Tales of a City Girl

London Life, Pet hates

Mon 1st Aug 2016 15:22

The perils of the super-perky waiters (and an apology)

Dear Tales of a City Girl fan(s) – I owe you an apology. As if Facebook wasn’t enough of a minefield of guilt trips, it also snidely reminds me every time I log in that it’s been over 45 days since I posted anything TOACG related. Let me explain.

Pet hates

Mon 21st Mar 2016 20:29

The day after drinking – is it worth it anymore?

What’s the greatest cure for a hangover? Being under 25. I’m not even sure if this can still count as a joke to be honest – given the fact it’s true and not very funny.

London Life, Marathon challenge, Pet hates

Mon 15th Feb 2016 22:21

Londoners: are we more awful than you think?

Yesterday I sprained my ankle. I was blissfully running along, about half a mile into a 13 mile training run when all of a sudden my headphones were brutishly ripped from my ears, my ankle turned inwards, I threw my phone outwards, and I fell downwards, scraping all the skin off my knees in the process.

Pet hates

Tue 26th Jan 2016 22:55

Three annoying phrases we should all ban

Sorry for the lack of posts recently – I may need to shimmy down to one a week for the time being while I rebalance 2016 life. I’m sure once my new year resolutions begin to wane, I’ll be back up to twice a week. And to continue with my more streamlined (or lazy… however you choose to view it) approach, this pet hate is an evolvement from stand up comedian Nick Doody’s routine I saw last week. My phrases are different though, promise.

Pet hates

Wed 20th Jan 2016 21:38

Four things people like and I don’t understand why

I was thinking the other day when I was procrastinating getting up for work, my head delightfully cocooned by my warm pillow,  how it is people say they enjoy the cold side of the pillow. Like removing your head from its cosy position, to flip the pillow and snuggle up to its cold-hearted bitchy twin, is somehow a treat. And it made me think about some of the other things people like which I don’t get.  Read on and see if you agree. And take it with a pinch of salt, yeah? After all, it is coming from someone who follows people from Made in Chelsea on Instagram, so we all have our weird likes to bear.

My loves, Pet hates

Mon 4th Jan 2016 22:07

January: crap or cracking?

On the first Monday back at work, that might seem like a stupid question. And to make my day worse, I walked 25 minutes to a swimming pool to start off my pre-marathon cross-training and they were shut due to lack of chlorine in the pool, which seems a bit of a fucking pool essential.  And then, when I called Dan on the way home, he sweetly suggested that I could pick him up dinner as I wasn’t going swimming any more. Suffice to say, he got his own damn food. Anyway, I’m going off topic. Here are some reasons why January is crap – and some why it’s cracking.

Pet hates

Sat 19th Dec 2015 15:15

Five problems with festive drinking

Aside from the obvious morbid stuff like liver disease,  heart problems and the ability to think I can move like Jagger.

Pet hates

Sat 28th Nov 2015 16:41

Nine ridiculous things I’ve stressed out about this week

Stress has got to be one of my biggest pet hates. It’s a useless, energy-sapping emotion. And although there are plenty of things for us all to get stressed out about for real both for ourselves and others, this isn’t a blog about this. There are others who can write about those issues with a lot more eloquence and argument than I can.  This is a post about the ridiculous things that have the power to stress me out, hopefully to make you laugh. But equally likely to make you ponder whether the best Christmas present for me would be, in all honesty, a strait jacket.

Pet hates

Sat 21st Nov 2015 11:07

Holiday admin – the hell of taking time off

Yesterday I took the afternoon off work, and won’t come back until Tuesday. I booked myself into a manicure, and I’m off for a long weekend in Suffolk as soon as I finish this.  The past couple of months, Dan has been busy doing crazy-tired eyes at his work emails until gone 11 every night. Although I haven’t been as busy at work, it’s still been pretty busy, and socialising,  going to the gym and trying to work out a blog post that’s going to blow your minds is tough to keep up with, alright. So a little mini pre-Christmas break is pretty welcomed. But the admin can be so annoying.

Pet hates

Mon 16th Nov 2015 22:03

Three annoying things about winter

Because I haven’t done a pet hates post in a while. Because it took me half an hour longer than it should to get home. Because it’s a Monday.

