So first up sorry for the wait and the neglect of this blog. I have been without Internet for much of my time back home but have also been indulging myself in all the Christmas food, parties and days out you can imagine. I can’t believe I am saying this but I am seriously looking forward to a healthier more mundane lifestyle in January.
There is a lot to catch up on I suppose and I’m not overly sure where to start. First up there was the work Christmas party which was a hell of a lot of fun. I am very lucky in the sense that I work with good friends so it is easy for us to have a good time outside of work and we don’t have to chat about it to keep the conversation going (although a few highlights did come up).
We started the day karting in Newport and although I wasn’t any good at it I, along with everyone else, had a wicked fun time and laughed my way through most of it. Laughter did seem to be the theme of the entire day and this was only fueled by the alcohol consumed later on that evening. A good fun day was followed by a relaxing evening in the pub with the fire burning away. This was then followed by a genius idea for some of us to meet family and friends in town and that’s where my memory becomes seriously blurry! It must have been a good night as I was made to pay for it the next day.
As yet I have only produced minimal work for uni and will have to pull my finger out in the next week. One piece of good news is that I got a mark back for an assignment I was sure I had fluffed and it was way off what I had been expecting. Certainly got away with one there, not sure I will be so lucky in the future. 2015 is going to be head down time. Get myself stuck into my books and assignments.
Christmas itself was a blast this year and I must give huge credit for that to my newly engaged friends who put on a hell of a spread and party. It was nice because in the lead up to the event I was worried about mum and dad not being around for it and the day completely took my mind off that and allowed me to relax and enjoy myself.
After the enormous feast we played a variety of drinking games that were so funny I thought at times I would pass out from lack of oxygen I was laughing so much. Good times with good people is what Christmas is all about and I can honestly say that’s what I got this year.
Boxing day where I’m from is kind of a big deal. Nearly the whole population goes out and about to all the local pubs and show off their new clothes and gifts all day and night. My head and heart were not really in it this year but after a little of what I like to call “beer pressure” I gave in and joined friends for a day of more booze and sport. I really enjoy boxing day as it gives people the opportunity to catch up and share Christmas stories.
My only regret this year is that I didn’t catch up with as many people as I would have like to but then it is the same most years. Christmas is a hugely busy time of year and there is an enormous amount of pressure to get things done and visit people that is impossible to live up to sometimes.
In the lead up to Christmas I was feeling a little negative about the whole thing. As a mature student it is really difficult going from a situation where you are completely in control of your finances to having to rein everything in. When I was working I wasn’t always particularly happy but I always worked to the motto that if I can’t afford it I can’t have it. It’s a hundred times more difficult to do that when you work part time and have a loan to rely on financially. At the end of the day I am half way through my degree and as long I work hard and get the right experience it should all be worth it in the end.
I hope everyone reading this had a great time over the festive period and I promise I won’t leave it so long between the now and the next post.