AMAZING NEWS

A few days ago my Dish of the Week was a guy called Riyadh Khalaf.

In that blog I mentioned how he’d gone from Youtubing and radio onto BBC Three who gave him a chance to voice and showcase the LGBTQ community in a 6 part series called ‘Queer Britain’.

I am so happy to say that this show will now also be officially shown on BBC One!! starting on August 3rd.

I am absolutely thrilled for Riyadh.
I can’t stress enough what a personality this guy has.
Just spend some time going through his Youtube channel and I guarantee you will laugh, you will cry, you will drink an inordinate amount of wine and you will feel enlightened and blessed to be part of his journey.

To give you a taster, here are some of my favourite vlogs.
You already know that if I’m looking for a laugh I go straight to this one…

This is where I fell in love with his Mum!

This is where I really felt for his Dad.

This is where I could have cried for him.

But he continues to have fun and I love him….. Can you tell?!

Please tune in to BBC One on August 3rd. Open your heart and your mind and spread the love.

DISH OF THE WEEK #73 – RIYADH KHALAF

It’s been a while since I did one of these and in a way this is a strange one for me because, as much as I love this man, his personality, his smile and his enthusiasm for everything he does, I know that as I girl I would be on a forever losing battle to win his heart.

That and the fact that I’m also old enough to be his mother!!
Oh, and by the way, his Mother is a goddess and I love her to bits! and his Dad is amazing too.

I discoverd Riyadh a few months ago when I had a quiet afternoon and a large bottle of wine.
I stumbled onto this little gem on Youtube. He was such a cheeky happy guy, I couldn’t stop watching.

At the time I was looking for a good laugh and this hit the spot!!
I just had to check out his Youtube channel and found myself spending an entire afternoon having a major fit of giggles and having my eyes opened to a whole community I knew very little about.

Riyadh developed an interest in Youtubing at an early age and worked in radio in Ireland and was recently offered the chance to present his own 6 part TV show with BBC three.
I highly recommend taking a look at Queer Britain. A wonderful show and very enlightening.

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Riyadh didn’t have it easy growing up in Ireland, but he overcame adversity, followed his heart and his dreams and now he’s living his dreams and I really hope that he goes from strength to strength. I want to see him hosting his own chat show in future. He’d be amazing!

I’ll leave you with this little piece from his Youtube channel.

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 and 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!!

REGRETS

This is going to be a difficult blog to write without sounding bitter.

I’ll state from the start…..

I do NOT regret getting married.
I do NOT regret having my amazing kids.

But, as I meander through middle age, I think about the things that maybe I’ve missed out on.

I grew up with an amazing extended family, but they have always been very down to earth.
The whole point of life was to get a job, find a partner, get married, have kids, retire, have grand kids and that’s it.
I was always pretty much allowed to follow my own path but I was never in an environment that pushed for me to follow any kind of dream.
I was expected to find a job, find a partner, have kids, etc…..

After 21 years of marriage and three kids hurtling into adulthood, I’ve had time recently to indulge in things that a few years ago I wouldn’t have dreamed about and it’s made me think about what I missed out on before I got married.

As a teenager I was pretty isolated.
I had a few close friends but I didn’t explore who I was. I kept myself to myself. I lost myself in movies and locked myself away in my bedroom with my music, videos and magazines.
The internet was unheard of back then!

I started blogging over ten years ago. I used it as a kind of diary and a way to express myself as a stay home Mum. It now enables me to rant about things and obsess about things and I find it quite therapeutic.

Along came Facebook which I embraced like everyone else on the planet.

I found it harder to relate to Twitter. I’ve started trying it again but still don’t really get it.

Instagram is another one I’ve tried but don’t really use too often.

Tumblr!!! was a revelation. I love Tumblr. It feeds my obsessions nicely.

Youtube is a go to place when I need a laugh.
I use it to backup my blogs a lot but I have also learned to appreciate it for wonderful inspirational people. Some doing crazy things.
A recent discovery is a wonderful young man by the name of Riyadh (Riyadh k on Youtube)
This young man is full of life. He’s inspirational and has had the guts to live his life the way he wants. Most importantly, he makes me smile and he makes me laugh.
Oh yes, he loves his wine… like me!!

Then we have Snapchat. I only started this yesterday and I still have to get used to how it works, but I’m sure I’ll get there eventually.

