Life in December
December was, to put it lightly, absolute insanity. The month started off really well. My boyfriend and I went Christmas tree shopping, and I got all of the Christmas present shopping out of the way in the first week or so. I was so organised! Then my nan (who I wasn’t at all close to) died just as I was taking a week off work, which left me in an odd mood over the run up to Christmas.
On a more positive note, I had a pretty good time over Christmas! There were a couple of Christmas dinners with friends, and I spent a lot of time with my family, which was quite exhausting but also quite fun. They’re a loud bunch, and it can make me anxious, but I managed to keep it together and enjoy myself.
Quill and I went ice skating TWICE because he has realised that I was right all along and ice skating is actually really fun. I’m not great at it, but I find it quite relaxing anyway once I get used to the gliding.
On Christmas Eve, we went for a long walk around Bedgebury Pinetum and Bedgebury Forest in Kent. The weather wasn’t horrible, which was nice, and it’s a really lovely place to go for a walk.
I had to work the week between Christmas and New Year, which was boooring because the office was so quiet. Everyone was in a pretty good mood though!
me in november
November was a fantastic month! The month kicked off with mine and Quill’s anniversary. We were going to go for a long walk during the day, but instead we ended up at Frankie & Benny’s and then we watched the Lego Ninjago Movie at the cinema. In the evening, we went to the Thai restaurant where we had our first date. It was lovely.
My friends and I had a Harry Potter night earlier in the month, during which we dressed up (or down) in our HP pyjamas and watched the first movie. We’re hoping to do another one soon to watch the second film. It was a tonne of fun!
Then there was the firework display in one of the villages nearby, which was actually pretty great! They timed the fireworks to the music, and it went on for about half an hour. I think everyone who went loved it, apart from the shrieking babies.
Quill and I went to London for my birthday weekend and ended up at the British Museum,and then later on we went to Waterstones Piccadilly. Obviously. I didn’t buy anything, but I had a good browse and I’ve got some ideas for what to spend my book token on. On my actual birthday we went out for a roast dinner, which was yummy! The guy who served us asked if it was my 18th birthday, which had everyone laughing because I’ve actually just turned 25.
Quill took me to the Warner Bros Studio Tour for my birthday (on his birthday) and it was AMAAAAAAZING. I might write a post about it.
Me in October
October was another incredibly busy month. I can’t believe that last year I was struggling to come up with things to post about in this Life section, and now I barely get any down time.
I started off the month with the house move. It went really smoothly, and we’re now all settled in. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if living with my boyfriend would be this stress-free, but I’m actually loving it. I’ve joined the local gym, and while I haven’t been going a lot, I’m slowly starting to figure out some sort of schedule for it.
This past weekend I went to a Halloween party, which was tonnes of fun. I dressed up as a really half-arsed sparkly witch, and promptly ditched my hat as soon as I got there. The next day, I surprised Quill with a trip to the Royal Albert Hall to see Symphonic Star Wars, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It was pretty epic.
Me in September
September was mostly taken up with me getting ready to move in with my boyfriend. There was a lot of organising, donating, and packing to do. I’ve gotten rid of tonnes of clothes that are now too big for me, and I think I must have donated at least sixty books that I have read and know I’m never going to read again. It was incredibly sad to see my library slowly start to disappear, but at the same time I now have space for more books as I’ve only kept favourites and books that actually mean something to me. I don’t know why I was hanging on to books that I didn’t love, or books that I only rated two stars.
I moved house at the weekend, and as of right now the flat is a bit messy. We’re slowly putting everything together, and I’ve got the whole week off work so I can start making it look a bit more homely.
A group of friends and I went to Thorpe Park (an amusement park in the south of England) earlier in the month. We managed to get quite lucky with the weather, as it only started to rain just as we were about to leave. I had a really good day, although I’ve realised that the food at Thorpe Park is really disappointing, and next time I go I’m going to take a picnic and store it in a locker until lunchtime. Because we went during the week, the queues weren’t too long. The longest we waited for a ride was 45 minutes for the Derren Brown Ghost Train, which really wasn’t worth the wait. We pretty much walked straight on to everything else.
We also went to Whipsnade Zoo, which is absolutely massive. Whipsnade is, in my opinion, so much better than London Zoo because it’s bigger, and you have the chance to get a lot closer to the animals. I didn’t get to see the baby hippo called Hodor, which I was really excited about, but it was a great day nonetheless.
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.