Resolutions are funny things. The type I’m talking about are the type you might make on the new year. Not something to do with pixels or the law or the many other options on the Wikipedia page for ‘resolution’. I suppose I could refer to them as goals, or self improvements, targets even. Most of us would agree that the majority of new years resolutions are not kept for long, although I’m sure there are a few success stories.

Well it’s not New Year, but I feel like I need a fresh start. A shake out in the wind. Something to revitalise me. Since leaving full-time work I have stagnated somewhat, moulded a place in my sofa, probably spending too much time in bed, not doing either my jobs or all the fun things I thought I would have more time for. So I’m making some resolutions, and I’m sharing them. According to good old wiki a study in 2007 says that women are 10% more likely to succeed with resolutions if they share them. So here I am sharing them, but also formalising them by documenting them.

My Goals:

  • Improve fitness
    • I will achieve this by running. I have signed up for a marathon in April to raise money for CRY (more on this in another post.) Official marathon training will begin on 16th of December. On Monday 7th October my mini couch-5k 6 week plan starts to ensure I am actually able to jump into the marathon plan. My trainers are ready to go…
  • Loose weight/fit back into my clothes.
    • A steady relationship, especially one with someone who eats about 4x what I should be eating has caused a steadily expanding waistline.
    • I will achieve this with a combination of the above running plan and generally watching what I eat. No strict rules as I don’t really agree with strict dieting – it can cause so many problems – just trying to stay clear of takeaways, eating only when I’m hungry, drinking lots so I can tell when I’m actually hungry and thinking about portion control, to stop eating sooner rather than gorging myself until I can’t move…
    • This is a crucial goal at the moment as I am supposed to be saving money so I can go travelling in the spring
    • Goal 1 is to pay off my credit card
    • Goal 2 is to put some money away for travelling
    • Goal 3 is to try to continue to slowly pay off the money I owe my parents from university
    • I will try to ignore the fact that I would also love to be saving money for a house deposit. That is just going to have to wait.
      • Don’t ask me how I am going to achieve these things… apart from paying attention to what I’m spending and trying to cut back I really don’t have a plan. Work more?
  • Be more proactive.
    • This is a difficult one. I can’t really make it SMART. I just want to be closer to the person I want to be rather than the person that I am currently being. I don’t feel at my best. Just a bit of a change of life attitude: I want to have the motto ‘Do it now’. Instead of constantly leaving everything till later and never getting round to it. I don’t want to spend time sitting on my sofa thinking about how useless I am that I haven’t done all these things I mean to – I want to just DO THEM.

So. New Me starts on Monday.

I hope it works!



PS I hope you like my home made colouring-in page. I stopped myself from buying an adult colouring book to save money and told myself I can just draw pictures instead.





Book Mark

These little ‘reaching out’ gestures and simple acknowledgement are so important! A touching post.

Red's Wrap

When my friends’ son died by suicide, I bought them a book.

I can remember standing in a bookstore near the San Diego harbor, pulling book after book off the shelf, looking for just the right one that would speak to my friends’ terrible grief. Then I decided to mail it to them, somehow thinking that whatever insight that was offered in the book simply couldn’t wait for me to return to Milwaukee to give it to them in person. I wrote a weepy note which I tucked inside the cover and sent it off.

The topic of the book was how to manage grief. My sense at the time was that if they read the book, they would feel better. Thinking back, my naivete seems unbelievable, like a 5-year old with a bunch of dandelions showing up at a crash scene to comfort the survivors.

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A tomato and a sewing project

I HAVE ONE RED TOMATO. Its November and as stated on my last post I have given up hope, but I tried out a few tips people gave me to ripen tomatoes indoors and one of them worked! So some of the tomatoes I had to take off rapidly blackening plants I wrapped in a kitchen towel and put in a drawer on the instructions of a next door neighbour. When I checked back on these they were very much mouldy. The next lot I put on a plate in the windowsill and forgot about. 3 weeks later I took a look, most were shrivelled up but one, bizarrely was RED.

I have to say, it just tasted like a standard tomato. Not sure that it was worth the effort really…


In other news I’m so proud of this quilt that I made for my close friend’s newborn I couldn’t resist showing it off… but I’ll throw in some tips for anyone looking for project ideas.

Firstly: It is extremely hard to get hold of Peter Rabbit original illustration print in the UK. I had a few sagas of ordering fabric to find it was sold out, or in fact ordering it and receiving completely the wrong fabric! After a long chat with a lady in a Beatrix Potter shop in Stoke-on-Trent it seems that this is to do with the licensing, the whole brand has been re-licensed since the new cartoon – despite this having completely different drawings! I think I sourced mine from Etsy in the end.

Secondly: If you want to do a patchwork quilt, my advice, which I cannot stress enough, is that you should only do patchwork on ONE SIDE. You can see my design in the photos below, and the extreme effort that went into making sure all the patches were sewn precisely the same distance apart and that when I put all the sides together they would line up perfectly was just completely ridiculous. I will not be doing this again, next time, one side patch, one side plain.

Thirdly: Choose a fabric that will suit quilting. Don’t get me wrong I could not love the Beatrix Potter brushed cotton any more than I do. Its probably my favourite fabric I have ever used. However it just didn’t have a pattern that I wanted to ruin by covering in quilting lines. On my Grandma’s advice I solved this by doing kind of spot quilting so that although it didn’t affect the pattern the two sides stayed together.

Fourthly: Use fabric conditioner when you wash something for a baby, I was so pleased with how soft the brushed cotton was for a baby blanket but it just wasn’t the same after it went through the wash without fabric conditioner. Sad face.

And lastly: triple check your address when you post something you have put this much time, effort and love into. This parcel went missing for a few weeks much to my absolute horror. It turns out the recipient had given me the wrong postcode, but many thanks to the Royal Mail it found its way to the right place eventually.