whether the outfit may need a repair or spot stains in advance.
  • Set reminders.  Your phone generally comes with an alarm that allows you to set several alarms a day and put notes with them.  You can set alarms to remind yourself to take medication, complete certain tasks or schedule time for meetings.
  • Carry a notebook and pen.  You never know when you might want to write something down rather than make a note in your phone.  It has been proved that writing can aid memory more than typing information so writing anything important down gives you a better chance at remembering it!
  • Plan out your time.  Sit down of an evening and think about how you want to use your time the following day and schedule time blocks for those activities.  Not only will you get more done but working to a time table helps to use your time more efficiently.
  • Wash your dishes straight after use.  This will give you more space to use, save time and means you never have to waste time scrubbing dishes that you need!

 

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I watched an interesting documentary film (docufilm?) on Netflix the other day called Stink.

“STINK! opens with a foul smell and a pair of kids pajamas. And a single father trying to find out what that smell could possibly be. But instead of getting a straight answer, director Jon Whelan stumbles on an even bigger issue in America, which is that some products on our store shelves are not safe — by design.”

Taken from https://stinkmovie.com/

I don’t know if you have watched the documentary but I was riveted from the start.  The documentary deals predominantly with scent starting with a nasty whiff that was on a brand new pair of pajamas that were bought from a children’s store.  This moved on to what chemicals are lurking in our day to day products that are not listed fully on the ingredients section of the packaging.

Now, I was under the impression that anything added to a product needed to be listed but there is one loophole – the things that make a product smell – scent.  I was horrified to learn that most products contain “perfume” but no real ingredients listed for this.  The documentary was set in America but upon checking several items I use on a daily basis I found that they contained “perfume” with no other information given as to what may be contained in this perfume.

What came out of the documentary is that so many different chemicals have been added to create a scent, some of them harmful, toxic, carcinogens, untested, that listing them would cause the product to never sell.

I always imagined that perfume would be some kind of alcohol, naturally derived scents and other things that were not particularly harmful to us.  When you look at the amount of advertising and money that has gone into campaigns such as quitting smoking and eating more healthy, I never thought that I could unknowingly buy something that could alter my life in such a way.

We are forever told that eating unhealthily can cause diabetes and obesity and that smoking causes cancer but really that is the tip of the iceberg, especially if products we buy and use all the time contain known carcinogens that can enter into our bloodstream through absorption by our skin.  Can we ever totally be healthy?

I guess my biggest concern is that ingredients listed on labels can be totally misleading, and what concerns me is that there are harmful substances lurking in even the most innocent of products, and if we don’t know what is in them then how can we make a good choice and protect our health?

I have not yet read any arguments that go against those raised in the documentary but it really is something that I am interested in finding out about so I can eventually come to a fully informed decision about what is contained in products.

While I am not going to go and throw away all the products that have the dubious “perfume” listed in its ingredients, I think that I will be looking a lot closer at the labels before buying things in the future.

Have you seen this documentary?  What are your thoughts on the labeling of ingredients in our products?  I’d love to hear your comments!

Vogue Parody – 73 Questions About Me

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I was tagged to take part in this question series by Ami of Undercover Superhero, and while I have never heard of the Vogue Parody before, a quick Google came up with so many interesting people taking part!  I love things like this as I feel it gives you guys a better idea of who I am as a person, and I love learning things about others too, so, even though, at the end I am asked to tag 12 people to take part, if you fancy doing so, please join in and ping back to me on this post!  I’d love to read your answers!

1)What is your usual Starbucks order?  Caramel Macchiato or Caramel Frappe with a double shot of espresso.

2) What does your work station look like right now?  A mess, but an organized mess!

3) All-time favorite food?  Anything Italian!

4) Favorite Author?  I don’t really have one, I tend to love the author of the book I am reading…currently that would be Lee Weeks.

5)What do you think of open relationships?  It’s not for me, but if people are happy then that’s really all that matters.

6) What is your favorite video game?  Either Abe’s Oddysee or Hogs Of War on the first Sony PlayStation (Retro Gamer here!).

7) Guilty Pleasure treat?  Ice cream.

8) Favorite Movie?  I don’t really have one though I really enjoyed Captain Marvel and Avengers Endgame recently!

