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....and a Happy New Year!

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Rains - Wondering where time's going and why it's in so much of a hurry!

Well, somehow I seem to have made it into 2007 (2007 already? Gosh. Where is the time going?!).

Much as I worried that I was going to be one stressed bunny for Christmas, somehow as things came together and the day drew closer, I calmed down and actually enjoyed it smiley - biggrin. My first ever attempt at cooking a joint of ham went very well (check out the pictures of it boiling in a massive pan at ) and no-one had food poisoning.

My parents came down from Rotherham Christmas Eve afternoon, and after dinner we walked around the corner to see a stunningly tastelessly illuminated house, complete with flashing Santa, snowflakes, bells, a train (why trains? I've seen several houses with those. Is there some Christmas symbolism here?) and a rather special 3-D plastic illuminated nativity scene. We've been telling them about this house since it first lit up in November, and they'd wanted to see it for themselves!

Christmas morning was good, and we opened all our presents (I'd list them, but it would take ages!), and had breakfast. I soon went into the kitchen to sort the ham out - our full Christmas lunch was maple and mustard glazed ham, with redcurrant and cranberry sauce, with mashed potato, roast potatoes, peas, and caramelised carrots and onions smiley - drool. Everyone said it was delicious, and it really was lovely smiley - biggrin.

We managed some cold meats and pickles for tea, and then summoned up courage to have the Christmas pud. The net result was that all anyone could face eating on Boxing Day were some sandwiches smiley - laugh and we waved my parents off mid-afternoon.

The next day, we got up at 4am (yes, 4am) to get down to Dave's parents in Dorset fairly early. I persuaded Dave to swing by Next at 5am so I could grab a pair of jeans (which I did, for £12! And the only other thing I bought were some socks). I was actually shocked at a) how many people were there and b) how much they were buying. It was like the locusts had descended!!! I also (meanie that I am) asked Dave if we could swing by Poole so I could drop into Lush as soon as they opened and get my moisturiser as I'd run out smiley - doh. We got there for 9am.... and they didn't open till 10am smiley - doh. So we went and parked up and watched the sea for an hour, till I could run in and run back out again. We finally got to his parents at 10.30am, and it was great to spend the day with them and my sister-in-law smiley - smiley.

On the 28th Dave's uncle, aunt and three cousins came up and we had a family get together. It was the first time I'd seen everyone since the wedding, and it was great to see them all again. We also got more presents, including a quite fantastic chocolate fountain from Dave's mum and dad smiley - drool. We all ate ourselves stupid!

We finally came back down here late on Friday night, through the middle of torrential rain and high winds, but we got home at 11.30pm, and pretty much emptied the car then went to bed.

The next day, we went round to Chris's house to help him and Hannah decorate and finish fitting the bathroom suite. Dave spent most of the day painting and plastering the bathroom, and I spent the day cleaning and painting the kitchen (and covering myself in paint, too). Chris did feed us wonderful bacon and egg butties and kept us well supplied with tea and chocolate.

On New Year's Eve, we went around to help them again, this time to help fit the toilet, to find that the soil pipe to toilet soil pipe interface isn't the same, and basically Chris is going to have to build a little box to enclose the extra plumbing he's going to have to do. Which is a pain! Dave stayed and helped Chris sort the house while me and Hannah went shopping and grabbed food for the New Year's Party that Chris was having in his house that night (yes, really...).

The party was fun; there weren't that many of us. Chris cooked a chilli and some rice, and did his famous mulled wine again, which includes a huge amount of brandy smiley - drunk. My alcohol tolerance is usually a couple of glasses, but I could barely manage a glass of it! We listened to some music, and then we all joined in playing "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" Buzz - which was competitive, but good-naturedly so. As the night progressed, we then moved on to having team battles on the Singstar for the PS2. It's a karaoke game that actually analyzes your voice to see how close you are to the tune, and awards points for your performance. It was embarrassing, but fun as most people joined in and didn't care how bad they sounded smiley - biggrin. That may have been down to the mulled wine, though!

By 2am, we were partied out and went home. New Year's Day was spent dossing around the house, feeling how upset our bodies were at all the crap we'd fed them over the last week smiley - ill. I was a bit shocked to discover that I'd put on half a stone in a week smiley - yikes. So, the diet has started in earnest.

The slightly maddening thing is that we still have a tin of Celebrations, two Chocolate Oranges, a box of Green & Black's minatures, a tin of bakewells, a box of orange and lemon jellies, a box of chocolate biscuits, and a whole Christmas cake to eat smiley - bigeyes. Not to mention the 4 M&S melt-in-the-middle chocolate puds that are lurking in the back of my freezer!

We haven't really got any New Year's Resolutions, apart from trying to replace the leaking conservatory (the windows leak, as well as the roof smiley - headhurts) and hopefully, maybe, starting a family smiley - magic. And somehow working our way through all the above food!

Anyway, I hope everyone had a wonderful time, and that 2007 will be a happy year for you all smiley - smiley.

....and a Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year to you too Lins!

I stayed home alone on New Year's Eve again, but that's OKsmiley - bubbly. After nearly a week away, four days at home with only my own company was good - infact, I could have done with about another week of itsmiley - smiley.

And now it's back to reality - boo hiss! Work is still the same old boring stuff and I already feel like I need another holiday.

Your Christmas food all sounds delicioussmiley - drool. Next time I am in the West Midlands visiting my brother, I might just invite myself 'round to your house for tea. I'd like some of your home cooked ham please, with chocolate fountain for afters!smiley - biggrin (I'll bring my own marshmallows!!!)smiley - laugh

I hope 2007 brings you all that you wish for.


....and a Happy New Year!

Post 3

Rains - Wondering where time's going and why it's in so much of a hurry!

Thank you smiley - smiley

Seriously, if you do pass by, you'd be more than welcome to pop by ours and test my cooking. I've been looking out for marshmallows in Tesco, and I can't see any smiley - cross - so if you can bring some, that'll be cool smiley - biggrin.

This is the worst stretch of the year, isn't it? All damp and dark (though not so cold this year) and with Christmas and New Year gone, it seems a long slog until Easter smiley - erm.

Chat soon,


....and a Happy New Year!

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Sounds great, Rains! Good luck with the diet and New Years Resolutions!

I still have loads of chocolate and stuff too, it's just tempting. I went to the gym yesterday then ruined it by eating loads of chocolate and turron. smiley - smiley

....and a Happy New Year!

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Rains - Wondering where time's going and why it's in so much of a hurry!

At least you did the exercise! Turron's made with almonds, isn't it? Almonds are an important source of several minerals and amino acids, so it was good for you, really smiley - winkeye.

Thanks! So far, I've lost around 4 1/2lbs of that Christmas half-stone, which is encouraging as I haven't cut back that drastically smiley - biggrin. We've also been doing lots more walking, which feels good.

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