I currently only listen to one podcast - which is Happier with Gretchen Rubin - as I’m still working through a bit of a backlog I created from not listening for a while. I only listen when I’m alone driving, which happens very rarely, or when I’m at the gym and wearing headphones.
My more recent improved gym habits however are finally getting me up to date with my favourite author/podcaster/life guru.
I now can’t even properly remember how I found out about this podcast; I think it must have just appeared as a new one out at the time when I first worked out how to listen to the things, and since then I’ve listened along.
I’ve listened to some others, but never stuck for more than an episode or two. I like the conversation between Gretchen and her sister Elizabeth, and now they are my constant companions whilst I’m battering myself in the gym.
Anyway, an episode which is a month or so old now, but which I only listened to this week, was episode 134 entitled “Write a “Ta-Da” List”.
The jist of this section of the podcast appealed to me as something I could write, weekly or fortnightly maybe, who knows, but as something that could give me a visual write up of things I have achieved.
Because, despite wanting to live our best, most exciting lives all the bloody time, some weeks feel routine, and normal, and potentially mundane in their similarities. And in those weeks, sometimes I feel I’ve lacked in getting anything done and that never helps my mindset and need to be productive.
So, I’m going to focus here in hindsight of my ta-da moments from the past week. My ta-da moments might range from what am I proud of, what has felt like an accomplishment or what has felt like a weight off my mind? I’m aiming to not focus on the need to do things, but instead on the big and little things that I have actually achieved.
Time can sometimes run away so fast that I barely notice that I am doing more than just treading water, so I feel I’m needing something to help me check in on myself and keep myself happy that I’m keeping up OK!
We interviewed someone and had them in for a trial shift
Gemma and I work together every day in our café. It’s a place that can be operated with just two staff, albeit some days we work our absolute socks off, but as it’s our place we really don’t mind. As we work Tuesday to Saturday usually, we need two people to work for us, just one day a week, on Monday’s so we can take the day off and to help us out and do extra shifts when we need holiday cover.
However, since early July we’ve had no staff, as our last staff members moved on as they needed more shifts a week, so we both went back to the six day working weeks. Slowly, into late August, we got two new staff members sorted and trained up… however, one of them hasn’t worked out, hence us being back to alternate six day weeks each.
But, this week, we had someone in for an interview – in the most casual sense of the word – and then in for a trial shift with us. She was lovely, friendly, and pretty fast, so we’ve offered her the job and hope this week coming to get her trained up properly!
Fingers crossed it works out, and soon Gemma and I will get back to having a proper weekend off together, and some security of knowing we can take more than a day off a week.
I’ve been to the gym three times
Enough said! My personal trainer gets that despite readily keeping other habits in my life, I totally need some clear instruction when it comes to cultivating my exercise habits and in the latest program she’s set for me, it clearly stated in the email header THREE TIMES PER WEEK!
Big tick for me then, I went Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday.
I’ve been signed off by my physio
Yesterday I went to my physio appointment for my wrist physio check in. I’m pleased with the progress made, and so is he, and given the nature of the problem (read more here), and the work I’m doing to strengthen my body, arms and being careful to not damage myself further with any bad movements, he’s kind of gone as far as he can with me right now, unless anything changes. I’m really pleased with the progress, despite it being slow, there just is no instant fix for tendons… I am determined to keep up the habits that have got me to being in less pain, and it’s nice to know that all the exercise is finally paying off.
I made homemade keto-version scotch eggs
I am going to write about the keto diet/lifestyle I am following soon, I just feel I need to get my thoughts together a bit more before I can properly work out what/how I want to write it.
Keto version, or traditional though, personally I believe making scotch eggs from scratch in any form needs a big pat on the back. We had them for dinner twice and saved one for breakfast on Sunday morning.
I will post a recipe, as they were really simple, and very tasty.
We visited my nan in hospital
My grandmother is in hospital right now, which is a real sad point, as even though she is well into her 80s, she hasn’t been in hospital to my knowledge for a long time, and lives independently at home, still drives, etc.
On Sunday we went to visit her for a few hours, and though hospitals are not a fun place to be, we sat with her for a few hours whilst she had lunch, and tried to help her be comfortable. They’re running some tests to find out what’s going on, and whilst I don’t think she’ll be rushing out soon, I hope she keeps her feisty spirit up, and is back to her usual self soon.
I sent off those tapes
I sent off the video camera cassette tapes that I described finding here on this post. I got them sent off the same day I thought about it, and the guy who I used had the digital copies over to me within two days! I’ve watched one of the videos so far; it was only twenty minutes long and seriously cringeworthy to watch. There is about another two and a half hours of teenage footage to sit through.
We bought a new speaker for our cafe
Gem and I are really untechy, and until now we’ve just used an ancient i-pod, on a docking speaker set up, for music at our café. The only problem with this, is that whenever we have tried to get new music onto the i-pod, it’s taken hours to make it get on to it via a laptop, itunes and syncing blah blah blah. I think the v old technology of the i-pod, coupled with our untechiness has meant each time we try and change the music we struggle. Add to that the fact our speaker wasn’t great, we have been wanting to update our music playing system at the shop for a while.
Last week we bought a lovely big retro wooden speaker, and we’re now on the hunt for a very simple tablet to allow us to get/use a spotify account to play music from. Then all our dreams of lots of variety music wise at our shop without having to keep purchasing new music can come true!
I found and bought a lovely black soft crew neck top
I wrote a whole post dedicated to my quest to find a lovely soft cotton, black, long sleeve crew neck top, linked here. And as much as I was going to blind buy a few varieties from some more unique stores online, then just deal with returns, I have clearly stalled at that for now for lack of decision making.
In the meantime of branching out wider though to some of these more niche stores, I have found a beautifully soft, cotton/modal mix material black top to fit the exact bill from… ***SAINSBURY’S*** I having been looking for a top with this material mix after feeling one in Fatface earlier in the year, which was as soft as I wanted, but not black. So, Sainsbury’s, well done, and thank you!
Reading back over this post has been a lovely exercise in knowing that even though last week was as routine as it gets, and even though some of my ta-da points are trivial, in amongst it I did get some really useful (to me) and lovely things done.
Now here’s to a fresh new week…