If we were having coffee mine would be a hot chocolate. I’ve really got back into them lately (spurred on by something you’ll see later in this post), it is the season for it anyway. Gosh has it been cold!
It snowed. Ok so, it was the tiniest bit of snow I’ve ever seen. But it was snow. Some parts of the country have had it bad, though, with power cuts lasting days. Do you remember that time we had ‘The Beast From The East’? I haven’t seen snow like that lately.
If we were having coffee I’d ask if you’re dreaming of a white Christmas?
Because Christmas is on its way.
If we were having coffee I’d introduce you to Terrance, the actual living Christmas tree. We don’t usually have a real tree, any tree is hard enough when you’ve got four cats. Some of which have been known to climb to the top of a Christmas tree in their younger days.
Google also told me living fir trees are mildly toxic to cats if they eat them. And my cats have had their stomachs pumped before. No lie. We don’t want that. And so, Terrance lives outside. But he is a tree, so that ok.
Terrance has been glammed up to an inch of his life, with baubles and 30 metres of warm white outdoor lights. The only thing is, Terrance is pretty small. And so, the lights took on an ego of their own and have decorated the trellis. In a kind of thrown-on manner.
We have the indoor, not-alive tree, too. Looking much more groomed and sophisticated. If you’ve been around a while, you’ll have seen her before.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you that one of my favourite parts of the festive season is going to Christmas markets. I’d just gotten into the tradition of attending Bury St Edmunds Christmas Market every year, when the pandemic hit and it got cancelled. It’s not happening this year either, but then I probably wouldn’t have attended if I’m honest.
My little hometown had its Christmas light switch on and Fayre a couple of weekends ago. I contemplated going for a wander to peruse some of the stalls, but know from previous years that it gets extremely busy with people pushing past each other. As things went this was the same day as the tiniest snow flurry mentioned previously, and the weather turned incredibly cold. And so, I didn’t go anyway.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you that the Christmas Fayre came to me.
Although sometimes the world feels otherwise, there are some cracking people out there. A friend and ex PA brought me this doorstep delivery. Millionaire shortbread loaded hot chocolate… crumbled shortbread, caramel sauce and chocolate flakes piled high on whipped cream topped rich hot chocolate.
Note: imagine me with a fork and straw trying to tackle this beast. It was not pretty, but it was worth every drip.
If we were having coffee you might notice I’ve had my first hair cut in quite some time. It was in a salon, too!
At the start of lockdown 1.0 I kept the hair tidy by giving it the odd trim at home every few weeks. Mum just followed what was there, keeping it looking as presentable as possible. And she didn’t do a too bad job. Then came autumn 2020 when I got a mobile hair dresser in. Mobile. Odd word isn’t it. Makes me feel a bit old. Anyway, it went well and I was all fresh again.
Lockdown 3.0 or whatever we were upto then happened and I thought why not grow my hair. Now’s the chance, nobody will see me. Well I should have done it sooner really. But hindsight and all that.
If we were having coffee I’d ask how many jabs you’ve had? I’m on number three, the booster. Well four if you count the flu vaccine too.
Because the flu jab is important you know, I was in hospital last year.
That’s a lot of pricks in one year some people are thinking. Will we be having a six monthly top up for the rest of our lives? But the way I see it is, we are privileged to be getting these pricks. To live in a time when we have science and fantastic scientists who are able to work their socks off to create something that is saving lives. That is turning this thing around. However slowly it feels.
Because if you can’t put your faith in these people and these vaccines, then where can you put it?
If we were having coffee I’d ask what you think to the latest Covid-19 guidance? (we’d be sure to talk about the disputed government parties, but you don’t want to get me on to that).
So, masks are now compulsory again in most indoor settings (except night clubs because Covid doesn’t hang there, I mean why would it want to with those sticky floors) and vaccine passports are being introduced for larger events.
I have to admit this makes me feel a little more comfortable, and likely to venture out. It’s like that fine line between there being enough cases for masks to be worn, but not enough concern for me to shut down the hatches again. It’s weird I know, that the recent higher risk level has put me slightly at ease. But it’s good to know I’m not alone when sharing these thoughts with friends.
Anyway, back to the haircut.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you I went to my usual salon. It had been so long that my stylist has a 10 month old baby and I didn’t even know she was pregnant. Time flys when you’re in a pandemic.
If we were having coffee you’d know what a trip to my usual salon means… A Grosvenor chip shop visit. It was delicious as always, and the team were more than welcoming, quickly rearranging and finding me an accessible table in the annex even though you’re now advised to prebook. I had the seasonal favourite festive dinner, complete with Christmas Balls. If I have one tip for you it’s to ask for the Turkey sausage to be battered. It doesn’t come as standard, so I thought I’d ask. Yum.
If we were having coffee I’d give you a quick update on Risdiplam. I’ve reached day 200 and things are going smoothly. I’ve nothing exciting to report personally. I’m still not doing cartwheels, unless you count in my head. Because there has been great news too.
The NHS and Roche came to an agreement that will provide Risdiplam on a Managed Access Agreement for Types 1, 2 and 3 SMA. This is for a set time period, to allow for evidence to be gathered on effectiveness. It does however mean that many more people will now have access to the first oral treatment for SMA.
Which is incredible, and something I never thought would happen in my lifetime.