List Week: Things I have Done Today

1. Despaired at the SNOW falling from the sky. Seriously, weather, we have no central heating and a suspicious roof that is causing suspicious soggy patches on our 110 year old walls. I don’t have any winter shoes and I don’t think work will appreciate me turning up in wellies. Are you KIDDING ME with the snow thing?

2. Drank tea. I buy a cup at lunch time from the cafe at work and I look forward to it ALL MORNING. 60p well spent. I stopped counting how much it would cost a month to keep me in lunch time teas, because it is TEA and I was paying a pound thirty for it in Leeds from Pret so I am quite happy with my 60p cuppa in the middle of the day.

3. Finished my book. I have been reading John Grisham’s “The Appeal” since last Thursday and today I got to the final two chapters and had to go back to work. Argh. That’s what I do at lunch you see, drink tea and read. I have read 3 books in three weeks. Anyway I rushed home and read the final chapters in a gobbly frenzy. I had always assumed that John Grisham books were gruesome murder type books but it turns out that I’m poorly educated and they are in fact legal fiction. Awesome. I have started reading all of Andy’s books that are lying around the house now, because that way I don’t have to pay for them. I have also started on the David Baldacci books, and the James Pattersons. Also, Andy has just started reading a new David Baldacci and I intend to pinch it from him when he’s done. He’s better than a library tbh.

4. Apologised to my sister about the stealing books from home thing. Ok I did that yesterday, but my days all roll in to one at the moment. I should point out here that I have not taken any books that were not truly mine (ie, Sheep and the Rowan Tree, Animal Ark) or ones that were left out for the charity shop and I only took those ones after, AFTER Rachel, Alice, Patch AND my mum had been through them. They’d been piled on the landing for months, now they are in my spare room. All’s fair in love and book pinching. (Would you rather I put them in the top of the wardrobe Rachel? You know, my wardrobe in my bedroom? The one you stole from me when I moved out and painted green and pink?) Just kidding. Love you really.

5. Phoned my brother to wish him HAPPY SIXTEENTH BIRTHDAY!! He is so old now. He is twice the age that I was when he was born. Crazy. I was very disappointed that I’d gained a brother cos I had been hoping for another sister. Just kidding. Love you really Patch and I hope you liked your present :-)

6. Cooked dinner. In a fashion. Today I “made” pizzas from Marks and Spencer so that we could eat quickly before we …

7. Went to the cinema to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1! and it was GREAT. I loved it. I’ve never really loved a HP film before, they’ve always been a bit mediocre, not a patch on the books, and mostly just a handful of important scenes from the book strung together with no exposition or explanation etc. This one had a PLOT that MADE SENSE! hurrah! I was scared in parts (cos I knew what was coming, Bathilda, ew) and sad as well. You’ll see. By the way, Bill Weasley = great casting. But Rufus Scrimgeour will forever look like Richard Branson in my head, and not like Bill Nighy, who will always look like Billy Mack.

8. Felt guilty for not blogging yesterday.

9. Picked up dry cleaning. This might seem mundane, but this is the first time I have ever had anything drycleaned. Well it was Andy’s coat but he wasn’t about when the drycleaners was open, so I had to do it. Get me, being all grown up. It made me think about why I’d never done it before. I realised that this is because I barely have clothes that require ironing, let alone dry cleaning. If you can’t wash it and tumble dry it, I don’t want to know. Actually, I don’t own an iron. Or an ironing board. Life is too short to iron. If you can’t wash it, tumble dry it, flick it out and hang it straight, I don’t wanna know.

10. Washed up. My sink is next to the oven. I needed to heat the oven for the pizzas. I only washed up to keep warm!

11. Looked at the thermometer. With the fire on it’s lowest setting (the one we usually use, we only crank it up when we get REALLY cold), the room temperature was 13 degrees C.

12. Put on a hoody. See number 11.

13. I have NOT bought anything on Amazon. Go me.

14. Planned another blanket in my head. One that probably will not be created until I work through my backstash and use up all the yarn that is in the spare room. Help. I don’t like some of it. I want new yarn. Help. I think I have a yarn buying addiction. Hey the loft needs insulating! Reckon I can stick the stuff I don’t like up there?

15. Felt tired. I feel tired now. I need to go to bed, it’s an hour after I usually like to be in bed but I am staying up to write you a lovely list. Because I’m good like that.

16. Read some other blogs. Although not as many as usual becauseĀ  I think there is some event going on in America. OH YEAH THANKSGIVING!

