I nearly always have a project on the go – especially at the moment as I’m trying to clear out my yarn stash and finish up on the projects that I’ve started but not finished.
These are the current two in progress. I started this blanket for Our Sidekick back before Christmas but didn’t finish it.
This is the second blanket I have in progress. These squares are going to be sewn together to create a baby blanket for Blueberry. I do have the next project lined up – I just need to clear one of these before starting.
Today’s actual post follows shortly but following an email I received today I had to spread the word.
Back in September and again in October I wrote about my friend Elle and her fabulous second book “Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not”. I absolutely loved it and am super excited that Elle is penning her follow up to her first novel, Kept at the moment. This is entitled Lost and I can’t wait for it!
Anyway I am writing about this because between today and Thursday you can find Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not for free on the Amazon Kindle Store. Yes I did say FREE. So give it a try.
The UK store is here and the US store is here.
“This is another fabbity book, as Geli would say, from new(ish) author Elle Field. Like her debut novel Kept, this is a brilliant example of the chick lit genre – it’s full of witty and funny moments with plenty of twists and turns in the storyline to keep you gripped! I absolutely loved the characters, especially Geli and her quirky ways, and Tiggy was the perfect “frenemy” to boo and hiss at!
If you’re a fan of the chick lit greats such as Sophie Kinsella and Helen Fielding, you won’t regret reading this. Another book soon please Elle!”
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The Good Wife (Season 1 and 5) – 5 started a couple of weeks ago on the TV and although I’d heard of it, I’d never actually seen any episodes so having watched a couple of Season 5 episodes I went back to the beginning.
How I Met Your Mother (Final Season!!) – Our Sidekick and I have been watching the episodes as close to transmission as we can to make sure we don’t miss anything!!
Still reading Ink Heart by Cornelia Funke. I was given it for Christmas but hadn’t got any further than 5 or 6 chapters.
The Lion King Soundtrack (deluxe – it has songs from the stage show as well as the films)
Les Miserables Soundtrack (Original London Cast)
Working on Our Sidekick’s blanket so that it’s all finished so I can work on my baby blanket and two commissions that I’ve been asked to do.
Weary but okay. I’m sort of struggling to sleep. I struggle to get to sleep then when I am asleep I sometimes wake up in the night either completely wide awake and usually bolt awake rather than dozy and not with it. In the last week I’ve had leg cramps too so have been even more awake!!
Where to go from here….my blog is 7 at the end of March. Where should I go from here? Also planning things like “Would I like a baby shower?” and “Should I plan it myself?”
My Frühstück CD that has been in the car for almost a year. I saw them play at Esquires back in April 2013. Rock and loud!! Educating Blueberry while I can!
So the goals I set for February and how they went were:
Finish the Tetris Blanket for Chris (aiming for Valentine’s but we’ll see if that happens!)
I managed to finish the Tetris Blanket for Chris at about 11:30pm on the 13th. It has already had a chunk of use and I think Our Sidekick may have adopted it at one point as he was cold!
This didn’t happen. In February I put on four and a half pounds. I knew it wasn’t going great because one week I was absolutely starving all the time! It’s possible that, that particular week baby was having a growth spurt (it was also explain how even after a full nights sleep with no disturbances, it’s now 3:30 and I’m shattered!). I could have probably done better by trying to optimise what I did eat but at the same time it’s perfectly normal to gain weight while pregnant. Continuing to go to Slimming World while pregnant was about staying in control and trying to make sure I didn’t completely undo what I’d achieved since August. At the last SW meeting of February I was half a pound being back at a stone off (having been at a stone and a half at Christmas). I am disappointed but I’m sort of trying to be okay about it. I keep walking where I can, so to work and to my Mum’s when possible. I walked a bunch around Cambridge with Chris last week and planned to go for a walk with JD at some point. It’s not the end of the world and if needed I can draw a line in the sand so to speak once baby arrives and get back on track towards my target. As I said to Chris, I can get baby in the buggy, load up the changing bag and walk places, to my grandparents it’s about a 3 mile round trip – if I take the bridlepath I think it’s slightly quicker but it would be a little impossible to manoeuvre the buggy along the path until it gets a bit smoother!
Get blog organised. With a chunk of stuff including getting ready for a baby, the next few months need to be organised where I can!
This happened in as far as that I tried to schedule a copy of posts each week and start drafts to place mark other posts. I had hope to be a bit more organised and do more than that but it works for now. I’ll be working on more posts as I can.
Goals for March
- Finish the blanket I started for Our Sidekick. It’s almost there but just needs a few final bits.
