Rocking My World Friday... On Monday

Well, I seem to be losing days! Last Friday completely slipped past without my realising so I'll do a two week catch up. What's made me look back and smile then? Well...

The Bear had his very first hair cut at the hairdressers. He was so excited - he loves pretending his toy drill is a hairdryer and always wants to do the girls hair. I was a bit worried that when it actually came to it he wouldn't let her do it... but he did. He sat so still and serious...
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday
And afterwards kept walking around, flicking his hair and admiring himself in the mirror. He still has all his curls though ;)
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday
Cheeky Bear!
We put our decs up. Well, partly. We've had to pack away all the glass ones so it looks a bit bare - we may have to stock up on some unbreakables.
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday
Alice Cooper Angel being ceremoniously placed on the tree.
Ruby has had her school play, it was Peter Pan and she was a fairy. All the kids did so well, some of them had such a lot of dialogue, I'm surprised they remembered it all. They had obviously done so much rehearsing - I know that we knew all the songs off by heart - never mind the kids. Ruby had been singing them every night!
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday 
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday
She has a busy week this week, the school is taking them to a pantomime and she is most excited because it sounds like it's the one that Mister Maker is going to be in. She has her Christmas dinner this week too.

We had a nice visit to Hastings this past weekend and the Bear had great fun drawing with Nanna. 
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday

Let's see - what else?
  • I'm now 12lbs away from my target 
  • The hydraulic struts on our car boot gave up the ghost but we ordered the parts in and fixed it ourselves.
  • I've almost finished my application form for the UCA
  • After realising how close it is to Christmas... I am nearly finished my handmade pressies. Panicking and it will be close but am nearly there.
  • My Secret Santa stocking from the UKS swap has arrived. Oooh, exciting. I have been banned from any more feeling, shaking and sniffing.
  • All the Santa gifts from the swap on here have arrived without a hitch this year - just waiting on mine which is en route. Hurrah for glitch free sleigh deliveries.
  • I nearly never went into my maths class this week, scared I was the only one not 'getting' it. Craig made me go. Turns out we were all in the same boat and teacher went over a few bits for us. I should stop being such a fraidy cat!
And that will do me this week. I have lost my voice and feel like poo so I apologise for any typos or anything that doesn't make sense. Needless to say I have a lot to smile about and be thankful for. The small stuff can just booger off.

I am going to link up with Virginia now, She who without fail, looks back on her week and picks out something that made her smile. You should try it - doesn't half change the way you view things.
Rocking Your World Friday
Thanks for stopping by today - how has your week been?

Rocking My World Friday...

Happy RYWF on Saturday! This is going to be a quickie and hopefully one of my positives will be that my internet stays on long enough for me to post. It's very sporadic at the moment and very slow when it actually decides it might work.

Not many pictures this week but still a few things that brightened my week. I am well and truly in the Christmas spirit. It's so nice, especially after I had such a Bah Humbug year last year - really just felt a bit down and couldn't get in the mood. I don't know what the kids think is worse - a Mum who isn't Christmassy at all or one that insists on having every Christmas film going on the telly in the background! Found one with The Hoff in the other day! I kid you not! Cheese-fests a plenty! Have been wrapping my Secret Santa gifts and trying, trying to get Craig to START the shopping for our family and friends. He is a firm believer in the last minute dash. I always used to start in January!

I did manage to sneak these books in under the radar - found them on Amazon and got 4 different ones in their Used & New section. 1p each - just had to pay postage. They are in gorgeous condition, look brand new. I got them for The Bear but showed Ruby as she has been doing Picasso and friends at school and she loved them too. They are board books of various artists, there are others in the collection and am going to get those too - these were the ones that appealed to me most to start with. The art comes with little lyrical texts describing the pictures to introduce kids to art. Just love them - I hadn't seen some of the Picasso art before. Can't wait to give them to  Bear.
Whoopidooings: Mini Masters Board Books
Talking of little Mister, he usually comes up to bed when we go up. But this past week he's been happy to go up to his cot an hour or two before we go up. This has meant much needed extra time to spend on my Maths revision and I can really feel the difference that extra bit of time has given me. So bonus one: Routine bedtime for Mister Bear. Bonus two: Couple of hours a night of grown up time. Yay! Hoping when my maths is all done and dusted I can keep reclaiming the time for art stuffs.

