Mia: 29 years old, female, Londoner, consumer, teacher, penpal, sister, wife, animal lover, dreamer, planner, crafter, joker, love. My Instagram

Sunday 22 December 2013


I realised recently that I don't post here, not because I don't want to, but because I use my phone for most of my picture taking and social media interactions.

This saddens me.

Because I feel like I'm missing out on a great way to meet new friends and also document the things that I deem important enough to remember.

I am addicted to instagram. I love looking at other people's photos as much as I enjoy posting my own, but I feel like that world is somehow a little more isolated. Especially if you don't often use common hashtags and make up stupidly long crazy ones like me.

But I am going to try harder. As I embark on 2014 - year of no spending and lots of creativity - I want to try to blog more often, but also to branch out in the intstagram world.

So if you see me on either one, please stop by and say hello... encouragement goes a long way :) 

Monday 13 May 2013

Live the moment

Monday can be the worst day of the week for some/most/all? of us. I want to turn this around a little, so instead of letting my mind wander to negative places with doomed thoughts of the long week ahead, I want to focus on the now, the present, this awesome moment and what is currently great about it.

Sunday 12 May 2013

I'm back!

Back from vacation?

back from work?

back from Mexican food last night?

back from the dead?

All of the above :)


Saturday 1 September 2012

This time last week

This time last week I had just married the love of my life. I was emotionally drained, crying on and off with happiness and yet on such an unbelievable high.

I have nearly 1,000 pictures to go through, but here is one of my favourites. It was forecast for thunderstorms on the day, but thankfully there were just a couple of showers and a double rainbow.

I don't think I'd ever seen a double rainbow until this day.So special.

(After a terribly stressful day at work yesterday, I saw another double rainbow and was filled with all kinds of lovely warm feelings)

Sunday 20 May 2012


I feel that there are some big life milestones coming up for me in the next year or two and I am suddenly feeling the need to make myself a list of the things I feel I need to do before these milestones hit!

  •  Get a smartphone. 
I put this off for so long, but I want to be able to take pictures and upload them to the inter-face-webs for all my friends and family to see. Especially if I find something particularly beautiful or important.
  •   Find a way to supplement my income
 This means that if my job goes tits up when my contract ends next summer, I at least have some way of contributing to the household while we figure out what to do.
  • Mentally prepare myself for another move.
 It may be that we need to find a smaller, cheaper place. It may be that we end up moving to another city. We may even find ourselves moving to another country. Or we may just stay put for another couple of years, but I feel like I need to brace and prepare myself for a possible/probable move in the next 12 months.

  • Physically prepare myself for another move.
It would probably do me some good to go through all my belongings and throw or give away those that I am not using, that I don't need. I got rid of a lot of clothes a couple of months back, but I still feel I have a lot of unworn items holding me back. Time to switch to my summer wardorbe and root out those unneeded items.
  •  Help W get his driving license.
He really wants it, but the motivation to study and get to appointments on time is difficult when you work a 40hour week in a job that you don't really like that drains you and you just want to come home and relax. I am sure we all recognise this feeling? I want to help him to get this down and then we can get a car... I guess?!

Now that I've completed my list I feel I am ready to go to bed. I am feeling wonderfully positive about this week, despite knowing I am a colleague down tomorrow (maybe even two) and that I am recovering from some crappy throat infection.

This month has been a good one so far and it will be going out with a BANG :)

Sunday 6 May 2012

Big Happy Sigh

You know what? I very almost became someone who apologises for the lack of posts in every blog she writes.

I suddenly just realised, who am I apologising to? I started this blog for me, and who will see it out to the end? Yep, little old me.

So I am going to stop apologising for myself, starting right now! And not just here either, everywhere. Unless I am truly sorry for my actions, I refuse to apologise because I think it is expected of me.

Phew. That's a nice weight of my shoulders :)

There is lots going on in the M+W household right now. We are busy planning two events for this summer (the wonderful occasions also mean that we likely won't get to go on holiday due to lack of funds); I am desperately trying not to over analyse everything that is going on with my body right now and stress out over nothing (I am experiencing some very weird symptoms right now :\ ); We are both trying to be healthier, lose some weight and become fitter for a whole lot of reasons, but one very special one indeed (which you will doubtless read about soon enough); My yearly evaluation at work is fast approaching and I am really hoping for an offer of a permanent contract (but I think it's a big hope, the financial situation of the school isn't looking great for next year); I am still crafting away, slowly and surely for my August party (that is one of the evens that we are planning); I just took on a HUGE translation job which should help in the money department (but is going to take a LOT of time and effort to complete) and the apartment is still pretty messy (hey, nobody is perfect).

I'm not sure why every point up there got it's own little bracketed addition. I like it though.

Here's to SUNday :) xx

Thursday 22 March 2012

Ok, I don't live in Milan BUT...

...this make me so happy.

Especially when the forecast for Novara is actually a little warmer and more sunny :D

I have to pick up some blood test results from the hospital today, so my boss kindly gave me the whole day off (it was either that or come into work for 3 hours and leave again). This means I am going to do a little food shopping and take a loooooooong bike ride out to the amazing "Aladdin's cave"* that is Shun Fa. It sells just about everything and is super cheap. Don't worry, I have a list and I'll be sticking to it. Kind of.

*Did you ever call shops like this an Aladdin's cave? It originated in our family from a shop in my Mum's home town. I used to love buying friendship bracelets from there, they were all kinds of neon goodness and were only 10p!