I have been trying to get the time to write a blog post for the past few days, but every time I've had the time to do it, the internet hasn't been working. The fog breaks the wireless signal, or something. I don't know. Anyway, I should be getting to bed early because I have to get up at 5 am but still. Here I am.
I can't believe I'm heading back to Leamington tomorrow, the time at home has gone by so quickly! I've had a really good time, and hopefully I'll get back again in February. On Sunday, my parents and I went to Lisburn to have a wee look in the sales. As I'm sure many of you have noticed, the sales have been shite this year! I bought a cute wee Max C bag in TK Maxx, and some tights, which was good but unexciting. It was good to get out of the house and get some fresh air though, I was starting to get Cabin Fever. I had a bit of a headache, though, after drinking too much champagne with Emma the night before. Some extra strength paracetamol and a lunch at Harry Ramsden's helped to sort me out. YUM!
On Monday morning Daddy, Kelly and I took the dogs to Monaghan for a sponsored dog walk. It was extremely cold, with freezing fog, so walking through a forest park was pretty treacherous underfoot, but it was lovely, and so beautiful! The park had three lakes, all of which were frozen over:
The dogs were hilarious. Paddy barked with excitement the whole way there, and it was all my sister and I could do to stop him from climbing into the front of the car to sit on Daddy's lap:
Paddy in the back of the car
Minnie and me pre-walk
After the walk we dropped the dogs off at home and headed over to Cookstown - the peanut butter and banana bagels in Streat are so good that my Dad will drive 20 miles to get one! Today my parents and I went down to Belfast to have a wee look in the sales there - again, nothing special. I bought a cardigan - highly exciting, isn't that right?! Actually, I was very pleased with the cardigan as it was exactly the one I've been after - a size smaller than I would have liked, but I wanted to have it small-fitting anyway so that's fine.
It has been really good to be at home. All of my siblings had time off too so it was really good to get to spend time with them. It was excellent to see Emma and her family, even if I did have a horrible hangover the next day! Oh, I also had lots of time to finish the blanket I've been making for my mum. She loves it, and it looks excellent on her bed:
Unfortunately, it hasn't all been good. Some really bad behaviour from extended family has meant that my parents have been pretty stressed for the past few days and I don't know how that's going to get resolved, and I'm sad that I'm not going to be here to support them. I'm just going to have to make sure to be more conscientious about ringing home, I think.
I am really looking forward to getting back to Leamington to see Nic, and I'm not afraid to say it. I have missed him, and I have missed my own bed. And, cute though the dogs are, I am really looking forward to being able to wear dog-hair-free clothes! Right, now I'm away to bed. I have to get up much too early tomorrow!