I’m still here!

So, I’ve been a bit rubbish about writing on here recently. It’s been quite an exciting few weeks in work and life, but I’m still here!

As some of you might have seen on Twitter, my editor at Miramus Katie Lee and her husband Alex Milway became parents for the first time to the gorgeous Cecily on Monday. They even managed to tweet through much of the labour!

So I’ve been learning quite a few of the ropes this week and Alex has taken over editorial duties for ParentDish whilst Katie enjoys her babymoon. Keep an eye on the site as I’m sure they’ll be a post from the new dad soon!

Here are some of my recent scribblings.

I’ve also just had confirmation that I’ll be doing a couple of posts a week for OolaMoola, a site dedicated to getting the best for less. More to come on that soon!

Aside from writing, I’ve been trying to go to some networking events and tweetups. Last month I met up with Judy, who I interned for at Wahanda, and some lovely London based tweeters for some cocktails. Really strong Manhattan cocktails. A great bunch of talented people and it’s nice to get to meet some tweeters in real life.

I also helped organise the Freelancers Christmas Party this week with @1mgoldstars, @penny_golightly, and @SianySianysiany. The party was partly an opportunity to provide freelancers with a Christmas party (the downside of not working in an office) and partly to raise money for GOSH. Thank you to everyone that came along and donated!

If you didn’t make it along, you missed out on meeting some of the wordy geniuses behind Young and Poor, Domestic Sluttery and Penny Golightly!

I’ll be back blogging again soon about a Bling Bus Secret Santa!


60 Fun things and Dork Adore

Earlier this week I spotted a tweet from the lovely 1mgoldstars regarding a friend of hers who had worked out that after the usual holidays, family events and obligations, you have time for 60 fun things a year. 60! That sounded like a bit of a challenge to me, and I’m tempted to make this my new years resolution (I know, I know it’s still October!)

So, after a bit of brainstorming I came up with the following ideas.

*Deep Breath*

1) Attend more Salsa classes
2) Take up Yoga
3) Be a London tourist for the day
4) Visit Edinburgh
5) Visit Cardiff
6) Visit another country, even if just for a day.
7) Try sushi. Not just the cooked chicken or vegetable dishes
8) Join a tweetup
9) Take a cupcake decorating course
10) Take a course at the make lounge
11) Learn sign language
12) See Calender Girls on stage
13) See Sister Act on stage
14) See Wicked on stage
15) Watch the top 10 movies of all time.
16) Go bowling
17) Win at bowling
18) Overcome the fear and go to a Lucky Voice event
19) Go fancy dress
20) Organise a ‘come dine with me’ event with friends
21) See a few acts live
22) Buy this clutch!
23) Take a proper html/web building course
24) Wear red lipstick
25) Take up jogging
26) Give up jogging
27) Take a cocktail making class
28) Go to more Jongleurs events
29) Read more. Something that’s been relegated to the backbench since getting my netbook.
30) Learn how to sew. Properly. No more trouser hems falling down for me.
31) Write more letters. The pen and paper sort. Inspired by this
32) Paint my toenails bright pink, neon green, or gothic black.
33) Wear the gladiator sandals I bought a year ago and have never worn
34) Ditto the playsuit I bought 6 months ago
35) The high waisted jeans too. Fashion victim, moi?
36) Eat an olive, and like it.
37) Look at a lovely little place to buy with the boyfriend.
38) Learn a few basic savoury recipes off by heart
39) Watch Mad Men
40) Customise/Create an outfit
41) Find a one-off amazing clothing item in a charity shop. For a quid.
42) Try a new beauty treatment/exercise inspired by Wahanda each month
43) Go to a family wedding armed with witty retorts to “oooh haven’t you grown” and “Will it be you next? *nudge nudge*”
44) Buy more from independent designers on Folksy and Etsy then Primark.
45) Pull on some wellies and jump in some puddles.
46) Go to Glam Live
47) Watch 8 out of 10 cats live
48) Make a Giant Cupcake
49) Eat at the Fat Duck
50) Buy a lottery ticket. Frankly, half the stuff on this list will require me to win the lottery 🙂
51) Try indoor skydiving. Bit safer than actual skydiving (especially if you’ve been watching Hollyoaks recently…)
52) Take a drive in a desk, a bed and a double decker on the Worlds Wackiest Racers
52) Create something every month from crafter’s dream blog Crafty Crafty
53) Buy a decent camera
54) Take more photos. Not just tipsy facebook ones.
55) Write more for the blog paper
56) Get published in the blog paper
57) Go to MsMarmiteLove’s Underground Restaurant.
58) Nearer Christmas, try some of London’s amazing ice rinks in a knitted scarf and glove ensemble.
59) Follow up with a boozy hot chocolate and slice of carrot cake, at the window of a coffee shop overlooking all the Christmas shoppers.
60) Blog more! I’ll certainly have a lot to blog about if I do all of this….

Can you think of 60 fun things? What would yours be? Let me know if you do a post on this, I’d love to hear what sort of things you’d do in a year 🙂

On a side note, have you checked out Dork Adore yet?? It’s Katie Lee‘s project (one of the many project she deals with at Miramus) and I’ve been lucky enough to do quite a bit of writing for it. Basically it’s a website full of lovely things for geeks, and was launched this week. Let me know what you think!

I’m also freelance, so if you need any writing done on anything like fashion, news and general geek stuff, please feel free to e-mail me at emma.cossey@googlemail.com.You can see a few examples of my work at Parentdish, Shoewawa, Plus-size.me, and now Dork Adore!

Finally, keep an eye out next week on my jewellery blog Bling and Buy for a massive giveaway. So far we’ve got 7 designers donating for one big prize!

Image courtesy of Flickr user Markus Rödder