So, December is now underway?! I must admit I’m more than a little happy about this, I can’t wait to see the back of this year! I’m trying to get into the festive spirit (which is a lot easier to do with a little one in the house) and really end this year on a high, so fingers crossed. As you read this we will either still be struggling with the tree or standing back looking at it wondering how we will manage to keep a toddler away from it, particularly one as stubborn and headstrong as mine is! If you have any tips please let me know, I’m thinking the key is minimal decorations, it’ll hopefully reduce the temptation, although I’m probably kidding myself thinking that.
But how about November?
Well, overall, as with many months this year it was a bit of a mixed bag. Let’s start with the good points…
Finally I can put work into the high category, I think it’s the first time this year that it has actually made it here. The hotel wasn’t what you would call busy but it was certainly busier and the morale and atmosphere was much improved. We’ve had rugby teams staying with us because of The Autumn Nations Cup and this provided a much needed reminder of how things used to be (and hopefully will be again). Just seeing customers and staff back in the hotel made such a difference, it was nice to see an increase in my hours as well. As a result of this I had to work my first ‘back to back’ (late shift followed by a morning shift) since returning from Maternity Leave, and whilst the lack of sleep didn’t bother me, I’m actually pretty good at functioning off of next to no sleep, I did find it difficult to have that prolonged time away from my daughter. However, when I walked in at lunchtime she squealed and was beaming and that was so lovely for me. Unfortunately the new regulations for December mean that work is probably going to take a downward turn again but we’ll see, if this year has taught me anything it is definitely to go with the flow, and so I’m trying to remain positive.
The end of the firebreak lockdown here in Wales was a welcome relief, I had the opportunity to reconnect with some friends, and I got to sample a couple of the Costa Christmas coffees…the cinnamon cappuccino is delicious but the chocolate orange hot chocolate is a little too sweet I think. It was nice to be able to see people, and just get out and about again.
HIGH AND LOW
I love Bonfire Night, give me all the fireworks and sparklers! I was super excited for it this year, and whilst it was fun, unfortunately my daughter found the whole thing terrifying. The poor thing was cuddled in saying “No, no no” over and over so we had to admit defeat and come inside after only one firework. We did have sparklers though, and we did watch the fireworks that were being lit nearby…from the safety of the living room of course, it was the only way to avoid more tears.
Just as we came out of our lockdown England began theirs, and this meant I couldn’t travel and see my family. It’s so frustrating to be only just over an hour away and yet it has been ages since I’ve been able to spend any time with them! I was hopeful that this would change, but Bristol has now been placed in Tier 3, so with the tightest restrictions it does mean that unfortunately it is looking as though the first opportunity to see everyone will be Christmas, which I know isn’t far away now but I’m gutted to have to wait.
I usually put a standout moment in at this point but I actually don’t have one for November. That’s not to say that it wasn’t a good month because overall it was, there just isn’t one particular highlight.
I’m slowly but surely catching up on all the books I want to read before the end of this year, I’m making progress but that has meant that I have been a little quieter on the blog. Hopefully you’ll forgive that once I get the reviews written and posted!
I had considered increasing my posting again to twice a week, but at the moment it just isn’t feasible. Life seems busier than ever, and I feel as though by sticking to just one post a week I can enjoy blogging, but also post something that I’m pleased with, rather than something that has been rushed and put up ‘just because’. I’m definitely going to try and get back to some kind of schedule, and by that I mean choosing a specific day and time to post, just so it’s consistent. I’m not really sure when is best, I don’t see a pattern with the blogs that I follow, as in it doesn’t seem as though there is a day or time that is any more popular than the next. It’s something to think about as December continues. If I can make these decisions now then I can implement it all in January and it will seem like a nice fresh start as the new year begins.
Finally, in case you missed any of my November posts:
How was your month? Any highs, lows, or standout moments that you would like to share?
Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!