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Bye September, Hello October: Monthly Recap

by BeckyBecky

OMG YOU GUYS IT’S OCTOBER!

(Fyi, October is my birthday month. Hence the excitement…)

September has simply WHIZZED past, but reflecting back, quite a lot has happened.

What BeckyBecky Did

I started off the month down in London and Surbiton for a few days.  I stayed with one of my ex-flatmates, Fish, in Surbiton and we had a fantastic catch up, in between all the gaming I was really down there for.

Visiting my friend Fish in Surbiton - September Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

The big thing that happened in September was my staycation with Tim at his parents’ place out in Burley-in-Wharfedale. They were away and we had offered to house-sit and fish-sit. The week was absolutely amazing. We went for a walk out on the moors, got a little off route, and had to follow a sheep to find the Cow and Calf.

A sheep on Ilkley Moor - September Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

Tim and me, at the Cow and Calf on Ilkley Moor - September Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

We also had a wander around both Burley and Ilkley. The pace of country life is very different to life in the city centre.

We had a day trip to Knaresborough. Despite the weather app threatening us with poor weather all week, we actually had a couple of bright sunny days, and we took advantage of one to go wandering around Knaresborough Castle and rowing on the river. Unfortunately the castle museum had shut for the season just a couple of days earlier, so we’ll have to head back there soon.

Tim and me at the castle at Knaresborough - September Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

Tim rowing on the river at Knaresborough - September Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

And then the rest of the week off was spent chilling, reading, writing blogs, cooking, eating and enjoying each other’s company.

Back in the swing of things, I spent an evening networking with other digital ladies at She Does Digital. It was really cool to meet so many other women who work in a similar field to me – and to find out how many different and varied jobs there are out there.

She Does Digital meetup in Leeds - September Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

I was invited to try out Leeds Cookery School, and it was a super interesting evening. We made mushroom tagliatelle, which I enjoyed even though I’m not a mushroom fan, and I left with another batch of pasta dough that I cooked up myself at home later that week. Don’t worry – there’ll be a blog coming soon.

Making pasta dough at Leeds Cookery School - September Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

The last day of September was one of the best. I spent the daytime at the Bloggers Blog Awards, where I caught up with some blogger friends, met some blogger idols, and found out more and more about the blogging community…

Drinking wine at the Bloggers Blog Awards - September Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

Where BeckyBecky Ate / Drank

Meals Out

…And the evening of the last night of September was spent with some of my best friends. We went for food at the Soap Factory, thanks to a deal I got through PG Promo, and then had a rushed drink at Sky Lounge (we didn’t factor in queue time when thinking we’d be able to get a drink before Keeleigh’s train).

Dinner at Soap Factory in Leeds - September Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

We ate out a few times during our staycation. First up was a hefty lunch at Wildwood in Ilkley. Tim ordered from their starter-and-main-for-£10 menu, and I only got a main, and was relieved I did! His starter was definitely big enough for us to share, and they didn’t skimp on the main courses either.

A massive pizza at Wildwood in Ilkley - September Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

Next up we visited a highly regarded Indian restaurant, Kashmiri. The food was amazing, but unfortunately the painfully slow service let it down. And most disappointing of all, I found the Saag Paneer, my favourite side dish, absolutely inedible.

Sizzling platter at Kashmiri near Ilkley - September Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

Naan bread at Kashmiri near Ilkley - September Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

The best meal of the month was without a doubt Piccolino Ilkley. I’m intending to write this up, so I won’t go into detail, but let’s just say I had lobster and it was daunting!

Trying to eat lobster at Piccolino Ilkley - September Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

Tim and me at Piccolino Ilkley - September Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

Returning to Leeds itself, we ended up in Wagamamas late one night. I was thrilled, as I got to show off my menu knowledge, thanks to the amazing Menu Tasting I went to over the summer.

Steamed buns at Wagamama Trinity Leeds - September Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

Out of Yorkshire

Down in London, Tim and I visited La Regina, a nice Italian place just over the road from King’s Cross station, before he headed back up north while I stayed down south a bit longer.

Pasta at La Regina, London King's Cross - September Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

While staying with Fish, we went out to one of our regular haunts. East India, or, as we called it for some reason, East Of India, is a tiny Indian restaurant that for some reason always has a crazy easy way to get your food for half price. We also stopped in at our regular, the Duke of York, for a couple of drinks.

Drinks

OMG guys I tried my first PSL! In case you’re not a millennial, that’s pumpkin spice latte. It was amazzzzzing. I definitely know what I’ve been missing.

My first Pumpkin Spice Latte - September Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

What BeckyBecky Cooked

My big meal of the month was the three course dinner, which I cooked purely because I had access to Tim’s mum’s incredible kitchen! I’ve written up the starter, Red Pepper Bruschetta, but the main, Beef Wellington sans mushrooms, and dessert, churros, are still to come.

Making mushroom-free Beef Wellington - September Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

Homemade churros and chocolate dip - September Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

That wasn’t the only creative thing I cooked while on holiday. I made a combo of flapjack, mascarpone and fresh fruit. I’m hoping to make this again with a specific presentation that I believe will appeal to Instagram 😉

I also made my favourite breakfast ever, pancakes and bacon, and I seriously think this batch was the best I’d ever made! And I made some Black Bottom Cupcakes, which unfortunately collapsed in the middle, but luckily didn’t affect the taste.

