Friday, 30 September 2016

5 things I love about the Darker Nights and Cooler Weather

dark night yorkshire

1. Being able to wear my PJ's from the minute I get in at 5pm without feeling guilty.

2. Using 'it's too cold/dark/rainy' as an excuse to not doing anything after work or on a weekend.

3. Being able to get to sleep earlier as it's no longer light until 10/as hot as hell.

4. Not getting frowned at for my love of wearing black, as it's now cold and matches the season.

5. Finally being able to go back to my potato heavy diet and being able to eat all my favourite stodgy, drowning in gravy type meals.

What are your favourite things about the change of season? Or are you a Spring Summer kind of person?

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliners

Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliners
A beauty post on Alright Blondie? Oh my God. Sorry there's no swatches but my house has terrible lighting and I just couldn't do the liners justice.
Today I want to talk about the Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Liners. I've never used them before and recently they were repackaged and rebranded although I'm not sure if all the shades are new to the collection or if some were pre existing.
Anyway at £16 these babies aren't cheap so I decided to treat myself to one to see if I liked them or not. I went for 'Retrograde' (a dark, glittering purple) and I fell in love. The formula isn't too runny, it doesn't burn my eyes like some glitter liners and it stays on for ages (Seriously I swatched it on my hand at tea time and it was still there when I woke up). It takes a couple of goes to layer it up but that's expected for a glitter liner.
So naturally, after trying and loving Retrograde, I had to buy another.
Urban Decay offer free delivery on all orders so it was pretty easy to justify buying another one and this time I went for 'Fireball', a subtle sparkling red. In different lights the colour shifts from red to orange just like - duh - fire. As a blue eyed gal I love using reddy/orange eyeshadows and liners as I feel it really makes my eye colour pop although sometimes I do get the odd stare for my bold choices.
I'd definitely recommend Urban Decay liquid liner's as they are just so long lasting and come in such a wide variety of colour. The thin brush can be a little bit intimidating at first but you soon get used to it! At £16 they aren't cheap, but for the quality it's a worth while investment.
Netx on my list are Kush, Intergalactic and Cuff - Are you a fan of Urban Decay? What's your favourite product?
Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliners
Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliners
Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliners
Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliners


Monday, 26 September 2016

Glasgow 16.09.2016

glasgow street art
Argyle Street - How cool is this art that we came across?
Last weekend Jody and I hopped in the car and drove three and half hours North to Glasgow, Scotland. It was our third time in Scotland this year and the reason we went up there was to see our all time favourite band, The View (also for the third time this year).
The View were performing at the iconic Barrowland Ballroom, where greats such as Oasis, U2 and The Clash have played previously. It was a one off show in celebration of the 10th anniversary of their debut album 'Hats Off To The Buskers'.
barrowland ballroom the view
People ask me all the time if it's really worth going all the way to Scotland to see The View and are they really that good and my answer every time is yes.
I feel like I get my money's worth every single time I go and see them. It's a high energy, non stop show and I come out feeling a stone later from all the dancing and sweating I've done.
Also, as they are a Scottish band there is nothing like going to see them in Scotland. In England there fan base is fairly small so the gigs are never crazy busy but in Scotland they sell out and they are mental. 90% of the crowd know all the words and don't stop moving until the band have left the stage.
It's a lot of fun.
 barrowland ballroom
As for the rest of our trip, we were sadly on a limited budget so didn't get to see much of Glasgow.
We found some pretty cool street art featuring elephants, sharks and walruses (I got photos don't worry) and had a lovely tea at Sloans, Glasgow's oldest bar and restaurant (apparently). The restaurant part of the bar was painted a really dark, rich read and fairy lights and candles really added to the cosy atmosphere. The food was pretty delicious too.
We stayed at the Merchant City Inn as it was cheap and it definitely exceeded expectations. We were on the fourth floor which nearly killed us after two hours of non stop jumping around but the room was tidy and the reception staff were lovely and helpful. The walls are paper thin though so if you are a light sleep maybe give it a miss.
glasgow street art
From what I saw of Glasgow it seemed like a pretty cool city with a lot to offer and I wish we had had more time and money to stay a bit longer.
Scotland is by far one of my favourite places out of everywhere I've been and it's a shame more people don't make the journey up there - It's ridiculous how many of my friends have never been further North than Newcastle.
Have you been to Scotland? How do you feel about it?

barrowland ballroom ceiling
 The ceiling of the ballroom...Look at the stars!

barrowland ballroom selfie
Obviously we took a selfie whilst we were waiting...

glasgow street art
Street art on Argyle Street  


Sunday, 25 September 2016

The Sunday Catch Up #30

mcdonalds breakfast
Hello and welcome to another Sunday catch up post! Let's get down to business shall we?

