Sunday, May 20, 2012

Well, I did it, one month without shopping apart from a couple of support things for my sports injuries. It has been an interesting experience. I am glad I was able to do it. I think it has taught me a lot of my shopping is impulse driven. If I can't buy it at once the urge goes away surprisingly fast. I think shopping is addictive behaviour for me in that I like the buzz of buying stuff more than I value the stuff itself. In the same time period I have given up sugar and processed foods, had hypnotherapy for anxiety and taken up yoga. It has been an interesting and rewarding few weeks.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

I really, really want to buy a scarf! I have been looking at Alexander McQueen style scarves on eBay and REALLY want one! It would be so easy to just " buy it now" ....this is the first time I have been seriously tempted! Be strong Julie ....

Saturday, April 28, 2012

It's been quite a week. Along with the no-shopping diet i have been on a 5 day detox which was very tough. I literally could not climb the stairs. However I feel so much better now. I am so addicted to sweet and carb heavy foods I had to do something to break the cycle. So apart from food and birthday presents for phil I have bought nothing. I also started my hypnotherapy. What a strange experience. I already feel different. Very strange!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Popped into Liverpool yesterday to see the giants and managed not to pop into any shops! AT some point today I get to buy food in Morrisons but will attempt to make sure no little non food extras slip into the basket!! I am also going back on my 5 day detox diet as am feeling so rubbish lately. Hope that goes ok too.

Friday, April 20, 2012

I have decided to set myself a challenge - a month long spending diet. I fear I am becoming addicted to buying stuff for emotional comfort! We aren't talking cars here or diamonds but things like a nice tube of hand cream when I already have enough or yet another lipgloss or nail varnish is all adding up.... Let's see how i cope....!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ten years ago I had just turned 40. Phil had booked a trip to New York, my favourite city, to celebrate. We were due to fly out on 20th September.

11th September 2001 was a beautiful early autumn day in Helsby. I was home from work as a local handyman was replacing spindles on our staircase. Suddenly I got a phone call from Phil telling me to switch on the news as a plane had just flown into the Twin Towers. At that time we assumed it was a terrible accident. I put on the news and .....well, we all know the rest.

I have been back to the city twice since then. It is still one of my favourite places on earth. I don't know why but I have always felt very much at home there.

My thoughts and prayers are with the people of NYC and with Americans everywhere on this ten year anniversary. God bless you all. From my heart.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

I just remembered what I hate about autumn. It's the way the HUGE spiders come in looking for mates. I wish they wouldn't. We have had two enormous ones in the kitchen this evening alone.
It's now a year since my lovely mother in law June passed away. Already she has missed so much. And we miss her every day.

I miss our long chats and all her support.

Kate is off to university in Aberystwyth soon. Another big change that I'm not at all ready for! Last weekend we talk her round IKEA buying stuff for her new life. That was so weird! I am really excited as she is getting to experience something neither her dad nor I did - going away to uni as we both stayed at home whilst studying. But I am really going to miss her.
My new job is still crazy and still stressful. On the plus side I'm really enjoying riding again after a bit of a break for summer holidays etc.

We have a wedding coming up that I'm really looking forward to as the couple are a lot of fun and real personalities. I'll still be nervous of course.

So summer such as it was is officially over and already the nights are drawing in. I quite like this time of year ......