Before I get started onto the real business of this post, the blog post I wrote about Northern Irish English has been published on the Macmillan Dictionary Blog. You can read it here. Hurrah!
It has been a really lovely week so far. I've had some time to exchange long and chatty emails with Sugar Plum, something that always makes my work day go by much faster. It's still fairly quiet and unpressured in my new job as I get to grips with what I'll be doing, so that has been good as well.
Last night Caroline, Lauren and I met up for a few drinks. I've been reading both of their blogs for the past few months now, and they live locally, so it was really good to finally meet. Caroline has written about it too and I don't want to be repetitive, but considering we had never met properly before last night, we got along famously. I don't mind admitting that I was feeling nervous on the walk to the pub, but in a very short time we were chatting away and sharing personal experiences like we had known one another for years. This was really evident when Lauren looked down and said 'Ooh, you're wearing the shoes!'. I was wearing one of the new pairs of shoes the snow has stopped me from wearing, shoes I had referred to in internet chatter with Lauren. It was really very easy and comfortable, and we ended up having a later night than planned. From reading one another's blogs we already had a good idea of the things that we have in common and the conversation flowed very easily, and I feel like I have made two very interesting and fun new friends. We talked about having a party to which we can all wear our most over the top party frocks, and I will definitely be sure to make that happen! When I started blogging again a few years ago I restricted it to a list format and it was just on my Myspace. It was a good thing to do in that I got something out of it, but it was limited. I have already gained so much from writing this blog, even though I have a small number of readers. I have met two really lovely people in Caroline and Lauren and made contact with others, and I have enjoyed the writing of each blog post enormously. This year I would like to do more creative writing and already writing this blog has encouraged me in that so I'm going to keep it up.
This evening I was back in the pub, this time to meet up with two friends I haven't seen for ages. When I was a teacher I worked with Megan and Anna and it was brilliant to catch up with them over dinner and a glass of wine. I don't miss teaching, but it was good to hear about some of my former students and how they've been getting on since I left teaching. Mainly, though, it was excellent to see Megan and Anna again and I hope we'll be able to do it more often once I am working near them again. As I wrote in a previous blog post, I don't really do New Year's Resolutions but I want to change some of the things that I was unhappy about in 2009 and, with that in mind, I think it's important for me to socialise a bit more with people outside of my immediate close group of friends, to make new friends and to learn new things about myself.
I've had a fairly quiet Thursday and hope to have a similarly quiet Friday. Nic and Paul went to see Sherlock Holmes last night (the second time for Nic and he says he enjoyed it just as much the second time round) and it has put Nic in the mood to revisit his love for all things Sherlock. I think the plan for tomorrow evening is to watch The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, as I have never seen it. After three evenings in the pub this week (I know, I'm totally rock and roll, check me out) I am looking forward to a quiet evening in watching films in my pyjamas!
On a completely unrelated note, I spent some time today looking for one of these on the internet:
(image from here)
I like this blue one, but ideally I want a brown one or a green one. I'm going to try to add to my collection of lovely Hornsea heirloom pottery this year. Maybe I'll be able to get a brown one from the Malt House in Hythe the next time I'm down in Kent. In the meantime, if any of you see one of these, let me know. In return, I'll make you a cup of tea. Now, how's that for a deal?