I have been trying out my cooking skills this week, so thought I would share some of my efforts with you… Happy baking!
Week 42, well what can I say… Instead of writing on my blog again another thing I have been doing is reading more.
I’m usually more one for reading self-help books, instructional texts and obviously, financial publications, but this week I picked up a book that I really couldn’t put down.
As an infrequent reader of fiction, I’m probably not very refined or credible in my views on it stories and do not really have a lot of literary works under my belt to probably have an opinion worth much to some, however, this book was entertaining and absorbing and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes….. I’m not even sure what genre it would be classified as – so I will resort to a quote from the Blurb..
“Meet Skulduggery Pleasant: wise-cracking detective, powerful magician, sworn enemy of evil. Oh yes. And dead.”
It was a quick read, even for someone such as myself with a slow reading technique (notice I used the word technique there, as though it’s a deliberate slowness on my part). It was action packed, the story moved quickly so you felt you were on the journey with the characters. It also had some very witty scenes and good rapport building dialogue between the two main characters, who were very likeable - although one a little unconventional.
I am now compelled to read more of Derek Landy’s work and note he has written more books in the Skulduggery Pleasant series, in fact Skulduggery has even got his own website!
I would say it’s probably aimed at the younger ‘Teen’ market but hey what’s wrong with being 12 again.. eh?
Ok, so, Halloween is a little way off yet but as I am usually the wizard of last-minute organisational wonders (ok chaos at times) I decided to break the mould this week and plan for Halloween. I know this really is a scary thought!! Week 41 enter at your own risk… MWUHAHAHAHA.
Last year was a complete disaster resulting in an evening with the lights switched off, earphones in, blinds closed and the battery being removed from the doorbell – I know extreme but also very embarrassing, however, the trauma obviously still set in my mind I set to work organising a Halloween tea.
I designed an invite which in my opinion was a fair attempt in the time I had to rustle one up and emailed it round close family and friends. I’m a bit of a perfectionist at times so to create something quick and get it out there was another big step for me.
My costume has been ordered and if you have read my previous post ‘Investments, Networking and a Witch’* I took my inspiration from a character I played once at school.
so for Halloween Matthew** I am going to be………… a witch!
There are actually loads of ideas out there for Halloween but I’m not going to sit here and tell you what you could do if you are holding our own party, however, for any party you need good food, good company, a bit of fun and an element of surprise – so that is what I am working on achieving!
Hope you have fun too on Halloween (if you celebrate it) and remember make sure you (and your kids) stay safe when Trick or Treating and if someone hasn’t got anything in their windows to show they are celebrating Halloween, save them the embarrassment and don’t knock!
Until next time…..
** This is a reference from a UK show, Stars in their Eyes, presented by Matthew Kelly where members of the public who sang like well-known popstars would be made up to look like their popstar hero and appear through a smoke-filled doorway revealing their transformation. They would then battle it out with others to be crowned sing-a-like of the year – or something. The winners would then go on to have a glittering career performing in pubs, clubs and on cruise ships, forever trapped in the body of their popstar icon.
…nine, or so the saying goes.
But where does this originate from, I hadn’t a clue so I Googled it… Meaning: A timely effort will prevent more work later.
Now I am quoting from http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/a-stitch-in-time.html
” The proverbial expression was clearly meant as an incentive to the lazy. It’s especially gratifying that ‘a stitch in time saves nine’ is an anagram for ‘this is meant as incentive’.
The Anglo-Saxon work ethic is being called on here. Many English proverbs encourage immediate effort as superior to putting things off until later; for example, ‘one year’s seeds, seven year’s weeds‘, ‘procrastination is the thief of time‘ and ‘the early bird catches the worm‘.”
So there’s a starter for ten…. I thought I had a good work effort but after the thought of Autumn cleaning my back room took hold, I’m not so sure – I adopted the little and often approach, mostly to stop me from getting bored!
