Nothing like getting out of your comfort zone on a Saturday afternoon:
Thanks to Phoenix Dance Studio in Charlottesville for the free taster class! Now just need to drop a few pounds so I can take a month long class!
He was my handsome little bun… I can’t believe he was only with us for a few months. It felt like he was with us a lot longer. My heart is broken. I’m going to miss his morning nose bops, his bunny 500s, bunny bowling and his little paws on my legs as he asked for head scratches. Life won’t be the same without Fezzik.
I’m at a loss, and words just don’t even begin to touch the amount of pain I feel. There aren’t enough tissues or toilet paper to wipe the tears.
Hold your little ones close and give them just a bit of extra love today. I’d give anything to be able to do the same.
Well, we’ve made it another year. I have no doubt we’ll be saying the same thing in another 10, 15 and 20 years. It’s funny how you get to be certain about things like that.
Full disclosure, as it’s our anniversary: you drive me nuts. There, I said it. No one knows how to irritate, annoy or anger me as easily and as much as you do. On the flip side, no one knows how to turn that all around as quickly as you do either. So I suppose I should admit you’re talented. Or something. But I swear to god, if you leave one more used glass in with the clean dishes I’m going to scream. You’re probably doing it right now.
Outside of driving each other to the brink of insanity, there are so many things we’ve done in the past six years. We’ve traveled (a lot), bought our first real couch/table/chairs/shelves etc, started going to bed at reasonable times, had stints as vegetarians, eaten our respective weights in chocolates, watched loads of movies, had more belly laughs than I can count, had some cracking fights, spent many weekends on the couch/in bed, taken care of each other when sick (many, many times) and I know that I’ve loved each other every single second of it.
We’ve still so much left to do.
I feel like we should make a bucket list or something.
One thing I know we’ve both never done? Had expensive champagne. Not the £10 a bottle swill, I’m talking the good stuff–your Moet or Bollinger or Krug. Tonight, I’m fixing that. When you get home there will be a nice bottle of Taittinger chilling in the fridge to celebrate our anniversary. It’s no Krug, but payday is still three days away–you’ll have to settle.
That’s one to mark off the list.
Just before bed the other night, the most amazing commercial came on. N and I watched it, jaws on the floor. After it was over we just looked at each other and asked “What was that??!!”
After a bit of googling the next morning, I found out this brilliant advert was part of a new campaign by Sport England to get women of all ages, shapes, sizes and backgrounds into sports and various activities like zumba.
This Girl Can isn’t necessarily centred around getting women off the couch and into the gym… it’s all about empowerment and saying that no matter whether you’re a size 2 or 20 you should feel ok about shaking what yo momma gave you or kicking the hell out of some balls without worrying about being judged.
As someone with serious self esteem issues that have kept me from the gym and classes on many occasions, I’m all about that.
And how about that song choice, eh? Stuck in my head all day today!
What do you think of the commercial?
N and I have been long overdue for a proper holiday–our last real one was in 2012. A few months back, I threatened N with a homicidal breakdown if we didn’t get out of London at some point–even if for just a weekend. Well he went and did me one better and booked us a super long weekend in Seville in sunny southern Spain! (Or Sevilla if you’re Spanish…)
Madrid is one of my favorite places in the universe but Seville is a whole ‘nother world, my friends.
I think for this trip’s wrap-up, I’m going to have to divide it into categories to fit everything in!
Just a warning… this post is super image heavy, so click the jump for more!
On Sunday, N surprised me with last minute, front row tickets for La Pepa, a flamenco ballet that is showing as part of the Flamenco Festival at Sadler’s Wells. Never having been to a flamenco performance before, I had no idea what to expect but I love dance and I love all things Spanish so I knew we couldn’t go wrong!
Lead dancer Sara Baras put her heart and soul into the performance and there were times where the joy was so rapturous on her face that I thought she might just cry, burst or both. La Pepa also featured nine other dancers as well as live music and some of the most beautiful singing I’ve ever heard.
