Posts Tagged ‘Hannah’

Midweek Mundane

This was a thing for a while; at least amongst a couple of bloggers that I followed, so I thought I’d resurrect it. In case you’re wondering, it’s just a general description of a midweek day; nothing special or out of the ordinary, just a normal day at work. Although most of the extraordinary days start off as mundane, so who knows what’s going to happen!

The day of choice is today, 10th May 2017. A very typical day in the life of me and my job, though as we are one week away from leaving for one of our events, it was busier day than many others, with lots of loose ends to tie up, and a to-do list to work through.

My mornings are usually fairly stress-free, mainly because I don’t trouble myself with too much. I usually wake up fairly early, but lay in bed until I can’t push it any further. Today, I had to put tonight’s dinner in the slow cooker, so I had to give myself a little more time – in the shower by 7.45, dinner was cooking by 8.10, and we were out the door by 8.30, as always.

Breakfast at my desk is always cereal, and because I bought the biggest box of cornflakes about two weeks ago, it’s been cornflakes for a while. This led me straight into a morning of work; as I mentioned, it’s all stuff to do with the show, tying up loose ends. I decided to try something new this morning, as my friend Hannah had told me a little while ago about the idea of working solidly for 52 minutes and then taking a 17 minute break. I can’t take a 17 minute break in the middle of the morning, but I can try and work without distractions for 52 minutes, and then reward myself with a cup of tea or something similar. So that’s what I did, until halfway through I was pulled into a meeting. It worked quite well though!

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Lunch was boring, a couple of slices of raisin loaf and a yoghurt. I struggle so much with lunches; it’s not always feasible to have leftovers from last night’s dinner, and so I’m often left with a sandwich or something equally uninspiring. Tomorrow we have a group lunch, Fajita Thursday or Friday has been a thing for a while; we each take it in turns to bring in a different component of the fajitas, and it’s my favourite lunch of the week!

The afternoon was a little frantic; we had some website issues that needed to be sorted, and there were various emails that needed to be sent out. The best thing about the afternoon was the return of the ice cream man who has been missing for a few weeks!

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After work, and after a hastily eaten dinner (aren’t slow cookers amazing?) Hannah and I went into Colchester, back to our old university, to see a play. It was called Semblance of Madness!, and it was only about 45 minutes long, with a cast of three, but it was certainly interesting. A quick trip to Tesco, and back home, with one episode of Parks and Rec, and now I’m in bed writing this and listening to this week’s episode of The West Wing Weekly.

A thoroughly mundane Wednesday, with an interesting evening to perk things up!

 

A Bank Holiday Visit to Cambridge

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I live exactly 37.3 miles from Cambridge, the world-famous university city, but until recently, had never visited. That changed on a whim on Easter Monday, when my friend Hannah suggested a day trip.

The best places to visit, according to Hannah (the driver), are the ones with park and ride systems, because she says that parking is the worst part of driving anywhere! So she researched Cambridge’s Park and Ride, and off we went.

Cambridge Graffiti

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The weather more or less played ball; it started off fairly cloudy, but the sun was soon shining, and though it wasn’t the warmest day ever, we avoided any traditional British bank holiday rain. I didn’t really know what to expect from the city, aside from the fact that it is, of course, famous for its colleges. The city centre itself seems quite small, and easily navigable on foot.

I was on a Blue Plaque quest; in case you aren’t aware, one of my 35 Before 35 goals is to photograph 50 blue plaques. There will be a whole blog post about this at some point, but suffice to say that I found around fifteen, and searching them out really gave us a good excuse to explore places we might not otherwise have found.Punting in Cambridge

We didn’t go for a punt on the river; the weather was probably a little on the cool side for that, and in all honesty, I was offended by how much pressure the tour guides were comfortable exerting to get us to sign up. It’s a nice idea, and must be a great way to see the colleges, but not on this occasion. And not with those particular tour guides!

The colleges themselves were, of course, beautiful, and the city has managed to merge old and new in a really organic way; of course there are the high street shops that you can’t avoid in city centres, but they don’t detract from the beauty of the centuries-old buildings that have educated some of the most incredible minds of all time.

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King's College, Cambridge

I had a really lovely time in Cambridge, and I’m hoping to go back at some point this year to pay a visit to my online friend Charlotte – as a local I’m hoping she’ll show me some of the less-touristy areas!

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Cambridge Colleges

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Looking back ~ August 2016

Here we are, yet again, at the end of the month, with a look back at last month! (In my defence I started this post at least two weeks ago, and then didn’t complete it!) Ah well, I’m committed to the idea now that this is never going to be something the I post at the ‘right’ time, so you’re getting it now!

August had a big gaping hole in the middle of it where I didn’t get to go to Mark Kermode: Live in 3D, because there wasn’t one. I know that sounds melodramatic, and of course, it is, but it is something I look forward to, and so it feels like a long time since the last one! The next one is on Monday, so I’m very much looking forward to that.

In other news, you know all about my trip to Liverpool, as I blogged about it here. The five days that I took off was the longest I’ve had off work since Christmas, and will be the longest I have off until January, so it was a very welcome break, and I had a lovely time.

I also went to a hen afternoon at the beginning of the month; it was for my lovely university friend Montanna, who is getting married in October, and she had a whole weekend of fun planned, but I only joined in for the Afternoon Tea at the Royal Garden Hotel. It was very lovely, and it was great to catch up with some university friends that I haven’t seen in a while. I wore a dress that I bought specially from Lindy Bop, and I even tried some victory rolls in my hair. I’m not sure the hair really worked, but I loved the dress!

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I also managed to take and pass my theory test. I started driving lessons a little while ago (something I need to blog about as it’s a 34 Before 34 item), but I have had to take a short break for now while I work out how to change driving instructors! But my theory test is done and dusted, which is nice.

