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Sunday, 31 December 2017

My New Years Resolutions.

I haven't always done New Years Resolutions.   Looking back at my diary from January 'this year', I didn't actually list any New Years Resolutions in it at all.   To be fair this year, and most of 2016 has been a bit of a blur for me for various personal reasons so it's no wonder I didn't come up with anything.   Over the last few days I have read a number of blogs from those who have written about their 'Highlights' of 2017.  I am not going to be doing that.   This year has not really been the greatest for me, and although I am not going to be 'writing this year off' so to speak, I have decided that the best thing to do is to simply look forward, instead of looking back.  

So here is a list of my New Year's Resolutions.   They are not particularly in any sort of order, and I have stuck with the round sum of ten.  Don't want to be biting off more than I think I can chew.   I am really pleased with what I have come up with however, so that's good.

1) Plan Better.

So that I am not rushing about.  Though I will say I have slowly started to improve my planning in general already, so that is a bonus.   It's just really planning my blog posts, and making lists when I'm at work and at home of stuff that needs doing around the house etc.  And even a list of stuff I want to get done too, for me.   Planning ahead is always a good thing.

2) Start Painting Again.

Yeah I have not been painting in a while.  Last time I had painted, which might have been September time, I had just gone onto acrylic paints and I quite enjoyed using them, so that is something I will look at taking up again next year.  Might also try and improve my drawing too.

3) Save For A Camera (And Save Money In General).

I have decided I would love to have a camera with a really good zoom lens so I can take better pictures.  I did originally have the intention of getting one for Christmas this year, and I had even asked for one too.  I bet you're thinking, ok, did I not get one?  No I didn't.  Because right at the start of December I discovered there was a new Ted Baker purse I had not seen, with a flying unicorn on the front and I decided I needed that in my life more.  That is why I do not have a camera!  But I would not have it any other way.   And.... I always try and save money.  You never know when you might need it.

4) Blog More - But Only When I Want To.

I had this habit this year, not all the time, but some of the time, of doing a blog post just because I hadn't done on in a while.   I have since discovered over the last few months that doing a spontaneous post just because I WANT to write about something, anything in fact, and share it with others is one of the best ways to blog for me.   I do tend to enjoy blogging a lot more when I do it that way, and that is what makes such a difference.

5) Become A Bit More Committed In General.

Ok, so this is pretty much reiterating what I have just said above, but along with this blog I also mean, be more committed at work (House Of Fraser), a bit more committed at home, and also a bit more committed to myself too.   So, yeah.  Just in general!

6)  Do More Colouring.

I have certainly noticed this year that colouring really does relax me.   I even find it easier to get into than my painting.   I have been bought some really nice new colouring books for Christmas, and I am still colouring in my Joanna Basford book because it is so intricate!!! But I love it.

7)  Continue To Wear My Contact Lenses.

So, this year I decided to start wearing contact lenses again, only recently too, and I am so glad I have because it really has given me a boost in my confidence, particularly in work.   It didn't take very long for me to get used to them either, probably because I have worn them before in the past, although it has been about..... 8 years or so since I have worn them.  I was so over the moon to find I am still getting on with them ok.

8)  Take More Photos.

On my mobile phone!  As I have not yet saved for a camera.  The pictures on my mobile do turn out really well I will have to say, so it's fine.  I would like to take more and improve my photography skills and produce new exciting photos for this blog etc, so this is quite a good New Years Resolution I think.   Plus I like taking photos.   Quite a few people have said I should even take more photos of me, which I could really.   I don't generally put an awful lot of photos of myself on the blog, so that would be quite a good thing to do.

9)  Keep On Top Of Dusting Room.

I really pleased to report I actually did this today! Yay!  It was only list of things to do, and I am so happy I have a nice clean room!  What I realize I do need to get out of the habit of, is leaving it too long to tidy it up and dust!   I have lots of little ornaments that I have collected over the years, dragons, faeries, bears, bunnies, my Olaf ornament... and I don't want them damaged, so must dust room more often!

10)  Find A New Interest.

Well this is something I can start exploring straight away.   I have no idea what to try, I just think it would be nice to simply try something new.   So I will have to have a think and see what it is I want to do.   It will probably end up being something totally random, but that's fine.   Let's see what this year will bring!

