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This Week #40

If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.
Life This Week

Another long week - or at least, that's the way it's felt! There was no seminar on Monday so I got to go food shopping a day early (yay...), but we also went to B&M Bargains and picked up some cool bits and pieces. Monday also saw my nemesis - the hedge in the front garden - cut back as much as possible. (There's a wire fence interwoven with it, so it can't go any lower until we get the fence out.) The only problem is that we really need to sort out the front garden, because all the passersby can now see what a mess it is.

I had planning committee on Tuesday (webcast), and resources overview and scrutiny (webcast) took up most of Wednesday. Anthony's mum and dad came around in the evening to drop off some toys they picked up at the local auction for Marianna - plus a dollhouse for me to do up. :D

Last Saturday was Torfaen Labour Women's AGM and I was given the task of writing a blog post for Monday on why we should remain in the EU, in readiness for leafleting and campaigning this week. Then, on Thursday afternoon, we were all home so ended up watching BBCNews 24 coverage of the shooting of Jo Cox, MP for Batley & Spen. The media was really reticent about motive, etc, all day, but the shooter gave his name as 'Death to traitors, put Britain first' at magistrates' court on Saturday - right at the time we were originally planning to leaflet Pontnewydd - dispelling any remaining doubts. It's so sickening and incomprehensible, even with all we know about the ease with which the isolated and the vulnerable are susceptible to radicalisation.

We had a minute's silence on Friday, at the Gwent Police and Crime Panel meeting, with a bit of reassurance that the force will offer support to MPs and AMs for surgeries, etc, if they want it until a proper review is done. Most of the four hour long agenda was looking at cost saving measures, and three different MTFPs (mid-term financial plans) based on different funding possibilities, with a worst case scenario being the continued fall of the pound following a Brexit win. If it happens, expect bigger council tax (which part funds the police and fire service via their precepts) bills.

Yesterday I just didn't want to do anything. We spent most of the day watching American Pickers and reading.

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This Week, I 'ave Been Mostly...

☆ READING: This week and last week's #FridayFrivolity posts - I was so behind! Still, I'm all caught up now and the linky is open until Sunday afternoon.

☆ WRITING: Some cool facts you might not know about A Nice Cup of Tea.

☆ WATCHING: American Pickers. Apparently the show is from 2010, but I've only seen it on Dave in the last few weeks. It's about two American guys who buy and sell retro Americana and other antiques, and travel across the States finding stuff for their shops. I love all the trivia they share; I've learned so much random factoids about US history from it!

☆ LISTENING: Nobody's Hero - Rush.

☆ WEARING: I've been wanting to wear Wingz, they're like tiny crop tops with sleeves attached to wear under your normal tops and dresses. Perfect for people who don't want to show their arms - like me! I love that it would make the same few outfits way more versatile too.

☆ EATING: We went to Wetherspoons for lunch on Friday; I had a tuna baguette with chips. :)

☆ REVIEWING: Scooby Apocalypse.

On the Blog

I wrote a guide on how to get the most out of Bloglovin', and finally hit the 3,000 follower mark on Instagram. 3,500 here I come!


  1. Thanks for sharing your week on #BigPinkLink and I hope the leafletting went well. I am still reeling from the news about Jo Cox, it's so horrifying x

    1. It really is, we had a tribute to her at full council this week and it was so sad. x

  2. I love this idea of a weekly updates post! x

  3. Wow sounds like a busy week. I'm not really one for politics (I always vote, but I don't avidly follow what's going on after that) but I've published my first (and probably last) political post, which I've linked up to the #bigpinklink too, on the EU Referendum. Also, those wingz look great!

    1. I popped over and had a read :)

      They're such a fab idea - I'm actually going to review a set this week. x

  4. Thank goodness Wingz go UNDER your clothes, I thought that was the complete outfit... 😂 #candidcuddles

    1. xD Now that would be a headline hitting trend!

  5. How did I not know you had your own linky? should be by this Friday #anythinggoes

  6. Oooo now I'm in the mood for tuna baguette - yum! That sleep top is genius! I saw a similar one on Dragon's Den. Such a fab idea! The quote is spot on & made me stop & think. At that rate we are better off making a choice that is constructive rather than choosing not to choose! lol Thanks so much for sharing with #candidcuddles x

    1. After I wrote about them they got in touch and asked if I'd like to review! :D So, I should have that up by next week.

      I really love that quote - and the whole song, really!

  7. Well done on the 3000! I have watched American Pickers and it's so interesting to learn new facts. Great quote at the top! Sometimes it is okay NOT to decide and I need to remind myself that. Thanks for sharing with #bigpinklink

    1. Thank you! :) I'm so addicted to it at the moment - my problem is that I'd buy the cool stuff but then just want to keep it!

  8. Sounds like a busy week! I feel so sad for Jo Cox and her family :( xxx #AnythingGoes


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