Sunday, 5 January 2014

That was 2013

January
Went to the Discover Story centre in Stratford with my Niece to celebrate my birthday. Took part in a craft swap. Went to Start up Saturday to future proof myself. Visited the Death exhibition at the Wellcome collection. Went to Ukulele workshop - drove there with Mimifeeling like thelma and Louise.

February
Visited the folks with my sister. Went to the crime fiction exhibition at the British Library and also discovered a nature garden behind King’s Cross station - thanks to my secret London book. Attended a rather dull vintage evening but wore an amazing kaftan and hat to liven things up. Loved new burlesque routine to Venus (not the Bananarama version) and began to make plans for our own troupe the Paper dolls.  Battled with a sinus infection via lots of steam tents.

March
Went to Vegan drinks at new venue (the Big Chill House in King's Cross). Endured lots of snow flurries and dreamed about Spring turning up. Spent a couple of days in Barcelona and enjoyed the change in temperature, the architecture, artwork, vegan food (Juicy Jones, Gopal and ice cream at Gelaaati). Did our first photoshoot for the Paper Dolls. Read the Free Range Humans book and thought about setting myself up to sell paper pasties and green things. Went out for cocktails and tapas for a 30th birthday wearing an amazing green dress. Went salsa dancing, had an awesome time and sustained an stiletto injury. Visited Postman's Park and Museum of London. Tried to learn to play Smoke on the water on bass. Pantry was refurbished and everything is now visible and accessible. Got inspired about Stonehenge.

April
Started doing the Change your life in 20 weeks project. Went to the Stationery show for Ink Drops. Choreographed a burlesque glove strip to Ain’t no sunshine. Attended the launch for Science of Discworld 4. Went to Geoffrey Farmer: The surgeon and the photographer at the Barbican - totally amazing.
May
Went to Bristol Vegan Fayre. The sun shone and I ate lots. Had a stall at a Flea market and made a modest profit. Performed my own burlesque choreography at Spring Fling. Had A good hour massage at Lush. Went to Korean secret supper club. Made tofu for the first time. Finally made it to Borough market. Bought a strimmer.

June
Got fantastic strawberries off my allotment. Ate some of them with my sister and her family. Had vegan Chorros and sorbet at Scoop. Did lots of burlesque classes. Discovered that The Paper Dolls had been accepted to appear at the fling and ran round making it happen. Did a Flea market and discovered that power of organising one’s stall by colour. Played first gig as Dan’s Attic, featuring me with a winning combination of Bass and burlesque costume. Acquired a real bowler hat. Made risotto balls.
July
Made mexican millet. Did my first car boot sale. Appeared at the Fling with the Paper Dolls and had people queuing to see our show. Plotted for Project Pin Up. Made jam. Attended London Vegan Drinks at  Kensington Wholefoods market. Did my first Google hangout. Moved offices and ate lunch by the river and under various trees. Did some foraging.

August
Did my first car boot sale. Made a profit. Drove to Somerset in blistering heat through massively heavy traffic. Helped my parents have a big clear out so they can actually get into their sheds. Fainted in The bear due to heat, dehydration, and lack of food. Acquired more Melissa shoes. Tried an electric shoulder massage belt, and felt totally chilled out. Read The Happiness Project and felt inspired. Had an excellent day in London with lots of lovely vegan food, and a rhubarb Bellini at Saf. Went to V Festival and stayed stober. I did the driving and lots of dancing. Went to Reading Festival, camped and had a fab time.

September
Choreographed a burlesque routine to ‘I’ve got a brand new combine harvester (and I’ll give you the key). Found vegan sorbet off the King’s Road. Learnt how to make nipple tassels. Visited Thames Chase country park. Had coconut rolls made (or should that be steamed) for me. Had dinner at Giraffe with other club 20 girls, and found they were lovely and accommodating to vegans. Tried to dine at The Saracen’s Head and found the opposite. Did a car boot sale and cleared more stuff. Visited the Saatchi gallery and discovered the work of Zak Smith. Went to Carnival, and watched the parade. Then danced and sang along to evening bands (Queen II and Bon Giovi). Got into very odd positions showing non stretch hot pink satin onto a stretchy black bra. Went to talk on Eating as a multisensory experience as part of the Ideas festival. Acquired new guitarist for the band. My photo appeared on Someone once told me.

October
Went to Vegfest London. Tried the vegan food at Fleet Bakery. Spent a day and night at Centre Parcs with my family and tried Segway. Also went on the cyclone water experience/ride/shute twice -massive fun. Went to lunchtime concert at Chelmsford Cathedral. Cast on a pair of socks. Spent time sewing. Took part in Burlesque Jems cabaret despite damaging my arm stepping off a bar stool.

November
Learnt how to do stuff with my left arm. Helped out on the Vegan society stand at the Brecknock Road vegan festival. Went to  a talk on foraging and discovered the wonders of fried mallow leaves. Went to Vegan Pot Luck and ate loads of amazing food. Enjoyed a lunch concert at Chelmsford cathedral. Meet some free range humans. Woke up early in the morning filled with inspiration for  a new website.Did auntie duties. Went to Hogswatch, had a great time and burlesqued to Lonely Pup and I’ve got a brand new combine harvester. Discovered that wellies and a corset are a great combination.

December
Went to Vegan Pot Luck. Did a giveaway for a week on Twitter to celebrate a year of Ink Drops. Had lunch at the G&T cafe. Saw the Christmas lights on Carnaby street. Went to lunchtime concert of Christmas music at the cathedral. Volunteered on the Vegan society stand at the Animal Aid Christmas fayre. Went to A Very Vegan Christmas meal at the Gallery cafe. Bought a Christmas tree. Had massive lack of communication with Dad. Read Barbara Sher on Scanners. Ate at Kashari Street, then went to London Vegan Drinks and on to the pub. Spent Christmas at home in a cat onesie with my family. Had Christmas Eve drinks with Mum and Dad at the Travelodge. Spent a day with Carla - met her kittens and drank some alcohol. Celebrated new year at home with Naomi and Carl, Moffet, Ted, Mark and Christa, and Dan. Set up my new website - Not the vegan police.

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