Slipping off the Eco-Wagon...

Thursday, 18 September 2008


I'm not being very 'Green', 'Simple' or 'Self Sufficient' right now...


My energy levels are on a roller coaster ride at the moment. I've slowed down in the last few days, my mind is cloudy and I'm not at all worried about the impending doom and gloom of packing, paying bills and moving on...

In fact I'm almost non plussed.

I've realised that because I haven't had any of my usual focuses to focus on, I feel a bit lost. I've got nothing to write about, I've got no meals planned, I'm scraping through the last of our stock in the cupboards at the same time as being a bit frivolous, thinking 'Oh well, we'll be gone soon anyway'... 

My Mum came at the weekend bringing a fresh haul of goodies. Muffins, brownies (no, not a chance it was fresh from the oven, fresh from Sainsbury's!) Sausages, chicken and lots of shrink wrapped veggies. She's so good to me and hates to think of me starving myself! So I haven't even had the usually mulling around the local shops to do. I did however pick a handful of French Beans for my Mum to take home, she was quite amazed and hadn't thought in a million years, her daughter would be giving her home grown veg!

As for the packing, well what am I thinking! A new life starts ..... (here!).... and I'm worrying whether or not to take my colander along for the ride! Mum's bagsed almost everything, Michael will be none to happy about that! He can't stand the clutter and begs me to take it away.. no more back up kettles purleeeese!

I usually base my posts around the photos I've taken recently. But there aren't any. We haven't been very far with no car. We catch the bus to playschool on Mondays and Wednesdays and pop over to the local park. No excitement, no stress.

We went on the bus into the city last night. The usual shopping trip before we travel, to pick up the necessities for traveling, like pants and stretchy things you can't get in India. Primark of course because we can't afford anything else, although I did splash out for the first time in years at the weekend. We went with my family to Wagamamas for lunch, which happens to be smack bang in the middle of the brand spanking new Highcross Shopping Centre, Leicester City. A haven of high class, top brand fashion... yuck! 

Now in my mind I hate all the faffy fashions, hate the thought of all that money being wasted away, despise the image factor and can't believe people enjoy doing it all on a Saturday afternoon. Then when I got there, I was on a high having my family around me, having £40 in my pocket from Grandpa and having a belly full of positive+ energy...

I found the shop (Republic) I had tried to order some quality, 5 yearly purchases, online a few weeks ago. My order had been refunded because they were out of stock.

We can't afford the G-Stars and Diesels of the world, not coveted for the expensive labels but for the quality, industrial look, comfort and practicality, so very occasionally we step up a level from Primark and buy some long lasting essentials.

There in the shop the lovely grey hoody and sparkly jeans I coveted, were waiting by the door to tempt me... along with a very practical, lightweight coat, perfect for air-conditioned airports and the fresh air of the mountains. 



I had also wanted these combats...                                                                                                                 

... but the size 10 was huge on me, they are supposed to come in a size 6 too, be serious, me a size 6, not even in my dreams am I a size 6! So I was very upset to find the size 6 never even existed. After a mass trying on session and a few giggles with the lovely guy looking after the changing rooms, my very relaxed shopping spree (baby with Ammama) ended on a high when the nice manager gave me a 10% discount for having such a silly sizing system on the combats!

So I'm all ready to go, full capsule wardrobe waiting in a not very neat pile...

We still haven't got our passports back, so no tickets booked!

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I'm very excited about tomorrow morning! Another bus trip to the city, for my very first meeting with an 'Internet Friend'! I've arranged to meet Laura from 'Move to Portugal' for a cup of Fairtrade coffee in 'The Lanes' of Leicester. That'll be something to post about!

6 comments:

Sharon J said...

Times of transition tend to leave me feeling a bit cranky too. It's the feeling of being in limbo that I don't much like.

That jacket looks lovely. I really need to get some winter clothes sorted soon (last year's are too big now) but it'll be charity shopping for me :)

Enjoy your coffee with Laura. I wish I were closer as I'd love to meet you both.

Kel said...

Im liking the grey hoodie thingy, sparkly jeans, hmmm. LoL. i cant even begin to imagine the emotions you must be trawling through at the moment, although you seem to be managing the impending move incredibly calmly. Have fun in the morning, i havent ventured into blog meetup yet, everyone i interact with are too far away!

emmani said...

Certainly is limbo Sharon... shame we can't all meet up, I guess I won't be posting any pics because Laura's an anonymous blogger, but I'll fill you in on any gossip!

He He..I'm not that bling! It's only a bit of diamante on the bum! I've added the detail to the slideshow for you to see. I *love* the jumper, it reminds me of the old school jumpers, but cooler!

Preethi said...

moving is a real pain! I have done it often enough.. so I know!! Good luck with everything.. the combats look great!!

move to portugal said...

It's a shame you can't come Sharon, it would be great for us all to meet..emma I'll be in combats tomorrow, but a lot bigger than yours!!

see you in the morning x

Frugal Trenches said...

I can really relate!