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year.

Thanks for reading!

Sarah x


Friday, 22 December 2017

Getting Excited For Christmas!

I can imagine most people are getting excited for Christmas right now.  For me really, today is really the day I am getting really excited for Christmas.  Been busy this week watching a few Christmas movies, including one tonight, The Polar Express, which is brilliant, love The Polar Express.   But also this week I have watched A Christmas Carol, (the Jim Carrey one) I thought they did that movie really well.   I am a big fan of The Muppet's Christmas Carol I will admit, not seen that one yet this year, there's still time, but I do like the way A Christmas Carol was done.   It was a bit darker than I thought it would be, but that's what made it brilliantly atmospheric!   The Polar Express was the 'lighter' choice of movie tonight.  I love that as well, it's one of my favourites.

There was one other Christmas movie I watched this week, which I thought was really good, and that was Christmas With The Kranks.   I hadn't seen Jamie Lee Curtis in a movie for ages and ages, so she was very good, and I am always a big fan of Tim Allen anyway.   It was a very funny film, I enjoyed it.

So, I have been very good and I have written out all my Christmas cards, and sent off the ones that needed to.   I even sent a card to my former manager, Jackie, who now works in Grimsby.   Got that one in just before the last 'post' day.  I have 'kind of' started wrapping my presents.   I say 'kind of', I have wrapped two actually.  But I am still waiting on two from Amazon to come (you pain in the arse, Amazon!) but it does say they will arrive before, or on Christmas Eve, and I do believe they are delivering on Christmas Eve too.  So we shall see about that.

This week seems to be a bit of a blur already.   I worked Sunday, which was really busy, the Sunday before Christmas in retail always is.  You think it will be quiet but it never is.   I was off Monday.  Tuesday was actually the quietest day in work this week.    Can't actually remember what happened on Wednesday.   Then yesterday I did a 4pm start, till 9:15pm.   No one came in after 8pm, well not to the top floor anyway.   I was busy doing delivery for most of the evening.  It went quick actually.

And now I can't wait for Christmas.  I am so happy to be off on Christmas eve this year.  It is a bit annoying working on Boxing Day of course, and I am working late too, doing 1pm till 6:15pm, but being off on Christmas Eve does make up for that this year I feel, so it's fine.   I am actually genuinely very excited!   I don't usually get today off either and it was really nice.   I contributed to the making of the Christmas cake today!  By putting my sherry in it!   I tested said sherry before I put it into the cake of course.   Just to check it hadn't gone off or anything.....

I have even had a really chill out evening too.   I'll do some more present wrapping when I get home from work tomorrow.   Done a bit of colouring today too, and a bit of my collages this afternoon which I enjoyed doing.  It was a good day.

Nearly Christmas time, yay!!!

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x


Friday, 8 December 2017

A Little December Update.

First of all, I can't believe it's the 8th of December...and I have nearly completed my Christmas shopping.   This has to be some kind of record for me because usually I am still getting my last bits on Christmas eve.   It's the 8th of December and I have about three or four left to get.   This time last year I had about three or four presents bought, with about fifteen left to buy...and no idea where I was going to get them from.   This year I am proud to say I have been a lot more organized.

Today, I bought another Christmas present for someone, literally five minutes ago, another one off the list.   It was my day off today so I had made myself a list of things that I wanted to do, along with a few little household jobs....vacuuming etc  But also today, I have helped my dad set up a blog, which went really well, dad will be turning into a blogger soon enough I reckon!!! I have also done some of my Vogue collages too, which I have really enjoyed doing over the last couple of months.

I am still very much enjoying doing these too.  It's really therapeutic even cutting them out.  I am trying to draw fashion inspiration from them too.   Where this picture is concerned however.... I want the Monet bag!   I reckon it was a couple of grand to buy.   I don't have a couple of grand to spend on Monet bag last time I checked!

I thought the books looked really cool.   And the covers don't give anything away about what is written about the designers which makes them really intriguing and mysterious.   They genuinely make me want to read them, which is probably the idea.