9) Favorite book?  Creepers by David Morrell (I’ve read it 5 times so far!)

10) Twitter or Instagram?  Instagram 🙂

11) Desktop or laptop?  Laptop!

12) Best advice you’ve ever received?  It is better to make mistakes and learn from them than to never make mistakes at all.

13) What project are you working on right now?  I’m working on setting up my blog journal for next year, my blog schedule going forwards and blog ideas that I have!

14) Favorite color?  Rainbow!  Lol!  It’s honestly easier for me to list the colors I don’t like so much rather than my favorite ones!

15) Did you get good grades at school?  Yeah, surprisingly!  I was predicted to have pretty low grades but came away with 2 A’s (Art and Design Technology), 3 B’s (English Language, and Science x 2) and 4 C’s (English Literature, Maths, R.E, and Geography) for GCSEs.  I then did A Levels and had a D in Art (there was a problem with my drawing exam going missing) and English Language which I had a D in as well.

16) Dream job?  Something to do with blogs, writing, and social media.

17) Played any sports?  In school I was in the cricket team, basketball, netball, cross country running but have not played any sports since.  I have done the Park Run (5Km) several times and used to go running after work until a problem with my knee put a stop to that.

18) Do you have a degree?  I do!  I have a degree in Photographic Art (BA, Hons).

19) Nationality?  British.

20) What is your favorite kind of blog post to do?  Any of the ones I write for my blog!

21) What do you like to collect?  Sea glass, shells, broken pottery from my garden!

22) Describe yourself in three words?  Creative, colorful, kind.

23) If you were a rapper what would your rapper name be? Er, Suzi-T…

24) Who was the last person you DM’d?  I don’t do DM’s as a rule but the last person I messaged was my ex.

25) What is on the top of your wish list right now?  A fisherman’s smock and Dr Marten sandals.

26) Sorting house?  Hufflepuff

27) How many tattoos do you have? 9

28) What are you most grateful for this year?  Friends and family and Roxy.

29) What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this month?  Going to London to see my brother, sister in law and my niece and nephew!

30) What’s the best thing that’s happened to you today?  I woke up to the sun shining and feeling totally better after my sickness bug!

31) What’s the best thing ever?  Snuggling up on the sofa after a hard day and watching a good film or reading a good book.

32) Favorite season?  Autumn!

34) What fictional character do you relate to the most?  I don’t really know as I’ve never really thought about it much.

35) Do you like surprises?  Depends on the surprise…like I would hate a surprise party but other surprises are ok!

36) What’s the biggest surprise you’ve ever had?  My Dad giving me his car.

37) What’s the surprise that made you cry?  Same as above!

38) What’s the best surprise you’ve ever given someone?  The bullet journal I made for my Mum at Christmas.

39) Do you like muffins?  Yep!  Except for blueberry muffins…they seem to make my mouth go numb.

40) Do you cook often?  I try to!

41) What’s your favorite dessert?  Anything with caramel and ice cream!

42) Is there a dessert you don’t like?  No!

43) Cake or pie?  Pie, especially apple pie, yum!

44) What’s your least favorite food?  Anything that is too spicy or hot!  I love spicy, hot food but sometimes it can be over spicy and too hot for me.

45) What’s your favorite condiment?  Ketchup!

46) It’s 4am on a Saturday night, what would you eat?  Chips or something like a snack.

47) If you could teach a college class what would it be called?   The Progression of Social Media Through the Years.

48) Best animated film?  The Despicable Me series of films.

49) What has a guy (or girl) done or said to impress you?  Little things impress me more than big gestures, so things like showing up unexpectedly when I’ve not been feeling particularly good, sending me sweet texts or music to cheer me up and just being there for me.

50) The best thing to do on a date?  Going someplace that I’ve not been to before, or for ages, whether it is a park, museum or someplace else, and just going exploring together!

51) The worst thing to do on a date?  Going someplace that is overcrowded and noisy, or to watch sports…

52) What is the funniest pick-up line a guy/girl could use on a girl/guy?  We are not socks, but I think we would make a great pair…

53) Best comic book character?  Bananaman.

54) What are three things that are always in your purse?  Dust, receipts and some weird bit of metal that was stuck in a tyre many years ago…

55) Favorite drink?  Coffee or cherry rose tea.

