Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #17

I would like to dedicate this week's Wonderful Wednesday to the lovely Sally, without who's little tweet, I'd have missed it for a second week running!!

So I made some notes ready to do last week's post, but thanks to all those Easter Bank Holidays, I confess that I forgot it was Tuesday when I got home from work and by Wednesday I was just too busy!  You'll forgive me for including twice as many Wonderful things this week!

Without further ado... let's get on with that Wonderful...

✩ Home cooking. I made a big batch of Bolognese last week, the first time cooking a proper dish rather than meat'n'veg or some-such mishmash of food. Can't beat it - home cooking, that is. Give me a full home cooked Sunday roast any day of the week (literally!)!

✩ The promise of fruit. I bought my Mum a dwarf pear tree a few years ago and it sits on her patio all year round. In the last few week's it's been blossoming, which will be followed by fruit. In fact, this week, there's actually a teeny tiny pear starting to form!! Can't wait for it to develop fully - it gives a good dozen pears each year... yum yum,

✩ Children's playtime. On Good Friday I met up with my dearest friend and her 5 year-old (with our respective other halves) and it was just so adorable watching her little one get all over-excited and just running and jumping everywhere! We were at a family fun park and she has very little fear so was going for all the rides without hesitation (except for the odd wobble just before going on, which we can forgive). Her parents love theme parks and have even gone abroad specifically for theme parks, so they have trained her well!

✩ Being natural. My hair is the funny sort of hair that sometimes has difficulty knowing if it wants to be straight or wavy. It's quite good to mix it up sometimes as I don't dye it so there's not a lot else to do to give it some variety. Since moving jobs to a different firm I've become quite lazy with my hair, meaning that more often than I ever used to, I decide to leave it to dry naturally and it doesn't always go well. However, I think my hairdresser has FINALLY created a layer pattern that works, so this last few times it's looked half decent and it feels so much better to just leave it to its own devices and not ruin it with product or heat.

✩ New things. Not very exciting in the scheme of things, but this week I've bought a new pair of running shoes and some new clothes for work. May seem boring, but it actually has given me a bit of a boost in both of those areas. I've made sure I set aside time to exercise again and I've put more effort in to getting ready in the mornings (see above too), despite the 5.20am alarm.

✩ Perfume. OK so it's kind of an extension of the last one, but for years I've worn the same perfume day in and day out. Even my "special occasion" perfume has been the same for years. For my birthday I was bought a few different perfumes and this week I've been wearing them a little bit in rotation. Makes me feel better to have a nice smell wafting around me!

✩ Salad. In all honesty, I think the salad is probably my least favourite lunchtime food. However, this week - somewhat stupidly given we've returned to Arctic conditions - I've broken out the salad box to take to work and been making up some lovely salads with spinach, beetroot, pickled onion and all kinds of other yummy goodness. I think for a limited time each year the salad is welcome and can't be beaten - seems that this week has been that time for me!

And I think I'm done for this week!  Bit of an odd collection this week of things that have been highlights for me; some from a while ago and some from right now. Let me know if anything strikes a chord with you!  See you next week lovelies...

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #16

Hello there you lovely lot! I think summer is over... our one day of glorious weather on Sunday may well be it for this year! Still, at least we had it and I got to spend it in the garden - with my suncream on, of course, now I'm praying to the sun Gods that it will be repeated this weekend!

Anyway, it's Tuesday night and it's late, so I'm going to speed-type my way through this - but that doesn't mean the wonderful is any less Wonderful!

✩ School holiday traffic. First-up this week is the absolute joy I get when the traffic is light on my journeys to and from work each day. I am stuck with an horrible commute by car into SE London every day as the train route is so convoluted (and expensive), but when the kiddliwinks are off school, the traffic is just so much better and I make it door to door in 1 hour 10 minutes - a record. Next week they go back to school, but that's next week and I will revel in this week's joy for as long as I have it!

✩ Summer in Spring. Yep, I've mentioned the glory of the wonderful weather we had on Sunday (That counts this week, right?!) but it went beyond just a lovely spring day, but full-blown summer!

