Wednesday, 22 January 2014

The Annual January Funk

So, it seems we've reached that time of year where I traditionally have a total BLAAHHH!

Looking back it seems I've waffled on every year at this point about how much I hate winter after Christmas has passed. How the lack of sunshine has me flagging. How the weather gets me down (worse this year as its just rainy all the damn time). How much I long for spring at the point in the proceedings.

In keeping with tradition then. A look at the little things that cheers me up somewhat in the grey and gloomy January days.

One of the best things about January is new season TV (I'm a telly addict, what can I say?). January brings new seasons of all my favourite shows from the US. There were some doozy cliff hangers last seasons as well so it was great to pick up the action. Like catching up with old friends. LOL.

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I don't always have my nose in the TV though. Sometimes I have my nose in a book. At the moment I'm reading this:
Which is okay, if a little bit wishy-washy.  I'm also trying to stick with working my way through this:

Which to be honest, I'm not very good at (I suck at morning pages! LOL).
Music wise, well. I've just checked through my YouTube recent play list and to be honest it's a pretty depressing line up! Lots of this:

and this:

and this:

Hmmmmmm. Perhaps the choice of soundtrack isn't really helpful to the January funk? Might have to have a rethink there.
This (not-so) little dude is obviously cheering me up, but I have to say cheering me up and driving me nuts in equal measure:


I guess I'm not as easily finding the happy these days. That's a little sad. Ah well. January is a good time for reflection and affecting change. Time to think about ways to do more of what I enjoy and spend less time worrying about doing stuff I don't perhaps? Food for thought.


Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Ushering in a New Year

2014? Really? How did that happen?

I honestly cannot believe how quickly the last year has flown by. It was another doozy round here by all accounts with the unexpected loss of my baby brother. I'm tentatively hoping that 2014 will make less of an effort to kick us in the teeth!

On a positive note, we began the New Year with a new addition to the Cookie family. Much to the excitment of Kendo and the kidlets (and indeed myself) this (not very little) guy came to live with us on 27th December:

His name is Jethro. Not after these guys:


Or this guy:
but after this guy:
Although, to be fair, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was the middle one. He's sometimes more Clampett than Gibbs! LOL. He's certainly been entertaining us and keeping us busy (having a puppy is way more like having a newborn in the house than I expected! He's finished his course of vaccincations now so will officially be liberated for walks next Monday (thank goodness).
Master Jethro is certainly taking up a lot of my time but I am trying to make a concerted effort to make time for other things I love this year. I'm trying to make sure I create (at least a little) every week and have been trying to eat well and get back to karate training properly (those 2nd Dan kata won't learn themselves!).
I am hoping to get a little more blogging done this year (as opposed to the practically NONE I did last year) and I've been thinking about a guiding word for 2014 and what I want to get out of the coming year. More on that at somepoint.
In the meantime I'll leave you with an update Jethro pic. The little tinker has put on 8.5 lbs since that first photo was taken. He's growing like the clappers!!