Wednesday, 12 October 2016

30 things to do while I'm 30

Reaching a milestone in your life makes you appreciate all that has come before. I have not touched this blog in quite a while, looking back I remember fondly how this blog was a comfort for me fresh out of university feeling a little bit lost. I both laugh and cringe at the some of the posts that came before this and also feel proud that I stuck with it for so long while life changed around me.

Where am I now compared to then? We moved back to our family town and bought our first home. I found a new job in the area with more responsibility and scope for expanding my career. Graeme and I got engaged last December and are planning our wedding for Autumn in 2017 and we both turned 30!

I have always been great at making lists and better at completely ignoring them. I don't know if I will be able to break the mould this year, I definitely want to try. I didn't quite get around to making a list of all the things I wanted to accomplish before turning 30. So instead here is a list of things to accomplish while I am 30... although not necessarily in this order:
  1. Lose 2 stone
  2. Get more active
  3. Run a 5k race
  4. Cycle to work
  5. Go camping
  6. Go to a festival
  7. Volunteer
  8. Take up a sport
  9. Take more photographs
  10. Print out photographs
  11. Finish a holiday photobook
  12. Decorate a room in the house
  13. Build a garden shed
  14. Visit a new county
  15. Learn to play an instrument (again)
  16. Read Lord of the Rings
  17. Change my hair
  18. Cook a new dish every month
  19. Try a new food
  20. Swim in the sea
  21. Take a class
  22. Try something new
  23. Throw something old away
  24. Treat myself to something expensive
  25. Visit an island
  26. Watch a London show
  27. Paint a picture
  28. Own a pet
  29. Bake 5 different types of cake
  30. Holiday with friends

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Annual Leave

I have been taking a short break from blogging; I think I had set myself a few too many deadlines that I couldn't keep to so rebelled against myself and gave up posting altogether.  Every time I sat down to type I just couldn't find inspiration and instead of writing rubbish I thought it better not to write at all.  Over the past few weeks struggling to keep to my diet, spending far too many hours watching TV or playing computer games and generally being tired from a long day at work I have felt very lazy and it's time for things to change.

Where do I start?
It seems like ages ago we planned a trip back to Munich to visit my friend Scott and the time is finally here, we set off tomorrow and I can't wait.  I'm going with Erik again which will be such a laugh and Graeme is coming too this time, he can't wait to have his first proper Maß.  So my next post is likely to be filled with lots of photographs from my travels, it will be good to get the camera out again, sometimes I think I don't take enough photographs (I'm not sure my friends would agree?).

See you soon!

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Pineapple Plant

I found a fantastic article on Stumble from Tickled Red about growing your own pineapples.  How could I not try this out!!

Now I don't know if we have quite the right climate for growing pineapples so I did a bit more research from the UK and found this article from Gardeners World saying all you need is a bright windowsill; which we have as all our windows and balcony face South (lucky us!).  So I'm going to give it a go, now this is not a quick process it can take 3 years to grow a pineapple, but I will try to keep you updated of all the exciting progress :oP

Here is my happy little pineapple before I start, all I need to do is cut the top off and trim all of the fruit away as we are not a hot country and it might go mouldy.  Sit it in a jar of water until it starts to grow roots, then plant it up in a fairly large pot as they can grow up to 1 meter wide.  I'm very excited but I won't hold my breath just yet.