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No Books Allowed (#14)

Welcome to No Books Allowed. This is a new monthly feature hosted by me, used to  discuss things things in life which aren’t connected to books. This post can be used to talk about days out, music, TV, video games, films etc for all those book bloggers out there who do occasionally do stuff other than read and go to book events! The feature is usually posted on the last Thursday of the month unless that coincides with a blog tour/other book event.

March 2014 
March already over huh? Thats gone fast! Hopefully we can all stop being ridiculously cold and enjoy some lovely weather now! 
I had a good month this month, I feel like I’ve barely stopped for parts of it and things have been pretty crazy but its still been a good month. I have been working hard at the day job, helping sort out the new website we are getting made up and that I will be running once its live, its all very exciting. I’m actually enjoying work now more than I have ever done I think and even though its crazy busy and zaps me sometimes so I get home and don’t want to do anything, I still enjoy doing it! 
Other than that March was eventful because of birthdays and special occasions, I got to see lovely people and have nice food and generally be around the people I love so I thought I’d tell you more about that this month if that’s ok! 

The big, big day 
Who gave my Nana the knife!? 

This month saw my Nana’s birthday and it came as a shock to all of us that she would be 80 this year. For as long as I can remember if anyone, even important people, asked her how old she was she would say 26. Obviously we knew this wasn’t the truth but its an on-going joke in our family that she is 26, despite the fact that her 8 grandchildren have nearly all passed this age themselves now (I’m 26 in August with another two following me next year and the year after!). 

When we realised it was her 80th my aunt, uncle and dad decided they would do something nice and arrange a get together. The best part of this being that she didn’t know my parents, who live abroad, would make it. For months she’s been saying to them, me and my sister, and my aunt and uncle ‘Oh I wish Dave and Sandie could be there’ and its been a nightmare not to let anything slip. On the day in question we all visited her and then we went along to the pub. My mum and dad had already got there and when my Nana walked in, well you should have seen her face. 


She actually thought she’d gone mad, poor Nana! She couldn’t believe it and then started going ‘did you know about this’ to everyone around. She was so happy and it was awesome to see her that way. It’s the first time in around 7 years that the entire family on my dad’s side has managed to get together so it was a really lovely evening. I spent time chatting to my cousins who I don’t get to see often but grow up close to and got to see my cousins little boy for only the second time ever, he’s adorable! But the best part was seeing how happy my Nana and Grandad were to have us all around. 

Visiting ‘home’ 
My nana’s birthday event was obviously held in the area I grew up, around 100 miles or so from where I am now. I don’t get to go up there as much as I probably should, or as much as I want to and so I don’t see the few friends and the family I have left up there often. Because my parents are back for a while I decided to spend a few days up there this time instead of the few hours I usually manage and it was great. I only really see my parents once a year and I love spending time with them. My mum’s not well and the doctors in Bulgaria are useless so we’re hoping that maybe her doctors here can help her more while she’s back home, fingers crossed!
In addition to seeing them I managed to meet up with one of my best friends, Steffi, and have a proper natter of coffee and smoothies in Costa and them met with an old friend who I haven’t seen in years for tea. I always find meeting up with old friends nerve-wracking before the event because normally things have changed so much and I know I’m not the same person I was when we were friends but as soon as she arrived it was all good and I really enjoyed our catch up! 

My Sister’s big 3-0
My Orgasm from The Alchemist… Baileys, coffee liquor,
Ameretto and milk…. mmmm

Just because things can’t be spread out at all, the same week of my Nana’s birthday and the trip up to my hometown was my sisters 30th birthday. It makes me feel so old to know my big sister has hit 30 – as it means I’m not far off it myself – so I don’t know how she must feel about it! She wanted to do something special so decided a trip to Manchester for the weekend would be fun. We didn’t do much, other than a lot of walking, but we visited Home Sweet Home in the Northern Quarter, then went for tea in The Printworks, followed by AMAZING cocktails in the Alchemist and a few drinks in Fab Bar which I really recommend if you’re a bit of a geek and want a night out in Manchester. The following day was lots of walking and shopping and it was a great weekend. 

I get on well with Kel’s mates and there was a lot of books and tv show talk which was fun. We are all either reading or watching, and in some cases doing both, Game of Thrones so there were some incredibly interesting talks about that, with a lot of ‘erm, I have to stop there cos you won’t know about what I want to say’ bits as we were all at different parts in the story. 


Wrap up
now I’ve bored you all with my tales I’ll take my leave. March was a good month and I’m hoping its set things up for the rest of the year. I’m taking more care to actually do more stuff like socialising with my friends and meeting new people. I love that this blog has opened doors for me too and I’m much more confident because of it. At the minute life is pretty ok and I am really hoping that carries on. Thanks for reading!
  • I have THE BIGGEST smile on my face from reading about your Nana’s 80th. What a lovely surprise for her; I bet she had a wonderful day.

    I love the Alchemist bars too – there’s one in Leeds. Expensive but soooo worth it.