Friday, 19 August 2016

Celebrate the Small Things

Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop now hosted by Lexa Cain. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week, no matter how small.


This week I'm celebrating:

- I went out with Jamie on Wednesday; we don't get too many days off together, so I thought we'd take advantage of this one. We went for a carvery (do you have those in America? You get a choice of meat, like roast beef, turkey, gammon or pork, and then you serve yourself whatever veggies you want, and of course stuffing, yorkshire puddings and gravy). I've wanted one ever since I came back from Greece, so I'm glad we finally got around to it! Plus, I got an awesome dessert:


A Strawberry Shortcake Sundae; it was delicious! 

- I had a productive day off yesterday; I finally put up my Greece post, with lots of pictures (click here to take a peek), then I got another couple of pages done on the outline for my 2013 NaNo novel. I've hit a tricky part with it now; there's a whole chunk of the story that I want to change completely, so it's on hold until Tuesday (my next day off work) so I can really get it sorted. I'm looking forward to it! 

- I'm feeling pretty motivated right now; I think my two weeks away in Greece did me a lot of good. It was certainly a much needed break. 

- Misty's been so fussy since I got back; I think she's missed me! 



What are you celebrating this week?

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Rhodes 2016

So as most of you know, I recently spent a couple of weeks in Rhodes, Greece. I had an absolutely fantastic time; I can't wait to go again next year. I thought I'd share some pictures of my time there.

The bay of Lindos, seen from the Acropolis, a 5 minute drive from where we stayed in Pefkos.

The Acropolis


The hot, hot sun shining on me at the Acropolis


We saw a snake, right outside our hotel - the first wild one any of us had seen in person (they're not so common here in England)

We couldn't let the trip go by without a visit to the Crepe House! That's my lovely sister Katie in the picture.

Rhodes Old Town






My sister (right) and I in front of a fountain in Rhodes Old Town

Here are a couple of pictures taken from a boat off the coast of Rhodes Town.




Here are a few photos taken from our day trip to the other side of the island, where we visited Butterfly Valley and the ancient city of Kamiros:

It's much greener on the other side of Rhodes island, and a little cooler.

We found this gorgeous kitten at one of our stops while we were on a coach tour; he/she got a lot of attention! 

You can see a couple of the islands surrounding Rhodes in the distance.




 This is the ancient city of Kamiros, abandoned a long time ago after an earthquake, all that's left now are ruins:








And now for Butterfly Valley, I've never seen so many butterflies all in one place:









Here's one of the crabs at Butterfly Valley, the butterfly's main predator.




These are just a few of the pictures I took whilst I was in Rhodes, hope you've enjoyed seeing them!

Friday, 12 August 2016

Celebrate the Small Things

Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop now hosted by Lexa Cain. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week, no matter how small.


This week I'm celebrating: 

- I had a fantastic time in Greece! I'll hopefully put a post up next week with pictures from the holiday. 

- The airport lost my luggage on my return flight in the early hours of Sunday morning, so I've had to go all week without all the stuff in my suitcase! Luckily I'm getting it back today, I was beginning to worry that I'd have to replace everything! I'm looking forward to getting my stuff back, not so much all the washing that will come with it. 

- While I miss Greece, it's nice to be home. I missed my cat, Misty, while I was away, and she was certainly happy to see me! Obviously I was happy to see my boyfriend, Jamie, too! 

Monday, 1 August 2016

Goals for August

It's actually the 21st July as I write this, but I wanted to get it written and scheduled before I go to Greece in a couple of days, as I don't get back until about a week into August, and I want this to post before I get back.

Here's how I did on my July goals:

- Spend half an hour each day blogging - I've spent a lot more time blogging this month than I have for a long while, and it's been lovely! I've so missed the blogosphere, and it's been nice visiting all of your blogs again! I haven't quite been spending half an hour each day blogging, but some days I've spent more time and other days less, so I've made up for it.

- Spend an hour a week writing
- Done! I've been concentrating on re-writing my outline for a NaNo project I wrote way back in 2013. I figured out the reason I wasn't doing so well on my rewrites is because my outline wasn't detailed enough. I'm nearly done with the outline now, and it's so much better than the one I was working off originally. I've really enjoyed spending the time on it, too; I've been spending about 2 hours a week on it, and it's flown by. 

- Read 4 books
- So as of today, I haven't reached this goal yet, but I'm certain I will have by the time this posts. When I went to Greece last year I read 7 books in 7 days, and this year I'm going for 14 days, so I have high hopes! 

It's been a fantastic month for my goals, let's hope I do just as well in August! 


Here are my August goals:

- Spend half an hour each day blogging - So I'm keeping this goal the same; half an hour a day is plenty, for now. 

- Finish my outline - I should definitely get this done this month, I'm nearing the end anyway, then I can get started on rewrites. 

- Spend two hours a week writing - this shouldn't be too difficult; I did much better with the one hour writing a week in July than I thought I would. I may even get to 3 or 4 hours, but we'll see! 

Here's hoping I have as good a month in August as I did in July! 

Friday, 22 July 2016

Celebrate the Small Things

Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop now hosted by Lexa Cain. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week, no matter how small.


This week I'm celebrating:

- I'm off to Greece tomorrow! I'm there for two weeks and have a whopping 19 days off work, so I'm pretty happy right now! I've scheduled a couple of posts to go up while I'm away, because I don't want the fact that I'm away to stop me from blogging for ages again. 

So, I'll be back in a couple of weeks! 

Friday, 15 July 2016

Celebrate the Small Things

Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop now hosted by Lexa Cain. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week, no matter how small.



This week I'm celebrating: 

- I spent another couple of hours on my outline yesterday - I was hoping to get more done on it over the last week, but it's been a busy one! I managed to finish work early yesterday, so it was the perfect opportunity to do some work on my WIP. 

- I went to Nottingham on Tuesday and spent the day with my friends from uni. We had a great time (as usual) - there were debates about Harry Potter, weird games played and lots of laughter. 

- I got to the end of a notebook that I've been using for about two years yesterday - I got to start a brand new one, which has got to be one of the best things ever. 

- Just one week to go until Greece! 

Friday, 8 July 2016

Celebrate the Small Things

Celebrate the Small Things is a weekly bloghop now hosted by Lexa Cain. The idea is to post anything you want to celebrate from the last week, no matter how small.



This week I'm celebrating: 

- On Monday I put a July Goals post up, saying I wanted to spend at least half an hour each day blogging, and so far I've managed that. It's lovely feeling like part of the blogosphere again, I've really missed it! 

- Yesterday I spent a large chunk of my day working on my NaNo story that I wrote way back in 2013 - I haven't done any work on it in months. I started re-writing it last year, but it was very slow going. Yesterday I read through everything I've written so far, and then started to rewrite the outline. I think that was my issue - the outline I was working from wasn't fleshed out enough. I feel really good about the work I did yesterday, and can't wait to get back to it. 

- It's two weeks before I go to Greece! Not long to wait now!