Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Week In The Life: Mon&Tue

The title page to break the scrapping up in the album from the last story scrapped. I am including it in my yearly album. I generally scrap everything in one album chronologically, I generally have 3-4 albums a year, depending on how much scrapping I do. I generally do 12x12's for my favourite photos and then different divided page protectors for more day to day additional photos. I have copied Ali Edwards' love of 6x12 pages for the past year or so and often journal on those. I have done that this time too. I used the quote that Ali put up on her blog this Sunday as part of her One Little Word - Give project this year where she shares quotes. I am sure most of them would have been valid  for this project but of course this is the one that I saw this week.

On the reverse of this layout is a 12x12 with my favourite photo of Monday.
I will use this layout as an entry for UKS Monthly Challenge (I chose to use 2 photos, thickers, sequins and twine) 
I also used this gorgeous green lace and doily from a kit Sue made for us when I went to a crop on saturday. 
Then in a 6x12 protectors I put the journaling Facts on one page...

 And then the Feelings journaling on the next.
The additional photos are in a divided page protector next.

On the reverse of the divided page protector I started Tuesday with additional photos from the day. The colours were far too primary for my liking so I muted most of the photos. I was light on photos so I carved up some of the paper that I took out of the 12x12 that I used as a base for the main layout for the day.
 The 6x12 journaling pages...
 The colour was off as the light was way different by the time I took that photo 

And then the 12x12 on the opposite page for my favourite photo of the day and the final photo of the day.
I will use this layout to enter Sue's monthly challenge which is a sketch you can join in here.
I am so happy I have completed this much already, gives me hope that I will get it done 

Monday, 24 August 2015

Week In The Life: Thursday & Friday

Not much to report from the two days. I just basically worked and worked and when I wasn't I forgot to take photos!

Another selfie. getting ready for work. 
 And one of my name badge, a big part of our 'uniform' at work. Whether we wear uniform or civvies, we all wear the badge.
 Waiting for the bus, in the consistent and persistent rain!
 My Smart transport card on the lovely bus seat upholstery :-) 
 Another bus photo from friday morning, still in the rain!
Planning my to do list for today, tonight and tomorrow morning.

Thursday 06:00 - up and showered and got ready.
07:15 - left for bus.
08:00 arrived at work.
18:45 left work.
19:00-19:30 took a work call.
19:30 dinner, Pea Risotto, couldn't eat much of it, I was really feeling tired. Watched a bit of TV and went to bed, couldn't sleep for worrying about how much I had to do.
Friday 06:00 - up and showered and got ready.
07:15 left and caught bus.
08:00 Met Danni at Braunton. She drove us in to Barnstaple.
08:15 Farewell breakfast with Michael, Laurie, Josh and Jack to wish Michael well as he joins the army.
09:15 Get to work, work on rotas and payroll with Danni until 16:30 - Handover
17:30 Leave
17:55 get caught up in the traffic queue from a 3 car accident  on the Braunton road. It takes 2.5 hours to get home. More concerned about the news that an Ilfracombe girl had died. I see fb profile photos updated to her photo as a mark of respect all weekend. 
20:00 dinner and attempt to start packing but just can't. Put on the alarm for 04:30 and hope I can get up to start enjoying my holiday! 

Week In The Life: Wednesday

Wednesday was supposed to be my day off but it became clear from quite early on that I would have to go in in the evening. For this reason and that I was going to be having a busy weekend I tried to keep it a quiet one ☺️. It sure was eerily quiet with no children here.
A nectarine and a frothy coffee for breakfast. I have been trying to cut out sugar and have avoided coffee for a fortnight, but I felt like I needed a sugar hit this morning. I know that is nonsense and just an excuse to have sugar but my resistance was low as it always is after shifts and when I am tired, they do not suit me. One of my goals that I have been working on for a long time is to completely cut out fizzy drinks (check, I only have the occasional glass of lemonade), cut out coffee (getting there, but see above :-)) and just have water and fruit teas. I am so pleased with progress, but it is taking a long time and lots of will power to get over the horrendous headaches!
Getting Lauren's A Level books ready to put in the attic. Feeling for her as she works out what she has to do to realise her goals and not being able to 'fix' it for her.
You might have read my post here about joining the Women's Equality Party, I joined in today with a call to action. Joining in with a social media blast by fb'ing and tweeting my founding member card.
A shower and catching up with FB, blogs and Week In The Life. Feeling inspired by Ali Edwards' posts to keep going. A final job is to upload photos. Thinking that my expedit needs a serious tidy as everything is out. I will do it after my weekend away.
 My planner, I love it. It still has the power to get me more organised. 
Looking forward now that I am seeing the row of pink post-its for next weekend and week that indicate I am not working-So grateful for time off with my family, so frustrated that it isn't longer.
 Fudge having a nap. He has laid down at my feet for a good part of the day which is nice, I don't think he lies there much when I am out.
It is absolutely soaking wet outside, but I do love the colour of everything in the garden. I think briefly about how annoying it is going to be if it does keep up wet next week as I have a project in mind to move a flower bed, or two, put a few more pavers down and build a fire-pit. I won't be doing it in the rain!
 Loving the sight of raindrops on the plants.
Lunch, Ali is loving philly and crackers as well so that has been an easy new lunch or snack to give him. Of course he is not here today, so even easier!

