And that was that

31st December 2012

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I hope you got to spend it with those you love.

As I mentioned in my previous blog, my family were all coming over to our house for Christmas Day. We had a lovely lunch cooked by my mum and a really lazy day, opening presents and drinking and eating too much.

For Christmas I asked for money rather than a present. I bought my iPhone, Pete, in October after I got fed up of my HTC letting me down. The money I got off my parents and my nan covered the cost of the phone so technically the phone was my Christmas present and I was very happy with having it early. However, my mum surprised me on Christmas morning with an extra gift. She bought me a record player! I’ve been collecting records for a while now but I haven’t been able to play them because I didn’t have a record player. I bought them because they make great decorations for my bedroom. Finally I can hear what they sound like. Some aren’t great quality and skip a lot. Others are perfect and the sound is amazing.

So really, for Christmas, I got two different generations of music players; an iPhone and a record player.

My parents also bought be a Soap and Glory gift set, some pyjamas, slippers and Pete Townshend’s autobiography, “Who I Am’. As I mentioned my nan gave me money and bought me some of my favourite foundation too. My other nan also gave me money. My uncle got me a gift voucher for Next, which will definitely be spent on jeans. πŸ˜› My brother Dean bought me a years subscription to National Geographic magazine and a Β£25 iTunes voucher. My brother Adam bought me a bottle of sparkling wine and he painted me a picture. It’s adorable!

Tyrone gave me a Kindle, which I love! I discovered that I could put my lecture notes on it, which is a real bonus. It means I don’t have to carry around lots of books and notes with me. And it fits perfectly in my handbag. He also gave a beautiful bracelet, a mug with the Joker on it (to match my Harley Quinn mug :D) and some of my favourite chocolates. I bought Tyrone Lego, which I believe is the perfect gift for any man. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you all want Lego, even if you don’t want to admit it! I also bought him the Lego Lord of the Rings game for PC.

I really do feel like a very lucky girl. Next stop, my 19th birthday on the 6th of January!

With Christmas over it means it’s nearly the start of a new year. 2012 has been a year of big changes for me. It’s been stressful and scary, but there has also been a hell of a lot of good times. My favourite memory? Well that’s a difficult question. I guess travelling is always a highlight for me and my cruise around the Mediterranean Sea was one of the most incredible experiences. But there have been so many memories and I have spent them with wonderful people.

So what’s new for 2013? I have some idea of where I would like to be this time next year but I’ve got a lot of work to do to get there. In life it’s difficult to make plans because everything changes from day to day and you never know what is going to happen. But I can hope and I can dream. So this year I won’t be making any new year resolutions. Instead I’m going to create a list of things that I would like to achieve in 2013. A list of things that are more measurable than resolutions.

Happy New Year to everyone!

Here are some pictures of my presents to finish…

Kindle from Tyrone.

Record player.

Pete Townshend’s autobiography.

The picture my brother painted for me.

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  1. Joy

    Wow! IT sounds like you had one heck of Christmas! =)

  2. Cat

    You got a lot of great gifts for Christmas! That’s cool that your mom surprised you with a record player. That sounds like the perfect gift since you had the records already πŸ™‚

    Aww, that painting from your brother is cute, and I’m jealous of your Kindle. I’ve been wanting one! It’s such a nice size to carry around.

    Happy New Year! I hope this year goes well for you!

  3. I totally loved your kindle, Holly!
    It’s really a benefit you don’t have to carry a lot of books around in college… I completely hate it! But I usually don’t have a great choice because most of my computer books are about a thousand pages fat!
    That painting is really cute!
    I’m glad you had a great time at Christmas!
    I’m not making any resolutions either… I just can’t stick to them… your idea of listing doing stuff sounds good! maybe I’ll give it a try too!
    Happy New Year Holly!

  4. The painting is lovely! Your brother is very talented! I’ve just looked at his website, I’m in awe!

    I like the way you’re thinking of your phone and record player! Records can sound brilliant if the vinyl is nice. My parents still have hundreds, some are destroyed. Someone told me flies eat them, or be sick on them or something, so you have to be really careful about where you keep them…

    Always love some Soap and Glory as a treat =p

  5. Sasha

    Removing the account if the owner doesn’t log in regularly is a policy many free hosts have, but I’m talking about people who got their accounts removed after a month or even less; just google “000webhost review” and you’ll see why I was so surprised. :S

    For Christmas I got money from my parents, a photo frame from my cousin, a mug and a pillow from my aunt and a book from my brother. <3

  6. Nice QWERTY kindle – I was going to get one a while back, but I don’t read that often so it would be wasted on me. The whole digital paper thing is pretty cool though.

    Your record player looks great! Very retro and whatnot. Do you have many records with really recent music? I wouldn’t know – most of my music is downloads with the occasional CD. 8)

    How’s your iPhone? I got an iPod touch which I haven’t been off – I would get an iPhone but I like my Blackberry too much. I’ve spent Β£40 in vouchers so far, and I intend to spend more. B)

    Happy belated 19th birthday!

  7. Tori

    I had an HTC phone too that I ditched for my iPhone 5; I’ve never regretted the switch since. It was super sweet of your mom to get you another gift though, especially since a record player is such a cool one to get! You got a ton of other awesome presents too. Does your family want to adopt me?
    It seems like your year mirrored your Christmas, and I hope 2013 will be even better for you! Glad to see a post about all the positives πŸ™‚
    I prefer deliverables to abstract goals, so good luck with that!