La Pepa is a dramatic dance interpretation of the history of Andalucia and the struggle for freedom. I couldn’t get enough of the dancing or the music and the story itself was cleverly done. Even N was moved to tears at times. I know I keep repeating myself and this is probably the least put together or coherent review I’ve ever written, but La Pepa was so good that I struggle to describe it.
The clip offered up by Sadler’s doesn’t do the perfomance justice but gives you some semblance of an idea as to the beauty and energy in Baras’s performance.
Have you been to see it? What did you think? If not, the show runs until 8 March. Make sure you snag some tickets–you won’t be disappointed.
On September 10th Rowan is publishing her novella Woman Walks into a Bar as an ebook for the first time. And 100% of her proceeds will be donated to Refuge.
Her goal is to raise £10,000 and you can help. All you have to do is buy a book, or two, and get your friends to buy one too. You’ll get a funny, romantic and touching summer read and you’ll be helping women you’ve never even met at the same time and all for the price of £1.59!
The story behind the story
Every book Rowan have ever written has meant a lot to her, but with her latest book ‘Dearest Rose,’ something really special happened when the real world and the fiction she loves to write collided. It changed her as a person and a writer, forever.
She was getting ready to research her tenth novel, which with the help of her Facebook readers she decided should pivot around the theme of domestic abuse. It was a subject she’d touched on briefly once before, when she wrote a short novella as one of the first Quick Reads called Woman Walks into a Bar, which to this day remains one of the pieces of work of which she is most proud.
So she posted on her Facebook page asking if anyone had any personal experiences of domestic abuse, and any stories they might share with her in confidence.
She was shocked and amazed by the response; there were more than 200 emails waiting in her inbox the next day. Each story she read was horrific and frightening in its own way, giving her an insight into the secret lives of many women; lives that all too often remain hidden. Domestic abuse can happen to anyone – well educated wealthy women are just as likely to suffer as women from a working class background – but the one thing all those women had in common was that they were survivors. After years of being mentally and physically beaten down, they had managed to find the emotional strength, somehow, to break free and start again.
Now Rowan wants to do something that will help other women find that inner courage, and change their lives.
‘Woman Walks into a Bar’ is the story of 28-year-old single mother Sam spends her days working in the local supermarket and her Friday nights out with her friends letting her hair down at the White Horse. Life hasn’t been easy for Sam and her daughter, Beth (who always looks on the bright side) but she’s always hoped that one day she’ll break free from her past and meet The One.
But after a series of terrible dates with men she’s met through an internet dating site, that have all been as awful as her daughter’s terrible jokes, she’s starting to lose heart – until her friends tell her they’ve set her up on a blind date. Sam’s horrified but finally she agrees to go. After all you never know when you might meet the man of your dreams; maybe Sam’s happy ending is just about to begin….
So, come on and join Rowan, and help to #supportafriend on September 10th. Every time you buy or pre-order ‘Woman Walks into a Bar’ you’ll be entered into a prize draw for fabulous prizes every week, while the #supportafriend #womanwalks campaign is running. On 10th September, tweet Rowan photos of you and your friends, tell her your ideas to support a friend, and why your friends mean so much to you.
You can be a best friend to someone you have never even met. You can help someone out there find the support they need to change their lives.
If you are a blogger or tweeter, spread the word using #supportafriend #womawalks. If you are a company who could offer a prize to drive book sales and thereby money for Refuge, please get in touch. If you are a woman in an abusive relationship, or if you have a friend about whom you are worried, please get in touch with Refuge and ask for help today.
Rowan Coleman grew up in Hertfordshire secretly longing to be a writer despite battling with dyslexia. After graduating from university she worked in bookselling and publishing for seven years before winning Company Magazine Young Writer of the Year in 2001. Her first novel ‘Growing Up Twice’ was published in 2002.
Rowan has gone on to write eight novels for women including the bestseller ‘The Accidental Mother, The Baby Group’ and ‘The Accidental Wife‘ and eight novels for children and teens including the paranormal adventure novels Nearly Departed and Immortal Remains under the name Rook Hasting. Her books are published around the world. She now lives in Hertfordshire with her family.