17. I did know that really. I have been thinking about what I am thankful for today. I was thankful first off that it wasn’t raining this morning, because I don’t have winter shoes and I hate sitting with wet feet all day. Incidentally I saw a schoolboy (about 9 yrs?) walking to school this morning in SCHOOL SHORTS. It was bitingly cold and his mum had sent him out in shorts, poor thing.

Seriously, I am thankful for so many things. Particularly for Andy, and my family and friends. My house, electricity, the gas fire, internet. For so many things that we take for granted. Clean water (unlike the residents of Bowmore in the book I just read). The NHS.

18. Decided that I NEED to get a hair cut, and on the next free Saturday that I have, I am going to go and find a haircut.

19. Appreciated the pretty Christmas lights in town that went on today. Ahhhh! Beautiful.

20. Had a hot chocolate. That I have just finished, and now I am going to go to bed. I like sleep. mmm, sleep.


16 thoughts on “List Week: Things I have Done Today

  1. Great list! I love the list idea….how about a list of your favourite holdays? That might help you to feel sunny and warm (unless you always go skiing!) :)

  2. Love the list :) And the idea of putting the yarn in the loft for insulation is a great one. I see no problem with this plan!

    What about using Ravelry to offer up the yarn you don’t like for trade or sale – it’s a low-stress way of getting rid of stuff (unlike Ebay :S) and you might end up with something you like instead!

    Hope the snow doesn’t get too bad for you guys. We’ve got a light covering of frost, but nothing too bad yet. I’m hoping it holds off until I can buy some wellies. Like you, I have no waterproof winter shoes!

  3. penelope dubois says:

    I remember when we lived in England, we had no central heating. A fireplace was in every room but we heated by the kerosene heaters, which involved filling up. And of course we had coal delivered for the fireplaces. When there was no heat in the house at nite, that type of cold is unreal. We definently had warm socks on at nite and big eiderdowns(sp?) on the beds.
    Heat is a luxury and I am thankful for it on the third floor!

  4. Oh my goodness. Best list ever. Where on earth did you get your inspiration?! :)

    I actually seriously loved it and I’m feeling rather jealous now because I want to do a list like this. I will wait a suitable period of time and then do one and then it’s not like copying.

    If you don’t like your yarn you could maybe consider just giving it away?….to people who like wool?…..or are brats?….OR you could sell it on e-bay and put it towards a new boots fund.

  5. jo says:

    oh dear, how productive and organized you are! you make me feel superguilty sitting here and reading your blog in the middle of the day. but as always i loved it! xo, jo

  6. Catriona says:

    Had to buy boots today for the impending snow-last year I had to wear wellies and take shoes in a bag when I went out. How about knitting some socks/mittens for sale at work-people seem to love them and hardly anyone can knit, let alone on 4 needles, today. That way you can use up all your old stash of wool in exchange for cash. Set up a book swap at work?-we had fun with this for a while and if you couldn’t swap you had to put 50p in the tin. I can believe you don’t have an iron and ironing board-tumble drying is my only non-eco household extravagance! I know the name of a great slater/roofer from Harrogate if you are interested. We stayed at his self-catering accomodation and it was the most fabulous place that he had converted. I think you can pick up my e-mail from this reply, so let me know if you want details! You sound really positive today-well done.

  7. Sarah says:

    Well I need to get myself some wellies (I don’t care what they think at work/I will change when I get there). Remember sometime ago you said that you would finish projects when you had no money so now is your chance especially as though it looks like a huge amount of snow at your end of the country!!! I have enjoyed reading some of John Grisham’s books too. Don’t think I can read as fast as you.
    This afternoon The lovely Mr A and myself were interviewed by two young student doctors(about Mr A’s condition) at home and it was quite
    emotional but at the end of the visit I looked around our home and realised how lucky we were to have each other and how cosy it is here!
    A final comment about books. I once lent out a book belonging to my dad without his permission!! Never again.
    Have a good weekend. Enjoy that snow and take some photos. We haven’t had any yet!!!!!!!!!!! xxx

  8. I haven’t had internet for a week, it has been horrible, but I’m back and boy have I missed a lot, so have caught up with you, a lot has happened since I was gone, everything seems great, but you have gone from Autumn to Winter so quickly. We have had such weird weather here, goes from really hot to freezing cold and we are one day off Summer.
    Keep warm and think happy thoughts. xx Sandi

  9. I know this was years ago but I’m still working through your blog whilst feeding (will be you soon!). I am enjoying your lists. Loved your children’s books and just wanted to say yay for not ironing. Life’s too short! Take care, xxx

  10. I know this was years ago but I\’m still working through your blog whilst feeding (will be you soon!). I am enjoying your lists. Loved your children\’s books and just wanted to say yay for not ironing. Life\’s too short! Take care, xxx

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