Are We Nearly There Yet?

This year has flown by.

However, I don’t know about you, but I actually can’t wait for it to be over.

No, I’m not doing a ‘Bah Humbug’ but it’s just all too ‘busy’ right now for my liking.

This is despite the fact that I’ve participated in enjoyable things such as:

  • taking my nephew to the panto (Craig Revel Horward was fabulous as the Wicked Queen in Snow White)
  • having more than a few free drinks at the works’ Christmas party
  • attending my first sci-fi con in years, catching the larger than life Brian Blessed and the small but wonderful Warwick Davis, among lots of people in cool gear!
  • a couple of social outings with friends

Dare you walk on the Dark Side?

  • I even had another Premium Bond win (£25).

Work is really busy and my head is just full of ‘stuff’. I’m also glad the election business is all over – it was all doing my head in and my only real consolation was checking my investments the day after and seeing a big jump in the value of my portfolio – the ‘Boris Bounce’ but perhaps it’s the Santa Rally come early! Let’s see if the boom lasts til the end of the year.

I’m behind on my gift shopping so it’s all a mad rush these next few days. I’m looking forward to a nice break. I’m not travelling abroad this Christmas but I will be away from home – a change of scenery will do me some good.

The bits of presents I have purchased have been done online (Amazon) as I haven’t yet braved the shops.


Remember in my July update where I mentioned that I took part in an investment webinar and was paid £100?

Well, I was invited by the same research company to take part in a online investment panel for two weeks, whereby I had to review numerous articles, websites, listen to podcasts and watch video adverts.

Time-wise, I probably spent 4 hours max in total doing the various bits, for which I was paid £175 in Amazon vouchers! Handy for any time of year really but particularly now!

Anyone interested in taking part in such investment surveys, drop me note. I’m not sure I can share their details on my blog, so would rather share privately and no, it’s not a referral or affiliate link.

Toilet Twinning

I’m still planning on twinning my second toilet for the year. However, am unlikely to complete the task before the end of this month as I don’t want the framed pic to get lost among the festive packages.

Like before, I’ll offer the twinning for free to a lucky reader – just drop me a comment below and I’ll include you in the draw to win the twinned toilet (ensure you include a valid email address so I can contact you should you win).

The winner will be picked randomly on 30th December.

And on that note, wishing you all a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!

See you for my December update and round-up of 2019 (of sorts…).

14 thoughts on “Are We Nearly There Yet?

  1. Any social event involving Brian Blessed – you know its going to be good.


    Many thanks for being the perfect antidote to the mainly cranky-thin-skinned-male-dominated blogging environment that is FIRE.

    Absolute breath of fresh air!

    May all your wildest dreams come true in 2020 (I voted Pedro)

    • Gordon was indeed alive – Sam Jones was at the same event, though alas, not on the stage at the same time as Brian.

      Thank you for reading and for your continued support!

  2. Funny that you’ve hit the (mulled?) wine but not the shops this festive season.

    well done on making a bit of money from research!
    It can be fun to do and (so long as it’s not your full time job) a nice little earner!
    Plus you can use those vouchers to buy pressies!

    Merry Xmas!

  3. Hola de Espana! Sat outside a beach bar enjoying its music while watching the boy play with his new Christmas pressie truck in the sand. Grey sky but hey ho, nice to be by the sea in winter. It’s quiet out of season, sleepy almost. Antidote to the consumerism of Christmas.

    I second Rhino’s comment! Enjoy your blog updates. I obviously don’t know enough about toilet twinning so will read about it. The year has gone fast for me but glad to dip my toes in the blogging world. I was incredibly busy just before leaving the uk but all on pause til the craziness returns when we step back on terra firma.

    It would be tempting to buy a flat out here if it wasn’t for the uncertainty of Brexit! Besides that, I didnt bring my laptop so no blogging! Hubby relieved haha. No work, no blogging.

    Have a great Christmas and happy new year!

    • How lovely to be in warmer climes over the festive period – no Christmas jumper for you then, Firelite? 🙂

      Thanks for reading and all the best for the new year!

  4. Sci Fi Con sounds fun! As a huge Star Wars nerd I’m quite excited to see the new film. In typical FI fashion I’ve even wangled myself a free ticket from the last film I went to see being delayed (I didn’t complain or anything, they just offered it to us at the end as an apology even though none of us were too bothered).

    Happy Christmas!

    • Hi AMM

      I don’t care what the critics think but I loved the film – need to find the time to watch it again!

      Hope you had a good one and enjoyed the film too!

  5. It certainly has flown by! But then I say that every year 🙂 I hope you have a great Christmas and New Year. Thanks for all the great posts this year!

  6. Here’s a 2019 joke I liked.

    “My wife said we should decarbonise our lives so I sold her engagement ring.”

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, weenie.

  7. Hey Weenie
    Am behind with my blogging and could have sworn I’d already commented on your post. I was feeling the same about work and one of my goals for 2020 is getting a better work life balance – have still to sort out what my actionable steps are but that is my vision for the year!

    I would love to find out more about the financial surveys, if you don’t mind

    See you in the New Year

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