It’s a cliche but… didn’t November fly by?? It seems like it was only a few days ago that I was writing about October, and here we are, a month later and I’m left wondering where the time went!
To be fair, November has been a pretty good month. My brain has been behaving for the most part, I’ve been mega super busy and, somehow, I managed to get all my Christmas shopping done by mid-month. WHO AM I?! Normally I’m that person panicking a couple of weeks into December as I’m not prepared for the festivities at all, but this year I seem to have breezed through it. Not quite sure how that’s happened but I’m not complaining!
I’ve also started to feel a bit more inspired when it comes to this little ol’ blog of mine and I have a massive list of posts to write. I feel like I’ve got a teeny tiny bit of my mojo back and I’ve got things I want to share from the inside of my brain. My plan is for 2018 to see this website become a bit more of a memory-catcher; sharing where I’ve been, what I’ve been doing and who I’ve been doing it with. When I’m reading blogs I always make a beeline for the more ‘life’ niche of content – I’m nosey, I wanna know everything – and that’s definitely where I feel like I want A Penny For Them to be.
I’m not going to bore you all with the details on this one as I’ve already written a whole post about it (read that here) but getting this tattoo was a really key part of the mental healing process for me. I absolutely love it and although I’ve had a couple of people give me negative feedback on it, I’m honestly not bothered, because for me it means so much.
Staying At The Savoy
OH. MY. GOD. This was up there with the best experiences of my life and I still can’t quite believe it happened! I won a competition a few weeks ago to spend a night at The Savoy and it was so much better than I ever imagined it could be. It was mind-blowing – I was so overwhelmed with the whole thing I was almost in tears! I am going to write a (loooong) post about this soon, but it might be a few more weeks as there is just so much to tell you!
London At Night
As the winter closes in and darkness envelopes us for more of the day, London really comes into its own as it begins to light up. There’s something strangely magical for me about seeing the lights reflecting on the surface of the Thames – photos can’t do it justice.
I Looked After A Baby
I am not a naturally maternal person. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t like children – I adore all my friends kids – but I’ve never once in my life felt broody and if I never had children of my own it wouldn’t bother me. So, when Rachael asked me to look after her 3-month old, Rocco (who I wrote about here), I was daunted but said yes – it would be a good challenge plus, any chance I get to cuddle him is one I’ll jump at! Having not even the slightest twitch of baby-wanting about me, I was intrigued to see if that would change after a day of cuddles, feeds, nappy changing and playing. I had him from around 9.30am-6.30pm and everything went swimmingly – he’s a very placid, well-tempered baby so he made it very easy. However, I can report back that as much as I love him (and oh boy do I love him) I’m still not broody. Gimme all the puppies, but no babies yet, thanks.
November saw the beginning of a few giveaways I’m running, giving people to chance to win something as we edge towards Christmas. I used to do a Twitter Secret Santa every year but the admin side of it turned into a nightmare with some people not sending their gifts and, in turn, others being left empty-handed and disappointed. So, this year, in order to still give something back and spread some goodwill and happiness, I thought I’d host a few giveaways instead. There’s one for a Christmas Bundle of Goodies and another for the chance to Name A Star In The Night Sky. There’s no obligations with either of these giveaways, but I thought it would be nice at this time of year to share a little joy!
Last weekend saw our first Fake Christmas Day of the year, as we headed down to see our friends Sian and Dan in their new house (very nice by the way) and get into the festive spirit. We wore Christmas jumpers, had a full Christmas dinner with crackers and Prosecco, presents, games, festive cocktails, and an evening buffet. It was such a brilliant day. As they live around 3 hours away from us we don’t get to see them as often as we’d like, but whenever we do we have the best time. We’re heading back there in a few weeks and I can’t wait!
Shock, horror, another visit to the hospital! I feel like I’ve spent most of 2017 either in doctors surgeries or hospitals, however, this time it was to have my ear checked. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it on here before, but for those that don’t know, I’m deaf in my left ear. I haven’t had it checked since I was about 11 (I think) making it 21 years since it was last given the once-over. TWENTY ONE YEARS. I am so old. Anyway, after running lots of tests, they confirmed that I’m deaf (which we knew) but that the ear drum is also retracted and has a massive hole in it, meaning it’s open right down to the inner ear, which it obviously shouldn’t be. They offered me a hearing aid which I said no to as I don’t feel I need it at this point in my life (my other ear works perfectly and makes up for it) and they also offered me surgery to repair the ear drum which I declined as I don’t feel I need that just yet either. I get by perfectly fine and I don’t suffer with recurrent ear infections, so I don’t think that intrusive surgery is needed at this point in time. But, it’s nice to know what’s going on in there and that if and when a time comes that I feel I need a bit more help, it’s there for me.
So that was November! It was a pretty good month all in all and I am feeling so much more buoyant and connected to the world than I have for a long time.
December sees the beginning of me sharing some festive content on here, plus a few other bits and pieces I’ve got burning away at the back of my mind. I’ve also decided to try and Instastory every day in December – it’s not something that comes easily to me, so I feel like it’s a good challenge; stepping outside of your comfort zone is good for the soul! I can’t promise it’s going to be thrilling watching, but if you’re not already following me on Instagram, my username is @apenny_for_them.
Happy 1st December everyone – the beginning of a month where it’s acceptable to eat a piece of chocolate for breakfast every day; what could be better?