Fun House

“Fun House, A Whole Lot Of Fun, Prizes To Be Won, It’s A Real Crazy Show Where Anything Goes”

Remember the 90’s kids show Fun House? I loved that show, and this weekend I came the closest I ever will to being a contestant on that show (given I’m 26 years old and it was cancelled in 1999), when a friend decided to hold her 25th birthday celebrations at Playzone, Portsmouth!
For those of you who don’t know; Playzone is a massive indoor soft play centre filled with slides and nets and bridges and all sorts of structures for climbing on/jumping off. While it’s primary target audience is toddlers and children, there are weekly adult sessions or you can hire the whole place out over night for parties, complete with laserquest, buffet, breakfast, and you can provide your own alcohol (by arrangement).

The Playzone session kicked off at 9.30 and, after a brief safety talk (mostly common sense stuff) we were let loose in the play area! Everyone ran off in a suitably child-like manner, all in different directions to discover all there was play on!
It didn’t take long for the boys to gather at the top of the red slide, which was practically vertical most of the way down, goading and challenging each other to take the leap. Then, after they’d all done it, they moved onto the girls. I’m pretty pleased to say that, after a little bit of sitting on the edge Oh-My-God-ing and deep breathing, I did have a go. I did not enjoy it one bit, it was awful! Some people seemed to love it and used it repeatedly, once was more than enough for me, but at least I had a go! I don’t know how kids do it, it must be so much more intimidating for them.

Rope Swings, Fireman’s Pole, Rope Bridge

The tame Rainbow Slide, Blue Slide with Ball Pit and Terrifying Red Slide

Human Mangle

Fun in the ball pit

In all honesty, it was thoroughly knackering, and I didn’t even throw myself into it as much as some people! After about an hour and a half some of us were definitely flagging, me included. That place is better than the gym for burning calories! I’ not going to need to exercise all week.
As the birthday girl was a primary school teacher, there were a fair few well organised games going on, although I decided to sit out for a bit as running around fuelled by rum and coke (and having had an upset stomach most of the day) had left me feeling a little peaky. I suspect tucking into the kids party style cold buffet didn’t do much to help that either (cold pizza, cold sausage rolls, cold cocktail sausages, ham sandwiches, egg sandwiches, dairylea sandwiches….).
A bit of a break did me good and by 1am, when the Laserquest session began, I was ready to play again! We played a total of three laserquest games, two where it was everyman for himself and one where we were in teams. Unsurprisingly I wasn’t exactly the highest scoring player but I was on the winning team for the last game (although my actual contribution was minimal).
Time for sleeping was minimal, after all the games and time for people to calm down, it was after 4am before I got to sleep and we were woken slightly before 6 by an announcement that breakfast was being cooked. I managed to drag myself out of my sleeping bag, ate a sausage bap then headed out as the staff needed to clean up before the kids session started at 8am (I do not envy that job).
I slept most of the day on Sunday and ache like hell today, but some of the others must surely feel worse the way they threw themselves into out, coming out complete with cuts and bruises. Overall, it was a fun night and definitely not your standard 25th birthday celebration. Plus for £40 per person for a full night of entertainment complete with food (even if it wasn’t exactly gourmet), it wasn’t exactly too expensive.

If you get the chance to go to one of these parties, or need inspiration for your next birthday, I would definitely recommend something like this.

Hope your weekend was fun, if not as active!
Betty
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Thank You

As it’s Thanksgiving today, I thought I would take some time to write a little Thank You post. Now before anyone starts getting all uppity about celebrating a very American holiday in the UK, I was born in the US, making me at least technically, an American citizen, so there :p lol. I also just think it’s a nice sentiment, to take some time to think of the things you are thankful for and that you maybe don’t show enough appreciation for.

The People and Things that I am most Thankful for;

