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The Sea of Stars

Water-stained pages, pebbles and traces of stardust

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January Summary
Autumn - sunlitdays

  • I managed to lose weight over Christmas somehow. I think it's because I eat less processed food at my parents and I do more walking. Must try and up my physical activity in Gloucester.

  • Spent New Year's Eve at my friends' new house in Twickenham. They moved in late last year but New Year's Eve was the first time they'd had people round. My friend invited loads of people but in the end, only seven of us were there. That was fine with me but I felt sad for her. They have a rooftop terrace so at midnight, we went up and watched about 10 different fireworks displays from the terrace in a 360 degree surround experience! Amazing. She said I was always welcome to drop in but I've heard too many horror stories from her twin about going to stay with her and then being told that someone else is staying or that they are away for me to really feel like I can just turn up whenever I want. Plus it's over two hours away and a long drive down the motorway.

  • I watched 13th, which was really eye-opening and saddening. Recommended!

  • I gave blood for the first time in nearly 10 years. Mainly because whenever I've tried to book in an appointment, I can't get it for the time I want (the blood donation centre is always fully booked) or they cancel it because they don't have enough staff. It's a lot more hi-tech now - they have rollercoaster-esque blue chairs that swing back to the correct angle and a machine that rocks the blood bag until it's done. They also give you a card which has exercises for you to do while giving blood to maintain your blood pressure so you don't feel dizzy and weak after giving blood. And the exercises actually worked! Last time I gave blood, I had a horrible attack of dizziness afterwards and I barely made it to the bus station. This time, I was fine and only had a small attack of dizziness hours later, when I was at home and could sit down.

  • I had to take my car to Halford's because the back box came off and it sounded like a motorbike. This wasn't a problem except it took over five hours for them to call me about it. -_- Then I had to get a taxi to Halford's before they closed to pick it up. At least it cost me less than £100.


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It's a good idea to keep track of what happens each month like this!

I'll look into the film. And good on you for giving blood.

13th is a Netflix documentary if that helps, directed by Ava DuVernay.

My parents used to give blood regularly but my mum can't since she had an operation and my dad can't any more because of the medication he takes. Those exercises really helped.

Eating less processed food and getting more exercise is a good thing!

And your friend's new house sounds nice - I'm sure the New Year's Eve view was great. Too bad about the issues you mentioned, though - that would put me off, too.

It is a great house - 1930s with a modern concrete/glass dining room at the back and they also have a small tumbledown studio that my friend wants to renovate and use for her art. It's just a shame that I can't count on her invite.

You're a trouper to give blood. It's such an important service. Upping physical activity is a tough one with a full-time job - how's it going?

Fireworks on NYE sound amazing. We had a similar view from our roof in London and, according to our new neighbours, we'll be able to see fantastic fireworks on the Calais coast on Bastille Day. So that's something to look forward to. I haven't forgotten your promise to give me a guided tour of Canterbury. You'll have to let me know when you'd like to a trip to Kent. Maybe a weekend in June?

You'll have to let me know when you'd like to a trip to Kent.

Um, the answer to that is 'ALWAYS'. I miss Kent so much. You just need to let me know when you're ready to receive me. XD

Good to know :). I'm waiting to hear back from someone who is supposed to be coming in May, I'll write to you with dates when that's confirmed one way or t'other.

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