Time for a breather and a more personal blog than usual, I think.
Christmas this year was lovely. I went home to visit my parents and family for the first time in almost six months, and it was great to have a week off from work to just sit back and enjoy myself. Although admittedly there wasn’t much of that involved – for the most part I was running between my house and the boy’s, which was most hectic at the start of the holiday when we managed to stuff ourselves with two Christmases: one at his house on Christmas Eve, and one at mine on Christmas Day.
The time spent at my house was punctuated by my reams and reams of siblings visiting, a trip to the hospital and a visit to my aunt and uncle’s house on the same day, where we saw most of my dad’s family. It was a great day, but so busy, and so many small children. (I think I successfully insulted one uncle by refusing to hold his baby daughter, though. Oh well.)
Not to mention the wonderful day I spent with my three closest friends, two of whom I haven’t seen in over a year (and the other one not for nine months). It was so nice to have the opportunity to catch up on everything I’ve missed and just spend some time with them again, which I haven’t really been able to do since I was 18. And yes, the Italian was pretty scrummy, too.
Then back to Bristol we came on Monday, and back to work yesterday. No rest for the wicked but I’m sort of glad that I’ll be getting back into some sort of routine: my body clock is all messed up and I’m absolutely shattered from getting up at 6.30 for the last two mornings (I still haven’t caught up on the sleep I lost when I stayed up til 2.30am twice last week!). Give it a week or so and I’m sure I’ll be fine, though.
As far as work is concerned, but again keping to the personal level, HJ will be receiving an update in the next couple of months. I’m actually going to do my portfolio (shock! horror!), rewrite the layout (with some new textures and updated, cleaner code) and play with little bits of the layout (I want to display tags and so on more prominently). I also need to rethink some of the content, and fix my permalinks (not very good for SEO right now, even though I’m not bothered by that so much, but it’d still be nice to have decent links).
What about New Year’s resolutions? Hmm, I’ve only made one this year – and that’s to improve my art. This year I vow not to leave any sketch uncoloured, and to start blocking in shades as I go in an attempt to brush up on my digital painting skills. That good enough for ya?!
So, lots to look forward to. Lots to do! Here’s to a happy 2012.