If you play with my toes I will fall asleep

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Last year when I first moved in with my housemates and C, we went through the period of figuring out who does what, the different roles we take on, and all the different mannerisms we each had.

I took on the cleaning role.

Sure, everyone did their bit around the house – washing dishes, their own laundry etc. But I was the one doing the dusting, vacuuming and the mopping, and C and I were both the most (and still are) active in making sure the outside is maintained. I didn’t mind, I just did it because it needed to be done. The only thing that bothered me was when people would tell me they would do it, and then didn’t. Particularly if they were making that promise out of their own feeling of guilt for not doing anything, since I never actually asked anyone to do anything. read more

What a difference moving furniture makes

I came home from work yesterday to find the living room couch, a 5 piece 6 seater corner lounge, completely pulled apart. On further inspection, I found a whole new feature piece in the room formerly known as the living room. It was a bar!

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In our house we had a second living room, which when we moved in discovered it had a corner tv unit that was impossible to remove. It seemed to be somehow mounted to the wall, and the boys couldn’t figure it out how to get rid of it. As we didn’t really have any intentions of using the room anyway, we put some couches in there and called it a day. We all lived in the other room, so it never bothered us. read more

Walk, fetch and swim

This morning my alarm went off nice and early, but I was so tired that I reset it for another hour and tried to go back to sleep.

It wasn’t happening. My mind had kicked into gear already.

Before going to sleep the night before I had had grand visions of taking my dog for a walk, playing fetch and if there was enough time, a quick swim in the canal. When I decided to reset the alarm, it essentially meant there was not going to be time for any of that, so my mind decided to replay these images. I instantly felt guilty and all feelings of fatigue instantly vanished. I got up, got dressed, and off we went. read more

52 in 52 for 2013

52 list

Every year I put together a list of things I would like to accomplish during the year. It’s a total of 52 things in 52 weeks, hence the list is called 52 in 52. These items can range from the super fun things (girls weekend) to the mundane (go to the dentist). The only rule I have is that the goal needs to have a measurable success point, so vague goals don’t count e.g. Be happier.

As someone who is driven by goals and aspirations, I find it’s great fun to make this list at the start of the year. And in the years where I have completed a lot of the tasks, I finish the year with a sense of achievement. In the years where I don’t, there’s nothing like failure to make myself more determined for the following year. read more

A lazy Sunday in

A whole day stretches out before me, and so far I have spent it chatting with a friend, eating breakfast, and applying the finishing touches on my 52 in 52 list.

I can’t wait to publish it, I feel really good about the list this year.

As a bit of background, my 52 in 52 list is a list of random things I would like to achieve during the year. The rules are simple:

Each goal needs to be measurable (no vague ones like “Try to be happier”)

That’s it – no other rules. The list can be filled with anything I want. To keep things balanced I like to try for a mixture between fun and serious, because its an excellent motivator to achieve the things I keep putting off, or I’m in denial about. This year I have grouped them together by type, so there are ones dedicated to improving my own being, some for hobbies and health, and some for improving my relationship with C (my nickname for my boyfriend). read more