Sunday, September 19, 2021
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Sunday, September 12, 2021
On the 31st of July our friends Lou and Si came over to hang out with us and see the kittens, who they last saw in September 2020 when they were only a few months old. We ordered pizza from Papa Johns as we had a voucher which gave us 50% off. We had a vegan pizza, a veggie pizza, and a chicken pizza, to get everyone's needs catered for, and a bunch of sides. I don't LOVE Papa Johns pizza, but it was okay - the veggie pizza was nice. Lou and Si brought some vegan cakes from near their house, which were lovely.
In the morning, Lee and I had been to the gym. I'm not sure if I mentioned it, but I set myself a challenge to swim 2.5 miles in July. This was 202 lengths. We usually go swimming only once a week, and I'd say we only do around 20 lengths each time, so obviously that's only around 80 a month. So doing more than twice that would be a proper challenge for me. I decided to ask for sponsorship and wanted to raise money for Mind as mental health issues are close to my heart, so they're a charity I like to support.
I knew it would stretch me, and challenge me. I did lengths with my mum and with Lee. When it was really hot Lee and I went a few times to cool down, so didn't do loads of lengths then, but everything was a little more towards the total. On the 26th of July my mum and Lee and I did enough lengths so that I only had ten left to do!
I went to the gym a couple of times by myself, which is not something I do often, but when I did I managed to do thirtty lengths all at once. I paid for it with pain the next day though, when I could barely walk because I was hurting so much. I'm sure most people could do way more lengths than me, but due to chronic pain I've to be careful. But it was a challenge for me!
Anyway, before Lou and Si arrived, Lee and I went to the gym and did the final ten lengths and then eight more, meaning I had a total of 210 for the month! I'm so pleased. I also raised over £500 for Mind, which is absolutely brilliant. I had so many brilliant donations and I'm so pleased I did it. And proud of myself!
We will definitely try to go to the gym more often I think, and I really should get better at going by myself. I'll try to keep a tally of how many lengths I do next month and see whether I could get to 150, for instance.
After the gym we came home and I got in the shower. Lou and Si arrived and so did the pizzas and it was really nice to just chill!
I was wearing this t-shirt from Simply Be with sequinned lips on it, I haven't worn it in ages but I like it, and a black pleated skirt that I think is from New Look. I got it at a clothes swap though - remember them! Hopefully we'll be able to have one again soon.
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Sunday, September 5, 2021
I feel like I haven't done an outfit post in forever! You've seen some of the outfits I've worn recently, but I've been mostly wearing the same things especially as it's been so hot. I've been living in long dresses and nothing else!
But on Tuesday the 27th of July I had to go to a meeting in Leeds. I've volunteered as a trustee for a charity in West Yorkshire and that was the first meeting. I'm excited about it, I hope that I can lend my skills to the Trustee board. I met a bunch of people which was good, and I learnt a whole load of new things too.
I left Leeds around 3.30 and got home just after 4pm. Lee had finished work so we went to the Food Warehouse in Barnsley and bought a bunch of stuff for our new freezer, which had arrived a couple of days before. We got loads of yummy vegetarian stuff and some potato products and tons of ice creams. When we got back the kittens were very excited I was home as I'd been gone ALL DAY.
Anyway, I was wearing this old Scarlett & Jo skirt, which is one of my favourites as it's nice and light, and a plain white t-shirt from Simply Be. The t-shirt is nice and stretchy, it's nice to wear.
I look absolutely knackered because I hadn't been sleeping well due to the heat, due to exhaustion, and due to chronic pain. Sorry! But that's real life!
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Saturday, August 28, 2021
For Christmas 2019, you know, in the Before Times, my mum and stepdad bought us a voucher for afternoon tea at Wentworth Garden Centre. I don't know if you've ever been but it's a lovely place - there's a large gift shop, a huge plant nursery, a cafe with the nicest homemade cake, gardens, an aquarium/farm, children's play area, etc etc. I love it there and my mum had had an afternoon tea so she bought us the voucher. However, due to lockdown, we obviously haven't been able to use it, and we weren't sure if it had an expiry date or not.
But a few weeks ago Lee rang up and we could still use it, so we booked the tea for one Sunday afternoon. The only time they had was 3.30, which was a strange time really, but we had some early lunch and just chilled out for most of the day until we set off for Wentworth.
We went into the cafe which was the emptiest I have literally ever seen it. It's usually heaving. But restrictions were still in place so I guess that is partly why. I was expecting to be seated in the cafe but instead we were led through to the Bothy, where there were a couple of other tables already eating afternoon tea.
As it was so hot we were offered the choice of cold drinks instead of tea and coffee, so Lee went for lemonade and I ordered a Coke. I don't often drink full sugar Coke (we usually have caffeine free) but it's really nice when the pop is cold and the weather is hot.
