Gah! It’s October!
Anyone else utterly unprepared for how fast September whizzed by? It feels like about 5 minutes ago I was sat down lamenting the loss of August and the sunshiney summer days, and now here I am being bombarded with images of pumpkins and ghouls as everyone prepares for Halloween.
(Anyone else out there not really understand the Halloween hype, or is it just me?)
September has seen me trying really hard to be more productive rather than falling into my usual hibernation mode that recurs as soon as the summer leaves us each year. I become a bit of a hermit when autumn arrives and all I want to do is stay at home and get cosy, but I’m actively fighting against that this year and trying to get out there and do more things. The constant calls of my sofa and bed are hard to ignore though and, being a homebody, I spend my entire time wanting to get back indoors, click that lock into place and settle down with a cuppa and the animals.
I Been Eating, I Been Blogging
This month has seen me eat some good food, courtesy of this website of mine. Revolution Southend, Bourgee Southend Airport, Harvester Basildon, Clink Amsterdam Noord; all of which I’ll be reviewing on here in the coming weeks. Spoiler: all excellent.
33 Before 33
I’ve got the ball rolling on some of these with a couple of new books read and our first adventure of 2018 booked too when we will spend a long weekend in Devon – I honestly can’t wait for that, it’s going to be a lot of fun. Books read in September were:
Spirits of the Cage: True Accounts of Living in a Haunted Medieval Prison which recounts stories from one of the most haunted houses in the UK, The Cage in St Osyth.
Talking with Psychopaths: A Journey into the Evil Mind in which the author allows us some insight into interviews he had with some of the world’s worst serial killers.
Perfect Victim which tells the story of a girl who was captured and held hostage for several years by a couple who kept her locked in a wooden box underneath their bed for the majority of the time.
(As you can probably tell, true crime is my genre of choice!)
Aiding My Peepers
This month also saw me act like a proper adult and get myself booked in to the opticians after months of saying I would. As I expected, I need glasses for computer work and reading as my eyes get really tired and with this blog as well as my day job, I spend quite a lot of time in front of a screen. In the short time I’ve had them I’ve already noticed a massive difference and the amount of headaches I get has massively dropped – lesson learned, book appointments and stop dithering.
Cancer, You Bastard
In a turn of events that will surprise nobody, 2017 offered me yet another sucker-punch when it was confirmed in September that after 8 years of being ok, my Mum has more Cancer. As with mine, the doctor has caught it nice and early so it will be a simple case of lopping and chopping it out, a few weeks of rest, and she’ll be right as rain. However, it felt like just another kick in the teeth and I honestly cannot wait to see the back of this year, it’s been a shocker from the very beginning.
If you follow me on social media – especially Instagram – it won’t have escaped your notice that I went to Amsterdam this month. It was my first ever ‘press trip’ that has taken me abroad and I had an absolute blast. I’ll be writing a few posts about it in the coming weeks as there’s a few things I want to share with you, but we were taken out there courtesy of Clink Hostels and it was such a great weekend. It’s definitely a city I’ll be returning to, it’s absolutely beautiful.
Some of you may know Haydy better as Squibb Vicious (the name of her blog) and others of you will know her as someone who pops up on my social media from time to time, but she was one of the people that was out in Amsterdam for the Clink Bloggers weekend. We travelled there together, shared a dorm room and travelled home together again, and I can honestly say I had such a good time with her. If there’s one thing that I will always be grateful to blogging for, it’s for the friends I’ve made through it, and I don’t think a day goes by I don’t talk to Haydy. She’s a good egg that one. (Please note, the terrified look on my face in the photo above is because we were on a boat and I have a crippling fear of water, as Haydy can testify from me grabbing her thigh when the water got choppy!)
As I was packing the final bits in my case for my weekend in ‘Dam, I got the fright of my life when Poppy started crying, came over to me, gave me her paw and I saw it was covered in blood. She had caught one of her claws on something and done herself a bit of damage. As I had a plane to catch, Ben rushed home from work (love him) and took her to the vets who kept her in and took her into surgery to do what they needed to do. They said initially she had damaged it worse than we realised and they were going to have to remove some of the pad on the bottom of her foot, but thankfully they were able to do the necessary repairs without going that far. She had her leg in a giant bandage for 2 days and absolutely milked it (especially getting to sleep on our bed!) but the bandage is off now and her paw has healed beautifully. It never fails to amaze me how resilient animals are.
I went to my first home game of the season and it was bloody awful. The team at the moment is seriously lacking in coherence and the feeling of ‘teamwork’ just isn’t there. We managed to scrape a 1-0 win with a goal in the final minutes of the game, but the previous hour and a half had been a layover in dullsville.
Bloggers Blog Awards
I didn’t actually attend the awards as I got The Fear and bottled it when it came to buying tickets, but it looks like everyone had such a good time. I was a judge for one of the categories and it was great to see everyone getting so involved and excited. If it’s held again next year I definitely want to go, I had serious FOMO watching all the updates online!
So that was September – I have lots going on in October and am planning (hopefully, maybe, possibly) to take part in the annual Blogtober challenge. I’ve tried it in the past and, shock horror, never managed to do it due to me being constantly busy and massively flakey, but I’m going to give it a good go this year.
So that’s Day 1 complete… reckon I can blog again tomorrow and make it a two-day stretch? We’ll see…
Happy October everyone!