Clarke – 2016 year in Review

Hi,

I’m Katie – one half of this wonderful blog.

Lets face it, 2016 was a weird year for all of us. We had crazy killer clowns, the devastating deaths of too many of icons, a Gorilla got shot, Trump as the new POTUS and don’t even get me started on Brexit.

But rather than focus on the negatives, when all is said and done, I think I actually had a pretty good year.

I rang in the New Year with Hannah, we took far too many selfies in the toilet and I kissed far too many boys (blame the playsuit)…

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I signed up for my second year working on The Apprentice at Boundless Productions and got to work with some of the most incredible people.

In March, I flew half way across the world to reunite with my favourite Aussies for their wedding! We got far too drunk on Drench, rode on quad bikes and sang a lot of Country songs (badly!) I miss them all every day, I can’t wait to go back for another visit one day.

Post wedding, I reunited with Rowls and flew to Darwin to begin our Contiki Big Walkabout Adventure.

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We saw some incredible sites, pushed our bodies to the limit and made memories to last a life time.

The highlight for me was the day we spent at Uluru, we watched the sunrise, we hiked, we helicoptered, we motorbiked and we watched the sunset with Champagne.

At this point, I would also like to make a special mention, to Katie Sykes. I met her in Australia and she has become one of my best friends in the whole world. I’d be bloody lost without you.13010716_10154022554544462_8280656815858110015_n

On my return from Aus, we fast forwarded through the final few weeks of filming for the Apprentice. Once that was over I hit my biggest career milestone to date, I got my first ever Task Producer credit working in Development for a fantastic indie called Twenty Six 03.

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I kick started the Summer with a trip to Brighton for my friend Emily’s hen party. We met working on a production in 2015 and she is one of the most perfect people I have ever met. I am so lucky to have her in my life.

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Summer sped by in a blur, but did I get to spend some quality time with my amazing family when they came over from Bahrain for the Summer holidays. They’re growing up so fast, so every second we can spend together is precious.

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My Muma and I went to see Queen B as an early birthday treat, and what can I say… absolutely bloody incredible. She came, she slayed, she conquered.

 

I had another early Birthday treat when some of my most favourites came together to take a walk down memory lane and watch Busted at Newmarket Race’s. Granted we may have been home eating pizza and watching Family Guy by 11pm, but I’m old now… I can’t party like I used to.

On my 26th Birthday, I watched my beautiful Em get married. I was so lovely to go along to the wedding with my good pal Lizzie, and meet all of Ben and Lem’s friends and family before getting drunk on tequila and dancing the night away.

Right after my Birthday, is my Papa’s Birthday. This year, Muma and I took him on a surprise trip to Whitstable. We ate, we drank, we laughed and we played mini golf. It was glorious.

Phew, are you still reading…

I genuinely didn’t realise how much I had crammed in to this year until I started this post…Blimey. 

We kicked off Autumn with a visit from some special Contiki pals. We gave them a fantastic tour of Cambridge and didn’t make up any of the facts, at all.

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So apparently the rest of September was rather quiet, but October is Halloween Month. It started with another trip from the lovely little Sykes. We’d both been having some boy issues, so she came down we cheered each other up with Gin, Chic Flicks, Pumpkin Carving and Curry. Apparently none of us were in the mood for having pictures taken of us though… hashtag no surprise

I made a dodgy hair decision this month which I’ll blame on the aforementioned boy troubles. But, being Halloween, I kind of got away with it. Ish.

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My Trek America bestie, Sarah, flew over from Ireland to spend actual Halloween with me. Naturally, I roped her in to helping me make a bunch of bacon sandwiches for all the hungry Firemen taking part in the Fire Fighters Charity Ladder Climb. Then we dragged her to the races to meet my family and Rowls, place some bets and watch the Firemen do their thing.

Then of course, it was time to party like the living dead…

Sarah is turning 30 in 2017, so as a little Birthday treat I took her to see her first ever West End Show…Phantom of The Opera!

Before I knew it, it was fireworks night. Technically, one of the most romantic nights of the year so who better to spend it with than my Sunday Boyfriend, Rowls. We stuffed our faces with hotdogs, “ohhh’d” and “aaah’d” and then went and drank Gin. Of course.

I’m always incredibly proud of my Papa, so this year when he took part in the Remembrance Parade in London I was fit to burst! Just look at how smart he looks.

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Rowls and I finally took a road trip up to Leeds to visit Sykes. Despite it taking us over 5 hours to get there, it was worth it. Sykes fed us well with Pizza and treats and we drank far too many gin’s in tins. It was weird being back in the city I lived in for so many years, we’d both changed a lot since my last visit.

This year we started a new family Christmas tradition. My Uncle, Aunty, Cousin, Mum and Dad all trooped down to London for a trip to see “School of Rock” which was fantastic. Those kids are so talented! Then we went to see what we could win at the Hippodrome Casino. I left £70  up, not bad eh…

It took 5 years, but this December me and my two best friends from Uni were able to organise a reunion. It was wonderful to catch up on all the adventures they have been on and the years faded away in seconds. It was like we had never been apart.

And all of a sudden…it was CHRISTMAS. Which passed by in a flurry of snowballs (alcoholic ones), cheese and glitter. All the girls came round on Christmas eve to partake in the traditional Christmas Eve Jacket Potato meal, and headed in to town for a few (too many) beverages.

And that was my 2016 in review. See, I told you it was a pretty good year.

It ended as well as it began, with another cracking New Years night out with some of my favourite people.

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Here’s to a happy, healthy 2017.

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