Does everyone remember my project of last year? Doing Things Differently? The idea was that in order to shake myself out of a rut, that I promised to do something different every day for a month. Take a minute, click on the link, if you like. I had a lot of fun with it and it really transformed the month of April for me, with baking and taking the boys to different places. I did hope to make it a yearly event, but with my course finishing and exam preparation, it entirely slipped my mind last April (and May and June).
And if you've read my blog at all this past month, you'll know how much the Fluttering Butterflies household has been knocked down by the chicken pox. It's been a real strain on everyone. I need to do something shocking and different to get us all out of this sickness hole we've fallen into.
In the spirit of DTD, I have been maintaining one element that came out of last year's project... and that's been weekly baking.
I've made chocolate chip cookies and my favourite raspberry and coconut muffins. I've made apple flapjacks and brownies. I've wanted to share my baking photos and recipes for awhile now, but never got around to it. I kept thinking, I can still do a Doing Things Differently project this year, I can still do it. And with that thought in my head, I kept putting off showing you the photos. Well, folks. I have decided. That August is my month to seize this opportunity and really run with it.
I would be eternally grateful if you could join me in this. Suggest something different for me to do, comment on my DTD posts and be my cheerleader, or do something different for yourself and let me know.
My first act in the DTD project (slightly early as I will be doing this on 31 July) is to get on a train and head off for a week and live in a proper university as I attend a residential school for an OU course. I'm really nervous about this as I will be away from my boys for longer than I ever have been, and also that it will be SO new and different and I'm very afraid of the new and different normally. But instead of being afraid, I will embrace my fear! It won't be terrifying, it'll be an adventure!
I hope to update you all weekly on all the fun things that we shall be doing after I get back from residential school. I plan on teddy bear picnics and actually going to the local museums that we've never been to in four years of living in this city. I want to do the things I keep saying I'd like to do and never do, like pick my own fruit on one of those farms and take the boys places that will make them smile. I want to be less afraid and just do things without worrying about everything. But please, you make other suggestions too. What do you think?
August! It will be the best ever! Let's DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY... Who's with me?!