>Happy is as happy does


Inspired by Josie at Sleep is for the Weak when she posted about 10 things that make her feel happy right now, and asked us to tell her 10 things that make us happy…

My lovely Livi also tagged me in her 10 things blog, thank you so much hun! 
Anyhoo!  These are mine…

1.  Baking with the lil man.

This is a new activity we do together.  It’s messy, it’s quite stressful (for me lol!), but it’s fun!  It also doesn’t cost much and you get something to eat at the end of it.  Well… this is not a given, we’re still novices here!

2. Playing the wii with my boyfriend.

This is something we’ve only recently started to do a lot of… mainly because House, and Lie to Me are both on airing breaks at the moment!  I love this past-time with my other half… even though we both love to win, and hate to lose!  Oh the “arguements” and banter that passes back and forth between us is quite hillarious really!!  Anyone looking from the outside in, may think we actually hate each other!!  Especially when we play The New Super Mario Bros Wii… We argue like crazy!  He always kills me by accident… he’s not as good as it as me.  I was a PROPER child of the 80’s!  He was born in ’86 and I was born in ’81 so I really grew up with the whole “Mario is better than Sonic” thing… though these days the kids would call it being on “Team Mario” or “Team Sonic”.  I was on Team Mario.  Hell yeah – I still am!!

3.  Blogging.
A new favourite thing of mine!  It’s something I’ve wanted to do properly for ages now, but after reading Livi’s blogs and extremely enjoying them – it ignited the passion, and I decided to give it a go!  Just love the Writing Workshop for weekly writing inspirations, and The Gallery blog for photograph tasks!  I’ve also signed up for Heather’s Secret Post club, which is a once a month gift swap between bloggers.  I can’t wait to get started on this… it looks such fun! 

I also love the fact that blogging is helping me “meet” more people, and getting me more Twitter friends!  Love reading other peoples blogs, and about their lives… the ups and the downs, and helping out with words if I feel I can.  

4.  Twitter.
Tweet Tweet!  Just love to Twitter I do!  My user name is @WeeWifie1981.  I love that I can just spout out random gumph (LOVE that word!) at any time of day… if there’s something on my mind, I can just set it free into the Twitterland! lol.
I also attended my 1st “Tweet Up” a few weeks ago too.  A Tweet Up is an event where Twitter users go along and meet up with fellow local users!  The “Ness Up” Inverness Tweet Up, was a roaring success.  I loved meeting people that I’d “spoken” with on Twitter for a long time… and the fact they were all EXACTLY as I thought they’d be!!  I also met new people that night, that I didn’t follow, and we all now follow each other on Twitter.  This is us below!!  I’m middle row, second from the left.

