Currently, I Am… | #10

Hi, friends! Ah, I’ve missed you. It’s been almost a whole month since I’ve shown my face on my lovely little blog, but it’s definitely been well deserved. The first few weeks of 2017 were filled with coursework and university deadlines, so The Rose Quartz had to take a bit of a backseat. Don’t worry though, I thought about you every day!

After that, I had a few days of beautiful nothingness and relaxation with Matthew, before me, him, his brother and his girlfriend went off for a 4-day bender to Butlins for the Giants of Rock festival. That, I tell you, was flipping fantastic and I’ll be talking a lot more about that the next time I’m around! We saw some incredible bands and some really impressive musicians – it was mind blowing, really. As well as enjoying lots of music, the nearby beach was just beautiful. We spent a lot of time walking around and taking pictures – you know what I’m like.

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My “Currently, I Am” series is always a great post for when I return from a pretty long break. I haven’t posted one of these since November, just after Trump managed to find his way into an incredible, ridiculous position of power. Coincidentally, this one comes just after his inauguration and the reinforcement that his new found power is taking America down a horribly familiar, slippery slope.

Anyway, let’s not talk politics. Let’s have a bit of a catch up!

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Currently, I am feeling

…oh, well, a lot of different feelings actually. I’m gunna quickly take you through them, otherwise this could go on for a very long time. I’m feeling excited and nervous about my wedding day – I get married in November and there’s a lot of exciting plans to be made! I’m feeling anxious, unprepared and lost with regards to my future career prospects – I’m graduating in the summer, with no passion for my degree or field of work in any way. I’m feeling tired, because sleep is alluding me – that’s probably because of all these FEELS.

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Currently, I am watching

…Daredevil S2. We recently finished Jessica Jones too, which was unbelievable. Kilgrave is one of my all time favourite villains! He’s easily Marvel’s best on-screen baddie. His ability to manipulate people, simply by talking to them, is a really clever way of avoiding “not-another-fight-scene”. Daredevil is also picking up. The first season started off incredibly dull, picking up towards the end. The second season started a little slow too actually, but it quickly sorted itself out and now me and Matthew are both really enjoying it.

Since my last catch up post, Westworld finished too. That was one of the best bits of television I’ve ever seen. Highly, highly recommend.

Currently, I am reading

…The Great Gatsby. Can you believe I’ve never read it? I also recently read Tim Burton’s The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories which was a super interesting and super quick read. It’s worth it though. The title story was one of the longer short stories/poems in the collection and it actually made me feel pretty sad. Poor, Oyster Boy.

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How have you been? What have you been up to recently?

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Photographs are my own. © Morgan Mills

My Day in Photos | Bridlington Beach

I had the best day today. It’s Matt’s 22nd birthday and, to celebrate, he wanted to spend the day in Bridlington so we could visit this gorgeous pub that we found last year – it opens up to and over looks the sea. It really is something special. As well as that though, we had plans to walk along the beach, play in the amusements and have some lunch. It was a proper day at the seaside! Matt thought it was the perfect way to spend his birthday and I wouldn’t have asked for any other way to spend a beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon.

We accomplished every single thing we set out to do today, and more. It was perfect.

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Me and Matt don’t drive yet (I know, we’re both pathetic excuses for adults) so we hopped on the bus to the beach. We didn’t realise how hot it was going to be, really. If we did, I doubt I’d have worn tights and a thick dress and I’m certain Matt wouldn’t have put on his black jeans… I probably would have packed some sun-cream too.

We started our little adventure with a walk along the beach. Everyone else was being typically British so all the kids were swimming and the grown ups were topless and/or sunbathing. When we found a quiet spot on the beach, we had a little break and sat down on the insanely beautiful white sand. Like, I don’t know how Bridlington has such beautiful beaches, but it does…

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On the horizon was an incredible view – we could see a semi-circle of coast and some great looking white cliffs. How could we resist? That was our next destination. Instead of walking along the beach, we decided it was probably best to walk along the cliff edge in case the tide came in (it did come in quite quickly too, if you’re wondering). Safety first, guys. I found the most gorgeous beach huts on the way up the cliffs. I fell in love and I took what could possibly be my favourite photograph ever. I didn’t even think to pop out my proper camera so I just snapped a few pictures on my mobile instead! They’re still pretty though.

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Eventually, we made it to the top of the cliffs and we just took in the view. Wow. I always feel so overwhelmed with natural beauty. I’m a bit of a nature geek, but this was just… wow. Honestly, the entire trip to Bridlington was basically just so we could pop to this amazing pub, but I’m so glad we detoured. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t have known that this little spot even existed.

