AS the days were getting colder, I packed up my car and decided to head south for the winter.
Well, I kind of headed south. I came back home to Chesterfield to spend Christmas with my family.
The festive season is well under way in my household. The tree is up, tinsel has taken over the house, the presents are wrapped, the cupboards are full of food and more importantly the fridge is full of beer!
With three weeks off from Uni, I'm really looking forward to catching up with friends that I haven't seen since the summer and indulging in some festive cheer.
The invites have started rolling in and my diary is looking pretty full already.
I think my good intentions of finally starting my dissertation over the holiday period have well and truly gone out of the window.
Well, it doesn't have to be handed in until May, what's the rush!
With only three days until Christmas day itself, I'm getting really excited. I think I'm just a big kid at heart.
I'm pretty sure I've been good this year so Santa should definitely be paying me a visit. Hopefully he will be kindly depositing a big roll of cash in my Christmas stocking (especially since my student loan has disintegrated into nothing).
Then when all the crackers have been pulled and the turkey has all been eaten (or vegetarian turkey, in my case), the celebrations can start all over again for New Year.
With the funds being as low as they are, my brother and I are currently trying to convince my parents that they really want to go out on New Year's Eve.
Leaving us to invite a `small' amount of friends round to our house for a few quiet drinks (party time!).
As with every Christmas and New Year, I will suffer a great many hangovers and probably gain a few pounds too and I'm sure I'll not be alone on this.
I'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year and I'll see you all again in 2006.