My Word Of The Week 22/05/2015

This is My Word Of The Week – Opportunity. 
Opportunity, a noun – ‘a time or set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something’

This week has been full of opportunities for me. I was asked at work if I wanted the opportunity to develop further with them to become a manager. My first thought was why? A couple of months back I was demoted from a Team Leader as part of the companies management restructure and now they want to use my knowledge again! 
I did on this opportunity turn them down, because I’m very happy with what I’m doing at work and I have my family, blog and all my books outside of work to keep me busy enough without putting in lots of hours training and what not. 
That was my first opportunity of the week, my second came from being approved as a Bookbridgr blogger. My blog is a mixture of books, competitions, gardening and all sorts of lifestyle things as you may know, so being given this opportunity with Bookbridgr to review books is amazing. I can’t wait to get started on browsing books to request for reviewing. 
My third opportunity has come from being contacted by a company to write a post for them. I am so excited about this, that they chose little new blogger me! Baring in mind I have only been blogging just under 3 months, I found this opportunity to be just what I want for my blog. I hope it leads to many more opportunities in the future. 
Lastly I just want to say thank you to all of you who are making my blog a success so far, and giving me the opportunity and inspiration to write more posts.
Rachel xx
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My Word of the Week 9/05/2015

Time

Another week has been and gone, where does time go? A week ago I was only starting to plan out my posts for the next few weeks as I’m taking up the blogging everyday in May challenge #BEDM. Now we are nine days into May and I have kept up with my challenge so far….. I am sure as you get older that there is some kind of time hole and that as soon as you hit a certain age its speeds up. So as you can gather by now that my word of the week is time.

I am finding that I don’t have enough hours in the day to achieve what I want to do. Time is so short. 

A typical Saturday for me is to get up at 4:45am get showered and changed ready for work by 5:30 the latest. Then drive 12 miles to work to be there for 6am. On my break about 9am while I am eating my porridge I check emails, retweet a few competitions and share that days post over a few social media channels. I would be lost without my iPhone! Half an hour is over in no time at all so back to work I go.
Lunch is normally at 12-1pm where I gobble down an apple, yogurt and maybe a cheeky chocolate bar, while I am tweeting away, making blog notes, txting my husband and entering competitions. When I am at work I have to make sure I only need one hand to eat my lunch as the other is busy on the phone draining its battery. Why are iPhone batteries drained in such a short time?
At 1pm I go back to work for 2 more hours until I finish at 3pm, then I pop home and pick up my husband and we go and do our weekly food shop. I make sure he’s with me as I am terrible at overspending on treats, especially the chocolate kind!
We are normally home by 5pm so then its shopping away and time to cook the tea. By 6:30pm we are sitting down eating and waiting for some Saturday night show like, Britain’s Got Talent, The Voice or The X Factor to come on. While I am watching TV I’m catching up with bits and bobs on the laptop. If I get a spare half hour before bed I love to read a few pages of the book that I’m currently reading. 
Before I know it I can barely keep my eyes open and it’s time for bed. Time is just a very precious thing and its something that seems to rule our everyday lives.
How often do you say ‘Oh I wish I had time for that!’?
Thanks very much to Thereadingresidence for hosting this great linky once  again. 
Rachel xx

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20 Things About Me

I am really enjoying my blogging journey so far, but haven’t really told you anything about myself, so as one of the blogging everyday in May challenges I thought I would give you a list of 20 things I asked myself about me. So here I go!
  1. What is my favourite food? Chocolate – chocolate is a food isn’t it?
  2. How old am I? 32 – I was 29 for a couple of years as I didn’t like turning 30.
  3. What is my favourite vegetable? Peas
  4. Do I remember my first day of school? No – I never went! The teachers assistant came round looking for me, but my dad told her I wasn’t going in today because I didn’t want to go to school, but I’ll have her there tomorrow he told her!

  5. Can I swim? No – I hate water
  6. What is my favourite movie actor? I love Kevin Bacon! – Footloose rules!
  7. What is my favourite Disney film? Tough choice, between The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast
  8. What is my favourite colour? Always used to be purple but love pink now too.
  9. My favourite book is ….The Stand by Stephen King, I have so many books to choose from but it is always this one.
              

  10. What do I do for a living? I would love to blog for a living but so does most bloggers, but to earn money I cut cheese and ham all day long with the occasional cooking of chickens, gutting the odd fish and selling a steak!
  11. What is the last thing I bought? 6 free range eggs – Top tip, always find the brownest eggs as they have the yellowest yolks.
  12. What was I doing at 7am this morning? Slicing 1.5 kilos of salami, you wouldn’t believe how hard that is on your shoulder!
  13. Do I know how many books I own? no, I have never counted. Must be about 300 I reckon. I have to move a piano from my dining room to make room for two more book shelves. 
  14. What was the last song I listened to? Avenged Sevenfold’s Nightmare, I love it in the car driving to work at 5:30 am to wake me up!
  15. What was my best subject at school? Science – A total nerd!
  16. My favourite TV shows are….. Too many to name! All the Amercian one’s like Grey’s Anatomy, Grimm, Arrow, Flash, The Following (love Kevin Bacon!), Bones, Friends….. I will stop now as I would be here all day!
  17. What is my shoe size? I have enormous feet, size 8/9 and can never find shoes to fit properly. Lucky I wear men’s steel toe cap boots for work.
  18. Did I have a pet as a child? I had a couple, Daisy the cow and Mushy the rooster.
  19. What are my favourite perfumes? Kim Kardashian and Miami Glow by JLo.
  20. What is my proudest moment? When I married my husband, it was a really hot summers day, even the soles on my wedding shoes started to melt.
There you have it, 20 things about me. I hope you have enjoyed reading. To keep up to date with more posts on my blog follow me on Bloglovin and Facebook
Rachel xx

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Short Story Review – Edward’s First Love

I was asked by the lovely Jay Moussa-Mann if I would like to review her short story Edward’s First Love. I thought it would be a good challenge for me to review a short story as I rarely read them and have never written a review on one before. 
When I first read Edward’s First Love I thought how moving the story actually is. It’s about one of the founders of the Stockton-Darlington railway, called Edward Pease. Edward was a woollen manufacturer from Darlington who realised that a railway line from Darlington to Stockton was needed for future improvements to the industries. The night the line was due to open in 1825 something happened in Edward’s life, meaning it would never be the same again.
                       

It is a beautifully written Victorian tale that shows huge sadness, and no matter what you are doing at present, or what you have going on in life, your priorities can change immediately.
“They will come tomorrow, presenting it to the world, to the people. There will be excitement and joy and wonder. Is it wrong that I care no longer for this venture?”
There are lovely comparisons between locomotives and how the author describes the situation Edward is in. I don’t want to spoil you with too much of the details of what happens in the story, but before, Edwards first passion was locomotives, and his goal of creating the Stockton-Darlington line was all of a sudden very unimportant.
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I believe the authors purpose of writing this short story is to tell us that there are more important things in our everyday lives than materialistic things. This is the message I received from reading through it. 
It is a worthwhile read, if you have some spare time. It’s one of those stories that engages you and gets you thinking. I have read it a few times over to fully understand the whole picture.
I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I did.  Edward’s First Love
Rachel xx
*Disclaimer: I was given a copy of Edward’s First Love to review free of charge, all the opinions expressed are my own.

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#MySundayPhoto 3/5/15

My Sunday Photo – this is down at Malpas in Truro. It is a very beautiful and peaceful place, one of my favourites, gorgeous when the tide is in. When the tide is out it looks really different!
Rachel xx