Goodbye 2012, hello 2013

So here we are, in 2013. 2012 brought much sadness and I am glad to see the back of it, if I am honest. 2012 brought a fantastic new job for me and greatness, work wise for Mr Bouche. Little J passed his 11 plus with flying colours and 2012 had the potential of being a great year. However, Mr Bouche’s mum was diagnosed with lung cancer in February and sadly lost her fight in November.
It has been a difficult 12 months and some days are better than others. We are all grieving and Mr Bouche is finding it particularly tough. It is hard to start a new year on a positive note with the sadness that surrounds us. But, we are battling on.

I did make some resolutions last year which you can read here https://boucheinthecity.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/new-years-resolutions-goals/

Did I stick to any of them? Well, one maybe. I found my dream job and work wise I am so happy. I didn’t do great on the blog front. I did not manage to do much about my body but I did become less pessimistic and I think I did ok at being a friend.

So what resolutions do I have 2013? Well I have decided on quite a few and I do aim to stick to them!

I am going to wear more sequins – When purchasing an outfit for a night out in 2013, I will be seeking out sequins and bling. I am 34 this year and realise that I may have to start being cautious when choosing outfits soon, as to not look like mutton dressed as lamb. So while I can, I am going to rock the bling and sequins!

I am going to try and eat less and exercise more – I am not going to go on a diet this year but I am going to join the gym and start doing the spinning classes I love again. When I was at my happiest (figure wise) I ate sensibly, ate out, had the odd treat and did three spinning classes a week. So I am adopting this mantra once again and hopefully I will start loving my figure once again.

I am going to wear less makeup – I love looking glam but looking back on some photos from 2012, in some instances I look more drag than fab. I am toning it down for my daytime look, going easier on the eyebrow pencil and going for a more smokey eye / neutral lip look for nights out.

I am going to let things go – I am going to stop worrying about things I cannot control. Sadly in 2012, one of my friendships deteriorated. One of my oldest and closest friends and I drifted apart. I have tried to keep things going but it has not been reciprocated. I am not sure if I could have done more from her point of view but I have tried to keep the flow of communication going but it hasn’t. Obviously, I am sad about this but I guess this is what happens in life. People drift apart and people can be in different places. I need to stop worrying and pondering on this situation and maybe in time we will reconnect but for now, I am going to let things go.

I am going to listen more – I am a bit of a whirlwind at times. I can be excitable and when friends are talking to me, I can on occasion be known to butt in and talk about myself. Friends have told me things and I have been so airy fairy that I haven’t taken things in. I know this must be frustrating so in 2013, I am making a conscious effort to listen.

I am going to stop saving things for best – If 2012 taught me anything, it is that life is too short. I am going to light my posh candles, use my expensive bath oil and drink that expensive bottle of wine.

I am going to try and dress nicer than I think I should – On those days when I think I’ll just throw an outfit together, I am going to stop myself and think about dressing a touch nicer. I am going to think about my outfits for work the night before and accessorise more. When just going to the pub in the evening I am going to dress up more, than I have in the past, and when going out for a special occasion I am going to try and not wear my faithful skinny jeans and pull out all the stops.

I have high hopes for 2013. I am hoping for a happy home life, no more sadness, successful work life and fingers crossed, maybe our plans for a baby may come to fruition.

Here’s to 2013.

Bouche x x x

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Bouche has a blog vacation

It wasn’t intentional but I have had a little blog vacation. I had lost my inspiration and I always believe that if I have nothing worthwhile to talk about then I probably shouldn’t write at all. I hate reading half baked blog posts which seem to be written to fill a gap between posts. So I had a blog vacation.
In the past month I have started a new job, which I love. Finally, since being made redundant last year, I get up in the morning looking forward to the day ahead. My new work colleagues are fab and I really love going to work every day. May it long continue!

I’ve also started reading books again. I fell out of love with reading a while back. I went through a stage of not enjoying a single book I read and I must have started about a dozen books, of which were never finished. I don’t often follow the crowd and if people are raving about a book I usually give it a wide berth. Then a few weeks back, after many recommendations and soooo much hype I decided that I would give the 50 shades of grey trilogy a chance. It had two chapters to draw me in. I wasn’t expecting much but I became a sheep and followed the flock!
Now you won’t be getting me raving about how well written it is, because it isn’t. The sex scenes are ok, some more racier than others but as I expected. However, the story itself it is quite good and the romance is what has kept me going through all three (I am halfway through 50 shades freed). I am enjoying the books but I cannot understand the thousands of women who now want to be flogged, blindfolded and restrained all off the back of this book. A certain supermarket chain last week, advertised that they would be running a special offer on cable ties. Oh please!

