These days, I have more realistic dreams. Mostly anyway. Here are five things I would like to do or achieve (subject to random change):
:: I want to sew my own winter coat. I have seen a pattern in the Great British Sewing Bee book (last year's edition) that I copied a picture of the coat and glued into my notebook. What is holding me back is that I am currently too big for this particular pattern and I don't trust my skills enough to adapt it to my size. I want it to be as yellow as the one in the book. I do love yellow and a bit of sunshine in the darkest winter must be a good thing.
:: Sewing a coat brings me smoothly to my second dream. Actually it is more of a goal. I have been piling on weight over the last few years. Never much at the time but the flab has been sneakily building up around my now no longer discernible waist line. So, over the next two years, I am hoping to gradually loose some of that weight. Not much at the time for I am no good at suffering. This year I have lost about 3 kg. It always struck me that 'loosing' weight is a completely wrong way of saying it. I loose things at random and without any effort on my behalf. Shedding the pounds is also wrong, it is too passive. Loosing weight (for loss of another word) is hard work.
:: I would like to be able to travel the world again. Having a big family and a limited budget makes it difficult to explore the world. I do love our family holidays in Britain, and sometimes Switzerland, don't get me wrong, but there is something special about traveling further afield. In particular, I would like explore Zanzibar, re-visit Tasmania and Thailand. I also fancy some city breaks: Kopenhagen, New York, Melbourne and Tokyo.
:: I fancy changing our living space. We used to live in a tenement flat in the Westend of Glasgow where we had a large kitchen with an alcove for a sofa. I really liked the open space. I would like to recreate this living space but on a bigger scale by extending our house into the back along the entire width and breaking some internal walls down to create one large kitchen/family room. We have dead space just outside the back because the house is built on a steep hill. About two metres away from the house is a tall wall that contributes to the relative darkness in the back rooms. Building out to this wall, single story with a slanted roof, glass if possible to have lots of light is a dream.
:: Lastly, I really would like to have a cleaner, or somebody who does my laundry. Never ending chores both. It is hard to keep up with it all with a full time job and four kids. I am not complaining, it is just sometimes more than I can handle. Despite my slap dash attitude to housework during the holidays I do actually like it clean (leaning during the holidays is like swimming against the flow). When I have a well paid job again (note my positive attitude, 'when' as opposed to 'if'), finding help will be one of the first things I'll do.
There you go, five dreams, some probably not fulfilled for a long while but you just never know. Do you want to share your dreams with me?
I am linking up with Amy's Five on Friday today.
Have a great weekend! Cx