Seeing as last year’s Mighty Boosh extravaganza was so much fun we’ve decided to go for the comedy factor again this year and do halloween old-school!
Pumpkin, Spiders, Cats, Bats, Skeletons and Ghosts will be joining the party in cartoon stylee - as cheesy as possible! I’m doing a costume lucky dip and handing out the costumes over the next few weeks to everyone invited, they can keep them secret if they like and swap their costume with someone else - but only once!
The one thing i’m missing is a catchy theme name for my facebook event, how about Bringing Spooky Back, or Old-School Spooks? Hmmmm, will keep thinking on that one!
I’m sat at my desk this morning wearing a long sleeved top, cardigan and a snood in order to keep the chills away. With drizzle, grey skies and a temperature of 14oC I don’t think we need Michael Fish to tell us that autumn is definitely on it’s way. An email from mum and dad in Portugal yesterday didn’t help my weather misery either by letting me know that if anything, it’s actually too hot for them where they are in the world. Thank you for that parentals, I do feel sorry for you indeed…*grumbles*
Still, I’m holding out for a bit of sunshine next week when the kids go back to school, it normally seems to happen that way – even if it just means I can eat my dinner outside for a few days without a cardi on I’ll be happy! But if anyone wants to whisk me away to a hot country for seven days then that’s perfectly alright too, just let me know when to start packing.
Tonight Jobean came round and we had dinner - prawn stir fry with noodles, quick and easy but very tasty! After playing on the wii for a while and watching some trashy tv we decided to whip up a batch of strawberry & lemon tarts.
Well i don’t know what we did wrong, but they exploded and sizzled everywhere resulting in Jo’s burnt finger and some rather ugly looking pastry! But they still tasted pretty good after being rescued by a bit of cream and provided a lot of laughs!
I know i’m late to the party but i’ve just been watching the videos from last night’s VMA’s and my love for Beyonce and the Gaga has just grown ten-fold!
Jay Z looked so proud of his wife and beautiful bump when he was watching her performance, i’m absolutely over the moon for them! And Brian May stepping out in the middle of Gaga’s (or should i say Jo’s) set was incredible - as was Dave Grohl’s reaction!
Remember those beautiful clothes i brought from ASOS the other week? Well all of them apart from the bargain £12 dress fit me perfectly so i wrapped it up and sent it back for a refund. I looked at my account this morning and found that ASOS has actually refunded me the whole transaction amount instead of just the £12 dress meaning i’ve gained around £40 along with my beautiful skirts and nail polish.
Seeing i’m a huge believer in Karma i sent ASOS an email to let them know about the extra money i’ve received. I’d hate for the poor person who made the mistake to get in trouble and besides, the money i was sent isn’t mine - i’d be stealing. A few of the people i’ve spoken to about it think i’m crazy to tell them, and it got me wondering…
…what would you do?
After four emails to ASOS customer service they still haven’t been able to ‘solve my problem’…i don’t think they get emails asking them to take money back off customers too often! I’ve been waiting five days for their latest respose and i really don’t think it’s coming, so i’ve decided to give them their money back by buying more things - my new pair of heeled courts are on their way to me as we speak! :P
So where exactly do you keep your bunnies? I have one myself but I live in a small apartment. What would you suggest I do? I feel bad cause I can't keep my bun in his cage all the time but I can't go to the park with him all the time either with how hot it is in Florida! By the way I love your blog! So much cuteness <3
Hi Tayy, it’s so lovely to speak to you - thank you for following!
Colin and Crumble live in their own bunny mansion in our garden! I’ve been asked on a few occasions to post pictures of their custom built home but i keep forgetting - sorry everyone!! The boyfriend is in the process of building them a mini bunny gym for the inside so when he’s finished that and painted it all i’ll take some pictures and put them up! It takes a while to do anything inside there because the buns are nosey and won’t leave him alone!
You could always bunny-proof your apartment and litter train your bun so he can hop around your whole apartment safely all day? I know a few people who have house bunnies and it works really well. Either that or buy your bun a really amazing indoor cage so he has enough space to frolic around and exercise himself in the safety of his cage! Bunnies need a lot of room to hop and jump around otherwise the muscles along their backs can become weak…plus they enjoy it - so try to find a safe way for them to hop up and down levels too ♥
There were confetti canons, fireworks, acrobats, circus performers and lots of flying around! The set changes were so clever and the story was devised really well to include all the great characters whose accents were fab, and their acting was perfect. It was thoroughly entertaining and I would go again tomorrow if i could (no seriously, i’ve looked for any spare seats already!).
If you get a chance to see this incredible show then go go go - you won’t regret it!
Hi Amelia! I just read your post about S.A.D and was wondering how you were diagnosed? I think I might have it too, and have done for quite a few years now. I'm kind of scared to go to the doctor though because I think they might just send me away and tell me not to be silly. Thanks :) xx
Well to be honest i don’t often go to the doctors - only if i know i need anti-biotics for something or i’m ill for a very long time - so i actually mentioned it to a doctor when i was in for something else. Apart from asking me a few half-hearted questions, he didn’t really help me with anything so i decided to research it in a bit more detail myself.
