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Sunday, 29 December 2013

Hopes for the year..........

At the end of last year I posted a blog about my hopes for this year (not resolutions as I don't make them). So now is as good a time as any to see how I did
Hopes for 2013
1. To get back on track with my weight loss
             Well......the less said about that, the better!

2. To meet up with some of my Open uni buddies around the country
              Accomplished brilliantly! This year I have met up with Elaine and Fiona while in Scotland, met Rae and Helena twice (with more plans for the coming year) and met Eimear outside of our tutorial when she popped in to see me at work.

3. To continue passing my courses
              Accomplished! passed both courses, one pass 2 and one pass 4 (slightly disappointed with the 4)

4. To finish the year with the same friends I start it with (I can add to them but don't wish to lose any)
             Technically I have less friends than I started with but only by means of facebook 'friends'. I had a mass clear out of my friends list in order to delete anyone that wouldn't bother speaking to me in the street if I passed them or that don't really speak to me online. Others have obviously done the same and I am now left with people who I would class as proper friends and would very much like to add some of them to my list of people to meet in real life! All of my real life friends are still very much in my life.

5. To make good things happen for myself and others
             See previous post about my good things jar! Clearly I have made them happen for myself and as many involved other people I can only hope that counts as making them happen for others too.

And so on to 2014

The things I know I am going to achieve this year.

1, I will be debt free before the end of the year
2, I will achieve my degree in the summer (providing I pass the exam)
3, I will have a party to celebrate no.2
4, I will be watching The Full Monty at the Theatre
5, I will be watching Miranda Hart live in Cardiff
6, I will be going to a wedding in Cornwall
7, I will be happy!

And hopes for the year.

1, To lose weight and get a nice dress for the wedding in March
2, To lose more weight in order to have nice graduation photos
3, To keep all my friends and hopefully make more
4, To write at least one of my ideas for a book and stop just thinking about it!
5, To see more theatre/comedy shows
6, To meet up with even more OU buddies

All in all 2013 has been okay! Sadly a funeral started the year and a further funeral took place towards the end of the year, while both these people are greatly missed it was a pleasure to have known them for so many years. Hopefully some wonderful memories have and will help their families through the tough times.

Thank you to everyone that made 2013 a good year and here's hoping 2014 is even better.

Happy new year to all my friends and followers :)

Friday, 27 December 2013

Good things 2013

So a few days early but I have opened this years good things jar! Admittedly I haven't put much in there, not because good things haven't happened but more so that I haven't got round to it.
In my jar this year
January
New years day I walked home up Quarry hill and survived! (this is a massively good thing the hill is bloody huge)
Scored 82% for my creative writing script (still my highest score throughout the OU, so far)
Had an invite to go and stay with Gill in the Isle Of Wight (never made it back this year but nevertheless the invite was lovely)
Spent a good few minutes laughing at the text from my boss about The Wanted being in the shop, not laughing at them being there just the reaction!
Laughing at my mates mum asking how I made scrambled egg, do you use eggs? (this is still making me chuckle)
Won a bracelet in a competition.

February
Spent a lovely day with my mum in Bristol, lunch at Bella Italia (complete with student discount, bonus!) followed by Oliver at the hippodrome which was fantastic.

March
A photo that was posted by Amy on facebook of 'Tim's new case' made me laugh loads! in fact I was still laughing days later and even more now I've just read it again!
Rent increase came through but realised I had already been paying more than I needed to anyway!
Olly Murs concert (no other words needed)

April
Watching 'Calendar Girls' at The Pound in Corsham with mum and her friend, excellent show.
As always, a brill holiday in Scotland! found my first golden post box and visited John o'Groats. While in Scotland I also managed to meet up with 2 Open Uni buddies in real life, hope to do the same again when I come back in 2015.

May
Text from the boss to say how good the store looked after my shift the night before, always good to feel appreciated!

June
Walked the furthest I have ever walked in one go, completing a 20mile charity walk for the Emerton foundation.
Spent my weekend off with friends, a charity quiz night one night and bowling on the other night, brilliant weekend.
Ran the race for life, technically we were walking it to start with but Leann seemed in a hurry so we ended up running quite a bit.

July
Harry Potter world visited for Amy's birthday present, absolutely fantastic day out.

August
Fitted a little bit of carpet in my hallway all by myself.
Had a great night out with the girls to celebrate my course results.

September
Went to Corby Glen to meet up with one of my Open Uni buddies Rae, involved a trip to London to meet another OU buddy Helena. Great weekend and made 2 life long friends.

October
Looked after my friends children overnight for the first time, had a lovely weekend with takeaway, cake baking, shopping and pumpkin carving. And they survived which is the most important point.

November
Jason Manford at Bristol, great show, great night (even though we missed the last train home)
Ed Byrne in Cheltenham, the start of a fab weekend with Rae and Helena involving wrong turns, miles of motorway, a few trips to the Co-op and a few cheeky drinks.
Got a car! woohoo back on the road again in time to avoid the hour long walk to work at 5.30 in the morning in hideous weather.

December
My sister and Dee (my now sis-in-law) celebrated their relationship with a civil partnership ceremony.
I received some lovely pressies for Christmas and more cards than normal, thank you to everyone (I don't send them so apologies)

So that's pretty much been the good side of my year, although I should add there were 2 other charity walks completed and probably many other good things that happened that I haven't mentioned. I will try much harder in 2014 to actually add things to the jar (only 13 of these were in the jar the rest were by memory)