Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year!


How many will be starting the New Year like this? ;)

Here we are again, at the cusp of a brand new year and brimming with enthusiasm, potential and - always! - hope.

I had a very quiet New Year. My cousin went to stay with a friend she hasn't seen properly in ages, so I was left to my own devices. Those devices were:

  • decks of Tarot cards for a reading or two
  • Crabbie's Raspberry Ginger Beer x 2 (the second of which, er, precluded a second card reading *ahem*)
  • Facebook (not always a good idea, but in this case actually quite good because it led to the idea below)
  • Watching the movie, "New Year's Eve"
Overall, 2014 has been pretty amazing. I honestly can't think of anything ridiculously tragic or awful that happened to me - I'm very fortunate in that respect. I've had a year of learning and growing and just being genuinely happy with my experiences.

I've had a great holiday so far. I spent 5 days in Somerset with my sister where we did lots of dog walks, resting, relaxing and riding! I haven't been on a horse in years and I got to go TWICE while I was there, which was fantastic. I went with someone - fortunately who has much more experience than me - and both times enjoyed it immensely. Horses are really amazing creatures. If I were more tecnologically inclined, I would upload the photos to the computer from my phone, but the logic is completely eluding me today, so perhaps the next post.

So what of my challenges for 2015? Well, the furthest I've got is having someone to kiss at midnight next New Year's Eve! Hahaha! Preferably sooner, but it's a start. Also to take on the aspects of the Goddess Aphrodite: wild & lustful, yet soft, femininity. Be more girly (The Crush makes me want to be a full-on girly girl - a surprise, as I'm barely 'girl' as a rule - hahaha!) but kick it up a notch basically. So, we'll see. Definitely a challenge for someone who prefers to blend into the background!

I've also booked a reading with a psychic for January 10. My friend has highly recommended her and although it's about an hour's drive from here, I'm really curious to see what she has to say! All she has is my name, which she sits with until she sees you apparently.

I'm going for coffee on Saturday with a lady I worked with at the hospital. She's very funny and we had some great conversations, so I'm really looking forward to it. I want to start the new year out basically fresh and with less stuff, so a good declutter of my drawers, wardrobe and shelves is also on the to do list. I still have time to write my list of goals/challenges, which will hopefully happen over the next few days too. I'll post it when I've got it finished.

My car was in the shop yesterday for yet another repair. *Sigh* The temperature sensor is broken, so the car has no idea if it's overheating or not. This apparently also affects the anti-freeze, which was empty when I opened the hood the other day. I wangled an appointment at the garage up the street thinking it was an easy fix (take the cap of the fluid container and buy some new fluid, 10 mins tops) and it's turned into another epic. The part needed has to be ordered from Renault, in France (damn those foreign cars!) and it'll take approximately TWO WEEKS to get here. This is partly because the age of the car precludes them from carrying it in stock, I imagine. I wasn't charged for the work done yesterday, but they are leaving the job sheet open, so it'll be added to the next lot. In the meantime, I have to keep an eye on the antifreeze and top up when needed, which I hope isn't going to be a daily occurance! I'll buy a couple of container and check it regularly to make sure all is well(ish). Man. The lady took great care of her car - but only to a point obviously as I've got stuck with seemingly every general maintenance repair there is.

Anyway, what are you going to do? I can't afford a new car, so it's patch up the current one and make it last as long as I can.

Happy 2015 everyone! I'm looking foward to following you all again this year and seeing what's in store for everyone. It's always so exciting! xxx

7 comments:

its me, sam said...

I like you're list for far! I think you'll love going to the psychic... I've gone to see the same girl three times in the past 14 months... Better than a therapist, and really helped me focus on some old baggage... and leave it where it belongs, in the past! I hope 2015 is wonderful for you!

its me, sam said...

Oops, It should say I like your list so far!

notesfromthefrugaltrenches.com said...

I was amazed when I read you were in the UK. It's like we swapped countries! So lovely to read your update, too.

The Asian Pear said...

Maybe you can get a kiss from your crush. ;)

Happy new year! May 2015 bring you much happiness and fortune. :D

Northern Living Allowance said...

Sam - thank you! I'm very excited about the psychic. This will be my first visit to her, but have visited with others in the past. I agree - it can really help clarify stuff! xx

FrugalT!! So lovely to hear from you. Yes, it's been a year and I'm loving it. xx

Pear - that's what I'm hoping! ;) Happy New Year to you as well (at least, the Canadian one!) xx

Jane said...

The car acquisition started off so well!! Boo!! I'm in the same boat errrrrr vehicle in that it's very old and I won't be replacing it anytime soon so fix it I must! Can't wait to hear what your psychic has to say - hopefully it involves some kissing ;)
I used to ride daily when I was a kid and I really miss it too. You can develop such an amazing relationship with a horse - I envy you your rides! Happy New Year to you Annie - hope the car repairs don't break the bank!

Northern Living Allowance said...

Jane: I know! I've been berating myself a bit for not having it checked sooner so I could have started the repairs earlier, but then realized I simply didn't KNOW that an MOT wouldn't find all this stuff. It's a completely separate thing. And they've pretty much broken the bank. I'm going to have to resort to a CC for the first time in over a year to see me through the first couple of weeks of the new year - my Canadian one at that. The exchange is going to be killer. :(

I'm trying to remain as zen as possible about it all and use distracting thoughts of single, attractive Scotsmen to keep me from overthinking (you'll be happy to know it's working...ahem...). I hope the psychic says something about kissing too!

The horse riding was brilliant. I was surprised I did as well as I did actually. Poor Lottie had to put up with my mis-timed posting when trotting, but I really need to find a horse to ride once a week or something. I love them.

Hope your vehicle repairs don't accumulate like mine! Happy New Year xxx