Friday, 31 May 2013

22 things to do before I turn 23

I was slightly more successful with my list last year than I was with the previous one but I still didn't cross off as many items as I would have liked. I managed to drive further than i've ever driven before, have a meal at a local Italian restaurant that i'd not had the chance to go to, entered at least 3 competitions in the village show, learnt a new craft (origami) and continued my weight loss. There were two items on the list, namely, 'watch at least 50 more films from the IMDB top 250 list' and 'read at least 25 books' that I was really surprised and disappointed not to complete. In the end I watched 47, which is annoying close to my target but I only managed to read 15 books. I love to read but the trouble is I have to really be in the mood for it and unfortunately the mood hasn't really struck me very much over the past year. Oh well, there's always next time.....

Here is this year's list:

1. Get my weight down to at least 8 and a half stone
2. Complete my ROY G. BIV hair project
3. Get my tattoo touched up
4. Get a new piercing
5. Enter at least 4 things in the village show
6. Go to the cinema alone
7. Go to a concert
8. Go see a play
9/ Watch something other than a film in the cinema
10. Visit Bodnant Garden
11. Bake a cake that actually tastes good
12. Watch at least 50 more of the IMDB top 250 films
13. Read at least 20 books, including 5 classics
14. Finish reading Wuthering Heights
15. Go to an art exhibition
16. Go to the Vintage Village market
17. Go to Afflecks Palace
18. Have my teeth whitened
19. Have a massage
20. Go out wearing high heels
21. Wear matching underwear
22. Get a new pair of Converse

I'm hoping to cross of at least 5 of these this time round. Hehe.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

My 22nd Birthday

On Bank Holiday Monday I turned to grand old age of 22. I usually dread my birthday (who likes getting older?) but I was quite looking forward to my age being a nice palindromic number. It feels good to type. 22. 22. 22......22

I wasn't planning to do anything big, just go out for a bite to eat somewhere. I chose to go to The Sugar Plum Tearoom, a relatively new place in a neighbouring village that I hadn't had chance to go to but it looked just my cup of tea. (Sorry!)

We had to book a table in advance, which is rare for a cafe, but I can understand why it's so popular - it's gorgeous! It's decorated in a homely vintage style which is in keeping with the homeware shop it's attached to (selling Cath Kidston and Emma Bridgewater, naturally) and it has quite a vast menu of tantalising treats, both sweet and savoury with plenty of choice for vegetarians such as myself. I chose to have a mocha coffee which turned out to be one of the best i've ever had and a buck Welsh rarebit. Unbelievably i've never actually had proper Welsh rarebit before despite being a huge cheese fan and it certainly didn't disappoint. The cheese was mixed with mustard, which was devine and the poached egg on top was done to perfection. The side salad had a honey dressing which is not something I would usually go for but it worked so well and was delicious.

If you're ever in the area then I would highly recommend popping in, but maybe ring ahead and book a table first because like I said, it tends to be busy - the homeware shop is still worth a visit though if you are unable to make a reservation. 

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Instalife III


My family on my Nana's 80th birthday. 

The cake.

Tia enjoying a rare bit of sunshine.

My Taid.

Selfie wearing my new top.