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Disney Twice…….

So as I promised earlier here is another installment of our second trip to Disneyworld, we had been to Hollywood Studios, the day before so thought we should go to Epcot and have a trip around the world.  For those of you who have not been to Disneyworld yet Epcot is one of the parks here and it has some great rides and you can visit several countries of the world, as you walk around the park.  You can visit various countries and sample the local cuisine, drinks and even culture. The shops sell all sorts of nik naks from the various countries.  Off we went, if you are a Disney officianado please bare with me as my blog is not going to be in the correct order as the map but as per my memory and photos. LOL!IMG_0334

This is my favorite ride in Epcot and the first place we head when we get there, it is a kind of virtual reality ride.  You are seated in rows and lifted into the air where you are taken around the world from the Great Wall of China to the Eiffel Tower.  It is amazing seeing the world as if you are flying above it all, especially as I am scared of heights.

Next China, we love Chinese food so this was a real treat to have an authentic Chinese experience.  Followed by a bit of shopping in the local shop, I saw this replica warrior like the great tomb which i had to have i love and watch all of the programmes on the excavation of the 1000’s of warriors found, amazing!

They had small ones in the gift shop I had to have one as i could not bring one of the full size ones home. (No matter how much i really wanted too)  If you get a feel for my husband and i you will know from my previous blogs we love to mess around and don’t take life very seriously.  We did that in our previous lives (before we met) so we are not going to now.  So off we went for a little fun, hence the next section of photos, don’t laugh….. no laugh as hard as you can we surely did……

Do we look pretty in these or should we just keep our fruit in them!!!

Or what about these.  Are they like our twins or what?

Chris calls me his princess so I had to try on a crown

Do you think it suits me?

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Next on to Italy

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Chris loves pizza so we had to stop here so he could have a look around. We did not have pizza that day as we had just had Chinese.  The thing is there is so much to see you have two choices. You either skim around all of the countries or you spend some time in a few of them and then see if you have time to return later and visit more countries.

The architecture in Italy (well the fake Epcot one) is beautiful I hope if and when i get to go to Italy for real it is as beautiful, see what you think.

Nice, Yes it was ….

We stopped for mid afternoon drinks and a well deserved rest, my feet were killing as they did most days, we walked a lot…… As it happened it was the food and wine festival on at Epcot the weeks we were in Disneyworld, they were good days, drink, eat, sun, what more can you ask for, life is good, life is soooooooo good.  We are so blessed to live the life we live although we work hard too.

Prosecco for me please and an Italian beer for the husband.

Just after we had these drinks we realised time had really got away from us and had to race off as we forgot we had booked to go to watch Orlando City that afternoon and if we did not leave then we would miss the coach pick up.  We were on our toes again.

We made it back for the coach just in time, off we went again.  We certainly made the most of all of the attractions on this holiday we don’t like to miss anything and Chris is a massive football fan. So we booked this as a treat for him as it was his birthday while we were away.  He was obviously very happy, as you can tell from the picture below.  I know it’s not a full smiling face but its a I have got beer at the soccer face.  (I would say football but i have been told many, many times in the USA it is called soccer as football means American Football which is something totally different, as you can tell i am not that mad on sports) IMG_0710

Another thing about watching soccer in USA they let you drink beer while you are watching the game, this never happens in the UK.  It is a shame but I am sure they have their reasons.IMG_0707

I had my usual, cocktail.  A margarita please!

Chris loved the soccer so I am glad we went its a totally different atmosphere watching sport in the sun.

This was another great day in the good ole USA (I am really starting to see why Americans say that) We really love America and yes i know we haven’t seen much of it but we plan on seeing a lot more of the USA and the world

Again it is getting late and I must tell you more about this trip another day, sorry to cut this short again but i have to limit my writing to 3 hours a day as i am at work 9 hours and then i have other things i need to do.  I wish i could write longer but for now i can’t so for now…..

