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Reverb10 - Travel

December 22 – Travel How did you travel in 2010? How and/or where would you like to travel next year? (Author: Tara Hunt)

How did i travel. "Well" would be the answer. This year I seem to have taken so many holidays. They haven’t been exotic ones, but I feel like I’ve managed to get away a lot. 
  • We went snowboarding in France in March. 
  • Glasto in June. 
  • Sailing in August. 
  • Portugal in September. 
  • And then I’ll be off to Italy on boxing day to snowboard again. 

Next year wont be littered with so many trips abroad. I just can't afford it. And 2011's snow trip is being taken this year. But I will have Glasto, and hopefully, since the boy is off to India for work, quite a few times this year we think, I am going to try and get out to see him out there. 
And his trips will give me some free weekends to take trips to see people across the country. 

Reverb10 - Future Self

December 21 – Future Self. Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead? (Bonus: Write a note to yourself 10 years ago. What would you tell your younger self?) (Author: Jenny Blake)

Advice for myself in the next year – TAKE MORE PHOTO’S. Of everything. Of the little things. Of the everyday not just the special occasions. When you look back on them you’ll want to remember the bits in between too.  

And write a note to my 10 year ago self - that's easy. ‘Don’t give up so much for boys. Don’t let them get in the way of seasons, university, trips abroad. Don’t let them take away your confidence in yourself. If it’s over, it’s over. You need to learn not to fight so hard for things if they are done. But don’t not take the chance on them’ 

Reverb10 - Beyond Avoidance

December 20 – Beyond Avoidance What should you have done this year but didn’t because you were too scared, worried, unsure, busy or otherwise deterred from doing? (Bonus: Will you do it?) (Author: Jake Nickell)

Erm, see the post from day 18.......

Reverb10 - Healing

December 19 – Healing. What healed you this year? Was it sudden, or a drip-by-drip evolution? How would you like to be healed in 2011? (Author: Leonie Allan)

This is going to sound so cheesy and it might make you want to be a little bit sick in your mouth, but hey. Who cares.
I am not sure that there is much that can’t be cured by a hug from the boy. Even things he has caused.
He’s so good he even made his neighbour, and our friend feel better, with a hug, when some ******* broke into her house this week and stole her purse and car.

Reverb10 - Try

December 18 – Try. What do you want to try next year? Is there something you wanted to try in 2010? What happened when you did / didn’t go for it? (Author: Kaileen Elise)

Ah, try. I had BIG plans to try things this year. I even created a list. A 29 things to do before I am 30 list. I am not sure I have even come close to completing it though. I wanted to try the whole list and I really enjoyed the list, I enjoyed TRYING and having something to try for. But it seems that life got in the way. And not even exciting, life changing life, just bog standard life.
So in 2011 I am going to compile another list and I will TRY to complete it. It’s the taking part that counts anyway isn’t it? 

Food+Foto - Snowflake Cookies

It's the last week of the Souvenir Foto School's 'Food+Foto' class. 
This week's submission is a simple sugar cookie, cut into snowflakes and scattered with icing sugar and glitter. 
You can see the full set of my photo's here.

Committing to

This weekend was unseasonable quiet. But deliberately so. I have a holiday to spend all my cash on in less than a week. I need to try and save some now.
The housemate and I had a ‘if my 21 year old self could see my now’ moment on Friday night. We were drinking Rioja {unthinkable for either of us white wine drinkers even a year ago} we wrapped gifts and she sewed her Christmas ‘do’ outfit and I baked cookies and died my hair*. All whilst watching Ghostbusters 2! 
It was a Friday night. Yes, we were confused by our actions too.
The boy came over on Saturday {after his Christmas ‘Do’}. He was a mess so we spent a pretty lovely evening watching bad films and gossiping on the sofa. We never get time alone, so it was lovely to have a night just us.
Sunday was mummy birthday time. Her birthday is the 22nd so it tends to get a little lost in Christmas, but we went for a lunch and spent some time with her and then packed the board bag for next week! Its so close I’m trying to hold off my excitement so I can see Christmas.

