Friday, 19 September 2014

New Day Zero Project #101in1001

Shell Louise

I love making lists. It's so satisfying to cross off things that need doing or just things you want to do and never get round to doing.

The day zero project is the ultimate list for me. 101 things in 1001 days and the items on my list are there to help me be more creative, learn something new, get jobs done round the house that I keep putting off and to have fun :)

I'd tried doing 101 in 1001 a couple of years ago and my time was up last month. I didn't complete all my 101 things but I enjoyed giving it a go and want to try again because it's fun.

I'd love to see your lists if you're already working on a day zero project or if you'd like to start one, head on over to the Day Zero website.
I'm going to be running a weekly linky for anyone who'd like to join me in the ultimate list project! Any post at all that's to do with your #101in1001 can be linked up :)

There'll be a badge to add to any posts relating to your day zero project and I'll share all of your posts on my Facebook, Twitter and G+ accounts. I'll also follow you on the day zero website so feel free to leave your link in the comments.
You can find me at Shell Louise

Here's my list :)

  1. Have a real Christmas tree
  2. Ask five people to suggest one book and read them
  3. Find a Geocache in at least three counties
  4. Watch 26 movies I've never seen each starting with a letter of the alphabet
  5. Write a book
  6. See 10 classic movies I've never seen
  7. Identify 100 things that make me happy
  8. Dye my hair
  9. Find a personally inspirational quote and work it into a piece of art of home decor
  10. Spend a rainy day watching movies in my pjs
  11. Take a photography class
  12. Read Catcher in the Rye
  13. Create a herb garden
  14. See a movie in IMAX or 3D
  15. Give someone a handmade gift
  16. Have a weekend away with my husband
  17. Complete a 1000 piece jigsaw
  18. Write down five positive things that happened during the day for one month
  19. Turn my phone off for the day
  20. Lose 20lbs
  21. Start exercising everyday
  22. Complete the 5000 question survey
  23. Take a writing course
  24. Finish a sudoku book
  25. Reach my goal weight
  26. Have a Lord of the Rings movie marathon
  27. Make skittles infused vodka
  28. Finish a NaNoWriMo
  29. Have a healthy BMI
  30. Try 10 new main meal recipes
  31. Lose 50lbs
  32. Refurbish a piece of furniture
  33. Have a tea party
  34. Go to a German Christmas market
  35. Go to bed before 11pm every night for a week
  36. Have a romantic candlelit dinner
  37. Host a New Years Eve dinner party at home
  38. Bake a different cake each month for a year
  39. Make at least 10 recipes I've pinned on Pinterest
  40. Buy a pair of Doc Martins
  41. Eat ice cream for breakfast
  42. Try a new recipe every month for a year
  43. Attend a blogging conference
  44. Make fudge
  45. Host a holiday dinner
  46. Landscape the back yard
  47. Get a digital SLR camera
  48. Finish a game of Monopoly
  49. Visit Harrods
  50. Inspire someone to make a day zero list
  51. Unplug for an entire weekend
  52. Try 20 new dessert recipes
  53. Send in a photograph to a contest
  54. Write myself a mail via
  55. Knit a scarf
  56. Remember the gunpowder plot by attending a bonfire event on November 5th
  57. Go to a flea market
  58. Learn a new word every week for a year
  59. Create a family cookbook
  60. Make a dish from a different country every month
  61. Crochet a blanket
  62. Decorate my room
  63. Take a photo of the same place for a year and make a calendar for the following year
  64. Plant a container garden
  65. Keep a 'my day in six words' journal
  66. Write on 20 creative writing prompts from
  67. Take at least 5 photos a day for a month
  68. Dye my hair purple
  69. Make doughnuts or churros at home
  70. Organize my bookshelves
  71. Learn how to write my name in Japanese
  72. Learn to play the piano
  73. Do a 30x30 challenge (30 minutes exercise every day for 30 days)
  74. Be part of the 52 week challenge from Flickr
  75. Watch 100 movies I haven't seen before
  76. Watch a movie from every year since movie making began
  77. Take a picture for each letter of the alphabet from nature
  78. Fill a sketch book with drawings, design ideas and cuttings
  79. Make pasta from scratch
  80. Learn sign language
  81. Read The Lord of the Rings series
  82. Make 5 crafts I've pinned on Pinterest
  83. Document a 'Day in my Life' in photographs
  84. Win a game of scrabble
  85. Complete the 100 snapshots challenge
  86. Do a sponsored run/walk for charity
  87. Visit a chocolate factory
  88. Have ribs at Damon's for my 39th birthday
  89. List all the books we own, on Goodreads
  90. Go on a photography walk
  91. Paint the built-in bookcases white
  92. Shorten the curtains for the short window in the living room
  93. Take a photo of the children once a month
  94. Take a drawing course
  95. Make and bury a time capsule
  96. Watch every episode of Charmed
  97. Write a weekly journal entry
  98. Volunteer at a charity shop
  99. Take part in NaBloPoMo
  100. Make a pavlova
  101. Re-read all 7 Harry Potter books

