Blogger’s Block

I don’t know if its the odd British weather we seem to be having lately, my inspiration levels at a low or something in the water but I just cannot seem to get into my blog lately. Its very frustrating because I really want to blog but I can’t find the time for it and whenever I do find time I sit here wordlessly at my laptop screen. Call it a case of writer’s blogger’s block perhaps?

Actually writing is one of the only things I have ever been any good at. When I’m zoned out writing I feel quite at peace with myself. I’m in my own little bubble when I write.  Most of the time its for my own enjoyment, however a blog is not private and I have slowly got round to the idea of other people actually reading it. I sort of like the idea of other people reading my blog, so much so that continually receiving low page viewings recently has really knocked me back a bit. I can’t help but feel disappointed especially when I put so much into my blog.

However, I blog because I enjoy it. I do it for me. If anyone reads it I suppose I should maybe just consider it an added bonus?

Incredibly, we are now in August. What will another month bring I wonder?

[Hopefully some blogging at some point?]

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A Fresh New Look

Hello and a warm welcome to a newly updated FoodPlusFashion! If you’ve been following me on Facebook or Twitter you may have noticed that I dropped a few hints this week that the blog is having a little change around. I like to keep things fairly fresh and there’s no better time to do it than during the summer while I’m off.

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Navigation

Looking for a particular post? I mentioned the other day that my blog is now a year old, and during that year I’ve slowly been discussing more and more topics on here, you can go to categories for a general mooch about everything I discuss. Or the topics that I most regularly post about are all now in one easy place. You just have to click on the following images ;

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Happy Birthday Blog

Guess what? I wrote my very first blog posts a year ago today! Food Plus Fashion is a year old! I just do not know where the time has gone and that I’ve been blogging on here for a year now. Honestly I am so so glad that I decided to start this little blog, at the time I had no idea whether I would keep it up and yes at times it is a lot of effort but it is absolutely worth it. For as long as I remember I have loved to write and this blog has given me a place to put it all. We’ve come a long way, with different headings,

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A Few Updates

Good Afternoon! The weather can not make its mind up today! One minute its pouring, the next minute the sun is shining so brightly that I can’t see my laptop. This morning I submitted my uni essay, which always leaves me with a great feeling of relief. I’ve been busy round the house again today, cleaning, dusting and hovering.

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More Technological Blips

I think the technology Gods are looking down and punishing me recently, as my camera charger broke over the weekend! Only two minutes ago I had my laptop charger give up on me and now my camera charger too! I have to admit that I feel quite bereft being unable to use my camera. Its funny that whenever technological blips occur you really realise how thoroughly we depend on these objects from day to day. Okay, I don’t need my camera but I certainly want it. Continue reading

Rewind

Hello!
I’m back! Open-mouthed smile
I feel as though I need a << Rewind << button for this week. Where do I begin?

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Monday.

On Monday I made an early trip to the gym. I went on the treadmill for half an hour and did 2 miles in 29 minutes, however I didn’t wear my knee support properly and I could totally feel it in my left knee, which freaked me out so I stopped as soon as I made it to 2 miles. I don’t want to aggravate it. Ever since I’ve been taking it really easy on my legs this week and thankfully I think its feeling ok. Afterwards I worked on the upper body with some hip exercises too. Burning about 300 calories.

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Lunch consisted of homemade mushroom soup, a buttered roll, crisps and Go Ahead Bar. In the evening Gary came over and we spent the night in front of the television catching up on the weekends X Factor.

Tuesday.

Tuesday begin with a delicious bowl of Honey Oats And More, a cup of tea and banana. Enjoyed in my new breakfast set. I had a lazy morning reading blogs, blogging and wishing I was blogging. In the afternoon I met my mum for a 2 o’clock Pilates class in the studio. It was another nice class, plenty of stretching and my whole body seemed to do some work. Upper and lower back, chest, abs, arms, legs, bum, hips – you name it.

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Once class was over Mum and I made a quick dip in the pool and swam 20 lengths before showering and getting ready to leave. The evening was spent in front of the television for the second night, with the boyfriend again watching the second to last American Pie. Slowly but surely we’ve made our way through the box set. My favourites are the films with the original characters but I’ve thought the other films have been alright, but boy are they crude films. Good job I have a crude sense of humour Winking smile

Wednesday.

