I'd rather be home with the wife...

We knew before we'd even started to seriously think about marriage that we wanted I Wish I Was More Rock n' Roll by Ruarri Joseph for our first dance. We both share a love for Ruarri, and have seen him perform live numerous times in the 6 years we've been together, so picking from his repertoire seemed the logical step. I Wish I Was More Rock n' Roll also happens to have lyrics relevant to ourselves - we are both very happy just being at home with each other, watching a film in our pyjamas & drinking tea. We occasionally think we should be out socialising, but then the moment passes and we sleepily make our way to our nice warm bed.

March 28th

on this day...

1794 - The Louvre opened to the public
1797 - Nathaniel Briggs patented a washing machine
1799 - New York State abolished slavery
1802 - Heinrich Wilhelm Matthäus Olbers discovers 2 Pallas, the second asteroid known to man.
1866 - The 1st ambulance goes into service
1885 - The US Salvation Army is officially organised
1891 - The 1st world weightlifting championship is held
1930 - Constantinople & Angora changes names to Istanbul & Ankara
1944 - Astrid Lindgren sprains her ankle & begins writing Pippi Longstocking
1957 - The 1st National Curling Championship is held
1964 - Radio Caroline transmitted it’s first broadcast
1986 - Lady Gaga was born
1994 - BBC Radio Five Live broadcasts for the first time in the United Kingdom
2008 - The day we became Boyfriend and Girlfriend
2014 - The day we became Husband and Wife


Yep, Friday was a pretty incredible day.

We'd been talking about getting married for a long time and over Christmas we decided to just book it! We picked a date, our 6 year anniversary, and gave ourselves 3 months to organise it - no problem! We worked pretty hard, especially in the last month, but everything came together beautifully. I even made a lot of stuff myself, all of which I will blog about in due course! :-)

It's still pretty surreal that we are now Husband & Wife...

NYC: St. Patrick's Day Parade 2013

This time last year we were stood somewhere on 5th Avenue in the freezing cold, with light snow falling, ready to watch the 251st New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade.
The parade is usually held on March 17th except on the occasion when it falls on a Sunday, so last year the parade was held on Saturday 16th.

St. Patrick's Day is a religious and cultural holiday celebrating the death date (March 17th) of Saint Patrick, the most commonly recognised patron saint of Ireland. It's celebrated in the United States primarily as a recognition of Irish and Irish American culture.
The parade marches 1.5miles up 5th Avenue, starting on 44th Street and finishing on 86th Street. We headed up to the 70s just before 11am, in hopes of finding a good spot. And we did, right at the front, where we then stood for a very long time. It would seem that it takes quite a while for the parade to get to the end...rookie mistake!
The New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade is apparently the largest & most famous parade that is held in NYC; it attracts approximately 2 million spectators each year. Unlike other NYC parades there are no floats or commercial aspects. Instead the parade is made up of 150-200,000 marchers, bands, high school bands, bag-pipers, Irish dancers and politicians.
Despite how incredibly cold we were, the atmosphere was wonderful! In no time we were joined by a large crowd of people, waving their Irish flags, wearing green & clapping/whooping at everything! It was impossible not to be in high spirits!

Being from the tiny Island right next door to Ireland, and the fact that Andrew's maternal Grandpa is Irish (and I'm sure there's a little bit of Irish in my family too) we didn't feel too much like we didn't belong, we were just a bit more (British) mellow about the whole thing...
I loved this guy's shamrock jumper ^ And his flat cap & cane!
There were also some rather interesting uniforms, mainly belonging to the high school bands....
We stood in the same spot for about 2.5 hours watching the parade, which was more than long enough for our poor little legs, which at this point had frozen solid. I'm not sure how we managed quite so long but I certainly respect the people that stick out the whole 5 hours (or think they are crazy...)!
With stiff legs & numb feet we went in search of warmth, piping hot drinks and plates piled high with food! If we ever have the chance to see the parade again we would certainly be more prepared - I packed for a London March, not realising that a New York March is significantly colder.

Happy St. Patrick's Day for tomorrow everyone!

Reasons to be cheerful - February

  • Fish & chips with a yorkshire pudding on National Yorkshire Pudding Day
  • A visit from my baby brother & playing London tourist for the day
  • Admiring the chocolate in Choccywoccydoodah
  • Andrew's homemade bagels with cream cheese & bacon
  • The World Thinking Day event with my Brownies
  • Kinder Egg Princesses - I only have 2 more to collect!
  • Sunshine & the days lasting longer
  • Our favourite brunch at Le Pain Quotodien followed by an afternoon in the V&A
  • A weekend back on the Isle of Man with beautiful weather
  • Cuddles with my Poppy dog
  • Manx Tartan, delicious cake & coffee at Laxey Woollen Mills
  • Afternoon tea with friends

Read/Watched/Listened to/Saw/Visited:
  • The Hunger Games Trilogy - I finished each book in under a week & loved them all!
  • Paper Towns by John Green - my first by this author & I really enjoyed it.
  • The Hunger Games movie - again!
  • The Catching Fire movie - as soon as I finished the book I had to see it!
  • Childish Gambino at Shepherd's Bush Empire - aka Donald Glover, aka Troy Barnes!
To look forward to/to do in March:
  • Another long weekend back home for something very exciting!
  • Blithe Spirit with Angela Lansbury at the Gielgud Theatre
  • Our six year anniversary - wowah!
  • Mother's Day lunch with all the family

Read: Join Me by Danny Wallace

For my first read of 2014 I decided to pick one of Andrew's books and take a break from the classics for something a bit silly (not that he only has silly books, he also has some very serious ones too...).
I instantly picked up one by Danny Wallace - the man of "stupid-boy-projects". Years ago I read Yes Man and Are You Dave Gorman? (his collaboration with Dave Gorman), and since then have read all of Gorman's books, but no more of Wallace's - something I felt needed to be addressed.
Join Me ("it's not a cult; it's a collective") was started in London in 2002 by Danny Wallace and in 2003 he wrote the book documenting it's formation.

Following the death of a relative, Danny discovered that his great uncle had once attempted to gain followers to build a community on his farm in Switzerland. Inspired by his uncle's (sadly unsuccessful) attempt, Danny placed a small ad saying simply, 'Join Me', in a local London magazine, just to see what would happen.

To his surprise, the idea attracted quite a lot of people, whom he called 'Joinees', despite nobody knowing what they were joining, until the idea of 'Good Fridays' was introduced. Wallace would encourage his joinees to perform random acts of kindness on Fridays - this led to them being referred to as the 'Karma Army'.

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Although I don't rate this book as highly as Yes Man, it was still an enjoyable read. There is, in my opinion, quite a lot of needless waffle, but his writing is fun and easy - definitely lighter than Dickens! I liked how honest he was about everything he did (you will spend a lot of the book thinking he's a terrible boyfriend) & it was refreshing at how genuinely excited he was as he wrote it.

Written 12 years ago, when the internet was still mostly dial-up, it's fascinating to think how quickly something like this spread. I wonder, in 2014, when everyone is using a faster connection, how much quicker this would have been? One thing that is certain, the desire to join online communities, no matter how ridiculous, is still very much present today.

His aim was to gain 1,000 joinees...you'll have to read it yourself to find out if he managed it!