I found a blogging challenge yesterday while flicking through blogs which seems like fun so I’m going to give it a go. You can find the list of topics here.
Here’s my first post. Topic: Goals for the month.
Chris and I have started having a ‘daygle’ (how he pronounced day goal once) which we write on our whiteboard or say to each other. It can be ”do the cleaning” or ”watch *anime name*”. Anything goes. Yesterday I was off work so my goal was to get out of bed before 11AM. I know, that’s a really lazy sounding time but I always get up early to drop him off to work so I wanted a good lie in and had a massive head and mouth ache (wisdom teeth are so not fun) so sleeping as long as possible would hopefully get rid of the pain. Did I get up by 11? Yes, at exactly 11AM. Was my head and mouth ache gone? Yup! I was feeling good so it worked out.
While having a ‘daygle’ is good, I think having a goal for the month is also a good idea because it can be a more long term goal than ‘cleaning the car’ (something I need to do more often). Here are my goals for April:
1. Start to do weights.
I was supposed to start in January so that I could look good on holiday but I’ve wasted 3 months now so I need to get myself into gear and start. I’ve 3 months left until the holiday. Surely I could do something in that amount of time that would be useful. I won’t say ”do weights every day” because I know I won’t want to do it all the time when I’m working but even if I could do it 3 or 4 times a week.
2. Finish reading 2 books.
I’ve about…4 books that are partly read and have been left that was for over a year so this month I want to finish them off. I’ve still a whole pile of books that I haven’t read so if I finish these I can start on another book. The reason I’ve written 2 books as my goal is because I know I will read lots of manga (my addiction) and play Harvest Moon on the DS (something else I get addicted to once I start playing) and I don’t think it would work if I said to finish all 4 so I’m making it more realistic.
3. Spend less.
I really need to do this so that I can save more money for spending in Japan. Chris has his spending money ready but me? I’ve only a tiny amount saved for spending so I really need to wise up. I’ve realised that my final pay day before my holiday is actually the day we leave for Japan so really I’ve only this month and next months pay left that I can take money from to get changed into the right currency. Yikes.
4. Make more effort to go to church.
Lately, I’ve been saying to myself ” lets just sleep in instead because I’m tired” and ”the car doesn’t work so I’ll not go” which really needs to stop. The car not working is not an excuse because I used to walk to church and back from this house and house further away for years before I got a car. Instead of saying ”I’m too tired” I should go to bed earlier instead so that I will be able to get up in the mornings. No more excuses.
5. Take better care of my skin.
My skin is always super dry and sore. I’ve been like it since I was born and always had many creams and lotions to put on which I used to do every day, more than once. Lately I’ve found myself getting lazy about it and as a result my skin is super painful and if I sit it feels like my legs are cracking open and having clothes on feels sore against my skin. I think that’s a pretty big sign for me to wise up and take care of my skin.
Maybe at the end of the month I should do a post to see if I have reached all of these goals. Good idea? I think so. What are your goals?
Good morning everyone!
So sorry about the lack of posts. Lately, any time I open a tab lots of pop ups and random pages of ads appear so I haven’t wanted to even attempt writing a post. Chris restored my computer a day or so ago though so now I’m back woo hoo!
How have you all been? I can’t believe its already the last day of March. The year is flying by so far. Already there is only 3 more months until we head off to Japan for our holiday. I’m so excited! There’s so much I want to try while we are there. I’ve looked up festivals and places to go and have it all written down. I did want to try an onsen but….I don’t particularly like the thought of bathing with a bunch of others and I’m pretty sure Chris feels the same as 3 male friends are coming with us and for him, that would be extra awkward. One thing I am worried about right now though is the flight. I am seriously bad at flying. I just don’t like it. I always fear the plane crashing and feel sick the whole time I’m on a plane. I can’t even eat the day I travel and cry before I even get on the plane. All that and the stress of checking in and making sure we’re there on time and don’t miss the flight and then thinking ”Where is my passport? Please be in my bag” along with others saying ”Natalie hurry we’re going to miss the plane it’s about to leave!” and ”Do you have our tickets?” when they are the ones who have them…it’s not a good time.
Anyway, right now I have to concentrate on learning a bit of the language. I want to be able to sit in a restaurant and order in Japanese and chat to people in their own language. Also, I need to lose weight before we go. Over the last couple of months I’ve put on a stone! I don’t even know how that happened because I haven’t done anything different lately. I’ll have to work hard on that.
Talk soon (^.^)/
While I did my make up for yesterdays date with Chris, I took photos just for fun (and to send to my sister…just because). When I looked back at them though I really thought ”Wow, make up totally changes how people can look in just a few steps (without all the contouring if you want to keep it simple and quick)
Apply concealer to spots/blemishes and dark circles. Doing a more triangle shape for the dark circles makes it work better than just going back and forth under the eye. I use a lot for my eyes (too many late nights)
Step 2 and 3:
Put a little foundation on your finger and cover your face, keeping it light. Next, add a thin line of eyeliner to the top lid only if you have small eyes like I do.
