Happy And Glorious: 2017 edition

I’ve been keeping this “Jar of Good Stuff” thing going for 5-years now, it all started back in January 2013 – keeping notes of lovely stuff that has happened and allowing you to look back over the year and see what  you’ve done, when you might be thinking “what have I done with my year?”.IMG_8520

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Happy and Glorious: 2016 edition

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It’s a bit late thanks to holidays, puppy collection and generally life being a bit hectic. This year’s Happy & Glorious list ended up in a different place than I had planned but the silver lining is that I’m back in Hampshire close to the family, horse and New Forest – amongst many other things!

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Honestly, I’m not a nomad*….

…but I’m on the move again.  Due to unforeseen circumstances I’m making the move back to Hampshire from Nottingham, only 8 short months after I moved up.  The only thing I will say about the move is that it wasn’t my choice, and that fact is making packing rather difficult.  Packing to move up here was comparatively easy and a joyful task compared to packing to take what at times seems like a backwards (and completely surreal) step.

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The World is a Mirror (or beauty is in the eye of the beholder)

I have come to the realisation that the world is a mirror for how you see yourself.  If you see the world as full of opportunities, full of decent people (with the odd exceptions above and below the curve) and can find something positive in most things or people; then you are more likely to have a positive self image. Continue reading

Happy and Glorious: The (very late) 2014 Review

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I’ve not been so good about popping notes in my Happy & Glorious tin this year, as I’m sure much more has happened than is evidenced on the below list!

  • Ticket: Cinderella, 17th January (Rondo Theatre, Bath Drama) Superb performance by all, just what a panto should be, fun for all ages.
  • Ticket: War Horse, 24th February (Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, The National Theatre) Very emotional
  • Ticket: The Witches of Eastwick, 12th April (Theatre Royal, Bath Operatic & Dramatic Soc.) Thoroughly hilarious romp of a performance.
  • Note: “Stepping out of my comfort zone in a BIG way (and having it go rather well)”  I have no recollection of what this was but “Go Me!”!
  • Note “Becoming a Stella & Dot Stylist” 27th June.  I’ve had great fun and met some lovely people (and got some beautiful jewels too) since starting as a Stella & Dot Stylist.  I’ve not done as much with it as I could but there’s this thing called life and holidays and work that got in the way.  I’ll see what comes in 2015 for this little venture (Edit: I don’t know if I’ll continue it past my renewal date… I’m loving my job too much and want my evenings and weekends free to play in the garden and have visitors!).
  • Note: “First interview for Welbeck Job” 28th November.  I got offered the job on 22nd November and attended the interview on the 28th, with a night in Sheffield catching up with a friend as a bonus.  It was a really lovely interview, much more of a conversation than a nerve wracking thing to endure.
  • Note: “Second interview for Welbeck job” 18th November.  Again an enjoyable interview with the two guys who I’d be working for but the trip itself was an emotional roller-coaster dealing with the :I don’t wan’t to live here, it’s too far away (and a bit grim)” issues.  I think it helped in the interview because I went in with a ‘I don’t care whether I get the job or not’ attitude.
  • Note: “Offered Welbeck job” 28th November.  After 10-days I thought I’d not got it and I was quite happy with that as I didn’t have to make the decision of whether to accept it or not.  Then I got offered the job!  Whilst happy to have been offered the job there were tears because I didn’t want to move that far away from my family & my support network; I’d be up there on my own.  However, I took the weekend to decide and…
  • Note: “Accepted Welbeck job!” 1st December.  The deed was done!

I know there have been a few more noteworthy events since then, and I’m sure there will have been more before but I’ve not noted them.  I’ll aim to do better in 2015 and I’ll have an overflowing pot of Happy & Gloriousness to list in the next New Year. (Edit: Note to self, must try harder!!)

Update on Life… More time has passed than I thought

I’ve just had a look back at my posts and the last one (other than last night’s tasty missive on milk) was in June…. LAST YEAR.  Over 10-months ago.  I found 6 drafts hidden away, containing half formed, part formed and nearly fully formed thoughts for internet consumption so I have tarted up a couple of those for future scheduling.  It was a bit of a shock to find that I had neglected my blog for a good 6-months more than I thought.

What has happened since then?  I’ll try and remember!

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Still here!

Forgive me bloggers for I have sinned; it has been 11-weeks since my last confession….

But, oh! what an 11-weeks it has been!

My last post on here was 21st March; in which I was suffering a mild setback from “doing a lot”.  To say that my last bout of “doing a lot” will knock my previous record out the water will be an understatement… Continue reading

Turning the frowns upside down

I have mentioned before that a HUGE tool in the kit of dealing with CFS is positivity.  On days like today it is difficult to remain positive in the face of disappointments.  This is how I try to turn my disappointments into positive reinforcements Continue reading

Fast is the new…. Fast!

Forgive me friends it has been 66 days since my last blog.

Going back to my last blog, on 7th Jan, I was 7-days into the Fast Diet (or 5:2 Diet) and was feeling superb.  Fast forward to today and I am only just finding time to sit down and update you all on my progress. Continue reading

Fast is the new Slow

This year, in my ongoing efforts to loose the weight I gained during my battles with Glandular Fever in the 90’s, Post Viral Fatigue in the naughties and eventually Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the naughties/”210’s” I have started following the “Fast Diet”, alternatively known as the “5:2” diet. Continue reading