A List of Good Things (so far!) 2016

This year has started off awesome, with tons of things planned and a good feeling about the year ahead.

With a few things already booked for this year, at the end of last, we’ve topped those off with a few more. No doubt more will happen as we go along, but here’s what I’m excited about so far!:

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  • My awesome friend Sarah is getting married in a couple of months, and I’m lucky enough to be one of her bridesmaids! I’m so excited about the lead up to it, the day and also the week after as most of us will be staying around the area for a little holiday!
  • A couple of weeks later Gary’s cousin gets married, so I get a second wedding to go to, this time as a guest.

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  • Secret Cinema presents Dirty Dancing in July. After going to their Back to The Future screening we knew we wanted to go to another one, and Dirty Dancing seemed like an amazing choice. Great music, great atmosphere and great movie. We can’t wait!
  • In September Gary and I celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary, and to celebrate this in style we’re heading to Orlando for two weeks of sun, Disney and rollercoasters! I’ve never been, but as a mahooosive Disney and Harry Potter fan I’m beside myself with excitement over the parks. Plus we’ll be extending our summer by visiting at the end of September. And no doubt when we come home British winter will be in full swing…..
  • Speaking of Harry Potter:

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We landed some tickets to this Harry Potter play and managed to get them for THIS YEAR. Getting tickets was crazy hard for some unknown reason….. *eyeroll* So in October we’ll be heading off to London for two plays in one day…. intriguing!

  • Also in October, my Mum and Dad celebrate their ruby wedding anniversary and there’s a party to be had!
  • Guy Fawkes night is extra special this year because earlier in the day we will have visited London for Jurassic Park in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall. We went to a Pixar show at the Royal Albert Hall and also Back to The Future in Concert last year and really enjoyed them both. Gary loves musical score, and we both love the score from Jurassic Park so it’ll be a treat to see it live! We’re hoping that as we’ll be in London anyway there might be a good local fireworks display to visit afterwards!

And that’s it for the year so far. We’d hoped to Hot Dub Time Machine it again, but the only local-ish gig is whilst we’re in Florida, and we wanted to go to V Festival but the line-up is a bit rubbish. Still I reckon we’ve got a good year to come! And who knows what else will pop up along the way 🙂

It’s Been a While

So I’ve been spending a lot of time reading other people’s blogs and I’ve found I put a lot of pressure on myself to make my entries relevant, interesting and innovative. All these things that I like in other’s blogs. And I’ve realised this means I’ve been putting myself off actually writing entries! So now I’m going to try to just write. I’m also going to try doing it from my iPhone which I use all the time, and my laptop not so much anymore. So stay tuned for more rubbish spouting from here!

So since I last wrote I’ve been reading A LOT. I constantly have a book pile of about 6 books waiting to be read and I’m keeping it topped up. I’ve read a load of Harry Potters again, all the Hunger Games books and a few in between. I’m hoping to be a giver for World Book Night and give out The Time Traveler’s Wife, though I’m not holding my breath because my application was rubbish – (like one sentence!)

I’ve also been to the movies. I saw The Woman in Black three nights ago. I’m still not sure whether I enjoyed it. The movie itself was really excellent, but it was obvious to me that a lot of the book had been lost (the book is on my wish list!) and I didn’t find it as scary as so many other people found it. It got me to wondering whether I’m just un-scarable or too cynical in my old age. But I don’t think I am. The scares were all jumps and no substance. I really want to see the stage show though because from what I’ve heard it’s a lot better.

I’ve been thinking forward to the rest of the year. I try to not think about work because that’s just too tiring and takes up the whole of my mental strength when I’m there – so holidays and trips and fun things are the forefront of my mind. Most of the year’s plans are up in the air but there are a few things booked and definitely happening. Gary and I are going to see Frankie Valli at the Royal Albert Hall in the summer. I cannot wait! We also want to go and see the Harry Potter tour which is a tour of all the sets and stuff. It’s literally just down the road from us so it’s agony that we haven’t bought tickets yet!

I’m hoping that this year will be as full, if not fuller than last year. After having a few years where we couldn’t do so much due to health issues, last year was fabulous. We saw Roger Waters’  The Wall in Manchester, Taylor Swift, Glee live, Ryan Adams twice, The Foo Fighters, and I’m sure we saw Jersey Boys again….. There were a lot of trips to London and I’m hoping to do that again this year. Nothing like a little bit of Laaandan.

