#365daychallenge Day 16 – Acting Class

I had my first ever acting class this week. I was, at first dreading it as I didn’t think I’d have the skills to do it and also that I’d feel stupid. It ended up being fascinating. To start I had to give the first part of the presentation I was due to present the day after.

Then I had to change it up and present it as if I was a TV presenter geeing up a crowd. That was way more fun than I expected and I didn’t feel silly at all. My second variation was to present as normal but faced by a barrage of disinterested senior managers that would openly challenge me and tell me my work was a waste of time. I know I can be assertive when I need to be but I forget I have stern face when I don’t like what I’m hearing.

At other times through out the day I was reading children’s stories to practise pitch, tone and energy levels in my voice. I was a 7, 11 and teenage child at a camp fire while someone told me stories and so much more. It was actually really fun. Not sure that I’m now going to go off and try my hand at acting but it did give me food for thought in how I present myself in general. I’d highly recommend it if you get the chance.

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#365daychallenge Day 15 – Life is for living

Today I’ll be doing my assessment for my Train the Trainer course, travelling back home after working away and checking up on my dad who is having a kidney removed after being diagnosed with cancer (there’s no set time for the surgery). It’s been a trying few weeks for us all and another reminder that we are only here on this earth for a short time and so we should fully embrace it and live our lives to the fullest of our abilities. We only get the one chance.

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#365daychallenge Day 13 -Blackbird (The Beatles)

Rather than a poem, here is a song that means a lot to em. I find these lyrics by Lennon and McCartney to be truly beautiful:

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free
Blackbird fly, blackbird fly
Into the light of a dark black night
Blackbird fly, blackbird fly
Into the light of a dark black night
Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
You were only waiting for this moment to arise

#365daychallenge Day 12 – Robert Frost

I’m working away so to make sure I don;t miss any days in my 365 challenge I’ve scheduled some poems, memes and song lyrics to cover those days. S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders book was the first book I read that really affected me. Even to this day a re-read or a watch of the film will have me in tears in several places even though I know how it all ends.

One thing it also gave me was my first insight into Robert Frost. I hated poetry at school (and as an adult student). I think I just hate studying it but sometimes I find poems that really hit me as poignant. This is one of those

Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost

Nature’s first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf’s a flower;

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day,

Nothing gold can stay.

#365daychallenge Day 11 – So Much Sport

The tennis is currently on in the background as I pack for working away, sort out some pension transfer grown up jobs, revise more for my course and wait for someone to come and collect a foot spa they’ve bought from me. So much for a lazy day!

There’s so much sport on TV today. I’m not a sporty person in terms of doing it but I do like to watch things. I really wanted to watch the cricket final. No idea why as I’ve hardly ever watched any cricket. Firstly I couldn’t watch it as it’s on Sky and I don’y pay for Sky sports. Then they did a deal with Channel 4 so you can watch it for free. Wonderful…except I don’t have channel 4 on my TV (I only watch the 4 main channels through apps like 4od and BBC iplayer). For some reason I can watch live TV on 4OD on my laptop but not on the app that is on my TV box. Very weird.

I’m no good at watching TV (or youtube etc) on my laptop. I get too easily distracted as it is and end up with a hundred other tabs open and miss the programme or start reading and miss the programme. I’ve never really had the patience to do it. Maybe it’s my old brain?? My son has loads of sporting apps; wrestling, MMA and so on. He always seems to watch on the laptop rather than his TV.

There’s even more sport on today though; the grand prix, women’s netball world cup and some football and I’m sure I’ve missed a few things. It makes you think about frugality again though. What do I actually want to watch? And do I want to actually want to watch anything? What would I be willing to pay for? I want to not have to pay for it (I know technically I am through the license fee…) and I want to be able to see it on my TV. So we have the tennis on because it fits my needs.

#365daychallenge Day 10 -Frugal & Freegan

It’s the weekend and next week I’ll be working away. As well as trying to cut down on my plastic usage I’m trying to avoid food waste too. I have a bad habit of buying vegetables on payday then forgetting to use them and throwing them away. Some of the veg I had today would’t last until I get home from working away so I’ve spent the afternoon batch cooking to freeze everything. It’s also a tight money month so I will also ensure that when I come home I’ve got 9 meals I don’t have to worry about cooking whether for lunch or dinner. I also have one for tonight so for a few hours effort I barely have to think about food for most of the month.

Another bonus, as it’s all made from scratch I know exactly what’s in my meals and no excess sugars or sweeteners involved.

Yesterday I went to see my dad and came home (courtesy of my step-mum, courtesy of her next door neighbours) with a pack of tortilla wraps and a packet of crumpets. Now my step-mum does like giving people food anyway. She loves to cook and get you to test new concoctions. Yesterday she was using up a pan of gooseberries that also came from the neighbour. She told me that they had an interest in freeganism and paid money each month for boxes of food.

Definition of freegan: a person who rejects consumerism and seeks to help the environment by reducing waste, especially by retrieving and using discarded food and other goods.

With a freegan box, the source company will go around the supermarkets and collect all the food that is about to be thrown away. Shops have a sell by date they work to but that doesn’t mean the food will go off the day after. Your box is made up of this collected food. You do play pot luck as there is no guarantee what food you would get. The neighbours will take the food they like and share the rest with others; hence the gooseberry cooking yesterday.

I’m intrigued by it all. the more I venture into my own eco-journey the more things I find like this. I need more research though as the one the neighbours use is too far for me to collect (which you need to do; there is no delivery option). It looks like there was a pilot in Leeds last year but is now missing from the company’s website. I could ask the neighbours to pick the boxes up for me but I’d rather do it myself.

So a good day, for cooking and learning about new things. Now time for more cooking as I promised to leave some fresh brownies before I go off for the week 🙂