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Diary update: Nicole, December 2021

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I’ve been on the stage!  I performed in ‘Dragma’s Christmas Late Night Natterbox’ over two nights last weekend in Newport.  I’m a member of the ‘House of Deviant’ which is an arts project that builds self-esteem and confidence for people with learning disabilities and/or autism through drag.  It was amazing and great fun.

Rehearsals took up a lot of time (and it took a lot of time to get the make up off afterwards too!)  The Through our Eyes Photography project staff came along to take pictures for the project and several my friends came along.  I really enjoyed myself and I wasn’t at all nervous.  I think another one is planned for April. I think some of the photos will be in AWPF’s quarterly newsletter, Talkback too.

In terms of Covid, we had to take a lateral flow test before each performance.  I’ve got a Covid pass – my mum helped me phone up for one and it was quite straightforward. I haven’t had any problems getting any health appointments that I’ve needed during the past few months and I’ve had my booster jab.

The new Covid variant isn’t stopping me doing anything at the moment– I’m off to the Celtic Manor on Thursday night and I’m still working at Growing Space a couple of days a week. I met my new boyfriend there and we’re going out for a meal on the 27th December (as long as the rules don’t change).

Since I last did a diary update, I ran the Race for Life in 50 minutes and raised £91 in sponsorship. I also went to see Gary Barlow in Cardiff with my friend, and I’ve been ice skating with my boyfriend.

The Christmas lights in Bute Park in Cardiff were amazing, I really enjoyed them.  I’ll be at home with my mum and my dog Princess for Christmas.

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