Hi there, sweet people. I bet you're starting to rush around now that we've hit December. Christmas is coming up for real. I'm guessing quite a few of you find yourself surrounded by lists, like moi. And if it ain't (sic) listed or diarised, it don't (sic) get done.
I already have one man down - today I realised I missed a hairdresser appointment over a week ago. Little appointment card details didn't get transferred to the diary, you see, so this was an appointment guaranteed to be missed. I have to grovel to the hairdresser tomorrow.
So, we're jingling into to December. I impressed myself in November. I decided I would go a month without a vice. And I did it! My chosen vice was crisps (chips). Not one crisp has passed my pout in 30 days. Well actually 34, because I haven't gone on a crisp binge come 1st December. No I am sailing elegantly and confidently into the month without any desire for my salty addiction.
You see, I decided that if things need addressing, then I'm going to take a light-touch to them. Just calmly tell myself this month I won't eat crisps. I can eat crisps in December, if I want.
It's been so easy to get crisps out of my system with that approach. I haven't gone charging into December, frenziedly tearing open a pack of M&S reduced fat sour cream ridges (which I adore!). Nope, I haven't missed them, not one little crumb - the small broken bits are my thing. My jam, I think the Americans say right now.
Crisps were becoming a naughty habit of mine. They were my mindless eating. During November, I made up little dishes of more healthy foods in the evening. Sliced apple, shelled walnut halves, little sticks of a good cheese, grapes, a few cheese biscuits. It actually felt far more elegant, simple, controlled. Conscious eating.
That's going to be my approach, I've decided. Make small changes to my life. A light-touch approach. Baby steps, each time I identify changes that are called for.
I haven't got any Lent-style deprivations lined up for December, I'm not obsessive about this month thing, but January is going to be the classic, G&T/wine free. Fancy joining me?
So it perhaps sounds like I'm setting myself up for failure by moving on to my OOTD and stating that I'm still a bit of an old wino. To qualify that, I'm still feeling the love for the colour.
I bought this bargain of a fancy sleeved wine top a few weeks ago.
I thought initially that the sleeves were too long and would get in the way when doing chores, like washing the dishes, cleaning the bathroom etc. They don't ... I just avoid chores. Simples!
Isn't it wonderful what a blog can reveal about its author. I saw spots on this pic and realised it wasn't my top that was speckled, it's the mirror. Clear proof that I'm avoiding chores.
This winemance has sent messages to my brain to search out more wine stashed away in my wardrobe (goodness, I'm starting to sound like I have a real problem with the stuff!).
I remembered I had a wine-coloured jacket, which I bought a few years ago but I don't think I've ever worn. A blogger lured me to it; it fitted her climate and lifestyle, doesn't really fit easily into mine. But 'tis the mini season for jackets, so I slipped it on.
I added grey suede boots and a grey muffler.
I decided grey jeans with this little ensemble would look too contrived, I thought blue denim gave more of a just-threw-these-things-together look. What do you think?
As the day was quite mild, this little OOTD was all I needed for a trip to M&S Food Hall and a sellotape buying expedition, for 'tis the mini season for sellotape too.
My nail finish didn't look too bad with wine, thought it might clash.
These have lasted more that 3 weeks. Got to think up a new colour by Thursday, Pout nail day.
Seems we ladies are divided on the issue of nail gel. 2017 has been my year for trying it out. My nails have grown for the first time in 3 years. But let's see what 2018 brings.
Later, I swapped the jacket for a down jacket and the grey suede for black Chelsea boots.
And I enjoyed my morning constitutional along the east coast.
The day was looking calm but moody.
The clouds later turned to rain clouds.
But no matter, I've made a cup of coffee and I'm up in my garret chatting with you guys!
Thanks for popping in, my dears.
I'm now off to assess where I am with my lists and will charge back into Christmas preps.
How are you doing with your lists? With your preps? Got your house dec'ed up yet?
I haven't, I have, err, technical problems.
A la perchoine.