A thing to remember

Sometimes in life, people like to cause trouble for others. It’s tempting to react, but the adult thing is to rise above it and just continue with your life.

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Babies seeing for the first time

I just spotted the below video on YouTube and it made me smile so much! I got my own glasses at the age of 4, so I have no idea how bad my eyesight must have been before I got glasses. These babies are so cute when they react, I would have loved to see my own reaction back in the early 1980’s!

So, 40 is on the horizon…

I haven’t blogged in ages as I have been learning a new job and also working on Merryn, which has kept me busy.

Since I last blogged, I have turned 39 and I can’t say I’m happy. Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful to still be here, I appreciate that not everyone makes it to 39, I have lost people who were way younger than me, but 39 is just so, well, close to *whispers* 40. Ugh.

I currently weigh 15st 13lbs as I changed jobs and I am more sedentary than I was in my old role (I hadn’t realised how much running around I did in my old role!). I’m aiming to lose 3st 13lbs by my 40th, as my goal weight is 12st. As well as losing weight, the next calendar year holds a lot of fun things for me, including seeing both Niall Horan and Harry Styles live in concert (separately, not together). There are also things I cannot talk about at this moment, but no – I’m not pregnant!

I’m excited for the next 12 months, but dreading turning 40. It’s just so grown up! Especially as I still get ID’ed for alcohol!

I’m going to get together a list of “40 before 40”; 40 things I want to achieve before my next birthday. I’m just finalising the list and I will share it with you, once it’s been finalised!

It’s now less than 6 weeks to Christmas, so I’m going to focus on that. I hope you have a lovely day! 😊

Whose blog is it anyway?

When I first starting blogging back in 2012, I never thought I’d get any followers. Who’d be interested in my ramblings? I now have followers, and I am so grateful for every one of you. To be honest though, for a long time, I found myself not being able to blog on here because I felt so guilty that I didn’t have the time to read the posts of everyone who follows me. So I figured, if I don’t blog, then I won’t have to upset the people who would have known I’d been online but hadn’t read their posts. It probably doesn’t make any sense, but I didn’t want to offend anyone.

Now that I run the Merryn family of websites (Books, Charity, Magazine and Music) as well as doing my day job, I have even less time than I did in 2012. I have sorted out my email account so that I can read the posts written by my friends, but I am honestly so sorry if I’ve posted recently and haven’t been over to read your blog. If I win the lottery and can leave my day job, I’ll have time to read everyone’s blog. Until then, I have to be selective with my time as trying to please everyone has been making me ill. I figured it was better to focus on my health, which means scaling back on how many people’s blog posts I can follow.

I just wanted to put this out there so people don’t think I am ignoring them by choice, I’m so sorry x

Hello spring!

Well, winter 2016/2017 was a poop season for me, for many reasons. Dull and boring and rubbish reasons I won’t go into, but to say that spring is only 6 days old, I am loving it so far!

I spent most of the evening today watching the live feed for the Ultra Music Festival in Miami. This was mainly because lovely Louis Tomlinson (for those that may be new to following me or may have forgotten – I am a HUGE One Direction fan) was performing his single Just Hold On with DJ Steve Aoki during Steve’s set. I started watching the live feed a few hours before, mainly out of paranoia that it wouldn’t work for me, and really loved watching everyone’s sets. Louis was amazing, as always, but after Steve was Cypress Hill, who I LOVED as a teenager. I had their album Black Sunday and I was so excited once they did Insane In The Brain.

It was all go tonight as not only was it announced tonight that Cheryl and Liam’s baby (again, One Direction) had been born on Wednesday, Harry Styles (of One Direction, no less) dropped an advert during Saturday Night Takeaway that his new single is out 7th April. It’s been quite the day!

My depression was so bad before spring started, and whether it’s the warmer weather and daffodils everywhere, or just timing, I’m feeling much happier about everything.

Oh, I nearly forgot, it’s 9 months today until Christmas Day! Yay!

My blog is 4 years old today!

4-year-anniversaryI just popped on to my blog to catch up on posts and found out from my notifications that my blog is 4 years old today! This was the very first blog I ever created, and back in 2012 I was reluctant to even start one as back then blogs were quite often seen as “Look at me! Look at me! Give me attention!” kind of things, and seen in a negative light. Happily, people love blogs now 🙂

I haven’t had the chance to blog on here as often as I would like, but this blog gives me the opportunity to chat about all kinds of stuff that I enjoy, like films, music and food, and I love having an outlet to just waffle in 🙂

I took a look at my stats over the last 4 years, and here’s what I have found:

I’ve had an amazing 7,866 views! That’s crazy! I never realised that I’d had over 3,000 visitors too. For such a small blog, that’s a fantastic number.

4-year-views

I was interested to see what my most popular posts had been over the years too:

In 2013 it was when I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award, which I was very proud about 🙂

In 2014 it was a poster about a bike repair and recycle project in Frodsham, which is such a great idea.

In 2015 it was a post about desserts from my childhood, which was inspired by a post by Nostalgia Pie in a post about ‘Old-Skool Ice-Cream Flavours‘. It was a fun post to research and gave me such a trip down memory lane!

So far in 2016, the most popular post has been about The Voice’s battle round 1 on 27th February 2016. I love The Voice and I was sad to hear that it was leaving the BBC for ITV, but now that I’ve heard that Tom Jones is back on it, along with will.i.am, I can’t wait to watch the new series 🙂

I had a look at the search terms that brought people to my blog and to be honest, they were all fairly relevant to the posts people ended up looking at. I was expecting comedic ones, but they were all pretty sensible. The post that a lot of search terms brought people to my blog for was “My favourite Sia songs“. I love Sia, and the fact that I mentioned that I walked down the aisle at my wedding in 2010 to Sia’s song, Day Too Soon seems to have brought a lot of people to my blog.

I have to say that I have loved having this blog and I am excited to see what I get to post about in the next 4 years! 🙂

I like weird people

I like weird people...

I saw this quote online just now and I really related to it. I am really badly socially awkward and struggle to have anything in common with most girls, as I don’t dress particularly girlie and I rarely wear make up. I’m not really a girlie girl and growing up I was more of a tomboy. Also, I have polycystic ovarian syndrome, which means that my body has more testosterone than oestrogen and has left me with a stocky overweight body for most of my life.

When I was in my 20’s, I really REALLY wanted to be an FHM Magazine High Street Honey. That, to me, was the epitome of social acceptance; FHM had agreed that you had an attractive face and body, and had included you in their annual honey list. As I got older, I still wanted to be a high street honey, and would scour the list, looking for which honey was the oldest; was I still in their age limit? I would never actively actually DO anything to become a “honey”, I just wished I could be one. Nowadays, I’m really grateful that I’m not “high street honey” beautiful. Imagine trying to pop to the shops for toilet roll and getting hit on by every man going.

It’s taken until I saw that quote just now to realise that I have finally learnt to embrace my “weirdness” and I feel so free. It’s such a shame that I have spent the last 26 years (since school started being more “dog eat dog” and “it matters what you look like”) trying to fit in with everyone else, rather than just being happy with the me that I’ve become. So, today has been a big day!

Infographic: Build Your Cat a Better Life

This is simply fabulous!

Katzenworld

Hi everyone,

Today we would like to share a fun infographic on how to build some great items for your cat yourself rather than going out and buying ready-made stuff. 😀

Each suggestion comes with an indication of the difficulty level and how much time you’ll need.

This infographic is courtesy of Power Tool World, a company who sells power tools and loves to think of DIY projects that they can do to make their lives more fun.

Have you got additional ideas on what to make for our fur friends? 🙂

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Thanks,

Marc

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