I have also discovered spotify. Many an hour I have spent downloading and creating playlists. I have rediscovered my love for the Rolling Stones, Van Morrison and Prince. I have also downloaded some favourites missing from my music collection like tracks from Alexander O’Neil and Nirvana. It seems I have also been downloading after a few wines, as I discovered today when stumbling on New addition and Color me Badd! So be warned there will be some more music posts coming soon!

Bouche x x x

A series of firsts

Yesterday, my friend Paula at Cad E An Sceal tagged me in her post about a series of firsts. http://cadeansceal.blogspot.com/2012/02/series-of-firsts.html?m=1 So here goes. I hope you learn something new about me!

Who was your first boyfriend?
His name was Jason Barth. I was around 9 and he was the cutest boy in the school. I recently bumped into him outside my office. He didn’t recognise me but I sent him a message on Facebook. He never replied! Ha ha

The first person you kissed?
My first proper French kiss was with an older boy that had a chalet at the same holiday park as my parents. I was 13, he was 16 and he was lovely although I didn’t appreciate him slipping me the tongue in front of my aunt and uncle. Oh the shame!

First job?
My first job was working for Stakis hotel group before they were taken over by Hilton. I was studying for my A levels and I used to work in banqueting. We used to have so much fun and I met my first love at the hotel. The best memories were of playing music after service, having a boogie whilst laying out for breakfast whilst drinking a Tia Maria and coke!

What did I buy with my first pay packet?
I had left home by then so it went on bills, college fees but I had enough for a night out and half a lager!

First cd you remember buying
The first cd I ever bought was colour me badd, I wanna sex you up. The first song I ever bought was Happy birthday by Altered images, which was on vinyl 7inch.

First holiday abroad?
My first holiday abroad was to Marbella. All I remember was that we were staying in a villa once owned by Marti Cane (remember her?!) and we were near McDonald’s!

What age were you when you moved out of the family home?
I was 18. It wasn’t a good time in my life. My mum had turned her back on my dad and they had split up. It was the start of a 4 year silence between me and my mum. However, I was determined to do everything on my own and I did.

Shall I pass the firsts on? Yeah. Onto Doris at www.dorisdoesdating.wordpress.com

Bouche x x x

Walking in a winter wonderland

As regular readers will know, I am a secret winter lover. Don’t get me wrong, I love the summer. I love the way the sun on my skin makes me feel. However, I do love the winter, real winter. I am not talking about the drizzly and rainy weather you get in autumn and early spring but the biting cold days which bring frost, sunny days and on occasion, snow.

I love wearing beautiful coats, gorgeous hat and scarf sets and stylish boots. I love walking when the sky is clear, the sun is shining and there is snow or frost on the ground. There is something quite magical about it.

I started a new job a few weeks back. I am now based at St James’ Park, which is quite a change from the square mile or Canary Wharf. My walk from Charing Cross station to work sees me walking through St James’ park every morning. Although it is a long walk, it is very pretty and I am enjoying seeing parts of London that I have never seen before. I have only been to Buckingham palace once and had only walked down the Mall once before. The city and Canary Wharf are filled with very modern buildings and I have really enjoyed being around more historical buildings and landmarks.

Since the snow fell last weekend, my walk through St James’ park has become more enjoyable. It is pretty chilly walking through the park, but the fresh snow has made it look almost Narnia like. The trees look like they are adorned with glitter and the lake looks like it is made of crystal. This morning, whilst walking through the park, I decided to take some pictures to share with you. The fresh snow that fell last night made the park sparkle.

I hope you enjoy my pictures as much as I did taking them. I love the picture of the London Eye in the background.

Bouche x x x

 

  

Back to reality

So two months after being made redundant from the job I loved, i have rejoined the rat race and started a new job.
First day nerves kicked in and being the new girl isn’t in my comfortable zone. Although I seem quite confident, I still find it hard meeting new people when alcohol isn’t involved 🙂

First day nerves were also not helped by a severely delayed train which subsequently made me late, which was awkward and embarrassing.

I am now at the end of my first week. It was great to be back at work and normality. Whilst I did enjoy being at home and was the break I needed, the past few weeks have brought a new level of boredom which saw me finally clear the ironing pile!

It is a very different environment to what I am used to and the job itself will be a challenge as I will be learning a different side to the business. I will also be learning about products which I am missing from my CV.

My colleagues seem friendly and I think I will fit in ok. I am not used to such a small office after working for some top tier firms. I must learn a whole new office etiquette and being pushed out of the door at 5.30 is a welcome change. Whilst the long walk and the longer train journey is not so welcome.

I guess it will take a few weeks to really find my feet and stop referring to my old company in the present.

I miss my old job and colleagues but I am looking forward and have stopped looking back.

Bouche x x x