MAY 2018

2018 has pretty much been a rollercoaster so far but May was amazing. It was an incredibly busy month! So much happened this month and we had some big life changes which was super exciting… and also a bit scary. For the past three years, life has been a bit of a whirlwind and it’s so nice to feel settled now. I am so excited for the rest of the year!

AWESOME

May saw Ash and I return to the UK. Whilst technically, I returned at the end of April, Ash didn’t come home until the beginning of May so that’s when UK life truly began. We moved into our new flat at the beginning of the month and I am so in love with living here.

As well as a big move, May also saw new jobs for both of us. For me, I am now working in an estate agents. It so weird working 9 to 5 as it’s something I am just not used to but I am LOVING having weekends. The workplace has a nice atmosphere and I think I’m doing well so far.

Since I now live in the UK again, I’ve returned to my drama group which I am super happy about. We are currently working on a production of Chicago for September.

We had a lovely family night in our flat about a week after we moved in. We just had some food and chats but I love being able to see my family whenever I want now.

We have had some lovely days off whilst the weather has been nice visiting a woodland park and also a nature reserve but the best day had to be a trip to Ikea. Need I say more?

AWKWARD

The first day in our flat, we couldn’t figure out how to lock the front door. It honestly took us about 20 minutes. In the end, it was super simple. What numpties!

We went for a nice woodland walk and ended up getting lost for over an hour and a half. Typical us!

ACHIEVEMENTS

I am very happy that within 10 days of returning to the UK and a very last minute decision, I managed to get a decent job and a lovely flat.

READING

This month was quite a slow reading month because I was so busy but I was super happy with the two books I did read.

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. This book took up most of the month but I honestly didn’t want it to end. I always love Jodi Picoult’s reads. I am always shook by how she writes about such controversial topics whilst creating characters that you can totally understand and relate to. This is the story of Ruth Jefferson, a midwife who is banned from caring for a newborn baby because of her skin colour. When the baby dies following a routine procedure, is it Ruth’s fault? Small Great Things was a very powerful read as it was a story of a very, current topic: rascism. The story has a lot of layers and depth, I loved every page… except maybe the last ten pages because for such a great book, the ending was disappointing.

Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian. I read this book for this month’s Blogger Book Nook. I absolutely adored the story and the relationships of the characters. I have no idea how I have never read this book before.

WATCHING

Mamma Mia. A lovely girly movie night with my mum, this has always been our film.

My Best Friend’s Wedding. I love old school Cameron Diaz and Julia Roberts but this movie was a first for me which I loved.

Royal Wedding. I’m not usually particularly bothered about the Royals but I was obsessed with the wedding. It was such a beautiful ceremony, I’ll admit I teared up at one point. I loved how modern and different it was.

13 Reasons Why. Season 2 bitches! I felt the same with this season as I felt with the first, very slow to start. I haven’t enjoyed the beginning of either season but then suddenly, it kicks in a gear and suddenly OH MY GOD. I’m not shocked by much but I audibly gasped at the last episode and I am left with so many questions!

LOVING

Nobbly Bobbly’s. Always been a firm favourite, in fact, my actual favourite ice lolly but in May, my obsession hit a new level. I had one almost every day. Tip for Nobbly Bobbly fans. Morrisons sell an own brand version called Sprinkle Tastics… half the price and just as nice.

The colour yellow. Maybe because it’s Spring, I don’t know but I have been loving yellow this month. I have yellow pops of colour in our living room and I’m sorry but the yellow clothing out at the moment is to die for. I bought an absolutely stunning yellow dress from good old Primark and I can’t wait for a lovely Summer day when I get to wear it.

Tea tree toner. I’ve been using The Body Shop’s tea tree toner since the beginning of the year which I enjoyed and felt it really helped my skin. When it ran out, I opted to try Lush’s version instead. Just as good but in a spray bottle making it so much more refreshing to apply.

RESTAURANTS

Man Vs. Food, Middlesbrough, England. I went to Man Vs. Food for my friend Joe’s 21st birthday and I couldn’t recommend this restaurant enough. Incredible portions which considering the size, are a great price and so many great and unique options on the menu. I ordered the Coca-Cola Chicken which was served as an entire chicken propped up on a Coke can and delicious with a Cherry Coke marinade. Sounds unusual but super delicious.

THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN JUNE

Not a lot is planned so far for June. I have booked an Escape Room for my mum’s birthday as she is really wanting to do one so I am definitely looking forward to that but otherwise, I am really just looking forward to spending lots of time feeling at home in our flat.


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9 thoughts on “MAY 2018

  1. kattieh says:

    I can’t believe how fast the year is going. It feels like I only just read your April post. I love how your favourite day was going to Ikea. Sounds perfect to me! And I can totally relate to you being unable to lock the door for 20 minutes. My problem is unlocking doors – I get stuck outside so often, and then when someone comes along they manage to open the door really quickly. Mamma Mia is the perfect girlie movie to watch. It’s me and my mum’s favourite movie to watch together! I’m so glad you’ve settled well into your flat and that you’re enjoying your new job. x

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  2. abbeylouisarose says:

    Congrats on transitioning so smoothly into UK life, Steph! Getting everything sorted within 10 days is very impressive indeed! I hope you’re still enjoying your new job and that you’re making the most of those lovely free weekends! The Jodi Picoult book you picked up this month sounds like an amazing read and something that tackles such an important issue too! I had no idea that a Man vs Food restaurant existed but I love the show (it’s a guilty pleasure for me!) so I’d be intrigued to go!

    Abbey ❀

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