Falling Forward: A Girl & Her Lists

Pay it Forward: Dianne Tanner

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Who: Di!

Me & Di hanging out on a park bench, back when I still had hair. & glasses.

Where: www.diannetanner.co.uk

Why: Dianne regularly makes me laugh with her ALL CAPS ENTHUSIASM FOR 1990s LIFE which is the exact kind of enthusiasm I am forever happy to get behind. She’s a Kiwi (not the fruit) which is also fun, because talking to her is like recreating my favourite Flight of the Conchords episodes.  Win win.

She’s a fun peach and I like her style – she mostly a fan of dead things, 35mm film and One Direction. An eclectic mix. Her photos are pretty darn great, if you’re into photography. Also, she makes stuff which is inspiring because I don’t but I’d like to.

My favourite posts:

August – September Bookpile

“This Summer has been crazy and I’ve been seeking solace in books meant for teenagers.  Nothing new there I guess.”

The Isle of Mull

“Mull is probably one of my favourite little places. I don’t really have the words to explain why its so magical – its windswept, moody, lonely, empty, wild, beautiful, all of the feelings I like feeling and photographing.”

London Tour: Postman’s Park

 Scotland in the Summer

“We went on a bit of a tiki tour (hold up let me translate – thats New Zealand for… scenic drive? I guess? TIKI TOUR.) back to Glasgow because the weather was so lovely and the countryside so green.”

You can also follow Dianne on Twitter, if that’s your thing, or Instagram. Her Instagram account is gooooood, trust me.

If you’ve got suggestions of people that you think I’ll love please let me know, I’m always looking for new blogs to follow! :)

Bedside Table Decisions

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In the most first world of problems, we’ve moved all our bedroom furniture around and now I don’t know what to use as my bedside table. My previous bedside table was a set of drawers/shelf unit that is firmly affixed to the wall, so I need an alternative now we’ve moved our bed. Woe is me, etc.

We’ve been selling a lot of our old furniture – we had a lot of black-brown items from our previous place that just don’t fit with the style of the house – and we recently got rid of our mammoth wardrobe, clearing some wall space for some nice, bright Malms. Maybe a bit like this?

   
Mm. Malms.

I don’t really need much from a bedside table, especially as I’m embracing the minimalist way of life more and more these days. Clutter upsets me – I want my sleeping space to be calm, inviting and most of all tidy. I actually feel like the traditional bedside table units make me more untidy, not less, because I shove everything in the drawers and don’t actually put things away in a meaningful place.

So! Down with dull drawers, in with something a bit more interesting. I’ve narrowed my choices down to these five options from IKEA, because we buy pretty much all our furniture from there and I like it. (Did I ever mention that I hate change?)

First up, we have the Selje (£20). On the surface I love this – it has everything I need (legs, a bright colour, a single drawer and a fun cable management system) but it’s made of metal and I don’t know if that would drive me bananas.

I suspect that it might – I am odd about texture and the noises that furniture makes (yes, I know.) It would, however, go really well with my beautiful yellow lamp. So. Possibly. I don’t know. life is hard and I hate everything, etc.

Next we have the Ragrund (£20). This is, apparently, designed for a bathroom but I like the appeal of the warm wood and the triangular shape – sharp squares are not my jam since I’m clumsy as all hell – plus three shelves would probably be pretty useful.

There’s no escaping, however, that’s it’s pretty…dull. I mean, I guess it’s versatile (we could use it in a few other spaces in the house) but it’s not the most interesting thing to look at, really.

My next choice is the Bekvam step stool, in white (£14) or pine (£13). I like the idea of being able to use it as another piece of furniture if required (or as an extra seat in a pinch), and the pine finish seems ripe for a coat of bright paint. I’m not sure if the top surface is quite big enough for my things tho, and you can bet #Chongcat will be climbing up and down it all night if I let him.*

Cheap and cheerful Oddvar (£7) is next. Sure, it’s a little boring in its plain state but I could potentially make it fancy with enough time/inclination. Plus, bonus stool! The price is a nice incentive but I think it’ll probably end up not quite being what I want, long term.

 Still tho, for £7 it might be worth the gamble. We’ll see.

 

Last and probably already out of the running is the Nordli (£55). £55 seems like a lot of money to spent on what is essentially a small white box, and while I love it’s cute hidden features (the drawer is split and you can run cables down the legs) I’m just not sure I can justify the price for something that looks so plain.

I do like the slim profile tho, I am over bulky furniture like whoa. I like its little twiggy legs, too.

So. Apparently my dilemma is that I’m fussy and cheap. Which I guess probably doesn’t come as a surprise to many people reading this ;)

Seriously tho – help me pick. What would you go for?

*Lolz – like I have any control over what my cat does. As if.

