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Breaking My Own Rules

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After much consideration, Today I did something that I wouldn’t normally do. I gave into my rule of not buying big brand named items and bought an iPad 2. The reason why I wouldn’t normally do this is because there is usually an alternative that does the job just as good and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. I did my research and read reviews but in the end with a little input from friends on Facebook, decided that the iPad 2 would suit my needs the best.

So for the very first time I am writing this post from the chosen device and slowly figuring out how to use WordPress on it. So far I have no idea how to use tags so may have to edit this on my laptop. But the interesting part will be the moment I come to upload photos. I sincerely hope I don’t end up feeling the need to throw it against a wall at any point. My main reason for this purchase is so I can keep my existing audience (and hopefully a few new ones) up to date with my holiday adventures as well as getting with the times :)

If anyone reading this uses WordPress regularly on their iPad then please leave any tips and advise in the comments below.

[Well that was a big fail. I actually created a new top page… had no idea how to do that before but now I do haha! Just had to copy and paste to create this post which is cheating a little. I’ll get used to it eventually I suppose, preferably by the time I go away though].

Where has the Time Gone?

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I can’t believe we are nearly in April already! there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in a day lately. Shame on me for not dedicating more time to blog but in my defence work has been draining so evening blogging has become a challenge. The weather doesn’t help, which means I’ve not been out and about as much as I would have liked. Luckily events that I have planned for April should help me produce a couple of interesting posts. To be honest, I’ve been dreaming this month away in anticipation of my upcoming holiday at the beginning of May. But have now realised I had better get my arse in gear and begin to plan what remaining bits and bobs I need to get before I go.

I know a lot of people take books away with them on holiday but I’m not a big reader so that was out of the question. I gave it some thought and decided to purchase a couple of poetry books instead. That way I don’t have to stick to one long story that I might get bored with in five minutes. I also wanted something to help inspire me while sitting around the pool. I came across the work of E.J. Stevens and instantly knew that the poems in her two books entitled ‘From the Shadows’ and ‘Shadows of Myth and Legend’ would be my cup of tea and I look forward to reading them.

E.J. Stevens books

Now apart from watching a lot of ‘Supernatural’, last night I finally got to see the Theatre production of ‘Les Miserables’ and loved it. Although I still can’t decide whether I like the film or the stage show the best. I thought Tam Mutu’s Javert was brilliant and all the singing was amazing which you don’t quite get in the film but they do a great job none the less. There’s always something about being in the thick of the action and in front row I certainly had that. I would definitely recommend this award-winning show to anyone who is into musicals.

Speaking of musicals! I actually watched the film ‘Hair Spray’ for the first time last night ( I know it’s old now) and wished I had caught that in the West End while it was there. I found it highly amusing. First thing I noticed on the cover of the DVD was John Travolta’s name but I was disappointed that they hadn’t put a photo of him on there. I soon realised that he was, but his character was a woman so I hadn’t recognised him. I honestly don’t know why it takes me such a long time to see these things. For those of you unfamiliar with this film, here’s a picture of John Travolta as Edna Turnblad 🙂

Edna Turnblad

From Blogsville to Twitsville

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So I was right! and probably for the first time too. I was diagnosed with acid reflux at the doctors today and they have put me on tablets for six weeks and to be reviewed again in 8. The doc said that I may not necessarily be on them forever but some people are. I’m just hoping that’s not the case with me so fingers crossed.

Anyway my reason for posting today is to tell you that I have made a twitter account to go with my blog. I’ll be tweeting each time I put something new up on here and sharing my favourite posts from others’ blogs that I follow as well as general musings and meaningless waffle (well that is what twitter is made for). I’ll also be searching for fellow bloggers twitter accounts to follow.

You can find me on twitter by searching @SherylsBlog I’ll do my best to follow back and tweet updates regularly.

London Photography

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Busy London Sepia tone

After checking back on my POLL I created in January, I noticed that someone had voted for photography so I thought I’d include a photo in my latest post. I would ideally like to post more scenic photo’s in my blog, mainly London-based as that is where I spend most of my spare time. Unfortunately this is the only photo I managed to take on a busy trip yesterday afternoon. But I’ve decided to dedicate a whole day when I get the chance.

I would especially like to experiment with black and white photo’s which I think look very effective in the right situations. I’ve also gained a new-found interest in street art so I’ll be on the hunt for some of that too. I just wish there was enough hours in a weekend to do everything I wanted.

A little Bit Weird

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I had planned to have another poem ready for you guys today but recent happenings in my life have left me unable to concentrate. So I thought I’d share my worries and get it off my chest. Until now, I’ve only told a few selected friends and work colleagues plus my manager. Someone reading this might actually be going through the same thing. It’s a little bit weird but bear with me.

