Can you believe it is half term next week? I know that some of the country have had it this week but we are lucky enough to have it next week when everything will be a little quieter. What have you got planned for half term if yours is next week too?
We are having a lazy day on Saturday – relaxing and enjoying the first day off. We’re also heading off for a couple of days (with Mum keeping an eye on things here) so there will be plenty of content coming in the next few weeks about what we got up to! I’m so excited – it is going to be nice to get out and about with my little family because it has been far too long since we did something like this as a family. Steve also has to work some of the week unfortunately – getting the school all ready and sorted for when the kids go back the week after, so we’ve got to factor this into our plans. This happens every school holidays so we have to work around it as best we can – it isn’t always easy but we do try.
I’ve also got a few different errands I need to run and things I need to get done. I’m considering getting a good quality locksmith in to check over our locks – they seem to be working fine but get stuck every now and again and I want a professional to take a look and check everything is okay. I also want to get on top of my admin, get caught up with blog stuff and reviews and perhaps even find some time to get some more reading done. I’ve got a few books that have come in for review in the past few weeks so I want to get them read and get my thoughts drafted up. However, I might take advantage of going away and read them then!
Other than that, I want to chill and relax. It is going to be nice not having to do the school run for a week – it is my most dreaded part of the day because trying to get Jack up and out the door for school is an absolute nightmare. So I want to have some days where we just stay in and watch some movies, read some books and play some games. Not too much to ask, right?
Have you got anything nice planned for the half term? Or did you have half term this week? What did you get up to? I’d love to hear all about it.
Yesterday I turned 29 – and it got me to thinking…how have I got on with my 30 before 30 list? If I am being perfectly honest, I had actually forgot about it – whoops! I have revisited it and am happy to see that I have managed to achieve a few – and let’s not forget I still have 364 days to complete as many of the rest as I can.
1. Finish writing my novel and hopefully get it published. If not, I plan on self publishing – This hasn’t happened. A lot has happened in the last few years and I just haven’t had the time.
2. Hopefully have another child or two. Will have to rely on nature for this one! – Yes, I’ve been pregnant twice since I made this list. Unfortunately one ended in a miscarriage, however if that hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t have got pregnant with Olivia and have her in my life now.
3. Finish reading through my entire Agatha Christie collection. I have had some for almost 13 years, oops – Another one that hasn’t happened due to timing. Hopefully this year!
4. Finally get round to meeting Sarah. It will happen, people! – This also hasn’t happened yet but I would love to meet her this year.
5. Buy a house. This means a lot of work and a lot of saving. – I don’t see this happening before I turn 30.
6. Completely clear any debt we have. Except for the mortgage if we buy a house – I am hoping to go into my thirties debt free but this hasn’t happened yet.
7. Finish re reading all of the Point Horror books – I haven’t achieved this yet, mainly because I haven’t been able to source all the books yet and I am not paying silly prices on eBay for them!
8. Get married. Because, you know, we’ve been engaged a while now – Yep, this hasn’t happened but hopefully soon. We don’t need a big old wedding.
9. Visit Greenway, Agatha Christie’s home in Devon – This hasn’t happened yet but I love Devon, it could happen this year.
10. Make plans to go on the Orient Express. Perhaps this could tie in with a wedding, it would be a lovely honeymoon – This is so expensive, it is very unlikely to happen.
11. Visit Highgate Cemetery. It really intrigues me – I haven’t visited yet but perhaps this could be a day trip for the summer.
12. Watch our complete DVD collection. We’ve got lots of DVD’s and quite a few haven’t yet been watched… – This hasn’t happened yet but is actually much more achievable now as we decluttered a lot of our DVD’s.
13. Watch Dexter from beginning to end. I never watched it all the way through but I really want to – Not yet but I’ve still got 364 days and I am just finishing up the 9th and final series of Forensic Files on Netflix so who knows?
14. Finally finish watching Desperate Housewives all of the way through. I’m currently stuck in the middle of season 2 – I was actually doing well with this and then Sky removed the boxset! I am going to see if Virgin have it now we are back with them.
15. Actually do something with my YouTube channel. I’ve made 3 videos so far but still not quite brave enough to be on camera – Finally something I can say I have sort of achieved! There are definitely a lot more videos on my YouTube channel now but I haven’t done much on there for quite some time.
16. Visit the Harry Potter studios. I have no excuse, it isn’t as if they are that far from where I live – You would think I would have achieved this by now, seeing as it is down the road from me but nope. Hopefully this year!
17. Go and see The Mousetrap, a play by Agatha Christie – This has been on my bucket list for YEARS and yet I still haven’t managed it. Whoops!
