Oh these last few days - I've had the best few days I've had all year! The sun has shone, and I have pottered about at home doing all the things I enjoy. A little sewing. Wearing my new flowery pyjama trousers (Primark. I just love new PJ's.) ..
..drinking plenty of tea..
Going to my favourite car boot sale on Saturday morning and finding ...
a new £2 crochet tablecloth - perfect for the back of our sofa.
A new £2 knitted blanket (which the sellers were using as a ground sheet!)
If you have happened to be passing by our home recently, the chances are you would have been hearing some new tunes being played (& sung) wherever possible. There is nothing better, nothing, than finding a 'new' favourite song.
But talking of discoveries as per usual I am well behind the crowd on this one - give or take 6 years or so but over the last few weeks I have discovered Keane. I heard 'She Has No Time' on a TV programme and was hooked.
"Why didn't you tell me about them before?" I complained to Matthew who, as it transpired, had actually seen them live ages ago. I had heard the usual well known songs before but never really listened I suppose. I still only like a handful of their songs but the ones I do like I'm really into at the moment. I also unearthed a beautiful song called 'Still Lost' by Tom McRae. (Again on a TV show. My ears prick up and I put what lyrics I can into google to try and identify it and voila you can have the song playing on YouTube in no time - and hopefully it will turn out to be the start of a beautiful friendship!) Anyway, here is my current favourite playlist:
She Has No Time - Keane
A Bad Dream - Keane
On A Day Like Today - Keane
Still Lost - Tom McRae
Hamburg Song - Keane
Bedshaped - Keane
My Shadow - Keane
Is It Any Wonder? - Keane
Love Is The End - Keane
We Might As Well Be Strangers - Keane
Very Keane dominated - see I told you I was into Keane at the moment..! Better late than never I guess. Now what's on your favourite playlist at the moment?
I shouldn't really be blogging feeling so utterly blah. I wasn't going to but I needed to get my laptop out for something else and I was feeling guilty that I have ignored this little space for what seems an age. So I thought I would just say hello and show you my 'new' crocheted throw for the back of the sofa. Found at Totnes market.
I'm a bit of a sad bunny at the moment for various reasons. I'd like to tell you that I've lost some weight but I don't think I have. I don't actually have any scales so don't know that for sure but going by looks..mmmm..certainly not Gwyneth yet. Poor Anth's mother has been very ill. It is so awful being on the other side of the world and not being able to go and see her - I do feel for him and the rest of the family. It's so damn expensive and so far. And there are changes for me at school which...well..we will see.. What a year it's been - I feel quite buffeted by life and just want things to go back to normal but it seems to change on a daily basis at the moment and it doesn't always feel for the best. Even the weather is cold, but at least I have a little ray of sunshine with my yellow crochet throw and I'm hoping for some of the real stuff soon.
An actual new dress - already. I thought I would just go and look in Marks & Spencer really not expecting to find anything yet, but I did. It makes me feel like a million dollars and one or two tears were quietly shed in the changing room when I realised that I could possibly get away with it. (Tears seem to come very easily these days as I adjust to the changes in my medication..plays havoc with my eyelashes which have just started to fall out! They have lasted well though.)
I'm not on any particular diet, I'm just trying to eat a low-fat, healthier diet with much smaller portions. I have tried for years to do something about my weight and now without my daily headaches and weekly migraine (which made me hungry and crave sugar) I feel I can tackle some exercise and eat more sensibly. I have a long way to go as I want to lose 3 stone (I would say 4 but people shrink back in horror when I say that but I'm only 5'2" and as round as a ball). I can't quite believe the will-power I have prayed for for years has suddenly arrived in abundance. I am determined to do this because I don't want to feel overweight, frumpy and afraid of cameras anymore. I want to be "Whoa...Jane Goble's on fire..er!!" and I don't mean for my wallpapering skills this time! It feels so good at last to be doing something about it. I only hope it will work and I can keep it up and that I may shed more tears of joy in changing rooms over the next few months/year.
The bad side to being 5'"2, round around the middle, and wanting to wear dresses without looking pregnant is having to wear what they call 'magic knickers'. There really is no magic in them for me. This new pair cost as much as my dress and are the most uncomfortable things I have ever had the misfortune to wear as well as looking rather..er un-firelike! They're just one pair of my Bridget Jones pants collection. I actually have 3 pairs of different ones but these are the biggest and ugliest. Lucy and I were in Starbucks the other day and I popped to the lavatory. Well, you don't just 'pop' to the lavatory when you wear pants like this. Lucy quizzed me when I came back as to why I had taken so long.
"Well," I replied rather crossly, "these stupid knickers need peeling off which takes times, then they need heaving up..no it's more like wrestling which makes your arms ache. Then they roll down again so you heave them up again which made me bash my elbow on the soap dispenser. They are also cutting off all circulation...blah, blah, blah..!"
Yes, the sooner I lose some weight and don't need to wear the hideous Bridget Jones knickers the better.