I’ve Been M.I.A.

Warning, this is going to be a bit of a long rambly post. Sorry, just thought I should warn you before you start reading. So, if you’re ready, grab a cuppa and settle down while I catch you up on the last few months of my life.

So yeah… Wow, it’s been quite some time since I posted last. I can’t believe I haven’t been on here since the end of August. The thing is it’s not even like there hasn’t been much going on for me to blog about either, you know?

In fact, I actually had quite a lot of blogging plans for September. I have interviews from Leeds Festival recorded that I never got the chance to edit and post and round-up review posts of both Leeds Festival and Hevy Fest. We also went on holiday to New York at the beginning of September which was incredible and I had lots of plans to write about that too. So it’s not like I was short on material or ideas.

Life just kind of got in the way and then when I started feeling good about things again I just didn’t know how to get back into the swing of things because I’d been missing for so long. Would anyone even notice I’d gone? Did anyone even care? Would anyone be bothered if I came back or not? All sorts of woe is me thoughts went through my head and then I remembered I started this blog because I liked writing about things that I couldn’t write about in my day job, (my life and gaming don’t quite mix most of the time.)

Which is why I just sort of bit the bullet and started this post with no real rhyme or reason as to what my point was going to be. I just figured that I’d empty my head out on to the page and then do a Taking Stock post at the end. The last one of those was from June so I have a lot to bring you up to date on, I guess.

August seems like so long ago and yet that the time has absolutely flown by at the same time. how is that even possible? I hate that as you get older time just barrels by.

So, what has happened in that time? Well, like I said I went to Hevy and Leeds Festivals and had a fantastic time. I spent time visiting family and spent some time at home with my parents. It was nice having the time off to do that and it not be a flying weekend visit. That was just August.

September saw Tom and I celebrate our first wedding anniversary (where has that time gone?!) and we jetted off to New York with Steph for a week’s holiday. That was so much fun. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so much! Also, who knew that Steph was such a competitive eater? Don’t put a challenge in front of her – you will lose! I also saw one of my best friends marry the love of her life.

Between now and then I’ve been preparing for Christmas. I’ve been super organised with all my present buying this year. I wanted to make sure I didn’t have to spend any of my December pay cheque on presents so that I wasn’t too skint at Christmas. I also recently celebrated my birthday. It was a much quieter affair than usual but with not being able to drink and being so tired after work I’m not the biggest party animal at the moment.

Then, just a couple of days ago I fell head over heels in love with this guy. I’m just sad that it’s going to be a couple of weeks until I get to meet him in real life. His name is Bram and this little dreamboat is my new best mate. My lovely bestie, Hannah, made him (I’m pretty sure Gary had something to do with him too.)

Also, during all the time I’ve been missing I’ve been struggling with illness. At first I thought I was just a bit run down. Trying to fit a bit too much into too short a time but it turns out I was wrong and I am, in fact, pregnant. I know, right?! Wowsers. With all being well there is a new member of the Johnson-Clinch family due on 18th April next year. Yup, that means I’m actually 21 weeks gone now and starting to look a bit on the podgy side.

Next year looks like it’s going to be a mega one already. there’s already the Busted reunion tour, two weddings, Dave Gorman and a handful of other gigs in my diary as well as welcoming a brand new baby. Wish me luck, I think I’m going to need it.

I think that pretty much rounds up all of my news and what I’ve been up to. If you’re still reading you deserve a medal or a gold star or something. Grab yourself a treat as a reward, you deserve it.

And on that note I’ll leap straight into taking stock…

Making: plans for Christmas.

Cooking: not much to be honest. A lot of smells were making me queasy so Tom had to take over. Even though that seems to have passed now he’s still doing most, if not all of the cooking.

Drinking: anything cold. Hot drinks have been a real big turn off recently.

Reading: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. It was the first book in a while that I really enjoyed and didn’t want to put down. I’ve moved on to The Great Gatsby now.

Wanting: these next two weeks to hurry up. I’m excited for some time off.

Looking: forward to Christmas.

Deciding: what to do with my hair next.

Wishing: that I could win the Euromillions.

Enjoying: being looked after by Tom.

Waiting: for April.

Liking: all the fairy lights being up in the flat.

Wondering: about a lot of things.

Loving: that festive feeling.

Pondering: wrapping Christmas presents shortly.

Considering: what I need for school next weekend.

Watching: House of The Year. Yep, what a geek.

Hoping: that the next two weeks of work go quickly.

Marvelling: at the daily photos I’m receiving of my new bestie.

Needing: a wee. Sorry! TMI.

Smelling: oranges. Well, clementines to be exact. I’ve just eaten two. I love them.

Wearing: loose things mostly.

Following: nothing really now that I’m a Celeb has finished.

Noticing: that nothing is helping my painful shoulders.

Knowing: that things are about to get turned upside down.

Thinking: about my hectic week next week.

Admiring: my lovely bestie, Hannah.

Sorting: out everything. I have so many bags of things to go to the charity shop and I haven’t finished one room yet.

Buying: Christmas presents.

Getting: fatter.

Bookmarking: nothing much at the moment.

Disliking: the trouble I’ve been having sleeping recently.

Opening: my advent calendar.

Giggling: at the awful Christmas films I keep watching.

Feeling: so much better than I was.

Snacking: on peanut butter on toast at the minute.

Coveting: somewhere bigger to live.

Wishing: that everything is going to be ok.

Hearing: Christmas songs

There we have it.

Just in case – TLDR: I’m back, woo!



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I'm Lojo, Laura or Mother Ruin depending on how you know me. I'm a 30-something, mum of two girls, from Liverpool living in London. I write about the things that interest me which usually involves food, travel, having fun and gin!

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