They make me happy!

Who are they? My friends of course! Who else can make you happy – the way your friends can?

Today I meet up with a really good friend called FD. FD and I went for a coffee at Costa, but even before we had got to the coffee shop we were chatting, questioning, spilling truths and laughing.

As I didn’t have any money FD paid, and so I didn’t feel awkward she reminded me that many times in the past 4 years I had treated her. I thought about this, and realised that helping FD has been a pleasure – all I used to do was pick her up in the mornings when we were both going to our job.

FD and I met at work and we immediately gelled, we were both studying and it felt like we understood each other’s stresses; although FD already had her degree and was working towards a masters degree! A smart cookie.

As we worked during the weekend, we were glad to have each other’s company – it was a horrible journey to work. No one else was ever around, the streets were completely empty. No other idiot was out at 8.15am on a Sunday morning for minimum wage. During the summer it was cold at that time of day, and when it was warm and sunny we were even more miserable. We would be cooped up in an air-conditioned office. That crappy job brought us together and for three years we continued to cheer each other up, and would crack up about so many silly things, laughing together on the way there and back. Bitching about the terrible customers, and giggling about how sad these people were!

Surprisingly our ages are different, so I’m not someone FD would normally hang out with, which makes this friendship even more special. She’s my eldest girl’s age, and I’m lucky enough to be close to my daughter too. I consider myself very fortunate to be part of their lives and having these two amazing young women as friends is something I cherish.

Tonight I feel happy, and really enjoyed my day with such a wonderful friend; which confirmed to me that “they” really do make life better.

Thanks FD ūüíú

What a BFF!

Just got back from coffee with my fabulous friend Janet who I met at Uni 4 years ago. We have been friends ever since, through thick and more thick, and a few thins!

She’s been a really good mate, we’ve sat sometimes, when I’ve been in a real mess, and talked it all through. She has a sensible head on intelligent and emotionally mature shoulders and has advice too. Although she is able to just listen and offer comfort without solutions. University is a tough place and everyday life is difficult sometimes. All through the last 4 yrs Janet’s been a solid rock, someone who is obtainable and ever present.

It’s not all one way though, I’ve had the opportunity to be a friend to her on occasions. Just as my life can be chaotic so sometimes can hers and I’ve been there to help pick up the pieces. I’ve always found it easy to want to help her, never getting that crappy feeling that I’ve wasted my time, but always left with the feeling that she was worth the effort, time ¬†and whatever else has been offered.

But its not all doom and gloom, we laugh, I mean really laugh sometimes, well actually all the time. Our sense of humours are similar and we thrive off each others comedy, seeing things no one else can see, laughing sometimes uncontrollably.  I have gone home on many occasions with mascara running, still laughing in the car on the way home after we have left each other. We seem to have a knack of getting ourselves into scraps that end in hilarity.

A few weeks ago I felt so proud of janet too. She came second in a writing competition, her story won her a cash prize and a full double page spread in the newspaper. I hope this gives her the confidence to carry on writing because she certainly has a talent for it. Her story was intriguing, and all the stories I have read of Janet’s have been good. She can write a story which comes around in a full circle. Her endings are always good, with mystery and intrigue which takes some thinking about. This to me is a good writer, someone who can make you walk away thinking about what you have read.

Janet has been a really good friend for the last 4 years and I hope that there are many more years to come of laughter, emotional support and above all friendship.

Do you have a best friend who makes life that bit easier for you? Janet has been such an inspiring and courageous person, I admire her grit and determination to do the right thing.

Her motherhood has been hard but her son is a credit to her. He is matured into a fantastic man, intelligent, fun, kind, thoughtful, and hard-working. He is proud of his mum, it is obvious to see and I think the world of him.

Thanks Janet, for being my BFF…

The Ipswich Society

The Ipswich Society is a fairly large and well established group of dedicated people who take an interest in what happens around Ipswich Town. ¬†Their website is small and quite old fashioned, but it does the job. Here’s a link to it if you want to read more about them and what they do. ¬†The Ipswich Society – Read More

We have joined this group as we wanted to become more involved with the place we live in.  Ipswich is a great place to live with so many things to do, and I would like to contribute in a small way and get some enjoyment out of it too.  I think the group has been running many years, it says it was started in 1960.  Before I was even born (not way off but still, anything counts these days!).


I know I should be writing!

University hasn’t started back yet but I know I should be doing more on my dissertation, and reading my Intercultural Communication book. ¬†I will pay for it in April when all the essays and dissertations are due in. ¬†But I just don’t have a) the time and b) the inclination to do it. ¬†I have to keep saying to myself – “how much do you want this degree?” ¬†“It’s nearly over and you only have a few months left.” ¬†“You’ll be so proud of yourself when you do get this degree.”

