Tuesday, October 28, 2014

When you drink a lot of wine.....

So, I can't deny that there'a quite a bit of wine quaffed in the Expat household. Neither the Ball & Chain nor I get ourselves bladdered I have to say, but we do enjoy a tipple. This means that we amass a few empty bottles and enough corks to soundproof a hangar.

If you know anything about me, you'll know that I hate throwing things out, and, that I'm a bit of a crafter, so I'm always trying to come up with things to do with used stuff. The bottles aren't such a problem because we have a recycling program here, although if there's a particularly nice label, I have been known to stick a candle in the top of the bottle. In fact, I bought a few of these a few years ago, which are rather nice. You just stick them in the wine bottle and voila! (Amazon link.)

I'm now trying to think of what to do with the huge supply of corks we have. They're beginning to take up space and, without a clear plan, it seems a little silly just to keep them.

I was thinking of making a Xmas wreath for the front door, but what will that say about us? It is rather nice though isn't it? Perhaps I will.

I was also trying to come up with jewelry ideas so if anyone has any good links, please do post in the comments section. This isn't quite what I had in mind but it's pretty close -

I have a vision of taking slices of the cork (like above), but then somehow crocheting them into a bracelet. Perhaps with a bead in between. I may need to just have a play around until I get something.

Will let you know.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waking up "with ease" - Bwa ha ha

So, the second part of my response to this article about morning people is to do with its recommendations for waking up with ease. Apparently there are quite a lot of things you can do to improve your morning, once you've come to terms with the fact that you have to get up. (And no, that doesn't seem to include going back to bed.)

Set your Motive - You need a "tangible reason" to get up. Really? No! I'm shocked. You mean I would be getting up at 7am whether or not I had an 11 year old to get off to school? I very much doubt it. Don't most people have a "tangible reason" in the shape of a job or a small person for whom they're responsible? (And I'm not addressing you morning people who get up at 5.30 just to "see the sun rise". You're 1% of us, at best, according to this article., which technically means you're not normal)

Play a Mind Game - Oh believe me, I do this every morning. "What if I just tell him to get a hot lunch instead of making him a sandwich?" etc. Despite the fact that we've gone through the week's lunch menu and even I wouldn't eat what was in store for this particular day. But wait, there's more sage advice- "The alarm goes off, and the immediate temptation is to hit snooze. Go ahead, do it -- but then stay out of bed for those next nine minutes. " What. Is. The Point. ....of hitting the snooze button and then getting out of bed? That's not a snooze button, that's the "get up" button. 

Bite the bullet - I think this is what most of us do isn't it? As the article says, there's a risk of falling into an even deeper sleep if you close your eyes for even a second. If I ever have to wake up my 19 year old (former Man-Child), no matter how deep a sleep he's in, he always lifts his head off the pillow. It's a bit disconcerting at times, to see this head just pop up, look at you and then fall back onto the pillow, but that's his way of "biting the bullet". He reckons if he lifts his head up, he won't go back to sleep, and it usually works. Not sure I'd rely on that personally....

Seize the day - You know, when someone says that to me I usually want to smack 'em round the back of the head. We'll just leave it at that shall we?

Name and shame - apparently there are apps that can help you get out of bed. "For example, Wake n Shake makes you shake your phone in order to turn off the app, while Better Me *shares your failure to your Facebook every time you hit snooze."  It doesn't give examples of what that app will say on Facebook but as long as it doesn't take a selfie I could pretty much live with that shame if it meant extra time in bed. 

NOT me!

* - Just did a bit of research on the Better Me app. It begins with - BetterMe is an app for people who will try anything to better themselves. The app uses public humiliation to help keep your appointments, to achieve your goals, and to jump out of bed in the mornings.

Just as I thought - way too Type A for me. And why is getting up early "bettering" yourself? 

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