Tuesday, 27 December 2011


I have had a lovely Christmas this year - who knew that I would get to spend it with my Mum, brother and sil, and 1 niece, 2 nephews and my two of course, the only one missing for me was Devin. 

I cooked a full on dinner which turned out perfectly if I say so myself (never quite worked out why people say turkey is dry??) 

I received some beautiful presents from DH and the kids, but I still don't feel that happy about where we stand financially :( I can write that can't I?   I am kinda over telling myself that Christmas is not about the presents for me is still is important and I get so much pleasure from giving that obviously I am a bit down when I can't give what I would like to.

I start a new 2 1/2 day job in January - a sort of brain dead admin job but I took it because that is how I have been feeling - brain dead and it could develop into something more one day.  I am also working for a charity as a project manager  - not so brain dead which could also develop into a half week position but at this stage its pro bono so that won't be satisfying my financial requirements just yet.


  1. Glad you had an awesome Christmas!

  2. Also glad to hear you had a good Christmas---you look happy and relaxed in that photo.

    I have always struggled with the gift part of Christmas, as it often completely ruined the holiday for me---too much stress with shopping, spending, worrying about money, etc. Also, I think our expectations of what the day *should* be get in the way of what *can* be. Ah well, Christmas will never be my favorite holiday.

    Congrats on already having a new job! That's really exciting! And remember, admin might be a bit boring but it's very, very important. Good luck!

  3. Sounds like you had a very merry christmas. I absolutely love Christmas - always have, but even more so now with my little ones! Hubby and I had SUCH fun filling their stockings after they had gone to bed. Christmas is all about giving - the act of giving -not e cost or size of the gift given. I am sure your family loved everything that you gave them. Wishing you a happy new year x x x

  4. Allie says:
    So rewarding when a huge celebratory meal turns out just right!
    Good for you.
    I'm glad you had so many family members around you on Christmas Day - after the spiritual meaning of the day, being with family is the most important, hey?
    The gift thing?
    I'm sure you'll get a handle on it soon: you have achieved so much in terms of adapting to your circumstances already.
    You'll crack this too.

  5. Allie adds:
    And a very happy New Year to you, sweetie!

  6. Glad you had a good Christmas! Having family around is so important. With my Dad being so ill in the run up and during Christmas, the entire thing took a big backseat this year. I have to admit it was somewhat of a revelation. I had no time for shopping, so our list was incredibly short. There were no impulse purchases, Sarah got the one thing that she wanted (a phone), hubby and I didn't get anything for each other on the understanding we would treat ourselves to a weekend away during the year, and Mum and Dad got some books that they wanted. And that was it. And besides all the trauma of ambulances and hospital, nobody felt hard done by, and all in all we were very happy with our lot! So it goes to show, you really don't have to spend a fortune. We are on a serious financial belt-tightening exercise too. Show me someone who isn't... Well done on the job, good things begin small :) xx