Right onto this week’s commitments;
  • Get a wriggle on in posting my Reberb10 posts. I’m a little behind. Just a little.
  • Sort. Pack. Wash. Pack. {I need to be packed and fully sorted on Thursday night.}
  • Make the last of the Christmas gifts I am hand crafting. If you receive one, just pretend you like it. Ok.
  • Eat. Drink. Be Merry.

*On the hair dye front – I was dying it a shade darker – not a wonderful bright colour, but I used the new John Freida foam one. {It kind of felt like a kick back to the Wella colour mousse days of 1996, but I wasn’t dying my hair bright red so it was ok.} But it was super easy, and washed out really easily. And I’m pretty pleased with the colour it came out. Just in case you’re thinking of dying your hair. Plus, there was a mistake at the till in Boots so it was £6 rather than £10. Bonus. 

What Katie Ate Magazine

One of my favourite foodie bloggers has to be What Katie Ate, and today in my google reader feed it popped up that she has put together an amazing Christmas magazine
Please go and have a look. It is beautiful. 


Reverb10 - Friendship

December 16 – Friendship How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst? (Author: Martha Mihalick)

I don’t really want to write about the first change in a friendship that came to mind when I saw this. Its negative and I can’t be bothered.
So on a brighter note here’s one friend that has changed my perspective;
Lizzy, having her lovely little son, Brody Harold, has made me less afraid of small people. I haven’t held him yet. I have sat and looked at him and he is very cute. But I haven’t worked up to holding him. But she seems to be taking ALL in her stride and is making me think that it’s not as scary as I imagined it would be. She is a proper grown up with a baby now, and she is still like her! 

Reverb10 - 5 Minutes

December 15 – 5 Minutes Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010. (Author: Patti Digh)
Realising the Boy had 'got' snowboarding.
sunsets at glastonbury

Days out with the boy

Jane & Marks wedding

Reverb10 - Appriciate

December 14 – Appreciate. What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it? (Author: Victoria Klein)

This one has been quite hard for me -Things I have come to appreciate in the last year? I wouldn’t say that there is much that has changed in the last year that has made me appreciate what I have all the more. I think unless you have lost or gained anything of substance this year then nothing will have changed on this front.
Yes I appreciate things like my family, friends, health and all that stuff, but I always have, so there is nothing new there.
Maybe I appreciate my little car more this year – I quite like not having to have it MOT’d yet. And I appreciate the fact it hasn’t broken down. And the fact it gets me to Sheffield almost every weekend. And the fact I know it is there if I ever get one of my need to escape moment.
Does that count. Am I bad person for not having anything ‘deep’ to write here?

Going Back

Film photo of Chloe, Kerrie and Cat taken in 2000 on a lift in Monty G. You know, in the days before digital and all we had was film.....{we even got them developed in resort!}

Over ten years ago {wtf?} my dad dropped my friend Lucy and I off at a random flat in the French alps. Brides les Bains to be exact. We had a place to stay and enough money, without a job, for 6 weeks of occasional snowboarding and some creative eating. Our plan was to get a job and stay the season. We spent 2 weeks in that apartment playing pool and drinking beer to pass the time - I turned 19 there, and we managed to find some people to take us under their wing and feed us more than jam and French bread.

And then, after the stupidity of some friends saw them quit their jobs, we managed to land jobs in a little resort on the French/Italian border – Montgenevre.
We worked as hotel staff slaves for First Choice in the most random of hotels which catered mostly for school trips and ran a little more like a hostel with a canteen than a hotel.
We woke at 7am, 'worked' till lunch, snowboarded till 5, drank, 'worked' till 10 {mostly with a glass of something alcoholic in hand} then partied till 3 and started all over again. But we were 18-19, our bodies could cope with it. They could cope with living on tequila {just the thought of that makes me shudder now}, vodka pomme and cheese sarnies. They could work a full nights changeover {still drunk} and still ride the next day because the slopes would be empty. They could survive on £35 a week. It didn't matter that we were skint or tired or had hideous goggle tans. Everyone did. it didn't matter that we didn't have 'cool' gear. No-one did. The chefs in our hotel were French. They taught us to swear in French (the greeting ‘salut salop’ rang throughout our hotel instead of a hello) they taught me to order top-up’s for my payg mobile phone.
Our days were spent on the mountains. Our evenings consisted of karaoke, giraffes of beers, covers bands, tequila slammers, cheap wine and late night takeaways. There were nights in the Graal and the the Blue ‘Shite’. We taught ourselves to hit kickers into powder, I leant the advantages of keeping skiers on side in a resort with random flats, we learnt which time of day to ride which mountain to even out our tans on the lifts. We hung out at the end of the season on the roof of our hotel in shorts, tanning, laughing at the une-pieced holiday makers sweltering in their snowgear and annoying the hotel owner. I remember the day we left it rained. And on the ferry home we all ordered a full English breakfast, just because we thought we should. I don’t even like them.

