WATCHING… Queer Eye.
This program. Oh this program. It’s just too perfect. I had last week at home and it didn’t stop snowing outside. We’re talking absolute chilled-to-the-bone temperatures here, you guys. So I did what every self respecting millennial would do- I curled up in bed and watched Netflix shows.
Everything about this show is touching as hell. The variety of homosexuality that is presented, the acceptance from everyone they encounter, the personal journeys. And oh my goodness I want a fab five make over. Like, so much. It’s made me wish I had a scraggly beard just so Jonathan could shave it off and say “Look how hot you are!”
READING… Station Eleven.
One of my favourite shops in Edinburgh is this amazing little book shop called Golden Hare. Everything is perfection- from their branding to the way they display their books cover-out. It’s the stuff of biblio-dreams. Last year I treated myself to a yearly membership getting me a cheeky discount as well as a free book for my birthday (naturally tailored to my specific tastes cos I’m all about that bespoke life). Sure enough, come November this little beauty arrived all packaged up and ready to read.
I’ve only just got the opportunity to read this but aaaaaaah it’s so good. First of all, it’s a post-apocalyptic story. I am a post-apocalyptic fiend. Love all that shanty town, bartering, wild west reborn shizzle. Secondly, it’s a really cool interwoven narrative where nothing really happens and those are my FAVOURITE. And thirdly, it was the perfect book to read just before the entire country ground to a halt in the snow because it gave me the (entirely false) impression that just in case the whole end-of-the-world thang was to kick off, I could probably survive it.
MAKING… A fake fireplace.
One of the things I love about Edinburgh flats is their beautiful original features. So many bedrooms here have stunning cornices, ceiling roses and (to my delight) fireplaces. When we moved into our flat last year I was so happy that my room had a fireplace. However, it was a bit weird. It had been boarded up with this really ugly white board and the entire room had been carpeted, meaning that there was no hearth, just a mantle.
So after just staring grumpily at this feature for a few months, I decided to actually do something about it. I had an old Ikea Lack shelf from a DIY project which went horrifically wrong (and left some stunning craters in our wall) and this seemed to be a pretty good size. I then used some foamcore board to extend the shelf out to fill the contours of the fireplace, covered it all in some sticky back plastic and voila! Hearth!
I was a little tentative about using sticky back plastic at first, thinking it was going to look realllly shit. I researched a tonne of tutorials about painting marble effects and different varnishes and decided that they all looked like a lot of effort; I thought I might as well try the sticky back plastic first, just in case it worked perfectly. And boy did it. I absolutely love the finished thing, and no one has guessed it’s just a busted up shelf and some vinyl. Result! Now I just need to work out what to do with the white bit… I’m thinking a mirror?
I’m not sure if I’ve ever done a proper introductory post on them but we are the owners of two beautiful rats named Cush and Jumbo. We love them a lot, but recently I can’t help but worrying a lot about them. When I was working out the logistics of getting a puppy, one of my main concerns was that a new pet would change the rats’ life. Of course I was realistic that there would be changes, but as much as possible I didn’t want their quality of life to change.
Now that we’ve had Tippi (our new pup!) for a week I can tentatively say that they haven’t been too affected. They’ve had a good sniff of her and seemed pretty chill. But despite this, this week we noticed that their coats were looking a little discoloured and, after a bit of googling, we saw that this was a sure sign of stress. It makes me feel so guilty.
So this week I’ve been considering how I can make them feel better. There are of course things that I can control- I can slow down their introductions to the pupper, I can clean their cage more often, I can buy them new toys to excite them, but then there are a tonne of things which might be stressing them which are out of my control. It has been ridiculously cold lately which I can’t imagine they are loving and we had a break in a couple of weeks ago which must have been really loud and disruptive. I know I can only control what’s in my power but I can’t help but feeling for the little lovelies.
EATING… Waffles at The Pantry.
One of my biggest goals was that getting a puppy was not going to turn my world completely upside down. I still wanted to go out and have fun (obviously within reason, don’t worry all you outraged people getting ready to jump to the comment section) and I was adamant that I was going to do everything I could to have a well trained dog who could either join me out and about, or be left and be happy on their own.
So in my first week with Tippi I made an effort to get out and about and make sure she was experiencing varied and new environments. She still hasn’t had her full vaccinations, so for now we’re carrying her in a little bag and not letting her on the ground when we go anywhere. So far we’ve taken her to brunch twice and she’s been an absolute angel.
One of the highlights of my week (and let’s face it that’s a tall order when that week is a week at home with a new pup) was these amazing waffles from one of Edinburgh’s best brunch spots, The Pantry. Oh my goodness they were incredible.