mofette: (New Fringe)
I do this almost every year on Jan 1st 2004 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, I missed 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016!

1. What did you do in 2016 that you'd never done before?
Went to Amsterdam, Germany and Spain! Saw Divine Comedy!

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Last year's:
   Be Happier Ehhhh...

This year's:
Be Happier.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not this year

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No-one close this year

5. What countries did you visit?
Germany, The Netherlands, Spain!

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
Tidy Garden, spare cash

7. What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
5th October - I bought plane tickets to Canada

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I've lost ~40lbs

9. What was your biggest failure?
Being more assertive and in control of my own career, again.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I'm ill right now! Been ill all of December, it's starting to get tedious.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
More Nail Polish

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
I don't have an answer for that

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
The 33% of the population that voted for us to leave Europe. I am ashamed of them.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Car, House.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Going to Canada in 2017

16. What song will always remind you of 2016?
David Bowie - Blackstar

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Sadder
ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner
iii. richer or poorer? About the same!

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Seeing friends

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Working a job I hate, being ill.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Sick in bed.

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
No-one. I barely call anyone

22. Did you fall in love in 2016?
Not this year!

23. How many one-night stands?
0

24. What was your favourite TV program?
RuPaul's Drag Race again

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I keep accumulating one more person a year, it seems.

26. What was the best book you read?
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Public Service Broadcasting

28. What did you want and get?
More polish, I got the bed I wanted last year!! :D

29. What did you want and not get?
The loft boarded

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Deadpool

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 33, I went to work :(

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A non-broken desk

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?
Whatever fit :/

34. What kept you sane?
Polish

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Ryan Reynolds

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Bloody Brexit

37. Who did you miss?
Zara

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Julie / Karen

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016:
Don't trust anyone at work.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Something happened on the day he died
Spirit rose a metre and stepped aside
Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried:
(I'm a blackstar, I'm a blackstar)

David Bowie - Blackstar
mofette: (New Fringe)
I do this almost every year on Jan 1st 2004 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, I missed 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015!

1. What did you do in 2015 that you'd never done before?
Bought a house!

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Last year's:
   Be Happier Yes!

This year's:
Be Happier.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My friend Rebecca, my workmate Hannah R

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No-one close

5. What countries did you visit?
None :(

6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
Spare money, a pretty garden

7. What date from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
31/01/2015 we bought a house
21/02/2015 we moved into our own house!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Another new job at Coors (Well, 2) and choosing a house, getting accepted for a mortgage and putting up wallpaper for the first time ever!

9. What was your biggest failure?
Being more assertive and in control of my own career

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Legs are still ugly, I still get chronic abscesses.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
All my gorgeous Stag furniture after the house, black velvet skull wallpaper, biker jacket

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
All my friends. They truly are the best people around!!

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Religious Nutters, Racists, Bigots, Homophobes and Islamophobes. Same as last year!

14. Where did most of your money go?
Paying off old debt, bricks and mortar, car repairs.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Nail Polish, Stag Minstrel furniture, Seeing Zara again

16. What song will always remind you of 2015?
John Grant - Disappointing!

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier
ii. thinner or fatter? Exactly The Same!
iii. richer or poorer? Poorer!

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Buying sensible things, gardening

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Impulsive shopping

20. How did you spend Christmas?
With my Husband, Mum and Dad, watching Hobbit movies and playing Pandemic

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
Richard, demanding shopping!

22. Did you fall in love in 2015?
With a couple of amazing polishes and gins

23. How many one-night stands?
0

24. What was your favourite TV program?
RuPaul's Drag Race

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Only one, and hate's a bit strong. I just wish she'd go away. Same as last year, except this is now two women.

26. What was the best book you read?
Stiff

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
John Grant

28. What did you want and get?
Tons of nail polish, a house, furniture.

29. What did you want and not get?
A certain bed. It will be mine, eventually!

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Jurassic World, and that wasn't really that good

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 32, we went to North Kilworth and saw Richard, Jen, Mel and Sarah!

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not having to have my baby kitten put down

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?
Nail Polish and Black, skater dresses and biker boots

34. What kept you sane?
Painting my nails 3 times a week, gin.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Chris Pratt.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The fucking general election

37. Who did you miss?
Zara, Laken, Hilary

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Sophie a pet friend

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015:
Beige Carpets are awful. Good neighbours are invaluable

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Roller coasters and Earl Gray Malts,
Ocelot babies but not bath salts,
Harvest moon in the arms of a tree,
Which has been growing there for centuries.