Come back for another day at Disneyworld, next blog we will be in Animal Kingdom…

I hope you can pop back to read it…

As Always loving being me

Love thegotogirl xxxxxx

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Disney & Coronado Springs

We couldn’t decide where we wanted to go on holiday so off we went to the travel agent to talk to them and see what travel inspiration we could get from them. We left non the wiser for a new destination so after a few weeks of thinking about it we went and booked to go back to…. yes you guessed, probably gave it away in the title, Disney World in Florida. IMG_0943We have been as you will know if you read my blog regularly, but we spent a lot of time on the bus travelling between International Drive and Disney every day the last time we went and we did not want to do the same this time as it shaved off about two hours…… yes you heard/read it right two hours a day on the two buses from International Drive to Disney an hour approx each way. It was not so bad as it was a welcome break from all the walking around not to mention the rushing ooh the rushing. You see it sounds like we never had a good time on out last trip to Disney but we did we really did, however we were not prepared. We did not know anyone who had been to Disney World to tell us about the pitfalls, we had to find them all out ourselves. The travelling, the distance, the crowds, the waiting, the queues, OMG the queues. This time we were prepared for all of it and it just made the all the difference for us, we felt like professional holiday makers as we had been there and done that.

Anyway back to this years trip (2017), we booked it packed and we were off, so off we went to the airport. IMG_0065This year we would stay at the Holiday Inn for a change. It was practically next to Manchester airport and we read on Tripadvisor it was a good place to stay the day before to cut down on travelling on the day you are flying so we gave it a try. It was in fact a good choice so thanks Tripadvisor and the reviews from this hotel.IMG_0046 The day of our flight came and we were off to the airport. Before we knew it we were boarding the aeroplane and setting off on our 8.5 hour flight approx. It was during the day so we did nothing get to sleep on the flight but taking our gadgets with us always makes a flight go quicker. We finally arrived at Sanford airport in Florida and went to see the travel agent reps for directions to our coach transfer. Pretty smooth ride from Manchester to our final destination Coronado Springs Resort. It was amazing

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Good sign! No scared at all???

The resort was all arranged around a huge lake with several blocks of rooms all very nice, there was some building work going on around the site but luckily for us it was across the lake from our room so it was ok, at least at first but that’s another story, tell you another time. Also for another blog I am going to give you a list of pitfalls and tips how not to fall into them if you have not been to Disney World it will save you time and money so keep your eye out for that one.

We got to our room and immediately asked to be moved as the room was not acceptable (again more on this another day). IMG_0848We finally got settled in another room near to one of the smaller pools. IMG_0831Got showered, changed and headed out for the night, we decided after eating at the hotel we would stay around the hotel that night and explore. DCIM100GOPROWe had an early night and then we could head out refreshed for the next day.

IMG_0974Hollywood Studios here we come and the first ride on my list (as I am crazy these days and not scared of heights at all) Woah! stop hang on a minute! Oh yes I am crazy as I am going on the Tower of Terror and I am scared, I mean really scared of heights and this ride is really, really high. What was I thinking?

Can you spot us??? Where’s the screamer??? I was thinking you only live once and I should just take the plunge and do it, so I did. Very stupid it was terrifying, exhilarating and terrifying and I loved it so much I went on it at least another half-dozen times during the trip, told you I was crazy!?

Next stop was the Rock and rollercoaster, accompanied by Aerosmith, WOW, that was amazing, it takes off so fast it takes your breath away. IMG_0964

As we walked around the park we even made a few new friends…….

For now its getting late again, i dont know where the time goes wen i write, so i will end this day for now but i will tell you more about the trip in my next  blog.

Join me next time for another day of life, love and riding rollercoasters, don’t miss it as there is loads more to tell you including a blog dedicated to keeping you from the pitfalls of a holiday in Disney World.

Thanks for reading & see you soon

As always Loving being me

Love from thegotogirlsblog xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A New Me, Hopefully……..