- Work on/Finish the baby blanket that I’m making for Blueberry.
- Continue to work on my “Things for Baby” list – I’m sure I’ve forgotten something!
As I wrote after the scan on Friday, this week had been kinda of short.
I think you’ve a growth spurt this week as I’ve been hungry and because work was a bit crazy too I’ve been coming home exhausted!! Having said that I’ve got lots of crochet done.
You’ve been fidgeting more and making yourself known. Daddy even tried putting his head to my tummy to see if he could hear anything – well clearly you weren’t going to talk to him but he said he could hear something going on – unfortunately I can’t get my ear to my belly to see what’s going on lol.
One night I even told him he had to put his hand on my tummy to see if he could feel you kicking, I feel you everyday shuffling around and moving, so know exactly what you feel like, he doesn’t get that feeling in the same way so only when you’re strong enough and we time it right does he feel what’s going on. The best way I can describe it is a bit like when you get a muscle twitch – I usually get it in my eyelid when I’m tired which is funny but it’s like that but in my tummy just below my belly button – as you get bigger I think it’ll be more obvious.
I think you like food as you always seem to fidget more after lunch or dinner.
Hopefully I’ll have more to write about next week. For now little one, stay safe, I love you loads!
You have definitely got more of a fidget on this week. I sat watching TV on Tuesday and you were getting to the point of proper kicks, there was definitely more movement. I then sat in bed and I think you did it on purpose, I was watching my tummy to see if I could actually see any movement when you kicked, well of course about ten minutes after Daddy was asleep next to me you went nuts and kicked like three times in a row.
After the first time I grabbed my phone and videoed it because I decided that if I did wake him up you’d more than likely stop but if I didn’t then you would carry on. I sent him the video so that even if I wasn’t up he could see the video first thing in the morning. He thought it was funny that I had sent him a video of my tummy to start with then saw you kick and he was grateful that I’d taken the effort as well as grateful that I’d let him sleep.
Technically you turned 21 weeks on Wednesday but as your next scan is today (Friday) I decided to save the post for today.
I keep getting asked “are you going to find out if bump is a girl or a boy?” I kinda wanted to know so that I could get things and make things that were girl or boy specific. Daddy on the other hand wants to wait and see what you are when you’re born in the summer. So instead you have a multicoloured crochet blanket in progress and there is a dinosaur onesie that I think you might have to wear whether you’re a girl or a boy. I also saw a pair of train leggings for small babies today – wondering if I can get away with those if you’re a girl. Well your Grandpa S loves trains and has rubbed off on me, and Daddy loves the Underground and has also rubbed off on me, kid, it might not be safe around here so get used to it transport museums could be on the cards as you get older!
Anyway, Daddy has taken Big Brother out for breakfast this morning as we all have the day off between school holidays and days off work, I really ought to get dressed before they come home and tell me I’m being lazy or something like that!
So I got up and got dressed and all four of us went to the hospital for the scan.
According to the midwife it’s all good. That’s four perfect chambers of the heart, two arms, two legs, two kidneys, functioning stomach and bladder. Healthy size head, legs and abdomen. Good good!
Chris also snapped this one of me as my friend in Australia requested an updated bump picture.
Love you lots little one.
I had meant to write this on my way back from Cambridge on Thursday but then I ended up driving us home and it was all a bit crazy as I jumped from one thing to the next. So didn’t get there in the end.
Chris and I headed over to Cambridge to spend the day together. Chris had been surfing on the internet to see what we could do. He knows that I love ancient history (as much as I love modern history!) So when he came across the Museum of Classical Archaeology at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Classics, he knew for sure that it would be right up my street. It’s near Newnham College but if you didn’t know it was there you could miss it (especially if you mistime it and catch a change of lecture time like I think we did!). We parked the car near Coe Fen (Fen Causeway runs right through the middle of it) and we headed for the museum, while we were parking my phone started ringing and it was Our Sidekick asking a bunch of questions, we switched it to FaceTime so that he could join us for part of the adventure. It started to rain so I was trying to keep it level while not getting rain all over my phone lol.
The museum was really interesting and was crammed full to bursting with statues and casts of famous statues. I kept telling Chris about how this one in front of us was related to the one over there via this one over here – I think he was either really bored or excited that I was excited.
