Hello friends! I’m finally back after what turned out to be quite a long hiatus. Following our disastrous house move and me generally just being a lazy bitch, I took a lot longer to come back than I’d hoped. I’m well aware that I’m now three months behind on these wrap up posts, but as I’ve mentioned before, the thought of leaving a few out genuinely makes me feel a bit sick. The following July 2020 Wrap Up was actually written in mid-August (which is a little more acceptable than the posting date of late September), so as I’m sure you’ll know, a couple of things written may not necessary be the case now – you know, ‘rona wise. I did think of altering them, but at the end of the day, it’s the elephant in the room, so I just left things as they are with the addition of this disclaimer. Anyway, I just wanted to pop up to clarify a few bits before you start reading and think I’ve got my facts wrong. Enjoy the blog and it’s good to be back!
27th September 2020
What the actual F is happening with this year? We’re now in August and most of us have accomplished NOTHING. Bloody coronavirus. Is anyone else thinking of not counting this year when it comes to their age and general life achievements?! Just me? Oookay. In comparison, July has been a pretty weird month – with more of the lockdown being lifted in the UK, it’s meant that we’ve had a bit more opportunity to do stuff, which has been nice. However, at the time of writing, we’ve had a few more localised lockdowns, and the restrictions that were supposed to be lifted on the 1st August have since been postponed until the 15th at the earliest. I think we’re at the point now where no one has any idea what’s going on anymore, and we’re all a bit sick of the government just pissing us all about. Anyway, let’s not dwell on the shitshow that is UK politics – July’s been a busy month (in comparison to the last three anyway).
I Have a Fringe Now
If you’ve been following my blog over the last few months, you’ll know that one of the things that’s got me through lockdown is Paul Mescal and his appearance in the TV adaption of Normal People. While my main obsession is Paul himself, I’ve also become fully immersed in everything else the show has to offer – namely the soundtrack and Marianne’s impeccable fashion sense. Honestly, Daisy Edgar-Jones’ style is just goddamn flawless. So much so that when I finally got my post-lockdown haircut mid-July, I took the plunge and got myself a fringe. LOL YOU’RE THE SAD ONE! AHAHAHAHA.
All jokes aside, I love my fringe and it covers up my massive forehead brilliantly. I also got myself a nice fresh colour too – shout out to SoZo Hair & Beauty for doing such a fabulous job!
Towards the end of July, I went on my furthest venture since March, with a beach trip to Weston-Super-Mare. I was nervous as hell, but I had the best time with Lillie, Cheryl and James, and we had the most epic picnic on the beach. Even better, our friend Aly ended up being there too, so it made for a lovely reunion. While the weather was a bit on the chilly side, I still managed to get ridiculously sunburned despite the fact there didn’t seem to be much sun. Either way guys, wear your sunblock. All in all though it was the best day I’d had in a long time – we laughed pretty much the entire time and it was so nice to get a bit of normality back for a change. We took a couple of selfies with donkeys, ate freshly made doughnuts and had a trip on the big wheel – it was such a wonderful day.
Taylor Swift Released a New Album
No one was expecting Taylor Swift to release an album during the pandemic, but alas, she graced us with the bloody masterpiece that is Folklore. Folklore is without a doubt her best work. While Lover is probably my all time favourite, there’s no denying that the songwriting and the storytelling she creates in this album is just second to none. The whole album is incredible, but check out my Tay-Tay Top Five for my favourite songs on the track list.
I Wrote a Letter to Ten Year Old Me
I’ve been listening to a lot of Radio 1 during lockdown – or rather, the daily Greg James and Scott Mills podcasts (listening to the live shows mean I get the news too – for obvious reasons, I veto the news). On Scott Mills’ show, they had a thing where listeners wrote letters to their ten year old selves – a lot of which would talk about the year 2020 and the shitshow that it is, but others would go further than that, looking at things they’d achieved and troubles that they’d overcome. One evening, where I was hammered (pretty much 90% of lockdown, let’s be honest), I decided to give it a go myself. I went under the premise that it would be read out on the radio, which mainly meant no swearing. I wrote the first couple of paragraphs hammered AF, but believe it or not, the rest was written fairly sober. I’m proud of it, and I kinda wish I had the courage to read it on the radio.
First Post Lockdown Shopping Trip
Lillie and I were gagging for a trip to Primark, so we picked a date and decided to head off on our first post-lockdown shopping trip. This was pre-face mask rules, but overall, the general atmosphere and safety measures were pretty good. Primark instantly scored points from me as they had automatic hand sanitiser dispensers, and to be fair, they were actually really good with all the social distancing and such. Personally, for me, if there was hand sanitiser available in a way which meant I didn’t have to touch anything at all, it was all good.
We’ve been rewatching my Lee Evans DVDs and remembering what an absolute comedic genius he is. I recently spoke about how much I love his comedy in my #SaveLiveComedy post if you want to know why I think he’s so damn awesome.
Tilly snoring. It’s just the cutest sound.
My first post-lockdown shopping trip with Lillie.
Enjoying a socially distant BBQ and games night with Liam’s Mum and Stepdad – it was nice to get some normality back.
Getting my hair cut and coloured at long last.
TikTok. It’s utterly pointless and I’ve wasted a hell of a lot of time on it recently but it’s made me laugh my tits off on so many miserable days.
Sleepover at Mama J’s and cuddles with Daisy.
The Dermot Kennedy live stream gig featuring Paul Mescal.
Taylor Swift’s new album.
Seeing my grandparents when they showed up at my Mum’s following our sleepover (Mum and I are in a social bubble and it was all socially distant just for the record).
Month in Pictures
Coming Up Next Month
It’s a little awkward writing the “coming next month” section, as I’m currently writing this mid-August. To be honest, if you read my most recent post, you’ll know that house wise, things kick off BIG TIME. I’ll be putting together a post on the whole thing, so watch this space.
How was your July? Let me know in the comments!