My first lesbian wedding, sunshine and old English gentlemen

Thankfully this week wasn’t as eventful as the previous, even if the city’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, did declare a public health emergency following the toxic air that descended upon London.

17th – time to plan:
On a Tuesday, the team would usually need to stay much later than 5:30pm to ensure that the magazine was completed in time for the Wednesday deadline. Now, we’re getting things complete so much quicker. This allowed me to spend time researching and planning ahead for future issues.

18th – sunshine:
I noticed when I got off the tube and begun walking towards the office that the sun was shining down on my face. This brought a feeling of calm and was a nice change from the cold, rainy weather we’ve had of late.

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19th – wedding invite:

Two of my good friends, Laura and Sarah, excitingly got engaged last October. Since they’ve got lots of friends, I wasn’t expecting to be asked to go but I was overjoyed when I received an invite! There’s nothing like planning for a wedding – even if it is six months away…

20th – working from home:
To promote our magazine, The Week Junior, we had a stand at Kidzania’s Careers Week event. Logistically it made no sense to go to the office for half an hour before leaving for my 11 o’clock start, so instead I worked from home for a couple of hours and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The sun was shining, I missed the morning rush and I was able to have marmite on my toast! The little things… plus I had an absolute blast at Kidzania. I hope to work there again sometime.

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Kidzania, Westfield

I was also greatful for old English gentlemen:
Usually on the tube, people push to get on, terrified that it’ll leave without them. On my way back to the office, after working a couple of hours at Kidzania, a gentleman who was probably in his 80’s insisted that I get on the tube first even though I had been behind him on the platform. It was so kind!

21st – a decent sleep:
I decided to head home the previous night to suprise my mum as my plans had changed last minute. It was pure heaven to not have noisy neighbours above me hollering throughout the night.

22nd – slipper socks:
In the Christmas sales I treated myself to an unbelievably cosy pair of slipper socks that have the fluffiest of linings. They were practically glued to my feet all weekend as I refused to take them off!

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Not my snap – Yui Mok/PA

23rd – layers:
The increased pollution and dense fog meant that the temperature was also affected, making the morning commute a very chilly one.
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Museums, paramedics and a whole lot of Netflix

So writing little and often didn’t quite go to plan… especially when I was writing daily paragraphs on my phone! I think I’ll instead publish my small daily entries on a weekly basis as a sort of roundup to what I am grateful for.

10th – good feedback:
Last week, my responsibilities were increased at work. Both my manager and editor praised me on what I’d produced that day. It’s such a fantastic feeling to know that I’m doing a good job.

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A recently published comic showing how we, at The Week Junior, put the magazine together!

11th – NHS:
After becoming unwell the moment I got into work, the HR department (who were kindly looking after me) were forced to call the paramedics. They arrived within minutes and were wonderful. They took care of me, checking all my vitals and keeping me preoccupied to bring me around quicker. It was my first experience of receiving paramedic and ambulance staff care and they were absolutely wonderful. After the medics gave me the all clear, my company kindly paid for a cab home (which was very much appreciated).

12th – Netflix:
Following the previous day’s events, I decided to stay home to let my body fully recover. Whilst recovering in bed, I finished The Vampire Diaries, The OA, watched the Sense8 Christmas Special and watched more Scorpion and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. What would I have done without this top streaming service?!

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13th – caring colleagues:

When I returned to work after my dodgey spell, both my team and the HR members that looked after me all showed their true colours. They all expressed their concern and asked how I was feeling, which they didn’t have to but was really nice of them. When I began to flag in the afternoon, a colleague helped me finish off my page as I just couldn’t focus.

14th – a good nights sleep:
Since the mid-week drama, I hadn’t been able to relax enough to get a decent nights sleep. Although the flat upstairs seemed to be having a Bob Marley party, I was still able to get a decent nights sleep, which was heavenly.

15th – adventures:
Exploring London with two of my good friends, we went to the Natural History Museum… in my opinion the greatest museum in the UK. We saw the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards, which is always so inspiring.

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16th – fresh bedsheets:

To me, there’s nothing better than climbing into bed after putting fresh sheets on following a long day at work.

Until next time….

You’re a winner

#361: You’ve just won £1 billion pounds in the local lottery. You do not have to pay tax on your winnings. How will you spend the money?

I’d first use it to set up my family for the rest of their days, mortgage and bills wise. I’d then quit my job and really focus all my time and energy on finding an exciting new job within the video editing/producing/presenting industry. During this time, to mix it up, I’d plan a killer family holiday, making sure everyone’s wishes were fulfilled. Once I’d secured my perfect role, I’d finally move into London and start various evening classes.