On an overdue night out
So I've been saying all week how I had big plans to stay in Friday buuut that didn't happen. Jody saw one of our friends on his way home from work who invited us round to his house and it didn't take much persuasion from Jody to get me to change my mind about my night in. Que us getting in a 4am, Jody having his most brutal hangover to date and me sleeping all of Saturday away - Ooops. I had a great night though, unplanned ones are always the best aren't they? As we didn't eat much yesterday we started today off properly and went for a McDonalds breakfast- YAY!

On my Missguided bomber jacket
I've been looking for a nice bomber jacket for ages and I finally found one on Missguided for £40. I thought £40 was a bit steep (I'm cheap) so put it to the back of my mind...Then I got an e-mail notifying me that it had 30% off so I took it as a sign and bought it. It's a long line bomber jacket in khaki with a warm and cosy shearling lining and it looks really cool with black skinny jeans and a polo top. Find it here.

On going to London
I'm going to London at the end of November with my Mum and I'm really excited. I've never been to London when it's all lit up and decorated for Crimbo so I'm really looking forward to going. Plans included seeing Wicked and going to the Warner Bros Studio Tour for the second time. I'm planning to keep my spending in check but meh, it probably won't happen.

Hope you all had a lovely week!

Friday, 23 September 2016

Saying Goodbye to Summer

The 21st marked the final day of Summertime meaning we are officially into Autumn (Although with the weird crappy British weather we've been having you would be forgiven if you thought Autumn actually began in Mid-August).

Now before I start writing let me tell you this: I like Summer. I spent a year in Australia so I am a big fan of hot weather. I love having a tan, it makes me feel really good about myself and I live for being able to go outside and actually do something instead of cowering indoors avoiding the rain.

But despite these things, my favourite season is probably Autumn. It's a time to wrap up warm and feel the leaves crunching beneath your feet. The darkness creeps in earlier and earlier meaning you have the perfect excuse to stay in, getting all snuggled up and watching The X Factor. You can lie in bed and listen to the rain beating against the window, feeling slightly smug that you're dry and indoors.

It's a time for being cosy which I am a big fan of.

So it's goodbye to Summer, as short lived as it was, and hello to Autumn. Here's to hot chocolate, wooly hats and wearing all the black because you won't melt to death now the seasons have changed.

Now is it too early to start the countdown to Christmas?

What's your favourite season?

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

'The Muse' by Jessie Burton

The Muse by Jessie Burton
After really enjoying Burton's first weird and wonderful offering (The Miniaturist), I decided to purchase a copy of her latest novel 'The Muse'. I'm 5 chapters in and just like the previous book, I have been totally sucked in to the story.

I'm not usually a fan of historical fiction novels but The Miniaturist and The Muse are quite simply perfect. The stories are so charming and unique that it's hard to resist getting lost in the words.

As well as being beautiful inside it's also beautiful outside. I know you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but it's so pretty!.

What are you currently reading?

Monday, 19 September 2016

Winter Woolies from ASOS

I like beanies, they're kind of my thing. Every year I treat myself to a new one to see me through the Winter months and this year was no different...Except I bought two, oops.

I love the chunky knit of the pink one and the rainbow bobble on the black one, aren't they wonderful?

What's the one thing you treat yourself to when the weather changes? A new coat? Pumpkin spiced lattes?

7X Knitted Beanie with Rainbow Faux Fur Pom Pom - ASOS £8
ASOS Cable Faux Fur Pom Beanie - ASOS £12


Friday, 16 September 2016

Review: Billy Bobs Ice Cream Parlour, Skipton

billy bobs ice cream parlour skipton
45 minutes from where I live is Billy Bobs , a 50's style diner and ice cream parlour. For ages Jody and I have talked about going but for some reason haven't got round to it so on our quest to find the best burgers in the UK, we made a reservation and made the journey to Bolton Abbey, where the farm/diner is located.

First of all, if you don't like kids this place isn't for you. Billy Bobs has a large play area and as it's quite budget friendly, a lot of families opt to go there for dinner. I'd also highly recommend booking a table before you go to ensure you aren't disappointed if you make the journey and it turns out to be fully booked up (especially on weekends and in the school holidays).

