If we were going for coffee #1

‘We want to do a lot of stuff; we’re not in great shape. We didn’t get a good night’s sleep. We’re a little depressed. Coffee solves all these problems in one delightful little cup’ – Jerry Seinfeld

This is a brilliant idea developed by @parttimemonster which enable people to give an update without having to write specific posts about all the little aspects of life that are happening concurrently. Basically, let’s pretend we’re having a coffee on a lazy Sunday morning (I can almost 100% guarantee I’d have a mild to moderate hangover) and we’re catching up on what’s been going on recently.

If we were going for coffee one of the first things I would tell you about would be that I’ve got a really bad back at the moment. My dad always said you can never trust any one with a bad back or a migraine (because to look at them you wouldn’t know there was anything wrong). And other than the odd niggle when I haven’t stretched properly or I’ve had too much to drink and my muscles are dehydrated, I don’t suffer from back problems that often. I’ve started running again and am trying to train to run 10K everyday for 7 days next Easter. I hurt my right knee a little last week and think I’ve over pronated on the left and now pulled my rhomboid muscle (which sits between your shoulder blade and your spine).

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I never EVER argue with Yoda!

And let me tell you, it bloody kills! Because it’s in such an awkward location that can’t seem to sit in a position that’s comfortable and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. I’m not sleeping too well because of it either, I’m waking up in the middle of the night in agony then unable to get comfy to fall back asleep again – very frustrating! Fingers crossed it heals itself over the next few days otherwise I’m off to see my mate Lauren at the Sports Injury Clinic and have her charge me £35 to beat me up for half an hour.

If we were going for coffee I’d tell you that I’m so pleased it’s nearly Christmas, it’s my absolute favourite time of year. Christmas was always such a happy time in my family growing up and that’s been extended to my new family with Dave and my little niece and nephew; it’s so lovely having kids around at this time of year to see how excited the get the way that I did when I was their age. I’m struggling coming up with an xmas list; there’s always loads of little bits and bobs like anything from Urban Decay or Benefit, and anything consumable is always good but people always seem to want to get you something special and meaningful.

The truth is, these days, it’s not like when we were young and wanted a new bike or CD player, if I want something, I get it! For a long while I wanted  new laptop as mine was on the fritz. Turns out all I needed was a new keyboard, so £16 later bobs your uncle and here I am tip tapping away again. Not that it’s all about presents of course, what I love most is all the social aspects that come along with the festive season. I have 3 xmas parties, with the 3 different teams I work with most, plus I always try and have a night out with the girls too, so it’s worked out nicely as a night out a week this year, the first of which being Friday, which was a brilliant night out. We all work so hard all year that it’s nice to have a night where we drink prosecco together and continue all those 3 minute water cooler conversations.

xmas Collage

If we were going for coffee I’d tell you that we put our Christmas tree up this afternoon while drinking Baileys coffee and listening to Bob Rivers like we do every year. It’s inevitable that it gets to this time of year and you start to get a little bit reflective. When you live with yourself every day it’s easy to miss the subtle changes that are happening. When I think about this time last year, it’s amazing how much more calm and happy I feel now and how hard I’ve worked this year keeping my worries under control; not always looking on the downside all the time. It dawned on me this month that I’ve always thought of myself as an optimist, one of life’s eternal lookers on the brightside but you know what? I’m not. I’m a massive pessimist; I always expect the worse or think that something bad is going to happen. It’s tough realising that you’re not the thing you always thought you were. So instead of looking on the dark side all the time I’m making a conscious effort to think positively from now on and embracing everything I get thrown at me.

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The Newman’s annual erection

Lastly, if we were going for coffee, I’d tell you that I’m really disturbed at the quality of music that Justin Beiber is putting out at the moment. It’s bad enough that I’m a (not so) secret 1D fan, now I have to start liking that little Canadian douchewaffle?! Don’t worry though, I’ve been having a quiet word with myself, and normal Beiber bashing will resume shortly, I promise!

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