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My Reads of 2016

Well, as the year comes to an end (and before I start to consider my New Years Resolutions) I thought I’d share with you the list of books I’ve read this year, all in the one place with their review where appropriate.

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New Year Plans!

Ah hello! Well I told you I would try and make this a lighter post, and here I am talking about plans for the new year.

 

I’m flying back to Glasgow tomorrow – just for the weekend! Mum and Dad aren’t sure what their plans are, and Rachel is working until 10pm so she isn’t doing much except maybe meeting up with the boyfriend after her shift, so I decided I would head back across the water to give myself a few days to clear my head of them all. Sounds awful, doesn’t it?

 

I think the plan is to go stay with a friend on the east coast for the night, then travel home again on the 2nd. No real plans as such, but it’s always nice to know you’re doing something different!

Have you any plans for New Year’s Eve? Come on, make me jealous!

 

Ktkinnes xx

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I’m Rambling Again

Hello again and good morning to you! I never thought it’d be possible but we’re approaching the end of one of the longest, busiest months of the year, and here I am on day 28 of daily blogging!

 

Have you had a good Christmas? Feels like ages since we had a proper chat. Well, I say that, you know I mean it’s been ages since I had a good natter at you all. It’s been a long year, and yet it passed so so quickly. And it’s nice to be sitting down to type up a post knowing there’s no specific theme or idea for this one. We’re all now at the stage when we’re thinking about the year – what we’ve achieved, any regrets, those we’ve said goodbye to, and who we’ve welcomed into our lives.

 

I won’t bore you with that today though! Today I just wanted a little chat with you all. Really, it’s me figuring things out for the upcoming year. But again, I don’t want to bore you with that tonight.

 

We caught up on Coronation Street tonight, followed by the Boxing Day episode of Outnumbered. It seemed so strange looking at the faces of the children when they’re now all grown up. I didn’t exactly grow up alongside them, but I still remember the first time I watched an episode and thought to myself “wow, they remind me of my cousins”. The three children – two boys followed by a girl. The oldest child trying oh so hard to have a ‘normal’ life, the middle child who was a little ‘out there’, and then the young daughter who questioned everything and had a spooky tendency to know exactly what had happened without her being there. Sue and Pete struggling through the trials of parenthood often had me wondering exactly how I would raise my children, if I was ever lucky enough to have any. Even now I’m sitting in bed asking myself these questions! Maybe in a few years I’ll be able to look back at this post and laugh at my naivety.

 

One thing the last few days have reminded me is that it’s important to appreciate the people in your life. Maybe not every minute of every day, but to remember them and remind them that you do care about them and or or are there for them. We all know that 2016 has been a horrible year in many ways. David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Terry Wogan… the list continues on and on, even up to Carrie Fisher’s death announced just last night. While the majority of us can’t claim any personal link to these deaths, they affected us in some way or another. While we might not have been blessed knowing them personally, their work touched us and helped form us into who we are today. Not looking at the media, there are personal, family deaths that come to mind. Not directly related to me but still a part of my family, one relative died this year just two months off his 100th birthday. How did I find out? Twitter. My cousin tweeted about his passing and no one had thought to tell me. It’s strange what hurts. But instead of being sad, I’m trying to take the good of each person who died and reflect it in my life. Whether it’s how they treated those around them, or just simply their life motto, I’m adding it to myself in 2017 so I can always carry a part of them with me.

 

I’m currently looking around my room, looking for anything to help me lighten the mood of this post, as it got quite heavy very suddenly! I’ll try and make tomorrow’s slightly less heavy. However, I will leave you now – I can hear Mum and Dad moving around downstairs and no doubt they’ll be wanting to go out soon.

 

I hope you have a lovely day whatever you get up to!

 

 

Ktkinnes xx

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Boxing Day Blues

Yup, I’ve got the Boxing Day blues. Christmas is over, I’ve eaten more than enough, I didn’t drink half as much as I planned to, and yet here I am feeling sad that it’s all over for another year.
But yesterday we went to the horse races, just to pass the day. It was brilliant seeing all the fashion – some people all dolled up and others (like us) wearing as many layers as we possibly could.
Race one came and Dad managed to place, while the rest of us tore up our slips in dismay. My horse finally crossed the line 2 minutes after all the other horses, acting as if it was the winner.

I did better with the 2nd race, placing 3rd and winning back all the money I’d spent that far! Bet on the next couple and ended up only down £1.80 by the end of the day!
However it was absolutely freezing – to the point I couldn’t feel my fingers! We came home and just had an afternoon around the house and browsing the sales online. I did decide to treat myself to a few new clothes, but I’ll have to show you them another time.
Family came round to have leftovers for dinner, and it was truly a great day! Hope you all had a lovely day!
Ktkinnes xx

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The Big Day

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

The big day is finally here! I have now been up for 2 hours already and am so excited to get through the rest of the day. Anyone who’s been lucky enough to get an advent calendar that gives you a chocolate, or whatever type of advent you’ve been getting, today – I am very jealous. Today is the last in our song countdown and well done to any of you who managed to correctly guess what the UK voted as our favourite Christmas song of all time.

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Last minute shopping

Every year. Every year Dad manages to leave buying something until Christmas Eve and so there’s a mission task sent out to Rachel and me for the day. As if it isn’t hard enough trying to get everything else sorted, staying calm enough to attempt shopping on the one day shops should be empty is not one of my skill sets.

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The Nativity: What The Donkey Saw

Good morning one and all! How are you all today? I actually can’t believe it’s Friday 23rd December! Little did I think when I started planning my Blogmas posts that I would actually manage to get this far! Now I will be honest and say that this post was written last night after several glasses of wine so please be kind to me. My head won’t be kind!

Again, another very traditional song in our house. Although a couple of days ago Rachel thought that Merry Christmas (War Is Over) was Bandaid and so we spent a good few minutes correcting her. And yet she says I’m the thick one??
But anyway. Last night, Mum and Dad took the four of us to the theatre to see a comical take on the nativity story. Set in Belfast (of course) the cast was made up of 6 people and then a seventh on the keyboard in the corner. All I can say is – it was hilarious! 
They changed the words to some well known Christmas songs, and all of them were pretty good singers! They also managed to throw in a few topical references (Honey G was even referred to) and the audience were in stitches. In one particular scene, two actors were putting on American accents of some kind and one of them randomly returned to his Belfast accent which caused the other actors on stage to corpse (come out of character and laugh, thereby killing the atmosphere they had created – GCSE drama for ya!) and ask what accent he would like. They composed themselves and tried to continue the scene, until the same guy suddenly went to an Australian accent, so of course we were in stitches at it all!
The interval came and when we got to our pre-ordered drinks, there was almost triple what we had ordered! And so Mum and I ended up drinking a lovely total of 750ml of red wine each… no wonder my head felt funny getting into bed last night!
Act 2 started up with the great music again, and the three wise men appeared on stage. Just as Balthazar was about to share his divine knowledge with his brethren and the audience, the actor looked straight into the face of a woman in the audience and called her out for being on her mobile by simply saying “Words of wisdom! Turn that phone off, madam!” 
The rest of us in the audience laughed and cheered, but it got me thinking. Why is it considered difficult for us as a society to function without the mini computer in our pockets for the duration of a 2 hour play? 
Ktkinnes xx