Fringe Benefits

I have had highlighted hair for about ten years. About a year ago, I decided to let my hair grow out uncoloured, as part of my adventures in not washing my hair with shampoo. I now use a Lush bar shampoo to wash once or twice a week, and I like it thus far.

Today, I had a hair appointment after the gym and I’d toyed with the idea of a fringe beforehand. I’m not very adventurous with my hair, but I needed a change so I went for it. I went for it, got the chop and I love it.

Fringe Benefits

A Good Friday

The slightly odd workplace traditions prevalent in Ireland meant both of us were off work today. I made it back to the gym for the first time in over two weeks – a bad back kept me away and it was tough to get back into the swing of kettlebells but worth it for the endorphins.

I’d also planned on using the bonus of an extra day with the two of us here to do some more decluttering and reorganising. There’s always clutter, be it the three jars of eye cream you packed, moved, unpacked and reorganised but never actually used, or the old scarf that might be useful someday even though you use the new one all the time, or the odds and ends that turn up and don’t have a permanent home.

Today was a good Friday. We got rid of more stuff, we rearranged things a little better and we have the knowledge that the rest of the weekend is still free for us to enjoy. Life is easier with less, I just need to keep reminding myself of this. It helped that during the latest attic declutter I came across some old summer tops that are perfect for the gym until I feel I’ve earned a nice new set of gym clothes once I reach my goals.

A Good Friday

Things Which Sparked Joy This Week

Having a half day off work and being able to dine out for a birthday midweek (which never happens when I’m in work).

Going for my fitness assessment update in the gym and finding out I’ve lost five and a quarter inches. New gym shoes here I come.

The anticipation of a busy weekend of meeting old friends and new ones. I’m never out on a Friday and Saturday night. I think I’ll be having an early night on Sunday.

An empty laundry basket thanks to the sunshine and juggling of clothes inside and out.

Trying something new and a little scary and finding out its actually fun and exciting.

Things Which Sparked Joy This Week

FOUR DAYS IN NOVEMBER

In 2004, George W. Bush was elected on my birthday, November 2nd.

In 2012, my husband and I marched in protest for the first time ever on November 17th following the death of Savita Halappanavar.

In 2015, in November we went to view the house that we would buy and in which we made our first home that was just ours together.

Today, it’s another cold November day and I’m thinking of myself and the other November days that have brought me happiness and that made me cry. I wish I could be a little less selfish but today I’m allowing myself to indulge in a lot of ‘what might have been’.

FOUR DAYS IN NOVEMBER

Day One

One of my new year’s resolutions this year is to be happier with myself. I haven’t been particularly happy with my body’s shape for some time, so I joined a gym and today was my fitness assessment. Seeing the numbers written down simply confirmed what I knew already. I need to work on myself for a little while.

So for me, this is almost like the new year a couple of days early. I’m going to go to a class in the morning and have a personal training session on Tuesday. Scheduling in gym time will be a challenge for me because of the myriad other claims on my time and an ever so slightly manic work timetable, but I am determined.

Day One

All Is Calm, All Is Bright

All the jobs are done, our house looks festive and we’re completely organised for hosting our guests tomorrow. It’s probably been the most stress free Christmas Eve for us ever. We’ll be going to lunch shortly and then coming home to a clean, tidy and organised home, to drink our coffee and read the Saturday newspaper. I love this day, almost as much as the big day. One thing I like doing is rereading the Christmassy bits of some of favourite books. This year, Jo of the Chalet School’s Christmas in Innsbruck will be on heavy rotation.

All Is Calm, All Is Bright