Better late than never: a look back at 2013.
In February Gareth and I finally got permanent jobs. His was a new role, while mine was with a new company. We’ve been really lucky to get the sort of jobs we’ve been wanting, and we’re certainly enjoying them.
I set off to Disneyland for my friend Joules’ hen weekend. This year we also lost a friend who had been in a road accident. He was a walking database of football and film knowledge (particularly Bond films), and we miss his cheeky humour.
It was a year of weddings, starting with our friends Sam and Joules. My parents and one of my brothers also made it up to Aberdeen for a wee visit.
We got to see Bill Bailey, one of my favourite comedians, and I also got to visit the Aberdeen harbour control tower.
In July we visited Aviemore, and also got the second fishtank of 2013 (making it three in total).
Gareth’s parents came up for a visit, the garden was at its peak, I headed down to Manchester for another hen weekend, and I learnt about some of the women that are part of Aberdeen’s history. It was also around July that the campaign to keep women on banknotes was won, but by August we got a good look at the misogyny that’s still out there.
September was when I finally set foot in Scandinavia, with a nice wee visit to Stavanger and Haugesund. We also attended wedding number three this month, at the lovely Glen Tanar estate.
Autumn rolled in, but generally October was fairly quiet, punctuated by a few work events.
This month saw the last two weddings, one in Sheffield and one in Aberdeen, and we finished off November with an evening of Christmas crafting.
Plenty of excitement in December, as on top of the usual chaotic fun of Christmastime, we got engaged as well. And to finish off wonderfully, my cousin, who’d been critical in hospital for several weeks, was discharged just before New Year’s Eve.
2014 is already off to a great start. Earlier this week I applied for Indefinite Leave to Remain (hence being occupied putting together documents), and it was granted. So basically I now have permanent residency in the UK, which means no more worrying about visa applications, no more awkward questions from immigration or job interviews (or marriage registrars), no more worrying that I won’t be allowed back in again. It’s a good feeling.
Last year I said I’d come to that point where everyone I know is either attending weddings or organising them, and now it’s our turn…no doubt parts of the wedding planning process will make their way into the blog. I’m looking forward to another year of adventures, and I hope all your 2014s have kicked off as well as mine!