Garden

I had no idea just how much work our garden would take. My plan was to just repaint the shed and tidy it up a bit – then we realised the shed was completely rotten and held together by duct tape. Disaster. 

Since the weather turned a little bit better, we’ve been out doing as much as we can to make it semi-decent. Starting with scarifying the grass, cutting back trees and bushes and de-weeding the soil areas. My goodness, what a mammoth task. Since I dug out all the dead/rotten/rubbish plants, all the soil is looking a little bare. Once we figure out exactly what we’re going to do we will add the plants – no point yet just to maybe dig them out again at a later date. It might look a bit bare but it looks a hell of a lot tidier than it did before!

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Specs.

Sometimes you badly scratch the lenses of your glasses and you’re presented with two options: pay £80 to buy a new pair or pay £80 to get them fixed. Getting them fixed was my initial thought until the woman behind the till told me I’d be without them for 3 weeks. For someone who needs glasses full time, that was definitely not an option.

But it’s okay. Life happens and sometimes your things get damaged. There is absolutely no point in being angry over the unavoidable.

Except it was totally avoidable and I should have had a glasses case and not dropped my specs on the ground, twice.

I haven’t damaged a pair of glasses in a long time so I suppose it was overdue. At least my new ones shouldn’t fall down my face as much.

Lessons

Here are some things I’ve learned since getting the keys to my first house.

  • We need to get up at a reasonable time to open the blinds so people don’t know it’s not being lived in yet
  • We need to get up at a reasonable time because my dad and Allan who have been helping us start AT THE CRACK OF DAWN
  • Stripping wallpaper is a sweaty horrible mess when steam is involved
  • Wood chip wallpaper is the WORST and I will never be decorating any house I own with it ever
  • I know how to fill the holes in the walls and prepare them for painting with the use of pollyfilla and gyproc
  • Sanding is a messy, messy business. No matter how much you try and contain it, the stuff in the kitchen cupboard downstairs will still be covered in dust.
  • One bad game of League or Halo is enough to absolutely enrage Scott when he’s tired or stressed from working in the house.
  • You can stop squeaky floorboards by screwing every single one of them down to the rafters. I used about 500 screws in the master bedroom alone. But my goodness, what a difference it made.
  • Carpet is expensive
  • Christmas time isn’t an ideal time to move house/buy everything you need/only work part time.
  • Our elderly neighbours are the nicest people. We popped over to give them a Christmas present and stayed chatting for an hour and a half.
  • It’s all really hard work but once it’s all finished it’s definitely worth it.

Free time

Here is a list of things that have happened since abruptly leaving my job on Tuesday:

  • I had a long lie. On a weekday. And done nothing all day.
  • I went to Dundee to visit my sister and bought things to make her new flat feel homely.
  • We found a potential new house. Scott and our families went to view it. He called solicitors and we sorted out an agreement in principle.
  • I went to Let’s Eat Glasgow and ate some amazing food.
  • I had an orange hot chocolate and felt instantly Christmasy.
  • I posted my zone card for a refund on the remaining three weeks that I no longer require for my notice period.
  • I posted more letters this week than I have in the past few years.
  • I tried weetabix and I can’t believe I refused it as a child. 
  • I tried some beer. Still disgusting.
  • I stopped hoarding empty perfume bottles. I really need to get more to replace the finished ones.
  • Bullet journalling.
  • Played games in a pub for the first time. Who knew staking mini plastic chairs was so fun.

Hula Hoop

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I bought a hula hoop. Yes, like the kids toy. No not actually a toy. I bought a weighted hula hoop for exercise purposes. If I can manage to drink a big bottle of water every day I reckon I can manage to fit at least 10 minutes of hooping into my day.

I’ve been reading on various sites that hooping is the way forward. I don’t really do any excessive currently and hooping is fun and I can do things at the same time like watch tv, read a book or something and I’m still benefiting. Pinterest is great for tips and different routines other than just hula hooping for 10 minutes. I’m lucky I have plenty of space in my bedroom and I don’t have to go block everyone’s view of the tv by using my hoop in the living room. The hoop is quite large and takes up a considerable amount of space so if you’re going to invest in one, make sure you have space to use it! (Or just use it outside.)

I woudn’t say I need to lose weight. This is more just to keep me at least a bit active. Apparently the results are amazing – people losing baby weight in weeks, spare tyres just vanishing. We’ll see about that, eh? My waist is currently 30″ and my hips being 34″. I’ll let you know if that decreases over time.

Today was day 2 and it hurt considerably more than day 1 to start with. I don’t know if it was because I’m feeling more sensitive today or because weighted hoops can cause bruising but either way, I definitely felt it.

I’ll let you know how I get on!

Edinburgh Zoo Nights + Interviews

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I went to see the Dinosaur exhibition at Edinburgh Zoo as part of Edinburgh Zoo Nights which are over 18’s only nights for a few days in the summer. It was fun even though we had limited time in the place and my friends are all fun sponges and wouldn’t let me get my face painted – face painting is the best! There was live music, singing, comedy, a silent disco, and loads of cupcakes, ice cream and alcohol kiosks around the park which was nice. 🙂

I’ve been applying for tonnes of job recently. For a while I limited my job search to NHS jobs only which I know isn’t a good move but I was looking for jobs that weren’t just lab based and paid well. So in finding that I probably need to get experience from the not as well paying jobs means that I’ve applied to more and more of those. Good news is I was invited to two (yes, two!) interviews. The first one for a job with SNBTS and although I think the interview went all right, once I’d mentioned that I can’t drive, it went downhill pretty fast. So I highly doubt I’ll be offered that position since driving is essential to the post. The positive of the whole experience is that I now have experience in interviews. The only interviews I had ever had before was for Greggs and the last NHS one I attended I had to prepare a presentation – not your standard interview!
My next interview is next Wednesday, so fingers crossed! I don’t know how people can come across as super confident in interview situations. I suppose practise makes perfect, or fake it till you make it, eh?

The Electric Gardens

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Scott and I went to The Electric Gardens at the Botanic Gardens in the West End of Glasgow. It’s part of the West End Festival and is only running until Sunday night. It was lovely to see the park lit up with so much colour. It was freezing though and not bringing gloves was a ridiculously poor choice made by me. We went for dinner afterwards at the Grosvenor Cafe in Ashton Lane before meeting Scott’s parents + their friends for some drinks at the Anchor Line and the Corinthian. Not bad for a Tuesday night.