Sunday, 23 February 2014

Segway Saturday

I saw the Lego movie on Monday - it's really good and I highly recommend. I knew nothing about it and was pleasantly surprised, I give it 10 popcorns (out of 10).  The cinema was filled with kids as it was half term and there was one kid who was laughing manically throughout, bless him.

On Friday I went for drinks with work people and got accidentally drunk - I was only going to stay for one but one turned into three doubles on an empty stomach...oops.  We haven't been out in a while so it was good to catch up with everyone - I miss the summer of drinking in the wheatsheaf!  I then went to Amy and Rob's - I provided dinner (M&S deal of 2 pizza, 2 sides and pud for a tenner - SUCH a bargain!) and we settled down to watch Kung Pow - one of my favouritest funniest movies ever.

The weekend has been really good - I went on a Segway!!! Mum bought me a 2 person voucher which I was meant to use with the ex but we never got round to booking it, so 2 years later I finally booked it and took Jen along with me.  It was a bit scary as it doesn't feel very natural but you soon get used to it.  There was this little dick of a kid who thought he was amazing and was being ridiculously over confident and going really fast and turning quickly.  He got his comeuppance when he fell off about 5 times, including one quite spectacular one when he went off road through a muddy field, the segway wheelspan (wheelspinned? spun? who knows) and he fell off into the mud.  Unfortunately I also fell off - we were going down a steep hill and you gotta lean back to slow yourself down.  I couldn't get the hang of the whole leaning back thing as it felt unnatural and like I was going to fall off, then I did fall off but didn't want to let go of the segway as it would have tumbled down the hill, so I grabbed hold of it and it dragged me down the hill with it until I managed to crash it into a bin to stop it.  A bit embarrassing!  I do kinda want one now - though you don't really go much faster than a slow job so they are a bit pointless.



After the segway we hung out at Ally Pally for a bit then found a pub by the station and had a late lunch and catch up.  The pub was amazing, can't remember what it was called but it had a nice vibe and a brilliant menu of pizza and burgers.

beautiful day at alexandra palace


It took hours to get home from Alexandra Palace - the trains were messed up and I got stuck in a wave of girlguides who made me miss my train. I hate girlguides.  When I eventually got in  I made a cheesecake to take to Jen and Sam's the next day for lunch, then headed out to Cesca's house where she was having a mini uni reunion.  We went to the pub nearby who had a live band on and they were ace - an 8 piece jazz funk reggae band who were very lively indeed.  Took me right back to being 15 again!


Sunday I did the long trek to Jen and Sam's because the trains were down - they very kindly picked us up from High Barnet rather than us getting the rail replacement.  I felt a bit weird going through there as it was my old stomping ground at and after uni - lots of memories.  Jen and Sam had cooked a delicious lasagne that was topped with mozzarella and prosciutto - yum.  We then played Masquerade - basically the boardgame version of charades.  This provided much amusement and it turns out Ditch is really good at miming and guessing - he guessed my mime of 'Einstein's theory of relativity' which pretty much consisted of me pulling my  hair up into the sky and pointing at my glasses, and he also successfully acted out "Sir Harry Secombe's inside leg measurement".  Talented boy.


Oh moonup update below for those interested!!!!

Embarrassingly I couldn't get the bloody thing out. I tried Sunday night as an experiment and the thing wouldn't budge. So I got up especially early on Monday morning so that I would have enough time to remove it - but to no avail.  I started to get a bit panicky and imagining scenarios where I would have to go to A&E for professional removal.  On the way home I went and bought some rubber gloves for extra purchase - this turned out to be my saviour and after about an hour of contorting my body into a variety of positions, the thing finally burst out like a devil baby.  I am definitely not cut out to be a midwife - too squeamish and not strong enough.  Both friends who are avid users have said the first time is usually like that and I just need more practice.  Well it kinda scared me for life and I am not tempted to use again...but never say never.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Fresh Meat

Friday was Valentines Day.  I had a romantic night in with  my housemate Barbra - we ordered from Deliverance which was yummy. I had Nasi Goreng as I was missing Singapore, and B had a semi healthy salad - which we finished off with sticky toffee pud and choco brownie.  The mains were delicious but the puds were a bit hit and miss.  It's quite expensive but I guess you're paying for the fact they have such a wide choice of food - I managed to find a 25% off code too so it was worth the while.

