Music to warm your soul

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Music has always been pretty important in my life, growing up the radio was always on and I had a knack for knowing what the song was going to be within a few notes.

I joined the church choir when I was 10, and sang in some glorious places in the following 8 years. I’m not a fantastic singer (singing lessons are on my wish list!) but singing makes my heart happy! These days my singing is pretty much confined to the car, but I harbour a not-so-secret desire to sing properly again.

When my parents got together they combined their record (vinyl) collections and one area they overlapped heavily was soul and Motown. If I had to pick a favourite genre I’d be hard-pushed to choose anything else other than this, it’s ingrained in my life, so many happy memories. I even had my hen do at a local soul and Motown night!

But I don’t want to talk about soul music today. Today I want to talk about country music.

I’m not an expert by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, I’d go the other way, my knowledge of country music is tiny, but boy does it make me happy. It also reminds me, happily, of my beautiful mumma. Country was all hers!

I’ve been listening to a compilation album “Now that’s what I call country” or something similar… it’s what I’m listening too sat on the bus this morning actually! I have to stop myself singing along (apologies if something slips out people of Norwich!).

But the reason I want to mention any of this. Is because it got me thinking, country music is “mine”. Hubby and I share a lot of music, I generally defer to his better taste and stronger opinion, but we like a lot of the same stuff, and he’s introduced me to some great music. But he’s not as much of a fan as I am of this kind of stuff. So at the moment my country album is on in the car, on the bus or when I’m doing something on my own. And that’s good, it makes time go quicker in the car and makes me smile, sing and generally feel good. It also helps the cleaning (when I do it!) go quicker!

I probably won’t ever see much live country music, but maybe one day, I’d quite like to see Nashville too!

I suppose there isn’t much of a message to this blog post, it’s more of a love letter to the Stetson wearing purveyors of my current favourite earworms! Tomorrow I’ll probably be rocking my inner rock chick and leaving the cowboy boots at home.. but what is that they say? A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll? I’m glad to be both, and to have re-found the country music to listen to!

Finding my voice in 2018…

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Well, dear reader, there is lots I need to tell you about my life in 2018, I’ve not blogged properly in years, but I promised my hubby (that is one of the things that I need to tell you about!) that I would use my new iPad to blog more regularly!

So here I am, blogging on my iPad.

The hubby part? After 14 years the lovely Dave and I got married in November…

It was a beautiful, happy, emotional day, we were surrounded by our wonderful friends and family. There were people who couldn’t be there, but all in all it was just perfect.

2018 adventures

We didn’t take a “honeymoon” after our wedding, we took a week away in north Norfolk with waffle which was wonderful. Our honeymoon proper will happen this year… we’re going to Australia!

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am! Right now we are in operation save some pennies and lose some weight mode! I joined slimming world to help with the second part and a, trying to be mindful of my spending to help with the first part.

Currently…

Watching: Numb3rs box set

Reading: Robert Galbraith – Career of Evil

Listening: Mostly listening to the radio these days, local station

Drinking: a lot of water, Diet Coke and coffee

Eating: trying to eat less!

Until next time…

Family weekend

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This weekend has been pretty full on!

On Saturday we spent the day with my dad, it's always fun watching waffle and my dad together, they have very similar naughty personalities!! I can just see my dad's brain working when he's egging the pup on! Very funny.

We planned a BBQ, but we're British dah-ling and of course it rained. So we started our summer burger challenge! Dave and I have decided to use the summer to create our own yummy burgers at home and see if we can refine them to something delicious 😋 it was fun and we made a good start!

Today (Sunday) we spent the day with Dave's family. It's so fun, the kids adore their fur-cousin and I'm now curled up with a very sleepy pup in my lap…


We had dinner, a lovely walk and wedding chat. Very pleasant.

Now we're chilling on the sofa, watching Sunday evening tv. This is what weekends are made for!

Monday evening musings

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Dave and I rediscovered our blogs over the weekend. Well, I never really misplaced mine, it’s always been here, silently judging me for my lack of posting and regular start-stop-starts! But I thought now was a good time to try and have another go 😄

Where am I now?

Well, at the grand old age of 34, I’m working on digital marketing for a local professional services firm and the proud owner of a dog, a car and soon to be husband! Yes dear reader, after 14 years together Dave and I are actually going to get married! I couldn’t be happier and there shall be a whole blog post (honest guv!) on The Proposal! (It deserves capitals and bold type!) 

Monday-ness

Some random Monday thoughts:

  • Dizziness is not conducive to screen time but I’m enjoying catching up on my book
  • M&S BBQ food is really rather good
  • Puppyhood is a very confusing stage of life for puppy parents – what is that noise you are making for waffle dog?
  • Winter weddings are great but try not to save all of your holiday for the end of the year, you need a break part way through too.

Just some of the random things in my brain right now.

