Sunday, 21 December 2014

A week of festivities | The Small Desk

This past week I have been super busy socialising and seeing everyone before Christmas. I particularly wanted to write this post as this time last year I had just finished my Masters degree and had found it really hard to get back into socialising and just generally enjoying myself guilt-free. I was working on my Masters degree part-time from 2011 to 2013 and working full-time, which didn’t give me much time to see anyone or have any leisure time. You might think that as soon as I finished it I would be partying every night, but I got so used to not socialising a lot over those two years it took me a while to get my confidence back. This past week has been the most socialising I’ve done in a while and I sort of wanted to document it so that I can look back on this week if I loose my confidence again.

So here’s what I’ve been up to:

Friday 12th December
In the evening I went ice-skating with two of my girlfriends from Uni. We skated on the ice rink outside the London Eye.

Saturday 13th December
Me and the boyf got up early this day and headed to Banbury to see his parents for a pub lunch and to exchange gifts.

Sunday 14th December
Every year since I’ve lived with the boyf we have had a Christmas drinks shindig for some of our friends. This year we just invited his friends and their girlfriends, as I think sometimes it can be nicer to have a smaller group/less stressful! We had mince pies with brandy cream, mulled cider, guacamole and pizzas.

Monday 15th December
In the evening it was my work Christmas party. A few of us ordered in some takeaway pizzas before we went and had a pre-party with some champagne. The party is always at our Director’s house; the only negative is that it takes me an hour and 20 minutes to get home.

Tuesday 16th December
I feel very lucky to still be in contact with the girls I went to secondary school with, they are some of my closest friends and those sort of people you belly-laugh with. As a Christmas get together we went to a tapas bar called Brindisa in Soho. Afterwards we headed to a nearby pub.

Wednesday 17th December
This was my down day, the boyf was out and so I just stayed in and watched TV and went to bed at 10:30pm. It was a much needed early night!

Thursday 18th December
I hadn’t seen my sister for a while as we have both been so busy, so after work I headed to my parent’s house where she lives to hang out for a bit.

Friday 19th December
Recently one of my friends I know through the boyf had to have his appendix taken out, so we went round after work to his flat and played Scrabble with him and his girlfriend. Before we went to see them we also went to one of my favourite restaurants, Wahaca.

Saturday 20th December
Well, this was a really busy day! At 12ish we headed into to town to finish off our Christmas shopping and then at 1pm we met a couple who live in the same town as us for lunch at Pret. Later on in the afternoon I met my friend, Holly, from Uni, to celebrate her birthday. And in the evening we went to my parents house for a home-cooked meal and for the boyf and my parents to exchange gifts.

Sunday 21st December
Today is mine and the boyf’s fake Christmas as we are not spending it together. We had a hot lunch, exchanged presents and watched festive films. Along with cleaning the flat and doing the washing, as we are grown ups now and have to look after ourselves, boo!


Anyways, this is also the reason I haven’t had time to blog much, so apologies on that front, and I hope to post more regularly from hereon in.


  1. It sounds like you're having a wonderful holiday season so far...and I'm sure the best is yet to come! Scrabble is seriously the best and don't even get me started on festive champagne :) Merry Christmas!
    ~ Samantha

    1. Haha, I need to learn to like Scrabble more! Apologies for the late reply, Happy New Year! x


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