Leesa, an online mattress company, challenged me to share my ‘ideal night in’. They told me they once read an entire Harry Potter in one sitting… surely, this is what dreams are made of? (A very important, though a very minor detail: this is NOT a sponsored post, I received nothing in return for this post… except a good blog topic. Thanks Leesa!).
Me on a Monday: Guuuuuuuys, can we go on a night out on Friday? I’m soooooo desperate for a good night out and I need need need some gin inside me.
Me on a Tuesday: Yes. Friday. Let’s do it.
Me on a Wednesday: Meh. Yeah, a night out on Friday will be okay I guess.
Me on a Thursday: Is there any way I can, erm, maybe pull out of these plans?
Me on a Friday: No. I can’t think of anything worse than having to go out tonight. You can’t force me. I’m going to be wrap myself up in my duvet and become a burrito. Do I haveeeee to go out tonight? Whyyyyyyy?
[Figure 1.0: The process of making social plans]
Checklist for my ideal night in:
- Macbook Air
- English Breakfast Tea Bags
- Cath Kidston Mug
- Chippy Tea
My ideal night in would first and foremost require copious amounts of tea. Black and one sugar. You lose all the flavour when you add milk; it weakens the taste. A bit of shameless promotion: I once wrote a blog all about tea when I kickstarted this website. You can see how foetal my writing was (and still is). Oh, and it must be served in my Cath Kidston London mug, the one that matches my bedroom wallpaper!
Envisioning my perfect night in, I’d be a burrito in my duvet. Flower pattern, or London themed of course. My Macbook air to hand. I’d write at least one blog post to schedule or upload depending on how long it has been since my last post. I usually have at least one post I have a burning desire to write – whether it be a horrendous bus journey, a theatre review or a general musing.
As for food, if I’m staying in, a chippy tea. Battered cod, chips and gravy, or curry sauce depending on the mood. I think that’s a Northern thing…. How I’ll miss chips and gravy when I move to London. Or a battered sausage, or maybe even both if I’m having a sad day… Comfort eating.
I absolutely love scrapbooking. I love being creative with some of my most favourite memories and it is such an amazing keepsake to look back on. Especially being able to mark some major milestones in my life like the first time I saw Phantom of the Opera and meeting some of my internet friends. I stopped scrapbooking regularly mid-2016 because of the never-ending pile of college work so my ideal night would definitely include sharpie pens, photos, a glue stick and a scrapbook.
And what’s on the TV? Definitely a musical of some sort or an emotional romantic film. I’d maybe start with the 25th Anniversary Concert Production of Phantom, make my way through Les Mis and Miss Saigon and maybe move on to a tear-jerker like the Notebook. Yes, perfect!
What’s your idea of a perfect night in?
PS. I really advise you have a gander at Leesa Mattress if you’re in need of a new mattress. They have an amazing programme where for every ten mattresses purchased, they give one to a shelter in need!