Hello, all! Hope you had a good Christmas period. Mine was pretty good, although much noisier than I’d have liked.
Perhaps most excitingly, (try to work out how much I’m joking – even I’m not sure) I got back on the chocolate after 2 ½ months off. And DAAAAAMN, it was good.
I was over at the parents’ as usual, and got lots of lovely presents including oodles of new stuff for my kitchen. Sadly that stuff is all in my parents’ loft as I am packing up my place at the moment (anyone wondering why I am doing this without a moving date: it is just me, so if I don’t do this stuff, it is not going to get done).
I also had a good birthday, during which I did bugger all. I got some fab books, which so far are not packed away, hurrah! The weather was a bit rubbish, which meant I couldn’t go out for a long walk as planned, so I mostly faffed about with my niece’s tablet (she did not seem that bothered tbh), swore at my phone for being a git (have since reset it to factory settings and all is well now), ate chocolate and drank champagne (bless my Dad for buying champagne this year - white wine just makes me sleepy at the moment).
I was supposed to work on the 27th but the trains weren’t running so I did more sitting about doing nothing (well, I did do some writing) and playing with my nieces.
On the 28th I took my niece to see Frozen, which I really enjoyed (<3 Elsa) and then my BIL took me home back to my lovely quiet flat omg yay so quiet (until Downstairs Man started up). I then did more sorting/packing and playing about with laptop. Repeat that for the 29th.
I was in work on the 30th, and I realise I am incredibly boring but it was nice to have something normal to do (also quiet, as Downstairs Man was being noisy on the 29th as well). Also meant I got round to sending a bunch of flat-related emails that my parents have been bugging me about.
31st I cooked (macaroni cheese with apples – tbh both parts lovely but would have been just as good separate), cleaned and did more faffing on the laptop (I installed Bluestacks and then Candy Crush Saga because my niece had it, hahaha). Crishna came over for NYE as is traditional, though Downstairs Man was annoying (again) and next door started playing music AT MIDNIGHT, as you do (he did stop at 1, thankfully). It wasn’t the greatest NYE ever because we were both very tired, and had it been a normal night I’d have probably gone to bed at 10.
2013 wasn’t great, so I am hoping that 2014 is better and at the very least involves less dickish neighbours. I have made a grand total of one resolution, which is to eat less meat. I don’t think I can give up entirely, but I am going to try to reduce the amount I eat. All my other aims for the year (write, see my friends who live further away more often, find a house) aren’t really resolutions as I already had them in mind. And I already exercise at least 6 times a week – it’s not really a resolution if you’re just going to keep plugging away, is it?
Yesterday I did – no surprise – more packing, and the weather was shit, so we stayed in. I put my giant sofa on FreelyWheely and amazingly have had three replies, even after pointing out in the listing it would be a pain to clear. Hoping I might even get it picked up this weekend, which would be super useful. Hurrah for that, anyway!
Today I am at work (typesetting yay) and then over to my parents’ tonight. The weather forecast for the weekend is rubbish, which is a shame as I would have liked to have gone out somewhere. Ah well, more packing (there’s still an entire bookcase to tackle). And if I can get the sofa picked up I’ll have a decent amount of space for the boxes, woo.
With regards to Christmas TV – thought Who was ok but not great, enjoyed Death Comes To Pemberley (oh, Tom Ward, so lovely <3 <3), enjoyed Last Tango In Halifax a lot, thought Strictly was fun (and I loved a. the shameless overmarking of Elaine Paige and b. Rufus and Flavia’s dance), and struggled my way through Downton (I don’t watch it, but Lesley does so I was being nice), although I did like Paul Giamatti. Call the Midwife was as fantastic as usual.
I watched Sherlock, which I found more irritating than anything else, and were it not for Lars Mikkelsen I’d just give up now. Meh. I did also watch episode 6 of Sleepy Hollow, which I am really enjoying. And I know this isn’t news but goodness me, Tom Mison is attractive.
Was there other stuff on? Probably. I haven’t watched Big Fat Quiz of the Year yet, although I did see a little bit last night.
Excitingly a new series of Silent Witness starts tonight, yay! Not entirely sure about Emilia Fox’s hair this series – will have to wait to see it in motion.
I really must take a photo of one of my presents to use as a new default icon.