SDC10968For the last about six months I have noticed my body is not as supple as it used to be.  My leg muscles feel tighter and i have not been able to touch my toes for so long i cant even remember.  It is my own fault as for the last few years i have turned into one of those people who needs a beach body when they are going on a beach and for the rest of the time i have been content with my ooh! no i am not wearing a bikini looking like this person.  Don’t get me wrong i have not turned into a whale or anything like that but i am just gone from being a ten to a twelve.

With this extra weight came boobies and a bottom, so all in all the weight has gone on the right places.  Lately i have started getting a little belly fat and as i said i am getting a bit stiff, around my legs and hips and back.  Any way my point is i have decided to get back into exercising.  I already eat sensibly (more or less) so a slight dietary change should help me with that.

I love biscuits, i cant deny it.  i could do without having them instead of breakfast though, so on Monday i decided enough was enough and i must stop making excuses for not exercising, like my favourite ‘its too early to get up and exercise’.  To be fair 7.00am is quite early for me to be bouncing around the living room to the Biggest Loser on my Wii.  So on Monday morning i took the plunge, i weighed myself i weigh 10 stone 10 lbs i think.  I will correct when i check.  (I have been looking at spreadsheets all day so my memory is not good from Monday.)

Back to my Wii and the first day i thought i should do a bit of stretching, how can i do this.  Yoga, perfect for stretching out all of my muscles, particularly the ones i don’t use in my day-to-day job.  I work in an office so the most used muscle in my body is my brain, (i know it’s probably not a muscle but you get the idea) so using any muscles would be a good choice.  I thought Yoga would be a good start and as it happens it was, i did the first ten minutes of the eighteen minutes work out but then my knees started hurting so i stopped, i thought not to over do it on my first day back at it.

The next day i got up and felt fine, my plan was to exercise one day and rest the next.  I hear this is a good way to exercise at least when you are just starting out.  Then Wednesday came so i thought i would try something different, so i went on my Wii and there was a core workout.  It was only a twelve-minute workout so i thought this would be great. There was a god range of exercises in this routine star jumps, lunges etc Off i went did the workout routine no problem, went off to work as usual, then Thursday came.  I got out of bed and Ouch! my legs were (and still are killing me).

I had done the workout and could feel my muscles stretching, i did the warm up and cool down so i did everything right.  This did not stop the pain in my legs all up the front of the tops of my legs, so maybe not going to do my yoga again tomorrow unless when i wake up they feel better. Hopefully they will have eased off enough to work out but if not i can just do the next workout on Saturday instead as now i have started i must keep going.

Also it is a change from either working or writing which all require me to be seated, i really need to do something where i actually move another part of my body other than my fingers.  Any way i am signing off for now but i will keep you updated on my new body journey and let you know how i do it and maybe even share the results with you

For now…

Loving being me……

Thanks for reading

Love thegotogirlsblog xx

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I have been in pain for 5 years….. What is it…..

About 5 years ago I went abroad to USA on the most amazing holiday, we stayed at a great hotel and went on all the rides at all of the Disney parks.  It could not have been a better holiday until…… we went into the hot tub or so i thought.

After we came home from holiday i started having pain in my ear, not knowing what it was i went to the doctors.  My doctor said i had an ear infection and what had i been doing? I said i had just returned from holiday he asked if i had been swimming.  Well i had and i had been in the hot tub, i had after all been on holiday, who does not go swimming when they are the holiday.

He said i may have got water in my ear which could have caused the infection.  He gave me some antibiotics and off i went.  A couple of weeks later the pain was still there so i went back to the doctors, he checked my ear and said the infections had gone and he did not know why i still had pain in my ear.  He gave me pain killers and again off i went.  The time went on and the pain steadily got worse and lasted for longer periods.

After several more trips to the doctors i was finally referred to the specialist at my local hospital for an MRI scan.  The results came back, eventually, apart from a problem in my neck i already had been diagnosed with they could not see any problems with my ear and said it must be a problem with my sinus.  Ok, what do i do with this information.