August also saw a trip to Scunthorpe, which is where my friend and housemate Hannah is from, for her niece’s christening. This was a lovely weekend, for which I had to buy yet another new dress (I know, right?).

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With that, I’m struggling somewhat to think of anything else that I did! Instagram is usually my friend for this monthly post, because I tend to upload photos of most major social events onto there. I guess I just wasn’t all that social in August.

Now, shall I promise that my September post will be a bit more timely? Probably best not to…

Birthday Number 33

I had a birthday last week. I’m still a little sad that it’s over, because I just love my birthday so much. It’s not about the presents, or the fuss, it’s just about the feeling that you get on your birthday that you get on no other day of the year. I have dubbed it the special birthday feeling, because I have a way with words.

I dubbed the week surrounding last Thursday my birthday week. I’m not usually so precious, but the truth was that I got up to a lot of fun things between 7th and 15th November! A few of them are 33 Before 33 things that I wanted to get ticked off before the deadline, and as such they will have separate posts shortly. But here are just a few of the things I got up to.

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  • I got a piercing (post to follow)
  • I went to the fireworks display at Alexandra Palace with Hannah; at only £6 I think it was a bit of a bargain, and it was a really long display, and totally worth the journey into London.
  • I went to my niece’s 6th birthday party; she’s currently undergoing an incredible Spongebob Squarepants obsession, and the whole party was themed as such! She dressed as Spongebob himself, encouraged her friends to wear yellow, and had crab patty cakes. All rather fun.
  • I went to the Lord Mayor’s Show in London on Saturday morning with my sister and her family. We’ve been going for years and it was the 800th anniversary this year – amazing to think something has been going for that long!
  • No big deal, but I met Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo at their Movie Doctors event. There’s a blog post to follow here too.
  • I had a birthday! This is a photo of me that I really, really like, wearing a present that my friend Laura bought me – it’s a necklace that says ‘Practically Perfect in Every Way’ in case you can’t see it.
  • On the evening of my birthday, I went for something to eat with some lovely ladies from work. I’m really grateful to this little lot for making my birthday special and full of laughter.
  • On the day that we went to London to see the Movie Doctors, Hannah and I also went on a little boat trip on the Thames. It was freezing cold, but good fun, and I took quite a lot of photos, including this one of Tower Bridge.

In all the excitement, I sort of forgot that I had turned a year older. My age means relatively little to me; I keep waiting for the year when I’m going to freak out about getting another year older, but it hasn’t come yet. I’m 33 now, and the only thing that bothers me about it is that it’s an odd number, and I much prefer even numbers!

Photo an Hour #25 ~ August 2015

As ever, I’m slightly behind with recapping the latest Photo an Hour day. It took place the weekend before last, on the bank holiday weekend. When I set the date, I didn’t have anything special planned, but then as time went on, I arranged to see my sister, and then got roped in to help my friend Lucy with a show she was putting on.

9am ~ I didn’t wake up very early, but when I did, I realised that I hadn’t listened to the previous day’s Wittertainment podcast. It makes a good accompaniment to laying in bed and checking social media.

10am ~ My room needed a tidy, mainly due to the fact that the flat had a viewing, but also because my sister was coming to see me and it was a bit of a mess!

 

11am ~ My sister and brother-in-law arrived (after getting slightly lost on the way), and after a quick nose around the flat, we headed out. The Colchester Free Festival takes place on the Bank Holiday weekend every year, so we went into town to take a look at what it had to offer.

12pm ~ One of the things the festival had to offer was some ‘delisious’ burritos. I didn’t eat one, though my brother-in-law did have some doughnuts that Sarah and I helped him with.

 

1pm ~ The festival hadn’t really got going while we were there, and it wasn’t doing much for us, so we headed back into town for a wander.

2pm ~ And then we headed to the Harvester for some lunch. I love spending time with my sister and brother-in-law, and I have gone from living down the road to them to living 30 miles away, so I don’t get to see them (or any members of my family) as often as I would like.

 

3pm ~ Anyone who has ever taken part in a Photo an Hour knows that sometimes you have to take a photo of your feet, if for no other reason than you simply don’t have anything else to photograph.

4pm ~ By four o’clock I was back in Colchester, at the theatre where my friend Lucy was putting on a show. She had roped Hannah and me in to help with lighting and sound, and I got saddled with the lighting. I’ve never done anything like this before, and I was really nervous, but I ended up really enjoying it!

 

5pm ~ I was in this box for about five hours, so the photos got a bit samey! This one is of the group of performers rehearsing. It was a singing show, something Lucy and her friends put on to raise some money for charity, and it was great.

6pm ~ The set list. As you can see, I had to do quite a bit of scribbling to reassure myself that I wasn’t going to plunge the singers into darkness at inappropriate moments!

 

7pm ~ Still in the box! It did become increasingly hard to find things to photograph, as you can see. They were still rehearsing at this point.

8pm ~ Show time!

 

9pm ~ Hannah is so often around on Photo an Hour days, and I often have to take a photo of her to mix things up! She was on sound, and knew what she was doing from the off – I took a bit more practice!

10pm ~ Out of the box! This was the staircase in the car park.

That was my day! I think given that I was sat in one place for so long, I didn’t do bad at some variety!

My ever-wonderful partner in crime, Louisa from Duck in a Dress has already rounded up the day, and linked to everyone who joined in. There’s quite a few of us these days, and I just love watching our little gang grow! I have plans for a website before too long; nothing fancy, just somewhere to collate things and keep people up to date. In the meantime, I’ve started an email list, so if you want a reminder a couple of days before the next Photo an Hour day, sign up here, and I’ll send one. The next one is taking place on 26th September, who’s in?

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