I personally love a chatty update vlog or blog post, so I thought I'd wrap up a pretty boring but productive month with the latter. I'm glad to see the back of January - as I know a lot of people will be - and that pay day took FAR too long to come around, but here's what I got up to in the first month of 2019.

Ticker tape at the end of a music gig, with silhouette hands in the air


Overall January has been a sour month, mainly due to my health. So many people have struggled through this Winter particular with incessant illnesses and I, unfortunately, was no different. From not being able to hear properly for almost a week and spending a day in tears, to a constant feeling of knives in the back of my throat, it has been really difficult. Despite not being the kind of person to let being ill get me down usually, it did get a little unbearable.

One of the biggest issues was the lack of exercise I was able to do, through both physical exhaustion and mentally struggling with the situation. I've persisted however - which I'm aware probably hasn't helped - in going to work every day, seeing friends, still getting out and about in order to keep spirits up and I think I'm finally on the mend, fingers crossed. I actually went for my second run of the year today and that's definitely progress!


So although it's been a difficult one, the busy schedule doesn't stop and it happened to include the first few gigs of the season! First up, The 1975 in Manchester, and what a bloody brilliant show. Not only were their new songs (from A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships) as great live as I'd expected they'd be, the visuals in particular were incredible. Everything we've come to love about the band is on display in this tour (although self-proclaimed band of the decade? Alex Turner and I would still have to disagree) summed up with cool narcissism, charisma and a strong smattering of weird.

A couple of days later I headed to Leeds' First Direct Arena for Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, supported (yes, I said supported) by Jimmy Eat World. It wasn't as busy as I had expected for the support, to say the tickets were not overly expensive, however for huge fans of Jimmy Eat World it was a prime opportunity to get to the front of the crowd with ease. Frank Turner is always a friendly riot and I really enjoyed the setlist, despite the fact it must be getting more difficult every time to pick from his back catalogue of music. 1933 has become an all time favourite.

Finally, Manchester welcomed us back for Don Broco and Neck Deep. This was a good gig, in a great venue (I am such a fan of Victoria Warehouse) but I didn't have my heart in it. Don Broco's new album hasn't been on my radar until very recently, however I will admit, the ace opening to 'Come Out to LA' and heartfelt performance of 'Got To Be You' swung the night for me.

They had an entertaining show - as always - and let's be honest, who wouldn't enjoy a crowdsurfing cake and a dancing cowboy?


Now, let's talk about New Year's Resolutions. I have a few I'm working towards (lifestyle and fitness related) and a personal resolution myself and David have between us is to eat less meat. I've seriously cut down the amount of milk in my diet too,  partly for fitness reasons but also to see if there's a lactose issue making my illnesses much worse when they strike. We've only cooked meat twice since the beginning of the year which is a huge improvement to our normal food shopping and meal prep routine. My diet for the past couple of years hasn't been very meat heavy, particularly when it came to red meat, but there's always more effort each of us can put into being aware of what we absorb into our bodies and how it affects more than us as individuals.

We actually tried our first Gousto box this month and LOVED the recipes and the meals we were able to make. I'll be straight with you: I am a lazy cook. This means that having a box come to my house with tasty food and instructions on exactly what to do with it all is a dream. My puttanesca was a delight and some might say I would say restaurant standard. David also thought the butter chicken dish was amazing. Despite it being a great experience and it introduced us to some new recipes, it is pretty expensive to get on a regular basis, so we'll be grabbing our own ingredients this month.

I'd love to find some more vegetarian, slow cooker dishes to try out this month to continue the good work (and a one-pot dish is great for people like me!) I usually sweep Pinterest for some veggie inspiration. A meal I do want to attempt is a veggie lasagne because it's one of my favourite classic meals - hook me up if you have a good 'un.

I'm very much looking forward to the month ahead although it's only a short one. I hope you have a wonderful month, too!