Sunday, 10 January 2021

Reading Through the Year

If the pandemic has done anything, it is reigniting a lot of people’s love for reading. I saw so many people reading 50, 75, even over 100 books last year, which is amazing. And as this situation doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon, I think the same will be said for this year.

I have, as ever, set my Goodreads challenge at 50 this year, but this year, after having a huge reading slump in 2020, I’m changing up the way I read. In the past, I have been a nightmare for reading multiple books at once. Sometimes it has worked for me, but last year it led to a major book burnout. So this year I’m reading one book at a time to keep me more focused.

I’m also going to do some re-reads this year. I never normally do this, but I think we all need our comfort series, so I’ve changed my rule. I also want to read a few more non-fiction books this year (I think). 

And now on to my favourite subject; classics. I used to pour over classics, but I’ve lost my way with them a bit too recently. So I think I’m going to go for 2 classics a month, so I can spread them out a bit and learn to love them again.

I hope I manage to stick to my reading goals this year. Do you have any reading goals for 2021?


Friday, 1 January 2021

Hello, 2021

Welcome to 2021, everyone. I’m not going to dwell on the experience that was 2020, because we’ve all just had to live through it. Instead I’m going to focus on the next 12 months. I am cautiously optimistic for this year; we have a vaccine, and personally I’m doing all I can to keep myself and others safe.

That being said, I am still setting myself resolutions/goals. I find it easier to focus on positive things that way. My list is only small, but I think we can all agree that’s best in 2021. So here is my little list of resolutions/goals:
  1. Do something creative every day.
  2. Read as many books as I can.
  3. Save up to move house.
  4. Exercise/work on my fitness levels.
  5. Do things that make me happy whenever I can.
I think that this is an achievable list, nothing has a set time frame, and it’s all just vague enough to work. I’d also like to get the vaccine, but that is kind of out of my hands.

Happy 2021.


Thursday, 19 November 2020

Getting Ready for the Festive Season

Now that Halloween and Bonfire Night are well and truly behind us, Sam and I decided to start getting into the festive spirit. 

We knew that lockdown 2.0 would be a bit more depressing than lockdown 1.0, with the cold and the dark nights and mornings. So we thought what the heck?! Might as well cheer up the one room we have to spend 15 hours a day in again.

We got a couple of new tree decorations this year, which I will save for a later post, as well as some new bedding not pictured here, new pyjamas courtesy of my parents, and a gorgeous gingerbread house cookie jar and cushion from Shop Disney.

I have also made a point of doing some festive menu sampling. We’ve had both the festive bake and pigs in blankets baguettes from Greggs, and I’ve had both the Terry’s Chocolate Orange and After Eight hot chocolates from Costa. Side note: the After Eight one was divine.

We’ve been trying our best to bring ourselves some festive cheer, and I think it’s worked for the most part. Now to keep it up through December.


Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Snapshots of Autumn

With all the restrictions we’ve had here in the North, Autumn has, like the rest of the year, not been great.  We did, however, manage to get out a couple of times. We went to Chester for the day back in September, and it was still warm and sunny so we thoroughly enjoyed that. 

At the start of October we went pumpkin picking and for an afternoon in one of the National Trust parks not too far from us, Tatton Park. So I thought I’d let the photos do the talking for the rest of this post. 

Hope everyone else enjoyed Autumn.

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.


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.


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.