 I had a nap, I was as tired as I look.
Watching some rubbish on tv as I rest. 
When Lauren came home from work she confessed to having had bars put in her wrists. I thought we were out of the piercing phase but it has come back with a vengeance :-) I can't say that I hate it, they kind of look pretty but I am too old I think to really see what the youngsters see!
I went into work as they were having an awful day to help recover the shop. I missed the bake-off, such an outrage! Thank heavens for the BBC iplayer! (and Sky Go and Sky+ and the internet in general!). I sat and painted my nails as I watched it before bed.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Week In The Life: Tuesday

Tuesday: Thoughts & Feelings.
Thoughts: Up at 6:30am to blog and have a chill before the long day begins.
Feelings: Sad, both boys are going to be away from the house. Anxiety, a long day and a visit from the store director on Thursday. Tired, day 6 working, supposed to be a day off. Worried about my payroll error which has led to me working. Warmth, towards this Week In The Life project and Ali Edwards for her inspiration.
 Thoughts: How much longer for this journey. Stopping for a break at Taunton Deane Southbound Services.
Feelings: Exhausted, wanting to sleep, having to drive. I have for the past two years been unable to drive for longer than an hour and a half without needing a nap  
 Thoughts: Avocado and red pepper sandwich eaten on my knee, there is a definite theme of me eating on the go this week. 
Feelings: I had forgotten how good these sandwiches are, must put them into my lunch planning more often. 
Thoughts: Work tools. I am going in as we have a huge delivery and promotion change, so tools out, my case cutter and gloves (to try and protect my hands).
Feelings: Pleased to get on with it, tinged with irritation that it is a beautiful, beautiful day and I am indoors.
Thoughts: Good to be outside.
Feelings: Heart swell at the sky and glad I picked this time to pop over the bridge to get my car (we can only park outside my shop after 6pm and saves me ten minutes at the end of the night).

Thoughts: It is 00:45. Finally leaving the shop.
Feelings: It is 00:45!!! I can't wait to drive home for half an hour now  

Week In The Life: Monday

Week In TheLife: Monday
 Early morning. He just now caught me editing the photos and gave me some jip for taking photos of him asleep. I'm sorry/so not sorry, these are the photos that will fill my heart when they move along out of my daily world.
Good Morning Minty, are you under that furry forehead?
 I love the whirls on the window pane.
Measuring out my muesli. I underestimated how long it was going to take me to get up, get to the gym and get ready by like oh, an hour. So you will see me eating it from a less attractive dish in a minute.
 On the way to the gym. a beautiful bright morning.
 Mending the swimming pool and gym roof. I enjoyed my new 30-20-10 routine, quick, painful and invigorating.
The sun is well and truly up now. I stop and drop my gym stuff on the pavement as I take the photo, now in a mild panic that I am going to truly be late. 
I always feel rush of comfort when I see my home sign. I don't always love our house (always so much to do to maintain it and improve it and never enough time or energy) but I really love the home within.
Toys bursting out of everywhere, I will sorely miss that when he goes to his Dad this week. Roll on our summer holiday next week and me picking him up on Saturday. 
 The estuary view from my bus commute. Not very glamorous, but immensely peaceful, I have talked before on my blog how much I weirdly love the bus journey and it doesn't get old. I love seeing my home county from up on high, the seasons changing, the crazy bus folk (I try to never catch the 8pm saturday night bus!), the familiar bus folk, the podcasts I listen to, the tv I watch that I download. 

I ended up eating the muesli dry from a tupperware with an apple for moisture. Still good, but missed my normal smoothie.
 My cave of an office. Monday is paperwork day, checking all audit compliance (so interesting :)) and planning the week.
Chicken salad. Thank you Mum, delicious.
 Calling Ali in from the park. My heart is happy he can play out here in such beautiful surroundings.
 Scruffy love for this boy, and so happy that he came running to see me. How much longer? Forever please.
 Elephant Hill aka Hillsborough in the evening sun.
 That light is everything.
 My very own Loons, heart full and happy looking at them.
Grockle watching :) Lovely to see them liven up the town.
Loving the red, white and blue lights.
Calm and lovely.
 A photo of me, just as I like them, no discerning features to see at all :)
Ice-cream, salted caramel for the girls, Mint Choc Chip and Chocolate for Ali.
Love this day.
Tomorrow is going to be hard. This will lift me up.