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Weekly weigh in - 2lb lost :)

Shell Louise


After a terrible few weeks of gains I've finally got myself back on track and I've lost 2lb.

I'm really pleased because that was my aim and I did it! I'm in control today which hasn't been the case on a Wednesday for a while; I get myself into the mindset that because it's Wednesday I don't have to worry about what I eat. Wednesday was a treat day but instead of having just one treat I'd eat for the sake of it.

I've had a piece of chocolate cake today for my treat but instead of ignoring the syns, I checked how many syns it was using the app and I've counted them into my allowance.

I will lose another 2lb next week :)

160lb to go

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If you need support on your journey, join us at The Purple Pumpkin blog for a weekly linky. Just click the picture :)

We Will Do It! Support Linky on The Purple Pumpkin Blog

I'm also linking up with Autism Mumma...

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Monday, 15 September 2014

Weekly weigh in update - A few days late!

Shell Louise

I should have done this post lasr Wednesday after my weigh in at Slimming World but I've been distracted by some home improvement projects we've started....more about those another day :)

Last week my eating was under control. I stuck to plan and counted all my syns and expected at least a pound loss.

You can imagine how disappointed I was to step on the scales and see a half pound gain.
I know half a pound isn't much but it feels like a lot more than it is when you're expecting a loss.

As it stands, I've gained a stone in the last few weeks but I'm not giving up.

I will get back down to 22 stone 8lb which is the weight I achieved to get my 8 and a half stone award and then I'll work on getting 2 pounds a week off after that.

I need to lose 162 pounds to get to my goal weight (which I've set to 12 stone at the moment. I'll see how I feel when I get there and decide whether I need to lose more) before my 40th birthday in July 2016.
Losing 2lb a week from now until then would mean I'd lose 190 pounds by my birthday so taking into account things like Christmas and birthdays etc I feel confident that I can lose 162 in the time I have left :)

I weigh again on Wednesday and after letting the gain last week get to me, I binged Wednesday night. I know it doesn't help to binge, it just makes me feel like crap but when I get it into my head I can't control it.

I woke Thursday morning with a renewed sense of determination and I've been totally on track all week. I've stuck to the minimum 5 syns per day to try and make up for all the syns I had last Wednesday but I don't know if it's going to be enough.
I'm not going to have another Wednesday like that though, no matter what the scales say.

From here on in I'm attacking those 162 pounds because I've had enough of them hanging around!
I'll mark off the numbers each time I lose a pound :)

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I'm linking up with the lovely Michelle from The Purple Pumpkin blog :)

We Will Do It! Support Linky on The Purple Pumpkin Blog

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

My Indesit Dishwasher Caught Fire!

Shell Louise

I can't say I've ever heard of a dishwasher setting on fire before so it was very surprising when mine did exactly that.

A couple of weeks ago I'd just started playing Harry Potter Cluedo with Aiden, Kaycee and Ella when I got a feeling that something wasn't right with the dishwasher.
I'd filled it and switched it on just before we got the game out and about 20 minutes later a thought I heard a funny noise coming from the kitchen.

I'd got a bad back at the time and was hobbling round using a walking stick so to save me having to get up and check, Ella went to see what the noise was.
She shouted that smoke was coming out of the dishwasher so I told Aiden to run and switch the electric off.