I absolutely love the blouse, modelled by the actress Claire Foy from Netflix, The Crown, which I have not seen, but it does sound really good.   Former Doctor Who actor Matt Smith is in that too I believe.  Claire Foy does look really pretty in this picture too.  There is something about the sunglasses worn by the model fourth in line on the top of the collage.  Those sunglasses look really cool.

Just on the work front, I did an order in store whilst at work the other day, for House Of Fraser, and the order was for a rather nice looking gentleman, who spent over £1000 with me.   Which is rather a lot!   I am just hoping that at least 'some' of the items he ordered were ok for him, hopefully all of them.   I was with him for about an hour and a half I reckon.   Very nice guy, I thought.    That was a  really good day in work!

Thanks for reading!

Sarah x


Saturday, 2 December 2017

Christmas Is Coming!

This week has been a ridiculously busy week in work for me, so I am now really pleased for a weekend off.   I remember having a rather relaxing day on Sunday at the start of this week, it was really lovely, caught up with some TV programmes, X Factor, Hollyoaks that sort of thing, did a bit of colouring, it was really nice.   I thought it was going to be a bit quieter this week, for some silly reason, but it really wasn't.   Basically, the entirety of my shift at work on Monday was spent it on the Buy and Collect department, from the moment we opened at 9am, till I finished at 1.45pm.   It was crazy.   Customer after customer collecting their orders, every one of them wanting open them up and check them, and not everyone usually does that.   They did that day, which is good of course because they know what they have paid for is what they wanted, which is fine.   It is very time-consuming though.  

So that was the same for Tuesday, Wednesday and most of Thursday as well this week.   I felt as though I was bouncing off the walls on more than one occasion.

Welcome to December in retail...Woohoo!!!...

Which leads on to yesterday which was really weird, because it was dead in store.   We obviously had customers in, but compared to the rest of the week it was just a bit more...steady, I guess.   It was so quiet in fact, and this might sound a bit 'sad' to some of you, but I got my duster out and started dusting my glass department with precision, because I love a sparkly glass, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.   I filled it up as well.   So with genuine honesty here, I found it very therapeutic.

Really, the last two weeks have been a bit crazy for me, in work mostly, but also, I did have a little incident on Tuesday when I got home.... my tooth split!   I hate dentists, I really do.   Though to be fair my dentist (Oasis) were really good because as soon as it happened I got straight on the phone and got an emergency appointment for the following day before I started work.   They fitted a temporary one for me so I wouldn't lose it.   Then they proceeded to inform me that I will need root canal treatment.   Great, just what I have always wanted.   Might be leaving that till after Christmas.

The one thing I have really pleased about is my Christmas shopping seems to be coming along rather nicely.   This is mostly thanks to Amazon and their 'daily deals' as well as their Black Friday/ Cyber Monday deals.   I think really, the main chunk of my Christmas shopping has been done now, there's only a few people left to buy for, whereas this time last year I was a bit behind.   So it seems to be going well at the moment.

As you have probably noticed, with work and one thing and another, my blog has got a little bit neglected.   I am still considering whether to come up with a schedule of some description and fit it in with what hours I am doing at work.   Might be something to look into.   Will I stick with a schedule that is the question!  I might give it a go and see how I get on.   I have also started to come up with different ways I can maybe progress with my blog too.   I haven't got very many ideas yet, but it is early days.  I do still like the way it looks so that's ok, that can stay as it is.   It's more content based really.   I will have to see what I can come up with.

Watch this space!

Thanks for reading!

Sarah x


Sunday, 19 November 2017

Getting Into The Christmas Shopping Mood.

This week has been an especially busy one for me as we had started our Black Friday deals in work.   I am obviously aware that Black Friday is officially this Friday coming....but at House Of Fraser we start our deals a week early.

It's not been a bad week really.  It started off quite quiet and then gradually got busier, which is good.  Still finding that, the same as last year, a lot of customers are buying online, rather than buying in store.  But that is with a mixture of things and now purely just based on the department I work on.   I had an early finish on Tuesday and Wednesday, where I finished work at 1.45pm on both days, so that was really nice.   It meant I could do a bit of Christmas shopping, which I did on the Tuesday.   So far this year I have been doing my Christmas shopping in little bits so not spending too much time going round the whole of town, or sitting on the internet at home for four hours scouring Amazon.   I have kind of just been picking the places where I want to go, get what I need...providing I find it, and then come home again.  I'm finding it's working quite well for me so far.   I always find 'little and often' is good.  Can't be doing with rushing about at the last minute.

