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Making the most of my hobby

January 17, 2016 Leave a comment

I didn’t set myself actual News resolutions this year, I have somewhat half heatedly done so in the past generally around writing in same shape or form.

Whilst I haven’t made official ones, there are a few things that I am making some degree of effort to adhere to. Putting something up on here once a week for one, cut down on my drinking, lose a bit of weight and as evidenced by last weeks post try and save a bit of money on shopping and meals.

The other thing I want to ensure I do this year is more recreational, as you may remember from some post way way back, I play and collect Magic the Gathering cards, well at this point mostly I collect them as I haven’t really taken a lot of time to do the playing part.

As I have spent a small (large) fortune on this hobby (for the 2nd time in my life) it would make sense for me to actually get out there and use the cards that I have invested in.

I got back into Magic just before Joe was born, a friend had retaken up the hobby and his enthusiasm convinced me and I now have an entire cupboard that is mostly full of “Cardboard Crack.”Not long after this I attended my first FNM (Friday Night Magic) at my LGS (Local Game Shop) and for a majority of the next 6/8 months attended most weeks. Since Joe’s birth and the following pregnancy and birth of Daniel I haven’t managed to attend a single FNM so I am planning on changing that this year.

Last year I also attended my first “big” event, the GP (Grand Prix) in London at the Excel. It was awesome, 2 whole days of competitive magic with 2149 other people from all over the world. Despite my total newbness I even won a couple of games and finished 1454th.

This weekend was the Oath of the Gatewatch pre-release, despite putting together what I thought was a pretty sweet Black/Red/Blue deck with plenty of evasion and removal I went 1-3, but I got some nice cards and learnt a lot from some of the mistakes I made.

Alongside getting back to FNM’s this year I am planning on attending at least one GP, as many pre-releases and Gamedays as I can.

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Saving on Food

January 10, 2016 1 comment

As is usual at this time of year I have been feeling the pinch financially, as is also usual at this time of year I have decided to try and lose a bit of weight and get myself a little bit more healthy.

These are two things that don’t really go all that well together, traditionally the belief is that eating healthy means splashing out on special foods etc and Gym memberships are not exactly cheap, not to mention the fact that chances are by February it will be a long forgotten goal.

One of my guilty pleasures over the last few months has been watching the BBC 1 show ‘Eat well for Less’. If you can get passed the cheesy presenters its actually a worth while watch and will get you thinking about what you spend on food.

The premise is simple, the tow presenters watch a family do their shopping, total it up and get a rough idea of their usual shopping spend. From there their goal is to save the family as much money as possible, this is achieved mainly through two things, changing branded products for much cheaper alternatives and getting rid of convenience food and getting people to make things form scratch.

The family will have all their products taken out of any branding and then spend a week eating those, at the end they find out what was changed, what was the same and how much they saved.

The average household spends £83.60 a week on food and drink, which in itself sounds like a lot, but having taken a look at what I was actually spending it was a lot more than that!

Since watching this it has massively changed how I do my shopping and I have been able to make noticeable savings on my shopping. I recommend watching it even just the once, I am pretty sure that the next time you do some shopping you will be saving yourself some serious ££.

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Here we go again

January 2, 2016 Leave a comment

What I surprise I hear you all thinking, 2nd of January and its time for the annual “I’m starting my Blog” again post.

I imagine that over the 1st week of January the number of new blogs created and the number of old blogs resurrected is huge.

Its the writing equivalent of the January Gym membership, the established bloggers looking at us with disdain knowing by February word press will be littered with Blogs that only have a handful of posts and wont be  active again until this time next year.

I have done the blog restart now on a number of occasions, not always on new years, but the premise is the same

2015

2014 – one post in a year really!

2013

I only started in the blog in 2012 meaning, so for 3/4’s of the blogs lifetime it has been clogging up WordPress with a name that who knows someone else might just want.

My plan (again) is to try and make use of this little corner of the internet that I have reserved for myself, thanks to some recent inspiration (i’ll explain in a later post) I have got back on board with my writing, the point where in the last week or so I have put around 4,000 words down which is rapidly catching up with what i have achieved with  “So Far Untitled” in the last 4 years!

I am only planning to write once a week and i figure finding 52 things to write about cant be all that tough, but lets see how it goes, perhaps Ill be referring to this in the 2017 new years relaunch or perhaps ill be able to use that to look back with a sense of achievement.

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