The Weekend Blog | Back from NYC

9th September 2017

New York was a blast! I expected nothing less. I just fell in love with the city all over again.

I’m working on a new Travel Diary series as we speak. I’m hoping to get the first post up next week. Or more likely the following week.

We landed back in a rainy Manchester at about 7:30am on Tuesday morning, and once we arrived home it was straight to bed for a few hours.

Getting up and going to work on Wednesday was a struggle. Knowing I only had a 3 day working week ahead of me softened the blow somewhat.

I kept scrolling back through the photos I took on my phone while we were in the Big Apple. That made things worse.

It felt unreal.Β Did it really happen?

Fortunately, work seemed to fly by. Well, apart from Friday. They always drag.

I had a lot of odd jobs to sort out this week. Before going away I kept saying “I’ll leave it until after the holiday.” and therefore my to-do list was huge when I got back.

I’ve been bartering with my car insurance company to try and get the cost of my renewal down. I’m still waiting to hear back from them but there’s a potential that I may have got it down by Β£600!

I was also faced with a credit cautious persons nightmare; an overdue bill. I’ve never missed a bill in my life, so I was hit by a wave of anxiety. Turns out it wasn’t even my fault. My energy provider had mess up my account and my direct debit. But I got it sorted.Β Or at least I hope I did.

No doubt I’ll be checking my credit score like a hawk for the next few months.

I had to go and pick some post from my old house on Friday, and it’s a good job I went when I did because one of the letters was an appointment for a therapy session for my anxiety.

I have been waiting 9 months for this appointment. 9! And I would have missed it if I hadn’t gone to pick my mail up as the appointment is for this coming Tuesday.

I really hope it helps me.

I also received a very exciting letter just this morning about my Blue Badge application. If you follow me on Twitter you are probably aware that I applied for a Blue Badge, which would basically allow me to park in disabled parking spaces. Less walking equals less hip pain.

Anyway, I applied after my surgeon recommended it (and even provided me with a letter of support), and I went to the assessment in August. But the rejected my application because the didn’t “observe” me in pain.

I was furious, so in true Holly fashion I complained. I wrote a detailed 8 page letter, sharing my entire life story and criticising the assessment.

I posted this letter before my holiday, so it had got to the stage where I felt like I wasn’t going to hear back, and I was going to admit defeat. But this morning I received a letter saying that they had reviewed the decision and that they had approved my application!

I’ll be able to pick it up very soon. It’s such a small thing that will make a huge difference to my life.

Today we popped into Liverpool so could stock up on some beauty bits, and we had lunch at our new favourite place, Yard and Coop. Tomorrow I plan on painting (well…making a start) our bedroom, at long last.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  1. They approved it in the end, that’s fantastic. I’m glad it was sorted out in the end. It’s great you can spend less on your car insurance. Hope you finish your work fast. πŸ™‚

    • Holly

      Yes, I had to fight but I won in the end!.

      I’m planning on using the money I save from my car insurance to update/fix a few things on my car!

  2. I am so glad that they relented and approved your case. Also, I would love to go to NYC , just once, I think. Regardless, I am glad you got that overdue bill sorted out. Those are nightmares.

    • Holly

      Me too. I nearly gave up the fight but I’m glad I kept going.

      You should definitely visit if you get a chance!

  3. I’m so glad you had a lovely time (again) in New York! I can’t wait to read your posts about it.
    Fingers crossed that you were successful in getting your car insurance down – that’s a huge saving! I’m so happy you managed to change people’s minds regarding your Blue Badge, that 8 page letter was definitley worth it.
    I’m glad the overdue bill wasn’t you! My electricity bill is always paid late because Matt pays that one. Council Tax, Water and Internet are fine because I pay them.
    What a lucky coincidence that you picked up your letters just in time! I hope your therapy session goes well – I’m sure it will =]

    • Holly

      Thank you, Katy. 😊

      I spent a lot of time writing that letter, and I almost gave up because I found it so frustrating and upsetting. But I’m glad I carried on fighting.

  4. That’s awesome that your Blue Badge application got approved! We have something similar for disabled parking in the states and I know that having to walk less distances helps my dad a ton. It sounds like your letter made a huge difference!

    New York sounds amazing! I’m excited to hear about your trip πŸ˜€

    • Holly

      Parking closer does make such a difference. I always use the example of going to the supermarket. Without a badge, I have to park quite far away from the supermarket, and by the time I’ve walked to the shop from my car I’m in pain.

      I can’t wait to share about it!

  5. Amy

    Glad you enjoyed your time in New York. I’ve loved seeing all your Insta stories and I can’t wait to see your posts about it on the blog!

    I went back to work after my holiday today so I know that feeling too well. Definitely needed another week off! Hope you’re settling back into the routine now!

    I’m so happy that your application was approved. It’s ridiculous that they didn’t approve it in the first place. What right does someone who’s met you for a few minutes have to say whether you’re in pain or not? Anyway, glad it’s sorted now! The letter was definitely worth it!

    • Holly

      I’m so glad you enjoyed my Insta Stories! I had a lot of fun making them. I tried to save them as a video at the end of each day, but some days I forgot.

      Exactly! The assessment for a Blue Badge is a joke. I was literally told to lift up my leg while sitting down, and that was it. Apparently they can judge pain levels from that. As tedious as that letter was to write, it worked and I’m glad I did it,

      I hope you had a great time in London!

  6. Ahhh I’m so glad that you enjoyed NY! I really loved re-living it on your instagram posts and stories <3 Whenever I look back at the photos from NY, I also am like WOAH did that actually happen?! πŸ˜† It's such a breathtaking city, I can't wait to go back to visit soon. Matt and I have loads of US trips to make I think I'm in love xD

    I can imagine how much anxiety you got when you found out you miss a bill! I remember when I realised that I had a bill due in the next day but didn't keep my account updated and had to transfer money over ASAP. I felt like the world was ending. I'm so glad that you managed to get that blue badge application approved – YOU GO GIRL. I love that about you – you just know your rights and what you need! Sometimes I cower away in fear after rejection so go you!!!