Remember I said a little while back, that I was worried I might have peaked too early with regard to Christmas? Well this week the pre-Christmas grumps hit with an almighty thump. That feeling that you’re never going to get on top of the cleaning or write all the Christmas cards. And trying to work out when the heck you’re actually going to fit in the food shop, totally finishes you off.
In an effort to ‘keep it real’, my Monday evening looked a little like this in our house…
Genius huh? A little bit of comedy from Chris Fleming to make you smile.
“WE NEED MORE PILLOWS!” (I *may* have actually said this).
By Tuesday, I was back to my normal slightly-stressy-but-getting-things-into-perspective self. Is it just me who has these crazy half hours sometimes? My family generally ignore me, allowing me to whizz round the house like a whirling dervish!
Aside from that, there were plenty of ‘Little Loves’ worth sharing, so here goes…
I’ve not been great at reading this week, simply because I’ve not had the time. I have ordered a new book though, with the intention of getting some reading done during the Christmas break (who am I kidding?!). Have you read Room? I know that I’m a bit late to this party but I do prefer to read the book before watching a film so that’s my plan.
Do you like to be intentional about your year ahead? At the beginning of every year, I work through a booklet called ‘Unravelling the Year Ahead’. The idea is to reflect on 2015 and consider what you might like to do differently in 2016. I usually sit down with a friend at the beginning of every year and we share our answers with each other. If you fancy doing it at the beginning of 2017, you can find out more over at Susannah Conway’s blog.
This week I felt compelled to look back on what I had written in January 2016. My ‘Word for the Year’ was ‘TRUST’. What a year of learning to trust it has been! I am planning to unpack my year in a blog post shortly – all that I’ve learnt and the things to be thankful for. Watch this space!
With my youngest daughter being off school all week with a nasty virus, we’ve had Friends playing on a loop. Believe it or not, I actually caught an episode I’ve not seen before – the one where Ross visits a tanning booth. This is the ONLY show that has me genuinely laughing out loud in every episode. It never gets old does it?
Did you catch Rillington Place on BBC1 this week? Oh my goodness, this was the scariest, most chilling piece of drama I have watched in a very long time. I so desperately wanted to see it through to the end (which of course I did) but it was utterly terrifying. The actor was brilliant, I will never forget Mr Christie’s ‘Dear, dear, dear, dear, dear’ as he put his head around the door to survey his latest murder scene. Seriously good TV available on Catchup if you didn’t see it.
I finally gave my Michael Buble Christmas album the airing it deserves. This is without a doubt my favourite choice of music for the season. I’m going to treat you to a little bit of ‘All I Want for Christmas’. Enjoy.
Is it ok to admit that I quite like Matt Terry’s Christmas release? If you’ve no idea who I’m talking about, he won Xfactor at the weekend. Trust me when I say that I so didn’t want to like it but as usual, Capital Radio has worked its magic. Gah! The fact that it was written by Ed Sheeran probably helped a great deal.
I recently discovered Jamberry nail wraps and I love them! I don’t have the best nails in town (don’t look too close) and also don’t particularly enjoy going to a nail salon to get them fixed. These wraps give short stubby nails the perfect lift and there are so many colours and amazing patterns/finishes to choose from!
I thought these ones were perfect for the Christmas party season and it meant I could spend an hour on Wednesday evening giving myself a little TLC. Perfect.
Christmas would not be Christmas without home-made mince pies. I actually don’t really like shop-bought ones, the snob that I am. This whole plateful was wolfed down in one sitting so now it’s time to make some more! I also like to put a big batch in the freezer to keep us going and as an alternative to Christmas pudding which I loathe.
There’s still no snow in The Alps. What’s happened to our weather lately? Utter madness. My crazy husband is refreshing his phone every five minutes in the hope that the forecast is going to change or our impending ‘ski’ trip looks destined for disaster. Keep everything crossed folks!
Have a wonderful weekend one and all. I hope you’ve got some lovely Christmassy activities planned.