January Rewind

2016 got off to a pretty rough start for me as my first week of January consisted of me being ill for the majority of it. In fact, I'...

2016 got off to a pretty rough start for me as my first week of January consisted of me being ill for the majority of it. In fact, I've been on and off ill for the whole of the month so maybe this wasn't a great time for me health wise in general. Other than that, I've started making slow progress with my goals for 2016; I've read my first book of the year, Cinder by Marissa Meyer which is a reread that I absolutely love, and I've begun scheduling blog posts a lot more regularly than I was doing before, and actually enjoying what I'm creating. Let's run down a few other things for the month of January:

My boyfriend's into a lot of heavy music which we listen to all the time in the car; I have no problem with heavy (as long as it's not too screamy) as it really takes me back to my teenage years of finding Avenged Sevenfold or Atreyu for example. I've really taken a liking to Falling In Reverse however, which is one of the softer bands in his playlist and I've had their first album "The Drug In Me Is You" on repeat for almost the whole month. On the other side of the spectrum I've also had Breathe Carolina's most recent album "Savages" on repeat as well. The band have gone from a kind of screamy whiny pop punk to an almost dance pop feel which although is completely different I really enjoy. Ironically, my favourite song on the album is "Sell Outs" which is the only screamy song on there. I've always been one to go through phases of listening to different types of music and I'm definitely finding a lot of new bands.

Last year I went through a phase of binge watching everything from Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Gossip Girl to name a few. However, this year so far I haven't been as dedicated (or had too much time on my hands) as maybe I was before. I did watch one thing that I thoroughly liked and that was "Life's Too Short" which was a mockumentary written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, starring the Warwick Davis. It's got a typical British humour poking fun at the dwarf Warwick Davis with simple but hilarious sarcastic blunt comedy. Just up my street and nothing short of the brilliance of Ricky Gervais's writing of course. Despite the fact I really hate Ricky Gervais I can't help but applaud him on the shows he's written superbly for.

Australia Day
Australian's never need an excuse to get drunk but it's all they seem to do on public holidays. Australia Day is celebrated on the 26th January and is the countries official national day which marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip. Not that anyone even mentions all that on the day - apart from in official ceremonies in the bigger cities perhaps? I've never witnessed it though, ha! I was lucky enough to have the day off work and an afternoon shift the day after so I was pretty sweet to drink and sleep off my hangover. Therefore, Alex and I had a few drinks round my place and then went out to town in the evening as it was still cheap Tuesday - gotta love a cheap Tuey! It got messy but not too messy despite the fact that I almost got chucked out of one of the clubs we went into. Whoops!

Dry January
I actually succeeded in not drinking any alcohol in January. Now I hear you say, "but you just told us you got drunk on Australia Day", which is correct. My plan for the month was to have a dry month apart from Australia Day, which I was more than happy to do. I couldn't do it in February as that is my birthday month, and March was just too far away to even think of. I spontaneously had this idea after waking up from a horrible dream where I was absolutely wasted in a series of "short story" dreams which really made me feel like crap and not want to drink for a while. I know it sounds stupid to make a decision like that off the back of a dream I had, but it just felt so real that it scared me. Don't judge me, I dream a lot!

I hope you had a great January, bring on February and may life continue to get better as the year goes on. What did you get up to this month?

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  1. Sorry to hear you've been unwell! Hopefully that's all your sickness for the year in one convenient month! I totally get dreams influencing your conscious life too! I often dream more in a reflective way, so at the end of this month we had an incident where my sister's dog was mauled by a dog at the beach so I keep having recurring dreams about that :( Luckily her dog is fine, all stitched up and happy but it was a horrible experience! :( Here's to Feb being a good month!

    Kate | themintedblog.com

    1. Hi Kate :) that's awful to hear about your sisters dog but I'm glad she's okay now! I've never had dreams the recur from experiences; I dream a lot but it tends to be with a subconscious to things that have happened rather than repeating events as such. Yes, here's to February :)


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