I did something today I’ve been meaning to do for ages – sign up for a free ‘course’ with the Open University. From what I gather, these are basically units taken from the paid-for courses, including some that have been discontinued. There are a massive range of subjects on offer, perfect for dipping a toe in here and there. There are no marked assignments or anything like that – just course material and a few exercises. Each unit is supposed to equate to around 12 hours of study time. I actually did my degree with the Open University and have been toying with the idea of doing one of these taster-style courses for a while, just to keep my hand in. If anyone is interested you can check it out at: www.openlearn.open.ac.uk .
I also had my visit to the dentist today, resulting in a filling being replaced. I hope it puts an end to the tooth ache – it woke me up at 5.45am. I was not impressed. My mouth has gone from numb to tingly now, so I’m hoping I won’t have to be drinking tea through a straw for much longer! Alas, I have to go back at the end of next month as I seem to have chipped a different tooth altogether (ah, the joys of teeth grinding).
I’ve started thinking about what things I might want to buy for my summer wardrobe. I think I mentioned before that I have very little in the way of summer footwear – two items to be exact, and both are falling to pieces. I really ought to have replaced them last year but hey-ho. I’ve had a tentative look on the internet and have spied some interesting sale activity at www.office.co.uk . I’ve also spied an offer at Topshop where you can have two vests for £9. I’m not buying anything until I am a) sure that my savings are on track and b) have thought very carefully about what I really want. I say want instead of need because, clearly, I already have clothes. That said, I’m not particularly into wearing things that are coming apart / don’t fit me properly / look ragged and scruffy! I’ve actually done pretty well this year. I last bought clothes in January – a pair of dark blue skinny jeans (£25) and a black cardi (£8) for work (I don’t count the two items of underwear as I really needed those!). I don’t want a lot. I’m thinking a couple of vests or a T-shirt, a skirt or a dress and some shoes. Finances allowing, I’d also like a new necklace or pair of earrings to update some of my plain basics (which is like having a whole new outfit in my book!). At the weekend I’ll have a good look through my summer stuff and see what I’ve got…
From the challenge-a-day list:
- Doing things for free: signed up for a free course