Saturday, 7 December 2013

The 2014 Blogger Challenge

I saw on someone's blog (I'm ever so sorry, I have no memory of who's post it was, I must have been very sleepy when I read it!) that they were doing the 2014 blogger challenge, as hosted by Gaby of Another Girly Blog. Basically, Gaby will email us twice a month with a topic idea for us to write about, with the aim of getting us to write about things which may be out of our comfort zones.

As someone who struggles for ideas of blog posts that aren't just life posts, I think this will be really good, and I'm very excited to be involved! If anyone else wants to get in on the action (there are over 360 of us now!) then you just have to leave a comment on this post of hers or email with your name, blog URL and email address before December 9th so be quick!

In other life news, I have a few draft posts nearly ready to go, and were supposed to be posted this week, however I have had the week from Hell, with two accidents on the motorway causing me to be delayed for 4 and a half hours on Tuesday morning and 5 and a half hours on Thursday night. Luckily work were very understanding about Tuesday, but on Thursday it was 10:30pm before I got home, and I was so desperate for a wee! I'm having our en suite bathroom redone at the moment as well and lots of that has gone wrong as well, so what with all of that and this being the first week without Rich, blogging kind of got put by the wayside. I promise I will return properly this week though, with my very delayed holiday posts!

Rachel xx

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Deployment Bucket List

Now Rich has gone I want to fill my time to the brim so that I'm so busy I crave days of doing nothing, and so that the time flies by and before I know it he'll be home. One way to do this is to employ a state of mind I have used in the past when I found myself newly single, or in a new place: Say Yes To Everything. Sometimes when someone asks you to do something, you really don't fancy it, or you won't know anybody and you're scared it'll be awkward. I try and say yes to all of those things. I already have my first Yes event planned, I'm going to a friends birthday party next weekend, even though I won't know anybody else there. Let's hope it's fun!

The other way is to make a deployment bucket list, as I saw on Katie's blog back in May when her husband deployed.

Deployment Bucket List

  • Lose a stone: I lost a lot of weight nearly a year ago, and got down to my lowest weight I'd been since I was 13! It's slowly crept back on over the last few months, especially in the last month when Rich and I have been cramming lots of eating out and fun times in before he left. So I'm going to start calorie counting again using My Fitness Pal as that's worked for me in the past.
  • Complete a park runParkRun is a 5k free event that goes on in parks all over the country on Saturday mornings. I was doing the NHS couch to 5k scheme last summer and began to really enjoy it, but since moving I haven't kept it up, so once the weather perks up a bit next spring I will learn to run again, and I will complete a 5k!
  • Watch 10 new movies: I am ridiculously bad at having seen movies that everyone else has seen, especially as I often prefer watching a movie I've seen before rather than something new. So watching 10 new movies will help to get me out of a rut I think.
  • Give blood: This is something I've always meant to do but have never got round to doing. So I will do it in the next 6 months. I will.
  • Start a YouTube channel: I promised myself that I'd make some videos so Rich can watch them while he's out in Afghanistan, so even though I'm not sure what they'll be about yet, I'll aim to make some for him to watch.
  • Reach 50 blog followers: 50 is an awful lot of people, and I can't imagine that there are that many people out there that want to read my ramblings, but a girl can live in hope! I'm on 15 currently, so 50 isn't that far away.
  • Bake for the people at work: I love baking, so will aim to bake at least twice for the people at work. Mainly so I don't eat all of the produce myself!
  • Go to a blogger meet up: This is something that scares me, but it fits in well with the saying yes to everything mentality I mentioned earlier. Hopefully there will be one in the Yorkshire area soon for me to go to. If anyone hears of one, please let me know.
  • Develop my photography skills: Rich bought me a lovely beasty camera for Christmas this year, which I'm loving using, but I would really like to develop my skills further to make me a more confident photographer.
  • Work on the Food For One blog series: Cooking for one is a right pain, and many people when they have to cook for themselves wind up having something unhealthy, such as a takeaway, to make things easier. I got used to it when I lived on my own for a couple of years, so thought I'd share the knowledge via a blog series. 
  • Begin wedding planning and saving: Now Rich has gone away I'm officially allowed to start wedding planning! However the saving up also has to begin. I'm imagining this is going to take up a lot of my time out in the next 6 months, and this excites me a lot!

Phew! That's a long list, I think I'll be very busy completing this list and blogging about it all for the next 6 months. Rich will be back before I know it!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Deployment: Saying Goodbye

I'm back! Sorry for going so quiet over the last few weeks, life went a bit mental with arranging everything for Rich going, heading all over the country to say bye to people and spending as much quality time together as physically possible.

He left on Friday, and I've heard from him this morning that he arrived safe and sound, and had eaten coco pops for breakfast. The last couple of weeks before he left were quite hard really, the anticipation and the waiting were the worst part of it all. He wanted to get out there and get stuck in, and I was hating the counting down feeling, and the mounting dread. The ability to have a very naughty last week of meals was good though, and included a massive KFC, a Dominos and some huge burgers.

We went down to his parents to have a (very) early Christmas at the beginning of November, including the Christmas tree being up and Christmas jumpers! Afterwards we went on holiday for a week to a lovely lodge on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors, and I'll be doing a blog post or two on that in the coming days. It was great to spend that time together away from the stresses of work and packing etc. It also gave us some good memories and was actually the first time we'd been on holiday for longer than a weekend together.

I did well on the crying front, only having one big cry the weekend before he went, totally unexpectedly, and then only after I'd said goodbye. Rich appreciated the lack of tears I think, as it didn't make him feel quite as bad for leaving me, as it isn't his fault, it's the jobs fault!

Work have been so supportive, as have everyone I know, and I headed straight to my parents after saying goodbye on Friday, to give me company and help to keep me distracted. I've spent the weekend shopping, seeing friends and sleeping a lot! 

I have a huge bucket list to do before he gets back, and lots of things to keep me occupied, including this blog, so expect to see a lot more of me around for a change! I'll do posts about the care packages I send out to him as well, if anyone's interested, and regular updates on how it's going being very long distance for a while.

Rachel xx

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