I always feel a little sad once October is over. It is by far my favourite month, with Halloween at its pinnacle. However, once Halloween is over, October is over (obviously), and that makes me a little sad.
November is a non-entity month, the filler that bridges the gap between Halloween and Christmas. October’s ugly sister. The anti-climax after the run-up to Mischief Night. But it is still officially autumn, and we love autumn, right? We shouldn’t be so hard on November.
After the negative vibe of my August and September overviews, I am actually feeling a little more upbeat as we move into November. I’m not sure why as nothing much has changed. I’m just in a better frame of mind.
My recent achievements:
- I finally completed Assignment 1 in my Professional Freelance Journalism course. Now, while this is certainly an achievement, it isn’t something to be entirely proud of. I enrolled on the course in September 2016, and have only just submitted my first assignment. Yep, I’m not the most organised of students. Still, at least I’ve finally made a start!
- I finally got my son’s PC fixed after having to send it back TWICE. Suffice to say, I probably won’t be using that company again.
- I have decided to put some of my poetry and creative writing out there, and have submitted a few pieces to various sites, including allpoetry.com. To be honest, I wouldn’t really class my writing as ‘poetry’, more little snippets of stuff that is on my mind. There seems to be a lot of people about at the moment who write things that are classed as poetry, but aren’t really. So why not try my hand at writing words and arranging them prettily. You can see some of my offerings at Fragments of my Mind, my other blog. It’s definitely not hearts and flowers, so be warned.
- My dad paid us a visit from Cornwall, and we had a lovely long weekend catching up with family and friends. Luckily, I had the following week off work to recover. After three days of non-stop socialising, my batteries were in serious need of a recharge!
- I managed to carve two pumpkins on my own in half an hour. I’m quite proud of that. Okay, so they weren’t the best pumpkins ever. But they looked good when lit up.
- I found a gardener to tidy up my back garden before the winter months, and it’s looking good again. I’m not particularly the green-fingered type and, although I like to have plants around the house, I’m easily put off from getting out in the garden by bad weather or creepy crawlies. Yes, I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to spiders!
- I have been made admin of a Facebook page share group and am enjoying building up the group and organising things. Suits me down to the ground!
- I’ve been attempting to exercise more, and even visited nearby West Kirkby beach on my week off to walk my mum’s dog, which my son and I really enjoyed. So did Sophie (see below.)
So there are quite a few notable achievements. I am feeling much more positive about things, although I’m not sure why as my purse strings are very tightly tied right now, and Christmas is fast approaching. But let’s not think about that right now..
Goals for November:
- Start my Christmas shopping. This is quite important as I haven’t bought anything yet, and I’m not exactly loaded with spare cash. Luckily, I only really have my son to buy for, but 12 year-old boys are notoriously expensive to buy for!
- Complete Assignment 2 of my Freelance Journalism course. This involves writing an article and interviewing people to obtain quotes as if I’m a real journalist. I’m slightly confused as I’m not, but I’ll give it a go..
- Bonfire Night. This actually falls tomorrow but tonight is the main night, being a Saturday. It sounds like a war zone outside and the cat is not happy.
- Learn how to make a roast dinner. Yes, at 41, I have never cooked a roast dinner before, and I have invited my brother and his son over for Christmas dinner. So I will hopefully be getting tips from my mum.
- Carry on job hunting. I’m still bored to tears in my current role, and desperately need a new challenge.
- Visit the Christmas markets. I really want to, but I’m not sure it’s worth it as I am skint. I love all things Christmassy and would love to visit the markets in a foreign country, only that is unlikely to happen this year. So I am happy to make do with Manchester or Liverpool, or even Chester.
Well there are my goals for this month. I’m off to watch the fireworks. Happy Bonfire Night!