Good things from 2017

Ok, Ok, so this has taken me far longer than I would like to actually start but the laptop has finally given up the ghost so i’m now doing this in my lunch breaks so has taken about 5 weeks!!

As some of you know, I have suffered from depression for a fairly long time and a few years back this was suggested to me, I love it, having done this now for 3 or 4 years I know that there will be things in the following list I will have forgotten, or for that matter duplicated!!

I do try to keep this list fairly private but those named (and shamed) will be tagged on social media, I don’t need to tell them but I do like letting them know they made a difference in my year.

I hope if you’re reading this and feeling down, then it either brings a smile to your face or plants a seed. Honestly, if someone had’ve made me do this, I would have hated it and probably not continued, however, the jar arrived on my desk in 2013 and I have no idea who gave it to me and something seemed to say “this is worth my time”, maybe its something that might help you in future too.

THINGS FROM THE HAPPY JAR 2017…..

  • Helen and Dean getting married, gutted I cannot be there but so happy for them.
  • Cuddles with Stuart
  • Writing to new friends – and old ones – Lucinda, it’s so good to still be in touch.
  • sending little gifts to Bernadette and Melissa, nice to pass on things to make people smile.
  • Darn Ugly Critters dino hat!
  • Planning a london trip with mum
  • Great calls with Liam and Bird
  • I’m going to do a zip wire!
  • Aww mama Piper misses me
  • Stuart telling me he’s happy makes me happy.
  • New sparkly converse from mum
  • KFC having hot drinks back
  • Posh pasta and sauce mix from Verona from the parents
  • looking at holidays with Stuart, can’t wait to show him round competa (hopefully)
  • Maye’s organising an epic day out to hear Jeremy Corbyn speak in Bournemouth
  • Flowers from Stuart, just because.
  • Becoming obsessed with minecraft
  • I am an intrepid explorer – on minecraft anyway
  • Andy seems calmer and happier
  • learning more systems, glad to be given more work and responsibility
  • Inviting and meeting people at Coffee and Dice
  • seeing more from old friends, love to catch up with them all
  • Building a second house in Minecraft with flowers and a pool.
  • Discovering Lava Island
  • Chinese meal with mum and dad, food fest for me and mum, tall ships in Poole for dad.
  • Getting in touch with old Tower Rd or BHS friends, lovely to be in touch with them.
  • evening with Charlie and Claire, so much fun
  • Good to see Dan back in CS for a little bit, missed him.
  • Driving going ok, well, slowly but ok
  • teaching Adam some spanish holiday phrases
  • Fighting the power, we went to see Corbyn, and I got a selfie with him hehehe
  • Old Tower Rd photos, blast from the past
  • Good to have people to chat with on the bus. Fun with Nick when I go to mum and dads
  • fun long weekend with Stuart, even when we do nothing, it relaxes and makes me happy
  • Bumping into Carlos in Poole, massive cuddles, miss his face!
  • Bird making me find old Thursday songs – turn me on Mr Deadman
  • Richard Schiff liked my tweet and replied, to ME!!!
  • Denise being soppy about the card and money for her holidays 🙂
  • Marek being concerned about my well being and wanted to make sure all going ok with the reports.
  • being “too busy” to help CS, nice to know they need me in the new job
  • Beating Legacy
  • Writing letters, def not as constant as Emma but I am trying to be better
  • Tidying Marc’s desk and bus timetable piles (not tat!)
  • “you’ll know when you see her – she’s a bit rough around the edges” – Sara, customer services management
  • Helping Alfie make his emails less offensive (fluffy)
  • Having a sunday of true crap, awful food, lay in and tv. making a little cake
  • Dying my hair, wish I could be braver and more out there
  • Laughing with Jeremy about the marketing team (who’s wearing the sash this week?)
  • Finding a previously lost map in Minecraft – I am a freaking genius.
  • Not having to be abused over the phone is so much better for my life, in work and out of it
  • Sara’s son lending me minecraft books
  • We got a slow cooker!!
  • New games cafe opening in Boscombe, cannot wait
  • Becky and I sharing silly videos to each other
  • Wireless
  • beating Pandemic level 1 – we are epic!
  • despite everything when he was in a foul mood with me, he still came to bed
  • pinstripes suit me
