THE CLOCK IS TICKING

So, here I am on a Sunday evening. I’ve been sat here all afternoon with the intention of revising for a mock maths exam tomorrow and failing miserably by getting caught up with Watchmojo top tens on Youtube.

I’m not stressing about it. I don’t have to be in Luton for the exam until 13:30 tomorrow so I’ll go over my week points with a cuppa in the morning so it’s fresh in my head.
I only need to get 12 out of 30 correct on the real thing next month too so I have decided that panicking is not the way to go.

Tonight, I’ve decided to bite the bullet with something I’ve had for a few weeks now.
I had a bit of an impulse buy after seeing an advert on Facebook.
It’s for a product called Baby Feet.
I have been putting it off because I was a little worried about if it was safe or not.
I’ve watched a few vlogs about it and have decided to give it a go. What have I got to lose?

So I’m currently sat here with the booties on for the next hour.
I can tell you that the product smells quite nice. Flowery.
The liquid actually feels quite nice squishing around my feet and between my toes.
I’ve had it on for around 30 minutes so far and there’s no unusual sensations that alarm me and want me to take the booties off.
I can also tell you that if your feet are bigger than a size 8, you’ll never get them on!
I’m a 7.5 – 8 in shoes and I only just managed to get the booties on.

Right, time to get the maths work out ready for the morning and continue to relax for the remainder of the evening.
The next few weeks are going to be work, work, work. If I’m not at Uni or on placement or at work, I’ll be giving up all my spare time to get a presentation and a 2500 word essay completed along with a maths exam next month. Just for a little added stress, I have to have my essay submitted 2 weeks early as I’ll be headed off to Italy for 10 days for my Brother’s wedding.

Right, time to drain this bottle and chill.

WEEKEND REPORT

So, as the scorching weather continues, I’ve hidden myself away in a darkened room with the windows thrown wide open. Time to report on the fabulous weekend we had in London.

We made an early start and dropped Marjorie off at work at around 06:45 and then just headed down the motorway to Stanmore where we parked up and tubed it into London.
We reached our Hotel near Paddington Station at around 08:30.

First impressions of the Hotel weren’t great. We had previously been told we could drop off luggage early because check in wasn’t until 14:00, however, they literally meant just dumping bags in the reception area, they weren’t placed into a secure room at all and when asked if they’d be safe, the reception staff merely shrugged their shoulders and at no point did they ask who we were or smile and greet us.

So, we took a chance and just left the luggage and headed off out.
We took a leisurely stroll through Hyde Park towards the Albert memorial and the Royal Albert Hall. It’s hard to believe you’re in the heart of London when walking through this park.

We had a stop off for a drink and breakfast in the Albert Hall before heading over to Kensington and the science Museum. We weren’t going to spend long in there. Ian just wanted to see Tim Peak’s space module. That made his day.


Then we wandered towards the underground but made a short stop off at Sensational Butterflies outside the Natural History Museum.
Beautiful!! One of the best butterfly farms I’ve been to. From the minute you walk in you are surrounded by butterflies of every shape and colour and they are really active.

Then we headed for the Embankment and simply wandered for a while before taking a break at a bar for drink. The weather was glorious and we could have sat there all day just soaking up the sun and people watching but we had to make a move back over to Kensington for the Space Spectacular show at the Royal Albert Hall.

On the way back to the underground we were on Millenium Bridge and couldn’t have been in a better place to see the RAF flyover for the Trooping of the colour!!

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OMG!! Space Spectaclular was spine tingling.

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A good 70% of the show was John Williams creations and they played the one peace I wanted the most, Duel of the Fates!!
A couple of the peaces even brought tears to the eyes. Most noteably the score to ET! and the way the lighting was used to create a landing space ship for Close Encounters was very effective!

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The Conductor was hilarious and an obviously HUGE fan of John Williams and at times he really got the audience to participate really well.

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You really can’t beat having some of your favourite and familiar pieces of music played by a live orchestra. The Royal Philharmonic no less!!
Fabulous.

Anyway, after the show we went back to the hotel to check in and freshen up before heading over to London Bridge and again, there was no real welcome from staff. The room was adequate. Tidy. A place to sleep and have a shower but absolutely no atmosphere and the reaction from the staff was that they really couldn’t be bothered with us. Anyway, we took a walk over London Bridge and had a look at the sea of flowers and notes that had been left for the victims of the terrorist attacks a few weeks ago and then we headed back down the Embankment towards HMS Belfast and popped into ‘The Horniman’ pub for dinner. Best plate of fish and chips I’ve ever had!!

