Rants and Whimsy

Happiness Link Up #3

April 5, 2016

After writing this post about social anxiety I feel like a happiness link up is appropriate. So many of you lovely bloggy people have reached out to me to make sure I’m ok and to share your own stories of anxiety. It seems like we’re all pretty scared of making dicks of ourselves in front of each other and quietly having sweaty panic attacks under the table at most events. Who knew?! How do we all calm the fuck down? I can’t answer that, but I can tell you ten things that made me happy recently.


1 – I went to Dirty Bones in Carnaby with the girls, ie Sophie, Flick, Gianni and Emma. That restaurant is waaaaay too cool for the likes of me, but I’ll probably head there again sometime. Also, how awesome is Kingly Court? Too awesome. Foooood.

2 – Speaking of food, I’ve been doing some very scientific noodle taste tests. Basically, I go to Asian supermarkets and head straight to the noodle aisle. There I pick up a pack of every brand of noodle that has a mysterious “spicy” flavour not fully explained in English. After that I simply enjoy “surprise noodle lunch” every day. Marvellous.

3 – Another food entry, because duh, food is happiness: Tabl had their community founders’ event last week and it was something I’d been looking forward to for a while. It was like a little market place of free food. You should really check out their site, so many amazing events happening.





4 – This Tabl event was a great way to catch up with Connie (who let me use her as a protective shield against anxiety, thanks hun), Erin (fighting Trump, one Twitter block at a time) and Leyla (cheeky winks all over the show). Also had a huge convo with Aftab, who I don’t know super well just yet, but we had LOLs.

5 – Seriously, this Tabl event was huge. I even met new people (well, I put flesh and faces to Twitter handles). Shout out to the fabulous Lauren, Sam and Jody who are all very good value.

6 – Last happy point about Tabl, this was the event where Andrea and I devised the perfect scheme to smoosh away back fat and become JLo. Seriously, we’re going to werk it.

7 – My husband has a stash of creme eggs left over from Easter and slips them into my lunch bag to brighten up my work day. We’ve also got a little stash of NZ chocolate from my lovely mother. Happy chocolate days!

8 – Ok, ok, I should probably give you a few non-foodie happy things. I’ve mentioned before that I wanted to write a play. Well, it’s actually happening. In fact, some of the time I took  away from blogging was dedicated to working on this. I don’t know what I’m actually going to do with it once it’s finished. Probably just that smug smile writers who have managed to finish something do .


9 – I’ve lived in the same area since 2009 yet only recently did I bother walking in that weird direction and discover a fantastic little park only 5 minutes away from my house. HOW DID I NOT KNOW IT WAS THERE? There’s a cafe and a table tennis table and everything.

10 – Being caught by this April Fools prank even after tweeting about the need to remain vigilant! My husband and I had a big drunken conversation about it before realising.

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  • You know we love gratuitous food port, especially when it’s Mayfairy in origin!

  • Tammy Paterson

    I was happy the other day, as a week after Easter I was at a hotel bar and noticed two Easter eggs hidden in the bush. Stoked!

    • Now that’s true happiness right there 🙂

  • Glad to be part of your 10 happy-making things 😀 T’was fun. Chocolate is clearly the most profound expression of love. You + Mark 4-Eva.
    The plaaaaay!!!! When it’s done, and put on, you can come out at the end and do your smuggest smile for all of us in the audience 🙂

    • I don’t know if anyone else will give enough of a toss to put it on. But at least I will have written something…

  • adales8

    This post has made me so hungry. I’m in a hungry void now.

    • This is the risk one takes while reading blogs…

  • Very jealous of the creme egg stash! My family always eats ours before I get a look in! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Food, Travel, Italy

    • Ha, well my husband isn’t a big chooclate fan so I’ve got it all to myself 🙂

  • I think that it is your wifely duty to relieve the husband of his creme egg stash – granted he is sharing them, but I think you should finish them off. You wouldn’t want them to go bad. You’re saving him really. 🙂

    • Haha! Well, they are actually for me. He doesn’t really do chocolate 🙂

  • the chocolate part sounds great!

  • Sad I missed the Tabl event, it sounds so fun!

  • The park sounds like such a hidden gem, better a late discovery than never!

    • I know right, I’m so looking forward to visiting again in summer 🙂