Reading… ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying’ by Marie Kondo. Oh my goodness. Everyone should read this book. Everyone.
Watching… Breaking Bad. Yes, finally. I’m on Season 4. It took me a while to get into it, I found it a little slow the first couple of seasons but I’m pretty hooked now. Also delighted that Power and The Affair are back!
Listening to… The ‘Jen Gotch is OK, Sometimes’ podcast with, you guessed it, Jen Gotch. This woman is hilarious. If you’re looking for a clear, focussed podcast on mental health and business development, this podcast is NOT for you. If you’re looking for a fun, hilarious and at times scatty podcast that talks about starting a multi-million international company, as well as mental health in a relaxed way while still taking it seriously, then this podcast is for you.
Happy about… Peony season. Those and Calla Lilies are my favourite flowers.
Surprised by… This AMAZING Irish summer. I can’t believe how long we’ve had this sunshine and these high temperatures. Long may it last.
Focussing on… The 100 Day Project, still. Only 7 days to go. The same as last year, I get so into the project and I feel like starting another project as soon as this 1 is over.
Eating… A lot of BBQs. Too many Soleros and some yummy salads.
Planning… My friend Jade’s hen weekend for next March. Really fun and also very intimidation at the same time. I don’t arrange trips for 2 people, never mind a whole group.
Enjoying… The World Cup. There has been a lot of surprise exits. Who will go on to win it? Brazil? France? Possibly England?
Looking forward to… a week in Fethard On Sea in Wexford later this month. I’m hoping the weather keeps up.
Reading… ‘The Year of Less’ by Cait Flanders. I heard a bit about this book on Instagram so decided to give it a go & it hasn’t disappointed. I’m amazed by how much of her possessions Cait has managed to get rid of.
Watching… Dexter. I’ve only 1 episode to go and it got a bit silly in the last season but I’ve enjoyed it over all. I also watched season 1 & 2 of Divorce and loved it. Sarah Jessica Parker is fashion goals in everything she does.
Listening to… ‘There Are Other Ways’ podcast with Fiona Barrows. Oh my god, I could talk about it for ever. It’s soooo good. Fiona talks to different women in each episode who are living life a little differently to the “norm”. It’s thought provoking and entertaining and as a woman, it’s so inspiring.
Focussing on… The 100 Day Project. 28 days in & loving it.
Pinning… healthy food recipes & calligraphy fonts.
Eating… lots of cauliflower rice & trying a new oat, banana & peanut butter cookie recipe. Although, we were at a wedding this weekend and ate & drank all of the wrong things.
Scrapping… nothing right now. I have January & February done. I was hoping to get a start on my March spread before April was over, but no such luck.
Looking forward to… a trip to Madrid next weekend!
Reading… ‘Fully Functioning Human (Almost): Living in an Online/Offline World’ by the Irish YouTuber Melanie Murphy. I’m only a couple of chapters in but so far so good.
Watching… Suits. I’m on season 2 and it’s fun and easy-watching. And before you ask, I’m completely guilty of watching it to get a look at Meghan Markle before she gave it all up for Harry. I’m also excited that Grey’s Anatomy is back after it’s winter break and I’ve just watched Big Little Lies and loved loved loved it.
Listening to… Pink’s new album ‘Beautiful Trauma’. It’s great and I didn’t expect any less. I’ve loved all her albums.
Focussing on… My one little word for 2018 – LESS.
Pinning… quotes and ideas for my One Little Word for 2018.
Eating… A lot of Weight Watchers recipes so lots of chicken, eggs & fish.
Totally over… Winter! It’s long, miserable & grey.
Scrapping… My 2017 Project Life album. All of the photos are printed. I’m just working through my PL cards and embellishments now.
Planning… My 100 Day Project for 2018! Yes, I’m aware it doesn’t start until April but the idea came to me this week and now I’m excited about it.
Enjoying… making the most of weekends with less alcohol intake.
Looking forward to… a couple of days away in Donegal next month
Reading… Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong. At least I was until my car was broken into and it was taken inside my bag. I’ll need to buy a second copy.
