#Blogmas 2018 Manchester uni and Christmas market part 2

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Rain rain rain, certainly has dampened our spirits, soaked us through to the bone, and boots leaked so we had wet soggy feet too.

But nevertheless we braved the weather to hunt down our now favourite tea hotspot, Maccies of course. And if we are doing that, we may as well visit Zippy too.

After McDonald’s we walked to the Albert square to find Zippy and found him in all his glory. Lit up and sparkly, overlooking all the festivities. Scents of hot dogs and mulled wine is wafting through the wooden cabins.

Rain and lights interfered with my photos, so excuse the blurry pics, I was shaking with cold.

Much of the stalls are the same as Birmingham, though clearly more choice on food, with their being Greek, Chinese,Indian food on offer. But NO singer, this really let’s the place down, get a radio station down there, or local singer. It really makes a difference to the atmosphere. Everyone joins in, young and old. Makes the whole market much more alive and festive.

Heading to the shops we barely saw any big shops with lights and themed window displays, which is sad. London is amazing for window displays, and we usually go down this time of year for them alone.

House of Fraser looked good though, so I’m glad I saw that.

Probably the prettiest Indian restaurant wall ever!! How instagramable is this?

With all this cold and rain, it wasn’t long before we decided to call it a day, we’d been out since 11am and we were shattered. Finally got in for 8pm and managed to catch #WorldsStrongestMan on channel 5+1 again, our tradition lives on xx

*Update* she has been accepted by Manchester too. So that’s all three so far!! Woohoo xx

#Blogmas 2018 Manchester Uni and Xmas market part 1

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The last leg of our pre Christmas chores. All the interviews have been done now, 1 is booked after Christmas and 1 yet to hear from. But in honesty I think she’s chosen from the 3 already. Chester has always been her number 1.

However we needed a good second choice, so that’s where Birmingham and Manchester come into play. Rather than banking everything on one university.

Its a weird building, has no soul feeling. Way too modern for me. Inside it carries on, yet somehow looks quite 70’s as well. With striking wooden walls and rectangle rooms, it’s modern but old styling to me.

The usual introduction for around 20 mins is first, and parents or friends can join for that part. Afterwards they are asked to leave, while written tasks and group work is done.

All passed pretty quickly, and out of the 3 the least formal of them all. While she was doing this, we should of been in town enjoying the shopping.

However my hip had a whole other idea, it’s a freezing cold day, and extremely wet. So there wasn’t an option for me to do it both day time and after their interviews had finished.

So we stayed in the car, ate a packed lunch, had our own drinks and listened to Christmas tunes on radio one, and time went so fast. Soon we had a message to go and pick her up.

Walking through the student accommodation area, we are more familiar than when we first walked there. Learnt to dodge the lorries on the road ahead,as you get soaked as the puddles have build up and lorries career through them, soaking anyone in their path.

Hard to enjoy this weather, or feel christmassy in it. This time last year we had snow, and though it comes with its own issues, it does instantly make the whole place feel that extra special.

#Blogmas 2018 Birmingham Uni and Xmas Market part 2

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The evening transforms this dull grey day, into a German winter wonderland, the smells are heavenly. Though our vegetarian daughter says no to that. I love the sausages though.

We walked around, hear so many singers, watched street performers, the place is so vibrant, full of life. It feels alive, a stark contrast of Chester admittedly.

But there is a downside to that as well, there is more homelessness in view, and you are approached more than Chester, which in comparison is more like a quaint village or town than a city.

The wood cabins are cute, well lit and designed, and they transport you miles away from reality. Each stall has a tempting array of foods, drink, and gifts to buy. We resisted and headed to McDonald’s for a £1.99 meal, sometimes they just hit the spot!!

Once fed and watered, it was time to find the highlight of our day. Finding the Christmas singer, listen and join in with Christmas songs and hear out favourite #FelizNavidad

We get a good spot and once he starts singing, the atmosphere is more alive, full of joy, exactly what you need for a market (take note other towns, get a singer singing Christmas songs) beer is flowing (sadly not for us) but that’s ok, voices all join as one and it’s sung at 6.30pm our family favourite song #FelizNavidad officially feeling Christmassy from that moment.

Now it’s home time, we could of stayed longer, had a drink or two. But it had been a long day, my hip hates the cold. And I’ve been poorly, constantly coughing and feeling woolly headed. So decision was to go home and watch #worldsstrongestman on channel 5 +1 as that is our other Christmas tradition.

#Blogmas 2018 4 weeks ish til #HipReplacement

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Holey moley how fast is this time going? It’s whizzing by, and now we have university interviews all month, the time is flying by even quicker.

So far we have done one interview and she’s got a conditional offer from them already, but you have to wait to do the others before you accept. So still a few cities to do yet.

It’s also nearly 2 weeks since the steroid and I’m happy to update that the thumb now feels fabulous. It was so worth the discomfort and aches, and side effects to get to this point. I must remember this as now my right big toe is aching (literally I’m fixing/masking one problem area, and another pops up!!) It’s hurting to flex as you step, but hoping rest, ice and ibuprofen will help that.

I literally can’t have other issues, as I’m struggling to juggle on the ones I have. Curse of Arthritis and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome I guess.

As you can gather this week I’ve not done any hip physio, as I’ve not had the energy or time to do them. Each day it’s been a doing day or recovery day. Which is looking to stay like this all of December. Weather too is dreadful so extra pains, swellings, and aches, which isn’t helping at all.

But we did snatch a quick woodland walk in, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Some fresh air, some uneven ground, to help work muscles, so in that way the hip was worked out.

So although it wasn’t regular exercise, I still huffed and puffed, and sweated away. Knowing in a few short weeks I’d be longing for fresh air. Better to get it all in now. However hip was ANGRY as hell once home and rested, took 2 days of complete rest to sort out pain levels to reasonable again.

Roll on the next busy week, it’s Birmingham university next and occupational therapy too.