Month: December 2015

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I just wanted to wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas. And also, show off a couple of bits from my haul.

I am happy to know that my Dad acknowledges that I refuse to grow up:2015-12-25 10.11.16

Yeay, ponies!!!

And of course, the game I’ve put off playing just for Christmas:

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All my presents were of course fabulous. The bloke got me a lovely necklace, my sister got me the new set of cooking pans I wanted, and I got lots of bath smellies. Another blinding present was the cheese making kit. I can’t wait to have a go of it!

To sum up – thanks to all who were so thoughtful with their gifts, and I hope everyone has a cracking day!

Oh, and hold the sprouts. Christmas should not be smelly.

My Christmas Spirit Broke Already.

I posted earlier about my rather lame attempt at Christmas Decorations.

I haven’t turned the lights on all too often – but this weekend, whilst making a sunday roast for the bloke and I, I decided to attempt some Christmas cheer in what has been an unseasonably warm December (seriously, it feels like Spring here. Far too warm).

The lights lasted 5 minutes before they died, leading the bloke to proclaim ‘Your Christmas spirit just died’.

All in all, from the time of taking a picture of them, my Christmas lights lasted approximately 15 minutes. This is what you get for buying cheap from Tesco.

I haven’t yet summoned up the desire to attempt to fix them. There are 100 bulbs on that. It probably won’t take me too long, but … meh.

Reschedule!

So, this is a time of year when everything is maniacally busy, so I won’t be posting *quite* on schedule until the new year – after which, normal service will resume.

In between eating lots of food, watching lots of films, playing many computer games, drinking too much and spending time with family and friends, I doubt I’ll be making much time to blog over the holidays!

Fear not, though – no doubt I’ll be having plenty going on that I’ll probably have blog fodder until February.

Happy Christmas all!

Gotta go fast!

As mentioned in yesterdays blog post, I spent a portion of this weekend ice skating.

It’s been a while since I last did any form of skating, so I was somewhat wobbly right at first. Then I carried on being wobbly, as I was escorting one of the blokes kidlets around the rink.

That said, it was still good fun. Watching kidlet #1 slowly get the confidence to let go of the edge was pretty rewarding. We progressed from edge clinging, to hand holding, to me letting go entirely over the course of a couple of hours.

Kidlet #2 was a different kettle of fish. It did not take her long to let go of the edge and just go for it – with a few spectacular (yet tearless) falls along the way.

I never really got it into my head just how hard skating is unless you’re going fast. Since going as fast as possible has always been my default style, I never really got the whole momentum = better balance when skating. It’s also harder when holding on to someone smaller, as it totally throws off your balance.

My legs remained sore for about 3 days afterwards, and I don’t consider myself to be all that unfit. I do miss skating, though. I think I’ll be making an effort to do more of it in the new year. It’s a shame I let myself grow out of it.

This got me thinking about other things that I ‘grew out’ of at some point, that I should probably revisit: swimming, sports and above all – comics.

I’m not one for new years resolutions, but my ‘to do’ list has definitely grown. And in my own style, I’ll be attempting to do all the above fast. Everything is more exhilarating when it flies by!

Snow doming

First off, my apologies for the lack of posts over the last few days – a mixture of bodging up my wordpress scheduling and being busy got in the way of me doing it right. Normal service shall resume.

So, what have I been up to? I was with the blokes family at the SnowDome to experience the Winter Wonderland and a couple of hours of ice skating (more on that in a later post).

The Winter Wonderland won’t allow you to meet Santa himself, but you will get a good half hour of sledging and snow tomfoolery, followed up by a Christmas pantomime and chocolate. Finally, you get to write a letter to Santa, and meet all his animals. According to the Winter Wonderland experience, this includes rabbits, pygmy goats, pigs, donkeys, and miniature shetland ponies. Oh, and reindeer. Confused? Me to.

The highlights of this trip were the bloke and I getting disapproving stares from various adults as we chased each other around the snow trail with snowballs and attempted to knock each other into snow banks. Snow trails are serious business, and we must all remember to behave like responsible adults. Which is, I suspect from some of the looks we got, the inability to have fun. Or something.

Fear not, we chased his kidlets to. We’re not total heathens.

Next, the creepiest snowman I have ever seen in my life:

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Scary stuff.

I also left my mark on the graffiti board:

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Finally, we were given some much needed health and safety advice:

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All in all, it was a very enjoyable day. For anyone around the Midlands area, I’d recommend it.

Secret Santa

Today was Secret Santa day at work.

For those who have not heard of this, here’s how it works. All participants have their name put in a hat. You then pull out a name, and that is who you need to buy a present for. You shouldn’t tell anyone, as the identity of who brought the gift is supposed to stay secret.

My secret santa has done well this year:

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Cheese is always a winner with me. Nom nom nom!

Thanks, Secret Santa!