- December 29th, 2007
So, after spending hours locking my whole journal, I have decided to start making the occasional unlocked entry at the request of friends who hardly ever sign in, or don't have LJs, and who am I to suspend their pleasure.
Thought most of the unlocked entries will be quizes and crap, there will also be the odd general update, such as this one.
A lot has happened this year, so I thought I would give a quick rundown on the year past and plans for 2008... Regular readers have probably heard all of this before....
First and foremostly, I met Gareth, the love of my life. This disturbed me at first, and those of you around at the time may remember quite how much this single gal freaked out. I have always loved being single, had no plans to settle down, and always thought that if I did, it wouldn't quite be conventional.
I really hate people that always so that single people may be happy, but it's only because they haven't met the right person yet, etc. I hate that. Yes I was happy single, but I'm not any happier being in a relationship, it's just different. I had a no interest in being in a relationship, it just happened and I'm glad it did, even if it is quite different to what I had imagined.
Gareth asked me one day why I had never really thought about being in a relationship before when we were so good together etc, and I answered "it's not the relationship that makes me happy, it's you." I know cue the sickbags :)
On the house front, it's been very active. My lovely and dear Tori moved in with her girlfriend, which was heart breaking, but I was happy for them when they eventually bought a place of their own. I miss Tor lots, but we're both making the effort to see each other more these days :)
Katie moved in, which has been fun, and I will always remember the day we spent vegging in her room and watching one of the worst Xmas movies I've ever seen (The Family Stone) well before xmas was even on the horizon!!
Then my great and wonderful friend Rijan also broke my heart by moving to Bath to be closer to work. I'm glad it's all working out for her there, but I miss her loads (even more at the moment as she is away in Australia with her family for xmas).
Gareth then moved in, which has been fun. However, we then got wind of great housing deal that was going on closer to the city and saw this as a great opportunity to get on the property ladder. So we had to think hard about whether to move, and after remembering a few issues that have happened with the house and things not getting done (our rickety front door should have been replaced over a year ago and still hasnt been, etc), we decided to go for it. Unfortunately, this was all around the time of Northern Rock going down and so the mortgage market died overnight and left us with nothing - at least we hadn't paid anything to anyone at this point, though it had wasted a lot of our time in paperwork, etc.
After having decided to move to our own place, for a few reasons - firstly, to have our own place, secondly because this house just hasn't been the same for me since Tori and Rijan moved out, and thirdly because of all the issues with the house that had made us consider a mortgage in the first place. A mortgage then is off the cards for a little longer and we should be moving by the middle of January to an amazing split level flat that we found in Old Market, about 5 minutes walk from both our works and the town centre!
I got two new tattoos earlier in the year - an Aries symbol on the inside of my right wrist, and a Spartan warrior on horseback above my right hip.
On the job front, I seem to have gone through every temp job possible this year before finding a decent permanent job with an Insurance Company. The job is ok, no stress really which is what I needed after all that temping. The money could be better but the company is very flexible, which has been handy, and if I decide to study again the flexibility would be good. Even so, I am still looking around for things in my field and we'll see what happens next year.
The family is all well, and most of us (me, Gareth, Mum, Dad, Daniel, Kim, Uncle Tim, Ebby, Nan and her boyfriend Norman) are all going to Mauritius for a fortnight in March, partly to visit Dan's girlfriend Anouska. Should be fun. And my "new family" are also well - that would be my inlaws. I've met pretty much all of them now and had a really lovely meal and bowling night out with them all a few days before xmas. Gareth's grandparents are bowling sharks!! Possibly secret skittlers!
Christmas was nice. I wasn't feeling very festive, but looking back, Christmas Day itself was fun. Gareth and I stayed over with my parents until Boxing Day. We had a lot of fun eating crap and watching crap - all good christmassy fun.
So what does the New Year hold?
By mid-January we are hoping to be in the new flat, and to be honest I can't wait. I fell in love with the place straight away, so I'm almost constantly thinking about where we are going to be putting furniture etc.
However, we still haven't given up on the idea of buying our own place, so we are seriously thinking about moving to Cardiff (probably after next Xmas now, depending on what opportunities arise), as the Welsh Government give better assistance to first time buyers. Plus as Gareth speaks Welsh fluently, he will be able to get a really good job over there, and personally I would love to live in a Capital City that isn't crazy old London. Cardiff is the perfect Capital City for a country girl :)
Of course, planning for moving to Cardiff may be a long slow process as we'll also be planning our wedding!! Gareth and I got engaged a couple of months ago and have booked the venue that we both really wanted, for Novemeber 16th 2008. I'm hoping to have lots of fun planning it and glad that friends like Mickie and Karen will be flying to the UK for it.
As far as jobs go... I'm happy where I am at the moment, though obviously it isn't a long term option. Hopefully, find something a little more related to my field, and possibly something over in Cardiff - they sometimes have some good jobs advertised over at the museum - we'll see how it goes.
As I mentioned earlier though, the flexibility of the job is good if I want to go back to study part time. I had considered doing my Phd through distance learning, but not sure it will make my plight any better considering how specialised my MA already is. But maybe heritage and musuem based post grad certificate or diploma. We'll see.
So, I guess that's mostly it. Or at least all the big stuff, I'm sure there are lots of little things I have forgotten to mention. Like the amazing boots Gareth bought me for Xmas...