When you arrive you take your seat, peruse the menu and then you have to go up to a till to place your order. Waiters/Waitresses will bring your food out for you and then you are ready and able to tuck in!

billy bobs ice cream parlour skipton

billy bobs ice cream parlour skipton

The interior is exactly what you would expect from a 50's diner: Pastel colours, neon signs, American registration plates and lot's of old school posters and fonts. There's heaps of space, mainly in the form of booths and milk bar style stools and tables. Oh and there's a jukebox!

My favourite part of the décor though was definitely the yellow school bus, pictured above. I was absolutely devastated when I saw it and realised we weren't going to be sat in there. It's super quirky and add's a bit of fun to your experience.

billy bobs ice cream parlour skipton

Jody opted for the Kansas City Sticky Ribs (£7.85). The sauce was really thick and tangy - maybe a bit too tangy though - and the ribs fell off the bone...Just the way we like 'em.

billy bobs ice cream parlour skipton
I went for the cheeseburger (£6.65) and as you can see I took the rabbit food out - No thanks. It was pretty good but as I have a small appetite I would have preferred a single patty with a touch more cheese. Still yummy though even if I couldn't finish up.
billy bobs ice cream parlour skipton
The Piece De Resistance was most definitely the 4 stack of Pancakes (£5.75) with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (+£1.55) and chocolate chips (free). They tasted like heaven, especially when the chips started to melt creating a thick gooey, sauce. We both agreed that next time we go, we are just gunna go straight for the pancakes rather than messing around with mains.

billy bobs ice cream parlour skipton

Billy Bobs is definitely somewhere we would go again. The décor is right up my street, it's fairly cheap (we spent £30 in total with a coke, a chocolate milkshake and fries) and the food is pretty good. I'm dribbling just thinking about those dam pancakes.

Have you been to Billy Bobs? Or do you have a 50's style American diner in your area?

Billy Bobs Parlour
Calm Slate Farm, Bolton Abbey, BD23 6EU
01756 711826

billy bobs ice cream parlour skipton

billy bobs ice cream parlour skipton
billy bobs ice cream parlour skipton

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

5 Roald Dahl quotes to bring a little sunshine into your life

Matila: Quentin Blake illustration
As a kid I loved reading Roald Dahl's books and as a teenager I actually based some of my college art work around his stories and Quentin Blake's illustrations. Even as an adult his books can be enjoyed and I imagine children will be reading them until the end of time.

The 13th of September marked what would have been Roald Dahl's 100th birthday and is now referred to as Roald Dahl Day. I know this is a day late but I thought I would share five of my favourite quotes of his that we can all take something from.

' And Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it'. The Minpins

'A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick out teeth but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely'. The Twits
'Matila said, Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Go the whole hog. make sure everything you do is completely crazy, it's unvelieveable' Matilda

'I began to realise how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it. Luke warm is no good. Hot is no good. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be' My Uncle Oswald
'It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you' The Witches
What was your favourite Roald Dahl book? Mine was either Fantastic Mr Fox or The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me. All those sweeties!

Monday, 12 September 2016

How to stay in and save without losing your mind

lust bath bomb, soap and glory, lee stafford

Staying and saving is pretty boring and if you were to stay in all weekend, without leaving the house, you would probably lose your mind. As I'm part sloth, lying around all weekend is kinda my thing but Jody hates it. He gets cabin fever if he doesn't get up and do something so this post is inspired by him and the activities we do to stop him going crackers. Here are a couple of the ways we use to try and beat the boredom.

Treat Yo'Self.
First of all you can't spend all weekend behind closed doors because as discussed, you will get cabin fever. Instead allocate yourself a set amount for the weekend (It doesn't have to be much, £20 quid should do it) and use that to treat yourself to something budget friendly. That can be a midnight McFlurry, a cinema trip, bowling, a cheap sit down meal OR use your budget to get a feast at the supermarket. Or just go splurge on some Lush bath bombs, a face mask and have a super long, super bubbly bath. No regrets.

Get outside and explore your own backyard.
Going outside on a nice long walk is great if you don't want to break the budget because the outdoors is free. I live in a beautiful area where you can walk to a couple of National Trust spots without having to go on any busy roads and there are loads of fields to cross over. Take a backpack with some food and water and you're on your way. Plus, if you walk far enough you will tucker yourself out and won't want to go out on the evening.

Unleash your creativity.
Wether you enjoy drawing, painting or knitting, arts/crafts/anything creative is a great way to while away the hours. Jody and I have found that when I'm drawing or blogging, it's the perfect time for him to practise his guitar skills (or y'know play on his PS4 or watch something boring). Hours can pass by without either of us even realising.