I was given a steroid spray to use and also a saline spray to keep my sinus clean.  Use this every day i was told.  I did as i was told and hopefully this would be the answer i was looking for.  No.  This made absolutely no difference to the pain i was suffering. Again i went back over and over and hen it happened.  I went to see a new doctor at my local surgery, he who shall remain nameless was a breath of fresh air.  Right he said we are going to get to the bottom of this.

Great i said after about four and a half years of suffering.  He booked me in to the local hospital again for a CT scan.  This would show once and for all if it was my sinus causing all the pain.  The day came and off i went for my scan and a hearing test weirdly enough.  I went home full of hope of a cure for my pain at last.  I waited for the results an waited and waited.

No results came so after about a month i called the hospital, i am behind with the results said the lady on the other end of the phone as if my pain meant nothing to her i was just another number.  I was very annoyed by her tone so i thanked her before i said something i should not and put the phone down.  I went back to see my doctor to tell him of the phone call.  He said he had been researching my symptoms and thought he may have the answer.

Trigeminal neuralgia he said.  what on earth is that i asked.  Basically nerve damage in my face.  He asked if i would be willing to let him try treating me for this and see if this made a difference.  What did i have to lose?  So i accepted his help and started on a different medication.  Although it did help me sleep through the night without waking up in pain but it did not remove the pain during the day.  In the mean time i received an appointment to go to the hospital, i did not now why so i called to ask.

It was for the results of my CT scan.  Oh ok then and again off i went.  I arrived and waited to be called by the specialist, finally i went in not to the specialist but to his associate….. I don’t know what that means either…

Her diagnosis my sinus was slightly swollen but nothing more than a normal person would have and the diagnosis Trigeminal neuralgia.  My doctor was right and I was already been treated for this.  WOW 5 years and my doctor diagnosed me before the specialist…

So I have told you my story now i have a question

Does anyone know what Trigeminal neuralgia actually is, I have read the pages the doctor gave me but as my readers are all over the world please help me with my question.  Also if anyone knows anyone who has also been diagnosed with Trigeminal neuralgia and they have been successfully treated,SDC11165 PLEASE tell me in the comments below as I cannot wait another 5 years to get rid of this pain as the treatment i am receiving although in a trial stage, is not guaranteed to work.  Does anyone know what or how to treat this successfully.

Still loving being me just with  bit of hidden pain……

Love thegotogirlsblog xxxx

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Lazy Days and Wild Nights in Ibiza

We had this trip booked before our honeymoon as we were not going to have a honeymoon we were just going to go to Ibiza for a kind of belated honeymoon but no said my husband to be (back then).  If we are getting married then we having a honeymoon.  Who was I to argue i was after all going abroad twice in a month.

Woo Hoo I say! Crete for a honeymoon come home and then three weeks later Ibiza.  So we have all heard the stories about Ibiza but when we went we were not 18 so we thought we would just have ‘a quiet one’.  Who was i kidding do i not know myself and my husband at all, there was a good chance we were going to enjoy all that Ibiza had to offer.  After all we weren’t 18 anymore but we weren’t 90 either.

Why not have a blow out holiday, life has always been slightly stressful since we were both young we had not had the best lives but we always consider ourselves extremely lucky to be happy and healthy with a wonderful family.  Anyway, we flew from Doncaster, even got a day flight and arrived in San Antonio Bay around two-ish.  I remember as the rugby was on was on, Challenge Cup Final, Hull FC verses St Helen’s and Chris had to go to see it.  We literally got the plane then the transfer to The Fiesta Milord Hotel, checked in then found our way to the nearest bar with Sky Sports so Chris could watch the game.  He is sports mad like any other man in the world probably.  By the time we got to the bar I was so tired i curled up in a ball and had a nap while Chris watched the Rugby.  When the game finished Chris told me the barmaid came over and asked if i was ok, apparently they thought i was drunk and passed out.  No just having a nap. LOL! Later that day we went back to the hotel and cleaned up.  I felt fine after a nap, a shower and something to eat.  Our holiday was half board so we had breakfast and dinner in with the trip, turned out this was a good option as we were very rarely in the hotel during the day, we usually got the boat across the bay to San Antonio.

