#035 – Write a letter to myself in 1001 days

This is part of my challenge to complete 101 things in 1001 days. 
See my full list here, and the inspiration behind the 101 things in 1001 days challenge here.

Dear Wifey, 29th February 2016

My what a challenge you have set yourself here! Not only do you have 101 things to complete, but some of those challenges have challenges within them! You decided to do this so you can live your life now, instead of waiting until things “settle down” (which you have finally realised they never will) or waiting until you and Hubs and the kids decide on where to live for a few years, instead of moving each year.

There are a lot of things on this list that you have been meaning to do, and I hope you get around to doing them all. What an achievement that will be! But don’t forget to enjoy yourself; don’t just do things to tick them off the list – that’s not the idea! Do these things consciously and be in the moment, and cherish the memories you make. I hope that your new habits/hobbies continue in the long term as well. That would really be something!

You are just coming to the realisation that you only get one life. I know you can’t believe it’s taken you this long to actually realise this but now that you have, embrace it. Know that your lifestyle will impact on your kids’ lives, and that you want to be a great example to them.

I look forward to seeing how you go! See you in (a little less than) 1001 days!

2nd July, 2013

#098 – Compliment a stranger…

… on what they are wearing if I like it.

This is part of my challenge to complete 101 things in 1001 days. 
See my full list here, and the inspiration behind the 101 things in 1001 days challenge here.

So she wasn’t exactly a stranger, but I had just met her. I have started attending a different playgroup, and a Mum I hadn’t met before was there and she was wearing a really pretty top. I thought “I really should say something” and if it weren’t for my 101 in 1001 days, it probably would have stayed as just a thought. So I looked for an opportunity to tell her. Then I got nervous. I told myself “I can do it another day with someone else” but realised I was making dumb excuses. So I just jumped in.

“I really like your top. It’s a lovely colour!”

She looked a bit taken aback but seemed to really appreciate the compliment. She told me where she had bought it (MYER) and she wasn’t sure if it suited her (which I assured her it did) and we talked for a couple more minutes about nothing much. It felt good!

#036 – Go to the Harvey Ranges with Mum

This is part of my challenge to complete 101 things in 1001 days. 
See my full list here, and the inspiration behind the 101 things in 1001 days challenge here.

While Mum was visiting, we headed up to the Harvey Ranges Heritage Tea Rooms to check out their High Tea. Unfortunately we needed to give a week’s notice for High Tea, so instead we just ordered off the menu. We’ll try for a High Tea somewhere else sometime!

There were quite a few people there for a mid-week, non-school holidays time of year, (not that you can tell from the photos!) and it gave the place extra atmosphere. It had a really lovely feel to it, with an old, rustic house, and seating among lovely shady trees.

It was a really nice place to spend some quality mother/daughter/granddaughter time, and just from the look and feel of the place, I was already saying I’d love to bring Hubs and Chanbe here sometime, as well as out-of-town guests.

We ordered some scones and a focaccia to share, and of course a couple of coffees, and waited in the beautiful surrounds.

The food and drinks arrived, and this is where things started to go a bit downhill. The coffee was so incredibly weak, it was like they put only a trickle of espresso in, so I went back and asked for an extra shot. Even with that, it was barely passable as “coffee” instead of “slightly coffee flavoured milk”.

The focaccia was certainly forgettable, as was the dressing-soaked salad on the side. And the scones. The scones weren’t sconny at all. They were like slabs of cake-like-stuff that just tasted like nothing much at all. And they were ridiculously huge. Not dainty or light and fluffy or special at all.

So I’m not sure I’ll be heading back anytime soon, which is such a shame. Obviously we still had a lovely time, but that was more about the place and the company, and not much to do with the food and drink.
This place has SO MUCH potential, but there’s just no heart. Maybe that’s why this sign was up.

I feel like they’ve already sold the place – like they’re just killing time and don’t have to try hard or impress anyone. My imagination went straight to “Hubs and I would be so great at running a place like this!” I could make (awesome) scones in the morning, make (delicious) coffees all day, and bake (yummy) treats in the evenings. That would be so cool. Maybe one day…

Progress update

I kicked off my 101 in 1001 this week, and already have a few things started:

  • I’m currently completing my 3rd week of the Couch 2 5k program and it’s going quite well (001)
  • I have been making a conscious effort to think something positive about myself every day. A few examples: I don’t cringe when I look in the mirror; “you’re looking good today!” “That hair cut really suits you!” And I gave myself a mental high five last night when I went for my run and felt great after it. I think it has improved my self esteem already, so look out for Wifey in 1001 days!! (032)
  • I have so far worn 2 different pieces of jewellery from my “archives” 🙂 (041)

Nothing mind-blowing or completed as yet, but it’s early days!

Mum is arriving tomorrow for a couple of weeks, so I’m looking forward to a bit more sleep and some chats over coffee. And hopefully ticking a few things off my list!

New stuff on the blog & Day 1

Today is day 1 of my 101 in 1001 days challenge – go and check out my list! I’m so excited to start this challenge, that I want to get everything done NOW! But clearly, that’s not the point. I really don’t know which one I’ll be crossing off first, or last for that matter, but I’m super keen to jump right in.

The other new thing is a “Who is Wifey” link. This is something I was saving for  the launch of my “new blog” (one of the things on my list!) but I realise that could still be a little ways off, so if I can’t be with the blog I love, why not love the blog I’m with. Ha! Girl’s on fire!

One of the things on today’s “to do” list is to vacuum and mop the floors, and since I just spent the last hour with my friend who just “popped in” for a visit (I LOVE a good pop-in!!) I’d really better get started.

And since it’s been a little while, here’s a fix for you all: