Hello there! How are you doing? Hope you’re been having a wonderful 2016 so far – can you believe that February is already here?
I’m even more stunned that I haven’t blogged since September, which is such a long time and lots has changed so I feel like an update is very much due.
Because I’ve still been reading blogs, it’s been easy to forget that I haven’t been on here for months but I had a wake up call during dinner with the lovely Laureen last week.
The moment came to sneak a quick pic of our food and it felt totally alien to me! I haven’t photographed food for such a long time, I think the end result gives that away:
Speaking of Laureen, have you seen her gorgeous new (to me) blog design? And while we’re on the subject of blogs, Laura‘s has been particularly excellent recently.
I’ve chatted with a few people about blogging recently and the main reason for my absence is that I’ve been feeling like not much has changed and I don’t have much to say.
I envisaged myself writing about how I’m still walking the dog as my only exercise, still eating paleo-ish, still living in Bristol, still at the same job, still happy and content.
But I keep forgetting that for me, the best thing about blogs is the people behind them. Finding out how they are, what they’re up do, fun anecdotes.
Returning to my assertion “not much has changed”, let’s have a little recap of my life post-September 2015.
We bought a house!
Just a small life change… I am so thrilled to describe myself as a homeowner. There were many trials and tears along the way but this place really feels like home now.
Fun story: When we moved in, the previous owner moved to Canada. She helpfully left all her furniture and stuff, including a shed full of rubbish, for us to enjoy.
Nothing says ‘your own home’ like two weeks of arranging furniture removals and trips to the tip.
One day I’ll do a before and after post, I promise it does look much better now! Even the bathroom, which we’re having re-done (bet you can’t think why).
One of the fun parts of this place that it’s situated right on the water, and there’s a dog-friendly ferry across into town and great parks.
The views from the water are beautiful and I feel so lucky every time I use it.
Henry turned One!
Obviously he received a bazillion presents and lots of attention. By the way, I post all.the.time on his Instagram account.
I can’t believe the happiness this curly monster has brought to our lives. He’s hard work but gives so, so much joy in return.
I was working this year but still managed to join in the festivities with my family (sister and step-sister pictured above).
Friends and family were tickled to receive Christmas cards with pictures of Henry on.. I’ve officially found my calling as a crazy dog lady!
Of course that calling included buying matching festive bandanas for Henry and Rufus – they are unbelievably sweet together.
We call them #teamnaughty because they love to get up to mischief!
My plans for this year are to socialise more, try new foods, organise myself better and keep doing what makes me happy (like this podcast).
I have a feeling this year is going to be particularly awesome!
* Any grim bathroom tales? Especially those with happy endings!
* What are your plans for 2016?