Today I get to write about what I’m looking forward to as the title of this post suggests. Doy. If I titled this post that and didn’t write about it, that’d be stupid. But I’m trying to write an introduction here so let me reiterate the title. That’s what they taught me in school. We have to do it this way. No one knows why, and you’re not supposed to ask.
I’m looking forward to a lot of things. And instead of writing about one specific thing, I figured that I would make a list. Bitches love lists.
Moving to the UK.
Living with my boyfriend.
Becoming a full-time blogger.
Travelling anywhere and everywhere.
Having a child or two.
And I can’t think any further ahead than that. So ask me again in five years and I’ll probably have a whole new list.
Hi guys, so yesterday I posted Day 10 (a day late). So today, I will be posting yesterday’s Day 11 and then today’s Day 12. You still with me?
Day 11’s topic is about 15 of my favorite things. And I like this because this week was so bad that I need one of two things: lots of alcohol and to think about the good things in my life. Therefore, I have made a list of my 15 favorite things:
My boyfriend: my best friend and the love of my life. My life has simultaneously gotten much more difficult and infinitely better since I met him over a year ago. And every second has been worth it and will continue to be. Long-distance is not easy. We work really hard at our relationship and I know we’re stronger for it. He’s my absolute favorite thing about my day, my week, month, and year. Always.
My family and friends. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I wouldn’t be where I am without the support and love of my family and friends. And I’m lucky to say that I truly love my family. We’ve got our issues (and boy, do we have many) but we all have one commonality: we love to drink and laugh. And my friends, well, same. We just get to say more inappropriate things and talk about things your family would never want to hear.
Cosmo. No not the drink. Nor am I talking about space. I’m talking about the puppy that I will always claim to be mine because I can. My dad got her for my mom 8 years ago, and she’s actually the best dog on the planet. My dad took me with him to pick her up as a puppy. It was a surprise for everyone but I was the first one to hold her and play with her and feed her so that’s why she’s mine 😛 She brings everyone so much joy as she is just the most lovable creature, and has a forever puppy face. Even friends of mine who don’t like little dogs, or dogs in general, love her. You can’t help it.
This blog. Since I launched this blog in January, I have become so much happier as a person. Knowing that I have a place to be creative and explore my abilities all on my own has been an amazing feeling. I have so many ideas and plans for the future of this blog and I can’t wait to share it all with you. These next few months will be insanely busy, but at the end of summer, I’ll have a lot more time and opportunity to devote to it.
Travelling. I haven’t been to too many places yet, but my future will be full of new adventures. I never really appreciated travel until recently. And it makes me really sad that I’ve been to the Caribbean without really seeing it. Regardless, I know the importance of travel now and I can’t wait to find out where my future will take me!
Food. I think you could say I’m a foodie. I used to be so unbelievably picky as a kid. I am so happy I grew out of that. I love going to new restaurants and trying new dishes. This is probably why I love New York so much. I eat really well there. Cooking on the other hand is a love/hate thing. I hate it because I never feel like I really have time to cook a full meal, I’m always so exhausted. When I had a lot more time, I always tried to make new recipes I saw online. And baking, ooooooooh. I love baking. Christmas time is my favorite because I’m always baking up something new.
Shopping. I’ve always been a shopper and I’ve always loved spending money. This is something that’ll never change. Recently, I’ve become more interested in home decor and get excited about kitchen utensils and organization boxes. Being an adult is weird.
Beauty Days. Have you ever had a day where you’ve gotten a massage, your nails done, hair done, eyebrows waxed, eyelashes done, makeup done, etc? These days are amazing. Not only do you feel like a princess, but being pampered can truly have wonderful effects on your mood and stress levels. At least for me. Every once in awhile, I like to treat myself to a nice day of getting put together.
Reading a good book. This is one of my favorite things about winter because I am just constantly in the mood for sitting by a fire and diving into a good book. This year, I’ve made it a mission to spend more of my free time reading versus watching TV and movies. Having the Knackered Book Club Blog Series has helped keep me accountable to this as well. But I’ve always loved reading, it’s one of my favorite activities.
Scenic drinks with people on a nice summer day. Ok so this one is pretty specific. But I love going somewhere with friends or family or the boyfriend and just having some drinks and a good time. Think: a rooftop in NYC, high rise in London, boat on a lake, a beach bar, etc. Just some simple chatter, alcohol, and laughter. Honestly, I could be so happy with that.
Autumn. It’s my absolute favorite season. I love the pretty colors, pumpkin everything, flannels, oversized sweaters, bonfires, etc. I love everything about it. It doesn’t hurt that my birthday and second favorite holiday (Thanksgiving) falls in Autumn. It’s just all around a good time.
Laughter. I came out of the womb giggling. I’ve always loved laughing and I laugh at everything. Luckily enough, D and I have the exact same twisted sense of humor, which is actually one of the main reasons our relationship works so well. We spend all our time laughing together and we both consider it a personal win if we make the other one laugh really hard. I’m surprised we haven’t been approached for our own television show yet. All in good time, though.
