Life Update.

Forever Home

I’m still waiting for planning permission to remodel our kitchen/dining area at the rear of the house. I had hoped to put in a two-storey rear extension but the planning department did not like this idea! I had originally thought that I’d have the house finished by Easter 2016… but that clearly did not happen. So I’m now hoping that it will be all done by early Summer 2017 (& am already planning for lots of garden parties next year). The front of the house which I have been renovating for just over a year now is stunning – just how I wanted it. I still need to floor the ground level hallway, but other than that the two living areas are decorated and furnished as are the three bedrooms and our bathroom. There are still a few areas that need touching up, but nothing major.

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Family

The kids are fantastic as always. They are always making me laugh and I love their little personalities. We’re now in the run up to Christmas and it’s always a bit manic at this time of year. We’re prepping for the school nativities… my son will be an innkeeper and my daughter a star. We’ve also just started up swimming lessons again, so our weeks are busy again too. Weekends are equally jam packed – but I love it. I do miss sharing their photographs and videos, but hopefully you can understand that as a divorced parent it is difficult.

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I took my daughter to see Disney’s Frozen the other week as part of a blogger event, and we had such a fantastic evening. We met Anna and Elsa before they took to the ice, and I think I was more excited to see them than the littlest and her friend! The show was excellent (although we did sneak out early as it was a school night).

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Relationships

Nothing to note here…! Although on a whim I filled out a form for First Dates… eek!

Health & Fitness

That must be three months now that I’ve been having weekly sessions with a PT at my gym. October was a write-off though as I was in Australia for a fortnight, and then I really struggled to get back into the swing of things on my return. It’s only now that I’m getting my motivation back (she says as she stuffs the kids mini fingers in her mouth!). I made a big batch of roasted veg yesterday which was my dinner last night with some wholegrain pasta, and will also mean that I have healthy food in the fridge for a few meals in the coming week. I also made a huge pot of sweet potato, carrot and broccoli soup today. I had a bowl for my dinner today and it was really tasty… go me!

My health has not been so great. I wasn’t able to have my infliximab infusion this week because my liver function tests were all over the place. I’ve to see my consultant on Thursday and will find out more then. In the meantime I’ve been avoiding alcohol which is not so easy given it’s the party season!

Work

Meetings. Busyness. Stress. That pretty much sums up my work at the minute. I’ve been really tired (potentially as a result of the haywire LFTs) and so most days lately I have taken myself to bed as soon as I can so I can rest and relax.

I found out today that one of my colleagues has passed away over the weekend. Cancer. I have known him for the two years that I have been with the company, and he is… was… a really friendly guy. Always shouting ‘Alrighty?!’ as I passed him on the stairs, and listening to my weekend antics in the tearoom of a morning. Despite knowing his cancer was terminal, the sad news has still come as a shock. I’ve spent the evening in my bed, crying on/off, as it’s brought back memories of my mum too (who I named my new blog after). Work tomorrow will be strange. I feel for his friends and family; losing someone you love is horrible.

Life is short, and today has reinforced that. Enjoy every minute.

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How tall are you?

Dating is much harder now than when I was in my twenties. With more life experience under my belt, I have a much better idea of what I want from a partner. In my younger days, my wish list was probably a bit superficial; I wanted a boyfriend that I found physically attractive (I had a thing for red heads) and I wanted to be with someone who could make me laugh. I wasn’t really considering their hobbies, beliefs or aspirations and if they were aligned with my own.

Now I have a lot more to think about, because my future partner will need to be a positive role model for my children in addition to all the other stuff.

A few of my friends have said that I need to lower my standards, whereas others have said not to settle and to continue to hold out for a man who meets all the requirements on my ‘check list’. I went on a date with a guy that was smaller than me, in my attempt to be less choosy. He was lovely, but just not for me. Now I know that I definitely need to be with a man that is at least the same height as me. So that’s already one item that I’m not willing to compromise on and reduces the pool of eligible men considerably.

Did you know the average height of a man in Scotland is 5’9″?

I’m 5’11”!

I’ve heard that I’m not the only girl that is interested in height and it seems to be a common question that women ask on online dating apps. That’s one of the things I did like about Match.com is that you can filter by location, age, height, smoking status, relationship status (never married, separated, divorced, widowed). Whereas Tinder is filtered purely by location, age and a photo!

If you’re interested, I’ve been on two dates now with a gent (who is the same height as me!)… all is promising thus far. Date three is in the diary!! Watch this space…