This week has been a bit pants, really. I have just felt very stressed and not really focussing on anything I want to do. On a positive note, I have started my leave from work and had my little sister to stay, so not all bad.
I went to see my Dad on Saturday, for his 70th birthday. We had a little get together in the afternoon, and then went out for dinner in the evening. We went to The Harbour Inn in Lyme Regis, his favourite restuarant and Lyme Regis is also one of his favourite places. It was lovely to see him, and spend some time with him and other members of my family. The only issue I had was that my partner and Bubs had to leave early and go all the way back home to Bristol, as Bubs would not have made it through the evening dinner.
On Sunday, we drove back to Bristol with my little sister in tow. She has been staying the lat few days, and its been nice to see her and spend a bit of time with her. Now she’s 18, it can be really obvious the differences between her and other people her age; She bought a colouring book and a frozen CD on Monday, and she has really enjoyed using them. I guess it has just made me see how different her life will be from mine.
Today, we have been to Wild Place, a wildlife park in Bristol. It was a lovely relaxing time actually and I really enjoyed spending time with everyone there.
I am now on annual leave from work and don’t have to go back for a few weeks. It’s lovely to feel I don’t have to go back soon, and I get a proper break. I haven’t had two weeks off work for years! We are off to Menorca next week and I really can not wait. I do need to start packing though….
Bought some fab Primark bargains this week. I got these leggings for £3 and I couldn’t be happier with them! I also got a couple of summer dresses to take on holiday.
Weight wise, things have been a bit of a nightmare this week. Dinner out on saturday was tough, but I stuck to my guns and just had a steak with salad, no chips and no pudding. It was the drink though that really undid me; if I had stuck to diet coke I would have been fine. I know I need to enjoy myself, but I have really seen this week that, actually, alcohol is not the be all and end all. I love a glass of wine or two, but that’s where it is going to stop (not that I drink excessively anyway but last Saturday was rather silly!) I just have to see how I go on Friday and then as I have my holiday, I think I will need to just be sensible and when I get back really tackle it.
Food wise has also been an issue with my sister here. She loves going out for lunch, but she’ll only eat certain things. Like burgers, pizza or chicken nuggets. So trips to McDonalds and other fast food joints have been made. I have made healthy choices where I can, but what I have realised recently is that it costs so much more to choose the healthy version! What’s that about?! Having a salad would have been £4 more expensive than the burger we had yesterday. When you are on a budget, these things do matter and I have had to sometimes make a financial decision over a healthy one. That’s not fair in my mind. After all, a salad can’t cost more than a burger and chips to make?!
I have finished We Were Liars and I enjoyed this book, although I wonder if I missed the point somewhere. I liked the ending but I don’t know if I would have called it a ‘shocking’ twist. I have now started a book called The Poet’s Wife which I am going to review next – it’s sounding good so far!
Bubs has had a lovely week, but we are still having issues with sleep. Things have improved somewhat, but we are still having days when she doesn’t nap, and therefore goes to sleep early, and also days when it is really tricky to get her to go to sleep. We have stopped using her winnie the pooh projector as although at one point, this did help her get to sleep, now it seems to wake her up!
She is eating much better and really has taken to the spoon/spork this week. She has been eating couscous and vegetables, veggie fajitas, quorn Bolognese and lentil pasta and seems to be really enjoying them! The chocolate obsession seems to be waning and we are back on the fruit yogurts again. I am enjoying sharing mealtimes with her at the moment.
She is talking so much, and saying new words all the time. So many little phrases and sentences are emerging, such as ‘look ___(at object such as stick/flower)’ ‘ I/Me Eat’ and she is also pointing at things and asking their name, or telling me their name. She has also started to sing ‘EIEIO’ and a little bit of baa baa black sheep, which is mixing it up a little from ABC and Twinkle Twinkle!
I can’t wait (and slightly dreading) taking her on holiday, it will be so lovely to be just us three together, and I am looking forward to seeing her in the pool.
This week I have been loving some Pukka Tea I was sent to review. Clean Green Tea and Morning Time – both are lovely and just what I need to help with my water intake and stop me having too much tea and milk.