I had to go on yet another course for work on Wednesday. This time it was just a one day course in Basic Food Safety, but it doesn’t make the travelling seem any easier. I was up at 6am on a dark, wet morning and I wanted nothing more than to get back into my warm bed. Instead I muttered a few bad words, got dressed, threw some breakfast together (toast) made myself a coffee in the thermo cup and stormed out the door into the drizzling rain.

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Thankfully I managed to get a lift with a few others from work who were doing the same course. I sat in the back, supped coffee – which made the 3 hour drive a tiny bit bearable and snoozed in and out of consciousness for most the ride. The course was boring as hell but luckily we were finished just before 3 which meant we got to avoid the 5 o’clock rush hour traffic on the M25 and I was home and drinking tea by 5. Mum and Dad went out for lunch during the day so they kindly bought me dinner at our social club. I ordered a cheese and mushroom omelette. It was tasty! Then they took me to see my Granddad in hospital, which was difficult for me on many levels. I just hate hospitals in general. But more than that I hate seeing my Granddad laying helplessly in a hospital bed. I don’t know how my Dad has the strength to go every single day. But I suppose I would have to make myself if it were my Dad.

Thursday.

One word. Zumba. I went to my first class yesterday and definitely enjoyed myself. The instructor was young and full of energy which just bounced off to the rest of the class. For the most part I would say the class was pretty easy, ya know just bop along to the music and follow the instructor. But I have two left feet and zero coordination and at times I couldn’t follow her lead. I kept losing my step a bit. But none the less I just kind of went with it and tried my best. The more I go the better I’ll get I’m sure. Despite feeling like a bit of a lemon, it was a fun workout and a different approach to exercise which is always refreshing. I’m certain it burned a few calories off anyway!

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I ate my lunch on a tray in the lounge yesterday. Lunch consisted of a fresh and delicious brown bread sandwich with light spreadable cheese, cucumber and rocket. I had a packet of crisps, Go Ahead Bar and coffee on the side. I worked the late shift in the evening – and ran my first shift by myself: I think it went well!

 

I just whizzed through my week so far, and hopefully covered it in a nutshell. Basically I’ve been using my mum’s laptop for the last few days, and while it has Live Writer so I could blog – there was no way of uploading any pictures. And a post isn’t any fun without pictures is it?!

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But then about an hour ago the postman finally delivered the parcel I’ve been waiting for all week:

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My new laptop charger! We have power! Open-mouthed smile I’m so happy to be back on my own laptop – and to be able to blog again. I’ve missed it!

I’ll be back to blogging as normal from tomorrow. Have a fun Friday everyone x

New Features

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I’ve decided to add some new features to FPF. I’ve added some new pages to the blog in the last month including a ‘House Tour’ page under Favourites, a Picture page, a Shopping page, I’ve also changed the structure of ‘Events and Occasions’ page so now its just a source to links and the Motivation page will be up and running in the next week

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Other features I’m planning to introduce are a monthly post called ‘Things I’m Loving’ which is basically going to be an opportunity for me to talk about all the things I’m enjoying and spread some positivity. The post will be quite broad and will range from foods I’m loving, to an item of clothing I love, to maybe a TV programme or song that I can’t get enough of. You can see the first ‘Things I’m Loving’ post in the next few days hopefully. I think its going to be a nice, fun post to include on the blog.

Another feature that I thought would be fun to add would be a ‘What I’m Wearing’ section at the middle or end of a post. I love my clothes a lot hence ‘Fashion’ in the title of my blog but I’ve noticed that I hardly ever write about my day to day outfits! I will try and include this feature as regularly as I can.

(Side Note: If I don’t include a ‘What I’m Wearing’ section in a post I would most likely assume that I’m either still in my PJs, sweaty workout gear or my lounge wear Smile with tongue out)

 

Before and After.

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Blogging Update:

I’m still unable to blog properly for the next few days after yesterday’s technical issue arose. My main issue is being unable to upload pictures, you see my camera doesn’t have a USB connection lead so I always just pop the memory card in the side of my laptop and its ready to go. But my Mum’s laptop doesn’t have the facility to do that Thinking smile

Its kind of bugging me being unable to blog. But I’ve managed to do at least this post on my mum’s laptop as it didn’t require my camera Winking smile

How do you manage when technology fails you?