If you don’t like this, then I’m afraid we won’t get along.


Maybe the picture I included in the last post would be more appropriate. Sometimes, at Christmas, I feel like a bit of a Grinch!

I know that asking “Am I the only one…” on the Internet is usually met with a resounding, and weary, “No!”. However, I honestly feel like this might be one of those rare instances where I am genuinely alone.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate giving presents. However, I’m not the biggest fan of receiving them either! Obviously, I like getting new things, and I do like giving someone something I know they will like. The tokenism of the whole thing just doesn’t appeal to me like it does to others.

It’s a problem that makes me wonder, am I a selfish person? Or have I just always been so disorganised that the whole enjoyment of present-buying is lost on me in the last minute rush? I’m disinclined to blame it entirely on my disorganisation. Even when I have plenty of time, I find it genuinely difficult to decide, on behalf of someone else, what they will like. My sister will scoff at this, like it’s not a good enough excuse. But she doesn’t know what it’s like! She’s habitually a fantastic shopper, and not just for herself.

If anyone has any tips on present-buying, please, enlighten me! So that next Christmas, I’ll look less like the top photo, and more like this one:

Moving swiftly on from that necessary embarrassment.


Most of my friends and family are away on various holidays and my sister works full-time. This has left me with unusually long periods of time in my house, alone. This rarely happens, and rarely for longer than  an hour.


Naturally, I have taken to singing this around the house:

This, and ‘Where Is My Mind’ by the Pixies. Explains a lot, right?


Today (so far):

Pages Read: 53

Words Written: 450

Time in Gym: 50 minutes

Unnecessary amount of cookies baked and eaten: 4


First post… . A little daunting, obviously, but the barrier has to be broken down somehow.

I’ve looked at other ‘first posts’, to see how it’s done, but that didn’t help much. Firstly, a blog is a personal thing, so looking at what someone else is doing doesn’t really help that much. Secondly, there was no definitive ‘first post’ template that I found. Some people introduced themselves, others just jumped right in there.

So, as a blog is a personal thing, I’ve decided to start with something I think will help me in this, and also serve the dual purpose of allowing you to see if this blog is something you’d be interested in reading. I’ll try to keep it short, and maybe I’ll expand on some of the points in future posts.

  • Why start this blog?

  1. Motivation – I’m a terribly unmotivated person. However, there are so many things I want to do better! I’m hoping to keep track of things I want to improve upon, to motivate me. I’m really hoping that this blog will help me.
  2. Organisation – for similar reasons to above. I think they go hand-in-hand.
  3. Writing – I like to write, but as mentioned already, motivation is lacking. I’m not trying to make it into a career (I’ve heard horror stories of burgeoning journalists), but I do know I still want to improve. I won’t be trying to write with perfect english, or be grammatically correct all of the time on this blog, but in terms of style I’m hoping I’ll see a change for the good. It also means I have to write something.
  4. Fun – God forbid, I might actually like it! I’ve followed a blogs for a while, reading them for the last few years and thinking about starting one. I like the idea of the blogging community, and can see how much people have gained from it. The power of the internet, and how people have begun to utilize it, really does amaze me.

I’m terrified of putting this out here, and even more so of someone I know finding out about it (eek!).