Monday, 30 December 2013

Another Year Over

This has been my first year blogging and I've had a great time. As I've said before I'm sporadic and a little unreliable with my posts but blogging has meant I have concentrated on doing crafty things and appreciating the wonderful things in my life. My life seems to have changed quite dramatically during the time I've been blogging: I have gone from Sixth form student doing academic a levels and finding time to do crafty bits and cricket in my spare time to working coaching sports and dance in primary schools and appreciating the world around me. I absolutely love my job and the people I work with. I was so lucky to get it and look forward to all the new challenges in the new year: Street dance being one of them. (If anyone has any hints and tips for teaching street dance they would be appreciated).

I have had to make some hard decisions this year about where my life is headed and I know this is just going to continue but I think I am now more aware of what I want. I realise I don't have to do things because people expect me to do them.

Exciting things that happened this year:
- I became a county cricket coach
- I started my blog
- I got my first job which I love
- I finished my A levels and got reasonable results that will stand me in good stead for the rest of my life
- I passed my driving test
- I passed my level 2 cricket coach course
- I became the first female to captain one of the senior teams at my cricket club
- Been on a wonderful holiday to York

As you can see 2013 has been a massive year for me and I have lots of exciting things planned for 2014 which I will share with you in the next few days. Have an amazing new years eve (I will be spending it with friends) and good luck with 2014

Kate xx

Friday, 20 December 2013

Full Festive Flow

Only 5 more sleeps until Christmas and I am in full festive flow. This week has been full to the brim with festive goings on:

Winter always makes me drink far too much hot chocolate and this week has been no exception. As I don't drink tea or coffee, my friends are always supping on a steaming mug of hot chocolate whilst catching up. This week there has been so much to catch up on so whether at home or in some lovely cafes I have drunk many many cups this week.
Another drink that I have discovered this week is the gingerbread flavour milkshake. Such a Christmassy treat and such a bargain at a quid!

I felt Christmas really started when I went back to my old school to their carol concert. It was such a beautiful service with carols sung in parts. Despite my awful cold I was belting out the carols and even attempting the decants. So sorry to anyone in the rows in front of me. It was the first reunion of many of my friends for the holidays so we ended up staying in the church long after the mince pies and mulled wine had been cleared away and had to be asked to leave the church! There was so much to catch up with we hadn't realised the time at all.

After a week of making everything I taught Christmas related (and I can tell you that is hard when you're meant to be teaching dodgeball), I finished work for the holidays last night. I love my job but this is a well earned break. It's also lovely to have time off with my friends so today I spent on the sofa grazing and watching Notting Hill with my best friend. She's been on at me to see this film for years and it's only today that I realise the cute amazing feel good film I've been missing. It was great to be back in the same room as her after 3 months and we slipped into exactly the same chat as ever.

I also had my assessment at work this week - great timing with the stress but I'm glad it went well! Christmas games clearly do work.

This might be the last full holiday I get this academic year so I'll going to really make the most of it. This weekend I've got a gig and seeing family. Then it's onto the main festivities: Friends on Christmas Eve and family on Christmas Day. Let me know how the build up to Christmas is going for you.

Kate xx

Sunday, 15 December 2013

They're Coming Home

I feel like this weekend is really the start of Christmas for me as my friends that have finished their first term of uni and will be making their way back home. I have got a lot of my shopping done so from now on it will be all about spending time with those that I love and having a good time. I finish work next week and am really welcoming the break. Much as I love my job a break is always good.

Here are some of the perfectly Christmassy events I have planned:
- going out for hot chocolate and a catch up with friends
- Big Sunday roast with all the trimmings
- duvet days with Christmas films
- going to a carol service and singing at the top of my voice. Followed by mince pies and mulled wine.
- present wrapping
- going to see my amazing friends' Christmas gig.
- putting the tree and decorations up
- seeing my cousins and family for a lovely lunch in Cambridge
- Christmas baking (seeing as my friends haven't done a lot of baking in their student kitchens)

I'm really looking forward to seeing them all and hearing about their term. Correspondence over email, text message or even good old letters isn't the same as spending time with each other.

Will you be meeting up with friends you haven't seen over Christmas? Also suggestions of other festive events are appreciated.

Kate xx