February was a funny old month. Most people get January blues but I most definitely had February blues. It seemed I lost all passion for my job and had absolutely zero motivation for it, the weather was absolutely rubbish with rain, wind and expected hurricanes plus on top, I was really ill for about a week. Overall, it was a bit of dud month. Better hope for March!
I had two sober nights out and actually enjoyed them. Since I stopped drinking, I’ve put off nights out because I can’t cope with other people drunk. Thankfully, no one in the team acts like a twat when they are drunk so I managed to successfully have two decent, sober nights out.
On one of our days off, we took a drive to Arguineguin but found there is absolutely nothing to do there so we drove to Puerto Mogan instead. We have previously been to this little village but thought we would see what it was like when the market wasn’t there. We had a lovely relaxing stroll around before some dinner overlooking the harbour. There’s not really a lot to do there but it is pretty and it was nice to actually do something with our day off.
In January, I applied to be an intern for a meditation course called Mindspo. I was unsuccessful with the internship but was offered a place in their research group meaning I try their products and feedback to them. This is great because the membership I was paying a tenner a month for, I now have free lifetime membership to and the meditation course I was saving up for, I’m now studying completely free.
For a week, we had some really noisy upstairs neighbours… and by noisy, I mean in the bedroom department. Any hour of the day or night, every day, several times of day. I barely got any sleep that week because I was constantly being woken up at 4am. One night, they also had a blazing row and instead of being woken at 4am by moaning, I was woken by shouting. It was so bad but thankfully, after a week, they must have left because apart from loud footsteps, we haven’t heard anything since.
I was really ill for about a week and that really disrupted my flow. It started with a migraine and I ended up with something pretty similar to flu. Last weekend, I spent my entire day off snuggled up on the sofa drinking orange juice because I could barely breathe, ached everywhere and felt constantly both hot and cold. Not fun!
Hannah Gale is back! I’m loving her baby updates!
This month, I’ve been really loving the content one of my fellow The Growing Up Guide babes has been putting up. Amy’s content is so beautifully honest and also, very diverse, she will post something completely different every time. She’s such a down to earth, relatable girl that it makes her content such a pleasure to read.
This month, my main read was The Power by Naomi Alderman. I absolutely loved it and you can read more about what I thought here.
I also read a book with my mum whilst we’re 3000 miles apart. Her friend lent her How To Be Mindful by Anna Barnes which delighted me because it was a book on my shelf yet to be read. It’s a very beautiful, easy to read book which would be a perfect coffee table book as it’s easy just to pick up and open on a random page. It’s full of inspirational quotes and mindfulness tips. £3 from The Works.
I also finished Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn. I wouldn’t really recommend unless you’re already a mindfulness expert because it is very difficult to understand and very technical.
Another one which was very easy reading was Stress Less by Kate Hanley. The book contains 100 tips and exercises to stress less. I read all of them in three days but I’d recommend doing it one day at a time. Only £3 from The Works.
This month, Ash has had an obsession with watching scary movies before bed. He gets scared by them easily and I have to go with him to the bathroom to brush his teeth afterwards.
We watched an absolutely awful one called The Exorcism of Anna Eckland. The acting was terrible.
We watched The Unborn which was really good about a girl who should’ve had a twin and he haunted her.
The Darkness and The Ritual were a bit strange.
We really enjoyed the two Spanish movies we’ve watched. Our Netflix is picking up Spanish movies but doesn’t make it clear which ones are in Spanish so we’ve been a bit disappointed when they start with subtitles but they’re actually good movies. We watched Veronica and We Are Not Alone, a good way to try and spruce up the Spanish too.
Whilst I was ill, I binge watched Bachelor In Paradise. The spin off to The Bachelor which we fell in love with in India is very similar to Ex On The Beach without the exes and I love it! I’m obsessed with reality trash these days.
I’ve also really been loving Louise Pentland’s Weeklies since she had baby Pearl. She’s so honest about post-partum and it’s so refreshing. I’ve also started watching SacconeJoly’s again. I think I just like watching YouTube with babies at the moment.
I’ve been obsessed with Encore Radio this month. As a teenager, I would listen to Elaine Paige on Sunday every week without fail so Encore Radio has taken me back to those days. I’ve had a good few afternoons belting out the musical theatre tunes.
This month, I’ve been listening to two new podcasts all to do with wellbeing. Self Service by Girl Boss is very hippy dippy and at some points, a bit cringe but full of positive energy. Chasing Joy talks about wellness blogs and I’m really enjoying getting a few handy lifetips from it.
We’ve only tried one new restaurant this month and it was a fail, would not recommend.
Patrick’s, Playa del Ingles, Gran Canaria. I really fancied a Sunday lunch and this was recommended to us. It was an absolute dive of a place with a waitress who didn’t know whether she was coming or going and was clearly on drugs. The glasses smelled funny and whilst the food was edible, it took a long time and I didn’t trust it.
Ricky’s, Playa del Ingles, Gran Canaria. A very amateur drag bar but good fun.
Coco Loco, Playa del Ingles, Gran Canaria. In the heart of the gay centre and very, very sexual. Wouldn’t visit unless you’re after a show…
Pacha, Playa del Ingles, Gran Canaria. A good bar for a big night out.
De Fraja Hut, Playa del Ingles, Gran Canaria. A Dutch bar which is quite the experience but very friendly with a great atmosphere.
This month I’ve been obsessed with chocolate dipped cookies from Lidl. I’ve bought them in both Cyprus and Spain so I’m sure you could find them in the UK too. They’re down the biscuit aisle and called Grandino. It’s the triple chocolate ones and they are delicious and incredibly moreish.
Frehly squeezed orange juice has been my jam this month.
Things to look forward to in March…
We haven’t got anything planned so will have to take it as it comes but hopefully, we will get some better weather and have some more exciting days off.
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