TTOT – The February GOYBADS

I’m going to cheat a little today and combine the TTOT with a GOYBADS update. There’s a reason I didn’t make a New Year’s Resolution and it’s exactly this – I’m already behind on the January GOYBAD list I made.

But it’s not all bad. So January didn’t quite go to plan. I didn’t manage Number 1 – at all. One week without alcohol – nope, that was not going to work. As for Number 2 – I don’t know where theย slow cooker is right now. I’m sure I’ll find it before April.ย 

Bright Side 1

On the bright side, the paperwork is not only under control, I think I might be winning. Yep – instead of the mountains being about to collapse in on me, now there’s just slim piles that all fit nicely into one, easily ignored, folder.


Let’s be thankful for that!

So onto February. Last week I just had too much spinning round and I needed to get some focus.

Firstly, the decision was made. Muffin (my beloved Mini with a muffin top) had to go.

Goodbye Muffin, beloved Mini Countryman

Goodbye Muffin, beloved Mini Countryman

Bright Side 2

At least I got to enjoy a couple of years together before grown up’dom had to win.

This week we picked up the new Family Tank.

Introducing . . .

Introducing Cupcake!

Introducing Cupcake!

Cupcake – because she’s so sweet and petite!

Bright Side 3

Cupcake is like a tardis – no problem going on family camping trips with dog and bikes now. And that was the point, after all.

Bright Side 4

And after 6 – yes, SIX – whole months of procrastination, the deed is done and I can finally stop pondering, deliberating and scouring SUV reviews. My head feels just a teeny bit calmer.

Side Effect 5

I could now enter a pub quiz all about boot sizes and name at least 20 different models by luggage capacity!

Also on the February GOYBADS list was this . . .

Book Mountain.

Book Mountain.

The shelves arrived, but I needed time to sort out all of my books.

At one point I didn’t think there would be enough room . . .

Argh - One shelf left.

Argh – One shelf left.

Bright Side 6

Thankfully, there was.

Side Effect 7

While I was having a good time stacking books and arranging authors, I came across a number of old favourites, so I’m planning on spending some time re-reading long forgotten adventures.

You may have noticed the weather has been a bit pants. Admittedly, if you are not in the UK you won’t have had the enjoyable week of gales, wild rain and flooding we’ve been experiencing.

I know in other parts of the world there have been droughts or arctic fronts. Here, we have had continuous downpours. Parts of the UK are submerged and families are losing homes, belongings and livelihoods to filthy water and falling trees.

Bright Side 8

Here in the Midlands we’ve escaped a lot of the floods. The ground has turned to mud though, so it seemed a good time to test the capabilities of Cupcake’s 4wheel drive.

I think we broke the field!

I think we broke the field!

Mr G did manage to get us bogged down in a deep rut, but after a little wandering around the car shaking his head, he got us out.

I helped by collapsing into a puddle of hysterical laughter.

Look there - we did that!

Look there – we did that!

Yesterday was of course V day.

Mr G had a very long day at work, so we had a quick V day pint at the end of the day, before settling in to watch a film.

I watched, he snored.

Bright Side 9

At least we got a pint in.

A Valentine's pint with the family.

A Valentine’s pint with the family.

Tomorrow may be Sunday, but I have a lot of work to do. Boo hiss.

Bright Side 10

I’m going to get up early to start, so that I can finish early. We have a bike ride planned, assuming the sun comes out for an hour. After that, there’s a cosy nook with my name on it!

My cosy nook.

My cosy nook.


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TTOT – The February GOYBADS — 18 Comments

    • No way!! Snap. That’s what Cupcake is. She’s a 5 seater, cos we wanted the full on Tardis effect of extra hidden boot space. Now I need to find things to fill the nooks and crannies with!
      I was almost tempted to pink her out with seat covers and steering wheels and fluffiness just to watch Mr G trying to be manly in her pink tankness, but I restrained myself . . . so far.
      Piper George recently posted…TTOT – The February GOYBADSMy Profile

  1. Aw.. I love those little minis but your new rig is cool too and the much better choice for your active life style. I’m happy to hear you did not get caught up in those flood waters and that mud is actually a season where I come from. It’s winter, mud, summer, mud. ๐Ÿ™‚ – Your nook looks fantastic. Yay you!

  2. Oh, so you DO know that it’s Saturday still. For 7 more minutes anyway.

    I like Cupcake. What is she? Toyota? Just SO glad she’s not a Nissan Juke or Qashqai, otherwise I would’ve had to disown you.

    And I LOVE the idea of you collapsing hysterically in a puddle to help.
    Lizzi R recently posted…Ten Things of Thankful #35My Profile

    • Wicked- I was trying to give the impression we are totally cool – lol.
      I did help – I told him to avoid the giant mud puddle in the first place. You don’t listen to me, you sort your own mess out!

    • Ha – I tried to avoid Fords, although I thought they were super popular on your side of the ocean?
      I managed to avoid the mummobile for 7 years – that’s not a bad effort I guess.

    • Kimberly, our Ford van has been recalled countless times. The last time, there was something that needed to be fixed with the rear axle. Not long after we had the recall work done, we were pulling in our driveway in the other car and had a good look at the underside of the van because it was sitting a little higher in the carport and saw they had fixed it with DUCT TAPE. I wish I were kidding….
      Dyanne Dillon recently posted…Roses Are Red, No, Those Are FeetMy Profile

  3. I love your bookshelves sooo much, Piper! And your new ride, too (actually, I’m just plain jealous of that, as you can see if you read my comment to Kimberly, above). Love that your husband got a little bit stuck, and your response was to laugh, which would have been mine, too. By the way, where I live, when you go slogging through mud in your 4-wheel drive vehicle on purpose, it’s called going mudding (pronounced goin’ muddin’).
    Dyanne Dillon recently posted…Roses Are Red, No, Those Are FeetMy Profile

    • I love that. I’ve been muddin’! We took it cycling this weekend too – well, the car didn’t cycle but it did carry all the bikes. First time we didn’t have a family row about fitting bikes on the carrier! It’s definitely growing on me.

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