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I cannot believe it is Christmas Eve! It feels like just yesterday I was opening Day 1 on my Advent calendar! Speaking of Advent calendars -
A nice way (or picture) to end the Advent calendar on. Right, let's get Christmas Eve started!
I've exercised, painted my nails, done blogging photo's and now I'm watching the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special before I pop out to a family friend's house for the evening. See you later!

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I hope you all have a fabulous and exciting day opening presents and eating until you bloat! Let's get downstairs and open some presents!
I'm really very pleased with that! I was expecting to see one little chip off one of my nails! Right, I need to do my neb's and exercise, jeez, a CFer's work never stops -
It's quite sad I know, but it needs to be done.
Somebody else wants to wish you all a merry Christmas -
He's so lush, he never leaves my side, but I won't let him anywhere near me when I'm eating my Christmas dinner in a bit, he's not eating any chicken I have on my plate!
It's Christmas dinner time, see ya!

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It's Boxing Day and there's only one thing on my mind - football. Also online sales. Wait, that's two things. I can't find the energy to get out of bed this morning, but I'm hungry, I want food, let's get up!

Hmm, I don't think this is going to work. I'd need to do about 3 marathons and climb the Brecon Beacons to burn off what I ate yesterday. Ah well, the extra little weight will do me good, the dietitian down the hospital would be proud.
I've finished exercising and now I'm trying in vain to find a place for my Christmas presents. They are literally being stuffed in every nook and cranny I can find. Right, I've freed up a draw, ooh!
Aww! This has made my day! I thought I'd lost this, all the time it was in the drawn below my mattress. Time to flick through what autographs I did pick up in Magic Kingdom.
Like I said earlier, today is about football, time to keep an eye on Liverpool vs Newcastle, see you in 90!
*Update - a 4-0 win and we're ix points clear at the top of the table. Ooh it's getting exciting!
I need to go and get ready cause I'm off to a Boxing Day party, I already know what I'm wearing, that's how boring my life has become, I'm planning outfits in advance.
I completely forgot I had this top! I'm surprised cause it's leopard print and it's all I seem to wear right now. Right, let's go and party!

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It's about time I got up but somebody else has done the job of being my alarm clock for me -

And do you know what forced me out of bed? When he dribbled on my pillow. Thanks Charl, it's well appreciated.
I had a lovely night last night, filled with lots of food, laughter and good conversation, and the odd game of charades. I stayed out for most of the game as I'm absolutely shit at charades.
I rarely have a picture with my Mam as she hates having her picture taken, maybe the Strongbow gave her some oomph to put herself in front of the camera.
Ooh it's all kicked off in the social media world!
They better change it! Oh, saying that, it's gone back to normal. Instagram putting a tweet claiming it was a bug that changed the way we look at our timelines. Hmm, I've got a feeling somebody's telling porkies.

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It's 11am and I've been to the GP, done my nebs and been on the roof of my house (don't ask!), now I need to hoover my car out as it's bogging. Plus wash the outside of it. Hmm, I hate washing my car. 
I do like doing this at the end of each year, I'm quite keen to see which photo's have done the best over the past 12 months.
After a quiet day, I'm about to watch a film which I wish I'd seen in the cinema MONTHS ago -
Ooh this is going to be fun! I don't have the best singing voice in the world, but sod it, it's Mamma Mia!

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'Dancing Queen, feel the beat from the tambourine, oh yeah!' I literally woke up singing that this morning. As you can probably tell, after watching Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, I have Abba songs floating round in my head right now.

It was amazing, would definitely recommend even if you're not an Abba fan! Well, luckily I am an Abba fan cause I was brought u to be one. My Mam is a super fan, as the songs were coming and going through the film, she was telling me which album each song was from. Like I said, she's a super fan.
After a day of writing and washing my hair (well it didn't take all day, but you know) it's time for the huge game of the day, come on Liverpool!
*Update - a 5-1 win! GET IN!
A brilliant way to end of 2018. Hopefully 2019 will bring big things for Liverpool Football Club.

