Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Wedding anniversary - cosy weekend in the countryside part 2

On the actual morning of our wedding anniversary, September 25th, we woke up in our cosy bed and opened the cards from our thoughtful friends and family – and from each other, of course!


Wedding anniversary Part 1 - Cosy weekend in the countryside

I cannot believe it’s been a whole year since I got married. A whole year since I stood nervously in the cool sunlight in my childhood town, clutching my Dad’s arm and waiting to walk down the aisle. I literally don’t know where the time has gone! We knew we wanted to do something to celebrate our first anniversary and one of our favourite things to do together is have a long weekend in the English countryside. So that’s exactly what we planned – and it was absolutely perfect. Honestly, this post might make you feel a bit sick because it’s so idyllic #sorrynotsorry!


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Goodnight my little friend

On Friday 23rd September, after three and a half years of snuffling, burrowing in fluff, eating Cheerios and generally being the cutest thing in the world, my little Pickle gerbil closed his eyes for one last time.
'Hi, this toilet roll is my bed now' 

Thursday, 22 September 2016

A weekend at home for my sister’s baby shower

I still can’t believe that my little sister is having a baby! But the evidence is getting rather unmistakeably clear. Baby Gordon (Baby G to his friends) is well and truly showing at this point, and with only just over a month to go before he is due to make his long awaited appearance (he’s only got about a day to go if you ask my mum), it seemed about the right time to throw him and my sister a baby shower.


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

My Delights

This weekend I read a wonderful article by the even more wonderful Dolly Alderton, one of my favourite journalists and, to be honest, girl crushes. I love everything she writes – I remember reading a quote by Joss Whedon once in which he said that he wishes he could ‘eat someone’s brain and steal their ideas’ – and that’s kind of how I feel about her, except to 'ideas' you could also add 'insane legs'. But her latest piece was one of my favourites -  this beautiful list of all her delights in life. A lot of posts on my blog focus on this idea that happiness is found in the ordinary, but I’ve never been able to sum up as perfectly as Dolly how the beauty of life resides not in the extraordinary but in the everyday. I’m sure I still won’t be able to put it as well as she did, and you are perfectly welcome to click off and go and read her list instead, but I wanted to add my selection – the mundane that I delight in, all the time. 

It’s quite long, I warn you. I’m quite a happy person. Sorry about that. But here we go anyway.


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Little book round up – what I’ve been reading lately

My last post on the books I’ve been reading recently was much more popular than I expected, and I even got a couple of tweets asking me to include some of the ‘heavier’ books I read! I don’t know that I can quite bring myself to go into all of those but I did think I’d give you a few of my highlights from the last couple of weeks in case there’s anything you’d like to pick up.

Can you even imagine if you had this in your house...

Friday, 16 September 2016

Life loves this week

This week has disappeared – I honestly have no idea what I’ve done with it. I know it’s a cliché, but I don’t know where this year is going – in a couple of weeks’ time it will be my wedding anniversary, and it makes literally no sense to me that it’s been an entire year since I got married, and then my sister will be having her baby, and… basically can we just slow down a bit because otherwise I’m going to be 45, okay thanks?

After that little rant, here are the things I’ve been loving this week…

Thursday, 15 September 2016

5 weird things about Instagram

 I love Instagram, I’m not even ashamed to admit it. (@Catscruse, FOLLOW ME, I take a lot of photos of white wine and sunsets, okay that’s enough, shameless self promotion over.)

I’ve always used Facebook most frequently for sharing photographs, and then along came this entire site dedicated to just that, so I didn’t have to force my pretty avocado on toast upon unwilling family friends and people I used to work with anymore. And ignoring the part where you compare yourself to someone’s edit of a perfect life, and get obsessed with followers and cry over why someone else got 200 likes on their photograph of an egg and you only got 189, oh my god I'm uglier than an egg, blah, blah, I think Instagram is mostly a nice thing. It’s fun, it’s pretty, and most people don’t believe it’s real. 

