This Sunday me and my sister will be jetting off to Iceland for our first abroad holiday together since 2010 and my first holiday since 2015! I’m really looking forward to it and have spent most of the week so far making sure that I’ve done everything I need to do for it. I like to be prepared so I have already made a packing list and put out things that I know I will need to take! My cat-sitter came by on Monday and collected the spare set of keys. Tash was very happy to see her and tried to get an extra lunch from her too!
I’m hoping to find some time to write before I go but I’m working this week too so I’m not sure how much time I will have. Hopefully I can do some though!
These last few weeks has also been epic for UK squish-hunting! When I started collecting it was so depressing how few squish squads the UK was getting. But in the last few weeks we have had so many new squad drops! And there is more to come! My haul has been pretty insane. It has to be 15 at least! There is a toy shop at Gatwick airport and we’re going to check that before we fly out! I’m hoping they don’t have too many of my ISOs though as I can only fit a few into my suitcase!
This will probably be the last Shari’s Life post until after I come back. We have some exciting excursions planned so I will be taking lots of photos to share with you!
Last weekend I spent hours moving all my stuff into the kitchen and bathroom so that I could have my new flooring fitted in my lounge, hall and bedroom! Whilst I was lugging all my collection around (I didn’t appreciate how much I had until I had to move it!) I was questioning whether I should I have just put up with the carpet but I am so glad I did decide to get it all changed! The new floor is amazing! It changes the whole look of my flat (and unfortunately highlights the fact that the lounge needs a repaint so that’s project number 2 now!). Whilst it was being fitted a few straggler moths made an escape bid. I took pity on them and put them out the window! My new floor is Tash-approved too although she did not approve of the noise whilst it was being fitted!
Yesterday me, Sarah and Georgie went thrifting at the car-boot at Ford. I didn’t really find much for myself apart from these adorable as-new beanie boos for £2 for both! They are £9.99 each in Claire’s so that really was a steal! Georgie found a lot of stuff he wanted and his haul was a bargain too! The lot was £13 and retail the big truck alone was that much at least!
We also went into Chichester to squish hunt! I had such a good find in the Entertainer! They had one random Livvy the Starfish so I grabbed her! They had none of the rest of her squad tho which was a shame 😦 I also got some blind bags for my blind bag box and some more Recyclings! Claire’s are still having their buy 3 get 3 free offer so we checked that out too! I got one flip-a-mallow and then some jewellery and hair ties! Me and Sarah had also gone to Claire’s in Bognor and Chichester on Tuesday and did the offer with Squishmallows and got 6 each which was amazing! They’d had some of the blacklight squad, the new clips and the wildlife squad! If they had re-stocked on Saturday I properly would have done the offer with the squish again!
My favourite buy of the day was this adorable caterpillar I got from Clintons. He was another steal at £9.99! It was funny as he was standing upright in the box and when I started to pull him out I was shocked at how big he was! I’ve put him on my sofa, and I can see his big happy face as I am typing this!
Today I’m going up to B&M to get some bits for my flat and for holiday (and also to check for squish!). I then want to download the new Sims 4 high school expansion! I am very excited about this (despite hating high school myself when I was there haha!). I hope everyone is having a great weekend too!
It’s very hot in the UK at the moment. Apparently there are red warnings and scientists saying it is going to be the hottest ever recorded over the next few days. A lot of people enjoy the hot weather. I really don’t. I’m not a fan of weather full stop to be honest. I like it ‘just right’ and ideally no rain and in the UK we seem to just go to one extreme to the another!
Which is why I am super excited to be jetting off to Iceland in just under a month’s time! It’s going to be averaging at a much more tolerable (for me anyway) 13 degrees celsius (55 F)! I booked our excursions the other day. We’re going whale watching and doing the Golden Circle tour. The northern lights aren’t that visible this time of year but I think we will try for this too! We have also planned in some exploring (and shopping!) time!
My sister is coming over tonight and we are going to go through anything we still need to organise and using this an excuse to try the new Tapas restaurant that opened in town!
I met the lovely lady who is going to be looking after Tash for me the other week. I am worried about leaving Tash as I have not been on holiday since I got her but I am less worried now I know she will be in safe hands. Tash approves of her temporary cat-mum too which is great!
