I'm sitting here trying my best to concentrate on writing this, but I'm waiting for an Estate Agent to call me and tell me whether or not our offer has been accepted on a house. So I'm a bit distracted. All I want is coffee, but them I'm worried that I'm going to turn into some sort of caffeine fuelled basket case as I've already had three today... oops. (Update: the fella's just made me my fourth while I'm writing this. If you notice a spike in excitement half way through, you know what's going on.)
I bullied my boyfriend into taking me into town for a walk around, which inevitably turned into me buying more things I don't really need, but it was somewhat soothing so there's that. Retail therapy really works, plus it's probably much more cost effective than actual therapy. And that's the excuse I'll be sticking to, ta very much.
Here's what's been going on in my weird little brain this week!
1. Charity Shop Books
If we're friends on Instagram, you might have spied the pic of a cookery book I popped up earlier this week. I'm a huge fan of charity shops. It's basically guilt-free shopping - I like to think of it as recycling with a conscience.
Anyway, I've always loved the books sections but have never really paid much attention to the non-fiction sections before. And this week I realised that was a massive error. If you think the fiction paperbacks are a good bargain, then the non-fiction section is ridiculous. Like a 90% reduction type of ridiculous.
This Hummingbird Bakery recipe book cost me £1.99 in perfect condition, and the retail cost is £20. It's the first recipe book I've ever bought for myself because I quite fancy that, when we eventually get a house, I'll become some sort of domestic goddess cum baker extraordinaire. Or at least, failing that, I'll have nice pictures of cakes to look at. Hashtag winning.
2. Your Response to my Last Post
Basically, you guys are super-duper awesome! In case you missed it, I wrote about 5 blogs I'm loving at the moment and it went down a treat. I really love reading other people's blogs and it was such a nice, simple post to write - I'd definitely recommend doing your own if you're stuck for ideas!
Thankfully the guy and gals I featured all seemed to be really pleased with what I wrote about them, which was a massive relief because in all honesty I was a little scared they'd be like err dude what is this? Nope, they're all superstars. And I stand by what I said - if you haven't been over there and clicked on their links yet you must do it NOW (or at least as soon as you've finished reading mine haha).
Anyway, the feedback from you lovely lot has been great, and it's the type of post I'd like to do again in the future if that's alright with you? Yes? Brill.
3. Day Trip to Bath
On Friday, we decided we'd be adventurous and take a bus trip into Bath, partly because I hadn't been shopping for about 5 days and was having withdrawal and partly for, y'know, something to do. It ended up being lovely weather from about lunchtime but unfortunately, as it was a bit grim in the morning, that meant we ended up stuck with coats on all day boiling to death. Gotta love the British summer time.
The umbrella picture I've popped up at the top of this post was taken there. I have no idea why, but they were all just tied above the street and it was so pretty and colourful and they made me smiley. Yay!
I inevitably ended up spending money and bought myself a funky new notebook in Urban Outfitters that I'm gonna use as my new blog planner. It's got a marble-print cover - I'm so cool now, yeah? I'll write up a bit more on that soon to let you know how I'm using it and how it's all going. They also had these 'Unicorn Poops' marshmallow-type things at the checkout. I didn't try them but they did make me chuckle, so you get a photo of that.
In my ongoing quest for new jeans, I ended up in Topshop and tried on some Mom jeans. I liked them, but it's such a huge change from skinnies I just wasn't quite ready to commit. They're probably on of those things I'll end up going in like 7 different times to try on before I finally just get over myself and buy them. I still sorta felt like my thighs looked ma-hoosive, if I'm honest. But then they did make my stomach look supremely flat... tricky.
4. CoSchedule free trial
Having read about a million different blog posts about being an organised blogger, I decided to have a bash at CoSchedule. You can sign up for a 14 day free trial before you have to commit to anything, and so far I'm honestly finding it a little bit life-changing.
I've only been blogging for about two and a half months, and the thing I've probably found most challenging so far has been trying to stick to some sort of schedule. There are just so many different things to think about and keep track of I find it's really easy to forget about something, and I have a particular skill for failing to plan posts in advance then panicking on the day they're meant to go live, cos I'm really special.
I've had my free trial going for just over a week now and I'm really enjoying using it. I know that most of you are crazy for Bullet Journalling, and I love a notebook too, but there's something really satisfying about just being able to move things around in your monthly planner by dragging and dropping, or changing a title without ending up with loads of scribbles, crossings out and arrows everywhere. I'm enjoying the freedom it enables me, so I can plan ahead but still be flexible and change my mind if something else pops up. Mess free.
So if you haven't tried it already, you may as well give it a go - there's no commitment to buy (you don't even have to give them your credit card details and then remember to cancel) and 14 days should be long enough to figure out if it's good for you! Get involved here.
5. Countryside Walks
As we're back in Wiltshire at the moment (at my boyfriend's parents' house) the fella and I seem to have turned into middle-aged people, or quite possibly pensioners, who like to read the paper and drink cups of tea. Yeah, we're so cool, you know you wanna be our friends. To break things up a bit we've been venturing out into the countryside for a good long walk pretty much every day, and it's been so lovely!
Since the weather finally decided to perk up a bit last week, the flowers and the plants and the trees have all looked so beautiful. It's making me happy, and a little less of a stress-head for a bonus. Though my boyfriend would probably disagree with that last part, in fairness. Anyway, here are some nice pictures of some flowers to cheer you up!
Aaaand, this cute lil' squirrel made my week. Sorry that the quality's so rubbish - I only had my iPhone with me - but look, he's there on the tree stump!
And that's a wrap! What have you guys been up to this last week? Leave me a comment or come say hi on Twitter, I'd love to hear what's going on! Loves xx
If you liked this post, why not try last week's: Bank Holiday Monday Musings