Although all-inclusive was an option we had not really been offered until around day 4 and for an extra 10 euros a day each would have been a really good addition.  Oh well, maybe next time we come.  The boat left the bay right outside out hotel every half hour or so right through the day and night. We got to the boat around 7 it was a beautiful night and he sun was just starting to go down, we wanted to go and have a look round the main strip were all the holiday programmes were shot as it looked wild down there and we had to see if the stories were real life or simply edited for TV.

The answer to that question no! they were wild!  The first thing we saw were the locals racing horses trotting down the front near the boats, what a sight.  These horses were beautiful, so proud and well-kept by the look of them.

We watched them for a while and took lots of photos and videos of the races it was like the trotting races I have seen at some of the horse fairs at home.  Beautiful i love that they still have a lot of culture even in the madness of the main clubbing areas.

we moved on to the main strip area and were immediately accosted by one of the bar reps (the first of many bar reps) I will give you free shots, free bottles, free fish bowls, Woah! steady we have literally just got off the boat at least let us get a feel of the place before you get us hammered. lol!  We declined the first half-dozen reps as we made our way down the strip, around halfway down we decided it was time to take the plunge and make our way to a bar.  We spotted one just ahead that looked busy so thought we would try that one.  Obviously we were stopped by the bar rep and let her ‘talk us into going into her bar with the promise of free shots.  I can’t remember what it was called as there were so many bars there it would be impossible to remember them all unless you went in the same one every night and who does that!

Several bars later and several cocktails and shots later it was time to go and get the boat back home.  I was very drunk but as you know if you read my blog regularly we don’t do it often and we were on holiday so the odd blowout is ok by us.  Next day the night before was a bit hazy but I am always safe with Chris, i did have a hangover but after a couple of painkillers and a good breakfast i was fine, as was Chris.

We headed to the beach from breakfast for a rest and a frolic in the bay on the li-lows we brought from the UK with us.  Good idea, we got them from pound shop and they were quite expensive at the hotel.  Laid on the beach at either San Antonio Bay or San Antonio most days and spent most nights doing the same.

We did go back to the bar we watched the rugby in on the first day as this was literally around the corner from the hotel so on the nights we could not be bothered to go on the boat we just walked up the street and then returned to the hotel to watch the nightly shows which were playing just below our room.

This was great as if we wanted we could stay down stairs or go to out room and watch them from the balcony, (I hate balconies, i am so scared of heights so i just sit in the doorway) great if i was tired then Chris could sit and watch them and i could go to bed.

The rest of the holiday was pretty much the same every day and every night   It sounds monotonous but it was far from that it was relaxing and wild at the same time and a great time was had by both of us……

Until next time

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Marietas Islands Pacific Ocean Adventures.

IMG_0917We booked this trip through Vallarta Adventures (find them on Twitter at the following @Vallarta_advent)

We arrived at the meeting point and checked in at the front gate with the rep, they sent us down a lush tropical winding path towards where they boat and crew were waiting.

At the end of the path was a café and what appeared to be 2 massive marine tanks with tropical fish and turtles in.

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Day trip to Marietas Islands

We stopped and had breakfast while we were waiting for the crew to ready the boat for the trip.  There seemed to be quite a few people booked onto the trip so we thought it must be a good choice. After about half and hour we got escorted onto the boat and off we all went on our Pacific Ocean adventures and what an adventure…..

We left the harbour and headed out to sea towards the Marietas Islands (Search hidden beach for more info) The sea view was beautiful, the sun was shining and it was hot, hot, hot…

We are not sure how far this was but we travelled for around one and a half hours when we left the coast of @Puertovallarta.  We just sat and watched the world go by.  Most of the journey was ok but about half way through the boat ride the sky started getting dark and it started raining.

