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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.

Christmas 2013

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. πŸ˜€ 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. πŸ™‚ 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/2014

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜›

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.

& Finally…

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)

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  1. Jamie

    I’m so happy to hear that everyone had a nice Christmas. It just seemed to go by to fast!

    Last year my Christmas was a disaster and it was due to a friend who thought she was helping me by telling my own dad off on Facebook. They don’t know each other so that made matters worse than what it was. So I got no phone call on Christmas from my dad, not even a Card. I did get some cards through out the little apartment community I was residing in, and a couple of things from the land lord. I had helped her wrap some presents up and did some other things for her that I guess she felt bad that I wasn’t going anywhere. I got a scarf from her, some Rye bread from this one store that I liked, and I bought myself a $20.00 vacuum that I needed for my apartment. That was last year — this year was much better. My boyfriends Grandparents wanted to make sure that it was better than last year.

    I need to make up a post as to how my Christmas was as well as what the new year will have in store. So I’m glad you got several cool gifts, and had a nice family dinner, as well as spending your tradition with your family! That’s what it is all about!

    • I’m glad your Christmas was much better this year. πŸ™‚

      Yay, I love reading Christmas blogs. I like to be nosey and see what everyone got haha!

  2. Sounds like you had an amazing time!

    Congrats on being able to see The Who concert! I have never been to a concert, personally. I hope to see some this coming year though! Depends on how much time I have with school.

    Blogmatter has done the complete opposite with me. I feel less motivated to blog and return comments but I’m not forcing myself to do it and even though I skipped a week…I still commented on those blogs. πŸ˜›

    • Concerts are amazing! I’m gutted that I have none booked for 2014 but like I say, if the Who are going on tour again then I’ve got to save my money.

  3. Hey, I am not sure if my previous comment was submitted please let me know if it wasn’t. I am commenting from my iPad at work so it is a little buggy.

    I forgot to return your comment. Here it is-

    The one thing keeping me from the iPhone is the screen size. I can’t watch YouTube videos on that screen and I feel forced to use my iPad.
    Plus, I have to use Safari and can’t set Chrome as my default browser. I can’t set any apps as default apps. I can’t share to as many apps within the gallery (though I only really share things to twitter, facebook, emails, and texts). Lastly, the colors. OMG! Those colors are killer on my eyes. GAHHH. Like I hate neons because they hurt my eyes but now….damn.
    At least with Androids you can change all of the colors.

    iPhones do what they do and they do it well though. They are reliable especially with AppleCare….which is why I do want to use it but the reasons above are stopping me.

    • Yeah, it submitted. πŸ™‚

      I use my iPad for watching stuff too. The only issue I have with my iPhone is that I have an iPhone 4 and I’m worried that if I update to iOS7 it will become really slow. It happened to my brother’s.

  4. Kerri

    That’s so great that you and your family got to spend Christmas together as a whole! How exciting to be a bridesmaid in your cousin’s wedding?! πŸ™‚

    I’m looking forward to seeing your Harley Quinn cosplay costume! I love doing cosplay and going to conventions!

  5. Cat

    I’m glad you had a great Christmas! You got a lot of nice gifts too πŸ™‚ I especially love the purse your brother got you.

    Good luck on your resolutions! I’d love to see your Harley Quinn costume once you make or buy it πŸ˜€ I really like baking too. I think it’s nice to have a hobby where you can eat your results, haha. Swimming every week sounds like a good way to exercise!

    It sounds like 2013 was a good year for you πŸ™‚ I hope 2014 will be great too!

    • Haha I will probably end up buying it. πŸ˜› I need a sewing machine first. I use to have one but I have no idea where it ended up.

  6. Susanne

    Ooh, congrats on getting out of the halls (if I don’t misunderstand you, student halls? I hated them) !! It’s so much better to have your own place!!!!!!!!
    Sounds like your Christmas was good!! Good luck with the baking and everything else for 2014 :).

    • Yeah I meant student halls. They were just so awful. I was getting on average 4 hours of sleep each night. It was a nightmare, particularly before exams.

  7. Aw, it sounds like you had an awesome christmas! I love it when you get little things that you love as presents. I know my friends bought me posters and calendars and toys based on all the TV shows I love, and my parents bought me loads of film related things (I love film)!
    I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award! I put all the info on my latest blog entry, but am completely new to the whole idea, so I hope I’ve done it all right :;)
    It’s cool that you like baking. I was thinking jam tarts in the future. I couldn’t make my second batch of mince pies as usual this year, because I got ill and had to be hygienic. So I’m thinking it’ll keep it along the line of pasty and jam ;). Send me some of your baking virtually !!
    And like you, I think “oh I should definitely blog more”, then I begin studying again, and completely get blown away πŸ™

    • Haha thanks for the nomination. I actually love doing Q&A things like that. πŸ˜›

      My nan use to make jam tarts instead of mince pies because I don’t like mince pies!

  8. Amy

    Glad you had a lovely Christmas! I love Phoenix Nights it’s a great series. It’s just a shame they didn’t do anymore!

    Baking more’s a great resolution. I planned to start baking and decorating cakes over the Summer but I didn’t end up bothering. I’m regretting it now ’cause I’ve got too many essays to do to have time for it.

    Hope you manage to stick to all your New Year’s resolutions!