Life Lately | The Prince, the Quiz Night, and a Boundless Summer

I’m a very conflicted person when it comes to having a social life. Half of me is a bonafide introvert who likes to stay indoors, far away from humanity – and the other half is always anxiously thinking I’m not living life to its fullest, pushing me to take advantage of every possibility that arises.

It’s a constant battle – one of which my pesky introverted side seems to be winning more and more frequently these days – so I’ve been attempting to even out the playing field a little by socialising more, and it’s been tough, but resulted in one of my more eventful weeks of the year.

I figured I should probably take advantage of this rare influx of activity, so I’m sharing a little look into my week – I’d love to be able to post something like this more often, but my days usually consist of Netflix so It probably wouldn’t be very interesting.


Goodbye Kevin

Monday | My week started off with a bit of depressing news – Kevin the Kia is no more. I took him in for his annual MOT, and he failed – big time. Apparently there was a hole in the exhaust and a problem with the windscreen washers, and some other car speak, so I was looking at a minimum of £400 to fix everything. I just couldn’t justify spending that much on a car I only use a couple of times a month.

Both Jess and my mum agreed that it was about time I let him go – I’ve had the car for over 10 years, which is a ridiculously long time – so he’s currently sat outside my house until I have the courage to sell him for scrap. I’m looking at getting about £100 back for him, so now I’m thinking – should I buy a bike in his place? Kevin part 2. I’ve been contemplating getting one of the summer, but I haven’t ridden one for like 10 years – is it true that you never forget how to rid? I bloody hope so.

New Blog layout

Tuesday | As you might of noticed, I’ve had a little play around with the look of my blog, and I’m finally happy with how it looks – for the time being anyway. I have a tendency to get annoyed with the layout, but I found a template that lets you display all the posts vertically on the front page, and it looks so glorious and neat. It also allows you to display your own logo – which I’ve been desperate to show off for ages. What do you think so far?

It’s still not perfect, I know that. I need to go through each post and reformat them a little, then play around with the fonts because now that the writing is so much smaller, it’s made the comments section almost unreadable. But I love that fact that I can feature my favourite posts at the top of the homepage, and I have a widget bar again, so I’m going to flesh that out with fun stuff next. Working progress.

Quiz Night

Wednesday | One of our local pubs – Lord John Russel’s – host’s a weekly quiz, and when I heard that Wednesday was gin themed, with free samples, I was so there. Jess and I headed down after dinner with some friends, completely expecting to do quite terribly, and actually ended up winning – geniuses! The prize was a £30 bar tab.

It was a lot of fun in the end. The quiz was split into 4 sections, each with a different theme – general knowledge, gin, movie quotes and UK Soaps. We smashed most of the sections, specifically gin (because I’m apparently an alcoholic) and movie quotes (because Jess is basically Rain man). There was a bonus round too, where a team member had to compete in a limbo competition. We volunteered Mike since he had drunk the most and was pretty boozy.

The Prince

Thursday | My Director at work retired this week, so I went to a leaving shindig on Thursday at this beautiful bar called The Prince. It was just up the road from our office in Kensington – close to Earls Court station – where we had reserved a couple of tables on their terrace for lunchtime, overlooking the beer garden. There were flowers absolutely everywhere – on the walls, on the ceilings, winding along the beams. It was stunning.

Rather than having one main kitchen, there were four smaller restaurants within the building, so we had lots of choice for food. One was a burger bar, another sold chicken, and the two others were Asian. I ended up getting some brisket nuggets, mainly because brisket sounds so funny. They were honestly one of the tastiest things I’ve ever had. I’d love to go back when it’s a little busier, so that I can explore the lower terrace.

Rose Gardens

Friday | The trains to London have been bloody awful recently, so when I got to the station on Friday to find out that all of mine had been cancelled, I headed back to the apartment to work at home. It was such a beautiful morning, that I decided to take a little detour along the beach – playing Pokemon Go on route because I’m slowly becoming obsessed with the game again – and found myself in the Southsea Rose Gardens.

It was gorgeous. The sun had only been out for a short while, so the lighting was at peak golden hour, which gave everything this soft glow. It made the whole area look completely magical, with this blanket of multi-coloured roses. I must have taken a hundred photos trying to capture what I was seeing – though I definitely didn’t so it justice.

