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Midweek Mundane

This was a thing for a while; at least amongst a couple of bloggers that I followed, so I thought I’d resurrect it. In case you’re wondering, it’s just a general description of a midweek day; nothing special or out of the ordinary, just a normal day at work. Although most of the extraordinary days start off as mundane, so who knows what’s going to happen!

The day of choice is today, 10th May 2017. A very typical day in the life of me and my job, though as we are one week away from leaving for one of our events, it was busier day than many others, with lots of loose ends to tie up, and a to-do list to work through.

My mornings are usually fairly stress-free, mainly because I don’t trouble myself with too much. I usually wake up fairly early, but lay in bed until I can’t push it any further. Today, I had to put tonight’s dinner in the slow cooker, so I had to give myself a little more time – in the shower by 7.45, dinner was cooking by 8.10, and we were out the door by 8.30, as always.

Breakfast at my desk is always cereal, and because I bought the biggest box of cornflakes about two weeks ago, it’s been cornflakes for a while. This led me straight into a morning of work; as I mentioned, it’s all stuff to do with the show, tying up loose ends. I decided to try something new this morning, as my friend Hannah had told me a little while ago about the idea of working solidly for 52 minutes and then taking a 17 minute break. I can’t take a 17 minute break in the middle of the morning, but I can try and work without distractions for 52 minutes, and then reward myself with a cup of tea or something similar. So that’s what I did, until halfway through I was pulled into a meeting. It worked quite well though!

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Lunch was boring, a couple of slices of raisin loaf and a yoghurt. I struggle so much with lunches; it’s not always feasible to have leftovers from last night’s dinner, and so I’m often left with a sandwich or something equally uninspiring. Tomorrow we have a group lunch, Fajita Thursday or Friday has been a thing for a while; we each take it in turns to bring in a different component of the fajitas, and it’s my favourite lunch of the week!

The afternoon was a little frantic; we had some website issues that needed to be sorted, and there were various emails that needed to be sent out. The best thing about the afternoon was the return of the ice cream man who has been missing for a few weeks!

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After work, and after a hastily eaten dinner (aren’t slow cookers amazing?) Hannah and I went into Colchester, back to our old university, to see a play. It was called Semblance of Madness!, and it was only about 45 minutes long, with a cast of three, but it was certainly interesting. A quick trip to Tesco, and back home, with one episode of Parks and Rec, and now I’m in bed writing this and listening to this week’s episode of The West Wing Weekly.

A thoroughly mundane Wednesday, with an interesting evening to perk things up!

 

Life Lately

Life Lately

Every now and again I feel the need to do a Life Lately post. It’s usually a good way of kickstarting my blog again, and giving me a way of getting back to a slightly more regular schedule of posting.

At the moment, my blog has descended into being a cluster of posts at the end of the month that are roundups of one type or another. That’s not what I want it to be, but I never seem to find the time to write anything else. There’s no reason for this either; I am no busier than the average person who has a full-time job and no children, but time just seems to slip away into a black hole that is full of Netflix watching and Twitter scrolling.

But I’m making lists of posts that I want to write, so I do feel as though the impetus to actually write is returning slightly. I’m not terribly concerned with all of the other stuff that seems to come along with blogging these days, but I do enjoy the writing, and the connecting with a small group of bloggers that I have come to know. So I’m going to have another run at it!

I’ve also made a couple of aesthetic changes around here, so if you read my posts actually on my blog, rather than through a reader, you’ll notice a new theme. It’s not exactly what I want, but until I take the time to work out exactly what that is, it’ll do for now!

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Well it’s been a little while. I find myself having to write these types of post more and more often; explaining my absence from the blog, and for some reason finding it necessary to apologise.

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In the last couple of months I’ve purposely taken a bit of a step back from blogging, because it has started to feel a lot more like a chore than a pleasure. I’ve written on more than one occasion about feeling a pressure to conform when it comes to blogging, and at the moment, it’s not a pressure that I feel I need. Life has been so busy lately, and continues to be so; I rarely find myself with a free day to just completely relax and do nothing. Most of this busyness is merely down to fun days out and meeting up with people, and so I don’t feel as though I can reasonably complain; but in all honesty it’s beginning to take its toll a little bit, and removing blogging from the equation has been one little concession that I’m happy to have made to try and clear my head.

