Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Last minute messages and a very Merry Christmas to everyone!

Thank you to everyone for your lovely Happy Birthday messages - I had a fantastic weekend celebrating both with my husband and my family. On Saturday, me and the Engineer went out for a festive afternoon tea, using a voucher we got for our wedding, and it was amazing!

Needless to say, we didn't eat for the rest of the day!

Birthday cake...mmm...

Then on Sunday, I invited round the whole family (e.g. my aunt and uncle + my parents, sister and my sister's boyfriend) and the Engineer and I cooked a roast dinner for everyone. Originally, the plan was to go out for a meal, but after thinking about it, I realised there was no point in spending extra cash when we're trying so hard to save. So I cancelled that, and invited everyone over instead. I meant to take a photo of us all at the table, but I was so frazzled from cooking (and hungry), I forgot. But it was a lovely meal and it was nice to catch up with everyone - plus, it was a practice run for Christmas Day, because guess who's on cooking duty this weekend too! (In all fairness, I did volunteer for the part...not too sure why now though...)

My birthday book haul - my family know me so well

Anyway, this is going to be my last blog post of 2016. I'm off work for a week next week, but with going to see family and wanting to relax over the Christmas break, I've decided not to blog again until next year.

It's funny - last year, I had this really strong sense that 2016 was going to be my year. I don't know why I felt this way - perhaps subconsciously I already knew it was going to be an action-packed year because we were getting married. But this year we also moved up back up to Cumbria, got new jobs and generally started thinking about the future. I feel like a lot of good things have happened, and I'm so incredibly grateful to everyone who made this year so great. Looking ahead to 2017 though...I don't have the same strong urge that next year will be good, like I did this time last year. That's not to say it won't be - instead, I have this feeling that I'm just going to have to wait and see what happens. I guess I'm just curious to see how it will turn out - who knows what's around the corner? But in all honesty, I'm super excited to see what the future holds.

My last announcement of the day is a bit of a surprise one - I am taking a break from Twitter until the end of March 2017.

I've been thinking for a while that something isn't quite right with my social media. It hasn't been bringing me the satisfaction it once did - I still can't quite put my finger on it, but I think I'm getting closer to figuring out what's bothering me. Once I figure it out, I'll let you know. As for the reason why I'm taking a break until March? I don't know - that date just popped into my head. And if there's one thing I'm swiftly learning as I grow older, it's to trust my instincts. So that's exactly what I'm going to do.

I will still be blogging, but I'm also thinking about taking my blog in a slightly new direction for the new year. So although you may not see me as often on Twitter, I will still be here, writing and taking part in IWSG, and commenting on other blogs etc. I won't have fallen off the face of the earth completely (for now).

That's it from me! Off to stuff my face with all the chocolates and sausage rolls that are filling the office now.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you in 2017!


  1. Glad you had a good birthday, the afternoon tea looks delicious! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Rachel. Hope to see you here next year, enjoy your media break.

    1. I would highly recommend the hotel where we had it! I will definitely be around in the new year :). Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too, Suzanne :)!

  2. Merry Christmas Rachel and glad you enjoyed your birthday and being with family. 2016 was indeed eventful for you all the best with 2017.

    1. Thank you, Sheena! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too!

  3. Yay for a lovely Birthday celebration. That selection of food looks fabulous! You made a yourself...for guests?? I couldn't do any of those things. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  4. Happy New Year, Rachel! Have an amazing 2017.

  5. I hope you had a fabulous Christmas and that this year is shaping up to be epic already. Glad you're taking a Twitter break. You'll come back totally refreshed and ready to take on the world.

  6. I did Christmas dinner, too. Well, a lot of it came from Cracker Barrel and Honeybaked Ham! I'm sure I could have saved money by buying all the ingredients and cooking for myself, but every time I cook, it seems to not turn out well...


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