August 2015 archive

#findthehappy – Week 13

I know… I know… I am late this week! Apologies!!
I have temporarily had to move house and as a result got a bit distracted, however I did find some time for some fun things last week…
#findthehappy – Week 13 – Monday 17th August 2015 – Sunday 23rd August 2015
Happy #1 – My beautiful flat mate aka “The Wife” returned home this week after a 3-week European adventure with her boyfriend. I am very jealous of what sounds like an amazing adventure! They bought me back mayonnaise from France and some sweeties. We celebrated the return with some Aperol Spritz and watched a movie (A Walk Among the Tombstones – bloody dark, but quite enjoyed it, check it out. Be prepared to need some Disney animated animals afterwards), absolute bliss of an evening.

Happy #2 – Dentist. A controversial one. While the actual event itself certainly was not remotely fun, I feel very happy that I have done it. My Mum was always very good at getting my brother and I to go to the dentist regularly as kids and to take care of our gnashers. However, after going travelling…. *cough* 6 or 7 years ago*cough* I have not been to the dentist. It has been playing on my mind and I have been totally rubbish about doing anything about it, but last week finally I did and this week I had my treatment. £130 down and one filling later I am good for another year. But the peace of mind is certainly something happy in my week. If you haven’t been in a while, go. It will be worth it in the long run! If you are in the UK find a local NHS Dentist here

Happy #3 – On Thursday the work troops finally gathered together to celebrate surviving another summer by indulging in an alcoholic beverage… or 4. On the way home I got Grubbs for dinner, double mushroom burger and onion rings. Excessive but probably a very good idea… yes? right?

Choosing a Thursday seemed to be a good idea, until it was Friday morning and we all found ourselves sat back in the office with varying levels of hangover. The day was saved by our Accounts Administrator, Sam returning from a trip to the bank with a bag of beige pastry goods from Forfars. Genuine hero.

Happy #4 – I wrote a few weeks ago about my excitement for my favourite blogger/vlogger/ Sprinkle of Glitter releasing her book. This week showed the sneaky release of her 2016 diary. Now I cannot wait for the start of 2016! It is full of such pretty pages, and what I really like is each page has something different on. Something that all owners of the diary can interact with, recipes, quotes, hash tags. It’s pretty. I must get a pretty pen to write in it. 
Again, it is probably aimed at an audience somewhat than I am myself, but it makes me happy… and isn’t that what this blog is all about? :) 
 

Happy #5 – The weekend was spent with Jezz and our London based chum Robert in London. We went up to celebrate the birthday of our friend Becky on the Saturday and decided to make a weekend of it. We drank too much, slept too little and Rob broke his toe doing some tube acrobatics.

We went and played in the a somewhat lacklustre maze in the Coronation Gardens in Leyton (pretty park, crap maze).

I also got to go to the Lush in Stratford and got a bit over excited, but managed to stop at £30 so it could have been worse. Lush you devil, you will be the reason I am declared bankrupt…. (I will smell GREAT though).
All in all a bloody marvellous weekend. Thank you Robs for your hospitality.

#findthehappy – Week 12

#findthehappy – Week 12 – Monday 10th August 2015 – Sunday 16th August 2015
Happy #1 – Ice Cream. Ice cream will always be something that makes me happy. I found a box of mini-Magnums with the new pink raspberry and black espresso ones and well…. nom. The raspberry ones are delicious! Plus as they are “mini” I don’t feel quite as naughty eating one. 
Happy #2 – My brother and I headed over to Peacehaven again this week to go and see the parentals. We had fajitas and Mum made a delicious cake! I couldn’t help but feel like I was being watched though when I ate my slice…. 
Happy #3 – I go past Palmeira Square in Hove every day, and have noticed this year how much effort and care go into the flowers there. Even in the rain it looks so pretty. 
Happy #4 – A long time ago, probably about 7/8 years ago I took a jewellery making course at City College, in Brighton. I never continued with it, for one reason or another but I thought all of the things I had made had got lost. However, I have recently been going through some boxes, having a big sort out and I found all the items that I made. They certainly do look a little home-made but still I am quite proud of them and very pleased that I found them again. The silver piece in the middle was made by carving a shape into a cuttlefish and then pouring molten silver into the mould (this is called cuttlefish casting). It has a small hole that I drilled through to make it into a pendant, so I think I should get a chain perhaps to keep it on! Certainly it would be a piece of jewellery that no one else would have!
Happy #5 – On Saturday, myself, Jezz and our friends Mike, Gemma and Charlie headed up to Waterhall in Brighton for the yearly one day festival Shakedown. We met up with some other friends there and had THE BEST time ever. We drank, we danced, we painted our faces. Everyone seemed to be having an awesome time, I am sure there were lots of sore heads in the morning. I know mine certainly was! It was really good to cut loose and prance around in a field for a day. Thank you to amazing friends too for making it so much fun. A massive well done and thank you to the Shakedown team for putting on a brilliant day. Can’t wait for next year!! 
 

