Goodbye 20s

Today is the last day of my twenties. I have been asked how I feel about turning 30: overall really good.

My twenties have been great, I’ve been very lucky.

I was at Uni
I met I guy I liked
I graduated
I got an internship
I got a proper job
I moved into a house share in Brighton
I got promoted
I moved in with that guy I liked
We got engaged
We bought our first home
We got married

And to finish up we’re now expecting a baby.

As a start to my thirties, that’s a pretty awesome thing, and add in we’ll hopefully be moving before Christmas I reckon 30 will fly by.

Do you enjoy birthdays?

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I’m pregnant

So the give away is in the title really.

I’ll start with the obvious, we are both very happy about it. We  told our close family and a few friends before the 12 week stage, around 6-8 weeks depending on when we saw them, as if anything were to have happened so far these are the people we would lean on for support, but thankfully all OK so far.

So that’s my news, for the moment. I’ll probably share a post about how I found the first trimester soon, in my oversharing way : )

Holidaying in the middle of nowhere

We have been trying to save for a trip to the USA in the Autumn, but Jack has a long summer holiday as a teacher and it would be a long old wait until October without a bit of a break. So we took a little short break and visit the North Penine area, to a gorgeous little cottage.

We stayed from Saturday to Wednesday as we had a wedding in Sussex the following weekend and schools holidays starting meant travelling back any later in the week would have been a nightmare.

The cottage was a great base to visit Hadrians Wall and we took a trip to look around a Roman fort, Vindolanda and well as visiting the sycamore made famous in a scene

We were also away over our second wedding anniversary, so decided to take a day to visit a spa and chill out in our ‘cotton’ robes. We visited Headlam Hall which was roughly an hour’s drive from our cottage, where we had a use of the pool, sauna and steam room, then some lunch and later in the afternoon some lovely treatments. And the sun was shining!

If you haven’t ventured up north for a UK based holiday, I can’t recommend it enough!

Where have you been this summer?

 

 

Don’t always believe what you read

My review on reviews. Specifically relating to review services such as Trustpilot, based on a recent experience.

Now then. You might not know this, I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it. We’re selling our flat and hoping to move. Except we haven’t had a single viewing or viewing request via Purplebricks.

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Our flat has been listed on their website, and Zoopla, and with a premium rightmove listing (for an extra fee) for over a month, and we haven’t had a single sniff. Which is not what I expected based on the rave reviews.

So I submitted my own review of our experience and no sooner had I submitted it to the site than I received an email from Trustpilot.

purplebricks.com has reported your review because they don’t believe you’ve had a genuine buying or service experience. Reported reviews are temporarily moved offline.

Well then. In order for my real review to actually be seen by people who might be considering the service I had to:

  1. Find your order confirmation, invoice, delivery report or proof of service with purplebricks.com. The documents should show: the name of the business, your name, the date, and a reference number. See more here.

  2. Send your documents by replying to this email. We accept forwarded emails from purplebricks.com, screenshots of user registration/profile or similar, and pdf attachments.

When we receive your documentation, we’ll review it and get back to you.

I did that and am waiting to hear back, but how many people submit reviews and then can’t or don’t get around to sending over their proof. If Purplebricks do this to every negative review, they are really skewing their numbers.

So, don’t believe everything you read, because there is every chance it’s just one side.

Where have I been?

No posts for a little while now. Life has been busy getting in the way, not necessarily in a good way, but there it is.

We’ve been super busy at work with an office move and add on to that that I will be going to two family funerals in the next two weeks and maybe there is a fair excuse in there.

I have posts in progress about my trip to Venice with my sister and the fact that we are hoping to move this year but they’ve been stuck in draft form for a little while now.

I’m hoping to get back to writing nonsense again soon.

Baking: Blueberry and Mint Lemon Drizzle


At my new job some of my colleagues take part in a non competitive bake off, where each Monday someone takes a turn to bring in a baked good/s of their choosing.

I like baking, but it does sometimes lead to too much ‘tasting’ of my hard work, so baking for 30 people was a great opportunity to try two things and not be at risk of eating all the leftovers.

