New York City

Times Square

Oh heeeey you guys. Sorry, it's been a while! I had the most amazing time in New York and Toronto with Pete, but now it's back to normality with an almighty thud. We arrived into Glasgow at 9am two weeks ago on Saturday, and I started my current telly job (what felt like a quick blink/literally 5 minutes later) at 8am on the Monday. A bit of jet lag along with adjusting to a new routine and being back at work left me feeling pretty zombified last week. So that's me just starting to feel kinda normal again, albeit still kinda tired. And cold! Man, the snow has hit Glasgow this week and it is so damn cold. Not as cold as our North American adventure mind you. I could quite easily write an essay on our travels, but I thought I'd keep it short and sweet with a hit list of some of the favourite places we visited in each city. First stop, New York!

A Bronson update - 6 months on

Bronson

It's hard to believe it's been over 6 whole months since I brought this little squishy baby home with me. I remember (at that exact moment above) being handed Bronson for the first time, and thinking shit... what have I done?! He was so tiny, and it was the first time I'd ever owned a dog before. Even growing up we only really had cats, fish and guinea pigs in the family, so this was a whole new territory for me. Pete was away on tour with his band that week, so my friend Ashley took the drive up to Dundee with me for moral support, and was able to capture some really lovely pictures of our first day together.

#SmearForSmear with Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

#SmearForSmear

It was a usual frosty Monday morning in Glasgow when I was power walking along to the doctors surgery, amongst the 9am rush hour of kids piling in the gates of the local primary school and shop keepers on the high street lifting the shutters and setting their stands out for the day ahead. I was a little apprehensive as I approached the doctors, then sat nervously in the waiting room tapping my toes and refreshing facebook obsessively while I waited for my name to be called. Sweaty hands, dry mouth, and butterflies in my stomach as the nurse greeted me warmly and invited me to have a seat on the bed before what normally feels like the longest 5 minutes of your life, a cervical screening test. I've not shared this story on here before, but as the 22nd-28th of January marks Cervical Cancer Prevention week, it feels right for me to have a sit down, cuppa, and a wee chat about something which could ultimately save your life (and did, in fact, save mine)