I kept a diary of how i was feeling and the different things i tried to solve it and the next time i took a trip to my GP i raised the issue again, this time with a different doctor. For some reason my second doctor was a lot more pro-active about the issue and listened to what i was going through and the kind of things i’d done to try and help it.
By then i’d figured out that my light box really worked for me and when put on a timer set for an hour before my alarm, it really helped make mornings a lot easier and give my brain a big boost. As for the depression side of things i’d learnt to cope a bit better by giving myself lots of little things to look forward to and keep me going. Even silly things like meeting a friend for coffee, or going to the cinema really help to keep my spirits higher, and of course eating well to include lots of serotonin boosting foods and regular exercise helps too.
I was 100% against using medication to help with the symptoms of depression so my doctor suggested vitamin D supplements among others to help in a less medicated way. Which i tried, but i really don’t like taking pills to solve problems so i stopped using them and tried to introduce more specific vitamins into my diet naturally which again seemed to help.
Once i’d found a doctor who seemed to want to help with my S.A.D it was a huge relief to know i wasn’t just going bonkers! But i think if you can help yourself instead of relying on others it gives you a great feeling of pride and finding natural ways to deal with your symptoms is definitely the way forward. Don’t suffer in silence though, if you ever need to talk my ask box is always open - try to stay positive and keep smiling even though the sun isn’t shining ♥
So it seems that the permanently grey sky England is wearing at the moment has caused my S.A.D to kick in about two months early. The lack of daylight for the past three days has made it increasingly harder for me to wake up every morning and feel human. No amount of coffee seems to wake up my brain throughout the day and I find myself desperately clinging on to the excitement for watching Batman Live as a way of cheering myself up a bit.
Apart from my boyfriend I don’t think anyone I’ve spoken to about my disorder actually takes it seriously. They all seem to dismiss it as a problem because they don’t take the time to really listen about the real differences between S.A.D and ‘winter blues’. The main response I get is ‘well we all find it hard to get up in the winter months’, but what a lot of people don’t realise is that in S.A.D sufferers this is caused by problems with how the brain works resulting in chemical imbalances meaning a whole different problem.
Regardless, it looks as if I’ll be digging out my light box and stocking up on the serotonin boosting dark choccie a lot sooner than I anticipated. Thanks for that British weather, and FYI – you suck.
Try the program couch to 5k. It’s great!! I started it and never thought I would be able to do it and I’ve breezed through it. It’s only 25 minutes 3 times a week. It’s also nice to have someone else to motivate you to actually go out and run : )
I just looked into this and it seems like a really nice program! I ran 5K earlier on this year in Race for Life and it was such good fun, and so was the training with the girls from my last office. I may have to give them a call and ask if they want to go for a jog again! :)
The boyfriend has sent me off to work with a freshly made salad, balsamic dressing and a snack pot filled with celery sticks, baby sweetcorn and low fat humus! I also grabbed a tin of weight watchers tomato soup and an apple for emergency hunger pangs – I’m a woman on a mission.
Although since moving out we have actually been eating a lot healthier than before – low fat homemade meals, no red meat, no naughty desserts, lots of veggies etc I’ve still managed to acquire an extra half a stone from somewhere and it’s got to go! Part of me does quite enjoy the new womanly curves but the other half longs for my flat tummy back again for the more body-con items of clothing lurking in my wardrobe.
So operation get healthy (and lose 7lbs) begins today. I am capitalising on on a week where my appitite seems to be lower and i’m bursting with enthusiasm about losing some puppy fat. Starting with 30minutes of exercise a day, no bread or crisps during the week, and a big cut-down on vino. I think if I can slowly shave off a few 100kcals a day and team it with some cardio and toning exercises I’ll be back to my moderate size in no time….i will miss my new curves though, just a little!
The first concert i can remember was my teenage boy band crush - O*Town! My dad took me to see them in Nottingham and i love him forever for doing so. It must have been the worst night of his life standing there surrounded by screaming teenage girls listening to such wonderful cheesy pop hits as ‘Liquid Dreams' and 'We Fit Together’. Example of true fatherly love right there.
But in the world of real music i’ve been to quite a few concerts, both stadium tours and little back room gigs to see:
Oasis, The Young Knives, Mr Hudson & The Library, The Rakes, Keith, The Twang, The Rifles, Son of Eagle, Wolfmother, The Macabees, Paul Smith, The Klaxons…and others i can’t remember right now.
We haven’t been to a gig in a while actually, probably about time we booked up some more!
Just thought I'd stop by and thank you for being awesome! I'm a long time follower and your posts always put a smile on my face :) Your positivity is inspiring!
Also, thanks for introducing me to ASOS! I'm totally in love with that site now, and just bought some amazing things on sale!
This is so lovely of you to pop by and say! I love to get to know my followers, it means so much you’ve stuck around for such a long time and taken the time to write to me. It’s given me the chance to have a look at your beautiful blog too - you’ve just got yourself a new follower lady.
I’m so glad you’ve discovered ASOS! I must admit, it’s one of my favourite places to shop - especially in the sale. I hope your new clothes turn up just as you expected, i’m sure they’ll look fantastic! ♥