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Sunday, 29 December 2013

A Year in review

What a year 2013 has been, I always take a look back over my year, but usually in my head, but I thought if I put it on here then years from now I can always look back and remember just how my year went.

While I can't remember every detail I can remember the things that are important and have had a impact, and there are quite a few events this year that have changed they way of life that I was used to

Well the main thing is always going to see My beautiful Jenn, and Anybody who reads my blogs will know that mine and Jennifer's adventures are usually my main topic. We always have so much fun and I write all about what we do on here so that I may look back and remember and I also like to share our story so that others may read if they wish. I got to see my beautiful Jenn on three visits this year, for two weeks at a time. and I am already planning my next visit.

Every so often in life something will come along that will put a bump in the road, and this was one of those years where that happened. For 13 years I had worked at blockbuster video, I was very good at my job and very happy there and was well known not just by the company but by the customers. I had spent years building a trust with customers and getting to know so many of them very well.

I was nominated three years running for the king of customer care by the city , which is a very big achievement just to be mentioned in such a event.

As many will know Blockbuster went in to administration twice in one year, and me and 800 other staff were all made redundant. It was very sad for all of us who had lost their jobs and I found my self wondering just what I was going to do. I had not been out of work for most of my working life so far.

It seems that I was been sought after though, and I was plucked from been unemployed and was back in work just 48 hours after I had been made redundant, while it was because of my skills that I was been hunted for my present job, I consider my self very VERY lucky to have found work so soon after been made redundant. I know just how hard it can be to find work in today's society and even harder to keep a job, there must be a angel watching over me.

So I am now a employee of Austin Reed. A company that deals in suits of the highest standard, been royally appointed to make suits twice. The job is completely different from blockbuster, so I am having to learn from scratch, I never knew there was so much to a suit before.

 I am learning that to sell a suit takes alot more skill than to sell a DVD, but however the basic principle remains the same..Customer care which I consider my self to be excellent at doing.
So its not all strange as it would seem at first.

Earlier this year, I nearly lost my sister, that was a big scare, but she is fully recovered now and is happy and having fun. she is learning to cope with her diabetes very well.

My family is all happy and doing very well also.

As for me and Jennifer, We are doing better than ever, and while we miss each other every day we are apart we are both happy and full of love. We are both looking to be together again very soon and also have been discussing me moving over to America to live there with her. it will take a while and lots of work for us, but it is something we both want and know that it will make us even happier. I will be writing posts on how it goes with this subject in the near future.

So that while been short is my year in review.

I know that I am so lucky in my life to have what I  have, there are people in the world who have far less than I have. I am always grateful every day for the things I have and the people who are in my life. 

I think the lesson I will take from this year is that, nothing should ever be taken for granted, you should try to enjoy what you have every day because you never know just what waits around the corner, but hopefully and with luck it is something amazing and full of joy that waits for us all.

I wish all who read this a very happy new year. I will keep you all posted on mine and Jennifer's adventures and other little story's that happen in my life. 

Thanks for reading.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

My youtube Channel

Just to let you all know that I have recently started a youtube channel.
While at the moment there is just a few short video's on there I will be posting other videos in time such as things that me and my Beautiful Jenn like to do. so please feel free to go check it out and watch and coment on the videos I post on there, feel free to subscribe if you wish

here is the link

Thanks for reading

Thursday, 19 December 2013

November/December with my Jenn

Welcome to my story of my visit to see my Beautiful Jenn.

This time we decided that we would see each other at the end of November and in to early December, Jenn's birthday is in November and with Christmas just round the corner it would be a late birthday present . / early Christmases present for Jenn.

I got to Atlanta on the 25th of November, Jenn as always was there waiting for me. The first thing I do, when I get off the plane apart from collect my baggage is call Jenn to tell her I have arrived. we even have our own meeting spot now where we always meet every time.

and the first thing we do is give each other a hug and kiss. and we leave the airport together and off on our adventures. I always want to get as far away from the airport as possible when I get there, while I am there I don't like the airport because it makes me think of the fact that my time there is not so long.

This time Jenn had time off work for thanksgiving week so we got to spend all day everyday together, that made us both very happy and we tried to pack as much fun in to every moment as possible.

The first place we visited on our travels was a place both me and my beautiful Jenn love, Dahlonega.
We always visit this place and it has very special meaning for me and Jenn,and we both love the mountains so it's great. If you love Christmas lights its full of them around December 1st on wards, and has a Chick-fil-A which just makes it all the better.
I used to love McDonald's and still do, but over the years, the Chick has slowly but surly overtaken as my favourite fast food place.
When we got to Dahlonega first time on this trip the lights were not up yet, so we spend the first night there and enjoyed the square and looking around all the stores. there is a little glass store just on the corner of Dahlonega square , me and Jenn always visit there and get a lucky bag which has a small glass ornament inside. we must have close to 50 of them now, they are really cool.

Me and Jenn also take time to go visist the cat house while we are together, its a house for cats that dont have a home and can be adopted.

Next stop was at the Dillard house, this is another one of mine and Jenn's favourite places to visit.
It's a quiet place hidden in between the mountains and hills of Georgia.

While the weather was rainy we made the most of the house. there are so many things to do there, but every view is amazing and the food is great, all traditional southern food that they bring to your table all in separate bowls so you can take your pick of what you like.

I looovee the cinnamon jam and bread rolls.

We only stopped at the Dillard house for one night , then we headed out to Jennifer's grandparent's.  for my very first American thanks giving dinner.
This was a very big step in our relationship as I had never met them before and both me and Jennifer were a little nervous.

But I have never been made to feel more welcome, they were so very nice and did everything to make me feel at home there. and the food was so very good.

I even had a taste of Squirrel, it was actually not to bad, tasted like chicken.
But I know I will feel slightly guilty the next time I see a squirrel.

Another new thing I tried this time round, or should I say Jenn talked me in to trying was having a pedicure  on my feet. I had never thought about doing something like this but when Jenn suggested it I thought...why not.

we got to the place, I was sat in a chair and put my feet in a small foot spar, next thing I know the seat is moving and massaging my back. and then the fun began. I am not used to other people touching my feet, so when the lady starts chopping at my toe nails and giving them a polish I'm trying my best not to laugh out loud. I'm not ticklish , it just felt very odd.

 A sport both me and my beautiful Jenn are both becoming quite good at is miniature golf, now when I say good, I mean we can actually hit the ball, and most of the rest of it is just luck, or at least it is for my part. and me and Jenn both played a few rounds. in the dark but with UV lights to make things glow which made it all the more fun


Me and my Jenn Went to Stone Mountain Park again, using our annual passes that we bought when I was With my Jenn from the time before. I think stone mountain is one of our favourite places to go.

We took the sky lift to the top of the mountain.
The view up there is truly amazing and the air does feel clearer up there.

we wonder around the many attractions at the park
We went to the Campfire restaurant , it has some great food there, and also saw the Polar Express in 4d. we saw shows and bought lots of great stuff there.

We visited a plantation museum at the park also which is very educational and shows just how people would live in the past.

Again it was all to soon that I had to go back to England, the time always goes to fast and I always try not to count the days I have left. 
 I always think of the john Denver song called Today, 

it always reminds me to not think about tomorrow, but instead to enjoy what I have today, so instead of thinking of when I have to go back I think of what i have on that day, the fact that I am with my beautiful Jenn and that we have all the day together.

I love you my beautiful Jenn

Thanks to anybody who reads mine and Jenn's adventures