Having had a busy week at work preparing Black Friday, I was a bit wrecked yesterday (Saturday) so I will admit I didn't really do much at all, apart from a bit of colouring and watching a bit of TV.  I actually watched Strictly Come Dancing last night, which I don't normally watch, and it was actually very good.  I do like Alexandra Burke, I thought she did particularly well.  I loved the 'movie dance' she did, that was awesome.  Classic movie style!  I did end up going to bed last night a bit later than I planned, but sometimes after you have had a busy week it can be hard to wind down, despite being off all day.

Today was a really nice day to round the weekend off because we went to Springfields in Spalding, and even though part of me first thing this morning was considering whether to go or not, I'm pleased I did because it was a lovely day, and also quite importantly, I managed to get a couple more Christmas presents whilst I was there too.   Then I came home and slept for an hour.  Not even joking.   Here are a couple of pictures from Springfields...

I really love this Christmas tree because it has roses on it and I love roses... and  I love purple and silver too.  I think it's stunning!

I did enjoy the little shopping trip today, it's a nice way to end a busy week with a bit of retail therapy.   I even treated myself to some books which were 3 for £5 from The Works.   Bargain.  Need to see how I get on with reading those, seeing as I haven't been reading much in the last...year.    Looking forward to starting them anyway.    Definitely put myself into the Christmas shopping mood today anyway!

Thanks for reading!

Sarah x


Sunday, 12 November 2017

A Productive Weekend.

Evening all.

We have now started our late night shopping at work....and you can tell because it has been a week again since I have written a post.   Mind you, a lot of bloggers whom I have read, do just one post a week, depending on their circumstances I guess.  I think I would really love to be able to write two a week, being honest, but that is still a work in progress.

So what has gone on this week for me..... well, I have been working all week, apart from...yesterday and today. I know I have had an entire weekend off and I am only now just writing a post at five minutes to 10pm on a Sunday evening.  That's just the way I roll sometimes.   Work has been busy, mainly on our 'Buy and Collect department, as people are already starting to by their Xmas gifts.   I bought a couple of gifts this week too.   I got mine from The Range.  

I hadn't been in a while, so decided to go for a look round yesterday with my mum, and came out with twenty quid's worth of stuff.  It's brilliant in there.  They have loads and loads of gift ideas, and their prices are not 'through the roof'.   I'm going back next week because I saw loads more that I could get, I wrote a list of ideas of course whilst I was there.  It was a good day yesterday.

I also raided H&M and New Look this week because I wanted some new tops for work so I got a few.   I bought a new CD from Amazon, which was only £5, I was really pleased with that because it is a 3 disc CD.  What was interesting was I saw a similar CD in Tescos for three times the price.  I don't think so.  That is what I love about the internet.

Been listening to this on and off over the weekend.  It's really good.  If you love dance classics I would definitely recommend it.   It's really brilliant.  Not bad for a fiver anyway.

I have also been reading my Vogue magazine, and doing my collages too, which I have really enjoyed doing.   I even find cutting out the images quite therapeutic too.  That might sound a bit strange, but it is true.  I find it quite relaxing.   I really do like Vogue magazine and it has started giving me some ideas recently, although to be honest, most of those ideas are actually handbags I have seen.   I don't know what it is about them but I really love the small rectangular, box style bags you can get.  Well, I actually mean medium sized.  I do have plenty of small bags.

I did buy something else for myself last week.   I purchased this print from one of my favourite bloggers Jemma at
Do check out Jemma's blog if you get a chance sometime, if you haven't already, and check out her Etsy link too because she has some stunning art pieces on there that she has done, and they are perfect for a gift or for yourself.

The only other thing I did this weekend is go out for dinner at Beefeaters, and I really enjoyed that.  They are really good in there, and it is nice to go out for dinner as a treat.  So all in all, a pretty good weekend.  I am so pleased with what I managed to buy whilst I was out at The Range too.  I don't know about anyone else?  But I really do hate rushing at Christmas time!!