Painted nails. When I had time in my life (see reference to God-awful commute, above), I would paint my toenails once a week and my fingernails every couple of days (I have yet to learn the trick to avoid them chipping). This habit has slipped somewhat, in that my toenails will remain the same colour for a good couple of weeks at a time and my fingernails - vulnerable to splitting and breaking down to the quick - will be plain and unpolished or with remains of a base coat I put on days before (*shudder*). However, this week I managed to give myself a mani-pedi (is that the right term?!) so am sporting a pretty salmon colour on my toes and a most inoffensive pale pink colour on my fingernails (the latter chipped already, but we'll brush over that for now).

💕 Birthdays! 💕 This one deserves it's own little fanfare and needs no further explanation for it is the most Wonderful thing of all to be made to feel so special by all your favourite people!! 😊

And I am done! I end up all reflective around my birthday, so I've been thinking more this week about needing to start looking after myself more and I've found it's been hard to look at the little things! Does anyone else get like that at times other than New Year? What about your week anyway - how Wonderful has your week been so far??

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #15

Hello and merry Wednesday to one and all!

I'm typing this between mouthfuls of breakfast this morning, as I completely forgot about doing it last night until about 10:30pm and there was no way I was going to do it then. After having a 4-day weekend it felt very much like Sunday, not Tuesday. Thankfully, I'd been keeping track of the sparkles from my week so this morning it's easier than it might be...

Without further delay, on with the Wonderful!

✩ Eyebrow threading. One for the ladies, this.... There's something so satisfying about getting your eyebrows tidied up and waxing just doesn't cut it. Make-up sits so much better around an eye with a freshly-threaded eyebrow.  Up until this last week, I haven't had my eyebrows threaded for, oh, MONTHS. I can't find anywhere in my home town that offers eyebrow threading, so I'd had the odd tidy up with wax, but generally speaking I just left them alone and plucked them when they needed plucking. It's those little white downy hairs that you can't get from plucking - if you see one, all you have to do is turn your head to look for your tweezers and you simply can't flipping well see it again after that. Or that's my experience anyway.

✩ Ladybirds. I had one crawling along the windowsill of my office at the end of last week (does it count if it was last week?!) and I do think they are marvellous little creatures. So tidy and neat, with their wings all tucked up under those red and black spotty shell-like flaps of theirs.

✩ Mooching. Inspired by the ladybird, just mooching along my windowsill (where on earth did it end up anyway?!), made me think about mooching being a rather wonderful thing. Did that myself at the weekend and it is such a splendid pastime, no?!

✩ Making up and dressing up. The older I get, it seems I go out-out far less than I used to. I don't often have that many events with work or weddings, etc, nowadays, either.  However, at the weekend, I had the opportunity to get all dolled up for a wedding party (see later...) and it reminded me of how fun it is getting all made up for a shindig. Being complimented for it? Even better... 😏

✩ Family Weddings. (Especially when it's not your family but the other half's family.) The last family event I went to was a funeral, so it was great to have something happy to celebrate. The couple had got married quietly about 3 weeks before, with just 2 witnesses, but they threw a big party at their house with a marquee and a band. It was really good fun. PLUS, I got to see what some of the Boy's family are like when they're drunk... AND, I got some somewhat drunken compliments from some of them which I take as being 100% honest given their inebriated state, obvs.

✩ Long weekends. Last, but by no means least, it's the simple pleasure of a long weekend. a 4-day weekend in fact. Lie-ins to catch up on long-lost sleep, TV and coffee in bed with the Boy, visiting National Trust sites (Castle Drogo, near Exeter, to be precise - well worth a visit), aforementioned mooching and family weddings... simply Wonderful. A 3-day week at work this week, followed by 2 4-day weeks because of Easter, really can't complain at all!

And I'm just about done. Have to crack on with some work now... playing catch up from the days missed (the down-side to a Wonderful long-weekend...). Turrah for now!!