  • Denise bringing in blackcurrant cakes from M and S
  • New job card from Mary-Anne, how lovely
  • After work drinks with Amanda, Alfie, Maria and Bella – lovely to have new friends to spend time with, early night for me but fun nonetheless.
  • Cocktail jugs in Poole quay
  • If you want to come in say happy birthday and tell me how young I look – cue Alfie and Ant coming to visit
  • I hate our working hours being so separate but it makes me really appreciate our weekends together – Stuart
  • Introducing Stuart to the West Wing
  • Roll for the Galaxy night – I am the Champion
  • Wireless headphones = silent disco in my house
  • Watermelon notepad from Bird and Liam
  • Cuddles are amazing
  • Better Call Saul season 3
  • meal at Mum and Dads with Stuart, Pie, Mahjong and spending time all together, he does so much for me
  • Mike is safe – phew
  • DJ YODA!!!
  • 43 drinking – being sent a free sample then cracking on
  • watching Lets plays – geoff is the worst haha!
  • Training going well (i think) everyone is very positive
  • Getting a new computer game – Badlands – silly stupid winning conditions fun 🙂
  • popping into a games shop whist in reading, Eclectic games – good stock, shame its so far away
  • Pinterest obsession growing
  • Feeling ill and not feeling guilty about going home from work, much less guilt tripping
  • Lovely polish lunch with mum and dad, nice to treat them
  • Morning cuddles are the best – apart from nighttime ones
  • Buddy box from the beauty that is Emma, so lucky she’s in my life
  • Having nice chats with Neneh at work, will miss her when she leaves
  • Popping to see Mayes at her new place – really cute balcony and lovely place
  • Denise and I just getting on with it between us when managers on holiday
  • getting myself a cheap camera and starting to explore the area I live in
  • naughty times with Stuart where we both end up laughing like idiots
  • Mat, Alfie, Ant and Adam are so lovely, really helping me to try and get this job
  • Neneh “do babybel grow in the wax?”
  • Terry Pratchett: Back in Black  – like a rock star but a funeral, lovely, touching and heartbreaking.
  • Yum Yums from Neneh
  • Night out with beauty that is Nina Jane
  • Phil suggesting I may enjoy the commercial dept
  • Spanish barman with the boyfriend from Nerja – small world!
  • Playing AM with Stuart, he was winning and being cockyt “here comes the demons” into HIS 4 areas and totally screwed himself over
  • Talking to people about Competa, love it so much, miss there
  • Counting customers in Soton, thought i’d treat myself to an Italian – bloody fully booked!!
  • Maye’s getting jealous about my new friends
  • Booking Star Wars with the gamer gang
  • feeling so much more confident at work
  • Organising my 40 for list
  • Winning pandemic on hardcore with Stuart
  • I’m in Atlanta, I can burn a red card, I will fly to……Miami or set up a research station
  • birthday treats for work, love fattening them up
  • Finding the West Wing Weekly  podcast on my phone – love catching up with it and getting facts I never knew before
  • I’ve got tickets from Dragcon
  • Pottery painting with Amy and Amanda
  • Sweet card from Bethy, miss her little face and squishes
  • Popping into McDs and seeing some of the old faces, lovely to still see people who I actually like!
  • Getting into writing a blog.
  • Seeing a barge going through Tower Bridge – first time in my mem that i’;ve seen that, and it happened to be a Barge dad used to work on!!
  • Nice peaceful hotel in London, can’t believe I missed both Pearl and Bianca though
  • Sending Liam stupid birthday gifts, hope he likes them
  • Photobook of my bro, think he liked them
  • Marek teaching me new things for the TMF and wifi reporting
  • Great games night at Amy and Matts with Stuart and Tom.
  • Space Penguin wins first hand of King of Tokyo
  • Lovbey letter from Lubie, I’m so glad things are getting better for her
  • New Phil in Commercial seems very nice, hope he is happy here
  • Great Pizza and Chips for games night. feel fat now!
  • coming home after  a weekend away to massive cuddles, missed my honey
  • Nearly getting into a fight at Poole with an ignorant fatehr with a pushchair
  • London by night, trying out my camera and seeing the stunning places
  • River cruise on the thames with spanish tablemates
  • post and beads from Emma, so lucky she’s in my life
  • Awful dream, thought stuart was leaving me, he rolled over and cuddles me tight “you’re not leaving me are you??” nope, not in a million years
