29.10.13

BEAR WITH ME

kings cross

My blog seems to have taken a bit of a back seat at the minute, I've been really busy at work and not really going out and about around London much so I've been left feeling a little uninspired. I'm trying not to dwell on it too much though, I'm sure everything will calm down soon and I'll be back on it. I do miss writing my regular posts but all I seem to want to do when I'm home is eat crisps and watch TV, so I'm just going to indulge myself in that for a little bit until I get back to normal.

cleethorpes

Over the weekend I went back up north to visit family and finally get my braces off (more on that another time), my dad lives in Cleethorpes so we had a wander around the sea front before getting fish and chips. I literally took two photos all weekend, what a let down! We went to see Captain Phillips in the evening which I think must be one of the best films I've seen, ever. I can't even describe how good it is, just make sure you go watch it, it's too good to miss. Completely love Tom Hanks, the adverts for the film really don't do it any justice.
I then went to my mums on the Sunday where I was spoilt with a Sunday roast and the chance to rest whilst she fussed around me, which was much needed! I managed to get stuck up north due to the storm so my super kind step dad drove me back to London (!!), I owe him big time. 
So that's that really, I'm looking forward to writing a post about my braces soon and getting back to eating some pizza and wandering around London. Bear with me!

23.10.13

HOLBORN WHIPPET

Holborn Whippet
Holborn Whippet
Holborn Whippet
Holborn Whippet

On Saturday when we visited the Holborn Whippet, it was a welcomed break from the hustle and bustle of a rainy day in London. We were greeted by a friendly (fellow northerner, of course) bar man who came with good recommendations of the beers they had on and an intriguing story about a brewery that spilt beer all over the City of London. We ordered a pizza to share (because it was bigger then the world!) and some super tasty chips and sat for a couple of hours watching the rest of London do its thing. I over heard the bar man say it gets really busy during the week in the evening but it seems a weekend afternoon is the perfect time to go and enjoy a pint or two. Can't recommend it enough.

21.10.13

MY SATURDAY

Dishoom
Dishoom
Dishoom

After a bit of a weird week (thank you all for the kind comments and emails, it means a lot), we decided to have a nice day out on Saturday to get back to normal. Our first stop was for breakfast at Dishoom, after visiting the Covent Garden one twice I've heard good good things about their breakfasts and holy moly, it did not disappoint.
The Shoreditch restaurant has a much more relaxed feel then the Covent Garden one, its much larger so probably easier to get a table here on an evening but I really need to tell you about the bacon naan I had. Grilled thick slices of bacon with cream cheese, herbs and chilli jam served in a warm naan, my mouth is watering thinking about it. Steven had an omelette served on french toast with grilled vine tomatoes on the side, at first I had food envy but I'm glad I went with the bacon, it was just too good. We don't often go out for breakfast, we like to have it at home in our pjs but I want to go back to Dishoom every Saturday now.

Geffrye Museum
Geffrye Museum

After filling our bellies we walked up the road to the Geffrye Museum. The building and grounds are so beautiful, it would be a lovely place to have a picnic in the summer. The museum is great, really interesting details on how the middle classes decorated and used their rooms from 1600 to the present day, I loved the room set ups of the 20th century - especially the 60s one, dreamy!

We then headed out for some more food and a drink but more on that later in the week (it was a good one!). Glad to be feeling a bit more normal now, a nice day out was just what I needed.

14.10.13

REAL LIFE

I've been umming and ahhing about writing this post but I think it's such an important subject that more women should be talking about in a more open way that I decided I can't not say anything about it.

Back in June I turned 25 which not only meant that I had made it to a quarter of a century old, or even that I get the indulgent treat of ice cream at Fortnum and Mason but that I was now officially old enough to have my first smear test, finally.

