Once upon a time I was a good little blogger and actually wrote posts on a regular basis. Looking back now, I thought it hadn't been as long as it clearly has since I last wrote, and also - I was much better at posting last year than I thought I was! Huh - who knew?
But anyhoo - apparently it was January when I last wrote something and I'm not really sure where the time has gone since then. If it's any comfort, it's seems to have really flown by in real life too!
In just 2 days time, it will already be 4 months since I got the keys to my very first house. 4 MONTHS!! It's certainly looking homier than when I moved, and yet I've also not got as much done as I dreamily thought I would. Mostly because I've discovered that a) I hate painting. I only did one room so far and that was quite enough for me - next time I'm getting a decorator in to do the main slog for me! and b) everything costs a lot more than you think and buying a house is really expensive and basically I ran out of money for now. Probably not helped by the fact that I slunk off for a 5 star week skiing in Switzerland in January - oops.
What I have managed to do though is completely paint the front bedroom and get new carpet laid and when I finally have time to drive a van to my dad's house and collect my bed from him I can actually think about moving in there - well done me!
I've started hanging my pictures, bought a sofa and a coffee table (the tv stand is still a cardboard box though) and spent endless hours pouring over the internet trying to work out what style my house will be and splodging paint samples in different rooms. I've planted a few things in the garden which miraculously haven't died yet and I bought some seeds to plant a few vegetables - ambitious I know!
I have a cat! A giant, fluffy, black and white called Otto has come to live with me and we're just about getting to know each other and find a rhythm now. He throws up hairballs and tries to trip me up when I walk down the hall and I baby-talk him and freak him out with feathery cat toys which he thinks are trying to kill him - it's delightful. But all is right with the world when he curls up next to me and delicately puts a paw on me to check I'm still there / ask for a scratch behind the ears.
I went skiing at the end of January and got to tick a new country off the list - I loved it but goddamn it, I really miss the mountains. One week a year is not enough.
I handed in my notice on my job - I have two weeks left to go and I am so ready to be out of there. It was way past time for me to do it and I'm enormously looking forward to a short break and finding my next opportunity. Speaking of which I did the foundation course for coaching in February with the Coaches Training Institute in London. It was an eye-opening 3 days that challenged me more than anything in years and made me realise that I hate getting something wrong, but that it also doesn't kill me.
And finally - because it's sort of the point of the blog - I'm hoping that I'm slowly turning a corner with my eating and my weight. It's slow, slow progress, but I'm consistently a few lbs down from where I was at the end of last year. Of course, I'm still up from where I was when I quit dieting but I'm happy if I'm slowly heading in the right direction. I've not got far on the scales yet, but have noticed it more in how some of my clothes fit and someone actually commented today that they thought I'd lost a little. I shall take that comment and run with it!
A lot of the work I've been doing recently has been around working out what triggers you to eat in the first place and working to remove it - quitting this job and figuring out a better long term career plan are big parts of that ... of course I also gave up alcohol for Lent, so that could also have something to do with the loss - I don't know but I guess we'll find out in the coming weeks!
In the meantime - I'm super looking forward to the long weekend for Easter, spending time with Otto, good friends and my Dad, sleeping, watching films, reading old favourite books and pottering in the house and garden.
And on that note, I'm about to fire up Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and sit back and watch.
Enjoy the bank holiday!
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