Do you find it easy to stay in and save? Or do you have to distract yourself with activities?

Sunday, 11 September 2016

The Sunday Catch Up #29

veronica dearly pin
Good Morning all! First up, how cute is this pin? It's from illustrator Veronica Dearly and is part of her 'pin commandments' monthly subscription club. If you're a pin fan, go have a nosy.  Secondly, how weird has the weather been this week? Hot, cold, wet, hot, cold, wet...MAKE UP YOUR MIND SO I CAN SLEEP PLEASE.
On that note, onwards with this week's catch up.
On Never Forgetting.
Today marks 15 years since the day nearly 3000 people lost their lives in the USA and it's still as heart breaking now as it was then. I remember getting in from school aged 9 and seeing two towers on fire on the TV. I don't really remember anything else but I remember it was on every single channel. I didn't know it at the time but that was the day the world changed forever. RIP.

On New Opportunities
This week I have an opportunity (in real life) that I never thought I would. I don't want to go into any detail but it's an ambition of mine and has been for a long time so I'm really hoping I don't f*ck it up. I'm really stressed out and nervous about it so I've been practising my Woosa's and trying to do activities that chill me out and take my mind off it like walking and reading. It's not really working but by this time next week hopefully I'll know where I stand and will calm down a bit.

On Bake Off: Bread Week
Before we settled down to watch bread week Jody and I both said we probably wouldn't get any cravings like we do with cake/biscuit week but boy were we wrong. We ended up pausing it half way through and going to the Co-Op for some chocolate brioche. I know Val's a bit rubbish but I'm so glad she pulled through this week and I'm hoping that BBC see the love for her and give her her own show. It doesn't have to be about good bakes, just her pottering around talking to herself in the kitchen will suffice.

It's a short one I'm afraid but this coming week I'm going to Friends Fest and Glasgow so next week will be a bit more action packed. Have a nice week!

Friday, 9 September 2016

5 things on my Bucket List


1. Learn how to knit
I know I'm such a Nanna, but I've tried and failed so many times to learn how to knit. I can cast on and do the first row and then after that I'm completely lost. Maybe it's time I asked someone for help instead of trying ot learn via Youtube.

2. Own a dog
Growing up I was always surrounded by dogs - big ones, little ones, soft ones, hairy ones - and I loved it. Jody and I's biggest shared ambition is to own our very own dog, ideally a Staffy or an English Bull Terrier. Preferably rescued.

3. Go on an African safari for my 30th birthday
For Jody's 30th he wants to go to the Maldives but for mine I want to go on safari. It's been a dream ever since I saw The Lion King and it's something that has never left me as I've grown up. It's not a cheap activity so definitely one for a big celebration.

4. Get fitter
I'm always banging on about how I want to get fitter and tone up but to tell you the truth Gwen, I'm as lazy as they come. I'm slowly coming around to the idea of a bit of exercise but I doubt I will ever love it.

5.  Spend a few weeks exploring Canada
I could have bombarded you with travel on this list but I decided to stick to just two. Canada is on here because it has so much to offer. Seeing Polar Bears and Orca's in the wild would be incredible and I would love to kayak on the blue lake in Banff National Park.

What's on your bucket list?

Thursday, 8 September 2016

I am an introvert

Amy Schumer: The girl with the lower back tattoo
I recently picked up Amy Schumer's memoir 'The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo' and whilst I haven't finished it yet, one of the chapter's really resonated with me.

I am an Introvert.

In it, Amy says 'Being an introvert doesn't mean your shy. It means you enjoy being alone. Not just enjoy it - you need it. If you're a true introvert, other people are basically energy vampires. You don't hate them; you just have to be strategic about when you expose yourself to them - like the sun. They give you life, sure, but they can also burn you and you will get all wrinkly'.

I didn't expect the larger than life, no holds barred comedian to class herself as an introvert but I've only seen her do an hour of stand up and watched her play characters in Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer - What do I know about her really?

Anyway, I found myself nodding along to a lot of what she had to say.

At school I was described as 'quiet' and told that I should speak up more. Colleagues would never understand why I didn't want to accompany them to after work drinks and friends would often get annoyed with my lack of enthusiasm about joining them on days out or on group holidays. Some have even described me as 'miserable' and/or 'antisocial'.

The thing is, I'm not either of those things, not really. I just like to be alone.

