Friday, 31 December 2010

Year end

Well, it's 31st December and 2010 is drawing to a close. Thank God. 2010 has been a horrible year for so many reasons and I wouldn't want to repeat it.

I guess I have learnt a lot this year about life, death, work, finances and friends but not much of what I have learnt has enriched me in any way, sadly.

I live in hope that 2011 will be a better year for all of us.

December has got away from me a little as it normally does, so much to do and so little time to do it. There's been little time for delving through books and old images this month and I've missed it although I've managed to put together the Glorious Art Deco sets on Printable Heaven - sets I've had on the go a while but that needed the final touches before putting them live.

Love the Art Deco style - the glamour and extravagance of it all - but then I've grown to love so much vintage style over the last year. I'd much rather own something old now than something new and mass produced.

This picture is from a 1920s/1930 ad and features lovely Art Deco styling.



I've many plans for 2011 for new sets for Printable Heaven - vintage sports, pets, wild animals, elegant ladies, vintage fashions and several that aren't vintage at all. The next one will be a baby set, not vintage and very cute!

And I did learn something good this year, by the way. Your male friends look at you in a different way when you put little battery nightlights down your bra! Those pictures have not (and hopefully will not) appear on Facebook!

Happy New Year. Hope 2011 brings you everything you need.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Wounded soldier!

For the last few days I've been looking for a picture of someone with a sling - reason? My nearest and dearest Andy had an operation on his shoulder last Thursday and now is complete with sling for at least the next few days.

He had the other one done just over a year ago and couldn't drive for the full 6 weeks they tell you but this time it's his left shoulder and he's left-handed so it may be a little longer.....

Unfortunately that means I'm left with all school runs, after school clubs, dancing, swimming, scouts, cubs etc etc as well as the cooking, cleaning, gardening, Christmas decoration erecting and so much more. Mustn't grumble....

I've looked everywhere to find a nice vintage picture of someone with a sling and then came across 2 at once - the old bus adage once again!






These two pics are from very early cigarette cards, can't believe how long it's taken me to find something appropriate!

Hope you appreciate it, my dear - and hope you heal soon. xxxx

Thursday, 25 November 2010

For Dog Lovers

I've been a good girl the last couple of weeks and have actually gone back to Slimming World. I say I've been good but I haven't quite got back into the swing of things yet - only lost 1/2 pound from last week to this.

I hope for more this week although I still haven't read the book properly or tried very hard. I'll be wasting my money I know so I must try harder!

I came across this artist tonight, Maud Earl, who painted lovely dog pictures. Not sure why I haven't found her before but glad I have now as her dog pics are fab.









I have 2 more Christmas sets to do for Printable Heaven and after that I'll be free to do something with these piccies - these and lots of other non-Christmas sets I've got lined up. So many pictures, so little time!

Friday, 19 November 2010

Prelude to Christmas

I've had so much going on in the last couple of weeks it's been impossible to make time to write the blog. I've had a constant head and neckache too which has made me pretty miserable but as it's not too bad today, I've been looking at a few books. Or perhaps it's the other way round - I've been looking at books as my little escape which has actually relieved the stress a little. Must do it more!

One of the downloadables that you get free when you sign up on Printable Heaven is one that I love - 'I Hate Dignity' which is a picture from the Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum. The book is from the Oz series by the author from which the film the Wizard of Oz came.



The Wizard of Oz is a Christmas favourite of course. So many of us grew up watching this film every year, me included. Seeing it gives me lovely warm fuzzy Christmas feelings. Sadly, I put it on for my children and they found it boring and wandered away. Kids today!

But anyway... The Patchwork Girl of Oz is from c.1913 and contains lovely pictures by John R. Neill. Here are a few:-











I love films, all sorts of genres, so I do hope to get time to watch a few this Christmas. I'm sure I'll find that The Wizard of Oz is on some time - I'll record it and perservere with the chldren, perhaps they'll grow to like it too!

Friday, 12 November 2010

Congratulations

Congratulations to Alison & Rob on the birth of baby Lewis, born this morning at 9.03 and weighing 7lb 12oz.



Picture by Ida Waugh from 'Mammy's baby', 1890.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Babies

Not Christmas this time but babies.... I'm just waiting to hear the news that a cousin who's in labour has given birth after being induced. About an hour ago her contractions had only just started so it might be a while yet...