Frankly, with current events being what they are, complaining about being busy with a Monday to Friday working week and social engagements at the weekend feels entirely out of order, but putting things into perspective by acknowledging the horror in the world is easier said than done sometimes.

All I will say is that despite considering giving up the whole blogging thing entirely, I’ve decided that I ultimately I like it too much, and I’m going to keep things ticking over for the rest of the year. In the somewhat arbitrary way that the new year suggests the need for a new start, I’ll be back with a bang in 2016, or at least I’ll try and commit to a more regular posting schedule before deciding that this just doesn’t work for me, and ultimately ending up writing yet another one of these types of posts.

I’m also going to spending some time getting back to reading blogs. Reading went the way of writing in terms of blogging, and I’m not even sure why. I get as much pleasure out of reading the posts of the bloggers that I admire, as from writing posts myself, so I don’t know why I let that whole thing fall by the wayside. If you start getting comments on posts from two months ago, it’s because I’m playing catch up!

By this point, it’s unlikely that I have that many regular readers left, but part of the new start will be committing to the idea that I am absolutely writing this blog for me, as a record of my oh-so-busy life, so it shouldn’t matter who is reading and who isn’t!

Life Lately

Life Lately

So there I was, all prepared to jump back on the blogging wagon, and I went and left it another two weeks! Part of this was due to technical difficulties; if there’s anyone left out there who is remotely interested in reading my blog, you might have noticed that it just wasn’t there for a while. My wonderful tech friend Lewis, who looks after that side of things for me, sorted it out, and told me that I was the victim of a Denial of Service attack. This means nothing to me, apart from sounding scary, but he’s awesome, and he sorted it out for me, as he always does when I run into technical difficulties over here. He’s a star!

And then I ran into a bit of laziness; I’ve been fairly busy in the last couple of weeks, and the thought of blogging wasn’t doing an awful lot for me. But I’ve been writing posts in my head, and making lists, so I’m hoping for inspiration to hit again really soon. This post is just serving as a bit of a brain-dump; a portal back into the ways of the blogger, hopefully!

I want to share my recent favourite podcast discoveries, some music I’ve been enjoying, the recent Photo an Hour from last weekend, my trip to Edinburgh, the films I’ve been watching, the books I’ve been reading, and a few other things. I have an idea for a post swap that I think might be fun, but I need to gauge interest first. I want to get things looking a bit more me, because at the moment, that header isn’t working for me!

I need to get back into the habit of a weekly post sharing my favourite links, because there’s so much fun stuff out there that needs to be shared! There’s a couple of 33 Before 33 updates to be shared, as I near my birthday (just over two months – that’s not long to get more stuff ticked off!).

By the by, I just thought I’d share my latest wonderful find; Stokpic. You probably already know about it, but it’s a completely free website where you can download photos for use in almost any way you like. The above photo is one such image. Good stuff.

A Fresh Start

 

A Fresh Start

I feel as though I write these sorts of posts all too regularly, though I’m not sure if I actually do, or if I write them in my head!

This is going to be one of those ‘Sorry I haven’t been around for a while, I’m going to be much better from now’ type of posts. I don’t suppose they are of that much interest to people, but I’m trying to remind myself that ultimately, I do write my blog for me!

It’s hard to admit, but recently I’ve sort of fallen out of love with blogging, and everything that comes along with it. I see what other bloggers have to say about blogging as a whole, and overall, I don’t consider myself a part of that world. I don’t want to cast accusations and aspersions, but blogging will always be about writing and a space of my own on the internet for me, rather than seeking out opportunities, and I want to ‘surround’ myself with bloggers who share this mindset.

I haven’t been reading blogs as much as I once did, either, but part of my fresh start means having a proper clear out of my Feedly and filling it with the blogs I actually care about; not the ones I feel I should be reading, but the ones I look forward to reading.

I have plans for the blog, but before I can put any of them into place, I have to get a bit more organised. I am terrible for pushing deadlines to the limit, and doing things in such a slapdash way that sometimes they don’t get done at all. I’m going to set aside actual times for blogging, and set up a proper calendar. As I implied, this isn’t an attempt to make my blog the biggest and bestest, it’s an attempt to make it more of what I want it to be!

So, with hope, there will be some more regular posting around here, and hopefully it will be things you are interested in reading about!

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