White Rabbits for Tuesday 1st January 2019

Well hello there folks.  I trust you have all enjoyed spending time with your loved ones during December, whatever your faith or beliefs.  And for those of you who have endured the winter flu superbug that has been doing the rounds, I wish you all a speedy recovery – it’s been horrid, I know.  Lee made his way back home to Essex earlier after spending a relaxing time together since Boxing Day.  We’ve both been grateful to family and friends for our gifts, as well as delicious meals cooked for us.

The last few months have flown by since my 40th birthday.  It was an extremely emotional event, the evening before, and on the day itself.  Lee will testify to this.  His new lilac shirt needed a wash after I cried on his shoulder, and my mascara almost ruined the shirt.  Not that it was a case of It’s My Party And I’ll Cry If I Want To, more a case of the absence of my late Grandad Tom, and also my brother Lee.  Still, the celebrations of turning 40 continued for another two weeks…spending a week in Rhuddlan, Wales with Mum and my nephews, and then Belfast the following week.  I began helping out in a local dog grooming salon at the end of August as well, which I thoroughly enjoy.

Lee and I travelled to Glasgow and Edinburgh in September – our first citybreak outside of London, Liverpool and Manchester.  A decent time had by all.  My Level 2 module for the Open University started in October, A215 Creative Writing.  I was pleasantly surprised with my first grade, however I am hoping to fair slightly better for the second assignment – which is due in a few weeks’ time.  For this particular module I have had to really think outside the box, including taking myself away from my home environment, just to focus my mind.  I have many great ideas that come to mind as I am drifting off to sleep, but the following morning, can’t recall any of them.  I have several notebooks with my jottings for all of the writing activities studied so far, and I am looking forward to heading out to Costa Coffee this week with my new laptop, and finally getting words onto the screen.  Note to self, must renew Office 365 subscription.  Lee and I also celebrated our first anniversary in October.  Happy Days.

I made my way to Essex in November and had a wonderful time with Lee at the Christmas Fayre at Bury St Edmunds, Frankie and Benny’s.  A trip to London – a full day at the Tate Modern, and a meal at Dans le Noir (Dining in the Dark).  A full-on sensory experience for your taste-buds, unable to see what you’re eating and having to work this out by taste and touch!  The next day we went along to Suffolk Food Hall, as well as watching Robin Hood at Cineworld in Ipswich, and then a family dinner – again, lovely food.

So, have I any goals for 2019?  First and foremost, to try to get a better sleep routine.  It’s been upside down throughout December with feeling so poorly, I have been in hibernation mode for most weeks.  Another is to try to save money.  And to sign up for my Level 3 City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate and Professional Diploma for Dog Grooming.  I have been able to find an accredited provider close to home, and my main aim is to become fully qualified sooner rather than later.  Finally, to keep plodding on with ABL Health and fitness goals.  I’ll get there in the end.