Bassoons, trombones, and French horn sections
Bass clarinets and string art collections.
Owls and guitars when they do not match
Gilda, Kristen, Cheri, Tina, Amy and Rachel Dratch.

All these things, they're just disappointing,
All these things, they're just disappointing compared to you.
There's nothing more beautiful than your smile as it conquers your face.
There's nothing more comforting than to know, know you exist in this time, in this place.

John Grant - Disappointing

Oh!

Oct. 27th, 2015 07:48 pm
mofette: (New Fringe)
Hello Livejournal!
mofette: (New Fringe)
I do this almost every year on Jan 1st 2004 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, I missed 2012, 2013 & 2014

1. What did you do in 2014 that you'd never done before?
Ran 10k!

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Last year's:
Eat breakfast at home - mostly
Stop wearing hoodies all the damn time - yes!
Take more pride in my appearance mostly

This year's:
Be Happier.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
[livejournal.com profile] sparklielizard gave birth to Hazel!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Two, my mate Gary's dad, George (who I'd also call a good friend) and my dad's friend Roger, who I'd know since I was like 6?

5. What countries did you visit?
Budapest!

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
My own house, spare money

7. What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
22/02/2014, I ran my fastest parkrun at 37:44

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Running parkrun under 40 minutes, getting a new job at Coors!

9. What was your biggest failure?
Getting healthier.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
My legs are still ugly, I just have a diagnosis now. It's Granuloma Annulare

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Seche Vite top coat, Cinema tickets!

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Lots of people, I can't really think of one now

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Religious Nutters, Racists, Bigots, Homophobes and Islamophobes.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Paying off old debt. Almost all done now!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Sekret Projekt 2015 and Nail Polish!

16. What song will always remind you of 2014?
Blue Swede - Hooked on a Feeling

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier
ii. thinner or fatter? Exactly The Same!
iii. richer or poorer? Richer!

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Travelling and seeing people

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Drinking :/

20. How did you spend Christmas?
With my Husband, Mum, Dad, Brother and his missus all playing Cards Against Humanity and watching stuff :)

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
Parents probably!

22. Did you fall in love in 2014?
With bricks and mortar!

23. How many one-night stands?
0

24. What was your favourite TV program?
The West Wing (I know, I came to it late)

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Only one, and hate's a bit strong. I just wish she'd go away.

26. What was the best book you read?
Pass, I read a few but none were great!

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Turbonegro!

28. What did you want and get?
Another cat, more gin

29. What did you want and not get?
Thinner, Gaga's new perfume

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Guardians of the Galaxy, easily.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 31, we went to Melton Mowbray and hung around with Mel and Sarah ♥

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Money stability, we're still playing catch up from when Rich was unemployed

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
Nail Polish and Black.

34. What kept you sane?
Painting my nails 3 times a week!

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Chris Pratt.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The state of the bigotry in the UK :(

37. Who did you miss?
All my leeds guys

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Laken, Hilary and Zara. My Nail Angels :)

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014:
Always look at more than 1 house!

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
'Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off
Heart-breakers gonna break, break, break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off

Taylor Swift - Shake It Off
mofette: (New Fringe)
Oh man, I'm all over the bloody shop.

I have been running parkrun since September 2011. it's an amazing 5k adventure for free, every Saturday morning. I rocked up at my first one in Leeds by myself, scared and shy and ran it in 47:02. Horrid

Since then, I went when I could, recruiting several friends to come too. By the time I left Leeds, I was edging closer to the goal of finishing under 40 minutes, ending around 41 minutes when I left in July 2012.

I went to Conkers, but missing my Hyde Park Harriers and not knowing anyone it was hard. At Leeds everyone always stayed to the end to cheer me on and at Conkers everyone goes in a cafe, not really hanging around. My time also got worse - the course was icy and wet and muddy and not tarmaced.

The second time I went to Conkers, in June, a lady ran past me and said "Hello Aileen" - I was remembered! It sounds stupid however to someone like me, to a little old runner like me, someone remembering you is a BIG DEAL. So I went back in August, then in September, then I started roping people into coming with me.

The thing is, I've never really tracked what I was doing, or trained in-between, or counted mileage or anything. I did better now and again but not by much and not because of anything I could think of. So I just ran. I ran when I could, as I could. I tracked it on my watch but never looked at the results. I got better, but not much.