And now, on boxing day I'll be heading back out to the Milky Way. To the Italian resort of Claviere. It's the resort on the other side of the French/Italian border - a 20 minute walk to Monty G. I know it's a 20 minute walk. We used to do it all the time.

It's strange to think I'll be returning to a place that moulded the person I am now so much, even if it will be for just a day or two riding. I'm excited to see if our old haunts see still there. I am excited to see if I still remember my way round the mountains. 

Committing to

Yes, Yes, I know this is usually a Monday thing but a super busy day coupled with a staying over boyfriend, who wanted to watch the Man U – Arsenal and could only do it on the computer meant this is the first chance I have had to get to the computer.

This weekend was my second anniversary with the boy. We didn’t really have anything planned, as there was meant to be a meal on the boys road, but various event collided and meant the meal didn’t happen, so we went out for dinner, and then for a few drinks which was absolutely lovely. But I have spent the last 7 days in the throws of some sort of man flu so I might not have been the most upbeat version of myself!

So moving on, here are my commitments this week;
  • Embrace Christmas a little more – get a tree, get a bit excited for it, get some mulled wine maybe? It kind of feels like it is happening, but not to me. Does that make sense?
  • Start some planning for the boxing day snow holiday.
  • Continue on the quest to find Brownstone. If you know where I can get a free download of it please let me know  {I just don’t have the cash for the official version}
  • And maybe give Megan’s fantastic commitment a go too. 

Reverb10 - Action

December 13 – Action. When it comes to aspirations, it’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step? (Author: Scott Belsky)
Next step. Decide if it will be Sheffield or Leeds I’ll be writing from this time next year. 

Reverb10 - Body & Mind

December 12 – Body Integration This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn’t mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present? (Author: Patrick Reynolds)

To be honest, there aren’t many times this year I have felt like I have ‘been at one’ with my body. In most instances we are loggerheads. We haven’t been in sync since about 2003 {when I was a little skinny Minnie who could get away with eating a twix and some crisps for lunch!}
I am not fond of exercise. Yes, in the last year I have tried to run, but quite unsuccessfully. And I have tried to diet – to help the running. But it is so boring.

But have you ever been out on the mountains on a snowboard? {maybe it feels the same on ski’s but it’s been so long I can’t remember!} that moment when you speed up a little bit too much. You’re going slightly too fast for your own comfort. As you pick up speed you feel slightly out of control – even thought you know that if it comes to it you can pull it back – there’s that second there you know at any moment you could bottle it and it will hurt. Not only your limbs but your pride because you rarely push your self like this and you haven’t actually fallen over in a few years?

It’s that little moment that makes you feel REALLY alive! 

Eat By Heart

I need to direct your attention to this great blog – Eat By Heart – the author is my friend Emma. We worked together during some hedonistic days at the Leeds Guide magazine, but Emma {no 1} moved back to Canada a few years ago.
She is now embarking on a life change, she is back at night school and is learning about nutrition and healthy eating, in the hope she can then teach others about it too.

She posted some great tips on how to avoid that ‘overfilled’ feeling at Christmas. I can predict that I will follow about 0.5% of what she is saying, but she has some wise words so I thought it would be nice and maybe helpful for you all if I shared them. 

