Breathe the air we have blown you.
27th December 2013
It’s time for the super long, after Christmas, new year blog. Feel free to skim read and find the interesting bits, if there are any! I’ve split it into categories to make for easy reading.
The build up to Christmas for me was a little strained. There were some issues among the family but fortunately they seemed to blow over in time for the big day. On Christmas Eve I went to church for the Christingle service (I’m not religious but it’s kind of a family tradition). Afterwards we went over to my aunty’s, who had put on a buffet. My cousin, who recently got engaged, asked me to be a bridesmaid at her wedding. I’ve only been a bridesmaid once before so I’m really looking forward to it. Later on I went to the pub with my parents and ended up bumping into the rest of my family.
Christmas Day was lovely. For the first time in years the five of us (that’s my mum, dad and two brothers) spent Christmas together without anyone else. It was nice to be a family of 5 again we all live all over the place and it’s a rare occasion when we all get together. My mum cooked Christmas dinner which was amazing, as usual. I had some nice presents off my family. My parents gave me money so I could spend it on what I like. I’m currently considering buying a desktop computer. They also treated me to some Soap and Glory bath products. My brother Dean bought me another year subscription to National Geographic and an iTunes voucher. My brother Adam bought me a gorgeous purse from Heritage and Harlequin.
Tyrone gave me two picture disc vinyl records which I adore! One is a Pete Townshend one (See below. Please note, Pete looks odd in this picture. He looks better with facial hair.) , the other is a Police one. He also bought me a mug with The Who logo on it, Phoenix Nights season 2 on DVD and a pretty little bracelet. My best friend Becky bought me a scratch map, which have been wanting for ages! Basically, it’s a map that you can scratch off the places that you have been to it. She also gave me a bauble for the Christmas tree with a map of the world on it. I remember telling her that I wanted a tree full of decorations from all over the world on it, so a decoration of the world fits the theme perfectly!
New year is approaching and Tyrone and I shall be spending it in Liverpool. I’ve recently been thinking over my New Years resolutions for 2014. Last year I said I wasn’t going to make any but this year I have quite a few ideas. I’d put money on myself not sticking to them but I might as well give it ago:
1. More baking.
I love baking and it’s something I would like to think I’m good at. I made a chocolate cake for Tyrone’s birthday back in October and I really enjoyed making. Cupcakes, biscuits, muffins, you name it, I’m going to (try to) bake it.
2. Start my Harley Quinn cosplay costume.
Don’t laugh! I may regret this decision as I haven’t made anything using fabric since I made a pencil case at school, and it was awful. However, I like a challenge and so I am going to attempt to make a cosplay costume based on Harley Quinn’s outfit in the game Arkham Asylum. I’m sure I will keep you informed of my progress, but if you hear nothing then I’ve probably been too ambitious and crying over the mess I’ve made! Or I’ll just buy it, made to measure, off ebay!
3. More swimming.
I am aiming to go swimming once a week. I probably won’t start until the end of January/beginning of February due to issues with the weather and getting to the swimming pool (I have to walk).
4. More blogging.
We probably all say this at some point. Since joining Blog Matter I have felt more motivated to blog. I know people are going to be reading my blog so I want to give you all a variety each week.
Highlights of 2013
Without a shadow of a doubt the highlight of 2013 for me was getting the chance to see The Who in concert. This time last year I would never have imagined that in 2013 I would see one of the greatest rock bands ever in concert. Rumour has it they might be going on a final world tour next year, but who knows. Either way I shall be keeping some money to one side. I also went to see Kaiser Chiefs in concert, who were amazing, but unfortunately that concert is over shadowed by The Who.
I had a couple of great holidays, both in Portugal. I particularly enjoyed taking Tyrone there for the first time. He really enjoyed himself and it just made us more excited for future adventures abroad. I also went to the Lake District for 5 days with uni. It’s one of the most beautiful places in the UK but unfortunately I had to do fieldwork, walk a lot and sleep on a lumpy bed. However, I thoroughly enjoyed my trips to the pub in the evenings.
Moving out of halls was a highlight, of course! I had such a crap experience. Coming back to Shropshire for 5 months was boring but I got a job and made enough money to get my lovely flat in Liverpool. It’s such a wonderful place (when the noisy neighbours aren’t being bastards!) and I adore living in the city. It’s just so much more convenient.
I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and I wish you all the very best for 2014. See you there!
(P.S. I’ll post more pictures on my Photography page at a later date, when I’m not feeling so lazy! :P)