2020: In Pictures


31 January 2020: Laminator
I've wanted one of these for SO LONG. Today was finally the day.

30 January 2020: Mulled Wine Candle
Just because I can't drink it, doesn't mean I can't appreciate a nice aroma!

29 January 2020: Hospital
We went to visit Mam in hospital in Middlesbrough. She's making a great recovery after her operation.

28 January 2020: AA Beer Mats
A unique way to carry the message of recovery.

27 January 2020: Brave and Magnificent
I found the second anniversary of Dad's death really difficult, so I took a day off work for some self care. This book really helped.

26 January 2020: Ice Skating
Noirin wasn't going to take part but I let her borrow my skates for one lap. With Nathan and Catherine either side it did have a slight "care in the community" look.

25 January 2020: Pepperoni Goodness
The classic pizza topping looked particularly appealing today.

24 January 2020: Jammies
I popped into Matalan when I was annoyed about something and came out with these pyjamas, which turned out to be a great purchase.

23 January 2020: Sofa
A bit of downtime in between work and the Beyond Belief meeting, on the George Street sofas.

22 January 2020: 18 Months
I reached 18 months of sobriety today. Here's my new chip!

21 January 2020: Relaxing
Tuesday nights have become my new quiet night so I spent some time relaxing with a non-alcoholic Budweiser and Websleuths.

20 January 2020: Hats
Colin and Jerry have cute new hats to wear.

19 January 2020: Packing
We're starting to pack up Noirin's house in order to move, and it's currently at that stage where we've made it look worse.

18 January 2020: Serenity Prayer Card
So many things are swimming around in my head at the moment but it was worth pausing to calm down when I noticed this card in a shop.

17 January 2020: Slipknot
I suppose I'm getting old when the few hours I had before this gig were spent napping, but it was worth dragging myself out of bed to see an awesome performance.

16 January 2020: Pendant
I did a double take when I saw Princess Carolyn's pendant in this episode of BoJack Horseman. It's a symbol I know very well.

15 January 2020: Were-Rabbit
Not a great photo, but I love this creepy rabbit above the door.

14 January 2020: Back to Work
All set to go back to work! It was made much easier by being able to get into a car first thing in the morning rather than walking round for the bus.

13 January 2020: Snow Killer
I'm reading a book called The Snow Killer and was surprised to see a reference to AA.

12 January 2020: Boofle Calendar
I was shocked to see that Noirin's teddy has become a calendar model! Obviously had to buy it to see what he's been up to.

11 January 2020: Removal
We helped Emma move some stuff out of Harvey's flat. Our team effort was incredible and got the job done pretty quickly.

10 January 2020: Constructed Giraffe
Noirin got me this when we were at Edinburgh Zoo so when I was feeling sorry for myself today I put a bit of effort in and built it.

9 January 2020: 500 Days
Today was a day of milestones. I reached 500 consecutive days of Swedish on Duolingo and also 100 consecutive days of meditation. It's a really nice reminder that a small daily effort can build up to something a lot better.

8 January 2020: St Nick's Meeting
Months of effort and worry finally paid off as we held the first meeting in St Nicholas Cathedral. The room is a lovely little space and I thoroughly enjoyed the meeting.

7 January 2020: 12 Year Old Boy
My outfit today was basically that of a 12 year old boy. I did buy a new suit though so apparently I have some adulting capabilities.

6 January 2020: Tumble Dryer
What a way to start off the year! A new tumble dryer. I'm not sure if it's going to cost more in electricity or treats so the cat will forgive us for the noise.

5 January 2020: Crochet Giraffe
I was distracted by this while Noirin shopped for wool. I managed not to buy it.

4 January 2020: Accidental Funeral
During some tidying up, this collection of items on the table ended up accidentally looking like a funeral display.

3 January 2020: Extension
I felt like an adult today as I bought something that I've needed for ages. An extension cable, because the sockets next to Noirin's bed are on her side so I end up never charging my phone overnight.

2 January 2020: FMPC
With Christmas and New Year out of the way it was time to start doing some sensible house stuff, like contacting my management company.

1 January 2020: Muddy McDonald's
A fine start to the year - McDonald's breakfast with my top boy.