Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #196

{Icy starts making lately, lovely!}
Hello!  How do you doodle-do?!  You join me in a little bit of a sleepy state and after another seven day in a row stint at work which comprised of all of Black Friday weekend.  As we speak you read this though, i hope i'll still be wrapped up under the duvet, sleeping soundly and dreaming of the delicious breakfast of crispily toasted crumpets, crunchy peanut butter and sliced banana with a mug of tea as big as my whole head!  For today is my day off you see!

 What.  A.  Week.  If i've said it once, i've said it a squillion times - I really am getting too old for this seven day in a row malarky.  By the end of the weekend i could hardly co-ordinate my mouth and limbs together and bumped my head and 'self' on so many things during Sundays shift that i think i've lost count!  Not that spacial awareness is one of my strong points as it is {there's forever a bruise somewhere that i can't remember!} so factor a little sleepiness into the equation and you can only imagine!  

SO today's job {Wednesday, Wonderful Wednesday!!} is for being wrapped up warm-so-warm and indulging in a little lazy!  But now is for counting, and remembering and maybe even for feeling like i have to dig a little bit deeper this week.  Regardless of any of that, the good and great {or little and 'lessy'} is what we are here to count are we not...?!?!

1.  Dungarees.  But not just any dungarees.  A pair i bought actually at the back end of summer in the sale and tried them on, wasn't one hundred percent sure i was cool enough to wear and promptly forgot about them *covers eyes.* I must stress to you that doesn't usually happen. But all is well!  Turns out i am cool enough, or a few weeks down the line have led me to believe that i am and now i feel all kinds of comfy and sassy pants and fabulous.  {AND have worn them pretty much the live long week!}.  Who knew 'comfy' and 'sassy pants' would even come together in such wonderful dungaree-y shaped goodness!?!  These are cropped flare-y ones in a dark slate-y black wash that fasten with a zip all of the way up.  They're my most favourite thing to wear lately:  with a pair of boots and a stripey little roll neck and a beret for extra snazziness.  

2.  Toasted teacakes.  If you're a regular around these parts you'll know that toasted 'things' make a regular appearance around these parts quite often and you'll also know quite how much i fully endorse the right to 'breakfast' at any given opportunity.  Lately i've really been craving marmalade and slathering across buttered and hot toasted teacakes on days that have been hectic and busy have totally  been my marmalade jam lately.

3.  Doing my make up in daylight.  Silly but true.  Lately my mornings are forever so dark and my days feel so short.  Getting ready in the morning in false light {?} isn't nice.  I get up exactly the same time all year around but find this time of year so much harder!  A little bit of later start {even if it was due to an even later finish} and pottering around getting ready in actual daylight perked me up no end!

4.  Blusher. If there's one thing that's made me at least look like i'm still living and breathing this week then it's a little smudge of rosey pink blusher across my cheeks. I'm not ashamed to say that when real exhaustiveness kicks in, most of my make up takes a back seat and i tend to favour a few dots of concealer, mascara {blonde eyelashes are not the one!} and as much blusher as i can get away with without looking too...flushed!!!!  Praise be to rosey cheeks!

5.  Picking a new calendar.  Call me silly, but i find it quite cathartic picking up a new calendar.  I'm fussy and i like to pick the right one and i get a little bit excited to write on all my important dates for the year ahead.  And just like the feel of a new diary, i guess to me a new calendar is just as important!  I know what you're really IS all rock and roll around these parts!!!

6.  Eucalyptus.  For me, it's the Christmas-sy flower.  Even if it's not a flower.  Since i still think it's a little bit soon for Christmas decorations; my little tradition is to start to pepper our little home with a few strings of clear fairylights and to pick up some sprigs of green eucalyptus to sneak behind the mirror in the bedroom; to display in a clear glass bottle in the hall and even to bob into shelf in the bathroom {the smell when the steam from the shower catches onto its little leaves is so lovely} to just start to build up gently to Christmas.  The leaves also look even prettier when they soften in colour and dry out and can last for months.  

7.  My BIRTHDAY!!! Hurrah!  Well not so much hurrah since as i feel a million miles away from the thirty-three that i'll be; but mostly HURRAH because i'm off Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday and i just cannot wait to spend some time with that Mr where we don't both just work, eat and sleep.  Oh that and a very big Anthropologie-looking-shaped parcel arrived this morning and i'm BEYOND excited to know what's inside!!!!

 8.  Clean hair.  Oh so silly but oh so lovely.  Long gone are the days where i'd wash and dry my hair each and every morning.  Now i'm lucky if i fit it in twice a week. Please don't judge.  Nowadays sleep and breakfast come high above most other things!  In truth though, the thought of washing my hair is not the one.  The feeling right after though?!?  When it's all soft and shiny and swishy and smells like clean coconuts?!?  Well it's always worth it, isn't it?!!?

9.  Stars.  Lately nights have been so cold and crisp and icy clear.  I've loved nothing more than being able to see the stars above walking home.  They forever seem so huge and vast and so very faraway.  Which is because they are!  They still fascinate me now just as much as they did when i was little and used to stand look up at them.  

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And by jingo if you don't mind me telling you i'm so very glad we're done.  My eyes ache and i can smell honey roasted parsnips and well; i love you all ALOT but gosh do i also love honey roasted parsnips to the moon and back!  Don't forget to bob right on over to that gorgeous gang of gals: Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's  blogs and check out their very own #wonderfulwednesday lists of good and great things to be downright celebrated!  Betterter still, join in yourself and let us know!  Tag us across all social media by using the #wonderfulwednesday aaand remember always, i'm @sallytangle.  

Same time next week...?