Whenever people found out I was a runner, they looked at me stunned. I'm fat. I mean, I was 250lbs fat. They looked at me like I had a second head and I just had to remember "Even if i'm shit, I'm running more than most people". Then it all backfired and people who *do* run asked me what time I did, and I had to admit it was 41 minutes.

41 minutes for 5k? That's 4.54mph. People WALK faster than that!! The thing was, I went every week, I put in my time and it got no better. I couldn't break 40.

I promised myself that I would do it, that I would run 5k faster than 40 minutes before Christmas 2013.

I didn't do it.

I came close, I swore, I pushed my legs, but I couldn't do it. I went to Leeds on the 21st of December, an easier course (or so I thought) and though I walked less, I ended up at 40:53, AGAIN.

Then Jantastic came along. Nominate how many runs you will do a week, and do it. So I did. OH MY GOD. Running is so much easier if you do it regularly. I'm now doing at least 3 runs a week with friends and in the gym. The gym has been tough - getting a decent time involves some real effort, and that finally rang true with me.

Today I took my parkrun seriously and wrote my split times on my hand. The times I would have to hit each km to finish in 40:00; 8, 16, 24, 32, 40.

The first km was fine. I hit it around 7:45 - I wasn't feeling great physically however mentally I was strong. The mud wasn't too cold and sod it, I was going to do this.

The second km, no problem. I walked just after 1.7 (a mile) however I sucked it up and got to Cheeky Hill. That's where it almost unravelled. That bastard little hill is so steep and so gravelly that ALL of your momentum is sapped. You spend the first 200m struggling up a hill and then the second 200m you spend getting your breath back.

This is all so much harder when you're my age, my weight and my level of 'fitness'

For some reason the canal section seemed awful too. I never paid attention before, never looked at what parts I struggled with, at what time I was doing. This time every walk was noticed, ever bump in the path was scowled at. I hated every second and couldn't wait to get that part over with. I was slightly behind on my splits so I gritted my teeth and moved my legs.

The third km is puddles. Puddles, puddles and puddles. I decided to knuckle down and run through them! All the way down to the turn back onto the main trail and towards the last km. By this point I had 2 people in tow who had decided that I was their pacer! HA! Little did they know how terrible I was. They asked me how long I had been running and I told them truthfully. Ashamed with how long it had be, worried that I would put them off and embarrassed that they would still beat me. We all stuck together right until the end.

The last km. I hit it exactly at 32 minutes. I started breaking down where I would have to be in my head. Half a km is 4 minutes, 0.25km is 2 minutes. DO IT. I panicked, more than once. I started breathing every step instead of every other step. I panicked. I nearly sabotaged myself, like I have each and every time I've come close before.

0.7km, I glanced at my watch, I had 3 minutes to make it to the finish. I could do it. I promised myself that I wouldn't quit, I would run the whole thing and I would make it. I passed a photographer, she took a photograph of me smiling. I smiled so they wouldn't see my grimace. We kept on.

Down the hill, around the grass, I watched the lady in front of me, Fran, keep going. We turned left, we went right, we started to go under the bridge and she started walking.

"NO!" I shouted! She turned around and looked at me, turned back and kept going. She looked like I hoped I did, determined and solid. We ran.

I didn't have it in me for my usual sprint finish. Usually I run, legs pumping and arms swinging to the finish, today I knew I'd used it all and I had nothing left. I turned past the bridge and heard Milf shout "Mofette!!" I could hear everyone at the finish line screaming for me and willing me on. I looked at the finish line, I ran and I passed it!!!

I passed it, pressed stop on my watch - 39:25 and I screamed. I let open my lungs so everyone could hear. Could hear the anguish that I'd been holding in so long as I realised that I'd done it. My own nemesis - purely out of my own making and only because of me that I hadn't done it before. I wanted to cry but I was too happy, overjoyed, confused that I'd finally done it.

Several people came over to congratulate me. Mark shouted my time as I passed the timers. I knew it was done and we'd joked that morning that I would need to put effort in to do it. Fran turned to me and congratulated me and then there was Richard. My darling Richard, he had timed the run since the start whistle and he had let everyone know that I was there. I attempted to snivel on him but then rememebered that there were loads of other people still crossing the line. I stood and cheered them over - trying to subdue the adrenaline that was making me want to scream.

