- Homemade desserts
- Library books
- Sending letters
- Sequins that catch the light
- Rereading treasured children’s books
See the whole list here
Thank you for being the type of girls I always wished I was friends with when I was younger. You are smart, kind, creative and best of all – fucking hilarious on a daily basis. I love you guys like family and I’m thankful for that every day. You all rock! Amy, Sarah, Hayley – you are my people. Thanks for giving me a place on the best team on earth and for letting me be the M to your MASH.
I feel like this blog is just become an endless update of lists – oops. (I do love a list tho). Here’s what’s been going on over the past few months, in a sort of…list format? You’ll never change me, apparently.
First up, the big news: we’re in the midst of buying a house. Or trying to, at least. It’s a long, mostly boring, often stressful process of which we know little about. People don’t tend to tell you the ins and outs so we’re nearly always in the dark about what we need to do and when we need to do it by. If we ever do actually get to move I’ll be sure to mention it but at the moment it’s all completely up in the air. Fun*. (*Not fun).
Life has been busy but quiet. I’ve had a lot of time to read and to think. We’ve had a big spring clean and given a hell of a lot of stuff to charity – partly because I don’t want to take it all with us when we move and party because the mantra of “have less, do more, be more” seems to have taken up permanent residence in my head.
It’s a nice one, right? I’ve taken a pleasant satisfaction from paring down our stuff to only the things that we actually love and use. Now I need to work on the do more, be more portion. Suggestions gratefully received.
I’m listening to more music than before – new and old – which is a welcome change and something I didn’t even realise I was missing. I’ll put together my new favourites in a playlist at some point because sharing the love is something I’m always willing to do more of :)
I downloaded the Moves app last week and have been so ashamed at my lack of activity, ha. It tracks how many steps you’ve taken (as long as you have your iPhone with you) – so far my personal best is just over 5000 in a day, which is ridiculous. The weather is getting less severe now that spring is finally on it’s way in so I’m going to try and start a lunch time walking routine a few times a week. Bye bye sloth existence – I’ll miss you.
I’m going to leave you with this, which I’m listening to right now and enjoying very much. I have no idea how to end blog posts any more – Twitter and tiny lists of things have got me out of the habit. Must do better…
I started tracking my books in 2010, after setting myself a target to read 100 books and only just managing it (I finished reading my last book at 10:30pm on New Years Eve, ha).
Last year I only managed 79 books (it galls me that it wasn’t a round number, it really, really does) but I think that’s probably understandable given how busy last year was. I’ve learn that getting a head start on the numbers makes it easier for later in the year so I’ve spent much of January curled up with a good book – not a bad way to spend time in my opinion. So far this year I’ve read:
01. RR JK Rowling – Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire
02. RR JK Rowling – Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix
03. RR JK Rowling – Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince
04. RR JK Rowling – Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows
05. NEW Jonas Jonasson – The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared
06. NEW Iain Broome – A is For Angelica
07. NEW James Symthe – The Explorer
08. NEW Tina Fey – Bossy Pants
09. NEW Danny Wallace – Awkward Situations for Men
10. RR Audrey Niffenegger – The Time Traveler’s Wife
11. NEW James Smythe – The Testimony
12. NEW Haruki Murakami – A Wild Sheep Chase
January was a good month for reading. A nice mix of old and new, my favourite new book was A is For Angelica by Iain Broome. A debut novel that was a fantastic and tense read, I’d definitely say it’s worth checking out. The Explorer by James Smythe is another one to pick up too – gritty and dark and intriguing from the first paragraph. The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared was a book club read and I was the only one who didn’t enjoy it – I thought it was too unbelievable and lacked any genuine emotion but everyone else seemed to enjoy it so maybe I’m just a bit weird?
I’m still working my way through my 1000 new books for my Life List, I started tracking those in 2011 and I’m up to 161. Still a few more to go ;) I’d probably get there quicker if I didn’t re-read so many books but there are some like The Time Traveler’s Wife that I love to read every year. (I do not even care that people think it’s some sort of sappy love story – it’s probably my favourite book and that’s a pretty high honour given how many I read. If you haven’t read it already, YOU SHOULD. Ahem.)
What’s everyone else reading at the moment? I feel like I’m so far behind on new books, it’s shameful. Recommendations, please! :)
Our wedding has been featured on Cwtch the Bride – the new Welsh Wedding Blog. I urge you to check it out, the whole site is beautiful and I’m not just saying that because I work for it, heh.