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The little sod! I had to get up anyway, I've kind of overslept and I have lots to do before half past 12 so I better get a move on!
I bloody hates parking over Spytty on a Sunday afternoon, every driver, including myself to be fair, is an arsehole. However, this Costa hot chocolate made the fuss of parking worth it -
I feel quite full after that hot chocolate, time to get home and watch this film -
I've seen this film about 23 times, today was the 23rd time I cried at the end of the film.

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Well, this is it! My Story of 2018 is now complete! I have really enjoyed writing this diary and it's definitely something I will be looking back on in the future. I hope you all have a wonderful 2019 and I hope you yourselves will come back to this series!

Story of 2018: Chapter Twelve (Pages 358 - 365)

P A G E  358  Happy Christmas Eve everyone! ♥️πŸ™ŒπŸ»☺️πŸŽ„ pic.twitter.com/ABI2GrixsL — Lucy Taylor (@LucyMaryTaylor) December 24, 2018 I cannot bel…

2018 - A Reflection

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Story of 2018: Chapter Twelve (Pages 351 - 357)

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I was watching Good Morning Britain the other morning, there was a big interview with Meghan Markle's father, Thomas. He was talking to Susanna and Piers about how he has lost contact with his daughter and asking her to get in contact with him. Now, I have a real problem with this, for a few reasons:

1) Why go on a TV show to make your case?
2) Why would you do this to your daughter who is pregnant and doesn't need the stress and anxiety?
3) It should be a private matter.
And that's how it should be - a private matter. Obviously I don't know the full story, I'm not texting Meghan or slipping into her DM's asking for all the goss, I don't know how both sides of the parties sides of their stories.

You're probably thinking why I am making such a big deal out of something that has nothing to do with me and is something that isn't really significant on our everyday lives. That is true - to a point.
Let's get real for a second here - I have an estranged relationship with my Dad.

The picture below speaks a thousand words, one of the pictures I have that are ripped in half to completely get rid of any memory of him.

We lost contact 10 years ago, it was a decision on both sides to not bother to speak or see each other again - and that's fine. I can live without him and have done very well without having him in my life for the last decade. He's never tried to make contact with me and vice versa. It's something I'm not losing sleep over. I'm sure he isn't either.

One thing I won't go into in this post is how and why our relationship broke down. That's a personal and private part of my life that I never wish to discuss with anyone, except my Mam and my closest friends. I think I've handled this situation (for want a better word) the right way and I've kept my dignity and respect throughout. My Mam brought me up well.  

If anyone who doesn't know the situation I endured with my Dad ever dare say to me "You should try and reach out to your father", then I would tell them (as calmly as I could) that it's none of their effing business and they should keep their nosey beaks out. I think that sounds quite calm? I have my reasons for not speaking to him and they're reasons I'm content with.

Let's circle back to the Meghan Markle situation, first of all, I think she's an amazing addition to the Royal Family and she's an incredible role model for feminism. I find it applaudable that she hasn't made a huge fuss of it all. She must be so upset with her father for going to the media every 5 minutes for a world exclusive interview. If my father went on the Jeremy Kyle show to try and sort things, I'd be one of those shouty guests who comes on from backstage screaming and swearing. They'd have to get big security guard Steve to hold me back! He wouldn't be able to go on the show Long Lost Family as he knows where I bloody live.

My point of this post is that Meghan has gone the right way about it and kept her views and feeling private. Her father could learn a lot from his daughter and do the same. If he's exhausted from all forms of communication with his daughter, then maybe he may to have realise that it may be what she wants for now. Not permanently, just temporarily.

Going back to point three, all family matters and disputes should remain out of the public eye, kept behind closed doors and well away from the Jeremy Kyle show. Unless your desperate for the 15 minutes of fame or you have no teeth.

Anyway, another point of this post is that please don't air your dirty laundry out in public, you'll lose respect from other's if you decide to broadcast your family rifts to your whole street. It doesn't do you or your family any favours.

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