With all these Year in Review posts doing the rounds, it got me thinking about lastyear and I thought to myself that I haven’t done much that I would like to. But then I looked through the photos on my phone and I realised just how much I had actually done!
It’s really easy to be judgemental to yourself, and it can be hard to find something that you’re proud of that you have done. This year has been so busy, and I’ve been through so many changes in my life, that it has actually been a busy year, so for this post, I thought I’d share some memories from the past year.
Every good January begins with a good stationery haul which is what you can see here. The bottom two images show my diaries and some stationery items for my Filofax that I picked up. I also bought a makeup brush cleaner up in the January sales and the top images are the before and after! Other things that happened in January include my best friend’s birthday where we had a lovely tea party, and we ended up dog sitting for my Nan who had to go off for a while and couldn’t take her dog.
February, we still had my Nan’s dog, pictured above. Another one of my friends disappeared across the world to Australia so we had a leaving/birthday party for her which involved cake and Cards Against Humanity. It was also the first time that I took myself out to the cinema. And I went to see The Greatest Showman and treated myself to a White Chocolate Mocha at Starbucks (which has now become my drink of choice there!) February also bought the UK to stand still with the sudden snow and cold weather. Being the Transport Clerk for the local college, it was not welcome for me. In fact, it caused a nightmare for me! But we did get a couple of snow days out of it!
The snow continued into March and continued to wreak havoc! I also went to a really amazing restaurant and had the most amazing steak! It came out on a hot plate and cooked in front of you so you can choose how your steak is cooked. Not only that but me and a friend travelled to London to see Hamilton! If you haven’t heard of it, I would definitely recommend you listen to the soundtrack! It will change your life!
I started April by reading Alex & Eliza which is a fictionalised story of Alexander Hamilton (title character of Hamilton the Musical). Then I started doing the cooking at home and making more PCOS friendly meals. I ended the month by seeing another show of Matilda. Again, if you haven’t heard the soundtrack… you must!
May was a strange month and it started by me staying out all night with some friends, drinking and being merry. Believe it or not but I had never stayed out all night with friends before. Like actually out at bars, drinking all night. I literally got home as the sun was rising! Then on the bank holidays, I went to a National Trust house and saw Morris Dancers. It was such a hot day, I remember that because they were wearing wool! My Dad retired so we went out for some drinks, and then we went to Aston Hall in Birmingham to have a nose around. And the end of the month saw the Birth of Health and Beth!
I think you know pretty much everything that happened to me in June because I blogged every day! But as a refresher, I went to the Safari Park and redecorated the kitchen to name a few things. I also discovered Elderflower Lemonade jelly, and started playing Hogwarts Mystery on my phone. I also went to see I Feel Pretty with Amy Schumer and I love that quote. “I am brave. I am blonde. And I got this.”
July was a mental month! Took me completely by surprise. I started off making Popcorn at an event at work and going to see Matilda on Stage (which is amazing and you should all listen to the soundtrack). Then, on a complete whim, I applied for a job at one of the local hospitals and I got an interview, my Grandad happened to have an appointment at the same time as my interview, so we ended up making it a family outing and after my interview, we all went out for breakfast. The following day, while I was in McDonald’s, they rang me up and offered me the job! I had a holiday booked for the end of the month, so I ended up leaving my old job a week after I found out I got the job! After that, I went on holiday.
I told you. Mental.
I spent the majority of this month in France. We went to Carnac in Brittany which is famous for its megaliths. Its kind of like Stonehenge, but thousands more stones. No one know why they are there, like Stonehenge, but it is really interesting. After France, we spent a couple of days in Portsmouth where I went to see the Mary Rose, Henry VIII’s ship that sank and was recovered 500 years later. Then on the 20th August, I started my new job the week before the bank holiday which I spent in Wales with my girlfriends and had a great time! We climbed to the top of Conwy castle and spent the morning at the Sea Life Centre in Rhyll. It was a great trip.
September was also a busy month, but I didn’t take alot of photos which is annoying for this post! Ha! September is my birthday month, and I also had my graduation ceremony a week later! To celebrate, my friend invited me round to eat curry and drink wine and play video games all night long. Again… very good night!
My friends and I went to a pumpkin farm in October. I’d never been pumpkin picking before, but it was fun. I picked up two. I carved one and made the other into a soup. I also had my first ever flu jab and became a simulated patient for the day, which was hilarious! I just had to talk about getting home to my cat! I also went for a Hike up a mountain believe it or not. I nearly died getting up there, but coming back down was easy!
Me and my Mom also went for afternoon tea in Smethick at this place called Mad as A Hatter which was amazingly Alice in Wonderland themed. It was so good!!
Remember, remember the 5th of November, and that’s what I did. I went to a couple of bonfires and firework displays which were great. I love Bonfire night. I also went to a memorial charity auction with my family, which was so good and we raised quite a bit of money. I also attempted my first Pumpkin pie.
And before you know it, it was December! It went by so quickly when you look at it like that. I went to Birmingham German market for the one day it rained all day! But it was still cozy and we ate in our favourite restaurant, Turtle Bay. I bought myself a new alarm clock which lights up rather than making a noise, I changed the buckles on my shoes… by myself! And I ended Christmas by making Egg Nogg, which was amazing!
Year in Review…
All in all, 2018 was a busy year and I can’t believe I forgot about half the things I actually did this year. It is so strange to think that this time last year I was still in my old job, with my old work colleagues that I’d been working with for the past five years, and this year I’m with new people who I’m still getting to know. I hope 2019 lives up to this last one!
I’ve got some exciting things in the pipeline for you guys and I can’t wait for you to see it all.