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Hopes and Aspirations for 2013

It is nearly the end of 2012 and I can honestly say I am glad the year is over.  Although the year has had some highlights for me such as two lovely holidays and a trip to the Olympics; for the most, it has been a year of unhappiness and disappointment for many reasons that I will not bore you with the details.

As always, I get quite reflective this time of year but also I start to look at my hopes and aspirations for the coming year.  I'm not one for resolutions (as I never really stick to things very easily) but I like to set myself some guidelines as a base line to begin the year with.

In no particular importance to me, they are as follows:

*  That I take the leap and start looking for a new job in the new year.  I believe this will be the catalyst to changing alot of things in my life that I am very unhappy with at the current time

*  Get healthy and more body aware.  I'm not going to say I am going on a diet to loose loads of weight.  I am just going to start eating more…

I'm still around

Shock, horror!!!!  Lesley is actually writing a blog post.

I've been off the scene for a few months because to be frankly honest I have been feeling miserable and depressed. Not to go into any real details, but Life hasn't been too good of late and I've really been feeling sorry for myself. 

But I've decided that today is the day I pick myself up and dust myself off and to begin climbing out of the darkness I have been in.

And what better way than 10 on the 10th.

Being as it is Christmas time, I thought I would share 10 of my favourite Christmas things, and in no particular order

1)  My favourite Christmas carol is Carol of the Bells
2)  I love watching Christmas movies and Christmas 24 is my favourite TV channel at the moment.  Over the last few years I have discovered some recent Christmas movies that are becoming my classics to watch time and time again.  However the old classics are great too.  It wouldn't be Christmas without It's a Wonderful Life and Mi…

10 on the 10th- Holiday to Slovenia and Venice trip

Hi - It's Me.  It has been ages since I have participated in the lovely Shimelles 10 on the 10th, so for September I thought I would give you a bonus.  This time last year (almost to the day- we were in Venice on my birthday last year- 9th September) AJ and I was on holiday in beautiful Slovenia and we went on a day trip to Venice.  Therefore here is 10 pics of Slovenia AND 10 pics of Venice.

1.   Kransjka Gora - the beautiful village we stayed in
2.   Lake Jana - not far from KG
3.   Bled Cream Cake - from Charlies Cafe in KG
4.   Beautiful scenery of Slovenia (from Tastes of Slovenia day trip)
5.   Slovenias capital Ljubljana
6.   Sculpture in Ljubljana
7.  Vineyard surroundings ( we dinied outdoors in a vineyard surrounded by magnificent views of Slovenia
8.  My wonderful husband AJ
9.  Cafe Culture in Ljubljana
10.  Tired feet - Slovenia

Venice

1.  Beautiful carvings in the buildings
2.  St Marks Square
3.  Bridge over the Grand Canal
4.  View from Boat travelling into Venic…

New toy

Hi from Pickle Land

Just a quick up date.


I am currently suffering from labrythitis (Vertigo) and am off work.  A little blessing as I am really starting to passionaltely detest my job but it is very debilitating being dizzy and feeling sick all the time and I am not up to much.  Even being on the computer can send me dizzy, so hence this is a small update.

AJ and I had a lovely break away to the apartment in Spain.  It was so nice to be together away from the stresses of work and away from the house.  We were able to really talk and think about how we want our lives to be and how we are not enjoying ourselves at the moment. We have made some decisions about key points in our lives and have a sort of plan on how we want things to change over the next few months and years to come.

One of the key decisions we made was that we are both really unhappy in our jobs and instead of just moaning about it, we really need to step up the job searches.  Something may be on the horizon for AJ whic…

Hello It's Me

Over a month has gone past since my last post and i can't believe the time has gone so fast.  We are almost half way through the year already.  It will be Christmas time before I know it.

Thought I would do an update on my life this month. 

Firstly, work is still getting me down and I've come to the decision that I am going to start looking for a new job after I come back from my holiday (which is in the next week or so).  The situation I spoke about in my last post hasn't improved, in fact seems to have gotten worse and I am hardly finding any time at all to do the things I love.  I hardly see my friends, I haven't hardly done any art or crafts in months still and most of all I am hardly seeing my husband which upsets me the most.  It has been a hard decision to make as I hate to feel like a failure but I know for my own health and for the sake of my marriage, I MUST look for something else that doesn't effect my wellbeing like this job is doing.

