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Things I’ve Loved in December | #12

I started capturing some of my favourite things of each month way back in January of this year and I’m happy that I’ve managed to do it every month since. Some months were a little tricky, but I always found positives to share. Writing this months post is very bittersweet and if I’m honest I’ve found it difficult to find things I’ve loved. The reasons for this is I’ve been quite unwell again, but also, the week before Christmas we very suddenly and unexpectedly had to say goodbye to our beautiful boy, Milo. Milo was our seven year old rescue cat who we loved so much and treated like a king. We are absolutely devastated and heartbroken that he is no longer with us. There is a massive hole in our hearts and home and we miss him like crazy every day. Rest in peace, Mi.

Emma is sitting in her wheelchair with her cat, Milo standing on the back of her chair. They are both looking at the camera.
Emma and her beautiful boy, Milo.

December is meant to be a happy time and it feels like everyone is festive and jolly. We haven’t felt festive or jolly, but our families have been great and helped us during this difficult month. I didn’t want to end 2018 without the last instalment in the things I’ve loved series and although there aren’t many favourites this month, here we go with some of the things I’ve loved in December.

Nephews school nativity play

I loved attending special events when my nephew was at nursery. Sports day, nativity plays etc. He is now in primary one at school so I was excited to see him in this years Christmas nativity play. This time he was a sheep and not that I’m biased, but he was the cutest little sheep. His teacher reserved seats in the front row for us and as soon as all the kids came out on to the stage, he spotted us straight away. The first thing he said to me was “Auntie Emma take your jacket off”. He did a fantastic job in his play and it’s amazing how great the kids were at learning all the songs and Makaton actions. He made me smile and super proud.

Film Premiere

On the 11th December, Allan and I went to the premiere of Free Solo at the cinema. Free Solo is a film capturing Alex Honnold completing the first free solo climb of the famed El Capitan’s 3,000-foot vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park. This man is something else and you honestly have to see this film to really believe it. What he does is unbelievable and practically inhuman. It makes Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible look rather pathetic. After the film, there was a live Q&A with Alex Honnold and the directors Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi who were live from London. It was a really unique experience.

Emma and Allan sitting in a private wheelchair accessible booth at the cinema. Behind them is the movie screen with the words 'Free Solo'.
Allan and Emma sitting in the accessible booth at the cinema.

Music

The 1975 released their new album this month and it did not disappoint. We are seeing them in Glasgow and Sheffield in January then again in August for Glasgow Summer Sessions. Can’t wait. We saw them two years ago at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow and it was an amazing show, so it’s going to be brilliant seeing them three times in 2019.

TV Shows

This month I’ve been loving ‘The Good Place’ and ‘You’ which are both on Netflix. I started watching The Good Place when I wasn’t well this month as it was light-hearted, funny and easy watching. Perfect when I didn’t have much energy for thinking or concentration. The second show I’m loving is You, which is based on the book by Caroline Kepnes and focuses on a bookshop manager who becomes obsessed with an aspiring writer and student. It is a dark, romantic, psychological thriller and I am loving it so far.

Working with Peoples Ford

One of the things I love about blogging is the amazing opportunities that come along. This month I got to work with Peoples Ford to help raise awareness of the benefits of the Motability scheme. As a Motability scheme customer, I am very grateful for my wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) and the independence it has given me. We enjoyed a day out in Glasgow earlier this month with my family where we visited the Glasgow Botanic Gardens and Kelvingrove Museum, which you can check out here. I’m really looking forward to more fun days out and about with Ford and sharing them with you.

Emma sitting infront of her Ford wheelchair accessible car at Glasgow Botanic Gardens.
Emma sitting beside her wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) at Glasgow Botanic Gardens.

Making Plans For The Year Ahead

At the beginning of the month, we managed to book a few more gigs for 2019. It’s always good to see the calendar filling up with live music events. This will also involve some travelling as some of the gigs are in England and you know how much we love a good road trip. The month of December tends to get a lot of people thinking of their plans and goals for the new year. We have briefly discussed what we would like to do, travel plans and what we’d like to achieve in 2019. Watch this space!

What have you loved this month? I hope you all had a good month and looking forward to 2019.

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You might also enjoy:
Things I’ve loved in January | #1
Things I’ve loved in February | #2
Things I’ve loved in March | #3
Things I’ve loved in April | #4
Things I’ve loved in May | #5
Things I’ve loved in June | #6
Things I’ve loved in July | #7
Things I’ve Loved In August | #8
Things I’ve Loved in September | #9
Things I’ve Loved In October | #10
Things I’ve Loved in November | #11

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