I made two loaves based on this Blueberry, Lemon and Mint Drizzle Cake listed on DeliciousMagazine.co.uk.

When I was out shopping for the ingredients, I could not for the life of my find desicated coconut in Tescos… What’s up with that?! So I skipped it and added an extra 25 grams of flour.  I also accidentally added all of the lemon juice into the mix, as I misread it. I would definitely make that change again, as it turn out deliciously moist. (Although I do hate the word moist)

The extra lemon juice meant I had to bake by eye, as it needed longer than stated and I did I few skewer checks. To stop it from burning on the top, once the top had a nice colour I wrapped both my loaves with foil.

If you like Lemon Drizzle Cake, and you like mint and blueberrys, this is definitely worth a go. It was scrumptious.

What are your favourite recipes to bake? Any recipe recommendations would be very welcome!

“Good Afternoon” from a stranger

Today on my break I went for a walk around some residential streets near I work, as you do when it mild and not raining. I walked past two builders who were working on one of the houses.

As I passed they both stopped and one loudly said “Good Afternoon” in my direction. I don’t tend to talk to strangers in the street, everything about being safe as as woman has told me not to react.

As I carried on walking, neither smiling nor speaking he bellowed after me “She must be deaf or something! Rude cow!”


Charming eh?!

I and friends of mine have talked about the fact that we have been dealing with unwelcome comments in the street since we were barely teenagers. What do these men expect the outcome to be? Should I holla “Good Afternoon” back, be chuffed that he said that rather than the regular torrent of “Give us a smile” “Cheer up love” and the list goes on.

I wish I could quiz them on why, or educate them on how intimidating it can be. I’ll not feel guilty about posting about it. We should be able to walk on our lunch breaks, on our way to and from work, and heck even home after a night out without having someone force themselves into our day.

I hope you are all having a good Tuesday!

Being used a Catfishing bait

So weird one I thought I would share with you. A guy got in touch with me to let me know someone has been using my publicly available images to Catfish people, including him.

What the heck is Catfishing?

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So I prefer the first definition, but the one about luring people into a relationship by creating a fictional online character seems to be what’s gone on.

Now then. My initial reaction was “I don’t believe you” so I asked for links and how long it had been going on. He said it’s all been taken down and it had been going on for quite a while. So I am now left a little perplexed.

Was someone using my photos? Do I need to do anything about it now? I don’t know. I enjoy using instagram, not only for browsing and seeing what other people have been up to, but also to share and that includes my own face. I feel bad if anyone has been hurt, but it wasn’t my actions or choices that caused that hurt.

So for now I am going to carry on sharing as I share, and just politely ask: please don’t use my face. It’s mine, I grew it myself (with the genetic help of my parents), and I don’t like to think that it is being used in a dishonest way, because I am not dishonest.

Stay safe out there, on and off line.

New Job

I am starting a new role at a new company next week and I am really looking forward to it.

I’d hoped to stay at my most recent role for a good long while but realised it wasn’t a good fit. Sad to leave, as the team there are great, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. Or I’ve got to, in this case.

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It’s in a different field of ‘creative’ than I have worked in before, but still admin/support based. I’m really looking forward to learning more about the industry and being part of my new team. Wish me luck!

Little Book Review: Blue by Danielle Steel

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So. I’ve never read a Danielle Steel book before. I know! How is that even possible! She has written so so many.

This book, Blue, was given to me in my stocking and I’ve just finished it. I thought I’d write up a little review of how I found it.

I got through it very quickly, it was definitely a story that I got into, and cared about the two main characters, Blue and Ginny. It wasn’t what I would class as chic lit, these two characters find each other and overcome challenges from their past.

Was there anything I didn’t like about it? Yes. I felt like the history of each of the characters was repeated again and again and again. It made me feel like the storyteller is assuming I am a bit dim and have forgotten this.

Would I read another of Danielle Steel’s novels? Yes. There is no question that overall I enjoyed this. It was quite an easy read, so I will probably pick up another of her books later in the year.

In terms of books, I am trying to up my reading this year and have recently bought:

  • The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

So there will be little reviews of each of those coming as and when I work my way through them.

If you have any recommendations for me, please let me know. I’ll always game to try a new author, or genre.