I have zero self-esteem. I seriously hate myself. Except this week. I have been trying to do this since 2011. I have been trying to break 40 minutes for as long as I can remember. I just did it. Do you know what the secret weapon was? IT WAS PUTTING SOME GODDAMN EFFORT IN!

I have wondered what the secret was, was it the diet the night before? How much I've drank, how much sleep I got? IT WAS JUST PUTTING SOME EFFORT IN, DAMNIT. IF YOU DO NOT DO 100% YOU WILL NOT GET 100%. SIMPLE.

I will no longer be ashamed when I talk to people about parkrun. My only fight was against myself. Maybe this week I will also beat 40 minutes, maybe I won't. I don't care, I have done it. I have done more than I ever thought possible and I am OUT THERE every Saturday, running. It may not be pretty, it may not be fast but I BLOODY DO IT.

Go outside, run, walk, jog but don't be surprised that unless you put effort in you won't get results out. You will only get your result, you won't get the result of the person who finishes in 17 minutes but you WILL GET THE REWARD YOU DESERVE. A healthier body, longer life, more calories to spend on booze that evening.

I love parkrun, I love Conkers, I love Leeds, I love Jantastic. Thank you world for putting those people out there to benefit the rest of us.

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http://www.parkrun.org.uk/conkers/news/2014/01/19/splish-splash-we-were-making-a-dash/

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http://www.parkrun.org.uk/conkers/results/athletehistory/?athleteNumber=180576
mofette: (New Fringe)

I do this almost every year on Jan 1st 2004 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, I missed 2012 & 2013

1. What did you do in 2013 that you'd never done before?

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Last year's:
    Lose more weight - NOPE (I did, for a short while)
    Take a holiday - Kinda, almost
    Get better at running - NOPE

This year's:
    Eat breakfast at home
    Stop wearing hoodies all the damn time
    Take more pride in my appearance

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Yes! Fiona, a friend from high school, Gaz from work's wife- Kathie, probably more I don't remember...

4. Did anyone close to you die? Not this year, I don't think I could cope with it

5. What countries did you visit? none, again.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013? blemish-free legs...

7. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? 12th July - the day Richard got a job down here!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Getting asked to apply for a job ;)

9. What was your biggest failure? my own health :/

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? My legs look like I've been kicked repeatedly, all the time. It sucks.

11. What was the best thing you bought? DAB Clock Radio Alarm! :D

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration? Malala Yousafzai - none of the rest of us come close to what that girl can do!

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed? David Cameron. Easily. Nick Clegg a close turncoat second.

14. Where did most of your money go? debt and garden!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Gaga's new album, ARTPOP

16. What song will always remind you of 2013? Lady Gaga - Aura / ARTPOP

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    i. happier or sadder? Happier
    ii. thinner or fatter? Exactly The Same!
    iii. richer or poorer? Poorer (collectively)

18. What do you wish you'd done more of? Seeing people, driving about

19. What do you wish you'd done less of? worrying about what others think

20. How did you spend Christmas? Just the two of us, lonely as hell really!

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with? Richard for the first 6 months, barely used the thing the second 6!

22. Did you fall in love in 2012? with our new house and garden, yeah!

23. How many one-night stands? 0

24. What was your favourite TV program?

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

26. What was the best book you read? I didn't read any, I'm a terrible person!

27. What was your greatest musical discovery? Stuart Maconie's Freak Zone

28. What did you want and get? Husband here!

29. What did you want and not get? under 40 minutes parkrun.

30. What was your favourite film of this year? The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I was 30, we went to the pub then helped a lady back home with her shelves

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? better windows in the house, these full-opening ones are SO AWKWARD

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013? ALL THE BLACK, ALL THE TIME

34. What kept you sane? Nail Varnish

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Karl Urban

36. What political issue stirred you the most? The bloody "Bedroom Tax"

37. Who did you miss? Most people in Leeds

38. Who was the best new person you met? Hannah Durber ♥

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013: Some people, me included, just want to talk ad be heard, nothing more, nothing less.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

What's the colour of v-neck's girl?
It's Red you bastard (It's Red you bastard)
I don't believe in God but believe in this shit - Not me
I like to bring them down - Not me
Some fool who's dumb dumb do - Not me

Some people get a freak outta me
Some people can't see what I can see
Some people wanna see what I see
Some people put an evil eye on me

Franz Ferdinand - Evil Eye

mofette: (New Fringe)
So, just a quick catch-up for y'all

  • I live in Burton-on-Trent with my husband, Richard as I moved for a job.