The wind started picking up a bit, the general mood was everything was ok but as we got further out to sea the sky got darker and darker and it got windier and windier.

The rain became heavier and the mood of the boat seemed to change to oh! we are actually sailing into this storm We asked the crew member if we would be turning back

No (what did he mean no !)

This is normal weather he said  (for who?)

I don’t make a habit personally of sailing into Pacific Ocean storms myself!

The storm carried on and the heavens opened the crew came round and closed the tarpaulin sides around us and all we could do was watch the all-consuming storm all around us.  We ploughed on through the storm I was scared and wondered if it would continue getting worse but a last we saw ahead a spot of clear sky and all of a sudden the storm was gone.  In front of us was the most beautiful scene we had ever seen…..

There was blue sky and there on the horizon ‘the Marietas Islands’

As we pulled up near them the crew told us we would be swimming soon so get ready.  Off I went to get into my bikini, well already had them on so just remove top layer and get snorkel flippers and life jackets on, then all that was left to do dive into the ocean, I had never done this before so was a bit apprehensive of swimming in the wide open ocean even wearing a life jacket

Well you hear all sorts of stories of shark attacks and other sea creatures that attack or sting you, I got stung a couple of years later stood on the beach lol.  Anyway off the boat we went, we had to swim for about a quarter of a mile until the crew directed us towards a cave.

When we arrived there we had to swim through a cave like opening for about 30 yards.  When we got to the end of the tunnel it opened out into a hidden beach, we were told it used to be a cave but was hit by a bomb sometime in the past making it into a donut type island with a hidden beach in the centre.  You can only access this at certain times of the day as the entrance disappears when the tide comes in.. We had to be in and out in a certain amount of time so we did not get stuck inside.

Once we were inside it was time to explore, it was not very big and there was a lot of people arriving all at once so you had to make good the time you had inside.  We had our photos took when we got out of the water and removed our snorkels..

If you look carefully you can just make out the hole we swam through behind us in the picture of us in our snorkels

I think the star jump photos were my favourites as Chris looked like he was Fred Flintstone stood on his tippy toes in the photo

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Anyway more later on this trip,  we see the blue boobies soon and I mean the birds….

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Just being me……

I thought I would just express a bit about me tonight. One of my greatest loves next to my family is photography and I have noticed recently, I love photographing the sky. I don’t know what it is about the sky, it has so many faces.

My nanna used to say sky blue pink with yellow dots and I never knew where she got that saying from. Does anyone know? I would love to hear from anyone who does know the origins of the phrase if there is one. It may be simply my nanna’s own words. Anyway one day years ago, I was looking up at the sky daydreaming as usual, when I noticed the colour of the sky.

It was blue and pink and the sun was shining on the clouds making the edges of some of the clouds yellow, like small dots of yellow in the sky. I thought of my nanna and her saying sky blue pink with yellow dots. I think this may have been the origins of my love of the sky.

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Ever since I was young I would find myself looking up at the sky, in a chaotic world it seemed peaceful. It was always the same but always different at the same time. The colour, the clouds, the sun, the moon, there is always something to see in the sky. I subscribe to a website which gives me notifications of astrological events so every time a meteor shower is due I can watch.

I always seem to have a camera with me, either my phone or my Nikon, so very rarely miss a photo opportunity. Wherever I photographs of random things. It’s weird the things that catch my eye as a photo opportunity. So I thought I would share some of my favourite photos (all of the photos are my own work.) Mainly of the sky and the sun but all of them taken in awe of the beauty i see before my eyes.

Always loving being me….. Hope you see the beauty in these photos as i do.

Any thoughts let me know..

See you again soon with another episode of love, life and family.

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My Story So Far…….

