7 June 2016

Moments: May

Oh May!  You should mean the start of the Summer, and yet as I write this it's raining and freezing cold, good old British weather!  There's a reason that I'm dressed like it's autumn!  So in the nature of making the most of it, let' dive right in:
I’ve Visited
The V&A for the Undressed Exhibition...-
You might remember this from my Birthday post, the undressed exhibition is about the history of underwear from the 18th century to the present day.  It was fascinating and while some of the underwear was beautiful, some looked like it was designed by a madman!  It’s on until March next year so there's plenty of time to swing by if you fancy it.
and the 'Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York' exhibition
I went back to the V&A a week later to see the theatre exhibition and unfortunately this seems more of an extension to the theatre area that is already there then anything brand new (and I’d already seen it).  It’s worth a trip if you’ve not been before, but not if you’ve seen the old exhibition.
Thorpe Park-
After spending my birthday alone I spent the weekend after in Thorpe Park with my other half and some of his family.  It was so much fun, I’d forgotten just how much I love Rollercoasters! Unfortunately the new Darren Brown Ghost Train ride wasn’t open yet, but we managed to get round all the headliners.
So many Fetes!-
London might not be the place you would think would have many fetes, but I actually managed to attend three in one day!  First up I stumbled across our local Vauxhall village fete, before heading up to the oh so beautiful vintage steam fete, and then finishing the day off at the Urban Fete. My favourite was the steam fete, they just don’t make them like they used to!
Goose Bumps Alive!-
This was an event ran by Yelp where not only did we get to do the experience, but we got to do a backstage tour afterwards.  This is without a doubt the best Yelp event I’ve attended!  If you think this is for kids, you're wrong, it’s scary and oh so much fun!  Make sure you check out my full review here.
Wembley Stadium-again!
I think this is the third time in three months I’ve been here or something crazy, and this was by far the best. I met my family and watched Barnsley FC smash a 3-1 victory to take us into the championship. So proud of our team this season.  Bottom of the league to promotion in five months!
I’ve read
The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World 2nd Edition by Susan Veness-
This book is a gem of Disney facts and secrets.  I consider myself a WDW obsessive and there were still things in here I didn’t know, so it’s well worth picking up.  I would say that unless you are familiar with WDW well, I would take this with you instead of reading it at home so you can look at the things she is talking about while you're at the parks!
Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
This is a beautiful, sorrowful tale sent in Europe in World War Two.  It’s a hard story of woes, family and desperation.
Alice in the Kingdom of Hearts Volume 3 by QuinRose-
The last in this manga series, and it was another enjoyable trip into the madness!  The ending was a bit disappointing as…well, there wasn’t really one!  But it was still an enjoyable read nevertheless.
I’ve seen
People, Places and Things: Theatre-
Another birthday treat and one of the best pieces of theatre I’ve seen this year.  It tells the story of a woman going through rehab, with fantastic staging, acting and writing throughout.  It’s dark, yet funny.  Catch it while it’s still on over the next few weeks.
Showboat: Theatre-
I’m not normally a big one for musicals unless they are something really spectacular (I’m looking at you Wicked).  However, Showboat is such a classic I thought it was something I should see once while it was in town, so I got a cheap mid-week ticket and took myself out.  The musical was ok, but I wouldn’t rush to see it a second time.  The cast are very talented however, even if the age of this musical does show.
Virgin Extravaganza-
This legendary drag queen and her friends sure know how to put on a show!  Between the fire breather, and the drag queen pooing themselves (!), this was a night I won’t be forgetting anytime soon!
Busted!-
Oh yes, I’ve been reliving my youth this month with some good old fashioned jumping along to my favourite teenage band!  I headed back up north to see this with my old school friends and I had such a blast!
Funeral For a Friend, for the very last time-
Where do I even start with this one, if you follow me on Twitter you probably saw some of my grief play out.  This band have been my favourite since I was about 15, and I am truly heartbroken to see them go.  I managed to trade my seated tickets for standing and was at the front for both of their last shows and it was worth it.  It was an amazing, incredible experience and predictably I cried throughout.  At the end it wasn’t just a little cry either, it was full on shaking/can’t breathe/ugly crying.  I am going to miss this band so much.  Read this post if you want to find out why they mean so much.
Having my skin measured…-
Yes you read that right!  I headed off to the Dorchester Hotel (swanky!) to meet with the representatives of Nourella skincare.  They have some new products which are actually meant to reverse the signs of ageing by up to 20 years!  I know, it sounds too good to be true!  I am a bit younger then the people they normally work with, so I’ll be interested to see if it does anything for me.  They measured my skin for thickness/ collagen levels etc, and gave me a 4 month supply of their cream and supplements.  I am going back in four months to be re-tested so I am interested to see if anything will have changed.
I’ve been up to
Having a Good Hour at the Lush Spa Oxford Street-
My big birthday treat to myself was a massage at the Lush spa.  I went with the Good Hour as this is a bit of a more hardcore massage and I thought that was just what my muscles needed.  It was magical, a mix between relaxing, therapeutic and just plain surreal . I think I will do a full review of this soon.
Trying to get fit-
I’ve got a Fitbit so I’ve been counting my steps and I’ve started the couch to 5k.  It’s definitely not something that comes naturally to me, but Harry and I are trying to support each other to get our butts in shape!  I want to lose some pounds before Florida so here’s hoping!
Moving!-
This month has been crazy!  Harry got offered a job, so he moved into my sisters with me, we choose a flat, then had to wait patiently for a month to move in!  Our moving date was the 31st of May so as you are reading this I'm probably surrounded by boxes!  Due to some craziness involving Barnsley FC getting into the playoffs, I can’t get any of my belongings from back at home until Mid-July. That’s right, because of a football match, I am moving into a flat with just clothes.  Harry also only has one bag of clothes with him at the moment, so it will be a lot of noodles and paper plates for the next month or so!  But at least I’ll finally be moving in with Harry, almost exactly three years after we got together.  So glad I don't need the long distance dating tips anymore.
Attending my first Pride in London Meeting-
You may know that I have volunteered as a steward for London Pride parade for the last four or so years.  However, now that I’ve moved to London I’ve decided to take on a much bigger role.  I managed to pass through all the interviews so this year I am going to be a Parade Section Supervisor.  This basically means I get my own section of the parade to manage and this month I had my first official meeting.  I really enjoyed talking to people about pride and I can’t wait for the real work to start! 
I’ve eaten
CAKE!-
Harry made me a gorgeous (and humongous) cake for my birthday that I lived off for over a week.  It was his own creation including lots of my favourite elements like chocolate, orange and cream!
At an Alice in Wonderland Tea party
This was an event organised by some Yelp friends.  It was run by experts in tea so each course had its own dedicated drink, including some incredibly rare varieties!  The food and tea were all fun and delicious, and I even won a prize for best dressed in my Alice cosplay!
Meat Liquor- I know, yet again, I can’t help myself! I signed up to their mailing list now too so this could be a dangerous friendship!
Bodeans-
Bodeans is one of my Brother-in-laws favourite place in London to eat so I was over the moon when I was asked to attend their press launch for their newest location in Coven Garden.  We were treated to an amazing five-course meal and ale pairings.  Check out my full review here.
Franco Manca Pizza-
My lovely friend Gemma was nice enough to donate me some pans for when I moved, so we went out to lunch.  The pizza was good but unfortunately we had the rudest staff member I’ve ever come across!  It would seriously put me off going back!

So that's May guys, hope you had a good one!

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