Blog for week ending 10th May 2018
Just in case you were wondering why the “end” of the week is always a date on a Thursday, it’s because I usually post blogs on Thursdays so I talk about the week that passed from Thursday to Thursday.
And because I’ve been behind in my blogging, I’ve been posting late and therefore had to put the dates of which week I’m talking about, at the beginning of the blog.
So this week, week number 19 (I can’t believe it’s only 19. I actually feel like at least half a year has passed already) was Big Project Week.
What Big Projects did I do this week, you ask? Well, even if you didn’t ask, this week I attempted to complete all of the below:
1. Project Blog Catch Up – Write and publish blog posts to catch up to 10th May… Total number of blogs = 6
2. Project Emails – filing, taking action on, responding to, deleting, emails daily to keep the number of outstanding “to be dealt with” emails in the inbox to a maximum of 25 only.
3. Project Getting Results – one lesson on Getting results, per day applying learnings each day, for 30 consecutive days. Currently up to Day 13.
4. Project French – Complete French Level 1 = 7 lessons behind, do 2 a day until up to date, plus reading lessons 1-30.
5. Project Kitchen Sink – whatever it takes to unblock the manky, smelly backed up, disgusting kitchen sink because we’ve got a guest coming and cannot cook for them in our tiny kitchen otherwise.
Paris & Rome
I have to show you this. It is Paris’ blanket during moulting season. My shoulder hurts from having to vacuum this. The boys have several blankets too, 2-3 each at any given time, this is the worst one.
It looks blurry but it’s not. That’s just how much fur is all over it. Here it is after I’ve finished vacuuming it.
It takes me 3 hours to vacuum our 1 bedroom (wooden floor) place because of how much fur sticks on their blankets and towels!! Who needs a gym/yoga membership when you can just vacuum for 3 hours?!!
Next, I want to show you how spoilt they are. Since we got to eat at a 3 Michelin Star restaurant, I thought I’d give the bunnies a special meal of their own 🙂
You can tell the bunnies are loved right?
Home, House and Completions
Project Unblock the Kitchen Sink was in full effect this week. First it was slow draining so I attempted the bicarb, vinegar, boiling water combo but as each day passed, it just got worse and worse to the point where on Wednesday night, I had to use a jug to bail the water out, put it into a bucket and then carry the bucket down the hallway into the bathroom so I could throw the disgusting water down the toilet. The kitchen sink was well and truly blocked.
I spent hours plunging. It’s this combined with all the vacuuming that is now causing severe pain in my shoulder where I can’t really lift my arm.
Thursday day, I had to go to the hardware store and find various things to help me clear the blockage. I bought:
1. An auger – it turned out to be too short as the blockage wasn’t under the sink but further down the pipes inside the wall, way inside the wall, farther than 1.375m – but it was worth a try.
2. An under bath pipe – I needed to block off the overflow and thought the cap on one of the pipes would work. They didn’t sell the caps separately.
3. An under kitchen sink pipe – yes we already have a pipe and there’s nothing wrong with it however, when we were plunging the water, it would just come back up through the overflow. When I blocked the overflow, the plunging was sending water into the washing machine. So I had to find a pipe that didn’t have the extra outlet for the washing machine. That way, the entire pressure built from plunging would go straight into the wall pipes and nowhere else.
4. Sealant – the plunging and the pressure built up so much that the seal holding the pipes to the sink started to leak water.
5. Chemical Drain Clearer – I was loathe to do this, especially since we’ve been doing the whole chemical-free living / be good to the environment type lifestyle for the last 3 years but desperate times, call for desperate measures. We’re having Tony’s cousin over for dinner on his last night in London which would have been impossible to do if that drain didn’t unblock. Also, the cost of this drain unclogger was £10 including the auger and pipes, I spent a total of £30. The cost of a plumber is over £100.
As I write this, it is 3.45am Friday morning. The sink is finally unblocked but I had to stay up to re-attach all the pipes, make sure it was all sealed and not leaking water and I’m waiting 1hr for the “aftercare” portion of the drain unblocker to do its magic. PHEW!!
At least this Project (Kitchen Sink) can be completed along with Project Blog Catch Up!
Tones and Joy
I’ve been really focussed this week. In my inbox I found an article that Tony sent to me 5 years ago called “30 Days of Getting Results”. I decided to read it – one day at a time, applying one activity each day and…. I’ve been getting results! Albeit to the detriment of my sleep, I haven’t yet applied the principle of boundaries… I need to set boundaries for my sleep.
I’m getting there. I can’t expect to have it all sorted and picture perfect. That’s what learning is.. applying a concept and then tweaking it and practicing it until you get it to a point where it works for you. The thing I’m happy with is that I’m creating new habits and that takes some time getting used to however already I’m seeing results. Remember my game playing addiction? Well, since I have so much to do, I’ve barely touched my game.
I even managed to catch up on my French Lessons this week and I graduated to Level 2!! Whoot!!
Dr Demartini did say, “If you don’t fill your day with high priority things, low priority things will fill it for you.”
This is no longer a concept. I can see that now first hand. I like this way better (filling life with high priority things).
Another week without yoga but I did some exercise in the form of walking. It was May Bank Holiday in the UK this week and Tony went to Edinburgh with his cousin, leaving me and the bunnies at home.
I decided to catch up with a couple of friends by spending days out with them and going for walks.
One of the days I went to Epping Forest. My first time there. OMG THE AIR!!! You could feel it in your lungs and the freshness on your skin as soon as you stepped out of the train station.
Being with nature has been a blessing along with the continued daily meditation. The days have been beautiful, I’ve gotten fresh air, sunshine and connection with people, nature and therefore, spirit. Life is good.
With Tony’s cousin here and us going out about 100 times more than normal, plus their crazy weekend away, I haven’t yet checked the bank accounts to see the damage. I will have to do that next week. I’m a bit scared because Tony has spent with no budget and when he has no leash, he just spends.
As mentioned I spent one day out with a friend walking around Epping Forest.
I spent another day with a different friend checking out the rolling hills of Kent. We also visited Scotney Castle. Here are a couple of pictures I took 🙂 It’s a very photogenic castle and well worth the visit.
This nice day out was finished off with a lovely Sunday Roast at The Tickled Trout. I couldn’t eat the Yorkshire Pudding since it’s made of wheat but I made an exception for the gravy and just hoped for the best.
Because our sink’s been playing up and we’ve been tired, Tones and I have been having dinner out every day this week.
Tony got back on Monday night and because he was exhausted and I was lazy, we had LEON.
On Tuesday, we had dinner at The Little Viet Kitchen with his cousin.
On Wednesday we ate at Byron because they had a 50% off burger deal and the sink was completely blocked so we couldn’t cook at home.
And today, Banana Tree because I was waiting for the first lot of chemical drain cleaner to do its magic and since it was so toxic, was concerned about accidentally dropping vegetables into the sink. Besides, everything in the cupboard under the sink is on the table, the floor, the kitchen countertop and really so I could access the pipes, there’s just no space to cook at all.
I suppose any excuse to go out eh? We were hankering for some vegetables so I had a salad and Tony had a vegetarian noodle dish.
I think we’re going to have to apply some austerity measures soon. As much as I love giving you so many pictures of delicious looking food, our bank balance is looking anaemic and our stomachs are getting fat, mine’s just inflated because I’m not keeping away from my food intolerances!
New diet and eating in to start….. next week!! (’cause Tony’s cousin goes back to LA this weekend 😛 )