Wander Through My Week #3


AHHHH! Life has been really busy recently and with Dogs That Dine ever closer, I’ve been really stressed putting everything together. I’ve been having a lot of moments where I’ve been doubting myself and my abilities which really frustrates me. I think I’m so desperate for everyone to have an amazing time and I’ve taken that weight upon my shoulders. Anyway, I’m sure it will be fine (I’m uttering that phrase several times a day just now). Here’s what I’ve been up to in the past week that hasn’t been dog related..

Teach Me About Tartan!


I’m a trained Highland dancer (yep, I can do the fling and dance around swords) so I grew up with traditional Scottish tartan dominating half my wardrobe with all the different kilts I had for various competitions. I ended up not liking tartan that much to be honest. Anyway, there was an event at Anta and the only words I heard were: after hours shopping, prosecco and cake. I was THERE!


The store was really nice – not the kind of place your bank balance would appreciate – but really interesting. None of the tartans they offered were what I would class as obvious and there were a few that were really pretty (I’ve got my eye on quite a few blankets). Of course, being a lover of tea I couldn’t stay away from the mugs. I don’t even need a new mug but I’m Scottish, so I should at least have one mug with a thistle on it…right?!

Sleepless Nights

I’ve been struggling to sleep a lot recently and I think that’s down to a combination of things, but mainly the fact I’m waiting on a transplant keeps me awake at night. It’s not so much the actual operation because I’ve been there, done that (although I know as the operation date gets sooner, it will play on my mind). It’s more about the donor..

I was chatting with my doctor this week and telling him how I’m feeling. I’m literally sitting waiting on someone dying.  To know a family are going to go through heartache makes me feel awful because I feel like I’m almost wishing that would happen. I’m perfectly aware of how illogical my thoughts are. I know I have no control over when death comes knocking and the fact that someone’s dying wish will be to donate their corneas – a selfless act that will be the greatest gift I’ve ever received – is an incredible thing.

I know I overthink things and I really wish I didn’t. I took to watching TV and having one of my favourite shows playing in the background that I would just focus on until I was off in the land of nod. Not the best idea but sometimes, it works. Then I found a tea that put my TV tactic to shame (look out for my upcoming Tea of the Month post!) and I’ve started to meditate every night which helps sometimes but I guess there’s no miracle cure. If anyone has any advice, I’d really appreciate it.

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

My hair has been driving me crazy for a long time and I’m the first to admit: I’m guilty of neglect. Usually I’m the first to book an appointment when the split ends are starting to rear their ugly heads but I had no idea what I wanted to do with my hair anymore. I was beyond bored of the blonde, I was bored of the cut and I felt like it was time for a change. I just didn’t know what that change was.

I decided it was time to embrace a bob! I’m not sure where the idea came from (or whether my desire to remove any last trace of blonde took over) but I thought my hair could do with it. Before I even had time to reconsider, I heard the first snip.  Oh well, there was no turning back!

And the end result?! I love it! It looks so much better and I’m really impressed with the cut. It’s still longish enough to style but I can’t just tie it back on days I can’t be bothered (dreading those days). I thought Mr Blues would be more shocked because it’s quite a transformation (or at least I thought so) but nope, his reaction wasn’t nearly as theatrical as I thought it would be (maybe I was thinking about how I would feel if he cut his long hair!). He loves it though and actually prefers it, which is just nice to hear but it’s not the be all and end all. It was getting cut no matter what anyone thought! It’s nice to get a compliment though….I’ll take that.

And that’s my week in a nutshell! What have you been up to? 

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  • Oh, love. I don’t blame you for lying awake at night at the moment. I hope the meditation is helping somewhat, have you tried the Headspace app?

    Dogs That Dine can’t be anything other than amazing, I’m really looking forward to it.


    • Hey you! Sorry I’m just getting around to replying to this – as you know things have been crazy! I haven’t tried that app yet but I definitely will.

      Hope you had a wonderful day at Dogs That Dine!

  • It sounds like you’ve had quite a week! I bet your hair looks amazing. When I can’t sleep, (and have already meditated, have you tried the headspace app?) I usually warm up a cup of rice milk and add a teaspoon of ground turmeric and a teaspoon of honey and sip whilst reading. This usually sends me straight off but I can imagine that your mind must be whirling so much right now.

    Sending you lots of hugs and good thoughts along with plenty of rest.

    Peta x

    • Hey! I’ll definitely be trying that app now because you’re the second person to recommend it to me. I’ll try some rice milk – that sounds delicious.

      Thank you so much for your kind words and sending you my best wishes.

      Sarah x

  • I have a big problem with staying awake at night as well. My mind constantly races and I can never settle down enough to go to sleep. Thanks for sharing!

  • Loved this post! Congrats of your new haircut:-)
    I’ve been super busy with my wedding that is tomorrow – yaiks.

    <3: Jasmin N

  • I’m sorry to hear you’re not sleeping, it sounds like a difficult time! I find meditation really helpful as well, especially guided meditations. They keep me more focused on sleep and relaxation when my mind is likely to wander if left to its own devices. There are some good ones on youtube that are specifically designed for sleep. Valarian root is also a natural supplement that can calm anxiety and help with sleep. I hope that helps!

    Nellwyn | http://www.thecardinalpress.com

    • Thanks so much for your comment. I’ve been testing out some different meditation apps and I’m really starting to enjoy them. Sometimes it is difficult to stop thoughts racing through your mind but it’s a work in progress. Really appreciate your advice.

  • With a reason like that it doesn’t surprise me you have some trouble sleeping, hope the medication will help!

    Good that you went for a change in hairdos it really freshens you up and prepares you for a new season.

    • The hairdo has definitely been a blessing and everyone seems to love it which is an added bonus. Meditation is definitely starting to help, I’ve been using a range of apps which I’m really enjoying.

  • Aww, I wish I could offer you some words of wisdom r.e. the not sleeping problem. No one can understand the situation you are in right now and how it all feels unless they’ve been there themselves. And platitudes won’t help you. Just know I’m sending love and good wishes to you xx

  • I sometimes have these problems with sleep and most of the times I watch TV and sleep with it. Most of the times it works but there are some night nothing seems to work. Any way, I think you need to relax more. I loved your blog.

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