So, the buggers at WordPress have run out of storage (OK, I’ve used up all the storage I get on my free account because I like pictures. All the pictiures) and now people are talking to me about self hosting and it seems like something I should do for my blog to continue.
I have to be honest in that I don’t really understand it (even though I’ve worked in IT for many years! But I’m a wordsmith, not a technical person). I mean I kind of get it but only conceptually.
And it costs money! For something I can’t eat or wear!
Anyways, it’s all very exciting and nerve wracking (I don’t know why, it just is) so I’m looking into it and finding out more.
I’ve been recommended both BlueHost and NameCheap.
I also have a friend who says he can help me to host it on his server.
I don’t generally buy shirts, and the honest reason is because I hate ironing! Which means that, invariably, I’ll wear them and wash them once and then they sit in my wardrobe looking at me in an accusatory fashion.
But they’re so useful for this in betweeny time of year that I’ve found my eye being turned.
It started with these two from H&M. Great basics, these actually don’t need ironing (rejoice) and are great for layering underneath a jumper when it’s colder, or wearing on their own now the weather is improving. They were half price in the 50% flash sale a few weeks ago (where I also bought my current favourite dress) at just £7 each.
They don’t look anything exciting, but teamed with skinny jeans and some statement boots I’m really happy with them.
Then, in the most recent H&M sale (which of course I ordered loads from because, sale) I spotted these two.
My husband wears a lot of checked shirts, and when I showed him these he thought I’d bought them for him!
He was pretty disappointed that they’re for me. So far I’ve worn them with indigo straight leg jeans, but they’ll be good with denim cut offs in summer as well as battered pale blue jeans and sandals. Unfortunately these will need ironing (ick) but I really like them so will try and make an exception!
They’re lovely and soft and cost just £7 (top) and £5 (bottom).
Four new very versatile tops for just £26; how great is that?!
For anyone not familiar with these, you basically follow a program to do increased amount of each exercise each day. This was my “pre-bikini-betterdosomethingquick” plan.
It didn’t quite go according to plan. Most of my fads don’t. I did the first three days – all good. Then you have one day of rest. The trouble is I forgot to restart after my day of rest. So I took 2 days of rest. Then I got back on it. Then I forgot again the next day.
What can I say, I’m easily distracted.
So I’ve now introduced a new alternative “routine”. When I heat my lunch in the microwave at work at lunchtime, I’ve calculated I can do 60 squats in 2 minutes. So that’s what I’m doing. Regardless of footwear.
I’m mainly wearing chunky boots at the moment, with a maximum 2 inch block heel. I’m not sure if the fact I’m slightly elevated makes a difference to the effectiveness. As much as anything it’s a mental thing; not only that I’m doing something, but that I’m sticking to it.
Obviously this is only 5 days a week.
And of course there’s the chance that someone might walk in on me, and I’m not sure who can see me through the window, but I haven’t been busted yet!
Zara is one of those shops I never think to look at. I’m not sure why. Probably because it’s more expensive than I like to pay (cheapskate!)
A few weeks ago I was in Oxford shopping and my sister went in to Zara, so I followed her for a nosy. I was amazed at how good their sale prices are – very heavily discounted with loads of items at £9.99 or less!
I couldn’t be bothered to try anything on in store (too much hassle to derobe the layers of winter clothes) so I checked out the online sale when I got home.
I was obviously late to the party, as the sales had been on for 3-4 weeks already, so many items will have already been out of stock or limited in sizes, but I did snaffle a couple of bargains that I’m very pleased with.
Multi coloured tunic dress – £9.99
First thing the husband said when I tried this on was “that’s an eating dress”. Which it is (hurrah!) but not the reason I bought it. I spotted this in store and loved the colours, it has an oriental feel with the pattern and the kimono sleeves and I think it’s a good year round item which I could wear now with boots or in summer with sandals. It will be ideal to take on holiday to wear towards the end of a trip when all the cocktails and yummy cuisine have taken their toll on my waistline!
Ditsy print floral top – £7.99
Towards the end of last summer I bought a couple of pairs of flares that I intend to wear a lot when spring arrives, and I’ve been on the look out for tops that will work with them for that hippy 70s vibe. This one is perfect. I don’t have much yellow in my wardrobe but it will look great with blue denim, and (importantly) it won’t need ironing!
I could have bought lots more if they had my size – not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing!
I’ll definitely be first in line at sale time in future.
On my birthday in December I had two new ear piercings – tragus and conch in my right ear (for the uninitiated, your tragus is the buttony bit in the middle, connected to your head, and the conch is in the middle of your ear cavity, like where bud headphones would sit).
Lots of people had told me that the tragus was quite painful to heal and awkward to sleep on, but I’ve had awkward and uncomfortable piercings in the past and always managed to persevere.
So the husband kindly paid and I had them done at The Oasis in Birmingham, who I trust implicitly because there has been a piercing place there for as long as I can remember.
The piercer told me that I’d be able to change the jewellery after 6 weeks, and if I went back they’d be happy to do it for me.