The weekend will probably be quite busy as I need clear up my lounge and bedroom for the carpet fitters on Monday! This doesn’t sound like it will take all weekend but with the amount of collectables and other stuff I have it really will! They were going to do the lounge, hallway and bedroom over 2 days but they now think they can do it in a day which is great!
If I have some time, I am hoping to go thrifting as well as squishmallow / toy hunting! If I’m able to fit it in too I will be sure to post about any great gets!
I hope everyone is managing to keep cool!
It’s been quite a busy week or so for me lately. There was Broken World’s release on 8th and I’ve been focusing on getting a lot sorted out in my flat too. One thing I really wanted to get was new floors in the lounge, hall and bedroom. I had a carpet moth infestation in 2021 and they did quite a lot of damage 😦 I have decided to go for wood-effect vinyl which looks lovely, is easier to keep clean and no moths will want to eat it! I’ve had a quote and its going to be fitted at the end of the month. I went for a light coastal oak colour and am so excited for it to be done! I had a company quote for custom curtains in my lounge but they said it would be nearly £1,000 due to the size of my bay window :O I’ve found some online myself which are a fraction of the cost so I will be getting these and putting them up myself instead!
I’ve also been doing a lot of sorting out (I had so much for the charity shops!) and its starting to look a lot better. When I moved in, I just kind of dumped everything in place and never really got around to sorting it. I wish I had done it sooner as it just looks so nice. Once the new floors are down I will take some photos to share with you!
On Saturday we went up to Hilsea again for another Squishmallow / toy hunt and this time it was a major success! Smyths had restocked and I was able to get so many that I wanted! They had the Squishville playsets on reduced so I was able to grab the two that I was after for £9.99 each which was awesome! I found Xiomara the cat who I really wanted last time but they didn’t have! I also found Maggie the stingray in B&M and my sister bought me Mony the butterfly on the facebook group!
Of course, the star of the haul is the Squishville version of Misty the Mouse. I had been trying to get her for weeks (I bought so many capsules!) and then I found out that she is in the pink ones only! They had four pink ones in Smyths and I was trying to peep through this tiny hole in the bottom of the capsule with help from my phone light to see if I could see her! My sister said that would never work as she wasn’t the only grey one in the set but I was quietly confident I had picked the right one – and I did! We both agreed that opening that up and finding her was the best moment of the day!
We also went into Portsmouth to continue the hunt but apart from series 2 capsules in Tesco there wasn’t much sadly. I went into the crystal shop and I bought this really cute dragon incense burner! I’ve got back into using incense again and my stick burner is really old (I’ve had it since I was 17!). Another issue I have is Tash keeps trying to grab the stick! This dragon one is really neat as it uses the cone incense. You can lift the dragon off the base and light one under it and smoke rises up and comes out of holes in his nose! I cannot wait to try it out! I remembered when I got home that I had this log stand that I have never used for anything so I put the dragon on that and think it looks really neat!
One weird thing that happened when I had Covid was how differently my mind and body reacted. Usually when I am ill, the two are interlinked and my mind feels as sick as my body. With Covid this didn’t happen and I wanted to get on and do stuff but my body was like ‘absolutely not’. After years of fighting my body on what I think is best, I have taken the decision in later years of listening to it so I did wait until I felt better before letting my brain takeover. One thing I did a lot of was looking around my flat and making a note of everything that I wanted to change.
The first thing is definitely the carpets. The moth invasion last year has ruined the ones in the lounge and my bedroom and it really winds me up when I see the nibble holes in them! A carpet fitter came round this week to quote for changing them all to wood effect vinyl. It’s not the cheapest endeavour but it will look so nice when it is done! I also ordered some fabric samples for new curtains in my lounge as the ones I have are the ones that the previous owner left. They don’t really fit the window and have faded over the years. The samples arrived yesterday and I have decided what one I want so I just need to arrange for the company to come out and quote for it.
I also had a massive clear out. I have four bags of stuff for charity which is great news for them. I also tackled the dreaded electrical drawer and cleaned up my old Wii console. I sold it and the games to CEX as I don’t use it at all and its just taking up space.
Yesterday I moved the furniture around in my lounge. I had most of it up one end which wasn’t the best use of the space so I moved my sofa and the table back. I also moved a small table nest to under the window and put out my incense burner and some ornaments on it. I’m really enjoying having this sort out as it really makes a difference to my mood so have everything looking so much nicer. I have some other things I want to change around too and hope to be able to start organising them this week.
