An insight

Although I am away, I took a series of photos earlier this week for a little insight into my blogging space- where I sit down in the spare room on my laptop and write. It’s a small space, but I’ve recently tidied it up and it’s somewhere calm and peaceful where I can take myself away from the world for a few minutes to share my life.

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I love my little hideaway, and am looking forward to creating a new one in the new house.

What about you, have you shared your blogging space?

A little consideration

Sometimes it baffles me just how selfish some of our fellow citizens can be. Having just arrived in Germany, I arrived at my seat on the plane to find that the man sitting next to me had pinched my window seat, proceeded to put his suitcase under the seat in front of him (thus blocking his leg room) and spread out to take a lot of my leg room and the shared arm rest. The window seat I didn’t mind losing, the legroom isn’t such an issue as my legs are so short anyway but the lack of manners was appalling- I simply wouldn’t dare behave that way towards someone else.

Upon landing, he barged his way through with a brisk ‘excuse me’ then decided to stand right in the way of my overhead locker. When I asked him to move so I could retrieve my bag and coat from the overhead locker I was met with a brisk grunt and a sideways shuffle by way of centimetres. Thank you indeed!

I don’t like to rant but there is no need to behave in such a self centred way. The only difficulty is that on such a flight I had no idea if this man was English so decided it was easier to put up with it and sleep through the flight instead. Next time though, I think I will confront such rude behaviour. I suppose my silence only allowed him to get away with acting like such a jerk.

A little consideration is not hard, does not take much but will gain you a little more respect in future, sir!

Ok, I give up

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This month has been so busy. To be entirely truthful, I am amazed that I’ve got this far with Blog Every Day in November. But, it is time for me to accept the inevitable and admit that for the rest of the month, #BEDN is no more on this blog. I’d like to finish the topics, but perhaps not before the end of the month.

Between now and Christmas, I’ve got 2 trips abroad, 13 working days and one house purchase to contend with so blogging may have to take a little of a back seat. I have lists of ideas lined up, just no time to put them into existence.

So, please bear with me whilst I sort out everything else going on in my life. I will be back here regularly soon.

Don’t forget my Advent Calendar starts on Sunday, so pop back every day in December for an advent post. I’ll make sure all 24 of them are up on time.

Josie

Home Sweet Home

 

So, I suspect you may be wondering about our new house. Which is very much a house, not a home just yet- I think there is a big difference between the two meanings. A house is the bare bones, a home is what you yourself make it- welcoming, unique and full of happiness.

I was hoping to be able to share some pictures of our house, before it has become a home. However, my iPhoto has decided to keep all these photographs to itself and they will not be coming anywhere near me any time soon! So instead, I present to you an idea that embodies the feelings of warmth and comfort that a home provides: The Budget Hibernation.

Yup, you heard right. Hibernation. On a budget. I mentioned earlier this month in my ‘Relax’ post (read it here), how I was inspired to try our Ruth Crilly’s hibernation. Now as lovely an idea as it is, a lot of the suggested things needed for such hibernation were pretty expensive, so instead, I set about to create a perfect hibernation nest using only what I had to hand. Which worked a treat.

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Although Ruth’s suggestion is not to ‘nest’ on a work night, Chris and I tucked ourselves up with a book each, plenty of blankets and a hot water bottle and hibernated (on a Tuesday). It was bliss- strange how just leaving your phone in another room at night instantly switches off that digital fix that requires you to needlessly check your phone every few minutes. We pretty swiftly felt relaxed enough to forget all about work, and the chaos that our landlord and his builders had left in our living room a few hours beforehand and became engrossed in our books*.

Try it yourself. You can watch Ruth’s video about creating your own ‘nest’ here and how to hibernate here if you like, but essentially, all you need is a cosy space (I loaded up our bed with a second duvet, extra pillows, as many blankets as I could find and a hot water bottle each), dim lights (we went for candles), a relaxing scent (room spray and candles), a warm drink of your choice, relaxed and comfortable clothing and a good book (optional, you can skip this part and get straight to the sleeping). Oh, and a total digital detox, so TVs, laptops, phones, iPads etc are strictly prohibited for one night only.

Have you hibernated? Do you fancy trying it out?

This post belatedly (yet again!) represents Day 26- ‘Home Sweet Home’ of Blog Every Day in November #BEDN with Rosalilium

*Yes, you may have spotted I am STILL reading Wolf Hall. Four years on.

