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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

On My Happy List

Over the past couple of days I've developed quite a nasty sore throat which has left me feeling a little down in the dumps and overly sorry for myself. It's needless to say that a pyjama day was inevitable and, while it's been nice to stay curled up in bed with cups of tea and movies like Ferris Bueller's Day Off to keep me company today, I thought I'd better wake myself up a little and think about the things that are making me happy right now. So without further ado...

1. Looking through old photographs and reminiscing. The one below is with my lovely Hannah on holiday in Wales last year. It was the most wonderful week and looking back through the photos has made me long to relive it all over again.

2. Hundreds and hundreds of cups of tea. I've probably said this before but I'll say it again: nothing can make things seem a little brighter than a cup of tea (and preferably a slice of cake). It's the answer to all life's problems, or at least part of the solution, and has been lifting my mood through this ghastly sore throat.

3. Harry. Sorry to be a complete sop but he's been so great over the past weekend and we had such a nice day together on Sunday watching a film, - The Book Thief, which I thought wasn't as good as the book but was a fab watch nevertheless -  baking, eating a delicious roast dinner, and watching his friends' band play at the local pub. Perfect. 

4. Taylor Swift's new album, 1989. I actually went out to get this on Monday when it came out (I've accepted that I'm a dedicated fangirl) and haven't stopped listening to it since. It's very different to her old stuff but I actually like that, she's such a diverse artist and I maintain that whatever mood you're in, there's a Taylor Swift song for it - if that doesn't say great artist what does?!

5. Having plans to catch up with my favourite people. The next couple of days should be great, I'm staying at my Rosie's tomorrow and catching up with my girls before going to see Harry's friends' band play again at a different pub and the next day Rosie and Hannah are staying at mine and we're going to a Halloween party in the evening. Let's hope this sore throat clears off sharpish!

There we go then. Five things that are making me happy and a little less mope-y at the moment. They're such fun lists to put together so I have a feeling they'll be a few more soon!

Friday, 24 October 2014

On What I've Been Up To In Numbers

So considering I have almost SEVEN weeks worth of stuff to catch up on (seriously, how did that happen?!), I thought the best, most fun, and probably shortest way to do it would be in numbers, so here you go..

5 :: parties attended, one formal, one Gatsby-themed, one festival-themed, one with cocktails and one with loots of dancing, all of which I got a little drunk at!

20+ :: of us, Harry's family members and me, at Harry's Nan's birthday party which was celebrated over a delicious afternoon tea.

2 :: times I've cooked for a homeless drop-in, which I'm really loving, and will be doing again next month.

1 :: boyfriend's 18th birthday which we went out for with his family.

1 :: Saturday night in which I had THE time of my life getting dressed up as a 1920s flapper girl - definitely the best era and so much fun with all the girls and guys.

2 :: long-haul train journeys in one day up to York and back to have a mooch about the university and decide what I thought.

1 :: driving test passed and shiny driving licence in my purse!

6.5 :: maximum hours sleep had sleeping in a tent after Harry's festival-themed birthday party, the next day as I'm sure you can imagine was rough.

15(or so) :: lovely friends caught up with at my wonderful Hannah's 18th party.

2 :: breakfasts out two weeks in a row, one at Cafe Rouge with my best Rosie and the other with three of my favourite girls at Bill's.

32 :: brownies baked for lessons at school

10 :: pilates lessons gone to over the past few weeks, it really is the best thing on a Monday night when you've got that blues feeling.

2 :: theatre trips, one to see Ballyturk for Harry's birthday, which I really enjoyed, and the other in Liverpool with my sister Meg called Juno and the Paycock which was also very good.

16 :: hours spent sleeping over a long weekend staying with Harry at my sister's in Liverpool, was so lovely to catch up with her and to introduce her to Harry.

0.5 :: hours spent so far planning my gap year travelling with Rosie.

1.5 :: inches of hair cut off at the hairdressers on Wednesday, it wasn't much off but my hair feels so much healthier!

Phew, I think that's everything, so you haven't really missed that much, have you?? ;)

Thursday, 23 October 2014

On Days

Days can seem to go on forever, can't they? They can seem like ages and lifetimes and yet they're gone all at once. Even when I get into bed after a really great day and open my diary to note it all down, trying to capture everything that happened in a few sentences, thinking back just to the start of that day seems like it happened forever ago. It's funny how time both goes and doesn't seem to go at all, if that makes any sense. 

Excuse the thought splurge above - those ideas have just been going around my head for the last couple of days. I haven't written anything on here for a bit. It's half because I've been ridiculously busy over the past month and a half and that school work has had to become my priority and half that I've been trying to figure some things out and not wanted to write until I had done that. 

The latter sounds very vague, I know. I suppose I've wanted to just 'be' for a while and not felt like writing things out on the internet. Although right now I definitely feel like I want to write again so here I am! I've been up to so much recently which has been lovely but also exhausting. At the moment I'm in the first of two weeks I've got off, which has been the perfect opportunity to recuperate and get back to feeling 100%. I suppose now that I feel like that it's inevitable I'd come back to writing here!

Anyway, just a brief one today and a jumble of my thoughts, I'll hopefully write tomorrow about the things I've been up to lately!xo
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