1. It's now two months since the winter solstice, so the darkest four months of the year are behind us. Hurrah!
2. I have a date, on Thursday, to watch the Masterchef final with a friend and her ten-year-old son, both excellent company. (Although the original plan was for lots of eating and, in the case of the adults, boozing, to go with it. My resolve may waver...)
3. I have now been booze-free for three whole weeks. I've only really missed it on a couple of days. Last night the Paramour and I ate take-away curry with a good friend. I drank an alcohol-free lager while the other two swigged the alcoholic kind, and I didn't feel at all deprived, left-out or otherwise bothered. So perhaps that's the solution for the Masterchef night, too.
4. My first ever book review has been published!!! The first since school, anyway. I once had to write a book review for English, and didn't get round to reading anything in time - most unlike me, it must have been the week I discovered snogging - so I wrote a review for an imaginary book. Sadly, my teacher must have spotted it, because he said it was such a well-written review that it made him want to read the book, and please could I lend it to him. Cue goldfish expression on the teenage Queenie face. Teachers, eh? Think they're clever. Oh, wait...