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #195

{Frosty wanders to work are a little bit of bliss}
Do you know i'm still not used to the shorter days and longer nights and how many weeks has it been...?!  This week has so far been about catching moments of light and bright in whatever capacity i can {is it too soon for fairylights?}, eating crispy kale and sprouts at every given opportunity and of taking hot and steamy eucalyptus-infused showers.  It's also been one of those seven day stints at work and this week i'm left feeling a little bit worse for wear and like i should take care of myself a little bit more this week.  I'm off today {It's Tuesday evening as i write this for tomorrow} and Wednesday this week and i'm working the late night shift on Thursday.  Today has been for hurrying and scurrying and tidying up the whirlwind of the last seven days and tomorrow is for being lazy and also for taking a bit more care of myself.  

Even though it has been a whirlwind start to the week; i'm happy to report i've still had time to count the best bits...

1.  Time.  It's precious that stuff i tell you and it's something i am forever short of; constantly chasing and generally complaining that i lose it on a regular basis! It's an overwhelming battle that i imagine i'm not the only one who faces and one of my big, big 'things' for 2018 - hells bells i've already gone there - {i say 'things' as a lose term because i don't like to call them resolutions} is to try my hardest to rekindle that 'me' and 'time' balance.  I'm convinced it's part of the reason i get myself in such a 'tizz' and a 'flap' on a regular.  Where was i?!  YES! Time lately is getting less and less and so i'm trying my hardest to really treasure those odd moments of delicious silence.  Gone are my walk to walk 'stompy full of bass and gutsiness' playlists and walk home 'thought-provoking' podcasts.  Not forever and not for always i'm sure.  But lately has felt so busy and overwhelming that i'm dedicating any quiet time to nothing but utter silenceI try and think about nothing at all except putting one foot {or pedal!} infront of the other and breathing in.....and oooooout.  And it's been really helping.

2.  Time spent all alone.  I'm just one of those people who needs a little time away from it all - even from those i love - from time to time.  I used to feel guilty about it, that i should be spending every second of when i was at home with the Mr with him:  talking, being and spending my time.  But as much as i love sharing my forever with him, i also love my own space.  Even if that's my walk to and from work and my hour in the evening having a bath or a shower with some candles, my favourite music and just me.  It's a time i treasure and have really started to appreciate lately.  

3.  Walks in the rain. Something i highly advocate.  So long as you've nowhere to be and no-one you don't mind seeing you soggy and disheveled!!  'Lately's' weather has been so un-predictable and changeable beyond belief!   So walks in the rain have often been not so much of choice but simply also a 'getter' from A to B.  There's something about being bundled up under a floral umbrella though:  jeans tucked into boots and chin nestled into a colourful blanket scarf and wandering and noticing how different everything looks and smells in the rain.  And the smell?  Well that's the very best bit:  All smoky, damp and heavy with wet green grass and sodden leaves.  It's not quite as delicious as filling your little lungs with a frosty morning BUT you've got to take your pleasures where you can find them haven't you?!

4.  Candles in the morning.  Come this time of year you've got to get your light and your 'sunshine'  fix when and wherever you can.  My grey mornings have been cured not only by tea, sheepskin slippers and a bowl of porridge as big as my head but also by lighting a couple of candles as i get ready too.  I can't bring myself to put on a big light, much preferring a softer lamp light and a couple of candles instead.  I feel like starting my day much more softly and gently is also working wonders in curbing that pre-present panic that's churning away in my little tummy!

5.  Turmeric and split pea hummus.  It's just my favourite lately.  Spread generously on toasted rye bread with as many toasted seeds as i can balance on top  or even spread into the ridge right along a celery stick and with crumbled walnuts and feta on top of that:  I actually think it would go on anything and everything.  Not as harsh and garlicky as some hummus:  All warming, mellow and beautifully yellow.  It's another kind of 'sunshine' i've been welcoming into every corner of lately. 

6.  Wreath planning.  If it's ONE THING i am going to achieve this year it's making some kind of wreath for our front door this Christmas.  It was our first Christmas in our new place last year and i swore that there was no way we could have a red front door without a wreath and yet somehow time got the very better of me and then i couldn't find any anywhere that i liked and i admitted defeat and hung white paper chains and clear fairylights everywhere instead.  This year will be the year of the wreath and the fairylights I'm sure of it!

7.  Layers.  I've never been one for the skimpy and the strappy and so this time of year:  damp, icy or otherwise, is absolutely my jam.  Lately has been all about tucking things in, layering things up and feeling as cosy as can be! Is there anything better?!?  I've also made a sneaky new coat purchase in form of a rusty rose pink teddy bear woollen coat and i am GIDDY AS A KIPPER for it to arrive!!!  

8.   Lemon in warm water.  I'm not going to lie, it'll come as no real surprise to you that my natural instinct is to reach for a mug of hot Lady Grey tea first thing in the morning.  But i got into lemon water in the summer first thing in the morning when i'd have it piled high in a tumbler of ice and torn up mint leaves and it left me feeling all zingy and refreshed.  Lately i've been getting back into it, cold-weather style!  I add the juice of half a lemon to warm water, along with finely grated ginger and a swirl of raw runny honey and it's DELICIOUS.  It also seems to be helping keep those pesky cold and flu bugs at bay too.....

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And with a whizz and a whoosh that's another list of stopping, counting and being grateful for the littlest moments of lovely.  Make sure you hop, skip and jump right on over to  Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's blogs because if there's one thing that 'Lately' needs more than anything, it's all the list of happy that it can manage.  Somebody once said there's no such thing as too much of a good thing and do you know what?  They were definitely onto something there......

Sending so much love!   


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