Finishing Uni, France, Vape and Anime: My Diary

It’s been a long time since I have written a blog post, this is going to fun.

Hello everyone, I know it has been a long time but I have been pretty busy in the past few months. Luckily I took lots and lots of photos!!

Finishing Uni and Exisitional Crisis:

I cannot believe that I have finally finished university! The past three years just flew by and the realisation that I am going to have to grow up hit me like a boulder covered in knives and forks (great metaphor). When you are at university it is like being in a highly stressful but fun bubble where you don’t really have to worry about the world outside and the fact that you are going to have to grow up sooner or later. I liked being in that bubble, I had student discounts and a timetable for my life.

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A picture of me at my first Halloween party. Not a clue what I was meant to be, but the reason why I was in a onesie was because I couldn’t be bothered to get dressed #StudentLife

But that bubble has popped and I am officially an adult. I have finished with education and I am nearly ready to step foot in the big, bad world. I saying that after I have just come out of a massive exisitional crisis. For those who are not too sure on what an exisitional crisis is, it is where you are wondering what you are meant to do in life. Pretty dramatic. Luckily I was able to figure out what I am going to do with myself until I have fully figured out what I want to do.

One thing I found what helped me when I was siting on my sofa wondering “What the HELL am I going to do with my life?!” was watching anime. For those who don’t know, I am a massive anime fan!

ANIME!!!

Anime, the greatest type of show on Earth and the reason why I don’t really have a social life anymore. Last time I talked about anime, I was watching Glitter Force. Since then, I didn’t watch a lot of anime until I finished uni, that was when the bingeing started:

+ Yuki Yuna is a Hero
+ The Seven Deadly Sins
+ Psycho Pass. I am now watching Season 2 after starting it two days ago. Apparently they have another season and a movie, that’s my To-Watch list sorted!

I don’t really have any favourites as I like them all but the one I have enjoyed the most is Psycho Pass, the anime I am watching at the moment

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I have a folder dedicated to Ginoza (my favourite character) on my phone!! Credit to all the artists shown

France 2016

Before I finished uni, I went on a family holiday to France. We stayed with my aunt who lives, in France, somewhere I didn’t’ do very well in geography, can you tell? When I was there, we went to a supermarket called Super U. It is like the Tesco of France but much cooler!

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I saw these and I had food envy! These pizzas have so many different toppings on them. This supermarket also makes sure that they are do not wuss out on the toppings! The one which caught my eye was the Seafood: salmon, crab and some other fish I couldn’t recognise

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This machine is full of different types of dried fruit and nuts. You can chose the mixture and the amount you want

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I saw this in the Flowers section and thought it was the most romantic thing in the world! You could buy a single rose which last for four months

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I was surprised by the amount of choice there was in the chocolate aisle. All of this aisle is different chocolate!

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I went to a small cafe in a small town centre and ordered a latte. For a tiny coffee, they gave me a massive amount of steamed milk. The cutest thing I thought was the Smarties on the spoon, a cute little snack for my coffee

My new e-cigarettes, what I am vaping and what happened to my old one:

Those who follow me on Twitter will know I recently got a new e-cigarette from Totally Wicked, the aio (All-In-One). This means that the battery and tank do not separate. This model came out just over a month ago and was £24.99. The difference between this one and my old one is, my new one is much more powerful and has a bigger tank.

The reason why I got rid of my old was because some e-liquid was leaking through the atomizer and onto the battery. Although finding some e-liquid on the battery is normal, having the liquid on the battery all of the time on it and leaking through the atomizer is not. The e-liquid I used was from a new shop and was not labeled right. The percentage was 100% VG (more cloud, less flavour). This is usually fine but the stuff I got was not the proper stuff and, long story short, it wrecked my e-cigarette!

So I went to my favourite store and told them my problem. They told me straight away “You need to get rid it now!” The reason for this is because, the battery is a Lithium Ion which is quite safe is used probably, but if not could explode and cause fires. So I decided there and then to throw my old one away (throwing the battery in the proper bin which can be found in most major supermarkets). Bye bye!

Since then, I have fallen in love with my aio. It is much more powerful and I am able to control the clouds. I have also got some new e-liquid (the proper stuff) one is called Iced Blackcurrant (Iced Red Label range) and the other is Jimmy’s Julie (Diavlo range, this flavour has just come in). All of these are from Totally Wicked.

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Stuttering: My Diary 7

People who know me know this but for the people who don’t, I have a stutter. I have had it for quite a while and I cannot remember a time when I did not have one. It has taken me a while to ‘get used to it’ but I am still very self-conscious of it because I feel like I can’t speak to people probably sometimes.