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x


Saturday, 4 November 2017

Saturday 4th November.

This has been an interesting week for me because right at the start, I discovered that my manager, Jackie, was leaving, to go to a different store because she had got a promotion.  So all week I have been thinking about writing a blog post to try and put into words how things are after finding this out, and as the week has gone on, it's got better and acceptance is finally looming around me.

I am really happy for her.  It's what she wants, and she has worked so hard for it and I am so proud of her for getting it.  On the flipside, I am slightly sad for me too because, Jackie has been such a great manager, firm, fair... a bit crazy, in a good way, and I will miss her.  But I am also so pleased for her that she got this job,it is what she wanted, and she is really happy, and that is what is most important.

The week has seemed to just disappear. I have said this a few times before, but it did just start and  end.  It's the middle part of it that seems a bit hazy.  However part of that was because I spent the majority of my day off on Tuesday sleeping, because I had caught a cold from someone from work.  That's where Tuesday went.  I didn't do anything on Tuesday apart from watch an episode of Stranger Things.  That was really good.  I am really getting into that at the moment.  The characters and the story so far have been really cool.

Yesterday was a nice day for me because I met up with my good friend Misha whom I haven't seen for about six months.  We used to work together and then Misha left, earlier this year and you know what it can be like, time flies and before you know it, it's nearly Bonfire Night!   Anyhoo, we went for dinner, and then for coffee and just talked for ages about how things were for both of us.  It was a really nice evening.  We were really close when we worked together.   We said we definitely wouldn't leave it too long next time!

Now I do feel like I am ready for my day off tomorrow.  Watched X Factor...from last week tonight.  Not seen tonight's episode yet.  I am quite bad this year at keeping up with it.  I have enjoyed it though and I like the new 'layout' of the show, and there are some really great singers in it this year too.  I love Grace, she is really good, in fact there are quite a few people I like in the show this year.  The Cutkelvins are good, I like Rak-Su and Lloyd Macey, and Kevin Davy White, he has a lovely voice too.  All the singers are good this year, which is quite unusual for X Factor.  I feel like they have stepped it up a gear!  But they needed to really because Strictly Come Dancing has taken over the last few years.   Though to be fair that's rather good too.

I did also start my Christmas shopping this week which I'm pleased about.  Just a few little things I have found on Amazon, which is good because they were really good prices.  I usually leave it till December and rush about for four weeks.  Not this year!   Don't do rushing about anymore.  Too old for that, haha.  I do need to do a proper list really, so might do that tomorrow.  One for me as well, not that I have thought of anything for myself yet.  I am sure I will eventually.   Better not leave it too long though.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x


Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Ways To Improve Time Management.

Time management seems to have become a major bugbear of mine over the last couple of years.   It is probably the one skill I have yet to master, and despite the fact I am not expecting to master it completely, as it stands at the moment, I still have not yet been able to utilize my time as effectively as I would like.

So recently I have been looking for some quality tips to help me out, most of which I have heard of before, and straight away there is one phrase that has kept cropping up time and time again....

Stop procrastinating!

So, procrastinating is; putting something off time and time again, particularly if it needs immediate attention.

I don't feel like I put things off that need 'immediate attention'.   If something needs doing immediately, I will do it ( and get it out the way with), but I will admit I do tend to put things off in general.

Things like:

Taking cash out.   On occasion my mum will pick something up for me, lately it has been coffee, and I'll say I will get the cash out for her.   Three days later, still not done it.   This I need to improve.

What else....

Work tasks.  Sale for example.  Leaving it too late to start printing tickets for sale.   Leaving it too late to have my lunch, though that one is slowly improving.   I used to be a bugger for that in the past.  Oh and my favourite one, leaving it till twenty past five to start cashing five tills up.   All because I think 'I'll wait five more minutes' just in case we have a late customer.   No! You just need to do it.  Or at least start them.   I do still need to improve on that one.

When you really think about it, managing your time will considerably reduce stress, and that is definitely what I want to achieve for myself.  Not just at work, but at home too.  Here are a few tips I have found that I think might help me, and hopefully others too, in improving my time management.

1) Know what it is you have to do.

