A brush with a birthday

Well, honestly, who stole February?!

It is already halfway through March and today is my birthday… yay! Lucky old thing that I am, I’ve been treated to dinner and lunch, and got lots of cards and presents. The present that amused me most was a loo brush. Not quite what I was expecting when I opened it at the dinner table table!

But on closer inspection I could see why it was chosen…

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Well that will definitely make cleaning the loo more fun!

As for the rest of my life, it continues to be busy as I crack on with my courses and crafting, all liberally sprinkled with plenty of swearing!

 

 

 

 

Upgrading my Life in 2019 – January

This is the year I get up off my fat arse and get my life back on track!

I’ve signed up to The Big Life Upgrade by Louise Presley Turner at The Game of Life, something I ummed and ahhed about all last January and then spent the next 11 months kicking myself for procrastinating and therefore missing out on. By the end of the year I knew it was something I really wanted to do, so I took a deep breath and signed up

Each month I’ll be posting some of my progress to keep me on track and remind myself how far I’ve come

On the last night of 2018 I was really excited to receive my first email with the link to the first module; it is all about taking stock and also looking forward

One of the things to do in January was to create a vision board. Oddly enough, late last year some friends and I were talking about this and as none of us had ever done one before we decided to get together for an afternoon of fun, cake and creating

Yesterday, we had a lovely, chilled, creative afternoon. One thing we all agreed on, was that if we had been making a vision board alone, we’d probably have rushed through it, but being together with relaxing music in the background, we all took our time enjoying the whole reflective process

Fat, Skint, Fluffy Socks

No matter how fat I may or may not be, socks will always fit!

Some time ago I read somewhere, that wearing socks in bed helped with better sleeping. So, in the interests of science and all that, I thought I’d give it a whirl. Now, as a menopausal, middle-aged old bat, I tend to overheat quite often at night, but honestly, I have to admit, sleeping with fluffy socks on does seem to give me a better night’s sleep. Most odd!

I still get hot at night and have to throw the covers off now and again, but the quality of my sleep has definitely improved

My top tips for choosing the right socks (see photo for perfect examples) are:

  • Not too tight – don’t go for sport socks or ones that are very snug
  • Get lightweight fluffy ones
  • Make sure they aren’t too small or loose; it gets annoying if they start to slip off during the night
  • Choose pretty ones; not because it helps me sleep, but because they make me smile

Xmas Eve my chum and I had a lovely evening drinking (slightly alcoholic) hot chocolate and watching Oliver!, a classic Christmas film from my childhood

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We fell asleep near the end of Cabaret though… #GettingOld

 

 

New Year, New Me Bollox

Well, I for one was very happy to say goodbye to 2018… basically it sucked balls from spring to late autumn. December got a lot better though, especially when I got to go to my first gig to see the amazing Bowling for Soup, I even got to meet the band thanks to my awesome son surprising me with a VIP ticket. How fucking brilliant is that?

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I’m 2nd right, snuggled up to Jaret. (My t-shirt courtesy of beloved son’s enormous collection)

Looking back…

Weight: Meh. I lost 1 stone 2lbs in total, although at my lightest I’d lost almost 2 stone by mid-summer, but life shit got lairy and I went off track

Finances: Crap. Don’t even ask. Circumstances happened and I didn’t cope very well

Sweary: Ha! Still swearing like a trooper, but I’m not planning on changing that!

So… on to 2019 and I have plans so cunning you could pin a tail on them and call them weasels…

Weight: I’ve got a whole shiny new spreadsheet to track my weight, complete with charts, goals and trend-lines. Bliss; I do love my spreadsheets

I’ve also dug out my beloved Michael Mosley books and will be getting back to simpler homemade food, which I know from last year makes me feel better. It is also a cheaper way to eat, which brings me nicely on to…

Finances: Surprise, surprise, I made another spreadsheet! This one is for budgeting and tracking what I spend and on what

I have set up my budget and will be living more frugally to stick to it. The budget does include ‘treats’, but healthy ones like an 80’s night at the end of January – last time I danced for 3 1/2 non-stop, so that’s got to be good for me!

Sweary: Yep, still gonna swear plenty

In general I am busy planning and have some goals and intentions (I don’t like the word resolution as it has too many connotations of the old try/fail cycle for me):

[These will be revised and refined as the year goes on]

  • Get my life coaching qualification
  • Get on top of my finances
  • Stop procrastinating
  • Exercise
  • Declutter my flat
  • Organise my little room so it’s set up nicely for crafting and studying

 

What I’m not going to do:

  • Be negative
  • Worry about things outside my control
  • Procrastinate
  • Sit on my arse every evening after work mindlessly surfing the net and watching movies

To help me in my goals I’ve signed up to what looks to be a great year long course, The Big Life Upgrade,  with the fantastic Louise Presley Turner* and I am going to do the 5 Days to Flow with EAM*

* These are not affiliate links – I won’t get anything if you click them, Louise and Yvette both really resonate with me; I just linked to them in case they do with you too

Happy new year and here’s to 2019 being a sodding sight better than 2018! That said, even though it was a shit year, I was absolutely fabulous as always darlings!

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Stay fabulous darlings!

 

Time Flies!

How is it very nearly almost August? How did that happen?

