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Jingle Jingle!

Happy December, everyone! The Christmas season is officially upon us and my journal has a shiny new festive theme to celebrate.

We don't have any decorations up yet (it's still a bit too early for that), but of course we have our Advent Calendars out and ready to go. And yes, that is calendars plural. We have two chocolate ones (Hotel Chocolat for me, Lindt for Mum), a dog treats one for Tilly, a wine one (I'm currently drinking the Prosecco that was behind the first door), a Lego City one, and the M&S beauty one. I've also refilled a couple of solid box-based ones from a couple of years ago with new sweets, so technically we have a total of eight between us. And, no, I don't think that's too many. =D

Also, we're allowed to wear Christmas jumpers at work all this month, so I went in rocking my red and white patterned one today. I did wonder if it was just going to be me on my lonesome, but two other people turned up in jumpers as well so I wasn't the only festive one there.

This weekend we're planning to do a proper clear out of the area where the tree is going to go. I'm not sure when we're going to actually go out and get it though. We don't want to put it up too early and have it lose all its needles before Christmas Day!

Doctor Who Day

Happy Doctor Who Day! 54 years ago today the very first episode aired. And four years ago today I was in London to watch the 50th Anniversary Special in Covent Garden cinema. Four years ago tomorrow I went to the Doctor Who 50th Celebration convention at the ExCel. That was a good weekend.

Talking about TV, I do keep meaning to make a post about what I'm watching at the moment but between entering the super-busy Christmas period at work and still trying to de-clutter the house and de-bramble the garden at home I never seem to find the time. I can say that it'll definitely include Star Trek Discovery and The Good Place, both of which I am loving at the moment.

And talking about Christmas, I'm doing pretty well with my plan to get my Christmas shopping done early. I'm doing most of it online and everyone's getting food and drink. It just makes so much more sense to get them tasty things I know they'll enjoy rather than risking getting something that'll just sit around gathering dust. (This decision may have been influenced by the sheer amount of stuff we already have in our house.) I have bought a few non-edible items too, but the majority has been food.

And talking about food, I'm hungry. Time for me to head off and make dinner. Bye!

Week Off

I've just had a week off work during which I did very little other than build Lego, put together jigsaws, and re-watch Brooklyn Nine Nine. It was glorious. But now work is upon me again and, if today was any indication, I'm going to be absolutely worn out by the time Christmas comes around.

Speaking of Christmas, I've decided to embrace the festive spirit rather than moan about how early it is. I don't care that it's only November, I've already had five different festive drinks from various coffee shops, two fruit pies (cos I don't like mince pies) and have started my Christmas shopping. I'm hoping to get it all done by December so I can properly relax and enjoy Christmassy things like baking gingerbread and watching every Christmas episode of every TV show ever made.

Of course I didn't just stay at home during my week off. I went up to London last weekend to watch fireworks and then my pub quiz team and I went to Brighton to do an escape room, which we absolutely smashed with 19 minutes to spare. We didn't do quite so well on Wednesday when we came second in the quiz, just one point behind the winners, but I suppose we can't win them all. Dammit.

Happy Halloween!


Autumn in the City

Last weekend I went up to London for some autumnal fun, making the most of the best leaves, deer, and Halloween pop-ups that the city had to offer.

First off, a trip to the park to take some pretty pictures. I chose Richmond Park cos it's famous for its deer...

Richmond ParkCollapse )

After that, it was time to head into central London and Carnaby Street...

Carnaby StreetCollapse )

New New New

As part of my ongoing quest to make the most of my favourite season I went to London at the weekend to do fun autumnal things.  I was planning to write an entry about it and share some of the photos I took, but Flickr is currently down so I can't.

Instead I am trying out the new-style LJ posting page that I've been avoiding for months now cos I don't like change.  It's just like the Tumblr posting page and I don't know how I feel about that.  

Also, I have a new theme for Halloween.  Purple and bats.  Always a good combination.  =D  


Today is officially my ten year anniversary at work. I know this because I have a certificate thanking me for ten years service! I also have a £50 gift card to buy myself a present, and money for food to celebrate. We used some of the money on Tuesday to get pizza delivered and plan to do the same next week, so that's pretty cool. =D

I'm not yet sure what I'm going to buy as my present. I want it to be something special so I don't want to rush into choosing something for the sake of it. I'm hoping that Christmas will bring exciting new stock and give me some ideas.

Also this week I've been spending a lot of time in the garden. The blackberry bushes have been getting a bit out of hand so I've been cutting them back and pulling out the stems that have been taking root in the ground wherever they touch it. I hadn't realised just how easy it is for brambles to spread that way, but hopefully now I know we can keep on top of them.

I also planted the tulip bulbs I bought in Amsterdam. I've put them in pots with brand new soil so hopefully they'll do well. I did go for the variety that promised to be easy to grow and I hope that's going to be the case!


Autumnal Equinox

It's FRIDAY! And it's AUTUMN!

I decided to celebrate the first day of autumn by getting a Pumpkin Spice Latte on my way to work this morning. And I'm currently wearing some of the new clothes that I bought last week. I probably spent too much money but I can't bring myself to mind cos I love them so much! They're so pretty and autumnal!

I'm feeling a bit autumn-obsessed at the moment and currently trying to see if there's anything fun and seasonal to do in London. It'd be nice to have the chance to wear my new clothes out and about, but if not I'll just have to have fun at home. Strictly does start tomorrow, which I'm very excited about!

My Birthday Week

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you're all doing well. As promised, here is a proper post about my birthday week, pictures and all:

Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been?Collapse )

I've Been Up To London to Visit the QueenCollapse )

Happy Birthday To Me !

I have returned from London! I do plan to make a proper entry about my trip when I get a chance, but I just wanted to pop online today to mark my birthday and re-introduce the epic poem of birthday brilliance that I have sadly neglected for the last few years...

It was pretty cool being thirty three
(Like the pilot episode of BSG)
But thirty four is also neat
A Miracle happened on that Street

I have a lot of awesome presents, including a hedgehog house that I'm going to have to find a place for out in the garden, and the Dr Eleventh Mr Man book, which is really the story of River and Eleven on a fun- and danger-filled date and I love that!

So now I shall sign off and enjoy the glass of cava I am currently drinking to celebrate the occasion of my birth. Cheers!

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