Life Lately || 10 Things That Made Me Happy

Happy November everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween. I can’t believe how quickly this fall is flying by. On one hand, I want it to slow down because I dread January – March. (Miserable weather, no real holidays; just darkness and cold.) On the other hand, I can’t wait for Christmas (which I can officially start talking about now that Halloween is over) and next summer to arrive with wedding bells on its heels. 

halloween collage

1.  That Sam and I carved an amazing Ghostbusters pumpkin that I am extremely proud of. Sam did all the gutting. Aka the part I hate, and I sketched and carved the pattern. Teamwork! 

carved pumpkin
pumpkin collage

2. We’ve nailed down our holiday plans; this year we’ll be spending them with Sam’s dad. 

3. My brother celebrated his birthday. Hurray brother! 

4. I actually held out and we didn’t turn our heating on until the first of November. It felt like an accomplishment, but boy was I also happy to turn it on. 

5.  Getting to help the lovely Emma celebrate her birthday last weekend with a lovely brunch and girlie catchup. 

6. We had a lovely (and warm!) Halloween that included a picnic on Hampstead Heath. I tried to book us on to a ghost tour and/or Jack the Ripper tour but everything was fully booked so I planned one for Sam. It might not have been as spooky with me reading the scary stories, but we had a blast traipsing all around London finding “haunted” locations. 

7. Annnnddd we have tickets to see “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Whoop, whoop, whoop! Super excited. Now I just have to wait until February 2017….

8. Sunday was filled with catching up on chores and some work around the house (including mountains of laundry) but I also stumbled across an amazing original production photo from the Prospect Theatre Company of Ian McKellen playing Hamlet in 1971. I snapped it up for a steal and can’t wait to get it framed and hung! 

9. We’ve officially booked our wedding food option/caterer. Pretty much all of the “big” tasks have been ticked off now. Besides gathering alcohol, invitations, Sam’s outfit, decorating, making our play list… Okay so maybe we still have a long way to go! 

10. And to finish off my October challenge of 31 days of spooky viewing I watched the following: 

Oct 23 – “American Horror Story: Freak Show: ‘Pink Cupcakes’ ” (Season 4, Episode  5)
Oct 24 – “House of Wax” (the Paris Hilton version) 
Oct 25 – “The Apparition”
Oct 26 – “Goosebumps: Phantom of the Auditorium” 
Oct 27 – “Goosebumps: Piano Lessons Can Be Murder” 
Oct 28 – Started the film “Housebound” – A darkly funny New Zealand film.
Oct 29 –  “American Mary” 
Oct 30-  Watched a documentary on “The medieval English vampire” 
Oct 31 – “Nightmare on Elm Street” 

How was your Halloween? Do you have any exciting plans for November? 

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  • Epic, epic pumpkin! It was so lovely to see you xx

  • That pumpkin is amazing, I can just about manage a slightly scary face, so anything else is amazing! I’m so totslly with you on talking about Christmas now that it’s November. Welcome to the best time of the year! Have a great week. xxx

    • Thank you so much! I really like sculpture and drawing (even though I’m fairly rubbish at it) so I love the challenge of carving my pumpkin every year. I’m so excited for Christmas already. I want to start decorating now, but I know Sam would hate that! x

  • That pumpkin is SO good – how clever are you! x

    Sophie Cliff

    • Ha, thanks Sophie! It’s only because I have had a lot of practice carving pumpkins over the years! 😀 x

  • I love your Ghostbusters pumpkin. LOVE IT. Now we get to go Christmas mad. I’m already hassling Mark about putting the tree up 🙂

    • My artistic skills are limited, but pumpkins I can do! I started singing Christmas songs this weekend and Sam hated it! x

  • Miu

    What was your favourite spooky viewing? 🙂

    • Interesting question! The week before last, I watched a New Zealand comedy/horror called “The Things we Do in the Shadows” by one half of the Flight of the Conchords team, and I really enjoyed that! x

  • Awesome pumpkin! Now let the Christmas mayhem begin (my most favorite time of the year!)

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    You’re definitely a talented pumpkin carver!

    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

  • I’m so impressed by your pumpkin! Also, Sam is a champ for doing the icky part. Dan makes me clean out the goop myself if I want to carve a pumpkin.

    Yay for holiday plans, birthday celebrations, and wedding progress!

    • I think Sam secretly finds it really satisfying, even though he complains about it whilst doing it. 😉 x

  • Woohoo cant wait to hear how the Harry Potter play is! Bet you were excited to get tickets. The pumpkin looks so good, very impressed! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

  • This is a lovely post – your pumpkin is amazing! <3

    Gisforgingers xx

  • Great things

  • Love the Ghostbusters pumpkin! So awesome! You guys are so on top of the wedding planning. It feels so great once all the big things are taken care on! And as I mentioned on Instagram, I absolutely LOVE your new hair. It’s amazing! x

  • Your pumpkin is so good! We carved one in my office and everyone was so intrigued by it and asked me a thousand questions, since I am American I am suppose to be a pumpkin carving expert ha.

    • Haha, all the artistic talent I have was just expended on this pumpkin. I’m all out of talent till next year 😉 x

  • I am so jealous that you live close enough (and were able to secure) Harry Potter tickets! I am sure it will be unreal!!!

    • If it does well, I bet they do a live broadcast streaming in theatres, like “National Theatre Live” or the “RSC Live”. I know Benedict Cumberbatch’s “Hamlet” received a streaming not too long ago. And then you’d get too see it as well! Fingers crossed! xx

  • I’m very impressed with that pumpkin carving!! Aw so lucky about the HP tickets – I want to book some, but because my visa ends next October I’m really unsure what will happen to me and my life in the next year or so :'(

    • Visa anxiety is the worst. I have to renew mine this winter. Do you want to stay or do you want to convince your mister to move to Canada? x

      • Aw good luck to you with that! I definitely want to stay in the short term, but I’m trying to convince him to move to Asia or South America once he’s done his PhD haha we’ll see what life has in store for us once we get there perhaps 🙂

  • oh man I used to love goosebumps! Is sams dad the one who lives up north? If so we should try to get together!

    • Unfortunately, it’s his mom – but we’re planning a trip up north sometime after NYE so I’ll keep you updated!x