Here's me (far left) and my friends at a charity ball last night. I'm sorry that it's a little blurry - I had to take a photo of a photo and that never works particularly well. We went to a very nice hotel in Stratford on Avon and had a great meal, followed by dancing until the early hours. I have to say that I've felt a little 'jaded' (maybe hung-over.....) today!
I'm making mixed progress on my 2013 resolutions. I AM making the effort to be more sociable during the week - rather than focusing entirely on work. I've made the effort to catch up with people where contact had 'slipped' a little. Yesterday I had coffee with some-one who I haven't seen for 6 months. I've gone to car club meetings with Mark and enjoyed the occasional meal out with friends or family. Tomorrow night most of the ladies in this photo are meeting up for supper at a local gastro-pub. My Mum, one of her friends and my sister will also be there. I'm really looking forward to it.
I have made substantial progress on the imaginary conversations with toxic colleagues front. Rather like a bad habit, I am training myself out of the mindset. It's still difficult at times - but I have found that I my brain actually responds to words like "Woah - stop this. It's not going to help....!"
I'm not into a groove with my walking yet this year. The cold and snow, and the flu have all conspired against this resolution. I've found that I'm still very 'chesty' when I try to power walk so I've been forced to amble for the moment.
As for my plans to learn German..... Oh dear! I've got a basic textbook from school, and I've looked out an old phrasebook and dictionary, but I just haven't had the right kind of mindset during January. I think I'm going to have to pin my hopes on the half-term holiday (which will be coming along fairly soon). The problem is that I'm actually quite fluent in French due to my weekly conversation lessons. I also have Italian to AS standard - so my cranky old brain isn't keen on the idea of going right back to basics again! I'm determined to do this though - Mark and I have booked an epic holiday of touring through Germany in the summer. He's no linguist, so I will have to be the one who talks to the garages if anything goes wrong with the car (we're taking the one that he built!).
Isn't it nice to see the back of January....
Hope that you all have a great week. Welcome to my new followers. Jx