Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Films of the Month - December

Here's the films I watched in December. I only watched ten, but it's so busy over Christmas and watching films with others is not a Christmas activity for us. In fact I don't watch much TV over Christmas and had to catch up loads afterwards!

On the first day of the month I was feeling a bit miserable so I watched The History Boys, which is one of my favourite films. I love it all, the boys, the humour, the soundtrack. It never fails to comfort me

I'd heard of Across the Universe but had never seen it. It looks and sounds really pretty, but I didn't love it 

I haven't read The Little Stranger, but I've heard good things about it, so I thought I would watch the film. It's okay, Domhnall Gleeson is really good, but it didn't do much for me. Still, I'm glad I've seen it

Christmas! I watched Nativity, which I like even though I don't really like Martin Freeman. It's fun, and the kids are fun

A few days later I watched Nativity 2, which I didn't think I had seen, but I have, I remembered a lot of the plot as I was watching. I love David Tennant, but it's not as good as the first one

Lee and I watched Die Hard because we always do at Christmas, isn't it great?!

Then we watched Home Alone, another Christmas classic

And then we watched Die Hard 2, which people think isn't as good as the first and third films, but I actually really like it. I like William Sadler as the bad guy and the plot

As I said previously we watched The Last Jedi at the end of the month as a reminder of what happened. I like it, I think there's a lot of good stuff going on

...which meant that I therefore felt even more badly about The Rise of Skywalker, because it just didn't carry on some arcs from TLJ. I'm sad the franchise ended in that way, but what can you do?

Sunday, February 23, 2020

The Rest of Christmas 2019

I've decided to combine the rest of my Christman into one post, because by the time you read this, it'll already be February. There's new stuff to be writing! I'm ready to move on from Christmas!

On Friday the 27th Lee and I left my mum's house and went to Leeds to see our friends Leanne and Adi and their baby. She is extremely suspicious of us, but did start to come round. We bought her a book which she liked. We had a nice afternoon with them. Afterwards we went home and both chilled out for a while, which was nice! A bit of quiet in all the madness.

On Saturday my aunt, uncle, and one of my cousins were in Wakefield, so we all congregated at my mum's house. She made bacon and sausage sandwiches for brunch, and let me tell you I almost wavered on the bacon. Lee doesn't eat red meat and now eats very little meat at all, but if he did, I think I wouldn't have managed being vegetarian for a whole year! Lee and I had veggie sausage and fried eggs instead.

We had a buffet in the evening and we played games which was fun - my 93 year old grandma read out the questions which is nice because it means she was included too.

On Sunday we all went to my grandma's. My other cousin and hsi wife arrived at ours before lunch as they were staying with us for a couple of nights, and we started watching The Last Jedi because they hadn't seen it and we were going to see The Rise of Skywalker the next day. We went to my grandma's around 2pm and again just chilled out together.

Neil had asked us the previous evening what each of us wanted to eat, as he was going to buy some bits and make a picky tea. I went for potatoes dauphinois and they were absolutely beautiful - stodgy and creamy and full of garlic. The entire table did look like a total hodge podge of food though, none of it made sense all together! But it was still delicious and that's the main thing.

On Monday me, Lee, Rob and Beth finished watching The Last Jedi and then headed to Huddersfield to see the new film. We had the Pizza Hut buffet for lunch which was great, I do love Pizza Hut pizza. THEN we saw The Rise of Skywalker. I.... didn't love it. I didn't think it fitted well after The Last Jedi, and I didn't like the ending. I didn't like how Poe and Finn were majorly sidelined, either. Or Rose! I love Rose! I know it had to change because Carrie Fisher died, but damn. I am angry about it.

Tuesday was New Year's Eve! Rob and Beth went to the supermarket with us and then we tidied up the house and chilled out until Bettie and Jen and Lou and Si arrived for the evening. It was really lovely to spend New Year's with all those people. We laughed a lot and had good food and strong drinks and didn't go to bed until past 2.30am. I was definitely hung over on New Year's Day.

And now it's 2020! We are living in the future, people.

Leanne and April and her new book

Last year I didn't get any Snow Fairy and complained about it, so this year both my mother and my mother in law made sure I'm well stocked up for this year! I'm not sure when I'll use the bath bombs, but hopefully soon

My face on the Saturday. The lipstick is Models Own and I love the colour of it. Also, I'm not sure what happened to the colour of my eyes, but I haven't edited this photo at all. They seem to have turned more blue recently, and maybe the make up emphasised that

Ruben sitting on my aunt's knee

Me and Peter at my grandma's on the Sunday

The hodge podge meal. Peter wanted quiche. It was extremely nice

Star Wars!

