I read a blog a while back which suggested writing a list of small (or large!) goals you wish to achieve in the near future and check them off as you go along and you’ll be able to see your progress and inspire you to achieve more / do more / push yourself etc. I’ve decided that the best time to share this list and watch myself grow is at new year. So instead of resolutions (which I never make anyway), here’s my goals for 2018:
- Go to the cinema by myself
- Start going to the gym / more exercise classes
- Read at least one book a month
- Wear jeans less
- Go camping
- Go on holiday
- Wake up earlier and have a better morning routine
- Have more interesting lunches, especially at work
- See friends more often
- Knit a jumper
- Learn something new
- Grow my hair and donate it to the Little Princess Trust
- Put at least £10 into a savings account each month
- Be more aware of my spending
- Budget better
For my home :
- Replace the windows and door in the front porch
- Grow and eat more vegetables from the garden
- Decorate the living room
- Think about redoing the kitchen
- Less waste
- Use less cling film / use an eco-friendly replacement
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!
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.
In the past year I’ve really gotten into knitting. My mum taught me when I was younger when she used to make me cosy cardigans and excellent toys. Right up until a month or so ago, all I could make were infinity scarfs and hats. Now I’ve just finished making this fierce fox snood for my boyfriend and now I’m working on this giant blanket! I’m knitting it with two stands of yarn so it’s a thicker blanket and invested in 100% merino wool so it will be the warmest, best blanket ever!
Knitting is so relaxing.
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?
It’s a very rare occasion for both Scott and I to be off on the same day mid-week, so when we are we like to do something and not just sit about and waste the day. I had a meeting at work at 10am (which was cancelled and I didn’t know until I had arrived for it), so we went for breakfast at Costa before embarking on our adventure for the day. Last week we decided to go to Amazonia within M&D’s theme park with our friend Martin. Amazonia is an indoor tropical rainforest filled with exotic animals with the chance to hold some of them. Martin used to work there so he told us so many facts about all the animals and what it was like when he worked there. We spent a good chunk of the day just watching the animals and got the chance to hold a snake, a rainforest beetle and a bearded dragon.
Afterwards we wandered around M&D’s although it is not open for season yet so all the rides were closed. We spent the afternoon posing with statues all around the park and playing in the amusements. Luckily we arrived at Pizza Hut just in time for the lunchtime buffet and we ate ourselves into a food coma. Later that night, Scott and I went to the Garage to see The Blackout for their last Glasgow show, which was a riot as always.
In work related news, I handed in my notice at the home six weeks ago and finished up on Sunday 29th March after six and a half years of employment there. I will miss working there and I will miss the residents but I needed more hours and better pay which they sadly could not give me. Now I currently only work in Greggs, which I really enjoy. This means I no longer have to work every single weekend and that feels great! To celebrate, I am going to Manchester for the Easter Weekend! It’s always nice to get away for a bit.