The thing is I didn’t finish last year due to illness, so although I completed a good part of the modules I still have 3 left. 3 bloody hard ones too. All my friends have gone, and graduated this year, and although there are some really nice people in the year I am now in, I don’t know them very well and don’t feel a part of any friendships. ¬†It gets lonely when I am there, where it used to be that I couldn’t get to see half the friends I wanted to. As I am only doing 3 modules too I am not in class the same amount as the other students.


Happy place.


But, and its a big butt! ¬†I do want this degree more than anything else right now. ¬†I really feel like it would be one of my lifes achievements. I know I will be very pleased when it’s done but for now I just wanna forget it and carry on with my lovely new job. ¬†Working an extra day has also impacted on my time. ¬†And especially as it is a whole new career move, which means learning everything from scratch really.

Having just read through what I have written it occurs to me that I like it when I find something new to do, but when I have been doing something for a long time I get bored of it.  So I need to see uni as a place that I will find out new things and complete my further education and end with an English Degree from UCS in Ipswich.  What could be more cool than that?


I Really Love My New Job!

I cannot believe how happy I feel at the moment! ¬†Why do I feel this way? ¬†It is because I’m loving my new job. ¬†I mean really enjoying the work I do…What is going on?

Today I wrote a blog on roses, to add a spin on it I wrote about Valentine’s Day, it is called:¬†Roses on Valentine’s Day – What is your favourite?

I scheduled quite a few Facebook posts for the next few days, I have totally free reign on what content I include.  When we have a sale or special promotion I have to  include those but otherwise I choose from the vast bank of information there is on the Thompson & Morgan website.  There is so much to write about and it is so interesting and an enjoyable subject to research.

Research is, if I am truthful, the best part of my job. ¬†I get a kick out of researching and investigating a subject in order to write about it. ¬†My information has to be 100% correct so I often ask my colleagues if it is a difficult horticultural subject, there are a few who really know their stuff, and there are plenty more who have very good basic knowledge. ¬†They are ¬†always happy to help too, so it isn’t a problem to ask.

The colleagues I work with have just allowed me to fit in easily, almost like I have been there for more than a week and a half! ¬†Because I did the work experience first I was able to ¬†meet almost everyone in my new office, ¬†I had the chance to speak to some of them and became friendly with a few of the. ¬†Now I have had time to integrate myself because I am working with them and I have to say I find them all really decent people. ¬†I couldn’t think of anyone of them that I think – owhh! I don’t think I’ll bother with them, or anything of the sort. ¬†They are all good people who are hard working and conscientious. ¬†This is such fab news and the reason why I am so happy.

Work and Life are going well, Uni hasn’t started but I only have a small amount of time left. ¬†Yes it will be stressful and hard work but I am determined to get this bloody degree even if it nearly kills me!! ¬†Lets hope it doesn’t do that, I am enjoying life too much.

2016 has been good to me so far.  How have you faired?  Is life treating you well or is it being a total B@*£H?






2nd Week at Work

I cannot believe it is already the end of Monday, in my second week at work. ¬†Where did the day go? ¬†Work is so interesting and there is so much to learn that I don’t have time to get bored. ¬†Today I learnt more of my new job, and found it fascinating how marketing works, the stuff it involves and the information I have available.

Marketing is new to me so it is a subject I have a lot to learn. ¬†This makes me happy because it means I won’t have time to get bored, as boredom is my worst enemy. ¬†When I was in the call centre I used to get so bored and frustrated with the lack of variety in my job. ¬†I know it was just a job to tide me over until I finished university, but oh God! it used to drive me mad.


Bored At Work!

The job was so repetitive and dull that I really did get to a point where I just couldn’t be bothered, and I would still do more work than some? ¬†So now that I am in my new role I feel full of enthusiasm and excitement to see what’s new and what am I doing today? ¬†The job has a wide variety of tasks to perform on a weekly, monthly and annual basis, but the information collected can be investigated and researched. ¬†This means that you have to work out what is going on and why something has happened, this means that it won’t get boring because there is always going to be something to check out.


Bored At Work!

I really like the people I work with and for, they are a good bunch and I feel I have fitted in quite nicely. ¬†I hope they feel the same? ¬†I can’t say! ¬†I miss my friends in the call centre but make a point to have lunch with them. ¬†Especially Karen and Laura who are very dear to me. ¬†I am also meeting Brenda for a coffee soon, she is another friend I have made that I am reluctant to give up so will go out of my way to see her from month to month.


Me and Karen, Me and Brenda and M and Karen again as I don’t have one of Laura and I. ¬†Which is a shame so I will have to get a selfie on Friday when I see her at lunch.

These pictures were taken at our Christmas Do – it was a really good fun night.