Showing posts from July, 2016

Groundhog Day, the musical

As soon as I heard tickets for Tim Minchin’s latest project, Groundhog Day, had been released, I bought my ticket. I’ve not actually seen the classic film, so my thoughts are based on the musical as a standalone, having known nothing about the story.
I have really mixed feelings about the show, which overall are very positive but with a few question marks left over. I’m going to start with the less positive thoughts and move through to the highlights.
Firstly, it really was ‘a show of two halves’. Act One was fantastic: slick, laugh-out-loud funny, great staging and we spent the interval talking about how brilliantly the show had been done. Act Two retained the feeling of the show but felt incomplete. I think for me this was partly because I just wasn’t the biggest fan of the story. I like the concept but the context is a little odd and I found it very hard to identify with many characters. Even the main character I really enjoyed watching and thought it was played brilliantly but I …

A Trip to Brighton

A couple of weeks ago, I took my first trip to Brighton for my birthday weekend.

It's a place people go on and on about and so many love, so I was really looking forward to it.

After to everything I've been going through recently it was the perfect escape from London and opportunity to slow the pace and take time to relax.

We arrived Saturday morning and had a cooked breakfast looking over the beach, followed by a stroll along the pier. Sitting and chatting on the pier was the perfect place to be able to mull over my thoughts and clear out some of the things that have been contributing to my state of mind over the last couple of months.

I loved The Lanes, although they weren't what I expected at all. They're such a maze of cute little shops and great to wander. I've got to say, I loved the way such a huge proportion of the shops in Brighton are independent. All the usual chains were there, but the overall feel was a very independent one with so many interesting thi…

Matilda the Musical

I think I enjoyed my second visit to Matilda the Musical even more than my first a few years ago.
I was worried that because I loved it so much first time round I’d have built it up too much, but it was every bit as brilliant as I remembered.
I also saw it from a completely different perspective this time, sitting on the third row, rather than up at the top back of the theatre.
I often describe Tim Minchin as a Roald Dahl for grown-ups, and I think his input is part of what makes the show so fantastic. It feels so authentically ‘Roald Dahl’, yet adds even more layers.
The musical is all about Matilda’s love of stories and storytelling and I think this is what makes it so magical. The wordplay is very clever, and the lyrics fantastic. Just listen to ‘The School Song’, preferably watching clips to see the staging, and you’ll see just how clever every moment of the show is.

What I love most about the musical is the added depth, and the story of the escapologist’s daughter – no spoilers …

24 thoughts on my 24th birthday

24 sounds kind of grown up.
Didn’t I turn 21 five minutes ago?
This year has been a bit action-packed: new job, new city, new house…
I cannot wait for a trip away at the weekend.
I used to think 24 year-olds would be settled and have their whole lives sorted.
I’ve done a lot of learning about myself this year.
Those I’d count as the people I’m closest to now aren’t the same list as on my last birthday and that’s ok.
I can’t believe it’s a year since my last birthday, one of my absolute favourites (think Wimbledon and amazing friends).
Birthdays always feel like a fresh start, with new opportunities.
I feel like this is going to be a big year. There are lots of things going on in my brain and lots of plans both arranged and with the potential to happen.
I’m going to continue looking after myself. The last month has taught me how important that is.
I want to continue exploring. There are so many places even just in the UK I’m desperate to see, so I want to carry on the exploring I’ve been doing th…

La Tasca, West India Quay

One thing I love about London is finding those pockets that don’t feel like you’re in a big city at all.
Canary Wharf during the week is so busy, but at the weekend all is calm.
West India Quay is an area that reminds me a lot of Liverpool, and house some great restaurants along the river.
A couple of weeks ago my dad came to visit, and we headed over that way to sit in the sunshine outside La Tasca, West India Quay.

It was my first La Tasca trip, and although I’m not able to eat widely at the moment because of what’s been going on with my anxiety, the trip confirmed I need to return as soon as I’m eating more again!

Between three of us we ordered six dishes to share which was a good amount, we’d maybe have added one more if my appetite was at its normal levels.
The menu is extensive and varied, and I was really impressed by the price for the quantity and quality of food we received.

We ordered: Pan Del Ajo (garlic toasted breads)Triple Cooked Patatas BravasCalamaresGoat’s Cheese and S…

The Art of Colouring In

Colouring books.
When the magazines and adverts first started telling me that’s how I’d be relaxing and that colouring books for adults would be so popular, I paid no attention whatsoever.
And then my sister bought me a mindfulness colouring book last Christmas.
Armed with my coloured pencils, I decided to give it a bit of a go while watching tv.
And I fell for it.
It really works.
As someone who has anxiety and in general is and over-thinker and likes to be occupied, it provides that perfect balance between having a task to focus on but that task being creative and relaxing.
Once I finished that book, I moved onto others. Harry Potter ones inspired by my trip to the studio tour and a Narnia one because I needed a break from flowers and nature.
There are so many options out there, and my doubt was definitely proven wrong.
Do you use colouring in as a way to relax?

Hello, July 2016

Hello, July.
I’m really, really glad to see you.
You’ve always been my favourite month, my birthday month, my happy month.
June was really hard.
In June I hit a brick wall when it came to my anxiety and depression and I had to press reset.
I spent two weeks sleeping, reading, learning.
I returned to work. I’m building up my food intake. I’m building healthy habits. I’m learning to cope.
But it’s been a hard, hard month.
There have been achievements during it and I’ve learned an awful lot, but I’m ready for the fresh feel of a new month.
I’ve come out of June with a new outlook.
Rather than masking my problems and pretending I’m fine, I need to tackle them properly. Fully. For good.
Take on those deep-rooted issues I’ve spent three years just masking and ‘getting on with’.
It’s been hard, and there’s a long road ahead, but long term these changes will make a huge difference to my health and my happiness.
So, July. I’m glad to see you.
I’ve got the best month lined up.
I’m seeing Matil…