Word of the Week – Productive

I was struggling to think of a word to sum up my week. The first words that came to mind were lazy, sick and boring, but then I realised my week has been anything but!

The week started with Star being too poorly to go to school, which meant we had to cancel going to a friends for lunch on Monday. Then I caught Star’s bug and was poorly myself and Tuesday was spent lounging around. Star went back to school on Wednesday but I’ve been feeling under the weather all week and I certainly didn’t feel like going out.

So I have been stuck at home, feeling unwell, and it seems that some days I’ve barely moved from my chair. Then I started to think positively and count up the things I had achieved this week, and when I did I was pleasantly surprised at how productive I’d actually been.

Christmas Shopping – Don’t tell the kids but I’ve completed more than 80% of my Christmas shopping this week online. I’ve had to work out what they would like (with help from the circles drawn in the Smyth’s Toys catalogue,) then work out the cheapest place to buy them from. It was hard work, but worth it.

Blog Work – I’ve written several posts this week, tidied up some loose ends and worked on some great collaborations for the near future.

Crochet – I have finished my lovely scarf, which is the first large item I’ve crocheted. I’ve also managed to complete three Christmas Pudding Chocolate Orange holders. They look really cute and I’m hoping everyone is going to enjoy their stocking fillers, including the two youngest’s teachers.

Reading – I’ve almost finished reading the Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman and can’t wait to get started on his brand new book, La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust) I’ve also read through two review books which I’ll be sharing soon. I’m so happy that my reading choices are rubbing off on my girls, they both came home with library books this week, Star had ‘The Wintersmith’ by Terry Pratchett and Boo had ‘Northern Lights’ by Philip Pullman.

And the most productive thing of all….yesterday, albeit for a very short time…I saw the bottom of my washing basket!! (No mean feat seeing as the beginning of the week I had two baskets full both the size of Everest.)

So, even when I’m sick and stuck indoors, I can still be productive.

I’m on a mission to get 1000 followers on my Facebook Page, would you join me there and make my day?

The Reading Residence


  1. November 10, 2017 / 4:03 am


    hooray for positive thinking and productive action!

  2. November 10, 2017 / 4:05 am

    And … chocolate orange covers.

    Now that is what I would call a Stocking Filler.

    And the new book by Philip Pullman?

    Pratchett and Pullman live through a new generation. I wonder if all their friends are reading them?

  3. liquoriceuk
    November 10, 2017 / 10:07 am

    Love how you've managed to put a positive spin on your week by realising what a productive one it has been despite you all being sick. Seeing the bottom of the washing basket (even just briefly) is an achievement in itself – not sure when I last saw the bottom of mine! Well done on managing to get most of your Christmas shopping done too – haven't even started thinking about mine yet! Hope you feel better soon and have a lovely weekend x #WotW

  4. karenblower
    November 10, 2017 / 11:05 am

    I am impressed! I've not felt it this week and all I've done is watch TV! LOL! still have yet to see the bottom of the washing basket,.. hope you feel better soon

  5. November 10, 2017 / 11:18 am

    Go you! Sorry to hear you've been poorly, but it seems that you've made the most of it and got loads done. It must feel so good to have been so productive and I always feel happy when I see the bottom of my washing basket! Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  6. November 10, 2017 / 11:37 am

    If you had left everything out but the laundry basket, it would still be a productive week in my eyes. My basket is still piled high. Eek. Super impressed at how far you are through your Christmas list. I am about 5% and that is a generous estimation. Also love the idea of your crochet projects. Hope you are all feeling better now. #wotw

  7. November 10, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    Oh no! So sorry you and Star were both poorly….At least you managed to get plenty done!
    Seeing the washing basket really is a miracle! Go you xx

  8. mummyhereandthere
    November 11, 2017 / 4:29 am

    Wow, you have got do much done. It is definitely a celebration when you get to see the bottom of the washing basket becausr it is rarely happens, lol! Hope you have good weekend X #wotw

  9. angiemwebster77
    November 11, 2017 / 7:35 am

    That's amazing ! it's great that you have managed to turn your thoughts around and appreciate just how productive you have been. Congratulations on the washing basket, I'm not sure mine even has a bottom ! I hope you all have a lovely weekend x

  10. November 11, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    I hope you're feeling better now although good to have a chance to do some reading! I'd love to read the new Pullman book at some point! #WotW

  11. optrixxaris1
    November 14, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    Wow you've packed a lot into the week. #WotW

  12. travelingchristie
    November 15, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    Oh no hope you are feeling better now? And omg I havent even thought about Christmas that is super organised x

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