The week before Christmas…

It is nearly the end of the year and I find myself blogging less as I socialise more.
The weekend saw me thankful for an incredible lie in and lots of being at home relaxing- life has been pretty non stop recently and I really wanted some down time.  I chilled with the paper, a decadent breakfast of a mango followed by salmon and avocado on toast. It was great and reminded me that quality is better than quantity!  I hung out with Doerthe that evening, again reminded and thankful for the disposable income that is mine to be spent in nice bars in West Hampstead. I was also thankful to hang out with Doerthe- a ‘doer’ and who I have not spent time with for a year given On Sunday, I tackled the pile of presents that had started to take over my room and wrapped all bar the twin’s presents.  I spent the rest of Sunday relaxing whilst watching Merlin and I was thankful for the TV distraction via my laptop! I am interested in volunteering abroad for a few months and money seems to be my biggest problem at the moment, so whilst I am inspired, I need some more time and funds…

And so on to the week before Christmas.

Monday ended pleasantly at Tolli restaurant in Kentish Town with very good company, courtesy of Mike and Metadata. I ate so much I couldn’t sleep later that evening but the anti pasti, roast lamb with vegetables and mince pie with custard were absolutely worth it! It was the last time of seeing certain friends in 2011, so I was grateful to be able to spend such a nice evening together, eating and drinking and making merry.

I have decided that having a party or social do on a Monday just does not do. The rest of the week seems to stretch ahead of you interminably, and of course you have to get up the following morning and head to work. No fun. And so with little to do at work apart from basic admin, I awoke on Tuesday feeling a lil bit grumpy. Nonetheless, I was grateful for my penultimate Christmas present arriving from Amazon; that Hannah lent me the Aloe Blacc album; for an amazing home made mince pie and seeing the view across Vauxhall bridge at night. I had a good little chat with Gok on the way home which I am also thankful for.

I have finally wrapped all of the familial christmas presents and shall be rid of half of them later this evening which given their weight, I will be very grateful for. I have also finished creating data cds of various UK, US and world music for my Gambian friends and in the process learnt how to make said cds which I am grateful for. Fingers crossed they get there in one piece! And tomorrow is my last day at work- what else could a thankful girl need?

I recently read another, very honest blog which highlighted the cathartic nature of blogging. I am aware that this blog presents a nice, grateful picture of my life and I do not blog about the mornings when I don’t want to go to work; when I feel so lonely I want to cry; when I feel so ungrateful for everything in my life that I have to give myself a good talking to. But these times do happen and more frequently than I’d like. This blog makes me re-assess each day, those times when I write off my day as average or just plain shite, but then I have to write here and I realise that good things have happened that day. I want more good things to happen each day and I do want to be even more thankful for each day.  

I want to thank again everyone that has texted, emailed or come up to me and said that they have enjoyed the blog, with this encouragement it motivates me more to write and the more I am motivated to write, the more I have to think about the good things in my life. If that makes sense! 

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