I’ve also been on a squishmallow hunt / shopping trip this weekend. Yesterday I went up to the retail park in Bognor. I checked Tesco, Sainsburys, Aldi and B&M. Aldi and B&M didn’t have anything (B&M just had squishville). Tesco had some of the food squad left and Sainsbury’s had some of Caedia’s squad including Briannika which I was able to grab for my sister! I also checked Claire’s in the town and was able to get Quinn the kangaroo! Also pictured is the cat squish that Sarah got for me from the Range earlier in the week. She is actually a pet toy and I have undecided whether to give her to Tash or keep her for myself!
Today me, Sarah and Georgie went to Portsmouth via the Ocean Retail Park in Hilsea. They have a massive Smyths there and Sarah was able to grab ZoZo the yeti! I was able to get Kaitlyn the lemur whom I have been after! Georgie picked out a bus (‘busi’), some toy planes (he saw the Red Arrows fly over on Friday for Goodwood this weekend and loved them!) and some plastic boats for his bath. I also got a slime popper fidget toy and one of my most exciting gets was this Top Model dress up book. I remember having some when I was a kid and loving them! They were £1 when I was little and they are now £5 for the one I got or £9 for the A4 one! They had this one that I ended up getting, a mermaid one and a fantasy one. I was tempted by the others but the model one is the one that is closest to what I had when I was a kid to I ended up with that one! I also got Bess the pig squishmallow in B&M, some more poppers and these eggs that ‘hatch’ into a dinosaur and dragon! I can’t wait to see what they look like! I will do a proper review on them I think when I start them off!
In Portsmouth itself we didn’t have much success. Sarah bought Edward the Eagle in Claire’s but when she got home she wasn’t sure about him as he didn’t really fit in with the rest of her collection. She thought about taking him back but her husband liked him so he’s going to stay after all (I probably would have adopted him if not, he’s not on my wish-list but I felt bad for him!).
It was a really successful and fun weekend! I felt like I achieved loads but had time to chill and relax too! I hope everyone had a good one too!
Another couple of the goodies I ordered whilst I was sick with Covid arrived today! I got some more Squishmail! This really cute mouse called Misty! I love her so much and was so happy to get her as she is on my squishlist! I also got these really pretty necklaces from Ebay. I kept the planet one and gave the red star system one to my sister.
After about a week of feeling pretty yuck, Covid is finally on its way out! I’m still feeling sicky and tired and am left with a cough, but I’m much better than I was. I am looking forward to testing negative so I can go back out again!
Today was a very exciting mail day as I received my very first Squishmail delivery! I was so excited when they arrived and they are just so cute! I got Amalie the snake and Rutabaga the caterpillar!
I love them so much and I have a feeling this is a start of a Squishmallow collection! I am going to try and restrain myself as I remember what happened during the 90s Beanie Baby craze. I ended up spending way too much and running out of space for them all!
Tash was very interested in them too! I think I might get her a stackable one to sleep on as she really likes sleeping on the massive Wailord plushie I have!
So after two and a half years of dodging it, Covid finally caught me today! I don’t feel too bad at the moment, just have a very persistent cough and a headache! I’m hoping to carry on with my release schedule as planned but if things change I will let you all know!
This week I had a week off so I used it to work more on the release of Broken World and also to spend some time with my family.
Broken World Update
The series tour has now been scheduled through Gay Book Promotions and you can sign up here. I would be grateful if you are able to sign up for a post to support the release. Review copies of all the previous books in the series are available now and the ARC for Broken World will be shortly. I am also preparing the print edition to release at the same time as the Kindle edition, and am currently waiting for the proof copy of this!
A couple of weeks ago I received back the proof for New Era and I signed this off yesterday so it should be live on Amazon very soon!
I will be posting some excerpts from Broken World in the run-up to release day. The first one will be posted on 9th June so please look out for this!
As far back as I can remember, my Dad’s always been interested in our family history. He has spent a great deal of time researching the family and he also put together a book of his research so I am not the only writer in the family!
He recently gave me these very old photos that he was gifted by his cousin. I would say they are late 1800s/early 1900s and the originals are very faded.
Sadly over time their identities have been lost as everyone who knew them is no longer with us. Dad hopes to identify them and asked me if there was anything I could do to enhance them. I did the best I could and hope that it will help him to do so. It got me thinking about all the prints I have and I will make sure I find time to write on the back who every one is so future generations are not left wondering who these people were to me.