Ok so if you follow me on social media at all, you might have guessed that yesterday I worked my last day in 2017! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my job at The Prince’s Trust and I have been mad busy doing new cool stuff since October, travelling the UK having cool adventures. However, as much as I do love my job, I love being at home and spending all day with M more. MUCH MORE.
So we have a full 17 days off work together and we realised this morning, we have lots of relaxing and wonderful things to look forward to, namely:
Christmas card swap breakfast tomorrow
A mini-break to Harrogate
Christmas Eve party with my fam
Christmas & Boxing Day with all the fam
A mini-break to Chester
Lots of lovely time off doing nothing.
Christmas really is my favourite time of the year, our house is looking twinkly and it’s tends to be the only time all year where we have a full 2 weeks break. I love it.
We are visiting Harrogate for the 3rd time at Christmas as we ended up there December 2015 after a failed trip to Wetherby. We are going for a few nights and it’s such a great way to wind down before the whole Christmas parade kicks in. We are staying again at the White Hart Hotel as it’s right in the centre of Harrogate and within walking distance of most things.
Whilst we are there, we are also going to watch The Last Jedi at the cinema as for the last 2 pre-Christmas trip there, the latest Star Wars film has been out and this year is no different. Tickets are already booked and I can’t wait.
I have to admit though, that I feel a bit guilty as I haven’t been doing much with my You Tube Channel since October and I don’t feel fab about that. With so much on I just haven’t had the head space to get creative. But it’s not the end of the world is it, I am sure once the new year rolls around, I will be able to kick it back into life!
Hope you have got something fab planned for your Christmas time and remember that if Christmas isn’t your thing or it just gives you the sads. Then it’s just another day.
So I thought I would write a dead honest blog tonight. I try to remain positive and happy as a rule, but we all know sometimes it harder than others. I have to say, upfront, that I am definitely not sad, but I am very very tired.
As you might have seen in previous posts, I have been seconded into another role at work, which has seen me working away on and off since mid-October. I am now VERY familiar with the Travelodge and even the not so glorious Ibis in Leicester. I have also been working super hard on the new project and my 43 year old brain is a little fried. So the combination of the train journeys, many nights in hotels and the extra work, combined with my current commute to and from Manchester (anything from 40 minutes to 2 hours) I am ready for a good old rest.
I haven’t been able to get my ducks in a row to do VLOGMAS this year and I am sort of letting my YouTube channel stagnate. I have made arrangements to do things and see friends with genuine intentions, but after long days and things, I just can’t be bothered. Tonight was one of those nights, when I couldn’t muster the energy to go to the WI Christmas party. I REALLY wanted to go, but I just couldn’t drag my weary butt into the shower and I am not sure greasy hair and comfy pants is really all that Christmassy. 😫 Then of course there is the feeling again this year, that Christmas without mum, is just a little bit shitter.
BUT. I have just one week to go until M and I finish for Christmas. 7 short days until I can switch off the alarm and call “job done” for 2017. Then we have got a lovely mini-break to Harrogate before the hoopla of Christmas kicks in and even a night away in Chester in between Christmas and New Year. So 7 sleeps until I can just actually sleep past 7:30am. I can’t bloody wait!
Oh yes, it’s so good to be home! I have been away for 21 days out of the last 42, with my last week away this year being in Leicester. This time I stayed at the IBIS in Leicester, but I wasn’t that impressed and I won’t be back. It was one of those hotels, where nothing MAJOR went wrong, but lots of little things did which meant I didn’t particularly love it. Namely….
The batteries went on my TV remote control and I had to get out of bed, get dressed and go down to reception as I couldn’t turn the TV off.
I am pretty sure the housekeeping team broke my vanity mirror.
During breakfast I couldnt make the drinks machine work because the drip tray was full, which took far too long to figure out.
During another breakfast there were no plates and I had to chase staff down to replace them.
The sheets were scratchy.
The loo in my bathroom didn’t flush properly and when reported, the hotel didn’t do anything about it.
The pillows were hard.
The toilet door didn’t close properly, or at all.
One morning, whilst eating my toast in the hotel bar/cafe, I saw a prostitute come out of the lift. “How do you know it was a prostitute?” you ask. Well it might not have been, but I don’t know how many women sport thigh high boots and pigtails at 7am.
Also, I went out for dinner on my own on my first night there, and on arrival at Nandos, I found it had inexplicably closed 3 hours early! So I had to walk a little further into Leicester to find something to eat. On that walk I became a little uneasy and as someone that isn’t easily spooked walking on my own, I wasn’t happy. The town had a very odd vibe and to be honest, even though it was 6:45pm, it felt more like 2:00am. Needless to say, after that I didn’t bother and just ate at the hotel.
Breakfast with a view
The corridor of doom
Totally random free phone
I did like the decor of the hotel, it was sort of Ikea meets Japanese pod. Also randomly, there was an android phone in my room to use. I didn’t use it. The ONLY good thing about the hotel was the super-fast internet, which meant I could FaceTime M and it worked perfectly.
How is it already the end of November? I re-joined Weight Watchers in May this year and as you can see my weight loss has been sort of steady since I did. This month wasn’t great as I was doing ok but had one week where it went horribly wrong and I put on 3.5 lbs 😔 But on a positive note, I did finish the month with a loss, so I ended up -1.5 lbs overall. I think it’s important for me to recognise that in certain circumstances it’s ok not to focus on the numbers, but more about feeling good, making healthy choices and recognising how far I have come.
I found the picture above of me in the black clothes on my camera as I was looking through a memory card this morning. I decided to take the same photos to see if I could see a difference and I was honestly shocked, because I really could!
I am so proud of how far I have come and even though I have got a way to go, I feel SO pleased that this has happened to me this year. It’s feels like it’s changing my life. So, this week is going to be a good one and even though I am off to Leicester for the week, I am more determined than ever to keep things going!
Our lovely delegates who were enjoying themselves (honestly)
As you know I have been working away in London for the last 5 weeks trying to get my head around a new computer system in order to train hundreds of Prince’s Trust staff how to use it. Well this week, that training started in earnest when I trained some of our staff alongside the lovely Laura from Dundee. I had the first day jitters initially, but by the second day they settled down and we ended up having a really good couple of days.
I have been doing IT Training for about 15 years on and off, but this is the first time I have ever trained people on a system I didn’t know inside out. But the fact that it seemed to go ok and the feedback was good, has given me so much confident that I feel good about the sessions I am doing solo next week.
Actually, next week sees me going to Leicester for the week and as I have never been I am interested to see what it’s like. I am going on my own, which means 4 x nights in the Ibis Leicester, but I am back on Thursday night so it’s not too bad.
Also, this weekend is our last “free” weekend before the Christmas hoopla kicks in.. namely:
My brother-in-law’s birthday breakfast (not Christmassy, but yanno.. still lovely)
So lots to look forward to and I think that this weekend I might pick up my vlogging camera. I have really neglected my YouTube Channel over the last couple of months due to work things but as Christmas approaches and VLOGMAS tickles my creativity – I think it’s time to start filming.