Sunday, 4 January 2009

Happy new year!

Happy new year everyone! Hope you all had a great Christmas and wish you all the very best for 2009. I've not updated my blog for a while, as I've had lots of things going on...

I haven't got the new year off to a very good start. Yesterday I crashed my car into the back of another. I was driving reasonably fast at the time - there was a truck on the side of the road, obscuring a short traffic queue in front of it, caused by someone who had stopped to let horses cross the road. As I came past the truck I only had a few seconds to try and stop the car but still went into the back of the other car with some force. Somehow, miraculously, I walked away from the accident with nothing more than shock, a small cut on my knee and lots of bruises. I'm still pretty sore, but had it not been for my airbag, I think it could have been so much worse. Unfortunately my car was so badly damaged at the front that it's been written off :o( The other car was a Volvo and hardly had a scratch and the 2 passengers were absolutely fine. It's really strange - I can't remember the actual impact, but can remember the few seconds before very clearly. It is starting to feel a bit surreal now, as if it were a dream, but my bruises are very real!

I had a quiet but nice Christmas. Lots of time spent with various members of my family and we also all went out on the 27th Dec to celebrate Dad's 76th birthday. Somehow the restaurant managed to pull enough tables together to sit all 18 of us and Dad had a really enjoyable day.

I mentioned my impending redundancy in my last post. Well, the good news is that I have been offered a new job at a local hospital as Assistant HR Advisor with much better salary than I had hoped for! It's a conditional offer though and it can't be confirmed until my references, health clearance and CRB check have all come back, so in the meantime I'm working part-time in my old job, probably until the end of January. The job sounds very suited to my skills and my new manager seems lovely. I can't wait to get started and wish the paperwork would be sorted out sooner!

Snow Princess has been back on the Q-Snaps during the last few weeks and this is my most recent progress:

A little close-up too of the area I've been working on. I've nearly finished page 12 now and am looking forward to starting page 11 which has some of the princess's robe on. I've been stitching this for so many years now - I'd love to get a nice substantial chunk completed this year. My stitching resolutions for this year? Stitch long and prosper sums it up for me I think ;o)

15 comments:

Virpi said...

Your Snow princess looks adorable. I'm sorry to hear about the car crash. Good to hear you didn't hurt yourself seriously.

Bronny said...

I hope there is no after effects from the bingle...perhaps it's a reminder to take things slower?
As for the stitching - WOW - that's a big project and I can understand wanting to move onto another section after all that polar bear! Also well done on the new job! - fingers crossed.

Karoline said...

{{{Sam}}} Glad to hear that you didn't hurt yourself too badly and fingers crossed that the paperwork for the new job goes through quickly.

Ginnie said...

Sorry to hear about your crash. Your Snow Princess is lovely - lots of work in it!!

Rachel said...

Glad to hear you are mostly ok after your accident. Sorry to hear about it.

Your Snow Princess is looking great!

Cindy F. said...

So sorry to hear about your accident and hope you're feeling better daily.

SP is incredible!! Keep it up:)

J Rae said...

So sorry to read about your accident. Glad your injuries weren't severe. Hope you get over the soreness quickly.

Your Snow Princess is looking great!

Lucy said...

So glad to hear you are okay!!! That is scary!!
The Snow Princess blows my mind..I don't know if I would have the patience for that one...beautiful!!

Sally said...

Happy New Year Sam. Good to hear that you've got another job but sorry to hear about your car crash. Happy to hear that you are OK though.

Wow Snow Princess is coming along nicely.

Maxine said...

Good to know you weren't badly hurt Sam (((hugs))) You're making great progress with your HAED keep it up :)

Kathy said...

Happy new Year Sam, so gald your in one piece still after your acident {{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}.

Snow Princess is looking fantastic, unfortunately mine has to be restarted, someone decided to ruin the one I had started, and put holes in the fabric and it ca't be rescued, so gonna have tp restart it one day.

Take care hun.

Hugs xxxxxx

sarah said...

sorry to hear about the accident but great news on the job from, hope the paperwork gets done quickly for you.
love snow princess, looks stunning so far

Nicola said...

Glad you weren't badly hurt in your accident Sam. Good news about the job, hope all goes well for you with it.

Snow Princess is coming on really well.

Scully said...

Happy New Year to you too Sam. I am sorry to hear about your bumo and hope the bruises didn't last too long. Your Snow Princess looks amazing. Well done on your progress so far.

Pikaboo said...

I'm glad to hear you're ok and hope you're feeling better.
Snow Princess is looking gorgeous!