I wonder what my teenage years would have been like if all this was at my fingertips.
I was over 20 years old before I had a boyfriend and I was 25 when I married him.
I never experienced anything else or explored my own sexuality.

Is this a regret?
Yes, I suppose it is.

I hope I have instilled into my kids the need to explore and find things out before they ‘settle’ down to anything that will tie them down.
I’ve tried to be very open with them about ‘everything’.

I think Tumblr would have been my place as a teenager.

I think all the revelations of the past couple of years have sent me into a midlife crisis.
I’m doing things I wouldn’t have dreamed about before (tattoos and clubbing) and I’m looking ahead to what I want to do when all of the kids have flown the nest.
Unfortunately my body is not cooperation on that one.

I seriously need to look at the next year and do something about my health before it’s too late. I want an ‘active’ retirement and do some of the things I didn’t do as a teenager!!

SCARED!!!!

So, my eldest has just turned 19!!

Old, I feel very old.
Where did the time go?

How did this?……..

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Turn into this?…….

murron

So what’s planned for today?
Well I’m going into town with her so she can get another tattoo and then she is taking me to go find something a little more suitable for me to wear when she takes me clubbing!

Yep! Clubbing.
I’M SO SCARED!!!!

I haven’t been clubbing for around 25 years and even then I wasn’t a keen clubber.
We will be starting out at Esquires where she wants to introduce me to a lot of her friends.
She worked there for a while and still does door work occasionally.
After that we are going to The Barley Mow. The local gay pub that has recently had a re-fit. They have a cabaret act every two weeks and tonight it’s ‘Charlie Hide’.

charlie

Murron knows the owner and most of the bar staff, which in itself is quite worrying!!!
I am going to stand out like a sore thumb tonight and I’m worried sick that I am going to be in Charlie’s line of fire!!
With all that said, I’m actually looking forward to it.

Anyway, a very large glass of wine before I go out tonight may be needed.

Enjoying my coffee this morning I had a really good laugh.
Sorry Riyadh!! I feel your pain but this is just too funny not to share!!

 

ALMOST OVER

So, two weeks of being signed off from work to rest my knee is over.
Back to work on short shifts tomorrow. 8 hours instead of 12.5 hours a shift for a while.
Until I’m back on my feet all the time I have no idea how my knee will cope.
Only time will tell.
I’m still waiting for my MRI report and to be honest I’m hoping it finds something, otherwise it will just be a case of continuing as I am and hoping that it doesn’t go out on me again.

Dharma, my youngest, had a small operation on her wrist on Monday to release some tight tendons that make holding things painful. She’s done amazingly well. Apart from the bandaged hand you wouldn’t think she’d had anything done. I just hope it’s done the trick for her because it was really beginning to annoy her.

What have I done over the last two weeks?
I was a good girl and rested my knee as per Doctor’s orders.

The fact that I did that with lots of wine, binge watching Queer As Folk and doing lots of Youtubing (keep reading for more on that) is just coincidence.

What have I to look forward to?
Well I’m only back at work for two weeks before I have two weeks of planned annual leave in which I will be celebrating a birthday. I’ll leave you to figure out which one.

Speaking of birthdays. I am being brave on Saturday as I am going out on the town with my eldest daughter, Murron, celebrating her 19th birthday. I will be meeting a lot of her friends, clubbing and apparently I will be fare game when I attend a Drag Queen Comedian’s show at the town’s gay bar. I’m actually looking forward to that part but I’m a little scared.

Anyway, back to Youtube.
I love Youtube.
Anyone who reads my blogs will know of lot of material I talk about gets backed up with Youtube videos.
Well, over the last week I have discovered, and subscribed to 2 vloggers.

Riyadh K (Riyadh Khalaf) and Wickydkewl + DaveyWaveyRaw, he has two sites (Davey Wavey)

I can’t tell you how much fun I’ve had over the last few days with a few bottles of wine chuckling my way through some of their Vlogs!!

Say hi to Riyadh!!!

Say hi to Davey Wavey!!!

These guys are so much fun to watch but they do deliver some serious advice amongst all the fun. If you have some free time, go check them out on Youtube. You won’t regret it.
Riyadh has the coolest parents imaginable and today he made Me smile even more by quoting a Tweet back at me!! He’s adoreable!!

So, that’s my recouperation over with for the next two weeks.
Time for an early snuggle.