  • Star wars medal for running, yes i am that sad!
  • Love making mum smile and laugh, great weekend away
  • smeary bus pic in London
  • Great meal with fick chips in London, yummy!!
  • zip lining = long climb, out of breath, scarier than anything else, not long enough. but it’s done now!!
  • Stuart’s epic compliments – It’s lucky i’m fond of you
  • Really feeling like a part of the team
  • having a cocktail night with stuart
  • swapping tweets with Ian Hyland and Owen Jones
  • Going to the gym with Amy, expensive but could be fun.
  • Slow cooking on a Sunday while Stuart is at work.
  • Salisbury museum with Mum, great to see the Pratchett Exhibition
  • Commercial team after work drinks, well a few from there, really feel part of a team
  • driving on a dual carriageway – scary but more fun to drive at speed
  •  cooking vietnamese with dad
  • star wars midnight viewing!!! we are such saddos, cannot wait
  • New Taco Bell in poole – margaritas in summer woo!!
  • Stuart calling Masterchef winner, GBBO and the Apprentice.
  • Egas offering to help my “customers” in future
  • Hugging a chugger and being told “yep, that was better than any donation!!”
  • Seeing political posts and not being worried to state my views
  • finding fab workout gear – cheshire cat joggers!!
  • Trying to get an ACLU ball – over 100 bucks though, not ideal
  • Mats leaving do at Mint, lovely indian, you can tell im a foodie, odered my food and waiter went “ooooh, good choice”
  • Taste of the South festival – working with Tammie and having good chats
  • Getting lunch with mum.
  • Glad I still have Mcspys. miss seeing Alice so great to catch up with her.
  • Card for Ant, he’s really helped me, gutted he and mat have both left
  • Seeing heather, chris and the kids in Poole on their way to the Maritime festival
  • had a bit of a meltdown and stuart just holding me and putting up with me.
  • Going out to Blandford and Pimperne with Ant and Rado
  • Mat moaning that he hadn’t had cake, shut him up with lemon drizzle and coconut macaroons
  • Alfie “there’s more to life than buses” *general shock in the office* “there’s coaches too”
  • Decorating Adam’s desk for his birthday
  • Planning someone else’s Paris trip.
  • Getting id’d, being cocky and then realising my prov lic was at home.
  • he understands im really insecure
  • Coconut lattes from my love
  • making dad be soppy before his birthday, getting soft in his old age. mean it though, love him loads
  • Adam Richman liking my tweets
  • Helping Mayes, glad I can help her and hopefully she’ll come back fighting soon
  • Fireworks!!
  • Taking pics of fireworks, entertaining myself with pics
  • Making flapjacks for work, stuart eating them all before I could bring them in
  • Treating Mayes to lunch, miss seeing her more often
  • Breakfast before Corbyn with Mayes
  • watching shooting stars on the quay, disturbing either a drug deal or a prostitute appointment.
  • Coffee and Dice day with Stuart – new games, Onitama, energy empire, takenoko and pandemic cthulu
  • new gamer friend for stuart (patrick) I most def am a gta widow now
  • planning a work night out, payday drinkies
  • Denise missing me, hope she’s ok, she deserves so much better
  • Passing probation!! I actually passed.
  • Marc seems happy to have me as part of the team
  • stressful interview but glad they are willing to offer me a chance
  • Stacey and Dec seem nice people, shame to be leaving them, but not a shame to leave CS
  • Binging Ru Paul Drag Race on netflix, about 10 series!!
  • Watching new shows on TV together: Stranger things, the glitch, ozarks
  • Meeting Stephen Briggs, getting a glimpse of Rob’s awful shirt and getting Stephen to do Vetinari’s eyebrow.
  • Signed Nanny Oggs cookbook
  • Back in Black STP memorial badge
  • Walking to Sandbanks for chips in the sun
  • Sarcasm olympics with Ant, not sure they could cope with us both full time
  • stuart looking after me when i wasn’t well
  • rewatching my parachute jump video – feel brave
  • Seeing how excited Stuart gets for his new game
  • getting chips from outside stuarts work
  • seeing Competa Photos on Andalucia day, such a gorgeous place
  • Playing new computer games
  • The last guy is fun but bloody frustrating!!
  • My wizard is epic, 3 more levels till i get that superb wand – cue my death
  • Ru Paul what’s the Tee? love this podcast
  • RT’D by Michelle Visage
  • Birthday chinese with mum and dad
