Monday, 30 December 2013

New Year's Resolutions

This year I am making a list and thinking hard about what I want to achieve in the next year.

This past year I had really only done two things new, I started this blog and I started going to the gym.

To be honest I didn't think either of which would last the year out.

The blog waxed and waned.  I wanted to try and post something everyday and I didn't manage that, but I kept it up all year, even when it felt that there was nobody reading it except for me.

The gym, well that was managed better.  I decided to go straight after work, I brought my gym clothes into work with me, and before even going home for my dinner I would go to the gym.  I did between 2-4 times per week all year.  I managed to lose over 30 inches off my body and lost over 3 1/2 stone in weight.  I lost 4 dress sizes in clothes and my fitness levels just shot up.

This year I am doing double the resolutions!!

1. Get to work on time, everyday!  Now that shouldn't be that difficult, I live a 20minute walk from my work, but because I wait for R to run me to work in the car, and he doesn't start work til later, I am ALWAYS late for work.  This coming year, if he isn't up I am just walking to work.  I will be on time.  (Plus the extra 20 minute walk will be good for me!)
2. Save money for Christmas.  This year, as every other year I was stressed to he hilt because of how to afford buyng pressies, food, drink etc to celebrate Christmas.  This coming year I will save a smallish amount every month so that come Christmas I have a decent amount of money to buy gifts etc.
3. Do something every week with R that involves fitness.  Whether that is go for a long walk, go swimming, climb a mountain, whatever.  Every week we are going to do something that will help make us fitter and healthier.
4. I am going to concentrate more on my eating this year.  Last year was good for my fitness, this year I am going to take it a step further.  I have a number of goals this year I want to achieve fitness-wise.  I am taking part in a 5 mile assault course thru mud for Marie Curie.  I am taking part in a relay for the Belfast Marathon.  I want to lose another 3 stone by the end of the year.  I am going to take part in a couch to 5k program starting on January 6th. 

Phew, just reading that scares me a little.  But putting it down here, for you all to read means that I will have to try harder to keep on track and do it.

What do you have planned for the new year?  Any resolutions you want to share?

Monday, 23 December 2013

Sponsor me, maybe

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Together we encourage participants to raise as much money as possible in support of the event to fund the care and support Marie Curie Cancer Care provides for terminally ill people and their families in homes right across Northern Ireland, as well as in the Marie Curie Hospice, Belfast.
It is on Sunday 13th April, 2014.

Please sponsor me, if you can.

If you can, share this page with your friends and work colleagues and encourage them to sponsor me too.

Thanks again


Wednesday, 11 December 2013

11 12 13

Today is the 11th December 2013, hence 11 12 13 as my title.

I often find myself becoming downhearted because my life is not as perfect as the girl next doors, or that person I know from the gym or my favourite blogger, or my facebook friend.

Then I slap myself up the head and remind myself of a few things.
1. We don't know what goes on behind closed doors.  The amount of times I have looked at a couple we know and thought "They are happy together, this one is going the distance" only for them to break up, because of cheating or whatever.  People put on their best face for the outside world.  Their blogs, their facebook feed, the bits of their life they share at the gym...its not the whole picture.  It is the part they want to show you, or the part they feel they can show you.  You might not know that last night they cried themselves to sleep, or that they are crazy busy at work and haven't had a lunchbreak in a fortnight.  The world only sees what they put out there, what you put out there.  We all try to put out the best possible image of ourselves, so next time you look at a facebook profile or a blog and wish for your life to be as good as theirs, remind yourself...someone is probably wishing the exact same thing about yours.
2. My life is pretty good in its own right.  Your life is pretty good in its own right.  I have my health.  I have a roof over my head.  I have a job.  I have food in my kitchen.  I am far more blessed than a good proportion of the world.  If you have these things, you are blessed too.
3. I am loved.  I have a husband who adores me.  I have a family who are always there for me.  I have friends who would drop anything to be with me if I need them to.  I have facebook friends who have turned into family.  I work hard to develop these relationships, because having people who care for me makes my life easier.  It is selfish possibly, but I believe what I put out I get back. 

So next time you start worrying about how the girl next door has the perfect hair and the perfect car and the perfect figure, ask yourself...who is saying the same about me!!??

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Update pictures from weekend in Lusk

Sorry, these pictures were supposed to be attached to last weekend's post, but obviously I forgot!!

Weekend happenings

Me and my bestie at Victoria Square Christmas Tree

My bestie came to visit me this past weekend.  We had so much fun, and according to all my checkins on Facebook all we did was eat and drink!!