Saturday I woke up in a terrible mood (must have got out on the wrong side of the bed).  I went to Cesca's where she had made some delicious scones and we had lots of pots of early grey (very sophisticated) whilst watching Sochi and having a gossip .  I then went and met the girls in Brixton market for some dinner before Rudimental.   We ended up in Seven - good reasonably prices tapas and £5 cocktails, including a slightly more expensive £7 cocktail that comes in a smoking skull jar.  Someone who was sharing our table ordered this and I felt a bit weird asking to take a photo of it so I took one of my less exciting one instead, below.



Rudimental was good - their energy and presence on stage was amazing and they had a full complement of vocalists, including John Newman and MNEK.  Unfortunately gigs always remind me of how much I hate people.  If I were prime minister I would create a law that meant tall people have to stand at the back at gigs. We got stuck behind some really douchey tall people who were smoking, barging and generally being really bloody annoying by talking the entire way through the gig.  I ended up "accidentally" screaming as loud at the back of their heads, elbowing them and spilling my drink over them.  Small victories.  I only have one photo of the gig because I'm not one of those douchey people who spend the entire time viewing the gig through their video phones to create crap quality movies they'll never actually watch.

Stupid finger


Today was mostly filled up with interviewing for new housemates.  It's fun meeting new people - we interviewed about 10 and found 2 we wouldn't mind living with, so fingers crossed one of them will accept.   B made a bit of a faux pas when one of them asked what we enjoyed doing - she answered "Rich has a fiancee, so he's mostly busy doing that".  I cracked up and Rich got all embarrassed. (probably one of those things where you had to be there, reading it back).

Today is the day I also tried my mooncup.  I couldn't decide if I should blog about this or not but then I thought, what the hell, I discuss it in real life! Also I wanted a legitimate reason to share this video as it's the funniest thing I nearly ever saw:



I love the idea of it - much better for you and the environment etc, but it sounds really messy and gross.  I was petrified when I first got it - it's much bigger than I imagined.   After a few attempts it was fairly easy to put in, though I do feel a bit like it's going to pop out. I am sitting opposite B as I write this and she has told me to close my legs as she's frightened it's going to pop out and hit her in the face. I am SO going to miss her when she goes to Tanzania!! (I am wearing underwear and jeans also by the way - don't want you thinking I am sitting here in the buff with my housemates).  I guess the test will be tomorrow when I wear it to work.  I will update next week!

Thursday, 13 February 2014

You spin me right round, baby

This blog post is very delayed due to being chronically tired from a crazy Saturday.  More on that later.

The week was spent doing spinning classes after work (nearly wrote school then, weird).  I really enjoyed my first one, but the rest have been a bit of a drag.  If you don't know what spinning is, then it's basically cycling really hard and fast with a load of other people in a dark room with disco lights and pumping music. The fact it's dark is great because you sweat loads and no one can see you making stupid faces (my workout face usually consists of me looking like I am in chronic pain and sticking my tongue out like a water deprived panting dog on a hot summer's day). 

Tuesday and Wednesday were filled with tube strikes.  Call me controversial but I was all for the strikes - I don't think ticket stations should be closed down (I for one have to use them and prefer speaking to someone human than using a machine - unless there's a big queue of course) and sometimes drastic action is needed to make your point.  Plus I wasn't affected at all.  I sent my boss on the Clipper to get to Canary Wharf and he loved it. Boris made it free for the two days apparently, thanks Boris.

I got snapchat last weekend and it is SO MUCH FUN.  I guess it's only fun when you have funny people sending you stuff.  I was worried I would get lots of rude pictures but instead I get ridiculous things including a great video of Bex dancing.   Such a shame you can't keep the vids.

