Apologies for taking so long to post a new blog. I am deep into a work project and it is a very anxious time for me as I want to do really well with it, hence I'm not around to blog very often.
Exciting times ahead. Now, if I were to tell you I'm just about to get into a big bucket of debt, you'd probably think, well, Frugal Wench - not doing too well at the old frugal thing, then, are you? But don't panic.
Thanks, Douglas Adams...
No, don't panic - it's all planned in, has been on the books for years and will stop the walls of my house falling off. And it will be my dodgy roof, as I will be part-owner!
Okay... I'll admit. I am a bit anxious. This a humongous thing I'm taking on, and it's oh-so-slightly eating into the big escape plan.
|Steve McQueen: someone's nicked his bike.|
It's a good plan, and I can see it clearly. Just like that pin on the floor, there.
Here is the plan:
- Take on responsibility for the house I am living in. Fix the roof and windows. Put in a proper bathroom. If time and resources permit, build a TARDIS in the garden.
- Work like a donkey. Live like a hermit - a hermit who has to get out there and network occasionally.
- Pay back the banker a bit quicker than the 60 months on the schedule.
- Get rid of that pesky mortgage.
- Earn enough to live solely on my freelance and performance work - this is all weighted towards editorial work at present. Hard slog ahead.
Does travel broaden the mind, or merely increase the tan?
I think I need to stop thinking about holidays... wrong kind of escape.
It has been a good start to the year on the no-booze front. I decided to drink on one day, in solidarity with a friend who has been told she can no longer have any yeast-based foods, so it was a last hurrah to cider. But the next day I felt like someone had taken a pumice to my soul. I am not one to get hangovers, and not a frequent drinker either, but it has taken this break to show me how much booze affects me mentally as well as physically. I am quite sure I will continue to snaffle the occasional 'free wine' at a book launch, but I have absolutely no itch to start drinking again soon. Plus, I'm sure I have a few extra quid in my pocket as a result of this dry period.
Very happy to be the opposite of Nigel Farage too.
I'm also getting faster again. I did the a 5km run last week in 32.09, and this week at Parkrun achieved 31.39. My PB is 29.52 from 2013 - I will be back!
My attempts to do knitting in the round to make a baby dragon from the Ravelry website ended in a big fail, so I'm working on cute owls instead. Hope to finish by March. Let's Knit sent me access to a free magazine from May 2014 though, and there are loads of good patterns on there too!
Right, I'll try my best to post again soon. Take care everyone!