We went to the Belfast Christmas market, and to Bubbacue.  (Yummy)

Bubbacue, pulled pork, corn bread, fries, Mac and cheese and pickle
Peanut butter and chocolate cupcake and coffee at the Cupcakery, Moira
We went to the Belfast Giants ice hockey
game too, and I won two free meals for Bubbacue!  I was mightily impressed.

It was great spending time with her.  Roll on next year when we meet up again :-)

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

3 December 2013

Some days are busier than others.  Some lives are busier than others.  Some hearts are busier than others.

When you think about your life, are you busy?  Is your world filled with "I need to get that done."  "There isn't enough time in my day to do that." "I don't know if I can fit you in, I am so busy."

I appreciate that there are days when things get a little frantic, deadlines loom and things just have to get done.  BUT, do you save time for those you love?  Do you leave space in your life for yourself?

Around the holidays things get busy for all of us.  There is shopping to be done, houses to be cleaned, presents to be bought, parties and get-togethers to attend, and life gets bogged down in busyness.

It is all too easy to say yes to everything, not wanting to let anyone down.  However there is someone you are letting down at this point.  YOU!

You need to have time to relax and do nothing.  Time to run a hot bath and just wallow.  Time to curl up and read a few chapters of a book.  Time to catch up on that TV series you have been watching.  Time to breathe.

You also need to put as much time into your relationships as you do into your work.  Deadlines at work can create such a fuss in our heads, we work late to try and get them completed, we bring work home with us, we think about it on our time off.  But does this actually help us? 

Instead, could you take some of that time you spend worrying about getting work done and make a list.  Chose 3 things that need to be done and do them, before you leave work, then just leave work.  Don't bring any home.  Just for one night.  Work won't spontaneously combust.  The world won't end.  But you will feel a little better.  And your relationships will be better too.

Put some of that energy toward calling someone on the phone.  Put a smile on someone else's face.  Tell your mum you love her. 

If you do this just once a week for a month, maybe you could try it for an extra night.  Could there really be two evenings a week where you don't think about work?

This would soon develop a great pattern of getting things done and not bringing it home to worry over.  Because if you are anything like me the work comes home in a big bag, and it sits there, in that big bag, while I worry about how much I have to get done, and how I have no time to do it.  I don't actually do it, but I don't do anything else either...because I have no time to do anything else because of all the work I have to do.  I try to stay a little extra in work, get done whatever actually needs to get done, then make a list of three things I need to do first in the morning.  This habit means that I don't waste time first thing worrying about what needs to be done first, and that I don't bring work home with me.

Itts a win win situation.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Weekend adventures

I got married on 30 November 2012

It was the best day I could have imagined.  It was a very small wedding, only my family and his were there.  But we wanted to be with each other for ever.  We wanted to be married.  We didn't particularly want the wedding day, but that had to be first.

It was short, just a civil ceremony, but that didn't matter to us.

There were a lot of giggles during it, and a few tears, but at the end I was married to the man I love.

His dad came up to us after the ceremony, gave me a big hug and turned to R saying "I told you the first time I met her that you should never let her go".  I teared up a little.

This weekend was our anniversary.

We went for a weekend away, just the two of us.  It was luvly.  We went shopping, without buying much, we walked, we talked, we went for dinner, we got tipsy on champagne.  We slept, we ate breakfast, we went for an adventure.

This man personifies everything I could ever want.  He is kind, generous, giving, gentle, strong, funny, caring, stubborn, forgiving, and genuinely the nicest man you will ever meet.  And he picked me.  And a year later he still looks at me with love in his eyes. 

Everything isn't perfect.  We still have disagreements and fights and still go to bed upset with each other sometimes.  But we love each other and we promised this was forever.  So if it gets a little bumpy we hold on tighter.  We work thru our differences.  We don't let go.  And we come thru the stormy times and the water gets still again, and we enjoy ourselves.

Getting away and having time alone reminds us why we picked each other.

I love him.

He loves me.

If you have a partner who still makes you smile, tell them how much you appreciate them.

R, I love you very much.  I appreciate everything you do for me, and for baby girl.  Thank you for being in our lives.

Thursday, 28 November 2013


Happy Thanksgiving guys and dolls.

I am not American but I like to give thanks for the stuff I have in my life.

1. My family and friends
2. My health
3. My house
4. My ability to earn a living
5. Good live music
6. Hugs and kisses
7. A great book
8. Good movies
9. New experiences
10. The ability the world has to be a great place

What are you grateful for??

