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So, I realised it’s not often I really get personal with you all and share what I’m up to outside of my blogging life.
Yeaaah I’m not counting all the oversharing of what it’s like to come off Fluoxetine. I’m counting that as quality, educational content. Makes me feel like I’m helping.
I want to play with the idea of doing monthly roundup posts so you all know what I’ve been up to, fun things I can recommend in and around Nottingham, and just the general shenanigans I get up to.
So if you’re not interested in my non-pole life, then these roundup posts probably won’t interest you. I’ll probably chat a bit about pole, but generally I tend to save my pole talk for longer posts.
Anyway, let’s get to it!
8th August – My birthday!
I turned 23 after months of thinking I already was (which wasn’t confusing at all, thanks brain). We celebrated with cocktails in Coco Tang in Nottingham – which are amazing, by the way, if you’re ever in Nottingham – and Rock in the 90s at Rock City.
On my actual birthday, my partner and I spent the day at Meadowhall, because I wanted to go to the cinema and I figured a) the Vue at Meadowhall is like half the price of the Odeon in Mansfield, and b) there’s waaaay more to do. Plus there’s a LEGO store there.
Generally I spent the week chilling out, seeing family, playing Steven Universe – Save the Light*, and crying over how much I love all the characters in Steven Universe.
For real, if you’ve never watched Steven Universe, do it. You have approximately two days to catch up on 5 seasons until the movie comes out. Trust me, you’ll be obsessed.
For the rest of the week, we went on mini-adventures like lunch at the Kitty Cafe in Nottingham, a beautiful meal out at Bella Mia in Hucknall, and watching How To Train Your Dragon 3 with the in-laws over a beautiful Indian takeaway.
20th August – Networking!
I finally managed to make it to one of the Nottingham Tabletop Industry Collective’s evening socials, which are arranged by the fantastic James and Sophie of Needy Cat Games. As I used to work for Games Workshop, and am now starting my adventure in the world of freelance writing, I went to this event as Emma of Dragon Scribe Studios – which makes me sound like I have my shit together, so I like it!
It was an awesome evening with friends new and old with drinks, cake, and general moaning about social media strategies. It really is the place to be if you’re in Nottingham and part of the tabletop games industry, in an adjacent industry like me, or want to be part of that industry.
24th August – Solo Spa Day!
I had an amazing time at the Clifford Day Spa in Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire. I had paid for a voucher for a spa day last year, so it was nice to feel like I was effectively being pampered for free!
I didn’t take any pictures while I was in there, but I can tell you it was wonderful. While it was a small spa, it was spotless, with plenty of room to roam without feeling crowded. The afternoon tea was okay; the sandwiches were standard cheap afternoon tea fare, but the cakes were lovely.
I had a deep tissue back massage, which was amazing. I told the therapist to apply plenty of pressure because my shoulders are eternally tight, and after the 25-minute massage I felt nicely loosened up. Not as much as if I had a full one hour sports massage, but it was good enough to see me through.
Read more about the benefits of solo spa days here!
28th August – Rocky Horror Picture Show!
I’ve been in love with the Rocky Horror Picture Show since I was a teenager, and it’s always been on my bucket list to make it to either a live stage show, or a film show.
So, when our friends told us it was going to be on at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham for four nights, we jumped at the chance to go!
The cast was amazing, and our Narrator, Philip Franks, was amazing at ad-libbing to the audience participation parts. The highlight had to be (obviously) dancing to the Time Warp along with the cast twice during the show, as well as the guy who played Rocky doing some amazing feats of bodyweight strength. Dude straight up walked off stage on his hands. It was amazing.
If you love the Rocky Horror Picture Show, you have to see it live. By the time this post goes out it’ll have left Nottingham, but as the show’s currently on tour it may be coming to a city near you!
31st August – Murder and the Barrister!
On Saturday 31st I was invited to a movie evening and guided tour of The Barrister’s Book Chamber in Retford.
I spent a magical evening with the team behind the bookstore and a small group of other bloggers in which we watched Clue and were treated to a guided tour of both of their bookshops.
Our tour guide, the Barrister’s husband, as well as their daughter, shared their insights into the life of a Barrister, including the weird traditions and quirks of the profession. On the top floor, in the true crime room, stood proudly the Barrister’s wig, gown, and gown bags, and we got to learn all about their roles in the life and career of a Barrister.
Did you know that while there may be 3000-4000 people aspiring for pupilage in a Chamber each year, there’s only around 100 places open annually?
And that to become a Barrister, you have to find pupilage in a Chamber within 5 years of passing the Bar, and if you don’t you have to take the Bar again?
Because I didn’t until last night!
I’ll be publishing a full write up of the evening at some point next week, so stay tuned!
Thanks once again to The Barrister’s Book Chamber for inviting me to such a fun evening, to their fantastic hospitality, and for the absolutely magical job they’ve done with creating a bookish paradise.
August Blog Post Roundup
My mental health has continued to be a bit squiffy this month with me tapering down my medication, so I’ve not posted as much as I would have liked to. But here’s a roundup of what’s been going on this month:
Team Lift The Pole Ban secured an apology from Facebook but I’m a cynical bastard at the best of times, so this is about how the apology doesn’t actually mean jack or shit in the way of Instagram and Facebook changing their ways. And, spoiler alert – as of the end of August, nothing has really been done.
In Pole Goals 101, I’ve been talking about how to go about building your habits to help you work towards your pole goals, as well as how to track those habits as goals.
In this post I chat more about the benefits of going to the spa alone, as inspired by my solo spa day on the 24th. While I love going to the spa with friends, solo spa days really are fantastic for the mind and body as I found you can find true relaxation within yourself.
