January

Haven’t blogged in a week which is the longest I haven’t since I have started blogging. Was  away from home for a few days: on a dental course wednesday and thursday. ( Was on Root Canal Treatment if anyone is interested) Then was up in Ullapool visiting family. Really enjoying being apart of the blogging world and it is something that I want to keep up with.

Before New Year came around I was talking about 2014 being a year of activity ( https://thatkitchendrawer.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/activity/ ) as well as a few resolutions, I then set myself two activities for January: spreadsheet of savings and go to the gym at least once a week. How did I get on?

  • Have been to the gym twice this month so two weeks out of five, not the best I give you however it is twice more than I have in a very long time.
  • Set up a spreadsheet for my direct debits so I can see exactly how much is coming out each month. Hopefully that helps as plan to come more and more out of my overdraft each month.

Activities to aim for for February:

  • Go the gym more than twice in the month
  • Blog at least twice a week
  • Read at least two books.

Let’s see what February brings!

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Another Weekend, Another Book

Seem to be getting into a bit of routine with reading a book each week and finishing it at the weekends. Sometimes can take me quite a while to finish a book if I’m not in the reading mood so really enjoying going through one a week at the moment.

Book for this week was Empire Antarctica by Gavin Francis.

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The book last year was named Scottish Book of the Year (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-24778681) and could see why. It was delight to read and learn more about the world of Antarctica including the isolation of seeing a winter there.

The book is about a Scottish GP who spends a year as base-camp doctor at Halley, Antarctica. If you are expecting a book about medical trials and tribulations then this isn’t the book for you. It isn’t about the medical side of his job  that much really but more about being a human being in a vast world of snow, ice, wind and no sun. Oh yeah don’t forget the penguins.

The quote at the front of the book by Robert MacFarlane I think sums it up perfectly

A beautifully written love letter to Antarctica and a wonderful evocation of companionship, loneliness and discovery

 

 

 

Money, Sex, Drugs and More Money

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The Wolf of Wall Street is a film based on the true story of Jordan Belfort and being a stock broker on Wall Street. And what does he have: money, money and money along with a hell of a lot of drugs and sex.

It’s not my favourite film that I have seen but still enjoyed it, though a long film didn’t feel like it particularly dragged. There is a few times towards the end when you think the film is going to end but keeps on going. There didn’t seem to be that much of a plot but as Kat said earlier when we were talking about it; it is based on a true story and life doesn’t really have a plot.

I don’t really understand that much to do with the stock markets so didn’t hugely follow that part however would be interested to read the book. Not a film that I would rush to see again but glad to have seen it.