Watching… Power. Season 2, hooked! I’m also watching Ozark. I’m about half way through the first season. I’m enjoying it but waiting for it to pick up pace a little.
Listening to… Casefile podcasts. I listened to their 3 part podcast on Jonestown because I find Cults fascinating. I always have. Now I’m listening to them on the way to and from work. If you are interested in true crime then I’d highly recommend them.
Celebrating… Chief turning 10 at the weekend! He’s really turning into a grumpy old man but he was very happy with the steak he got for his birthday treat!
Focussing on… work mostly!
Eating… lots of smoked salmon and poached eggs but unfortunately all of the things I shouldn’t eat too!
Happy… about my new haircut. It was badly in need of a cut.
Scrapping… my 2017 Project Life spreads. I’ve just started this year so I’ve got my cover page and January completed.
Purging… beauty products and old make-up that I will never use or is most likely passed its use by date.
Planning… to make some healthy soups this week and to plan my meals a bit better in the hopes I don’t fall off the wagon!
Enjoying… a couple of unexpected days off work due to Storm Ophelia. Thankfully we didn’t get hit badly but my thoughts go out to the parts of the country that were and the people who lost their lives.
Looking forward to… A trip to Paris that Dave got for my 30th birthday. We’re going next month!!
Reading… The Shack by Wm Paul Young. I didn’t realise the movie had just come out so it’s a happy coincidence. I look forward to watching it once I’m done reading. This book has been on my list for a very very long time.
Watching… Grey’s, Grey’s and more Grey’s. Almost finished season 11 though so suggestions for TV shows are welcome now for when my Grey’s anatomy journey ends.
Listening to… Elise Gets Crafty Podcasts again! Season 4 has just begun and I really really enjoyed episode 1.
Drinking… Wine!! I drank two glasses of a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc last week and really liked it. This might be the year that I become a wine drinker. That would make life easier on holidays when I’m trying to figure out what the hell to drink. (it’s important that I point out that I mean holidays in the Irish sense – as in vacation to any American or Canadian readers – although if I’m giving off the impression that I only drink a few times a year at like Christmas etc. I’m cool with that too!)
Focussing on… getting all things work tidied up before I finish up for most of July and August. Yay!
Eating… pizza…today anyway…
Scrapping… my 2016 Project Life spreads. I’m getting there slowly but surely. I should have the 2016 year finished in the next couple of weeks.
Purging… clothes and cheap sunglasses. I have an embarrassing amount of them.
Cooking… thai curries with prawns, so many prawns.
Looking forward to… A wedding in two weeks and then a few days in Kerry all going well.
Reading… The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes. I forgot how easy and fun her books are to read. I did not forget how funny she is. Her sense of humour is just brilliant.
Watching… Still hooked on Grey’s Anatomy. I’m almost at the end of season 9 now. What the hell am I going to do with my evenings when I catch up?
Listening to… TED Talks on my Podcast app while I drive. I’m learning all sorts of things in mostly 16-18 minute time slots.
Drinking… more water….finally!
Focussing on… getting back on track with my weight loss. I’ve been seriously slacking since December. Losing & gaining the same few pounds but I’m trying to be a bit more disciplined again.
Enjoying… some May sunshine in Ireland. Hopefully it lasts through the weekend!Although he hates the sun, my partner in crime, Chief, can’t help but sit out there with me when I’m reading.
Pinning… my own blog posts!
Considering… a trip to Bratislava in the summer.
Reading… 100 Pep Talks by Elise Blaha Cripe. I love everything she does and turning last year’s 100 Day Project into a book was a great idea. I’m falling asleep very quickly at night so I’m not getting through any books in a hurry.
Watching… Still hooked on Grey’s Anatomy. I’m on season 7 now, addicted and pretty sure I could perform emergency surgery if needed. I’m also catching up on the latest season of Homeland. I love it but it’s 1 of those shows I have to binge watch so I record the whole season & watch it over a couple of days. Just 2 episodes to go…
Listening to… Ed Sheeran’s new album, on repeat. Pretty sure I can sing it word for word at this stage.
