Life Update – Turning 30 and Getting a Pet

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Where the hell has summer gone? I can’t believe it’s September tomorrow, and I haven’t blogged for weeks! Usually this would stress me out no end, but I actually feel ok about it. After all, blogging is ultimately a hobby, and if I don’t post for a while nothing’s going to break and no-one’s going to starve. It’s ok!

But let me catch you up on what I’ve been doing, and why I’ve been too busy to blog these last few weeks.

What’s been happening?

We got a pet

Yup, Mr Ellis and I got ourselves a bird. A yellowback chattering lori, to be exact. His name is Kevin (yes, really!) and he’s amazing. We’ve always been dog people, but with both of us out of the house at work for most of the day we couldn’t give in to our desire for a Labrador. So we decided to get a bird, who we can leave at home in his cage for most of the day and let out to play with us for an hour or so in the evenings.

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The first couple of weeks were a little up and down, with a couple of incidents of biting, and us getting used to each other, but he’s settled in really well now and we’re totally smitten. He chatters away to himself when he’s playing, loves munching on apples and grapes, and goes mad for sponge fingers soaked in his porridge-like food. He also loves being scratched around his head and neck, wrestling with your fingers while throwing himself on his back, and sitting on your shoulders for safety between small doses of exploring the living room. Oh and he tests everything with his beak, tapping and pushing things with some hilarious curious noises.

We can’t get many good photos at the moment because Kevin loves shiny things and keeps flying at my phone/camera, but I’ll try to keep updating my social accounts with them when I can!

I turned 30

I’m now officially out of my 20s and well into adulthood. I’m pretty sure I can’t get away with being irresponsible by saying “well, I am in my 20s” anymore – I’ll have to find some other excuse. In fact, my first rebellious act as a 30 year old was to get my nose pierced!

I’ve never been worried about hitting 30 years of age. In fact, I’ve kind of been looking forward to it. But, I have to admit I do feel as though there’s now a new set of expectations on me to be making something of myself. There’s also the extra pressure of baby-making. I mean, I’m married and 30+ so pretty much every conversation is bound to touch on that at some point! The reality is, nothing is different now to when I was 29, and I plan to keep plugging away at life and trying to balance work-life with a life of things I love.

IMG_0010Putting all that aside, my husband made the day very special for me, and in the evening I celebrated with a party filled with lots of my favourite people. It was catered with the best food from our local smokehouse and grill, and I had the most amazing birthday cake made by my lovely friend Kelly… yes, that is a giant Ferrero Rocher on top! I was so lucky to be spoilt with lots of lovely cards and thoughtful gifts and came away feeling very loved.

I took time off

Trip to Poole

The day after my birthday Darren and I headed down to Poole for an overnight stay followed by a Segway tour of Upton Country Park (made possible by an experience voucher my brother got me for my last birthday). Segway was super fun and I’m so glad we gave it a go, and Poole Harbour is beautiful.

 

{THE ONLY WAY IS SEGWAY} Darren and I had a lovely day and night in Poole this weekend, starting with a delicious meal at our hotel, a walk along Poole harbour, a drive down to Sandbanks, ice cream by the water and then a Segway tour and afternoon tea at Upton Country Park 💛 Neither of us had been on a Segway before, but towards the end it felt pretty instinctive, and so much fun! I’d love to be able to spend every rest day like this! We’re back home now and ready to tuck into burgers from our favourite @willettsrealsmokehousebbq to end the weekend before another week off work 😊 How do you like to spend your rest days? #restdayfun #weekendaway #segway #segwayfun #looknohands

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Unfortunately we didn’t have time to venture over to Brownsea Island, which is supposed to be really nice too, so I’m sure we’ll make a return trip soon. Any excuse to go to the coast!

Tribal Clash

The following weekend I joined my CrossFit friends for a trip down to Dartmouth to support our team in Tribal Clash. If you want to know more about Tribal Clash then keep an eye out as I may well do a post about it on here, but for now I’ll just say that we had such a fun weekend of camping, CrossFit cheering, and maybe a little bit of drinking!

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Our team did us proud with a finish that qualifies us for a pre-ordered place next year, as well as clocking up some brilliant finishes in really tough events. There Team Raeda are above, Terry, Ricky, Kelly, Amy, Russ and Jo. Well done to them on an amazing debut performance!

Once again, my mobility got in the way and I couldn’t even be considered for the team, but luckily the buzz of it all is just as good for the spectators, and I’ve come away looking for ways to get involved in the future – whether as a competitor or a judge.

What’s next?

That’s about it in terms of catching up over the last few weeks. I’ve been catching up with work and, as always, now it feels like we were never away. But Darren and I are lucky to be off again next week as we head to Amsterdam for a few nights with friends. If you have any recommendations of things to see and places to go there please comment below or let me know on social! Also be sure to keep an eye out on my Instagram for snaps of the trip!

Then when we get back from Amsterdam I’ll be hitting the books for my third Open University module towards my degree in Sport, Fitness and Coaching!

In the meantime, keep an eye on the blog because I’ve got some great posts lined up for you! If there’s anything you want me to write about, feel free to comment below or get in touch on social!

2 Comments

  1. 1st September 2016 / 4:03 pm

    WOW, that cake looks incredible! Kevin looks like he’ll be a great new friend too 🙂

    • Georgina Spenceley
      11th September 2016 / 3:41 pm

      It was amazing, right?! We’re in love with Kevin 🙂 he’s the best! Hope you’re well Emma x

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