Sunday, 29 January 2012

Stampin' Up

Stampin' Up is coming back!  Now that the household is more settled, some will know what I mean, I feel it is time to relight my SU fire!  Having had the new catalogues and seen where SU has been going these past few months in terms of existing and a wider range of new products, there is something for everyone (and me!).  I love the new colours, find myself keep going back to the punches page (116) and can't wait to get my hands on the kit.  Needless to say, if you need anything, let me know.  I'm going to be adding some pages so keep an eye on the blog :)  The first one is here, which includes the current catalogues and it is also sale-a-bration time.   
 
As for the mojo that has gone walkies, SU coming back should get me back on track and as we have moved the downstairs around, I have had a declutter and can actually see my craft desk, I now just have to swivel my chair and I am there.  I have a book from the ATDML retreat in November looking at me that I can finally finish! 



Morgan brought home his Autumn term certificates, his school gives commendations to recognise their behaviour and work.  Morgan missed a lot of school before he started Eaton Hall last January.  If he didn't get a place at EH we didn't know what would happen to him or even where he would end up, both short term and long term.  Needless to say, I feel proud to show off one of his commendations.  We did not think that he would ever get something like this, not in terms of his abilities to do well, but in terms of being in the environment that would allow him to do so.  So, here's to Morgan.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Going on a bear hunt...

..in my case think it is a case of going on a mojo hunt. Actually, wondering with all this decluttering going on of the craft stuff, whether I should just bundle it all up and sell it off as a big job lot. But then, you know, I'd get an attack of the mojo and where would I be, without "stuff"! So, just in case I do a big sell off and then live to regret it, I will stay with the go though what I have got often, make use of the free listing days on eBay if I can't bear the thought of selling a load of stuff for 99p, or if there is stuff that I just don't want to see anymore, on it goes for the 99p start. Is this a compromise?!  On that note though, I think it will soon be time to do a trawl of the rubber stamps and if I haven't used them in, well, yonks, then it must be time for them to find a new home.  The circle of life. 


I've also gone through some of the books that lurk in various places, this is where Greenmetropolis comes in handy.  Got some books gathering dust, they may not sell straight away but it is nice when they do and again, you can send them off to be loved by someone else (and, shhhhh, accumulate some pennies so you can go buy more).

Our new year, new way of eating, for me and Brian is going well.  We are both nearly at the half stone mark in terms of what has been gotten rid of so far (and never to darken our door again).  Thankfully, this week, carrots were reintroduced.  Boy, I know some people may miss chocolate and all that when they start a new healthy eating regime, but mine has been carrots.  Seeing how they are a high carb veg, seems that most of the root veggies are, we had to have a two week period of not going near one.  It's also got me looking at food labels, looking at the low fat versions of food it is interesting to see how much sugar they contain compared to the 'high' vat versions.  As we are looking at the carb content, the 'high' fat versions of some foods (have to say some as we haven't, of course, done a major study on food labels!) are surprisingly lower than the low fat.  We are also knocking back the water, to the point of I am counting it as a form of exercise going on how frequent the visits to the loo are!!!  Kinda like have a glass of water and then 10 minutes later have to go for a walk ;)  I guess you can say that I am being 'flushed' {sorry}.

Guides... I'm still not really happy that I am the only leader, but am really thankful that I have Katy.  Still, it would be nice to have another leader's head to bounce ideas to and fro'.  I guess it is the planning bit that I don't really like, trying to keep the 'plan' and keep the girls in the way of Guiding.  Anyhoooo, this first part of the term they have planned to do the Wizard of Oz challenge, they have planned it, there is a lot to do, with an interest badge thrown in as well, on the basis that ok so the badge is a challenge badge but just in the terms of they have to complete a certain amount of tasks whereas the interest badge element is for them to extend and challenge themselves.  There are three in the challenge and Genny has chosen to undertake the independent living badge.  We have a sleepover planned (only 3 girls able to go) and I have booked us to visit our London HQ in July.  So, some exciting things to come.

And now, just got my Open University mailing telling me who my tutor is.  Eeeek, better start looking through my pile of OU books and things that arrived before Christmas.  So U214 Worlds of English here I come.  In fact, as the DVDs are sitting here staring at me so there is no excuse to make a start... is there?!

Finally, just want to send some fairy dust to my budettes, Annette & Soo for Steph.  From all accounts, she needs some right now.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Operation declutter 2012

First happy new year, although a bit late but the wish is there :)

We are decluttering in 2012.  Initial stage of decluttering is to declutter our bodies.  We (me and Brian) are on operation reduce the BMI.  As I had success on Slimming World and we have both had success on Atkins (many moons ago) we are doing a combination of Slimming World original (red) combined with Atkins ie reducing our carbs.  I must say that having started last Monday, this week I have felt an improvement in the body in terms of not feeling bloated and also not feeling as hungry between meals.  We have been eating meat and fresh veg (that you can have on the initial induction week with Atkins). Don't feel at all deprived, as in not missing bread, potatoes etc.  Knocking back the water and not had any real effects of cutting the carbs apart from a headache for a couple of days, not had one since.  We stand on the scales tomorrow morning, but I know that I have lost some pounds, I can get my jeans on and off without having to undo them {result}.

This evening I got the Zumba 2 out of the box, then had to have a go, spur of the moment thing, love it, Genny joined in and we did a full class/short class.  But, it is not good doing it in jeans, had to go peel them off afterwards so the spur of the moment should have had the brain telling me to go change into my zumba wear.  On that note, classes start back on Tuesday (I think), can't wait to get back, who thought that getting some exercise was so much fun.

Guides are back on Thursday, will see what the girls have on their idea list as I am stuck for them at the moment, Guide mojo gone walkies!  There are two things on the agenda though, we have our world thinking day event (in February), the district event is being based on the olympics so we are the Philippines and have a 10 minute activity to plan - I was thinking of perhaps making something using sea shells (got to source them to do it) but will see what the girls can come up with.  I've also booked a visit to London HQ at ICANDO in July - a badge event, a long day, but should be fun.  

I've gone though the craft piles, sorted out books and stuff.  Waited for eBay to have one of their free weekends and this happened this weekend so I as part of operation declutter, I have got several things that I hope will go off to a new home at the end of next week.  I even managed to get some paper packs listed - I've had several attempts but they always went back in the drawer, but I am being kinda ruthless - there are some things that I'm not ready to part with just yet :) 

As to making stuff, nada nada.  Just a mess on my craft table sorting out the abundance of prima flowers which are now in one tub and, well, not exactly sure but it is a mess and I haven't even made something, unless you call making a mess a form of art :)

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