Tuesday, 25 January 2011

2010 was the year that...

My second degree came to an end, we had an auction night in the Tyneside Coffee Room, an exhibition at school and then and exhibition in London at the AoP. It was all a bit of an anti-climax and I left it feeling the same way I did the first time, dispirited and disappointed. Though I did just squeeze a 1st. Since then I have done very little to nothing and barely kept in touch with people from my course. In fact I just deleted some of them from FB.

The housing situation changed; Rhys, Lex and Kerri all left and Orla, Markus and Mandy all moved in. We're still at 95 in a damp mould ridden house with faulty heating and less drain pipes since the snow.

Snow! There was lots of it and I loved it. It just kept snowing and snowing. I walked in the park and grinned at the sky and blinked the flakes out of my lashes. Amazing fun to walk in the snow, even if it was just to and from bus stops.

My great uncle Norman had his 80th birthday and there was a large family gathering to celebrate. Our family doesn't really gather and it was great to feel a part of something bigger than just us Perrys. I tried to maintain contact but I failed, he only lives in Witley Bay but not near any public transport so I was reliant on him for lifts to and from which meant I had to play by his schedule which discouraged me greatly.

I had a lovely birthday with friends from home and Newcastle and a meal at Bruges in Jesmond followed by drinks at the Cluny.

I got a second job. It started as an unpaid internship but after 2weeks I was offered 2days a week paid so I jumped at the chance. I was working 7days a week for a while but now I'm back down to a sturdy 6! Emily's Ark is a small creative business designing and hand crafting teddy bears and other animals. I learnt SAGE and a bit about marketing and made a very good friend in Tor Fenton who I desperately miss since she moved home to Brighton. We did a number of Xmas Fairs and I attended the Country Living on in Glasgow. It was bit of a bust business wise but great fun to be there. I also helped to gain us some exposure by sending Vincent the Elephant to Dannii Minogue and she tweeted about Emily's Ark.

The restaurant is failing quite miserably, the Metro Centre is designed to take business away from us. I got a promotion so I am the In-Store Trainer but we have had few new recruits and what we have had are shit. We have a new guy who I think will be really good, if they would just let me train him instead of having him as a food runner. I need to put my foot down. Although we have been busier over Xmas and New Year its still not really enough.

Xmas was lovely, I got 4 days off!! Lovely to see my family and have everyone together. Brilliant to see Hazel and her family. Hearty hugs from friends and people I generally miss. Why can't everyone just move to Newcastle??

New Year was a funsome event. Me and Kerri went for lunch and then to see Burlesque starring Cher, Christina Aguilera and Stanley Tucci. We were then planning to just have quiet drinks, which we did. Until we got to revolution. At which point we looked knowingly at each other and then dove head first down the rabbit hole. NY was spent in Perdu and then when Kerri left I headed to WHQ to meet up with Tor, dragging with me some poor scottish guy I made out with at midnight. Three days later I realised I'd lost my leather jacket and had to return to the scene of the crime to pick it up. There were two other people there to do the same.

and that, roughly was 2010. Add in some drunken nights and kissing of boys yet lack of anything of any meaning or consequence. Some general correspondence. A lot of shopping. And then a lot of saving of money because 2011 shows promise....

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