Starting 2012 With A Spring Clean…

2 Jan

A spring clean isn’t the half of it. Who knew we had a chicken nugget graveyard in the back of our oven?

We had to give the keys back to our flat today (hence the silence on my part for the past few days) so my fingertips are now red and sore from bleaching and scrubbing and hoovering and doing all the hard work that you have to do before returning your home back to your landlord. I was amazed at the amount of rubbish I had accumalated over six months, and how much dirt builds up in that time. Our oven was horrendous, and at times I wished I was a witch so that I could charm the mop to clean the floors of it’s own accord!

Emma and I have laughed and cried this weekend (and one of us was sick after too much New Year’s fun!) but it’s finally done and I can return to a bit of normality. After all, as long as I have a plug socket and words flowing to the tips of my fingers, I’m OK, right?

So what does the New Year mean to you? I love the cleansing feeling you get of being able to shrug off an old year and relish the chance to rise like a pheonix from the flames and embrace all the new starts that this time of year gives you. I know Saturday turning to Sunday was just the same as all the previous weekends that have flipped over, but I love the blank canvas feel of January and all it has to offer. Although, if it could be a little less grey I would greatly appreciate it.

I am back living with my Dad and his wife for a few months, and as much as I was dreading the return (I hate to feel like I’m going backwards) I love the comfortable feeling of being in my bed, in my home and knowing that people are here to just give me a hug or make me a cup of tea if I have had a rough day. I’m going to miss living with my best friend and the freedom of coming and going as I please, but there is something reassuring in being home and not having to take too many changing factors into your stride. The new job starts tomorrow and I hate being the new girl, so the nervousness of that is assuaged by the comfort of knowing that it’s over 50% likely the milk in the fridge isn’t mouldy, there is a man in the house in case of a rampaging spider incident and if my alarm fails to go off for whatever reason I will probably be woken up nonetheless by an adult, rather than arriving twenty minutes late to work looking like a caveman has knocked me over the head and dragged me back to his cave to be his wife.

What are your resolutions? As well as Operation Kelly Brook (my endeavour that happens this time of year to shed a bit of weight and end up with a body like that) I intend to do something unusual once a month. Something that I wouldn’t normally do. These tasks include: more weekends visiting places in England (Bristol, Cambridge, Manchester), going to the zoo (I heart the monkeys!) and I would like to try indoor skydiving. I just think that I need to embrace what the world has to offer me, and this year is my year.

2012… I’ve been expecting you.


25 Responses to “Starting 2012 With A Spring Clean…”

  1. gojulesgo January 2, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    Good luck tomorrow, Tinkerbelle!! I’ll be thinking of you! And also thinking about how I need to get my behind in gear (i.e., back to the kitchen – oiy, this break has been so busy!!!)! 2012 does not even know what’s coming. 😉

  2. An Observant Mind January 2, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    Good luck with your new job, I’m sure you will charm the pants of them in no time! (Though hopefully not literally.)

  3. forsythkid January 2, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    Sometimes we must take a small step backwards in preparation for that grand leap forwards! Also, I’ll bet you were the one with a hangover! 🙂

  4. prenin January 2, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

    Hi Tinks! 🙂

    Glad you have a home to go to – I envy you your family! 🙂

    Manchester is just a crowded pit of a city with a nice Cathedral and a few museums – I love the Museum of Science and Industry – but apart from that it’s not worth visiting and I know because I live in a town called Middleton close to Manchester!

    God Bless!


  5. Rayme Wells @ A Clean Surface January 2, 2012 at 11:45 pm #

    I like your attitude.

  6. an uncommon girl January 3, 2012 at 12:23 am #

    Enjoy your once a month something unusual! And please be sure to share.

  7. nelle January 3, 2012 at 1:49 am #

    Indoor skydiving? *puts superglue on the soles of my shoes*

    Best wishes on your new job…soon you will have the routine down, ready for adventure in your personal life.

  8. MJ, Nonstepmom January 3, 2012 at 2:12 am #

    Enjoy your time with family, i’m sure it will pass quickly. I need to find this indoor skydiving!

  9. Deano January 3, 2012 at 2:54 am #

    A weekend away or even just a day can sometimes be like a holiday. Hit the road and see what is sometimes right at your doorstep. I used to do this all the time back in Australia and continue the trend here in the USA whenever I can. Enjoy! 🙂

  10. nicole the exbulimic January 3, 2012 at 4:18 am #

    like carrie bradshaw, i use my oven for storage. 😉
    so i laughed intensely about your chicken nugget graveyard. bahahaha.
    have fun saving lots of dough and living with your dad. i would probably need to resort to a cardboard box before i ever contemplated living with my parents again. x

  11. visitingmissouri January 3, 2012 at 8:41 am #

    Wait. Does this mean following Tinkering in the Kitchen will get me a ‘chicken nugget graveyard’? Just kidding. Quite the way to start the new year like a blank page. Hope you have a great year!

  12. jules January 3, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    good luck with the new job!
    And yes, I need to do more travelling this year!! 🙂


  13. promenadeplantings January 3, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    Indoor skydiving? That’s a new one on me !

  14. topiclessbar January 3, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    Happy New Year Tinkerbelle! Love the attitude. And you’ve now perked my interest with this indoor skydiving thing – excellent. : )

  15. sn2snblog January 3, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    I started this new year with a spring clean, A literal moving everything around, (because god forbid a man clean the house with out moving furniture and stuff).

    My new years resolution this year is one less interesting than last years (try not to die), Usually i set myself things i can attain easily, so come the end of the year it doesnt all feel like a let down. This year i have a badly written list.

    Good luck to you tink 🙂

  16. Kemi January 3, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    All the best! Kx

  17. LittleMissVix January 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    Happy New Year! I hope your new job goes well and all your dreams come true in 2012!

  18. TBM January 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Good luck with the new job!

  19. The Byronic Man January 3, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    The new year to me always feels like a blank canvas. I always like resolutions in terms of creating a vision of the coming year. It may not all come true, but it’s a nice guiding idea.

  20. Chris Sheridan January 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    Please keep us posted on your progress to attain a body like Kelly Brook. Sigh… Just the thought of that woman takes my breath away! Happy 2012 and thanks for all the smiles and laughs. 🙂

  21. Carola January 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

    Ahh the comforts of being home… I’m sure you will shine at your new position.

  22. Richard Wiseman January 3, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    There’s at least two more new years days in the next 12 months so I’m going to wait until the Chinese New Year, in February, and resolve not to procrastinate and then wait for Jewish New Year, which I think is around August, to resolve to get on a health kick of some kind. Looking forward to your 2012 posts. Happy New Year!

  23. Redneckprincess January 4, 2012 at 3:21 am #

    Don’t think of moving back home as a step backwards, think of it as a huge help to getting your life to go forward…that is what your parents are there for honey…they probably love having you back 🙂 And good luck with the new job, and new adventure in the new year is so exciting, you being you, we know you will be fantastic 🙂 Happy New Year love …xoxo

  24. Heather Christena Schmidt January 4, 2012 at 7:03 am #


  25. susielindau January 4, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    I plan to manage my time better! Let’s see if that works out…the rest would be gravy or fudge topping!

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