~Becca

100 Happy Days

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Last year, I started an instagram challenge, trying to document things that made me happy for 100 days in a row. I didn’t manage the challenge but have decided to give it another go.

100So, I thought I would try this again. My friend Manon has just completed the 100 days, and she has encouraged me to join in with her! We’ve come up with a couple of hashtags and mine is going to be #becca100wonderfuldays over on instagram (my name is @beccus if you want to follow!).

I’ll also try do a round up of some of the images on here every now and then. 

I’m hoping that the challenge will encourage me to look for the good in every day, it’s so easy to get caught up in the rubbish of every day that you forget to look for the positive.

 

 

An update…

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Untitled designI really do suck at this blogging thing! I have all these good intentions when I start out, and then how quickly does it all fall off the radar! So Wednesday currently posts have gone out the window, lets just look at where things are at at the moment!

Watching
We’ve cancelled our sky subscription so are watching a bunch of stuff before it runs out (things we’ve recorded so will lose on our box). We are also currently (I mean literally as I type!) watching live artwork being made on periscope. It’s a phone app that lets you see people’s live casts and our friend Salty has been live casting him doing artwork this weekend. It is amazing and really quite therapeutic to watch! You should check it out.

Daredevil – We’ve watched this Netflix original over the last week or so, I loved it, it was gritty and compelling, but very violent and in some places quite graphic. The guy who plays Matt Murdock is a Brit, he was in Stardust the film (which was filmed in Norwich!)

Pitch Perfect 2 – We had the week off this week and went to see the follow up to Pitch Perfect. I was expecting to walk out feeling a bit disappointed (sequels are never as good!) but this was brilliant!! I really really enjoyed it!

Marvel’s agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – We’ve had this on the box for a while and have been working our way through this weekend. The problem is that we forget what happened previously!!

Reading
I’ve just finished a book called An Ice Cold Grave by Lee Weeks. I’m on the look out for more of hers as I’ve been impressed with the two I’ve read.

I also finished a Debbie Macomber book whilst we were on holiday, but I can’t remember what it was called!

Doing
We’ve had a week off work this week so we’ve had a lovely week of days out, doing little jobs around the house and generally enjoying ourselves.

We went to Thetford Forest on Tuesday and we went for a bike ride. Now, this sounds like nothing particularly interesting… but I haven’t cycled since I was 11! I had a sore bottom and I’m not sure it was for me! But it was actually a lot more enjoyable than I was expecting!

It’s been quite a foodie week, and from a diet perspective less good, but it’s been really lovely. Back on plan from tomorrow 🙂

 

National Stationery Week 2015

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Last week was national stationery week, and I meant to write about it during the actual week, alas time got away from me and I didn’t really quite know where to start! I thought I’d share some of my favourite pieces of stationery, and why I love them! I’ll start with pens today and share more as time goes on!

Pens
I love to write and being a lefty I sometimes struggle to find a nice pen that works for me. I found this awesome website, Cult Pens that stocks a huge range of amazing different pens in all sorts of colours. I’ll share links from there but you can buy them elsewhere too. (I wonder if I’ll get through this post without spending lots of pennies!!)

The pink Pilot V-Pen Erasable fountain pen (Cult Pens price £3.64 for one. Other colours available)
pink pilot fountain pen

This is a lovely pen to write with and I particularly like the pink colour. It is great for letter writing and doesn’t show through paper, or bleed. I also like that it is disposable, so I don’t have to worry about carrying cartridges around.

 

Another lovely pilot pen – the Pilot V5 Hi-Techpoiny rollerball in light blue though I have this and the V7 in multiple colours. (Cult Pens price £2.15 and multiple colours available)

light blue v5

This is a great fineliner. I used the black version for the seating plan and invitations for my friends wedding recently. It writes really smoothly and again, no bleeding or leakage. A great value pen and I always have one knocking around in my bag or on my desk.

 

 

There is also the Sharpie (seems like an endless number of colours! They retail for £1.10 on Cult Pens).
black sharpie

They are the pen of autographs! But I love them for so many different jobs, writing on plastic, addressing packages, writing on odd surfaces. They are so useful and I don’t know how many colours I have!

 

 

Stabilo fineliners come in a huge range of colours, this set retails for £11.99 on Cult Pens.
stabilo fineliners

I have a similar set to this, and it is great for organising my diary and my to do list. They are really very fine and I did try and colour with them but it didn’t really work! Colour makes me happy and being able to organise with it is really helpful.

 

This is just a selection of some of the lovely pens I use, I jump around from pen to pen and I’m always looking for new ones to try. Do you have a favourite type?

 

 

Currently… 29th April 2015

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So in order to make myself blog regularly I’ve decided to make this a regular Wednesday feature! For the simple reason that I did it on Wednesday last week.

