Dear Diary… (03.09.2018)

Dear Diary…  (03.09.2018)

It’s been almost 2 months since I last wrote a Dear Diary post… I’m nothing if not sporadic! But I’m here now and that’s all that matters, right?


Since my last post of this type life has been full and busy. I’ve been away a few times (Stratford-upon-Avon, Crete, Shropshire and Cambridge), got engaged, had my 33rd birthday, celebrated my Mum’s birthday, went to an Elvis tribute night, got another tattoo, been without a car for a month as the engine died in a giant cloud of smoke, and had the odd few nights out with friends.


Starting with my tattoo (because I can see it as I’m writing this and so it makes as good a place to start as any) I will write a dedicated post about this soon and show you what it looks like, but in the meantime I can say that I am so in love with it! It’s so much better than I pictured in my head and the meaning behind it is so special to me. It feels strange now to think that I ever had bare skin there – it feels like it’s always been a part of me.


I wrote about our engagement here (for anyone that wants to know the full story) so I won’t go into a huge amount of detail here, but it still doesn’t feel real. I guess a part of that is because I’m still not able to wear my ring – it was slightly too big so we sent it back to Brilliant Earth to resize it and after over 3 weeks of waiting for it’s return, it arrived to my front door and is exactly the same size it was when I sent it to them. They haven’t done a thing with it! So, this weekend coming we are going to see the jeweller my brother and his wife used when they got married and I’m going to get them to resize it for me instead. I think I’m going to lodge a complaint with Brilliant Earth to be honest as it’s really disheartening to receive such poor service when it’s something as special as an engagement ring. On a more positive note though, I can’t wait to be able to wear it!



The various weekends away we’ve had were lovely and it’s been nice to see some parts of the UK that I’ve not been to before. I’m so determined to see what this country has to offer and I’m making a (long) of places I want to visit in the coming years. We were only in Cambridge for a grand total of 39-hours so we didn’t get to do a huge amount of exploring, but we did see some of it (in the pouring rain!) and it’s a really picturesque place, full of stunning architecture.



Last week I got to tick something off of my 34 Before 34 list by going on a Jack The Ripper tour, thanks to Haydy who arranged it as a surprise birthday treat for me! As you know, I’m massively into true crime and the Jack The Ripper murders are some of the most talked about true crimes in history, so it was fascinating to visit the sites (or as close to them as possible, as many of them have been built on) and to hear about the tales that relate to them. I didn’t think it was appropriate to take photos of the places the poor women lost their lives, but I did manage to take a photograph of the stunning sunset over the Thames as we walked there from Tower Bridge.



During the Bank Holiday weekend, my best friend and her husband came down to London so we embarked on a little bar crawl with them . We didn’t drink a huge amount as it was a pretty slow, laid-back kind of crawl (we aren’t as young as we used to be!) but it was great to spend some time with them as – shockingly – it’s been 10 months since the four of us all got together! We must try harder in 2019 to see each other more often. (The front-facing camera on Ben’s phone makes everyone look like smudged potatoes for some reason…)


This weekend just passed was pretty busy as we spent a few hours exploring Kings Cross on Saturday morning, followed by going to the West Ham vs Wolves game which was bitterly disappointing and absolutely shocking to watch, then we went to our local cinema in the evening as they were having a special viewing of Terminator 2 in their 4DX screen. I’ve never seen anything in 4D before and wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was actually really good! The seats rocked about, pads pushed into our backs in time with any punches on the screen, wind blew in our hair as Arnie sped down the road on his bike, and water sprayed in our faces whenever it fitted in with the film. I love the Terminator films and think Arnie is an absolutely living legend, so it was a brilliant way to spend an evening.


Sunday was a day of errands, rushing about here and there getting things done. I’m going through some sort of phase at the moment where I’m clearing out cupboards and throwing away/donating to charity anything we don’t use or need. It’s good for the soul but has made me realise how much crap we seem to collect over the years. I can’t wait to get the job finished and to be living a more minimalist, streamlined life!


After all the errands, we sat down on the sofa to catch up on some of the programmes we’ve been watching (is anyone else watching Bodyguard on BBC? It’s so good!) and suddenly I saw one of my cats jump out of his skin – he had been stung on the face by a wasp. I watched him for a little while to see if he was ok, but after about 5-minutes he couldn’t open one of his eyes and there were tears literally dripping out of it. We headed straight down to the vets and, as is always the way, by the time we got there he was absolutely fine and there was nothing wrong with him! His eye had gone back to normal! The vet checked him over and there seems to be no damage, so that’s good news, but my bank balance took a thumping of £110.00 for the privilege. I’m just glad he’s ok though, I was really worried!


In the ongoing saga of my dodgy knee, I’ve made a small amount of progress – I went to see a specialist who looked at my scans and immediately told me that it’s too damaged for him to fix and that he needs to refer me on to a more specialised specialist. Currently they say they think I will need a total knee replacement – which isn’t good – but I feel like I’m getting somewhere at last. Now I’m just waiting for my next appointment for more scans and to see the new specialist. I really can’t wait to get it fixed to be honest, my knee is getting worse and the pain is unbearable sometimes; walking is such hard work and I’m just so tired. It’s exhausting. I know I’ll get there one day and I just need to be patient and wait for the process to work its way through the NHS system, but it’s hard sometimes when it feels like my body is breaking.


I’m really working hard on making the most of life these days, enjoying each day and savouring every second. I’m feeling really contented and settled and I’m hoping I’ll be able to match those feelings with some level of organisation too. I have so many plans and aims and dreams and it sometimes feels like I don’t have enough time in the day to achieve them all, but it’s important to enjoy the journey to your goals, rather than wishing the time away in order to reach the end target.


Have a good week everybody!




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  1. September 11, 2018 / 8:49 am

    Bad blog reader here!! Have sadly been neglecting reading all the blogs I love but am planning to catch up in the coming days. Love this post and hearing about all that you have been up to. The Jack the Ripper walk sounds fab, that is very high on my to do list.

    • Penny
      September 13, 2018 / 8:05 pm

      I definitely recommend it and I recommend Strawberry Tours too – they’re free, you just pay them what you feel it was worth at the end (a few people didn’t pay anything which I found a bit rude to be honest!) I’m also glad you like these kind of posts as I’ll be doing a lot more of them from now on! xx

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