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Motivation Monday

Where I post about what I aim to get done this next week, along with a brief update on how I did with my aims for the previous week. Will include writing as well as craft related stuff, and will be functioning like a master “to do” list, and hopefully replacing the myriad scribblings on backs of envelopes currently covering my desk…

Throwback Thursday

I’m already posting old pics of myself once a week on Facebook, but I’ll start sharing them here too, you lucky people :P

Social Saturday

This will be the real life update part of what was formerly Update Monday. Expect cute Daisy pics on a regular basis. And please, come along and share what you’ve been up to. I love to hear what all my regular commenters are up to!

Vintage Smut Sunday

Because I adore vintage porn and have been collecting it wherever I can. I’ll be sharing a few of my favourite drawings or photographs each week. I can’t guarantee it will happen every week as it takes me ages to set up these posts, but I’ll do my best as it’s such fun!

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Motivation Monday: will this heatwave ever end?

Okay, here were last week’s aims and how I did with them. Please bear in mind, it’s been exceedingly hot over here in the UK, and the heat has sapped a lot of my energy:

  • Write 13k of Scrap, bringing it up to 59k. – I’m counting this as a success. Actually, I was 730 words short, but considering how I kept getting my writing days interrupted and cut short, I’m amazed I managed to get that much done.
  • Tidy and sort the garage, freecycling all the stuff I no longer need. - sort of. I did tidy, but haven’t yet got around to freecycling. However, I took some cuttings and overseeded the lawn, so I’ve been busy in the garden instead.
  • Write up my account of the UK Meet – nope. I think I might have to give up on this idea. Maybe I’ll just post some pics with a commentary instead.
  • Make time to create a Vintage Smut Sunday post! – sadly, my Sunday morning was too busy with housework. Then Daisy and I went swimming with friends at Centre Parcs in the afternoon. Sorry!

And for this week… well, it’s the first week of the school summer holidays (starting on Wednesday), so I know I’m going to be busier than usual. However, I have Daisy going in to a really good kids’ club on two of the remaining days, and I’m going for a spa day on Wednesday with my mate Rach, so I’ll get some time to myself!

Here’s what I hope I can manage to get done this week:

  • Write 11k of Scrap, bringing it up to 70k.
  • Freecycle stuff from the garage
  • Repot the houseplants that need it (and a few outside that need it too)
  • Sow rocket seed for summer salads
  • Tidy up “Daisy corner” in the living room. It’s a total state!
  • Make time to create a Vintage Smut Sunday post

What about the rest of you? Anyone got any goals for their week they want to share? :)

Motivation Monday: over halfway through the WIP!

  • Write 14k of Scrap, bringing it to a grand total of 46,000 words (over halfway through!)
  • Finish the bloody long-sleeved t-shirt! – I tried, but was having problems dealing with a twin needle for the hemming. And then my sewing machine broke down… :(
  • Make some fresh pizza dough (never done this before) - Bloody gorgeous it was too!
  • Piece the backing fabric for at least one of my three unfinished quilts. - I made some headway on one of them.
  • Declutter the area around my computer. – nope, but I decluttered one side of the living room instead.
  • Write and post my account of the UK Meet. - erm, no…

So, for this week I have some extra help around the house and garden (another lovely Workawayer has come to stay), and I’ll be able to get more stuff done decluttering-wise.
Here, then, are this week’s aims:

  • Write 13k of Scrap, bringing it up to 59k.
  • Tidy and sort the garage, freecycling all the stuff I no longer need.
  • Write up my account of the UK Meet
  • Make time to create a Vintage Smut Sunday post!

What about the rest of you? Anyone got any goals for their week they want to share? :)

Motivation Monday: a third of the way through the WIP

So, how did I do with last week’s aims?

  • Write 14k of Scrap - Almost. I ended up taking Wednesday off as a recovery day after my traumatic dentist visit, so it was only 11k. However, I stayed on track for all the other days, so I’m counting it as done :)
  • Get the Stuff print galley checked, including review quotes for the beginning.
  • Put review quotes on the Stuff website page.
  • Declutter the area around my computer. - This did not happen.
  • Finish the long-sleeved t-shirt- I would have done, if it hadn’t been for suddenly realising that while I had twin needles, I didn’t have one designed for stretch fabrics. Then when that arrived, I realised I’d need an extra spool of thread. You live and learn!
  • Write and post my account of the UK Meet. – FAIL!

However, I did manage to tick off something that never got done on a list from a previous week:

  • Buy supplies for finishing two of the quilts I started years ago.

This week’s aims:

  • Write 14k of Scrap, bringing it to a grand total of 46,000 words (over halfway through!)
  • Finish the bloody long-sleeved t-shirt!
  • Make some fresh pizza dough (never done this before)
  • Piece the backing fabric for at least one of my three unfinished quilts.
  • Declutter the area around my computer.
  • Write and post my account of the UK Meet.

Anyone else got any aims for the week ahead they want to share here?

Social Saturday: dental trauma

This week has been pretty much psychologically dominated by my trip to the dentist–namely the private gum doctor my NHS dentist referred me to, as the NHS funded Bristol Dental Hospital wouldn’t accept her referring me, as they didn’t think the problem was severe enough yet.

