The month that was: December 2018

What happened:
We started the month with five days off work and a mooch around Richmond Park to see the deer, followed by a fun evening with my best friend and her husband who were over from Italy. During those days off we sorted out a Christmas tree, naturally, and went to Christmas at Kew, which was really lovely.

As always, Christmas took over December. I caught up and celebrated with friends, sorted out presents, and had my work Christmas do. We spent Christmas in Kent this year with Olly's family, before it was back to London for the New Year. That was a very drunken evening spent at ours with Olly's sister and husband – we didn't start off the New Year in the best of states!

What I ate:
Steak at Macellaio RC on Northcote Road (great steak), a fab Christmas afternoon tea at Biscuiteers (pictured below), curry at Aladin (really bad service compared to April's visit), fish and chips from Fishcotheque (tasty for London standards, but I wish they didn't leave skin on the fish!), a Michelin-starred lunch at City Social (yummy food with an amazing view), and burgers from MEATliquor in Brixton (not as good as they used to be).

What I saw:
Films watched: Trading Places, The Polar Express, Home Alone, Wreck-It Ralph, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, The Greatest Showman, The Christmas Chronicles, Dumplin', Elf, Die Hard, Love Actually, Jingle All the Way, Batman Returns, Ready Player One, The Princess Switch, Frozen, The Lion King, Pitch Perfect 2, The Holiday, Santa Claus: The Movie, Baywatch, Blockers, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Bad Teacher and Skyfall.

At the cinema: Ralph Breaks the Internet (cute, but the first movie is better), Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (really enjoyed this), Aquaman (mediocre, though we saw it in Screen X format, which was cool), and Mary Poppins Returns (enjoyable, but not as lovely as the first movie). We also watched the last season of House of Cards (super disappointing), Watership Down (I now need to read the book as I never did as a child), plus all the usual Christmas telly that always seems to be on in the background over the holidays!

What I read:
In December I read 14 books and abandoned reading four books. My favourite reads (4*) of December were Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas and Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan.

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas, and here's to a fabulous 2019! x

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