Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Well, I certainly am working through the going to the cinema part of my challenge... I went to see Star trek about 10 days ago - absolutely great and (rather unexpectedly) quite funny in places. I would definitely like to see this again! :-)

I got a preview ticket to go see "Anything for Her" (also known as "Poue elle") last night. Its fair to say it wasn't quite what I expected but I was pleasantly surprised by it. The premise of the film is the husband (played by Vincent Lindon) trying to get his wife freed from prison. The wife (played by Diane Kruger) has been wrongfully convicted for murder and with legal means to get her out of jail exhausted, her husband hatches plans to break her out of jail. The storyline is a bit far-fetched, especially the husbands change from an ordinary person to one contemplating breaking the law to rescue a loved one but the emotional portrayal of the story is very involving and you wind up hoping for things to work out for them.

Hmmmmm whats next?

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Other things on my list!

I've made a start on quite a few on the more mundane things on my list (like taking vitamins, NSD's at work etc) so I've decided that in progress stuff will be in red.

I have to say I'm still struggling with the daily ones - some of them I have missed a couple of days already so I'll never make it to 1001/1001... oops! I think I was a bit too optimistic there! I think 75% for those would be a good target and a massive improvement!

I'm enjoying the random acts of kindness (#90) - last weeks was in the supermarket - pointing out someone there was a cheaper way of buying what they wanted... eg not buying the several multi packs of muller corner yoghurts but buying them singly instead (they were 5 for £1 or a 6pk for £2.90)!

I'm especially struggling with #10, "Record one thing a day that has made me happy." I've suffered intermittently with depression for years so really want to try and look on the bright side more (and stop being so negative a lot of the time) but its a stubbornly, difficult habit to change (hence it being on my list... lol). Saturday's was lovely though. I ended up going for a walk I hadn't planned along a river close to where I live. There were lots of lovely lilac bushes all along the path! They smelt heavenly and reminded me of my Mum :-) I had such a grin on my face! Wish I'd taken a camera...

I've also made a start on #50 "Go to the Film Festival." The city I live in holds a film festival each year and I've never been to anything in it before! So... Ticket one has been booked - "Away we go"! I hope its good! I need to decide on what else I want to see and get it booked - currently my short list involves me being in several places at the same time so that's never going to work out... lol! Decisions, decisions...

Work and PhDs...

Hmmmm well so much for posting at least once a week... oops!

Its been a busy old fortnight - lots of work stuff that has really thrown me off kilter. At one point it looked like I could have a 1st equal author paper (no 47) far sooner than I'd hoped but it wasn't to be :-( I'm still not overly happy about the decisions my boss made concerning this but whats done is done and I have no intention of being put in this situation again.

At least I got up enough courage to speak to my boss about it (without bursting into tears!) and we had a rather frank conversation about it and other issues, so changes are (hopefully!) afoot on the work front! Yippee! Hopefully this will all help towards my PhD plans. Its looking most likely that it'll have to be a part time PhD due to my degree grades, despite years of relevant experience. That would certainly complicate things, not least because I only have just over 2yrs funding and I'd probably need 6yrs worth in total. There is no guarantee we'd be able to get more funding and no guarantee it'd be on a similar enough topic to be able to use it in my PhD!

Oh well, at least if I do it part time I'll be on my current wage and I'll be able to overpay the mortgage (no 96) at a higher level than if I was doing it full time, so its not all bad :-)

Saturday, 9 May 2009

First post - Day 1!

Hello and welcome to my ramblings... :)

I've been wanting and needing to make some changes in my life and this seems like a good way to help me keep an eye on what I would love to achieve in the next few years and also to motivate myself to actually do it.

So far so good... lol! Breakfast, a short mindful meditation (3 min breathing space today), cleansing/toning and moisturising done (#2 on list) and NSD no 1... tick!

Today's "Record one thing a day that has made me happy" is finishing my 101 list. Woohoo! Its not as easy as you first think... Hopefully it also means I won't wake up at 4am tonight thinking of more things to add too so I'm doubly happy :)

Wish me luck on my journey...