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Last weekend Richard and I went to the wedding of his former housemates Jodie and James. He lived with james for 2 years and then when James went into the Navy, jodie moved in. I lived there for 3 months with Jodie as well before we all moved out.
They had the wedding in the Midlands about 2 hours or so north of Southampton, in a town called Droitwich. Brommie town! The hotel we stayed at was in Bromsgrove and the accent is quite distinct in that area.
James is a naval officer now and he's doing his pilot training. Jodie just finished her nursing degree and she's also a navy girl, she was part of the Southampton navy reserves. Needless to say there were quite alot of men in uniform at this wedding!
We went up on the Saturday with Rich's friend Rachel and her boyfriend Lee who are both doctors. Rachel just qualified a few days after the wedding, good job! This was all quite good since I got quite sick at the wedding, (not from alcohol!) but from a needling cold that came to full force.
The wedding was really beautiful, small and elegant and held at a refurbished barn. Ya totally not the same thing as my canadian readers are thinking right now. Refurbished barn over here is a liveable place! It was a gorgous old building and had some really beautiful antique features. Of course there were still cows in the fields behind! This was the country after all.
See, cows right off the parking area!
On the way to the wedding we had a star sighting. We walked past Amy Winehouse in the motorway stop (An english singer), and a bedraggled looking one at that.
We had to leave the reception fairly early due to it being a Sunday, a 2-hour commute home and we all had to work the next day. I was glad to see my bed since I was in such a bad way. I ended up staying in bed for 2 days straight, couldn't make it into work. I watched 3 seasons of sex in the city and ran Rich ragged making food and getting medication. Nice little mini-vacation!
Work is going well. It's been pretty manic since I got back from holidays. Can't be a bad thing I guess!
On a sad note, I got some bad news last week. One of my good friend's had a rough time as her father passed away the week I came back from Canada. My heart goes out to her and her husband and her mom. He was a great person and will be missed. She's proving to be a trooper though and is holding up strong. Things like this always make my distance seem so much greater.
The holidays are upon us shortly. I have mixed emotions as this is my first time away from home for the season. I already am feeling sad as I will miss being at my mom's for Christmas morning and her yummy turkey dinner.
We don't really have plans yet as I think we'll just stay close to home and relax. We plan to make ourselves a christmas feast and maybe I will coerce Rich into going ice skating. (He's never been on skates - - - oh the joy!)
Happy holidays to everyone!'