20 October 2016

Moments: September 2016

I've been whizzing around Florida so I've only just had the chance to sit back and reflect on what I did in September.  Typically, with me saving up for my holiday I didn't think I'd done much last month, and then looking back I did some awesome stuff!  Here's some of it:
I’ve Visited
The Tate Modern-
I met up with my friend Dave and headed towards the new hall to check out what’s in store.  I won’t lie, I mostly go here for the giggles and I certainly laughed a lot at some of the art here. I can’t pretend I know a lot about art but I still had fun.
Lincoln-
Terrifyingly it’s 10 years since I started University, so I went back up to Lincoln for a mini reunion or sorts and to visit some friends.  Lincoln is some damn pretty, it will always have a special place in my heart, as will Sugarcubes, the dirtiest of nightclubs that I think I had a great time at that weekend if I can piece my memories together correctly...
I’ve Read
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett-
It’s been awhile since I read any Pratchett but I am working my way through the Discworld series slowly.  It will always hold a special place in my heart as my first ever blog post was a review of one of the books from this series.  I find that as I understand the world and the writing style further, I enjoy these more and more. This was a lot of fun to read!
We Have Always Lived in the Castle-
A crime book club has been created at work where everyone who volunteers gets a free book which we read, then discuss at work later in the month.  This was the first book since I started and I really enjoyed it.  It is a classic and I have to say I love the writing style and found the world so eerie and strangely fascinating. Although I don’t think I would necessarily classify it with what I think of as crime.  Unfortunately, I missed the actual book club meetup this month so I can’t offer any more in depth insight!
Gypsy: Memoirs of America’s Most Celebrated Stripper by Gypsy Rose Lee
Gypsy Rose Lee is a woman who has fascinated me for a long time, I love feisty, entertaining people from this era.  However, I’m not normally a big biography fan so this book had been on my shelf since Christmas.  It was a mistake because it was fascinating, hugely entertaining, and I'm sure, largely false!  It’s crazy to believe anyone could have gone through the stuff she claims in the book and yet, because of the kind of entertainer she is, this doesn't actually matter at all!  True or not, it makes for a damn good story!
I’ve seen
Macbeth at The Globe-
It’s been awhile since I’ve seen some Shakespeare, and even longer since I’ve seen any at The Globe.  I chose to stand in the pit as it’s so much cheaper and I enjoyed this show on the whole, although some of the way the witches were portrayed felt like they were trying too hard to do something new.
The anniversary of the Great Fire of London-
It’s been 350 years since the Great Fire of London, so to mark the anniversary a huge wooden replica of London was floated down the Themes and then set on fire.  It was busy so I didn't get a good view but I just love being around the Southbank, so it’s never a lost moment.
No Man’s Land at Wyndham's Theatre
Yes, I was one of the lucky ones who got tickets to see two of Britain’s most loved actors grace the stage in this famous Pinter Play.  Obviously both McKellen and Stewart were amazing, well worth a watch if you like Pinter.
The Libertine at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
I actually wrote part of my dissertation about this play but I have never had the opportunity to see it live, so trust me when I say I was very excited to finally get to finally see this!  I enjoyed the performance on the whole but it wasn’t perfect, however I thought Dominic Cooper did a good job as John Wilmot.
I’ve been up to
Grabbing Crystals (or not) in The Crystal Maze
In what was one of the most fun things I’ve done all year, myself and a group of friends teamed up to take on the new Crystal Maze in central London.  I didn't get the crystal in any of the two challenges I did, but that didn’t dampen my day at all.  Honestly, it’s amazing just how much of this looks exactly like the original TV show, they’ve done such a good job!  Oh and those damn silver tickets in the dome are much harder to grab than they look! If you ever get a chance to do this do not hesitate!
Swing Dance Classes-
You might recall in my January round up post that I was going to go to swing dance classes then chickened out.  Well, after seeing an offer in Timeout I took the plunge!  I’ve been to two classes but been too busy for the last couple so think I’m going to pick it back up after my holiday.  I’m awful so far, but enjoying it!
Holiday planning-
I looked into my favorite Universal Rides and listening to Disney World podcasts to prep for Florida.
Flying down the ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide-
When I bought the tickets for this several months, ago, I decided to ignore the fact that I actually hate slides, especially covered ones.  This one, wrapped around the UK's largest sculpture, is bloody massive! So it’s fair to say I was fairly nervous when I rocked up to this, however, I did it anyway.  Turns out, it wasn’t anywhere near as scary as I thought and I actually really enjoyed it, a totally unique experience.  You get a great view of the Olympic Park too.
Doing a 20k Charity walk-
As you will have seen in my London Sightseeing post, myself and a group of friends completed a 20k walk and raised over £1000 between us!  Despite the fact one of the group had food poisoning, one of the group has MS and one of us is pregnant, we still managed to complete it together.  Thank you so much to anyone who sponsored me, we smashed out £1000 target!
I’ve eaten
Nando’s-
Say what you want but I do enjoy Nando’s and it had been a while, got to love some spicy chicken!
Meat Liquor-
Another month, another visit to Meat Liquor. This time with a bunch of friends in tow!  It was as good as ever.
Afters-
This is a restaurant I discovered near our flat that only serves desserts!  Harry went for a waffle while I went for a sundae, and they were both huge!  Not the cheapest but if you want a sweet treat, this is a great place to go.  There’s a crazy amount of choice too!
Pumpkin Spice Lattes and frappes-
I know I know, so basic, but so what?  I bloody love them and I'm making the most of it while I can, 'tis the season!
Pizza Express-
A post 20k walk treat while we all struggled to stay awake, it was much needed/ deserved!

So there you have it, I'm fighting jet lag as I write this so I hope this is making sense. On to the next month!

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