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Monthly Goals: December

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In November I set 5 goals for myself. I’ve been finding myself constantly swimming uphill lately – forever with a large list of things I “must make time for” but never actually seem to manage to. So I wrote myself a small list, of things I felt should be a priority for me.

I managed to tick off four of those five things (and I only missed the last item “go on 5 walks” by one walk, so that’s not so bad), so I’ve decided to carry it on for December.

5 Goals for December

  1. Exercise five times*
  2. Leave five ‘lovely notes for strangers’
  3. Try three new recipes
  4. Watch one ‘classic’ film I’ve never seen
  5. Crochet 15 granny squares

I’ve set up a page for my monthly goals, so if you want to see how I’m doing you can check in here at any time, I’ll keep it updated as I tick things off.

Does anyone else find that they’re much more productive when they’re working to a list? I know some people find them a little oppressive but I always find it super useful :)

*I originally had this as ‘swim 5 times’ before realising that the pool we use closes on the 21st of December for the holidays. Oops!

(I’m aware that I’m midway through December already, I meant to post this earlier but didn’t make the time. The irony is not lost on me).

Grace in Small Things

Posted by in Grace In Small Things, Projects

  • Fairy lights
  • Sentimental pieces of jewellery
  • Birthdays
  • Getting a roll of film back
  • Snuggly jumpers

See the whole list here

November Book Update

Posted by in Books, Projects

01. NEW Mitch Albom – Have a Little Faith
02. NEW Ray Bradbury – Fahrenheit 451 [November goals]
03. NEW Jojo Moyes – Honeymoon in Paris
04. RR Scarlett Thomas – The End of Mr Y [30 for 30]
05. RR Christopher Pike – Road to Nowhere
06. RR Christopher Pike – The Visitor
07. RR Francine Pascal – My Mother Was Never a Kid
08. RR Francine Pascal – My First Love & Other Disasters
09. RR Francine Pascal – Love & Betrayal & Hold The Mayo [30 for 30]

November was a funny month for reading. I didn’t finish a book until almost mid-way through the month (which is unusual for me) but it picked up towards the end after a visit home to my mother and the collection of all my old Point Horror books, ha.

I’m coming to the end of my 30 for 30 reading lists, meaning that only the big and hard to source books are left, eek. I ordered these Francine Pascal books and books two and three came a week before the first one, which was a little torturous. I only have 11 left to read (meaning I’ve read 49 of them since the end of June, gosh) and I’m looking forward most to re-reading The Time Traveler’s Wife in January – it is my favourite book after all.

I loved those Christopher Pike books when I was younger but sadly they didn’t live up to my memories – very few books you read as a teenager do I suppose. The Victoria Martin Trilogy was a happy exception to the rule – I remember loving this more that the Sweet Valley series when I was growing up and it was a delight to re-read them (I powered through all three in two days, so eager was I for a reminisce).

Elsewhere Scarlett Thomas is still baffling me even with a second read of The End of My Y (although I think PopCo is still my favourite of hers), Mitch Albom seems to be back on form (I much prefer his non-fiction writing, apparently) and Fahrenheit 451 wasn’t at all what I was expecting but was really rather fantastic.

I hit my 100 books target in November, so I upped it to 110 just to keep me on my toes. I’m up to 108 already so I’m fairly sure I’ll make it but you never know 😉

I’m still working my way through my read 1000 new books for my Life List, I started tracking those in 2011 and I’m up to 212.

Grace in Small Things

Posted by in Grace In Small Things, Projects

  • Hand knitted jumpers
  • Trees full of yellow leaves
  • Laughing with a friend
  • Christmas sandwiches
  • The best pair of boots I’ve ever owned

See the whole list here

Friday Thanks

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Dear Google,

Thanks for making my job a hell of a lot easier. Thanks for also believing that which mascot a university has is one of the most important bits of information to display in search results. Everyone loves a bit of whimsy.



See other Friday Thanks here or visit the original inspiration for the project here.

Grace in Small Things

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  • Sparklers
  • Gloves on a cold day
  • Stools that look like giant champagne corks
  • Heated seats
  • Outdoor hot tubs

See the whole list here

Festive Fancies

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Alternatively titled: I’d like to be a Christmas pudding, please.

I don’t know where this (what can only reasonably be called an) obsession came from. Honestly. I like Christmas pudding but it’s not my favourite part about Christmas by a long shot. All of a sudden tho the shops seem to be full of amazing novelty goods and more than anything they are full of Christmas puddings and I want in.

So I thought I’d put together a little list of the favourite pudding related items I’ve found, in case you fancied getting in on a slice of the action with me. Let’s be pudding chums together!

First up, this gorgeous set found on Etsy. Sigh. Etsy is the best for all things gift related, I’ve found. Most of my Christmas stuff has come from there this year! Christmas pudding brooch: £7 & earrings: £6 from Ginger Pickle


Next up, an amazing Christmas pudding scarf: £7.99 & hoodie: £10 from New Look. Confession: I bought this hoodie the other day (at full price although it’s now in the sale, curses!) it’s so snuggly I might never take it off. Except that would be disgusting, so maybe I should buy two so I always have one to wear…? No…?

Everyone knows I am a magpie for sparkles, so it should be no surprise that this Christmas pudding hair clip: £13 from Janine Basil is right up my sparkly, glittery street.

Christmas pudding socks: £4.99 from ASOS. Novelty socks! Yay!

I actually won one of these amazing christmas pudding necklaces: £15 from Black Heart Creatives. It’s massive! (As Hayley put when I sent her a photo of it “go big or go home”. Quite.)

Q & I decided to start a new family Christmas tradition: new matching Christmas jumpers every year. I’ve got the hoodie (above) and he’s going to grab this bad boy. Christmas pudding jumper: £14 from ASDA Direct. We will match and it will be glorious and people will think we are weird and I simply Will. Not. Care.

& last but not least I’d really like a pair of these Christmas pudding slippers: £10 from ASDA Direct.

PHEW. See – aren’t they all amazing? Don’t you want to be a pudding now, too? #TeamPUDDING 2013!


Grace in Small Things

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  • Good hosting companies*!
  • Finishing something you started
  • Learning new words
  • Making holiday plans
  • Finally framing photos

See the whole list here


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30 for 30: Take A Pole Dancing Class

Posted by in 30 for 30, My Life In Lists, Projects

Ticking off this goal was doubly special as it was on my 30 for 30 list and my Life List. (I added it to my 30 for 30 as motivation to do it, really – it worked surprisingly well!)

It’s been on my mind for a long time as something I’d like to try, but all the people I know who already do it are skinny minxes with six packs and frightening resolve – neither of which I possess. I was this close to chickening out (a million times, I swear) but I managed to rope a friend into coming last minute (THANK YOU JEN) and we mustered up the courage to get changed into tiny shorts and attempt to spin our stuff.

Look ma! One hand!

Honestly, it was so much fun. No one laughed when we couldn’t do stuff, I didn’t get any serious bruises and even with the minimal amount I was able to do my arms were still aching enough the following day to consider it a real workout. I wrote more about this goal at Go Mighty, so if you want to read more of my rambling about it you can see the story here :)

Grace in Small Things

Posted by in Grace In Small Things, Projects

  • Crunching through leaves
  • Salted caramel candles
  • Bright red lipstick
  • Cwtches from #ChongCat
  • Movie marathons at the cinema

See the whole list here