We headed for lunch at the Rainbow Cafe which is on the parade of shops opposite King’s College, this was another of Chris’s internet discoveries. The menu was vegetarian, vegan and gluten free friendly. Chris had said it was gluten free and vegetarian friendly so I thought I could at least get egg on toast or something like that. When we got there it was really lovely. It’s in the basement of one of the shop fronts, you go along the side of one of the buildings and in through what would be a back door for the ground floor. You go downstairs and there you are in this little cafe. It is really small so you would struggle with a buggy, so if we went back with Blueberry, I’d make sure that s/he was in a carrier – then again I don’t always do stairs that well so I might make sure that Chris was carrying at that point. Anyway, we found a table and got comfy, I had Vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognese and Chris had a potato bake thing. It was strange going out for dinner and Chris being able to order direct from the menu rather than having to take out all the “glutened” parts. He also asked very nicely if he could have pudding given that like 90% was gluten free. I said he could and I ended up having vegan soya ice cream – and oh my word it was lovely. Part of me expected that it would taste rubbish because of the fact it was vegan and made from soya but it tasted amazing!!
Following lunch we went to Paperchase (I needed my fix okay??? If they ever opened one in Bedford I’d be so poor!) and then headed to the Fitzwilliam Museum. By this point I was beginning to feel it and really needed to sit down – why do museums rarely ever have chairs or if they do they are miles away from anything! I found a wall to prop myself against near this mummy, I think if I wasn’t flagging I would have found it more interesting. I did however find the coptic jars for one of the mummies and so sent a picture to Our Sidekick (by this point he was super annoyed at Chris and I and so contact was restricted to required contact lol).
We headed back to the car and then back towards Bedford but it seemed like everyone else had, had the same idea because the traffic was horrible on the way home. It got to the point where Chris had to drop me off at SW straight away and thankfully my Mum was able to take me to Embroider’s Guild. Normally it would have been the Monster Yarns Knitting Group at Peniseri but because Judit was talking at EG, Mum, two of our friends and I went to Embroider’s Guild to cheer Judit on. As we often say, Judit has a passion and gets us all so excited about knitting, crocheting and what we can create.
The week and the weekend didn’t exactly go to plan but that is another story maybe in the future sometime. Anyway, so on Sunday, Chris and I decided that we would miss church for the morning and go off an adventure. Now it’s become a bit of a joke for one of us to turn to the other in the morning and say “shall we more work and go on adventure?”.
Well missing church is a little less job-threatening than missing work! Chris tapped away on his phone and in the end found somewhere slightly different to go. We headed down the bypass and towards Husborne Crawley. I’m sure it probably wasn’t the most direct route to where we were going but it did add to the adventure.
After a few guessing games including me guessing the telephone codes to try and work out where we were (I can’t help it!! My dad was a telephone engineer so it was often a conversation on holidays and then I worked in customer service processing orders so it was handy to know what the full dialling code should be if numbers were missing etc – NERD!) we ended up at the Narrow Gauge Railway at Leighton Buzzard. Unfortunately it was a diesel train rather than a steam and because it being early in the season the train only went half way along the route and back rather than all the way to the end and back.
This was the engine that pulled our train. It’s called Beaudesert. Following the ride we wandered round to the engine shed where you could see a couple of other engines and read about the history of the railway and why it was there. My Dad loves transport museums and things like that so growing up I was interested in trains, I texted my Dad the first time I went on a Pendolino (heading from MK to Birmingham to visit Rickie), I’ve even been watching Michael Portillo’s Great Railways or something like that using the Bradshaw’s Guide. I love the history of the London Underground but I think that’s the love for trains that my Dad instilled in me mixed with Chris’s love for the Underground and it’s history. (I have a whole board on Pinterest that has different maps of the Underground and things like that!)
Some bits of the ticket office, station and cafe all could do with a lick of paint and an update but the staff are lovely and friendly and made us feel really welcome. The railway is mainly staffed by volunteers (from what we could gather) and on a Sunday once you get on the train watch the footballers in the field next door – they get really puzzled when they can hear the whistle being blown but it’s nothing to do with their match. The trains were clean and tidy and I can imagine it being quite busy during the summer. The guys in the cafe were nice and welcoming but if you wanted more than a cup of coffee or a cake there wasn’t much choice.
And if you couldn’t tell that I was a train fan from my purse then I don’t know what would prove it. (I have the proper purse rather than the coin purse but it’s the same pattern)
As part of our adventure, we then headed to the local Harvester for lunch. We did have to wait to be seated but it was Sunday lunchtime so we expected a bit of a delay. Our waitress was lovely and friendly and checked on us quite a few times even though it was busy which was good.