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It was a long walk up those cliffs, and we were both absolutely exhausted afterwards so we popped into the amusements for a drink and some indoor fun. After an hour or so of winning tickets and slotting 2ps, we finally ended up at the pub with an endless ocean view – possibly my favourite spot in the whole of Yorkshire.

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What a week – a graduation and a birthday. I’m so pleased Matt enjoyed his day though! Happy birthday, sweetie.

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June

Considering June is pretty much the epitome of summer, it’s been such a rainy month. I’m a little disappointed I couldn’t get my tan on (okay, I lie, I just burn…), but I’ve honestly been too busy to even think about doing anything in the hypothetical sun! It kind of worked out for the best though – the closest I’ve had to a weather related disaster is my daily trip to the bus stop on my way home from work. Will I get caught in the rain? Is that a storm? Hail?

Anyway, enough about the weather. June’s been okay! It started off brilliantly but got worse and worse before crashing to an absolute monster of a day today. I’m definitely glad to see the back of this month, that’s for sure. July is bringing me lots of exciting things to do (including local holidays, graduation, birthdays) so I’m going to put this month behind me and just carry on!

On the bright(er) side, my blog picked up a lot this month. The first half of the year was a bit tough for me, and my blog definitely suffered but I feel like that’s finally taking a back seat. I’m loving the interaction that I get from you guys – I really hope you know how much your likes, comments and love means to me. It makes this blog so much more special.

June Monthly Catch-Up

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So, what did I get up to in June? (If you missed last month’s monthly catch-up, you can find it here):

PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS AND MEMORABLE MOMENTS:

  • Me and Matt had a lovely day out with my parents at the beginning of June. We went to the seaside for patty and chips and then went for an amazing ice-cream at Mr Moos.
  • I upgraded my mobile phone! I’m now the happy owner of a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and it’s amazing.
  • I had my first ever blood test and I was super brave. Seriously, I’m still super proud about that.
  • Me, Matt and his family went up to Keswick in the Lake District. On the 1st anniversary of his dad’s sudden death, we spread his ashes in one of his favourite spots.
  • Britain voted to leave the EU. What a horrible, horrible day that was. Honestly, I’m nervous as fuck about the future.
  • Matt got his results from university, and will be graduation with a 2:1! I’m so proud. He called his graduation robes a “dress” last week and properly made me giggle.

ENTERTAINMENT:

  • Me and Matt started watching Love Island – we both loved last year’s series so we thought we’d give it another go. We missed an episode a few weeks ago and never managed to catch-up though… oops.
  • I’m still loving Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. I don’t see that changing any time soon!
  • Me and Matt started and finished the new season of Orange Is The New Black this month. It was a fantastic season, way better than season 3. I’m overly looking forward to the next season though because they left it on an insane cliffhanger!
  • I read two absolutely amazing books this month: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes and The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R Carey.
  • Game of Thrones finale. Seriously. Wow. The two final episodes are, without a doubt, two of the best episodes of television I’ve ever watched. Incredible.

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I’ve loved so many of this month’s posts! What a great month for my blog.

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How was June for you? What was your favourite moment?

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-Morgan

Photographs are my own. © Morgan Mills

Currently, I Am… | #8

Hi, friends!

I absolutely love writing posts for my “Currently, I Am” feature. It’s such a personal thing to do – to let someone into your real life – but I really enjoy putting together and summarising what I’ve been up to. Not only does it help me appreciate my life more, it also lets you know what hobbies, interests and memorable moments have happened in my life. I guess you like to know this, right? You follow me for a reason! I’ve always been pretty personal on my blog, anyway. It’s like a giant diary to share with friends I met along my blogging journey.

My last catch-up post was, coincidentally, a month ago today. This is a fairly irregular feature but a happy coincidence nonetheless! A lot seems to have changed since then. But, it’s one of those months that’s only kind of changed inside of me… you know? It’s hard to explain! Even though I’ve felt like a lot has changed, maybe to an outsider I’m just doing the same old.

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Let’s get cracking then! What have I been up to lately?

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Currently, I am feeling

…a lot of things, actually. I’m happy with my home, my life and how perfect Matthew really is. I fear that all of that could change in the next couple of years though. I’m nervous and frightened about what my future holds after yesterday’s terrible news that Britain will be leaving the EU. It was a horrendously rushed and violent period of our history that brought out the worst in so many people. A lot of ‘vote Leave’ supporters are already starting to regret their decision.

Currently, I am watching

Orange is the New Black, season 4! We’re only on episode 6, so no spoilers please. We’re both enjoying it so far though. To be honest, it’s just really refreshing to see so much diversity in one show again. I have a feeling that’s actually going to be problematic though, considering the recent ‘woopsie’ that Piper just made… we’ll see. Game of Thrones finale tomorrow too! I can’t even talk about it… I’m so excited and nervous and ahhhhh it’s so good.

