Family, Life, Writing

Nodding Off in Company

We spent the evening at the in-laws. Having dinner at Dave’s parents is always lovely. A proper home-cooked meal and pudding.

I did feel bad for nodding off after dinner. Once we decided it was best to come home; apologising for nodding off. I didn’t feel so guilty as Dave’s dad was nodding off too.

We’re all comfortable together as a family.

Next week we’ll be doggy sitting for them while they are on holiday. We’ll get to play house. Shame it’s not our own home yet.

Hopefully, it won’t be too long.

Goals, Life, Writing

Waiting Game Continues

The surveyors went into our potential new home yesterday. This morning we got the report to tell us what we already knew. Using my Step-Dad phasing: “Your new home is fucked. But I’ll let you in on a little secret. We can fix it”.

It’s good to be able to do the house to how we want it. It’ll certainly feel like it’s completely ours. We are now waiting on the vendors solicitors to send our draft contract and supporting documents.

We’re back to the waiting again.

I’m very impatient when it comes to this getting our new home.

The financial adviser has told us the lender will take a few days to look at the survey report, then if they’re happy will send us an official offer letter.

I’m glad I know what I’m waiting for rather then waiting and having no idea what’s around the corner.


Goals, Life, Writing

Personal Ground Rules

During 2017 I started to make a list of personal ground rules for myself to live by. I’ve had these written down on My Dreams, Goals and Bucket List page since I’ve thought of them. But they’ve just been sat there.

Whether I have been living by them I couldn’t even say. I’m guilty of forgetting what they even are.

Not really personal than are they?

  1. Don’t back out of plans or make excuses due to something “better” coming up. Side Note: If I don’t want to go. Don’t agree in the first place.
  2. Say no to the things that don’t resonate with me / I don’t believe in.
  3. Share my opinions and concerns.
  4. Focus on one task at a time
  5. Schedule ME TIME each week. Stick to it!
  6. Have Integrity
  7. Try new things

Here I have 7 ground rules. Reading over them I feel that I am somewhat living by them. But I could be more actively doing so. I feel I need to regularly look to see what they are and if I figure I need to add others, then I should add more.

I know here I’m writing I should do this and I should do that. I don’t want to be doing things I feel I should be doing. Look at ground rule 2; don’t agree to things that don’t resonate with me / I don’t believe in.

I don’t want to have rules I should be following. I want to have these type of things be the sense of the person I am. Get me out of my comfort zone but also being honest and open about who I want to be.

I’ve decided to move the list of ground rules off My Dreams, Goals and Bucket List so that I’ve written about them more on a personal level. As one of my goals on the list is to make personal ground rules, I can now link this post to that goal. Allowing me to refer back to it when I wish.

Books, Life, Writing

Book: Power of Doing Less by Fergus O’Connell

I finished ‘The Power of Doing Less’ by Fergus O’Connell. It has some good tips to get you to cut down of doing things.

It’s got a link to a page done by Calm; do nothing for 2 minutes. It counts down the clock for 2 minutes where you listen to waves. Moving your mouse or using the keyboard resets the counter.

┬áThe author also gives names of other resources to go to if you want. Plus there are questions to answer. It was a quick read. Only took a couple of days. I haven’t done the tasks set in the book.

I’ve booked marked the 2 minutes Calm count down to try when the house is less hectic.

I’ve also looked into the free exercise plans through NHS Choices. There are a couple of plans you can do at home with no equipment. There is also one that is an outside plan in partnership with The National Trust.

I’ve downloaded the plans I liked. I’ll give them a go soon too.

Life, Writing

I Feel Rejuvenated Again

I was my step-dad apprentice today. He’s a plumber. My mum is poorly and Dave was at work. It was up to me to help him. He was sorting the central heating pipes out. Ready for the building work to start soon.

I enjoyed helping. I think it was more to do with the helping rather than liking the plumbing aspect. Although, I did learn some plumbing terms.

After a full day off, I feel rejuvenated again.

I also brought Dave his birthday present. It’s gonna be a surprise for him. Rather than just buying him stuff. I’ve bought him a tank experience. He really likes tanks and loved the trip to the Tank Museum on our Fareham trip earlier this year.

The experience is held at another tank museum in the UK so it’ll be a good day out for him. I believe he’ll love it. I’ll book that during the week when he’s at work.

More items in the charity bag:

  1. Dolly shoes: They were giving me blisters and they were causing pain in my feet.
  2. Big photo frame: it was bought for a collage that I don’t have any more. It’s too big for the map I’d like to put up.
  3. Glass pictured kitchen side topper: I much love the bamboo toppers we have instead
  4. Hot Drink Travel Cup: I don’t think hot drinks. The closest thing to hot drinks I have is cup a soup. I have one I could use for that. I don’t need two.
Books, Life, Writing

‘Everything Cannot be Done’

It’s been nice to have the afternoon with Dave and know I don’t have to work tomorrow. I’ve a list of things to do. Others have a priority that I need to do.

With the book, I’ve been reading points out that everything cannot be done. That the important things are to be focused on. There is a way for this to work. I haven’t got to that part yet.

Charity Item:

  1. 21 Jump Street: I remember it being better than I felt after watching it earlier. Dave and I agreed it’s a film we may watch but only if we fancy it when we see it on TV.

No new news on the home buying front. I hope next week is more eventful for us on that front.

Watched: Ocean’s 11 > 3.5 out of 5

Life, Writing

More Upbeat

I’ve decided to read ‘The Power of Doing Less’ by Fergus O’Connell next. I’ll write more about it if I have something to say about it when I’ve finished it.

I feel more upbeat this evening. Tired but upbeat. I’ve even agreed to work on a day off to swop a day I would have had to work. This benefits me as I now get to go to a family event next month.

Just a half day tomorrow then the rest of it and a day off.