Fine Bedding, You say? Why Not!

 

New look and feel for the Fine Bedding Company

 

Ahh, the wonderful world of twitter and the offers to review fantastic items!  This one came in the form of  two pillows and a duvet from The Fine Bedding Company    I am a fan of sleep (mainly due to being deprived of it), and I have to say, I LOVE my king size bed , as do others.  So much so that two other friends of ours, also purchased the same frame as us. Honestly.

When it comes down to duvets, duvet covers, pillows and the like, I take it all very seriously. I match it with my walls and I buy the best of covers and I spend a lot of time on making my bedroom as comfy as possible. It’s a sanctuary , a place where I go to read, where my babies (one nearly 7!)slept in their cots, and well “other things”, happen. Its comfortable and just lovely!

Fine Bedding-100

So I guess you can say, bedding and accessories are my thing! I have tried different duvets from places such as Marks and Spencers, Asda, Debenhams etc but never found one that was warm enough, but small enough to fit in the washing machine. This is of major importance as I am a clean freak when it comes to washing our duvet and covers as well as pillows and although I have washed previous duvets in the past, this one doesn’t come out with what feels like “clumps” inside. That’s why I would recommend The Fine Bedding Company because it ticks all of my boxes. Its light, breathable and yet still very warm. The pillows that we were provided with are fluffy and as easy to wash and keep shape. I have to wash our bedding a lot as my husband works with machinery and oil which means that despite showering nightly, he doesn’t always get the oil out of his hair(yuck, I know but occupational hazard).

If you’re looking for comfortable bedding that is machine washable, airy, and great value for money, I’d recommend going to their site and purchasing from their range. Yes, it might be slightly more expensive but it’s certainly value for money and you klnow that its going to last.

 

Cynical At Christmas

I love Christmas, I really do and this year was no exception to the rule…. well almost. I think it started on Christmas Eve when a friend of mine and I were preparing our random acts of kindness bundles of scones and cupcakes packaging them up and leaving them on peoples door steps. We felt pretty guilty because we in the end couldn’t do all of the houses and we had to say to ourselves that enough was enough, see it for what it was and stop putting pressure to spend more on ingredients that we were rapidly running out of and do what we could  whilst understanding why we were doing it and for what reason, ie KINDNESS.

The issue that I had wasn’t that one or two people had a  inclination that it was us, but 1 person said she wouldn’t eat it as it may be “dodgy” or have something in it…  Why are we on guard so much that an act of kindness is construed as one of harm or with a deeper and sinister meaning? I guess its because of the world we now live in with violence ect… Maybe next year we should just write notes of kindness cause at least we cant lace it with cyanide or anything else. I don’t blame her, as I said these are the life and times that we live in and maybe we should have thought of something else to give/do for people which would restore their faith in human nature and community spirit.

My other issue is with the amount of gifts that we give. My husband, god love him, had been buying gifts for Thunderpants since October!! She had that many gifts that she said she wasn’t sure if Santa made it to all of the other boys and girls, and said that she might save some for opening later in the day. She got another two from her cousins plus a few more when she went down to her nanna’s and money from one of her Papa’s.  I said to her that next year it wouldn’t be like this as she will have a little brother to share Christmas with and that it was more about spending time with her family and our friends, trying to teach her different things which I do believe she understood and that it wasn’t just about Santa and being good/or bad(I hate that), but about family time, slowing down and just enjoying family time.

My best present this year, was a self made “Canadian Selection Box”, by my husband who got all of my favorite candy bars. It was the thought that went in to it. That’s what made me feel all warm and fuzzy,  the thought that I do and probably always will miss home at this time of year and a little bit of home is just what I need and appreciate.

When I went on to twitter this AM, my cynicism grew when BBC Radio 5 Live posted about police guarding entrances at Selfridges to make sure that sales don’t get out of hand. Are you fucking serious? Its a sad day when we have to “get out of hand” over products and services that we don’t need at the expense of someone else’s safety and our own sanity!  Or what about the magazine that says we can now concentrate on our new years diets, the same one which posted a few days earlier to have a Merry Christmas and to enjoy it but then ripping the carpet out from under our feet today with insinuating that we are all fat bastards and should now repent. Really?!

