The Weekend Blog

8th February 2015

Phoenix Nights Live Ticket

Let me sum up with week with the phase “A roller coaster of emotions”.

On Tuesday I had a steroid injection in my hip (Thanks for all the well wishes by the way! :) ). My friend Sharon came along with me and was fantastic support, because even after 8 operations and countless injections I am still a chicken.

The injection didn’t even hurt that much (it was into my hip muscle) but I felt really light headed afterwards and had to lie back down for a few minutes. It might have been a reaction to the injection but it probably didn’t help that I was so nervous before I went in.

I soon felt better and then we caught a taxi back to my flat for pizzas and Cards Against Humanity.

On Wednesday, I spent the majority of the day in bed. I was feeling a little low because I was in pain and unsure of whether the injection had worked or not. However, my mum soon cheered me up when she sent me a text saying that she’d book our trip to New York…

I’M GOING TO NEW YORK!!!!!

We are flying out early April for a 5 day stay. It’s my first time in America so if you have any advice for a Brit (especially about tipping, because I’m clueless) let me know. :)

Thursday was a slight come down when I received my mark back for a piece of coursework and it was much lower than I expected. Having read through the feedback I believe that I have been unfairly marked and have arranged a meeting to discuss with the lecturer. I’ve prepared my argument and it’s pretty strong, so fingers crossed!

On Friday my emotions were in a better place. Tyrone and I caught the train to Manchester in the afternoon ready for Phoenix Nights Live. We took a slow walk around the Northern Quarter before heading to Piccadilly Gardens to take some photos in the golden hour. Ty took some amazing picture and I hope to share some more next week.

We grabbed a quite bite to eat at Pizza Hut which Ty paid for, before heading over to the arena ready for the show. We had excellent seats which were totally worth paying more for.

The show was incredible! It really was a treat for all Phoenix Nights fans with the best sketches from the show combined with new material. It was full of surprises, including characters that I wasn’t expecting to see. I may write a more detailed post next week which will probably contain spoilers.

Also on Friday, I found out I had won Miss Pond’s giveaway and received a £50 Hotels4U voucher, which was pretty awesome news. Tyrone and I are now planning a weekend away after our exams finish to celebrate and relax before I have to join the real world.

Today, Tyrone and I walked in to town. I was excited to see if my injections had made a difference to my hip, but unfortunately it’s not feeling much better. I’m not sure whether they are still taking time to work or if they’re not working at all. I’m still trying to stay positive but I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.

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  1. Congratulations on winning! Hope you have a great time wherever you go!
    Sorry to hear the injections don’t seem to have helped. Maybe over time they’ll have more effect? I hope so!
    You’ll have such a great time in New York! I’d love to go back! I wouldn’t have much advice, just see everything you can. Oh – and watch out for people selling you their CDs around Times Square, they’re relentless!
    Hope your coursework gets sorted and you get re-marked. The difference in marking between your first two years to your last is weird – the marking criteria seems to go out of the window!
    Glad you enjoyed the show! It looked like you had really good seats too!

    • Holly

      Thank you. :) I’m going to book another appointment with my GP, just in case they the steroids don’t kick in. Then we will try a different location and angle.

      I’m staying right in Times Square so I’m sure I will get sick of people like that, haha!

      I’ve been doing relatively well this year, but for this piece of work I went down an entire grade because I missed out something small from the introduction (10%!). It seems very unfair…or incorrectly marked.

  2. OMG, I’M GOING TO NEW YORK IN MAY!

    You’ll need to let me know all about it. Can’t wait to hear about it and yes, like you, I need help on tipping.

    Congratulations on winning Miss Pond’s giveaway. I could do with a weekend away. Good luck with all your exams and stuff :)

  3. A weekend away sounds like a great idea after exams!
    I hope you have a lovely time in New York, I think you’re supposed to tip 18%? I’m not sure, in fact I wouldn’t be surprised if I were just making this up as I go along…

  4. Congrats! Unfortunately, having lived all my life in Texas, I know almost nothing about New York, yet this sounds awesome, this trip you’re going on. Actually you’re supposed to tip at least 15-20% depending on the bill. 15% is the lowest while 20% is the highest.

    I hope that helps at least! ^^

    You’ll definitely have fun in New York! Please do blog about it!

    • Holly

      Thanks for the info! :) Tipping is so weird. In the UK tipping isn’t really a thing because waiting on staff get paid minimum wage, the same as people who work in shops…yet people who work in shops (and I’m speaking from experience) are not allowed to accept tips. I only tip if service has been particularly great. Guess I’m going to have to get use to it!

      I will probably blog a lot about the trip! I’m looking forward to taking lots of pictures that I can share on here. :)

  5. Cat

    I hope the injection will help! That’s also exciting that you’re going to NY! Like Michelle said, tipping is around 15%, but you can tip more if you really like the service you got. Taxi drivers expect tips too, though I rarely ever take a taxi in NYC. I just use the subway to go everywhere.

    Katz’s Deli in NYC has my favorite sandwich (reuben with pastrami). It’s always popular and crowded, but I would totally go again.

    I also really like Chinese soup dumplings. Joe’s Shanghai is popular there:
    http://www.joeshanghairestaurants.com/
    If you go to the one on Pell St, and it has a wait, just walk over to Joe’s Ginger on the same street. They have the same owner and same menu, but because it’s a different name, people don’t think to go there.
    http://www.joeginger.com/

    Chinatown can be a nice place to get cheap things, but just be wary of the counterfeit items!

    Good luck on your meeting with your lecturer! I hope you’ll be able to get a better score. I’m glad you had a great time at the show too :)

    Congrats on winning the giveaway! Using it to relax after your exams sounds really nice :)

    • Holly

      I’ve heard taxis are expensive so I’m sure we will join the locals and take the subway. I’m pretty good at working out how things like that work.

      Thank you for the restaurant recommendations. The food looks quite cheap, so I probably won’t mind tipping.

  6. Holland

    Tipping is widely practiced in the USA because in most states, employment and wage laws don’t really cover wait staff. A lot of restaurants pay their wait staff as little as $3 an hour, because they assume they’ll make a lot from tips which isn’t necessarily true. I’ve heard stories of wait staff being stiffed on a tip and them going into the kitchen and crying because they need it for rent or food or textbooks. Our minimum wages here don’t provide a living wage, even though that was the whole point of establishing a minimum wage ages ago.

    Anyways, tipping rates are 15-20% now.

    • Holly

      That seems very unfair about the wage laws. Things are pretty strict here with minimum wage (although recently some large businesses have been found be screwing people over) and I’m grateful it. There are even talks about raising the minimum wage here.

  7. Susanne

    That’s so cool about your trip to NY!!! Make sure you take plenty of pictures.
    At least with arthritis and similar (I realized later that I actually wrote an error in my previous comment, my mother has arthrosis, not arthritis) it takes a few days when it actually gets worse before it gets better after a steroid shot. But it should be better by now.

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  9. Wow! New York! I hope you enjoy a lot over there!

    I hope your hip is okay now….

    Congrats on winning the giveaway!