My bookshelf now has books on it! This is a big thing - I had to remove them all a while ago as Logey was just trashing them, they've been piled up on my tall shelves or beside my bed. Decided enough was enough this week, I've been trying to get organised and decided my bedroom was going to stop looking like a second hand bookshop. The Bear and I had a chat and he helped me put all my fiction books back on the shelf. He's promised to be nice to the books and not hurt them... so far he has kept to his word. It must be so tempting for a 2 year old to go into a ripping, tearing frenzy. Hence my art books still being up on my high shelves ;) It was like Christmas though - I was discovering books I had forgotten I had and lots I haven't read yet!

Some other bits that have made me smile:
  • Haircut and eyebrow taming. I'm no girly girl and that's about as far as it goes... but it does feel nice to get looked after in that way occasionally. 
  • Half hour in my shedio today - it's been to long.
  • Some pretty amazing views of the moon this week, the sky has been so clear. Pheebs called me in to have a look out of her window a few days ago - it was gorgeous.
  • Autumnal colours everywhere.
  • Craig, the girls and my squidgy Bear. Always.
  • Hot water bottle on my ice block feet in bed.
  • Silver crow spotted rooting around for worms in our street with his friends. I must look so weird, slowing the car right down, lowering the window and saying "hello".
  • Craig wants me to say his new Norwich. Which is a canary. He is most pleased. He is in love.
    Whoopidooings - Craig's new Norwich Canary
  • Mincepie cookies from Poundland (Oh my word!) Our Thursday, after weigh-in treat!
That'll do me - thanks for stopping by today, how has your week been?
I'm linking up with Virginia :)

Rocking My World Friday...

Hello, happy Friday people. It's that time of the week when I take a few minutes to think about what made me smile over the past seven days. Do it enough times and it really changes the way you think - I recommend giving it a go.

First of all - my poppy arrived. I was really surprised, I thought the dismantling of them all from the Tower would be a mammoth task, that I probably wouldn't see it till the New Year. I was so pleased when it arrived on Wednesday. It's beautiful, still muddy and very, very cold to the touch. We've packed it away again until we can get a vase for it - it's not going outside.
Rocking My World Friday - Tower of London Poppy
Rocking My World Friday - Tower of London Poppy 
The same day was Pheeb's birthday. My baby has turned 14. How can that be? So we had a nice meal out with one of her friends and it was a really lovely day... 
Whoopidooings: Rocking My world Friday
...and what did the big grown up birthday girl ask for? A Build-a-Bear Toothless the Dragon (from How to Train Your Dragon.) Made me so happy!
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday - Build-a-Bear Toothless the Dragon

This sight makes me smile. The Bear has had the Devil in him this week. He's also become a dab hand at trying to play Mummy off against Daddy. And vice versa. He is hyper most of the day, so when he drops... ahhhh, peace.
Don't be deceived by that angelic face!
We went to a uni open day on Saturday - this was to look at their Access course. I was really nervous and I had convinced myself there would be loads of people my age there this time. Nope, still surrounded by fresh faced teenagers. There was a really different vibe to this one than the last one we visited, not in a bad way - just... different. The tutor gave a really good talk and then another really helpful one about building your portfolio. Craig convinced me to hang back and ask some questions, which I'm really glad I did as it really settled my nerves.

I now have to write a personal statement. (Eek!) and apply - they are interviewing in January.

Sticking with the learning stuffs - I got 100% in my last Maths homework - no-one is more surprised than me. We are on the Algebra now though, expect a rapid decline in how I'm doing.