Reverb10 - Things

December 11 – What are the 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011? How will you go about eliminating them? How will getting rid of these 11 things change your life? (Author: Sam Davidson)

11 things that my life doesn’t need? Wow. This will be hard. I’m a hoarder. No matter how I try and cut back I seem to accumulate stuff. Whether that be mentally or physically. 

  • Saying Yes/Obligations – this year I have found that so many weekends have been taken up with obligations to go to things I really could have done without – just because I can’t say No. I just don’t like a) people thinking I am a spoil sport b) missing out. I have tried to be a little better this year and if I haven’t had the cash I haven’t attended things {if I’ve been able to get away with it that way} but I need to stop saying I will do things/help people/attend events when I know it’ll leave me stretched and stressed. 
  • High Heels. For a girl who despises heels I sure own a lot of them. I cant walk in any of them either so in 2011 I am going to not only refrain from purchasing more of them, but maybe donate a few pairs to a good cause.
  • Regrets – I have let go of a lot this year. Which has helped here. But then new things are always popping up that I regret. I spend a lot of tiem wondering ‘what if?...’ Maybe getting rid of the obligations will help? 
  • Junk – Chocolate. Chips, crisps. Banana yoghurt chips. Coke. And I wonder why I put on weight ;) Over the summer I worked hard to cut them out and I felt so much better, I am sure that much sugar can’t be good for me.
  • Chubbiness – read the above post. It doesn’t make me happy or confident. I am going to get to a weight I am happy with – if I look at the example set by Helen. It might spur me on. Plus, I should probably stop making excuses and start running again.
  • Negative People – right now there seem to be some negative people hanging about who are making me weary. They aren’t doing any harm really, it’s just a bit wearing as they rarely seem to be able to say anything fun or positive and sometimes I find myself in that frame of mind too when I am with them. I can see a couple of opportunities to have a bit of a cull of these people, and I think I might jump, feet first at it!
  • Crafting Hangups – so what if I want a sewing machine. So what if I fancy spending time making stuff. So what if it doesn’t come out perfect first every  time. I am going to ignore the people who say I’m a geek and just do it. and maybe buy that sewing machine I have spied in John Lewis?
  • Moving – in 2011 I am going to find somewhere I can live for a while. After my 5th move in 4 years this year I am craving some settled! Hopefully once the housemate makes up her mind about this travelling lark, I can find somewhere I’ll want to stay!
  • Plonk! - Don’t get me wrong – I am not a booze hound, but sooooo many of my social gathering’s require a drink to be in hand. I don’t tend to drink in the week, and sometimes not all that much at the weekends, but on occasion when I do go mental – I go mental. I do shots, I mix every drink under the sun, and I don’t know when to stop – and then I end up in bed at 1pm missing all the fun! Maybe I need some moderation?
  • Black – I need some more colour in my wardrobe! I am bored of black. Yes, it might be easy, but I am bored of it. Birthday money shall be spent on BRIGHT CLOTHES!
  • Indecision – I am useless at making a decision. I hate to be wrong, or have people think I made the wrong choice. It’s a bad habit I picked up after being criticised one too many times by the ex. And the worst thing is that I know it drives the Boy mad. He just wants me to pick something for once and I never do. Maybe in 2011 I’ll start?

Reverb10 - Wisdom

December 10 – Wisdom. What was the wisest decision you made this year, and how did it play out? (Author: Susannah Conway)
I wouldn’t say there have been many particularly wise decisions this year. I look back and there isn’t much that has required wisdom. Maybe the day we didn’t ride when I was a complete white out in La Rosiere? Maybe the night I stayed in rather than going out when I was sick? Or maybe when I call it a day and heading to bed when I’m too drunk. There hasn’t been much of anything too wise.
Maybe there have been foolish decisions more than wise ones. The biggest one that sticks out these days being the decision to move house, even when people told me it might be a mistake. Only to be told shortly after the move my new housemate was planning a years travelling. Maybe I was wise not to have thought of buying a house with her like it was suggested?