I had a look round for some vintage pictures of babies to celebrate the occasion and came up with these. These one's are by William L. Taylor (American, 1854-1926) from a book called Baby's Lullaby Book: Mother's Songs:-







There are loads of great pictures in this book.

And if you're not into babies, this one's from a 1917 book called baby animals:-



Good luck, Alison!

Friday, 5 November 2010

Is it too early?

....for Christmas pics? I've been producing nothing but Christmas sets for Printable Heaven over the last month or two but somehow I'm not ready for Christmas yet.

But now the Christmas goods are appearing in the shops (I'm sure it's a bit later this year?) perhaps it's not too early to show you some vintage Christmas pics.

This one's very festive:-



This one's kinda cute:-



And here's another:-



These are all images from old postcards/Christmas cards. I'm probably running out of time now for more Christmas sets so these ones may have to wait for next year.

I'm sure we'll still manage to squeeze in another couple though in November. I'm longing to get away from Christmas though (bah humbug!)

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Bit more Bridget

Height 5'7"
Weight: 10st 8lb
Walk to work: Yes, and I walked home as well!
Gym-type exercise: None today, working
Alcohol consumed: glass of red wine
Chocolate consumed: Don't think so
Other bad stuff: Not bad at all

I've been well aware that I haven't really done the Bridget-thing much over the last few weeks - and mostly it's because I just haven't remembered to weigh myself in the mornings. And I'm not going on the scales in the evening, it puts pounds on you!

Over half term I did very little exercise, ate and drank too much and frankly forgot I was meant to be losing weight. And is this week any better? Not really. Sometimes life just gets in the way.

I've been working on a new set for Printable Heaven this week, should be on the website tomorrow or Friday. Not a vintage set this time but it's pretty good nonetheless. Watch this space....

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Ghost town

...and tomorrow never came. But I think I'm back now.

Had a hell of a week last week. Children home, out for days but still had work to keep up with. Worked hard, worked late and I feel I've been out of circulation for a while but I've still been here.

I thought I would be back blogging yesterday but I ended up feeling so ill last night that I didn't quite manage it, went to bed instead.

What I was going to say was.....Southend is becoming like a ghost town.

I grew up in the Southend area which is where I still live but now we are in a village about 4 miles out. On a Monday my daughter goes dancing not far from Southend Town Centre. It's only a 3/4 hour class so there's not enough time to go home but I usually take a walk up the road into Southend town centre. The walk takes me through Southend's previous business area, where insurance companies, banks and the like used to thrive - and where my first job was. The buildings are now mostly empty and desolate, a far cry from what they used to be 20 years ago or more.

I'm sure it's the same story in many towns today and it's just a little sad. I remember so well the girl who worked in the snack bar shouting 'Cheese toastie' when it was ready, just like it was yesterday, but now the building is covered in graffiti with the windows broken.

Usually my little walk into Southend is pretty similar - I walk, I think how sad it all is and then I go back and pick my daughter up. This week wasn't that much different BUT I did pop into a couple of charity shops, something I often do but mostly I come out empty handed.

This week was much better! I found 3 old books in the same series from the 50s that were just £1 each - bargain!

This picture is signed only as 'Mordern', who I'm struggling to find any information on:-



The books are published by Hulton Press who published The Eagle comic amongst others, so Mordern may well have been a cartoonist, but I can find nothing on him.

There are loads of black and white illustrations in my books too - I love them because they're so indicative of the time and the age they're from. Love the style, the fashion and the tiny waists!



Absolutely loads more pictures in these books, will publish more over the coming weeks.

Meanwhile Southend's business area is still dead, hope life will return soon!

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Wednesday

10st 8lbs - never changing!

I don't feel like I've had a minute to spare this week. As it's half term, I've been spending my days with the children and have been catching up with work later in the day and the evening. It's only about this time (11.30pm) that I start to relax - well almost anyway!

I said I'd go to Slimming World yesterday with my friend but I kinda forgot as we were out with the children - went bowling and for something to eat. She didn't text, I'd forgotten so between us we didn't go. There's always next week....

Will try and post more extensively tomorrow....

Monday, 25 October 2010

Virginia Sterrett

When I last blogged I mentioned that sometimes I come across artists whose pictures blow my socks off and Virginia Sterrett is another of these.

