Home again, snacks & drag

Looking back on May is a little odd. It seems to have gone super quick, but then again, when I look back on the first few days, they seem like a lifetime away. I just can’t seem to make my mind up about this past month.

It all started with leftover chinese for breakfast before a trip to Winchester which included pizza for lunch and patisseries for dessert. Anyone who knows me will know just how much I love my food, so you can imagine how much I enjoyed this day. To be honest it was just nice to spend some time out of Southampton without having to go all the way home to Kent.

Of course later on in the month this is exactly what I did. Another trip home for another birthday, as well as another pit stop at Cliffs in Margate. There was lovely weather and a trip to the bay for ‘Classics n Chips’ – fairly self explanatory; eat some chips down by the beach while looking at some classic cars. To be entirely honest it wasn’t something I was super keen to attend (aside from the chips) but it was quite interesting to see a variety of classics all in one place. Also, family time init.

I also made a few obligatory trips to the Wetherspoons in Ramsgate (biggest in Britain didn’t ya know). As much as I hate how it has shut down businesses like the beloved Belgian Bar, I can’t tell you how much I envy the current sixth formers from my old school who get to pop down for a bowl of chips during their lunch break. Those kids have it so damn good.

Once back in Southampton I ended up watching Netflix’s ‘Safe’ all in one day, when I had in fact planned to do some writing – oops! I would be annoyed if the series hadn’t been so flipping enjoyable. At first I was a little thrown off when I saw Dexter and heard an attempt at a British accent, but it eventually settled in and before I knew it I had reached the last episode. I was completely blown away, I haven’t enjoyed a British drama this much since Broadchurch (which I now want to watch all over again).

I also went to see the lovely Cat Eliza T perform at The Art House in Southampton for her EP launch. A really lovely evening showcasing heaps of incredible talent that made me fall deeper in love with music again. I can’t believe it took me so long to see Cat perform, safe to say I’m annoyed I hadn’t been to a show sooner.

Now the highlight of the month has to be my little bank holiday trip away to Birmingham for Drag Race’s Werq The World tour! I have been waiting for this since we booked it way back in December. Big thanks to Angelica for getting the tickets and accommodation, and to Soraya for arranging travel (took us a while!). Also thanks to Katie for the SNAAAACKS and Meg for getting us free entry to all the bars.

I cannot even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this show. With all the screaming I’m surprised I didn’t lose my voice. Top queens of the night were definitely Violet Chachki, Sharon Needles and Detox but honestly I was absolutely living for all of them! The long coach journey was absolutely worth it and I can’t wait to do another trip like it in the future.

On a different note, as we made our way there, all of a sudden I had a concern that sentimental Sam would come out and turn the visit into a trip down memory lane. Before Werq The World, I had only ever been to Birmingham with a particular person and in fact, the first time I met them I had got that same coach to the city.

Being in Bimingham definitely brought back some memories, but duh, that’s life. Basically what happened is I stood in the same spot I met my ex for the first time and it was weird, but only for a split second. Next thing I knew it was time to find our apartment. What I realised was that the world is bigger than those memories that you’re not quite sure what to do with.

In the four hours on the coach I had definitely worked myself up about everything. I definitely expected it to feel weirder than it did. It’s almost as if part of me actually wanted it to for a moment. It was strange and I’m not really sure what any of it means but as someone who holds on to everything for far too long, it was super refreshing to actually not give as much of a shit as I thought I might. You could argue that me writing about it is a slight contradiction, but this has sat with me for the last week or so, and pushed me more than ever to keep going forward and forget the past. Something I will continue to do, whatever happens.

Overall, May was a pretty decent month, rounded off nicely with yet another takeaway, even if I did nearly order it to the wrong place. Apparently I get too excited about food? Who knew.

Before I go, here are some quick mentions for the month gone by:

  • NBC taking on Brooklyn 99 after Fox were dumb-dumbs and decided to cancel it. Noice. Smart.


  • Childish Gambino’s ‘This is America’ – I’m fairly sure all the words that could have been said about this track have been said but DAMN
  • Theresa Wayman made her solo debut and as expected, it made me very emotional. You can read my totally unbiased review of LoveLaws on Vulture Hound: http://vulturehound.co.uk/2018/05/tt-lovelaws-album-review/
  • This is more for next month really but Heartbreakers bar in Southampton revealed their new Summer cocktail menu and I am SO keen for all of it
  • My new tee from Good Girl Gang is my new fave thing:


Thanks for reading! Check in with me on Twitter and Instagram and don’t forget to come back next month to see how I’m getting on with 2018.


Author: Samantha Mae

Hi! I am a music and lifestyle blogger based near Margate, UK. Forever keeping an ear out for new music, particularly anything of the indie persuasion and always willing to spout on about life in general. Open to collaboration and new ideas, get in touch!

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