This is my first month linking up with Twinderelmo for the monthly bucket list linky. I have really enjoyed reading everybody else’s monthly bucket lists and they have inspired me to join in too. I also like how a monthly bucket list is not just about all the nice things you want to do, but also a way of holding yourself to account – I’m good at making plans in my head, not so good at writing them down, and certainly not very good at achieving my goals, so this is me holding myself to account (along with a few nice things too, hopefully!)
Declutter – I am the world’s worst hoarder, and that makes me my own worst enemy. I’m not the tidiest person in the world, but I am also not the messiest. I hate mess but because I’m such a hoarder you would think that I’m not bothered by it at all. I dream of a pristine house, with everything in its place, and while I know that with two hyper toddlers my home is unlikely to be pristine for a while I can at least improve upon the current situation. When everything piles up I can’t think straight, and I start feeling low. I can feel that happening now so I need to nip it in the bud and start sorting through everything we own and get rid of what we do not need. It’s a bank holiday this weekend so I feel I will be making several trips to the tip! I intend to be on a first name basis with the tip guys by the end of this weekend!
Look after the garden – I have written in the past about not being able to make any changes to garden due to living in a rented house. Well, we have been given permission to make a few changes here and there, on the condition that we return everything to its original condition if we leave (unless what we have done actually improves the garden). One of the things we have been allowed is a little vegetable patch for the kiddies to look after. So this week we planted some strawberries, lettuce, radishes and spring onions. We also planted some herbs. Now we just need to care for them.
Go on more days out – We’ve really enjoyed going out for the day recently – on the North Norfolk Railway, and to BeWILDerwood. This month we would like to go to Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park, back on the North Norfolk Railway for their Day out with Thomas event, and maybe for a few long walks in the local woods.
Birthdays – It’s G’s 2nd birthday later this month. We are going to visit family for her birthday but I would really like to make her birthday cake to take with us, I’m just not sure how best to transport it without it getting squished or damaged while we are driving. Any tips would be hugely appreciated!
G – With G’s 2nd birthday comes her 2 year check with the Health Visitor. I want to speak to her about G’s speech, or lack of speech to be honest. M had slightly delayed speech but when he was G’s age he could say far more than she does, and I am becoming increasingly concerned. Her vocabulary stretches to “Hi” and “Bye” and that is it. She understands brilliantly though, and she babbles all day long, but no matter how much we try to encourage her to speak it just doesn’t seem to be working.
Me – Exercise more. I go through fits and starts with exercise. I need to be more active. I want to buy myself a Fitbit this month so that I can monitor just how active I am on an average day (not very active!)
Lose Weight – I have lost ½ stone since January, but seem to have stalled a bit, so my aim this month is to lose between 4 and 8lbs.
Stop Smoking – this is my dirty secret. I smoke. I hate it, and I hate myself for smoking. I have given up 7 times in the past, and it is always stress that sees me reach for the tobacco again. I have my first stop smoking session at the doctors next Tuesday. I know that I will most likely be given Champix to stop me wanting a cigarette, and I know that Champix makes me horribly nauseous and ill for the full three months that I need to take it, but I don’t care. I would rather feel awful for three months than be smoking anymore. I need to stop smoking because I want to be around for my kids for a very long time – I want to see them grow up and become amazing adults, and I want to grow old with my husband by my side. I want to live, basically.
Me time – I need to make a bit more time for me, and not just the two hours each weekend I go to Lidl and Sainsbury’s on my own! I started crocheting a blanket this month and would like to try to complete it by the end of May. I’m not very good at crochet at all but I am enjoying it!
Read more – I read a book last month! I think it’s the first book I’ve read from start to finish in about 3 years. If anyone has any book recommendations then please let me know!
I need to interact more. I really enjoy writing this blog, and I have been lucky enough to meet some lovely people through it but I struggle to find the time to comment on other peoples blogs and social media feeds at the moment. So, this is my main blogging goal this month – to chat more!
Pinterest – I love Pinterest, but again, like commenting on other blogs, I don’t find a great deal of time to spend on there. I think currently I’m lucky if I go on there once or twice a week for a few minutes. I would like to increase this.
So, that is my monthly bucket list for May. Sorry that it’s so long! I hope I didn’t bore anybody!