The first week of the year is over and it seems to be going ok so far *touch wood*. I didn’t make any real resolutions – more like reminders to live a certain way and not be too hard on myself, to try to make 2016 a little easier than 2015.
I’m not into self-deprivation this year, more self-preservation, so thankfully giving up alcohol for a whole 31 days is just not happening in my house. I mean I’ve weaned myself off the Christmas excess where a glass of wine at 11am is perfectly acceptable, but I’m certainly not going cold turkey with a dry January.
I find a gin and tonic is a great addition to the parents’ tea, bath and bed routine, don’t you? But seeing as it’s January, I did get round to cleaning the top of my fridge where the drinks are kept, getting rid of a few old bottles of sherry and olive oil and realising just how many bottles of gin are stashed up there. After sharing the above photo on my Facebook page, it seems there are many gaping holes in this line-up which need to be put right this year! Enter Hendricks, The Botanist, Bathtub gin, gin with champagne…
The non-resolutions I did make are more like lifestyle changes, like trying to live more in the moment, go a little easier on myself and try to make time for a bit more breathing space.
One of the ways I’ve managed this this week is by going for a run. It was my first run in about 12 months and you know what? It felt good. Armed with a pair of new trainers and the new kit Rog bought for me last Christmas, I was that newbie runner along the prom, just like I was last January. Last year, life took a different turn and there was just no room for exercise, but this year I’m hoping it will stay around a bit longer.
I’m not a natural runner at all but I love getting out and having that bit of alone time, and as I told my friend who came to look after Flo while I ran, I may not be any good but at least I looked the part!
My parents are visiting this weekend and they took Sam out to the cinema today while I had a quieter afternoon with Flo, bike riding, pottery painting and cuddling up on the sofa. It was her first time at our local painting cafe, and as she’s still a bit young for it I helped out with most of it – giving her ceramic princess slightly mad eyes in the process.
I’ve also been listening to lots more music this week than I have in ages. For so long now I’ve mostly just put the radio on rather than choose an album to listen to, and I was starting to feel like I needed a change. I’ve also been playing music in the house more, and not only have I found it chills me out (maybe because I can’t hear the kids so much?!) but I’ve realised I have many more ideas when I’ve got some music on.
Thanks here for my friends who have offered to – or have already – made me some new compilation CDs, it really is making me feel a bit nostalgic for the old mix tape! Showing my age here – shouldn’t we be sharing playlists on iTunes? Can you even do that?
So there you go – first week of 2016, it wasn’t perfect for the reason you’ll all know, but really, I suppose it wasn’t all that bad.