As you may know (if you read my blog often) i started my blog just over 3 months ago.  Since then my life has changed so much, already i have gained over 500 followers.  Thank you all!  I have published 42 blogs and had over 4000 views, i can’t believe it is going so well i never for a moment thought anyone would want to listen to what i had to say let alone read what i had written.  But people do and i have had some really nice people reach out to me, commenting on my blogs from meeting my family to the death of my beloved dog Stanley.  To them i say thank you for all of your kind words and support.  Since i started writing it has become a sort of therapy for me to write about my life.  There are some parts of my life i am not ready to write about yet and still am not sure i will ever be able to bring myself to put pen to paper as they say about some parts of it.  Somethings are best left in the past as i have done for a long time now.  Anyway i digress as i often do when i get a train of thought into my mind, my mind is wandering a bit tonight as i am a bit annoyed with GoPro at the moment.  I bought a GoPro Session and after six months it broke…. BAD then GoPro replaced it for me…. GOOD then i get it home and it will not connect….. BAD so i have to call them again tomorrow…… BAD

Anyway back to my none drifting mind……

After i started my blog i began exploring all the other parts of my artistic side, my love of photography and writing in particular.  My feet don’t seem to of touched the ground since.  I seem to spend all of my time these days either writing or taking photographs.  I wake up in a morning before work, i write, during my breaks, i write, when i get home, i write. I can say writing has taken over my life but i am not complaining, not at all, i seem to have released something deep inside of me and the words just never stop.  I really don’t know what has happened.  Then when i am not writing, working or with my family i am snapping away with my camera, most of the time when i am with my family i am making memories.  My poor grandson has a camera around him since the day he was born and now regularly poses for photos for me, no before you ask i never make him we always play games and just end up taking photos or videos as reminders of the fun times we have or to send to his mummy and daddy.  My husband Chris sent me a video while i was at work on Saturday morning of them playing a game and when the video was about to finish you can hear Theo say let me look at the video gramps, as if he was having the last word on whether it was good enough so send out.  He loves it when he sees himself on video an often laughs at the videos of him laughing, weird! Off i go on a tangent again sorry.  The next thing i have done was self-publishing my book ‘Love Scares Me’ which is a book of Love Poems i wrote about 12 years ago when i met my husband.  I was looking for something around the house and found an old note-book which contained all of the poems.  I would not of dared publish them until i let Chris read them and he said he loved them and i should think about publishing them so i took the plunge and did it.

Now i am writing my first children’s book, Theo and Granny Monster and their adventures.  This all began with a game we play where granny monster (me) chases Theo around the house like a crazy person.  You have never heard a child laugh as much or as loud as Theo does when we play which makes me chase him even more and so on.  It came to me one night when i asked Theo if he wanted me to tell him a bedtime story and i could not find the book i bought for him, so i made a story up about Theo and Granny monster and he loved it so much he asks for two stories every weekend.  I thought as i used to write stories when i was young i would give it a go.  I began writing and up to now have about five different adventures in the making, the only thing that’s stopping me now is money and time.  To try to make some money i opened a shop on MiPic as The Go To Girl selling some of the photos i have taken over the years and also put my book on Amazon Kindle and Smashwords by Donna Young (see the advert on my blog for details)

I need to do some research on the marketing aspects of my book and photos so i can make enough money to follow my dream of having a successful blog and become a full-time writer

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Family and the Bank Holiday Weekend

Wow… what a great weekend !!

The sun was shining and it was hot! hot! hot! This was the first bank holiday of the year it has actually been nice enough to go out and even away. So we did it all and this is how it went. I was at work on Saturday morning so we changed Theo’s day to the Saturday instead of he usual Friday, not good but better than not having him. We cannot miss a Theo day and he is going on holiday with mummy and daddy soon so we wont be able to have him one weekend. We are not looking forward to that at all!! LOL! We cant begrudge them all a lovely family holiday can we but I think next time we should go with them so we don’t have to miss any time with him or them for that matter. Anyway back to the weekend.

