So I finally bring my rather late December wrap up to you all, the end of the year always seems slow and fast all at once right? I have loved documenting my year in this way, but it takes a lot of work and It’s done in a format I am currently totally happy with. Going forward in 2017 I think I’ll be doing these wrap ups quarterly instead of monthly, and there maybe be some format changes. I’ll try and suss something out in the next few months.
Although visiting Winter Wonderland on the last Saturday before Christmas might not necessarily have been the greatest idea, I had a blast hanging out with Harry’s family in the lovely, Christmassy atmosphere. It’s become somewhat of a tradition, bring on 2017!
I had a gorgeous walk here with some of my friends and our dogs, so beautiful. Yorkshire is really stunning, it's one of the things I love about being home.
I spent less than 24 hours here, picking Harry up before spending Christmas in Yorkshire with my family, but it was as lovely as ever.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
I am one of those annoying people who never reads books that are popular at the moment, or really any book that’s generally out in the last five years. However I thought this would be a good holiday read (although I didn’t end up reading much when I was in New York and finished it in December). I didn’t really know what to expect and although I do think it is a bit over hyped, it’s an interesting and dark story.
The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
I don’t know how I feel about Hemingway. On one hand, he is more readable than I first expected, but on the other I sometimes I just don't enjoy the stories at all. The short stories didn’t work at all as stand alones for me, and they felt more like chapters of a book that didn’t make sense together. It was a struggle to get through.
Trailer Park Boys Live
I got Harry tickets to see this as an early Christmas present, as it is one of his favourite shows. If you’ve ever caught the show on Netflix you will have some idea what to expect. The boys try to save Christmas and of course, hilarity ensues! It is one of the craziest shows I’ve seen in awhile.
Bullet for my Valentine and Killswitch Engage
I took myself along to the Brixton Academy to see two of my favourite bands, and I had the best time! I’d not been to see a band in a while and I was on my own so I was feeling a little anxious and might have been a bit tipsy, but I had one of the best nights I’ve had in awhile.
Rent at the St James Theatre
This musical classic is currently on in London so I had to check it out. It was ok but I didn’t adore it if I’m honest, but it's another tick off the must see list.
We ended up having three christmas parties in one week at work, all of varying levels of craziness! Needless to say it took it out of me and I drank way too much prosecco but it sure was fun.
Virgin Extravaganza's Pagan Christmas at the Rosemary Branch Theatre.
My favourite drag queen was back with her own, unique take on the Christmas story. Well she is the mother of Jesus Christ after all! As always she was poignant, funny, and her vocals are out of this world!
Rogue One midnight release
I have a feeling me and my other half will be at midnight releases for every new Star Wars film over the next few years. This was our second year running and I love the buildup and excitement. This film was really good, technically incredible and the most war related of the star wars films to date. There are so many details that can be missed so I need to go see it again, oh and like most of the world I fell in love with a certain sarcastic robot...
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Then
I hardly ever go to the cinema but I went twice this month, of course this was one I couldn’t miss. I loved the world of it all, especially having been to New York recently and the 1920's was such a perfect setting Personally I couldn't think of a better time to live in NYC then the 2190's so even without the magical elements this was beautiful to watch, and don't get me started on the clothes...
I’ve been up to
Choosing and decorating our first Christmas tree
I’ve been looking forward to this ever since we moved in, our tree was beautiful and I loved having the house decorated. I miss it already.
Learning to cook at Jamie’s Cookery School
Just before Christmas I headed over to check out the Taste of Japan class at Jamie's Cookery School. As someone who can’t/won’t cook I was amazed that I not only managed to make something without burning it but also tasted good too! Check out my full post here for a more in-depth review.
My Youtube channel is up and running! I have so much content to put on there and some big things planned for the new year. I’m really enjoying it at the moment as an alternative to blog writing, but I don't think I'd ever do that instead of blogging.
Spending time with family
I spent Christmas shutting the world out and catching up with my family and a handful of friends, it’s important time and it’s never long enough.
Yuu Kitchen with Lucinda
It was so nice to see Lucinda of The Fashion Fictionary when she was in London briefly, and the restaurant she chose for us was just delicious! Everything was cooked to order and had such a variety of flavours and along with the bubbles they went down very well! The place is really modern and edgy too. Take a look at Lucinda's much more comprehensive review here.
Pizza Express has been going through a bit of an image change in its restaurants recently so I went to the Clapham branch to check it out my full review here.
Pizza at Homeslice
This isn’t your typical pizza restaurant, the menu is limited and unusual, no Hawaiians here, but it’s also really tasty. If you want to branch out from your usual go to pizza this is the place to try, but come hungry as pizzas come in one size, and it’s a big one!