Many of my friends are the type of people who constantly need human interaction to be able to function - always having people round to their houses for tea or planning days out - so they don't understand why I don't want to go to every single event that they organise. It's not that I don't like them it's just that I would rather spend a day doing my own thing.

Knowing that someone i.e Amy Schumer - who is quite willing to share their most intimate moments on stage with the world watching - feels the same as I do is quite comforting. If she doesn't have to be 'on' all the time, I don't have to either. I shouldn't have to apologise for being happy with my own company and I shouldn't have to make excuses as to why I don't want to go to this or that function.

I'm allowed time to myself and more importantly, I need time to myself. And that's okay.

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert? Or are you a bit of both?

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

fountains abbey, ripon

Located four miles from where I live is Studley Royal and Fountains Abbey, a beauty spot that I haven't been to since I was at school. As I'm a big advocate of getting outside and exploring your local area I figured it was time I took my own advice and did some local exploring.

Studley Royal Deer Park is an 800 acre plot of land that is home to a mansion, gardens, a church and many, many deer. The deer park is also home to the UNESCO world heritage site, Fountains Abbey, a grade one listed Cistercian monastery owned by the National Trust.

The Abbey was founded way back when in 1132 and was active until 1539 when Henry VIII, as the supreme head of the church in England, decided that catholicism didn't have a place anymore and started to shut down the monasteries in an attempt to create a protestant Britain.

In the years following, from 1540 to 1983, the land passed between many hands before it was finally handed over to the National Trust. In 1986 it became a UNESCO Heritage Site because it was described as 'fulfilling the criteria of being a masterpiece of human creative genius, and an outstanding example of a type of building or architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates significant stages in human history'.

All this history is minutes (in a car) from my house and would you believe I've only been once?

fountains abbey, ripon

After some discussions about our tummy tyres we decided that a walk to Fountains Abbey was the perfect way to explore our local area AND get a bit of fitness in. Two birds, one stone and all that.

Now I am not a fan of exercise. The most exercise I have done this year is kayaking in Arisaig and that was back in April. It's not that I don't like exercise I would just rather watch TV or go shopping or something. So it's safe to say I was a little bit dubious about spending the best part of my Sunday walking.

Studley Royal and Fountains Abbey are really pretty and we both found ourselves wondering why we had only been a couple of times between us. We're even contemplating joining the National Trust - Does this mean we are getting old? 

In total we walked 14.3kms/8.7 miles (19,579 steps) in about three hours and I burned 635 calories.

For someone who doesn't really partake in a lot of fitness activities I was pretty impressed with how far we walked - Although my feet did feel like they were going to drop off and my quads are still burning now.

So if you're looking for a nice walk in the Yorkshire countryside, want to find out some local history and maybe squeeze in a nice lunch, check out Studley Royal and Fountains Abbey.

Just remember to check the weather forecast before you go (We missed a downpour by MINUTES).
fountains abbey, ripon

fountains abbey, ripon

fountains abbey, ripon

fountains abbey, ripon

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

The Perfect Night In

yankee candles
It's no secret among the people that know me that I'm quite happy to stay at home instead of going out drinking and if it wasn't for Jody being a social butterfly I probably wouldn't see anybody for months at a time. 
With September coming around I have the sudden urge to hibernate so I've been staying in a lot more lately, cuddling up under the duvet and spending my Saturday nights laughing at the terrible X Factor auditions (I vote that Sunday's show is dedicated to just the bad auditions - Who's with me?).

I actually quite enjoyed doing my bank holiday photo diary (you can check it out here) as it was a way of documenting the normal and appreciating the little things. No whistles or bells, just what I got up too. So today I thought I would share my perfect Saturday night in. Enjoy!
Obviously a cosy night in isn't complete without a couple of candles flickering away so I've started to rebuild my collection again - The two above are two new Yankee Candle additions: Fireside Treats is sweet and subtle whereas Soft Blanket is fresh and comforting. I have to be sly when I bring them into the house 'cos Jody doesn't really understand my candle obsession.
steak dinner
Friday night is takeaway night so on a Saturday we tend to make something ourselves - usually heavily meat and potato based. On this particular Saturday night we had medium rare steak, cheese and bacon loaded potato skins, garlic mayo and the most delicious Morrisons onion rings. Seriously they were lush, go find them.
As a tight Yorkshire lass I do love a bargain and these Superdrug facemasks are perfect. They cost 99p each (3 for 2 at the moment) and as you only need a thin layer, you get two uses out of them (one for me and one for Jody). This one smells really good and is super refreshing, leaving your skin nice and soft.

