So sometimes the internet makes me feel like everyone but me is doing awesome at everything they turn their hand to, what with their Pinterest baking extravaganza successes (shared on Instagram and Facebook, natch), super amazing craftiness, and just general being good at stuff and sharing it with the rest of us plebs who some weeks can barely tie our shoelaces! Just me? This was a week where it felt particularly like everything I put my hand to went wrong, so I thought I would share my less than successful week for anyone out there feeling like they are not winning at life!
1. Baking: The Great British Bake Off (I think they do this in America too?) inspires many an amateur to dust off their rolling pins I think. Not that I own a rolling pin, because like other aspects of domestic goddess-ery, I am lacking. BUT if there’s one thing I can do, it’s make banana bread or muffins. It’s so super easy even non-Nigella types can do it! Except apparently not me this week. And yes, I blame Pinterest. Because rather than open a cookbook or dig out my tried and trusted recipe, I decided to wing it with my Kindle Fire open to any old random Pinterest banana bread recipe. Oh and I wanted to add blueberries too, which is where it all went a bit wrong – because the recipes were just kind of random/trying to be healthy. Somehow I ended up with one that added MILK, which only after I added it did I think “Huh that’s weird I don’t remember ever adding milk to banana bread” And right enough, the bread was just wrong. Heavy, claggy, and barely edible. We ate some of it but for us not to finish banana bread is pretty rare. Annoyed at this failure, I decided to make corn muffins – I had a box of Jiffy cornbread that I realized was slightly out of date (I buy American groceries on sale and forget about them). So I thought “Hmmm add blueberries”….and no, it was just kind of gross again, not sure why (possibly the out of date thing!). No baking gold stars for me!
2. Fashion Blogging: It amazes me how easy fashion bloggers make it look – now I just wish to dip my toe in now and again, to hold my shopping habits to account with the Buyer’s Archive, etc. But can I just say: Fashion blogging is flipping HARD. Finding somewhere pretty to take a picture, preferably on a sunny day, in Scotland seems nigh on impossible at times. Add to that my photographer has the patience of a gnat when it comes to taking pictures – a handful at best and we’re done, which results in no pictures that I am remotely happy with. Partly to do with body image, I've gone from a UK size 14 to a 16 (size 12 U.S.) in the past couple of years and in my head I'm not quite there yet with accepting it. But I see plenty of other bloggers my size who manage to take great pictures, I must study them! And learn how to dress/not to slouch, etc etc!
Most fashion bloggers seem to have partners who are either great at photography or willing to take hundreds of pics to get the money shot. I do think I will invest in a cheap tripod, for days when I want to take a picture: the thought of doing it in public makes me cringe, so expect many pictures of my back garden, but it’s all I can think of. Also taking pictures of stuff, when I have no large expanses of clean space or pretty backdrops just makes it harder. Even little things, like jewellery - here is a really bad picture of some new earrings, I have decided earrings are the hardest things to photograph ever! I think the ears should just be left out entirely....who wants to look at a giant ear?!
3. Exercising: Two weeks ago I dusted off my Davina dvd’s and got busy with cardio boxing. I sweated, I struggled, my knees were a bit creaky the next day, but I felt good, motivated to get back into it. Usually this is enough for me to get back into the habit of moving my body. Not this time. I really need someone to just shout at me every morning to exercise, loudly, like a U.S. Army drill instructor (I think Eileen Brennan in Private Benjamin could just about whip me into shape!). Can someone do this for me please? ;-0
4. Eating Like a Grown Up: I find when I’m heavy into blogging I really slack off with eating a proper lunch, so by late afternoon I’ve consumed a bag of crisps, and maybe a piece of fruit and am starving. I need to prise my butt off the computer to make real food and also stop backache setting in. I get so intent on finishing something that I lose all sense of time, does this happen to anyone else? I really do need to work on organizing my allotted blogging time better: I read great posts like this one from the Krafty Owl blog and it goes in one ear out the other: I am going to try harder to block manage my time instead of falling down a blogging wormhole and emerging several hours later with twenty internet windows open and half a post written!
2 bags of carrots
4 heads of lettuce (2 packs of romaine)
2 packs of beef mince
Which doesn't quite compare to that time I ordered 8 bags of apples by accident, but still! I caught the melon duplicates in time and was able to send them back but ended up giving the carrots and lettuce to our upstairs neighbour, who picked me some flowers from the garden as a thank you so it wasn't all for naught!
So there you have it, my week of glorious failures! And believe it or not I omitted a few! Some weeks are better than others, of course, but this week I am going to try to focus on the things that I "failed" at due to lack of trying, like exercise and diet, etc, because I know I feel better when I do try. The other stuff is water under the bridge :-)