  • loving spending our weekends together (even if i have to take holiday to do so)
  • Stuart’s epic accents
  • Nick and Mat taking the time to show me new reports
  • Help from Miss Proctor for the commercial side of things
  • seagull eating a crab, love that pic
  • fireworks at poole quay
  • Watching tv with staurt the OA and Dirk Gently
  • Karen H being very lovely on the blogs, she is always very kind
  • We will beat Diablo 3
  • Stuart spending way too much over easter weekend, he really spoils me
  • The AM badges are for sale again, maybe time to treat myself
  • I can only beat you when you forget how to play – Stuart.
  • starting driving lessons, hope my driving instructor has life insurance
  • Wandering round Salisbury with Sue & Simon – so good to see her again, I missed her face so much
  •  Finding Feegles with Pixie
  • nice pizza for lunch in Salisbury
  • Office excitement due to snow – well, 4 flakes falling
  • Alfie “i used to love the snow, then i got to age 12 and started to realise the implications for public transport”
  • Swindon depot visit with the commercial team
  • Yummy Nando’s in Swindon – kinda liking a boss treating us!
  • Nice to catch up with Rachel for a coffee, hope she is ok and happy now not at GSC
  • Amy’s brownies are to die for!!
  • Nice xmas meal at the Banana Wharf.
  • really getting into Ru Paul music
  • Coming into work after the xmas meal and stacey confusing me “we went dancing” did we? “there was a band” was there???
  • shopping for shots on the way to the xmas party
  • Life goes fast when you’re having fun – so does that mean that there’s no pre – ejaculation
  • Great to finally properly meet Rachel and Jason from DWM
  • gorgeous pic of the Blue Mosque in the snow
  • being not sexist but can I deal with all present buying and plant watering for the dept
  • reading on the bed, falling asleep and stuart waking me up putting a blanket over me
  • Yo mama so fat she got more chins than the Hong Kong phonebook
  • cuddles with S and baxter when i wasn’t feeling well.
  • Alfie pretending to be a child getting ticket info from First
  • Customer counting in Christchurch and the area – actually quite fun
  • feeling part of the team, will keep bringing in biscuits to get them onside
  • seeing Mayes over the bank holiday
  • calling me – he never calls me – to wish me luck for my interview
  • soton day out with Alfie learning bits and bobs and meeting people
  • Bob sinclair, always makes me think of Liam and Bird dancing in Spain
  • applied for the Rooster teeth 2017 uk convention
  • going to bed with stuart, getting cozy with audiobook and laptop, just cozy
  • Lee making lilacs for everyone – all ready for May
  • buying sweets and treats for work
  • ordered some colouring books for me, have 2 copies of the Discworld book but dont want to ruin it
  • Getting to finally meet the lovelies at LVL up
  • Easter sunday lay in with Stuart
  • Call me mother on Just dance
  • schedulers test done, fingers crossed
  • my version of colour of fun has arrived – colouring ahoy!
  • Popping back into 120 and catching up with the beauties there
  • staying up till nearly 3am to play roll for the galaxy
  • funny newbies in cs stories
  • silly Zombie games on facebook with Bird, Liam, Benji
  • i finally got my chicken in Diablo
  • Playing loveletter on Stuart’s birthday
  • Phone calls from Oli, miss seeing him but glad to hear he’s ok
  • Marc saying he can see promise in me, is giving me a chance in commercial
  • hearing legs is safe and sound, so relieved!
  • setting up a half baked blog
  • so lucky to be coming home to a man who loves me
  • Mat seemed impressed when I picked up and processed the mileage reports
  • going to swanage with stuart, not a brilliant day but was nice to go with my camera and then sit in the sun
  • mega breakfast in Aroma with Stuart, feeling fat and then a huge indian for tea, we are so fat!
  • Nice coleslaw with jacket potato from butterfingers
  • new camera arrived – so excited
  • Driving to reading with Rach, so lovely to chat more with her, such a lovely person
  • cheap thrills by sia
  • Bumping into Donna in Aldi, glad to see her up and about, she seems much happier
  • ruining all work diets with birthday treats
  • having a panto day with mum and Pauline -seeing both Mr Ant and Laura on the roads
  • amazing long weekend with stuart, love spending time with him, even when we dont do anything special, it feels special
