The Sunday Catch up #23


You may (or may not have noticed) there was no Sunday Catch Up last week as my laptop went to the computer hospital cos dickhead here stood on it in the middle of the night when she went for a wee and cracked the screen - Nice one. Sadly they can't repair it but aslong as I look after it I think it will be okay. *cries inside*

Anyway apart from that it's been a good few weeks - Here's what I've been up too.

I babysat my beautiful 9 week old niece for the first time last Saturday! I won't lie to you, it was bloody terrifying, I'm not sure I will ever be ready for the responsibility of a child. Jody was ace though, a proper baby whisperer, I think she could maybe sense my fear? When Nannie came round to check on us all she decided that was the perfect time to do a poop and a big sick - What great timing eh? SHE'S SO CUTE THOUGH I COULD DIE.

- The beauty of spending a year in Australia means that every cent I gave to the government in tax I can claim back - and it just so happens that I got my refund last week! Yay! I got just over a £1000 which is awesome - It took every ounce of self control I have to not spunk it on a holiday and instead it's gone straight into my savings for a house deposit. Pfft.

- My all time favourite band, The View, announced a one off show at the Barrowland in Glasgow so obviously I was ready and waiting on Ticketmaster at 8:59am on Friday to make sure we got tickets. Good job aswell because they sold out within 3 hours. I would travel anywhere to see them, they're so underrated and so, so good!

- I'll be spending next weekend in a tent as I'm heading to Kendal Calling. It's smaller than my usual festival of choice (Leeds) and I'm looking forward to it - I can't wait to see Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Jason Manford's also gunna be there - Yay!

Have a lovely week y'all!

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Three Ways Travelling Changes Your Life

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You will appreciate things a lot more.
After sharing a room with four sweaty, stinky boys I am so grateful for my room at Jody's parents house. I love not having to wear flip flops in the shower and it's great not having to battle a million over people for the only working gas hob in the kitchen. 

Your confidence will grow.
The idea of walking into a room and talking to strangers used to make me feel physically sick, as did picking up the phone to someone I didn't know. After a year of travelling around and organising adventures, talking to people has become second nature to me.

You become a lot more open minded.
I like to think I was always very open minded, especially when it came to things like race, sexuality and religion but after travelling and meeting people from all over the world from all different nationalities it's safe to say I'm a lot more understanding than I ever was before.

How did travelling change your life?

13 things you will only know if you were an emo teenager in Leeds


I was a teenage emo (Not that there was out wrong with that). Tbh I still have fairly emo tendencies (Black eyeliner + skinnies, a love for Fallout Boy + Panic at the Disco) and I look back on those days quite fondly - Although I do cringe inside a *little* bit.

I used to get on the 36 bus from Ripon to Leeds with all my mates and we would spend the day there, not really doing a lot cos none of us had jobs and we were all broke.

If you were a teenage emo in Leeds then this one is for you.

- You spent Saturdays freezing your bollocks off outside the corn exchange.

- And when it got REALLY cold you crossed the road and spent the afternoon in MaccyD's, nursing a medium packet of fries between four of you. 

- If you were feeling flush you would spend the day in one of the Shisha cafes - Probs Kada's (down the back of the corn ex) or Sahara's (back of bus station). There was also that one near Leeds Market but it was a bit weirder in there and not as comfy (Good chips though).

- Summers were spent sat on the grassy hill by the playhouse with some tinny music blaring from one of your crew's phones.

- You usually spent Friday nights at home bleaching your fringe and slapping on a Stargazer dye that you'd bought the week before (much to Mum's disgust).

- Speaking of hair, all the trendy girls had spiked hair around the crown paired with long extensions and looked like queens - Why wouldn't your Mum let you have hair like that?!?!?

- You went to Pagan just down the road for your piercings - £4 for a gun cartilage piercing? Count me in.

- But when you got a bit older and more mature you graduated to Red's Tattoo & Piercing (across the road) for the more hardcore piercings.

- And that piercing was most definitely your lip. Maybe even snakebites.

- All your accessories came from Culture Vulture. Who doesn't want a massive bow on their head and a massive lightening bolt necklace? Very budget friendly too unlike...

- Fabric Junkie. Please tell me I'm not the only one who remembers this cute shop inside the corn ex?! Full of quirky jewellery (think lego bracelets and dinosaur earrings) and super quirky tutus (care bears and polka dots), this place was heaven.

- Your clothes came courtesy of the emo shop inside the corn ex (can't remember the name) but there was a plethora of striped tees, coloured jeans and studded belts all at bargain prices.

- You went to see as many bands as you could at the cockpit and had the tickets plastered around your room.

Obvs these might only apply to me but hopefully some of you guys remember the corn ex days too! Do you have anything else to add to the list? I know we don't like labels but were you ever stereotyped at school?

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