Life || Photo A Day #38 & #39

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 38 of 2016 project 365

Blog-wise, last week was a bit of a failure. Life-wise, it was a big success. This week was just average and I’m happy with that, I need a slow week.

I spent the entirety of last week cleaning my house which I lamented about in this weeks Wonderful Wednesday post. Not just a once round with the hoover, but a clean the toilet, dust the top of the cupboards and wash the floor kind of clean. “A big clean”that’s what I’m calling it now, last week though, it was more “this was a stupid idea and I have to eat lunch on the floor because the oven is on the sofa”. I even cleaned my extractor fan, which in hindsight, I don’t think I ever want to do that again and don’t recommend any one else does it either. To say it was absolutely disgusting, is an understatement. Since the days were filled with nothing but cleaning, sorting and then having to tidy up after the cleaning, I was all out of energy to do anything in my free time so nothing happened around these parts.

I didn’t even bake along with batter week! I just couldn’t be bothered.

Since I didn’t bother putting last week’s daily photos together, I’m going to combine them with this week’s. It’s only 14 photos, so not too long.

Let it be noted that I can hardly remember which photos go with which days, as a few were taken on the same day because I was cheating a bit. So therefore, said captions may or may not be an accurate representation of the day.

16th September

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 38 of 2016 project 365

I was still in the UK when I took this photo, it was a Friday and since it was a day non-stop rain I decided to spend the day in the hotel enjoying my books. I didn’t read all of these, I was mostly enjoying The Red Knight which is a big ol’ book and best enjoyed when I can sit down for a good few hours to read.

17th September

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 38 of 2016 project 365

Our last day in the UK! We thought we might enjoy a day in London before getting the Eurostar home, but really, we just walked to Whole Foods in Soho, bought some fake bacon and vegan cupcakes, and then walked back to St. Pancras to dilly dally about until the train. London is just not my jam. So much so, I didn’t even bother to snap a daily photo as we walked to Whole Foods.

Instead, you’ve got peppermint tea, the same book as yesterday and my feet.

18th September

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 38 of 2016 project 365

Oh that golden morning light, I love it. Since the days are starting a little later now, I am actually up in time to see the sunrise every now and then. Shame it insists on burning my retinas every time I open my eyes in the morning though. Still, it’s all golden and pretty and I like it.

19th September

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 38 of 2016 project 365

The moon! I don’t know, it just looked nice on a Monday morning.

This was the day All The Cleaning began, everything else fizzled out and all I cared about was cleaning the hair out of the plug hole.

20th September

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 38 of 2016 project 365

We’ve been graced with some lovely sunny mornings this week!

21st September

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 38 of 2016 project 365

Another day, another pretty flower and another blue sky!

22nd September

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 38 of 2016 project 365

For Thursday and Friday this week Kris was at another conference. This time though, it was just in town so instead of our usual morning bike ride we opted for a morning walk instead.

Here’s some pretty clouds to celebrate that!

23rd September

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 38 of 2016 project 365

On Friday my level of cleaning reached that box that was never unpacked when we moved in four years ago. Low and beyond, it’s Kerri’s childhood teddy bears!

The dude at the back looks pretty good for being 25 years old, the other, not so much. He’s been through the wars and has fell apart from the middle a few times, which younger-me fixed with some “sewing” and when that failed, superglue. His bow tie isn’t looking all that snazzy either. Poor guy.

24th September

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 38 of 2016 project 365

It’s finally the weekend and with Kris’ help the house is starting to look tidy again after all the cleaning.

25th September

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 38 of 2016 project 365

This photo is really from tomorrow but it looks better than a photo of me sitting on the sofa in my PJs, eating bourbons (#vegan), reading a book and occasionally enquiring out loud whether Kris is going to make my another cup of tea or if he would like an update on whether it’s still raining outside.

26th September

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 38 of 2016 project 365

Monday’s thought of the day: I’ve hardly seen any poppies this year.

