This weekend has been the first one we’ve spent at home in Manchester, just the two of us, in forever. It has been lovely and much needed.
Today we decided to head up the road to Monton. We spent a couple of hours walking the streets, imagining what it would be like to live in one of the fantastic gigantic old houses in Ellesmere Park. I would have one room for shoes and another one for dresses. And a library with floor to ceiling bookshelves.
I spied a couple of Qubek’s pieces just off Monton high street and made husband wait an age whilst I took far too many pictures.
We ended our afternoon with a cream tea at a tea room – good, strong tea but not so great scones. As a personal preference, I do not think any thing is made better by glacé cherries.
With two holidays abroad and no weekends at home I didn’t get everything done on my list this season, but I gave it a good go.
I had pumpkin spice lattes in LA and I ate a pumpkin pie someone else made.
I had a friend round for baked Camembert and gossip. It was going to be fondue, but since I was late to work by 90 minutes thanks to a motorway closed due to flooding, I had to stay late to get all my jobs done which didn’t leave much time for cooking by the time I got home.
We bought new bedding and even splurged on some cosy pyjamas.
We went to a haunted escape room with some of my cousins which did double duty as an autumn goal and 30 before 30 goal. Sadly for some reason the company haven’t posted our victory photo on their Facebook page so you’ll have to take my word for it – we won the game with three minutes to spare.
I made homemade hot chocolate for the family, but we wussed out of stargazing. It was too cold, so we watched Inception at my mother’s house instead.
We’re only 20 hours into December and it’s already kicking my butt.
It started out so well. I put on a cute outfit – my first Christmas jumper of the year. I was going to snap some outfit photies but then I remembered I had to fill the car with petrol so off I went.
I got to work and it was complete carnage. It was a couple of hours before I got my first brew of the day. My skirt popped TWO buttons. And to top it off it took me 40 minutes to go round a roundabout on the M60 because of traffic.
Still, there were some good bits. That sunset for one.
Our time in Vegas was fabulous but all too short. We ventured on to Los Angeles and spent Halloween in the city.
Apart from going to see the Hollywood sign, we didn’t have any specific plans for LA. We mostly wanted to soak up the atmosphere and, as seems to be the theme with all my holidays, eat some good food. We spent some time in West Hollywood for the Halloween parade. We found a bar with a couple of free seats and people watched for an hour or so. I really enjoyed seeing how much effort people put into their outfits.
I had hoped we would be able to see a film at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery but the timings didn’t work out. Instead, R found a roof top cinema that was showing the 90’s miniseries version of IT.
After a few drinks at the parade, we ventured to Melrose. Our tickets included dinner at adjoining restaurant where I had the best mango and coconut pudding.
And then it was upstairs to the rooftop for the screening where I fell asleep half way through – those beanbags were so darn comfy! The bits of the show that I did see were hilariously cheesy and not at all scary, which is good because I’m actually a massive scaredy cat.
Sadly we didn’t dress up for the occasion because we had spent the morning sightseeing and didn’t have time to head back to our AirBnB to get changed. But we did put on some ears so we looked a little festive.
This top got so many compliments which made it totally worth the itchy neck it gave me. It was fun to wear something so outrageously not my usual style – I need to find reasons to wear more sequins in day-to-day life. The skirt kept the outfit a bit more in my comfort zone.
Seeing Britney was a fun experience. I was never a massive fan of hers and haven’t owned any of her albums, but I did enjoy listening to her songs on the radio, back in her Hit Me Baby/Stronger/Toxic days. She lip-synced her little heart out and we bopped to medleys of her greatest hits. I’m even convinced that she actually sung Everytime live!
A wholly unexpected and pleasant surprise, it was pretty magical leaving work last night. I feel like this cold snap has come out of nowhere though. I guess the 30 degree weather in Vegas tricked me into forgetting that winter is coming. It’s bobble hat and soup weather!