I’m sitting here with my diary, to look through, and see what the highs and lows of the year were.  I’m hopeful that highs will out-number lows, fortunately!

Highs –

  • Adele and I had our annual Bicester jaunt in January.  We both really enjoy it, and love treating ourselves to a few special bits and pieces. 😉  Plus, we’re both big fans of Pret a Manger for coffees and snacks!
  • When the naughtiest boy in my class called the whiniest boy in the class a “crybaby wanker!”  I still laugh about that one…  Because it was true. 😉
  • Went to see ‘Spamalot’ in Birmingham.  It was freezing cold that day, but such a good show.  So funny!
  • A sad day turned funny when I bumped into an old secondary school teacher at a funeral.  She INSISTED I took her phone number, plus the number of my old head of year.  Needless to say, I haven’t called…
  • I got pretty obsessed with Grand Theft Auto V on the Xbox.  I played it for so many hours, and it ended up being only the 3rd game I’ve managed to complete – although I did have to skip loads of levels I couldn’t pass…  It was the absolute perfect way to wind down after stressful days at work.
  • Spent a cold and wet day in London with Laura visiting the Sherlock Holmes exhibition, and then hiding out in Pret for hours to escape the weather.
  • Dressed as a crocodile for World Book Day.  The massive crocodile head gave me the perfect chance for a bit of shut-eye during our weekly snooze-fest diary meetings.
  • Went to Fosse Park for shopping with Adele and Ed.  Fun purchases made.
  • Baby Eli was born.
  • Caught up with some Nicholson family members, who we’ve not seen for years at Blist Hill Victorian town.
  • Had a fantastic over-night stay in London.  Had a lovely jaunt round Camden Market, then saw ‘War Horse’.  Got a 5* hotel half price!
  • Went up the Shard.  Almost had it to myself at times.
  • A fun day spent training with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • A jaunt to Tamworth for mum’s birthday with the fam.
  • A dramatic arrest at school for psycho/drugged parent!
  • A Pampered Chef party at Lauren’s.  Bit random, but fun.
  • The ‘Outlander’ finale on Amazon Instant.  OMG.
  • Saw Derren Brown in Northampton with Hazel.
  • A permanent job offer!
  • Job celebrations in Rushton with Louise.
  • A very hot and sunny day in Cambridge with Laura.
  • A lovely alfresco meal at Sharon’s house.
  • Farewell pub garden drinks with the girls.  Lots of presents.  Felt very loved and spoiled.
  • £109 worth of stuff from ‘Next’ for £7!  Yay for sales and vouchers!
  • A most marvellous week on Boa Vista, Cape Verde.  All-round perfect.
  • 3-night trip to Ely with the parentals.
  • 2-night stay in Glasgow with Brian.  Great shopping!
  • Annual Ragdale visit with Adele.  Glorious, as always.
  • Trip to Stafford to see various family.
  • Sunny trip to Packwood house with the fam.
  • Saw ‘Hairspray’ with work girls.  Met Peter Duncan of ex-Blue Peter fame in Ask afterwards!
  • Auntie Margaret’s 90th birthday in Cambridge.
  • New iPhone.
  • Giggles with Trish at Beckworth Emporium.
  • Visited Lisa and baby Arabella.
  • Baby Flora born.
  • A windy trip to the Bell Plantation with Adele.
  • Whole school trip to see ‘The Snow Queen’ at the Derngate.  Enjoyed by all.
  • A successful blood donation!
  • A delicious school Christmas dinner!
  • A Christmas buffet at Adeles.

Lows –

  • Our old neighbour Betty died in Late January.  She was a character who will be well missed.
  • Adele and Ed sadly lost their longed-for baby daughter Robyn at 25 weeks.  Unfortunately, Robyn was very ill, and would have not have had a chance at normal life, had she survived at all.  But it was still gut-wrenchingly sad.  It is so devastating to see people that you love hurting, and not being able to do anything to help, beyond being there.  At the end, they were helped out by a local charity who provides funerals at no cost for babies and children.  And so I made that my yearly Christmas charity donation.
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