Monthly Archives: February 2015

Four Things…

Ooh a questionnaire! I read this over on Jess’ blog at Catch A Single Thought, and I couldn’t resist. I love little things like this, so here goes.

Four names that people call me other than Alice…

1) Mrs Wright (all day, 5 days a week)…I didn’t really appreciate that this was my name til I started working in a school. I’m a Mrs – ahh!

2) Ali (by Mum, Dad and Nana)

3) Sweetpeapea – one of many names that my Mr has for me

4) Al – a few of my friends call me this

Four jobs that I have had…

1) Waitress in a pub

2) Shop Assistant at a newsagents

3) French Club teacher

4) Teaching Assistant in Reception

Four movies I have watched more than once…

1) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (literally 17 times, I used to be able to recite every single line)

2) Finding Nemo

3)ย Maleficent

4) How To Train Your Dragon – both films. Anyone else want a pet Toothless?


No caption needed!

Four books I’d recommend…

1) Call the Midwife books (CtheM, Shadows of the Workhouse and Farewell to the East End) – engaging, informative, heartbreaking. I learnt so much about childbirth from reading these – who knew the placenta had to be born?!

2) Hunger Games trilogy….So. Good.

3) Pride and Prejudice – I’ve read it so many times, there are just so many classically brilliant lines.

4) Harry Potter series (except maybe the fifth book, Harry is just TOO mardy). I love JK Rowling’s writing, it was easy to follow as a child/teenager, yet is still wellย written (to my not-literary-educated mind) to enjoy as an adult.

Four places I’ve lived…

1) Sheffield

2) Leeds

3) Paris, France

4) Fes, Morocco


Bab Boujeloud, Fes, Morocco – the archway to one entrance of the old cityย 

Four places I’ve been…

1) Maryland, US

2) New Zealand

3) Switzerland

4) Lebanon


Beirut, Lebanon, probably minutes before my Mr proposed nearly 4 years ago ๐Ÿ™‚

Four places I’d rather be right now…

1) In bed

2) At a proper Italian restaurant eating pizza

3) On my Auntie’s balcony in New Zealand eating breakfast with my Nana

4) Did I already say in bed?

Four things I don’t eat…

1) Kiwis

2) Spicy food (like really spicy, I’ll eat stuff with flavour, not burning my mouth and throat)

3) Mushrooms (I am trying these though, still not 100% convinced)

4) Sushi – I’ve only just started eating cooked fish, let’s leave raw fish for now, shall we?

Four of my favourite foods…

1) Cheese

2) Chocolate

3) Bread

4) Cookies

(Oh so healthy)

Four TV shows I watch…

1) How I Met Your Mother

2) Gogglebox

3) Location, Location, Location

4) Top Gear

Four things I’m looking forward to this year…

1) The arrival of a new niece in June

2) Going camping with my hubby

3) Seeing where we end up in the next few months

4) Spring!


Taken during Spring 2010…no sign of these beauties yet ๐Ÿ™‚

Four things I’m always saying…

1) “Stop fighting/hitting/punching/kicking!” (we have some pretty physical boys in our class)

2) “Hubby, could you just…?” I’m far too lazy, always asking my Mr to do something for me..

3) “Have you switched the radiators off?” We have electric heaters as radiators, so we can’t put a timer on…if we forget to switch them off (like I did this morning), we’re basically pouring money down the drain.

4) “Cool” I say this far too much. Not cool.

Et voilร ! Hope you enjoyed (?) that, have a go yourself if you fancy it ๐Ÿ™‚


Meal Planning Monday

Ergh not feeling good about it being Monday. Work’s gonna get a bit harder now, having to teach phonics a bit differently with books (help), so feeling a bit apprehensive about that. As a result of a busy end to half term combined with feeling stressed and worried about work, I haven’t given meals this week any thought until crashing on the sofa after work this evening. We didn’t do 2 out of our 3 meals last week…no reason why, just, you know, we’re lazy. It’s a freezer week, so prepare yourselves for the least exciting meal plan ever made.



Hubby has some sort of pasta and pesto planned.


Chicken Noodle Soup for me and SPICY ASS chicken curry for my Mr (freezer time).


Veggie curry (ร  la freezer).


Risotto (freezerlicious).


Spicy Sausage Pasta (not freezered, think I might be craving some cooking time by then).


Homemade Pizza (got some dough in the freezer, if it defrosts and goes gross we might have a cheeky takeaway? NO we’ll be good and make soup).


Tea at church (and March…where did YOU come from?!)

There we go, our week all good to go. It’s now 7pm and I’ve given my Mr a gentle nudge in the direction of tea…bring on the pasta and pesto ๐Ÿ™‚


Depending on if/when I manage to finish this, I may be posting a bit late ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s been a busy but lovely week. Really loved nearly every minute of it..lots of quality time with my Mr, we’ve been out walking and on an outdoorsy adventure, I’ve spent time with friends, eaten great food, seen family, looked after a sweet little baby and had lots of cuddles…very thankful for everything ๐Ÿ™‚ so, on with the show.


Finished LOTR – YEY. There was 20% of the book to go, but that was all appendices, so I left it. Since then, it’s just been reading blogs and the news. Not gonna lie, reading hasn’t been a big part of the week…


Bits and bobs…good old daytime TV. We’re enjoying Location, Location, Location at the moment, makes me take a trip to Rightmove and see what houses are on offer…not yet, not just yet ๐Ÿ™‚

I did watch this little monkey for a couple of days though…some friends from church needed some emergency childcare so I volunteered immediately – I love their little girl! We played, read books, sang songs, cuddled, went for a walk, and she tried to play with cables and climb into the washing machine whilst I was on the loo (new experience peeing with a baby watching…).


I always admired parents and knew that their job was a hard one, but I admire you all even more now. Talking to my brother-in-law about it today, he was saying how you really have to let go of being in control…and be realistic about what you can achieve in a day! As much as I loved it, and do miss her not being around a bit, we won’t be having our own just yet. Although seeing my Mum keen for a cuddle (we popped round for lunch today) reassured me that she’ll love it when we do ๐Ÿ™‚


Some adorable baby laughs from my babysittee and my niece this afternoon as my brother-in-law entertained them earlier…the kind of chuckles that would be in the Cow and Gate advert…so cute!


Normal clothes!! Absolutely loving it. Jeans, nice boots, a lovely soft and squashy jumper that my sister’s loaned me…and here’s my rather lovely walking outfit for our walk on Wednesday…

DSC_0281…and our extremely fetching caving gear from our adventure day


…not such a bad thing that we didn’t get a full body shot…!


Real knitting progress! After a bit of a mishap with colour 4 that was resolved with the help of my knitting guru, Nana, I’m about a quarter of the way through the grey now. I’d love to try and finish it this holiday so I can get started on my first blue.


Part way through correcting my mistake…we live and learn ๐Ÿ™‚

Next project that I’d love to try (after practising a couple of new techniques) is this Golden Pearย hat that I saw over on Space for the Butterflies. It looks so cute, and I’d love to try a bit of knitting in the round.

And lastly…

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the beautiful world that we live in the last couple of days. In amongst all the rubbishness that goes on, there is still so much beauty. Let’s not forget that ๐Ÿ™‚


“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands” Psalm 19v1

Linking up with butwhymummywhy?ย (hosted this week at Life at the Little Wood), sharing the love of little things ๐Ÿ™‚