Hi everyone, hope you're all having a fantastic week and getting into the festive spirit now that December is here! I know there will be one or two of you will be waving your hands in despair, but come on - the Christmas lights are on, late night shopping has begun and everyone at work has started talking about the Christmas party - or lack of! Whichever way you slice it, Christmas is coming!
It's my second week of training at work this week, and all is going well so far, although I can't wait to get paid so I can actually do some Christmas shopping! For the time being I'm just browsing and getting ideas, as having been without work for the past three weeks, things are a bit tight! It also doesn't help that my husband's work is weather-permitting, which has lately been resulting in at least redundant day each working week. Thankfully he does get paid weekly, but I've had enough of scraping by so roll on, pay day!
Last Wednesday, I went to the zoo to help my sister out for the day. I may or may not have mentioned it, but she's in her final year of an Animal Behaviour and Welfare degree,and is basically a zoo keeper at the same time. I took lots of lovely photos, and got a lot closer to the animals than I'd otherwise have the chance to - keep an eye out for my post on that in the coming days if you like bears, deer and meerkats!
Last Sunday, we went to choose our new sofa, before going for a cream tea in the gardens of our local National Trust site. As it happened, there was a Christmas Festival going on, so we had a little look around at all the lovely craft stalls, an then went for a walk in the woods, marveling at all the colourful Autumn leaves littering the pathway. I'm well aware that this sounds like a Sunday fit for a pensioner, but actually I've been really enjoying the simple things of late. I suppose I had thought that when we moved back here, we'd be going out a lot more with friends, but as it happens most of them are either now preggers or have babies. We also all seem to clash in terms of working hours, so I haven't been seeing as much of them as I'd like.
Jumping forward to this Sunday (it's been a while since my last update, it seems!), we got together with my family and went out for lunch at a little pub in the country to celebrate my mum's birthday, which fell on Monday. I had the most delicious roast lamb with mint sauce, leeks, carrot and swede mash, cauliflower cheese and roasties, rounded off with a slab of raspberry cheesecake. Needless to say, I'm now trying to cut back a bit on my food intake, as since I moved back to the UK I may have been going a little bit overboard on all the foods I had been missing out on in Brazil. Add to that the cold weather making me crave stodge and chocolate, and it's time to take the reins and cut the crap for a couple of weeks so that I can enjoy Christmas and all the feasting involved, guilt free!
Tomorrow evening I'm going to head in town with my mum to do a bit more Christmas browsing, as I haven't been it at night yet to see the city lit up in all its festive glory.
Have you cracked open the mince pies and mulled wine yet? How are you getting on with your Christmas shopping?
My Christmas Giveaway is still running if you haven't had the chance to enter yet, and there's a selection of goodies from Ren, Bumble & Bumble, Yankee Candle and more up for grabs :)