At the beginning of March I had a crazy idea. Instead of giving something up for Lent, I would try to do something every day. The idea for 46 Days came from there. Today is the 46th and last day.
I thought I’d have a look back through the last 45 days and see what’s happened:
0 people offended (that I’m aware of…)
1 holiday booked
1 disastrous week of night training
1 graduation attended
1 Margot Leadbetter moments
2 bouts of nostalgia
2 guinea pigs (Charlie and Lola) arrived
2 fish (Eddie and Bob) bought
3 fish (Maisy, Eddie and Bob) died
3 Easter bonnets made
4 3rd birthday parties attended
4 One Born Every Minute liveblogs
5 separate illnesses (2 for me, 2 for G, 1 for R)
6 twinny observations (I could have written hundreds of posts on this)
7 Friday photos
8 rants (I’m amazed there aren’t many more)
That’s a fairly average seven or so weeks in the HoT. Ok, so you don’t buy guinea pigs and kill off goldfish every day, but everything else was pretty normal…for us at least. It’s a nice little snapshot of our lives.
I only missed one night – when I was away for work – and I made up for it the next night with two long posts. I have to say, as the weather improved dramatically in April I found it much harder to generate enough enthusiasm to sit down every night and write a blog post. Last night I ‘cheated’ and uploaded the Friday photos from my iphone whilst slumped on the sofa after another busy day. Thank Steve Jobs for the WordPress app!
I speculated at the beginning of all this that a period of sustained creativity might make me want to do some creative writing. It hasn’t, but only because I haven’t had time after writing 46 Days posts. There are a couple of ideas percolating in my brain but I can’t commit them to screen just yet.
Instead I’ve been exploiting my creative mind in different ways. I’m really into card-making at the moment. If there’s an event coming up I’ve probably made a card for it! My cards aren’t going to make me rich and they definitely look ‘home made’ but I hope people appreciate the effort. I attempted my first scrapbook – a graduation present for my Mum. I love getting creative with photos, bit of paper, a stack of embellishments and a ton of pritt stick. I have also made great progress with my latest cross-stitch and am already thinking about the next stitching project. I might do something really challenging this time…
As I get older I can no longer sit in front of the telly of an evening once the girls are in bed. I have to be doing other things, so that I feel my evenings aren’t wasted. That reminds me…I have very strict rules on my ‘me time’ activities. They are all done in the evening in the precious few hours I have when the girls are asleep and before I go to bed. During the day I’m either spending time with the girls or working.
I’m looking forward to having a few nights off (maybe even a week or two) from blogging – or the tyranny of the blank page (which only affected me twice in 46 days) and the feeling that I ‘have’ to write something. I might try something similar later in the year. November is my bogey-month so I might try 30 Days or something like that to ward off the SAD.
That’s all in the future. Now, I’m off to make a Mojito and await our take-away delivery.
Cheers and thanks for reading!