Other things on the cards for the year are hopefully buying a house (if someone would just sell one that’s decent), going on a trip with Gary, seeing friends a whole lot more, taking life less seriously and maybe attending a wedding.  Oh and blogging more, of course!

blog of the decade

At the end of 2008 I found out that my sister was pregnant with her second child. I found this out whilst we were away with family to attend a funeral. It felt kind of fitting. An end to a crappy year with a family member passing away, and the promise of an exciting event mid way through the next year.

So we began 2009 with a lot of expectation. Every year since we’ve been married, Gary and I have said to each other “next year will be better”. And thank God, 2009 was better. We celebrated our 3rd year of marriage, my nephew was born, and I was loving my job. I made some fantastic friends, and existing friendships grew closer. I visited amazing places and did fun things. I made plans for the next year, and grew up an awful lot.

I started 2009 absolutely shattered. Working in retail does that to you. While everyone else is enjoying a wonderful break (two weeks for some!) and a relaxing Christmas time, those who work in retail are facing their busiest period. There’s Christmas shoppers for at least two months before the big day, and then the day directly afterwards sees the sales start. People with bargain fever in their eyes, and crazy complainers who don’t understand how returns work. So for at least two months before and two weeks after Christmas, it’s mayhem. This leads to mucho exhaustion. So mid January I took a much needed week off from work. Gary and I decided to go to Liverpool and stay in the new Hard Day’s Night Hotel – a Beatles themed hotel – and take some Beatles related tours around the city for a few days. It was so much fun, to see the sights, get away, and enjoy each other’s company.

February saw the snow week. I got the flu and we got snowed into our estate for a week. The shop was closed for a lot of it, and people couldn’t get anywhere. We ran out of food and all I had was some frozen garlic, three red onions and some oxo cubes – so I made a make shift French Onion Soup. It didn’t turn out too bad!

In March we went to see Thriller Live!, a show in London celebrating Michael Jackson’s work . It was a bit rubbish, but I’m so glad we went. We had also bought tickets to see MJ at the O2 arena, but later events obviously changed that! So at least we’d seen a tribute.

In April I got my iPhone. It might seem like nothing of note, but if you’ve got an iPhone, you’ll understand 🙂 Once you’ve had an iPhone, you never go back.

In May, Gary and I took a trip to London. We spent a couple of days there seeing the sights and went to see a show, The Jersey Boys. It was our third time seeing it (once in San Francisco and twice in London).  Still after the third time we’d enjoyed it just as much as the first. Mid way through the month we had a heat wave and it felt like summer had arrived. It was wonderful. Gary and I spent on Sunday walking around the parks in Milton Keynes just basking in the sun. It was like being on holiday.

In June we went to the Hard Rock festival. We saw The Fleet Foxes and Neil Young, and had some amazing thunder storms both while we were there and the week preceding it.

July was when I was taken over by the Twilight Saga. I couldn’t believe I’d stuck my nose up to these books before, and all of a sudden was thrust into this wonderful world of Bella and Edward. The first book will always be a favourite and I still get those first time feelings when I re read it.

In August, my nephew was born. Little baby Jos is the first boy born into our family in a long time 🙂

In September I passed my driving test (second time) and that took a huge weight off my shoulders. Yes, I’m still a nervous driver but I passed, so that’s gotta count for something!

In October we went to Center Parcs for a week long break. Gary and I were both exhausted and in dire need of a break. We love to go to Center Parcs because it’s far enough away and secluded enough to feel like you’re on holiday, but still in the country so you’re not completely closed off.

Once Halloween has passed the shops start thinking about Christmas. So it was about this time that Christmas time started for me. It’s a good thing I like this time of year! The weather got colder, and I’m sure you all know about the snow panic the UK has been going through. I love snow, but we overreact so much! You can read my last few blogs to see what’s been going on around Christmas time. I kind of like to let it go fairly early, and move onto the new year. We took our decorations down last Sunday.

So not only was it a great year, then end of 2009 hails the end of the decade too. A decade where I met, dated and married my Gary. My sister got married and had two kids. A few of my friends have gotten married and a lot of them have had kids. I’ve met and made some amazing friends and these people are friends for life. I’ve had my first job, left school, and followed it with full time jobs, learned a lot of skills and grown up loads (ten years in fact!) But I’ve matured from a know it all 16 year old to a know it all 26 year old.

Gosh, in ten more years I wonder how much more I will have learned.

(and you can see my year in photographs here)