Falling Forward: A Girl & Her Lists

Grace in Small Things

Posted by in Grace In Small Things, Projects

  • Winning a quiz
  • Bank holidays
  • Mango juice
  • Buttercups
  • Framing favourite photos

See the full list here.

Rediscovering Breakfast

Posted by in Food Exploits

I’ve finally hit on a breakfast that I’m happy to eat every day. It only took me 30 years, which is a bit, uh, ridiculous, but hey – better late than never, right? (Granted, I usually eat breakfast between 10-11am so maybe I should just call this the first meal of the day, but still. Regular eating habits, I’ve got ‘em!)

It might not seem like a big deal to regular folk, but I stopped eating breakfast when I was a teenager – partly because I wanted more time in bed, partly because I was a borderline (undiagnosed) anorexic – and I never got back into the habit. Eating early in the morning makes me feel kinda ill, so I normally don’t eat until at least lunchtime, and sometimes if I’m working from home then I won’t eat until about 4pm, which is pretty unhealthy, I think.

I’ve started a new exercise habit (a 10 minute HITT workout every morning, unless I’m doing some other exercise that day) and while I don’t eat before it, I’ve found that I’m hungrier now afterwards so I needed to find a breakfast that I could have post exercise.

The criteria:

  • Ease. If it’s not easy to make then I know I’ll fall out of the habit of doing it because I’m lazy.
  • Cost. Anything too expensive is out since this is something I’m going to be eating every day.
  • The sogginess factor. I hate cereal because I often get distracted and when I come back to it it’s soggy and mushy. Bluergh.
  • Wheat free. Since 2014 is wheat free year it had to be something that fit with that.
  • Light. Anything too heavy makes me feel sluggish and tired, so it needed to be light.
  • Cold. See sogginess – I leave things for ages, anything warm will be cold by the time I finally get around to eating it.
  • Minimal washing up. I hate doing the washing up, so the less I have to do the better.

So, what did I settle on?

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Greek yoghurt, with honey and at least two types of fresh fruit.

Yup.

Sorry if you were expecting something more, I dunno, interesting? I’ve been eating this daily for the past couple of weeks and I’m actually enjoying breakfast, which is a nice change. It’s filling but not over filling, it won’t go cold or soggy, is delicious, relatively inexpensive and it’s stupidly easy to put together. Whoop.

Here’s to making responsible health choices. Win! :)

Vocabulary; Growth Of

Posted by in A Little Conversation

New words – ah. I love them, truly. I highlight them on my Kindle whenever I spot them, and one of my best friends introduces me to a new word or two on an almost daily basis, which is fun. (In a “how do you know all these damn words?” kind of way. I need to read more Wikipedia and less Cyanide and Happiness, clearly).

I also have a ton of words that I can spell and use in context but couldn’t give a definition of if pressed, so I’ve started to collect them. I’m hoping that by writing them out and reading the definitions it might help them to stick. Enjoy!

(There are so many that I’ve actually started a page for them. Here’s a selection of my favourites tho..)

Ascetically n.

A person who renounces material comforts and leads a life of austere self-discipline, especially as an act of religious devotion.

“She lived ascetically in a small house all by herself.”

(Not to be confused with Aesthetically.)

Delineation n.
The action of describing or portraying something precisely.

“The artist’s exquisite delineation of costume and jewellery.”

Denouement n.
The final part of a play, film, or narrative in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are explained or resolved.

“The film’s denouement was unsatisfying and ambiguous.”

Egregious adj.
Outstandingly bad; shocking.

“Egregious abuses of copyright”
Gregarious adj.

(Of a person) fond of company; sociable.

“He was a popular and gregarious man”

Inimitable adj.
So good or unusual as to be impossible to copy; unique.

“They took the charts by storm with their inimitable style.”

Loquacious adj.
Tending to talk a great deal; talkative.

“Never loquacious, Sarah was now totally lost for words.”

Onerous adj.
(Of a task or responsibility) involving a great deal of effort, trouble, or difficulty.

“He found his duties increasingly onerous.”
Polyglot n.

A person having a speaking, reading, or writing knowledge of several languages.

“Rob was a polyglot.”

Sardonic adj.
Grimly mocking or cynical.

“Starkey attempted a sardonic smile.”

Sartorial adj.
Relating to tailoring, clothes, or style of dress.

“Sartorial elegance.”
Subjugate v.

Bring under domination or control, especially by conquest.

“The invaders had soon subjugated most of the population.”
I’m not the only person who keeps a list of new words – right?

Grace in Small Things

Posted by in Grace In Small Things, Projects

  • Clean fingernails
  • Unexpected post
  • Days off
  • Making a friend laugh
  • Rediscovering old favourite TV shows

See the full list here.

