Happy 2005! :o)
As you can tell, I've been a bit lazy with my blog recently. There are a number of factors which have contributed to my laziness;
- Christmas shopping
- Playing the Sims
So, here's a quick round-up...11th December
- Christmas Cocktail Party
We invited a few friends round for an evening of cocktail making. Richard became master cocktail maker though not quite Tom Cruise standard with the old tricks and by the end of the night had given up on the list and make his own concoctions.
Richard and one of his creations
Jason has a go16th December
- Christmas Night Out at The Square Bar and Grill
As with all Christmas meals we chose our food weeks in advance, much to the annoyance of Dan. We both decided on Wood Pigeon as a starter and both wished we hadn't. For me, it was too rare. I like my meat to be nice and hot with not so much as a hint of blood. Dan decided it tasted too much like offal which he doesn't like at all. For the main meal, I opted for the traditional Turkey dinner while Dan decided to splash out the extra money and had the steak. No complaints there and certainly none for the dessert or I should say in Dan's case, desserts! A cheeky comment to me in front of what seemed to be the main man meant Dan got both desserts. No, he's not greedy! ;o) After dinner, we popped into The Slug and Lettuce
for a quick beverage before heading home.18th December
- Afternoon Drinking.
We met up with George and Richard a spot of afternoon drinking in the very classy Pavlov's Dog
. Well, it was quite cheap!21st December
- After work we headed up to Newcastle for the first part of our Christmas trip.23rd December
- Christmas Eve at the Lakeside Inn
Christmas Eve wouldn't be the same without the obligatory trip to the Lakey to meet up with old School friends. This year it was somewhat full of mostly my year.25th December
- Christmas Day!
Yeah, the big day arrived! We woke at 8.00am to find Santa had already been and brought lots and lots of presents! I got some new straightners
, PJ's, DVD's make-up and other girlie things and Dan got a bin
! (it's what he wanted)
After our Christmas dinner, we headed off to Nottingham to see Dan's Mam, Stepdad and Gran and continue on the next leg of our Christmas trip.
Lots of presents26th December
- Boxing Day
We met up with Dan's Dad, Stepmam, Gran and brother for some Boxing Day dinner at The French Horn
We headed into Nottingham today to have a mooch round the shops and for me to spend some of my Christmas vouchers on the "Dessert Boots" I wanted.
In the evening we headed back into Nottingham to catch up with Dan's friends.
Matt, Paul and Sally
Dan does an Elvis impression28th December
- Time to go home.
After a week of relative visiting it was time to head back to Reading to the sanctuary of our own home.30th December
- Afternoon Drinking.
We met up with Debbie, Jason and Stacey in O'Neills for a few beverages and a gossip and to plan our New Years Eve Night Out. After a few phonecalls and much debating we eventually agreed.
Debbie, Jason and Dan
Me and Dan
Dan and his love31st December
- New Year's Eve.
Debbie and Jason arrived at our house for some Mulled Wine before we headed off to our planned venue for the evening - Great Expectations. When I had called them they day before, I was informed that the pub would be open til 2.00am and there was to be a DJ on. Best of all, there was no admission cost.
We arrived pretty early (8.00pm) and the place was quite empty. By 9.30pm it had filled up a fair bit and the DJ was just starting up but we had already decided to find somewhere else (namely O'Neills
Not much change in there though, it was also pretty dead (was it really NYE or had we got the day wrong?)
By 11.30pm it was almost empty but we didn't know the secret everyone else did and bought our Champagne and waited for 12.00pm.
With a disastrous amount of people left in the pub, they decided to shut early so we were kicked out and decided to head home. However, we got sidetracked and ended up having another drink in The Brewery Tap
before walking back to Debbie and Jason's where I decided to borrow Jason enormous trainers for my journey home.
At about 3.30am (and very drunk) I was finally in bed.