Friday 18 September 2015

A Delirious Ramble and a Budget Blown

Just so we are clear; let me start by saying how thoroughly fed up I am.  I've just dragged my arse into the shower to try and freshen up from the most malingering bug/virus I've had since October 2009...

Somewhere in Wales - from my sick bed

Obviously I wasn't writing a blog in October 2009 or I might have told you about it at the time in between hacking up my lungs and wondering if there was enough oil in the tank to last the week.  If I had been writing a blog back then, this is the photo I would have shown you, taken from my sick bed during the year we spent living in the middle of nowhere, it was great - the place not the bug.  At least now I can drag myself a few yards to the corner shop to stock up on more meds; back then it was a 6 mile drive to the nearest corner shop!

What does this have to do with beads, or a blown budget you might be wondering?  Will she get to the point?  Almost there... bear with me!

Festival Nights

Today I should have been on my way in my little bus to a festival, one that I've been looking forward to since I didn't go to it this time last year - ticket bought back in December, and the fact it coincided with a certain significant birthday (the bus's not mine) was all the more sweet.  Making time to catch up with old friends, make new ones and just chill out in what has been a busy year so far.

So I've been chilling out, but not in the way I imagined, I'm literally chilling out, then boiling out and then repeat.

So beads & budgets, where am I going with this?  I'm not sure, other than having been able to sell my festival ticket at the last minute (I was hanging on with grim determination in the hope I would be better) I had some unexpected funds in the bank.  Add this to the rather large amount of diesel I now don't have to put into the bus, along with some spending money I won't be spending and a large amount of time where all I can muster the energy to do is look at the Internet... and guess which Rabbit Hole I fell down?

Photo by Samantha Marx

Yep the bead one!

It all started innocently enough with OHM's Bead of the Month announcement for October.

For those of you on planet Earth who haven't cottoned on yet, the wonderfully creative and quirky OHM team have been releasing Limited Edition Bead of the Month beads for a few months now...

OHM beads - Bead of the Month - August 2015 - Black Sheep

I have one already, have coveted a few more, and have just bought my second, the very wonderful Deadhead - a cross between a pumpkin and a Day of the Dead Sugar Skull, my kind of bead!

Of course once that was in my virtual shopping cart... I suddenly realised that if I was putting in an order, I might as well have a browse to see what else I fancied as I was shopping with one of the retailers who stock lots of my favourite brands... 2 locks and 2 more silver beads from Redbalifrog and some rubber X Jewellery links later (and some deleted Bali Clicks items where I'd gone a bit overboard and seriously overspent the overspend) and I was done.

Now to sit back and wait for the pitter patter of tiny packages hitting the mat... although sadly, despite my love of jewellery, I really wish I was hearing the pitter patter of tiny raindrops on my bus windows instead.

Come join in with the misery...
What have you looked forward to for ages, only for it not to happen?


  1. Sorry that you had to miss your festival and bus trip, but yay that you found the silver lining in it and prescribed yourself some bead medicine ;)

    The only thing that I can think of waiting forever for and it not happening was a U2 concert that I was supposed to go to six years ago. I was pregnant with my first child and went into labor the day before the concert (my midwife had been telling me she predicted that I would go at least a week over my due date, instead I went two days before). So, we gave the tickets to friends. Then, U2 were coming back a year later and my brother got me tickets, but the concert was postponed due to Bono needing to have back surgery. The concert was finally rescheduled a year later when I was seven months pregnant with my second kid! We had floor tickets, but I was determined not to miss it again! My feet were killing me at the end of the night, but I finally got to see U2 in concert again!

    1. Thanks, it's been a fortnight now and I am totally fed up! I did at least spend yesterday playing with my kiln, only to find I might have a faulty controller, once I rule out user error ;)

      Today I'm back to work and off on a long trip so hoping the fact I got some sleep last night without a mega coughing fit will stand me in good stead, still wish it had been a bus trip... but the festival is over and everyone seems to have had a good time! Hopefully it will be 3rd time lucky for me in 2016.

      Glad you finally got to your U2 concert, what a story!! :)

      Mars xx


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