Round Up.

It’s been a while since I’ve bothered to write a post, don’t get me wrong I’ve thought about it (a lot) and had ideas for posts but I’ve been ‘busy’ watching telly and being generally a lazy bitch.

As I type this I’m in the bath with a face mask on looking all kinds of alien like, listening to The XX and to get me back into the swing of things I thought I would do a wee ‘Round Up’ post.

So what’s been happening I hear you ask… I went on holiday with my friends to Croatia, changed jobs and companies at the end of August, got engaged in September and I also turned 30. THAT IS IT. To be honest 2016 was a good year for me, the new job and getting engaged were the two biggest things that happened. Leaving a call centre and taking on a more administrative roll has been an absolute fucking delight! Anyone who has worked in a call centre will know how utterly sole destroying it is, the people are great and I miss all my old work pals, but I cannot be happier to have left!

Onto the ENGAGEMENT, I will be, at some point in the near future ‘Mrs Wilson’ (or ‘Marshall-Wilson’ as I would like to be known). Me and J are in our now 10th year (!), that’s a bloody long time to be with someone so it was inevitable that it was going to happen (and I had an idea that it would be before my 30th). The proposal was nothing fancy or cheesy it was done after dinner in our house (*to be honest he could have asked me in the car driving to the shops and I would have said yes). Thankfully I am OBSESSED with my ring and it fitted so there was no need to resize it, although for the first couple of weeks my ring finger would swell up (I think it was trying to reject it!).

We’ve had the obligatory engagement party which coincided with a Halloween party held by and for my family and now we in the very early stages of planning so hopefully in the next couple of years we will have tied the knot.

I’m hoping that 2017 will be another good year for us and we make changes to the house and organise our wedding, but no doubt there will be some bumps in the road (which will be tackled head on), but I hope whoever and where ever you are that you enjoy what the new year brings you. For now I’m going to top up my bath with hot water as it has gotten cold and contemplate getting out in the next half hour before I turn into a prune.

Hopefully (and I say this every time!) I will be and bit more consistent with this blogging malarkey! But for now, bye Felicia! 👋

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December 1st.

Is finally upon us, which means it’s only 24 days until CHRISTMAS!
I’m super excited, I have just eaten my very first chocolate from the advent calendar and am about to start my Christmas card list! We’re going to have another year with just the two of us (well, 5 if you count the cats. Which of course, we do…), we’ll spend it eating, drinking, watching old Christmas films and playing boardgames.
We’ll do our obligatory family visits on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, which will allow us to spend the day lounging about in our jammies!

There’s still so much to do between now and then, decorating the house, writing out cards, going on a food & booze run and of course buying presents!
This year me and J are cutting back on what we spend on each other, we’ve had a busy and expensive year, so it makes sense just get each other something small (and within budget!). To be honest, the main focus for us is FOOD, we both LOVE a Christmas dinner (who doesn’t?!) and this year we will be going all out with all the meat, veg and pigs and blankets that you can eat! I better do a Joey from Friends and invest (or borrow) a pair of maternity leggings so that I am at my most comfortable when stuffing my face!

I’m hoping to try and persuade J to pop the Christmas tree up in the next few days. I need to invest in some more decorating also, however I have some fantastic crocheted Christmas lights coming my way, handmade by my friend Heather! I cannot wait for the house to feel Christmasy, I might even pop a playlist on the Sonos…

Anyway, I hope everyone is getting into the spirit of things and takes full advantage of all the Christmas themed fun wherever you are and if you’re not a fan, that’s cool, but we can’t be friends. 😜

Round Up.

Hey you guys! It’s been a while… I seem to have been bitten by the blogging bug and thought that would start off with a little round up post.
In the past few months there have been some ups and some downs, but thankfully everything is good at the moment!

The biggest thing that has happened is that we lost our little Mossy Moo, our youngest cat was tragically hit by a car and died on the 8th of May. It has been a horrible time, it hit us really bad and our oldest cat Senna stopped eating and was trying to find Moss (that was heartbreaking to watch). Sen has thankfully gotten better and both myself and Jaimie have gotten through the worst of it, but still think about him and miss him everyday.
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On a lighter note, I’m currently being up skilled at work and will be duel skilled by July! There has and is still a lot to take in, but it’s been nice to be off the phones!

There’s a lot of stuff coming up, such as a gig, stag do, hen do and 3 more weddings and I’m trying to get back on the healthy wagon (although I doubt the tub of Ben & Jerry’s that was consumed over 2 days will help!).

Finally, it feels like summer! With the better weather it means that more time will be spent outside and I intend to start walking home from work (let’s see how long that lasts!).

(I’m going to keep this up, I’m going to kee….).

Good Friday.

The Easter weekend is upon us, which for some means a glorious 4 days off work and time to spend with your nearest and dearest, today I spent it with J.
He had planned a mini pub crawl, so mini that it only consisted of 4 pubs, the Barony, The Cumberland Bar, The Wally Dug & Kay’s. Each pub was different and had its quirks (which I love), but my favourite was Kay’s… I think what really sold it was my new found friend (woof!). I like pubs for the look and the atmosphere, J however goes on the ales and whisky (Kay’s was his favourite too). We drank in each pub, but had lunch in The Cumberland Bar, I went for the veggie haggis burger with added cheese and J went for the fish and chips, both absolutely delicious AND very filling! The only issue with that pub, is that my bottle of cider was nearly £5!!! I think we may try and pop into a few more pubs whilst we’re off (there’s a new one just opened up in Portobello).

