What’s the easiest way to start this blog post I wonder? Just get on with it? That usually works. Eventually.
I was unsure if I’d even remember my admin password when I sat down to write this today, it’s been that ruddy long.
I’m not complaining though, as the break has been joyous. Split between Manchester and Suffolk, Christmas was really properly fun (I know it’s extremely boring to talk about Christmas in mid-Jan so that’s the last I’ll mention of it – I’m not a Park advert) and whilst being struck down by flu wasn’t my ideal way to prep for hosting New Year’s Eve celebrations in London, everything went perfectly the way things tend to if you serve enough gin.
(Full disclosure: this pic was from my ambassador shoot with Command earlier this year where I was showing off their damage-free ceiling hooks and wall strips – my NYE kitchen did not look this pristine by the time I’d cooked six different curries for eight people!!!)
We headed to The Cotswolds instead of returning to work on the 3rd (I recommend!) and then I embarked upon a new full-time project which is why I’m now writing this grovelly intro as one long excuse for where I’ve been.
But hey! At least we’re 166 words in now…I DO still know how to blog. Just one sentence in front of another. Or something like that.
I was going to use this first blog post back to reflect on 2016 and lay out my hopes and wishes for the future but I don’t subscribe to the whole new year/new you thing; I prefer to flit between self-love and self-loathing on a more weekly basis throughout the calendar year.
I do have a new office for 2017 though! A new project has to warrant a new work space, right? So we have bought and built a desk and even set up a desktop computer. No longer do I work in the kitchen, serenaded by the tumble drier and perilously close to the fridge. Who knows, maybe this new work arrangement will turn out to be the stealth January diet I never signed up for?
Obviously having a big screen is a treat, but I can’t tell you how nice it is to have a mouse again. Laptop trackpads made us think we didn’t need mice but by golly they are convenient. I’m clicking on new tabs like there’s no tomorrow.
The new workspace has thrown me a little off kilter though and I keep fantasising about radically changing industries. In the last 24 hours alone I’ve decided I should try to become a medical secretary, a children’s entertainer, a novelist, a barrister, a teacher and an aerial gymnast. Oh and someone who sells things at markets! (No idea what things though, so that idea may need more work).
Maybe I’ve seen too many motivational quotes on Instagram and my sub-conscious is trying to force me to LIVE MY BEST LIFE, but it’s all very distracting and a tiny bit fun. Perhaps I’ll go back to school! Or perhaps I’ll finish this project off and just see how I feel when it’s not January, as January really is a strange temptress.
Anyway, I *was* going to say that I’m taking a break from blogging for a while but I want to write about our Cotswolds trip and there was a gin event I went to last week which is very worthy of a write up so I’m not going to disappear just yet. I guess my posts will be less frequent for a month or so though so I wanted to say. (I appreciate lots of bloggers have full time jobs and still manage to blog ALL THE TIME but I really am quite lazy and I got a Fire Stick for Christmas which has opened up a whole new world of telly).
HAPPY NEW YEAR.
I am still here. I am still alive. And let’s take a trip to The Cotswolds tomorrow…