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May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

Goodbye May, Hello June: Monthly Recap

by BeckyBecky

May is my favourite month, and this one was a particularly splendid one. When I was writing this blog post I was kind of blown away by how much I managed to squeeze in… hence why it’s coming a third of the way into June >.<.

But it was absolutely amazing and I wouldn’t skip any of it for the world.

What BeckyBecky Did

Without a doubt, the best part of the month was throwing my bestie Keeleigh her hen do. It took place on the first weekend of May in Sheffield, and featured a Total Wipeout style aqua park…

Total Wipeout at Sheffield Cable Aqua Park - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

A picnic in the glorious sunshine, dinner at Revs de Cuba…

Ready to go on Keeleigh's hen do - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

And drinks and party games at the Forum. It was probably one of the best days/nights I’ve ever had and I’m pretty keen to go back to the aqua park.

The full hen crew at Keeleigh's hen do - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

I had a few cool blogger events last month. First up was giffgaff Spend or Save, a boardgame event held at Cuckoo, which I’ve already blogged about.

Playing giffgaff Spend or Save - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

I’m yet to blog about probably the most amazing blogger perk I’ve had, which was going to see Kiss Me Kate at the Grand Theatre. Suffice to say, it was pretty spectacular.

Kiss Me Kate at Leeds Grand Theatre - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

I also took part in Leeds Indie Food Festival, and I’ll go into detail about some of the amazing things I ate/drank in the next section.

May’s weather is one of the reasons I love it, and this year we were pretty spoilt. It was a gorgeous day when Tim’s family took us to see the Tour de Yorkshire out on Otley Chevin (we even ended up on TV!).

Watching Tour de Yorkshire - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

On TV at Tour de Yorkshire - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

Unfortunately being employed in an office job means I can’t enjoy the sunshine while I work, but Ellie and I took a trip over to Leeds Dock to soak up some rays, while she did some marking and I did some blogging.

Enjoying the sun at Leeds Dock - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

Towards the end of the month, Tim and I took a short trip to Nottingham where his sister is doing a PhD. It was, again, ridic sunny, and after seeing the sights around the uni we took advantage of the weather to get in a game of miniature golf.

Mini golf in Nottingham - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

All this sunny weather has got us in the mood for a holiday, so Tim and I booked our first abroad holiday together, to Croatia later this year. We’ll be visiting Dubrovnik and Split, and are already looking for tips on what to do while we’re there.

And finally, I’m excited to have been selected by Feedspot as one of their Top 10 Twenty-Something Blogs. There are some other fantastic bloggers on that list, and I’m flattered to be sharing their company!

What BeckyBecky Ate/Drank

Eating Out

The best part of Leeds Indie Food Festival is that it gets you to go to the best independent places in the city. I took advantage of my passport discounts at Bundobust, Tapped and Laynes Espresso.

Leeds Indie Food Festival at Bundobust - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

Leeds Indie Food Festival at Tapped - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

Leeds Indie Food Festival at Laynes Espresso - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

I also attended three of their official events. Ellie and I went full on sweet tooth with Dessert Dine Out by Noisette Bakehouse (another blog still in draft stage).

Dessert Dine Out at Noisette Bakehouse, part of Leeds Indie Food Festival - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

And our passports got us into two free events. The cocktail masterclass at Neon Cactus was a fun fuzz made of lots of tequila (too much for a Tuesday really).

Cocktail masterclass at Neon Cactus, part of Leeds Indie Food Festival - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

While at Kirklate, the late night market at Kirkgate Market, we had a chocolate workshop. We also got to visit several of the tasty food and drink stands about the place.

Chocolate making with Tyto Leodis, part of Leeds Indie Food Festival - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

Outside of the festival, Tim and I finally tried Alchemist for dinner (can definitely recommend the steamed buns).

Pork steamed buns at Alchemist - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

And my new job means I’m having lunch in town more often (good for my insta but bad for my wallet, sorry giffgaff), and I went to Absurd Bird for some of my favourite buffalo wings, as well as Pho when I was craving noodles.