 

 

 

#findthehappy – Week 11

#findthehappy – Week 11 – Monday 3rd August 2015 – Sunday 9th August 2015

Happy #1 – My friends Joulz and Craig have had a hell of a year. Last year their daughter decided to come into the world early and it was a very scary time for them. In the last year their beautiful baby girl has gone from strength to strength. They have recently had an article published in Pick Me Up about their incredible journey and their involvement in WaterBabies, swimming classes for babies. We do not see each other as much as we used too, but I am so incredibly proud of both of them and all they have been through. Amethyst is a beautiful, healthy one year old now. It has been wonderful watching their family come out of what must have been the most difficult, scary time ever. They are doing a fantastic job and should be super proud!

Happy #2 – Jezz has become obsessed with making balloon animals since last weekend. I mean LITERALLY obsessed. I am finding bits of balloon everywhere I go and my flat smells of latex (oooh kinky). He is actually getting pretty good. Aside from the constant squeaks and pops it is fun.

Happy #3 – As I wrote a couple of posts ago I am feeling more in control of everything again and am finding the time and joy to start writing and putting up posts again. I really do enjoy doing this, and it does seem that some of you are actually enjoying reading it too, so thank you! :)

Happy #4 – Tea. I love tea and have been drinking lots and lots of lovely tea. Tea this week has been making me particularly happy, especially during the recovery process of Happy #5….
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Happy #5 – My beautiful friend Becky came down from London for the weekend and we met up for drinks on Saturday. Becky, myself, Jezz, and our friends Toby, Lina, Ceej and Lee went out for general merriment and to celebrate the return of the aforementioned chums to Brighton. It ended up being one of those nights where you stagger home at 5 am in a wobbly line. We ended up dancing to the fine sounds of the 80’s at The Haunt at their “it is still 1985” night (a fine year for those who were born…) and ended the night in Brighton’s famous 24-hour cafe Buddies.
Smashed.
So smashed I found the following thing so entertaining I had to take a photo. Yes. Don’t drink kids.

10 points to whoever can figure out what this is.

Brighton Pride 2015

I bloody love Brighton. 
I am so proud to be from this incredible, diverse, free city. Nothing shows Brighton in it’s true (rainbow glittery) colours as the yearly Pride festival. I have been rubbish the past couple of years due to summer school exhaustion (excuses, excuses) but this year it was embraced in full force! 

A massive thank you to Janine Basil who created my beautiful headband and helped me to get it on time when I ordered it too late! 

This year was the 25th anniversary of Brighton Pride and the whole city seemed to be involved. The first Pride parade in Brighton was in 1973 but it wasn’t until 1991 that it became the festival it is known as now. You can find out more here: History

Jezz, myself and our friend Rob planned to start the days festivities with the parade at Hove Lawns. However, in usual tardy style we didn’t get up until 10.00 am, drank coffee, took ALONG time to get out the house and had accepted the fact that we had missed the parade.
We decided to wander down to Hove Lawns and slowly make our way over to Preston Park where the party was. Upon our arrival all of the pride floats were at Hove Lawns, unbeknownst to us there had been a bomb scare that had delayed the parade, and had worked perfectly for us because the parade literally started as soon as we arrived!

We followed the parade all the way through Brighton over to London Road where we met up with our friends, and danced in the street, watching the parade and cheering everyone as they passed. Everyone seemed to be having a brilliant time with huge smiles on their faces.

Once the parade had finished we went to Preston park to start the real party! It was fantastic, we drank, we danced, everyone was having a fantastic time. It seemed to be over far too quickly. I want to go back and do it all again.

My friend described the atmosphere as “electric” and it really was. It seemed the whole of Brighton had come out to celebrate and was having an amazing time. Brighton you did yourself proud. I cannot WAIT for next year!