thememopad

This is a new post that I will be doing towards the end of each month as just a kind of update on a bunch of personal life things rather than splitting them into multiple posts. It will include books I’ve read, crafts I’ve done, and other general stuff that’s been going on with me.

Books read: 4

Angelfall by Susan Ee  *****

This book surprised me as I don’t normally like books that have a romance subplot so tend to stay away from books with female leads because of this but I really enjoyed this book. In fact it’s got quite a few things that I don’t like in a book in it but I still liked it anyway. I got it for cheap as it was on offer but I will probably read the rest of the series too.

The Giver by Lois Lowry *****

This is one that I’ve heard a lot about and has been on my radar for a while now. I finally got around to reading it as, again, it was on offer and I wanted to read it before I saw the film. I quite liked it, it felt a bit basic and it’s a pretty short book and while I don’t think it’s anything amazingly special and it didn’t have that much going on, I did enjoy reading it.

Red Seas under Red Skies by Scott Lynch *****

This is the second book in the Gentleman Bastards series by Lynch, I loved the first. I love the main character. He’s my exact favourite type of main character and I could read a hundred stories based around the same type of character and not get bored. so I’m slightly biased. But this is a great book with lots of twists and turns (and lots of swearing).

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman *****

I also got this book on offer (anyone notice a kindle spending spree happening here?)  and enjoyed reading this book but while it was fun and interesting it felt a little juvenile to me. Between the vampires, werewolves, the Fae and all the different types of magical powers I kind of felt like the author was trying to fit all her favourite things from kids stories into one. It turns out alright, it’s a coherent story with good enough characters but I probably won’t be reading the sequels.

Crafts:

I haven’t started any new crafts this month although I have looked up many that I want to do. That list gets longer everyday. I’m starting to look up Christmas trinket ideas for friends, but whether I will ever get around to them in amongst all the other things we will have to wait and see. I’ve managed to do lots more on my Hogwarts cross stitch which you can see an update of next week. And I’ve done a couple more squares on a new blanket idea that I’m pretending I’m not doing so I don’t get overwhelmed!

New Toys:

Moving house and getting rid of stuff inevitably means buying new things. Oops. This month I’ve bought a wireless mouse that I can use while I’m lying in bed and a new sleeveless hoodie to wear when I’m lying outside. Both were really cheap and from amazon (one of the few shops that delivers here). I’ve also bought a load of wrapping paper in preparation for Christmas and have started looking at buying Christmas presents. I’ve managed to not buy myself anymore yarn…yet.

Life:

I mentioned the move a couple weeks ago, so I’ll just talk about settling in since then. Everything is slowly coming together, small pieces of furniture are still to arrive (chest of drawers I’m looking at you!) but I’ve settled into a routine now that internet and tv is all sorted. I’ve been out a couple of times to eat, mainly near the start where we didn’t have food or tv to watch the football match! But mostly I’m enjoying just being able to move around the new flat and sit outside if the weather is sunny.

That’s my month, I hope you are all having a good one.

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Hogwarts Cross Stitch SAL update

It’s time to share my progress on my cross stitch project once again. This was where I had gotten to last time I shared, this is actually from 5 weeks ago rather than three as I queued it up early. The move went really well, I made a post about it earlier this week if you wanted to read more about it. sal2This time I’ve made quite a lot of progress, although I missed about two weeks with the move, I ended up without internet for quite a while so I’ve been more productive. I’m also starting to worry about getting it finished as it’s suppose to be a present and the deadline is looming. sal3I feel like I’m nearly finished the crest part which will be step one down and I’m very excited about seeing it finished. It was probably the most fun part of the project and I’m hoping I won’t get bored or bogged down doing the two banners above and below it. I still need to go back and do back stitch around the crest and add the eyes, though I’ve never done the knots before so will have to look that up.

You should check out all of the other lovely projects people are doing in the SAL on the links below, we update every three weeks but sometimes not everyone does it every time but you should still check their blogs out.

Avis / Claire / Gun / Carole / KateJule / Elizabeth / Wendy / Lucyanne / Cathy / Jacqui

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The Move

It’s been nearly a month since we moved out of our house and went on the road to get to our new flat. So, I thought I would do a post about it all. I am going to start doing a monthly post called ‘The Memo Pad’ towards the end of each month summing up any events or things that have happened that month, crafts I may have started, books that I have read, things I might have (hopefully not) bought. But I feel like so much has happened with the move this month that I would write about the actual move in its own post then everything since in the Memo Pad in a couple weeks.

So first up, removal guys came on a Wednesday morning. They were really great and very quiet as Dad had told them I wasn’t well and was asleep. I didn’t really hear them until about 11am when Dad came in to wake me up anyway as they needed to pack my room! This was what one of the rooms looked like less than a month ago! Packing and sorting 23 years worth of everything was madness.

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They were finished and gone by 2pm so we had lunch then I shuffled down to the car and we left our old house.We drove down to Poole which was about a 4 hour drive with a stop at service station, and checked into our first hotel near the ferry port ready for our ferry the next morning. We stayed in a premier inn and it was very nice! The restaurant next door served amazing food. I had a lasagna and chips and it was so good that I unfortunately (or fortunately as I’m suppose to be on a bit of a diet) didn’t have room for any of the yummy sounding desserts. My back had pretty much completely seized up by then from having to sit up for a few hours so I went to bed.

Next morning, earlier than I would like, we had to get up for the ferry. I skipped breakfast because getting up at half 9 to leave is one thing but getting up at 8 for breakfast is quite another! We drove to the ferry fine as it was only about 10 minutes away. And I had some breakfast on the ship once we were settled. Then went out the back of the ferry onto the open deck to wave goodbye to England. It was a typical drizzly summer day!goodbye england

We arrived in Guernsey after a few hours and drove to the next hotel. We had lunch in the room as luckily they had room service and I was definitely flagging at this point. My parents left after this to pick up our new keys. And I was blissfully unaware of anything until I had to get up for dinner. Again, we went to the restaurant next door to the hotel and had yummy food. The food was posher this time though so I had room for dessert! Brownies and Ice cream. Yum.

Then the next morning parents left early to let removal men into our new flat and came back to pick me up from the hotel at check out time. A much more respectable 12pm. And this is the view from our living room.

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But no rest yet as we had to make our beds. Well, we had to make my bed. My parents slept on their mattress on the floor for the first night! Bless. Here is my finished bed. Remember kids. Pack a hammer next time you move!

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The last couple weeks we have slowly been unpacking everything and settling in. Still things to be done here and there but I’m loving everything so far!

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