Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Looking back on a fun-filled year...

I know this is highly superstitious but I was nervous at the start of 2013, quite simply because of the 13 bit in the year and I don't like odd numbers. But I need not have been nervous because its been a really fun and exciting year with several highlights, which I thought I would share (I've just realised half way through writing this that many of the best bits involve meeting some very famous people and I've had to split this blog post into two because there are simply too many "best bits"):

January: The first week of Jan 2013 was spent en famille in Egypt, which was a blissful start to the year - no pressure to be "doing" something on New Years Eve, no post Christmas / chilly weather blues and a great boost to our Vitamin D levels with the winter sun. I met Emma Woolf and the other "Apples" including @Meg_JJ and @Think_tall who are now firm friends of mine. The only downside to January was having to bash out 4 or 5 essays one after the other but I did well in all of them scoring 68% - 72%.

February: My only vague memory of Feb was the SNOW or was that in March ? A massive highlight was also meeting the utterly delightful ONE MORE MUM - a tweeter / blogger who I have followed and supported right from the very start. I also met Laura for the first time who is the author of this amazing blog which was also so incredible - I only got in touch with her by complete chance having heard her with Jeremy Vine on Radio 2. Oh and the other wonderful person I met in Feb was @tea4lucy - another great friend.

March: Much of March was spent madly essay writing, whilst the snow came down - it seemed never ending (the snow and the essays!) One of my highlights in March was following Miranda's Mad March for Comic Relief - a hilarious week, which culminated in her organising someone's wedding in 24 hours. I also met Carrie Arnold for dinner while she was at the EDIC conference. Such a privilege.

April: The real bore about April was having to revise for Exams in May. But there were still some good moments - like taking my sister on the London Eye after her GOSH appointment. I also was reunited with Ruby Wax for the first time since Tea at the Ritz 11 months before - that was the first of many fun evenings / afternoons spent with her throughout the rest of the year.

May: I met lots of really cool people in May. Firstly, Dawn O'Porter at Selfridges, and then 4 days later in the same day I met Prof Bryan Lask AND Emma Kennedy & Miranda Hart (I KNOW!) - completely separate meetings I must add. Golly that was quite a day. We also welcomed Dusty Limits and Mat Ricardo to our house to help us celebrate my mums big birthday. I saw The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime - really cool play about a boy with Autism (read the book!). And Mess by Caroline Horton - a very moving play about Anorexia. I went to the National Portrait Gallery and came nose to nose with the much talked about portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge. Breathtaking although described by many as "Like Marmite: you'll love it or hate it" - I loved it. And I love Marmite too. Lunch at Dinner by Heston was also pretty cool - I want to go back for more Tipsy Cake.

June: I met Harry Judd - who's celebrity cricket match at Uppingham was a huge success and I hope he does it again as there were lots of other amazing people there. One evening at the Tabernacle watching 5 x 15, I found myself at the next door table to Joanna Lumley. June also was the start of several weeks work experience - all of which was fun and given me lots of ideas and motivation about what I might do when I graduate in 2014.

July: Andy Murray's win at Wimbledon was unforgettable - such a boost to our spirits - sadly I wasn't actually there but its still a memorable moment in 2013. Also spent a fun filled few days in France with heaps of cousins - lots of late night games of Perudo which I was hopeless at to start with - always out first and hopeless at bluffing (my call of "16 sixes" was hopeless when there were only about 8 dice round the table). Another July highlight was going to one of Rosie Norman's first Gluten Free Supper Clubs, which now sells out in a matter of minutes. I also went to Pollen Street Social at the end of the month, which was full of yumminess. 

August: The start of August concluded three really interesting and fun weeks at the Collective Dairy - try their yoghurt - its amazing! By far one of my favourite jobs in the summer. I met up with @anothermum - another amazing Twitter follower. Then I spent a really great afternoon with Ruby Wax at Danny Boyle's Shuffle "Day of the Mind" festival. I also saw The Other School, performed by the National Youth Music Theatre. I finally gave myself a bit of a break at the end of August for two weeks before my final year of university started. 

Here is one of my favourite pictures of 2013 - Charlotte and I on my trip to see her in Southwold:

Charlotte has had the toughest year of anyone I know (AND she's written and published a book) - I hope that if I ever have to go through what she is facing - that I do it with even half her strength and courage. So inspiring.

To be continued with Part 2...

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