The week that was 365/2

What a week! Girls back to school and they’re very happy to be there, back to gymnastics in their new leotards that nonna bought for Christmas and I got stuck into work after a very lazy Christmas break.

I managed to call Megan and have a really good catch up with her, I also called Tommy but his phone ran out of money half way through the conversation! So I left him in peace as he was enjoying a rare moment at home, feeding Evan his yogurt. It would seem they’ve found good priced tickets with BA to come to the wedding in March which I’m really excited about.

I’ve even tackled one of my new year’s resolutions – to start doing some exercise. I went swimming Friday morning for half an hour and felt much better for it, I’m off to my first Zumba class on Monday too ;)


Saturday – messy bedroom, a sign they’ve been playing well though
Sunday – Jacket potato in the Panasonic combi microwave, very good too
Monday – Girls back to school and happy to be seeing their friends again
Tuesday – My desk! What a mess and a Google hangout with Cherry Healey
Wednesday – reading time Casual Vacancy and brand new shellac nails
Thursday – slow roasted root vegetables for my latest soup recipe
Friday – my bookcase collapses under the weight of so many books, time for a trip to Ikea

My diet hasn’t got too well in as much as I’m still clearing up food from the freezer but I did make a broccoli and stilton soup in the soupmaker this week followed by a Slow roasted root vegetable one which I’m very impressed with – recipe to follow this week. Total weight loss 1lb – another 7 to go.

I’ve started reading Casual Vacancy and am about 70 pages in and loving it. It’s a great story and I step away from the computer at lunchtime and read it whilst I have my soup and roll. I’ve also been sent The Hope Factory to read in the next 4 weeks so that will take me up to 2/50 books!

I treated myself to Shellac nails for the first time and I’m very impressed, I chose a strong winter colour but there were plenty to choose from and I already know which colour I’d like to try next time. It’s supposed to last two weeks and so far so good.

Wedding plans – most people have now accepted or written to say they can’t make it, menu chosen and next week I am meeting the event manager of the venue to finalise plans and pay the outstanding! We’ve chosen our ceremony, I have found all of the bridesmaids dresses, now it’s flowers, favours and place cards to order.

I shall be doing more of this chatty kind of blog as more than anything else I want it to be a diary for the girls to see themselves when they were small and remember the things we did together. With Kerry’s funeral last week it has reminded me that my blog is more for the family, a place to look back on, a place for me to come to.


  1. January 12, 2013 / 10:01 AM

    Glad to hear The Casual Vacancy is worth a read – I’ve ordered it from the library, but there’s been quite a wait, so I’m hoping it’s going to be worth it.

    • Mari
      January 12, 2013 / 6:50 PM

      I am loving it and there’s nothing better than a good book to read, hope you get your hands on it soon.

  2. jfb57
    January 12, 2013 / 3:57 PM

    Love the format of this Mari! It was lovely to read the post over on Kerry’s blog too – thank you for the link.

    • Mari
      January 12, 2013 / 6:51 PM

      Format thanks to PicMonkey and thanks for the compliment. Kerry has touched the entire community and I think a lot of people are now asking themselves ‘Really – why do I blog?’

  3. cafebebe
    January 13, 2013 / 10:40 AM

    Can you come to mine to make soup and do my nails?? Well done reading a BOOK as well. I’m currently doing the same…slowly! ;)

    Mwah xx

  4. January 13, 2013 / 1:56 PM

    Ooh the roasted veggie soup sounds interesting!

  5. coombemill
    January 13, 2013 / 2:31 PM

    They look happy to be going back to school!

  6. January 13, 2013 / 6:07 PM

    Messy bedroom…reminds me of our house!

  7. emsyjo
    January 13, 2013 / 7:23 PM

    Roast veg soup sounds good, I’ve been making soup too this week.

  8. January 13, 2013 / 9:46 PM

    soups are GREAT! We’re a bit addicted this week…. hope you got some good bookshelves too, and well done on the weightloss!

  9. January 13, 2013 / 11:06 PM

    i made a veggie soup in my slow cooker last weekend so easy and fuss free and great way to use up left over veg!
    i use my blog to make notes about what we get up to however big or small as you say it will be a place for my boys to look back on one day of they wish.
    sounds like a productive week too and well done on the weight loss x

  10. January 14, 2013 / 10:58 PM

    looks like you have had a busy week

  11. January 19, 2013 / 12:50 AM

    I can’t believe how grown-up the girls have become! Beautiful photograph.

    Thanks for linking up

  12. January 19, 2013 / 1:55 AM

    A great summary of your week. The girls look so happy to be going back to school.

  13. Elaine Livingstone
    January 25, 2013 / 10:23 AM

    love the girls jackets. and I could not work in a clutter, I need clear and tidy

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