Reverb10 - Party

December 9 – Party. What social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010? Describe the people, music, food, drink, clothes, shenanigans. (Author: Shauna Reid)
Don’t go talking about parties to me! Parties tend to get out of hand with my group of friends. They tend to start one day and finish a couple of days later. I’m not as hardcore as my friends are though, so, a little nap in the middle never hurts anyone.
Looking back we’ve had some great parties this year. They have usually had some lame excuse to be held – like a ‘pre-glasto’ planning session. Hmmmm. Planning. Yes. Ok then. The last good one was held as house-warming in Manchester in October. Here would be a snap-shot of that party - far too many shots, rooftop sunrises, fake DJ’s, dancing like crabs. When I left for lunch with friends, the party was still going.
And there have been some rather good wedding receptions this year. Richard & Karen’s wedding involved pretty much all of our friends in one room, including the appearance Ryan, our old housemate from Uni, who’s living in Canada now. There was much drinking, a lot of dancing, some tears, a lot of wine and gin consumed and an amazing gossiping. 

Food+Foto - Chocolate Amaretto Truffles

You remember those truffles I said I had made on Day 6 for Reverb10. Well, here they are, in photo form for the Food+Foto class, with a little pretty light bokeh, inspired by - but done as well as - Darcy@m3b's bokeh pic {there is more pretty light bokeh over at her blog today too, check it out.}

The recipe can be found here. Be warned, you do get super messy, but it's fun. 

And the stickers can be found here - I printed them onto Avery label sheets and then cut them out with a 2" scalloped punch. 


Reverb10 - Community

December 7 – Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011? (Author: Cali Harris)

Community. Right. Its strange you mention it - I had to bit my tongue the other night when chatting about community - On Saturday night the housemates future travel partner was over dispelling the sort of wisdom that 24 year old are accustomed to. She was once again telling anyone who would listen that she doesn’t want a clichéd life whereby she has a relationship, family etc {she would much rather be un clichéd and go travelling to Thailand and Australia} and she hates living where she is because there is a community feel and people know who she is. I think that’s a really sad way to feel. Community is never a bad thing I don’t think.

There are a few communities that I’ve become a part of in the last few years over and above my normal friendship groups;
The SVC family – the boy lives on a street with his housemates, who, as annoying as they are, are lovely in their own way. Last year they gained a new housemate, Jen, who has totally changed the dynamic of the house. And then just before Christmas some of our other friends moved across the street. It is so lovely to just be able to walk across the road and open a glass of wine and have a gossip with Lizzie.  

Blogging – I have ‘met’ some really lovely people blogging. When I started reading blogs it was the USA crafting blogs that I read, and there are some lovely people out there who inspired me to blog myself. But as I have become more engrossed in the blogging scene, I’ve realised there are some great UK bloggers who really make me laugh, have some amazing stories to tell, and are so eloquent.

Flickr – I have been taking part in the last couple of Souvenir Foto School’s and not only is it pushing me to improve my photography, but it’s also let me ‘meet’ some really supportive photographers

Twitter – can anything let you contact random people all over the world as twitter? I think not. I have had some amazing ‘debates’ about all matter of random things and found out about cool blogs.

And as for a community I’d like to join – I have blogged before about wanting to attend a Buns and Roses event. I just need to get myself along……

Committing to

This weekend was an odd one. It was the first time since his trip to India I didn’t see the boy - due to my works Christmas ‘do’ on Friday and a few friends coming to visit Saturday {and his football night out}, and then the supposed IronCupcake:Leeds on Sunday.
It made me realise how much I miss him. But on the plus side I no longer have to wait till Friday to see him as he’ll be over on Wednesday.
It did give me time to get a few little bits done, like a few Christmas gifts bought & wrapped, and I finished off the visiting girls presents, and got over my hangover without guilt.

This week’s commitments are;
  • Buy my mum a birthday present – her birthday is selfishly a couple of days before Christmas and if I don’t get her something now, then all the pretty, none Christmas card and wrapping will be gone.
  • Finish off my homemade Christmas gifts.
  • Carry on with my Spanish Civil War book.
  • Find a free likeness of the Brownstone font I have fallen in love with. 
  • Make something tasty for the SVC Christmas Dinner on Sunday. 

Food+Foto - Chocolate Orange Cupcakes.

