Sunday, 27 September 2020

A Trip to Cornwall




At the start of September, Sam and I needed a holiday. So because we couldn’t go abroad, we decided to head to Cornwall for the week. 

It was actually a nice drive down, with us getting there at 10:30ish. We decided to do the Eden Project on the first day, but we were early, so we went to nearby Charlestown beforehand to spend a couple of hours on the beach. After lunch, we spent an afternoon at the Eden Project, which was lovely, and we tried a strawberry and lime gin, which was even lovelier. We then went to check in at our Air BnB, ate spag bol, and watched Paddington 2.













Day two saw us spending the day in St Ives, where we walked along the beach, ate ice cream, played in the sand, and I had an unfortunate incident with a seagull which left me halloumi burger-less. The weather was absolutely stunning though, and a relaxing day at the beach was just what we needed. After our beach day, we had a pub evening meal in Helston, before heading for a walk around Prussia Cove.







Day three was our busiest, with us heading to Land’s End (but we didn’t take a picture with the sign as the line was LONG) in the morning. After a couple of Cornish pasties we went and saw Porthcurno beach and the Minack Theatre, and then we headed to Falmouth for the afternoon, where we had cream tea, grilled cheese and drinks with my friend Megan and her boyfriend Simon.





Our final day saw us head to Newquay, where we had an afternoon eating fish and chips, walking along the beach, eating more ice creams and watching the surfers. We also spent a while watching the dramatic waves that they have there. After which, we drove out to Dartmoor to spend the evening with some of Sam’s friends, before driving home.











So there we have it, a short recap of our trip to Cornwall. It was a perfect way to end the Summer, and a great week in these ever more doom inducing times.

Nic
xx

Saturday, 15 August 2020

Too Old For All of My Interests


Ok so this post may be a bit word vomit-y, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a couple of days now, so I just need to get it out.

I recently finished reading the first two books of Ashley Poston’s Once Upon A Con series (Geekerella and The Princess and the Fangirl, respectively) and they really got me thinking. I have rarely, if ever, read a book where cosplay, cons and fandom are represented, they were excellent nerdy re-telling of some classic fairytales, but it was when I got to the acknowledgments that I felt a lump rising in my throat. Ashley Poston just gets it, I thought to myself as I read it. 

I often joke about how I am too old for all of my hobbies and interests, but after reading this I had a lightbulb moment. So freaking what if I’m what society would class as a full adult (I’m 32) I still love cosplay and Disney holidays and anime and being a general nerd. I also love red wine and writing and travel, yet I am judged for one set of interests and not the other. I don’t understand why, when people get to a certain age, they have to all of a sudden get more “grown up” interests like yoga and watching soaps (absolutely no disrespect to people who do like these things, they just aren’t for me at all) am I all of a sudden supposed to start being interested in crime novels because I’m no longer a young adult? 

There is already so much pressure on people to do what we are “supposed” to do in life (have kids, buy a house, get a car etc) that it genuinely baffles me that we aren’t allowed to still have fun once we start full-time work. And don’t even get me started on the judgement police, who look down on anyone who deigns to like something that they deem childish. I’m sick of hiding who I am and the things I like for fear of being judged, so I’m not going to anymore. Not that I really did anyway, but you get the drift.

So yeah, I just really miss comic con.

Nic
xx

Monday, 3 August 2020

A Weekend Down South







A couple of weekends ago, Sam and I decided we needed to get away from Stockport for a few days. We’ve been more than good during lockdown, and with both of us feeling the cabin fever, we decided we would go and spend a weekend down south visiting Sam’s family (who we hadn’t seen since February)

We drove down on Wednesday after work, and we made really good time, one perk of the roads being less busy, and I had an excellent nights sleep. We woke up early Thursday morning, and had a tasty breakfast of croissants, before driving to Kent so Sam could pick up his new car. Afterwards, we went for an afternoon in St Albans, where we saw a couple of friends in the park, and had waffles. It was lovely and warm, and when we got back to Sam’s parents, we had our evening meal in the garden and then had a relaxing evening. Friday was another warm day, and we went for lunch at Caffè Nero with Sam’s mum whilst we waited for the dog to have her hair cut. We had an afternoon in the garden, splashing in the pool and playing badminton (not me) before having a bbq in the evening.

On Saturday we headed into Brighton for a few hours, and despite the wind I was overjoyed to see the sea again. We had fish & chips and doughnuts, wandered around, and I spent too much money in Artbox Cafe. We then headed back to have homemade pizzas, before driving back up North to end the weekend. All in all, it was a lovely few days, and it was great to get away, and we were lucky we did, because we in Greater Manchester aren’t allowed to go and see anyone again now. Sigh.


Nic
xx


Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Mickey Rice Krispie Treats




Recently, I have been desperately craving Disney snacks, but of course, we can’t get them as readily as usual, so I have been having to make them myself. I’ve only attempted two: the dole whip and the Mickey Rice Krispie treats, so I thought, as this was the easier one of the two (not that the dole whip was hard) I’d share the recipe for it, so you too can have magical snacks to brighten up your days.

