Friday Round Up

Friday Round Up

Apparently I took no photos this week. Oops. It’s been mad though, so I hand that over as my excuse.

Comics  – Moving in with Dave means there are now a lot of comic books in the flat, with our combined collections. We’ve spent several happy hours researching clever storage methods, and found some excellent ideas we can use our existing Ikea furniture for. How exciting.

Work – It’s been very, very busy. I’ll leave it there.

Tom’s Kitchen  – I went along to the launch of Tom’s Kitchen at the Mailbox, to cover it for Brum Hour. I took quite a lot of pictures, so I will likely write a proper write-up in the week, but in brief, I was very impressed. The restaurant itself is gorgeous, and I had a hell of a lot of fun drinking prosecco with Brummie Gourmand and Out In Brum.

Friday Round Up

Friday Round Up

It’s been a while since I posted a round up. I took a little break from the vlog over Christmas and New Year, partly because I was spending it with family, and partly because I was super ill over Christmas. I went down with flu just before, and spent several days wishing I was dead, basically. It wasn’t a whole lot of fun.

What was fun though was my work Christmas party. It had a bit of a secret Speakeasy theme. There was an open bar, a great live band, an actual Narnia entrance to the food trucks and fake snow. There was a lot of dancing, a lot of laughing and lot og photo boothing.

Christmas itself was spent up North with David’s family. Between nursing the flu, we managed to go and see Rogue One, which I absolutely loved. It led so beautifully into A New Hope, and it was interesting to see a Star Wars film with such a dark tone.

Geeky Brummie’s Christmas dinner involved burgers made of donut (yes). There’s also been hot chocolate, tapas for New Year and quite a lot of Prosecco. Rather a nice round up this time, I think.

2017 – Hustle

“Life is like going the wrong way on a moving walkway. Stand still and you go backwards. Walk and you stay put. Gotta hustle to get ahead.” – Farrelly Brothers

In 2015, I stopped making resolutions for the New Year and started setting themes for the year ahead. For 2015, I was saying yes. I spent a year saying yes to more things. It was amazing, but tiring, so 2016 became about balance. Learning when to say yes and when to say no.

2016 was quite a year. I lost my job, tried freelance, started a new job. David moved in. I joined a fledgling radio station. My cosplay page grew from hitting 500 likes at the end of 2015, to starting this year creeping up on 5000.

I’ve been thinking about my highlights for 2016. I have ‘stills’ from the year that stand out as the moments I was happiest, and most of them are daft. At Destination Star Trek, standing with people I’d met that weekend, arm raised in the vulcan salute, while Chase Masterson spoke about hope, love and friendship found in a shared fandom. Crowded round a microphone with the Geeky Brummie team, laughing hysterically at a stupid joke about Shaft. Watching my friends, people I met this year, gallop away from the cinema, imitating the highly ridiculous dance from the film we’d just seen. Being stopped for the first time at a convention with the words, “I’m a fan of yours.” TFNation, speaking to amazing costume creators. Interviewing John Barrowman.

2017? Let’s do more. I found the right balance of yes and no, and I’ve learned to chase the fun, so I’ll be keeping that up. For this year, the theme is hustle. Deciding what I want and going out to grab it. I want to make more costumes, work harder at my cosplay, have more shoots and guest at more events. I want to help Geeky Brummie become as successful as we can.

Let’s hustle.