French fries. This gets its own line item because they’re they best food ever and they deserve it. I don’t know what it is about potatoes that I like so much, but I do. In any style, except sweet. Sweet potatoes are gross.
Helping people. I love being able to give advice to people. I always have. Once upon a time, I wanted to have an advice column, but never did. Maybe another day…
Babies! I don’t necessarily have “baby fever” as I need to enjoy life with the boyfriend for a couple years before spitting some children out. But I do love that I am at the age where our friends and family members are all having children so I can have access to babies to play with. They’re so cute and sweet and fun. And man, do I miss being a nanny! So if you have a baby and want a babysitter, I am actually volunteering. You can pay me in Prosecco, or food.
This list was actually quite hard to write as I’ve been in such a negative head space this week. It was definitely needed though. 🙂
Any of you have any of the same favorites as me? Comment below!
I’ve had 25 separate Valentine’s Days. Most of them were meaningless and just meant that I would get candy to eat. But for the last 10 years, Valentine’s Day became a reminder that you were #foreveralone if you weren’t seeing someone. During high school and college, you let yourself feel bad if you didn’t have a special someone in February because the media and the world make a big deal out of it. Now I’m not trying to blame everyone else for how I let myself feel in the past. I believe we are in control of our feelings when it comes to silly things like that. However, now that it is in the past, I can look back and laugh at how incredibly ridiculous it is. A Hallmark holiday should not be responsible for making all the single people feel sad and lonely. If anything, I believe Valentine’s Day should just be about love in general. You just need to make sure to tell the special and important people in your life that you love them and you’re thankful for them. And yes, if you are lucky enough to be with someone, to make it about the love you share.
The last couple of years I have made a point not to let February 14th rule my entire month. I went out for sushi with my mom one year, and last year I went and saw Deadpool in theatres alone. It’s just a day – like any other.
This year was different. Because about 10 months ago, I met my best friend and the love of my life. As most of you may know by this point, I live here in the States and he lives in England. Having a “normal” couple’s Valentine’s Day was not really going to happen for us. And as I’ve stated above, I don’t think it needs to be a whole big deal anyway. No expensive gifts, just be with each other and remember the love we have – that’s all.
About a month ago, I suggested that we start a tradition of buying a ridiculous or inappropriate gift under $20 for Valentine’s Day, as we’re trying to save money, and we’re hilarious. I managed to find the weirdest thing possible on Amazon. And then I bought a silly card and professed my love inside of it.
There has to be some kind of romance, yeah?
As Valentine’s Day was a Tuesday this year, our date didn’t start until I got home from work. I walked up the two flights of stairs to the third floor that my apartment is on, and turned the corner to see this insanely ridiculous display waiting in front of my door. Needless to say, I immediately got tears in my eyes and then had to step back to take a picture.
I got inside and unwrapped the basket of flowers and yes, I cried more. Because I couldn’t believe how well my boyfriend knew me. I mean a whole bouquet and the ridiculous balloon? I am aware of how cheesy and silly it is, but I love attention, and this whole thing nailed it. And he hates that kind of stuff. See where I’m going with this? There is no further way to describe love than that. If you’ve experienced it, you know what I mean.
Anyway, I Facetimed him, we opened our bottles of Prosecco together and cheersed to our very first Valentine’s Day. We then opened our presents. As I opened the flowers already before I called him, I just had one other thing to open. It ended up being a Boomf box that pops out and gets confetti everywhere (this is his new favorite thing). It had all these cute and funny pictures of us. I love it.
I am aware of how weird this is. And how weird it makes me look. And yet, I’m not that bothered.
The rest of the night was just full of smiles and laughter, exactly as it should be. Somehow, with the fact that we weren’t even physically together, it was still the best Valentine’s Day of my life. And that had everything to do with the person I could share it with – my best friend and the love of my life. I couldn’t have even planned anything better.
P.S. I also managed to send him a late Valentine’s gift – a Testicle Tea Bag. It’s a tea bag in the shape of a ball sack. Yes I am aware that this is also really weird. He found this absolutely hilarious – and that was the point. 😀
How was your Valentine’s Day this year? Comment below or write me on Twitter -@knackeredchaos!
This post kind of picks up where the Virgin Airlines post left off. As soon as I got off the plane, I was at London Heathrow Airport which is the definition of chaotic. In 2015, it was listed as the third busiest airport in the world. My boyfriend picked me up with a single red rose, mind you, and we set off into the sunset!
LOL nope. Just kidding. Never going to happen.
Anyway, we had planned to do a bit of a celebration for Christmas that night as I was knackered (exhausted – for those who don’t speak British English) and we were going to spend Christmas Eve and Day apart. He had already gone out and bought a Christmas tree for us to decorate, so we had to go buy decorations. We got to his flat, located in Romford – near Essex – and decorated the tree after I showered and changed my clothes. We then spent the rest of the day drinking Prosecco, listening to Christmas music, and watching Christmas movies. He made his famous Spaghetti Bolognese – which was insanely amazing – and I fell asleep on the couch…..
Only 1 hour of sleep on the plane. Can you blame me??
I was only scheduled to be there for a week so we had a lot to fit in.