This weekend I tried to enter the Christmas themed IronCupcake:Leeds with these Chocolate Orange Cakes - because it's not christmas without a chocolate orange in my house.

I baked the cakes with a stinking hangover the morning after my works christmas do.I frosted the cakes whilst I had a bunch of friends over still from the night before.
I lovingly cut the cakes into quarters as instructed. 

And then i tried to move my car, but the handbrake had frozen solid after not having moved for a week in sub zero temperatures. It took an hour and a half for it to unfreeze, by which time I was too late to enter. 

But they did make a good subject for the Food+Foto class. 

Reverb10 - Make

December 6 – Make. What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it? (Author: Gretchen Rubin)

This year I have made more of an effort to make things and Christmas has given me a great opportunity. I can’t REALLY blog about the gifts I have made though as they are for people who read this blog. But I have had a great time making them, designing the packaging, and figuring out how to finally wrap them.
One of the gifts that I have made, but won’t be going to my 3D friends who read this space, are Truffles {and you won’t be getting them as you’re getting something that I think is way better!}
The housemate and I made them for the girls we used to work with. They came to visit this weekend and we gave them the truffles and one of the other gifts we’d made and it was amazing – they loved them because of the handmade nature.

The truffles were a recipe from the latest Sweet Paul magazine and created out of cream, cocoa and amaretto {although we got WAY more than 30 of them}.
I am not a truffle fan – they’re just not my thing, but my housemate tells me they are nice - I just think they're far too chocolatey....... 

Reverb10 - Let Go

December 5 – Let Go. What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why? (Author: Alice Bradley)
As I mentioned in the first post in the Reverb10 series this year I’ve let go of quite a lot. They have mostly been thoughts and memories of things I had expected to happen this year. For a long time 29 was the year that events would happen. And I have known for a while now, that they wouldn’t, but reaching 29 and watching good friends reach these stages in their lives made it all the more real that they wouldn’t.
But I am so glad that they aren’t happening the way my brain was told they would. Lie wouldn’t be so great if they were.  

Reverb10 - Wonder

December 4 – Wonder. How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year? (Author: Jeffrey Davis)
I have my list. My 29things list, and although I am totally going to fail on completing it, I have a couple of list items that are there to get me to learn. I’ve been pushing myself to learn more about my camera – the Fstops and the ISO’s and the aperture.
It’s been working. I now know what to do to make the shots a little bit more dreamy, to work better in certain lights. I know what will happen when I turn the dials and which buttons will make the shots better!
I’m taking it as a little victory. 

Reverb10 - Moment

December 3 – Moment. Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors). (Author: Ali Edwards)

It has to be Glastonbury.
Maybe for the whole week. But the moments that stand out that made me feel alive were;
  • The England match on the Wednesday afternoon – post sleeping the night in a car, putting the tents up and rounding up friends.
  • Watching the sun set at The Park.
  • Watching Snoop, in the blazing heat, with a Gin and Juice.
  • Standing on the Sunday afternoon as the sun went down dancing with my friends to Toots and the Maytals.

There were sooooooo many moments in between, but the list would be huge if I named them all. 

Reverb10 - Writing

December 2 Writing.
What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?

I think I would have to agree with Rach here – Twitter, Facebook, Flickr are culprits. They all hinder me when I sit down to blog, or write, or process photo's - in fact do anything semi-creative! And I have been thinking for a while that I need to maybe avoid these social media spaces when I am trying to write a post.

But there are loads of other things that get in the way – like work, shopping, driving and nights out and the likes. But maybe these are the places that I find the things I want to blog about…

But mostly I think it's a sense of self-checking that hinders me. I read a lot of blogs and think 'wow - I wish I could write like them'. I used to sit down and write all the time when I was younger. Just write. Mostly about nothing, but for some reason I don't do that any more. I used to get embarrassed when people read what I wrote though, thinking it wasn't good enough. But maybe if I started that again, I might be able to write as eloquently as the people I admire?   

{p.s. its great to see other blogs I read getting involved - Rach and Helen are both taking part in Reverb10! Check out their posts.}

Gift Guides

I am just loving Kate's Christmas gift guides
The themes are just perfect. 
You should go and take a look.