Currently, I am reading

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R Carey. I started this last year but only read a couple of chapters. I was going through a terrible patch and I couldn’t find the concentration to do much more than crawl out of bed in the morning. However, I’m feeling good recently and I’m so glad I went back to this book! It’s absolutely incredible! I’m just over half way, and I think this may be one of my favourite books of all time… I hope that’s not a premature statement. I guess if it has a terrible ending that could all change. The writing is just amazing though. I don’t see it letting me down!

It’s been kind of a running joke in these posts about how little I’ve read recently… that’s changed. I can’t wait to smash through my fantastic list of books!

Currently, I am playing

…not a lot really and not very often. I’m enjoying work a lot, which is obviously fantastic, but it means I’m mentally exhausting myself every day. When I get home, I don’t really want to do anything other than snuggle up on the couch with Matt or read my book. I’m still technically in the middle of Elder Scrolls: Online (which I think I may jump on after I finish writing!) and if I have a spare half hour in the evening, me and Matt are still loving Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.

Currently, I am excited for

…omg, a lot. July is going to be an incredibly busy and exciting month! At the beginning of the month, me and my mum are going to stay in a beautiful country house for the night which we’re both really looking forward to. Matt also graduates soon! In the same week, he graduates from university and turns 22. Busy week. I’ve took a couple of weeks off work to celebrate everything plus to have a little ‘summer holiday’. We’re planning on bus hopping around Yorkshire for a week like we did last summer. I can’t wait!

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What have you been up to lately? Are you watching Orange is the New Black?

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-Morgan

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My Day in Photos | Keswick

On Sunday, me and Matthew spent the day in the beautiful Keswick and the Lake District with his family. The first anniversary of Matt’s dad’s death happened to fall on Father’s Day (which was quite sweet actually) and it was time to spread his ashes with his dad’s wife and the rest of his family. Although we both expected it to be a completely miserable and emotional day, it was lovely.

Phil (Matt’s dad) and his wife Claire regularly visited the Lake District – it was their absolute favourite – so it was only fitting to have Phil’s ashes spread around one of the Lakes. To do this, we hiked for 9 miles to find the perfect spot (which we found!). All of his sons, his wife and his close friends scattered his ashes into the roots of the woodland trees and along the rocky lakeside coast. We all then continued our trek around the lake, before settling down for a drink at the end of the trail in a nice hotel.

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Because I was snapping away (oh, what a surprise!), me and Matt got pretty lost at one point! We had no signal and when we did nobody was picking up the phone… Honestly, I was worrying a little for a while there but we just decided to continue in that one direction. We eventually found everyone else at the hotel, thankfully. Apparently they could see us all along and me and Matt had only thought we were lost because of our completely awful eyesight, oops!

I don’t think I’ve ever ached this much before. The majority of the walk was up hill so my legs are pretty much dead, and because I had a heavy backpack on I’m still walking like the Hunchback of Notre-Dame. The pain was worth it though. The views in the Lake District are incredible. Really, they’re completely breath-taking… (even though it was a pretty dull day and the skies were a boring white sheet).

It was nice spending some time with Matt’s family too. Him and his brothers (and all the brother’s girlfriends/wives) are pretty similar ages, so we get along well as a group. The entire day was a really great combination of nature, photography, fun and purpose.

Related: My Day in Photos | Windermere

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Here are some photographs that I took throughout the day!

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It was a bloody long day but it was completely worth it to be completely immersed in nature. I absolutely love the Lake District!

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Have you ever been to Keswick?

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-Morgan

Photographs are my own. © Morgan Mills.

May

Bye bye, May! What a lovely month. The weather wasn’t spectacularly sunny towards the end but I’ve made lots of plans for the coming months and I’m enjoying the current atmosphere at work. That alone is a pretty good reason to be happy, and I just feel as if I’ve finally got over that (gigantic and daunting) bump in the road that left me completely bummed out for the first half of the year.

May Monthly Wrap-Up

How has your month been? Have you made any plans for summer yet? I don’t have a summer break this year so finding time for a holiday is going to be practically impossible. Instead, I’m using my limited remaining holiday days to stretch out a couple of long weekends throughout July and August. Like last year, me and Matt are planning on ‘road tripping’ around the country – I say road tripping, but we don’t actually drive so it’s more like bus tripping… Good fun either way!