Virginia was an American artist born in 1900 who died of TB just 31 years later.

Because of failing health she illustrated just a few books, Arabian Nights perhaps being the most famous.

This picture is from Tanglewood Tales (1921):-



As is this one:-



This one is from Old French Fairy Tales (1920):-



So much talent, such a short life. Hope I can leave such a lasting memory when I go!

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Jennie Harbour

It's Thursday again and absolutely freezing outside. Weight? Dum di dum .....di dum di dum! Well I did have 5 nights out on the trot and was invited out on the 6th night too but graciously declined. Too much to mention but I did say I'd go with my friend to Slimming World next week - we'll see!

Occasionally I come across book illustrators that blow my socks off and Jennie Harbour was one of these.

It doesn't seem like much is known about her so I have no dates for her except for knowing that she was perhaps active in the 1920s/30s and produced fabulous illustrations. These are from 'My Favourite Book of Fairy Tales' by Edric Vredenberg:-









Jennie illustrated books and some of her pictures were also produced as postcards such as this one:-



Fabulous illustrations aren't they. Just wish I could find out a little more about her....

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Anniversaries and Love

Tonight is our last night out in a run of 5 - I'm 2lbs fatter (10st 9lb) and am starting to feel quite exhausted. Bed early tomorrow (maybe!)

Tonight's outing is for a meal to celebrate Andy's brother and sister-in-law's 25th wedding anniversary. They are back from China especially!

With this in mind I had a look for some love-related pics to show for the occasion.

This picture is by Jessie Willcox-Smith (one of my favourites) from a book called The Seven Ages of Childhood (lovely pictures in this book).



The book follows a girl from babyhood to young adulthood, this image being the last in the book - the 'falling in love' picture which seems quite appropriate!

These pics are from a book called the Lover's Mother Goose:-

True love



Frosty moment!



Sneaky kiss:-



Congratulations Les and Debbie, have a great night tonight!

Monday, 18 October 2010

Ready for Winter

I've had a manic few days - you know how sometimes there's nothing going on and then other times you have several days booked up? Well this weekend was one of those times. Out 5 nights in a row, Tuesday being our last day of the 5.

It would be much too scary to weigh myself at the moment although I've tried to pick the healthy stuff off the menus from the last few days.

It's been hard to fit in work and pleasure but we have managed to get out Christmas Recipe set live today, hope you like it. The recipes have been really popular in the past - great for school and craft fairs.

We have a few more Christmas sets in the pipelines yet which are great, but I can't wait to get back to some of the everyday stuff. I've some lovely fashion and ladies sets waiting to happen, all containing great vintage images.

These pictures are from the Eaton's Fall and Winter Catalogue for 1920 - 1921:-





I love these stylish ladies. It's almost a shame that catalogues are full of photos these days rather than beautifully drawn illustrations such as these. And isn't it funny how the fashions go round - these lovely coats wouldn't look out of place today!

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Back to Bridget

Height 5'7"
Weight: 10st 7lb
Woke up: with kitten purring in face
Walk to work: Yes, and I walked home as well
Gym-type exercise: 45 mins on the treadmill (450 calories burned)
Alcohol consumed: glass of red wine
Chocolate consumed: Yes, I have to admit I had a bar today
Other bad stuff: apart from the wine and the chocolate, pretty good!

I don't think I've done the weight thing for about a week now - forgot to weigh for a few days, mind full of other things in the mornings. Did it this morning though - no change for a week but I'm determined to get back to my just before last Christmas weight - 9st 12lb. I don't know what's happened since Christmas really, was skinny for 2 years but life got in the way and it started creeping back up again.

It will be a bit of a challenge for the next few days to stay good as we have meals out/drinks arranged for the next 5 days or so! Out for a friend's birthday tomorrow, out with friends Saturday (Chinese), Andy's brother's back from China Sunday and it's their wedding anniversary (25 years) so we'll have to go to the pub to celebrate, then we're all going out for a meal Tuesday. By Wednesday it will be back to normal and hopefully the blubber will start to slide away again!

Must be able to get back into my skinny dresses at Christmas so there's my incentive.

This picture is totally unrelated to anything I've talked about or working on at the moment but it made me laugh earlier!