Our afternoon tea stands arrived just after the drinks. I had all vegetarian sandwiches and Lee didn't have any red meat, but I swapped one of my egg sandwiches for his cheese and chutney as he doesn't like cheese. There were tons of cakes on top - scones, a chocolate torte, lemon posset, coffee cake, and a raspberry meringue. I couldn't eat all the cake so brought some home.
It was a really lovely tea, it's just a shame it was so hot in the Bothy. I'm glad we finally got to use our gift!
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Saturday, August 21, 2021
I went to Manchester in mid July to meet up with my friend Amy. She had a baby, Robyn, in February and obviously thanks to lockdown I haven't been able to meet the baby yet so we made plans to meet up when we could. I suggested meeting at the Drop Bar Cafe in Chorlton. We've been before, two and a bit years ago when Amy's first baby Daisy was very little. I had it in my head that it was completely vegetarian, but I was wrong. It does serve meat, but it has good veggie and vegan options. It's Jamaican, so everything is nice and spicy!
Amy mentioned to me that Lily's, a vegetarian Indian restaurant in Ashton-under-Lyne that we've been to a couple of times, now has a deli in Chorlton, so I decided to go early to Manchester to go to it and to the Unicorn grocery, which is just near the deli. I've been there before with Amy. I had a gorgeous drive across the moors in the sunshine and arrived at the Unicorn around about 11.15. They're extending it so the car park isn't huge, but I managed to get parked. I bought lots of snacks like Bombay mix, and some sourdough bread for Lee, and some coleslaw and onion bhajis for both of us. In Lily's I bought samosas and a portion of dhal and stuff. It was so hot so I also got a cold can of lychee Rubicon out of the fridge!
I drove along to the Drop Bar Cafe and parked nearby at just after 12. I went in and got our table, even though I was a bit early. I ordered a pineapple juice and read my book while I waited for Amy.
She and Robyn turned up not too long later, Robyn dressed in just her dungarees which I was very jealous about because it was warm! Amy ordered the vegan drop box and I ordered the veggie hence drop box, I'm pretty sure this is exactly what we each had last time!
Mine was so good, it has jerk halloumi, veg curry, fried plaintain, two types of coleslaw, rice and peas, and a fried dumpling. It was all so nice, absolutely amazing flavours and really delicious. I'd recommend the place if you're in the area and you like Jamaican food!
I had been sitting in the same place for quite a while by the time we left, and as I stood up I realised that the front part of my leg was numb down my shin. I'm pretty sure this is still a by effect of my surgery and the fact that the spinal block didn't wear off properly. I'm finding this happens sometimes, and if I get pins and needles in my leg it physically hurts, like I'm being pricked with actual needles, for ages as it wears off. I've mentioned it to my consultant and he said it was just an after effect and I shouldn't worry. The numbness did wear off, but it took over a day to do it. Sigh!
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Saturday, August 14, 2021
Right at the end of June I went to Uppermill, right on the top of the Pennines, to see Steph. I obviously haven't seen her in forever thanks to the pandemic, and she was off for a few days so I drove over. It's weird because I put the address in my satnav and it took me a weird way to Holmfirth, and I thought, well if you'd said I had to go through Holmfirth I could have got myself there! I followed the A635 across the moors then. It was a lovely sunshiney warm day and driving across the moors listening to a podcast was beautiful! It's been a long time since I've driven myself so far, by myself, as where I've been for 16 months has been with Lee or just driving to work or somewhere like that. So it was nice!
I parked in Uppermill and met Steph. We went in a couple of shops and then had a cup of coffee in the sunshine. Then we went to a garden centre nearby which is also where we ended up eating lunch. The food was nice but the service was slow - the staff seemed very confused about what was going. We drove a little bit after lunch and went past some gorgeous parts of the moors. Then we went to a pub and had some dessert there while sitting on the canalside in the sunshine. It was really lovely! I didn't want to be too late home so I set off back about 3pm, but it was so lovely to see Steph and catch up after so long.
I was wearing my new LGSM t-shirt. I saw it in The Bookish Type in Leeds but didn't have enough money to buy it as well. But then I immediately regretted it and decided to order it online. You can usually buy it through Gay's the Word (where LGSM originated), but it was out of stock. But then Housman's bookshop had it, so I ordered through them. I must point out it was the same £12 wherever I bought it. It arrived first thing on Tuesday so I put it on. I love it! I'll be wearing it lots over the summer I reckon. It's a 2XL which is the biggest size they stock (boo!) and while it doesn't fit me on the hips, it does fit on my arms and boobs so is fine tucked into a skirt. I love it!