Monthly Archives: December 2012

Festive Christmas

The Ferrers was surprisingly packed on Christmas day,  mostly with people I’ve never seen. But a few of us regulars (quizzers) showed up for a few festive drinks. Since it was only open for 2 hours we shoved as much drink down the gullet as possible. 3 pints of Thatchers Heritage did me in. Yikes. I wasn’t the only one. But for me, it put me off the sauce the rest of the day, which was probably the most sensible after previous Christmas day drinking incidents. We wouldn’t want to repeat that as funny as it is now. Well, I say it’s funny but I’m still fucking suffering sinus related issues from that incident 2 years on. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. 

Drink as much as possible in the shortest amount of time!

Any whoAfter a quick respite at home and a phone call from sIRK I joined the rest of my friends at a house party. We had a lovely time wearing Christmas crowns and having some Christmas shisha. Nothing can be a better celebration of Jesus’s birthday than a hookah session with friends. I bet Jesus smoked shisha in his day. God be praised.

The weather is complete shit here in London.It’s been bucketing down the last few days and sucked the desire out of me to do anything but stay indoors. This Boxing Day is no different. Luckily I’ve got some football to keep me busy. Kickoff of the Fulham/Southampton game is immenent and I must attend to it asap. And when that’s over, I’ve got a cat to pet and generally terrorize.  Busy times here.

Hopefully you’ve all had a nice Christmas. I’ll get some posts in this weekend to wrap up the year and look forward to 2013. That’s all from rainy London town today. Peace and love. 

 

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Improving

Since my last few posts, my mental health has improved. My ship has sailed out of the doldrums and things are on the up and up. I’m happy that these low spots only tend to last 7-10 days and I snap out of it quite suddenly. The same problems still hang over my head but I feel more capable of dealing with them and not let them dominate my life. So just in time for the holidays, my spirits are high. Let’s hope it stays this way for a while.

Sunset behind BT Tower

I’ve got a lot to be happy for this Christmas. I’m back at work at my old job in Camden. All

the stress I was feeling regarding work has dissipated. I’ve gone to being the one in charge to being the lowest on the food chain. There is something comforting knowing you’re not making the big decisions and only being a minion, so that’s part of the stress relieved. There was a lot at my old place at work causing me unneeded stress and it’s so nice not feeling my blood pressure rising to unhealthy levels after a phone call or a conversation. My job now feels more meaningful, as if I’m actually working towards something that has a lasting effect. It’s cool to think the trees I’m going to be helping put in the ground will hopefully be there making a street a bit more lovely for years and years to come.  Oh and it’s just nice being back working in center of London once again. I missed being in the middle of the action. And there are now 2 places that I can get burritos just around the corner from where I’m working. Result.

I managed to cycle 3 days last week and already I feel like I’ve become more fit. I cycled both to and from work in really good time, so I was in better shape from gardening than I realized. This week I will most likely be cycling in 4 days, so I hope by the time new years

A felled tree. A delicious, chocolatey felled tree!

A felled tree. A delicious, chocolatey felled tree!

rolls around I will have lost a couple pounds of fat (if I can stay away from the mince pies (doubt it)) and put on some muscle. Maybe, just maybe, then some guy will find me attractive and fit enough to date. I won’t hold my breath though seeing how most of 2012 has gone. Depressing.

Besides being back to work this past week, I went to a work related party on Thursday. It was a really good time to see some colleagues from other boroughs. And then there was the dancing. It’s been so long since I’ve danced in public AND had a guy actually dance with me as well. He did it willingly too if you can believe it. The drinks were cheap so I probably looked ok to dance with beer goggles on. On Saturday I watched the Cottagers lose to the Hoops at Loftus Road. That was crap. But the night ended up ok as I got an amazing Christmas sweater and went to my friend’s Christmas party. The mulled wine and snacks were nice. I would show you a picture of my Christmas sweater, but I want to wear it over the next week and a half and I don’t want to ruin the surprise for people. Once Christmas hits, I’ll show some photos.

This week I’ll be trying to get some Christmas cards out to some people. I’m running a bit

I can't stomach another loss, Fulham.

I can’t stomach another loss, Fulham.

behind schedule seeing as I was unable to concentrate on much for a few weeks prior. With any luck, they’ll all be sent by Friday. Perhaps you’ll just be lucky enough to get one…

That’s about it from London town. I need more phone calls. People, call me. Cheers. Have a  nice week everyone.

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Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill

How beautiful was it today in London? Answer: Very

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Where to start…

The rug seems to have been pulled out from underneath me so many times this week I can’t find the strength to stand up again. I think I need a hand to help me up.

This week has proven to be one of the most emotionally difficult weeks I’ve had in a while. I learned on Tuesday of the death of one of my friends. This was followed by some bad news about one of my other friend’s parents falling further ill. I don’t feel like delving into more detail than that on this public platform. It’s hard to come to grips with tragedies one at a time. To have two back to back has been too much. I haven’t been myself all week. It’s unfortunately written all over my face as well. Hiding my emotions has never been one of my strong points. I feel unwilling to engage in most conversation. I have only felt like talking about what I’m feeling to a select few. Keeping it bottled up is not the answer, but talking and making it known to everyone feels wrong.

All this is coupled with my job switch next week. I have to say goodbye to co-workers who have become more friends than co-workers. I’m glad to be moving on, but it will be difficult regardless. And it marks the beginning of a period of unheralded uncertainty for the foreseeable future in my life.

So I’m taking today and tomorrow to regroup. It’ll be time to think deeply and start to focus on the positives in life. There are a lot of good things going on despite me being unable to see very many of them at the moment. I can only hope for the sake of my colleagues on Monday that I am in much better spirits. And I need some stability somewhere in my life. Where it will be is not obvious to me.

But this is life, no? There will inevitably be periods like this. And in a few months/years I’ll think it wasn’t that bad and it made me a stronger person so it was worth it. But right now, it sucks.

So that’s all I have right now. Probably too much information for me to share on the blog, but I think it’s important to embrace the highlights and lowlights of life. On that note, good night.

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