It's been quite a year for me personally and on the blog. Time flies so fast and I always like to take stock with an end of year post (or two in this case, lest it be too much to digest at once.)
|Sunset/face/first Illamasqua purchases/sunset at the beach/first OPI purchases/snow/dot mani/daffodils.|
In January we had a quiet month. We bought a double bed and mattress with hubby's Christmas bonus and put it up in the spare room (alongside hubs' drum kit!) so out guests can stay in comfort. It snowed lightly and we froze our arses off on a walk along the sea front - something we try to do at least once a month. We went for a pub lunch with our friends Rach and JP, ever aware that they were moving to Canada in a few months.
|Us at the beach/Rye Harbour/sunset/train tracks next to the beach/hubby's toe/I started documenting outfits on Instagram/mani/hat weather.|
In February we were waiting for the year to bestow the goodies this year would hold. We had another freezing walk along the sea front, as well as a chilly visit to Rye Harbour. There were a lot of lovely sunsets to take in whilst we were bundled up indoors. Hubby had his big toe removed as it was ingrown and spent 2 weeks recuperating. I was his overworked nurse.
|Girlies at Annette's birthday do/sunset/JP's birthday/cat fiddling/snow/me & C/yummy BBQ restaurant eats/new phone.|
March was a better month. I got my new phone, a HTC One. It snowed again, but it wasn't too bad - I think the Mr only had one snow day. I plucked up the courage to have an undercut (I'd previously thought I was too old and too fat for one) and was so glad I did, as I rock it. We went to Kent and had a family meal at the Harvester. We had a birthday party for out friend JP at our house, and went to Hampshire to celebrate our friend Annette's 50th birthday, which was much fun. We took out a giant inflatable penis with us and I was the only bugger brave enough to carry the thing, but it made me a lot of friends on the night! ;)
|Camber Sands/anniversary flowers/renewing my love for red lippie/hub on the beach/mani/me & C/Eastbourne Pier/mum at Camber/me on my birthday.|
April is my birthday month and it was also our first wedding anniversary. The day before my birthday we went to Eastbourne with Rach and JP and went to Primark so I could have a spend up and went to the pier. On my actual birthday we went to Pett Level beach with it's Jurassic Park-style scenery then had lunch in our favourite fish & chip restaurant there. We went to Kent and there was a family meal for my birthday. We went to explore Robertsbridge, which is lovely. My mum and step dad came down to stay and we went to Camber Sands. We also went to London, so it was a full month.
|At Rach & JP's leaving party with Rach/by the beach at St Leonards/ditto/JP with a fetching kimono/the tide changes the colour of the sea/new bedding/fierce eyeliner/mani.|
May was a sad month as Rach and JP left for Canada. Before they did we had a goodbye lunch at the local all you can eat Oriental buffet, and they had a great leaving party at which the Mr drank so much he vomited 8 times when we got home. I was thrilled, of course, watching him all night to make sure he didn't choke in his sleep. We had a couple of walks along the sea front and I did some fake tan which was way too dark for me - so much so the Mr laughed at me! ;) We went to Kent and had another family meal.
|In Leeds/sunset/BHC goodies/hotel the night before our holiday/mani/my dad on his visit to us, me & C, the beach/me at the beach.|
June was another busy month. I started CBT for anxiety and depression. We revisited Pett Level beach on a warmer day so we could hang around longer. I heard of Black Heart Creatives, which would soon be my new obsession. It was the anniversary of my friend Helen's death, which was very sad. We went to the fat clothes swap in Leeds and met Lisa (My Big Fat Blog), Rachel (A Dress is for Life), Rebs (Sullen Hearts), Lolly (Lolly Likes Fashion), Steph (Seeing Spots), Beth (Beth Tinkerbell), Becky (Mrs Bebe), Gemma (Pink Gemma Plus) and many others for the first time. We lost our Nandos virginity with Rachel and her lovely hubby Brett. We also went to Kent again and had another family meal - a tradition started this year which will hopefully go on for years to come. We went on holiday to Dorset with the Mr's parents, my brother & sister in law and baby E.
Part 2 will be up tomorrow. The year got even better as it went on with some great opportunities coming my way as the blog picked up steam - and it's all thanks to you, my readers.
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