The next day we slept in and had to run out to the store as my curling iron and straightener were not heating up with the adapter I bought. We had plans later that night to eat at Sushi Samba with some friends, which is located on the 38th and 39th floor of 110 Bishopsgate in London. The food was delicious, the company was lovely, and the views were spectacular. We went out in Shoreditch to a couple of different pubs afterwards and spent the rest of the night intoxicated like a regular British person would.
On Sunday, we woke up with a not-so-carefully crafted hangover that was only to be cured by a McDonald’s breakfast/lunch.
No, I refuse to call McDonald’s brunch.
This is when I discovered that Coca-Cola changes their recipe for different countries! The coke probably had half of the sugar it has in America and it was so much better. I honestly felt ignorant for not knowing this and ashamed for my fellow Americans. As a nation, why are we not actively questioning the ingredients in our food and drinks? I was plagued by this the entire trip – still am. It’s a scary thought, and probably for another time…
Later that night, we went to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. And this absolutely had to be included in my list of favorite things to do in London. I believe it’s open in December and January every year. We had a blast! We were there for 3 hours and probably only went through ¼ of it. You don’t have to pay to get in, but you do have to pay for all the rides and games. You buy the tokens and use them for your fun. We decided to each choose two rides of our liking, to keep it fair.
The first one we went on was a spinny one, called “The Waltzes.” I was freaking out for this. It’s D’s favorite ride and he spent the entire time giggling/screaming in my ear. It was hilarious. We could not stop laughing, and in the end, I loved it. I also chose a ride that slowly rises to the top and then free falls very quickly, and almost made D crap his pants. I thoroughly enjoyed that. We had to get a drink afterwards to calm him down. I had my first mulled cider. YUM. We left and came out near the West End of London and walked around for an hour or two until we decided to get the tube back to his flat.
Me before the Waltzes
Monday had been designated tourism day. We got up early and saw everything from the London Tower to the Tower Bridge. We had an appointment to have champagne at the top of the Shard, so we walked along the South Bank until 3pm. It was foggy and there wasn’t a whole lot of visibility which was a tad bit disappointing, but we still got to see enough of London from the tallest building in the UK! See selfie below.
We also managed to get to Somerset House, Covent Garden, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace.
Big Ben Selfie
Covent Garden Selfie
We were able to end the night at Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station. I was absolutely delighted. I mean, look at my face.
And here D and I are sitting next to each other on the train. He’s 6’7” and I’m 5’2”. Can you tell?
Tuesday morning we went to Greenwich Park and stood next to the Meridian Line. There was an amazing view of London once you managed to walk up the steepest hill in all of the world.
This is probably not true, but it felt like I had been climbing a ladder for three years.
It was a beautiful day. The sky was clear and we had perfect weather.
Later that night we went for a 15-course dinner at a place called Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs. When you walk inside, they take you to the back of the restaurant and you sit around the kitchen where you can watch the chefs prepare the food, while drinking champagne. This has also been included in the list of my favorite things we did in London. The food was so weird. One course was parsley ice cream, and in another the chef used beet root as part of a dessert. But it was all so very scrumptious, and the staff were very nice and accommodating. We would go back in an instant. Some of the food served pictured below:
Afterwards, we went out with my best friend who also lives over there, M, and had some drinks around Westminster. We went to a famous club called Tiger, Tiger, which was not that great despite all the talk about it. The clubbing scene isn’t really our thing, but we managed to have a good time anyway.
Wednesday, we went up to Swadlincote – near Burton – to meet D’s family and home town friends. The drive was about 3.5 hours, so we spent most of the morning driving. We got to his mum’s house and visited with her and his sister and her wife. Then his aunt and uncle came ‘round so we could all go out to dinner. This was another one of my favorite parts about the trip. His family was absolutely lovely, and I’m not saying that just because they could potentially read this, but because it was the truth. We just spent the entire time laughing, which is what I usually do with my own family, so it didn’t feel all too much different. After dinner, we went out with his friends he grew up with. And the rest of the evening was filled with even more laughter. We stayed the night as we had a long drive back and we had been drinking. A lot. A lot of drinks. All the drinks.
So on Thursday, we left to go back to his flat for our last night together in England. *insert very sad face here* Even as I’m typing, it makes me sad that I had to leave. We just stayed in and spent quality time together before getting up early the next morning to catch my flight.
I did not want to leave. And I miss it every day. I had crumpets with tea every morning for breakfast. If you’ve never had crumpets before, you are missing out on more than you could ever imagine. If you’re ever in England, you absolutely MUST try them with some English Breakfast tea. It is divine. And you will become addicted. You have been warned. (PSA – don’t buy the American-made ones. They’re horrible and made me feel really sad because we tend to butcher everyone’s food.)
As you can see, we were busy the entire time I was there. There was always something to do, and we didn’t even get through half of it. Next time I go back, we are going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. Like that is not even a question. It’s happening. And many many more things planned.
Crossing my fingers I get to go back soon…..
What are your favorite things to do in London? Any restaurants or places I must go next time I visit? Comment below or write me on Twitter – @knackeredchaos!