We are a few days into 2019 and so far, it’s been pretty quiet in the Taylor household. We started New Year dancing in my parents kitchen, drinking champagne and being surrounded by family and good friends. It was pretty perfect to say the least. The next few days were spent clearing out the house;Continue reading
February became the month of celebration in the Blogger & The Geek household. With our nuptials becoming closer and closer, we spent February with our friends having our hen and stag weekends. It was a long awaited weekend as it was the first of my travel plans for 2018
My girl whisked me off to Edinburgh for the weekend. Edinburgh had been a city on my list for such a long time; so many people had recommended it telling me I needed to go. So, when the girls pulled off the planning of it for my hen weekend, I couldn’t wait to set foot on the train and start my weekend in Scotland’s capital.
The build up to your hen/stag weekend is a strange one and filled me with mix emotions. I have a number of different friends, from different parts of my lives all across the UK. Getting them together was no easy task and there was a lot of them who didn’t know the other. The weekend was filled with the anxiety of, are people going to get on? I haven’t seen this person for so long, will we have chance to catch up? There’s also this weird pressure that surrounds you: you’re the one thing that these people have in common with each other and now they are going to spend 48 togethers.
No pressure, right?
Rufus is slowly turning into a city loving pooch. At the back end of last year, we started braving the train into trips into Birmingham to try and suss out all the dog friendly places we can. After a few trips into Birmingham, last week decided to check out dog friendly Boston Tea Party in Edgbaston.
Boston Tea Party kindly invited us to check out it’s Pinterest dream cafe. Located just at the top of Broad Street, it was around 15 minute walk from New Street station [perfect to tire out little dogs]. Easy to find, we were greeted by the very welcoming staff who happily showed us to our table.
It’s 23:45, you are propped up in bed with two pillows, a peppermint tea and you’re rattling away on your laptop; trying to clear the backlog of emails, finish off that report for work or trying to type out that last of that blog post.
It’s a regular scenario for me. Most evenings, you’ll easily find me camped out on the sofa or in my bed tapping away on my laptop. I work a full time job and work on my blog most nights until around midnight, to be up again at 7am the next day for another day of working in the world of programme management. You think I would be exhausted; ready to welcome sleep but a lot of the time, it’s a different story
I’ve been waiting for a long, long time to write that sentence and for it to be actually here. 2018 – the year of marriage and also, it means my favourite item is back – my passport. I am eagerly awaiting sending off my passport application to be valid on our wedding day in my new name. I can’t freaking wait.
I spent the latter half of 2017 thinking how many trips can I squeeze into my annual leave. It turns out that I can get a few in and I’m so happy that 2018 will be travel filled.
You may have noticed that it’s been extremely quiet on Blogger & The Geek over the past year or so. I’m finally starting to feel more buzzed, more refreshed and positive about the year ahead.
This past week has been my first week off since August 2017. My last week off before then was when I was nursing a broken arm last Christmas – and it’s taken me a long time to shake the feelings of sadness, doubt, loneliness and emptyness that I entered 2017 with.
I’ve really looked after my time over this week off, although we spent a lot of time with family and living on the M6, I ensured I slept all the times I needed too, bossed my to do list every day, kept the house tidy, enjoyed the carby Christmas foods but mixed it back with my usual diet, drank enough cider for a small army to live and just enjoy not having to think about work or real life for a little while.
It’s pretty crazy that in less than 2 weeks time, we will be in 2018.
2018 is going to be a huge year for me; it’s the year of my wedding, the year I’ll be trading in my trusty Paulo the Polo, the year I’ll be making plans for a house. It’s the year I get back to travelling the world and following my dreams. It’s the year of adulting and after the shit show 2017 bought, I’m ready for it.
It is no secret that I didn’t enjoy 2017; it was a hard and testing year for me that saw me at my lowest and at my most vulnerable. I felt consistently through the year that I’ve had to fight for what I’ve wanted. But having a crap year made those good moments even more special and happy. Without babbling any further; here they are:
No – you’re panicking that there’s only 2 weeks left until Christmas.
Every year I tell myself that I’m going to be more organised and that I’m going to all the Christmas shopping done before the 1st December. I never ever do and this year is no exception, and it’s even harder with looming wedding invoices slowly building up and the most expensive time of year. I struggle with Christmas presents; it’s a mix of wanting to not just spend money for the sake of spending it and not knowing what to get. But, ther’es one thing I’m really good at buying for; dogs and their dog obsessed humans.
So, here’s what you will find in both mine and Rufus’ Christmas stockings this year
Rufus is very much the number one thing in my life and my weekends, evenings and everything else in between fall around my diva princess’ commands. This also means there isn’t many places where he isn’t tip-tapping behind me; whether it’s going out for dinner, drinks, my parents house and the adventures we go on together.
This also means it’s essential that I have everything that I need for him for all weathers. Introuducing my favourite thing that my two of my favourite companies have created: a Radley x Dog Trust Nylon Walking backpack. A contemporary black nylon bag, which is perfect for the girl who only wears black, but the inside full of the Dogs Trust yellow lining which really makes me pop. It’s the perfect bag for all pooch adventures.
It’s a Wednesday evening and I’ve finally started watching Sons of Anarchy. So far, I’m digging it – it’s a little bit dark and twisty and feels like something I can happily waste from now until December watching. It’s also freezing and I’m wrapped up in approximately 3 blankets and a dog to keep warm, as well with the laptop heat.
I realised I hadn’t really done a proper update on here recently. For the past few weeks, life has been a bit hectic and mental but in a strangely refreshing away. it’s a good kind of busy: a busy that is keeping me focused and pushing me towards the best version of me.
Located on the Wergs Road outside Tettenhall Village, The Crown has always been that restaurant and bar where everything is a little bit fancy. The refurbishment works taking place over the past few weeks has seen it take on a modern twist on it’s previous traditional decor. Teamed up with a very modern grey, it gives a fresh but very cosy feel – perfect for an autumnal dinner date.