2012 = Love, Love, Love

This time last year I wrote a post saying that 2012 was going to be the year for love and I’m pleased to say I was right. With eleven weddings, nine engagements, eleven babies born including my beautiful niece and gorgeous nephew plus five more babies currently baking – that adds up to a whole lotta love (and quite a lot of bedroom based shenanigans)! In addition to that is the love I’ve felt and shared with my wonderful friends and family through all the ups, downs and in betweens of the year.

So Mr Right didn’t come along although Mr ‘Maybe? Nah, not so much’ put in a brief appearance and I still have a bottom that is bigger than I would like but this year has been very useful in terms of learning a) how far I’ve come since I went loopy and b) realising I’m doing okay as I am. I turned 30 and realised that it wasn’t so scary, got a new job which I love, found some direction in my life and made some utterly brilliant new friends.

I turned 30...
I turned 30…
My favourite thing of 2012...
My favourite thing of 2012…
I got closure.
I got closure.
Went on a hen weekend in Worthing
Went on a hen weekend in Worthing
We invented the 'Bancroft Bomb' cocktail.
We invented the ‘Bancroft Bomb’ cocktail.
Wedding season began in earnest!
Wedding season began in earnest!
Sammer my nephew turned 5
Sammer my nephew turned 5
Chicken got hitched!
Chicken got hitched!
We held our own Olympics...
We held our own Olympics…
Official team photo #TeamUrbanFamily
Official team photo #TeamUrbanFamily
I showed commitment to the After Eight game
I showed commitment to the After Eight game
The stork dropped off Ben, and my first niece, Nancy!
The stork dropped off Ben, and my first niece, Nancy!
I got drunk in London and made *THIS* face...
I got drunk in London and made *THIS* face…
The Urbs went on a trip down memory lane (and got very giggly)
The Urbs went on a trip down memory lane (and got very giggly)
Team Christmas jumper!
Team Christmas jumper!
Another attempt at the After Eight game during Christmas with Binky
Another attempt at the After Eight game during Christmas with Binky
A wintry walk to round out the year, followed by snuggly sofas at a great pub.
A wintry walk to round out the year, followed by snuggly sofas at a great pub.
Last but not least, my favourite text this year. I hope he means 'lots of love', otherwise..... awkward!
Last but not least, my favourite text this year. I hope he means ‘lots of love’, otherwise….. awkward!

I’m going to be spending this NYE with the Urban Family and our usual murder mystery party. I’ll be wearing a dress that is the sartorial equivalent of a Tequila Sunrise and no doubt you’ll hear all about it on the flip side. I hope you have great fun tonight ringing in the New Year and that 2013 brings you everything you wish for. Seeing as I called it so excellently on the love theme for 2012, I’m going to decree that 2013 is going to be the year for adventures. Anyone care to join me?

#84: Write A Fan Letter

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It occurred to me the other night that I’ve already written a fan letter so can tick this off my list. In fact I’ve written the fan letter, the letter that kicked off turning this blog into a book. Way back when on the 26th April 2009 I emailed supremo author Lucy-Anne Holmes as I’d just finished her first book ’50 Ways To Find A Lover’ and wanted her to know how much I loved it.

Hi Holly

I stumbled over your book in Sainsbury’s and being a single girl about town with a whole host of utterly domesticated John Lewis Sunday browsing friends decided that you might be the person to guide me on my path to coupledom. In short, I absolutely loved your book! I read it one fell swoop, had tears streaming down my face in parts and kept shushing my male housemates to read sections to them in a scene very reminiscent of ‘Listen with Mother’. I feel like some kind of sycophant emailing such praise however I feel you really deserve it, it was a cracking read.

Love

Ally

The eagle eyed amongst you will spot the mistake (oh I wish I could say it was deliberate). Yes, I called her Holly. My carefully constructed fan letter fell at the first hurdle, real smooth, getting the authors name wrong! But the rest as they say, is history.

#94: Do a forward roll in the pool


A silly one I’m sure you’ll agree but one that made me smile when I managed it, legs flailing and swallowing half the pool. I always wanted to be one of those girls who could do tricks in the water, handstands, backflips etc because of course that also meant you were one of the cool kids – at the age of 29 and 42 days, I finally became a cool kid!

#90: Have a byline in GLAMOUR


I didn’t think I’d be able to tick this one off the list for a very long time. It all came about by accident on Twitter, one of those happy happenstances that you don’t imagine occurring in a million years. The editor of GLAMOUR, Jo Elvin tweeted that she wished all her readers could help her write her Editor’s Letter for the upcoming edition of the magazine. Without thinking about it I replied saying ‘If I was writing your letter, I’d advise your readers to read this hilarious blog’ and sent her the link to this place.

I didn’t think any more of it until she replied saying ‘Get in touch, we want to commission you x’ – OH MY GOD. It snowballed and then before I knew it I was out buying 6 copies of my favourite magazine to see my first ever byline and ticking another thing off my list.