56) If you could play a historical character who would it be?  Mary Read

57) Kittens or puppies?  I love both, but at heart, I am a dog person so puppies!

58) Favorite sushi roll?  Smoked salmon ones!

59) What kind of lipstick do you use?  I don’t tend to wear lipstick very often but, when I do, I reach for Rimmel Lasting Finish in Amethyst Shimmer.

60) What kind of foundation do you use?  GOSH Foundation Plus in 006 – Honey.  It’s a cream foundation that seems to work really well for my skin.

61) Blow dry or air dry?  It all depends on what I’m doing or where I’m going but 95% of the time I let it do its own thing and air dry.

62) Who is your fashion icon?  I don’t really have one.

63) Favorite Disney character?  Eeyore.

64) What are you doing tomorrow?  Going to work.

65) Movie you laughed the hardest through?  Bruce Almighty.

66) A movie that made you cry?  Message in a Bottle.

67) If you could sing a duet with someone who would it be?  Robert Smith from The Cure!

68) If your life were a song what would the title be?  Friday I’m In Love.

69) Favorite animal?  Dogs, sharks, tortoises.

70) Favorite illustrator?  I’m really loving the work of Keith Haring right now!  while he passed away in 1990, his work remains current and on topic.

71) The person you want to have coffee with?  My best friend.

72) What’s the country you wish to visit? Morocco.

73) Best ways to decompress?  Sit in the quiet and just be still.

Here are my 12 nominees.  I am really looking forward to reading your answers to these 73 questions!!!  Remember to create a pingback to this post!

  1. Rory of A Guy Called Bloke
  2. Aaron of Confusing Middle
  3. Simon of Beyond the Infinite
  4. Giggling Fattie of No Love for Fatties
  5. Barb of Bipolar Barb
  6. Tatterhood
  7. Trina of Its Good to be Crazy Sometimes
  8. Riya of World of my Thoughts
  9.  My Quirky Friend
  10.  Authoress51 of Final Chapter
  11.  Karen of Karen’s World
  12.  Libre Paley

How to Develop Your Own Fashion Style

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I am a big fan of fashion but an even bigger fan of creating my own style using fashion pieces mixed with tried and tested favorites that I already own, for me, it is more about how I curate my look rather than where I buy it.  In this post, I will be discussing ways to develop your own fashion style and give you some ideas on how to create your own look.

Developing your own fashion style is a bit like creating your own brand, choosing a color palette, patterns, accessories and a host of other things, that when bought together, create a look that is uniquely yours.

Firstly, I like to think about color and decide on a primary color – red, yellow or blue.  Don’t worry about the tone of the color, you could choose rose, mustard or turquoise as they are still part of the “primary color” family.  This color will be used for the basics of your style – the t-shirts, vest tops, jumpers, all those items that can be thrown together with anything you own.

Next, I like to think about patterns.  The pattern you pick, whether stripes, floral, gingham, zigzag, will be used to create a set of separates – dresses, tops, trousers, skirts, etc.  Choose patterns in colorways that will complement the color you chose in the first step as this will guarantee that you have a series of things that go together from the off.  I am really into black and white stripes at the moment which goes with any color.

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Thirdly, choose a color opposite the primary color you chose in the first step.

  • Red = yellow-green, green, blue-green.
  • Yellow = red-violet, violet, blue-violet.
  • Blue = red-orange, orange, yellow-orange.

These are called complementary colors and work well together, acting as an enhancer of the other color.  These colors will be used for accessories such as jewelry, bags, shoes and, belts.

From this, you can assess what style you are most comfortable in or what style you wear on a regular basis.  Is this style formal, smart casual, casual, laid back, sporty or something else?  I am most comfortable and reach for items that are loose fit, boho, hippy and that have a beach/festival vibe.

Before buying anything go and see what you have in your wardrobe and think about things you can already wear.  Sometimes, by just re-thinking what you would wear with which item can give your style a new lease of life.  Note down any gaps in your attire and decide whether you are going to get that item in your primary or complementary color or in your chosen pattern.

Remember things such as jeans and jackets can be re-vamped and styled with ease, and you will probably have lots of items that can help to form the basis of your style, or help you to transition into your new look!  Try pairing black jeans, trousers or leggings with a bright t-shirt, blazer, and bright handbag and shoes!

