Preparations Continue…

I had my final day at work last Friday (although I’m returning for the Christmas Do next week) and would like to thank everyone involved for my pressies, pancakes, sprinkles and drinks.  I will miss you all 🙂

There is a definite problem when you finish work and have no looming deadlines to work towards – lack of motivation.  So I find myself with tons to do really but lacking the motivation to do anything much!

So instead of having a lovely, tidy, shiny, clean as a button house I’m sat here staring at piles of ironing and thinking about all the sorting out I still have to, somehow, motivate myself to get on with, the presents I’ve still to wrap and the cards I’ve still to write.  It will happen, of course – when I am at risk of running out of time!

What we have done though is a lot of shopping (in fact I’ve nearly finished my Christmas shopping now), but I’ve had to force myself to write some cards this afternoon – and I was only able to do that by getting Calv to wrap some presents at the some time.  (Made me feel better and he wraps much better than me anyway – he has more patience).

With my Christmas preparations almost complete then (!) how are we doing on preparations for our trip??! Well…

We have now purchased a more suitable SatNav (an Aguri into which we have tapped the dimensions of our Swift Kontiki 669).  It turns out to be a mini computer!  We can do pretty much anything on it.  Although we haven’t actually used it yet, we’re suitably impressed nonetheless.  Now I have to try to find a new ‘voice’ for it…

Today we found some high-vis jackets for when we’re out cycling.  By some fluke I managed to pick one up that has reflective strips on AND from which you can remove the sleeves for summer mode 🙂 Calv is very jealous, but his was £10 cheaper.

One of the particularly good things about being off is that I’m managing to hit my 10,000 steps per day target on my fitbit every day.  AND I’m not last in all my challenges – this is amazing, especially as I led the way in both challenges for 2 or 3 days (until certain people synced..)  I’m pretty chuffed with 2nd though.  Now I’ve just got to keep it up!!

Another is that I have time to cook properly and have been trying out different meals, and actually think about what we’re eating.  This is with the aim of cooking these meals in the van whilst away on our travels.

Today I made salmon fishcakes for the first time.  Unfortunately whilst I halved the ingredients I still put in all the juice of 1 whole lemon…. so they were a bit lemony.  Luckily it didn’t completely ruin them!  Although we’re eating quite well it didn’t stop us polishing off a whole bag of butterkist the other night.  We’re not going to buy anymore.

Anyway my new attitude starts here – I will get motivated tomorrow (I have to.  I have a friend staying over so must clear out the spare room!)

See you soon x






Author: MandoraTheExplorer

Having given up full-time work we currently work a year to travel for 4-5 months, and we're hoping to continue this until we can retire properly! Currently living, and loving, life to the full :)


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