Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Wednesday Wind Up

What am I reading this week?

I finished The Ice Twins  over the weekend. It was a really good book; a sort-of chillingly twisted book, where the Mum coming to terms with the death of one of her twin daughters is suddenly thrown off balance when the surviving daughter suddenly says that she is actually the other daughter. Is she being haunted or possessed by her sister? Did the father do something to them? And why if the family are so screwed would they go to a remote island off the coast of Skye? At a certain point I just had to read on until I fell asleep clutching my Kindle.

Now I'm reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time  and enjoying it. Yes, I am late to this party but it's been picked as the October book club book and the meeting is on Monday. 30% through; will I make it in time?

What have I watched this week?
We broke open a Christmas DVD in desperation last Tuesday and watched

Avengers: Age of Ultron [DVD] . We went to the cinema to watch it last April, and loved it. Watching it again was no punishment. I know it's a rip-roaring action movie, but James Spader is very good in it, and the question of what would Artificial Intelligence really make of humanity is a good one to carry with you.

Where have I been this week?
Not really anywhere. It's been a busy week so far. I made it to the WI quiz on Monday, and to David's parent consultation tonight. I have to do Parents' Evening at school tomorrow (my first for about 10 years) and I'm desperate for Friday afternoon when I can walk out and shake the dust of school off my feet for a week.

How has my spending gone this week?
Well. I think well, at least. I have only really bought a few Christmas bits and bobs, and begun to plan for a wedding in April when my beautiful niece, Eve, gets hitched. I need to start planning for wedding outfits, presents and assorted sundries.

What are my WIPs this week?
I'm still slowly making progress on the CAL. I have the rest of the second half and the border to do yet. But somedays I just need to sit and stare into space, or Peter has things for me to do for the business. I have loads of projects lined up, but I'm loathe to start another one until I finish one!

Any Other Business?
I may be changing career. Peter is thinking of getting a shop front office in a local area. We've begun looking at premises and he is wondering at what point he needs to use me as the office manager/receptionist/paralegal etc full time, rather than working in school. That would be a big difference for me, but I'm inclined to think if it were done, t'were well that it were done quickly.

Oh, that reminds me! I DID go somewhere last Thursday!!! I went to the cinema to watch him

 playing in this

as it was broadcast live. Loved it. Just loved it.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Taking a breather...

This weekend has been a chance to take a breather out from work and rampaging and doing so much to do a lot of little things that needed doing. A little crafting, a little reading, some planning for Christmas and some housework. Next week will be a week from hell, with parents evenings (both doing and attending) evening events that I need to go to, and a list of things to do ready for half term next Friday. And breathe.......

Ninjabread men cookies. Sarah made them, and they were delicious! Can you tell they're all doing different kung fu moves? Such a simple idea! I bought the kit from Dobbies and brought them home, worrying that they were too childish for my sophisticated teenagers. Not a bit of it; James (15) has claimed the patterns as his own. Apparently I must have bought the kit for him, because he is my Ninjaboy!

The Cherry Heart CAL; this week I have gone slowly. I have until next Tuesday (the 25th?) to complete these parts. I'm hoping to sit and do some during X Factor and Downton Abbey tonight. After a warming Toastie Peklow and a drink of beer or hot chai!

 And I am behind with my magazine reading. I bought these weeks ago, indeed, the next editions are probably in the shops, but they slipped behind my chair and got lost. If I'm not crocheting today I am going to read them, and enjoy planning the next project for my house.

And Sarah. This was taken at 4pm today. We've been to church, been to a 90th birthday party and she's had a shower using products from her Birchbox. And now she sits in her jimmijams ready to relax. A Knight's Tale on the TV (Oh, Lord, but Heath Ledger was yar; and Paul Bettany could talk his way into my good books every day.) and some quiet napping makes for a lovely Sunday all in all. And I caught up with my washing!
I won't be menu planning tomorrow, but I'm hoping to pop by for a Wednesday Wind up or a Thursday Throw up later in the week.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Meal Planning Monday for October 2015

Yes, I know, it's already October, but I didn't grab any time last week for meal planning. So here, without further ado, are my menu plans for the rest of October. I'm awaiting Nigella and Nigel's new books, so no recipe book inspiration this month.

1 Chicken Stir fry
2 SFC and chips/ Peter to decide
3S Fish and chips
4S Char sui Pork and mash
5 Bolognese and pasta
6 Pork and 5 spice stir fry noodles
7 Sausages and potato wedges
8 Macaroni, ham and peas
9 Burgers/ Hung Shao Pork
10S Chilli, rice and wedges
11S Pork with hasselbacks, and brocciflower cheese
12 Pulled pork fajitas with cucumber and hoisin
13 Chicken and red pepper roast
14 meatballs and pasta
15 Toad in the Hole
16 HM pizza/ paella
17S Mince enchilladas
18S Roast, mash, brocciflower cheese
19 Pork belly stir fry with rice
20 Breakfast at night
21 Mince fajitas
22 Lasagne, garlic bread and broccoli
23 Fish and chips
24S Cottage pie
25S Boeuf bourguinonne
26 Bolognese pasta
27 sausage, mash and beans
28 meatballs and mash
29 lasagne again!
30 chicken enchilladas
31S Toastie Peklow, chips and slaw

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Do you remember when Sunday was a day of rest?

No, neither do I.

The last few weeks have been hectic. Good hectic, nice hectic, hectic for good reasons, but I don't do endless movement. I am a child of the current, a duck circling lazily, rather than a swooping eagle always on the go and hunting out the best. Hell, if I could get somebody else to throw my food at me from the edge of my life's lake I would do.

Last week was Yarndale. Yes, I loved it, yes I took some photos but not as much as I thought I would. There was altogether too much to see to take the shots and, besides which, my daughter gets embarrassed at me always having a camera in hand.

And even more importantly, it's harder to stroke the yarn with a camera in hand. Regardless, I had a good time, and a wonderful weekend away with Sarah. We slept over at Keighley Travelodge, and spent Sunday in Leeds. It is good shopping, and a fun place to be on a sunny, mostly warm Sunday afternoon.

And this week I was patiently waiting for Tuesday and part 3 of the CAL. I'm enjoying watching the progress of everybody who has joined in around the world (about 3000!!!) on the Facebook page, and the different stitch patterns are intriguing for a straight treble ripple or granny girl like me. I'm using the Stylecraft pack chosen by Black Sheep Wools.

So this afternoon I'd like to be sat finishing off my second CAL (the Stylecraft is always done by Wednesday night if I get the chance) made from my stash with a couple of extra balls bought if I need to.... it's a bit wider than the pattern, and I want it to keep in my car so that cold winter days are more comfortable in the back.

and then chaining enough to get started on Sarah's new blanket. She chose the colours herself and I had to buy something in Yarndale, didn't I? So why not yarn?? And why not the african basket that I couldn't resist? I love the orange and fuchsia stripes on it. I smell another source of inspiration..... but not yet.

It's on hold while I catch up with cleaning.

Yesterday we were in Manchester looking at the University. David liked it, and he liked the sound of the English Literature degree, so it's a definite contender. He wants to live at home, at least for the first year, and I'm happy to let him, so University has to be a commutable distance. That gives us several choices; Liverpool, Manchester and Chester are all within an hours' travel. We'll see. We have another open day next week, and then a final two at the end of the month.