Three Reasons to love January


January is a bit rubbish, but in the spirit of trying to find the good in all things, here are three reasons to love the first month of the year.

  • It’s the start of the year, and whether or not you believe in New Year’s Resolutions, it’s a great time to set some new intentions. You can’t escape that fresh start feeling; the whole of the year is ahead of you, and almost everything seems possible.
  • It’s perfectly acceptable to spend the entire month essentially hibernating. The weather is rubbish (in the UK, at least), so it’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book. There’s also loads of good television, and even if there’s not, there’s Netflix. And all ten series of Friends are on there.
  • On the 21st January, it’s National Hug Day. What’s not to love about a month that includes a day like this? (Unless you don’t like being touched, I suppose.) Take the chance to give someone you love a hug. It’s good for your health!

Three Reasons… is an ongoing series.

Looking Back ~ January 2017

Who can believe that the first month of the year has come and gone already? Of course anyone with a basic understanding of how time works probably can believe it, but January always feels like a challenge, and getting through it is something that has to be ticked off, instead of enjoyed.

Whatever else has happened personally, January 2017 will always be the month when I was scared to turn on the news. Unbelievably, as I write this, it’s been nine days since the inauguration, and each new day just brings more terrifying developments. I can’t imagine what the next four years will bring.

But to forget about the macro, and concentrate on the micro, January was a fairly uneventful month, as the long first month of the year tends to be. I spent the first weekend of the month working at an event at Alexandra Palace, where I managed to grab a photo with Evy Lynch, also known as Harry Potter’s Luna Lovegood. I try not to be a total loser, but inevitably from time to time it spills out, but luckily she was happy enough to let me take a photo with her. (In the writing of this, I’ve decided not to share the photo here. It’s on my Instagram if anyone cares enough to take a look!)

Pizza Express Prosecco

I toddled along to Pizza Express to try out their Ultimate Comforts menu, review can be found here; I also went to The Den at 23 in Colchester so my friend Hannah could try their Quarter Pounder Cheeze Burger, which is apparently a vegan version of a Big Mac. I didn’t have it, opting for the hot dog instead, but Hannah gave it a massive thumbs up.

Vegan hotdog

And finally, as ever with a monthly round-up post, I should mention another Mark Kermode in 3D has been and gone with myself and my buddies in the audience. He’s booked in for another year there, so no doubt you’ll hear me mention it a lot again, though I think my attempts to attend them all will once more be stymied. January’s saw two top guests; Anna Smith, president of the Critics’ Circle and film critic, and none other than Mark Gatiss, who was on top form, very funny and engaging.

Mark Kermode BFI Southbank

Fun to Come in February

• Another MK3D at the BFI Southbank

• The wedding of a very dear friend from school 

• Hopefully another weekend with my niece and great-niece

Project 365 ~ FMS Photo a Day January 2014

For most of last year, I dipped my toe into Fat Mum Slim’s monthly photo challenge. Each month she issues a list of prompts for each day, and encourages people to join in on social media. I didn’t manage a full month last year, but this year, I decided to try my hardest to take a photo each and every day. Trying to take a photo every day (Project 365) is hard, and I didn’t want to set myself up to fail, but I thought that taking it a month at a time was an ideal way to try.

So far, it’s going well. I completed January, all 31 days, which is a first for me in terms of FMS Photo a Day. I wasn’t happy with each and every photo, but I’m treating it as a learning curve, and hopefully by the end of the year I’ll notice a difference in both the composition and the quality of the photos.

My favourite photograph is probably number 26, of our answers at the pub quiz on a Sunday night. The most liked photo on Instagram was number 12, of my rainbow bells.

I’ve already made a good start on February, so I’m hoping to see the month through again!

Happy New Year!

I’m all behind with my end of year/start of year posts! For someone who is planning to include ‘Be more organised’ on my resolutions list, I’m not off to a great start!

So, although I’m behind, this is just a post to say Happy New Year. I’ll back over the next couple of days with another 2013 round up post, and one to introduce my goals for 2014.