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New Years Resolutions 2018

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This is the tenth year I have written a resolution post – I’m sure I’ve said it before but writing them out and looking back has really helped keep me accountable. Even if I’m the only one reading this, then that’s fine because I’m keeping to them (most of the time…)

Previous years: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

So, here’s what I wanted to do last year:

  • Get out more
    Hm. A little. I take Jess and Jill out for walks around the neighbourhood, but they’re pretty happy just jumping around in the garden. Here’s a video of them seeing snow for the first time on Christmas Day!

  • Keep improving at the gym
    I did really well with strength and cardio until June when we moved, then a few months off meant that I am only now starting to get back to a similar sort of place as I was. It’s disappointing, but just gives me more to work on!
  • Procrastinate less
    This is the most ridiculous one that I failed on. I stopped working at the end of May, and yet I have still barely posted on here.
  • Meet more people
    Sort of. I have met people since moving, but not as many as I would like! It has been more difficult that I expected, in large part because I AM SUPER AWKWARD.
  • Say yes!
    As you may have guessed considering how we announced our wedding, we kept things quiet, but this was about saying yes to moving, etc!

And for 2018?

  • Be brave
    This has a few parts to it.

    • Be brave in doing more things (I don’t do things because I don’t know how and I don’t want to look silly.)
    • Be brave in meeting new people (I know I could message local bloggers to see if they wanted to go for a coffee, but it fills me with fear in case they hate me. I KNOW THIS IS STUPID)
    • Be brave in just leaving comments online (again, this is a dumb one. As I said on Twitter on Friday, I have a fear that people will think I am being sarcastic or insincere and hate me because I said I liked their hat on Instagram and then I just don’t leave the comment.)
  • Less procrastinating
    I have lots of ideas for things and it’s super frustrating when others do them. I need to kick my arse into gear and do them. I think one way I can do this is to go to our club and work in the library after I complete my workout.
  • Get back into shape
    I’d like to lose a little weight because I know I feel better at weight x, so I am considering actually going to classes at the gym (which is a bit of a big deal for me because, like the first resolution, I’m afraid to go to these things in case I look daft)
  • Blog more
    I have no excuse really.

If you write posts like this, I would love to read them!

An Outfit and a Ramble

Blue striped shirt - Who What Wear at Target, Black Leggings - ASOS, Silver Sparkly Boots - New Look via ASOS : Fashion Blog Outfit Post

I feel like I’m supposed to apologise for these photos. It’s been far too long since I did an outfit post (not counting the best outfit post ever, the last time I posted one was April 2016), and in that time, it seems like people have shifted from taking a photo against a plain wall to having a full blown photoshoot. But…I don’t feel comfortable doing that. Not yet, at least. I still, even after all these years, feel awkward about everything to do with outfit posts – how to pose, where to pose, what to do with my face..this is probably most of the reasons why I prefer to do this at home alone.

I picked up this shirt on a random Target trip, it was reduced for some reason down to about $8 and it’s so comfortable! These boots are from New Look via ASOS and make me smile every time I look at them. Just because it’s autumn doesn’t mean you have to wear all black (not that it’s a bad thing!) Look at them though!

Close up of silver sparkly boots from New Look : Fashion Blog Outfit Post

An Offensively Easy Flapjack Recipe

You know when you’ve got a craving for something, and you can’t stop thinking about it? That’s been me with flapjacks this week. Home made, the ones you get in little cafes, even the little squares from Sainos that I swear are just butter and sugar and oats. Not that this recipe is much better.

flapjacks are really lovely

It’s barely a recipe really. 2 parts oats, 1 part butter, 1 part brown sugar and a squeeze of golden syrup, all chucked into the food processor and whizzed about for a bit until it all came together. I then chucked in some raisins because I’m super healthy like that and mixed it all up. Squished it into a tin lined with parchment paper (get a big piece bigger than the tin, scrunch it up and run under the tap. It softens up the paper so you don’t have to cut it down to size and it makes it easier to pull out of the tin because it’s all one piece. Pop it into the oven at 180C / 350F (I don’t know the gas mark. Does anyone even use gas mark any more, the only place I ever used it was at school) for about 20 minutes.

This recipe is easily made vegan (veganised? veganable?) by switching what butter you use. Apparently golden syrup is vegan (at least the one from Lyle is, but lets face it, there is no other syrup) and isn’t too difficult to find in the US – I picked some up at my new favourite shop Cost Plus World Market but I noticed that the supermarket QFC near my house sells some in the breakfast aisle.

Go make some but don’t blame me if you eat the whole pan at once.

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