I have found, since developing my own fashion style I always have something to wear to any occasion, I spend less time thinking about what I am going to wear, love all items in my wardrobe, they all get worn and I spend less time making terrible shopping choices!  In fact, I spend less on clothes now that I am happy with my style rather than buying off the peg outfits in a hurry.

What is your go-to fashion style?

Saturday Shout Out

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Saturday Shout Out gives you all a chance to meet some new bloggers, find new blogs to read or get your blog noticed a bit more. It is my way of thanking the blogging community for being so supportive of me and my little blog and introducing new blogs that you may not have seen or read before.

What this means…

Every Saturday I will choose one blog, share a bit about it along with your blog link. I will also share your blog to my Instagram account and my Twitter account.

If you are interested in taking part then drop me an email to my.colourful.life@outlook.com with Saturday Shout Out as the subject line and I will send you a form to fill out!

 

Weekly Roundup 30/06/19 – 06/07/19

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  • Sunday 30/06/19

I woke this morning and just didn’t feel right, I felt a bit down and sad for no apparent reason.  That feeling lasted much of the day and I didn’t feel like doing anything.  I spent much of the day watching things on Netflix, reading and cuddling with Roxy.  In the evening I watched The Cure live at Glastonbury on the tv.

  • Monday 01/07/19

Thankfully, the feelings I had yesterday had gone by this morning and I woke looking forward to the day.  Today was the first day of my Mediation course, the course is run through work and will be for 3 days.  I had a really good day on the course and have learned so much already!  My friend came over after work and we had some food, watched a film and then, after they went home I went to bed.

  • Tuesday 02/07/19

Day 2 of the Mediation course and I learned so many skills that will be useful in everyday situations and not just when called upon to be a mediator.  The day went really quick and by the time training was over I was pretty much fit for home!  I stayed in work until 4:00pm then headed home (thank goodness for flexi hours!).  My friend popped in after work and we had a lovely evening chatting and watching tv.  I spent some time, later, working on some graphics for my blog before heading to bed with Roxy.

  • Wednesday 03/07/19

Today was the last day of the course and it flew by.  We finished early (around 2:30pm) and I headed back down to my office, it was an afternoon of completing work for payment and there were things that needed to be finished in order to be on schedule.  After work, I came home, did some housework then decided to work on some blog ideas and catch up on some blog reading.  I had a pretty chilled evening.

  • Thursday 04/07/19

Work was fairly quiet today as all work had been done for payment.  I spent much of the day sorting paperwork and tidying up loose ends.  When the work day was over I headed home and my friend came over for dinner.  We have decided to watch films in alphabetic order, starting with A and working our way to Z, each taking an alternate letter.  I started with A and chose to watch About Time which neither of us had seen.  It was really good, though we have not finished watching it (its around 2 hours long) and both of us were tired from work.  We decided to finish watching it next time.

  • Friday 05/07/19

Today dragged and I was glad to see 5:00pm approach!  I headed home, did some tidying in the house and then settled down with my blog for a bit.  My friend called and invited me up to their house so I got a few things together and headed over with Roxy.  We had some food and caught up on what had been happening in our lives.  It was a really good evening.

  • Saturday 06/07/19

Today I woke early, the sunlight was blazing into my room and I decided to start my day with a coffee.  I sat and read some blogs and then some news articles.  I had a call from my Mum, she invited me down for coffee and cake in the afternoon.  It was still early morning and I had hours till I needed to get ready to go out.  I took my book back up to bed and was planning on reading but ended up falling asleep until I was woken by my Mum saying that they were home (around 3:30pm).  I can’t believe that I spent so much time sleeping!  I went down to my parent’s house and spent a few hours with them both before coming home.  It was nice to see them both.  It was my Mums last day in work on Friday, my dad’s last day was the week before, both have retired now!  They are off on holiday for a few weeks so I won’t see them for a while.  When I got home I arranged some flowers that my Mum had given me and have spent the evening watching films (Bridesmaids and It’s Complicated) on Netflix.

Overall I have had a good week, I don’t feel that I have been that productive but I have learned a lot this week which has felt really good.  I can now add mediator to my C.V and that is a really useful skill to have!

What have you been up to this past week?  Let me know in the comments!