Drinking… too much alcohol. It’s something about brighter weekends then make cider a great idea.
Making… lists using my new rainbow list sticky notes from ‘Get To Work Book’.
Enjoying… having 2 weeks off for Easter. I’m getting a big wardrobe clear-out done and it feels good!!
Taking… part in Elle Luna’s 100 Day Project. I have been doing something for my blog everyday for the past 11 days. So far so good.
Looking forward to… a long weekend in Wexford for the May bank holiday.
Pinning…lots of my old blog posts. I’m trying to share them on different platforms.
Considering…where we might go for a summer holiday. Any suggestions?
Reading… ‘Why Not Me?’ by Mindy Kaling. I’m not far into it but so far it’s living up to her first book ‘Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?’. The woman is a comical genius.
Watching… 2 completely different things. The first is Fortitude. I’m a little behind as I’m only a little more than half way through season 1. The second is the total opposite end of the spectrum with Grey’s Anatomy. I need something light and fun to balance out the seriousness of Fortitude.
Listening to… Elise Cripe’s podcast ‘Elise Gets Crafty’. It’s my favourite and I have a good few to catch up on so I’m listening to them on the drive to and from work.
Pinning… gel nail inspo and healthy(ish) food ideas.
Drinking… a lot more tea than I used to…
Scrapping… nothing and feeling guilty about it.
Enjoying… a slightly quieter February after a pretty chaotic January.
Cooking… a lot of easy dinners like turkey burgers and sweet potatoes
Focusing on… saving more and spending less. It’s not going too badly but I could still watch my spending a little more.
Taking… a mindfulness meditation class. I’m enjoying it but I don’t think 5 weeks is enough. where do I sign up for life?
Looking forward to… a trip to Budapest in early March!!
Reading… ‘Not That Kind of Girl’ by Lena Dunham. I’m not enjoying it as much as I’d hoped which means I’m reading less and falling behind on The Big Book Challenge.
Watching… I’ve just finished watching Chicago P.D. and now I’m starting Chicago Fire. I like the idea that there’s a few TV shows happening in conjunction with each other. Lovin’ the crossovers.
Listening to… George Ezra ‘Wanted on Voyage’. It’s bringing back all the feels of me bopping away on my own (with lots of strangers) to him at Electric Picnic last year.
Pinning…Project Life layout inspiration.
Drinking… Less Diet Coke as of this week. 2 can per day is my lot but I’m not feeling too optimistic about weekends.
Scrapping…February & March’s Project Life spreads. Pictures are printed and I’m working on completing the spreads now. It feels good to be up almost to date.
Enjoying… The longer, brighter days now that the clocks have changed.
Cooking…Using the new Slow Cooker. We’ve had some lovely pork chops and chicken curry so far. I’m looking forward to trying something more sweet next.
Purging… Kitchenware and baking materials. The last month has seen a big attic and food press clear out.
Planning…My meals a week in advance to try and get back on track with my weight loss plan.
Looking forward to…pay day! Feeling kinda broke and that seems to be a regular thing these days.
Reading… Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín. Book number 3 in The Big Book Challenge. I saw the film when it came out in the cinema and loved it so I decided to give it a go.
Watching… no new TV shows because I’m trying to cut down on series binges. I am still watching Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife & Hawaii Five-O on a weekly basis, which is more than enough.
Listening to… Gavin James’ debut album Bitter Pill. AMAZING! Go get it.
Pinning… home decor including a lot of monochrome, book nooks and quotes about travel and more on gender inequalities.
Drinking… too much Diet Coke, as usual.
Considering… what I’ll do with the 2 weeks off for Easter.
Purging… lots of paper and old old unused scrapbook materials
Enjoying… reading more.
Cooking… fried onions, mushrooms & spinach with garlic. Yum!!
Organising… the craft room for the bazillionth time so I can use it more coming into the warmer weather. It’s the coldest room in the house.
Loving… The slightly longer days, glimpses of sunshine and gorgeous sunsets.
Looking forward to… St. Patrick’s Day this Thursday!