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2015: A Year in Review

I picked up a super cute bunny-cotton ball-dispenser thing in the Boots sale. You can jam it full of cotton balls and then one pokes out to look like its tail.
Genius. It has a quote on the underneath from my favourite “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then”
This got me thinking about the person I was yesterday and the person I have been over the last year, so please read on to find out what I did with the last year.

January & February

2015 for my family, didn’t have the best start. In January, we said goodbye to my beautiful, kind, caring, loving Grandma, Sheila, her funeral was held in early February and we are so thankful to those that came to say goodbye.
“Some birds are not meant to be caged, thats all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you.
And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure”


March saw the official start of my little blog here. My first ever proper post was all about my Mum! You can catch up on it here.

March saw me knitting, taking pictures of cats, getting a new tattoo and having the ends of my hair dyed pink. Pretty standard stuff really.

March saw one of my favourite authors – Terry Pratchett pass away following a battle with Alzheimers. “You need to believe in things that aren’t true, how else would they become”

Rufus also got the thumbs up from the vets after a bit of a long haul battle with a nasty illness. 3 months after his first diagnosis, he was well on the mend again!

April & May

In April, my Mum had a birthday and Mama et Papa celebrated their wedding anniversary with a trip to B&Q to use their OAP discount. I wrote about our wedding in April too, you can read that here and we also got our beautiful wedding album. I also got my first ever gluten free subscription box – Snackly (ooh, cheeky post plug here).

April saw me try gluten free baking, making a birthday cake for mum. April saw a few more new tattoos as well. (sorry Mum)

In May, Neil’s niece was christened (you can read about that here) and I spent an afternoon hiding ornamental ducks in Neil’s Nan’s house.

June saw a flurry of blog posts. I went blonde in June too and had my first hip fluoroscopy, which wasn’t a great success and left me in considerably more pain than I’d started.

The summer months were pretty stressful. Some changes in work saw me redeployed and rather up in the air for a time. July saw me start a new job and adjust to the changes happening around me.
July saw Figaro become pretty poorly, he is fine now thankfully, but we spent rather too much time at the emergency vets with the little treasure in July.

August saw a trip to Rockfish with the family and Mum and Dad’s first selfies.  We also went to the Shrewsbury Flower Show (both of which I wrote about – Rockfish and the Flower Show). I went to Blackpool with Ma and Pa in August too and visited my little brother.

September & October

September saw my hair go bright purple and another trip to Blackpool, this time, Neil came too. We had lots of fun and I got a selfie with a giraffe!

October saw some rather tricky hospital appointments, where I discovered that after 10 months of being gluten free, I’d have to go back to gluten for around 6 weeks to confirm a diagnosis of Coeliac Disease, I also found out I would need a further injection in my hip and an operation on my ankle.

I got another two tattoos in October (sorry Mum!) and Neil and I went to Brick 2015 at the NEC, which was lots of fun!

October also saw myself and my work colleagues win a “Highly Commended” Award in the “People’s Choice Award” at an awards ceremony. I felt quite unwell the next day – bit too much celebratory wine. Congratulations to the team really, they work so, so hard and deserve all the praise ever. The team don’t get enough recognition for the fantastic job they are doing.

November & December

You won’t be surprised to read that I added yet another tattoo to my collection in November (again, sorry Mother). Neil and I celebrated 0ur second wedding anniversary as well.

December saw two nasty hospital appointments, first up was a second steroid injection to my hip, a few weeks later I had an endoscopy. Which was unpleasant, very, very, very unpleasant and I am awaiting an appointment with a gastroenterologist to discover the results of it. We celebrated Christmas too and I was very spoilt.

The last day of the year saw me visiting the hospital again for a pre-op for an operation I am having on my ankle in a few short weeks.

2015 was a tricky year, I suspect parts of 2016 will be tricky too. But, ever onwards and upwards, I am looking forward to meeting my best friends first baby and the wedding of a beautiful family friend. Who knows what I will be looking back on in 12 months.

How was your 2015? Let me know below.

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says ‘I’ll try again tomorrow'”

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