Well, good evening tiddlypeeps. I thought that this evening would be better spent at my local Costa Coffee escaping the fusbol and do a couple of blog posts on my laptop. I can’t connect to the Wi-Fi network here, as it keeps on resetting their tills, and my mobile hotspot and tethering is sooooo slow. Which means that I have had to resort to drafting this post in Word, saving it, and then copy and paste later on into WordPress when I get home. The whole experience has made me feel rather shirty and wanting to throw my HP Pavilion across said Costa Coffee, but that won’t do as I will then be without said laptop. But it’s been cathartic to get that off my chest.
Here we are in July 2021. The past couple of months has been spent revising for my OU A222 Exploring Philosophy exam, which I completed remotely at home in June. I am currently impatiently waiting for my results – only seventeen more days to go! I’m all enrolled for A363, Advanced Creative Writing for this October and signed my life away for another student loan from SFE earlier on in the week. It has been approved and confirmation sent out already in the post. It feels rather odd at the moment not having my head stuck in my module books most evening. I have though, returned to FutureLearn courses I had signed up for in 2018 and 2020, respectively. The first, Start Writing Fiction, and the second, Explore Filmmaking. Hopefully, I will be able to finish both before the next module starts. The day after I submitted my exam, I attended Encore Nights global streaming Bon Jovi cinema event. I had a thoroughly good evening singing and air drumming along to the classics and loved hearing their new songs too. Discovered a musician I hadn’t heard of before, Dean Lewis and his unplugged performance as the warm-up set was rather brilliant. So much that I ordered his CD afterwards.
The delectable Mr B came to stay – it’s been so difficult not being able to spend as much time as we would have liked during Covid-19 and lockdown restrictions. I try to avoid jumping on political bandwagons, but with the latest revelations about Matt Hancock, all I can say is what an idiot and I’m glad that he’s resigned. Anyway, back to my visit from the delectable Mr B. Quite probably the most domesticated time that we had! He cooked an awesome Father’s Day meal for my Dad, Mel and Liv and made fabulous bacon and cheese loaves. We pretty much watched films during our downtime – including The Conjuring Parts 1, 2 and 3. With his help, I finally put my Frank Turner lyric art up on the dining and living room walls, as well as re-hanging photo collages of the two us (me and Mr B, not Frank and I). He jet washed the flags in the garden and did some weeding. And for the first time since we have been dating, I did his laundry! Go me!
We had a getaway in Whitby last weekend…a bit marred by an expensive windscreen wiper repair for Mr B’s car, but other than that it was enjoyable. Or lodgings were above The Station Inn – a beautifully appointed hotel room if a little rowdy downstairs. We dined at Al Taco, a small Tex-Mex restaurant which was a quick walk from our hotel. The food was so good. Saturday we had a mooch around Whitby itself – I managed to climb the 199 stairs to the Abbey. More than a little breathless when we got to the top! I would return, but possibly for a day trip when staying somewhere else. Delighted with my pendant set with a piece of Whitby Jet and Mark Billingham’s novel, The Burning Girl. Our next catch up is in August, when I’ll see Mr B in the run-up to my birthday, and then we have a trip to Bristol to look forward to in September. I have booked us tickets to go and see The Bon Jovi Experience – a tribute band – at The Fleece on the 17th. Fingers crossed it will all go ahead.
This week I have been catching up with Mum and friends – a coffee date with Nic, a meal out with Jackie, and a walk with Kirsty and Emma and their little pup, Albie. He gives the best kisses! I have decided that I am going to adopt a dog from a rescue shelter and have been making a few enquiries. It’s about time I welcomed a four-legged friend back into my life on a permanent basis. It’s been far too long. I shall let you all know how I get on in due course. Other things I have to look forward to – I am off to see Inhaler, Elijah Hewson’s band (son of U2’s Bono) in Liverpool in October. This will be a solo gig for myself. I have pre-ordered their debut album and it’s a signed copy too. Mum and I are off to see Paloma Faith in October at Liverpool Empire. Of course fingers are crossed and toes too that these live events do not get cancelled.
But the biggest thing of all that I am looking forward to, is the arrival of my eldest nephew’s and his girlfriend’s baby – roll on September. I so can’t wait.
Well, I think that I am going to sign off here and head back home. See what movies are available to rent on Prime Video, or indeed if there are any freebie ones. I have started binge-watching Not Going Out on iPlayer. Easy entertainment.
Take care tiddlypeeps xxx