It’s that time of the month where I write multiple paragraphs about how I’ve failed all my goals, reference how quickly the year is going and write something hilarious about how little weight I’ve lost. YES, IT’S SEPTEMBER!
August has been an amazing month. It started with a very busy week involving two theatre trips, an evening out at my university’s open mic night and a few catch-ups with friends, and it ended with some relaxing nights in and the best carvery dinner ever. Here’s a breakdown of all the things that happened in August. Enjoy!
About five months ago, I booked front row tickets to see The Curious Incident in the Night Time for my mum’s birthday and it was amazing! Both me and my mum loved the show, and thought they way they used lighting, sound, and the set to show how Christopher’s mind worked was brilliant. I’d definitely recommend going to see it if you get the chance!
On the Friday of the same week, I went to see a production of Jane Eyre at Leeds Grand Theatre with a friend. It was a really fantastic show and I loved how all the actors switched between different characters. They also set fire to the stage which was a little bit scary, but also very, very cool. For some reason though, they had Bertha sing Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’ in her death scene, which meant I had to spend three minutes trying not to laugh during the saddest part of the show.
Open Mic Night
Because I’ve been feeling very uninspired lately, I decided to go to the monthly open mic night run by my old university. It was a lovely evening listening to people read poetry, prose and sing hilarious songs they’d written and I came away feeling incredibly positive and motivated to continue with my own writing. Plus, I also got the chance to watch a man gulping uncomfortably to bring up a sewing needle he swallowed, which isn’t something you see very often.
Note: He was a magician, by the way. Not just some random dude with a needle-swallowing fetish.
A couple of weeks ago I went to Ham-Fest, which is a small comic convention in Oldham (it has absolutely nothing to do with ham lol). Because I didn’t feel like wearing my Poison Ivy cosplay, I put together a quick Joker cosplay using a few bits from my wardrobe, way too much eyeliner and some atrocious turquoise hairspray. For some reason, I thought I’d be a total pro at face-painting, and gave myself ten minutes to do my make-up before the event. It did NOT go well. My friend Cassandra went as a Mad Max inspired Harley Quinn and looked absolutely stunning though, so luckily all the attention was on her!
Even though it was a small convention, there was so much to do. They had multiple film sets, a Harry Potter-themed cafe and loads of amazing stalls. We won a little trophy in the cosplay competition, I got to try a pumpkin pasty (absolutely amazing), and I also got to watch Cass get awkwardly hit-on multiple times, which was hilarious.
I also got given a free print of the Joker by one of the stall holders:
All in all, it was a fantastic day and I’ll definitely be going to more small conventions in the future!
Giving Myself Time to Relax
Because I spent all of July stressing out about Camp NaNoWriMo, writing as many blog posts as possible and doing all the things, I made the effort to give myself evenings off in August. I’ve started writing blog posts on my lunch at work, which means I only have a few bits to finish off at the weekend, instead of spending every evening blankly staring at my dashboard, trying to think of interesting things to write. I love blogging, but I don’t want it to take over my entire life, if you get what I mean.
Managing my time like this has given me the chance to read, watch lots of Netflix, and not feel guilty about watching tonnes of weekly vlogs on YouTube. Yes, I absolutely love watching people doing their weekly shopping, cleaning their houses and just chatting about their day. It’s so addictive!
Music of August
- AronChupa – Llama in my Living Room
- AronChupa – I’m an Albatraoz
- Timmy Trumpet feat. Savage – Freaks
- Big Brovaz – Favourite Things
- Fifth Harmony – Worth It
- Willow – Marceline
What I Watched in August
I can’t actually remember what I watched, other than Santa Clarita Diet, which is absolutely amazing. It follows Sheila and Joel, a husband and wife living with their daughter in a quite area of California, who’s lives change when Sheila becomes a zombie-like being and starts craving human flesh. I found the dark humour amazing, and loved the contrast between their ordinary, suburban lifestyle and the awful murders they have to commit to keep Sheila “alive”. I’d definitely recommend watching it! It’s on Netflix if you fancy it!
Oh, and I watched re-watched Gavin and Stacey for the 1000th time, but that’s nothing new!
What I Learned in August
- One can of colour spray is not enough to cover my hair.
- If you only cover half of your hair with colour spray, you’ll look absolutely ridiculous in photos. Especially those taken from the side.
- Theatres do incredibly nice ice cream.
- Some friends will be always be there for you, no matter what.
Reviewing my August Goals
I made myself three goals at the beginning of August which were:
1. Have at least four days where I come home and just relax
2. Sort my diet out
3. Read more
…and I actually completed some! This month, I managed to have waaay more than three days of relaxing, which has made me feel so much happier and calmer, and I’ll definitely be making more time for myself in future. As a result of these relaxing evenings, I also managed to read A LOT, finishing three novels, tonnes of comics and a couple of graphic novels!
As for goal number two, I’ve been working on it, but there’s still some work to do. I just can’t resist chocolate!
I’m not making any goals for September, as I have a lot planned already and I don’t want to be dealing with the extra pressure. I’ll still be trying to sort my diet out though, I’m just not gonna make it a specific goal.
August in Figures
Weight lost: A large amount of chocolate got lost in my mouth…
Books read: 3
Exercise done: I sometimes walk home from work, and also walk to the next bus stop if the first one has vomit all over it.
Blogs posted: 7 WHAT?!
Money saved: I spent £104 of my savings on clothes, so the numbers are a bit off right now. But I have some very nice jeans and a jumper with an inspiring slogan on it, so I think I’m winning.
So that’s August! How was your month?