AJ and I went to…

I haven't gone away - Promise

I know it has nearly been three months since my last post so I thought I would give you a bit of an update.

My new job isn't working out as well as I thought it would be.  The work itself is fine but the shift patterns are just terrible.  Even though I am officially working the same hours as my last job, because of the shift patterns, evenings and weekends I actually have less time because, for example, if I'm on a late shift, I can't really do much in the morning because if I don't want to get too engrossed into anything because I have to leave for work just after 11am, and then I'm not home until nearly 9pm so I virtually get home and go to bed.And I have up to three evenings to work a week  On a day shift, I get home about 6pm (not major late I know) but because I'm on my feet all day I'm physically and mentally spent so I don't feel like doing anything.  I also have to work one of the days of a weekend and I hardly ever have two days off together so…

A quick hello

The past few weeks have gone so quickly and is all a big blur. My new job is going very well BUT I am just so tired at the moment I am just working, eating and sleeping. My brain is so taken up with learning my new job I can not concentrate much on anything else and I am finding it difficult at the moment to unwind properly at the end of the day. The things I love like scrapbooking, cross stitch and reading have been non existant of late and to be truthful it is getting me down. Tiredness is winning at the moment I'm afraid. I am hoping that I will settle down into the work routine soon and things will start getting back to normal again once my brain has taken all it needs to job wise and I can begin to switch off from it more.

I am hoping that the lighter nights and spring time will help me get out of this lull soon. I do miss doing craft but I am just SO Tired.

Good Evening from a down hearted (craft wise) Pickle Land.

Hope to speak to you very soon

Lesley xxx

January Update

Just a quick update

I started my new job on Monday 23rd . Yippee!!!!

There is a lot to learn and take in but so far enjoying it. Feels slightly strange going to work somewhere different as I spent the last 13 years going to one part of the town and now I am in another. Also really strange not sitting behind a desk in an office. (For the purposes of this blog I would rather not say where I work and what I do but it is something totally different to what I did before). But good all the same.

On the creating/craft front I haven't done anything for a while. I think once I get my self into the new working routine again my creating juices will return. But until then, I'm OK with that. I'm still looking in blog land and getting inspiration from so many talented people and I am constantly checking out My Craft Channel and 2 Peas which have some fantastic videos at the moment. Also my latest monthly kit from Sarah's Cards is calling me - "" Lesley - scrapbook me, scrapbb…

New Beginnings

Today I had an interview for a new job. A job that will be a total change of career path for me. And guess what? I got the job. I am so pleased after being made redundant. It has only been two months out of work and to be honest this was the only job I have applied for in that time. But I feel myself very fortunate that I have got the job especially in these worrying times. I am so looking forward to starting my new career. I know it will be challenging and I am being totally re-trained along side a training plan. However, I am so excited about this change of direction for me. It has been something I have needed to do for a long time. It ties in with me finding myself again and becoming more of the woman I want to be.

Good times ahead

Good evening from Pickle Land

Speak to you very soon

Lesley xx

10 on the 10th - January 2012

Though in my part of the UK, it has been really mild for the time of the year, I am so craving the summer with long light nights and lots of colour all around. For this months 10 on the 10th I thought I would share 10 pictures (out of probably 130) that I took at Kew Gardens last August. I loved Kew and hope to visit again in the near future










































Good day from Pickle Land



Hope to speak to you very soon

Love Lesley xx

Here's to a good year in 2012 and More

Firstly a Happy New Year and hoping that 2012 is a good year.

I am personally hoping that 2012 will be a good year for me on all types of levels.
I am hoping it is a year of More - my word for the year.

1) More time with family and friends
AJ and I have been a little bit insular of late. We haven't made much effort in keeping contact with our friends and family as much as we would have liked. This year my aspiration is to spend more time with my friends and family. I'm not going to wait for us to be invited any where. I'm going to be the one who makes the invites. My goal is to open my house up abit more and have people around more.

2) More quality time with AJ
For the past four years AJ and I have lived together, gone to work together, met for lunch and gone home together. Since being made redundant that has stopped and I truly miss that. It was time where we talked and made plans. We also haven't had that much time together for the last few months (for reasons I can't …