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We spent the rest of the evening wandering around St Katherine’s Docks before succumbing to the heat and exhaustion of the day and heading back to the Hotel.

Sunday was a lay in and a slow start before heading over to Soho. We had a wander around China Town and Leicester Square, who were preparing for the Transformers premier that evening before duckingĀ into Tattoo 13 where I endulged my mid-life crisis a little further by getting an industrial piercing!

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‘OUCH’ is an understatement.
‘F@#king excruciating’ doesn’t quite cover it either!!
It wasn’t until I was sat in the chair with the guy laying out all the paraphernalia that I realised, ‘this is actually going to hurt!!’

Some of the best things about London are the out of the ordinary things you encounter that always put a smile on your face.

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Anyway, it wasn’t long after this that we realised we couldn’t last another day in London on the hottest weekend of the year so far so we headed home to chill with a cold drink and a takeaway.
Blow the diet!!

It was a lovely chilled weekend and we plan to do it again.

GREAT WEEKEND

Well, we’re back from a lovely weekend in London.
I’d love to blog about it but my pc is not playing ball tonight and won’t load photos etc.
I’m so tired after the really hot weather and walking all over London that I just can’t be bothered to fight the PC tonight.
A good review of the weekend is going to have to wait until after Uni on Monday and placement in Luton on Tuesday.

It’s going to be a rough night tonight.
It’s too hot to get comfortable and I can only sleep on one side after getting a scaffolding piercing this morning.
Ouch!! just does not cover it!

 

DECISION MADE

So we made a decision today.

We’ve had tickets for the Royal Albert Hall for a while now. On Saturday we will be seeing Space Spectacular with lots of space themed classical music and fireworks with much of the music being from John Williams!! Can’t wait.

As my car, thankfully, passed it’s MOT today we decided to splurge and stay in London on Saturday evening. It will be our only chance to get away as a couple now until the end of my University studies in 2019.
With no pressure to get home, we can make an early start and enjoy the day and possibly part of Sunday too. Depends on how my knee is and how Ian’s arthritis is after Saturday around London.

We have made the decision to visit Borough Market on Saturday and support the businesses that were affected by the terrorist attacks just a few weeks ago.
Show solidarity.
Show that nothing can keep us down.
Life continues despite what those assholes think.

I’d love to go to the Picturehouse Central again and try and get a love seat.
After Paterson, and our unexpected love seat, I fell in love with the place. It just seems a bit silly going all the way to London to spend a couple of hours hidden away watching a film!!
It is a beautiful cinema though and after a long day walking around London, it could be a good idea.

Looks like the weather is going to be scorching.
It’s going to be a good weekend.

A GOOD DAY

Today was a good day.
I haven’t had a day to myself for almost three weeks. If I wasn’t at work, I was at Uni or I was on a placement. My days off were spent trying to complete my first essay and if I did find myself with a day off from all of that, there were chores to do.

I had a stroke of luck this week and found myself with three days off in a row andĀ Ian managed to take a days holiday so we have the weekend together.
Unfortunately it hasn’t been very good for my diet!!

We started by having a day out today and went to MK to watch some films.
We arrived in MK at about 10am and had breakfast at Frankie and Benny’s and then headed of to see Baywatch!!

I know, I know. Really???

Surprisingly it was actually really fun!! Cheesy, but fun.
Of course the eye candy didn’t go amiss.

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Then we went straight into film number two. The Mummy.
Forget what the critics are saying, this was actually really good and my favourite of the three films we saw today. There were lots of quick references to potential future characters and Russell Crowe as Dr Jekyl worked well. I look forward to, hopefully, the next one!

Then we went to Wagamama’s for dinner and I decided to be brave and try something completely different. One chicken and prawn Yaki Soba later and I was completely stuffed. Yes, we also had chilli squid. Can’t go to Wagamama’s without getting a chilli squid. YUM YUM!!

Film number three was Wonder Woman.
What can I say about this without spoiling it?
It was good. A good set up for the next one. Plenty of action and humour. I was very happy about how strong the women were portrayed. Wonder Woman herself did not come across as overtly sexual, even with the skimpy costume. She kicked arse!!
However, it lacked a little something for me personally. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t come out thinking, WOW! I’ve got to see it again and that was disappointing.

