I had a nice birthday, went back to the UK and was with family.
Life is good. I got engaged over Christmas to the Navy guy I was seeing. My family are absolutely over the moon and love him to bits. We've had a really intense relationship and lots of ups and downs but I've never been more certain of anything in my life than being with him.
He starts a promotional course this year and we are looking to buy a little house near HMS Collinwood where he'll be stationed. I'll still live in Abu Dhabi but fly back once a month. After he has completed his course and been promoted he'll be deployed on a ship to the Gulf so we'll see each other more often. Not an easy life but military marriages never are. I'm so proud of what he does though and he only has 4 more years to complete his full service and get all the pension and benefits that come along after 22 years in the Royal Navy.
As for me, I start a new job in a private equity firm on the 18th of Jan which I'm looking forward to - I hated my old job for so long. It'll be good to get back into a proper routine after the Christmas excesses (and get back to the gym to lose the 15 pounds I've put on in the last 3 months!).
2009 is going to be pretty hectic and hard work - wedding, new job, new house to buy etc. but I'm looking forward to it and feel so lucky that things have worked out this way. I would never have thought that I'd be here 2 years ago when I was in bits about being left at the altar by my ex. Life is strange. I thought then that I'd lost the only man I could ever love and my chance of having children. Now I'm with someone who I love and who actually loves me, just the way I am and we want to try for a baby as soon as we're married.
I hope everyone here is well and happy. Best of luck and best wishes to all for 2009.
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars..."