27th September

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 38 of 2016 project 365

I had planned for today’s photo to be from my little walk into town but I spent most of the afternoon in bed with a migraine so that didn’t happen. I did get a little of my book read though so it wasn’t all bad. Except the nausea and sickness, I didn’t like that.

28th September

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 38 of 2016 project 365

All the monies! 

OK, maybe €30 worth, but still, not bad for just odd cash that we’ve still got lying around from the trips we’ve taken. I did a bit of Google-Fu and found that there’s a few websites where you can send your leftover currency to so I spent a bit of time today working out what money we’ve got and what can be sent away for exchange. I can’t sent everything but it’s better than nothing. I might wait until we’re in the UK in December to send it though, since it’s going to the UK anyway and that’ll save me some money on the cost of the shipping.

29th September

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 38 of 2016 project 365

Finishing this week’s daily photos with a tasty dinner of pie, taters and veggies. With gravy, of course.

Phew! What a fortnight. That’s it for another round of daily photos! Here’s to the weekend! 

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Life || Wonderful Wednesday #8

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Wonderful Wednesday #8

Where did you get to last week Kerri?

Oh, nowhere much. Just in my house knee deep in surface cleaner and four years worth of top-of-the-cupboard dust. Nothing too exciting.

Oh. That’s nice.

It’s Wonderful Wednesday again! It was Wonderful Wednesday last week too, but since I’d taken it upon myself to clean my entire house last week, everything fell by the wayside whilst I attempted to hoover under the sofa and remember how a mop works. But, we’re back and we’ve got wonderful things to talk about.

Food glorious food

As much as I love this little bit of the week, it’s can be a bit of a brain ache to get started with writing down all the good bits. That’s where food comes in, it’s an easy way to warm my brain up into thinking of all the great stuff that’s been going on.

Honourable mentions this week go to:

  • That Brioche. I need to make another some time.
  • Monday morning’s banana and blueberry smoothie. Much noms.
  • Getting dinner from town two nights in a row since the kitchen was currently out of order due to The Big Clean 2K16. Yes to Thai food and yes to Wok To Go who clearly use spaghetti as their noodles. Many more noms.
  • Choc Shot, just chocolate flavour.
  • That salad dressing I made the other day (tahini, lemon juice and soy sauce).
  • Couscous.
  • Marks and Sparks freshly squeezed orange juice.
  • Beans on toast.

The Big Clean 2K16

Why did I do this? I don’t really know, but it was oh so satisfying.

I decided when we got back from our couple of days in the UK that I was going to clean the house. Like, really clean. And I did. I cleaned behind the toilet, I hoovered the inside of the wardrobe, I changed the filters in the extractor fan, I stood on the kitchen side to discover the tops of the cupboards are in fact white after the dust has been removed, I cleaned the windows (including the outside!), I wiped the curtain rails, I hoovered the oven out, I shredded things, I used the mop and I changed the bed linen.

I felt like Mary Poppins on meth. I probably took the cleaning too far, but my gosh, my house is cleaner than it has ever been.

Minus that part of the living room where the boxes of stuff to be sold/donated/discarded is being stored because I can’t be bothered to take them to the garage just yet.

I also found a Tic Tac under Kris’ desk and a single kernel of corn under the sofa. As well as bobby pins, cotton buds, enough dust to create an incredibly large dust bunny and about 23¢. And don’t forget the blueberry that was under the fridge too.

I used all the elbow grease and it was amazing. My arms do really ache though now.

To-do list-ing

I’m not so adventurous with my to-do list making. It’s usually a bog standard list with no particular order, written on a plain piece of paper with a boring black pen. This week I decided to go a little crazy with it after watching this video. I’ve now split it up into little categories to clearly see what needs to be done for different things and some colour coding to designate what’s my first priority, second, third and last. I’ve also switched to having a weekly to-do list because I tend to have more weekly to-do things, rather than daily.

As for the little daily things, like put the washing on, I’ll write those up in the mornings on a separate piece of paper.

