Looking back new year seems to have been a long time ago. I was so worried about it but, in the end it worked out OK. My parents spent most of the day out and about so I was left to my own devices. I busied myself during the day and then after a shower decided to go out for a wander.
I wanted to buy some Issey Miyake aftershave for myself. It was a favourite of Steve and I, I wore it before Steve met me but he liked it and we wore it on our wedding day and the funeral director made sure Steve had a "squirt" once he was ready for his final performance. It's odd but smell evokes so many memories.
I recently re read Steve's blog from last Christmas and he mentions the same then. I bought him a fragrance which reminded me of when we first met and he bought me more of the fragrance I was wearing when we met. Happy memories refreshed by just slight hint of fragrance.
Anyway, long story short it wasn't in the sales so I didn't bother. I can buy it at full price anytime to I will wait a little. I wandered through the shopping centre and didn't buy a thing. I've lost the desire to shop, there's not a lot I need and nothing I need urgently.
I got home and relaxed with a nice cup of Earl Grey tea and then, as darkness had fallen, I wrote my letter to Stephen on a Chinese balloon lantern and then lit it and watched it float off into the night. I was tearful but, felt so much better for doing that.
I opened a bottle of wine but, failed to drink more than two glasses. I saw the new year in with a cup of Earl Grey. I watched the fireworks at London on the TV and felt the "BOOM" a lot closer to home as our neighbours set off a load of fireworks.
On new years day I relaxed. No agenda, just a whole lot of not very much and that was the same until I returned to work on 3rd January. it was good to be back to work. Not because I like it there but because I was just pleased to be back to normal.
The decorations came down shortly afterwards and things have got back to how they were before. The numbness has returned and life is as normal (or abnormal) as it was before.
I've had a bit of a thoughtful day today. I read today about another young man who has lost his battle against a GBM, he leaves behind a wife and two children under three years old. This disease really doesn't discriminate about age etc and doesn't care how many lives it affects it just does it's thing.
I really feel for anyone facing the diagnosis of a GBM and the more I learn about them the more I feel this.
On a different note, I learnt at New year that a dear friend of mine has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's new Year honours list, she is now Melanie Bryan OBE, read more about her here: http://www.melaniebryan.moonfruit.com/
Apart from that I don't have a lot of news, I do have a document to upload to Stephens website, http://troubleonline.co.uk/ but will do that in the next few days and write some more. I am sure there was more I needed to write and my thoughts have been more complex than I have mentioned but right now I am in a lighter mood so I won't dwell on that for now.
I'll write soon,
xx Mark xx