Saturday, 31 December 2022

Reflecting on 2022



As we head into the last few hours of 2022, and as many (if not all) people are doing their yearly round ups on blogs, TikTok and Instagram, I wanted to throw my round up hat into the ring. Because 2022 has been quite the year. 

January and February were much the same as any other year, where we all wait for the cold to end and hibernate. We took our annual trip to Chinatown for their Lunar New Year celebrations, and I read a lot. Then came the Spring. I spent the beginning of the Spring cherry blossom tree hunting as I always do, and we spent Easter with Sam’s parents, during which time we went to the seaside, which made me very happy indeed. Oh, and we went for afternoon tea for my birthday (and booked a Disney cruise for 2023).

Summer was where the year got exciting. We took our long-awaited holiday to Walt Disney World for Sam’s 30th, and on our first day there, Sam proposed to me on Main Street USA, which, if you know me, you’ll know that that was the perfect place at Disney to ask me, there’s just something about Main Street, y’know?

We spent Sam’s actual birthday in Galaxy’s Edge, and he built a lightsaber, which made him very happy, and we went on the Disney Skyliner, which made me very happy.

Also during this trip, we went to Disneyland for three days! My first time to California couldn’t have been more perfect, and it’s definitely a place we will be returning to.



After our USA jaunt, you’d think the rest of the Summer would’ve been quiet, but you’d be wrong. We had another Brighton day, this time with Cara & Tin, where we visited Artbox Cafe, which was Sanrio themed, and spent some much-needed quality time together. Then August came, and with it, the Pokémon World Championships in London. Sam and I decided about three days before that we were going to go, and we are glad we did so, as it was so much fun! 

Autumn was all-things wedding, with us attending two weddings, a hen do, numerous wedding fairs and venue viewings, and us booking our wedding!! I also went pumpkin picking with Sammy, Rachel and Jade which was a wholesome day, and we went to MCM Comic Con in London. We also took a trip to Cornwall for Megan and Simon’s wedding bash.

Then we arrived at the busiest month of the year, December. I had my work Christmas party, two secret Santa nights, and three Christmas days (one with my family, and two with Sam’s family). We finished off the year by browsing in the sales and booking a trip to Disneyland Paris for 2023.

So here’s to 2023, let’s hope it’ll be as good as this year has been.



Nic
xx


Sunday, 2 October 2022

Returning to Blogging



Lately I have been feeling the pull to start blogging again, so I guess it’s time to give it a go.

So, what’s been going on since the last time we spoke? Well, on the big news front, I am now engaged! We’ve also been back to Walt Disney World and visited Disneyland Resort for the first time, attended a couple of Comic Cons, went to Pokémon Worlds, and had countless day trips!

I think one of the main reasons I want to start blogging again is to document the exciting period of wedding planning we have coming up over the next year and a half (we’re planning on hopefully getting married in Spring 2024) so after some catch-up posts, expect some full/blown wedding content on here.

Let me know if there is anything in particular you’d like me to blog about, I’m really out of the loop in terms of blogs nowadays, but writing is one of my biggest passions in life, so I want to get back to doing that for fun.

Also, yes I did buy this jumper because it looked like the jumper Rory wears in season 1, episode 1 of Gilmore Girls (if you know, you know)

So hopefully this will reignite my love of blogging, keep an eye out for new posts.

Nic
x

Saturday, 6 March 2021

Welcoming Spring



Hello, long time no blog. 

As usual, I have been feeling uninspired lately. I guess it was the combination of Winter and never ending lockdown, but my favourite season is starting I’m going to try and be more active on here, starting with a throwback to 2019 Sakura season, back when we could actually go out and do things.

I thought I’d do a little list of things I want do do this Spring to get my mojo back again. So here we go.

1. Put together some cute Spring outfits
2. Go for a walk every day.
3. Do some seasonal baking. 
4. Go cherry blossom tree hunting.
5. Make an Easter cake.
6. Have as many Creme Egg McFlurrys as humanly possible.
7. Wear all the pastels.
8. (Hopefully) go to the library.
9. Have a big spring clean.
10. Enjoy my favourite season of the year as much as I can.

Nic
xx

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?

Nic
xx

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.

Nic
xx

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.

Nic
xx

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.
Nic
xx