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Christmas shopping

Have you started yet?  Or are you one of those people (who I hate) that have it all done and dusted by October?

I know there are a few people out there, that shop in the January sales, or buy things throughout the year.

But most of you are like me, leave everything until the last minute and then have to spend all of December's wage packet on presents and are skint until the end of

Just me?

Oh well.

I need to be more organised.

I say that every year, and every year it is exactly the same.

I have bought decorations, cards etc in the January sales before, but then I lose them.

I need to buy a really big box, just for Christmas stuff, and put everything into that.

Wow, now thats a good idea Tina!  *pats self on back*

My list of people isn't even that large of a list, but I need to just get around to doing it.

I will, soon, maybe

There is still four weeks til Christmas, isn't there?  That's loads of time.

Or is it?

Monday, 25 November 2013

25 November 2013

Yesterday I witnessed a car accident.  A car knocked over a couple who were crossing the road.

It was terrible.

The impact knocked the man right out of his shoes.

Ever since I cannot stop thinking about it.  I see it happening repeatedly in my head.  I cried so much last night thinking of those poor people and their families.

Everyone concerned will be scarred from this.

I do not even know how the couple are.  They were alive when the ambulance took them away, but now?  I don't know.  There has been nothing on the news.

I am left with a feeling of incompleteness.  I don't know how this story ends.  And it is eating me up.

How do you live with that?  The poor driver who knocked them over must be feeling terrible.  But not as terrible as the families of those who were hit. 

The stories about what happened have been making their way as rumours round and about.  Why do people tell stories about things like this?  Why are we all such ghouls that we want to be a part of such a horific incident?

My heart is breaking for that couple.  Did they argue with their loved ones before going out?  Have they made peace about wrongs done to them in the past?  Have they left people wishing they had spread love and joy or are there people at home now thinking "the last thing I said was I hate you". 

If you love someone don't think that you can tell them tomoro.  Tell them now.  Tell them every day.

Don't let things fester.  Apologise if you are in the wrong.

Forgive things if someone has apologised to you.

Love people.

You never know when you won't get the chance.

Friday, 22 November 2013

22 November 2013

Today I was reminded that I have been going to the gym now for 11 months.  I have also been writing my little lettters to the outside world, in the orm of this blog, for nearly that length of time too. 

I am enjoy ing it, but not as much as I thought I would.

I have quite a few blogs that I read regularly, and I comment on them.  There are some really lovely girls out there :-)

This blog has become somewhat like my own personal diary, my space for talking about the madness in my head, the madness at work, and how I feel about the gym!

Its not really one type of blog or another.

It is just words, and occasionally pictures.

and it doesn't "fit" anywhere

I like it like that,  I like it to be "it" and not try and pretend to be something it isn't.

Just like me.


Wednesday, 20 November 2013

20 November 2013

Somedays I just cannot be annoyed.  Last night me and R had a disagreement, over nothing at all, but I huffed like a child and slept on the couch.

Except I didn't sleep.  I just lay on their, snuggled up in a blankie and a duvet and watched TV.  At 5 this morning I decided enough was enough, I got up, got washed and dressed, had my brekkie and took myself off to work.  I was in work from 7.30.  I DO NOT START UNTIL 9!

So when lunchtime rolled around I was a wee bit hungry.  So I stuffed myself with chips and a sandwich, yup I had both.  Now to any American readers I mean french fries and hmmm what do you call sandwiches?  I always think a sandwich in America is a burger here, so what do you call sandwiches?  You know two pieces of bread with some ham and tomato in the middle?  Someone enlighten me.


Yeah I was hungry. 

Its after five now.  I have the gym this evening, Zumba and Kettlebells and I am just in the mood to curl up and sleep.

I hope I find some energy somewhere.

How do you cope after being up too long and needing to go to the gym?

How do you cope after arguing with your other half.  Especially when you know it was over nothing.  :-(

Good thing tho, baby girl is making dinner tonight.  So when I get home from the gym my dinner will be sitting waiting on me.

Bad thing, that will be after eight tonight.  I forsee eating dinner whilst snoozing!!

Catch you later.....

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

13 November 2013

Well this whole weight loss thing has plateaued.

3 1/2 stone down and I have just stopped losing.

Everyone is coming up with different ideas about what I should do now....from eat more for a week, your metabolism will speed up then when you cut down again you will lose weight once more.  Or only eat protein for a week, this is bound to make a difference because it worked for my cousin's girlfriend's brother.  Or go on a smoothie diet.  Or just exercise more. 

