2012 - My year in review. Jan-June.

Hiya lovelies!

Back in the days of MySpace, it was popular to do an end of year review, and I've continued to do so ever since. I'd love to see your year in review, so feel free to leave a link to your post in the comments if you've done one this year.

January 2012 was the first anniversary of losing our (second) baby, so it was a bitter sweet time. There was sadness all over again for losing the baby and happiness for making it through the emergency surgery after coming so close to dying. I signed up for my first subscription beauty box by Carmine, and also got my first dressing table, which I'd wanted all my life, materialistic little ho-bag that I am. I fell in love with Wayne Goss' Youtube videos and started a year-long de-clutter which saw 6 bin bags and a box full of 'pre-loved' items going to the charity shop. Wedding preparations were in high gear for our April wedding and I started making yummy smoothies.

There was lots of snow! My mum was in hospital for an emergency hernia operation, then back in again for a terrible kidney infection, so February was spent going to and from Kent to visit. It snowed a lot. My mum and step dad also came to stay with us for a week so mum could recuperate. I was officially diagnosed with Fibromyalgia after 4 years. I got a bee in my bonnet for visiting graveyards and taking photos of headstones. Morbid much?

There was a mini-heatwave in March, which was lovely after February's snow. I was spending a lot of time on Tumblr after finding the fat-acceptance movement on there. I even got brave and got my fat thighs out! Wedding prep was in high gear and I was at near nervous breakdown territory. We had a joint stag and hen do at home because the weather turned foul again and no one fancied dressing up as pirates in the rain.

The first Saturday in April marked my 38th birthday and our wedding day, which was bloody lovely. I gleefully fell face first into Instagram when it finally came out for Android and we went to the Gadget Show Live show in Birmingham for the second year running.

We got a new camera and lens in May. We went for the Canon EOS550D and a multi-purpose lens with our honeymoon in mind. Talking of our honeymoon, we went away to Cornwall in that scorching hot week at the end of May/beginning of June and had a fabulous time. We had a lovely cottage with its own swimming pool and came back brown and relaxed. There was Jubilee Fever everywhere for the upcoming Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and Cornwall was awash in bunting. We also saw our far-flung friends when we all congregated in Wiltshire for the weekend to stay with our friends M & T and celebrate their wedding.

June was a bastard of a month, quite frankly, and the only month of the year I wish I could purge from existence. My friend Helen died just aged 39 of a heart attack. We were estranged and had been for a couple of years. We'd been best friends for 10 years previous to falling out and I always thought given enough time we'd just fall back into friendship. Never being able to have the chance to make things right will live with me for the rest of my life and it has coloured my experiences since and my attitude to the way I carry out my life and always will. I still feel physically sick every time I think about Helen not being here any more. All I can say to you is love your friends and family HARD as you never know when their time (or yours) is up. RIP.

Thanks for reading.

July-Dec is coming up next!