Reverb10 - Reflecting

I just found out about Reverb10 through Susannah from Ink on my Fingers and I thought I might take part. 

Here is what the site says about the project; 
Reverb 10 is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. The end of the year is an opportunity to reflect on what's happened, and to send out reverberations for the year ahead. With Reverb 10, we'll do both.
This December we invite you to share your story and join us in reflection.

So, here is today's prompt; 
December 1 One Word.
Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?

2010 - This is a tough one. There are loads of words that seem to fit this year, but I think Adjust might fit the bill. There are loads of things I have had to adjust to this year, from ideas that were in my head that I need to accept won’t happen {yes, even ones I knew wouldn't happen} to new living arrangements. 

2011 – Right, my word for 2011 would be Grow. I want it to be a year in which I grow {maybe not around the waist} but I’ll be 30. And whilst I know I shouldn’t conform to the stereotypical view, I think I want to grow up a little. I just have to figure out what I need to do to achieve this. 

It isn't too late to sign up and take part. If you'd like to, head here and sign up. 

Making me happy

Things that are making me happy right now;

  • Snow. Snow. Snow. 
  • Sledging. 
  • Warm Ribena - as a non tea/coffee drinker I need a little warm drink fix
  • Fun Christmas crafting projects on the go.
  • My new penguin. My mum bought him me from south Africa. She promised me a real one but apparently they're not for taking so I got this cutie.

Committing to

This Friday we went to the Christmas PechaKucha in Sheffield. Our friend helps organise it and a couple of our other friends were going down, so when our Friday night plans cancelled we decided to head down. I’m not really sure what to make of it – the set up gives 6 people the chance to present – they have 20 slides and can talk on each for 20 seconds. I think maybe I need to attend a non-christmas, I’m not sure but maybe some of the people presenting might not have prepared quite as well as they might have as it was such an ‘easy’ topis {and I heard a few people say the last one was better} But we stayed about and had a few drinks and watched the snow decent.
Saturday saw the boy shopping for his first snowboard {exciting times!} and a trip to Manchester for a 30th birthday at the Blackdog Ballroom. I was so not dressed for Manchester. Jeans and a top might be pool playing attire but they most definitely aren’t 1am Manchester bar attire. Still, it was a great night.
And  Sunday night the boy got a delivery of a big black dog – Marley – he stayed with us last new years whist our friends went on a ski holiday. This time they’re on their honeymoonand he has the dog for 2 weeks. He’s a little bit mental, looks a bit like a terridactyl but is very cuddly and likes to climb into bed with you. I’m kind of gutted I won’t be there to play with him…..

And on to this week. There is a lot to do. We have our Christmas party this week with work, and also the girls the housemate and I used to work with at Quiksilver are visiting on Saturday, and then it’s the IronCupcake:Leeds on Sunday.

So this week’s commitments are;
  • Plough on with my Spanish Civil War book. It’s one of my 29things. But the book is so touch, I’m struggling.
  • Make truffles for the girls visiting on Saturday. And for my Food+Foto class.
  • Start some Christmas shopping. I have bought 2 of the many gifts I have to get so far. But on the plus side all my wrapping accessories are sorted.
  • Write a blog post for work.
  • Not to drink shots! I have no clue when to stop once I have had two, so the best plan is to resist all together.  


Some things I would quite like please. 
Helen at Clear Your Heart is running a little competition as she's reached 100 followers - she's asking for people's Christmas wishlists. And I figured if she is asking for wishlists it can't be too early to share them with you either....

I just love Pinterest. I 'pin' like mad. Anything I like can be categorised and stored in lists. And I seem to like a lot of things. I have lists of things I'd like the home I will never own to look like. I have lists of pretty dresses I could have worn last summer and cool festival gear. I have lists of potential gifts for people. I have lists of crafty projects and baking and cookery ideas I'll tackle one day, and most importantly right now I have been pulling together wearable wishlists and birthday wishlists

Looking at the lists compiled, it would appear I have some expensive tastes - but hey it's a WISHLIST. {But in fairness - there are some books/eyelashes/accessories scattered in there} Plus, the next birthday will be a big one. But I could really do with a new laptop, and a pretty one like that one up there would be lovely, or a Kitchen Aid would make my life a load better {I am pretty sure of that!}. And I have dreamed of the Nixon Player for years. And now I have a crack in the LCD on my Canon, I could use a new DSLR....... See everything on that list is needed!