I’ve been playing a couple of different games this month, but generally I’ve been playing games less and less on the weekend as we’ve ended up pretty busy over the last few weekends.
As I mentioned earlier I’ve been playing Steven Universe – Save The Light* which, if you’re a fan of the show, you will love. It’s a 3D platformer with a weird real-time turn-based combat system that honestly, works super well. My team constantly consists of Garnet, Peridot, Connie, and Steven, but I find it really difficult to choose between the Steven Universe characters to have on my team. I love them all.
I’ve also been playing a lot of PULSAR: Lost Colony with my partner and our friends. If you love the idea of Star Trek: Bridge Crew but can’t afford it, this game is an awesome alternative and has a lot of the same elements, but has fun additional quests like races, arena combat, and getting swarmed and killed by giant ants. It’s a lot of fun, and currently my favourite game to play with friends.
RIP, the USS Dresden. You were the best ship.
Our friends also came over to play tabletop games on the 24th, and we had a great afternoon chatting shit and pretending to be mobsters.
Cash and Guns* is one of our favourite tabletop games to play when we want something fun, quick, and simple. In Cash and Guns, you’re a mobster competing with all the other players to get the loot in each round – but before the loot is divvied up, you have the chance to ‘shoot’ another player, meaning they don’t get any share of the loot. You get foam guns in the box, but we’ve also played it with these Nerf pistols*, which is a lot of fun!
We also tried out Tokaido* for the first time, which was a nice change of pace from the competitive tabletop games we normally play. In Tokaido, you play a Japanese traveller journeying the East Sea Road. The aim of the game is to get as many points as possible (which represents the experiences your character has on their journey), but there’s no real element of direct competition. It’s a relaxed, quick-paced game that’s perfect to play on a lazy weekend.
Things No-one Will Tell Fat Girls by Jes Baker* is an amazing read for anyone in the body-positive community. Whether you’re just getting into the community and learning to love your body as it is, or you’ve been part of the community for a while and want someone to scream at you that capitalism literally profits from you hating yourself, this book has something for everyone. Once I’ve finished reading it, I’ll definitely get a review written for you all, because I think this is pretty much essential reading for anyone.
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remni*. It’s rare I’ll find an autobiography I want to read, but I’m fascinated by cults so this is a really fascinating book. Leah Remni was born and raised within Scientology, and finally got out in 2013 after a series of events that started with her attendance at the wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes in 2006. If, like me, you find Scientology intriguing and want an inside look at how it actually works, 100% pick up this book.
Talking with Serial Killers by Christopher Berry-Dee* is my current bathtime read. I’m a huge true crime fan, so I find this book really fascinating. The author writes about serial killers, their crimes, their backgrounds, and their motivations, as well as sharing what happened during his interviews (whether in person or through letters) with the serial killers in question.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood* is the only fiction book I’m reading at the minute as I generally read more non-fiction these days, but at times it definitely doesn’t feel like fiction. With everything going off in the world these days in regards to women’s rights, and particularly the censorship of female and femme bodies on social media, it’s almost a foreboding tale of what will happen if we don’t fight back against this constant eroding of our rights and freedoms.
Star Trek Discovery (Netflix). Nick’s just finished watching Star Trek Voyager, so we decided to rewatch the modern-era Star Trek, including Star Trek and Star Trek Beyond from JJ Abrams. Both of us love Discovery and while it has its plot issues and writing problems that are pretty apparent on the second watch around, it’s still a lot of fun.
Making a Murderer (Netflix). I don’t really know why it took me so long to start watching this, but I’m hooked.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Netflix). The new season dropped earlier this month (well, the second half of season two) and we binged it in a few days. I don’t think I can put into words how much I love the relationship building, character development, and depiction of abuse and its trauma in a way that is easily understandable to a younger audience. It’s just fantastic. Plus, the theme song is on my weightlifting playlist because it’s badass.
GLOW Season 3 (Netflix). Another show we binged in just a few days, GLOW Season 3 really hits hard with its non-stop character development. Without giving away any spoilers, the development of Bash and Rhonda’s marriage is stellar, and was one of the most gripping storylines of the season. A must-watch for sure.
The Boys (Amazon Prime Video*). This is perhaps my favourite watch of the entire month. The Boys is about a rag-tag group of anti-superhero vigilantes hell-bent on taking down the supes employed by the Vaught Corporation. Following the death of the main character’s girlfriend at the very start of the first episode, it leads the Boys to begin unearthing a conspiracy that could topple the whole superhero industry.
The Boys explores a world where superheroes are employed and at the whim of corporate politics, which is far more interesting than it sounds. At its heart, it’s an exploration of huge corporations, their effects on world politics, and what happens when huge conglomerates are left unchecked – all with a cast of superheroes clearly parodying the Justice League.
I finally dedicated time towards learning to crochet, which I’d been meaning to do for a while. I was actually quite surprised how simple it was to do!
I mean, it took me a few hours to get used to how to hold the hook and the yarn, how the stitches worked, and how to get my tension right, but I’ve now gone from making a simple circle in 2 hours to 15 minutes, which I count as a win!
I’m working on building up a stock of crochet scrubbies that can be used as reusable makeup remover wipes and cleanser pads, as well as shower puffs, larger washcloths, and soap saver bags. I’m always trying to reduce the amount of waste I make in my house, so these will eliminate the need for cotton pads and plastic shower puffs.
These will go up for sale in the next few months – at the very least, in time for Christmas – so if you’re interested in buying some zero-waste gifts for your loved ones this year, or just to treat yourself, keep your eyes peeled!
September is shaping up to be a busy one, and I can’t wait! Here’s a quick look at what I’ll be chatting about next time…
- The Steven Universe Movie
- Avengers – Endgame
- …and a wedding reception!
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