Well, Hello everyone!
It’s been a long time, eh??? So much to catch you lot on, but were to begin…
In May, Mum and I had a wonderful mini-break together in Liverpool. We’ve never been there before, and by God did we luck out with the weather, sunny with a lovely breeze coming off the Mersey. We did and saw so much; we walked around Albert Docks, did the city tour bus, shopped-til-we-dropped at Liverpool One, and visited the infamous Cavern Club. But the highlight of the trip was The Beatles Story tour bus guide, Mum and loved it, the bus took us to Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The tour guide was a lovely, friendly guy, who gave us some great insight to the Beatles life stories and he sang a few of their hits and played the guitar. The whole trip was fab, I would love to come back to the city one day.
Back in Aug, Mum and I travelled to Manchester to attend FriendsFest, a big outdoor convention based the hit TV show. My brother and his fiancee gave me tickets for my birthday back in April, I was looking forward to it, and it did not disappoint. The sets were amazing, it was so strange walking around the infamous sets of a TV show I’ve watched, loved and obsessed over since I was a teenager. We got our pictures taken for the title sequence and the Pivot scene. There was also a Central Perk set and a big stage and screen showing the best clips from the show. Mum and I had a wonderful time, best birthday gift ever!!!
For the last few weeks, Mum and I have been visiting a centre where adults with Autism can come to, take some classes, make friends and work on their self-esteem, thinking it would be a great place for me to attend and get me out more. We had our first meeting in Jul, the lady in charge was brilliant, you could tell she’s had many years of experience working with Autistic people and we set-up a half-day trial session to see if I would like it or not. On the trial session, I turned up, everything was fine, until I ran into a boy from my old high school days, a boy who I HATE/TERRIFIED me!!! He use to storm out and shout if the class got too noisy, and I don’t know how, but he had this tendency to always sit beside me, which made it worse. He was in the same class that I was attending, though he’s probably changed and grown-up since then, but it doesn’t change how I feel about him… All-in-all, it was successful and set-up another trial session.
After another successful session, which “he” was not apart of, I started to have one of my anxiety attacks over “him” being back in my life. It was horrendous, it messed with my mental state, my self-esteem and my body, especially in the mornings. I had decided then I would not attend this centre, though I really wanted to, which caused me even more anxiety… I emailed the lady of my decision and thank God for what happened next; she got back to me and ask me what they could do to help me. That made me really happy to hear and decided to arrange another meeting to discuss my issues. At the meeting, Mum and I told her of my past with the boy and she has assured me that I don’t have to see nor be around him if I were to attend and the staff would be notified of the situation and make things comfortable and stress-free as possible. This was music to my ears, I was scared that she wouldn’t take me seriously or be able to do anything about it. Since that meeting, I had one more trial session, this time a full day, and the centre put everything that was talked about in the last meeting into place and had a terrific day and I have decided to attend. I have my first day there next Friday, looking forward to it.
Back at the beginning of Sept, my parents celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. As a gift to them; my brothers, their girlfriends and I chipped in to send them to this posh castle-hotel and spa for one night to get to pampered and spoiled. They had no idea and were very much chuffed with it. They had a great night at the hotel.
For last 2 weeks, I’ve been staying at my Gran’s in Glasgow while my parents went on holiday to Lanzarote. I had a very good and chilled time there (especially with a Virgin Media box in my room and Netflix!), saw my Auntie & my cousin, spent two Saturdays shopping with my brother, partner and niece. I arrived home on Thurs night, my other brother came and took me back to Leeds and my parents came home on Fri. Though it was nice to be back in Glasgow, it’s so good at be home. Plus I really missed my Mum and Dad, 2 weeks away is a really, really long time…
Well, that’s all I’ve got to say.
See ya on the next one!!!