It’s now been 8 weeks and I don’t think either of them are healed enough to be changed. Most probably because I’m one of life’s natural born pickers (I know!) and I do find myself inadvertently twizzling and poking them. I really ought to bathe them more, but I kind of gave up after about 3 weeks when they seemed to be healing so well.
I’m my own worst enemy and don’t deserve nice things!
Both of them have keloid bumps on and the conch still bleeds occasionally. It’s in a funny position for healing and also my hair gets wrapped around it sometimes.
Anyway, whilst waiting for them to stop itching/bleeding/oozing and being bumpy (nice, no?) I’ve been looking at what kind of jewellery I want to go for. I definitely want a hoop in the conch piercing (I actually wanted it pierced with a hoop, but the piercer, he say no).
Love this jewellery – opals are so beautiful
Quite fancy something ornate in my tragus.
How pretty are all these earring combos? Definitely inspiring me to get some more done once these have healed.
Wowsers, I’ve reached 100 followers. This is a great milestone!
Thank you so much to each and every person who has, at one time or another, seen something that interested them enough to want to follow my little blog. I appreciate you all!
I’ll be honest, when I started this blog back at the end of February last year I thought it would be easier than it is to build up a community on my site. I didn’t expect followers, but I guess I thought the traffic would be higher? Maybe I just don’t have much to say that interests people. But who cares? The 100 people that are signed up are here through choice, and that’s fab!
Discombobulated is such a great word. I’m a big fan of great words. Succulent is my absolute favourite word. It’s just so juicy and good, it actually makes my mouth water.
Anyway, discombobulation. That actually isn’t a word (according to my spellcheck). But it’s the state I find myself in at the moment. I’m all at sixes and sevens (stupid saying). Nothing feels quite right.
Work isn’t quite right. I feel like I’m failing. Or not excelling. And I don’t know what to do about it. I lack enthusiasm and feel a little bit overwhelmed. I can’t keep playing the new girl card because I’ve been here for 9 months now. But I feel like I’ve lost my creativity and vision. Gone backwards somehow. Not in terms of my job but in terms of my approach. It’s hard to explain.
My approach to life isn’t quite right. I have lots of good intentions around eating, cutting down on booze, living more virtuously. But none of them are coming to fruition. I’m struggling to break out of the eat, drink and be merry frame of mind.
I’m totally overwhelmed by the mammoth amount of stuff that I own. And how to whittle it down so I can live in the space I have without having a floor-drobe. I’ve had the intention of downsizing my personal belongings for so long now that it’s not even funny. Last year I thought I’d turned a corner with clearing out and Marie Kondo’s approach of “if you don’t love it, get rid of it”. I even blogged about it in an epiphany of “this will change my life”. But I still find myself with bags of stuff to ebay just in case it has some value. And things that I won’t part with just in case. It’s maddening!
Death. David Bowie’s death has affected me way more than I thought it would. I’m not a David Bowie fan, as such. I mean I like him and respect him and enjoy a lot of his music. But somehow him dying is really playing on my mind. Everything is changing. Constants that have been there since my youth are changing. Cancer is fucking scary. It killed David Bowie and it killed Lemmy. My Dad has inoperable cancer. It’s too much to comprehend.
I know that all these things are just life. And people deal with all sorts of headfucks every single day. Maybe it’s the combined January effect. Maybe it’s Christmas withdrawals. Maybe I’m just feeling a bit screwy.
But discombobulated sounds better. So I’m going with that.
When I spotted this book title on my Nook I knew it would be a perfect (and topical!) holiday read!
In the end it turned out to be mainly set in the UK, but that didn’t detract from my enjoyment at all.
I love my Nook for holidays. I read a lot on holiday so it saves on luggage allowance (my minimum 6 books weigh quite heavy, I could use that space for shoes instead) and it also means I have lots of choice in case I start something that turns out to be a bit naff.
I much prefer books in every day life, but for convenience my Nook is brilliant.
So, back to the book. It starts with the prologue – a flashback to a woman in Italy on holiday, flirting with a man. Back in the present day the book’s main characters are Anna, a journalist who is looking for the father she never knew; Catherine, a family orientated housewife who’s in for a very big surprise; and Sophie who, at the beginning of the book, is living and working in Sorrento.
As usual in feel good chick lit like this the lives of the three characters become very intertwined, despite their differences in age and character. They all end up at an Italian evrning class, with different individual connections to Italy. There’s someone for everyone to relate to – Sophie is mid 20s, Anna early 30s and Catherine late 30s, and they’re all really likable. They have their faults, especially Sophie who – at the beginning – seems rather a spoilt and selfish brat but as their stories unfold you see there’s more than meets the eye to all of them, and you really are rooting for them all to get the ending they deserve.
With each character also having a sub plot as well as the main connection that brings them altogether this is a heartwarming easy read that’s just perfect for whiling away the hours.
I’ve read other novels by Lucy Diamond and enjoy her writing, I’ll definitely read more of her books in the future.
Oh, and the prologue to “One Night in Italy” is mis-leading; that’s all I’ll say!