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Round Up.

Well hello there! It’s been a rather long time since I last posted anything on here and thought it was long overdue!

I’ve been very busy of late, mainly with work and gaining an active social life again!
In the past few months *we’ve managed to dine out (*we’ve includes J and my chums), my faves so far have been Five Guys & Rhubarb at Prestonfield House. A gift which was actually for my M&D, however they were both ill so me and J had to step in…
We’ve also enjoyed lunch at Clerk’s Bar and afternoon tea at Mimi’s.
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Now that I have my weekends free I am able to go out and enjoy myself, which in my previous job I hardly ever did! I’ve been on a few nights out with the work chums and I’ve been able to see more of my besties which has been wonderful! I’ve also been able to make more time for the family.
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I don’t have any exciting news to report as of yet, mainly because we’re only into the 2nd month of the year and so much is still to happen… Weddings upon weddings, stag do, hen do’s, decorating the house and hopefully managing a holiday (somewhere hot & sunny) with the Mr. But with all my money being spent on weddings I’m not sure if it will be feasible, we shall see!

I hoping not to neglect the blog as much as I have been and by typing up this short, yet boring post it might give me some inspo to continue.

I better get out of this bath now before I turn into a prune… (!).

New Job.

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Over the past few months I have been searching for a new job, something that doesn’t involve me coming home from work with 7 new bruises and 3 new cuts… The safest place for me would be back in the office, so when the job for a Customer Service Advisor or ‘Voice Assistant…’ at Scottsh Widows came up I quickly applied, as my friend works there she also put me forward for the job. After nearly 2 months of telephone interviews, waiting, group assessment centre and more waiting, I FINALLY got the call on Tuesday. I was told to hand in my notice on the Wednesday as training started on the 26th November and bring in my National Insurance Card in for them scan.

I. AM. OVER. THE. MOON.

New job, new beginnings! I’ll miss the people from my job in the store, BUT, I won’t miss the early mornings or customers asking for the 100th time ‘where are the eggs, dear?’.

Review: Chop Chop.

A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I would like to Review Chop Chop and the obvious answer was yes…

Now, the first time I had heard of Chop Chop was on Gordon Ramseys – The F Word and for YEARS I kept saying I needed to go, but sadly never made the trip.

So, on Wednesday myself and Jaimie made our way to Haymarket for dinner. We were super excited and could not wait to get there, we had already decided what we were going to order days before…!
When we arrived, we were greeted and seated by the lovely waiting staff and were given enough time to peruse the menu, which was a refreshing change from some other establishments.

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Our order was taken and we chose, Northern Chicken, Chilli and Beef Dumplings (boiled), Chicken Dumplings (fried), Lamb and Diced Potato, with two bowls of egg fried rice.
My favourites were the Northern Chicken and the Dumplings as I’m not a huge lamb fan, but we loved every mouthful! All plates were empty and tummies were full.
The food was hot, fresh and arrived quickly.

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It was quite a challenge for my OH to use the chopsticks, but he got the hang of it by the end of the evening and it was hilarious to watch!

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The atmosphere in the restaurant was wonderful, the place was jam packed by the time we left and to see that on a Wednesday evening was impressive!
When a restaurant is busy during the week, you know it’s got to be good!

I cannot recommend Chop Chop enough and we are already planning our next trip!

PEOPLE OF EDINBURGH, GO!

Chop Chop is situated on Morrison Street (Haymarket).

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P.S. Some selected Aldi stores are now stocking Chop Chops tasty dumplings!

*Disclaimer – I was given a meal for two to review the restaurant. All views are my own.  

4 Weddings & No Funeral.

In 2015 we (Jaimie and myself) have 4 weddings to attend. 4! One of which is a reception, one I will be a bridesmaid and the other two will be ‘all day-ers’. Now, apart from the Susans wedding where I will be a bridesmaid, I have the dilemma of deciding what I shall wear to the other 3… I have been looking at one website in particular (Asos) and have found some stunning dresses, clutches and heels, all of which I would like to purchase. I thought, what better way to make sure everything suits, than to make a board on Polyvore (check out the website, if you’re into fashion, you’ll find this so much fun!). Here are a few of the outfits that I am loving and desperately want to purchase.

Wedding Outfit 1.

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Dress – £115

Heels – £29

Clutch – £18

Wedding Outfit 2.

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Dress – £70

Heels – £48

Clutch -£40

Wedding Outfit 3.

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Dress – £100

Heels – £53

Clutch – £18

Wedding Outfit 4.

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Dress – £59

Heels – £53

Bag – £24

Now, I already have wardrobes full of dresses and mountains of shoes and bags, but I don’t really own anything that is wedding appropriate (though I am sure Jaimie would beg to differ!). All of the these outfits are over £100, but by the time I start look to buy my outfits then they should HOPEFULLY be in the sale… (wishful thinking!), because as most people know, weddings are not cheap and for me to spend that amount on an outfit would be crazy…