Why January is the best month there is

…(so far in 2018)

I know I’m a bit of an odd ball for loving January. Tomorrow is Blue Monday which is statistically the most depressing day of the year. But I LOVE January and think you should all try to give this much maligned month a bit of love and attention.

1. The diary is EMPTY

Something happens with the diary that by mid March every weekend is booked until the 31st December (and then you start worrying about having no plans for NYE- for Mr H’s tippity top guide to a NYE eve night in click HERE). If you are an old lady like me, you buy a new paper diary for 2018 and run through it filling in various birthdays, and then MARVEL at those fresh, clean, clear weekends. Make the most of them people. Social Spring is on it’s way.

2. All the good films are out in the cinema.

Mr H and I would like to pretend we are film buffs. The cinema is my FAVOURITE place to go out. That moment when the lights dim…Glass of red in hand if you are lucky enough to have a Picturehouse as your local…total escapism. So far we’ve seen Molly’s Game- and I would recommend you see it too- and we’ve got all of this to look forward to:

  • The Post- released 19th Jan

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  • Darkest Hour- released 12th Jan

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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri- released 12th Jan

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  • Lady Bird- released 16th Feb but still- Feb is also dark and cold and PERFECT for cinema viewings.

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3. The Christmas decorations have been put away.

Now I did shed a little tear popping ours back in the box. I loved our little tree so much and each decoration has a little memory (also now deemed a SURVIVOR because our tree fell over in its 2nd week and many ornaments did not make it through). But there is something so calm about our nice clean surfaces and the living room back to normal- though I have kept a string of fairy lights up in the kitchen. Because I need them.

4. There is NOTHING to do.

No cards to write, presents to research and wrap, drinks to attend, Christmas tree to water. I’ve gone into full hibernation mode. Loungewear and slippers beckon. Here’s me working on our SECOND puzzle. (Mr H- “don’t you think you should do a bit more before I take the photo?”) Is there anything more joyful and calming?

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5. The Planning.

We haven’t booked any holidays yet because it turns out house buying is an expensive business. But we’ve got a few trips to Cornwall planned in and are starting to day dream about what the year might hold. In the absence of money or a move date- both quite critical to my 2018 plans- I’m focusing my planning on wardrobe and attitude. Wear all your favourite things. Don’t worry about a thing. See below a candid NYE snap of me, rather provocatively, dancing with a pair of tights. In case you think this blog ever gets too serious.

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The year is fresh and clean and new. It’s wonderful.

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