Tuesday, 31 May 2016
If you are subject to sudden boughts of extreme cringiness or you happen to know me in real life then I'll apologise in advance for this TMI Review of...
Like every other woman on the planet, I bloody hate my period (pun intended). It hurts, it always comes when I don't want it to, and I've yet to find a way to say "I'm staying at home to cry and bleed" to my boss without getting the sack. The worst part (and sorry again to those of you who know me in real life) is the awkward desk to office bathroom dash with a secret tampie stuck down your bra, or the "FUCKING EW" part that comes when you need to change a sanitary pad in a meeting (not DURING the meeting of course. I should make it clear that I don't do that).
A couple of friends had been preaching to me about The Mooncup, along with other menstrual cups. I did my research, watched a few YouTube videos and was immediately turned off by the idea because I'm quite a squeamish person and this seemed a bit hippy to me. I didn't like the idea of having 'a cup' that I would need to change, especially when thinking about my desk job and using a public bathroom. It just doesn't seem practical, right?
When I was young I watched a billion romcoms about dates; broken stilettos, 'foot pops', late night pizza; it was all so magical and romantic. It occurred to me that dating does somewhat change the longer you and your partner are together though, doesn't it?
OHHHH the year one dates. The YEAR ONE DATES. A lot of effort used to go into a year one date. Outfit planning started the evening before, and the restaurant was always something romantic and exciting, maybe even borderline expensive. Year one dates were about learning all you could about your new man and finding all of it 100% captivating and insightful... "Oh you don't think we should remain in the EU? That is SO FASCINATING!"
- Outfit: Dress, heels, Mums posh fur lined coat
- Dinner: Some sort of fish dish that you didn't 100% fancy but comes with vegetables rather than chips
- Units of alcohol consumed: 1 small glass of wine
Year two is somewhat 'less' when it comes to forced romance but a lot more when it comes to 'weird'. It's definitely still Proper Date Night territory, but conversation about work and weather have been replaced by conversation about whether his sister ACTUALLY likes you, and what animal you would be in your next life. I'm going to be a cat, obviously.
- Outfit: Jeans, heels, blouse
- Dinner: Steak with mash potato and some token tenderstem broccoli
- Units of alcohol consumed: 2 small glasses of wine
Thursday, 5 May 2016
Deciding who to vote for in any election can be a confusing process. In my experience, many of the parties seem to preach some ideas that I wholeheartedly agree with and some that I would strongly disagree with. I found this Election Analysis Tool and the results give you a very good insight into which party you most closely align with in terms of their mandates. If you find any of the questions confusing, click on "Other Stances". I found quite a few of my answers in this section...
My results were really insightful, and the tool creates handy infographics so that you can take a look into which policies align you with which party. I imagine the 2016 assessment is on the way, but the 2015 is still pretty relevant if you're interested!
Wednesday, 4 May 2016
A couple of Sundays ago my husband and I headed over to Maidenhead with my brother and sister to hit up some sweet sweet hangover Toby Carvery. They were absolutely rammed. We got there and realised that nothing on Gods green earth could justify a 1.5 hour wait for a Toby Carvery, so we decided to try the Golden Ball Pub & Kitchen over on Pinkneys Green, Maidenhead. I called ahead to let them know that we were coming & the staff were very accommodating and friendly even at 5 minutes notice (which is all we gave them!).
The Golden Ball is a lovely British pub serving beers, real ales and an amazing selection of stunning British food. It has a large and welcoming outside seating area and it is also dog friendly which gives the venue a comforting, homely feel.
GOOD GOD THE FEELS. Also, how did we make it to adulthood with all of these choking hazards in our bedrooms?!
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