I left work at lunch on Saturday, came home, got changed and went straight back out the door for a trip to Castleford, it’s about an hour from where we live and I had been looking for a writing desk for our home so i can write instead of having my laptop or pad and pen on my knee. I found by chance a writing bureau very cheap on Ebay. I put a bid of £15 on it, not thinking i would win it but i did, no one else had bid on it. Lucky me!

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So off we went to pick it up and then stopped off at Glasshoughton Shopping Center for a bit of retail therapy. We bought a lovely indoor water feature.

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We have recently been making a few changes to the living room it is kind of brown, grey and grass-green. I like it, all the different textures, colours and fabrics go well together.

Again back to the weekend, we arrived back around four just in time for Theo to arrive. We still had a couple of errands to run, I needed paint for the bureau and a bit of shopping for the weekend. Off we went the three of us. Asda, B&Q then Frankie and Benny’s for a bite to eat and Long Island Ice Tea for me Mmmmn. Sorry Chris was driving so Shandy for him LOL!! He is a very responsible driver just as he should be.

By the time we got home it was Theo’s bedtime so a shower and bed for all us, we were quite relieved as we had been out since 8am that morning so nearly 12 hours. Theo always likes to watch a movie when he goes to bed and his new favourite movie is Angry Birds. He wanted Chris to sit and watch it with him, as always gramps obliged.

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They are so cute together, don’t you think?

A couple of hours later i had a sleeping toddler and a very tired husband, i knew it was time for sleep.

Next morning, we were up early again and out by nine. Off to the local car boot then to Hornsea. Chris takes us to this little car park near where his Grandmother used to live. A short walk and a set of stairs and we were on a lovely part of the beach at Hornsea.

We had a picnic, made sand castles, played ring toss, then bury the ring toss in the sand. Dipped our toes in the sea brrrrrrr, it was freezing. Not going for a swim then, NO!

After a couple of hours palying on the beach we decided to pack up and go for a walk along the sea front. This is one of my favourite parts of going to the seaside in the UK, the cute little beach fronts with the promenades.

We went for fish and chips a little place we found on an earlier visit to Hornsea, they do the most delicious fish fritters, for those of you who don’t know what this is it is like a fish and potato sandwich dipped in batter and then deep-fried. If they dont make them at your local fish and chip shop, if you have one then make your own they are amazing and I am sure you can find a recipe online for them.

Again the day got away from us and before we knew it we had run out of time and we had to leave ready to take Theo back home. This is our least favourite time of the weekend as it will be another week before Theo comes to stay again, we do see him during the week but it is not enough time but you know what its like we all have to work and have lives to live etc. We stayed for a while at our daughters as she had rented a bouncy castle out for Theo for the bank holidays so we had to all have a play on it with Theo.

We had to leave eventually as it had been another long summer day, it had been the best day of the year so far, we love spending days together as a family, well with a few people missing but we will have other days where we will all be together.

So we finally came to the Bank Holiday Monday, we could really do with a rest today as the other days had been so busy……. but……. you guessed it, we ‘pottered’ around the garden.  Chris tidied the garden and the bar ready for the first party of the year, hopefully this will be soon and the weather will be great throughout the summer, we have had rain for so long we deserve a nice hot summer. Then there is me……

What did I do, apart from get through a mountain of washing we had built up over the week, (i would usually do Saturday but it was bank holiday! lol!) I decided to up-cycle the bureau we had picked up the day before.  It was my aim to just sand and paint it with a sort of chalky effect paint.  I like this matt look on wood as i don’t believe wood was meant to be shiny, this is the final result.

I may do some more  to it but for now it is all I am doing to it, i am going to let it settle into the living room, if it does not ‘fit’ then i will do something more to it, oh yes i also up-cycled an old coffee table while i was at it. img_20180507_195729615537016663659323.jpg

 

So all in all a busy but very good bank holiday weekend.

You can see why I love being me….

I have the best life, love and family you could ever ask for and i love them all very much.

Anyway it getting late and work in the morning so until the next blog

Thanks for reading see you all soon

Love thegotogirlsblog xxxx