This book, Horse Laughs, is from 1891 and I rather think that humour has changed some since it was written as the rest of the book isn't particularly funny!

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Mrs. Beeton

It's funny how some people end up making a mark on history for a seemingly trivial thing. The name Mrs. Beeton has become synonymous with cookery although she died over 150 years ago at the tender age of 28.

Mrs. Beeton, born Isabella Mary Mayson, was born in 1836 and must be the most famous cookery writer in British history.



On a visit to London, she was introduced to Samuel Orchard Beeton, a publisher of books and popular magazines, whom she married on 10 July 1856 at the age of 20.

She began to write articles on cooking and household management for her husband's publications.

In 1859–1861, she wrote a monthly supplement to The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine.

The supplements were published as a single volume, The Book of Household Management comprising information for the Mistress, Housekeeper, Cook, Kitchen-Maid, Butler, Footman, Coachman, Valet, Upper and Under House-Maids, Lady’s-Maid, Maid-of-all-Work, Laundry-Maid, Nurse and Nurse-Maid, Monthly Wet and Sick Nurses, etc. etc.



After giving birth to her fourth child in January 1865, Isabella contracted puerperal fever and died a week later, aged 28.

Her books were republished many times and there are many original copies still around today and luckily I have two of them from which these pictures are taken.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Lovely cakes

You don't often regret the things you do in life, just the things you don't. I heard this years ago and how true it was this weekend. It seems that I not only recycle lovely old pictures but also lovely old friends!

A chance meeting with a blast from the past on Friday led to reunion Sunday that I'd known nothing about as no-one had been able to find me. I'd not seen any of them for 25 years (since I was 19 in case you're wondering!) and there they all were. I'd been in two minds whether to go or not but I did and it was amazing.

But I digress as usual. I haven't weighed myself for days so no update there. Will try to remember in the morning and do the whole Bridget Jones thing tomorrow.

I've been working on recipes for a Christmas set and have found lots of great foody pictures, mostly nothing to do with Christmas may I add. This one's probably my favourite:-



This luscious-looking choccy cake comes from a 1908 recipe book that I'm lucky enough to own. Here's another from the same book:-



I wouldn't have imagined that a book that's over 100 years old would have gorgeous goodies like this in it. It also has instructions on how to cook doughnuts, waffles, chicken croquettes and chips. Nothing much changes, does it!









Friday, 8 October 2010

Teddy Bear Tales

I've just completed my next Printable Heaven Set, Mono Christmas, which Andy is just putting the finishing touches on. Sigh of relief! Will start the next one Monday but that gives me the weekend to go looking around for pleasing images, which I love doing.

I just found some lovely teddy images from a book called Mother Goose's Teddy Bears from 1907.



All of the pics in the book have a little poem that goes with them:-

She went to the ale-house
to get him some beer
but when she came back
Ted sat in a chair



She went to the barbers
to buy him a wig
but when she came back
he was dancing a jig



She went to the cobblers
to buy him some shoes
but when she came back
he was reading the news



Rain rain go away
Come again another day
Little teddy wants to play!

And love this one:-



Multiplication is vexation
2 x 2 = ?
Division is as bad
6 / 2 = ?
The rule of three perplexes me
3 x 3 = ?
And practice drives me mad

This last one would be great for a teacher's card on the last day of school or at Christmas. Must do that one....

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Pension cock-up!

Height 5'7"
Weight: 10st 7lb
Woke up: sweltering hot
Walk to work: no, raining (well, that's my excuse!)
Gym-type exercise: none
Alcohol consumed: 2 glasses of red wine (1 now and 1 earlier at school 'do')
Chocolate consumed: Yay, I had a bar of chocolate today!
Other bad stuff: apart from the wine and the chocolate, nothing!

Yes, I had chocolate today. I wasn't salivating for it, just thought it might be nice - and it was! Can't do it tomorrow though.

My step-father died in February and I (with my sister) was executor of his will. My sister found an old pension policy that hadn't been claimed on so we sent it all off.

They sent back a claim form that seemed to bear no resemblance to what we were claiming for that required that the claimant (myself?) fill in the form with their national insurance number. I thought they had probably sent the wrong form but nonetheless I filled it in with my national insurance number but explained in the letter that I thought they had sent me the wrong form.

A letter came back that said the claim was approved. We're not talking mega-bucks here, just £55.00, but as executor I thought if the money was there, we should have it.

