Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Life List...well maybe not LIFE but you know...soon

So Anna (andthering) did an inspiring 30 before 30 , Kirsty (@asafemooring) also has a pretty fab list of wishes, dreams and ambitions. So after reading these, and a few others I realised that I have never done a ‘list’. Partly because I am not really a list person… I just buzz about and see what happens (work, life, everything) but also I guess in some areas of my life, I am just not that decisive..

But after reading a few lists throughout the blogosphere I thought about what it is I want from the next few months, years, decades. It sort of highlights the simple needs but also the fantasy ideas that maybe in reality are more difficult. So some of these things are simple and I just need to go and do them, some of them need a bit more money than we have, some may end up being a bit of fantasy and some just need me to be a bit more ballsy, but here we go:

Cut all of my hair all off and dye it red* note this will probably happen AFTER the wedding
Own a VW Campervan* (on a recent camping trip to Cornwall, Mike and I were pretty jealous of some of the AMAZING vans people have)
Learn to bake the best (or pretty awesome) Victoria sponge
Act. On a Stage. Again* (Just audition for an am dram, god damn it.... oh. fear. its a bastard)
Learn a difficult dance routine
Learn to Jive with Mike
Have a house with a red door and daisy trees outside
Live by the sea
Have a vegetable patch and grow my own
Work for myself, something flexible, something where I get to help people in some way OR make people smile/laugh, something that makes me happy (most days)* (yes this is pretty vague… need to work on that a bit more)
Have a reading corner in my house with a HUGE arm chair that I can get lost in and a tower of books
Get a Springer Spaniel and call him Jacko
Jump out of a plane
Learn to surf
Learn to sew
Volunteer with a local community group, maybe helping people get back to work, maybe helping young people with CVs, application forms, that kind of thing
Read all 100 books from the BBC Big Read list
Learn what to do with a whole piece of meat or fish* (again, back to the fact that my cooking skills aren’t up to much)
Oh and buy a house one day (I guess…)
Get an awesome camera and learn how to use it
Knit a scarf
Get some rollerskates
Own a 1992 Nissan Figaro in Light Blue (shhhh I don’t car if it’s a micra in a pretty coat – I love my micra)
Stop. Smoking. ASAP
Learn and then dance the Argentian Tango in BA
Write a book about being a lazy girl... make people laugh and feel less guilty for not have photoshoot perfect houses, clothes, faces, bellys ETC (because frankly, there is much much more fun in imperfection)

I am sure there a few more things to this that I cannot think about just yet, maybe some more serious ideas, maybe a career plan* (maybe), but I know ultimately the things that make me happy I already have: family, friends and my future husband who makes me laugh everyday, I am lucky to have the confidence to tell people they make me happy and the confidence to believe I make others happy in return, I have both physical and mental well being, a new found ability to budget and save like a mother fxxker and, inherent optimism.

The rest is just extras.

But as they say, reach for the stars and you'll get the moon... and who isnt going to be happy with the moon! ;)

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Bridesmaids

This weekend all my bridesmaids came to visit and I was reminded just how lucky I am. My 4 bridesmaids (My sister and my 3 best buds) all got on so well, we got drunk, we laughed and I thought all day: Wow, I am a lucky lucky girl.

So heres to my bridesmaids, who ROCK.... I cannot wait to till I see you all again.

oh and dresses.... I thought I wanted floral maxi dressed or little lace dresses but they tried on these navy dresses from coast

via Coast

and they all looked stunning in them... so just got to hold out for a sale ;o)

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Boris not liking his job anymore... on the Daily Mash Up

Discovered The Daily Mash Up (might be a bit behind the times)

This article made me laugh :)

 

Dear Britain

I know its all a bit shit right now. But you know what, we will be ok.


PS I shall be posting something funny from around the web every day for 30 days. No wedding talk *maybe.

Keep Britain Smiling :)

Thursday, 4 August 2011

10 Months to go... well nearly

10 Months until Wee Day (can I call it that?, I like that it sounds like D-Day!)

10 months until the wedding and I am in that weird limbo stage again... anyone else suffer from it? (Mainly procrastinators and dreamers no doubt)

Our wedding planning as gone a bit like this:

Engaged: look at ring, read a 1000 different blogs, buy 100 magazines, have a new idea every other minute. (This happened for about 2 months)

Make decisions: looked at a few venues, one was pretty and didn’t smell funny and could offer us a BBQ: booked and deposit paid.

Make another decision: 2 months later, look into photographers, find a few we like, book Tom Smith because we like his pictures and he seems like a very nice man and deposit paid

Found local hotel, with nice big room for me to get ready in: booked

DJ, like his website, booked.

Registrar: went to local council offices, told them we are not related, sorted.

Found dress in February, didn’t want to pay full price, looked at loads of others, bought dress I originally wanted with 70% off.

I have basically got the essentials there: a location, some one to do the ceremony, some one professional to take nice pics, a BBQ, a posh dress, music and somewhere to stay afterwards....

My question is: what else is there to do other than 'fun stuff' (i.e. decorative items?)

If it wasn’t for saving the cash, I would have got married a lot quicker. It would reduce the chance of changing your mind constantly, and also spending many a week thinking 'surely I should be doing some kind of wedding planning?' Because when you have got to get stuff done, you just do it.