I don't know what to do.

I try and speak to myself like I would to a girlfriend.  Its ok Tina, you are still on the right path.  You haven't put weight on.  You are not in a race.  You are becoming healthier and fitter.  You are better than you were before.


You know what?  All I want to do is scream and cry and go pout in a corner because the weight loss has stopped.


Now I have said it and shared it hopefully I can concentrate on working on me again.

Having said that, if you have any suggestions I really would love to hear them

E mail me or just drop me a comment

Thanx :-)

Friday, 8 November 2013


Sometimes one just has to accept the cheese that is in their life.

Sometimes one just has to throw their hands up to whoever is in charge upstairs, whether it is God, a god, a goddess, or a giant turtle and say thank you.  I am blessed.

I was looking (creeping) round facebook today, checking out various people's pictures etc and was wondering on how happy they were.  We always put the best pics online.  We don't really post (or take) pics of feeling down, or those days we spend crying curled up in bed.  So everything looks rosy online.  We brag about how well our new job is going, but not that we eat lunch everyday alone.  We brag about our great holiday, but not that it rained 5 days out of 7.  We boast about our partner's generousity, but not that they ignore us at weekends so they can go play golf.

I then started thinking about my life.  Yes I have a husband who between work and his hobbies is out quite a few evenings in the week.  Yes he has to work weekends as he works in retail.  Yes I get annoyed sometimes that I don't see him.


He loves me.  He tells me every single day.  He shows me every single day.

I feel like the luckiest woman alive.

I hope you feel that way too.   

Thursday, 31 October 2013

5 things I'd rather do than celebrate Hallowe'en

Trick or treating isn't really what is says on the tin, is it?  Kids come to ur door, all dressed up, you give then sweets.  They look at you dissapointed that you didn't give them money.  They all go home and discuss which house gave out the best stuff.  All the monkey nuts get thrown out for the birds, the sweets get eaten and the parents have a hard time getting the kids to settle down and go to bed.

Who wouldn't want that?

Instead...why not do something?

1. Spend time as a family.  Watch a movie together.  The Nightmare before Christmas is a great movie.  Why not settle down, as a family, snuggled up under a cosy blanket with some popcorn, and relax.

2. Go to a fireworks display.  The kids can run around, get scared, stay out in the dark, and feel they have done something fun.  Then you can get them home and into bed and they will be so grateful to be cosy and warm after being outside all evening that they will settle quickly and go to sleep.

3. No kids?  No worries.  Why not go out for a meal in your favourite restaurant, there won't be any kids in tonight making noise so its win win.

4. Turn all ur lights off, so the pesky kids don't knock your door, and go and have a long candlelit bath.  With wine of course.

5. Leave your lights on, encouraging children to knock your door trick or treating, but dress up and when they knock open the door dressed as something freaky...see how many kids you can scare before they stop knocking ur door!!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Someday I will...

Someday I will..

Do you wish your life away, are you constantly telling urself that tomoro it will be different, or when you lose those 5lbs, or when you get ur hair cut, or meet the right man, or get that new job, or move into that better area?

Someday I will..

sounds great doesn't it?

We all have someday I will tendancies, but instead of being pie in the sky here I want to make someday I will resolutions.

Instead of silly, someday I will wear size 0 clothes I want to say something smart

So my someday I will statements are short, simple and hopefully going to stuck with.

Someday I will be at a healthy weight and be strong and fit.

Someday I will be able to plan my meals for a week at a time.

Someday I will be on time for work every day.

Someday I will have money left at the end of the month.

What are your someday I wills??

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

29 October 2013

I was at a wedding yesterday.  It was luvly.  It was the first wedding me and R have been to since we got married.  I kept catching him staring at me smiling.  But I was smiling at him too.  Marrying him was one of the best decisions I ever made.  That man is goodness and kindness all wrapped up in a human body. 

Looking around the room at other couples I got caught up in imagining how happy their relationships are.  You never really know what is going on inside someone else's relationship, do you?

On Saturday I was at a tea party for a friend's birthday, all girls, half married, half single girls.  The conversation, as it does, got round to our partners, how we met, how they proposed and how they have changed since then.

It was so lovely listening to these girls talk about their husbands with such love in their voices.  These are girls that aren't "showy" about how in love they are, but without a doubt each of them got a little dreamy when talking about the man in their lives and how he shows them that he loves them.

It was really nice to hear it.