Bacon, pancakes and maple syrup - September Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

Homemade black bottom cupcakes - September Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

While out in Burley, we threw a decidedly British BBQ… in that it rained! I’m still super proud of how the non-meat part of the meal looked, and Tim did a brave job manning the grill out in the drizzle.

BBQ cold food spread - September Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

Tim cooking on the BBQ - September Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

I don’t think this even vaguely counts as cooking, but one aspect of the staycation that I didn’t expect to enjoy as much as I did, was Tim’s parents’ Nespresso machine! It was just so easy to whip up (literally) interesting and unusual drinks. Coming back to our simple cafetiere was a bit of a let-down.

Frothy Nespresso coffees - September Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

What BeckyBecky Gamed

Megagames

We’re back into the Megagaming Season! And in September I managed to squeeze in three games.

First up was Crisis in Elysium, where I played Governor of Mars, got deposed the assassinated, and had a fantastic time.

Dead Governor of Mars at Crisis in Elysium megagame - September Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

Image credit: Oliver Sliney-Biss

Secondly, I was invited to head up the Press Team at Dire Straits. This megagame was held at Connections UK, the country’s biggest conference for professional wargamers (as in, people who do war gaming simulations for the military!). It was a fun return to Press, and a very interesting and realistic game.

Finally, a couple of weeks ago I was New Player Control for Still Not Over By Christmas. You may notice I haven’t done a blog for this… that’s because I have a slightly different format in mind 😀

In front of the map at Still Not Over By Christmas megagame - September Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

And September marked the deadline for Megagame Pitches for the Pennines 2018 calendar. I ended up submitting two of the three pitches I wrote, and you can find out more about Lorem Ipsum and Everybody Dies 3 in my blog on the topic.

Boardgames

Last month was totally Cold War themed, thanks to Still Not Over By Christmas. So for mine and Tim’s anniversary, I’d got him a small card game called 13 Minutes. We had a playthrough, but I won so I don’t think Tim likes it much 😛

We also played Penny Press, a board game kindly sent out-of-the-blue to me by Tom Mouat. It’s all about running a newspaper in old New York. It was quite fun and interesting, but didn’t work terribly well with two players.

Tim also persuaded me to have another go playing Fire In The Lake against him. It’s a COIN game much like A Distant Plain, and really not my cup of tea, though it does get more interesting the more you play it and get used to the mechanics.

Fire in the Lake board game - September Monthly Recap by BeckyBecky Blogs

We took Codenames out to Burley with us, and showed it off to a couple more friends. I think it’s still my favourite casual game.

What BeckyBecky Watched / Listened To

Continuing in the Cold War theme, we rewatched Deutschland 83. You can find it on All4, and I’m super excited that they’ve announced a sequel, Deutschland 86.

I’m late to the bandwagon, but I finally listened to the hilarious My Dad Wrote A Porno podcast. Definitely NSFW, but if you want to listen to three very funny people rip apart some terrible erotica, give it a try.

I showed Tim one of my favourite musicals, Jesus Christ Superstar. We watched the 2012 version, with Tim Minchin, together, and then over the course of that weekend I watched the 1973 and 2000 versions. I honestly don’t know which I like best – they all have such good bits!

And we finished watching How I Met Your Mother! I was desperate for Tim to see the ending, since he’s such a Ted/Robin shipper. No spoilers, but he didn’t have the reaction I thought he would.

What BeckyBecky Blogged

Megagaming continues to be a popular topic on the blog, and the most read post from last month was my Press at Megagames post.

Press at Megagames by BeckyBecky Blogs|

The highest ranked non-megagaming post was about my photo shoot with the amazing Laura Haley.

Blogger photoshoot at Leeds Dock of BeckyBecky Blogs by Laura Haley

What BeckyBecky Insta-ed

I’m super proud of both the plating and the photography here.

I’ll share a secret – I really want to get to 500 Instagram followers by my birthday. So if you like my pics, please please share it with people who have similar (awesome) taste to you 😉

Things BeckyBecky Video-ed

I squeezed in a few Facebook Live Videos at Crisis in Elysium.

 

So I died and I’m really pleased about that

Posted by BeckyBecky Blogs on Saturday, 2 September 2017

It’s still in progress, but here’s a short clip from my upcoming video about the Still Not Over By Christmas megagame.

Still Not Over By Christmas

I’m still working on my full length video about the Still Not Over By Christmas megagame! Since I didn’t do any Facebook Lives on the day (I didn’t want to be executed as a Western/Eastern spy!) I figured I’d share the to-camera footage I did take on the day.

Posted by BeckyBecky Blogs on Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Blogs BeckyBecky Loved

I’ve been dreadful at reading blogs this month! But luckily I did come across a few gems.

This incredibly gravity-defying ice cream waffle stack by Queen Beady makes me wish summer wasn’t on the way out.

This write up about Issho in Leeds by Rhianna Oliiva made me send it straight to the top of the list for would-love birthday meals.

And wowowow did this evening at Hidden Harewood sounds incredible – thanks for writing about it to Emma from Paper Planes and Caramel Waffles.

Next Month for BeckyBecky

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY! I have tons of fun stuff planned for the surrounding days, and I’ve also excitedly written about my birthday wish list (although tbh I’ve added more stuff onto the list since then).

I’ve also had some exciting news happen within the past few days, which I’ll be sharing as soon as I can 🙂

Here’s to a strange, unusual, but awesome October.

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