Write a jobs to do list.  If you are at work, and you are unsure of what needs to be done, ask for a job list.  If you are at home, it's a bit more relaxed and you are probably not restricted to any time limitations, but you could still write a to-do list, and tick it off as you go along.

2) Prioritize.

Ok, so after you have your jobs list it is good to prioritize.  This is an area I do struggle with occasionally, but the best thing to do is just ask for help.   Which I have vowed to do a lot more of now, if I get stuck.

3) Know your goals.

This is handy to know too.  What is it exactly do you want to achieve by the end of the day?  And then at the end of the day, how many of your goals have you managed to achieve? And why didn't you achieve any that are left?

Normally my answer to that is, there were too many customers and not enough staff.  Just remember at the end of it all, you can only do so much, so just do what you can.

4) Don't commit to doing more than you can.

I suppose this goes back to prioritizing.   Don't over-commit.  I have made this mistake a few times in the last few years.   It's best not to take on more than you can, know your own limits and start small and work your way up.   That's how I look at it.  It's the easiest way and it save a hell of a lot of grief.

5) End well.

This is, again, is one I am yet to master.  This actually ties into leaving myself enough time to cash up several tills at the end of the day.  One of the handiest tips in any job, not matter what it is, is to leave yourself plenty of time to stop the days allotted tasks, and start tidying and preparing for the next day.  It might mean that some tasks might not be completed, but that's why (on the chance you are not in the next day) they created 'the handover'.  And yes you do need to leave enough time to do that too.  In the past I had a habit of managing to cash up all the tills at the end of the day, but not do a handover, so I used to do one really, really quickly on a scrap piece of paper that most likely wasn't in my best handwriting.  Another thing I need to improve on, and I am sure I will soon get the chance.

For now, I feel these tips are pretty cool to start with, and admittedly, I will more than likely refer back to these on a few occasions myself.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x


Sunday, 15 October 2017

Charity Race Night.

It's really dark this morning, it looks like it's going to rain outside, and I feel like I want to stay in bed all day.   But I won't.  I'll be good and get up soon.   After more coffee.....

I was surprised I didn't wake up later than I did as I was out last night at a charity 'Race Night' event for the Royal British Legion and Disability Lincolnshire.  I have been to lots of charity events before, but this was the first time I had ever been to a 'Race Night' so I didn't quite know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised because it was really good, it had the usually bar drinks, though I was driving so I had soft drinks, and a really nice buffet to go with it, just your general sausage rolls, pickled onion and cheese on sticks (I love them!) pizza bread etc. And it had a fantastic turn out too.

This is what I wore.   A simple, slightly sparkly silver top, with silver cardigan, and my little Ted Baker handbag (check out the Ted Baker site for more gorgeous stuff!!!) I got for my birthday this year, and I wore some smart jeans with it, as it was a 'casual thing'.   If everyone has seen, the cardigan was actually from Bay Trading, those of you who remember that store.  That was my first retail job at Bay Trading, at seventeen.   I was there for about two and a half years.   And the silver cardigan is still doing me proud!

There were eight races in total, you picked your own horse and it was a pound a bet.   I only did a pound at a time, I am not particularly one for betting really, so I just stuck to a pound a go, and that made it really fun!

All the horses had great names.  You had football stadiums, Anfield, Old Trafford etc.  There were movie characters (that was my favourite) so there was Indiana Jones, Jason Bourne, Harry Potter etc. I had Harry Potter! TV shows, so Breaking Bad, Game Of Thrones so that was pretty cool.  I actually won on my TV show which was 'The Affair'.  It was probably the least popular TV show out of the bunch, but that was why I went for it.   Hey, I won a few quid so it was good.

That's not all I won however.   Normally I would say I wasn't particularly a lucky person really, but throughout the evening, raffle tickets were on sale a pound a strip, all towards the charity obviously, and you got to pick your own prize which I thought was really cool.  On this table were your usual bottles of bubbly (one of which I chose when I won) a few gift sets, Sanctuary I think was one and YSL etc and there were three envelopes which I actually have no idea what was in but it could have been gift vouchers or a Spa Day perhaps.  All in all the prizes were pretty amazing.   Anyway, I won twice.   The first prize I picked was a bottle of bubbly....