It makes communicating with anyone really difficult because it feels like there is a lid in my throat which stops some words from coming out. I also repeat some words and sounds, and say some which aren’t meant to be there; words like and, umm and shh. I can remember one time, I was on the train speaking to someone on the phone and there a father with two children were sat across from me. I stuttered and said ‘shhh’ for a couple of seconds and the father thought that I was telling him to shut up when in actual fact, I wasn’t; I was just stuttering. I felt really guilty because he looked at me and, I was so embarrassed I got off at the next station even though I was nowhere near my station.

For people who don’t know what a stutter or stammer is, Stuttering is a communication disorder in which the flow of speech is broken by repetitions (li-li-like this), prolongations (lllllike this), or abnormal stoppages (no sound) of sounds and syllables. There may also be unusual facial and body movements associated with the effort to speak. Stuttering is also referred to as stammering. (Credit to: The Stuttering Foundation)

For a long period in my life, I tried to speak as little as I could in school. I would get embarrassed to speak in class or even talk to the receptionist at the front desk. I would sometimes write down what I as going to say on a piece of paper and give it to the person so I wouldn’t have to speak to them. I have stopped doing that and I am putting myself in situations where I have to speak in public so I have speak and communicate people. The most recent one was when I decided to present my Research Project as a presentation instead of an essay. Although I stuttered all the way through, I gave my tutor a copy of my notes so at least one person knew what I was on about! Afterwards, although I felt embarrassed because I stuttered all the way through, I felt relieved because I was able to get through an entire presentation on my own without having to write things on a piece of paper.

Even though I am still embarrassed by my stutter, I am slowly but surely getting used to it and learning different way to express myself. One of the ways I express myself is through social media. Social media has given me a way to socialise with new people with confidence. Before social media, meeting new people was my biggest nightmare because I was scared of their reactions to my stutter, but now I am talking to more people and learning a lot more.

The other way I express myself is through blogging. Blogging has given me the opportunity to tell people what I am interested in and what I am doing. Even if the topic I am talking about is boring as hell and no one reads it, I am still expressing my feelings to someone and it feels amazing!

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Stuttering used to rule my social life but, not anymore!

I did a bit of research the other day and I found a list of famous people, people who I look up to, who have a stutter. When I read it, I realised that I wasn’t alone and that there are other people out there who have a stutter but have put that aside to reach their goals:
– Emily Blunt (actress)
– Marilyn Monroe (actress)
– Rowan Atkinson (actress)
– Samuel L. Jackson (actor)
– Gareth Gates (singer songwriter)
– Kylie Minogue (singer)

When I read this list, I realised that these people stutter but this has not stopped them to reaching their goals. So I decided to not let my stutter define me and rule my social life. I will not forget that I have a stutter (it’s a pretty hard thing to forget) but I will embrace it and accept it.

Below, I have put links to my favourite speeches and stand-up shows by stutters:
Drew Lynch
Rowan Atkinson
Ed Sheeran
Emily Blunt

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Glitter Force, University and Life After June: My Diary 6

Firstly, sorry about my lack of posts recently; university work has been taking over my life. So on one of my hours off, I decided this blog post about what I have been up recently.

University Work, University Work and more University Work

For those who don’t know, I am in my final year at university so that means that the work load is huge and the stress levels are through the roof. But by June, I would have finished all my the coursework and I would be done with university. That’s not to say that I will be sad that I am leaving, just relieved that the many hours of coursework and drinking strong coffee by the gallon will be over!

I have just finished my Research Project (dissertation in other words) so that is one thing ticked off the list. The next thing for me to do is to finish two essays, but they are not too difficult so they should be fine!

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Picture from my Twitter Feed! Essay writing

Glitter Force and Me

“Blazing away to a happy ending!” Yes I am watching an anime which is aimed at young kids but it is so good! It sort of reminds me of the old television shows from my childhood: Winx Club and W.I.T.C.H, they all have the same structure of five girls who have super powers and they save the world by fighting against evil. I always loved these types of shows because the characters were so cool and their powers were amazing and I wanted to be one so much!

My favourite character is Glitter Sunny, she is really sporty and she has the power of fire; everything I wanted to be but was too lazy to do anything (not the fire power but sporty thing, yes).

I started watching it when I was searching on Netflix for a new anime to watch. I usually watch gothic and horror anime and girly stuff was never really my thing. But I was watching Alexa Poletti, a YouTuber (I have put a link to her YouTube channel in her name) and she talked about all of the anime she likes and I really wanted to watch something new. So I watched Little Witch Academia and then Glitter Force popped in the suggestions box.

(I did stay up until 4am to watch it and I mad coffee in order for me to watch it, is that bad?)

