Cocktail Journal March 2017
Spring is here.
Whop whop! Cocktail time!
March has been action packed. I can’t believe is April is now upon us. That’s a quarter of the year gone already. I was thinking of doing a quarterly look back at my resolutions for the year but I feel like its better to take stock at the end of April, splitting the year into thirds. I’m nodding in approval at this decision. Good idea. Okay enough waffling, what’s happened in March?
As March began I was in the middle of a week off. It was supposed to be a writing week for my blog and book. Over Christmas and New Year I had written posts for the whole of January. They were scheduled and I was thinking “YES” I am proper organised. I don’t have to worry about writing on my blog for a little while. Then suddenly it was the end of February! Where did that come from? I chilled so much in January that I forgot to write and schedule posts for the next month. Damn it.
For the week off I was determined to write posts for all of March and be the scheduling king again. However, the week off was not writing time, it was bathroom time. My mother and I had been talking for a while about getting our bathroom redone. In February she got in touch with someone who had done other jobs around our estate and before you know it he had marshalled his men together and they were coming round to do the job from 27th February, my week off!
My mum was off too, however, the work went on till the Saturday. Six full days of the bathroom being ripped out, new boiler, new toilet, new bathtub, tiling, sink, you name it, it was done. The job turned out really well and we were so pleased with it, however, I was left feeling like I didn’t really have a proper week off. I did go to the Design Museum, whilst my mum and I swapped staying in the house during the work but I didn’t have the freedom to really do what I wanted.
In saying all that I was actually quite productive still. I wrote a few posts, wrote a new chapter for my book and designed a new blog header. This leads me to the next thing that happened in March. I installed a new theme for my blog. I did this for two reasons:
- The old theme I used, even though I loved it, had a few things which I couldn’t edit, like pagination. This little element wasn’t very visible, it wouldn’t highlight the page you were on for example and that annoyed me.
- The main reason, however, was that during my week off my blog experienced many technical problems. Another reason to be frustrated with my week off! I was getting error messages for memory limit, loading timeout, and then I couldn’t go to the frontend edit for pages that had list posts, WTF!!
I sought help with my host and Themify for these problems but one thing led to another. So basically the sensible thing was to change the theme. More hard work followed over a long weekend but it was worth it and I really like the way my blog looks now, how you do too.
I viewed two shared ownership flat in Croydon. One was in a dodgy area, I knew I wasn’t going to apply for the flat as soon as I walked down the street. The flat wasn’t good either. The second flat was in Kenley, outskirts of Croydon/London. That was lovely, a very peaceful green area. But I wasn’t selected to go for it.
I didn’t get shortlisted for two jobs I applied for at UCL and King’s College. Very disappointing, especially considering that I currently do the job I was applying for. I’m having no luck at the moment with either getting a new job or finding a place to live. Oh well, at least I am trying.
- I treated my mum to dinner for Mother’s Day. How nice am I?
- I visited the Greenwich Royal Observatory, one of my favourite places.
- Went to Cocktail Embassy, my favourite cocktail bar in London, at Crystal Palace.
Before I finish with this month’s cocktail I want to reflect on two moments:
- My father who passed away on the 31st March 2009. You are missed every day.
- To the family and friends of the victims of the Westminster attack. Such a shocking event has reminded us of the evil in this world but through such terrible moments, we see great solidarity and respect. Londoners and people, in general, have shown determination to continue our daily lives and not let fear rule us. Good will always conquer evil.
- Raspberry liquor
- Apple juice
A yummy cocktail to complete a busy and thoughtful month.
How has March been for you?
Have you had your bathroom redone before?
Do you like a French Martini?
No need for postcards, feel free to leave a comment below…