But okay, sometimes it’s a bit weird, isn’t it? Here are 5 of the weird things about Instagram that I’ve noticed. You've noticed them too, but if you've noticed more, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.


Wednesday, 14 September 2016

5 goals for 2016

 Okay not gonna lie – I totally got this idea from HannahGale’s blog (which is fab btw, don’t go and read it till you’ve finished this post because you’ll fall into a vortex of hilarious lists and anecdotes and you’ll have forgotten all about poor little me by the time you’ve managed to haul yourself out.) But I did actually do a pretty similar post last year. I think it’s something about this time of year – it reminds me of new stationary and clean, fresh school diaries that I always promised not to graffiti, and new fashion (even though I’ll clearly just buy ANOTHER maroon jumper). New beginnings. So I wanted to note down a couple of things I’d like to manage by the end of the year!

Buy a yacht. Totally realistic goal right?


Tuesday, 13 September 2016

10 things to love about hen dos

A few weeks ago I went to a brilliant hen do. We had a buffet and prosecco on the Friday night. A spa, including a hot lava shell massage (best. thing. EVER) on the Saturday, followed by cocktail making and a night out. Then waffles with bacon on the Sunday. I got home feeling refreshed and happy. And yet so many people think hen dos are awful, so if you're dreading one right now, here's 10 things to get excited about... 

Beautiful bride, short stunted friend (me)


Friday, 9 September 2016

Life loves lately

If I had to scale this week against the ones I’ve had recently, I would call it Much Better. YAY. Here’s why…


Thursday, 8 September 2016

Basic Bitch things I love about Autumn

I’m a summer baby. I like long days and warm nights, the feeling of stepping outside and the air being hotter out than it is in; I like bare feet and maxi dresses, cider and festivals, BBQs and golden skin and cold white wine in rooftop bars. So I’m actually pretty pleased that Autumn has had such a revival over the last few years, giving me a couple of things to look forward to as my favourite season comes to an end! Essentially, I don’t care how basic it is – if it keeps me happy as the days get shorter, I’m involved…


Monday, 5 September 2016

Why your girlfriends are the best kind of friends

I just came back from a hen do and was having a polite conversation about it with a colleague in the kitchen (you know: ‘How was your weekend?’ ‘Good…not long enough! You?’ and so on). When I mentioned I was on a hen do she screwed up her face and said,
‘Ugh, yeah, I dread those…I just get on so much better with men, you know?’

No. I don’t know. But I do know that this seems to be the cool thing to say these days. As if saying you don’t like hanging out with girls even though you are a girl makes you one of the lads – yeah, you’re basically Zoe Ball, you are, downing pints and playing pool surrounded by blokes, looking amazing even though you're just in denim jeans and a band t shirt - you’re so down to earth, you, and they’re all your mates but they're also all secretly in love with you because you’re just so awesome and attractive. What a narrative to tell yourself.


Friday, 2 September 2016

Life loves this week

This week in the ongoing list of irritating health calamities to befall me this year, I burst a blood vessel in my eye. Literally just sitting watching TV. I honestly don’t know how I manage these things.
Despite that, it’s been quite a good week – let’s go and see why (hint – mostly due to really good TV shows)... 


Thursday, 1 September 2016

A band that changed my life – The Avett Brothers

Last night I went to see the Avett Brothers play at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. It’s the fourth time I’ve seen them.

The first time was back in around 2009. I really liked this guy and I wanted to find a gig for us to go to. It was when folk music had exploded in a big way and I was really into this band called the Avett Brothers. I didn’t think he would ever have heard of them, but he said he had vaguely from his time living in California, so he agreed to come along. I don’t think either of us were expecting too much, but it was amazing – such lively, entertaining music, so much better live than on my little pink iPod Nano – and during one of the slower songs, the beautiful 'I And Love And You,' the boy I liked a lot put his arms around my waist and I remember staring up at the blue lights and thinking, if this is the best it ever gets, then this is pretty good.

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