What happened at the seaside?
.: Entry One-Hundred and Eighteen :.
My name is Elliot Parker and I know last time I wrote I told about a bit of my trip away and looking at rings. Well, I ended up looking at local jewellers online after I wrote how I was feeling. On the off chance I decided to look at one that I had thought would wind up too expensive for the budget. Well, when your bored and on your third website looking at options you kind of wonder if there would be anything at all. So here’s the thing, I don’t want to spend much money on “the” ring, even though the ones we saw on our trip were minimum ten times our budget. But I had an idea of the ones I seemed more drawn to in all those shop windows, there was a slowly developing theme evolving. With the amount I was willing to spend on the budget, I knew I would be looking at an imitation diamond in reality, put into silver. I figured it would be what I would end up with.
Anyway, so there I was looking online at the jewellers I didn’t expect to find anything on considering the shop can tend to be over expensive sometimes. Plus, its sort of an older generation type jewellers- dignified sort of ish. I spotted a ring. It was in the budget; above what I would have liked but below what Dyl had set. I looked at the ring, it was sort of cute and like the ones that we had seen on our trip. But a large part of me thought the ring wouldn’t look as good in the real world when I saw it, I thought it might not suit me because it isn’t a style I have tried and could say I knew suits me. I kept the tab open on my phone, along with a few others.
So I went into town with my nan before I met Dyl. So nan and I are in town and we ended up going a complete different direction to where we were going avoid someone she knew and that ended up we had to walk past that particular jewellers. I thought you know what, go for it go see what that ring looks like. As we walk in one of my acquaintances from work has recognised me, turns out she worked there, she came over and asked what brought me there, I showed her the picture and she took a few minutes and found the ring. Turns out I hadn’t even read what the ring was, it was silver like I had expected, but it contained four small princess cut diamonds. Actual diamonds, no matter the size, it surprised me. She showed me the ring, I tried it on, the display ring was a size too big but wasn’t too bad. It looked really cute on and it looked sweeter than the picture, less cold. It had this sort of antique timeless feel to it. I ended up really liking it and took a picture and sent it to Dyl to ask his opinion. Another bonus for this particular ring, it was in the sale and was half price and was at the budget level that I was happy to spend.
So I told her I would come back with Dyl to have a look at the ring again and get his opinion. I only went there without him in the first place because I know he doesn’t like shopping and if it meant I could cut one shop off the list it would make life easier. So I get out the shop and send Dyl all the details etc and end up going to the shop nan wanted to see. Dyl said to go get the ring if I liked it and he would pay me back, I said nope, I wanted his opinion, he should see it too. I had to wait 45 minutes which felt like much longer till I could meet up with Dyl. When we did we got the shopping for dinner and headed straight to the jewellers. Thank heavens for late night shopping.
We went to the shop and my friendly acquaintance pulled the ring out the cabinet and showed him, I tried it on for him and he ordered it in my size. So safe to say, that is how we found the ring. Now all I have to do is wait for him to ask once he picks up the ring from the shop when it arrives. He isn’t telling me when that is though. But I’m excited to wear it. I really do think it is so cute.
I suppose the best word I can find for the ring is gentle. It’s got a soft design, it doesn’t seem likely to catch on clothes, there are no claw grips to break or bend to lose the stones. It seems timeless and like it would be nice to pass onto future generations in time. It gives me lots of options for one day when we get married, I can choose what to pair it with, a sparkly wedding band or a plain one and it will fit and look good with either. I think that is the fun bit, because now I don’t need to be concerned I won’t like the ring. Not that that was likely.
But I think the fun bit is knowing we both see that big future and we are making those steps forward towards a future together. I like that idea. A future together that just seems to be falling into place at every step, like every single moment is meant to be. And it is. It is meant to be, it has always felt perfectly timed, it always feels like it all falls into place naturally like we are the luckiest people on earth, it doesn’t feel like a struggle. I like how it feels like the right place right time all the time, it is perfect timing.
The Diary of Elliot Parker will release very soon… so here is the Pre-Order link for Ninety-One to One hundred and Twenty! Releasing 22nd September 2018
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So, after quite a few years I am going to the seaside this summer.
So it seems to be that not many of these goals so far can be ticked off. However I have now created a writing schedule. And with that comes a regular day to day schedule. Which so far has been tricky to stick too but I am determined to try.
Oh oh and I finished writing The Diary of Elliot Parker (4)!!! I forgot to mention… so that gets to be ticked off!!!!!! YAY
I haven’t finished the cable knit jumper yet. But I have just finished two scarves so I am hoping that can count maybe as a half a goal done?
Hair is still growing, though I think I underestimated the care that growing your hair out takes. I am still working on those daily positives and have added a further two notebooks for sort of related things.
At the moment fitting in that blue dress isn’t looking likely. But safe to say, I am enjoying this year abundantly.
- Do Nanowrimo
Write The Diary of Elliot Parker (4)
- Draft up book 2 of The Big Project
- Re-edit book 1 of The Big Project
- Edit book 2 of The Big Project
- Learn to drive
See a West End show Complete at least one of the tattoos
- Improve on last year’s site views
- Keep learning guitar
- Create and keep a manageable writing schedule
- Look for/find an agent for The Big Project
- Finish the cable knit jumper
- Start and finish a cross stitch project
- Win the lotto jackpot
- Keep growing hair out
- Keep doing daily positive aspects
Complete at least one minor savings goal
- Have Christmas wrapped up before October 31st
- Read around 12 books at least over the year for fun…
- Be more time efficient, come up with a better schedule.
- Fit into the blue dress again and go somewhere to celebrate it
- Begin writing the next big project for the site
- Enjoy 2018 as much as possible, be happy at every chance!!!!
3/7 goals complete!
So for those of you who aren’t aware, this week is the one year anniversary with my other half. So to interrupt regular scheduling… here is a bit of a semi random post.
I will be honest with you, this year, although it has had it’s challenges has been the happiest year of my life. It feels like I have been happier over this past year than I had ever been over my entire life collectively.
I wake up everyday so thankful to have someone so wonderful in my life. I think it has been fairly obvious that this happiness and amazing-ness has been a large part of why I haven’t been writing as much as I used to, but that is ok, because for once I let myself live more. It feels like we have been together so much longer because we have clicked in all the right ways, and at the same time it feels like it has been such a short time because it has been so much fun.
The funny thing is we used to live in the same area, down the long road for years and years and never met. But now we have and I wouldn’t change a thing. I am so glad I took that temp job without it we would never have met.
So how are we celebrating? Well the day before we are going to go to the DC exhibition in London as a treat to the most amazing man in my life. On the day? I think the plan is to go to the restaurant we went to on our very first official date. So I am a very happy girl for sure.
I better get going… gotta look my best this week…