After everything that has happened over the last few weeks, it was getting harder and harder to find things to be happy about – but life is all about being resilient and overcoming negativity with a positive mindset and I will strive my hardest to continue to do that.
1. Vegan Dinner
On Monday night, my friend Emily came round for dinner. She is vegan, so I was panicking about what to make, but we decided to have a big salad, tortillas, hummus, crusty bread, roasted nuts and bits of fruit. It was nice to have something different for dinner as I’m trying to cut my meat intake down anyway and lovely to catch up with her.
2. Spontaneous Visit
On Tuesday afternoon my friend Siobhan messaged me to say she was in the area. She moved to Chester back in April and I haven’t had the chance to go and see the new house and vice versa. She came round for food and wine (and cake that I happened to have baked spur of the moment) and we got to talk for a few hours about the move, jobs, and her upcoming wedding, which was nice.
Now I’ve firmly got the ‘having your nails done every 3 weeks’ bug (catchy…) I had booked my next appointment in back in May. I went for a pale peach colour, as I had already had pink and I hoped this would go with everything. We’re going to Ascot in a couple of weeks, and I’m hoping to wear a red dress so I didn’t want something that would clash or look too garish.
I know I probably lost followers on Instagram, Twitter, and friends on Facebook, but this election really took over my life this week. I can tell I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but I felt so strongly that I wanted Labour to win and I wanted to have my say. Although the result wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for, I’m impressed by the campaign that they constructed, and the fact that 70% of under 25’s turned up to vote.
5. Homemade Brunch
As it’s my birthday on Tuesday, Jordan treated me to a homemade brunch over the weekend. As we’re still in the midst of paying bills, sorting out the rooms we still haven’t touched, and trying to make our house into a home, I sometimes lean more towards meals in than meals out. We had scrambled eggs on olive bread, with avocado and smoked salmon and it was delicious.
6. Junkyard Golf
I’d been meaning to go here since it opened months ago, but never found the right time. For our joint birthdays, me and my friend Sophie decided to have a night here and have some drinks afterwards on Saturday night. The course was really fun, the cocktails were amazing, and I even managed to come joint first, which I was pretty happy with!
7. Birthday celebrations
After we played mini golf, we continued the night at Refuge, which is another place I’ve been meaning to go to go for a while. It was very fancy in there, but still reasonably priced and we even ran into some old school friends and had a mini catch up with them. I’m never a fan of doing something huge for my birthday, which is why it’s nice to share it with a close friend.
8. Makers Market
On Sunday, Jordan and I ventured into Manchester to go to the Makers Market that was on in the Northern Quarter. It’d been a while since we could make it to one of them, and I’d missed being able to sample loads of different food. We also got some pre-birthday cake, which didn’t last long when we got home.
9. The Alchemist On New York Street
After we had raided the market of food, we decided to go for a little celebratory drink at The Alchemist on New York street, which isn’t far from the Northern Quarter. It had been a couple of years since I had been here, but it is one of my favourite bars in Manchester. If you don’t know much about it, think of OTT cocktails which come in measuring jugs, with quirky garnishes. I went for a strawberry colada, which was basically an alcoholic slush puppy.
10. Come Dine With Me
As it had been a while since our last ‘alphabet come dine with me’ I was really excited to see the girls and hear what they had been up to recently. It was my friend Sarah’s turn to host and she had the letter P and did a medley of South American countries – Puerto Rico, Paraguay, Peru and Panama. We had a chicken, avocado and sweet potato dish to start, followed by a plantain course, then a main of rice with melted feta, with steak and pork with a fried egg on top, and a dessert of pastries and a sweet potato cake. They were all really sweet as well and sang happy birthday and gave me some chocolates and presents. A very lovely way to end the weekend.