You can't go wrong with a bottle of fizz now!!  There was a couple of  prizes however, that they were keeping back so people got them towards the end, and one of them I managed to get.   Considering I normally feel like I'm not really a 'lucky' person, I was over the moon with this....

A portable induction hob!! Bloody brilliant! I think it's for if you go on holiday in a caravan (which I do not have) but I don't care!  I will still use it, if only to practice my cooking.  It's awesome.   Can you imagine if you were doing your kitchen up and you didn't have an oven for a few days.   This sort of thing would be perfect.  And, I do have some induction pans already too in case anyone's wondering.   Wouldn't work properly otherwise, haha.   I am so happy.

Lots of money was raised last night, as of yet I don't have the exact figure but I will find out over the next couple of days once I get back to work.  As I said, all the money we raised last night will be going to the British Legion, Disability Lincolnshire, and Action For Children which is absolutely fantastic.   I thought it was a very successful evening, and I really enjoyed it.

Thanks for reading x

Sarah x


Sunday, 8 October 2017

Highlights Of My Week.

This was my very first week of doing my new 25 hour contract at work.  I will admit at first I wasn't quite sure how it would go, it was particularly interesting as we had a store visit from head office on Wednesday this week which I came into work right in the middle of, but really, not much has changed apart from the obvious fact that I feel that there is less pressure on me to perform my job and deliver my targets.    So it's all good.  I am happy because it is what I wanted, and that is all that matters.

So last Sunday I met up with my friend Lizzy, and we went for a roast dinner at the pub in my village which was really nice.   I ate too much food!   But it was lovely because we just had a really good catch up and then went for a little walk afterward round the village because it was a lovely day. On Monday I started work at 8.30am (to open tills) and finished at 1.45! Now that was awesome.  It meant I could have potentially done anything I wanted with the rest of my day.  First highlight.  I even got away on time which I was so pleased about.  This actually gave me the opportunity to nip to Boots before I came home, because when I checked my rotas on Monday, a couple of my hours had changed which being part time now, I was expecting at some point.  But I had booked a contact lens appointment for Tuesday at 4.30, so I had to go and change that because I was now working till 5.45pm.   What I didn't do is get really stressed about it, I just went to Boots when I finished and changed my appointment to my day off, which really would have been easier to do in the first place.   Can't be doing with the hassle anyway, haha!

I had a really nice day off on Thursday in the end.  My Boots appointment wasn't till 1.40pm so I didn't have to rush.  Put my contact lenses in at about 11am.  I feel I am getting on really well with them too.  I have worn contacts before but it was about six/seven years ago now.  I stopped because they were getting a bit too expensive at the time but now Boots do loads of amazing plans which are really flexible.  So if you wear glasses and you are thinking of getting contact lenses, check out their plans because they are very good.   Very easy to set up.   They did have to order mine however because I have an astigmatism in my left eye.  But it wasn't a problem, they will be ready for me Tuesday this week, and I have gone with the brand pictured above as they are very good for astigmatism.   Happy days!  I am actually genuinely excited about getting contacts again.

I did manage to have a nice look round town on Thursday too.   It was just so nice to take my time and feel like I wasn't rushing about like I have done on my days off before.   Generally I don't go into town on my days off because I work in retail and I am in town most days.  However, because I am now doing a few less hours in work I find I don't seem to mind so much now.   Had a coffee and double chocolate chip muffin in Starbucks, the Pumpkin Spice Latte of course, that was nice.  I feel I will be getting addicted to that by the time the year is out.   Then I went and bought £5 worth of Halloween stuff from the Pound Shop, as you do!  They have got some really awesome stuff for Halloween, so if you haven't done already, I would recommend checking it out for a few bargains!   All in all, I genuinely enjoyed the day.

The hanging Grim Reaper, and the orange pumpkin on the top shelf and the little pumpkin lights are some of the Halloween things I bought from the pound shop.  Love the Grim Reaper, he's my favourite.  You can't go wrong for a pound!!

Really been enjoying Pretty Little Liars this week too.  I am still on the first series mind, but I love all the characters.  Not quite worked out what's going on just yet but it is one of those shows that has really got me hooked from the first episode, and I can definitely feel a 'binge' session coming on later today.

Hope you have all had a good week too x

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x

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