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Slept like a baby last night – soooo good.  I loved waking up and pottering down to breakfast like it was 2005 again… Only this time Jan-Willem (the oldest boy) was now at school and it was his little bro, Jack (who’d been grumpily distant last night) who was grinning at me and bringing his toys to me while I ate my cereal.  Very cute…

Seeing the newly renovated, new church location to accomodate the church which has tripled since I was around.  Eh… not that it was because of me, of course! Hahaha…

A contemplative walk around Tours Cathedral, site of significant memories…

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Hmmm… Oh – I know!  I loved this morning’s bowl of chocolat chaud with breakfast… yum!

This afternoon, I travelled away from Loches where the conference was to Tours to stay with Marc (Dutch) and Jody (American) the missionary couple I did my Bible College Placement with.  it was sooooo good to walk into their home and feel immediately at home.  I’ve been so excited at the prospect of being able to ask all my questions rather than being the one being asked and tonight was soooo good for that.  We had such a great chat that made me feel freer and lighter than I had in weeks.  The funny thing was, we talked about one of the very biggest things on my mind, without me even bringing it up!

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I had a great sleep last night, tucked up under two sleeping bags, a blanket and a quilt!  Not that it was particularly cold, but there’s just something so comforting in having that many covers!

At my age, I shouldn’t really be admitting to things like this, but… my mumsie did my washing for me!  Bless her wee cotton socks!

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A day full of coffee! I had lots of great conversation with several great people.  But the biggest highlight was a proper chat with my dad.  He listened to me and responded like I’m a grown-up and not just a little girl.

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Aaaaahhh, Sunday!  Hurrah!

I was at my home church this morning with Mumsie (being Mumsie’s Day and all that…) and once I got over the fact that I was jealous of the fact that life appears to have gone on without me, I appreciated the fact that life has gone on – there are new people, happy people, involved people etc.

Ok, I’m still jealous.  But in theory it made me happy.

Being so grateful for my car – the freedom it brings.  Also the fact that this month I could afford to buy my mum, aunt and uncle their dinner out.

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Catching up with a friend from church.  A good chat with my Dad.  Several bargains from Primark!  Coming home to Coleraine.  Making it to my exercise class (I did NOT enjoy the actual class though!).  Butternut Squash.

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92 – New Year’s Day

Every year I crash my best friend’s family’s traditional Family Fry.  Love it.  Also this year it turns out my new-found ability to make water lilies out of napkins makes me very cool with the younger crowd.

Oh. My. Days… Johnny Depp in Finding Neverland. Never really sure why films that make you cry are so enjoyable to the female of the species, seriously – what a show.  Film of the season I’d say.  But then it didn’t have much to beat.

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Hurrah for new people joining blogland!

Today I met the delightful grandchildren of a couple from church.  Four of them: three boys and a girl, aged between 14 and 22.  Honestly, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen siblings get along like they did.  No beastly banter, no picking on the baby girl of the family, no rude ungratefulness to the grandparents…  Only good chat and pleasantness.  It was great to meet them.  And discuss worship-leading with the oldest (who loves his CU – yessss!).

The warmth of a real fire.

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I actually played Bingo tonight!!!  I found a ridiculous sense of pleasure when he called ‘all the eights, eighty-eight’ cos I knew that I’d be able to use it in my blog for yesterday!  Also a ridiculous sense of disappointment when he didn’t say ‘legs eleven, number eleven’.  The whole bingo caller thing reminds me of an end of uni year girly trip with two good friends over to Alton Towers.  We spent a whole evening saying things like ‘Me and You, fifty twoooo!’.  One of those things that we nearly wet our pants over for hours that no-one else will find funny at all.  I enjoyed the reminder.

Incidentally I also enjoyed the Bingo.  Don’t worry mum, I won’t make a habit of it…

It was a hen night – not just a “I know I’m a loser already so why not get the bingo wings out early on in life?”  It was a great night in all with a good atmosphere. good food and a great chat in the car on the way home with my buddy.

Also a random phone call from my sister and her (probably slightly tipsy) friends who had spent part of the evening listening to my CD!  Ha ha ha ha!

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Another lie-in to be grateful for and a brunch of bananas on toast – one of those simple pleasures we often forget!  With real butter too!  yum yum…

A late afternoon jaunt to Junction One with mumsie and a Chinese feast on return!

A catch up with church friends over a game of Cranium (I am SUCH a rulebook lover…) and victory was MINE!!  Well, ok – ours.  Then an unexpected late night chick flick with mum and sister no 2 accompanied by crisps and dips… hurray for Christmas!

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