Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Alternative Christmas Wish List

It's Sunday. T has just left for work, both us realising we have a mere 7 days before we head back to Cambs for a few days to visit both our families for Christmas, and our to do list spans three pages in an Excel workbook. Oh... to add to the madness, I also have a chest infection off the back of our Amsterdam trip. Yummy yummy antibiotics....

Chest infection or not, it was worth it....

As I'm sat here catching up on some blog reading, instead of wrapping Christmas gifts, doing the ironing and cleaning candle wax off the blinds (don't ask...), I'm noticing lots of Christmas wish lists. They're filled with many beautiful things, and I truly hope that Christmas is a day filled with happiness and love as much as the beautiful objects of your affections. But as someone who has never really 'felt' Christmas, (remember this post on how to handle the festive period if it isn't your favourite...) I've also noticed that as an adult, my wishes over Christmas centre less about things, and more about people, abstract concepts like love and peace, and the things in life which make every day all the more lovely, like friendship. Particularly as the kinds of things I aspire to own as an adult are far more costly than I'd ever be comfortable asking someone else to buy for me, like iPads and horribly expensive handbags.

I'm aware that all those things actually sound like a bit of a Christmas cliché and may also sound a bit on the sentimental side for me, but frankly, I don't care. This is my alternative Christmas wishlist.

1. People I'd love to meet;
Blogging has given me the opportunities to build friendships that most people make through work or studies, and as well as bloggers who have been fabulous friends, there are some bloggers who I don't 'know' all that well, but would love to meet to pick their brains on everything from technology to tempranillo...

Rachel from 52 Creations
I recently discovered Rachel's blog, and she's really rekindled my love for all things dress making. I look forward to her projects every week, and I'd love to meet this talented and exceptional girl.

Cat
Cat and I got chatting a long time ago, and now rarely a week goes by when we don't exchange a few texts. Cat was a huge support to me when I had this health scare earlier in the year, and she makes me quite literally laugh out loud at least once per week. I get the impression that together we'd probably be a force to be reckoned with, so world watch out in 2013...

Rosie from A Rosie Outlook
Rosie is another person I've chatted with a fair bit via Twitter in the last 12 months. She's an intelligent and insightful woman, who is so giving with her friendship, her wisdom, and in sharing her journey through life. She also inspires essay length comments from me, which makes me think I'd have a job tearing myself away or shutting up if we got together!

Maria from Fills n Spills
Another long time love, Maria has more class than I can ever hope for, but has a great sense of fun, and I'd kill to spend an afternoon in the kitchen with this girl. She's smart, she's witty, she has amazing shoe taste, and her food posts are guaranteed to make you hungry. I really hope 2013 is a year I can put a voice to the face and the name.

2. Living The Dream

We all have moments that we have captured in our memories, on film or in words that last, that we revisit and those are moments we wish not to replicate, but to continue to receive in their various guises. Here a few that I'm wishing for this Christmas and into 2013

Celebrating achievements in 2012

Seeing my name in print- writing is not something I'll ever be making a career of, no would I want to, but seeing my name in magazine print is not new, I used to write for local press when I was in Sizth Form, and it's something I'm lucky enough to be involved in once more. Michelle's project, Aesthetic Magazine. Michelle is a super talented young lady, and I'm really very flattered that some of my work will be appearing in issue 3, which is on sale now, and my pre-ordered copy, I'm hoping will be landing any day before Christmas. A wish come true, and I hope I can keep up writing little pieces for print, as I love having something totally outside my job as a hobby that gives me something tangible.

As some of you might have seen on Twitter this week, when I landed back from Amsterdam, I found that my 90yo great-grandmother had been broken into and worse still, they had pushed her around as well. Luckily she had nothing more than bruises, and she's a bit shaken, but I am still struggling to get my head around exactly how you bring yourself to use a crow bar on an elderly lady's bedroom window, dragging her out of bed, and pushing her around whilst ransacking her home. So I'd like to see a bit of justice this Christmas. I'd like for the police to have a bit of luck or a fluke in finding the vile specimens of the human race that are responsible for this.

Time is precious. I think we all know that. I still have my 90yo great-grandmother, but my grandfather was just 47 years old when he passed away. T still has both of his paternal grandparents, but sadly, his grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's earlier in the year. If I could package time into a box and wrap it for T and his grandparents, I'd do it in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, precious though it is, time is not a commodity, and we can't give it, only make the best of that which we have.


And my final item on my Christmas wish list. To share the good fortune I had in 2012. It's been a whirlwind year- I completed my GDL and secured a job I love, I've found the path to follow. I feel that I've learned a lot and whilst I'm happy to accept I have plenty more to learn, and it's foolish to view anything through rose-tinted glass, I also think it's foolish not to smile and be thankful when things are good. And all said and done, things are good. So I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year 2013

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