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Saturday, 21 December 2013

On Late-Night Thoughts

Firstly I'd just like to point out how I shamefully consider 10pm to be late - I'm almost completely sure that I go from the two extremes of being like a 5 year old and then suddenly like a middle-aged person. It's ridiculous, almost automatically at about 10:30pm if I'm at home my eyes begin to droop and before I know it I'm asleep on the sofa if I don't get to my bed first.

Anyway, I have a feeling this post is going to be a lot of bits and pieces thrown together so bear with me if you can. I realised it's been a long time since I've just sat at my computer and written whatever comes into my head at the time and I miss it, so here we are.

1) I've just watched the Strictly Come Dancing final with my mum and doing that always makes me feel quite nostalgic, especially as this year all the previous Strictly champions spoke about their experiences in and since Strictly. I have practically been brought up on Strictly and seeing all of them talk took me back to all those years, I think my mum and I have been watching it ever since I was 8 years old. That's actually half my life, which seems crazy.

From here.

Strictly just has this (for want of a better word) 'thing' about it that means the whole family can watch it. It's not about the drama or exploitation of people; it's just about the dancing and everyone sharing in its beauty. And I think it's lovely. Sorry for sounding like a soppy old sod but it's nice to think back to when I was 8 or 9 years old and fell in love with this programme. Just like many other little girls, I'm sure, I longed to wear those beautiful gowns and have my hair and make up done and learn to dance as gracefully as they do. Unfortunately for me, I am frankly the opposite of graceful and I struggle to stop myself from falling over on a day to day basis so I doubt the quickstep or the salsa would agree with me; as much as I wish they would.

At the same time as it making me look back to when I was 8, I look forward to myself in maybe 10 or 20 years if the show is still going, and maybe I'll still be watching it. Quite probably getting very ahead of myself, which is a bad tendency of mine I'll admit. But it would be nice nevertheless.

2) I am so ridiculously happy to be in the Christmas holidays and can't wait to go up to my sister's in Yorkshire for Christmas, even if I have homework lurking over me which I'm slowly getting through. Slowly being the key word there. Here's us at Christmas last year:

3) A Christmas present from mum was a facial which I actually had today (it's not cheating having my present before Christmas, promise!). It was amazing and so nice to lie there for an hour and just relax after such a stressful and tiring term, now my skin feels so lovely and soft. Would definitely recommend it if you've been feeling stressed lately.

4) I have actually bought all my Christmas presents, with time to spare and before Christmas Eve which I think may be a personal best so I'm chuffed about that. On the subject of Christmas I went to Winter Wonderland on Monday in Hyde Park which was stunning, just as it was last year.

From here.

5) Feeling a bit nostalgic as I am, it's made me realise just how lucky I am. This year has not been easy, not that any really are, but I really do think it's been the best year of my life nonetheless. Moving has been the biggest change I've gone through but it's also taught me so much and made me appreciate the people I have in my life. It is these people that have made my year the wonderful year it has been and I am so grateful to them for being who they are.

There we have it, I'm sure they're enough ramblings to last you right through Christmas to new year! I'll hopefully be back before I go off to Yorkshire to write something or other, but if I'm not I hope you all have a very merry Christmas surrounded by the people you love.

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