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It’s time for my monthly wrap-up. (If you missed last month’s, you can find it here):

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PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS AND MEMORABLE MOMENTS:

  • Matthew finished university! He graduates in July so he technically hasn’t left yet but he finished all his essays and his last exam. So proud.
  • Me and Matthew played squash. We had such a good time but it certainly highlighted how unfit I am.
  • I finished my mandala wall art project and I’m seriously over the moon. They look great.
  • Me and Matthew had a super lazy Sunday where we got ridiculously snug on the settee and watched Teen Mom for about 4 hours. It was the cutest day ever, really.
  • We also had a lovely day in the park. It was kind of a picnic. We bought salads from Morrisons and took our dinner onto the grass to eat in the sun. Ah, lovely.
  • I went to a board game cafe (so fun!)
  • I made a beautiful but lethal gin cocktail. I’m pretty incredible at making cocktails, not going to lie.
  • Me and my mum have a night away in a countryside hall booked for early July. We’re both so excited!

ENTERTAINMENT:

  • Jon Snow lives. In the second episode of Game of Thrones season 6, he finally woke up. Thank the Game of Thrones gods! It was spectacular and I broke my settee with excitement.
  • I watched a few films this month including: Chicago, Wreck-It Ralph, Mean Girls, Love Rosie and Captain America: Civil War.
  • I started playing The Elder Scrolls Online and it’s incredible. I love the Elder Scrolls games, especially Skyrim, so it was a no brainer that I’d enjoy it but I didn’t realise I’d enjoy it this much!
  • A couple of weeks ago, me and Matthew had the urge to play Minecraft again. We spent around 2 and a half hours trying to find a server that we enjoyed and failed. Oops.
  • I’ve started reading again! I only picked up a book in the later half of May so I didn’t read many. I read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Sense of an Ending (which is incredible. Keep your eyes peeled for my review!)

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It started off slow, but I think I posted some lovely stuff this month!

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How was May for you? Did you get up to anything good?

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-Morgan

April

April flew by. How is it May bank holiday already? I feel like 2016 has been a completely giant, useless blur of nothingness (even though I’ve done some pretty great things recently). It’s been a weird year so far, that’s for sure.

April Monthly Wrap-Up

Saying that though, I’m super excited about how close we are getting to an actual English summer! I bought some summer clothes in the tiny April heatwave we had a couple of weeks ago, and it’s done nothing but rain since… so,  yeah, I’m sorry England, that’s definitely my fault. I jinxed us all. My sunglasses are still in my handbag though. I’m not fooling for this changeable English weather again. I’m ready, sun. Come and get me.

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Last month, in my March monthly wrap-up, I mentioned how I hadn’t had my first “beer garden” afternoon of the year yet – no coat, sunglasses, a cold beer and a bowl of chips! That’s one of my favourite summer afternoons. We had a super hot week this month though, so I finally ticked that off my to-do list. And, as expected, it was a fantastic day.

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I made a daisy chain because I’m actually 5-years old in a 21-year old body.

So, let’s get on with this month’s wrap up! (If you’d like to check out March’s post, you can read it here):

Personal Achievements and Memorable Moments:

  • I took the plunge and finally got my hair cut and coloured at the hairdressers. I went from red to brown and had about 4 inches chopped off. My hair is feeling lovely and healthy. I was terrified (and it took 4 hours!) but it was worth it.
  • I’ve been trying to do a lot more things that are way out of my comfort zone, so me and Matt went for a late lunch (the later it gets, the more worried I become) at a restaurant called Level. We had cocktails and it was a really lovely afternoon.
  • I baked sugar cookies and practised decorating and piping with royal icing.
  • Me and Matt had a lovely week of walks around Hull Marina and Hull’s Old Town in the sun. We had our first beer garden drink of the year and even ate lunch outside. (Big achievement for me! I was nowhere near as scared as I normally am)
  • I had a beautiful day out with my mum. We went up to Hornsea to grab patty, chips and peas, and then ate it at Hornsea Mere.
  • Because it was suddenly so sunny, I went spring/summer clothes shopping. The next day it rained, and it hasn’t stopped since. Either way, I’m ready!
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It was warm enough to sit on the grass. Yes!

Entertainment:

  • Game of Thrones, guys. Game of Thrones.
    Season 6 finally aired this month and the opening episode was absolutely fantastic. It’s on again tonight (well, 2am!) and I’m just so over excited. I can’t wait!
  • Since we finished Glee last month, we haven’t started a new TV series. Instead, I’ve been really into daily vlogs on YouTube – Alfie, Zoe, Louie and the SacconeJolys are my favourite right now.
  • I still haven’t read a book. However, I have placed one on my desk, so… progress.
  • Me and Matt bought Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for the Xbox One. I am in love.
  • I’ve also started playing Skyrim on the Xbox 360 when I have some spare time. I think Skyrim is my favourite ever game. That’s a bold statement, but I went there.
  • Britain’s Got Talent is one of my huge guilty pleasures, and it finally started up again in April. That’s my Saturday night sorted for the next couple of months – no shame! We even celebrated the first episode with a little party tea.

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How was April for you?

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-Morgan

Photographs are my own. © Morgan Mills.