Well it’s finally peaceful in the Taylor household so I thought it about time I did another blog before the third series of Borgen starts later (can’t wait!).
I have my Christmas candles on tonight, they smell gorgeous, and it’s safe to say I am DEFO getting in the Christmas mood early this year. Jake’s presents are coming along nicely, even though all he wants is a vile game about Buster’s Bones (don’t ask!) and another one about dog poo! Well he also wants a real doggy too but there’s no chance of that, despite my husband sending me links to puppies most days. YAWN!
We’ve loads of things planned and it’s safe to say Chrimbo will be here in a blink of an eye. We’ve a family jaunt to the panto, a trip to Santa’s grotto on Christmas Eve with friends (with booze for the grown ups – yey!), Christmas Day itself, the Holly Ball on Boxing Day and THEN we’re even sorted for NYE. Very organised indeed… There’s also the small matter of a work Christmas do and several nights out with friends too. PHEW!!! Pass me a new liver!
And before all of that excitement we have our 6th wedding anniversary coming up, a friend’s 40th and Mark’s birthday. Life is well and truly full on.
It’s strange to think that this time last year I was about to embark on one of the most stressful times of my life, namely about to be made redundant for the second time in 10 months and the loss of my Mam in December 2012. As it happens, the redundancy turned out to be one of the best things to happen to me as it saved me from a job I still have nightmares about!!! It also meant I was on gardening leave when my Mam died, which again was a godsend, all things considered. I can feel the anniversary creeping up on me, mostly at the back of my mind, but admittedly memories and emotions are being triggered more frequently than normal. I’m not quite sure what our plan is for December 17th, but I will be spending it with my Dad and sister – time to reflect and support each other. Family time is more important to me than ever, my priorities have changed and I think I have changed too. It could be down to last year’s events, or it could simply be a case of growing up, getting older, being happy with the people around me and less interested in the frivolities of life.
Which brings me to the social event of 2014 – my 40th! I realise time is ticking but I STILL can’t decide what to do. I’ve deliberated over a party and even wrote a list of potential invitees (over 100 people!) but it’s just not for me. Maybe it was for the old me, but I just can’t be chewed with the hassle, stress (and expense!). At the moment I’m considering a mini-break with the hubby, a family meal perhaps on the day itself and maybe a girls’ boozy lunch on a different weekend. I think that will be a nice balance. I need to get my finger out and sort it ASAP (once I’ve decided for definite!). Maybe such indecision is just a further sign of old age…! Christ I can’t believe I’m nearly 40! HELP!