I kept looking at the singles hoping they were paying attention, hoping they would learn that the man you have built up in your head as your ideal man won't be the one you marry.  That the man you marry won't be the same man in ten years.  You have to wait for the perfect man to come along, the perfect man for you.  God has him picked out for you, just be patient.

That man will change over the course of your relationship, and marriage.  But you will change too.

The best relationships evolve together.

Keep on listening to your heart.  Keep in mind why you married that man lying beside you snoring his head off.  Don't give up.

Friday, 25 October 2013

When is it too far?

How often do you look at a blank page without knowing exactly what it is you are going to write, without even having any kind of an idea what you want to write about? 

Probably not that often, unless you are a "blogger".  I am not one of those brilliant bloggers who pplan my week, or month ahead of time.  I have no notebooks full of ideas.  I have no sponsors to please.  I have no giveaways that must get posted.

I just come here and spill my guts every so often to the loyal readers that come back day after day and read my words, and look at my pictures.

I tell them about my exploits at the gym.  How much work sucks.  What I was up to at the weekend.

I share pieces of my life with them.

But I don't share everything, cos that would be weird.

There aren't many people in the world that would really care when I last went to the bathroom, what colour underwear I have on, and what I am planning to make for my dinner tonight.  :-)

So I sit here, in front of my computer again, trying to decide what to write about today.

This week has been gym, eating, drinking, watching Australian Masterchef and The Almighty Johnstons, sleeping, work and hanging out at home.

I say a picture on Facebook where a gil had taken too many steroids to get a bodybuilder's figure and was starting to turn into a man.  Then in Cosmo there was a picture of a girl who had worked out so much she had a pretty manly looking figure too.  It started to scare me a little.

Was I going to turn out like that?

Why did these girls not stop what they were doing when they noticed things starting to change.  Did they see their arms and chests and shoulders developing huge muscles and think "that looks good"?  and then just keep going?

Why do we keep doing things to the point they can't be changed?

Why can't we stop things before they go too far?

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

whoop whoop

31 1/4 inches

31 1/4 inches

31 1/4 inches of fat that is no longer on my body

31 1/4 inches that I have lost off my body since I started the gym in January

31 1/4 inches

Can u tell how proud I am of myself? 

Every time I think of those 31 1/4 inches of fat that i no longer have I smile.

I still have a while to go, but Oh.My.Goodness look how far I have come!!

31 1/4 inches

I am so pleased.

Monday, 21 October 2013

It always makes me smile

It happened again at the weekend.  Sitting around chatting with some people and the subject of kids came up.  Some were talking about the second child being easier than the first, I said I didn't know as I only had one, I was asked how old mine was and when I responded "23" the person's mouth just fell open.

Its a luvly feeling to know I don't look old enough to have a 23 year old daughter.

I am extremely grateful to my good genes for that!

Also today someone asked me if I had lost some weight, when I responded proudly that yes I had in fact lost 3 1/2 stone they were shocked and asked for my secret.  I have no secret, I just work damn hard at the gym.  But it feels good that people are noticing, because I am at the point where I still see my flaws, and how far I have to go, rather than how far I have come.  So it is good to get that reminder.

I am grateful for that reminder too.

on Saturday one of my friends was discussing my weight loss with me, and stated that I was starting to loose my boobs.  I don't want to loose them altogether, but have definately noticed there is less of them than there used to be.

I am not sure if I am grateful for that or not.

What makes you smile?  What are you grateful for?

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Look around you.

Sometimes we forget to look around and actually see what is around us. 

When we go on holiday we take pretty pictures of the new surroundings, we take pics from our hotel room window, and pics of the lovely countryside and pics of the beach.  How many of you take those same kind of pictures in your own country?  How many of you have looked around and really appreciated where you live? 

I was looking through my memory on my phone today and realised I have all these pictures from the country I live, and no one else gets to see them.

Perfect I thought, my blog today is sorted. :-)

These pictures have all been taken in Northern Ireland.  It is a beautiful place and I am happy that i live here and get to look at its beauty every day.  I love going on holiday and seeing new things, but I love coming home again.

Recently R and I have been talking about moving, upping sticks and going to another country.  He pointed out, however, that he would miss the views and countryside here.  So maybe we won't go.  Who knows?

The source of the Lagan

Hillsborough Lake

Giants Causeway

Dundrum Bay

North Coast, Antrim

Road in Annalong

Mourne Mountains, Annalong


White Rocks Beach, North Coast

Dark Hedges (Recognise this from GOT?)

