january ‘18

it’s finally here! the end of the longest month the world has ever known… seriously, is it just me or has this month dragged out? ordinarily you blink and it’s half way through the month, this month you blinked and you’d gone back in time. sweet baby yoda.

anywhooo, how are we all? surviving? i’m plodding along as per.

i’ve been trying to decide whether to carry on sharing my random thoughts on this site, primarily because i generally feel like i’m talking to myself most of the time and whilst that is fine, i can just talk to myself out loud rather than writing it down – i do this frequently anyway so i would just be saving myself some time. as some of you know, last year i gave myself a goal to post once a week, which i did (go me), but writing wasn’t so much fun when i knew i had to publish it – i write mainly for myself, and most of my writing is for no ones eyes but my own. and to be fair, it probably wouldn’t make sense to anyone else – it barely makes sense to me. it has been really nice this month just writing for me again.

the conclusion to my uncertainty was this – yes, i do still want to write about my crap on here but not so frequently, i think once a month will suffice. in all honesty i don’t really have time to post more – my friend amy said to me this weekend “you are literally the hardest person in the world to pin down to see. you have to book in with you 6 months in advance, you tell us you have a day free, then we go away to see if we’re free and come back to you for you to say, sorry! made plans now with xyz person” – i didn’t actually realise this but its pretty accurate. soz mate. i’m actually thinking about starting a deposit scheme – pay me £50 to secure your requested date and you’ll get it back when i see you.

and then i got to thinking how my posts might look, so rather than me rambling on (like i have done thus far in this post) i’m just gonna give my month recap for those that care in a ‘…of the month’ format. i don’t know if any of that explanation really made sense but continue reading and hopefully it will…

hero of the month

celebrity: halsey

did you see her speech at the women’s march? i cannot tell you how many times i have watched it but i can tell you that every time i do watch it, i cry. it is so, so powerful.

i cannot tell you how many debates i have gotten into with people over the ‘times up’ / #metoo movement and the fact that only now a lot of women are coming forward “why has it taken them so long?” “they’re being too sensitive” “it was all just a joke back in my day”. in my view, people who say things like this are part of the problem. and in response i say because it’s scary to come forward when the men that are doing it hold power over you, physically and otherwise. these women are really brave for coming forward and publicly about something this sensitive. i say, it is not your place to tell them they are being too sensitive – we all have personal boundaries and we don’t like them being abused. i say, well if you were happy with bob from accounts slapping your ass, or grabbing you by the pussy at work and found it funny, great for you. i say, that yes, we need to teach girls to protect themselves because unfortunately that is the world we live in but what do we need to teach more than that? well, we need to teach people not to fucking rape – and i say people because i am well aware that females can be rapists too. this is not just a one-sided issue (although stats of reported rapes suggest that women are 7x more likely to be raped than a man is).

personal: my sister, melissa

she’ll probably roll her eyes at this but she definitely needs a shout out. after the longest time she has finally stood the fuck up for herself and is making some changes that are long overdue. she is a worrier and so i can only imagine her anxiety at these changes that are coming up for her BUT i think she is a fuckin superstar for putting herself first and for knowing that she deserves so much more than she’s currently getting. you go, sister!

book of the month

leah remini: troublemaker

i am obsessed with her and scientology. i find it so fascinating. she’s got gumption! i read her book super quickly, maybe it took me a week max. one of my goals this year is to learn about other people – i am aiming to read a new biography/autobiography each month and leah’s started me off. i’m now reading hillary clinton’s ‘what happened’.

soundtrack to the month

‘now that’s what i call country’

i am completely unashamed about my love for all things ‘country’. this month i have mainly been listening to this album.

the greatest showman: soundtrack

this one has slipped in at the last-minute because i refused to listen to the soundtrack until i saw the movie. i imagine this will be featured on all my posts until the end of the year.

bad joke of the month

(bad jokes are like crack to me, send me all of yours)

why did the banana go out with the prune? because he couldn’t find a date!

also, one i heard today,

“what’s the most common owl in britain?”