Craig gave me a huge surprise this week - I had spotted this bag the last time we were in Hastings and honestly - talk about drool. It was love at first sight. At nearly £30 though - way to expensive in my eyes. Craig told me not to be disheartened and to look online. Which I did, saw it cheaper and added it to my wishlist to save up for. So imagine my surprise when he walks in all smug and presents it to me this week. For being a brave girl in going to the open days (he's not taking the mickey, he knows how rubbish I am at social situations - really have to psych myself up) and he reckoned I'd need a 'school bag'. *Insert gleeful face here* Isn't it purty?
Rocking My World Friday - Banned Frankie bag
  • Getting the shedio tidy (see my WOYWW post) Next step, going to pretend we're moving and do that kind of declutter of the house.
  • Letting the Bear choose what new mittens he wanted. Showed him the boys crocodile ones and the girls furry mouse ones. He chose the furry mice - whoops, that's me in trouble :D He keeps them on though! Nice toasty hands.
  • Chocolate Kallo rice cakes. So yum and not to naughty.
  • Doing some drawing of an evening.
  • Getting started on the Christmas shopping.

And that, I reckon, will do me this week. How has your week been?
I'm heading over to Virginia's to link up. Why not join us?

Thanks for stopping by today :)

WOYWW - What's On My Workdesk, Wednesday...

Sing with me... "What a difference a week makes..." Thank you all for your lovely encouraging words last week. My shedio desk has gone from this...
Whoopidooings: What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. WOYWW?
To this...
Whoopidooings: What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. WOYWW?
Sorry about the angle - you may need to tilt your head. Took it while balancing on one foot and leaning backwards over my daughters bike. And yes, my mind is a lot less cluttered this week too. Things are looking a lot clearer in many ways!

And just to prove I made use of my now reachable supplies, here's the birthday card I made my daughter. She's bonkers about Minions and Superman at the moment.
Carmen Wing - Superman Minion Birthday Card - Fineliner and Sharpie pens
Fineliner & Sharpie Pens
I used this fab Minion piece by Radenkomvis on Deviant Art as reference.
Happy Birthday Pheebs :)

And now, to link up with Julia at Stamping Ground. If you'd like to see more desks, floors, counters, and work spaces in action - follow me over!

Thanks for stopping by today :)

Rocking My World Friday...

Happy Friday all. Going to be a short one this week as it's kind of gone by in a blur.

I've had a tummy bug for most of last week,  it seems to be on the way out now. Still got a queasy tummy and cold symptoms but other than that - the rest of it is gone. So my biggest thankful is Craig. I am not the easiest person to live with when poorly. I'm not the easiest person to live with when not poorly! I don't want fuss, I just want to hibernate. I didn't make it in to my Maths class and was really worried about falling behind. Craig has taken over the school run and even took the bus into my class to pick up extra homework for me. My class is not local  (there wasn't enough uptake) so what would be a 20 minute car journey took him well over an hour each way. He thinks he saw most of Kent that day.

He would tell you that his positive was having the upper deck of a double decker all to himself. He loved that part - he sat at the front. He hasn't done that for years. I stole these pictures off his phone, he must have taken them as they were heading off the old bridge. I like the top picture where you can see the old and new bridge together.
We are off to another open day tomorrow, to look at Access/Foundation diploma courses. It all still seems a little surreal. I've been adding to my portfolio over the last couple of days. Nothing new but Devvie had printed me off some progress shots of things I've done this year. I'm struggling to get new stuff done while trying to stay on top of the Maths, I have to admit. But everyone here is so encouraging and they keep me going. I know I would regret it forever if I didn't try.

Other things I have loved this week:
  • Starting to get organised. The shedio still isn't done but that was due to poorliness. 
  • Sugary tea when not wanting anything else
  • 3lbs off this week. I'm now in my final weight bracket and heading towards that target!
  • Being asked if I was me. Apparently I look like a totally different person since the last time this person saw me. That's enough to make anyone smile.
  • Craig and my girls... and cuddles with the Bear.
  • The Sainsburys advert. They've won the Christmas advert wars for me. They were my favourite last year and looks like they will be again this year. As for people (newspapers) saying it's just to drag you in their stores. They are lucky if I shop there once a year - so ner.
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And that'll do me for this week. How was your week? I'm popping over to Virginia's now to link up with Rocking My World Friday. Why don't you join us in looking for the positives in your week?
Thanks for stopping by today :)

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