Rants and Whimsy

Happiness Link Up #1

February 5, 2016

TheMayfairy Squirrel

I don’t usually do these “ten happy things” posts. Mainly because I don’t generally like to do round up posts. There’s nothing I specifically hate about them, they just don’t get me wet, y’know?

Well, this week has been a daze of all kinds of emotions and things to do. For the first half my husband was definitely heading back to NZ and I was helping to organise the last minute stuff. Then, after the passing of a dear friend he wasn’t, but maybe he was, nope, now he’s not.

I’ve also been busy at work, so the whole thing has been a bit of daze. What day is it? Basically, I think I need to go through the happy things in my life to cheer myself up a bit and take stock, so the happiness link up from Jasmin Charlotte seemed like the perfect opportunity. Here goes, let’s see if I can think of ten happy things. Wish me luck!

1. I saw the fabulous Katie Brennan doing her one woman cabaret “Twenty Something The Quarter Life Crisis” at the St James’ Theatre and SALMON ON RYE CAN TOTALLY GO FUCK ITSELF. Did I mention she’s fabulous?

2. I accidentally met up with a gaggle of bloggers at the cabaret and the beautiful Katy and Erica saved me two seats up the front when my friend was running late and I had to wait outside for her. I didn’t even ask them to. What total babes.

3. I turned 30. It was fine. I didn’t party, I just had a quiet drink with my husband, something I haven’t really done in a long time and I had forgotten how much I missed our drunken chatter and how therapeutic it is.

4. I saw deer and squirrels on an epic walk through Greenwich Park. Apparently you’re not supposed to feed squirrels, because it just encourages them to be bastards. But how can I resist buying a big bag of monkey nuts for their cute, chubby little faces?

5. I ate New Zealand chocolate. So much New Zealand chocolate, thanks to a care package from my mum. It tastes different to English chocolate and comes in great flavours, like Black Forest! Yummo.

6. My friend Louise and I have big plans to do something foodie and fabulous for Easter, so I’m definitely excited about planning that.

7. I think I’m getting my blogger guilt under control. I only did two blog posts this week instead of three and the world didn’t implode. The world didn’t notice, because I’m not the centre of it. Look at all that perspective you get when you turn 30!

8. I learnt about the 5th Duke of Portland, who lived in the 1800s and hated people. He refused to even speak to his servants and if he accidentally wandered into a room with other people in it he forced them to stand still like statues until he could pass through. He built a series of underground rooms and tunnels to avoid having to venture into the outside world and painted everything pink. There’s still more, but that’s enough for now.

9. I’m quietly going about cleaning up my Twitter account. I’ve been using it since 2011 and I’ve learnt so much about social media and the world in general on the platform. I’m considering a blog series about it, as I’ve done so many things wrong over the years but it’s not as straightforward as my series on Instagram, so we’ll see. I am excited to be getting back into it again.

10. Mixing Sainsbury’s house white with cranberry juice gives you “budget rosé” which is currently my cocktail of choice. Hurrah!

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  • Oh happy belated birthday to you! x

  • Wait, you’re not supposed to feed the squirrels? Oh … um. Oops.

    (BTW, being in your 30s totally rocks.)

    • I know right? I’m 30 I’ll feed what I want, even if it is a seriously cute squirrel bastard. XD

  • adales8

    Happy 30th lovely! (I’ve always been a semi-fan of Sainsburys house white – I have cheap tastes.) x

    • Thank you! Dress it up with cranberry juice, it’s way amazing XD

  • Happy belated birthday! There are deer in Greenwich Park? I am going to stalk them and make them my friends. Also Katie is such a freakin superstar I was so sad that I couldn’t make her show this time round.

    • She is a total babe. The deer are right down the back, near Blackheath. There are two kinds and two “viewing platforms”, if you will.

  • Happy Belated Birthday, I really love a quiet drunken chatter with my husband it really makes you remember why you married them huh!

  • great squirrel photo!

    • Thanks hun, saw it on my husband’s phone and thought, “I’m having that”. XD

  • Happy Birthday! I’m very glad you decided to grace the world with your existence. I have another thing for you to add to your list: You made it through a not so great week, and found 10 things you liked about it. You are awesome. Hope the weeks ahead only get better. xxx

    • Thank you lovely. I don’t think I had much to do with it, but here I am, and here I continue to be! x

      • Well I thought it’d be better to make your conception sound immaculate rather than get into the grisly details XD

  • Happy belated 30th, squirrels, deer and home made rose sounds like a great month Lucy x

  • Happy belated 30th! I’ve never done one of these lists, but I might have to, just to get on board the babe train (and I’ve never done a link up before. Not sure I know how to…) xxx

    • Thank you! And definitely do a link up, they’re great!

  • I need Black Forest chocolate in my life! Happy belated birthday, Frankie!

    • You do need Black Forest Chocolate, it’s amazing!

  • Happy, happy birthday m’love – I hope you were spoilt to bits!

  • Black Forest chocolate you say? That sounds amazing!

  • Gabrielle

    Happy belated birthday!! Also, congratulations on tasting chocolate from New Zealand – I call myself a ‘chocoholic’ yet am yet to try much chocolate outside of Europe…


  • Ami

    Squirrels are cute though, I’m a bit weary of them now after one bit my brother whilst he was feeding it! I just admire them at a distance now haha.

    I think these kind of posts are good for reflecting back on the month and remembering what good came out of it 🙂

    Ami x

  • Sam

    Happy belated birthday Frankie – welcome to the Dirty Thirties! 🙂

    SA chocolate also tastes different to the stuff we get here and I’ve heard that they put an agent in it to stop it from melting! I have to say though that I much prefer the chocolate here!

    Look forward to reading your Twitter tips when you write it up – your Instagram posts have been invaluable!


    • I think they put that in Aussie chocolate too – definitely no need to put it in NZ chocolate. I think it’s just the local milk being different that changes the taste and it being what I grew up with…

  • A gaggle of bloggers! Haha! Katy and Erica are lovely, I’ve met them IRL WOO 😀

    Corinn ex

  • 1) Happy belated Birthday! 2) There are DEER in Greenwich park? Wtf?! and 3) Budget Rosé is just about the best thing I have ever heard of! xo

    • Thanks. Deer are down the back near Blackheath in their own little enclosure. Have some budget rose and go on a deer hunting mission XD

  • Welcome to club 30. It’s a glorious place, where you can only blog once a week, or once a month, or whenever you so please…and that’s ok. Good list.

  • You’re even classier at 30, I need to try this budget rose!