|a little stroll through Lancaster|
It stemmed from a trip to Lancaster on Saturday, we went to a vegan fair and bought a few edible things, and while some of them were great (Bakewell Tart) Dan said on a couple of occasions that I could have made things better. Then I had a conversation with a lady at the city centre market, she was telling me about her wedding and how unimpressed she was with the food and how she wished she'd had time to prepare it herself. I feel like that a lot.
So what did we learn? We both were really disappointed with a meal we had at a pub, the food was great, but it was so expensive for what it was, it cost 5% of our holiday budget but was nowhere near 5% enjoyment.
I'm not that bothered about sweet potatoes.
I have always struggled with sleep so I follow all the rules for a clean sleeping routine with varying degrees of success. Recently I have broken my number one rule - no reading in bed and it has been fantastic, very relaxing and just what I need. Plus it carves out an extra hour or so to read every evening which has been great for both of us. I still keep the fail safe sea sounds app available, nothing makes me fall asleep more quickly.
A lot of "eco" products are not for me. I already knew that homemade products weren't for me - they cost a fortune. But with some cleaning products I just feel I'd be better off with a bit of soap and water. While I'm at it, I really like Dan's cheap and cheerful supermarket brand shampoo, so I'm just going to use it, it's not green but I know I'll use it which is better than trying a product that costs a fortune and doesn't really help me.
My favourite place is being at home.
Snoozing or unfollowing certain accounts on social media, or avoiding certain blogs was so relaxing. I follow people like Pamela Anderson and organisations like Sea Shepherd, they share important stuff, but wow some of it is distressing. I also snoozed some actual friends who can be a little on the negative side. I hadn't thought about it, but the snooze period ended this weekend and everything reappeared - I was not ready for it, but it goes to show how things I take for granted can be draining. I also avoided a number of blogs for the same reason. That's not to say I lived in a bubble, I listen to BBC World Service every day so I still had my fair share of depressing news.
I much prefer tea to coffee, it has been said before by someone that I have an uncultured palate because I don't like olives! Maybe I do, I don't care, most coffee tastes the same to me so I'll have a cup of tea instead and have the freedom to make it as I like it.
I'm not very good at relaxing.
I've been failing to develop an exercise routine because what I like to do has changed. I used to love training with weights and doing circuit type training. I've been trying to force myself to start it up again (for about 5 years) but it never sticks, in part because it's harder to start something again than start for the first time. But I have discovered I like my exercise bike and also anything to do with dance style movements, so that's what I do now, half an hour of wiggling around, it's amazing. I like to think my moves were impressive at the gig we went to on Friday!
I wore about 5 outfits the whole time. I had bought a really pretty embroidered Monsoon dress from the charity shop in case we had hot weather, three weeks of hot weather, didn't wear it once. I wore my new orange skirt and a t-shirt, my black jumpsuit, maxi dress, Marimekko dress and the Frida-inspired skirt and a black top. That was it, for a fortnight, plus two dresses I just wear for flopping around the house. I had never really paid attention to how frequently I reach for the same clothes before.
So, it looks like now I know what I don't like to do, it's a good time to bring in those things that add value.