So part 1 was yesterday and this is part 2. If you didn’t see part 1 you can find it here; Chit-chat catch up – part 1 of 2.
For those that read part 1 yesterday, but since reading it have not been back to that post, I just want to point out my results all turned out good in the end. A short few minutes after the post aired, I went back to edit the post slightly where I talked about the results, because it did not come across clearly as I would have liked. It had taken me a long time to write that particular post, with lots of re-visits while post was in draft before being aired. Apologies for any confusion caused. I thought I’d point this out, with having readers who subscribe to my blog via email, as you would not have been aware of the edit since you received your post in your email inbox.
Elf on the Shelf
Last year I was finding Christmas painful, as you know. Just the idea of planning or talking about this area in advance would send me in meltdown. I may have discovered it was more difficult than expected, so not being arsed to put my own tree up, or do my own Elf on the Shelf last year and having to stop blogging before December arrived. But what I discovered ended up being ok, was when someone at work was doing their Elf on the Shelf again, brought a smile to my face and I was looking forward to what it would do next. It didn’t inspire to get my own out though,but just to enjoy watching someone elses.
I didn’t join in with Secret Santa at work, because I just did not want to buy as I have planned, as well as not receive presents. But I enjoyed watching everyone else exchanging theirs and opening them, joining in with their laughter.
I wore a christmasy t-shirt and socks, on Christmas eve at work, to try and get in a bit of a christmasy mood.
I didn’t do anything else, like decorating my cleaning trolley with Christmas decorations, like the previous year.
We were allowed to start work earlier, on Christmas eve and New Year’s eve.
Dvd’s over the holiday period
I watched my dvd’s bought and saved to watch, during this holiday period. Non of them were Christmasy, but this was only because I did not come across any new Christmasy ones to watch, of this type.
Christmas lights on a street
I went with a neighbour to look at this street that decorate their homes with Christmas lights. My other neighbour was not able to join in and his leg was playing up. The lights looked lovely and I took photos for my neighbour to see. But the photos do not give it justice to what you actually see and feel from enjoying the display. The street that does this was not far from us and they do this for charity.
Here are a couple of photos from that night. I really love the snowmen in the car.
I bought a Peace Lily in December and a side table. My Peace Lily is where my Parlour Palm used to be and the Parlor Palm is on the side table.
These are only the two plants I have, as I killed the last of my Spider Plants last year.
I bought book, The Year of the Introvert, by Michaela Chung. I came across this book when Ashley at Mental Health @ Home did a book review on it. I started reading this from Christmas and I like this book in how it is written, so I can read it in small amounts.
I chose to have Christmas Day on my own, with meeting up with neighbour on Boxing Day for the day, where we had lunch at mine. We both contributed to our lunch and watched a few dvd’s.
I enjoyed staying in bed till nearly 10am,on Christmas Day. So it was a late breakfast, leading onto a late dinner. But I did not care. It was at my pace and I enjoyed it, with a bit of colouring, a few dvd’s and lit candles.
I also felt apprectiative knowing I had some days off work, as I needed it.
Mum has a social worker now, who first contacted me back in December to get some details about my mum, after seeing her. So early days with what happens next, as this social worker looks into things. In the meantime, mum is still on the ward and I wouldn’t expect her coming off anytime soon, unless there has been huge improvement since I last seen her. When anything changes, they will let me know anyway.
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