Monthly Archives: October 2010

Signing off

I’m going to be taking a short break from blogging. Partly because I don’t have much to say and partly because I don’t have time to say it properly! Shoestring Alley came about because I wanted to sort my finances out, save some money and get a bit more organised along the way. I also wanted to start a family. Basically I’ve managed to achieve these things; I stay in budget, I don’t overspend, I’m as organised as I’m ever going to be and, best of all, as I type this there is a very gorgeous little girl sleeping in a cot upstairs.

For now there isn’t too much to say. Next year I’m hoping to do a course that might either mean being able to earn an additional part-time income or could even mark an eventual change in career. I’ll also be discussing terms with my employers regarding going back to work. Until then not much is going to change. My income is now very small but I’ll still be trying to save, I’ll still be trying to keep on top of budgets, paperwork and clutter. However, my primary focus is making the most of the remaining months of my maternity leave. The time is zipping by so fast. Every morning I wake up, peek over the edge of the cot and am treated to a great big, gummy grin. Knowing I get to spend the whole day with my baby is brilliant. Knowing I’ll have to go back to work…isn’t. It isn’t that I don’t like my job or don’t want to work – I just want to be with Baby a hundred times more. I hope things work out next year so I can work out a manageable balance. But that is next year and I’m concentrating on a week or so at a time…

I’m on my feet pretty much constantly, from early til late, and I just haven’t had the spare time or energy to blog as I’d like – no photos, plans, ideas, recipes. I’ve also found that I don’t have too much to say right right now. I considered stopping blogging altogether for a bit. Several blogs have sadly vanished from our midst this year, for a variety of reasons. However, I’m going to keep going but, for a while, it will be probably something like a monthly update (unless I have a mad moment of inspiration). And I’ll still be reading all of my favourite blogs. So I’ll still be around but maybe just a bit quieter.

So until next month I’ll be concentrating on:

  • Doing Mum stuff
  • Project £1k (I’m at £325)
  • Getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight (17 pounds to go)

I’ll let you know how I get on!

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I’m back

Apologies for the lack of posts. Despite being married for nearly twelve years, I met my sister-in-law for the first time. I should probably mention that it was the first time my Husband had met her too. We knew he had an older sister that had been adopted before he was born and, earlier this year, she found us via Facebook. It couldn’t have happened a decade ago, could it? She flew from the other side of the world to meet us and thus the last couple of weeks have been pretty busy!

In infinitely duller news, the diet has been abandoned for at least a month now. I got on the scales this morning and – no, no, no! – I’ve put 3 pounds back on. Grrr. Thus the diet is starting ‘proper’. I admit my attempts up until this point have been of a fairly faffy nature but no more. I am not going into the 2011 with the New Years Resolution of losing weight. It’s too much of a cliche for a start…

Since I first weighed myself post-pregnancy I have lost 17.5 pounds and I need to lose another 17 pounds to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I figure that if I lose around 2 pounds a week it should be gone by the end of the year so that is now my goal. I officially (re)started today and kicked off with a cooking session while my parents came up to babysit. I made two pies with chicken, bacon, mushrooms and leeks (one for tonight, one for the freezer) using a Slimming World recipe and a big batch of Leek and Potato soup. I also made Baby her first batch of carrot puree to go in the freezer while I was at it but that’s another story. I really noticed how far I’d drifted from the dieting/healthy mindset today. At several points while I was pottering at home and walking around town I started thinking about picking up some cake or biscuits or chocolate before I caught myself. Then I was reading an American novel that described a character being offered a plate of Oreo’s and I instantly thought about going to get some (I am very easily influenced when it comes to food!). This type of thinking is no good for my waistline or my purse so I’m glad I’m doing something about it now. I just hope I can blinkin’ well stick to it this time…

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The Frugal Fortnight draws to a close

Sorry for the lack of posts – our internet connection disappeared for a few days. Nothing particularly exciting to report alas but quite a good result at the end of the Frugal Fortnight. I managed to save £81 in addition to £20 saved in my ‘Pounds Lost, Pounds Saved’ fund as I’ve lost 2 pounds in weight!

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