Anyway, it turns out that I have advanced aggressive gum disease (not my fault–I look after my teeth really well, but some people’s gums are just more susceptible to the bacteria). I’ve lost a centimetre of bone already in some parts of my jaw, so some of my teeth are extremely vulnerable as they’re only anchored by a very short length of root. It was a shock to hear things are that bad–you really wouldn’t think there’s anything wrong to look in my mouth, and there’s no pain and only very occasional bleeding. However, the problem has gone deep.

Fortunately, non-surgical private treatment is available that should sort out the problem once and for all (provided I thereafter follow an absolutely scrupulous oral hygiene regime), but it sounds horrendous (pulling the gum away from the teeth and scraping away the top layer of the root) and is going to cost me the grand total of £1360, plus an extra couple of hundred to buy a fancy electric toothbrush and various dietary supplements to help support the healing process. However, I’m going to do it. I lost one tooth last time I pregnant (needed root canal work, which they won’t do when you’re preggers, so I had it pulled instead), and I don’t want to lose any more this time around. I have to wait till October, though, as they’re booked solid until then.

On the bright side, going to a private dentist was a wonderful experience. Worlds away from the NHS in terms of comfort and patient care. I have to look on the bright side–and be grateful it’s been caught at this stage before I’ve actually lost any teeth.

I don’t really remember much more than that from my week, but I know I’ve done some nice things, like taking Daisy swimming today, and doing some work on a quilt top I started years ago. Here it is–ready to be quilted now. Wonder how many more years that will take me?!

Yellow Brick Road quilt top

What’s everyone else been up to this week? Share your good news!

Motivation Monday: a quarter of the way through my first draft!

Okay, here were last week’s aims and how I did with them.

  • Write 13k of Scrap.Yes, or near enough, anyway! I’m now at 20,726 words, so about a quarter of the way through my first draft. Yay!
  • Write and post my account of the UK Meet. – Am I ever going to find time to do this?
  • Finish sewing the long-sleeved t-shirt. – Almost. I did the neckband, but I realised I needed some wash away hemming tape in order to finish the sleeves and hem properly. It’s been ordered.
  • Make Daisy a pink recorder case.
  • Start looking for a new place to live. - I don’t need to any more. Yay!
  • Go through my kitchen bookshelves and get rid of any books I no longer need.I didn’t actually do this with the books, but I got rid of a couple of boxes of ornamental bits and bobs and a whole pile of magazines and catalogues instead, which I consider an equal success :)

This week’s aims:

  • Write 14k of Scrap.
  • Get the Stuff print galley checked, including review quotes for the beginning.
  • Put review quotes on the Stuff website page.
  • Declutter the area around my computer.
  • Finish the long-sleeved t-shirt.
  • Write and post my account of the UK Meet.

I also have to fit in a trip to see a private gum specialist on Wednesday morning, which will be very expensive but since I don’t want all my teeth to fall out, I figure it will be worth it in the long term. I have unexplained bone loss in my jaw, so my dentist is really concerned but the NHS aren’t interested in doing anything about it until it gets much worse. Boo!

Anyone else got any aims for their week ahead they want to share?

Vintage Smut Sunday is back! (gay erotica, NSFW)

I’m baaack! These posts always take me a while to put together (especially as I now search for credits for the photographers and models–not always possible to find, but I do my best), and I’m sorry I haven’t had the time to do one in a while.

This week I’m sharing some pics of naked guys in bed (or on a sofa together). What they all have in common apart from the era (early 70s judging by the hair) is the fact the blokes aren’t hard, but I still think these are all sexy pics (perhaps because they all have nice feet). See what you think…

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Social Saturday: The rains have come

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Flowers from my garden, before the rains hit

It’s another rainy day in Somerset today, but I’m rather glad because I think my poor garden needs it. Well, the lawn does at any rate–it was starting to look decidedly un-British and crispy.

This week I haven’t got a great deal to report, but I am incredibly relieved not to have to be looking for a new place to live after all. I spoke to my landlady and she is holding off the sale until next year, in the hope I can raise enough money to buy the house (she really wants me to have it as I’m her favourite tenant). Here’s hoping I can sell enough books by then to make that a possibility! I’ll have to tighten the purse strings and save even more for a deposit, but I think I can manage *fingers crossed*

Anyway, I’ve still been carrying on with some decluttering because that’s always a good thing–I really wouldn’t want to turn out like Jasper! My boot is now half full of unwanted ornaments to take down the charity shop, and I plan to weed through various other areas of the house over the next few months. Might as well take advantage of this nesting instinct while it’s here!

Daisy is a delight as always, and the boyfriend is as solid as a rock. Also, I’ve been writing lots. Tonight I’ll be going out for a meal in Bristol, and tomorrow night I’ll be seeing other friends. Life is good :)

What’s everyone else been up to?

Throwback Thursday: Festival season

I didn’t find time to post on of these here last Thursday, so today I’m sharing two of my first festival pics what with it being Glastonbury weekend down here in Somerset (I can tell because it started pissing down with rain today!)

Here’s a #throwbackthursday from 1994. That’s a 17 yr old me at my first (and only) Glastonbury Festival. And don’t ask what that was I was smoking. When in Rome… :P

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And here’s another pic from a sunny festival. This is me at my first WOMAD back in 2000. I might have only been to Glastonbury the once, but WOMAD pulled me back year after year, even if I’ve only been for a day trip in recent years (I’m not a happy camper now I’m older!)

festie1Anyone else got any festival memories they want to share? Or are any of you planning on heading to one this summer?