Boundless Summer

Saturday | I ended the week with a bit of live music. Because Jess is in the RAF, he has access to this site which basically offers people in the forces a load of free tickets to various events – comedy shows, gigs, exhibitions, etc. – and managed to get his hands on a handful to see UB40 at a festival called Boundless Summer, held at Borde Hill Gardens in Haywards Heath – about an hour and a half away from us.

It was in a big open field with a massive stage, right next to these beautiful gardens, so we decided to have a wander before the main band came on. It was filled with every flower you could imagine – I feel like I’ve had a flower overload this week – and we spent a good 30 minutes getting lost down the winding paths, just like Alice in Wonderland. UB40 came on stage at about 9pm and were great. I’m not hugely familiar with them – I know like two of their songs – but they were still fun to dance along to.

So that’s my week. It wasn’t particularly geeky, except for the fact like I felt like I was in some sort of Wonderland throughout most of it, but it was fun. I got to explore London a little, and my home town. I got to cross another band off my list, win some money, and earn some money. It’s been eventful. What has your week been like?

11 thoughts on “Life Lately | The Prince, the Quiz Night, and a Boundless Summer

    1. Thanks. He’s almost 15 years old, so has been on his way out for a while now, poor thing. Still not sure how I’ll cope without him though. I know I don’t use a car much, but it’s nice to know I’ve got one incase I need one.

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  1. I always have trouble motivating myself to go to things, especially when I won’t know anyone there and don’t have someone to go with. But when I do go, I alost always have fun, and I lI’ve going out and doing things, but it does drain me. I guess I’m a social introvert.

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    1. Yeah, I’m the same. I usually talk myself out of going to things if I don’t know many people going, but then get worried that I won’t get invited out again, and it sends me into anxious overdrive.

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  2. I feel you 100%!!! That is why my sisters and I threw the Usagi bash. Not just for our love of Sailor Moon but to also meet like-minded geeks!!! It is hard enough to find friends in your adult-after college life but to also WANT to leave the house in order to make friends. Rough!!!

    I am so terribly sorry about Kevin!!! Car troubles suck, when will they discover a way for us to transport? I want to live out my transportation dreams as Kurt/Nightcrawler and BAMF everywhere!!!! Doesn’t help I am always tardy to functions as well….so BAMF-ing will help a ton!

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    1. That’s a great idea to be fair, though you need to have the courage to throw something that people would want to come to and it would drive me crazy thinking no-one would show up. I commend you guys for that.

      Hell yeah they should hurry up and invent teleportation! Whenever someone asks me what my superpower would be, it’s always a toss up between that and telekenisis/some form of mind control. Think of all the time you’d save on travelling, and the money. I totally could have teleported over to your Usagi party.

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  3. I’m so jealous about the UB40 gig! I grew up to their music courtesy of my dad :) I’m glad you had a good time! That bar looks amazing, I saw your photo on instagram and it made me realise how little of London I’ve explored as an adult. I could show you the historical and cultural sites but other stuff? No clue. I moved out before I got to the exploring age, and chronic illness just makes the thought of travelling a nightmare. Maybe one day!

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    1. That were a great band to see live. So much energy – I don’t think I quite realised how many of them there were in the band eithet. They all played off each other amazingly.

      I try to explore London a little bit on my lunch breaks, but I don’t usually get very far to be fair. I’d definitely like to see more of the cultural/historical aspects though, so if you have any recommendations, let me know. Or you could take me on a little tour next time you’re there, and I’ll show you some of the ‘hidden gems’ I’ve found :)

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  4. So sorry to hear about your car. You should totally replace him with a bike with the little amount you had driven Kevin. My husband cycles to work every day, and it’s great exercise! Also, every time I hear Kevin I think of a certain goat… I won’t link it here because of the language, but you should totally Google it if you’re okay with that kind of thing.

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    1. To be fair, I could definitely do with a little extra exercise. I try to hit the gym every now and then, but now that the weather is getting so hot over here, it’s like.. ‘do I really have to leave the house to go to a stifling gym’ – ergh. Haha, I think I have an idea which video you are talking about – Jess is a little obsessed with it. Weirdly, I’ve never made the association that they were both called Kevin – must be the accent.

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