Then there are those who are having to work to meet the demands of society and consumerism, can’t we spend time at home with the kids, family that we actually want to see , relax before having to go back to work/study or whatever demands you have in life? Just one more day?! Is there a need to stand in ques and get pissed off cause the person serving, isn’t going fast enough for us? Yes, spare a thought also for these people who are trying to keep up with getting people through the door and then back out, the conveyor belt of people in order to line the pockets of some fat cat business person who IS sitting at home and enjoying their time off.

When did life become like this? What has changed? Why are we only nicer to people at Christmas, why not any other time of the year too?  Why is there so much greed?!  what about the homeless or those who have to deal with the loss of a loved one? Why so much competition? Someone re tweeted that Facebook lies about Christmas where as twitter gives you the reality… This is so true and really gives some good reason to never go back to Facebook again.

So I bid you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year… from the heart!

Quitting Facebook/Schmuckbook/Boastbook and Social Media

Yesterday I did it. I deleted my Facebook app/account and now have to wait 14 days to have my Farcebook account permanently deleted. I feel good about it, I feel free but I also feel slightly sad as there are one or two contacts that I would have liked to have still kept in touch with like my grade school teacher who is pretty amazing but I’m sure she will have my blog address etc.

I am now wondering if I should do the same with twitter.. You see, the reasons for wanting to delete both of them are because I get myself in to a constant circle of checking. a repetitive circle of that, commenting on other peoples blogs (I enjoy that part), checking stats, and tweeting. It has gotten in the way of me getting things done around the house or outside of the home that are really top priorities. I also see the effect it has on my moods and the anxiety it causes, and that is not good but I am glad that I am aware enough to realize this.

My phone is the first thing I pick up in the morning, and after being on for a few mins I can feel that familiar feeling of sore shoulders, a twitching eye due to tiredness and anxiety. If during the night, I wake and can’t seep rather than keep trying to I pick up my phone and start reading tweets and it then wakes up my brain making it impossible to get back to sleep. The next day is spent trying to get through the tiresome haze, or going back to sleep and wasting the day and not getting anything done. I hate wasting a day but even by being on twitter and blogging too much, that is what I a doing. I got to a point where I was putting 2 posts a day out. That’s not why I started blogging. Yes I started to raise awareness but I also did it for me.

I guess this post is for those lovely people who asked why I wanted to close my account and had suggested alternatives. I thought about keeping it to tweet when I post on blog but will I fall into the vicious circle again? I think its very possible as its within my nature to also want to help people.. But as someone very wise said in her post about leaving FB, is it feeding another need? An ego? I think in my case it probably is. I have 5oo odd followers, is it healthy and possible to sustain contact with so many people? I have certainly made some lovely friends who I do want to continue speaking to and who were kind enough to forward on mobile numbers and email addresses. Those are the people who i will be making the effort for.

A lot of friends have said ” you wont last a week /month etc”, actually this time I think I will. Last time I suspended my account but this time I actually deleted it. It will take 14 days but I also have support from another friend who feels similar in the obsession that it can cause. I look forward to doing more with my time or on days when I want to relax, not feel as though I need to check stats or come out with blog posts that seem forced or written too quickly,i look forward to feeling more relaxed! I felt artificial when I would re post a link more than once in relation to a new blog post, like I was forcing people to read it. That’s not who I am.

I will continue to blog, probably without as many readers but I am doing it for me and if I go from 100 to 20 views a day, at least i know I feel comfortable. Thanks to all who have been reading my blog, and I hope to keep in contact as I will still be reading other blogs and commenting, i just wont be around on twitter.

Scottish Power are Dicks

Yes, they are, don’t tell me they aren’t, OK?

For instance, yesterday I was siting in my bed quite the thing about to freak the fark out of myself with watching the newest episode of American Horror Story, when I heard “beep beep beep” the sound of the electricity meter going off (also known as the sound of doom),and alerting me to the fact that I hadn’t topped it up and that it was due to turn all power off within 10-15mins.

Yes, when we moved to hicks ville, the meter was already there and as first time buyers we felt that it would easier to keep tabs on bills rather than replace it even though it means paying a bit extra , it was piece of mind that we weren’t going to be sent huge bills every quarter and have a heart attack in the process. It was a hassle at the time, having to go to the shop when running out of said ‘lecky, but like I said, it suited us best and still does to a point.

