It was difficult getting motivated this morning. I sat at my desk this morning, turned on my laptop and almost instantly a reminder popped up: data analysis due tomorrow. Eurgh. I like my job and I work at a good school, but after having such a brilliant weekend I was suddenly brought back down to reality with a big bump.
It was my birthday last Friday, and I’ve had a wonderful weekend of celebrations. My lovely colleagues treated me to Crispy Cremes, chocolate and cinema vouchers and they found it hilarious to all sign a One Direction card when they know how much I dislike them, which made me and my students roar with laughter when I opened it. On Friday night The Bloke and a large group of friends from all different areas of my life joined me for drinks at my local pub. It can be sometimes quite awkward when introducing groups of friends to each other, but everyone instantly connected and there was lots of laughter, some dancing and the odd spillage. I had a warm and fuzzy moment where I sat back and watched everyone as they were talking – I’m lucky to know lots of wonderful people…
Suffice to say, my hangover was of epic proportions on Saturday morning. I had woken up early as The Bloke left for the day to visit his family and couldn’t get back to sleep, so instead of wallowing in my own alcohol – laden filth I decided to make the short journey into Birmingham City Centre and attempt to make a decent start on my Christmas shopping.
Tip: When attempting to shop in the second biggest city in the country, do so with a raging hangover. I was feeling so awful that I was in no mood for politeness and taking things easy. My headphones were in, my heavy metal music was on, my elbows were out and I was like a woman possessed. I knew exactly what I wanted and where to obtain it from, and I was in and out within two hours. I returned home with everything on my list, and had even managed to buy myself an ‘it’s my birthday and I’m brilliant so I’m going to treat myself’ present in the form of a shiny new iPhone 6, which replaced my old faithful iPhone 4 that went to the electronic heaven in the sky last week.
The Bloke returned home later that day to find me in my jammies and lying on the couch under a quilt. The hangover had subsided a little by that point, and so we spent the evening watching ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and eating pizza.
Sunday was the day I had been looking forward to all week: The Good Food Show at the NEC. It has become a yearly tradition for The Bloke and I as it always falls on the weekend after my birthday and I love it. We’ve established a routine – The Bloke stands back and pretends that he doesn’t know me as I run around and grab all the free samples that I possibly can, we buy lots of cheese, chutney and products by Crimbles, we watch a show and then go home before it gets too busy to move. This year was no exception – we arrived just as it opened and almost immediately I had a potato on a stick in one hand, some cocktail sticks that had been skewered with different flavours of cheese in another and was attempting to munch my way through different olives laced with beautiful oils, herbs and garlic without dribbling them down the front of myself. Classy.
We went to see the Hairy Bikers show (who, if you haven’t seen or heard of them before, are essentially two northern and heavily bearded chefs that ride motorbikes and create brilliant cookery programmes for British television), and I was delighted that The Bloke had managed to get tickets right on the front row. They didn’t disappoint, and even brought Louis, a contestant from the recent Great British Bake Off, to help them on stage. The food they created smelled beautiful, they entertained with their usual warmth and cheeky jokes, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
In my infinite wisdom I decided to finish off the last of my shopping after we left. It was early in the afternoon by the time I arrived, and it was utter chaos. I managed two stores and came home. Never. Again. I’ve decided to avoid town at all costs from now on unless I can get in early. However, my shopping is now nearly completed, most of my cards are written and all I need to do is put up the tree, torture the cats with their little Santa hats that I force them to wear every year and I’m all set. My weekly Twitter party, #SundayBlogShare was being guest hosted by Gene’O @sourcererblog and he did a wonderful job, and I checked it sporadically to see lots of new participants and hundreds of posts being shared. Brilliant. Thanks Gene’O, you’re a star.
This is why getting out of bed this morning was so tough. I needed another day or two to recover.
I also wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you who wished me a happy birthday across my social media sites. It was indeed a happy birthday, filled with lots of lovely people and experiences, and I have been thoroughly spoilt with cards and unbelievably thoughtful gifts.
So, back to reality. Anyone got a time machine they would like to lend me so I can go and do it again?
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I don’t really have a time machine, but you could try reading through your post here and then close your eyes and imagine the weekend happening all over again. 😀
That’s a nice idea! Let me know if you ever get one!
A belated felicitous natal anniversary. Sorry about the reality thing 🙂
I am glad you had a great birthday weekend. Not the same thing, but I am coming back from days of doing nothing. You would think this means I had stored up my energy, but nope…
Isn’t that always the case- you try and relax and rest and feel more tired than when you started! Hope you’re ok my lovely!
Happy “Belated Birthday!” Nothing better than, “Crisy Cremes. Sounds like you had a great celebration!!
I certainly did! Thank you!
Sounds like a great weekend! Again, Happy Birthday to my favourite blogger!
Aww, thanks Phil!
Wow! You’re up late. Get to bed. You have some sleep to catch upon and a class to teach in the morning!
Nah, I don’t work on Tuesday’s so tomorrow am will be spent catching up!
Reality bites at times, doesn’t it?
It’s rubbish isn’t it! I like my job, but I would have rather had another day in bed!
I can’t say I blame you!
Belated “Happy Birthday.” It sounds as if you made a lot of memories/
Thank you my lovely! It was brilliant!
I don’t get guardians of the galaxy!
Really?! You don’t understand it or don’t like it?
A bit if both
Belated happy birthday to a wonderful lady. xxx
Glad you had a wonderful birthday weekend. If there is one constant in life, it is you have to get back to the usual routine. Have a good week! 🙂
I missed your birthday. Hippy burpdie, Suzie! So you’re a November baby too? I haven’t started Christmas shopping yet, and I have a feeling it will be done early in the morning, mid-week, to avoid any temptation to sock other shoppers over the head with my bag and do a runner.
I’ll lend you my Time Machine from my ‘Digging Deep’ posts if you like, Suzie?
Sounds like you had the perfect birthday weekend. Belated Happy Birthday from me.
I’m glad you had such a fabulous time. (*grins*)
Yay! I’m glad you had such a great birthday!