gu puddings
To top off an evening in, you have to have some form of chocolate dessert right? Gu puds aren't exactly cheap I know (£3), but they are just so good. We baked this soufflé for 10 minutes and it was yummy and cakey on top and yummy and gooey in the middle.
I'm drooling just thinking about it.
After pudding it's time to retire to the bedroom, getting in my cosiest pyjamas and watching The Inbetweeners or The IT Crowd re-runs to fall asleep too. I got a new bed from Ebay a couple of months ago and I kid you not, it's like falling asleep on a cloud. Except I have a sweaty, snoring heap of a man sharing it with me.
So there you have it, my idea of a perfect night in. What's yours?

Sunday, 4 September 2016

How to start Monday the right way

Excuse me for the sketchy as f*ck image, it was taken at work and the lighting is horrendous. Crumpets and Beans though MMMM.
Set an early alarm, just so you can turn it off and enjoy your bed for a bit longer.
If you normally get up at 7.30am, set an alarm for 6.30am. When it goes off you will hate it more than the devil BUT you will breathe a sigh of relief when you realise you still have an hour in bed. Use that hour to roll around in a doze, watch the news or scroll through Instagram...Just don't get out of bed.

Have a fabulous breakfast.
Just because you set a late alarm doesn't mean you should get out of bed late and be rushing around. Get up in time to have a cracking breakfast and it doesn't matter if it's a McDonalds, a full English or overnight oats and berries, just make sure you have some. You will start the day (and the week) off properly and be in a much better mood.

Spread compliments around like manure.
Like someone's shoes? Think their hair looks great? Think they smell fantastic? Tell them. They will feel good, you will feel good, EVERYONE WILL FEEL GOOD. Spreading a little love is never a bad thing, especially in times as dark as these so throw it around like fairy dust.

What do you do to get your week off to a good start?

The Sunday Catch Up #28

yorkshire sunset
Good day you lovely lot! This post is a bit late because I went on an 8 mile walk this morning (something I don't usually do - trust me) and I've been lounging around all afternoon complaining about my aches and pains.  It was really nice to get up and out on a Sunday for once but I don't think I will be making a habit of it.

Onwards with the catch up!

On Biffy Clyro
Biffy Clyro is one of Jody and I's bands' - The day we met we thought we had nothing in common until he found Biffy on my Ipod and that was it, now we've been together for nearly seven years. Anyway they released tickets for their Ellipsis tour this week and I managed to get my paws on some for the one in Leeds. This will be the 4th time we have seen them and I can't wait.

On Primark Bedding
Don't you just love Primark bedding? They have some really cool designs and at such cheap prices you would be mad not to get your duvet sets from there. I have the doughnut set already but we've just bought another pink/blue/orange stripy set to add a bit of colour to the room. I really wanted the Grumpy Cat bedding but they didn't have it in king size at our local Primark, boo!

On Rediscovering my Love for Books
As a child I constantly had my nose buried in a book, my favourite thing to do at Christmas was circle all the books I wanted in the WH Smith Catalogue and wait patiently for Santa to drop them off. I'd then spend all day reading, wolfing down my lunch so I could get back to my book. As I got older I found interests outside of books and stopped reading quite as much, until I moved to Australia when I stopped altogether. I recently picked up a Fiction book for the first time in ages and now I'm completely re-engrossed in the world of literature.

Hope you had a lovely weekend

Friday, 2 September 2016

Friday Thoughts.

takeaway pizza

Man I am so happy it's finally the weekend. I know it's only been a four day week (thanks bank holiday) but I feel totally fried. There's been quite a few people on holiday at work this week so aswell as doing my own job, I've been covering for a few other people. All the overtime I've been doing is starting to get on top of me aswell so I'm feeling completely tuckered out.

So, in light of this, I'm planning on having a totally chilled out weekend. No alcohol, some good food, blog prep, a LOT of TV and maybe a nice walk so I don't get rickets/scurvy/sores from lying down for too long. Sounds good doesn't it?

Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Hello September

It feels like yesterday that I landed back in the UK, jet lagged and exhausted but elated to be back on hometurf, excited to see my family and start again from scratch. I've actually been home for seven months and since landing at Heathrow time seems to have flown by.
A lot of people have been commenting on how quickly 2016 seems to be going and I think time speeding up is just a side effect of getting older. Do you remember at Primary school when the 6 week holidays felt like a lifetime?

What would you give to have 6 weeks off from work now?