Apply a little mascara, again only to the top lashes. I find that if I try to put mascara on my bottom lashes I look like I have spider legs growing out of my face. Not a good look. Touch up any areas around the eye with foundation. I usually do a little more under my eye. Tip: put your index finger under your eye and blink a few times to get rid of the excess mascara after applying it to reduce the chance of getting black smudges under your eyes.
Step 5 and 6:
Add a light brush of blusher and pick a lipstick/balm with a hint of colour.
I know it looks a bit photo shopped or like I used some sort of filter but it’s actually just the angle because it was sunny for a while. I should have done another photo without the sun. Doing my hair made a difference too even though I only added a bit of gel.
Anyway, that’s it for now. Talk soon,
Chris and I work all week so Saturdays are our day to spend time together. Since last weekend was Valentines day and it would be super busy, we didn’t go anywhere or do anything. Today is going to be our Valentines day. We’ve decided to go for a meal at Salt before heading to see a movie. This is what I chose to wear:
Cardigan: Everything £5
Jeans: Dorothy Perkins
Make up: L’Oreal Paris – Super Liner, So Couture (black)
– Foundation and concealer – True Match in Ivory
Mascara – NYC Big Bold Volume (black)
Avon - Colour Trend scented and flavoured lip balm (lollipop)
I had asked if we could not give each other a gift this year as I have just started a new job and haven’t much money as well as how we have our car insurance coming up and a holiday to save spending money for. All on top of saving to buy a house. Well, Chris went off to the gym as normal on Valentines Day. A couple of hours later, I was starting to wonder where on earth he was as, although he usually stays for a while after the workout, he was still later than usual. Just as I was thinking that, I heard the door open and him and his Dad asking ”is she awake?” I heard Chris calling me so I said I was in the kitchen and in he walked with a bunch of roses. Wee cutie. We’ve been together 7 years and this was only the second or third time he had ever given me flowers since he doesn’t really see the point in getting a gift that only lasts about a week before having to be thrown out. I was pretty chuffed but still felt bad as I didn’t have anything. His reason for getting them? “I know we said not to get each other anything this year but I couldn’t have you getting nothing on Valentines Day.” I know it isn’t much but I’ve paid for our cinema tickets (which was a shock to him) because he always pays for everything.
Feeling bored, I decided to look up desserts on Pinterest. Most of the things I see there look great but whether I would ever be able to make something to look as good as the pictures is another thing altogether. While I was scrolling down, these caught my eye:
You can find the recipe here. I haven’t tried them yet but maybe I will at work and see how they turn out.
Chris and I went to see The Theory of Everything a while ago so today I’m doing a review of it. The movie is about Stephen Hawking who was played (very well) by Eddie Redmayne and follows his life as he was diagnosed with ALS – a form of motor neuron disease, meeting a girl and getting married, having children and shows what Hawkings general days were like. I thought the actor did really well portraying how the illness affected the body and there were lots of quirky lines/scenes throughout. Also, the actress who played Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones), the girl who stood by Hawking and married him, took care of him and their children was good at getting sympathy from the audience….until a certain scene made us all hate her. I guess that’s good acting too.
Although the movie was long, it wasn’t one of the movies you could get bored of. Honestly, I didn’t even feel like checking the time once to see how long was left like I usually would in a movie. You get totally sucked into the movie so I’d really recommend watching this movie. Good choice Chris!
Just after Christmas, after our massive clear out, Chris suggested we buy a bookcase for all of my manga as it had been sitting on the top of the wardrobe for years with nowhere else to put it. However, to get one, we would have to get rid of the beside table and desk in the bedroom which I’ve been using to store all my make up, nail polishes, socks etc so we decided to get a set of drawers too. Chris went straight into looking for decently priced furniture online, Ikea of course. Next day we set off (after a lot of me telling him to hurry up and get ready). I love walking round Ikea because there’s so much to see. Chris had wanted to just go and find the two things we were after. Uh huh. As soon as we got to the sofa area he started looking about then wanted to go look at computer chairs and all sorts. Luckily, we found both things we were after pretty easily (as well as little separating boxes for the drawers, some berry scented candles and two things to set the candles on). Best part? The book case was £105 and the drawers were only £85! I think that’s a pretty good deal. Trying to fit the boxes into the car though…not so funny. I had to
sit lie with my chair almost fully reclined the whole way home while part of a box sat at my head. At least we got home safely. Once we were home Chris and his Dad set to work building the book case. Unfortunately, the drawers would have to wait until tomorrow so I had to move everything off the bed. On the bright side, my book case was ready and I spent ages putting everything in alphabetical order and can see everything I have now. Here’s the finished book case and drawers:
I’m pretty happy with them and now there’s more floor space too which is nice. What I love about the book case is that there’s enough room to push all of the books back and put another row in front of it so I can keep buying manga for a while yet before I run out of room again.