Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Confessions of Lisa Marshall

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Confessions of Lisa Marshall

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New Years Eve!

Normally, I find it's nothing to get excited about. For the past two years, you'll be surprised to learn, I've retired to bed sober before it's even struck midnight. But this year I'm looking forward to getting glammed up and partying the New Year in with Chris. This Christmas was the best I've ever had. Not only because I was showered with gorgeous gifts but because I had the best company imaginable. Chris was delighted with the early Christmas present I gave him ( his very own set of keys to my bungalow! Our home. Granted, we haven't known each other for very long but we've seen each other almost every day since we met and we find it hard to be apart.

Besides which, I've never met anyone who can put up with my tantrums like Chris does. He can snap me out of a huff in 30 seconds flat which no one has ever managed before. It really does deserve to be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.

I didn't succumb to the delights of my Mother's turkey this year. I have stuck by my word (stubborn as ever) and am remaining vegetarian. To be honest, I haven't really missed eating meat. It's only been a week, after all! But my diet mostly consisted of vegetarian products anyway. I sat down at my parents to a lovely feast of Quorn cutlet. And in place of gravy, I had cheese sauce. It was actually quite nice to break from the usual tradition.

My parents got us a fantastic present: a smoothie maker, cocktail set and a hamper bursting with booze and fruit to make cocktails with! Like parents, like daughter. So, on Christmas night, we invited a bunch of friends around for cocktails. Already half cut, I decided to magic up my own concoction, rather than take the sensible option and look at the cocktail recipe book. The result was a strong orange substance with the consistency of a milkshake. Needless to say, I drank it and couldn't understand why everyone still had the same drink one hour later. …

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