Showing posts from December, 2014

2014 A Year In Focus

I was out chatting with a friend yesterday and we were contemplating our year in focus. 2014 kind of went past in a blur. I had to go through my social media to work out what had happened through most of the year. So here it is... my 2014. I went to see La Boheme at the Royal Albert Hall in March. We were up in the nose bleed seats but when we got there we got upgraded to fantastic ones down on the floor. I hadn't seen an opera before, I'm so glad we went. It was the most fantastic performance I'd seen in ages, we cried, and I'm not embarrassed. In June I whizzed off with a friend to Geneva. It was boiling, but beautiful. If I wasn't so old and decrepit then I probably would have enjoyed it more! We were trying to come up with a day trip somewhere and had been thinking Paris, but it was actually cheaper to go to Geneva. It was lovely strolling down the river, it was definitely something random to throw in to the year. Also in June there was a family trip

Twas The Night Before Christmas...

... when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In the hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there. --- Christmas is here again, the time for food and drink in excess. And a time, as is tradition with my friends, to exchange tacky Christmas presents. Over the years there have been many gloriously awful purchases. I missed the opportunity to give "Santa Cruz" baubles from Paperchase, a less than festive Santa on a cruise ship. Unfortunately they broke the budgetary requirements. Christmas tacky presents only have a few rules: Collectively you must spend under £5. They must be Christmas themed. To be tacky, they can't really be useful. The last one is really difficult to fulfil as we tend to try and make them useful out of spite... I know this means we might not win, but it also means the recipient tries to use them to prove they're not tacky, and that means p

The Art Of Procrastination

... or How I'm Still Sitting On The Sofa Playing On The Internet. I am an expert at procrastination. Although to be fair I did come in from work and do more work... madness I know! At the weekend I had twenty things to do... I managed to achieved four things. Yesterday I achieved another two. I have to do all the rest by Saturday. I just keep thinking, "I've got all this time off at Christmas, I can do it then." Although that is not true of everything on the list. I'm always amazed at how many ways there are to procrastinate in the evening when I have things to do. So many things that when push comes to shove are much more fun than chores. TV Films A box of maltesers [that was tonight's distractions]. Playing on Pinterest. ... and Twitter. ... and Facebook. ... and candy crush. Thinking about all the things I have to do. Writing a blog post about all the things I'm doing instead of doing the things I should be. Planning the blog posts