Saturday, May 31, 2014

Be At One Cocktail Making Masterclass IV

I've been in my new office for about four months now, when I was two months in I suggested we have a night out...and what better way to bond with new colleagues, than to spend the afternoon drinking, and what better way to spend an afternoon drinking, than to hit up my favourite venue, Be At One.

Work Night May 2014

For this particular night out I revisited Be At One SoHo, with a ragtag combo of my new work colleagues, some old work colleagues and a couple of friends we brought along!

Work Night May 2014

Work Night May 2014

Work Night May 2014

We didn't have the same Be At One peeps that we had last time for my dad's birthday, but the people we did have were absolutely hilarious!

Work Night May 2014

Work Night May 2014

I've said it before, but I have never been disappointed with one of these classes and I think for £25 a head it's an absolute bargain for the fun/cocktails you get to enjoy for the afternoon, and the fact that you finish round about happy hour means you can stay and enjoy cocktails at 2 for 1 for a couple hours more...which we of course, did.

Work Night May 2014
Work Night May 2014
Work Night May 2014

For the remainder of the evening, we went to the Old School Yard, which I had not been to before...

Work Night May 2014

We grabbed a couple of their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle themed pizzas to fill our stomachs and stop us falling asleep.....

Work Night May 2014

Hmmm...

Work Night May 2014

Some table football brought us back to life, and then the 90s/80s/chart music kicked off and it was hard for us to calm down again!

Work Night May 2014

Work Night May 2014
Work Night May 2014
Work Night May 2014
Work Night May 2014

Work Night May 2014
Work Night May 2014
Work Night May 2014
Work Night May 2014
Work Night May 2014

It was SUCH a good night...though I have no idea how we're going to top it...

Monday, May 19, 2014

Reading Beer Festival 2014


Aaand back to the posts about going out drinking...hmmm. Reading Beer Festival, I learnt a good lesson this time around...go on the Saturday, not the Sunday. Sunday means the beer is running low and there aren't as many food options. But, we made the most of it!


We won the mask and hat in the games!





After the beer festival ran dry we headed to the Oakford Social Club for dinner and drinks, the food was amazing!



And then we all crashed and headed home...definitely NOT falling asleep on the train...

Tough Mudder London West 2014

Tragically, I am still down with a knee injury. It's completely driving me crazy and, though it's on the mend, it was not sufficiently sorted for me to run Tough Mudder at the end of April. But, Ben and the team we'd put together were running, or rather, slogging through the mud as fast as was possible without losing a trainer... Chris, Kate, Imogen and I trekked around the spectator's track in order to watch them overcome the many, horrendous obstacles, all while remaining relatively dry, though not completely mud free.

Now most of these pictures are Chris' because he has the fancy camera and the photography skills that I am generally lacking.

Tough Mudder April 2014

Tough Mudder April 2014

You start Tough Mudder with the Tough Mudder pledge, everyone is happy and buoyant at this point...this is going to change...

Tough Mudder April 2014

The team look happy as they approach the first obstacle we get to see them complete...Arctic Enema. Widely accepted as being the worst obstacle on the Tough Mudder course. A skip full of water and ice with an obstacle you pass under in the middle...so you're fully submerged in the ice...


Do not be fooled by Ben's smile - it's freezing.

Tough Mudder April 2014

See? Lauren understands.

Tough Mudder April 2014

I think this is Boa Constrictor...

Tough Mudder April 2014

Ben is doing OK...

And this one is one of the terrifying obstacles with the electric shocks...and in case you wondered how much they actually hurt, Kiran's reaction is a pretty good thing to go by...


Aaand the last one we saw them do, cage crawl...


I don't know if it's impressive or madness but we've all signed up for London South in October...hopefully my knee will be recovered by then because I'm going a little mad now....

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Fi's Birthday

It was my sister's birthday last week, so we all gathered in Reading to celebrate at Beerfest!

Fi's Bday April 2014

Fi's Bday April 2014

Sat at long tables in the beer hall, we listened to the band and followed the dancing instructions...

Fi's Bday April 2014

Fi's Bday April 2014

Fi's Bday April 2014

Obviously with beer glasses this size, fun ensues.

Fi's Bday April 2014

Fi's Bday April 2014

Fi's Bday April 2014

Then, after a quick costume change for Fiona, we all gathered in Be At One to trade in our beer mugs for cocktails.

Fi's Bday April 2014
Fi's Bday April 2014
Fi's Bday April 2014
Fi's Bday April 2014

An amazing night was had by all, and I was just very lucky to not wake up hungover! Happy Birthday Fi!

(BTW - if you're lusting after Fiona's dress and I know most of you are, it's from here)