We’ll see how it goes, but I have good feelings about it!

Them plants

My plants, by which I mean that those basil and mint plants that I picked up from the supermarket, are still alive, they might even have grown a little bit. When we got back from the UK, they looked more dead than alive but a bit of water later they were perked up and ready to go about their plant-y business. Two weeks in, not dead. That’s a success in the making if there ever was one.

I even made some homemade mint tea with Mr. Mint on the weekend and it wasn’t bad.

Lazy Sundays

Sometimes, or rather every Sunday, I enjoy just doing nothing and after last week, it was much needed and much appreciated this weekend. I made myself comfortable on the sofa with a good book, a blanket and many cups of tea. It was a good day. I did plan a little baking, but I didn’t feel like messing up my kitchen so close after cleaning it, so I put this week’s Bake Off Bake Along on hold.

#hamsterproblems

“When you pick up your blueberry but it’s one of those frozen ones so it’s a little wet and you end up leaving paw prints all over the cage for the humans to clean up later” – Chopster, Friday night.

That’s it for this weeks Wonderful Wednesday! It was tough to come up with different things for this week since all I can think of is cleaning, but these few bits are good enough. Feel free to share your wonderful bits in the comments, I always enjoy reading about them! 

Don’t forget to check out all the other Wonderful Wednesday-ers starting with the inspiration Sally, and then the rest of us raggedy bunch:  Kate, Helen, Jo, Cat, Michelle, EmmaSamLauraPetaSarah, JasminEleanor and Sarah!

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Life || Photo A Day #37

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 37 of 2016 project 365

I definitely fell asleep before putting this post together last night, so I’m doing it now! Better that than never!

I’m back in the UK at the moment until Saturday afternoon. Yesterday my Aunt and I went met up and went for some bird watching, today I’m enjoying a rainy day in the hotel with my book and my blog, and tomorrow we’re having a day in London, otherwise known as: let’s get some vegan doughnuts from somewhere.

So a busy start to the week and a busy end, now on to the photos!

9th September

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 37 of 2016 project 365

A nice little place to walk, one which I’ve never actually walked since I’m always cycling beside it on the cycle path. Maybe one day.

Other potential photos for today could have included: a snap from town in all it’s sunny glory, a photo from the library, the books from said library (those I did share on Instagram though), more sunshine, more blue skies, reading outdoors, reading on the sofa… today was a good day.

10th September

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 37 of 2016 project 365

So I decided I wanted a plant. I don’t know why, or how to even choose or look after a plant. But these were 75¢ at the supermarket over the road, so I bought them.

At least I know that one is a basil plant and one is a mint plant. That’s something.

I did have a basil plant before but I accidentally left behind the curtain and forgot about him and then he died.

Here’s hoping these don’t die.

11th September

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 37 of 2016 project 365

We had a really great day today, but I didn’t take my camera with me, so on Monday afternoon, I did a little back tracking on the route we walked home from the train station to get a photo. Still counts.

12th September

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 37 of 2016 project 365

Lil’ frog guy! He’s so cute!

I almost ran over him with my bike this morning as he hopped across the road. Of course I had to stop and help him out and back into the grass.

13th September

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These last two days have been so busy, I totally forgot that we were heading to the UK on Wednesday morning so I’ve been in a rush trying to get everything scheduled for my blog, the house all tidied up and anything else that needs sorting out *cough* glass recycling *cough*. At least I can have a little walk in the little woods at the same time though!

14th September

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 37 of 2016 project 365

Back in the UK for a few days whilst Kris is at a conference.

We arrived around midday after an early Eurostar, Kris went off to the conference and I had a little walk around the area before retiring to the sofa and my book.

For staying in the butt-end of nowhere, it’s actually pretty nice.

15th September

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 37 of 2016 project 365

Bird watching in the fog? Sounds like a great idea!

Happy Friday all! How was your week? Here’s to a great weekend! 

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