“the teat owl… as in the teatowel”

i laughed for a good 5 minutes.

food of the month

well, it’s not really ‘food’ but its a condiment. french mustard. it’s just the frickin best. its taken ketchup’s place at the top of my list and i am enjoying grossing everyone out by putting it nearly everything.

realisation of the month

this is where i try to sound all deep and intelligent.

this month i have really realised that people are bloody shit, but that they are also bloody brilliant. you can’t make people understand you because not everyone wants to or can be bothered to. and that’s ok. the ones that are worth it will stick around and try to understand, the ones that are worth it will make the effort. the rest of them can go fuck ’emselves.

my other realisation of the month is that i swear too much. starting tomorrow i’m going to try to change that. maybe.

january.

i spent a lot of my time at work, i worried about what my new boss thought of me and tried to build a good relationship with him. i let go a bit at work, i tried to remember that i can only do so much, that my team can only do so much. i tried to remember to say ‘thank you’ more. i tried to remember that you only get back as much as you put in. i gave my time and energy (and days off) to people and colleagues that i know appreciate it and deserve my time. i stayed away from those that do not. i said no more. that word is revolutionary, i tell ya! i smiled. i cried. i laid foundations for moments to come. i sung. i danced. i had busy but good month. i tried.

AND i even managed to record a second a day.

january, the longest month ever on record, you were alright.

 

Food Glorious Food.

Good morning, Sunday!

How are we all? My week was a bit hit and miss, made better by friends and family that are always helping me along. This morning I woke up at 4.45am (yay) but managed to force myself back to sleep until 9am. NINE AM. THIS NEVER HAPPENS. So that was Sunday’s first win. The second was the banging bacon and egg sandwich that I made myself for breakfast. They say all good things come in three’s so here’s to the next win…

Whilst I was waiting for my bacon to cook I thought about all those people who make it through life without the taste of bacon. How much must that suck? Like, how’d do people make it through the life without a good bacon sandwich? Beats me. I then got to thinking about the foods I definitely couldn’t live without.

 

I love food. If you’ve seen the size of my arse you will absolutely know this is the truth. I love looking at food, talking about food, eating food. When I was younger I was quite a fussy eater. When I was 3 I was hit by a car and had to stay in hospital, the only thing the nurses could get me to eat was marmite on toast. The older I’ve got, the more experimental I have got with my food choices and now I will eat most things. I’m not massive fan of red meat, I dislike beetroots and cannot eat anything that still looks like an animal – my friend Jade takes great pleasure in eating these foods in front of me. We were in New York City together back in 2013 and she ate a fish that still had it’s head attached (she didn’t eat the head, obvs). Fast forward a couple years and we’re visiting Martha’s Vineyard and she’s chowing down on a lobster in front of me. The look of horror on my face… she still laughs at it. I’ll eat fish and meat but it cannot resemble the animal.

Anyway, moving on from those traumatic memories, if I was to pick one type of food that was my favourite it would be Mexican. No contest. I’m not sure if that makes me super basic (Taco Tuesday, anyone?) but if it does I am ok with that. If you ever find yourself in Montrose, CA there is a banging Mexican café/ takeaway place called Tortas Mexico. I dream of their refried beans. I’m salivating just thinking about it.

 

I also really enjoy sushi. Has to be good sushi though, fresh. Not sushi that has been swirling around on a conveyor belt for an hour before it gets to you. I’m just saying.

 

Individually though, these are the foods I couldn’t live without

BACON – Obvs. It’s just the best. A bacon sarnie with a healthy dollop of ketchup, you can’t go wrong. If you ever have to wake me up (a dangerous situation to put yourself in) wake me up with promise of bacon and I’ll get over my grumps quicker than normal.

AVOCADOS – The best fruit out there and so versatile! Smother it on toast, slice it up in a salad, mush it up for guacamole. Green never tasted so good.

CHEESE (AND CHEESEBURGERS, I know I’m cheating) – Did you know that cheese triggers the same part of the brain as hard drugs? According to some smart people it does (google it). I can vouch. I love cheese. I’m not fussy on the type either. A smoked gouda is probably my current favourite. Also, without cheese there is no cheeseburgers and they are probably my favourite food, ever. Most people choose pizza as their fave guilty food. Not me. Cheeseburgers FTW. Throw everything on it, lettuce, tomato, onion (hold the gherkin), add a dollop of ketchup. Perfecto.