  • I still work for Molson Coors, although not in an Operational role any more - a year after I came down for one job, I was asked to come do another one! - I work on the interface between the systems of our partners and us and ad-hoc reporting and spreadsheets (YAY)

  • I still have 2 cats and they make my life hell on a daily basis ♥

  • The house I live in has enough free-reign that I can pretty much do anything I want. I have discovered that I have green fingers, and have turned the garden from a mess to a lovely place that I'm proud of.

  • I've had the most amazing 12 months, a holiday I took with some friends from the Internet in Parwich starting us actually spending time with people we want to!

  • I met a lot of new friends who actually like me for being me. That's nice

  • Running is still a hobby I enjoy, so I do it almost every week at parkrun, I should get my 50 T-shirt by next summer :D

  • Richard and I are trying to save money to clear all our debts. Should be done by next Christmas unless we need to move house again. Hopefully not again for a while until I find a house and we can find a deposit.

  • I paint my nails too much - I have around 240 different bottles.

  • I drink a lot of gin. I have 34 bottles!

That'll pretty much do it for now. I just needed a break from re-tagging .mp3s

On my way!

Feb. 19th, 2013 10:17 pm
mofette: (Mofzilla)
So, to work in Burton-on-Trent I'd have to move in with my parents for a while, as we owned a house in Leeds and were also paying rent on a house three streets over. We couldn't afford a third house, so I had to stay with them until we could either give notice, or sell the house.

The house went up on the market, and we asked the landlord when the earliest we could give notice was. Luckily the landlord said that Feb was the earliest, and we started to plan to that date.

I knew what I was getting myself in for, before I moved to the Burton area, as I grew up just south of here, in a little village called Fradley. It's in the middle of nowhere, and it's far out on transport links - quite a difference from Leeds. The thing is, aside from our wonderful friends, Leeds never held that much magic for Milf and I, as we prefer a quiet night in a local rather than a nightclub, and as I'm plus-size I'm limited as to where I shop anyway, so I'm not going to miss that.

Of course, we talked it through extensively. It really began to get my goat whenever I told people I had a new job and I was moving, only around 3/4 people didn't immediately respond with "What does Milf think of that?" as if I'd not talked to him at all. It really hit me for 6 that people I thought were progressive and articulate were asking what the MAN thought about it.

Luckily, Milf was fine and when I moved the group of people I joined were great - making sure I was included in stuff and they really looked after me. It's hard having to travel, having nowhere to invite people to, never being able to come out, not even being able to cook properly, as I seemed to be always in the way! I was wearing the same clothes, day in day out and it was tough, but soon enough 4 months had rolled around and we finally got an offer on the house.

We made sure we talked every day, and I visited Leeds when I could. I started learning to drive in August, and passed my test on the 5th October, getting a car on the 26th. I could then make the trip without having to worry about buses at the Burton end (there is only 1 every 2 hours on a Sunday, finishing at 17:00).

As the sale progressed, we decided to start looking for a house in Burton. I say we, Milf pretty much let me get on with it, as I'd been around for a while and seen good and bad areas. I showed him everything I found on the internet, and I went to a couple of viewings. The first house was lovely but boring (magnolia walls, beige carpets, no character) but the second house was perfect and the landlady said she would allow us to do whatever we liked! Shelves, paint, whatever! We discussed it and I put down the deposit, moving in February 1st.

It was a bit of a clusterfuck - the signing fee was more than we thought it would be, they didn't want us to wait until Feb 1st, but it was such a good house that we had to. We booked a removal van and Milf took some time off work. It was go time!!!
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I do this almost every year on Jan 1st 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 & 2011 - I missed 2012

1. What did you do in 2012 that you'd never done before? Moved house for a job, drove a car, passed my driving test. 2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Last year's:

I was a horrible person and didn't fill this out last year - actually I was horrifically depressed and went on Prozac soon afterwards.

They would have been save money, lose weight and get a real job.

I did all three!

This year's:
    Lose more weight
    Take a holiday
    Get better at running

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?No-one

4. Did anyone close to you die? Milf's Uncle died, then my Grandma died, A work colleague also passed away on Boxing day.