Til Christmas

I cannot believe it, but there are only 13 working days left between me and my Christmas break and today, it’s only a month until the big day itself. I think this every month, but I have no idea where 2013 has disappeared to. Perhaps I’m getting old, but the years keep spinning by at increasingly terrifying speeds, and before I know it 2014 is just around the corner.

Whilst I try to restrain myself until December, by mid-November I can’t help but feel a little Christmassy, so to keep those feelings at bay I’ve been busy preparing some Christmas blog ideas. From this Sunday (1 December, eek!), I will be bringing to you the Tales from the Finch’s Beak Advent Calendar. Yes, a surprise from me every day of advent- you lucky, lucky people. I’ll keep the content under wraps until the month of December officially rolls around, but to make sure you don’t miss out, make sure you sign up for updates by email (You see that button over there on the right that says ‘follow’? Yep, that’s the one!), follow me via BlogLovin here, Twitter here and/or Instagram here

I’m looking forward to sharing the festive build up with you!

This post represents Day 25- ‘Til Christmas’ of Blog Every Day in November #BEDN with Rosalilium

A resolution…

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Whilst we were in Brussels, Chris and I spent a lot of time just sitting and talking over a beer or a coffee and just generally catching up and enjoying each other’s company. It made me realise that this is something we don’t do enough of at home, and as such I hereby resolve to devote at least one night a week to just being together- a date night of sorts.

No television, ironing, washing up or laundry- just the two of us and conversation either at home or out and about. And perhaps the occasional bottle of Belgian beer for the memories…

This post belatedly represents Day 23- ‘Date Night’ of Blog Every Day in November #BEDN with Rosalilium

28 to 40

When I think of what or who motivates me, more often than not something about being successful as a woman or having a strong female role model to look up to will be somewhere on that list. Even today, I feel as though us women still really have to strive to get as far in life as men, in particular when it comes to work. I know that things are far from equal the other way, too- in particular, I think it’s very hard for men to take time off from work to look after children as the main carer when the sterotype is that this is a woman’s role.

For me, I’ve always felt that I must work particularly hard at my career at the very beginning, so that I am in a position that when I do eventually choose to take a break and have children, I will not fall behind colleagues when doing so. Despite the fact that I don’t intend to have children for quite some time, I do know that this is something I really want to do at some point and being female, I have to factor this into long-term career plans- something I think a lot of men may not even consider.

Something that I came across last week is 28 to 40– a project launched by Opportunity Now which seeks to find out what it’s like in the UK as a working woman today and what barriers are still facing us. They’ve launched a nationwide survey that it would be great if you could fill in. I’ll warn you, it’s a long one but it really made me think about a lot of my priorities in life (in a good way). You can read more about the project here and take the survey questionnaire here.

The other part? You don’t have to be aged 28 to 40, or even female to take part, so go ahead and complete the questions now! The more people who respond, the more accurate the results.

This post represents Day 24- ‘Motivations’ of Blog Every Day in November #BEDN with Rosalilium

À bientôt Brussels

So, after 2 months of mystery surrounding my surprise trip away, I was whisked away on a train to London on Thursday morning. At this point, my destination was unknown but I was beginning to suspect that it may have involved a Eurostar journey given the direction in which we were headed.

As we hopped onto the Tube to St Pancras, my suspicions were confirmed, although it wasn’t until we’d settled down with a pre-train coffee that Chris whipped out The Rough Guide to Brussels and all was revealed. I’ve had a lovely 2 nights away, and discovered that Brussels is a beautiful city (and one you will no doubt be hearing more about over the coming days) but for now, here is a little taster of the EU capital.

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Ten Things #3 22.11.2013

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  1. Seeing a tube train being taken on the back of a lorry, southbound on the M3- was it going to the beach?!
  2. Finding out that some friends have finally exchanged contracts on their house after having an offer first accepted in July.
  3. Nachos and NFL Sunday- standard practice here these days.
  4. Our team having a very busy workload and resulting in my manager making us all toasted teacakes with plenty of butter. And then setting off the building’s fire alarm by burning them, oops.
  5. Having an actual lunch break and meeting my Mum for a coffee.
  6. Being taken away for a surprise 2 nights away. Thanks Chris.
  7. An amazing jazz quintet playing in Winchester High Street- perfection.
  8. Drinking a very festive gingerbread latte whilst listening to said jazz quartet.
  9. I know I said it last week, but I am still in love with the beautiful sunsets at the moment.
  10. How happy my goldfish are to see me in the morning. I know they just want feeding but their little faces make me smile.

 

What has been the highlight of your week?