TOMATOES – Without tomatoes there is no ketchup and I am one of those dirty people who put ketchup with pretty much everything, even my roast dinner. JUDGE ME I DARE YOU.

Having said tomatoes though, I don’t like cherry tomatoes, they’re weird and I’m bit scared of them if I’m honest.

PEANUT BUTTER – No surprises if you know me. I’ll eat it straight out the jar (one of the more endearing habits I picked up from my mother, I’m sure you’ll agree) Gotta be chunky too, the texture is what makes it.

YOGHURT – Such an easy snack and it takes me back to being 5. Vanilla or lemon is my favourite, although strawberry always goes down well. Petit filous “makes bones strongerer”. 

BANANAS – Admit it, you said that in a minion voice didn’t you? No? Just me? Alrighty then… anyway. I’ve only liked bananas for the last 7 years or so, before that the texture was no bueno to me. No it’s definitely my go-to snack fruit. Also, bananas on pancakes… YUM.

SALMON-  A lot of people think this is gross, I could not disagree more. I will confess to eating smoked salmon out the packet. I’m not even sorry.

CHICKEN – It’s just easy, ain’t it. Goes with everything. Nice bit of protein. Winner winner, chicken dinner.

Drink wise? Well since you asked (I know you didn’t but let’s pretend you did)

Water – it really is my favorite beverage. 

Tea – duh.

Coffee – iced, preferably.

Tequila / Margaritas – although apparently no one drinks tequila anymore (thanks for letting me know I’m behind the times, Ken)

Lemonade – the American meaning of lemonade. Not the fizzy stuff.

So, as you can tell, the majority of the food and drinks I like keep me fat and send me to an early grave. So long as God meets me at the pearly gates with a bacon sandwich and a cup of tea, I’m grand.

 

xoxo Micks

These are a few of my favourite things

These are a few of my favourite things…

These posts do the rounds quite often, and as there is nothing easier than writing about oneself I decided to jump on board that bandwagon. I’m also distracting myself because I can’t find the inspo to finish my other blog. So, you guys get stuck with this, sorry about that. Anywhooo…. here are a few of my favourite things.

AAuthor – Roald Dahl, or Cecelia Ahern. I can reread their books over and over.

BBeverage – Tea or Water / Alcoholic would be Tequila or Disaronno

CColour – Yellow

DDisney Film – Peter Pan

EExercise – Running

F Food – I can’t believe I have to choose. Ok, pretty much any Mexican food.

GGroup – The Beatles. I also love One Direction, and I’m not even sorry.

HHoliday – CHRISTMAS

IIdea I ever had – starting this blog

JJoke – A man walks into a bar. Ouch – so bad it’s good.

KKid – tied between my boys Oscar and Mason-James.

LLesson at school – my faves were History and Psychology

MMusical – West Side Story.

N Number – 6

OOrganisation – it has to be the Beagle Freedom Project who fight against animal testing, or All Out who campaign for LGBT rights around the world

P Place – Disneyland. Or Strawberry Fields in Central Park.

Q – Quote – There are many that I love but these 3 are probably my favourite 1. A day without laughter is a day waster (unknown) 2. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent (Eleanor Roosevelt) 3. We accept the love we think we deserve (Stephen Chobsky).

You can read my 10 quotes to live by here: https://littlemicksmusings.wordpress.com/2015/10/01/quotes-to-live-by/

RRomance – completely predictable but it’s Darcy and Bennett.

SSeason – Autumn because baggy jumpers and tea!

TT.V Show – Friends (as if you even had to ask!) Castle and Charmed also rank highly

UURL – YouTube, Word press, IG and FB

V Vacation Place – dream vaca place is Peru (I wanna do Machu Picchu so bad)

WWord – Glockenspiel – say it, it’s a great word to say.

X – eXpletive – too many to list… I swear a lot.

Y Year – 1989, the year I was born, obvs. 2011 (Oscar was born) 2015 (MJ was born)

Z Zoo animal – Penguins

THE END.

Wasn’t that fun?

Tell me your favourite things.

Xoxo

Micks