Have you noticed that it’s possible to squeeze all sorts of antonyms out of words beginning with the letter ‘F’? They’re commonly seen hanging around on the cover of magazines, acting all flashy and obnoxious in an effort to grab our attention as we walk by. Things like from ‘flab to fab’, from ‘fat to fit’, and from ‘fact to fiction’. I’m going to jumble those around a bit and come up with a new one, from ‘flat to fab’ because that’s kind of what I’m hoping the rest of February becomes. More fab, less flat.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but my February has certainly been feeling a bit flat and not in a nicely-toned-stomach kind of way, it’s been more in the manner of a punctured-bicycle-tyre-that-gets-you-nowhere kind of way. Perhaps it’s the crash that comes after all the planning and goal-setting that happens in the shiny new month of January? Whatever the reason for this feeling, there’s still some time to turn this month around and end it in fabulous fashion. I thought I’d start things off by sharing five nice little somethings that have happened so far this month.
Number One ::: Here are some of the pretty things I currently have hanging on my wall to mask some of its ugliness. Until we prepare to paint, there’s no way I could be bothered filling all the screw holes kindly left in the walls by the previous owner … so I cover them with art instead. One day white paint will fix everything, but for now, there is delight to be found in collected prettiness.
Number Two ::: The Mr and I don’t really ‘do’ Valentine’s Day, but he snuck in a little gift for me anyway. I’ve spoken before about how fussy I am with my pyjamas, and while I’m sure it would be wonderful to elegantly swan about in nightgowns of silk and lace, I like men’s cotton boxer shorts best. Before the Mr gifted me the two pairs below, I was wearing old pairs of his. Aside from being brand new these are much fancier, but they’re still super comfortable.
Number Three ::: Long-term readers of this blog would know about ‘Pasta‘ (my resident birdie friend) and his baby ‘Noodle’. Well I’m happy to say that there is now a new kid in town. I’ve christened this little fellow ‘Penne’. Just before I took this photo all three of them were sitting in a row, taking a moment to shelter from the rain … so cute!
Number Four ::: I always thought the line between cat owner and crazy cat lady would be quite clearly defined, but perhaps things are a little hazier than I thought. Now I’m not a big make-up wearer, but I just happened to be looking for a new blush and lipstick when I discovered these kitty cat inspired designs. Aside from the pretty packaging, the lipstick has little embedded pawprints and as you can see the blush has a lovely neutral palette in the shape of a cat. These are ‘almost’ too good to use, but use them I must.
Number five ::: I’m coming towards the end of my ‘couch to 5k’ running program, and while at times I’ve thought I might die, I’m actually really happy with the progress I’ve made. However the road has not been easy, and was made more difficult because my heels are prone to blisters. But thanks to the wonders of the internet, I discovered a new way of tying my laces to limit heel movement, and also found an ace brand of socks that have made ALL the difference. No blisters for you!
A happy bonus of conducting this little exercise is discovering that there have actually been some pretty fabulous things about February. Here’s hoping I can add quite a few more to this list before the month is out. Thankfully it’s a leap year, so I’ll have an extra day to work with. Are you on the ‘flat’ to ‘fab’ program too?