Welcome to 2012, I am starting this year with a thank you note to last year. Last year wasn't a bad year, it just wasn't a good one either for me personally. It started of really well, we made a decision to move into a nice villa which went smoothly, I also had my best friend from UK over for a visit just before we moved to celebrate Rachel's 7th Birthday. It went wrong in the summer when I herniated a disc in my lumbar spine, most of you know about that but there are a few people I really do need to thank for their constant support and help during the last four months of 2012.
To my husband; I have no idea how you have coped living with me for the last four months. Your understanding and patience has been amazing.
To my family; both here and overseas your endless support has kept me going, the messages of support, the facebook updates, the emails, all of them have cheered me up endlessly.
To my friends; first of all Hinge, has been amazing, kept our site going, whilst I think it's safe to say that 2011 wasn't one of her good years either. To Jill, Janet, Juliette, Suzanne, Keren and Simon, the endless chiro visits, the hospital trips, thanks for being taxi drivers the entire time.
To my neighbours; Miss Nigeria, you are simply the best! you changed my life for the better and became the best nurse a woman could want! Debbie, the school run Queen, thank you!!
To the Twitterati; huge huge support from all of you, from right around the globe, "my boys" in Spain, the team up at Le Meridien Al Aqah, Catboy and Dave Hodgson who were there through the night when I couldn't sleep! Carole and Alice, always caring, always asking, thanks.
To my Slimming World Ladies; the best thing to come out of all of this was losing some weight, you know who you are and you will always be my secret pleasure, and 2012 is going to see even more weight loss for us all.
To my daughter; Mitten you have been the one you has missed out the most, damn Mummy and her bad back, but things are slowly getting back to normal and 2012 is going to be our year, I have a few surprises up my sleeve for all of us.
To my iPhone; I couldn't have got through it without you!!
(edited to say that sadly Dave Hodgson died last night I am still going to send him a copy of this though, he hated to miss anything)