Lifestyle // What I’ve Been Up To #7

December 11, 2018


2018 has now been and gone and you may have noticed there’s been a bit of a bit of a face lift round here! Glowing up for 2019! 

As well as a sweet new look, I’ve also migrated from Blogger to WordPress so I’ve not blogged while this switch was happening, plus DECEMBER WAS INSANELY BUSY!

Work was a beast but I also had lots of fun, so here’s my little round up of December as a whole (rather than my usual Fortnightly post), and you may have noticed I’ve also switched up the name of the series to be “What I’ve Been Up To” rather than “Fortnightly Round Up”, which is a better representation of what the post is actually about. Hello SEO! 

Upgraded my Blog!

Yep I’ve officially upgraded the look and feel of emsypickle (we’ve even now got capital letters – fancy!) I loved my old blog design and was super proud as I did most of the work on it myself, but it did look very 2015 and was pretty reflective of its content before I took My Big Blogging Break.

Getting back into blogging in 2018 was so good for me – in terms of creativity, mental health and having a constructive hobby so I’m excited to continue into 2019.

I had my design and migration done by Pipdig who made it so simple, so let me know if you’d like to hear more about this process.

Weekend in Budapest

I kicked off December with a festive city break in Budapest. I’ve got a full post coming shortly about our trip but it was a really relaxing break.

We explored the Christmas markets, did a heap of walking, swam in the public thermal baths and even met Father Christmas! A jolly holly Christmas trip indeed.

Northern Christmas in York

Last year for my best friend’s family hen do we went up to York for lunch with her parents and gran. We had such a lovely time that we decided to do it again this year!

We went to a gorgeous restaurant called Melton’s and had an absolutely divine three course meal for just £30! I’ll definitely be heading back here next time I visit York.

It was so good to see Faye’s family and hang out with the girls and I already can’t wait to do the same again next year!

Gospel Christmas Carols at the Sky Garden

Another girls trip! This time up the Sky Garden for Gospel Christmas Carols!

It was such a fun night but I have to admit we didn’t pay too much attention to the choir as we were too busy catching up with each other and guzzling prosecco!

It was great to see the girls but I think next year we’ll choose a different venue as whilst the choir was great they didn’t actually sing too many Christmas songs and the space was so big they weren’t terribly loud and morphed into background noise rather than a main event. The prosecco was also £50 a bottle which is absolutely outrageous!

Work Christmas Party

I have worked bloody hard this year so the staff Christmas party was a great chance to celebrate success and blow off some steam!

We had so much fun raising the free bar, eating all the fried chicken, tearing up the dance floor and dominating the photo booth. Good times!

Festive Theatre – The Phantom of the Opera

For our annual festive day out this year, Andy and I went back to Hawksmoor for a steak feast! We kick started with our favourite Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew cocktails which as well as being delicious look like big tankards of Butterbeer. Amen. We then tucked into potted beef and bacon with Yorkshire puddings, rib eye steaks, triple cooked chips, creamed spinach and garlic mushrooms. YAS!

We then headed to the theatre to see The Phantom of the Opera. It was absolutely brilliant and it turns out Andy is a secret mega fan who knows all the words!

Dinner at Red Rooster with the Gang

Nothing says Christmas like a shit tonne of fried chicken and prosecco! We went for one last friends night out before Christmas to Red Rooster in Shoreditch.

Obama’s favourite fried chicken joint in Harlem, we were served a whole fried chicken with a giant sparkler in! The short rib sharing platter was the real highlight for me though. Delicious!

Christmas With My Parents

IT’S CHRISTMAAAASSS! I spent the 23rd and 24th at my parents’house which was lovely. On the 23rd my cousin and brother came over and we all had a lovely low key dinner and catch up.

On the 24th Andy came over and we had a delicious alternative Christmas dinner – slow roast lamb and all the trimmings – and had a really lovely relaxing day, chatting and swapping presents. Perfect.

Christmas in Peterborough

We caught the train up to Peterborough on Christmas Eve night to stay with Andy’s family. I hadn’t been to theirs before but had such a lovely time and so much fun.

Christmas Eve was spent wrapping presents and playing with the dogs, Christmas Day we exchanged presents and then headed over to Andy’s sister’s house for Christmas lunch. We had so much fun playing with his nieces and nephews, board games (hello Harry Potter Cluedo champion) and of course lots of delicious food.

On Boxing Day everyone came over to Andy’s parents house and we played more games, did an epic quiz and again ATE ALL THE FOOD!

I had such a lovely Christmas, one of the nicest I’ve had as an adult. I loved meeting all of Andy’s family, taking his dog Molly for daily walks and seeing everyone open the gifts I’d got for them. I was also well and truly spoiled!

So that’s a wrap for 2018! It’s been a pretty big year for me with lots of ups and downs but I’ve definitely been able to work on myself, grow so much as a person and learn to focus on what is really important .

I’m very excited for 2019 and to see what it brings. Let’s make it a good un!

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I’m Emma – or Emsypickle!


I live in Brixton in London. I eat out far too much, am always planning my next trip and have a borderline unhealthy obsession with Harry Potter.

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