Long time no see!

It’s been almost 2 weeks since I last wrote a blog post, I think that might be the longest hiatus I’ve had since starting this blog in July!  The last time I posted was on my birthday, and since then that’s what I’ve been busy with, celebrating my birthday with family and friends.  My boyfriend came up to visit me for a week, we had a family party to celebrate my cousins engagement, friends headed over from Lincoln and before I knew it a week had passed without giving me a chance to write a thing!  Then just as I was starting to recover I went away with work on a few battlefield tours so this is the first opportunity I’ve had to sit down and get writing.  Frankly, I’ve really missed it!  I have so much to catch up on I can’t wait to share it with you all, but in the meantime I thought I’d share with you what I got up to on my birthday weekend.
On my actual birthday I woke up early and opened my presents before my family rushed off to work and college.  I won’t share everything that I got with you, I’m getting a little old for lots of gifts and that’s not what matters to me, however I thought I’d share with you a couple of things I received.

My friend Leann got me this lovely Alice in Wonderland Manga and my other friends from lincoln got me a bucket of lego!  My mum got me this amazing Caterpillar from the Disney Traditions collection that I’ve wanted since it was first announced (I have so much Disney Traditions stuff, but this is defiantly my favourite).  Harry’s family were nice enough to get me Debenham’s vouchers so next time in Meadowhall I’ll have to try and decide what make up to spend it on!  My sister got me lots of cool Harry Potter and reading related stuff and a Cath Kidston candle, Harry got me Settlers of Catan (woo!) and hand crafted me this amazing Harry Potter wand!  It has my name on it, and butterfly’s (the cutie mark of my favourite My Little Pony).  He even researched what kind of wand I would have had and wrote my Hogwart’s letter ( Willow, 13″, Unicorn hair if you’re interested), he also wrote me an amazing letter.  I have to say I felt unbelievably lucky and thankful!  My younger sister even wrote in my card that I was one of her best friends, it was very touching.

Despite it being my 26th birthday *sobs* my Mum got up early to hang Hello Kitty bunting in the window (which I swear I took a photo of but I can’t find it!), and my sister got me these Hello Kitty and Mickey Mouse balloons.  Harry made me the amazing meringue cake (that boy knows what I like) and Easter nests, later my friend Leann came over with this incredible Pokemon cake, seriously that thing was huge!  In the evening I went for a meal with my family and Harry, then we came home for cake and champaign served by my dad, before cracking open more drink to play a tipsy game of Settlers of Catan.

Saturday we got up early and headed to Cannon Hall farm, before heading onto Cannon Hall park for a picnic and then into the museum there before having a walk around the grounds.  I won’t go into too much detail because I think this day deserves a post on itself but it was a really great day and I was amazed how we managed to fill a full day here so easily!

Saturday night my whole family went out to a family party to celebrate my cousins engagement, even my older sister who had traveled from London.  We had some drinks and danced a lot (my family were the only ones on the dance floor most of the night, my dad took over with his ‘signature’ moves), it was a lot of fun!  We came home and Harry decided to hug the dog, she was really happy about it as you can tell!  We then settled in for more drunken Settlers of Catan.

Sunday I had a lazy morning before heading to Wagamama’s for food with some friends where I had my first ever chicken katsu curry.  Then we headed off to watch a small unheard of band called MCBUSTED!  Honestly you can mock me but Busted have changed my life in ways I can’t even imagine, my friends from school (2 pictured here) are some of my oldest friends and why did we become friends?  Busted.  They also opened up my world to all the much heavier bands I got into later. I might have never discovered metal, punk, industrial and all the rest without this band, and music is what a lot of my friends and relationships have been based on.  I’m not going to lie I was pretty sceptical, we are all much older and I’d heard a megamix they’d played on tv and wasn’t impressed, maybe I’m too old for all this stuff right?  And then the lights went off and I didn’t stop jumping around and screaming for an hour and a half, it’s amazing how music can take you back to a different place and time (I’d seen them in the same venue 10 years perviously with the same friends).  For those of you interested, Dougie and James, always ;p.

Monday was when I had my main celebration with friends, I didn’t take any pictures other then the above two which I really regret because I saw some friends I don’t get to see very often and it was such a fun day.  It started off with laser quest which I was a bit wary about but I ended up loving (even if the 12 of us adults nearly did get in fights with children on several occasions!).  After the very sweaty group of us headed for food at the Handmade Burger co.  We had a lazy, chatty lunch before heading to the arcade ( I have a major love for 2p machines).  After some fun here I gathered my tacky winnings and headed into Sheffield for drinks, however we never made it further then the Weatherspoons.  It was really nice to just sit, drink and have a laugh while slowly getting drunk, one of the hardest things I’ve found about moving home is I don’t really have any friends around here and none I can really hang around with like this.  Where I know I’m guaranteed a rant and a laugh without fail.  After this I headed towards Corporation (birthday tradition) for a drunken dance session, which resulted in me getting a girl thrown out of a toilet, loosing my phone, finding my phone a few hours later, checking lego into the cloakroom putting my hand in a toilet!  Friends came and went throughout the day to make the bits they could attend and it was great to see so many people.

Tuesday was a much more mild manner affair, we took the dog on a 4 hour walk and just chilled out, it was really nice, then I came home and finally built my Back to the Future Lego set I got for christmas, it was such a lovely relaxing day.

So that’s my birthday!  I feel very happy and lucky this year to have so many great people in my life who’ve made the time to spend with me, and those who couldn’t who wished me a great day.  I had a pretty horrible birthday last year, it was very lonely, this year I felt very loved.  I’ve been dealing with some hardship in my life away from my blog (that has hopefully started to elevate a little) so having this little break away from worrying about everything felt amazing and was very much needed.  If you made it this far thank you!  Normal blog posts will resume shortly!

Kariss xx


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