A panorama of my living room on New Year's Eve. I think everyone was doing my quiz at this point

Lee took this of me. My cousin Rob had been sitting on that chair, I swear. It was Lee's Christmas present from my mum

Bettie made me some very strong cocktails and I did very much enjoy them

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Boxing Day 2019

Boxing Day is always a favourite in my family as it's more relaxed than Christmas Day. Again there were just five of us, my grandma came over again and we were staying at my mum's house. I also had a shower in my mum's fancy shower, I love it!

We had leftovers for lunch and we played more games. My mum and I always make sure to look through each other's Christmas presents, which is always nice. It was a nice relaxed time.

My grandma has a lot of really gorgeous jewellery and for some reason she was showing Lee her opal ring. It came from Australia in 1923 (before she was born) and was set for her mother. It's lovely isn't it?

Ruben again

Playing Trivial Pursuit in the evening. It was a close thing, Lee and my mum and me all had our pieces filled and were on the way back to the centre, but I won!

I was crocheting while playing, doing this heart for my friend Chloe. She saw the one I made previously and commissioned me to make one for her. The colours are reversed, which she wanted, and it was a very tight fit (I should have done more stitches width wise), but I'm pleased with it

Leftovers! Lee and I had veggie pigs in blankets, but I didn't like them much and wouldn't bother buying them next year. I LOVE bread sauce, my mum and grandma and I all do!

Ruben is a very long cat

And here's his sister, Millie!

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Christmas Day 2019

We were at my mum's for Christmas Day and it was a really nice chilled out day. I often find Christmas Day really stressful for a number of reasons, but this was one of the best ones I've had. It was just relaxed and lovely. 

My grandma came for the day so there were five of us and it was a really chilled day. We had our starter about 1pm, then main course around 3.30pm, and finally pudding some time after that. It works really well for us. We opened presents in the middle and then in the evening we played games which was fun. Lee got Trivial Pursuit and Linkee as presents, both of which we played and which were good. We didn't own Trivial Pursuit before and my mum's edition has questions from 1989 which is pretty hilarious. 

Anyway, let me share some photos. 

What I wore. This skirt is about mid shin on me, and I made it! I bought the material a few months ago and borrowed my mum's sewing machine. I think it is actually material for curtains - it's quite thick silk in these two shades of green. I loved it and I think it's nice in a skirt. My seams are really straight and I'm proud of it! My mum (the seamstress) liked it too

Lee got this Star Wars t-shirt as a present from his sister so wore it on Christmas Day. It's lovely! I love the faded vintage look to it

One of my mum's presents to me was this Christmas cake! Lee doesn't like Christmas cake so I never make or buy one but I miss it! So my mum made the cake, and then asked her friend Louise's daughter Liv to decorate it. I love it! There's silver sparkle on it, too. It tastes so good!

One of the first presents I opened was from my friend Jane. Jane turned 30 last September and I sent her a book of poems that I copied out and a book of song lyrics that reminded me of her or whatever. So in return she sent me this diary which has a quote for EVERY SINGLE DAY of the year written in it. I LOVE it so much. It is such a special and thoughtful gift and I am so happy to call Jane my friend. It made me cry! It's lovely

My mum always takes a special pride in the dining table and this year she had bought this pretty purple tablecloth in France to use. It's lovely, isn't it?

Me and Lee

I had asked if we could have cauliflower cheese so I was tasked with making the cheese sauce. There was maybe a bit too much - there's more sauce than cheese here I swear!

The nut roast came out great! I really liked it, and although everyone else tried it, none of them liked it sadly

Oh! My mum bought me a new dressing gown. My old one was tatty and horrible, so I sent her a few that I liked and she chose this one. It's a Simply Be/Pretty Secrets one and it's that waffle stuff which is really good to dry off in!

Here's some of the books I got. Over on my book blog you can see my reviews of them as I'm aiming to read them all sooner rather than later

And finally Lee bought me a smart watch type of thing. I mainly want it as a step counter and timer. This one has no brand, but it does have a nice big face and a lilac silicon strap, both of which I like. I'm impressed with it so far!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Christmas Eve 2019

Christmas Eve was pretty quiet for me and Lee for most of the day. Neither of us were working so we had a quiet day just in our house. I had a present to finish off for my aunt and I also made myself some new jewellery. I have a bead subscription box where every month I get some beads and fixings through the post for just £5. It's a bargain but I don't often get round to using them and I need to, so I was happy to make these gold and burgundy earrings and bracelet for me to wear. Then about 4pm I had a shower and about 5pm we packed up the car with all our stuff and all the presents and set off to my mum's.