  • feeding the ducks and swans
  • Lots of work in CS but we will cope, its very short notice but we will cope
  • feeling myself becoming braver about being me
  • “It’s lucky I like you isn’t it” – stuart after being beaten at RFTG
  • taking over from sarcasmo
  • going to the fireworks, getting home and hearing both stuart and Patrick on the p
  • Stuart winning some games – victory dances
  • mum liked her many mother’s day gifts, love spoiling her
  • mum and dad offering to help towards a deposit
  • can’t wait till our long weekend together, looking forward to time in the sun together
  • going walking round baiter in the eve, holding hands and being silly
  • stuart bringing me coffee in bed and coming to cuddle me
  • late saturday night, cocktails and games
  • Badlands with winner conditions
  • making him really happy makes me really happy
  • takeaway and rose from S for valentines
  • Long journeys to christchurch, so glad i can get the train now
  • fun twitter banter and making strangers my friends
  • games chat with Matt and Tom
  • Used an asda mug to hold my flowers, may need to buy a vase
  • fluffy new blanket!
  • Back in Black made me laugh and cry, often at the same time
  • kitkat bus tin – will become our new saving tin
  • elo eve with mum, despite my uncertainty, was actually really fun
  • amy giving me an aloe plant, calling her Vera.
  • Nipping into 120 abusing my coffee privileges and getting 8 for various homeless
  • Phil’s leaving do, was a lovely meal  but will miss him
  • making both parents tear up, they’re getting soft in their old age!!
  • Re joining Poole library
  • I GOT THE JOB!!!
  • Starting letters to my friends, can’t wait to get better at this
  • Blog and photo challenges, I will get better and achieve more
  • Meeting Phil’s Maria at Taste of the South
  • Posh KFC in Poole
  • dad offering me his camera.
  • quick catch up with Oli before he goes to London, will miss him but glad he seems happier
  • positive vibes for my interview from Liam, Greebos and Mayes
  • Stirfrys and roll for the galaxy, topped off with west wing
  • Hot jam pudding with ice cream – yum
  • rereading all my Rankin’s
  • Space Pirates vs space parrots
  • neneh ” I wouldn’t call in sick, its just a cold” such a sweetheart
  • 20 likes in 1 day for the Half Baked pages
  • buying homeless man outside Mcs a breakfast, glad to see him smile
  • denise being so lovely to me and about me in the prep for my interview
  • going to swindon – its not a work jolly, honestly
  • looking forward to our weekend
  • getting caught dancing into work
  • amanda loves any excuse for a bevvy
  • he likes me wearing his shirt it appears
  • rachel seems to be doing better out of CS, glad she’s ok
  • saw Kev in bournemouth, bought him lunch and a supply of vouchers
  • snuggling on the sofa, even with his itchy blanket
  • so fun to see the BHS girls, good to chat properly with Rach and of course, Emma is always a joy
  • Michelle Visage RT’d me
  • Proud I know such lovelies in the DW universe. Lovely of Lee and Andrea to organise a meet up
  • coming back to bed for a quick cuddle before work
  • Neneh wanting to say “south, not SARF”
  • nagging dad “youre my dad, so youre stuck with me” Like i’d want it any other way – dad
  • neneh calling em the best cos i stayed and did her late when her foot was hurting
  • I have a frog on my thumb in diablo – shame its not in hardcore!
  • Ana G calling ME gorgeous!!
  • Fun on inauguration, despite the new Potus
  • Pandemic day – we will not be beaten
  • Meeting S from work and walking home together
  • Italian for dads birthday – most expensive meal but was lush
  • Mike Tyson’s lip sync battle – push it – stunning
  • Amanda’s birthday party in Poole, lovely to see her, even for a short time – meeting some of her friends
  • Nipping into accounts and chewing the fat with Amy and Amanda.

Finally finished – phew, that was a lot of typing.

I think the main thing I have worked out from above is I have had a wonderful year, it hasn’t all been perfect, some sadness has happened but am glad to say that 2017 was a pretty good year.

I hope if you’ve managed to get through that ridiculous list that it made you smile, or (if a mutual friend) made you remember or if nothing else, has shown you that good things do happen, who knows, it may not be ideal, it may not be perfect, but boy, it’s a fun life and we should experience it as much as possible.

 

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