If anyone would like to buy me anything - just drop me an email and i'll let you know my address ;)

Party Planning

I just blogged this at my 29things blog, but my party invites arrived from Moo and I got excited. 
I love them. 

I created the images for the from and back in photoshop using the size guide templates on Moo. {I am not very talented in photoshop, but I can do enough to get me through a day, so it's ok for me} I then uploaded them to the site as a front and back image. It's super easy to do. 

Once they arrived I rounded the corners to make them look more like a liftpass, popped a hole in the top and used a little bakers twine to finish them off. 

I also bought some Glassine envelopes {from Ebay} and made some super cute stickers {also on Moo, as they were on offer} to complete the look; 

I love them. Even if I do say so myself. 
Now I just have to work on creating a suitably tacky space to have the party in. 

Snow day.

From a snowy day in January
Sorry people of Leeds. Road gritters country wide. Summer lovers. 
I know you might hate me for it but I am doing a little snow dance. 
I have the bum boards in my car, I am swapping my bindings to an old board and I am unpacking my snowboard gear. The BBC promises me snow and I hope it arrives. 

I know the snow might only stay a day or two, but if it arrives I will love it. 

Mixtape madness

Sorry for the AWFUL picture. I wanted to snap it before I sent it. 
I joined a mixtape exchange. I'm not entirely sure why, but I thought it might be funny! 
The plan is to make a tape CD and send it to you allotted partner. 
This month I decided to use the title 'last of the bitter break-up songs'. Not for any reason, just because it's something Butch Walker says on one of his live albums and I liked the way it sounded. 
And since we had a little 'love' theme to the album I went with making a massive origami heart, the ones that Eat, Drink, Chic used for her engagement/wedding party invites. I am pretty sure I went boz-eyed trying to get the paper to fold the right way - origami is NOT for me. At all. But I kind of like the end result as a CD case. 
I am not sure if any of you will be interested in downloading the tunes, but if you are I've uploaded them here and you can get the zipfile. 

Committing to

This weekend I made my very first cheesecake. We went for dinner at some of the boys friends on Saturday and he was tasked with desert. But since football takes over Saturdays, and friends took over Friday night, it was up to me to step in and do it. I think he had envisaged making some masterpiece, but I didn’t have much time so cheesecake it was.
I had a few other little bits to get done so I headed to my parents to use their printer, label collection and their more well equip kitchen magimix. {And I feel like someone I have never met before saying this, but how I loved that magimix. I just kept throwing more stuff in it to blitz because it was so much fun!}

The cheesecake was a little, erm, what’s the word – cloying maybe? – and I don’t think I have ever consumed so many calories as there were in one mouthful of that badboy, and it kind of stuck your mouth together, but it was nice. I just think my next attempt at a cheesecake might be a lighter one.

Right, here are my Commitments;
  • Take lunches to work – rather than buying them, which I have been doing. {On a Monday I generally have to since I travel from the boy's house and we aren’t that organised – but the rest of the week will be home made!}
  • Get a crafting space organised in my room. Or just organise my room. Whichever is easier!
  • Start on a social media/WOM marketing plan for my brothers business - plan in the next 6 months of things he needs to start doing.
  • Start on my back exercises in case the new years snowboarding trip comes off. If it does – I don’t have an awful long time to get it working ;)

Last week I made the commitment to get myself down to the ‘Bun & Roses’ meet. I have to tell you I failed. I’d been out at the Gaslight Anthem the night before and I felt super bad that I’d be leaving the housemate alone, {and I know she would have hated the idea of going to it} again so I stayed home as I don't want to leave her alone too much. And now I regret it. Lots. It looked and sounded like a great night. Grrrrrrrr.