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Credit to Fuse.tv for the picture. Link to article.

Life After June

As the end of university is just around the corner for me, my mind is looking towards the future and what I want to do with my life. I have been to job interviews all over the place and I have filled out countless job application forms. I started applying for jobs in February, but in the beginning I didn’t really know what I wanted to do as a job or even as a career. I was applying for I didn’t really want and I knew that I would be unhappy if I had got the job.

But now, I know what I want to do and I am applying for jobs which I would be really happy to be in. The main thing I have learnt from this experience is to remember that I am thinking of doing something in the future, I have to take my happiness into account; even if it means that it may take longer fo me to find that thing it will be worth it in the end!

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Glitter Force, University and Life After June: My Diary 6

Firstly, sorry about my lack of posts recently; university work has been taking over my life. So on one of my hours off, I decided this blog post about what I have been up recently.

University Work, University Work and more University Work

For those who don’t know, I am in my final year at university so that means that the work load is huge and the stress levels are through the roof. But by June, I would have finished all my the coursework and I would be done with university. That’s not to say that I will be sad that I am leaving, just relieved that the many hours of coursework and drinking strong coffee by the gallon will be over!

I have just finished my Research Project (dissertation in other words) so that is one thing ticked off the list. The next thing for me to do is to finish two essays, but they are not too difficult so they should be fine!

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Picture from my Twitter Feed! Essay writing

Glitter Force and Me

“Blazing away to a happy ending!” Yes I am watching an anime which is aimed at young kids but it is so good! It sort of reminds me of the old television shows from my childhood: Winx Club and W.I.T.C.H, they all have the same structure of five girls who have super powers and they save the world by fighting against evil. I always loved these types of shows because the characters were so cool and their powers were amazing and I wanted to be one so much!

My favourite character is Glitter Sunny, she is really sporty and she has the power of fire; everything I wanted to be but was too lazy to do anything (not the fire power but sporty thing, yes).

I started watching it when I was searching on Netflix for a new anime to watch. I usually watch gothic and horror anime and girly stuff was never really my thing. But I was watching Alexa Poletti, a YouTuber (I have put a link to her YouTube channel in her name) and she talked about all of the anime she likes and I really wanted to watch something new. So I watched Little Witch Academia and then Glitter Force popped in the suggestions box.

(I did stay up until 4am to watch it and I mad coffee in order for me to watch it, is that bad?)

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Credit to Fuse.tv for the picture. Link to article.

Life After June

As the end of university is just around the corner for me, my mind is looking towards the future and what I want to do with my life. I have been to job interviews all over the place and I have filled out countless job application forms. I started applying for jobs in February, but in the beginning I didn’t really know what I wanted to do as a job or even as a career. I was applying for I didn’t really want and I knew that I would be unhappy if I had got the job.

But now, I know what I want to do and I am applying for jobs which I would be really happy to be in. The main thing I have learnt from this experience is to remember that I am thinking of doing something in the future, I have to take my happiness into account; even if it means that it may take longer fo me to find that thing it will be worth it in the end!

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Dogs Don’t Do Ballet at Worthing Theatres and Your Ballet Questions Answered

The other day (8th April) I went to see Dogs Don’t Do Ballet at the Connaught Theatre in Worthing. I was really looking forward to it because I hadn’t seen a live ballet performance in a long time and I hadn’t seen a modern ballet for years.

When I got to the theatre, it was buzzing with children. They were excited to see the ballet and were practically dragging their parents into the theatre. This was probably the children’s first time seeing a live ballet performance or their first ballet ever, so the excitement was understandable. It made me remember what I was like when I was their age, seeing my first ballet performance, Sleeping Beauty.

When the show started all the children are gobsmacked by the dancers, one child behind me asked their parent: “How does she stand on her toes like that?” It made me smile because that was the same question I asked my mum when I was their age.

The music was all Classical and that was amazing. We, as a society, are so used to dancers dancing to music with lyrics or with ‘modern’ instruments, that we forget that dancers originally danced to music which didn’t have lyrics or electric guitars.

As the show went on, the children were asking more and more questions and were getting more and more excited by the performance. The show was light hearted and had a light story line. A relief to me as classic ballets such as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker have quite in-depth storylines.

By the end of the show, the children were cheering and clapping and were genuinely amazed by the show they had just seen. In the entrance hall, some children were dancing and some were asking their parents a whole host of questions such as:

– How does she stand on her toes for so long?

– How does her skirt stay out like that?

– Why were her shoes long and flat at the end?

– How does he lift her up so high?

Its funny because, these were the questions I asked when I was their age.