I’m not entirely sure but I guess it may have started around 6 months ago. I would wake up during the night having dreamt that I had swallowed something I shouldn’t have like a pill or coin. I’d then (semi-awake) proceed to cough up (while on my hands and knees in bed) what I’d dreamt I’d swallowed until I realised that I was dreaming. I usually lay back down and go straight off to sleep again. It happens maybe once every two to three weeks. I don’t know how it all started but last week it took to a whole new level.

I dreamt that I was going to be sick but I woke myself up by making a loud gurgling sound, then realised I couldn’t breath. It felt like I was suffocating. I panicked and thrashed around until I caught my breath again. I was sure that there was some sort of fluid at the back of my nose and throat blocking my airway. The whole experience has left me a little shocked and frightened. I’m just glad I woke up when I did.

The next night I was too scared to go to sleep but since then it hasn’t happened and my sleep pattern is slowly returning to normal. I have a doctor’s appointment booked for next week (yes my doctors are rubbish) so I’m hoping to get a diagnosis but thanks to google I think I know what it could be. Acid Reflux…. yep! never had it in my life but it sounds like the culprit. This is where the acidified liquid content of the stomach backs up into the esophagus which during the night can’t be controlled by the body as much because you swallow less and are laying down. I won’t go into any more detail… don’t want to put you off your meals 😛

But then again I could be completely wrong as with most of my self diagnosis’. There were the times when I thought I had protein deficiency and then there was the over-active thyroid which were both completely wrong. At the moment I also think I have the adult form of ADHD but that’s something I haven’t been tested for YET. But we’ll wait and see. I may also be a hypochondriac.

Poll Results

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Now that I have come to the end of my ’31 day gratitude experiment’, it’s freed up a little thinking time in my over-active brain. So from the POLL I put up a few posts back (which wasn’t as successful as I had hoped) I decided to work on the two chosen categories ‘poetry’ and ‘personal ramblings’. I’m going to try to base my poetry on the art of ‘Consuelo Parra’ as I have found her work quite inspirational. The idea popped into my head during a quiet moment at work (I don’t get many of those), and once I have an idea I tend to stick with it.

As for personal ramblings, this will be a challenge in itself as I find it very difficult to open up and I didn’t realise this until fairly recently. On a different blogging note, I’ve finally passed 2000 views on sheryl’s bloggy blog, received over 200 likes and now also have over 50 followers. This may not seem like a big deal to most bloggers but it is to me.

I’ve said it before and I say it again ‘Thank you’! I appreciate any kind of acknowledgement, it really does mean a lot to me. Just knowing that my little blog is being noticed makes me happy. It’s still not too late to vote on my poll, I would love your opinion.

31 Day Gratitude Experiment – Week 4

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It’s nearly over! I just hope I’m not repeating myself anywhere.

Here’s week 4 of my ’31 Day Gratitude Experiment’.

Day 21

I am grateful for:

  • Not being as naive as I used to be.
  • The people who left my life who I didn’t want in it.
  • Lessons well learnt.
  • Not making the same mistakes twice.

Day 22

I am grateful for:

  • My writing ability improving since I was a teenager (it was terrible).
  • Being vegetarian.
  • Pen and paper (I’m always writing things down).
  • Having long hair (short hair is harder to maintain).

Day 23

I am grateful for:

  • Lip balm which is greatly needed in this weather.
  • Music channels on t.v (when I’m bored with everything else).
  • Sky + (when there’s a film on to late to stay up for).
  • My new electric toothbrush that leaves my teeth feeling extra clean.

Day 24

I am grateful for:

  • Polite and well-mannered people.
  • Hearing parakeets chattering to each other as they are perched on a rooftop.
  • My mum singing terribly along to 50’s songs as she cooks the dinner.
  • Managing to not slip over on the ice walking too and from work.

Day 25

I am grateful for:

  • Amazon (where I buy just about anything).
  • Superheroes.
  • Celebrity big brother ending so I can go back to watching my box sets in the evenings.
  • Rylan Clark winning celebrity big brother.

Day 26

I am grateful for:

  • Seeing Ronan Keating in concert.
  • Feeling like a teenager again.
  • The announcement of the Boyzone tour ticket release next month.
  • The friends that I share my excitement with.

Day 27

I am grateful for:

  • My mp3 player that plays all my favourite tracks when I’m on public transport.
  • Not knowing what tomorrow brings.
  • People that have different opinions.
  • The likes and views I get on my blog posts.