For the past two weeks, Amy and I have been on "staycation" down at her parents' house in Poole - luckily there were no flights involved, so we did not have to worry about air pressure etc. We thought we would have a little break from this blog as well but it is definitely nice to be back.
Amy's parents were away on holiday in France, and her younger brother Connor was in Egypt, leaving us to look after her sister, Kathleen, who you may remember, ran the Brighton Marathon for Headway Gloucestershire and her boyfriend Sam.
We tried to keep as busy as possible, and looking back on the last two weeks, we hadn't realised how much we had actually done!
We popped on down to Southampton to see some of Amy's best friends, Sam and his lovely boyfriend Yoan plus their friend Gabi, as well as visiting IKEA to look at furniture ahead of our impending flat move.
We also hung out with another of Amy's friends from university, Siobhan, who ran the Hackney Half Marathon for Headway Gloucestershire.
I have said how I have felt horrendously guilty for my brain injury ripping Amy away from her family home and friends, to move to Cheltenham to be my carer, so I knew how much she was looking forward to going home and seeing everyone.
She attended university in London, so was therefore used to being away from home, but that doesn't stop her from missing it, or the people, so we were determined to see as many people as possible, which included her grandma and uncles. I finally made it to Chez Fred - Amy's Grandma's favourite fish and chips restaurant. Much to Amy's dismay I had chicken nuggets! (You can take the boy out of the Midlands, but clearly not the Midlands out of the boy!)
With all of these people in her life completing charity runs for Headway recently, we felt we had to do something healthy during this time, so we popped on down to the beach for a run ourselves - cue our slow motion Baywatch jog!
Another thing I have felt guilty about is taking Amy away from singing at gigs, so on Friday night, she was reunited with her old music buddy Toby, for a gig, which was awesome.
Amy began recording an EP just before I got ill, but has not had a chance to finish it yet. Seeing her singing in front of lots of people made me, and I hope her, more determined than ever to finish it.
Without trying to sound too wet, but I often wonder how I managed to convince this amazingly talented, and incredibly skilled person, to go out with me, let alone actually live with me, especially after my brain injury.
As our poor neighbours would confess to from my attempted singing in the shower, I couldn't hit a note to save my life, so I had so much respect for her doing what she can do.
It was so nice and relaxing and I know Amy loved being back at home! We even managed to help Kathleen completely transform their parents' garden.
We are now back to reality and our big move to a new flat, it does feel like a new beginning for us so we just have to get through the mission that is moving!
See you on the other side... (Hopefully!)