It’s been a hectic few months over here at Chateau de Fat Skint & Sweary to say the least; lots of issues cropping up and my cunning plans have been put on the back burner, but finally I have chiselled out a little time for me

The past few months have had me feeling like this adulting thing is hard work. This pretty sums my feelings of late up…

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Quick update:

  • Weight – going down nicely  I have lost just over a stone and a half this year… hurrah! Still a good way to go, but now that I have really got in to the habit, I am enjoying eating fresh, home-cooked food. Added bonus is, it is cheaper than processed food!
  • Finances – don’t ask! But I have a PLAN! And it’s all on a spreadsheet
  • Swearing – yep, still swearing like a trooper!

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Look out world… I’m back on track!

Frugal Friday #8 Blanket & Books

Sorry I’m a tad late this week… I have been hibernating! This cold weather has not been pleasant has it?

Rather than shelling out on putting the heating on for long in the evenings this week, I have been going to bed early with a pile of books and some extra blankets, plus my electric under-blanket; at only a penny a night to run it is one of my best ever birthday presents!

Normally my bed looks like this:

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Please excuse the mess under the bed – i’ts a small flat with minimal storage!

Or this…

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This week however…

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The Michael Palin Diaries are signed by the wonderful man himself 🙂

It has been utter bliss!

Monday Meals #8 – Brrrrrr…..

It’s a tad on the chilly side at the moment and as I had a coupe of chums for dinner over the weekend I rustled up a lovely warming low cooker beef stew with herby dumplings, followed by a homemade rice pudding made with soy milk as one has milk intolerance

It was a great success, they both had seconds! Unfortunately we were enjoying ourselves so much I forgot to take a photo of any of it, so you’ll just have to take my word about how yummy it was

There was sufficient for me to have leftovers again tonight; especially as I forgot to serve  the mash I’d made to go with it

This week I shall be eating more of my homemade soup as it really does warm me up on a cold day

In lieu of a foodie photo, have this instead… it is representative of how I looked most of yesterday (I’ve found recovering from a late night with wine takes a lot longer these days!)

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Frugal Friday #7 Loo rolls & Lurpak

There are some things I am pernickety about; the top two are loo roll and Lurpak

When my son was small, I was on a really tight budget and couldn’t afford to buy ‘posh’ things like Lurpak or decent loo roll

One of my biggest annoyances and worries was that I’d run out of loo roll,  so in recent years I have a tendency to stockpile it; having at least one multi-pack in a cupboard makes me feel safe

So now, whenever Lurpak, or Sainsbury’s Supersoft (my favourite loo roll – I love the narrow tube in the centre) are on offer, if I can get them without using a credit card I tend go a tad overboard

Tonight I had 3 packs of 16 loo rolls in my Sainsbury’s delivery… it will be a challenge finding somewhere to put them all discreetly away in my tiny flat, but I don’t care; bulk buying saves me money and makes happy!

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Monday Meals#7 – Aldi Rocks!

I can’t help loving Aldi – super 6 veg, sachets of quinoa, rice, couscous… all at a fraction of the cost of other supermarkets

No matter how hard I try and how many people try to teach me, I just cannot cook rice! Luckily my lovely son introduced me to the miracle of sachets of microwavable rice. Light, fluffy well cooked rice in just 2 minutes… hurrah!

All I have to do is to avoid the central aisles of temptation when I nip in for my groceries

Tonight I’m trying a new to me quinoa with some random UFO (Unidentified Frozen Object) that could be chicken or it could be fish… life is an adventure chez moi!

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Frugal Friday #6 – Best Freebie ever?

I have always been a bit of  mad cat lady, having had one up until a few years ago. I miss having a cat, but they aren’t exactly cheap t run when you are on a frugal budget

I am also very fussy about hairdressers… iIn all my 50 odd years I have only found about 3 hairdressers I really trust, and my most recent one only went and had a baby. Whilst the baby is cute and I am really happy for her, I have been miffed that my hair doesn’t look as good as it did a year and half ago

Back in October, the hairdresser who had the baby posted on Facebook asking for cattery recommendations. Three years ago her cat went missing and against all the odds had been found! The only snag was in the intervening time my hairdresser had moved to a property where she can’t have any pets. As she is moving in to a new house in February where she can have pets she was going to have to put Ringo in to a cattery

I asked if Ringo was an indoor or outdoor cat, as although I adore cats I live in a first floor flat, so couldn’t be having an outdoor one. Luckily Ringo is an indoor cat, so for the last few months I have had  a lovely, fluffy, purry houseguest, with no outlay as Ringo’s mum pays for the food and litter

An added bonus is that Ringo’s mum pops over for an afternoon every few weeks for ‘access visits’ and whilst here, she cuts my hair

Ringo will be back to her mum tonight and whilst I will miss her, I really won’t miss the litter tray having only had outdoor cats previously! This experience has cured me of wanting an indoor cat permanently, but at least I shall see her again as I shall be her holiday home whenever her mum goes on vacation

I had only wanted to help a friend with the added bonus of having  cat for a while and I get free haircuts to boot! So, the moral of my story is bartering is great and a kindness  often repaid more than you might first think

As you can see Ringo has been pretty spoiled while living here…

 

And she adores my son and his beard…

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