Sorry, I thought I could pull it off, but obviously not. Anywaaay... I wanted to introduce a new category for the blog called 'Friday Happies' which will be about how I spend my time with my brilliant son when we're not 'doing much'. I will include some activities/games/places to go to and just generally little things that don't fit into my other blog posts. I thought it might be a good place to write my 'Pit and Peak of the week' as well to keep myself positive. It is called Friday Happies because I usually get off my ass and do fun stuff on a Friday for some reason, and why, you may ask, am I writing a Friday's blog post on a Tuesday? What a good question. Awfully punctual, aren't I? I wanted to do it last Friday but was too pre-occupied with something or other and today I have time and just cannot wait till Friday. I think we should all move past this conundrum, I know I'm over it;)
So, last week I have finally found the perfect spot to walk with Fynley and Roger (our dogie) OFF THE LEAD! What?! Oh yes, I think I may have found an activity that would kill 3 birds with one stone in a 2 hour time slot! The spot is located in King's Wood in Challock and that wood is MASSIVE, gorgeous and eclectic in its collection of fauna and flora (none of which I can name but ones I can gawk at!) Bird number one: walk the dog off the lead: bam! Bird number two: Get Fynnie out in the fresh air plus get him walking with me: boom! Bird number three: get my ass out and power walk up and down hills pushing a relatively heavy buggy: Booya! Three birds dead and me very very happy. I love King's Wood as well because you start the walk downhill so it's nice and slow and relaxing, and you keep thinking, 'd'awww how pwetty, I'm sure I can walk another mile and be fine' and then you turn around and realize 'Mother ducker this f'ing hill is bloody steep! And you walk through your own personal Inferno for about 45 minutes producing so much sweat, enough to fill a dam. And then you have the dog sneering at you from the top of the hill as if saying, 'well, get a move on then, I'm hungry!' Little shit! But I like it still, it makes me exercise cause no one else can push the buggy and come pick me up in a car - I have to do it myself. Yay.
Needless to say Roger adores being walked in the woods, and Fynn heard the call of the wild too, take a look:
Last week I also needed a cooling-down activity for Fynn as it was so so so so so damn hot. Look, I know I say it a lot but this is England for Pete's sake, I came here for English rain and English people moaning about the English rain, now where is it?! Anyway, to take a break from telly and to cool down I took Fynn out into the garden in his highchair and created the best game ever, apparently: water tray and cups!
Pit of the Week: I know what you're gonna say, but I'm gonna go ahead and say it anyway - the bloody heat! It's unnatural!!!
Peak of the Week: Right, I have 2! Number 1: Quitting smoking. I know I am disgusting for smoking, I'm a mum what am I doing?! Yes, all that, you're entitled to your opinion, and frankly I don't need to hear it. BUT (!) I wanted to quit before Fynn turned 2 next May for many reasons, most important of all being Fynn himself, but looking over our budgeting we decided, sod it, why wait let's quit now! A quick calculation later, we realised we spend 32 quid on fags a week, which makes it 128 quid a month. You know what I can get for 128 quid in TK Maxx?! A LOT of pretty stuff (which I won't, we will save the money, boring tax stuff bla bla bla). But anyway, we quit and money will be saved, yay!
Number 2: My grocery shopping total this week. Okay, so following in the theme of saving we decided to save more on grocery shopping by creating budget-friendly family recipes for a week, writing a shopping list, price-comparing and then finally doing the shop. I have replaced a lot of our preferred brands to store brands (some taste no different really, some do, for example, khe-khem coffee! Excuse me, did I pay 1.50 for dust?) To my surprise I then did a 'virtual online shop' of the same items but in one shop where I always shop with the brands I'd usually get and we saved 16.50 pounds after price-comapring! But it gets better - as I arrived at the store I printed out my vouchers which I haven't used in 2 months and instead of paying 26.56 for the whole shop I paid - 0.06 pence. SAY WHAT?! You should have seen me. I was a bouncy ball high on sugar, literally skipping out of the store like I had rainbows shooting out of my ass! 6 pence for a weekly shop? Yes please! I know it won't happen every time (obviously) but that receipt gave me a thrill, I felt like one of them crazy coupon ladies! Needless to say, I will be keeping that receipt framed and hung in like, my bathroom or something.
That's all folks!
P.S. No birds, real or imaginary were hurt in the making of this blog post.