Life Catch-Up: Christmas Things!

Christmas cards

It’s time for a long overdue life catch-up post, because there hasn’t been one since the start of November. I’ve been spending a lot of time getting ready for Christmas, and, surprisingly, I’m almost prepared! Everything’s wrapped up, and I just have a couple of things left to sort out. And then it’ll be Christmas! I’m so glad that I won’t have to run around getting stressed this year!

I’ve also been up to a few things lately, so here’s a little break-down of what’s been going on…

All the Fun Things

I’ve been doing a lot of fun things in November. I’ve been to the Leeds German market four times (oops), been out for giant slices of cheesecake for my friend’s birthday, been on a team day with work and done so much Christmas shopping. I also decorated my Christmas tree and my mum’s too. It’s been pretty tiring, to say the least. I’ll be so glad when Christmas is over so I can relax!

Tree
My mum’s had her decorations since the 90s. Super-retro Christmas tree!

Holding Some Animals

This gets it’s own heading, as I’m really happy with myself for facing a huge fear of mine. If you ask pretty much anyone who knows me, they’ll tell you how terrified of animals I am. I used to be the sort of person who flinched when a cat came close, and I’d always give a firm “no” if anyone ever asked me if I’d like to hold their hamster.

A couple of weeks ago, my friend asked if I’d like to come help out on her stall at a small comic con. Her “exotic” animal stall. I said yes, thinking I’d just stand and watch the animals, at a distance. But I didn’t.

Instead, I decided to be brave and just get over it. “Feel the fear and do it anyway” and all that. By the end of the day I’d held a lizard, cuddled a prairie dog, and stroked a fat-tailed gerbil. And I really enjoyed it. Not sure if I’ll be so eager when she asks me if I’d like to hold her snakes and tarantulas though!

Blogging

I didn’t blog for most of November, because I had a bit of a confidence crisis. I’d be spending a lot of time on Twitter, which led to me reading a lot more blogs, and realising that mine wasn’t very good. In my head, because I didn’t post as regularly as these people, stick to one niche/writing style, or take beautiful flatlays, it just wasn’t worth posting anything. Every post idea I had was overthought to the point where I just didn’t want to write anymore.

Luckily, one lunch time at work, I started thinking about Christmas, and all the Christmassy things I’d love to write about. By the end of my short half-an-hour lunch I had ten post titles, a couple of which I’d started writing in my notebook. I was more inspired than I’ve been in ages, and it honestly felt so great. Around this time, I was also messaged by Pauline, who asked if I’d like a Christmas card this year, which reminded me of all the friends I’ve made through blogging, and how much I’d miss it if I just quit.

So I’m getting back into it. Not the half-arsed, write a last-minute post thing I’ve been doing for the past six months, but properly in, with planned content and a head full of ideas that I’m really excited about. I’ve planned content up to January, and I already have so many ideas to schedule for after that, and I really can’t wait.

And next year, I will be sending out Christmas cards to all my favourite bloggers. Just, please someone remind me in November 2017!

Television

I’ve watched SO MUCH TV in the last month. Me and Andy finally finished re-watching Gilmore Girls 1-7, then watched the revival episodes as well. I was thinking about doing a post on those, because there’s so much to say. I mean, I’ve been waiting for them for years, after all.

I’ve also made Andy watch Desperate Housewives with me, because he’s never seen it, and it’s one of my favourite programmes ever. I’m struggling to keep my spoilers to myself, however, so whenever we watch it I’m always like ‘something amazing happens in this episode’ or ‘OMG, we have to watch the next one because it’s SO good’. Yeah, I’m not very good at keeping my mouth shut.

We also re-downloaded Crunchy Roll, and started watching Yuri On Ice and Assassination Classroom, which are both brilliant so far. I’ve read Assassination Classroom before, but it’s so much funnier seeing it on screen. Would definitely recommend both of these if you’re a fan of anime!

This Week

This week will mainly involve sorting out the last little bits for Christmas, and watching lots of Christmas films. I break up from work on Thursday, so I’ll be spending Friday at my mum’s house making lots of Christmas buns!

Me and Andy are off out for a meal tomorrow to celebrate two years together, so that should be fun too!

I’ll leave you on this moody picture of the Christmas angel I made when I was about 6 years old. My mum still puts it on top of the Christmas tree, even after all these years!

Angel

What have you been up to lately?

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3 Comments

  1. I’m glad that you’re getting into the festive mood and preparing (and almost done!!) for Christmas! I still have a few presents to wrap, one week of work left but other than that it’s already Christmas in my head woooooo!

    I totally understand what you mean about blogging. I remember feeling really bad before when I would see consistent posts from amazing bloggers! I would compare myself a lot and I think this was one of the things that demotivated me before when I had my long hiatus. When I stopped comparing and realised I was blogging because it was my most loved hobby, it didn’t matter if I felt a little “boring” to everyone else, I found my style of writing and most importantly found the value I have in the community! I don’t see myself ever stopping now xD

    One of my blogging goals is to be more consistent in blogging and have drafts prepared, like you I started a notebook with a list of blogging ideas and when I will post them. I can’t wait to share it! LETS KEEP RUBBING INSPIRATION TO EACH OTHER HAHA! <3 Thank you once again for the card, I LOVE it! <3

    Everyone's been talking about Yuri on Ice, I may have to give it a try πŸ˜›

  2. Happy two years to you and Andy πŸ™‚

    Unfortunately you decided to send Christmas cards the year I decided to stop sending them too… I always handmade my cards but I just got so stressed out with them this year that I decided next year I will go and build a cute little website or something like I did with Valentines day a couple of years ago.

    It’s nice to step out of your comfort zone and I’m glad you did! Not all animals are scary πŸ˜„

    I think I (and other people) went through a similar sort of breakdown with regards to blogging, I have just been writing what I think is pointless and uninteresting shit like β€œfiller” posts. 😞 I think it’s just that time of year when everything seems super dull. And we get drowned in the spirit of Christmas and the presents we have to buy or whatever is going on around us that we sort of forget about us and what we love to do. Glad you have cheered up though. πŸ™‚

  3. I love how decorated your mom’s tree is. It’s definitely retro with the colorful wrap. I would never hold a snake or a tarantula if I was given a choice. Glad to hear that you overcome the fear and helped your friend out!

    Your blog is good as it is. We all have our confidence crisis once in a while. We come out as a stronger person at the end :). I have them when I feel like I could be doing better but don’t make an effort to do so. It’s good in a way that it leads to chopping out *bad* posts from the past and come up with a new strategy for brainstorming posts.

    Have a great week!

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