Sunday, 30 March 2014

25 Before 24 - Post-birthday Update

ut we've mostly been tired & eaten simple things. Getting reflective?

March has brought sunshine and warm enough weather for breakfast in the garden at weekends. We've been enjoying seeing what's coming up - the previous tenants made an effort with the garden so we've had lots of daffodils, snowdrops and others already and there are plenty more things sprouting. We're still failing to win over our neighbours' cats - some run away, one just looks disinterested. I finally got around to shortening the curtains we bought a month or two ago and we've found some more pre-existing holes in the walls to hang things from so the sitting room is looking a bit more homely.
I've done a bit of sewing and managed to watch The Great British Sewing Bee every week, but not made all that much progress on sewing things. We've both been quite tired and I've not cooked anywhere near as much as last month I think. We spent a couple of weekends mostly at home recovering from the week and straightening the house out, though we also escaped to Tyntesfield and Chew Valley Lake for a change of scenery. Spending last weekend with my parents has left us struggling through mountains of washing up and laundry this week. Glamourous stuff.
I took the day off on my birthday and went off to Bath with vague ideas about drinking good coffee, visiting The Makery, and the magnolia trees in Queen Square looking nice. I had a very good flat white and some tasty cake at Colonna & Small's but found that The Makery was closed for relocation. However I also found a quilting shop called Country Threads which was absolutely lined with lovely quilting cottons, including the mad Kaffe Fassett vegetable ones. I later found out that The American Museum in Bath has an exhibition about him on - good excuse for a return trip I reckon. I had a nice day of wandering around looking at things & came home in the evening to dinner cooked for me by Boy.
I think I'll post a proper finish up of my 25 Before 24 when I'm feeling a bit more awake.

25 Things

  1. Cycle to Bath - Bicycle is now in Bristol! Need a helmet & lights.
  2. Visit K at RHUL
  3. Go to a sewing meet
  4. Make 5 items of clothing - halfway through a modified New Look 6154 skirt
  5. Go to Cornwall and/or somewhere warm
  6. Learn some Perl/Ruby/C++/SQL - Knowledge of Perl & C++ slowly increasing
  7. Keep a list of things to cook and make 2 new ones per month - Banana, oat, & chocolate muffins, potato farls, chicken & ham pie
  8. Read twelve or more books
  9. Cut down my photo-uploading backlog - Onto A35F roll 1
  10. Scrapbook - Nope
  11. Visit 5 new towns or cities
  12. Keep job/get good/become independent - Enjoying being back in my normal problem solving role. Set an objective I'm actually interested in doing
  13. Go to a pop-up restaurant or supper club
  14. Finish things - Started & finished several new things
  15. Mend/alter
  16. See cousins
  17. Go to a gig/film/... every month -Saw Ellen & The Escapades and Stanley Brinks & The Wave Pictures + Freschard - both very good. Saw The Grand Budapest Hotel.
  18. Walk lots - Few evening excursions on foot, lots of rain
  19. Visit new cafés/things - had coffee at Colonna & Smalls in Bath, visited Small Bar and Turtle Bay on work outing, ate Thai at The Old Fishmarket, visited The Gallimaufry
  20. Do something creative every week - Lots of knitting on the way to work, bursts of sewing in evenings
  21. Make an effort to go to things - Plenty of evenings out with friends, a couple with work, and one with my parents, excursion to Weston-S-M despite train problems
  22. Learn to knit properly - Shapely Boyfriend cardigan has one and a half arms
  23. Listen to the radio regularly - Still lots of 6music, plus Radio 2 during lifts to work
  24. Use stashes - Bought fabric on my birthday! Acquired more stash from my Great Aunt. Using up some on skirt & made a little zippy pouch from stash.
  25. Find a dentist & get teeth fixed

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