Saturday, October 25, 2014

Day trip to London

Jeff and I went to London yesterday as he had a day off and Ella has respite till 9pm. In keeping with trying not to let blogging rule my life, here's the bullet points :)
  • The network railcard I bought when Debbie was down is worth every penny. Two returns on the train and hop on/hop off on the buses in London for less than £30 :)
  • Check where you're going! Got to the Science Museum to find it closed until 12.30 as they had a special event going on. Saw on the news later it wasn't just anyone it was the Queen! 
  • We then tried the Natural History Museum. That queue was beyond silly (probably all the other people that didn't want to wait for the Science Museum!)
  • So we spun round (literally as they're all within 50 yards of each other) and ended up in the Victoria and Albert Museum, which is a museum for art and design. We choose a few areas we both wanted to see - me wedding dresses and religious art. Him ironwork and Samurai swords! Lovely couple of hours I would definitely go again, not sure Jeff would!
  • Found a lovely little Italian deli for lunch.
  • Finally went to Harrods to see the window displays. What a total disappointment, 3/4's were blacked out and the remainder had been done up with holographic posters. Like I say, total disappointment.
Just a couple of photos as intentionally didn't take camera.

Today my foot is swollen and uncomfortable, but so glad we got a day out together :)
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Deja Vu Blogfest

 The day of the do-over! Love this idea. It's easy to miss a super post - I managed to miss the one from a fellow blogger announcing she was married! - when life gets in the way.

The important info. Go here and read this ........'On December 19th, anyone who decides to participate will re-post their favorite blog offering from earlier in the year, or one that you believe failed to receive the exposure it deserved. To take part all you have to do is sign-up with Mr. Linky below, then shout out to all of your blogging friends and encourage them to sign up as well.  Take the badge above and plaster it everywhere, blogging graffiti gone wild. Tweet about it (#dejavu2014) and post the picture on Instagram. Then on December 19th as the day unfolds and everyone hops from one blog to another, what they will be reading is the best of the best (as determined by you) from this 2014.  The blogosphere will be chock full 2014 writing brilliance!  Encouragement, enlightenment, knowledge, bared souls, stimulation, hilarity, insecurities, success stories!  All on display…the very same day.  And it couldn't be any easier to take writing necessary!'
Monday, October 20, 2014

Suzanne's Emporium UK

Finally I have gathered all my creative businesses under one umbrella and set up a facebook page. Please pop over to Suzanne's Emporium UK and like the page :) You'll find my decorated shoes; my inspirational art; and the event planning. Even if I say so myself, I think the page and photos look fab :) Determined to get everything done so I can succeed at NaNoWriMo!

Now to move onto Etsy!...........

Friday, October 17, 2014

Guided Ultrasound Steroid Injection

My wrist injury happened at the same time as my Lis Franc damage - turns out putting your hand out to save yourself? Not such a good idea. Anyhow, steroid jab ..... ouch! to put it mildly, but if it works it'll be worth it and the doc said he could def see damage.

For the next 3 days I need to move my wrist as little as possible to help the steroid liquid stay put where it's needed and not disperse too quickly. Not easy when it's my right hand and I'm right handed. Typing this just with my left hand!

So, while I'm wearing this, I'm going to catch up on reading and have picked up this :)
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Crafting weekend

Mid-September I went away with some fellow crafters - Ariane, Anna and Debbie. And got to reconnect with my dear old friend Sarah. And caught up with Annette who I hadn't seen since June. Plus a few others. Only 13 of us, just as well I'm not superstitious!

It's a completely relaxed, do-what-you-like, weekend. I made some canvases to sell, caught up a bit on my album for our vow renewal and relearned how to crochet grannie squares.

In recognition of my need to somehow not give up blogging, here's the first of my posts with less read/write and more visual (can you tell I've been looking at learning styles lol!)
Our view outside :)
Me and Sarah catching up after too many years
Annette offered to take a few photos of us - this is me overposing LOL!
Group hug! Well not quite - Anna and I were 'having words'
Working hard!
And this view
Photos all courtesy by the talented Annette :)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Time to B{l}og Off?

Struggling to keep on top of everything and one area that's really suffering is my blog. When I have time I love writing mine and reading others. When I don't have time it's like I have an annoying pixie in the corner of my mind - goading me, reminding me I'm not updating, and not being what I consider a good blogger. What's most annoying is that flaming pixie is right!

Why am I busy? I'm not sure. I think it's partly because I was not working for nearly 2 years and now that everything is coming together I'm struggling to get into a good routine. I mean when I had the 2 day nurseries I also had 4 kids primary school age, was on the PTA, was a governor, and even managed a couple of pantomimes! Even missed the ISWG post, first time since I signed up :( So maybe, seeing as I love making lists, I need to create some sort of timetable for the week - whatever works!

I've just started teaching again, only 1 or 2 mornings a week, but add prep and marking and stuff into the equation and 6 hours teaching becomes about 15 hours.

We've started the fostering process, a ton of paperwork and courses and meetings and more stuff!

I've started to properly look at how to turn my shoe hobby into a full-time proper business. It's taken me 2 days just to create good photographs and upload them onto a facebook page I'm creating. I want the page to be completed before it goes live, and that's not a fast process. Half a day spent just finding the right facebook header that also has matching Etsy digi templates. Oh, networking too - got a friend thankfully who's helping me - it's all new to me! And then as soon as it goes live got to do all the official tax stuff!

To take my business seriously I am decorating shoes like mad as I have a wedding fair booked for next month.

I signed up for a 6 week online course on Exploring Play.

Three weekends ago I went on a crafting weekend. Caught up on some scrapbooking and re-learned how to crochet grannie squares! And Nets took some photographs of me that actually make me look half decent!

Two weekends ago I had my soul sister visit.We did London, (previous picture of the poppies at the Tower of  London), first ever visit to Liberties - love that shop and got a really pretty loyalty card! First visit to a Slug and Lettuce pub chain. Road on the open-top sight-seeing buses. Went to the Florence Nightingale museum. Found a bead shop. Gave up on Convent Garden cos my foot had had enough! Malaysian food fair was happening in the middle of Trafalgar Square. Managed some car boot sales Saturday and Sunday and got some amazing finds.In fact had to lend Debbie a suitcase to get it all home! Also gave her a load of material I bought for our do to make bunting - it was the only thing I ran out of time to make.

Last weekend I went on my annual Center Parcs trip with my girlfriends. Didn't go according to plan, I ended up at an out-of-hours doctor with a suspected tooth abcess. If you've ever had toothache you'll know why the weekend wasn't the best. Then, back at home, go to the dentist, and if it's what he thinks it is, I'm looking at an £800 bill!! Deep joy.......

I've also got the childminding course starting next month, cos Little Woodpeckers is still right up there with things I want to do!

Housework you say? What's that?

Dealing with paperwork re Ella - anyone with a SN kid knows that never ends! And more paperwork for the solicitor.

So I don't actually feel like I'm drowing under everything, but definitely need a buoyancy aid to keep afloat LOL!

And I'm trying to get on top of all of this before I have a guided, via ultrasound, steroid injection into my wrist next Thursday cos I've no idea how much that's gonna hurt!