5. What countries did you visit? None.

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012? A husband beside me in bed!

7. What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? July 9th - I started my new job.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Passing my driving test in just over 2 month

9. What was your biggest failure? Getting Milf moved down with me

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Fractured my shinbone, shin splints again too

11. What was the best thing you bought? A car!!!

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration? Emily Moss - for reasons that I'm sure you'll all see soon enough

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed? Amerikkka and the Mitt Romney brigade - at least they re-elected Obama though!

14. Where did most of your money go? Milf's mortgage. Thanks to the awful bitch who left us owing £1000 in rent.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Going to see Lady GAGA

16. What song will always remind you of 2012? Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    i. happier or sadder? Happier
    ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner
    iii. richer or poorer? Richer

18. What do you wish you'd done more of? Travelling

19. What do you wish you'd done less of? Dtressing about work

20. How did you spend Christmas? Just Milf and I and the cats and a bit at Mavis's

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with? My husband for a change!

22. Did you fall in love in 2012? With my new friends in Burton :D

23. How many one-night stands? 0

24. What was your favourite TV program? The Big Bang Theory

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? The aforementioned rent-ower

26. What was the best book you read? GRRM - A Song of Ice and Fire

27. What was your greatest musical discovery? KoRn's newest album

28. What did you want and get? A job in Burton

29. What did you want and not get? Lady GAGA perfume

30. What was your favourite film of this year? The Hobbit

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I was 29. My parents were on holiday so my brother took me to The Bowling Green, where I spent it with Vicky's mum, dad, sister and sister's husband as Vicky was ill.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? A husband for a pillow

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012? Dresses and leggings

34. What kept you sane? LOTRO

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Barack Obama

36. What political issue stirred you the most? The American general election - it could've gone so wrong for the whole world!

37. Who did you miss? Milf :(

38. Who was the best new person you met? ll my new workmates!

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012: Out of sight, out of mind.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

I'm bulletproof, nothing to lose
Fire away, fire away
Ricochet, you take your aim
Fire away, fire away
You shoot me down but I won't fall
I am titanium
You shoot me down but I won't fall
I am titanium

mofette: (New Fringe)
Our alarm went off, and Milf convinced me not to go out to parkrun – didn’t take much admittedly. WE finally awoke around 10am and I got the car ready to go pick up Sarah Orange and Daevid, so we could go over to see Mavis for WALL OF PORK.

After stalling about 6 times at a hill-junction, we droopped Orange and Daevid off and snuggled in at home to watch films, having steak for dinner and playing some LOTRO.

We opened the few presents there were knocking about, and had some Cava <3
mofette: (New Fringe)
We didn’t always get to see our relatives often throughout the year – Christmas used to be the one time that we could guarantee seeing my aunties, uncle and grandparents.

I also used to like braiding my hair and wearing a pretty dress on Christmas morning.
mofette: (New Fringe)
Christmas Eve – snuggled up with friends and a shit movie and some booze.
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Rudolf
Donner
Blitzen
Dasher
Comet
Cupid
Dancer
Prancer

8/9 ain’t bad – I missed Vixen! That’s not a child-proof name!?
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My tree is silver and red, with tinsel, plain lights, lametta, star and snowflake shaped ornaments. The presents underneath completely match the decorations, each having a personalised gift tag and fluffy bows.

If it’s a good year, there is decorating around the television, the fireplace, all the booze, the dvds, everything J

There’s a fridge full of cava and smoked salmon and hopefully we are sleeping soundly upstairs ;)
mofette: (New Fringe)
That the house sells and we lose the last link with Quarry Place.
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ME! OH GOD ME! It’s always been me, and it probably always will be. I’ve already started planning the lights on the house I AM YET TO MOVE INTO!!
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LAPLAND! In a log cabin, in the snow, with egg nog and singing and a real tree decorated in vintage-style baubles. I’d want Milf, my family (maybe even my brother) and my aunties and uncles and cousins, and Milf’s Aunties and cousins. Then some extended family would probably get all butt-hurt like they did about my wedding (which I was only allowed 30 guests at).
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This isn’t an early one – it also goes back to the photos that I have – goes to show how powerful a mind-jog those are! I remember one year I had a camera, and my Granddad didn’t like having photos taken, so I sneaked up on him any time I could to take one.

Here he is!
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I don't actually have one, suggestions accepted!

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