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A fresh start

3 Jan

I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but 2014 is already a lot better than 2013.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my struggles already. Horrible weather. Lots of work to do. Having to force myself out of bed in the morning and wear something other than pyjamas to go to the office. Signing off cheese and chocolate until I shift a few lbs.

Last night I faced my greatest challenge of the year so far: taking down the Christmas tree. 

It may sound simple enough, but the truth is I had been living in fear for days. On Monday a large spider made a run for it, across my living room, behind the Christmas tree. He had been hiding out there ever since. Which meant I had to crawl around unscrewing the tree and taking off the lights in the knowledge that he was lying in wait. Petrifying. As it happened, we did not cross paths. I assume he is now lurking around in my bedroom.

Getting the tree out my front door took more strength and determination than I had anticipated. It knocked over everything in its path, and spewed needles all over my carpets. It also left a nice trail of needles all through the building (which can be traced to my front door). Anyway, out it went. And my pink tinsel reindeer, and various other Christmas characters went back in their box for another year.

Ahhhhhh, a fresh start. 

Feels good.

Trying to get into the festive spirit

1 Dec

If there’s something that makes you feel acutely single at this time of year, it’s going to pick up a Christmas tree alone. And then carrying it home. Alone.

It’s something I find myself doing every year. And every year I have it in my head that carrying the tree home will be no problem. Let me tell you, when a tree is 6ft and you are just over 5ft, carrying it is a problem.

But, I got it home.

I put the decorations up, I put the lights on, I got out all my Christmas favourites including my reindeer made of pink tinsel. My flat resembles a Santa’s grotto (with a slight Japanese twist).

I. Do. Not. Feel. Christmassy.

But I’ll keep surrounding myself with this stuff until I do.