Monday, 13 July 2015

Monday Catch Up #2

Yet another busy week and weekend has passed by. Where is all the time going? It'll be November before I know it and I'll be getting married. Eep!

Talking of weddings, Rich and I attended the wedding of a close friend on Saturday. Emma and I were fantastic mates during our first year at Uni, but then I dropped out, and didn't really see each other again after that as I was unable to go back and visit. Fast forward to when I'd just moved to Leeds and I spotted on Facebook that Emma had also just moved too. We sent a couple of messages back and forth then met up one Saturday morning and quickly became great friends again.

Emma was still with Will, who she met in the first week of first year of uni (how sweet!) and they were engaged so we've spent many an hour talking all things weddings. It was so exciting for their big day to finally be here, and I admit, as Emma walked down the aisle I did get a bit teary eyed at seeing her look so beautiful. The venue was stunning, and the whole day was utterly perfect. I hope my wedding goes so well in November! Rich and I got a lot of inspiration and may be "borrowing" a few ideas from their wedding if they say it's okay. The small touches such as a basket of useful things in the bathroom, and the wedding photos of family members dotted around really added something to the day.

I wore my Monsoon dress (again - ssh!) and managed to last in heels until after the wedding breakfast, which I was very proud of. For the evening reception they had a Ceilidh, which was so much fun. If you've never heard of it before it's basically like a barn dance where there is a caller who tells you what steps to do. Definitely my kind of dancing!

At the end of the evening we made our way back to our B&B and sank into our very cosy bed, only to be woken up at 4:30am by the resident cockerel. I was not impressed, and was very sleepy for the rest of the day on Sunday, with the coffee at breakfast only making it so I was awake enough to drive home.

On the way home I got to visit the Angel of the North, which made me very excited. I was a huge fan of Byker Grove as a kid, and have always wanted to see the Angel of the North and visit Newcastle. Unfortunately we weren't awake enough for a visit to Newcastle, but I got to see the Angel herself and take some pictures.

Once we arrived back at home I was totally shattered and spent a lot of the afternoon and evening having a nap on the sofa and not doing any of the housework I was supposed to. Oops.

This week looks to be another busy one, with gym sessions and a concert to go to, but the weekend is looking like I might actually get to sort out the house and hopefully get some more blogging done.

How was your weekend?

Thursday, 9 July 2015


Well. June sort of vanished again didn't it?

The month started with a hen do for one of my best uni friends, and it involved lots of fun activities and the best food I think has ever been had on a hen do. It was stuff yourself silly good. However, on the Sunday I really started to suffer with my wisdom teeth, and by the afternoon I couldn't even eat chippy chips because they felt too hard. I drove home in tears dreaming of painkillers, and oh my goodness, codeine is a wonderful thing.
Monday morning I headed straight to the dentist for an emergency appointment to be told that I had a severe wisdom tooth infection and it needed to be taken out in the hospital. Prescription for two separate types of antibiotics in hand I drove home and started rattling with tablets, two (huge) antibiotics three times a day and all the painkillers I was allowed to take in between.

Once I was better from my infection and only required paracetamol to keep my tooth pain at bay I went back to work, only to become rather itchy on the Tuesday afternoon. I kept scratching but I was still itchy, which I thought was odd but oh well. By the time I got home that evening I headed straight for the fridge to put all the cold things I could find on my itches, which were coming up in a red raised rash.
It turns out that I was allergic to the weeks course of penicillin I'd just finished taking, and I spent the next week turning into a red, swollen, itchy blob. Not very nice right? It also happened to be Rich's Mum's wedding, and my birthday that weekend, and on the morning of the wedding I woke up with one eye completely swollen shut. Perfect. I did the natural thing and took a selfie, but the internet really doesn't need to see that!

Luckily on my birthday morning I woke up swelling free and with my rash beginning to fade - the antihistamines had begun to kick in at last! I had a wonderful day with Rich at the seaside, and received amazing presents, I was thoroughly spoilt. I'll write more about some of the things I received soon, they're too good not to share.

After another week at work I attended a Game of Thrones themed party the next weekend, where we all dressed up and had a house party. It was amazing, I dressed up as Margaery Tyrell, and Rich dressed up as a Sparrow, but there were fantastic costumes all round. I got drunk for the first time in a really long time at the party, so spent the rest of the weekend recovering. I always forget just how bad hangovers are, only to be swiftly reminded when I do drink a bit too much. Oh well!

So, as you can see my June was a bit crazy, so July so far has been spent catching up on all the things I didn't do in June, such as cleaning the house and doing wedding stuff. I think I might just give up on June as a lost cause next year, they do always seem to be a very busy month.

I hope you are all well, and didn't mind the slightly wordier post with less pictures. I didn't have much time tonight to write this and I know if I'd have had to do pictures too then there would have been no post at all!

Rachel x
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