Then another letter came that enclosed a P45 for myself with my step-father's death date as the end of my employment at the Pearl Insurance company.

I have no idea what this is all about but phoned them and tried to explain they had made a big mess-up. Someone would phone me back they said. Still waiting.....

I don't know now if any official body has me down as dead having previously worked for the Pearl Insurance Company.

Don't believe the obits - they're not true!

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Last day of warehouse work

Height 5'7"
Weight: 10st 7lb
Woke up: with backache as usual
Drugs consumed: didn't even think of them today
Walk to work: no, raining too much (again)
Gym-type exercise: 31 mins on the treadmill (to burn 300 calories)
Alcohol consumed: none
Chocolate consumed: none (still!)
Other bad stuff: nothing much to speak of

Today was, or should be, my last day of warehouse work. Tomorrow I am hopefully back to normal and my brain will, again hopefully, slip back into Printable Heaven work and searching for nice pictures, etc etc.

I've just started working on my next PH set but I don't feel very enthused at the moment. Tomorrow I'll be less exhausted and full of inspiration.

Hopefully....

Monday, 4 October 2010

A woman's relationship with chocolate

Height 5'7"
Weight: 10st 6lb doing nothing must help!
Woke up: with backache as usual
Drugs consumed: battled on through today
Walk to work: no, raining too much
Gym-type exercise: none
Alcohol consumed: none
Chocolate consumed: none (still!)
Other bad stuff: what was left of my daughter's chocolate cake desert at Nandos

It seems a miracle but I've done no real exercise for days and weigh less. I don't advocate doing nothing at all but sometimes perhaps it helps! Or perhaps all the calories burned have been from lifting and dragging boxes around at work and being on my feet all day - probably. Whatever the reason, it's good and my jeans don't feel as tight as they did a couple of weeks ago.

And what's more, I think my relationship with chocolate has come to an end. What a habit that is. I was probably having chocolate nearly every day at work. We have a chocolate machine, terrible thing, it was left from when we briefly had a shop. I thought we'd get it taken away after the shop closed but the staff had fallen in love with it by then and it stayed. Unfortunately it's about 20 feet from where I sit.

I'd gotten into the habit of eating lunch, then having a bar of chocolate. Only took a few days and now I eat my lunch and don't start salivating at the thought of that delicious devil-food.

Bad habit. I'm sure many of us have got habits like this - you think you're hungry because you're used to having something at a certain time. Turns out you're not hungry at all, it's just you're brain telling you that you usually have something at that time and therefore it expects it. Don't fall for it, you don't need it!

I just had a look round for some chocolate-related pics and came up with this one:-



This is a poster for the Federal Music Project presentation of "The Chocolate Soldier" at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California. Pretty colours!

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Sunday

Height 5'7"
Weight: Don't know, not weighed
Gym-type exercise: Treadmill today but first time for 3 days (30 mins)
Alcohol consumed: Bottle of strawberry cider
Chocolate consumed: none - today anyway
Other bad stuff: nothing to speak of - again today anyway

I haven't posted for three days and in that time I've eaten bad stuff, drunk alcohol, haven't walked to work and haven't been on the treadmill. I think guilt kept me away from here.

I've worked too hard on MAC stuff in the warehouse and have left myself the evenings to catch up on my proper job, both for MAC and Printable Heaven. Knackered.

The scales will be well, interesting tomorrow - might be difficult to admit!

This week should be back to a more normal routine again and I will post here more, eat better and do more exercise - that's the theory anyway!

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

New Christmas Carols set

Height 5'7"
Weight: 10st 8lb think it must be true now
Woke up: with terrible backache
Drugs consumed: yep, more painkillers
Walk to work: yes, rainy and miserable today
Gym-type exercise: 30 mins walk on the treadmill (285 calories burned)
Alcohol consumed: Glass of red wine
Chocolate consumed: none (still!)
Other bad stuff: an Aero mousse and a bag of Frazzles (which I don't really even like!)

On my feet again today for a lot of the day, although not as much as yesterday. Don't know how Jane does it, day in day out. Hope you're having a nice holiday, Jane!

Hope you've seen our new Christmas Carols set. This must have really grabbed a few imaginations out there as sales have been fab already.