Following lunch we headed home again and ended up watching more of the Olympics when we got in. The Women’s Slopestyle (?) was on and it was scary watching some of the girls have to pull out the race – one time the girl took the jump but hadn’t got enough speed up so ended up landing at the bottom of the jump – she should have landed on the safety crash mats but actually she missed them. It’s such a fast race that even if you could pick yourself up and carry on, the race would be finished within seconds. Has anyone else been enjoying the Olympics? Do you have a favourite event?
At work there were all sorts of activities going on this week because it was Valentine’s Day.
This included a quiz sheet, raffle, a video competition between the teams and a Bake Off Cooking Competition. I took part in the quiz and helped a few other people when they were stuck! As the money was going to charity I bought a couple of raffle tickets – I didn’t win anything but the money is going to the NSPCC so that’s okay. I took part in the video competition by being the camera lady for our team and a bit of directing along the way lol. Our team won which was really cool. I’d love to share the video but I don’t think I can. Then there was the Bake Off, well this week I had most definitely ran out of time so I emailed my Mum for her chocolate muesli recipe. I think it was found in a magazine or recipe book somewhere along the line but it’s something that I’ve grown up with. My dad would have muesli for cereal so it was often in the house anyway then the rest of the ingredients are golden syrup, margarine and plain cooking chocolate – dead simple (and if you have excess chocolate over Easter I have used Dairy Milk or Easter Egg chocolate to make it in the past).
Following a request from a friend who had seen the below picture on Instagram here it is….(also means that next time I need it I know where to find it!)
Yummy Mummy’s Chocolate Muesli
3 cups of Muesli
5oz plain chocolate (about 120g ish)
3 tablespoons Golden Syrup
2 tablespoons Margarine
I use Tesco Swiss Style in the red bag because that’s what Mum uses lol. I think you want something with oats and raisins. You can always add a handful of extra raisins or maybe something different like dried fruit for a different flavour. While in the supermarket I got a box of the gluten free muesli Chris has – I figured I’d also try a GF version while I’m off work next week.
1. Grab a tin or tray to put your chocolate muesli in. My mum uses a sponge tin that’s about the size of an A4 piece of paper and about a centimetre deep. I used a dish that was deeper than that and smaller – this mean I had thicker but smaller pieces. Line your tin either using tin foil or grease proof. I used tin foil as it was easier to cut and peel off the chocolate muesli when it was set.
2. Put your chocolate in a glass bowl over a saucepan of hot water so that the chocolate melts – you want it to go runny but not to burn. If it goes running then starts to get lumpy you’ve gone to far.
3. While it’s melting chuck in the golden syrup and the margarine, using a wooden spoon mix it and prod the bits of chocolate while they melt.
4. When the chocolate has melted throw in your muesli and stir, you want to cover all the muesli in chocolate – it’ll start to clump together which is fine but you need to mix the muesli in quickly otherwise the chocolate will cool before you’ve got it all covered.
4. When it’s all covered load your mixture into tray. Grab a metal spoon (normal dessert one is fine) and push the mixture into the corners and level it out. I usually start by pushing it towards me then spin the tray 90 degrees and work my way round making sure it’s sort of level.
5. Stick in the fridge and wait for it to set. On this occasion I left it overnight but I think you could make it in the morning and it would be ready for tea time.
This is what it looked like before I cut it up….
This week you definitely had the fidgets on. I could tell you were moving around but there weren’t any definite kicks or at least not any that hurt me. On Friday, Our Sidekick and I were watching the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. I was sat on the sofa and he was snuggled next to me. He said to me “Did baby just kick you?” And I said “I couldn’t tell, why did baby kick you in the head?” He said “No! Baby kicked me in the ear!”
I told Kewey and Becca all about it. Becca said “That is too cute! Blueberry just wanted to let big bro have some love.”
Having been such a fidget earlier in the week on Sunday when you barely moved (or at least not movements I could feel) I started to get worried. I didn’t feel ill so I didn’t think it was too serious but you weren’t moving and it was scaring me. I googled for advice to start with the first message board I was on the advice was “baby has probably just moved and so kicking in a different direction, if you’re really worried seek help.” Okay I figured I’d sit down through the service as I tend to feel the kicks and movement more while sitting down. Nothing happened during the service – or nothing I could properly distinguish but then during the lunch to say goodbye to a church friend I got an almighty kick in the side. I think once I had food in my tummy you got excited. I hope you take after Chris is that you can pack away the food but you burn it off just as quick unlike me who has to be sensible lol.
I sat watching Grand Designs and you were kicking away – maybe you’ll be like Daddy and Me and really like dreaming about new houses or what we’d do on our “Grand Designs” house.
I get to see you on the screen again next week and I’m so excited!!
Love you lots little one.