Friday, 31 August 2012

'Fankful Friday

So of course, the first Thursday I intend to do "Thankful Thursday" I'm so tired I just zombie out infront of Youtube, and then in bed. So here it is belatedly. Hurrah for my accent meaning it just about works on Friday too.

I am thankful for:

Family.
It's a big one, and an obvious one, to me at least. But my family are always supportive, usually understanding, and always there with hugs and love.

Coffee.
I don't have caffeine in my blood supply. I have blood in my caffeine supply. It's keeping me sane (or something approaching that) lately.

Charity Shops.
Feeding my love of books, without bankrupting me.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Health, Wealth and Happiness.

I don't seem to have much luck on changing the 2nd of these (though ask me Saturday morning after the Euromillions haha), but the 2 Hs are works in progress that I'm happy about.

I'm still that half a pound off 2 stone lost that I was 2 weeks ago, I gained 2lb and lost it again in that time, I'm persevering, and I really hope to see that half a pound off this coming tuesday. I'm having great fun helping out at the Holiday Club that my church runs, and running about, singing, dancing and the such is definitely good exercise.

The happiness is coming along too. Instead of waiting around for things to make me happy, I've decided to tell my brain just to be happy for small things. We don't need huge great things to make us happy. Isn't being alive enough? Sitting in the park watching the plants "dance" together in the breeze, hearing a song we love, recieving a text from a good friend, a good cup of tea. It doesn't need to be huge to make us happy.

I'm counting my blessings every day. I am going to try and do thankful thursday from now on :)

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Waffle Zwei

So...

I had an awesome time with Cash and Kerri, but I didn't take many photos, I'm just rubbish at remembering to do it. I also wasn't having a particularly brilliant few days as far as self-esteem is concerned.

I miss the girls already!

I was quite embarassed this week though. I took them out twice, once to a pub, and once to a cafe, and in both we had awful service.

The pub, you could kinda expect, it was the only one in its area, it didn't have competition... though I was still disappointed.

The Cafe? Disgusted me, honestly. Excuse after excuse, and I don't think we heard the word sorry once, even though it left one of our table of friends eating nothing.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Waffle #1








I'm so excited!! In less than 24 hours Cash and Kerri will be with me <3 These 2 ladies are lovely. I've met up with Kerri once before (in Liverpool) and with Cash twice (Liverpool and Lewes) - This is me and Cash on the swings outside my flat...








And this is Kerri, Me and Cash in a museum in Liverpool :D





Tomorrow (Thursday) we're going to Brighton, and if the weather prevails, we'll be (hopefully) catching the 77 up to Devils Dyke... I love riding on the open air bus (preferably in good weather of course).

Then on Friday we're going up to London together to meet up with a group of girls we know from RTAs (reply to all email groups)

The rest of this week looks set to be lovely.



Also, today I met my friends son for the first time. He is perfectly gorgeous, and so well behaved. He fell asleep on me (and farted on me twice, just to cement our friendship) and gave me a big wet kiss... well, he dribbled on me. No pictures as he's not mine, and it's not my place to share pictures. But he's just the loveliest child.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Whewwwwwww is it baking or is it just me?

Today is a bunch of Fives.

5 songs that have been in my head lately:

1. Gruff Rhys - Ni Yw Y Bid

2. David Tomlinson & Angela Lansbury - The Beautiful Briny Sea

3. Secret - Shy Boy
4. Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - Iechyd Da
5. Tullycraft - Sweet

5 teas I've enjoyed lately:





Tetley Vanilla Redbush






Twinings Earl Grey 






Clipper  Green Tea  With Lemon









Lifeboat Tea 









MeƟmer Zimtstern - Orange











Sunday, 19 August 2012

Weight..

Well, there has been progress. I've now lost 27.5lb/12.5kg!

I'm still a long way from my eventual goal, but it's a steady loss, and I'm definitely happy :)

Good Old Sussex By The Sea...

So... yesterday things were meant to happen, that didn't happen. Slightly disappointing, not wholly surprising, and thanks to buying a scratchcard to break a note for the bus, I had £15 to treat myself and the wee one to a day out.

