I've had a good week, full of family events (my graduation and my dad's birthday). The beginning of the week I just roasted alive at work; a building with no air con is not fun at all, and headache inducing, but Wednesday when my parents came up and I got some days off it started getting a lot better. It wasn't a long enough two days with them really but it was great to spend time with them. The weather was perfect for everything we wanted to do...now back to reality.
It was so so hot but it was worth it; getting to see my parents big smiles and of course shaking Jacquline Wilson's hand! Most of my childhood reading was due to her amazing books. We had a beautiful day, getting graduate with my friends and moving on to the next chapter, whatever it may hold.
It was lovely to have my parents up here to visit but it was especially nice that my dad was still here today as it's his birthday. It was nice to be around and actually wish him a happy birthday and give him his presents in person; I haven't done that in about 3 years! We sprung cake and presents on him early as Alex had to go to work so excuse all pjs and bedhead shots.
A day later than I normally post I know but time got away with me yesterday. It's been such a busy and, for the most part, fun week; I started my new job, had a girlie day out, an ulcer from hell and then the sun came out. I love the sun I do but at the moment it's making me too irritable and everywhere is just sticky! I have to work in a building with no air-con so I really love the sun but not the intense heat and no air situation. This week I've got my graduation and my parents coming up, so expect more on that in the next coming weeks.
It's not the full Friday feeling as I have to work on Sunday but it's as good as I'm going to get! I've had my first full week in my new job and I'm planning to meet with a friend from my old job tomorrow. What are your weekend plans?
As you've seen from recent posts (here and here), my friend's 21st was a Halloween theme. Alex and I went as Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett; it was fun but as we had an hour and half train ride and then a bus, the journey gave for some interesting looks from passers by. The party was good and I consumed far too many cocktails; it resulted in me coming home the next day, falling asleep in seconds and not waking up for hours. Signs of a good birthday party I think you'll agree.
So many emotions this week: I finally got written confirmation that I will be graduating uni with a 2:1 which was so exciting. I also left my job, ready to start again this Tuesday. I wasn't sad about leaving the place but the friends I've made, made it really sad to leave. We went out for drinks and my friends made this amazing poem for me; I became all soppy and very nearly cried. The rest of the week has been filled with dress shopping, eating out and just counting down days for a new start.
A while ago you might remember me making one of my mum's birthday gifts (here); well I took on the same principle for my good friend Chantelle and catered it around her favourite time of year; Halloween. I'm really pleased with how the bag turned out. There were long hours painting this one but I think it turned out really well.
My friend recently had her birthday and I offered to make the cake; I know, huge pressure on myself to produce. Her birthday theme was Halloween and so I went along those lines for the cake. Spiderwebs; blood and then to make it more dramatic, some hand made roses. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. It also turned out to be the heaviest cake I have ever made; it weighed in at around 5kg. I do not envy Alex for carrying all through our journey to get to her party on Saturday.
When it comes to clothes, I have to admit that these three are up there with the sense of style that I love. Nothing too crazy but simple and elegant lines and colours. I have to remember that these ladies are all 5 foot nothing and I am a lot taller but I reckon I could pull these looks off. My wardrobe is full of old clothes that are fine but, it is just that, they are fine. After 3 odd years (maybe even more) I've got very tired of them. If someone could win the lottery or they just want to donate to my new wardrobe fund that'd be great. I'll just get my handbag and we can hit the shops okay?!
..Christmas! That's right, I've said it. It really is my favourite time of year and, although I started this project weeks ago, I thought I'd share it with you know, especially since it is less than 6 months to go until the big day!
So, this year Alex and I are thinking of going a bit more crafty with our presents over commercial and, as usual, I have a thousand ideas that I want to make, so I decided to start everything off with a Christmas planner and then to start creating.
I picked up this Christmassy paper in the sales in January and have now had a chance to use it. I covered a normal notebook in the paper, then covered it in laminate. Each section in my notebook correlates to present ideas, table decorations etc. (I can't show you presents, in case anyone is reading). At least now, you can see my true love for Christmas and just how early I start thinking about it. And yes, I did also order Home Alone 1 & 2 today!
Big changes this week; I cut all my hair off. I've been thinking about doing it for a while but I took the plunge. I've had short hair before, it's just I've been trying so hard to grow it. But I think it looks alright and it's in a much healthier condition too. I also made a big step with regards to work and I have handed in my notice and I'm off to someone new; it's the same but new. I'm so happy and relieved by it. Apart from that I've been going out (drinking far to much wine) and recovering with great films- yes I did stay in on Saturday to watch Hatry Potter on tv! How was everybody elses week?