London Life, Pet hates

Wed 21st Oct 2015 23:12

39 pet hates Londoners can relate to

I thought I was overdue a pet hates post. So here’s my therapeutic look at everything annoying me with London life right now (please note this post is meant to be taken tongue-in-cheek. I’m not enough of an idiot to really count these as real problems).

Pet hates

Wed 7th Oct 2015 22:52

How I (started to) get over my fear of public speaking

Sorry I haven’t posted for a while. Things got crazy busy and I got ill (for anyone going through their own winter bug, kiwi fruits and spinach contain TONS more Vitamin C than those lying good-for-nothing oranges. Stock up).  Anyway… I will give you a second to collect your tiny violins and set your faces to shocked-sympathetic, because I’m about to tell you one of my irrational fears and how, if you are the same, you can get better at it. Ready?

Pet hates

Thu 10th Sep 2015 20:24

What does curvy mean? *

In this society, women’s bodies are a constant source of debate and it’s rarely consistent.  Read any gossip magazines or the Daily Mail sidebar of shame and you’re presented with a wealth of dichotomies.  These magazines suggest an arse ten times the size of a human head is hot (hi, Kardashians) but belly jiggle ain’t.  In this style of media, thin women are a source of inspiration or a dangerous indication of society’s obsession with slim.

Pet hates

Wed 26th Aug 2015 23:14

Feel free to go alcohol free? Why more of us should

If you’re a Londoner who loves a bit of socialising (who doesn’t), alcohol is undeniably a factor – whether you want it to be or not. It’s kind of like Breaking Bad. One of those things that everyone is meant to be so into, that if you’re not, you feel you need to explain yourself. Even though an entire episode once centred around a fucking fly. Anyway, I’m veering off topic, and I haven’t even started. Here, my friends, is why alcohol free needs to become more of the norm.

Pet hates

Wed 12th Aug 2015 07:30

Facebook – Kryptonite for your social life (your real one)

Am I addicted to Facebooking? Well, put it this way – Dan texted me ‘RUDE’ in capital letters over dinner last Saturday as I absent-mindedly scrolled through my news feed and  I didn’t even realise I was involved that much particularly (in Facebook, not in my relationship).

Pet hates

Thu 6th Aug 2015 10:00

Being a smoker – why I just can’t seem to stop for good

So here’s another Pet Hates post (did consider putting it under ‘things I love’ but then thought… best not). So, I confess, I’m a smoker. Not a heavy smoker mind you, but still, definitely guilty of the odd one or two.

Pet hates

Sat 18th Jul 2015 13:39

Smile – and the world will probably distrust the reason. My pet hate of inspirational quotes

There’s something about inspirational quotes that make my teeth ache. You know that feeling you get when you’ve bitten into something really sweet and your teeth go momentarily fizzy? Yeah, that. That’s what I get. They just get my goat.

Pet hates

Mon 6th Jul 2015 21:58

Tube hate – why everyone on the tube, but me, is an awful person

The tube gives me rage. The kind of rage where you wonder whether everyone you are crammed into the small sweaty carriage with, slowly edging into the pit of Hell, is deliberately put there to irritate you. It’s even worse in the summer, where everyone is around ten times stickier and smellier.  I’m amazed there aren’t more instances of tube rage, where people just rip off their own clothes and start biting others. 

Pet hates

Fri 15th May 2015 15:45

Gym hamsters – just go to the pub

I’m not a particular lover of the gym – it’s a place of necessity to get my cardio in so I can eat carbs without turning into a dough ball. But a particular type of people in my gym irritate the bajaysus out of me. The ones that just don’t do anything at all.

About me

I'm Florence and I like to write.

When I'm not writing about pensions and mortgages in my day job, I write about my life in London, in which I cannot afford a mortgage even if I sold off a kidney, and I've still got another 40 years at least before I can access my pension.

I'd say I'm an ordinary girl looking for an extraordinary life, but clichéd phrases really annoy me.

Read my blog to find out more about my pet hates; and more on the places and things I love. And if you want to, please feel free to contact me with article ideas or feedback.