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As you can tell by the title, I am not in the mood today. But you know what? I am an adult, and adults still have to do things when they are not in the mood for them. The last couple of days have been an entire reversal of what I have been striving to do all month towards my two resolutions, and I am pissed at myself. I have had not one but two Chinese takeaways, plus an egg and bacon sandwich from the local cafĂ©, and I have spent a grand total of 166.96 on unnecessary spending. Aside from the Chinese and the sandwich, there was a food shop in Asda that I didn't really need to do (which included a couple of CD's), and some craft stuff. It's entirely my fault; I saw something that someone did that I really liked and ordered a mould that I saw them use, adding a couple more moulds to it, including one of some fish. That led to me getting some resin (which I have wanted for a while to use in charm bottles) and with that I got some moulds. So I have identified two things; one - I shop when I am bored and two, payday is a dangerous time for me. On the plus side I have bought something as a present for someone, saving ten pounds by utilising amazon's special offer, and found something else for a present for someone else as well, at a reasonable price. I have also hit January's NSD target, so that's something. This week I have marked 7 days of exercise on my fitbit, and at least 4 with over 10,000 steps.  Oh well, sensibility starts again tomorrow. We all slip sometimes, I have to remember that.

Here is the update on the cross stitch.

Still a way to go yet but I am no longer worried about not finishing it in time.

I've been working on a couple of projects, but they are all in very early stages so no pictures. I have however, dug into some very old stash (like, right at the beginning of my crafting days) and made a birthday card.

This is Hunkydory stuff that I won from a magazine - I still have loads left. I added the flowers (can't remember where they came from) to make it look like the horse had fallen asleep in a pile of flowers.

Here's to a better week,


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