Ant came in just as I made it to the kitchen and thankfully took over the saving of our new house from fire!
He grabbed a fire extinguisher that had been left by the previous owner, from under the stairs (thank you so much Mr J; ours was still in a box in the garage somewhere!) and put the fire out before any damage was done to the rest of the kitchen.

We had to stand outside for ages while the smoke cleared. The smell was awful and took days to properly go.

The white powder from the fire extinguisher went everywhere. It just floated on the air and covered everything in the kitchen and living room with a fine layer of dust.

Ant and the kids had to do the majority of the clean up because I couldn't stand for long periods.

I phoned Indesit who arranged for an engineer to come and inspect the dishwasher 3 days later.

He arrived and did his inspection and told me someone would phone me later that day to arrange to have the dishwasher collected and a new one delivered.

I was delighted that were going to replace it. I didn't expect a replacement because the dishwasher was 5 years old, I thought they'd give us money off a new one as a good will gesture or something so a brand new dishwasher was brilliant and I was very grateful.
We've had to buy a new washer and freezer in the last couple of months and the budget has been stretched too far to include a new dishwasher as well!

I was disappointed when no one called me that day as the engineer had said. I waited until Monday and still no one phoned so I phoned them.

To cut a long story a little bit shorter, I had to phone a couple more times that week until I actually got to speak to someone who could arrange the collection and delivery.
I told the guy the model I'd like if possible and he was happy to send the one I wanted :D

That was last Friday and my brand new dishwasher was delivered yesterday.

It's lovely! It's so much quieter than the old one and I love the digital display, telling me how long it's got left to run :)
It makes nice little beeping noises when the cycle has finished and when you switch it off!
I'm really happy with my new, bigger and better dishwasher so I'd like to say a huge thank you to Indesit.

Unfortunately, all is not as well as it should be though because the driver who delivered the dishwasher and took the old one, managed to rip our new kitchen flooring in two places.
We only put it down in April :(

Excuse the dirty floor, lots of the powder from the fire extinguisher came out of the dishwasher when it was moved. What with all the mess of removing one dishwasher and bringing in another, people walking all over it and water escaping from the old dishwasher has left the floor in a state. I've still to get the mop out and clean it yet because my back and hip has been playing up again today.

We now have to replace the entire floor :( It seems like it's one thing after another just lately. I'm hoping this is the last of the bad luck regarding the kitchen and white goods because I've about had my fill now!

I've emailed Indesit to let them know about the floor. I feel awful because I'm so grateful for the dishwasher and don't want to get anyone in trouble but I feel like it's unfair to us to have to replace a floor we've only just paid for about 6 months ago when we weren't the ones who ripped it.

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Monday, 8 September 2014

Book review - Secrets at Rosehill by Kathryn Brown

Shell Louise

When I started my previous Day Zero project I challenged myself to read 100 books in 1001 days. I failed miserably but I'm trying the Day Zero project again and again I'm challenging myself to read 100 books in 1001 days.

I've started with the sequel to Discovery at Rosehill by Kathryn Brown. She's the author of one of my favourite blogs, Crystal Jigsaw and you can find her on Twitter @CrystalJigsaw.

Secrets at Rosehill continues the story of medium, Camilla. She's now very happily married to former reverend, Marcus and they're enjoying their lives at the gorgeous Scottish estate.

She's regularly visited by the spirits of former residents of the estate as well as family members, such as her grandmother.

I like the way Kathryn reminded us of the happenings of the first story without making me feel like I was having to go through the first story again before I could get on with the new story. It was very cleverly done and I appreciated it because that's one of the most annoying things for me when reading a series of books.

Here's the synopsis from Amazon:

Now married to Marcus Calloway, Camilla couldn’t be happier. Accepted as a medium by the local villagers, her beloved Rosehill estate is at peace. But when Marcus heads to London to help someone in need, messages from the spirit world cause Camilla to doubt her husband’s integrity. 

When her first love Ross, suddenly returns to Scotland, could her suspicions about Marcus’s infidelity drive her into his arms? 

And who is the spirit that continues to haunt Camilla, leaving her fearing for her marriage? 

I really enjoyed Secrets at Rosehill and I'm now planning to read another of Kathryn's books, Bedknobs and Bachelors. It's the only one of the four she's written that I haven't read, the third being Nightingale Woods.

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