5.  Learning to drive.
This is an amazing experience, and I just love getting behind the wheel and driving!  Can’t believe I was so petrified of learning before!  This is why I’ve only just started learning now, at the grand age of 28 (boy saying that never gets easier!!).  I’ve only been learning for a month now, so still have a fair bit to go, but I’m extremely enjoying my lessons, and my instructor is fab! Patient, kind, friendly, funny and not bad looking for an older guy too!  So can’t complain there… he puts me at ease, and I feel relaxed, capable and not scared at all!  Just pure excitement and enjoyment!  Get me on the road!! Can’t wait to pass my test later this year, and get a car.  It will give my son and I a whole new lease on life.  Up here in the Highlands, there’s not that much to do if you can’t drive!
6.  All things Twilight and Robert Pattinson…
Okay okay… I’m a Twifanatic! About 2 months ago one of the team leaders in work – R – brought in Twilight on DVD for us to watch on night shift.  We work in the operating theatres, and do 7 nights in a row, doing “waking on calls” if you may.  Gotta have people actually in the theatre department through the night incase emergencies burst through the door!  I have a rule where I won’t watch a film if I knowingly know there was a book first… because the book is ALWAYS better!  But alas, I didn’t have much of a choice on these nightshifts.  So we watched the film, and addicts were born!  Myself and the other nurse – F – had never seen/read Twilight before, but R had read all the books but had not watched her DVD yet.  Well that was that… the next shift we arrived, F and I had both downloaded the Twilight music onto our iPhones.  I had bought all 4 of the books, and the 2 disk DVD.  R thought it was hillarious!  We were all like giggling teens.  Something wrong about that when we are all in late 20’s/early 30’s!  So now I’m an addict.  I’ve watched the films many times, and I’ve read the books once… but wanting to start them again!  And I think Rob Pattinson is extremely godlike lol…  oh how it feels like to be a teenager again!  Go Team Edward!!!  Rob’s new film Remember Me is out in the cinema in a week, and I can’t wait to go drool over him with my friend!
7. Making a new “me” by achieving New Years Resolutions
You can see from this earlier blog post here… I’ve been trying to change my life around.  It started last year with getting my finances in order – paying off my loan early and paying off my credit card and store accounts etc.  I also gave up smoking at the end of last year.  This year I’m taking things to another level… in that blog post you can see what I’m setting out to achieve.  I’m really enjoying challenging myself.  I want this new me, and better life.  I’m setting out to get what I want.  Positive thinking!!  
8.  Healthier eating and cooking.
I have IBS.  Lately it’s been getting a lot worse, so I decided enough was enough and that I had to make a change.  So I ordered a big Tesco online grocery delivery… with nothing “bad” in it!  No crisps, no biscuits, and no cans of Coke etc!  I thought about healthy meals I could make… ones D wouldn’t eat, and ones we both would, and how I’d implement these…  And I started a week ago.  On Monday I made a start, but had pizza at night, as I had some in the fridge.  From waking up on the Tuesday morning I have been extremely good!  For the first few days I was still in a lot of pain whenever I ate anything, however now… the pain is gone!  Everything IBS related has improved.  This is amazing!  It’s spurring me on… Last night I went for drinks with a friend, and didn’t buy any crisps or junk in the pub – and also when I got home I ate an apple and a glass of apple juice before bed – despite my boyfriend having left a near full bag of Haribo Tangfastics for me beside my bed!!  They were open… and I could smell them…!  But I didn’t give in – even with alcohol on board lol!  So I hope I can keep this healthy eating up!  Even Daniel is enjoying the food I’ve been making – good proper wholesome healthy meals, and is also loving the variety of fruit there is for him to choose from. He’s not even asking for crisps!
9.  Reading.

Whilst at university doing my nursing degree, I stopped reading “meaty” books, and went onto lighthearted rom com girly books.  I was so tired I couldn’t concentrate on them.  Lately I’ve gotten back into reading non rom com books, and I’m loving it!  I forgot how much I enjoyed reading.  It’s always been a large part of my life.  As a child I spent a vast majority of my time reading… sometimes through the night til sunrise (sorry parents I still managed to wait til you were sleeping and put the light back on!).  I’ve always been a night owl, even back then in primary school.  Next on my reading list, is “The Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold.  I’ll probably get started on this today.
10.  Holidays!

I’m on annual leave from work at the moment… and boy does it feel good!  I LOVE my job, and it’s not really like work for me, however it’s still good to get a break away from it.  To just be able to be me, and relax, and do what I want, when I want… to not worry about childcare…  ah bliss!
Also I have next week off WITH my son!!  A whole week together… this is rare.  This has not really happened since I was on maternity leave!  Though we did go to Butlins in Skegness last year with my Dad, it wasn’t for a full week.  D will still be going to his Daddy’s though, on “his nights” with him, but will be dropped to me when his Daddy goes to work, so he’ll be with me for the rest of the time, he’s all mine, just the two of us… and well maybe time with others too, but you know what I mean!  I’m looking forward to us spending time together next week.  I’m hoping the weather stays nice too… and that he’ll want to spend time with me too.  He does love playing with his friends lol!  Hope he’ll want Mummy time!
Wow… what a novel!!

I’m such a chatterbox!
Oh well… better out than in I say *winks*
L x

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