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In the words of Isabella from Phineas and Ferb…

You know, one of Zack’s (*cough* mine too…) favourite programs?

So… I fell off the bloggidy bandwagon for a bit there. It happens!

Something to do with the Easter-but-not-Easter holidays, and then the actual Easter weekend, then the Royal wedding, and after that, well… I was out of the habit, then Max wasn’t well (ear infection), and Zack wasn’t well (headache/sore tummy), and of course, as I tend to do, I found out I’m a finalist for the MAD Blog Awards, which meant that during the voting time, instead of blogging my heart out and asking for more votes, I become a bloggy hermit. Can’t! Stand! The! Pressure! Or something… heh. Funnily enough, the voting’s over now, and I have that want to blog again. *facepalm*

And, of course, then I went and got a puppy!

Pause for Alfie-puppy cuteness:

Alfie at 10 weeks

Say it with me now… “ahhhhhhh he’s SO cute!!”

So yes, we have a puppy, and he’s absolutely adorable! Not to mention, now completely house trained, very obedient, and amazing with the kids. All this at only 10 weeks! I’m rather amazed, since I’ve never owned a dog before… I’d expected to completely mess up his training, but it seems I have a knack for it. So far at least…

One of the best things about getting Alfie, and the main reason I finally caved to my own desperation of yearning for a pup, was to make me get out of the house every day.

I’m a total hermit you see.

Once the boys are at school, I go to the shops to pick up what we need (or should that be what I want…), head home, and… that’s it. I sit at the computer for the entire 4.5 hours I have at home, or I watch tv. I knew I needed to get my butt out of the house, but I’ve gotta be so careful with what I can do, all thanks to the dodgy knee. So walking is the best exercise for me. Problem is? I need a purpose to go for a walk. I’m not someone who just likes to wander for the sake of wandering.

This is where Alfie comes in!

I didn’t think I’d enjoy walking as much as I do! I knew it’d be good for me, and it would be much more fun than if I was on my own, but oh my word! I love it!

He is so completely hyper in the mornings, that I *need* to take him for a walk every morning so that he’ll chill out once we get home, letting me get a bit of chill out/computer time.

I’m not completely away from the internet. Dear GOD you didn’t really think I could do that, did you??

This also coincides with me trying out the Thinking Slimmer hypnotherapy doo-dad that so many bloggy people I know have been singing it’s praises.

So, I’m listening to my Slimpod every night (on day 10 now), and I think it’s working. I’ve lost about 3lbs, but the main thing is… I don’t feel the need to scoff my face the same anymore.

I don’t go wandering the kitchen looking for snacks.

And I seem to all of a sudden be desperate to get out of the house lots and want to exercise!

So, I think it’s working.

Which is just as well, because I really need to sort out my relationship with food.

So hopefully, with Alfie around to insist on me taking him for walks, I’ll be fit as a fiddle by this time next year.

Or, well… at least have a lot more stamina than I do now!

That’s what I’ve been up to…

What about you?

I’ve been marking my reader as read since I’ve been so busy.

I *love* that my life is taking over again, it’s as it should be!

However I do hope that I can find a bit more balance instead of doing the “all or nothing” routine I seem to be awfully good at!


It’s only another Β ten days till Effy’s eCourse, The Elements of Art Journaling {affiliate link}, starts! I can’t wait!

There are looooads of goodies going for those of us who’ve registered early, too.

And, lucky for you, I’ll be blogging about it once a week, so you’ll get to hear more about it! Not to mention it’ll keep me accountable to actually *do* the course, instead of signing up and paying for something that I end up leaving to sit by the wayside. >_<

Oh god… and it totally coincides with the day the boys finish school. Well, if nothing else, I’ll do *just* the arting for EoAJ, and the blogging about it. Bit of balance in the holidays is always good, right?


Thank god for Alfie… at least we’ll have a certain amount of structure, thanks to him needing his walks! πŸ™‚


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  1. June 20, 2011 / 9:20 pm

    Lovely pics, as usual!

    So, with all that walking, you could do the moonwalk next year πŸ˜‰

  2. June 21, 2011 / 12:18 am

    You have been busy! Welcome back and OMG the cute within this post. MY HEART.

    I am a touch dramatic today. Amy’s back at school and SCHOOL. FREE TIME. What is this strange feeling? Of course, Isaac has shut himself in the closet too and I can hear him in there counting. It’s like, space. And PEACE.

    Sorry. Like I said, dramatic.

