Laughing out loud

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It’s not everyday that I something makes me laugh out loud.

I’m far too self-controlled – or I just take life and myself far too seriously.

However, that little picture just gave me about 3 minutes of proper laughing out loud, so I thought I had to post it!

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Bucket list update

Items completed:

travel abroad, get a tan – completed both of these with my holiday to Majorca

swim in the sea – also completed this in Majorca. Mum and I went on a boat trip to see some lovely sea caves, and at the half-way point they stop the boat at this lagoon type place so you can all jump off into the sea. Yes, I jumped off a boat and swam in the Mediterannean!

The water was beautiful, so blue and clear! (Apart from the odd little fish). It was lovely and cool as well which was needed after sitting in the sun on the deck for the morning. Mum and I both swam for as long as we were allowed, and it cooled me right down. Definitely a fun experience

Spend a day at the beach¬†– we spent a whole day on sun loungers underneath a wicker type sun-shade on Cala Bona beach. It was about 2 minutes from our hotel and was lovely, the sea breeze from the ocean kept us cool and the clear blue sunny skies perfected my tan ūüôā And the best thing was that there were no bugs on the beach to bite me!

Grow something – before I went away I had a little gardening spree, and planted tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, carrots and peas. The carrots and peas are from seed, and the others are from baby plants I got at the garden centre. I was amazed when I got home and found that I have a mini-allotment on my teeny balcony which isn’t even a real balcony! I have a pepper which was 1cm when I bought the plant, and now it’s about 6inches long!! I’m so impressed with it. Sadly I can’t take a photo as my camera has gone awol but I’ll figure it out somehow.

 

All in all, not a bad start to the Bucket List challenge and still about six weeks to go

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Home again…to a heatwave!

I don’t know what’s going on with the South East¬† – temperatures in the thirties and clear blue skies?! My car reached 33 degrees yesterday and driving with the windows down for ten minutes only brought it down to 30.5. I thought I was going to melt, and I also needed my asthma inhaler since apparently my lungs don’t like extreme heat.

I can’t believe it’s hotter here than it was when I was in Majorca! Our highest temperature there was 29, I think, but it was lovely there¬†because when you got too hot you just jumped in the sea. I think my manager would be a bit annoyed if I took a stroll to Ramsgate harbour everytime I got a bit warm!

Actually my office is not too bad…it’s one of those buildings that cannot absorb heat so it’s great in the summer and awful in the winter. It was lovely to have the sun coming through the window and not actually get too hot.

Anyway, this is just a quick post to say that I’m back in the UK and will do a proper holiday update and Summer Bucket List update soon, since I’ve already managed about four of my aims!

Enjoy the sunshine and don’t forget the suncream!

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Holidays are coming…

Oh boy, do I ever need a holiday!!

This time tomorrow I will be pootling down the motorway towards Plymouth for a weekend at home, and then on Sunday Mum and I are jetting off to Majorca for a week. I genuinely cannot wait!

This week has been exhausting, and I’m still recovering after giving blood on Monday. I think my iron was a little low because I was very woozy the whole day afterwards and have just felt wrung out since then. Of course, that could just be the fact that work has been insanely busy running around after foster carers trying to meet their unreasonable demands and cleaning up various messes that needn’t have been created in the first place.

A week in the sun will be just the ticket, I think ūüôā And I’ll get another few items ticked off the Bucket List. I’ve already made a good start – over the weekend I went to the garden centre and bought some veggies to grow – I now have a cute balcony garden with cherry tomatoes, ronda carrots, sweet banana peppers, garden peas and strawberries all growing merrily outside my window and making me smile.

My plants enjoy the rain, which is fortunate since we are having a lot of it. However average temperatures in Majorca are about 28-32 degrees so OH WELL England, I’m going to be off¬†getting a tan!!

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It’s summer!

In case you haven’t noticed, the summer is here!

We in Kent have been very fortunate with our weather – the last two weeks have been just glorious sunshine, with only one rainy day. It’s quite hard to fathom that other areas of the country are suffering with downpours and flooding while I’m driving with¬†both windows down and applying suncream while I’m sat at traffic lights!

Anyway, all this lovely weather has got me thinking about my summer plans.

This is the first year of my life (that I can remember)¬†that I’ve not had a proper “summer holiday” – in the way that for the past twenty years I’ve been in school (or University/Impact) and my academic years have ended in July, and not started again until September.

This year, I have officially joined the ranks of the full-time employed, and am faced with the (if I’m honest) slightly miserable concept of working throughout the whole summer and possibly missing the sunshine while it’s here.

Never fear though – because I have decided to make a Summer Bucket List.

My friend Esther visited¬†a little while ago, and we watched this film.¬†(It’s a bit sad, but at times uplifting)

I already have a (sort-of) Life Bucket List, but that’s all really long-term stuff like ‘own my own home’ and ‘travel across America’. I don’t want to feel like summer is passing me by so I have come up with…

So far I have 15 items, which I think are manageable.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • travel to a foreign country
  • eat s’mores
  • stay up late and Skype with my American friends
  • have a belated birthday¬†picnic

I’m open to suggestions for additions to my list, and will publish it on Saturday!¬† Oh how I love Summer ūüôā

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5 signs that I am stressed

Stress is just horrible, isn’t it?

The NHS says that stress is “the feeling of being under too much mental or physical pressure”, but I’m not sure I agree with this. My life isn’t pressured right now, really. It’s certainly busy, and tiring, but I don’t feel pressured.

Last year I was signed off from work due to stress – working two jobs, both of which are demanding and essentially require your whole self, the whole time, that’s pressurised.

This, right now, is nothing.

So why am I stressed?!

I think for me, stress happens when I don’t feel like my life is working out as I would like it, and when I have no control or no idea what to do to make a difference.¬†Right now, I feel like aspects of my past are coming back to haunt me and I don’t want this. I’m seeing old troubles repeating themselves, and other than completely changing my entire personality there is nothing I can do to stop it.

This is what’s making me stressed.

Last year, after being signed off, I promised myself that I would do better at recognising the “warning signs”, so that I don’t get sucked down into that nightmare again.

So how do I know?

My throat hurts – as a teenager I had recurring bouts of tonsilitis, every 6-8 weeks, which would knock me out for a week at at time. My doctor said it was partly a genetic predisposition to the infection, but it could also be¬†due to stress. I had my tonsils out 2 years ago so now I know that¬†if I get a sore throat it means I’m stressing too much.

I get obsessively neat Рyes, I am a total control freak. At the best of times this is manageable, and I can even get to be borderline messy (shock horror) if I am completely happy. But, if things around me are out of my control, I resort to obsessively controlling the area that I can Рmy house. My neatness comes out in needing everything clean and tidy with things to be in their proper places.

I talk to others less – as a naturally introverted person I do often have to force myself to hold conversations and be sociable. When I’m stressed this effort really drops and I’m perfectly content in my own company

I call my Mum more often¬†– this is pretty obvious, right? She’s like my comfort blanket and if things aren’t going well I need to talk it through with her

I don’t sleep well – I love my sleep. I need at least eight hours a night, if not nine. When I’m stressed, it shows in my sleep pattern – I get fidgety and uncomfortable, I throw my pillows around and my quilt usually ends up rotated 90 degrees if not completely upside down!

I know it may seem strange that I’ve made a blog post out of a list of stress-symptoms, but it actually does help me to identify what’s going on and begin to do something about it. Plus, it’s my blog so if you don’t like my choice of subjects, it’s a bit tough actually!

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