Grace in Small Things

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  • Practising another language
  • Pizza flavoured crisps
  • Re-telling old stories to new people
  • Time for introspection
  • Fresh tangerines

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Grace in Small Things

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  • Pretty tiles
  • Foreign cats
  • Doing yoga on the beach
  • The sound of the sea
  • Flexing up your toes

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2015 Goals: February Round Up

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I thought I’d do a monthly round-up of how my resolutions are going, as a way to encourage me to stay on track and plan goals, rather than leaving everything to the last minute! Here’s my February round-up. We were abroad for two weeks but I still managed to make a bit of progress with most of my goals! :)

Progress Made

  • 200 sugar free days: 34/200

Eating sugar free is getting easier the more I do it, so that’s encouraging. Nakd bars are definitely helping to satisfying my cravings for sweet things!

Nakd bars are my new best friends.

 

  • Exercise 52 times: 39/52

I exercised a whopping 18 times while we were in Tunisia. A mix of swimming, yoga, going to the gym, walking and (believe it or not) a camel ride! Exercise, like sugar, is getting easier to bear. I no longer feel 100% resentful towards it, and sometimes I even look forward to it. I guess consistency really is the key!

I’ve slacked off a bit since we returned home (it’s colder here, just) but hopefully March will bring some warmer weather to kick start me again.

Doing some yoga on the beach during our holiday :)

 

  • Clear my ‘to read’ shelf: 4/32

I’m slowly making my way through this although I must admit, I’m really struggling to read physical books again after so many years of reading my Kindle! Ha.

One of my ‘to read shelf’ books that I pretty much hated!

 

  • Read 100 books: 25/100

This is going much easier. I read 11 books while we were away (of course), including the absolutely marvellous Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel and equally entrancing The Magicians by Lev Grossman.

Thankfully I loved this book club pick. Phew!

 

  • Watch 100 films: 22/100

The hotel had two English movie channels so I racked up a few, including some that were new to me. Whoo!

  • Watch 26 films at the cinema: 4/26

A slow cinema month since we were away but we did fit in Whiplash right at the start and it was glorious.

  • Weigh no more at the end of the year than I did at the start: 2lbs lost (1lb gain from January)

I lost 3lbs in January, and another 1lb before we went away, so I was doing fairly well. Unfortunately, I put on 3lbs while we were away despite all the exercise, sad trombone. Ha. I guess eating chips every day probably wasn’t the smartest move?! :P I’ve lost 1lb of that 3lbs since we’ve been home tho and I’m hoping the other two will drop off now I’m back to my normal eating routine.

Push against my comfort zone

I rode a camel so I’m pretty sure I bloody did this, thank you very much.

Spend less at the supermarket than we did in 2014

So far this year our average is lower and we’re on target. We just need to keep it up! :)

Finish the library

We had a carpenter around to quote us for boxing in our boiler etc, so hopefully we can get on with that part next!

Have more patience

I’ve tried hard to consider things from other people’s points of view in an effort to be more patient with them – altho I did lose my top spectacularly when people kept waking us up while we were away. I never said I’d get it in one go!

Be kind!

I am always kind ;) This month I’ve sent out a few care packages, made more effort to contact my friends and offered support where I thought it would be welcome.

Be productive!

I made a lot of progress on my resolutions and 31 for 31 goals this month. Yay!

No Progress Made

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We were away for two weeks in February, so it’s unsurprising that I didn’t make any progress on this goal. We’re gloriously plan free for March tho, so I’m hoping to make at least a little headway!

I’m also busy trying to complete my outstanding 31 for 31 goals, so those are taking priority over my resolutions at the moment, as the deadline for those is the 27th of June! I’m not doing too badly. I’m not 100% sure I’ll get all of them done, but fingers crossed I can do the majority! :)

Friday Thanks

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Dear yellow things,

Thank you for cheering me up when I’m ill and tired – Past Sarah made an excellent choice in happy colour decisions there. You are my favourite inanimate things to interact with.

Love

(Present) Sarah

Grace in Small Things

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  • Chilli Heatwave Doritos
  • #SundayNightClub
  • Boardgames
  • Writing your own Cards Against Humanity cards
  • Stamps in your passport

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Grace in Small Things

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  • Adding more hot water to a bath
  • Emails from friends
  • Wireless charging
  • New crossword books
  • Cats that sleep in carrier bags (weirdos)

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Holiday: Activate

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We’re off to Tunisia for two weeks – sans laptop! Crazy times. I’ve scheduled a couple of my regular posts, but for the majority of the time Falling Forward will be quiet until we get back to the UK.

I’m actually really looking forward to the digital detox – we’re not really going to have a lot of access to Wi-Fi so I’m going to spend my time reading, doing crosswords, swimming and hanging out with my beautiful husband, all of which sounds pretty awesome to me.

Adios, kids! :)

Grace in Small Things

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  • Instagram
  • Maps
  • The mornings getting lighter again
  • Undo buttons
  • Gold embossed book covers

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