Friday Thanks

Posted by in Friday Thanks, Projects

Dear crosswords,

Thanks for making me appreciate words, and for giving me something where I can see myself improving. You’re tricksy and I am terrible at you (still) but that just makes it more rewarding when I finally complete you, so thanks for continuing to be a challenge.

Love

Sarah

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

2014 Resolutions: Colour 365

Posted by in Projects

One of my 2014 resolutions was to complete a colour 365, so I thought I’d do a quick update on how it’s going.

Today is day 98 and (so far) I haven’t missed a day – huzzah! I’m definitely enjoying the project – it’s encouraging me to use my camera(s) more and is having the added bonus of making me hunt out more colours in the real world, which is kind of fun.

So, how am I getting on? First up was pale blue, in January:

This wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be – being able to take photos of the sky was always helpful and it turned out that we had a lot more pale blue items in the house than I thought we did. The biggest challenge was avoiding pale blue items that were a bit too close to turquoise, since that was February’s colour.

I knew going in that we had a lot (a lot) of turquoise stuff in our house, so it was surprising how much this month felt like a struggle. Still, I managed to get it done and while they’re not all amazing photos, I don’t think any of them are supremely terrible. Unlike dark blue…

Oh, dark blue. Some of these photos are not awesome, which is a shame – more than once it got to 11pm before I remembered about taking my photo and we all know that artificial light is not often the best situation for photography. Oh well, onwards and upwards!

We’re out of the blues now and into dark green for April. Next month is regular green and then (yay!) it’ll be June which means yellow. In case you haven’t worked it out, I’m kind of a fan of yellow, plus June is my birthday month so I think that’ll make it extra fun.

It’s never too late to join in (365s are cyclical, you don’t have to start on the 1st of January to be able to complete a whole year). There’s a Flickr group for it, too, if you want to see everyone else’s progress :)

Monthly Goals: March & April

Posted by in Monthly Goals, Projects

5 Goals for March [4/5]

  1. Zero Facebook comments, likes or posts
  2. Leave 100 blog comments [100/100]
  3. Post 5 recipes on Yum Chong! [5/5]
    1. Artichoke tapenade
    2. Smoked mackerel pate
    3. Pickled cucumbers
    4. Feta & lemon dip
    5. Feta, white bean, pea & mint salad with honey & basil dressing
  4. Make my own cheese
  5. Do at least one stage on Duolingo, 6 days out of 7  [26/27]

I did pretty well on my 5 goals for March. I missed one day of Duolingo (curses!) but otherwise passed with flying colours :) It felt so good to avoid Facebook that I actually deactivated my account yesterday. Be gone, Zuckerberg! (Of course, I’m still using Instagram but that doesn’t feel as creepy, somehow? We’ll see how it changes.)

Onto April! My 31st birthday is drawing ever nearer, so I’ve added in a couple of goals from my 30 for 30 like Arthur’s blanket and the lovely notes, otherwise I know I’m going to run out of time to complete them. I actually managed to have a picnic in a new park on April 1st, which felt very efficient, heh.

5 Goals for April [1/5]

  1. Have a picnic in a new Cardiff park
  2. Leave 10 lovely notes [0/10]
  3. Crochet 3 stripes on Arthur’s blanket [1/3]
  4. Plant some seeds for the garden
  5. Finish the “Build a Simple PHP Application” stage on Treehouse.

I’m enjoying these goals – I just need to get in the habit now of carrying on previous good efforts (I haven’t written any letters since I hit my 30, or done any meditation. Oops.) Still – it all helps, right?

Grace in Small Things

Posted by in Grace In Small Things, Projects

  • Orange squash
  • Phone chargers
  • Capital letters
  • Cute babies
  • Silly cat noises

See the whole list here.

Grace in Small Things

Posted by in Grace In Small Things, Projects

  • Learning to code
  • Playing video games all day
  • A trip to a new city
  • Banana pancakes
  • Working from the hammock

See the whole list here.

Télégramme Magazine – Issue 7

Posted by in Projects, Télégramme

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It’s that time of year again, and another issue of Télégramme has hit the virtual shelves. Not sure what Télégramme is? It’s a photography showcase magazine that I publish online every six months or so, as a way to stretch my creative wings and to shine a little more light on some beautiful photographs. You can find all the posts I’ve written on the subject here, if you’re so inclined. The first issue came out in 2010, which feels like a long time ago now. Sheesh.

Featuring some of my favourite people: (in alphabetical order to alleviate favourtism:) Alistair Watkins-Stuart, Anna Wilton, Dianne Tanner, Luiza Potiens and Marina Oprea – this issue is one of my favourites yet :)

If you’re a fan of Télégramme I’d love it if you would please considering sharing it. Tweet it, post it on Facebook, write a blog post about it – if you want the press pack images just let me know.

Pst. There’s also a mailing list to get advance notice of new issues, if you like that sort of thing. 

You can read issue 7 below. I hope you enjoy it.