We have a lot of fantastic memories from our wedding day – Maria did an absolutely incredible job of capturing it all for us. We received almost 1500 photos from her in the end and she shot for 15 hours, amazing! We’ve also amassed a small collection of mementos to help remind of us the day, and I thought some of you might like to see them :)
We bought the plate at the museum gift shop, because we wanted a reminder from the venue (we got married in a maritime museum) and they didn’t sell snow globes which is what we usually collect. The badges were in place of buttonholes – Q wore the S and I wore the T :) The ships wheel was a gift from my uncle, which I thought was a really nice touch :)
Our thank you cards, designed by the ever wonderful Leni Kauffman, to match our invitations. We had them printed with vistaprint as postcards but I wouldn’t recommend them, really. The service was just okay, the postcards are fine but a non standard size which meant when we printed 6×4 photos to go in with them they didn’t fit inside the envelopes (which I’d already pre-addressed and stamped. Oh well!).
Lisa and her husband Peter bought us this beautiful print from our Etsy registry (which I highly reccomend, by the way) – the poem on the front is the one we used on our invitations so it was lovely to receive the original inspiration for it.
My flower managed to survive the night (I cannot say the same for the girl’s flowers, heh) so we’ve stuck it in a vase. I can’t bear to throw it away after all the time Q spent making them!
Another little souvenir from the museum, little boats – blue for Q and yellow for me (of course).
Our friend Alice couldn’t make it to the wedding but sent us these beautiful Mr & Mrs forks (as well as some other lovely gifts).
We made our guestbook ourselves, and asked our friend Adam to illustrate the cover for us, as we couldn’t print straight onto it. He did a fantastic job.
We put some of our favourite photos from the engagement shoot in it, then added a little envelope for everyone and asked them to write us a note. It was so much fun to open them all, like getting 70 letters all at once! It’s not perfect by any means – the weight of the envelopes means some of the photos got a little crumpled and it doesn’t close without a ribbon holding it shut, but I totally and utterly love it all the same :)
I used Leni’s design from our invites to make them, and we also printed larger version to frame and give to the girls as gifts.
I also asked Adam to design a film poster as a surprise for Tzevai (the room we got married in looked like a cinema so we had a film theme for the ceremony), which we’re planning on framing and hanging in our new house.
This tho, is quite possibly my favourite wedding gift, if only for the amount of time, effort and thought that went into making it! Rob, Carrie, Howard and Sam all spent time putting together the story of Pip (our littlest panda) and the wedding. We read it at the reception and I couldn’t stop laughing, it was all fantastic :) This is just a selection of the illustrations they did – they worked so hard on it and it really is fantastic. Thanks guys!
It might be corny to say but it’s nice to be surrounded by the things that remind us of such a happy day. So suck it, haters ;)
Thanks for introducing me to the world of electric blankets over twenty years ago. Some of my favourite memories of your house are the nights we stayed over and crawled into an already toasty bed. This winter would have been a much harsher beast without mine to keep me snug and warm.
I decided to give up wheat and dairy in 2013 because although I love them both they do not seem to be all that fond of me (*sob*). We cook a lot at home and it’s very much been a trial and error process working out what recipes we can adapt and which ones we’ll have to relegate to the back of the recipe folder for now. I haven’t really found a good substitute for cheese or double cream yet (although I’ve finally found some soya single cream so I can make carbonara again, horray!) – it seems far easier to replace wheat than dairy at the moment.
This is mostly for my record so I can keep track of what we’ve tried, but I’ll try and write up some of these recipes soon for anyone who’s also trying something similar. If anyone has any favourite wheat free and dairy free recipes feel free to share, we haven’t got a large stock at the moment and I’m getting bored of salad ;)
Wheat free and dairy free recipes we have successfully made:
Chocolate chunk brownies
French onion soup
Cherry jam and apple crumble
Walnut and rocket pesto
Wheat free and dairy free recipes that were a bit of a disaster:
Bread (so many times. Sigh)
Whipped coconut cream (apparently it’s supposed to be just like double cream but it bloody wasn’t for me and I was pissed)
I’ve got a whole board of wheat free food to try, and I recently bought this wheat free and dairy free cookbook so hopefully we’ll be able to find a few more things to add to our repertoire. I must admit, I thought it’d be harder to give them up (it always has been before) but this year I think it finally clicked – the only person who can do for me is me. If I want to feel better I need to avoid the foods that make me feel bad, instead of knowing that and then eating them anyway.
Well gosh, wasn’t this dull? Sorry kidlets. My blog my rules ;)