Thursday, 29 May 2014

Introducing My 101 in 1001 Days List

I finally got my list finished yesterday, woohoo! I say 'finally' like it took me ages, when really it was just a couple of days - but it's actually pretty darned hard to finalise a list of 101 things you want to do, and think you might have a chance of doing in the next 1001 days.

This is a challenge that is really popular among bloggers, but just in case you're not familiar with the idea I'll give you a quick overview. Basically, the aim of the game is to have a list of 101 goals/challenges/projects etc, and you have 1001 days (or 2.75 years) to complete the list. Yeah, it's kind of a 'does what it says on the tin' sort of a deal. The Day Zero Project website is full of ideas and inspiration, and it's really easy to set up your own list on there to mark things off as you go along. They also have the option of a 'Someday' list for things you want to achieve at some point, but not necessarily in the next few years, and also the ability to set up custom lists.

I've already managed to cross two items of my list - I completed the list, for a start, and I started this new blog. I'm looking forward to tackling the other 99 items - well, mostly. #96 fills me with dread, if I'm honest. I don't know what I was thinking, including that. Anyway... You can see the full list by clicking here, and I will post regular(ish) updates about my progress!

Do you have a list of goals? Post the link below, I'd love to see it!

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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

What Happens When I Go Overboard In Primark

Ah, Primark, how I love thee. Your shelves and rails full of bargainous wonder.

I'm not even kidding. Primark is always an (almost) sure-fire way to see my bank balance take a hit.
We won't mention those odd occasions where I have gone in, found nothing and walked out empty handed - those are too just sad to think about.

Last weekend, we trekked across to Sunderland for a Primark expedition. I was on a mission. Last week, I suffered a mysterious but significant case of sock suicide - one or both of the socks I was wearing developed a fatal hole - so I needed somewhere to replenish my sock drawer on the cheap. Obviously, Primark was my first choice.

The thing was, once in there I got a little bit carried away. I did have a couple of other things in mind that I wanted to get, but... erm... this all kind of happened:

On our last Primark visit, Boy got one of these cups. And I've been jealous ever since. So I got one too! Hey, it's only £2.50, that's practically free if you think about it! And then the Marvel PJs, well they just jumped off the rails right into my basket. They really needed to come home with me to go with the two other pairs of Marvel PJs and the DC PJs I got from previous Primark trips. I needed some T-shirts to wear for work, so I picked up a navy stripy one and a red one, and then I spotted this Justice League one and my inner geek said I needed it. So that came home with me too.

Everyone knows that Primark vest tops are a total steal, which is why I bought 5 - they're summer essentials! And the blouse is really pretty and I can wear it at work, or with jeans, it's a wardrobe staple! Not pictured is a pair of skinny jeans, which were £7 - at that price, it's just rude not to. Then of course there's the plimsolls, everyone needs plimsolls and those flowery ones will get loads of wear during the summer. Comfy and cute. And lastly, a holdall to put it all in for our upcoming trip to Paris!

I haven't included pictures of the many pairs of socks I bought, or the many, many pairs of Marvel pants - I'm sure nobody wants to look at pictures of pants. Be assured they're awesome though.

I didn't monopolise all the fun though, Boy got a few bits as well... But a lot less than I did. His shopping value came in at just over £30. Mine was... Well, let's just say somewhere in the general vicinity of triple that and leave it there shall we?!

Are there any stores that you go overboard in? Or are you better at resisting the lure of bargains than me?

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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

A Clean Slate

It feels a little bit like the first day of school, starting a new blog. The clean, empty page is like a new exercise book, and this first post feels as if I'm putting my name, form, and subject on the cover.

Some of you reading this may already know me - maybe only a little bit, or maybe quite well. But, in the interests of getting the formalities over and done with, here are 10 things you should know about me:

1. I'm married to a lovely, kind, caring man, who shall be referred to as Boy. We met in 2006, became a couple in 2007 and married in 2011.

2. I am a chocoholic. And, although I've admitted my problem, I haven't reached the stage of trying to combat it. Chocolate just brings me so much happiness - I'm not ready to face life without it yet.

3. I have big dreams to travel the world. Unfortunately, I'm not rich enough to actually do it yet - but I do try to cross places off my wish list when I can.

4. I am a bit of a geek. In all honesty, my inner geek is expanding at an alarming rate. This will probably become evident over future posts. Harry Potter is probably my biggest geeky thing, but there are others.

5. I love reading, and finding Goodreads was an absolute godsend for me because it helps me keep track of books I've read. It wasn't unheard of in the past for me to buy a book, start reading it and realise it all seemed a little bit familiar... because I'd already read it.

6. Boy and I are one of those 1 in 6 couples that face fertility problems. We're in the "unexplained" camp, which means that the doctors can't find a reason to explain why we haven't conceived. We've already had one round of IVF, and we were one of the 70% of couples that are unsuccessful.

7. I was made for a warmer climate than we have here in the UK. I despise being cold, and rain makes me miserable. I truly believe I'd function much better if I lived somewhere consistently sunny and warm.

8. I love being high up and taking in a good view, but at the same time I'm terrified of heights if I can see straight down. Walking up the stairs of the Eiffel Tower was one of the scariest things I've ever done.

9. I'm not a confident swimmer, and if I can't touch a surface at the side or the bottom I go into full scale panic mode. On honeymoon, I really wanted to try snorkelling - but I had a panic attack at the thought of being in the open sea so I just couldn't do it.

10. I've known my best friend since we were just one year old. We live at opposite ends of the country now, and we can go months without speaking to each other, but we always pick up where we left off. She has three beautiful children who we are godparents to, and I love them all dearly.

So, that's me in a nutshell. Thank you for stopping by, and if you'd like to follow along in this adventure through life you can do so via Bloglovin, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

I'm With You by Taylor Dean {Book Review}

Can three little words irrevocably change your life?

When the doctors inform Chloe Brennan that her pregnancy is "incompatible with life," her subsequent choices will change her path forever.

She becomes one of the quiet, unsung heroes of this world, incredibly strong, yet somehow wrongly looked upon as damaged.

Three people will pierce Chloe's existence: her husband, a stranger, and a precious baby.

One will say goodbye, one will say hello, and one will say both at the same time.

I'm With You is a novel about selfless love and the sacredness of life.

Please note: While this book is a romance novel, it also deals with the sensitive issue of baby loss grief.
The emotions are real, and sometimes dark.
If you are sensitive to this issue, this may not be the book for you.

My reading mojo is still somewhat lacking - I'm still only a few pages into Allegiant, despite having been reading the series for well over 2 months now! - but I decided to read this book by Taylor Dean simply because I'd loved the first one I read by her.

Was it a risky choice for me given the warning of the subject matter? Yes, probably. But, let's face it, such a topic is always going to pull on the heartstrings of anyone with a beating heart, so I went ahead and started reading.

And then I didn't stop reading until I reached the end. I read it all in one sitting. My entire Saturday morning was spent consumed by this story. The author really knows how to write perfect romances, and the tragedy and sense of loss is very real. Of course, the author's note at the end explains this and my heart really goes out to her and her daughter - what an awful, awful thing to live through. I have nothing but complete admiration for them, and it puts my own feelings of loss into a new perspective.

I loved this book, just like I loved I Have People. Taylor Dean is definitely on my list of favourite authors!

**This post originally appeared on my old blog and has been imported to Living for the Victories**