The point to the above and the stitch reference is that I started a new project this week (Week 40). I decided to take on a sewing project and well, it’s not quite finished but it scratched an itch so to speak. I will share the finished article with you as soon as possible but as always my life is time constrained so I have to flit between all the things I love to do around full-time work, so this may take some time.
I have learnt a lot on this project though. I have learnt that material is expensive so I have been investigating ways of procuring this cheaper and that the kinds of material you work with can be so different, giving very different results!
I started my project with quite a heavy material and found that the hems were bulky and that I had to double turn the hem due to the fraying nature of the material, as a zig-zag stitch on the edge didn’t help (there is a technical term for this stitch which eludes me right now – remember I am a novice!). Although some time has been wasted, getting the right result from the material, and probably a fair bit of thread, I navigated my sewing machine reasonably well and the results so far have been pleasing.
My last thoughts for this weeks blog are that it is important to find time to do the things you love to do and to do the things you’ve always fancied having a go at. There is always something to be learned, enjoyed and remembered from these experiences so I would encourage you all to pursue these activities.
Now stop procrastinating and go and do something!!
Much activity is being had this weekend, after yet another very busy week at work (week 39).
I should get used to this working life busy-ness and take it now as the norm, lower my energy level expectations, but still I seem to be amazed at how much work needs to be done and how productive you need to be consistently, just to keep the cogs of business turning. Although if I was bored I’d be complaining too.
The Autumn spring clean started well, lots of enthusiasm; sorting, cleaning, throwing things out, preparing stuff to sell etc. etc. Then comes the realisation that you just have too much stuff, you stand back and survey the task ahead and all of a sudden the energy gets sucked out of you as though you were attached to a hoover (don’t try this at home kids!). Sorry I should say Vacuum Cleaner, funny how some brands just infiltrate your world and become the common noun for something. Well done Hoover!
Anyway… I now have a back room which has turned into a dumping ground (or war-zone if you will) for all those things that need either throwing out, fixing or passing/selling on. As well as it being my laundry room and work out room… there is no hope of using this room for anything until the ‘stuff’ has gone. But now a huge task lays ahead of me and mentally, an even bigger mountain to climb.
So a plan needs to be put in place, a full-on military style – let’s keep the emotions out of this – kind of plan, otherwise I will be a room down (rather than a man down) for quite sometime. I will say goodbye to my family and friends and all the creature comforts I love to enjoy and as I enter the room I will utter the inimitable words “I’m going in!”… never to be seen again…
And that my friends is a plan for another day… time for a cuppa and a crumpet with butter.
Have a great weekend!
I wanted to share with you a little of the excitement of my week (week 38), being that it’s been a ‘special’ birthday week for me and therefore a time to celebrate, commiserate, fly caution to the wind and also for some reflection.
So what have I been up to, well… it has certainly been a week for going up in the world… Let me explain….
Wednesday I flew to Scotland on a business trip, which went really well (this was the first up of the week). I was a little worried that the weather might affect the flight but it actually went without hitch. The flight although a little turbulent in places was to time and when we landed in Edinburgh the sun was bright and it was actually pretty warm.
Thursday was not such a great day the sun had turned to rain and the day was dull and wet, but I was either in meetings or in a taxi so I was not really affected by the dampness of the day. With all business done I was back on the plane (the second up of the week) to London, on which I slept for the most of the journey as it had been a long day.
Saturday was celebration day, all the hard work had been done for the week and a day of pampering had been had the day before (nails and hair cut). Among the other celebrations, this is when the final ‘up’ came this week….. at The Shard. To satisfy my penchant for buildings and architecture, here are a couple of pictures I took on level 72:
Although a little misty the rain stayed away.
It was a really enjoyable week and I hope that many more will follow.
Hope you had a great week too!
Ok so the exercise plan is not going so well…
The last two weeks have been soooo busy at work, time constraints have meant that the exercise plan has gone on the back burner.
The plan, however, is still alive and normal service will resume… In the meantime I will leave you with the following thought:
Some say the sky’s the limit, I say it’s just the beginning of the journey!