Wednesday, 31 December 2014

December Mission - The Results!

I tried to be generous and give at every opportunity and I carried some change around in my pockets (I never usually have any change on me - or any real money at all to be honest!) so that I could buy a big issue and donate to every one of the worthy causes in the town centre at this time of year.

I also tried to give thanks and compliments :-)

I offered to help with the dishes at The Palace but Mr Matthews wouldn't hear of it and I did ALL the dishes on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and both days afterwards during which there was much cookery going on in the kitchen!

Including my first attempt at porchetta!

I think I can claim this one as a moderate success!

Monday, 29 December 2014

December Week 4!

Panic shopping Day - this doesn 't happen in my house, everything was bought and wrapped well before Week 4 in December :-)

Not making 50 Christmas stockings this year did help though!

Checking for receipts Day - As most of the shopping was done online I actually don't have many receipts at all, I do have a folder full of purchase confirmation emails though!

Prepare to take the following year by storm Day...


Monday, 22 December 2014

December Week 3!

Listen to Barry White Day - NO! I really hoped that Barry would have recorded some festive tunes but as he hasn't I'm not going to listen to him!

I prefer to listen to this awesome version of White Christmas :-)

Believe in Santa Day - I Believe (EVERYDAY)!

Monday, 15 December 2014

December Week 2!

Tell people you have a six pack Day – hahahaha, I don’t have a six pack and no one would believe me if I told them I did! In fact I suspect the response would be “of what?"

Set a personal best Day – I set a personal best in terms of how festive I can be in the new office space (of course the fact that it’s the first Christmas in situ helped). The pink sequined Rudolph jumper, antlers (with bells) and flashing red nose combined with Christmas tree earrings and snowflake necklace and an array of festive tat (for want of a better word) around my desk area ensured that, even for me, the level of festiveness was a little over the top in my little corner of the world!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

December Week 1!

Start getting excited about Christmas Day!

I did this half way through November when I started to hear Christmas music being played in the shops! I’m sorry – I can’t help it! For the last couple of weeks my ipod has been full of nothing but Christmas music (there’s a little video treat for you below (technically you shouldn’t get this until 17 Dec but I’m good to you)), I’ve already done all my Christmas shopping, the Christmas party’s booked, the Christmas food order’s placed, I’ve been to the Harrogate Christmas market and made plans to go to the Leeds one in a couple of weeks.

I really started to get excited about it on Sunday night (30th) when Mine Truly presented me with an advent gift (he's lovely like that) - I now have a Christmas jumper for my mug! :-)

I'm absolutely gutted - the best video of this song has now been listed as private :-( I loved watching it at Christmas, it never failed to bring a smile to my face and put me in the festive frame of mind. You'll just have to enjoy the song and cope with the boring video I'm afraid!

Yay! I've found the video here (wow, real time blogging!) - the sounds rubbish (and the video takes ages to load) but it's worth it!

And, mine truly and I had a lovely day this week putting our decorations up! The sherry (port and lemonade for Mine Truly) was flowing (ridiculously early I might add!), the Christmas tunes were on and there was a distinct layer of glitter to be found on, well, pretty much everything! The evening was spent in festive bliss (mine) and relief (mine truly’s) whilst having a carpet picnic by the tree and watching Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life.

Ready to go in my decorating outfit

The disinterested cats

The bedroom

Even the bathroom wasn't excluded from the festive make-over!

And then I was able to spend another evening by the tree (with yet more sherry and Christmas tunes) making a start on the present wrapping!

I am one happy bunny :-)

(I also love that Channel 5 have been showing 3 Christmas movies back to back on weekends for the last few weeks – yay!)

Slippers appreciation Day

I have 3 new pairs (courtesy of Bernie (Panda), John (Fluffy) last Christmas and Santa (Elf Boots)) to add to the collection – it’s a shame I only have 2 feet really!


Thursday, 4 December 2014

November Mission - The Results!

Mission recap here!

I have not been very zen at all and I've been more whirlwind than speck in the whirlpool of existence!

However, I have started yoga with Sarah at the fabulous Padma Yoga so I don't feel too bad about spectacularly failing this month's mission ;-)

And Mine Truly and I will be redecorating the bedroom with a star/space theme once the Christmas decorations come down so that should encourage future pondering of the cosmos!

Monday, 1 December 2014

December Mission!

(wow, how did we get here so fast!)

Be the soul of generosity

Give, give, give at every opportunity

Offer the gifts of time and laughs

Be the one that always says 'Can I help? Is there anything I can do?' and the one to chip-in when there's washing up to be done

Give thanks and compliments and know it's always the thought that counts

This December: Go forth and GIVE!