Category Archives: Journal

Snapchat anyone?

As I have mentioned before my blog is going to be slowing down a bit but I do still want to keep communicating and sharing aspects of my life. I have been blogging in some format or another for about 10 years and the idea of not “broadcasting” on some level just seems odd. Maybe it’s a bit of a warped, self-important view of the world but I guess all of us bloggers are a little self-important or why would we be doing this.

Anyway… I have had SnapChat for a while but I am only just starting to “get” it and the concept of having a story, which is essentially a very short term microblog. I am a very visual person so it appeals to me way more than Twitter and I love the transient nature of it. It’s like some kind of weird running commentary, which for me includes things like my supposition on the size of our neighbour’s penis based on his vehicle choice and why I always end up sitting next to the smelliest person on the bus.

So what I am trying to say is, there might be less content here soon but SnapChat (and Instagram) is a place where I can share thoughts and experiences without needing the time to prepare a whole blog. So if anyone has SnapChat (or Instagram) please add me (and of course I will add you back). My username, as for all things, is abbiosbiston.

The inevitable demise of Film Friday

My more astute and committed readers (who I love more than life itself) might have realised that this is the second Friday in a row with no Film Friday feature. There are two main reasons for this:

I am insanely busy: For the last few weeks I have had antenatal classes two evenings a week, plus personal training two evenings a week, plus whole days of hospital appointments, plus working full time, plus visiting family in preparation for Little O’s arrival. I have just not been able to fit in as many films.

I have no concentration span: At 34 weeks pregnant I sometimes struggle to focus for very long. I’m tired all the time because I don’t sleep well and I am preoccupied with planning for the baby as well as dealing with my gestational diabetes and anxiety. Sitting down for a full two hours and getting through a film is hard. When I do get time I end up watching Obsessive  Compulsive Cleaners and history programmes about Anne Boleyn that help me fall asleep.

I think this is probably the beginning of a slowing down of this particular feature. I am under no illusions that I will have much leisure time once Little O makes his appearance and it is inevitable that I will have to choose where I spend the time that I do have. I don’t plan to stop watching films altogether or to abandon my blog completely but I think Film Friday particularly is going to become something more of a fortnightly or monthly feature.

I hope that those of you that enjoy it will still check in and also forgive me if it takes me a little longer to get around to all of your awesome posts.

Farewell to The Thin White Duke

It’s rare that the death of a famous person genuinely affects me but when I found out this morning that David Bowie had lost his 18 month battle with cancer I  was genuinely devastated.

A timeless icon of music, film, art and fashion he has never stopped reinventing and challenging himself – becoming ever more relevant year after year, decade after decade. He was the ultimate king of effortless cool. I guess I kind of thought he’d live forever and the idea that he is no longer with us breaks my heart.

Rest in Peace Ziggy Stardust. Gone but never forgotten.

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100 Days of Selfies: Day 91 – 100

So we’ve come to the very last post in my selfie collection. I have to say that when I started this project I had no idea that this was going to end up being one of the most emotionally intense 3 months of my life so far. In some ways if I had have known that I might have chosen to do this at a different time or possibly not at all but in other ways I am grateful that I documented this time and I feel like later it will be good to look back and remember how I felt. I am still not quite ready to explain the source of my ups and downs but I promise that for those who don’t know it really will become clear very soon and that it continues to be a really good thing… just with some tough days. And for those who enjoy looking at me pulling all my many faces, there will still be selfies on Instagram, probably just not quite as many.  Read more…

100 Days of Selfies: Day 71 – 80

The last ten days have been a bit of an emotional roller coaster for me for reasons that I need to keep under wraps for now. I am usually someone who is on an even keel and generally positive and upbeat so having less of a handle on my emotions that I normally would is proving a bit of a struggle which I think is pretty evident from the next round of pictures. All is well though and there is no need to worry about me.  Read more…

My 35th birthday weekend in pictures

As most of you know this last weekend was my 35th birthday weekend and it was brilliant!

Mr O and I both took the day off on Friday and I got to have a massive lay in that was only improved by the fact the Mr O brought me a skinny cappuccino to have in bed

Mr O and I both took the day off on Friday and I got to have a massive lay in that was only improved by the fact the Mr O brought me a skinny cappuccino to have in bed

I got loads of cards from friends and family... these are just some of them

I got loads of cards from friends and family… these are just some of them

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Today is my thirty-fifth birthday

I turned thirty-five whole years old today and I have to say that despite the fact that I am now officially closer to forty than thirty, I have never felt (or looked) better in my life. Age truly is nothing but a number. I have decided to take the day off from work and spend the morning with Mr O before we head over to Essex to enjoy some Bonfire Night fireworks with his family… where Mr O senior is likely to be the most excited person there… like every year.

This is the face of thirty-five… no make-up… no filter… bring on 40… I am ready!

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100 Days of Selfies: Day 61 – 70

This week’s selfies are a bit rough and ready. I had to give back the phone I was borrowing from my friend as my insurance finally replaced the phone I supposedly liquid damaged. The camera on this phone is just nowhere near as good as the other one was, which is making me a bit sad. Hopefully you will still be able to see what I have been getting up to.  Read more…

Quote Challenge Day 3

I am a little behind on the quote challenge but better late than never, here I am with my final quote which is all about living a life where you seize the moment, have loads of adventures and regret nothing because anything less than that is not a life.

Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life – Robin Sharma

100 Days of Selfies: Day 51 – 60

The latest group of selfies once again has me pulling all kinds of faces. If I have learned one thing from this project it is definitely to embrace not always presenting a “perfect” face on the Internet and getting in touch with what an expressive person I am – something I discovered hasn’t gone unnoticed at work. In my new job teams get together once every two weeks to do a retrospective of how things have gone and how we can keep doing good things and work on things where we can do better. We do all kinds of crazy activities to tease out our feelings and I personally really look forward to retros. This week we drew ourselves as superheros and it turns out that my team really buzzes on my energy and enthusiasm. Fortunately for me they are so awesome that they make it super easy. Read more…

Quote Challenge Day 2

I know the quote challenge was supposed to be on consecutive days but I ended up having a bit of a crazy day yesterday and I completely forgot. However I am back today with the following words of wisdom:

But I all know we can’t all stay here forever, so I want to write my words on the face of today, and then they’ll paint it – Shannon Hoon

During the 90’s everyone lamented the death of Kurt Cobain, which was a great tragedy to be sure but for me the death of Shannon Hoon just over a year later from a cocaine overdose was a much sadder loss. Shannon Hoon was the lead singer and song writer of Blind Melon, a band I listen to almost constantly and whose beauty in both lyrics and the unique sound of Hoon’s voice make them quite probably my favourite band. I love this quote because Shannon sums up so eloquently both the power of living in the moment and the desire to leave a legacy. Gone way way too soon.

Quote Challenge Day 1

One of my most favourite bloggers, April over at R.Sativus recently nominated me to join in a Quote Challenge. I am most honoured and also most apologetic that it’s taken me so long to get going on this…  I will pre-warn everyone that my quotes are going to be quite random.

And here is day one:

The right man at the wrong time is still the wrong man – Sheryl Graham

So you might be wondering who Sheryl Graham is. She’s my very good friend, Lauren’s mum. When I was in my late teens and early 20’s a bunch of us used to spend loads of time at the Grahams’ home. As you can imagine this was a tumultuous relationship time for us ladies and we spent a lot of time lamenting our love lives and how some guy we were supposedly in love with just wasn’t stepping up the plate because obviously he was perfect but the circumstances were all wrong.

I very clearly remember Sheryl giving us this particular piece of advice when this boy I liked left his girlfriend for me and then five minutes later decided he wanted to be single and then five minutes after that decided to get back with his ex. It was probably the best and most enduring piece of love related advice anyone has ever given me and I have continued to live by it.

Here are the rules of the challenge:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Publish 3 quotes on 3 consecutive days in your blog. It can be your own, or from a book, movie or from anyone who inspires you.
  3. Nominate 3 more bloggers to carry on this endeavour.

Everyone is of course welcome to participate but here are my picks:

  1. Vinneh
  2. Zoë
  3. Laura

100 Days of Selfies: Day 41 – 50

The last ten days have been kind of tough for me. I hit my goal weight, which was really exciting but also really kind of unsettling. I think most people have a mental picture in their mind of what they look like and mine just doesn’t match my actual reflection anymore… which has made me feel kind of weird. I am sure it will pass soon enough but as you might see from this round of selfies, I have been a bit more introspective of late. Read more…

100 Days of Selfies: Day 31 – 40

So this round of selfies involves all sorts of hair shenanigans since I reached that awful stage of my haircut where I had lost control of my fringe and it had turned into a wedge of insanity. Fortunately there is a haircut near the end of the time period, which brings things neatly back to normality. Now on to the photos.

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It’s my four year wedding anniversary…

Today Mr O and I have been married for four whole years and I cannot believe how quickly it has gone. In one way it feels like just yesterday I was walking (and amazingly not tripping) down the aisle but in another way it feels like there was never a time when we weren’t married. Anyway what I really want to say is that Mr O is my spirit animal and I feel very, very fortunate to get to spend my days with someone who I love so much and who so willing to put up with all of my shit. In tribute here are some of my favourite pictures of us since our last anniversary.

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Right now we are on our annual anniversary trip. This year we are visiting Tallin in Estonia, followed by Helsinki in Finland so look out for posts about that next week.

100 Days of Selfies: Day 1 – 10

Some of you will remember I embarked on an Instagram project last year called 100 Days of Happiness where I took a photo a day for 100 days of something that made me happy (more here). This year I have decided to try something a little different. I enjoyed 100 Days of Happiness because it pushed me to look for at least one thing each day that lifted my mood. Mostly it wasn’t that challenging because I am generally a happy person but it definitely helped me to engage positively with the world around me. This time I am going introspective and want to spend 100 days capturing my moods, feelings and activities to get in touch with myself a bit more. Also I will be indulging my own vanity because I am essentially a pretty vain creature. Since my blog readers seemed to enjoy 100 Days of Happiness so much I now bring you 100 Days of Selfies in 10 day bursts.

Day 1

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