Grab yourself a cuppa, this is a long un’!
New Years Day 2015. We all say it, but hasn’t the year gone quickly! It’s hard to believe that we’re at the beginning of another year already.
So back to 2014 and first up, January (obvs). I’d been at my current job for about a month, so was settling in and getting into a routine. We went skiing to Avoriaz mid Jan which was amazing – I did a post on it here – that was definitely the highlight of January!
I don’t think a great deal happened in February, there was Valentines day and we decided to stay at home (#chefnick cooked obvs) and we had a really chilled out evening. Sometime between February and March we decided that we were going to move out of our flat when the contract was up, so when March came around we started to look properly at new places. We were moving from Bucks to London, and had no idea what sort of places we would be looking to live in, or what kind of price we’d have to pay, so there was a lot of trial and error when it came to actually viewing places.
March also saw one of my best friends get married. Regular readers of this blog will know this little-un, my partner in crime – Kayleigh! The wedding itself was a last minute celebration as Kayleigh and her husband are planning to move to America, so wanted to be married in order to put in their first visas. Time was of the essence and they got married about a month or two after they decided their plans (Kayleigh you’ll have to correct me if that’s wrong!). The only thing was, they got married on a weekday which meant that myself and one of our other best friends weren’t able to attend 😦 I’m secretly hoping that they’ll have a big ol’ wedding party once they’ve moved to America and we can all go and visit for a giant knees-up! 😉
Back to house-hunting and eventually we found the flat we wanted and moved in mid April. Nick’s brother helped us move and after some serious packing skills, we managed to fit just about everything into two loads on the transit van! It was a tiresome day, but as much as I hate packing, I do love unpacking! Finding a home for everything is probably the best bit about moving, but it was a pretty stressful process overall. I’ve mentioned before about how it’s entirely different when you’re moving from a family home to a new place than from 1 place to another, and I totally get why people say that moving is stressful now! I’ve moved to a new place every year now for almost 7 years, and it’s getting a bit tiresome. I know our place now won’t be our ‘forever house’ although we do plan to stay for another year or so. I just hope that the next time we move it will be to somewhere we can stay for a good few years!
The following week was hen do number two – the more civilised one for the slightly older females of the family. This time we’d organised a tea party. Our plans were scuppered by the weather again though, so our outdoor gathering had to swiftly be turned into an indoor gathering, but I think we pulled it off anyway! 😉
A few days later and it was the much anticipated Farrance wedding – I could say so much about this day, but I’ll keep it simple – it was perfect. I was honoured to be a bridesmaid and to be a part of a day where two of my best friends got married. It was a very emotional day, even for me (the emotionless corpse!) and I will never forget it, a day surrounded by my very best friends, it’ll be hard to top!
Early September was spent on a bit of a wedding-high if I’m honest! The low that followed was a little depressing, but I struggled through (!) and by that point it wasn’t too long ’til my birthday! The leaves started to shed from their trees and the ground was swimming in deep autumnal colours, all ready for my favourite month – October!
Birthday time came around and every year I think to myself, ‘how did I get to this age!’ Nevertheless, it was fun and frolics all round, my friends from home came up to visit and we headed out to meet lots of others in town for cocktails and dancing (all the juicy deets can be found in my post here), plus I was thoroughly spoilt by all, which was lovely!
I also managed to get pretty much all of my Christmas shopping done in November which I was pretty pleased with! The Oxford Street crowds are much more manageable at that time I have to say!
Christmas was lovely, my post here summed up most of the food side and then the present side here. Food, wine and presents to and from loved ones, why can’t we do this every month?! 😉
New Years eve was a quiet one this year, Nick and I stayed in, ordered Dominos and drank Champagne – see above pic! At first I was a bit sad that we wouldn’t be seeing the new year in with others as well, but really as long as I’m with Nick, nothing else matters. *cringe alert!* 😉
Blog wise, I’m planning to keep up with my 3 posts a week, and just carry on learning as I go, experimenting with photography, hopefully learning more about my camera too and just enjoying everything! I’d like to try and do a bit more self promotion too, I’m always very conscious about spamming people with blog stuff, but I think that being so conscious about it has meant that I have probably restricted what I could have done – so I’m going to try and kick it up a notch in 2015 and see how it goes. Fingers crossed!
Lastly I’d just like to wish you all a Happy New Year! I hope you’re not feeling too hungover today, and if you are then that just means you had a feckin’ good time last night! So don’t feel too bad about it. 😉