I'm particularly proud of this image as it was a kind of mash-up of three vintage pictures that I worked for a while on to create the perfect Patridge in a Pear Tree. I had the tree, some pears and the partridge and they've all come together to make this pretty picture, just love it!

For those who have bought the set, hope you can make masses of great cards with this one this year. And if you haven't, why not - it's good!

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Tuesday

Height 5'7"
Weight: 10st 8lb - might be true!
Woke up: ok I think today
Drugs consumed: loads today (painkillers only!)
Walk to work: walked home today
Gym-type exercise: none as we went to the pub tonight
Alcohol consumed: 2 bottles of Magners
Chocolate consumed: none (still!)
Other bad stuff: I can honestly say I've eaten nothing bad today (except the Magners)

Well the weight doesn't seem too bad - 3lbs less, but only what I thought it was a week ago, so even stevens I guess. Going in the right direction I'm pleased to say.

I feel absolutely knackered today. Jane who deals with all the incoming orders at MAC is on holiday this week and I didn't want to take anyone away from packing orders so I have the lovely job of seeing in the incoming stuff and putting it all away. My back's been killing me for 2 days and my right shoulder's aching.

I only sat down today for 10 minutes to have soup and bread and then I was back on my feet again to work.

My mind is full of what to do next, where everything goes and how to arrange it better, so forgive me for not coming up with any pictures or really having much enthusiasm. I'm yawning now and my eyes are half shut already.

I'm going to bed now, night night.

Monday, 27 September 2010

Monday

Height 5'7"
Weight: 10st 7lb - can't be true!
Woke up: just about
Drugs consumed: plenty today (painkillers only!)
Walk to work: no, and not back either
Gym-type exercise: 30 mins on treadmill (285 calories burned)
Alcohol consumed: bottle of strawberry cider (very nice)
Chocolate consumed: none
Other bad stuff: a cream cake and 4 biscuits

Yep, can't quite believe the scales today. Tried them several times but they didn't budge. I'm a sceptic though - no celebration as I don't think it can be true. Look forward to the weigh-in tomorrow (I think).

The cream cake was because of a birthday at work, had to celebrate with her, right? And the biscuits were hotel biscuits brought home by Andy as he's been away this weekend with his dad. Shame to let them go to waste. Oh god, it's going to be bad tomorrow isn't it!?

This picture is from another piece of sheet music from 1930:-



Love the soft colours of this painting. I'm sure sheet music these days is pretty boring without lovely illustrated covers. If only they could try a bit harder...

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Sunday

Height 5'7"
Weight: 10st 10lb - no change there then
Woke up: not bad today
Drugs consumed: no, I've done today fairly pain-free
Walk to work: no, it's Sunday, Printable Heaven work from home
Gym-type exercise: 30 mins on treadmill (285 calories burned)
Alcohol consumed: glass of red wine
Chocolate consumed: none
Other bad stuff: a steak pie.

Slimming World taught me that pastry is bad stuff so I don't tend to touch it but I had a bad stomach this afternoon and when I finally got hungry, I kinda wanted some kind of comfort food so the pie fitted the bill.

I took the children for a walk today round our local creeks. Unfortunately it started raining after a while and we ended up completely soaked. The rain hasn't stopped since. The children are quite hardy though and didn't seem to mind, especially as we worked out harmonies for the Meatball song (Google this one if you don't know it)!

And as it's raining, it's apparent that the worms are out - apparent as the cats have had three in tonight, two of which were still wiggling (for a while anyway).

I'll have to add the day's pussy 'pressies' to the list above!

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Beautiful Sheet Music

Height 5'7"
Weight: 10st 10lb Yep, always more at weekends
Woke up: too early for a Saturday
Drugs consumed: yes, painkillers to get me through the morning
Walk to work: nope, not that dedicated - it's Saturday
Gym-type exercise: 1hr 15mins of step aerobics - knackered today
Alcohol consumed: glass of red wine
Chocolate consumed: none
Other bad stuff: well, some. Took the children to a new American diner and had a few of their curly fries and some milkshake.

I tell you, declaring publicly what you eat does wonders for your guilt. I think I've had chocolate at work most days for a while but since I've included that in the list here, I've not eaten any.

In the past it seems that much more effort was put into producing printed items like books, brochures and even sheet music. This is music from as long ago as 1899 - just lovely.