Life Lately #24

06/09/2018 Lifestyle, Personal 14

Life Lately

August is over, and September is here, and on the whole its been a fairly boring month for me. After the excitement of having time off work back in July, August has pretty much just been work, work and more work unfortunately. It’s genuinely been one of those months where I’m having to rack my brains for anything to report, but thankfully I have one interesting anecdote:

My mum, my sister and I took my two nieces and my nephew to Blackpool Zoo on Tuesday, and we had a lovely day! Thankfully all the animals seemed to be out, and we saw all the ones that are usually hiding, like the tigers, the wolves, the lions etc.

We also went into an area that we initially thought was some kind of butterfly house…turns out it was a tropical zone full of birds and adorable, little monkeys.

Or we thought they were adorable, until they swarmed one of our prams! At one point there was literally about four monkeys trying to root in my sister’s bag underneath the pram, and a monkey virtually on my niece’s shoulder! My mum was there pushing monkeys off (and my sister was screaming and crying!) and we had to practically run though the rest of the place pursued by tiny monkeys!

Plus we got chased off a picnic bench by a pack of feral seagulls and geese, so we really had a bad time with crazy animals that day!


Life Lately #24This month I’ve read five (and a half!) books, taking my Goodreads total to 44 out of 60.

I started out with The Cows by Dawn O’ Porter which was a weird book to say the least! I’m still not sure what I though of it to be honest…the situations in it were just so bizarre and far-fetched, or such an amazing coincidence that it was hard to find any of it believable. Plus, for the most part, the main characters were very unlikable.

I then read Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh which I really enjoyed. You can see my review here!

I then started my Harry Potter reread, and so far I’ve read the first three, and and am halfway through Goblet of Fire. I’ve already posted my reread posts about Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secretsand I should be posting my Prisoner of Azkaban post this Sunday.

I’ve been loving rereading the series so far, and I’m especially looking forward to getting to Order of the Phoenix which has always been a favourite of mine!


This month hasn’t been super productive novel-writing wise, as I’ve just been steadily chipping away at it.

I have started to revise some of my short stories from Camp NaNoWriMo, and I’m actually going to be entering the Write Practice Fall short story competition this month. I’ve been a member of the Write Practice writing community for a while, so I get free entry to the competition and thought it would be fun to try!


I haven’t watched a whole lot this month, although my boyfriend and I did go to the cinema last Saturday.

We finally went to see ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’, and I really enjoyed it! I know there have been some mixed reviews of it, but personally I thought it was really funny, and I loved the cool action scenes you get with the characters constantly shrinking and growing.


This month I’ve been listening to a lot of music, and I’ve definitely been tending towards heavier stuff for the most part. Although I have randomly rediscovered my love of Panic! At The Disco too!

Some of my recent favourites include:

  • ’Snuff’ by Slipknot
  • ’Du Hast’ by Rammstein
  • ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ by Five Finger Death Punch
  • ‘The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage’ by Panic! At The Disco
  • ‘LA Devotee’ by Panic! At The Disco
  • ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ by Panic! At The Disco


I’ve been trying to be more consistent with my blogging this month, and so I seem to have posted a lot more than normal:

So how was your August? What have you been reading/writing?

14 Responses to “Life Lately #24”

  1. ShootingStarsMag

    Oh wow, that’s crazy about the monkeys! I’ve never heard of a zoo that lets monkeys interact with people though so I’d be a bit freaked out if they were all in my face too. LOL Yay for re-reading Harry Potter. I’m reading the second one right now in the illustrated format. I can’t wait for the third illustrated one – which I do own – as it’s my favorite. Glad you’re enjoying reading the books again though. LOVE Panic! at the Disco. I need to get their new album.


    • Laura

      I know, I’ve never been anywhere where the monkeys have been on the loose either. We’d kind of thought it was just going to be butterflies and birds in there really! So crazy!
      And I love the illustrated Harry Potter books so much! They’re so beautiful! Prisoner of Azkaban is one of my favourites too, and I really enjoyed rereading it.
      And yay for loving Panic! At The Disco! I hope you manage to get the new album soon! 🙂

  2. Nordie@writing about books

    If you don’t already know about it, keep an eye out for bloggiesta. They have a week long event during the summer and several short events during the year.

    Essentially, they don’t care what kind of blog you have, it’s that you have one. It gives you the time to do the things you need to do to your blog, eg:
    Write and schedule posts;
    Tidy your media, getting rid of what you don’t need, identifying what you do;
    Reaching out to other bloggers, commenting on other posts, finding that new Twitter chat/Facebook group you’ve somehow missed;
    Looking at your tags and categories;
    Finding new potential blog post subjects;

    Often there are Twitter chats and mini challenges, all of which are optional, but often good to inject a little voom!

    • Laura

      Bloggiesta sounds great! I hadn’t actually heard about that before, but it sounds like a good way to get up to date with blog things. I’m always more productive when I’m taking part in challenges, and have proper goals.
      Thanks for the suggestion! 🙂

  3. Angela

    OMG, those animals! It reminds me of this butterfly house I went to with my sister, BIL, and niece. We were all fine until the butterflies started landing on us, and then we all melted down.

    • Laura

      Oh wow, I would probably have freaked out too! Butterflies are pretty from a distance, but I still don’t think I’d like to have any bug actually land on me, no matter how colourful! 🙂

  4. Sam@WLABB

    I am surprised they have the little monkey loose like that. There is a drive-thru safari at the Six Flags near me, and the monkeys are known to damage cars. EEK! Hope you are enjoying your reread!

    • Laura

      Monkeys just seem to be trouble all round! My sister drove through a safari with monkeys and had her car damaged too. I think the message is don’t go near monkeys that are on the loose 🙂
      Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  5. Greg

    Wow those monkeys- that’s quite the story (although probably not very funny at the time)! And geese- I had a run in with an aggressive goose once and had to vacate the area lol. People who saw it still laugh about that one. 🙂

    Glad to hear Ant Man and the Wasp was good! I still need to see it…

    • Laura

      Oh no! Geese really are so aggressive aren’t they? And they’re big, so it’s pretty scary at the time…although, like with the monkeys, I can see it being funny to see, and after the event! 🙂
      I hope you enjoy Ant Man and the Wasp! 🙂

  6. Gayathri

    You are bringing back lots of memories and my obsession about Du Hast with your post. You have had a really crazy week with animals and it sounded like a part of comedy film. It is hilarious.

    • Laura

      Du Hast is such a good song, isn’t it?
      And yeah, the monkey thing could definitely have been in a comedy film! It was just such a surreal incident! 🙂

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