The smear was ok, certainly not the nicest thing in the world but it's free due to our nhs so I can get over the uncomfortableness, and you know, it's pretty important. 
A couple of weeks later I got a letter saying I had severe dyskariosis (huh?!) and would need to go to the hospital to have my cells looked at and see what the best form of treatment would be. Naturally (stupidly), I started looking up all the terms that they use in the leaflet and trying to understand that if I have severe/high grade cells, does this mean I have, like...cancer?! I mean, the leaflet and letter didn't say I don't have it soo...
Obviously nothing on the internet made me feel relaxed or positive about it and I ended working myself up into a bit of a mess the morning of my appointment and I cried my eyes out in Peckham's Superdrug as I was buying sanitary towels because the leaflet said I might need them - just incase (actually, the kind nurse at the hospital gave me one).
At the appointment, the doctor and nurse were so kind and put my mind at ease right away, I had a little cry to the doctor and told her that I had didn't really understand what was wrong and how bad it is, this is when she said I absolutely did not have cancer, they are just pre-cancer cells (in my head I was thinking...you still said cancer though!) So she had a look at my cervix with this big machine with binocular things on the end and then put iodine all over it to see the extent of the bad cells and she also took a little biopsy with this grabber contraption to have tested and said I would hear back soon.
The rest of the day I was feeling pretty sorry for myself and because of the biopsy I had stomach cramps but Steven made me nice food and took care of me so it was fine really.

A couple of weeks later I got the confirmation that I had CIN 3 and would need to go back for LLETZ treatment, which is basically when they zap the cells with an electric loop device. Yay.
To be honest, I was feeling ok about the whole thing, I knew I didn't have cancer and that it was a procedure they do everyday for so many women and I'm not a special case, I've just got some shitty cells that need taking care of.
So I had the procedure today and it all went fine and I'm on the mend. This appointment was less painful then the last one because she gave me local anaesthetic on the effected areas so I couldn't feel when she was burning away the cells that had no right to be there. Steven was watching it all on the screen next to me whilst I was thinking about what treat I wanted for my tea and he described it to me after, it sounds really gross and I think I would have passed out if I knew what she was doing when but I'm glad he was there to see.
I'm just resting in bed at the minute with pretty bad stomach cramps that just won't go away or even calm down but if that's all I get after what she was doing to my cervix then I can put up with that.

SO many women go through this everyday, its really quite scary, I'm sure you know someone who has had it done. I just know that when I found out after my initial smear, I felt alone and that I had this awful thing in me that I didn't even know how well it could be treated, so I've been openly telling people and really praising the NHS for doing all this for free, FREE! We are very lucky to have this available to us.

And if you're putting off your smear test, just do it.


7.10.13

A WEEKEND IN LEEDS

Leeds4
Leeds
Leeds
Leeds
Leeds
Leeds

This weekend we braved the 4 hour car journey to Leeds for a friends 30th. I was feeling a little worse for wear in the morning after spending Friday night celebrating Freya's birthday (and just announced engagement!) party so the journey seemed to take double the amount of time!
We went for a walk around Leeds city centre - the first time since we moved to London 3 years a go, and went for a drink with our friends. It felt so odd walking around somewhere I used to live, it felt so familiar but with the new shopping centre and new bars, it felt like I didn't really know it at all. I certainly forgot how many students there are though - and how much the taxi companies rip you off! In the evening we went to celebrate our friends birthday with cake, curry and fireworks and caught up with all our friends, such a good evening.
It's a shame it was such a short visit but its got me looking forward to our Christmas break already!

3.10.13

GOOGLE, FOOD AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Google+ event
Google+ event
Google+ event
Google+ event
Google+ event
Google+ event
Google+ event
Last week I went to Google for an event with the Great British Chefs for a food photography workshop as part of Social Media Week.
Chef Marcus Wareing from The Gilbert Scott spoke to us about how he felt about food bloggers (basically he likes it when you take good pictures of his food) and food photographer David Griffen (whose work is so bloody good) gave us tips on how to get the best pictures out of our cameras - whether its on a phone or dslr. He also gave us tips on which apps to use and even how to use an EMPTY wine glass as a tripod, handy!
We got to try food from The Gilbert Scott chefs which was very fancy - rabbit and prawn pie anyone?- and I also made a few new friends who are interested in food blogging, I love talking about blogging!
One of the reasons why I wanted to mention it on here is because I only got to go because of my participation on Google+. I've been really trying to get to grips with it recently and feel like I'm slowly getting there. Yes, I am treating it as homework but I feel there are a lot of benefits from using it -not just blog related stuff either. I am still trying to work it out though so I'll get back to you when I finally (hopefully) get there.

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