November favourites

Don’t even talk to me about where 2018 went. Somehow, it is time for some November favourites.

This month I turned 26. I also lost my job. Swings and roundabouts, I guess?

(If you know anybody UK-based hiring for an editorial assistant/feature writer please hit me up. I lost my position because of budget cuts. I’m actually really good at my job. That’s what makes this whole situation so. Fucking. Upsetting.)

Despite the epic low point that is my life right now, I have some very fun stuff coming up in the form of a couple of trips away (booked when I still had a job, OBVIOUSLY. But mostly already paid for, so that’s something, right? Right? …Right?) One to Edinburgh to see the Christmas market and the giant pandas and another to Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of Shakespeare to see… A Christmas Carol.

Both beautiful and two of my favourite places in the world AND great distractions from the gigantic question mark that now hangs over my future.

(Be thankful I skipped blogging last week. If this seems bleak, you shoulda tried talking to me then. Except you could not have, because I was in my bed of despair, not sleeping because worry)

A selection of if-my-heart-doesn’t-seem-in-it-that’s-because-it’s-not favourites:

Oatly Oat Drink Barista Edition

oatlyI switched away from dairy milk a couple years ago in an effort to be more environmentally friendly (I’m not vegan, but I figure plant milk on my cereal gives me free reign to eat as much cheese as I want to come the weekend with minimal guilt) and have been an almond milk convert for a while now. Recently however (I’ll be honest, because of The Good Place) I learned that almond milk really isn’t all that great for the environment itself, so I have switched again to oat milk. Specifically Oatly’s Barista Edition and it is a Game Changer. It is 100% creamy goodness that I am so far enjoying far more than I ever liked almond milk. Or regular milk, honestly. It’s amazing in coffee, great in tea and really delicious over your Cheerios – the first plant milk I have felt is tasty in all three.

To read:

This heart breaking, soul crushing Bryan Mealer piece in The Guardian about the so called ‘immigrant caravan’ heading toward the US across Central America. It is a compassionate, frustrating and painful account of humanity fighting for survival and to have their personhood recognised in a vicious, self-centred media environment. The US doesn’t want to share resources and these people don’t want to die. No one who reads this could possibly be unaffected but I’ll warn you that if you love anybody with a disability or have been in a caring role at any point in your life reading this is going to really hurt, but you should read it anyway.

To Watch: Beyond Bullied

This sweet but, again, pretty heart breaking Soul Pancake series sees epic future adult, Kheris Rogers, who was bullied at school for her dark skin talk to other young people who have gone through bullying about how they came out stronger. Kheris is such a sweet, compassionate little kid and an enigmatic host of this interview series all about compassion winning over ignorance and hate. Some of the episodes are difficult (this one in particular. When I heard this girl’s story I wanted to go to bed forever because what the actual fuck), but they are ultimately uplifting and sweet and a reminder that there is still decency in the world despite OVERWHELMING evidence to the contrary.

That’s about all of the favourite I can muster right now.

Onwards and upwards. Hopefully.

Author: Lydia Tewkesbury

27. Loves a good story.

9 thoughts on “November favourites”

  1. Oh no I’m so sorry to hear about your job 😦 I really hope you’ll find something again soon, I’m sending you all the positive vibes for what’s coming next ❤ On the bright side, it is nice that you have some trips planned! I loved Edinburg in the Summer, it has to be so pretty with the christmas market ❤
    Take care of yourself, I hope you'll have a lovely December, sending you love xxxx

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    1. Thanks Marie! Edinburgh was amazing. The Christmas market was one of the loveliest I’ve ever been to! It was absolutely huge – and there were plenty of amazing food stalls which is always I really care about, haha. We also went to the zoo to see the giant pandas and they were the CUTEST.

      Christmas is a bad time to get a job, but fingers crossed there’ll be more around in January! xxx

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      1. Ahhh that’s amazing, you make me want to go there at Christmas time. Maybe someday 😀
        I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you ❤ hope you'll have a lovely christmas season ❤


  2. I’m so sorry to hear you lost your job, hon! That has to be the worst things one can experience in this economy, and especially knowing it wasn’t your fault! Argh 😦 Things will work out soon enough, though, you’ll see!
    I hope you have LOADS of fun in Edinburgh and Stratford-Upon-Avon! That sounds so exciting :O I loooove pandas to death so you might just find me secretly hidden in your suitcase…
    I’ve stopped consuming dairy for a few months now. I actually only drink almond milk these days, so it sucks to learn it’s bad for the environment 😭😭 Is coconut milk alright, though? I love oat drink as well but sometimes feel it’s a bit heavy. I also eat porridge every morning so I might get a bit sick of it…
    And do you watch The Good Place too? Man, that show cracks me up so much xD
    Awesome post, Lydia – and keep your chin up, girl! Life finds a way ❤

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    1. Thanks, Sophie. Yeah I’m hoping after Christmas there’ll be more around! I’ve picked up a couple freelance odd jobs that should see me through January!

      Oh my god the pandas were SO CUTE. They have koalas as well. They looked like adorable sleepy old men. They also had sun bears which are adorable and very goofy-looking – would recommend a Google image search.

      Oooh I don’t know about coconut milk, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything negative. I’m not crazy about that one cause it makes everything taste so coconut-ey. Being environmentally friendly is so hard! I think the problem is that when enough people are using anything it becomes a problem because there are just so many of us.


      1. Ah that’s lovely, I’m glad to hear it Lydia 🙂
        I LOVE KOALAS T_T God, it sounds like paradise. I NEED to go there and see those sun bears for myself!
        Yeah I see your point. But if not enough people use it it becomes super hard to find and/or expensive. Then again, if it becomes super popular it becomes a rarity and/or expensive too! Ugh… You just can’t win!


  3. Happy Birthday Lydia! I’m sorry you lose your job. Hopefully something better already came along? I will have to look out for oat milk. I don’t enjoy almond milk all that much either 🙂

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    1. Thank you Jasmine! I’ve picked up a bit of freelance work to cover me for January. There should be more jobs around after Christmas – very few places are hiring this time of year.

      I would definitely recommend giving oat milk a try 🙂


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