The D word.

Diet. Before working in an office, I was sheltered by having mainly male friends and fellow geeky girl friends. I had no idea how much dieting affects real women. I didn’t realise that women go on about them as much as I had heard about and read in magazines. Kinda naive I know and also I’m not saying all women are like this 😛


Source: Google
Cliché pic no?
Working in a small office, it’s hard not to overhear conversations and I was surprised to hear conversations mainly about diets. What they’ve been eating, what they’ve given up and how many pounds they’ve lost this week. 
The crazy thing is, none of the people I hear talking about dieting are particularly overweight, a couple are even pretty thin. So why is it all they go on about? Why can’t they just eat right, do a bit of exercise and not watch every single thing that goes in their mouths? Easier said than done I suppose. 
Obviously I can see why people diet and fair enough – but there must be something more interesting to talk about. I’m not talking about extreme dieting like anorexia because that’s a condition – I’m talking about everyday people who just talk about diets like they do celebrities. It’s just a topic of conversation. 
I’m not saying I mind, just that it’s unusual to me. Go for it – diet, just don’t judge me and what I eat. When going to get some water today, a woman asked if I was trying to be healthy. I said no, I just like water. Food is very important to me. I need to eat quite regular small snacks otherwise my stomach rumbles and that’s just embarrassing. I feel like I’m being watched whenever I eat which I don’t like. 
I’m not skinny, I’m not fat. I don’t watch everything I eat. I eat what I like and that is a mix of healthy with some unhealthy things thrown in for fun (of course). I don’t own a set of scales and I’m a lot happier now being a size 14 then when I was younger and a size 10. Could I stand to loose a few pounds? Of course I could, but I’ll do it over time at my own pace. I love food way too much to give things up completely.
Don’t judge me.


Stop laughing. 
I didn’t finish it, but I gave it a damn good try!
By the way, this is a completely biased view of dieting – just my honest thoughts on it. If you have an opinion, please share – I’m really interested to find out more 🙂 
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My week 7

Didn’t do too much this week apart from go to work, sleep (I love bed) and catch up with the different series that I watch. FYI – I am now addicted to Once Upon a Time!


My holiday nails. Look how bright and happy they are 🙂 I had to take it off today though, back to reality. I really loved this colour though so am looking forward to summer.



I also got back into doodling this week and brought my sketchbook out of retirement. There was once point when I was about 12 when I wanted to be a cartoonist. In Florida when I went last year, I saw that they did short classes on how to draw the disney characters so I jumped at the chance – and dragged the bf along for the ride! I still have my drawings from then on my phone so I wanted to see if I could improve on them. I’m proud to say that I did these with no guide lines, just the picture of my drawing for reference.


Stuff takes ages to load on my computer at work so I may have made George a little peacock tail thing while I waited. I don’t think Jim looks too impressed!



While I was away, I missed the cats – especially cuddles with Rose. I really can’t wait to have one of my own. 🙂
Also watched some X-files with the bf and Claire (finally on season 5!) and succeeded in getting Claire also addicted to Once Upon a Time. This program is more WTF then Lost. I love it 🙂
And also a couple of hours ago I may have impulse bought something rather expensive… news on that when I receive it.
How was your week?
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Resolution roundup: January

So how did everyone’s January go? I’d like to actually keep track of my resolutions this year so I’m going to keep track of them here. I originally posted them here.
1. Take care of my face.
 I think I’ve done really well so far. I haven’t missed a day in my skincare routine which makes this the longest time I’ve actually followed one without missing a day. Even after a night out. Though there hasn’t really been a difference on my face, I’m going to keep at it. Maybe I’ll adapt my routine a bit. Fingers crossed for next month.
2. Take my shops Random Quirks and Toast Rack to new heights.
 Well I’ve been working hard on both shops and have been getting sales. I took part in a craft and vintage fair and have bought all my new supplies for S/S 12. The biggest development is the Random Quirks website which is being created by my big brother. It is looking great so far and I can’t wait to see what it looks like when he’s finished. More big plans for February are on the way!
3. Save money. 
I have been successfully putting money aside in both my savings and an extra account for when I eventually move in with the bf. See, 2 accounts for my long term and short term goals – aren’t I grown up? 
4. Keep blogging regularly 
I reckon I’ve been doing pretty well. 16 blog posts in January is not bad at all. And I managed 6 posts on my other blog for my shops. Carrying on!
5. See more, do more. Take photos! Try new and different things. 
Have been trying to do things on my to do list and documenting them with pics. Managed to go to the science museum, see my mum and brother, go on an impromptu night out, cinema, buffets, and generally chill with the bf and friends. I have more plans for February including a surprise for you. On Monday I may be blogging from a random place in the world. But where? This was very last minute as I found out I have 6 days holiday. How to use them? You’ll see…
Right, that’s a lot of text. Here’s a pic of the shoe on my shoe calendar today. 



How costumey! Reminds me of a masquerade ball or something like that.
So, how have your resolutions been going?


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My week 6

So apart from working, I had quite a lazy week. And a lovely weekend with the bf.


These pantomime stamps were on a package I received this week. Made me giggle.


Vintage Gossip Girl, season 2. This was pretty much how I spent my evenings.


Received my first graze box after getting a free one with a code in Glamour magazine. Scarfed it all. Delicious. Decided to keep up the subscription for a bit as it would be nice to have stuff to nibble on for work.


My nails this week. In typical Nomad fashion, I didn’t mean for it to come out like this. It was supposed to be a few simple polka dots but ended up as a dotty dalmatian-esque affair. Meh, I like it. Some of the best things are accidents.


My main post for the Manchester science museum is here but here’s just an extra pic. Pretty pattern 🙂


Why hello there it’s me! An outtake of my guest blog post which is now on Sparkly Flamingo’s blog here.  
How was your week? Freezing? If not, then consider yourself lucky 🙂
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A day out at the museum

Today me and the bf went to the Manchester Science Museum and then had a late pub lunch. Though it was absolutely freezing, I had been looking forward to this for a while. I love having weekends now. 



This was in the main foyer. You take your photo on the machines below and your picture appears up here. 


I was in my element in the textile hall. Was telling the bf all the little facts I remembered from uni. Some people really don’t understand how sciencey textiles is. How cool are these shoes?


Underground Manchester. Really felt like I was in Harry Potter (such a nerd) and makes me really want to go to the WB Studio Tour (I so am!). Learned about sewers and gas – so romantic. Go on, ask me anything, ha ha!


We then went to the poshest pub I’ve ever been to, The Ox, which is right across the road from the museum. The bf spotted a sign that said 2 courses for a tenner, so we thought why not. This was my starter (very photo worthy), goats cheese and red peppers. Delicious!


My main course was salmon and teriyaki noodles, also delicious and photo worthy.


And introducing the poshest fish and chips I have ever seen (those wedges were awesome!).
I also took photos of my outfit today but those are in a guest post that I’ve done for Sparkly Flamingo. Not sure when it will go up, but I will let you know. I’m excited, I’ve never done a guest post before. 
How was your saturday?
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