  3. June 21, 2011 / 7:39 am

    So glad things have kick started for you. I’m in a bit of a pickle with it all as you’d see if you popped over to my place later (but don’t worry if you’re busy – that’s far more important) We do need regular times to step back & reflect I think. BTW when can I borrow Alfie?!! x

  4. June 21, 2011 / 7:56 am

    One that puppy is far to cute for my own good (!) will show Bex my daughter when she gets home from school and from Cornwall all the way up to Scotland your hear the AHHHHHHHHHH !!!

    So glad having Alfie working out for you, very good for the soul are dogs. In way they get you out there, you chat to people you wouldn’t usually have a 20 minute conversation with (mind I have been known to chat to anyone but…) and all that walking can only make you fitter.

    Being a photographer yourself you prob already do this but I found having dogs you notice all the seasons changing as whatever the weather or time of year you have to go out πŸ™‚

    Listen out for the ahhhh about 4 ish !!!! x

  5. June 21, 2011 / 10:34 am

    If I had a sitter, probably! Wonder if I could take the dog with me… πŸ˜‰

  6. June 21, 2011 / 10:36 am

    I have such an issue with food. I struggle to find healthy things I like (I can’t stand vegetables and I hate that about myself) and if it’s there, I’ll eat it. So rather than giving me a plate of food and saying leave what you don’t want, I need smaller portions so I only eat what I need. As for cookies/chocolate/etc.. other half is awful for buying me those 😐 And then the exercise thing. I can’t afford gym membership. We have an exercise bike but I’m way too self conscious to use it with my dad CONSTANTLY in and out of the house. And same deal as you with the walking except I can’t get a dog, and no, don’t know anybody who would let me walk theirs (as has been suggested to me by many people). *flail* Other half’s willpower is just as bad as mine, feeling stuck sucks!

  7. June 21, 2011 / 10:36 am

    YAY for school! SCHOOL is awesome!! Especially when the little ones are happy to play on their own! πŸ˜‰ Also… did I say YAY?? YAAAY!
    (I am dreading the holidays… a week on friday and that’s the boys off for almost 7 weeks. *shudders*)

  8. June 21, 2011 / 10:39 am

    I’m reading through a reader! When I don’t mark it all as read. >_<
    Life is GOOD though, isn’t it?
    I don’t think Alfie would be happy away from home just yet… maybe in a year or so. πŸ˜‰ x

  9. June 21, 2011 / 10:45 am

    Hehe, I will listen out for it! You know once Bex has seen him, she’ll be asking for a puppy, right? πŸ˜‰
    I do notice the change in seasons and such quite well, partly being brought up in the country, partly thanks to the photography opening my eyes so much more!
    It’s pouring down here, but Alfie and I still enjoyed our walk! πŸ™‚
    Aaand… now he’s h*mping his bed… the joys! LOL


  10. June 21, 2011 / 10:48 am

    It’s hard when you’ve got someone else to think about too. Similar with smoking etc, if you’re with someone who smokes, then unless you both quit, it’ll be almost impossible for one to but not the other.
    I do love my veggies, my problem is that as it’s really only me I’d be cooking for, I end up just snacking instead. Not so good! >_<
    I seem to be feeling less impulsive with my eating though, which is good! πŸ™‚ xx

  11. June 21, 2011 / 11:44 am

    Indeed. Trouble is, Dan does the cooking so he says “want cheeseburgers?” and I’m all “yus please!” but if I was cooking I dunno.. we’re both awful and hopefully we’ll change that soon *touch wood*

    And yes! Fingers crossed it keeps getting better for you πŸ˜€

  12. June 21, 2011 / 8:39 pm

    he is just SOOO adorable!! I hate the word ‘jealous’, but I am! My husband says it’s either him or a dog… so I’m just waiting til the kids are a bit older πŸ˜‰
    anyhow hadn’t realised you were on a bloggy break too. I’ve been dying to get back to it. Not enough hours in the day, even without a dog!!

  13. June 22, 2011 / 2:40 pm

    Hehe yes, dogs are lots of work, especially as puppies! I’ve been much more on the go since having him, and it’s only been 2 and a half weeks! It’s been just what I needed though, and will help with keeping some sort of routine in the summer holidays. Which are now only… 9 days away. EEK!
    You’re so right about not being enough hours in the day! What I want to know is, how do those people who do manage to do so much, actually *do* it??

  14. June 24, 2011 / 7:49 pm

    Hi Marylin,
    Lovely photos, I’m sorry my reading head is not good at the moment….I just wanted to say I love the photos. Love and hugs. xx πŸ™‚

  15. June 24, 2011 / 9:40 pm

    Thanks sweety! You just take your time to be. No worries! MWAH xxxx

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