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Not the best few weeks.

I want to apologise for the lack of updates lately, but Jon and I have just gone through the worst and most mind-challenging weeks of our history together.

I can’t face writing a long post about every single thing. This whole set of events has actually affected me in a bad way. I won’t say I am depressed, because I am not. But I am definitely not in a mood for much.

In summary, the set of events run like this.

Jon’s car goes for a MOT and we need to spend a small fortune to get it fixed. Right after that we go on holiday to Cornwall (which was a very good holiday, I am not complaining about that – but it’s what came next in the story line), a couple of days later Tommy breaks his tail. Horrible and stressful few days looking after him, taking him to the vet, etc. Next, one of Jon’s grandmas died. Very sad couple of days as well. Then came my operation – which was a positive experience as I already described the other day, but the days before it were quite nerve-wracking and quite heavy and intense (I didn’t want to do it and it took me quite a while to auto-convince myself that it was the right thing to do). I had to take a few days off work and then explain to my boss the whole thing (you see, I thought I would be able to go back to work right straight away, but when I was discharged I was told that I had to take 2 weeks off work. TWO weeks!). Right after this comes my car going in for a MOT. Failed and we were told that to bring it up to scratch it would cost us around one thousand pounds. WHAT!? We wanted to have the car MOT’ed so we could trade it in for a nicer, bigger car, and now it turns out that we have to spend some good money for something that would have costed us nothing six months ago. Stupid us. And last but not least in the saga of the horrible things that have happened to us in the last few weeks is that due to still not being completely 100% after the op, and the whole issue with my car, Jon and I had to miss the Taking Back Sunday concert that I had been looking forward to go for months. (I am fine, I would say I am 99.9% okay, but spending the night standing at a concert, being pushed and stuff, maybe is not the best idea for my recovery)

Sorry for the massive paragraph and the lack of “returns”, but it has more impact if everything is told at once, because that’s how it feels to me that happened: all at once, with no much time to recover from one thing to the next.

Now I keep my fingers crossed in the hope that the next few months go back to the usual “everything is cool and I enjoy life just the way it is”. I certainly miss it.

Another due update

I know, I haven’t been updating this blog as much as I should… I haven’t given it up, it’s just that the other one and what it entails keep me too busy!

So here’s a summary of what’s been going on lately in the uninteresting life of Maria La Chica:

Card making. Yes, I’ve been spending quite a lot of time making cards. You can visit my other blog if you want to have a look at some of my creations. I am loving it, but it is a difficult hobby to have, because it requires lots of concentration and imagination. And I can tell you that sometimes it is very hard to concentrate on what you’re doing when your cat is jumping on your desk and walking back and forth over your card and tools…
The imagination bit I am overcoming by looking at lots of other blogs for inspiration. One of my favourite cards was inspired by a photo that I saw on the net. It was just a very rough sketch and idea, but it worked out perfectly in the end.

Work work work. Many things have been happening at work lately. I was finally given a promotion, after 3 and a half years at my previous position. I am quite excited about what the new position means and changes that it will bring to my daily routine. But at the same time, there are things going on in the office that I am not happy about. As I already told you, my company was recently bought by a multinational company and I can already see that it is going to take me longer than I thought to get used to all the changes and politics involved with a large organisation. I have had many a frustrating day lately, and there is very little I can do about it. “It is like it is and I can’t change it” – I’ve been told.
I will be travelling to Copenhagen in a couple of weeks for an Exhibition. I will be there for almost 5 days and I have plans to “disappear” for a few hours one day… There is no way that I will be in Copenhagen and won’t see any of the city! I was quite excited about the whole Exhibition thing at the beginning, but the more I think about it the more nervous I become. I am not a real talker and making small talk is quite hard for me. I am not a technical person either, so I wonder how I am going to get by. I will be fine, I know.. but all these questions keep popping up in my head.

Visiting friends. Jon and I have been a tiny bit more social lately (not hugely, but a bit more than usual). It is very handy than Jon’s best friend lives in Basingstoke as well, so he already goes out with him often enough in town. We’ve met Jon’s friend and his wife and kid a few times now and also met up with another couple who are mutual friends. We’ve also seen quite a bit of the family, doing our usual “games evening” thing (almost all of us love board games and meet up for a games evening from time to time. However, very rarely we manage to actually finish the game because we get caught in conversations, dinner and other bits and pieces and the game stays unfinished. I don’t mind too much, but Jon finds it frustrating and you can see his face and whole attitude changing the moment he realises we won’t finish that game…)
We also went to meet fellow Spaniard Elena and her other half (aka the Welshman) in the roman city of Bath just the other day (sorry, the photos are still in the camera!). It was a very enjoyable day, despite the freezing cold weather. I’ve just had my hair cut quite short too, so my poor little ears were suffering considerably…
Bath is gorgeous, I love it… The roman baths were very interesting.. you can’t beat a bit of roman history! And the company was great too… Sometimes it’s weird meeting someone face to face when you’ve only met them online. It’s strange to finally put a voice to the face and things like that… But at the end of the day, you realise that it is the same person that you’ve “known” for all these years!

Changing car? I am thinking of upgrading my car. There is actually nothing wrong with my little Micra, but if I am honest it is not the most comfortable car to be doing 70 miles everyday on. It probably isn’t the safest either if I was to have an accident (god forbid). So I believe now is a good time to make the change.
The biggest two contestants are the Ford Focus and the Hyundai i30. I like both and can’t really decide. I think the Focus is a bigger car (longer) and maybe I would struggle a bit more with it than with the i30. But the Focus is a safer bet than the Hyundai (despite the 5 year guarantee that Hyundai give you when you buy new). There are other cars that I like too, but they are far too expensive for me.. for example the Audi A3, the Mazda 3 or the Mercedes A160 (among others).
I will keep you posted in the coming weeks with these dealings…

Focus Zetec


Other “smaller” issues:
I am a great aunt now… My teenage niece had a baby just last week. It’s a little cute baby girl who will be called Aroa (I hate the name… what’s wrong with “Maria”? xD). So yeah, my 17 year old niece is now a mum and my 40 year old brother is a grandfather… Wow.

I am really looking forward to our little break in Cornwall at the end of April. We’ve rented a self catering apartment for a whole week for only £250, which is amazing value. Plus I have never been to that part of the country and I am really excited about it (I know Jon doesn’t count holidays in England as real holidays – but for me this is amazing! Hopefully we will also be having another break abroad, so Jon can say that he’s had a proper holiday this year, lol)

And I believe this is pretty much it! I promise to update more often!