Halloween

Well, Happy Halloween!!!

Not going to write much today, not because I don’t want to but because today I am off to go and see the Phantom of the Opera.

It has become a semi tradition now to try to get to see something on stage in London for Halloween, its just fun. Who knows if I can keep doing this new tradition but for the third year in a row I am off to the West End today for a date day/night with the other half so hello and goodbye.

Happy Halloween to you all…

What do you all do for your Halloween traditions?

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Author Update (October 2018)

What happened in October?

Honestly? Not too much, work mainly. That and knitting and well… being lazy as hell.

Oh I saw my bestie and we went to lunch ūüėÄ

The closest progress I made on my schedule? Setting the morning alarms for meditation and the morning routine. The meditation has increased which is good, I feel more at ease but again, that doesn’t mean I have done much at all on anything else. It gets to me sometimes but I am trying to curb my own laziness which has always been a struggle… I’m one of those “I’ll do it later” people that never does it, which is why any writing being done often feels like a miracle.

I tried to restart the diet, I quit. Whoops. I think I set an impossible deadline but that is ok. Healthy is my aim right?

What am I watching on Netflix? Well, to be honest, I am still watching¬†The Vampire Diaries¬†again. I binge watched the Originals new series which could be why not much has gotten done recently. I am still knitflixing but that should come as no surprise. Currently working on a spiral knit blanket. I am sure I will post some pictures when it is done… I keep trying to do more of a jumper too, but the pattern is frustrating and fiddly and I don’t think I will do it again.

 

So Darling Daughters is OUT NOW , so for those of you wanting to get your hands on the ending… here is the link for Darling Daughters! ¬†OUT NOW!

The Diary of Elliot Parker  Ninety-One to One hundred and Twenty!  OUT NOW!!!

Or if you want the whole collection in one neat and tidy book, here is the link for the Complete Collection! OUT NOW!!!!! 

Nothing changes here in terms of throwing plugs in for my amazon books on my author page… I haven’t lost my hope just yet.

May luck and adventure be on your side!

ARA

xxx

Holiday!

So I mentioned a trip to the seaside, and we went to see some sights in Selsey. Which is a new little area of the UK to me, and bloody hell it is a cute little place.

We had lots of fun in a self catering little cabin thingy just relaxing to be honest. We went on daily trips to the shops and got to do some very out of fashion things that you don’t do in the city. We went to a butchers shop, which was a strange new adventure for us. I think we struggled with the amount of choice we had each day.

On our first day after arriving we had a kebab take away I admit but most of the time we cooked. We made a pie the first day to kick it all off. I think that is why I got back into the idea of cooking again. I even made a brisket for the first time ever which I found really exciting and it was really easy. We made pastry twists for puddings and we had lamb chops and it all just felt fresher, even though we often cheated for lunch and had a pot noodle, it was a quick solution after a trip back from the swimming pool when we were starving. Sure I still can’t swim but I had lots of fun trying, and often floating was some of the most fun.

I really enjoyed the trips to the shops and our little routine. We even broke the routine a little and went down to East Beach and had our first ever crab melt panini for breakfast (late breakfast) discovered that crab melt panini’s are very very filling. We saw the life boat station and the boat, which was bigger than we expected …

As you can see there were some cool views and ducks and some very yummy drinks. The other half loved the cold water and I got to relax and sit down for a while. The drinks that you can see was a coffee frape thing and mine was a bubblegum millions flavour milk shake that we had on our first day trip to the shops exploring, which was actually a really delicious drink if I am honest but very sugary!

We saw some gorgeous cottages and fell in love with some of the architecture. There was a really cute shop with a really nice lady inside who made her own jewellery, I got a couple of rose rings made from wire. I haven’t got any pics of those yet. Oh and I made three trips to a knitting shop in the town which I thought was brilliant. I think I will make a post dedicated to that later.

It was a wonderful week, we spent the evenings either trying to annihilate each other playing Mario Kart or watching The 100.