She had made us a veggie chilli for tea and was very concerned in case it was horrible, but it was really lovely and she needn't have worried! Afterwards, she and I made my vegan nut roast for me to eat with Christmas dinner the next day. It was this recipe from Jack Monroe and it was really easy to make. We baked it and then chilled it ready for the next day. My mum also cooked her turkey crown which she often does on Christmas Eve as there's so much else to cook on the day itself. We also prepared potatoes, carrots, and parsnips. The potato situation was a bit hilarious because she had ordered 4 of those packets of 4 potatoes, only someone had substituted that with four 2.5kg BAGS of potatoes, meaning we had around 48 potatoes instead of sixteen!

After that prep was all done we just played a game and had a few drinks, it was nice being just us four!

Earrings - everything was from the box except the red beads which were from a strand that I bought on eBay in November. I was after some green beads for my aunt and ended up buying five different colours. They are all gorgeous though!

These beads were also all from the box again except the red ones. I love these gold ones, I wish there'd been enough for the earrings but this was all of them. Still, I think it works overall

Many, many potatoes

Lee and I bought this glass and another for my stepdad for his birthday which says "All men must serve". I don't watch Game of Thrones but I like the glasses anyway

This is Ruben all happy in his radiator hammock next to me

And here's what I was wearing. The skirt is handmade, my mum made it for me three years ago after she had seen the fabric in a shop. It's a really heavy drapey fabric so I don't wear the skirt too often, but it is cute.

The top is from Simply Be a few years ago, I got it in the sale one January but had never actually worn it. I'd actually forgotten about it until I went through my wardrobe recently. It's a nice sparkle so perfect for Christmas. It's long sleeved but I pushed them up as my mum's house is always hot!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

What I Wore 22nd December

I had a couple of new things that I was saving to wear especially at Christmas. Does anyone else do this? I got this Joe Brown's dress from Crazy Clearance a few weeks ago and thought I would save it for Christmas. Yes, it is quite a summery dress. However, I have relatives who have really hot houses so I knew it would be fine. Lee is always warm so we keep our house quite cold and I'm used to it - I wear a lot of layers and I have a little fan heater for under my desk. So when I go to other people's houses, I definitely appreciate having cooler clothes to wear. The previous day to this, at Lee's mum's, I wore my Christmas jumper but I was far too warm so I was glad I had a top on underneath!

Anyway, I loved the colours of this dress and the big pink flower pattern. The top of the dress is a bit odd - it's got thin straps and they come in quite weirdly - if you could see it you would also be able to see my bra as it is closer in to my body than my bra straps. However, I knew that I would wear a cardigan with the dress so it wouldn't matter, and as I bought it from Crazy Clearance it was cheap enough anyway.

The material is quite thick and stretchy and I found this a bit odd, but I like the dress enough to wear it anyway. I love the colours and the pattern and it's quite swishy, so it's a yes from me!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Christmas Weekend in Durham

The weekend before Christmas we always go up to Durham to see Lee's family. We usually have a chaotic time with his siblings and his mam and stepdad and our friend Paul, who is an honorary member of the family. Then we usually go out for lunch with his dad and stepmum the next day. It's always a really lovely time and this one was particularly lovely!

I took lots of photos so I think I'll just post those and explain them as I go.

My face! I was wearing a Models Own lip stain, I really like their stuff because it lasts really well

Panorama I took of Lee's mam's back room

Lee, his brother Chris, and Paul

Lee's brother's girlfriend Libby made vegan banana peanut butter brownies, they were really good!

All of Lee's siblings on his mam's side. Kim and Chris, on the far right, are his full siblings. Andrew and Daniel are half brothers

With their mam (she's tiny)

And then all of the girls

I was wearing that new burgundy skirt from New Look and a white top from Simply Be

Paul and Lee, they've been friends for twenty years since they met at 6th form

Me and my niece Caitlin

My niece Leah and Bev and me

Chris and Gemma bought us a chocolate hamper, it's fab!

My niece Tillie was dancing. Her twin Tommy was away with his nana

Kim and Libby were very drunk and dancing all over

Lee's stepdad Gary was dancing to YMCA

Kim and me

On Sunday we went to Lee's dad's for a little while. His other sister Victoria was there, so it was nice to talk to her for a while. Then we went out to an Italian restaurant quite nearby as we could be sure that they would have vegetarian choices. Not all pubs in the north east do veggie options especially on Sundays! They tend to just have three choices of meat for Sunday dinner. 

I had tomato and mozzarella salad which was really lovely

Then I had a mushroom and garlic pizza which was very garlicky but also yummy!

We went back to Lee's mam's house for a bit - there was just Bev, Gary and Daniel there then. We opened our presents from them, I got lots of lovely things including Snow Fairy from Lush (which I love), some earrings, and this vegan cookbook!

We set off back a bit later and as is tradition we drove around the street where Lee's mam grew up as they always have lots of lights and it's just fun! These were the best houses

We got home around 9.30pm and went straight to bed!