Now we’re home and I have a HUGE glass of wine and I’m watching Riyadh’s new Youtube video and having a giggle.

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I have to do a bit of housework tomorrow… BOOOOO! before some old friends come round for a visit and Sunday I plan to do absolutely NOTHING.

Right, bed with another movie I think!!

DISH OF THE WEEK #72 – MIGUEL SILVESTRE AND MAX RIEMELT

It’s been a while since I did a Dish of the Week.
Now seems a good time as I have an unusually free afternoon waiting for the dinner to cook and I feel the need to blog.

This Dish of the Week is being shared as I couldn’t make up my mind and after the news I got on Thursday, this Dish of the Week seemed appropriate.

OK, so Netflix have only gone and cancelled one of the most original and diverse shows on TV and they announced it on the first day of Pride month.

Smooth move.

You will have seen me blog a few times in recent months about a show called Sense8.
What an amazing show.
Absolutely impossible to explain to anyone, but amazing. The last season ended on a cliffhanger, and now they’ve cancelled it.

I could cry.

I will never know if they save Wolfgang and he will never get to meet Kala in Paris.

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We will never get to see Nomi (a trans woman) marry Amanita, her black lesbian lover!

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How’s that for groundbreaking diversity.

We will never see Lito become a big hollywood star and be accepted and be able to live a normal life with his boyfriend Hernando.

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We will never know if Will and Riley defeat Whispers.

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We will never see Capheus get elected and make a difference.

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We will never see Sun cleared and get her revenge on her Brother and live a life with her detective Mun.

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So many unanswered questions.
My heart breaks.
I’ve had fantastic shows cancelled abruptly on me in the past but this one is really hitting hard!!

I just cannot understand it.
It’s a popular show. You only have to google it to find that out.
The Twitter boards have gone ballistic since the cancellation news and an online petition to save the show has already reached nearly 500,000 signatures.
The diversity alone is something to love and cherish and nurture and Netflix has just pissed all over it.

It reminds me of the ‘Nuts’ campaign when Jericho got cancelled!!
We can only hope that it has the same effect and we get at least one more season to give us closure. We’ve invested time in all of these characters and we’ve fallen in love with them. We want to know what happens to them. Especially Wolfgang who was last seen strapped to a table being tortured for information!!!

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Anyway, this brings me nicely to this Dish of the Week post.
Two of my favourite characters from this series are Wolfgang and Lito played by Max Riemelt and Miguel Silvestre.

OMG!

Max Riemelt, who plays Wolfgang, was born in 1984 in Berlin, Germany and he has that subtle German accent that is very reminicent of Hardy Kruger!! He’s lovely.

Miguel Silvestre, who plays Lito Rodrigues, was born in 1982 in Valencia, Spain and he has a beautiful smile and an incredible bod!

The fact he was one of the gay leads in Sense8 and made an amazingly sexy couple with his partner Hernando just endeared him to me from the moment I saw him.

I’ll be honest, I’ve seen nothing else with either of them in it.
It is something I aim to rectify. So watch this space, I may gush a little more about one or even both of them.

Why wouldn’t I? They are both gorgeous!!

OPERATION DROP 2 DRESS SIZES

So there are now just over two months to go before I fly out to Italy with the Famalam to celebrate my Brother’s wedding.

Just over two months to get into two dresses that are currently two sizes too small!!

The decision has been made.
I am currently enjoying the last of the lagers from the fridge and there’s no more wine in the house.

As from tomorrow, I plan to be tee-total until August!!
I also plan to give up crisps and savoury snacks and for anyone who knows me, you’ll know just how hard both of those are going to be!

Not only that but I’m giving red meat a wide berth for at least the next month.
If possible I will be avoiding chicken as well.
I will be living in Fish, shellfish, salads, vegetables, fruit, water, more water and sugar free drinks.

I will then be exercising to boost the weight loss and hopefully tone up a little.
I’m not expecting miracles. I won’t be in a bikini in August. I’ve never been a bikini girl and never will be but if I can drop 2 sizes, I’ll be happy.

Up until a week ago, I had been doing really well and dropped a couple of sizes without really trying but over the last week I’ve been a pig. Literally.

I’m an idiot.
I know what to do to lose weight.
It’s now or never.