I wish we could rewind time a little and go back on holiday again, it was really great quality time just enjoying each others company. It gave us time to get into a nice rhythm and relax in a really chilled way. I like the peace and quiet and the time away from the day-to-day routine, I think it really helped to give me some more direction in a way. Getting that space showed me the kind of future I wanted and what it was I wanted to do. I really want to pursue a vocation over the idea of a career. I want to feel like my work is my passion, and I think writing is one of those really big passions.

The One Year Anniversary- What happened?

Well it was a bit of a business first kind of morning, I had to go to the doc’s to get some more meds for migraines but after that, well the adventure begun… ish.

We got home still in our giddy excited engaged bubble and we played Mario Kart, which you know, being a competitive sport could have ended it all very badly. But it was fun. We are both mega competitive with it but boy was it fun. We watched some bits and bobs on the telly and played more Mario Kart.

Got washed and dressed for the evening and hung out and chatted and took the engagement ring photo….

I am engaged! I still cant believe it

I don’t think I could be more excited to be his future Mrs!

But yes… after that and trying to not make my hands look super weird… we used a gift tag and Harry Potter bed sheets from Primark…

So the evening portion of the day we went to the restaurant from our very first official date date. Mangetsu, which does a combi of Chinese and Japanese. We had their yummy buffet menu and managed to demolish : 2 orders of Pork Gyoza, an order of duck, bbq ribs, 2 orders sweet and sour chicken, chicken noodles, egg fried rice, chicken katsu sushi rolls and prawn tempura sushi rolls… I think that was all of it. And bloody hell was it delish!

After eating a substantial dinner we decided to walk part the way home to find a Mary Berry chocolate cake which we discovered was a Sainsburys thing only which meant we had a couple of wasted run rounds other shops but that’s ok. Oh and we must have tried nearly four or five different corner shops/news agents to find a specific kind of Iron Bru that we had on the way home on our first official date date too. Lots of nostalgia. We eventually found it by sheer determination on the very last chance on our way home and picked up a couple of bottles of BLUE Iron Bru… I think it is bubble gum? Either way- the blue stuff is yum!

We got home and got everything ready upstairs blue drinks and all, we even cut a couple of slices of the Chocolate cake and popped them in the microwave for ten seconds to have hot choccy cake and we sat there in our pjs and watched the Great British Bake Off…

It was a perfect day!

I said yes!!!!!!!!!!!

As you can see I am super excited to share with you my engagement….

It still feels wildly like a dream!

And that doesn’t surprise me… He and I have very different ideas of how it happened… mainly because he was 100% awake when he asked me and I was dosing off!

Can you believe it! On the night before our one year anniversary!!!!

So I asked him to do something for me, I asked him to write it as he remembered it. This is what he wrote for me:

We were cuddling up together watching Aristocats falling half asleep and I asked “how would you like to fall asleep and wake up next to me for the rest of your life?” You said “yes” with a big cute smile on your face and then I said “Ok in that case will you marry me?” You shot back and said “really?” I said “Yes really” and you said “yes” then I said “you better have this then” showed you the ring and asked again (Just to be sure) and you said yes.

 

Wanna know what I remember?

I remember closing my eyes and listening to the Aristocats cuddled up in his arms dozing a little bit and just feeling very blissed and happy and tired. When he asked me if I would like to fall asleep and wake up next to him for the rest of my life I had no idea what he was up to so I said yes without even opening my eyes. I think I must have opened them a bit because he moved away a smidge and asked me if would marry him and I couldn’t have been more surprised, hence my “really?” which was probably more a “really?!?!?!” or at least that is how it would have looked in my head. When he said “yes really” I didnt think twice for saying yes. I was wide awake and then he gave me the ring, I don’t remember him asking a second time, I just put that ring on and that was that. Wide awake and way too excited to sleep for hours. So I got out his present from in the cupboard that I had stashed there for this exact reason. Gave it to him and watch him get frustrated at 3 layers of wrapping paper, because you know, I am nice like that. He got a bow tie to learn to tie and his face did that super cute thing when he smiles which just grew even more when he saw his Toy Story “Woody” doll. Which made him even more excited when he found out that Woody Talks.

Safe to say it was an amazing night. A brilliant engagement. A frustrating proposal because my memory is a bit patchy until the part where I get super excited. But still very happy. Was a brilliant anniversary day too… But that will come in another post.