Internet highlights w/c 28th December 2014

3 01 2015

Christmas pancakes

Fantastic letter of complaint to a bank

Radio Times TV Quiz 2014 – I got 16/24, how about you?

Christmas 2014 – lessons learnt

The best way to react if ditched just before your wedding

The end of Internet Explorer?

Getting your car on the correct side of the fuel hoses at the garage can be a complicated business

A whole load of creative Christmas trees

New Year’s Eve traditions from around the world

Very challenging piece on why we have to be careful with how much power and importance we choose to give sung worship in the church

Science may increasingly be making the case for God

Unfortunate publishing layouts

Dogs that aren’t that great at being dogs

New Years Resolutions 2014

5 01 2014

I’ve been doing this a couple of years now, blogging my new years resolutions and then reviewing a couple of times over the year to keep me accountable – here’s what I have for 2014. A few come from those that didn’t go so well last year!
I’ve also tried to make them measurable as otherwise it can be so vague you can’t tell if you’ve even achieved it!

  • Actively make more time for reading – I read before I go to sleep, but sometimes I doze off before I find what page I was on. Maybe lunchtimes at work, or free evenings. Let’s aim for three times a week. (My book wishlist suddenly got massive!)
  • Limit DVD binging – No more than one episode a day
  • Exercise regularly – At least twice a week (this may be aiming high, once a week would be a vast improvement!) – hasn’t started yet as been getting over a cold and totally exhausted, but maybe starting this week.
  • Lose weight – sort of combined with the above really, I don’t really plan on changing what I eat. My meals are ok, it’s only snacking that’s the issue, but I hope adding exercise to my life will do it’s bit! I have a target weight, but don’t feel like sharing that with the universe… sorry!
  • Make a better attempt at the happiness jar – Make sure I’m up to date at the end of each week. (though still need to empty last year’s!)
  • Learn more meals to cook – I was going to say once a month, but I’ll go with 6 a year on meals, and 6 a year on other things, eg cake, snacks, things that aren’t full meals.
  • Keep clothes organised and tidy – Last year I had put clothes away at the end of the day, there was an improvement but definitely could have done better. I’ve also spent a good chunk of today sorting out my drawers so stuff is folded rather than all bunged in (and put loads out for the charity shop), so I’ll try and keep this tidy too!
  • Learn to love God more, do everything for His glory, and make time for Him. – This is a resolution for every year!

That’ll do for now, I may add a couple more later if I think of them, but time to commit to these, we’re already 5 days in!

New Years Resolutions – Final review 2013

28 12 2013

Haven’t done a review since May, which is a bad start in itself, but here we go….

  • Only buy FairTrade chocolate – done pretty well with this, there’s been the odd exception eg a Christmas present, and a few (probably less than 5 in a year) on the logic of cocoa percentage (which I can’t find ANYWHERE on the internet at the mo, but give me a shout if you want an explanation)
  • Read more – Was doing really well with this, but then I’ve now been on the same book the last 5 months, though to be fair it’s really 5 short books. Aiming to finish for the new year though, then go for something a bit more normal length!
  • Limit daily time spent watching TV series on DVD – I’ve been absolutely blitzing Grey’s Anatomy the last few months, and so this one’s gone to pot, but then other than Saturday evenings I’ve barely been watching any TV. I cancelled my LoveFilm though, and once I finish Grey’s (which I’m borrowing the DVDs off of a friend for), I’m going to try to read more and even if I get into a new TV series, not to blitz it but be more rationed! Also aiming for the last couple of series of Grey’s to only watch one episode in an evening rather than 2 or 3 which is easily done.
  • Exercise – there’ve been some good attempts with this! I got a weighted hula hoop in June, and would use it while watching 20 minute episodes of The Office US, however it phased out when I went to 40min tv shows! Then over the summer I played badminton weekly with some friends from work which was great fun and definitely good exercise, but once term time started, all of the courts within any reasonable distance got block bookings and so that had to stop. In December however I inherited a Wii from a friend and bought some accessories so we now have some of the dancing games, which are a) great exercise and b)worryingly addictive! This is the new plan!!
  • Better bedtime routine – yea not wonderful, but getting lots of sleep, normally 8 hours ish, so not too worried, but could do better
  • Sort through my photos and print off some for a photo album – I ended up ordering a photo book, which was a much better option in heinsight – expensive yes, but it’d’ve been more expensive to print them, and this way they’re all arranged nicely and in different sizes and captioned. I’ve done the one for my 6th form years, uni is next, but not going to rush it as as I said, it’s not cheap!
  • Put clothes away at night – this has fluctuated. I got better once I got my new fabric covered wardrobe frame, still room for improvement, but progress has been made
  • Write down good things that happen and put them in a jar – nothing since my last update in May. I’ll try again next year
  • Learn to love God more, do everything for His glory, and make time for Him. – This is a resolution for every year!

I’ll come back before or after the new year with next year’s resolutions!