You will probably remember a few months ago I posted about my lovely bedroom that I was creating at our new house; finally I’d been able to indulge my love of pretty fabrics and soft colours and over the last few weeks have been adding to the soft furnishings in the room with some new cushions from Sainsburys in a lovely soft pink mohair cushion and also painting one of my old pot cupboards with some Annie Sloan paint. It is all part of my plan to get a good night sleep and make the most of those valuable 8 hours in the land of nod.
This is the headline that popped into my inbox recently….
45 % of Brits Unhappy with Their Stomachs as UK Waistlines Expand
As a woman who has had some big body issues since having my daughter nearly six years ago I am well aware of the daily scrutiny us women subject ourselves to in the quest to ever obtain that body beautiful image that we so desperately seek to achieve. In reality though with the stresses and time constraints of modern live it becomes increasingly difficult to ‘make time’ to work out and change our eating habits and we’re brilliant at finding every excuse in the book not to do it. I was the same but back at the start of 2o14 having seen a hideous family photograph I made the decision to change my lifestyle and lose the weight I knew was ultimately affecting my confidence.
Never has that saying been more poignant than this evening. A successful bedtime session with Addi, we are slowly back into our routine after reintroducing star charts and lots of praise when things go well, I went downstairs to make myself a drink.
I’d picked up a brilliant Tempranillo in Tesco this week and having not had a drink all weekend (most unlike me) I had been eagerly awaiting a glass. As I walked through the lounge the Richard III documentary started that I had been keen to watch – J and I had sat and watched the original Laurence Olivier production a few weeks back so this was perfect timing.
I switched my Mac on earlier this week and as usual plugged in my lovely Philippe Stark hard drive that I’d bought from the Apple store about three years ago. I would be lost without my hard drive, it backs up everything, my documents, my photos and has been a sound investment and one I would definitely recommend for anyone who is serious about keeping copies of the digital things that are really important.
Problem is this time the hard drive made a horrible sound, a disturbing chugging noise again, and again, and again. Not good. Neither was the error message that appeared shortly after informing me of an external hard drive error and failure to backup. As a blogger and someone who takes anything up to 100 photos a day on her phone being able to back up my phone to my computer and then my hard drive is essential. If I was to lose any of my data I would be devastated. My digital life is my daily record of my life with Addi, which now we are just the two of us is even more precious to capture as the two of us will often look through photographs and reminisce about where we’ve been.
I love my sleep but for nearly 8 months now my sleep has appeared to have gone on vacation. In an effort to get back into a good sleep pattern I invested in a new bed and mattress and have also been using some meditation sleep music and trying to write less at night and wind down earlier. Some nights it is successful and other nights I can still be staring at the ceiling come 2am. When you’re up at 6 and it’s midnight when you roll to bed it isn’t long before the after effects of lack of sleep take its toll and often I am short tempered and this makes for a bad combination when I am running around from work and juggling everything at home.