This year has been pretty tough, physically and mentally and emotionally.
One could also suggest financially, as we are spending so much money on IVF treatment and associated costs that we have not had much chance to take a couple of long holidays and two or three short domestic breaks as we would usually.
We have also curbed food and entertainment spending drastically. First world problems, right? Some people can't even take a short domestic break so I accept we have been really blessed.
However we have been able to meet all our bills this year thanks to wise storing in the good years, and even with the cutbacks, we have been able to enjoy several low-cost or even free outings to give us a break from the stresses of work and my treatment.
For example we walked over the O2 dome and saw Bryan Adams for free with loyalty points.
Star Wars Celebration - we paid for these tickets but mostly brought our own food to avoid the costly concession stands.
Lambeth County Fair - free to enter, only cost was food on the day. Too hot to bring a packed lunch all the way via church!
A few restaurant evenings and lunches with my gal pals (some meals using discount vouchers)
CountryFile Live at Blenheim Palace ... A free ticket plus one! Hoorah! What a bonus.
Films we have seen at Cinema using Groupon vouchers (Batch of 5 tickets for £20 - bargain)
Independence Day sequel - George went by himself
Bourne - again, George went with our friend Geoff on a freebie jolly so nobody paid anything!
Films I would like to see:
The Jungle Book 2016 remake
Ghostbusters 2016 remake with all-female cast.
Captain America - Civil War
Star Trek - whatever it is called. I lose track at my age.
Through the Looking Glass.
Independence Day II. But maybe not at the Cinema. Apparently it is not worth a full-price ticket. Or paying for. But George said he "didn't hate it". So that's alright then