19. See Derren Brown – This hasn’t happened yet and I am not too sure it will happen before I am 30.
20. Ride in a hot air balloon – I haven’t done this yet but there’s still time, right?
21. Watch every single film on a top 100 list – probably IMDB’s – A film every 3.64 days should make this achievable, right? Does it count as cheating if I have already seen some and tick them off as completed on the list or do I have to rewatch them? Decisions, decisions.
22. See the Northern Lights. I want to travel more, much more – This could happen, this could not. We are waiting on some money to come through and the Northern Lights is something that both Steve and I are interested in so who knows?
24. Write an article for a magazine or newspaper – This hasn’t happened as such. I’ve written for some different companies online and some online mags, I’ve appeared in a magazine but haven’t actually written an article for a magazine or newspaper as such. I’d count this as half a win.
25. Host a dinner party – I’d say this is an ish. Steve cooked a homemade Chinese buffet for family which I suppose counts?
26. Attend at least 5 gigs – Nope, this is a fail.
27. Visit the British Library – I wish I could say this had been achieved but no.
28. Start looking into my family tree again – I haven’t done this yet but it is something I am planning on doing this year.
29. Go to see a musical in the West End – I haven’t done this but my friend and I are planning to do so this year.
30. Learn something new. Whether it is a new language or how to sew.. just something new – I’ve definitely learned a few more things along the way since I originally wrote the list but nothing as good as a new language or how to sew. There’s always time though!
So I’ve got 364 days to achieve as much of this list as possible. How do you think I will do?
I don’t know about you but one of my favourite gifts to receive is a bunch of flowers. In the almost ten years we’ve been together, Steve has bought me flowers only a handful of times but this is something I actually appreciate – he only gets me them when it is something meaningful. I’d much rather receive them very occasionally than receive them all the time which diminishes the meaning, to me.
Something else I also appreciate is the fact that he actually considers their meaning to – he doesn’t just choose the nearest possible flowers. He once got me an orchid, simply because he knew it was my favourite.
The meanings behind flowers is something that has always fascinated me. I think this stems from having both a father and a grandmother who loved nothing more than being out in the garden, cultivating their flowers, their plants, their crops. It seems to have spurred an interest in me.
With Valentine’s Day coming up, we can expect sales of roses to go through the roof. We will soon be seeing them everywhere – florists, supermarkets, petrol garages – and people will be buying them in their droves. But how many should you buy? Did you know there’s a meaning for how many roses you buy in a bouquet? That’s good to know, right?
We’ve all seen people handing over that one single red rose but did you know that symbolises love at first sight? Nine roses tells your partner that you want to be together forever and a dozen symbolises infinite love (probably why a dozen is the most popular choice of rose bouquet).
It is so interesting to find this out about rose bouquet choices, especially in the lead up to such a romantic occasion. If you are wondering what number of roses to get your loved one, then you should definitely be finding out what number means what.
I love receiving flowers because they’re special, they show how Steve appreciates me and that he wants to show me. I love that I don’t receive them constantly as I feel like they would lose meaning if I was to receive them all the time. Receiving them infrequently means they are a surprise and not expected – something I truly appreciate.
Do you like receiving flowers as a gift? Do you like to receive them frequently or is it better when they’re not expected? I’d love to know!
I was recently tagged in this by my lovely friend Amy from Amy Georgia, someone who I met through blogging but is now an IRL friend too! The tag asks us to share our 7 favourite blog posts from last year, 7 things we loved in 2018 and 7 things I am looking forward to doing in 2019. I tag anyone who wants to complete this to give it a go! Here goes…
I don’t know about you but ancestry is something that has always fascinated me, ever since we researched our family trees in primary school. I also have a slightly bizarre set up in my family – my dad and his sister were born to my grandad and nan then my grandparents broke up, my nan had four more children with my step grandad and my grandad married twice more but had no other biological children, only stepchildren.
My grandad didn’t really talk about his ancestry so I am left with only a little information about my family and now that my dad has passed away and my aunt is elderly, I don’t really know much about where I came from on that side. I know about my nan’s side as they can be traced back in my village for many years and I know quite a lot about both grandparents family trees on my maternal side, however I’d love to know more about my paternal grandfather’s side.
For a while now I’ve been considering taking a DNA testing kit for ancestry, see if there are any distant family members out there. One such company that offers this is CRI Genetics. There are three simple steps and you can do the test in the comfort of your own home. You simply order it, swab it and post it and then you receive an email 6-8 weeks later with a detailed report.
My Dad believed we have some Romany in our heritage and I’d love to see if this was true. I’d also like to know where else I may hail from. I know on my maternal grandfather’s side there is Australian and Scottish but that’s it. It would be nice to find out what other places my family may have originally come from.
I’m seriously considering doing this in 2019 and discover more about me and my heritage. Steve has previously done a similar test and had interesting results. I am intrigued to see what results I may come up with. Would you consider doing a DNA ancestry test? Do you know much about your heritage?