You will need: 
200g of marshmallows (I just used a full bag)
Rice Krispies (I kind of just poured them until I thought I had enough)
2 tablespoons of butter
100g Dairy Milk
Mickey shaped biscuit cutter
Smarties to decorate

To make:
1. Melt the butter on a low heat, then add the marshmallows and melt until you have a fluffy white texture.
2. Add the Rice Krispies and stir until they are all covered in marshmallow. Place on a greased tin (I used butter) and put in the fridge for about half an hour.
3. Take out of the fridge and cut into Mickey shapes. Melt the chocolate and dip the treats in to it/spread it out over them.
4. Add the Smarties and put them back in the fridge for around 20 minutes, just to set the chocolate.
5. Take out of the fridge and enjoy!

And there you have it. I’m pretty sure most people know how to make Rice Krispie cakes anyway, but this is a must for anyone missing the magic.



Nic
xx

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Things I’m Excited to do when all of this Is Over


As someone who loves having things to look forward to, this year has been, shall we say, a bit of a disappointment. But because I’m not one to dwell on things, today I thought I’d share a list of some of the things I’m excited to do once this is all over. So I’m just going to jump straight in. Also I know these are all first world problems, and I don’t wish to come across as insensitive, but I just wanted to write this list to remind myself that we can all get through this and go back to doing the things that make us happy.

Book Disney trips
Yes, I am planning on booking more than one Disney trip once this is all over, because I think we’ll all need some magic back in our lives after the dreaded virus has gone away.

Eat at a restaurant 
I am really looking forward to being able to go and eat at restaurants again. I just really miss desserts.

Hug my friends
One of the things that is keeping me going on a day to day basis lately is my friends. From chatting via WhatsApp to visiting each other on Animal Crossing, they have been the best, and so I am very excited to be able to give them all a hug again.

Go to the library
Other than my house and my workplace, I think the library is the building I spend the most time in, so I am very much looking forward to it opening again.

Travel/ Go to events
I know I spend a lot of my time at Disney parks, but I do love travelling to other places too. I also love going to various events, so I am excited to finally start doing things again.

There are more, smaller things that I’m looking forward to doing when this is all over, but these are the main things.

Nic
xx

Monday, 18 May 2020

Things That Have Kept Me Happy in Lockdown


I like to think of myself as a positive person; I try to stay upbeat as much as I can, and with all that’s going on in the world, I, like everyone else, have found that a struggle some days, but there are things that are making sure I’m staying my usual happy self as much as is possible. So I thought I’d share a couple of these things with you, and I hope that they make you feel a little bit of happiness in this difficult time.

Disney+
We all knew this was going to feature on here, let’s be honest. By far the thing that has kept me the most upbeat is Disney+, even if I do cry at most of the shows on there. Disney has been my happy little bubble almost my whole life, so naturally it’s getting me through lockdown too, and also making me excited for when we can all finally return to the magic.

Animal Crossing
Yes, I know, another one that will shock no one. It’s fair to say that Animal Crossing has been the dominant force in most people’s days recently, and I am no different. I love how relaxing it is, and, as someone who is a huge fan of escapism, this has been perfect for me.

Reading
Before I was furloughed (which was only 2 weeks ago) I was in a huge reading slump, the library had closed and I only had 2 physical books to read. Then someone told me about BorrowBox, and now I’m reading more than I have done in ages.

Creativity-ish
Ok so I’m also in a bit of a creativity slump. But I am slowly getting there, doing a lot of planning, but I have also loved seeing the ways that everyone else has been being creative. It has been wonderful to see, and I hope it continues long after this is all over.

Twice
Yes, a kpop group. I have had a strange relationship with music in the past few years. I went through something pretty personal and went off most music because of this, and so discovering something new to me was a breath of fresh air. Don’t get me wrong, I still like all kinds of music, but it has been really nice for me to hear music that, to me, is unashamedly hyper feminine and upbeat. I know it’s not “cool” to like kpop or whatever, but I just like songs that make me feel happy ok?!

Gin
This needs no explanation.

So there are some of the things that have kept me feeling happy during lockdown. I hope you are all ok and staying safe.

Nic
xx

Thursday, 23 April 2020

It’s Been A While


Well hello there, it’s been a long while since I’ve done this. To be honest, I’ve been feeling very unmotivated lately, and since the C-word hit, I’ve been feeling it even more so, but I’m trying to take baby steps to feeling ok again, so I thought I would make a start by writing something, even if it does come out a bit like word vomit.

So how has everyone been spending lockdown? I’m still working, but I have been grateful to have a lot of blossom trees in our local park, which I have been admiring on my allotted outside time. I have a few ideas for blog posts, so I’m putting it out into the universe (or, internet) that I’m going to try and revamp this little space here, because, when I’m feeling motivated, I absolutely love doing it. 

Keep everything crossed for me, ok?

Nic
xx