2018

I’m not even going to think about how long it’s been since I’ve posted anything here. To say that 2017 didn’t quite go to plan would be a little bit of an understatement and everything that wasn’t immediately important got pushed to one side and basically forgotten about. I’m finally feeling like I have time to sit down, breathe and take stock of everything that’s happened in the last 7 or 8 months.

The cliffnotes version of it is:

  • My mum got diagnosed with breast cancer – but is in remission as of Christmas Eve
  • Paul & I got married in the summer.
  • We moved house, because of
  • We welcomed baby #2 into the world in November. A little boy called Harry.

Things, as you can imagine, have been a little hectic – but for the most part it’s all been very positive and very exciting.

That brings me to today. I picked up my computer for the first time in 2 or 3 months, checked my emails, updated my goodreads and now here I am blogging. Paul is in his chair watching football, Chloe is taking up as much floor space as possible doing some colouring in, Harry is asleep on my chest and Taylor Swift is singing my ears. It’s about as perfect as it can get right now.

I’ve been doing a lot of taking stock of my life, of figuring out who I am and who I want to be. I lost myself somewhere in all the chaos so my main goal for 2018 is to redefine who Tabby is. And hopefully you’ll be joining on me on this journey of re-discovery

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Confession

I kind of forgot I had one of these until I was catching up on emails earlier this evening and had a WordPress notification so I’m thinking May

(I’m not even entirely sure where April went. I don’t feel like I actually achieved anything during the month. One minute it was March and now it’s May.)

is going to be a kind of reboot and see if I can find some kind of rhythm or routine to posting here. I feel that as a trainee blogger of sorts, I should find a more experienced one to teach me the ropes, some kind of WordPress <a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/apprentice/”>Apprenticeship</a&gt; scheme.

Is there anything like that available?
Because that would be really useful. I’m not very good at figuring things like this out. Give me a nice instruction set, a how-to, a dummies guide and I’ll be fine. Something where I have to work it out for myself, not even a strting place and I don’t know where to start. I’m feeling floundery and that’s probably not helping with the issues of not posting and not being here.

Media – 17 Mar 2017 to 24 Mar 2017

One of the things I am loving about the internet is that there are websites to track what I’m doing – fitness, food, music, books, tv/movies. I don’t watch a lot of tv and movies due to a lack of time, but I listen to a lot of music and read a lot and I’ve been having fun getting to see my statistics.

Music
My top artists: Brantley Gilbert, Dierks Bentley, LeAnn Rimes, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Chris Young, Darius Rucker, Dixie Chicks, Kristian Bush and Little Big Town
My top tracks: Brantley Gilbert — Rockin’ Chairs; LeAnn Rimes — The Story; Dierks Bentley — 5-1-5-0; Chris Young — Aw Naw; Carrie Underwood — Before He Cheats
It shouldn’t come as any surprise that my top genres listened to were Country and Modern Country

Books
I read Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire & The Vampire Lestat. Today I started reading Queen Of The Damned.
Top genres were – unsurprisngly – Horror & Vampires

Movies & TV
TV None
Movies Interview With The Vampire, Beauty & The Beast 2017
Top genres were Fantasy & Romance

I’m interested to see what next week brings me

Mothering Sunday

Happy Mothering Sunday to all the other mum’s out there.

My little girl (and her daddy) made me breakfast in bed – Full English no less! – and a beautiful bouquet of flowers. I also got The Music Of Nashville S1 CD boxset and S1 of The Walking Dead on DVD. I feel very spoiled, very loved and I’m looking forward to curling up and watching that tonight after Chloe’s gone to sleep.

Paul then said I could spend the day doing whatever I wanted. And honestly, I’m still sitting here in bed. I sprained my ankle yesterday afternoon at the gym so I’m sitting here with it on a pillow, listening to Sam Palladio singing to me and I’ve been reading The Vampire Lestat. Kind of perfect, really.

A Proper Intro

Oh my Gosh, I completely meant to post a proper introduction on Sunday but then my little girl got sick and things all went insanely busy at work and I’ve barely had time to sit down until right now. And here I am finally online again.

Hello, hello to everyone who’s joined me on this crazy adventure! I’m not completely sure how to write an actual introduction despite having planned on doing so.

My name’s Tabby, I’m 29 and I live in Birmingham, England, with my fiance Paul and our 4 year old daughter Chloe. Paul & I have known each other since we were 8 and started dating at age 14. One day we’ll get married!
I’m a dance and fitness instructor. I’m also a complete water baby and keep thinking about looking into becoming a swimming instructor too.
I love country music.
I love urban fantasy and horror – especially vampires. I’m also a sucker for a good post-apocalupse/dystopia story.
I’m one of those people who will binge a whole series on Netflix, or sit up until 3am with a really good book.
I’m pretty outgoing, love people and I’m a sarcastic little bitch with a dark sense of humour. I’m pretty sure my mouth is going to be me in trouble one of these days.

Anything else anyone can think of that I should say in this introduction? Anything you’re just <i>dying</i> to know about me?

First post!

Welcome_largeWelcome to Vampires In Cowboy Boots, a personal blog owned by Tabby, hosted by WordPress, and has been open since March 18th, 2017. This is my own little space on the internet where I express myself. If you don’t like my blog, you can click the ‘X’ in the top right corner. Otherwise, enjoy your visit and leave me a lovely comment!

I started blogging, today and I am terrified. I haven’t got the foggiest idea what I’m doing here. WordPress was recommened to me and I’m not exactly tech-savvy but I’m figuring it out so far.

So why have I started a blog? Because so few of my friends in real life really have the same interests as me. They prefer Beyonce to Brad Paisley, Coronation St & The Great British Bake Off to Supernatural & The Vampire Diaries. As for going for a run on the beach or a hike in the woods… forget about it!

A colleague of mine suggested I go online to meet people and to talk to about the things I’m passionate about and here I am!

BEHIND THE NAME
Vampires. Country music. Two of my biggest passions and I do like a good pair of cowboy boots so it only seemed natural to me to put the two things together to make my website name. It may sound silly but Vampires In Cowboy Boots really does sum up my main hobbies in just four words.