Oops. I do apologise for the rather lengthy absence, rooted in my terrible talent for procrastination…
It has been quite the year since my last blog post. I’m not entirely sure what happened to blogging along the way – there were times when I just didn’t feel like sharing what was going on in my head, and other times where procrastinator supreme “I’ll write a post next whenever” prevailed. But now life has evened out a bit, and I want to get back to my original reasons for starting thins in the first place – revelling in the small things!
A debrief of the last 12 months would have to include the following highlights:
- I survived two months travelling solo in the South Pacific – more about that here!
- I graduated! (Still convinced they’re going to decide that was a clerical error one day…)
- We moved across the country and managed to navigate the traps of house-hunting; our well developed damp-sensors once again proving invaluable!
- I started my first job (and have thus far survived!)
- My little (6ft) brother has finally found his calling and has been given the opportunity to go follow his dreams in September – super proud!
- We ticked a few places off our travel bucket list.
- And finally, and most excitingly…
- My aforementioned other-half asked me a very important question, to which the answer was a very slightly hysterical YES; we are now enjoying bumbling through the world of wedding planning together!
As I said, quite the year! I will be blogging a bit about my travels, and a few important bits and pieces, but mainly trying to focus on the little smiles just like before.
Thanks for staying interested if you’re still reading!
End of an Era
Our new playground
Starting something new
Somebody press pause!! Life is hurtling along a bit at the minute! I only have 6 weeks left of the final placement of my course, and only a few days until I find out where life will be taking me after the summer.
This weekend we headed across country to see my boyfriend’s parents. It was lovely to spend time with them, and although part of the reason for going was a family funeral, it was great to be reminded how dynamic our families can be. Rows, bereavements and distances may split some ties wide open, but there are always new ones forming. We draw people in to our families, they become part of our story, and we become part of theirs. Families are not necessarily the ones you are first born into; they evolve around us, shaped by our lives and those of the people in it.
I have a wonderful family, and though I may not speak to them or see them half as much as I would like, I am so happy to have them as characters in my story. My smile this week is the one put there by the people I care about more that anything; my wonderful, totally crazy but undeniably awesome family!
Well, this week, it’s more of a big cheshire cat grin!
Back in December, I had a very lonely birthday. I’d had a day out the day before with my boyfriend, but my actual birthday consisted of an academic progress meeting and a slightly less than exciting lecture, followed by a very lonely evening in. Being a December baby makes birthday arrangements tricky to start with, and this year my friends were all spread out across the country, throwing even more spanners in the already clogged up works! So anyways, long and short of it, I felt my birthday feeling a little sorry for myself, and totally fed up with adult life.
But I actually have the best friends. Last weekend, we managed to engineer a bit of catch-up time, where I was presented with this:
I must have said at some point during one of our many reminiscing chats about the impending doom of adulthood that I’d always had a caterpillar cake at home for my birthday. So they decided the tradition should continue, regardless of the number of candles that definitely now don’t fit on the cake…!!
Of course, this did kind of mean relaxing the cold (chocolate) turkey January (See Hello World) for 1 day but I figure that it doesn’t count when it’s your own birthday cake!
It’s only really been over the last 12 months that I’ve realised how seriously great the people in my life are, and how much I really, really need them. They know who they are, and this is a thanks for being so awesome.