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Monthly Goals for May & June

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5 Goals for May [3/5]

  1. Finish “A Fraction of the Whole [100%/100%]
  2. No phone browsing before bed (9:30pm cut off)
  3. Finish Arthur’s blanket [5.5/7]
  4. Make two dishes from the Yo! Sushi cookbook [3/2]
  5. Make something with the sewing machine

Sooo..May. May was a tough month. I left it way too late to get everything done, I think, which meant I was rushing at the end and didn’t give myself enough time to finish Arthur’s blanket, boo! The no phone browsing thing was a complete wash too – I kept forgetting that I wasn’t supposed to be using it, oops.

I did, however, finish my book (the last new book on my 30 for 30 list), made three dishes from the Yo! Sushi cookbook which were all delicious and made a headband on the sewing machine from Tilly Walnes’ excellent book - Love At First Stitch. I’m excited to try the pyjama bottoms pattern now! :)

5 Goals for June [0/5]

  1. Have 25 meat free days [6/25]
  2. No phone browsing before bed (9:30pm cut off)
  3. Try 5:2 for a month
  4. Complete my 30 for 30!
  5. Read 10 books written by women [1/10]

I’ve added no phone browsing back to this month’s goals since I failed so dismally last month – it’s going a little better this month at least! It’s my birthday at the end of the month which means the end of the 30 for 30 list I wrote myself last year, eep. It’s been so much fun that I’ve written myself a 31 for 31 to continue on the tradition, but I do still have a few things left (I need to swim 6 times, have a picnic in a new park and play Laserquest). If I don’t manage it I know I’ll be annoyed, so that’s good motivation to get everything done! :)

I’ve also decided to try 5:2 for a month (for those who don’t know what that is: you have two days a week with a 500 calorie intake limit) and reduce my meat intake because not knowing where the animals I eat come from / how they’re treated is starting to bother me.

Lastly, I’ve added ‘read 10 books written by women’ because it’s one of my challenges this year to read more books written by women than men and I’m hovering on the cusp with 44%! :)

Friday Thanks

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Dear Stephen King,

Thank you for writing books that I can only read during daylight hours – it’s good to have boundaries.

Love

Sarah

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

Monthly Goals for April & May

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5 Goals for April [5/5]

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

I completed my April goals, hurrah! Admittedly, we planted out the seeds and tidied up the garden on April 30th, but you know, it still counts. We actually managed to have a picnic on April 1st and then the day after it rained and rained and rained, so I felt quite smug about that. Take that, weather.

Elsewhere the “Simple PHP Application” didn’t seem so simple to me but maybe it’s me who’s simple, who knows, eh? Still, it got done which means I can move onto the next stage – whoop!

5 Goals for May [0/5]

  1. Finish “A Fraction of the Whole” [22%/100%]
  2. No phone browsing before bed (9:30pm cut off) [1/31]
  3. Finish Arthur’s blanket [0/7]
  4. Make two dishes from the Yo! Sushi cookbook [0/2]
  5. Make something with the sewing machine

So, onto May! Two of these are 30 for 30 related (book reading and blanket making), and the rest are just things that I want to be doing, really. I spend so much time on my phone and it’d be nice to step back from it in the evenings and get back into some other hobbies that have fallen by the way side.

We’re off to Italy for a week on Wednesday (it’s a work trip but I’m sure they’ll be some relaxing times). I’m going to take the blanket with me so hopefully they’ll be some progress to report by the time we get back!

Ciao ;)

Friday Thanks

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Dear Wi-Fi,

Thanks for helping me to connect to the world, wherever I am in it. I find it immensely comforting to know that I never really have to be alone if I haven’t chosen to be.

Love

Sarah

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

Friday Thanks

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Dear John Lewis,

Thank you for making a feather pillow that fixed my sleep issues. Even tho #ChongCat likes to eat the feathers, I still think it worked out for the best.

Love Sarah

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

Grace in Small Things

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

See the full list here.

Rediscovering Breakfast

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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

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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

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

See the full list here.

Friday Thanks

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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.