  • I am thankful for my family. My mum and dad, who have always loved and supported me, put up with a lot of complaining and still tried to offer advice. My sister, even though we haven’t always got along very well, you have been an important part of my life. My grandparenst, for being ridiculously generous and always proud.
  • I am thankful for Pete (my boyfriend), for being supportive and understanding and caring, making me laugh and pushing me to be a better person, being there every day through thick and thin. I love you so much and am thankful every day you stick with me.
  • I am thankful for Alf (our puppy) for his endless outpouring of (mostly) unconditional love, for being the best hot water bottle in the world, a constant source of amusement and making me smile just by being you.
  • I am thankful for my therapist, he’s the only therapist I’ve really got along with and (even though he gets paid or it) he listens to all my shit and has been so helpful, I don’t know where I’d be without that help.
  • I am thankful for my friends. I might not see you all as often as I would like to, but just knowing you are my friends means a lot. Thank you for spending time with me, talking to me, inviting me to things (even if I don’t always make it) and considering me your friend.
  • I am thankful for you, my blog readers. I love writing this blog and knowing that someone reads it and (hopefully) enjoys it, makes it all the more worthwhile. Your comments always make my day 🙂
There are a lot of things I am thankful for too; 
  • My ‘job’, as having a job that pays is not always easy to come by at the moment  and my job allows me enough freedom to work from home and choose my own hours (within reason). I don’t always actually enjoy it, but I know I could be in a much worse position.
  • Having a home, food on my table, hot water in my bath and the ability to treat myself to a few luxuries every now and again.
  • Even little things, like music, that can pick me up when I’m feeling low or chill me out if I’m super stressed. 
I don’t want to go on too much and get too sappy about all this. Basically, I am thankful for my life and all the things in it and everyone I encounter and communicate with.
Pete and I had a little Thanksgiving dinner this evening that was so lovely. I cooked it all and it brought me so much joy 🙂
Lemon and Rosemary Chicken
(I know Thanksgiving is meant to be Turkey, but there were only two of us, so a chicken seemed more sensible)
Corn Bread Chilli Muffins
Betty’s Homemade Stuffing
Thanksgiving Dinner Table
Carving the Chicken
Sticky Butterscotch Pudding
Alf all dressed up for Thanksgiving 🙂
I’ll try and post the recipes up tomorrow.
Thanksgiving has definitely put a smile on my face 🙂
Hope you have had a good day and have something to be Thankful for.
Betty
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She was a skater girl

Well, I wasn’t actually ever a skater girl. I went through a grungy stage, but bypassed the actual skating.

Anyway, the title actually refers to the skater dress I wore today. I’ve been so busy of late that some of the longer posts I have planned, but I wanted to get something posted, so you’ll have to deal with looking at what I wore today.
I’m still getting used to posting outfits with big pics of myself, and how to photograph myself properly. But, these things take practice.
Dress; Boohoo. Long Sleeve Top; New Look. Belt; eBay, Tights; M&S, Boots; Underground England
I actually bought this dress a while ago, but haven’t got around to wearing it until today. I tried it on as an option for going out on Saturday night, but decided it was more suited to daytime, so I broke it out for work today instead. 
I’ve looked at a lot of skater dresses in recent months; I like how simple they are, easy to style, versatile and with quite full skirts. I bought a couple from Prodigy Red before this one but was disappointed as they were far too short and really tight across my boobs.
However, this one I love. For a start, it’s leopard print, so it’s already scoring highly in my books. The fabric is really nice, it’s soft and has a good weight which makes it great for this time of year and also adds to how nicely the skirt moves. I like that it is still quite feminine but without being too floaty and girly, which isn’t very me and wouldn’t be too appropriate for my work.
The dress is actually sleeveless, so I’m wearing it here with a long sleeve black top underneath to keep out the cold (and because I’m not the biggest fan of my arms). It did come with its own belt, which is thinner than the one I’m wearing here, but I love this belt and wear it whenever I can. The dress is pretty flattering in itself with the way the skater skirt skims my hips and kicks out at the bottom, but the belt just reinforces that with a properly cinched waist. The tights are partly necessity, as while it’s not too cold it’s also not exactly warm, but also personal preference as that much leg would be a bit much at work!
Anyway, that’s enough about me for now.
Hope you are well,
Betty
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Movember

Movember is something I have been aware of for the past few years, but not really paid much attention to. Until this year that is. Due to our lives being touched by the issue at the centre of the Movember campaign, my boyfriend decided to sacrifice his (almost trademark) beard in the hope of raising some money for the cause.
For those of you who don’t know; Movember is a campaign that aims to raise awareness of male health issues, (primarily prostate and testicular cancer) by encouraging men (and women, I guess) to grow/don a moustache during the month of November. While Pete isn’t strictly following the rules, as he’s not starting clean shaven, given he has had a beard for the entire (nearly) 3 years I have known him, cutting down to a ‘tache is as much of a commitment for him as growing one from scratch. So, this afternoon, he took up residence in the bathroom with a range of shaving equipment and set about cutting.

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I didn’t want to be left put

I think he looks rather handsome, but maybe I’m biased 🙂
He’s set up a team on the Movember website, looking to recruit team members and take donations. If any of you felt like sparing a few pennies, the team donation page can be found here. Breast Cancer gets a lot of press, it’s about time male cancers were thought of the same way.
I feel a ‘tache related bake spree coming on……

Hope you are all well,
Betty
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