In an attempt to make my blog a little more like a place where I actually write things, I thought I’d start looking back on each month as we get to the end of it. This may work a little better if and when I actually start blogging during the month, but mostly I just want it to be a way to appreciate all the fun things I do!
January has been a good month, all told. Most excitingly, I left the country for the first time in over six years! I am yet to blog about my trip to Iceland, but I am planning to, so for now I’ll just say that it’s an amazing place, and I had a brilliant time. Two days was not nearly long enough to spend there, so I hope to go back one day.
I also went to see The Corrs at the O2 last weekend, with my besties. Not the best photo of the lot of us (front-facing camera, be damned), but I didn’t really take any of the gig, because I’m long since past the point where I want to sit with my phone out recording/photographing the whole thing. The Corrs were as amazing as they ever were; we were all fans of them when we were at school (with the exception of Hannah, who didn’t go to school with us), so we were thrilled to learn that they were going on tour again, and snapped up tickets. I really like some of stuff on their new album, but there’s nothing like the old classics. We had a great time!
I also went to see Mark Kermode, in the first of his Mark Kermode: Live in 3D events at the BFI (something I actually posted about), and I’m already eagerly anticipating the February date, and I’m ready to book tickets for March. I know, I know… I’ve also just become a member of the BFI; for £40 a year it’s a bit of a steal, particularly as I’m planning on seeing a lot more things there over the course of the year.
Elsewhere, I’ve picked up my knitting once more; spurred into action by a kit my sister bought me for Christmas (of which I’ve knitted just one glove!), I decided to make a start on a baby blanket for a forthcoming new arrival in the family. My renewed love has inspired two of my lovely work colleagues to learn, and I’ve done my best to teach them the basics. My blanket is coming on a treat, and I’m only lamenting that I don’t have more time to devote to it (all afternoon ideally, after spending my lunch break knitting).
I went out for a friend’s birthday on Friday night, to a place called Jump Street in Colchester. It’s basically just a massive warehouse full of trampolines, and it was such good fun! We had an hour, and we spent almost the entire time bouncing and throwing ourselves around, though I have to say that I tried over and over again to do a somersault into a big inflatable pit, only to fail at the last each and every time. I half-joked that it was a metaphor for my life; trying and failing to do something brave and exciting but wimping out at the last minute, but Hannah told me she was proud of me for trying over and over again, which is something, I suppose! I ached like nothing else afterwards – late on Friday night it was actually hard to breathe because of my aching back/neck/stomach/legs/chest/every single part of my body. But I’d do it again in a heartbeat!
January is, of course, always a bit of a funny month, coming on the heels of December and all its festivities. It usually feels a bit grey; whilst I don’t want to trivialise actual depression by referring to the January Blues, I think we all feel a little deflated after Christmas and everything that comes with it. But I’ve had a good month. Work feels manageable for the first time in a while, and I’ve done some lovely things with lovely people.
Each month will bring with it this update, as well as a films and books recap, and at least two other month-end posts. Possibly too many, but it’s probably the best way for me to start posting regularly again, so I’m going to go with it until it doesn’t feel right!
How was your start to 2016?