This week I have been:

Watching
As well as almost everything we were watching last week (except Masterchef – yay Simon!!) we’ve added in some extra shows:

Peter Kay’s Car Share – We like most things that Peter Kay has done and the first 3 eps of this show were brilliant. We can’t wait for the next one!
Suits – We’re watching season 3 of this lawyer based show. Set in NYC (loved it, can’t wait to go back!) This is another netflix show and we’re trying hard not to binge watch it.
Revenge – This very silly programme is on E4. It is very soap opera-esque! It is getting even more silly as the series is in it’s 4th season. But very glam and compelling watching.

Reading
Last week I didn’t get very far with my either of the 2 books I was reading. My friend picked up an Alex Kava book for me from the charity shop, so I’ve been reading that. It’s called “The Perfect Evil”. A crime thriller starring Maggie O’Dell, the FBI agent. I’m really enjoying it and everything else I was reading has been dropped in favour of it!

Enjoying
Getting real post! I love getting letters and in the last 2 weeks I’ve had some from Australia and France. Now I need to find some pretty stationery so that I can write back!

It’s been a busy week, and I can’t believe it’s only Wednesday. I’m really looking forward to a long weekend, 3 whole days to chill out a bit and hopefully get a bit of a rest!

Currently… 22nd April

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In a blatant act of imitation being the sincerest form of flattery I am borrowing this post idea from the lovely Hannah who starts every week with a list of things that she is up to. So here is my list of things keeping my attention at the moment.

Watching

We are big TV watchers in our house, we are currently looking at whether we want to keep our sky subscription or give it up in favour of just having netflix. Watch this space. But the TV shows we’re currently loving are:

Modern Family – One of few programmes we watch on the day they air. This funny, sweet sitcom is so uplifting.
Elementary – Love this show. When I first heard that they had Lucy Liu on board to play Watson I was really anti, but she has totally won me over!
Person of Interest – This was originally a netflix find but we are now watching it on channel 5 on real telly.
Masterchef – We’re into finals week for this year!
Bear Grylls The Island – We loved this last year and are really enjoying the boy/girl split this year.

I’m sure there are lots lots more, but these are the main ones this week.

Reading

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout – This was on the TV over winter but we didn’t watch it, I picked the book up in the charity shop. It is ok, but I’m not enamoured with it. I want a more in depth story instead of lots of little ones with a few of the same characters. I’ll persevere.
Pillow Talk by Freya North – picked up at the same time as Olive. I’ve just started it in between readings of Olive for a break. I haven’t gotten very far.

Looking forward to

We have a busy May coming up, lots of exciting things to do! One of my lovely girls is getting married at the start of the month and my sister turns 30, so we have a party and a girly weekend away!

So there we have it, a brief window on my world. I’m sure I will expand on this more as the weeks go on, but this is just a little look…

Welcome back and a recap

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It has been months (well actually over 2 years!!) since I last blogged here and my world now looks quite different. I decided to come back to blogging to give myself somewhere to write, a corner of the internet that is just mine. I have a few ideas of things to write about, and I think I’m going to try and do a few blogging challenges to get back into the swing of things.

This blog is really for me, I’m hoping I might pick up some friends and readers along the way, but for now I’m going to write about the things I like, the things I do, the things I buy and probably the things I worry about. Welcome to the world Becca blog!

I should probably expand on the point about my world looking a bit different. I still live in Norwich with lovely Dave but am no longer unemployed (yay!) I’m actually on job 2 since I last posted. I shan’t talk directly about my work here (rules are rules). I work in digital marketing here in Norwich.

The biggest change in my life since I last wrote was the sudden loss of my beautiful mum last summer. I have a whole blog post to write on that – probably many of them – but grief is a personal thing and I don’t yet know how much I want to share online. I think, if you are going to be on this journey with me you probably should at least know that though. My life is naturally altered by this huge loss, and it’s likely to reflect in the things I have to say and the different experiences I’m having now. You know how when you have your eyes tested they try out different combinations of lenses to get the best fit for you? Well I feel like a new lens has been put on my world now, and I’m just getting used to the way it feels, having to refocus my eyes as it were.

Another change is my student status. I’m currently studying for a diploma in digital marketing through a distance learning course. That is likely to be a topic that comes up every now and then too!

Some other things that haven’t changed:

  • I’m still a caffeine fiend! I’m hoping to include a few posts about my coffee habit, and the awesome places I find to drink it!
  • I’m still very much a stationery obsessive. A girl can never have too many notebooks or pens and I still calm myself down by looking at pretty stationery. I’ll share some of my acquisitions with you.
  • I still read huge numbers of books. I’m keeping a running tally this year (I’m on book 21 I think). There might be some posts on the awesome books I read.

I think I’ll leave it here for now. I hope I’ve not sent you to sleep too much.

I’ll be back soon 🙂