Wednesday, 15 February 2017

February - Lately I've been...

I thought it was time for another catch up post, so here's what I've been up to lately!

Thinking about - ideas for blog posts! December was such a busy month and I had loads on, then in January it all went very quiet. Along with the gloomy days and drizzly weather I've found it a bit difficult to drum up motivation, and because we are going away in a few weeks I like to have content planned well in advance. I've got lots of things planned out now though, I just need to put my head down and get on with it!

Crafting - My Sky Blanket is finally finished! It was a long long project but I'm very proud of my finished blanket. Although it is large it spreads out nicely across the sofa and is long enough for two or more of us to fit underneath at once! My next crochet project is some crochet bunting that has been waiting for me to get to it for far too long, and I have in mind to make a crochet lap blanket as well. I am also coming up with ideas for Spring and Easter crafting to share on the blog.


Watching - We don't have a television series that we are working through at the moment. We've recently finished the latest series of Vikings which we enjoyed, but we started the second season of The Man in the High Castle and it didn't really appeal so we may not stick with that. We've caught up with a few movies recently, I really enjoyed La La Land and Arrival. When Ram is out I stick on an episode of Sherlock to accompany me with my crochet. I wasn't quite sure about the last season though, I prefer it when it's just about solving the crimes, it all got a bit too complicated for me.

Eating - I really have been trying to cut back a bit since Christmas as I'm starting to develop a tummy that needs to go. But I'm hopeless, if there's a pack of biscuits about my will power is terrible. I've stepped up the exercise a bit so I'm hoping that will help, but I really do need to think a bit more carefully about what I'm eating. I can't resist a weekly cake when I'm meeting up with a friend but I know that's not rally the problem, it's all the other snacks that I eat when I'm at home!


Travelling to - We are lucky enough to have a few holidays lined up this year, and we will very shortly be heading off once again for a Center Parcs holiday in Belgium. After two fantastic holidays at Center Parcs, Erperheide, this time we are trying out a different park - De Vossemeren - still in Belgium but almost on the border with The Netherlands. It's actually very close to Erperheide and a similar driving distance. It will be nice to expore some different activities for the children including an awesome looking indoor pirate themed play area, indoor mini golf and of course the indoor swimming area Aqua Mundo (at this time of year I'm anticipating that we will be spending most of our time indoors!).

VIP Cottage at Center Parcs De Vossemeren

Reading - Just before Christmas we went for a health check up thanks to Ram's work. Everything was fine fortunately, but in my half hour chat with the doctor I mentioned that sometimes I find myself getting a bit anxious about things. She recommended that I have a look at some mindfulness techniques and recommended the book A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled by Ruby Wax (affiliate link) so I popped it on my Christmas list and have just finished it. It made a lot of sense and I can see how it would work, so now I need to set aside six weeks to follow through her mindfulness program (I skipped that bit to concentrate on the text). Next up is Happy: Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine by Derren Brown (affiliate link) and then I have the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay (affiliate link) to read, although I want to wait until I've finally managed to see the film first!

Listening to - I seem to spend quite a lot of time in the car doing the school run, and so I listen a lot to the radio, usually a local station. The station I'm currently listening to has a secret sound competition that airs when I'm driving and no-one has guessed the latest one since we started our new school run, I'm desperate to know the answer now! I do like having a sing along while I'm driving.

Planning - We spent quite a bit of time after Christmas planning our holidays for this year, and we have a very exciting one planned for later this year.

I've also been planning how I can resurrect my second blog Toddler Things. I really like the domain name, and it would be a shame to lose it because it does bring me in a few pennies from AdSense and YouTube views (I have written posts which link to my popular Playmobil toy review videos). But of course I don't have toddlers any more and so I feel a bit removed from the subject, and hadn't published a post in over a year. I need to go back through and rewrite the older posts (most of them are terrible) and try and get some new content in there. I get sent plenty of press releases related to babies and toddlers so I'm hoping that I can find some things from there that I can quickly use for post ideas.

Looking forward to - some sunshine! It's very frustrating being a blogger at this time of year when it's so dark and dull all the time and you need to take photographs for posts! It's also far too cold for me at the moment, I enjoy running and walking outside but over the last few weeks there have been a couple of occasions when I've let myself get a bit too cold when out and about and I don't think it's done me any good.

What have you been up to lately?

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