Of course, it goes without saying that I’d donate regularly to charity and give food, drinks and/or blankets etc to the homeless.

P.s. I missed yesterday’s prompt as I spent Boxing Day with all the family… also looking after my cousins 4 and 6 year old girls… needless to say I slept for almost 15 hours today! (I usually get 6-8 hours sleep a night).

A source of anxiety

#342: Write about a noise — or even a silence — that won’t go away. (We’ll let you interpret this in different ways…)

A noise… a silence… I’ve currently got a calling. I’m being called to the land of nod and my cosy warm bed. Does that count?

As is probably the same for many other people, this time of year has become increasingly hectic. It doesn’t help that I’ve got a poorly wrist, making everything I do take that little bit longer. And not forgetting my work Mac having an absolute meltdown today. Hopefully I’ll get some time during my lunch break tomorrow to write the prompt, as writing through sleepy eyes is not the one!

The power of touch

#339: Textures are everywhere: The rough edges of a stone wall. The smooth innocence of a baby’s cheek. The sense of touch brings back memories for us. What texture is particularly evocative to you?

Soft bedding and pyjamas 😀 It always evokes cosy times such as past birthdays and Christmases. Eight more working days to go… Not that I’m counting at all haha.

Five items

#338: A classic question, revisited: what are the five items you must have on a deserted island?

Since it’s late and I’m super sleepy after an evening of Christmas shopping, I’ve decided not to think to much into this.

So, item number 1 – a (free of charge) phone box, that also charges my gadgets (don’t ask how – I’m not a techie).

Item number 2 – sun cream (self explanatory).

Item number 3 – shelter/some sort of house that spiders can’t penetrate.

Item number 4 – some constant food supply (magical of course).

Item number 5 – my cosy pjs, dressing gown and slippers… Although, when you think of a desert island, you think of a hot place. Hmmm, I think I’ll stick with it though.

The golden hour

#300: 6:00AM: the best hour of the day, or too close to your 3:00AM bedtime?

I wouldn’t quite say that 6am is the best hour of the day – it’s when I have to get up for work and, at least lately, I’m quite reluctant to get out of my cosy bed! I can’t remember the last time I went to bed even remotely close to 3am… must have been back in my uni days no doubt. I don’t think I could function going to bed at 3am and then back up three hours later – sounds like a major headache!

If I had to chose the best hour of the day, on a weekday it would hands-down have to be 7pm, when I’m home in the warm. Whereas, on the weekend, that’s a toughie as there are quite a few best hours…

* 65 more prompts to go until 2014 is officially over!!! How has it gone so fast?!

Bloggers, unplugged

#281: Sometimes, we all need a break from these little glowing boxes. How do you know when it’s time to unplug? What do you do to make it happen?

Hmm… I’m not sure if I do ever leave screens if I’m completely honest. I use them at work, I usually eat dinner in front of one and then I open up my iPad to check emails, spend some time checking my blog stats, Pinterest etc. I guess if the weather’s nice and I feel as if I need to give my eyes a break, I’ll head out – either for a spot of retail therapy or simply for a walk by the river (which then turns into a photography expedition… arguably another screen when instantly reviewing the shots?). The other thing I do when I’ve had enough, is sleep – good ol’ Netflix has now got me hooked on The Good Wife, so I tend to watch an episode before bed anyway.

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Image: www.hihimag.com

Luxurious

#250: What’s the one luxury you can’t live without?

I wouldn’t say that I own many luxurious items, what with still trying to “break the industry”. That said, however, I believe that one persons luxury is another persons norm. So, the first thing that came to mind was my bed – even though it’s insanely old and I need a new one, I still consider it to be the cosiest luxury I own and really couldn’t live without. I often tend to forgot how fortunate I am to even have one when millions of people around the world have to share a floor, for example, with ten siblings. Plus what I saw on Friday still haunts me and really makes me appreciate the things and people I do have in my life.

On the edge

#231: We all have things as need to do to keep an even keel — blogging, exercising, reading, cooking. What’s yours?

It might just be me, but I think this prompt is written incorrectly as it just doesn’t make sense. I’m guessing the ‘as’ should have been a ‘we’. Even so, I’m going to skip this one and revisit the prompt from the other day…

Three-tenths (17th August) revisited…
#229: Scribble down the first ten words that come to mind. Pick three of them. There’s your post title. Now write!

Yoga
Sleep
Orange is the New Black
Netflix
Work
The Big Bang Theory
Apple juice
Dork
Family
Halloween

Netflix, sleep, work…

This is how the majority of my evenings have gone recently. It’s so easy to climb into bed, open up the Netflix app and catch up with a bit of Orange is the New Black before I fall asleep. Then it’s rise and shine for work, where the cycle begins again once I get home from work.