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A Festive Shambles

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I will look back on this Christmas and see the funny side… Eventually. O.K I may be exaggerating a little but let’s just say our first Christmas eating out ended with a full refund demanded by my brother. Our table hadn’t been cleaned before we sat down and we were placed in a cold damp room with paint peeling off the walls. The food wasn’t actually that bad despite having to wait for my vegetarian pie whilst already 20 minutes into eating the rest of the trimmings.

The carvery had run out of all meats apart from Turkey so if you hadn’t ordered turkey you were going to get it anyway… And served by a carver who looked like he was going to burst into tears under pressure. All the staff were over worked and looked stressed and miserable, in fact the guy that we had waiting on our table admitted that he didn’t even work at that restaurant and had been roped into helping out.

As I got up to go to the toilet I could hear people complaining left, right and centre and the manager, in turmoil at this time looked like he wanted to run far far away from the place as he could get. By the time we left there were people queuing up for refunds. Very poor organisation was to blame for such a shambolic event. 1) they should have got more staff in, especially kitchen staff and 2) they should have made the carvery a ticketed process where the carver could tell what meat everyone had ordered. I don’t even work in a restaurant and that’s just common sense.

While watching this whole disaster unravel I managed to stay composed and remain positive throughout. It will certainly be a Christmas to remember anyway. On a much happier note, it was lovely to spend the day with my family.

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31 Day Gratitude Experiment – Week 1

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I’ve completed the first week of my ’31 Day Gratitude Experiment’¬†successfully even if some days I have more to be grateful for than others. There’s probably lots of obvious things that I’ve forgotten to add but this is what I’ve got so far:

Day 1

I am grateful for:

  • The ability to be creative.
  • The technology I use on a daily basis.
  • Social networking sites which keep me in contact with friends.
  • Having a roof over my head and comforts such as a nice hot bath.
  • Friends that are only a text away.
  • My parents who are always there and do a lot for me.
  • My niece who makes me laugh.
  • The memories I made last year.

Day 2

I am grateful for:

  • Having a secure job.
  • Working with nice people.
  • Being able to buy the things I want.
  • Having hot meals cooked for me.
  • Having heating that works and being able to put it on when needed.

Day 3

I am grateful for:

  • Hearing the bird song early in the morning.
  • Having holidays and events to look forward to.
  • Being able to share common interests with people.
  • Having an understanding and accommodating boss.
  • Being in good health.

Day 4

I am grateful for:

  • Not having to work weekends.
  • Spending quality time with family.
  • Living so close to central London.
  • The amazing shows I get to see.
  • Being able to afford to take my niece out.
  • Seeing my niece laugh and enjoy herself.
  • Being able to share experiences with the WordPress audience.
  • The new memories that I’m starting to make this year.

Day 5

I am grateful for:

  • Being able to enjoy a lay in.
  • Being me and not having to pretend to be someone I’m not.
  • Being able to enjoy a wide range of music.
  • How lucky I am to be an able bodied person.
  • Being able to eat anything¬†without putting on weight.

 

 

 

Merry Christmas… Spread the love!

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Before I head to my local church for carols and midnight mass I just wanted to say Merry Christmas to all my followers and anyone else who just happens to stumble upon this post. Tonight I will be sending prayers up to heaven for the Connecticut victims and will be thinking of all the soldiers that can’t make it home to their families this Christmas. On a more personal note I shall also be thinking of the loved ones that have passed away and are deeply missed by my family.

I think everyone should just take a moment to remember people who have sadly left us just so they know we haven’t forgotten about them. It’s also a good time to appreciate how important existing family and friends are to us and wherever you are in the world you are enjoying your Christmas with the ones you love.