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.
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.