Me in August
I didn’t think my life could get any busier than it was in June and July, but apparently I was wrong! August was incredibly hectic, but despite that I came out of it really happy and quite relaxed.
I started off the month in Birmingham. Quill and I went for the weekend, and we spent some time walking around the city and seeing the turtles at the aquarium. We tried to find Tatum’s brother, who works there, but we were unsuccessful. We went out for dinner one evening and it was SO AMAZING to see her *cries* It was really brief though so I feel like I need to bully her into coming to see me soon.
I went to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with three of my friends from work and I absolutely loved it! I went into it expecting nothing, but it was incredible. I was hooked from the beginning. The music was brilliant, the cast (mostly) was fantastic, and the story felt just like another Harry Potter story instead of the terrible fanfic that I was scared of. I want to go back and sit a bit further down next time so I can see all of the stage magic from another angle.
Work-wise, it was another month of training someone new and covering for someone else. It was busy and stressful, but it kept me from getting bored, I guess!
Then, right at the end of the month, Quill and I went off to Somerset for a long weekend. It was one of the best holidays I have been on! I’m going to do a full recap of the trip at some point because I have so much to talk about. We spent a lot of time hiking and walking around Cheddar Gorge and the surrounding countryside, we went to Longleat Safari Park and saw tonnes of animals, we went caving, and I got really sunburnt. I got back feeling really relaxed and chill, so I think Somerset was possibly my best idea this year.
Me in July
July was another really busy month for me! You’re going to get so tired of me saying that. I started off the month training for my new position at work, which was absolutely exhausting. I’m impressed that I managed to stick to reading and blogging, to be honest. The training itself is over now, but I’m having to do the job again in August.
Quill and I went to the Star Wars Exhibition at the O2 in London, which was really cool. I was expecting it to go on for longer, as it only took us about an hour to go around the entire thing. The interactive character creator thing was kind of fun, although in the end you didn’t really do much with it. It was like putting together a really simple Sim character and then not being able to read the backstory or see where its life led!
I also went to see The Lion King in the theatre. The costumes were absolutely phenomenal. The songs were good, although I don’t think any of them particularly stood out. I think the costumes and set pieces were the best parts of the show.
I’ve almost completed Cough to 5K. I’m currently running for 22 minutes at a time, which I think is pretty impressive considering I hadn’t done any actual running for about 13 years! I’m slowly working my way up to 30 minutes of straight running, which will hopefully take me to 5K. I should really start measuring the distance as well. We’re still doing bootcamp, although I haven’t done it in a couple of weeks because everything has been stressful and hectic. I’m going back tomorrow though *gasp*
And, obviously, I am back on the blogging thing. It’s been a really fun month, actually. I’ve managed to schedule ahead, find a tonne of new blogs, get Recaptains back up and running… I’m taking it slowly and I’m trying not to overdo it because I have been really busy, but I feel like I’m balancing things well at the moment.
me in june
The highlight of my month has to be my trip to Greece. I went to Kos for a week with my boyfriend Quillan and his parents to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. The temperature wasn’t too hot, I was super careful with the suncream so that I didn’t burn, and overall I had a wonderful time. Greek people are the friendliest people ever, and the islands I went to were stunning. I’m hopefully going to do a series of posts about my travels so I’ll go into more detail when I get around to that.
Thanks to my super relaxing holiday, I managed to read ten books last month. I know. I haven’t read that many in one month since the beginning of 2016, before my life got all kinds of crazy busy. And because of those ten books, I’m now back in the blogging zone. Not quite as much as I was at the beginning of last year, mind you, but I’m getting there.
Oh, and I was promoted! June was a month full of training for my new position at work. It was exhausting, especially as I had a lot of Family Stuff going on. It completely knocked me out.
I’m also really into (“really into” meaning I’m being coerced into) exercising at the moment. I do a bootcamp session twice a week, and I’m currently doing Couch to 5K three times a week. I’ve noticed an incredible change in my fitness levels, and now that I’m kind of in the zone I find myself really looking forward to each workout. I’ve lost my mind.
And then there was the Steam summer sale. I bought a tonne of games, but I only spent about £35. I know, I’m impressed as well. My new games include Portal 2, the Trineology, Banished, Rust, and a few others. My boyfriend and I went looking for some good co-op games along with a friend of ours so we could play together. Now I just have to try not to kill Quill during a Super Mario Bros. session so I get to play the new games with him.
Me in February
As expected, February was ridiculously busy. I crammed so much into such a short month that I’m kind of physically and mentally exhausted, and I think I need a weekend to just veg out on the sofa and read or watch TV.
At the beginning of the month, I went to a small house party where I was forced to watch the rugby (I don’t understand it at all but I’m trying). Aside from that, it was fun. My boyfriend also showed me his hometown, and we ate in a restaurant that is apparently known to give people food poisoning. Oops.
A friend of ours had his birthday drinks, which meant we had to participate in pub golf. This is obviously a British thing, and it’s basically a pub crawl where you have to have different drinks at each establishment and finish them off in a set number of pars. I didn’t take part because I am not mixing my drinks like that… ever. It was a great night, though, and very eventful!
Aside from that, there were a couple of dinners with friends that I thoroughly enjoyed. I was able to talk to some people that I wouldn’t normally talk to, and catch up with a bunch of others. My friend came down from the North for the weekend, and we took a trip to Marlow, Buckinghamshire on the Saturday afternoon.
Me in January
The most exciting part of January was probably my return to book blogging. I’m still way, way behind on commenting and on finding out about all the new releases, but I’m slowly catching up. I realised a couple of weeks ago that I’ve actually missed the blogging community a lot. I’m enjoying having this as a hobby again, and it helps that I feel very chill about the whole thing.
In other news, I’ve had my car for over a month now, and I’ve been busy getting used to it. It was a bit of an ordeal to park it at first because I wasn’t used to the size or mobility, but I feel like I’m slowly getting the hang of it. Really, really slowly. I have been on the motorway a few times, but it’s pretty scary so I have kind of been avoiding it. But baby steps! I’ll get there in the end.
My boyfriend and I went to see Cirque du Soleil in London with a couple of his friends. I have to say, I really freaking enjoyed it, and I already want to go and see it again. The circus was one of my favourite things as a child, and seeing the acts be performed bigger and better was incredible. The Lizard Man was definitely my favourite part. I couldn’t take my eyes off him when he had his solo bit going on.
Obviously not the Lizard Man