Mourne Mountains, Newcastle

Oxford Island

Oxford Island

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

16 October 2013

Hi blog world

Its been a busy time for me recently.

My gran was unwell, then unfortunately passed away.  We all really miss her.

Then I went on holiday to Spain.

Last night we wemt to see Jessie J in concert.

My gran was the type of women that you would want to be.  She was strong.  She had balls.  She had opinions, and spoke them.  She taught us to stand up for ourselves and not to take anyone BS!!

She learned to drive when she was nearly 70, what kind of woman does that?

She had an active social life, going on cruises, on holidays, to dances, to play bowls and out shopping and for meals regularly.

She was simply out AMAZING.

Spain was good too.  Although it wasn't as warm as it can be during the summer season it was still warm enough to walk about comfortably in shorts and t shirt.  We wemt to the pool, the beach, we walked about Barcelona, Blanes and lots of other places.  We went to museums and we ate out a lot.

Me and R.  :-) <3

We had fun.  :-)
Just walking down through the streets, you will spot the coolest buildings

The view from the castle in Malgrat de Mar

The castle in Lloret de Mar

Just one of the lovely things we had to eat
A yummy desert

The castle in Lloret de Mar, which is actually a private residence.  Who lives in a castle??

The Arc de Triumph in Barcelona

La Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona

Gaudi building in Barcelona

Jessie J was great.  She started with a bang, didn't stop for an hour and a half then left us wanting more!  A really great concert experience. 

Plus we were the first date in her first ever arena tour!  And she cried!!

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

25 September 2013

No matter how many blogs I read, or comment on, or follow I cannot get the reason why I read those and not others.

I know what i like to look at, pretty pictures, and what I like to read about, real people's lives, but these don't tend to line up too straightly with the blogs I read.

When I started writing this in January I read many posts about blogging.

have ur own voice
find a niche
write about what you know
don't follow the crowd

But if the popular blogs are to be believed it seems what I should do is write a lot about getting drunk, post holidays pics, or pics of a baby, and post pictures about my outfit of the day.

None of which I really want to do.

And yet, my little blog just doesn't get any readers, so obviously I am doing something wrong.

However, I don't want to really push it, part of me doesn't want a million followers, with 6, 000,000 comments on each of my posts...that would be scary, and maybe someone who actually knows me would find out that I write this.

So, where is the balance?

How much should a person conform to gain popularity and fame!!

I kinda like the fact that I can just come here, stick down a few words, post a few pics, and if nothing else I have a reminder about what I have been doing, and how I was feeling.  I like that a few of you out there in blog land read my words, and look at my pics.  I even like (no actually I get a thrill) when you comment.  But I don't want to change who I am.

I don't want to put hours and hours into this, thinking about the perfect thing to say, and the perfect picture to post, and as for thinking about sponsoring people that scares me.  I don't think my little blog is really ready for people to read.  I need more practice in writing and in getting down what I am thinking about.

So I guess I just answered my own question, whilst confusing myself in the process.

Ignore all of the above.

I am not ready for this blog to go big.

I like that only a few of you read.

So, thank you very much to those who come back and check to see if I have posted, and to read my ramblings.

And an enormous thank you to those who comment.

Monday, 23 September 2013

What do you do, when you don't have to do anything?

life lately

Life lately has been busy.  There is family, work, gym, sleep, friends, food, reading, TV programmes, climbing doesn't leave a lot of time off, to do nothing.

But lately that is how my life has been.

I like it that way.

We have been out and about again this weekend, just doing stuff. 

I am lucky that R likes getting out too, so when we are both off work, we head off in the car.

Oxford Island

An Orc


Pigs are bigger than you think

Glasgow, for lunch

Mourne mountains

23 September 2013

Today, I want to say thanx for the amazing Sunday I spent with my husband and my nephew.  We had an adventure day, and it was busy, busy, busy.  It was perfect to spend time with these two important men in my life and remind them I love them.

So today thats the good thing in my life.

Friday, 20 September 2013


Comfort is:
Cosy socks and warm fires
Big jumpers and cuddles
Knowing you are loved
A warm coat and scarf on a windy day
The smile on the face of someone who loves you
Relaxing after a hard day
Anything that makes you sigh

Comfort is:
How I feel when I think of my family

Comfort is:
My favourite piece of music playing as I drift off to sleep

Comfort is:
Everything that makes me feel good

Comfort can be:
Stuck in its way
Unwilling to move or change

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Me and.......only pictures

my daughter
my two sisters
good friends
Kat von D
My daughter

my little sister
my bestie