Their customer service however, does not, nor does accessing their “In home pay as you go” system. In Home Pay as You Go was quite an ingenious idea from Scottish Power, it meant that you no longer had to visit a shop to buy credit for your meter, instead you could plug a dongle type thing into your computer with a hole for the electricity key. Go on to their website , and bobs yer uncle. All you need to do is add your payment details and purchase how much credit you require, the only thing is that we can only access it via Internet Explorer and not Chrome or Firefox which poses a problem when that annoying beep sound goes off. I tried and tried to enter in their website address but was consistently told that the page couldn’t be found. I tried it on the other lap top and PC, same thing was happening and then our power switched off.

I went on to twitter via my iPhone and continued to tweet to SP but was not answered until an hour later asking me to DM my details for a call back. Why would I want a call back after going to the shop and updating my key? FFS, not the brightest spark ! I declined a call back and explained why, said I was out which I was, and then was told that said bright spark was speaking to another customer. That doesn’t tally up with tweets being sent from their account and obviously seeing to other people before the tweets that I had sent before these customers, hardly professional is it? I was told that his other colleague was not available. I asked why there was not more than two people in the whole entire company , that could not deal with my issues. I was met with defensive and shite responses that removing my eyes and running them a long a cheese grater, would have been a better use of my time.Really.

I now see that Bright Spark, is going to send on my comments to his line manager.. Why? I don’t want anyone from your company calling me to spout some lies (I worked in a call center and was queen of said lies), If I wanted to speak with you I would have called the call center myself, fool! What will you hope to achieve in passing these comments on exactly? Although in saying that, maybe I would call to ask why you were on my blog yesterday afternoon when you should have been dealing with queries that were being tweeted to you by other irate customers.. Should I pass THOSE details on to your line manager? I’ll leave it with you.

 

Thanks to @mummybarrow for your #rantyfriday posts and inspiration. Its almost better than therapy itself 🙂

 

 

Its Been A Long Time….(no not Led Zeppelin Lyrics)

I  hadn’t realized just how long it had  been since my last post! Goodness me, I remember the pressure I used to put upon myself to get a post out almost everyday! Hope you are all well and thanks for still reading despite the long gap.

I am still going through  hyperemesis, I had confused myself and thought that I was over the 16 week mark which was when it stopped with Thunderpants, and thought that i was going to have this for the whole pregnancy but after yesterday’s scan of the little one, I am in fact only 14+5 which means I have a whole week and 1 day to get over this! I actually want to go back to work and have a routine back! I always feel a bit naughty when i am off sick, as though I am doing something wrong but I really wouldn’t be able to sit and do my job with the constant sick feeling. However, I am optimistic and it has improved slightly so I am grateful for the small things. Unfortunately though, it has greatly affected my moods but since last week and the release of a burden, this has changed a lot of things and I am feeling really good  and very positive although watching and monitoring how I feel as obviously PND isn’t far from my thoughts. I guess you cant really let it define you and there is so much more to me and I know that I have done some really good work and met some wonderful people though that , on twitter,Facebook and face to face.

So apart from that, I have started thinking about times ahead, new seasons and next year plus concentrating on quality friendships that I  have in my life. We are now coming in to Autumn/Fall which I love, love, love! I adore the crisp air, the smell of fires burning, leaves changing color and falling from the trees. I also enjoy Halloween and the anticipation of  the run up to Christmas. I have already starting pinning to a Pinterest board, some ideas for our annual Christmas BBQ and also lots of cooking ideas 🙂  We started having Christmas bonfire/BBQ’s  a few years back and I think last year was the best one yet. We showed the film “Elf” on a projector outside and had a bonfire in the back garden, I cooked up a storm and we had lots of friends round to share it with. This year I have plans of lanterns, Christmas cake, and even better decorations than last year! I hope to start part of the blog in dedication to something “Pinterest” like, I know a few of you do that already and I might try and “hop” on from time to time once I figure out what exactly it is that I want to call it ect.

So that’s me for now, still alive but still unfortunately surviving on whatever takes my fancy food wise from day to day… I hope that in a few weeks I will be able to say that I am “Hyperemesis ” free! But will just have to take things one day at a time. Luckily I have a great support network of women on Twitter who know and understand how it feels to just lie in bed day after day. Its not nice but it will get better:)

 

 

 

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