Oh, but. Yesterday I met someone pretty cool...
Monday, 13 April 2015
Oh, but. Yesterday I met someone pretty cool...
Monday, 23 March 2015
So, in January, as ever, I was all 'I'm going to blog every week this year' and as is evident, that went out the window.
The last two months have been very busy. I interviewed for, and got a management position with the care provider I was a support practitioner for. Last week I moved into a new service, and from a front-line support role, up the ladder a bit into a front-line management role. So far it's going well.
I've also finished college as of last Wednesday. Assuming that the one assignment that hasn't been marked is ok, that is.
And...at this year's AGM, I took of the roll of Co-Women's Officer in my SNP branch. I am new to the role but enjoying it. After the referendum I was wondering what, other than the usual campaigning, I could do to promote progress and help shape Scoltand's future. For now, this is my bit. There was a point last month where I was trying to finish college, finish stuff at my previous job and start the new one, and campaign and it felt quite fraught. Fortunately I'm in the new job and college is finished, so it's feeling more manageable.
Other than that - I've been to the theatre to see To Kill a Mockingbird and West Side Story, I saw the Decemberists in concert which was amazing, I've read loads and we've been taking advantage of the better weather and have done a lot of walking on the beach/up hills/in the woods with Oscar. And that is where I am now...
Friday, 16 January 2015
This morning was the first time we've had proper snow since Oscar came to live with us, and since I'm on back shift today, I got to take him out in actual daylight. It snowed quite heavily, and watching him run about and have a play with other dogs in it was lovely.
Sunday, 11 January 2015
So, after a 2014 filled with glorious summer and autumn and a mild start to winter, the second week in 2015 has brought full pelt storms - rain, sleet, snow, and brutal, Gale force winds. This week, I have pretty much being getting to and from the places I need to be as quickly (and dryly) as possible, and then getting home where it's cosy and warm. That's when I'm not walking the dog in the tipping rain, obviously.
With the horrible weather - the true bleak mid-winter - has come a need for hearty soups and stews. We've eaten well*, we've kept on top of housework, we've watched many, many episodes of Friends (Dave found them on Netflix), finished watching Derek (the second season is pretty brutal in places, but also so funny), and I've started back at college and am on top of college work and enjoying the course. I've managed to fit in a bit of non-academic reading too, including keeping on top of blogs.
*I concur with Hannah of Seeds and Stitches on this one - here's her take - The Case Against the New Year Diet.
Some other posts I've enjoyed this week...
+ Dave has taken to writing again. His post on recent events in France say what I think, much better than I could.
+TYCI Blog's Trailblazers post on Alanis Morrisette.
+The return of Serena to the blogosphere was to my great delight. I've always loved her writing, and this foray into smart, hilarious political commentary does not disappoint. Her most recent post is about the beginnings of the General Election campaign.
+And because it's topical (in Hughesville) and funny, Aparentment Therapy's 10 Decorating Lessons to learn from Friends
I hope everyone else is surviving!!
Sunday, 4 January 2015
The following nine days of holiday were glorious. A weekend of eating leftover Christmas food, watching Christmas telly, easy cooking and magazine reading. A day spent with the kids I used to look after, and one spent having lunch, drinking cocktails, and laughing a lot with my two BFFs from home. A trip to Wales to see Dave's dad and step-mum - wood fires, Hogmanay visitors, food, helping a bit on the farm and a lovely (if rainy) New Years Day walk in the welsh hills. Yesterday, a day spent in the house doing a bit of organising, and then an evening at our friends' eating a delicious meal of roast lamb and a brilliant cheese board and chatting till quite late. And today. my last day of holiday, spent mostly in one place, on the sofa, drinking pots of tea, reading, and snuggling with Oscar while Dave does copious amounts of writing for work.
I can get very caught up in life. 2014 has passed in a blur of work and college and there have been times when I have felt quite overwhelmed. But among this have been lots of evenings and days like the ones I've just described. and there have been weddings and birthday and achievements to e celebrated. Oscar has been an amazing addition to our lives, and we have always had food and shelter and heat and entertainment. There is a lot to be grateful for - an awful lot. And that is what Ill carry with me in this new year.
As so, tomorrow for all intents and purposes, 2015 really begins. Lets see what it holds...
Thursday, 11 December 2014
My gift recipient was Becca, and I made her spiced caramel sauce (basically Nigella's salted caramel sauce, with booze and spices in instead of salt), Black Forest Truffles, and this festive take on a traditional tiffin -Mince Pie Tiffin. I used shortbread to give the sweet pastry flavour and keep a bit of crunch, and mincemeat instead of raisins. Its easy, mostly stirring, and it is ready to go in about three hours. It is also friggin delicious.
for the base
225g good quality milk chocolate
2tsp golden syrup
200g shortbread, crushed
for the topping
100g milk chocolate
2tbsp golden syrup
sprinkles to decorate (optional)
- Line a loaf tin with grease proof paper
- to make the base, put the chocolate, syrup and butter in a pot, heat over a low heat till melted, stirring frequently to combine
- add crushed shortbread
- add mincemeat is 1/2tsp sized blobs
- stir to combine
- tip into loaf tin and spread till the top is even.
- Put in the fridge to chill for two hours
- it will firm up and hold shape, but be a little squidgy (like soft fudge).
- melt the chocolate and syrup for the topping in a pot, and pour over the base, spreading to coat evenly.
- Add sprinkles if you wish
- chill for an hour
Monday, 8 December 2014
|Sideboard - The Christmas Edition.|
|Festive Afternoon Tea - tier 1 of 3!!|
|My teapot, with it's lovely cover|
|The Boys in my life.|
|My Dickens Print from G, alnongside some new paperchains|