So we went to Hastings. We live 45 minutes down the train tracks from Hastings, and with my Friends and Family Railcard (something I *TOTALLY* recommend to anyone with children) It was less than £8 for the train...

As you might possibly (hopefully) just be able to make out from this photo... £6.75 for my return, and £1 for Bee.

It was a beautifully warm day, so I wore a pink t-shirt, cut off denim skirt, blue leggings and basketball shoes, while this crazy child decided to wear a pretty  tunic top, grey jeggings and knee high boots. I have no idea how her brain works, and she didn't want to change, so this is how we went. Can you tell the family resemblance? We've got the same nose, and almost identical hair colours, though I think she's got her fathers eyes, in shape at least. Photos like this always shock me a little, as I swear she doesn't look like a seven year old right there.

She was extremely well behaved waiting for the train (we had a 20 minute wait thanks to someone before us in the queue dithering like heck.), we went to the station shop, and treated ourselves to a cheeky vanilla coke, thanks to the US import stand.



I've no idea why we can't get this in this country anymore. Though I can't claim to have always been a huge fan, as I don't remember it disappearing from our shelves. I've always been a cherry cola lady.


And then we were on the train. Going past Mount Caburn we saw some paragliders(?) (VERY brave individuals in my not hugely-liking-heights opinion)



And within 45 minute we were in Hastings. I wish I'd taken more pictures while we were in Hastings. We'll defnitely go again though, and I'll make sure to do it next time.

First stop - The Cliff Lifts. Both Abbie and I like our railways, we're always game for a day-trip out by train. So catching the train, to ride a train is a bit of a double whammy for us.

The East and West Hill Cliff Lifts are a pair of Funicular Railways in Hastings. The East Hill lift being the Funicular Railway with the steepest gradient in the UK. (78 degrees for anyone interested)

 You enter the West Hill Lift here on George Street, surrounded by a lot  of antiques and book shops in Hastings Old Town...






And up you ride....

The West Hill Lift is mostly in tunnel.





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Here's Abbie's spoken tour. I'm sorry the sound isn't very good, we didn't realise how noisy it was until after we were home and had started to put everything onto the computer.


 When we got to the top we went to have a look around... We didn't go into Hastings Castle, but had a look around, and took some photos from the top of the hill before riding the Lift back down to George Street and walking through old town to the East Hill Lift.

It was a scorching hot day, so we were both drinking from huge bottles of water to keep ourselves cool, but I still ended up raspberry red in the face. Always happens. I blush super quick too!







The East Hill Lift is a much sunnier, and definitely much steeper journey...













Despite not being a huge fan of heights (as aforementioned), I did take a photo from the end of the carriage.

Funiculae... Funicular... Funiculucking long way DOWN!











You do get some fabulous shots!!











Given the heat, we, of course, had to get Mr Whippy... Abbie certainly enjoyed this one, though I have to say, I did prefer my blue vanilla one that I had down at the sea front.



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And then it was time to go down.





We were feeling overheated (Abbie) and lazy (Me) by the time we got to the bottom, so I took this lovely shot of Abbie by one of the fishing boats.

Then we caught the bus up to the train station...







And decided to hop a train to Battle.





Where Abbie posed with the Abbey sign. (Should have got her to cover Abbey too)


And a very tired Abbie had a rest outside Battle Abbey, before we bought a walking stick badge for her Great Grandad, and caught 2 trains home to Lewes and were treated to a slap up dinner thanks to Nanny and Grandad (or Great Nanny and Great Grandad as they are to Abbie, just don't tell them that!)

I would have taken pictures of my pizza, only I think I inhaled it before I had chance to take a picture.

But what a lovely day, and from such unpromising a start!



Help I'm Alive



Wow! I am alive, I promise. I just fail horrendously at blogging lately. I've had an excuse for the past week though. I was ill. Miserable, stuck on the sofa (or stuck in the bathroom) feeling overheated, yet having the shakes ill.

And the cause? A double team of 24 tummy virus coupled with a bladder infection. I've finished my antibiotics now, and I'm starting to feel human again. I don't think that my body particularly appreciated a week and a half free of caffeine either, as I didn't feel 100% until I pumped myself full of "rocket fuel"


And Yesterday, I took my little one on a daytrip out... which I'm just about to blog about.