Buffalo wings at Absurd Bird - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

I also got to know my new colleague Annika a little better by taking her with me to another blogger perk, at My Cookie Dough. I mean, who wouldn’t like a new workmate who gives her tasty things like this?

My Cookie Dough - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

Out of Leeds

After one of our megagames this month we went to The Red Lion in Leytonstone and were pretty impressed by the food on offer.

Duck special at Red Lion Leytonstone - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

Our trip to Nottingham was marked by LOTS of eating. First tapas at Baresca…

Pork sliders at Baresca, Nottingham - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

Beef skewers at Baresca, Nottingham - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

Then, for some reason, a two course dessert at Heavenly Desserts. It was totes excessive but amazing.

Chocolate shots at Heavenly Desserts, Nottingham - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

Pancakes at Heavenly Desserts, Nottingham - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

And the next morning, brunch at Rye in Beeston.

Brunch at Rye, Nottingham - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

We felt rather like fatties by the end of the trip…

What BeckyBecky Cooked

Tim bought me some salmon and uncooked chorizo to make for dinner one night and I created this delicious couscous dish.

Salmon, chorizo and couscous - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

Hot weather always puts me in the mood for cold cuts, cheese and salad. We went a little overboard with this spread but it was damn tasty.

Mediterranean spread - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

What BeckyBecky Gamed

We managed to make it along to the Sub Warfare escape room at The Great Escape Leeds. Our megagaming group had been planning a trip for a while. We managed to get out with 8 minutes spare, but unfortunately I wasn’t super impressed with the game itself. Despite a few cool gizmos it was far too linear.

Ready to go into Sub Warfare escape room - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

In their bar before the game, I managed to have a play of Until Dawn on their VR Headset. It was horrible… I wish I could bear horror games a little more.

VR games at The Great Escape Leeds - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

We had two megagames this month. I’ve played in A Very British Civil War twice before so this time I volunteered to Control. It was a brilliant game and Wallis Simpson was crowned Queen. Queen Wallis, imagine that.

Very British Civil War Megagame - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

I got to play in the second game, Arrival, and have done a pretty hefty AAR on the blog about it.

Russia at Arrival Megagame - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

I also started playing Orwell, a PC game where you control official access to a hyper-surveillance tool. It’s early days but I’ll report back.

What BeckyBecky Watched / Listened To / Read

The TV highlight of the month was Eurovision! I looooove Eurovision but for the last few years I’ve had megagames on those days. Luckily this year it lined up that I could have my traditional Eurovision party (featuring my famous drinking game).

Eurovision party - May 2018 Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

In prep to go see Infinity War, I’ve been watching all of the Avengers movies. I’ve now caught up, and I think my favourite movies have been Iron Man, Spiderman and Black Panther

We also watched Arrival before going to the megagame of the same name. Honestly we weren’t that impressed, especially with the deus ex machina ending…

We caught up with Orange is the New Black, and are desperate for the next season to hurry up and get on Netflix.

My new work has a culture of watching Netflix on lunch (with my friends think is weird but I quite like tbh). So far I’ve caught up with How To Get Away With Murder and watched The Social Network.

And finally, I’ve started listening to the Guilty Feminist Podcast. I’d 100% recommend it – it’s totes relatable and is really making me aware of some really important issues that I had little to no knowledge about.

What BeckyBecky Blogged

My top blog from May was the second in my Megagame Design series. I’m glad this blog is interesting to people as its helping me actually get on with my game design…

How to Write a Megagame Part 2: Logistics by BeckyBecky Blogs

What BeckyBecky Insta-ed

The top post of last month was actually randomly this pic of the sweetie spread by Candy Man who apparently visits my office on a regular basis.

Next Month for BeckyBecky

Okay it’s practically time to write the blog for June… but the reason this blog is so late is the reason why the next one will be so amazing. This month is going to probably go down as one of the best months I’ve ever had, with not one, but two of my best friends getting married. Plus a pirate megagame, if two weddings weren’t enough for you!

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