Saturday I went to the Galleria in Hatfield to help promote my friend's wedding band.  It was fun because I mainly got to catch up and gossip with Jen.  As well as watch Samer perform.  There were loads of kids who seemed entranced by the music which was adorable, including this little girl who was dancing to the beat of her own drum and kept spinning in circles with her eyes closed to Joss Stone and Bruno Mars. Bless her.  It was a successful day with a bunch of girls staying to watch the entire thing and uploading vids to facebook so we got free publicity, and quite a few people showed interest so we're hoping for some gigs from it.  If anyone wants an acoustic band for a function, just let me know ;-)

I then headed to Amy and Rob's for Rob's very last minute birthday celebrations organised by Max (I think Rob was too lazy to do anything himself).  I turned up at Amy's and was greeted with a huge 120" screen and 7 boys playing shooting games on the Xbox.  Poor Amy. I don't know how it happened but suddenly the living room was full of weapons (numchucks, 3 swords, a shield and two poles) and human jousting happened. Only at the McHoneysetts....

I don't look as cool with a sword as I felt....


human jousting...

We then headed off to the Bussey Building which I was so happy about - can't believe I have lived nearby for 4 years and only been once.  We stayed in the 'bumpin and hustlin' room until 2.30am when we realised some of the group had gone missing.  It's pretty standard for John to end up in random places - I am not sure what happens to him, it's quite impressive really.







I didn't get much sleep and was cream crackered for Sunday.  Went to Vauxhall City Farm which is pants and I don't recommend it, however they did have the following:


A really fat bunny and a bunny with Rod Stewart hair

A Llama

A Fugly bird

A very dodgy looking donation hole (for money....just to clarify)

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Dating

On Monday I went on a date.  It was successful - I had fun, and he wanted to see me again - see, a success.  We arranged to meet again on Saturday so of course I go out on Friday night and get a bit too drunk. Typical.

I went to Steam & Rye which is apparently owned by Kelly Brook. It's pretty awesome in there - American 1920s themed and all the hostesses are dressed as flapper girls.  The cocktails are immense  - you can order this huge shark head and when you order it, it causes a bit of a scene with the waiters and waitresses lighting sparklers and doing a bit of a dance.  You can also order a cocktail that comes in a lit up cauldron.  All of this is very expensive though so Samia and I stocked up at the wetherspoons over the road (like the classy birds we are) before heading across.

At about 9pm some sexy dancers came on stage which caused a bit of excitement. There was also live music, who randomly happened to be Pink from "Red N Pink", a band my friend plays bass for sometimes.  Small world.




I realised I was getting a bit too tipsy so headed home fairly early and coaxed Barbra into doing some homemade karaoke with me - much to Rich's amusement when he came home late and popped his head round the door to say hello.

Saturday I headed into central to meet my date.  I'd left it to him to decide what to do, but wasn't overly keen on his choice (wandering round Cov Garden in the cold - what can I say, I'm a demanding woman) and instead suggested we head to St Paul's as I've never been there before, and it turns out he hadn't either.  We walked from Covent Garden to St Paul's along the river which was pleasant, but we didn't realise St Paul's closes at 4.30 and we got there at 3.45.  We decided that since we'd both lived in London for a while and this was the only time we'd both been here, to just go for it anyway, and bought our tickets (a pricey £16 each! Valid for a year though.).

We rushed up to the top - when I say rushed, I mean went as fast as my little legs could take us - it's a lotta steps!!! I was pretty knackered by the time we got to the top.  The views are immense though - take a look below:







We then sat downstairs for a bit and swapped amusing childhood church stories until we were asked if we were staying for the service or not.  Feeling it was a bit inappropriate, we escaped and found a pub to quench our thirst and fill our rumbling tummies.

We had a bit of a kiss (awkwardly I always seem to go in for a full snog which probably isn't appropriate) then I left him with a smile on my face and rushed to Amy's house for dindins at hers where we had some very amusing conversations including how our parents used to wipe our bums when we were children.  Amy had a very disturbing position and it resulted in us all messaging our parents to ask what we did as kids.  Much to their amusement/confusion/horror.  It was a fun evening.

Today I headed up to Milton Keynes with some of the girls to see Celia who's moved up there.  I am not a massive fan of MK - it's a giant car park really, but it was nice to catch up with Celia as I've not seen her for probably 6 months!

This week I have been a bit crazy and booked spinning classes - it was £20 for 20 days, so going to try and go as much as possible. My first one is tomorrow and I am bricking it....