For people who don’t know, I learnt ballet from the age of 5 up to the age of 16 so I knew some of the answers to the children’s questions. So I am going to answer some of children’s questions now and hopefully this will help you, the reader, to understand ballet a bit better.

How does she stand on her toes for so long?

Two things: those shoes with the flat bit at the end and practice. They say that practice makes perfect and this is true for standing on point.

How does her skirt stay out like that?

Witchcraft by costume department (a.k.a really clever sewing)

Why were her shoes long and flat at the end?

The flat point at the end of her shoes allow her to stand on her toes. At the bottom of her shoes there is a block of wood; and yes it does hurt after a while.

How does he lift her up so high?

Training and trust on both parts. When the man lifts up the woman, she is trusting him not to drop her. She is also trusting him to put his hands in the right places so he is able to hold her up the air both comfortably and for long periods of time.

Why were the men wearing really tight tights?

This was a tricky one because I never really questioned it, it was something I just accepted. But to answer the question, it’s a lot easier to dance in tights than baggy jeans. Plus dancing jeans, it’s get really hot and makes dancing uncomfortable.

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Don’t forget to come to the next dance performance by the beautiful and stunning BalletBoyz! I will be watching it and I will be writing about it so stay tuned!

London, Sexism and Tourism: My Diary #5

Last Wednesday, I went to a conference thing in London about International Women’s Day. It was in in the middle of London and finished late at night so I knew that I had to stay round my friend’s house or go back on the train at night and run the risk of either getting lost or stabbed. So I decided to stay round a friend’s, then I decided to stay a couple more days; kind of like a mini break.

I needed it mind you, with university killing my soul and the stress of what I am going to after uni crushing my will to do anything. So I decided to take a few days away from all of the stresses and have a mini holiday in London. In my time there, I took so many pictures and was a massive tourist (don’t worry, I have put of the pictures below!)

Day 1: Comedy of Everyday Sexism at UCL

The first thing I did when i got to London was go to the conference. The conference was called “Comedy of Everyday Sexism”. It was a couple of weeks after International Women’s Day and the place was full of strong women. There were some men in the audience and some of them really didn’t get the title of Everyday Sexism. One guy said that we should all be grateful because we do not live in Pakistan. The panel host Laura Bates quickly shot him down with a fuck ton of statistics! She is the most amazing woman I have met and I admire her a lot.

When I was in the conference, it got me thinking, how much sexism do I and other girls like me go through everyday? That is another blog post but it definitely got me thinking.

After the conference, I went back to my friend’s house and slept like a baby (I never got that saying but it fitted really well into the sentence so wth).

Day 2: Movies, Tube and Westfield

The next day I visited a lot of places. The first place was Oxford Circus, my friend who I was staying with worked in Oxford Circus so it made sense for me to go there first.

Then I went to Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush to do shopping. It turns out, I have self control when it comes to buying CD’s and DVD’s but have no self control when it comes to food. I spent WAY too much money on food but, in my defence, I was on a mini break and I freaking love sushi (check my Twitter for a picture!) After my sushi, I was bored and it just so happened, there was a massive cinema on top of the shopping centre! So I went a saw Deadpool (BEST film!!)

I then went to Paddington for Lol’s, High Street Kensington and saw a fight on McDonalds, bought a book in Waterstones there and then went to Wimbledon because why the hell not?

Day 3: Another film, The National Gallery and Trafalgar Square

On the Friday, my friend didn’t have to go into work until 3:30pm so from the time of waking up and going out of the door, we spent all of our time in front of the TV, on Netflix watching Deadly Women (a television show about women who are killers, a lovely show). We did plan to do something but a lovely cup of tea and crap TV just looked more ‘our thing’.

After dragging our butt off of the sofa and out of the house, I went to Leicester Square to see another movie. It turns out the tube station is NOWHERE nearly the cinema! But to the honest, I get lost quite easily and the maps weren’t that good.

I found it in the end and I decided to watch The Danish Girl. I don’t usually cry at films but this got me welling up. But, at the point in the movie were the main character changes in a split second, my bladder decided to call so I had to rush out to the loo!

After the movie, I was in the that state of mind when you realise that everything is going to be ok. I hadn’t felt like that for a while and it was nice to feel that. With that in mind, I went to The National Gallery. I had been a long time ago and barely remembered it so it was nice for me to go back. My favourite pieces of art were pictures of stories from the Bible. I am not religious but it was nice to look at them and see different people’s interpretation of the same story.

I wondered round the gallery for about an hour or two. After that, I went to the gift shop and bought some postcards to send home. I have started writing postcards home because I want to keep in touch with my family and to show them where I am and the landmarks.

I spent 20 minutes choosing five postcards, I am surprised that the security guard didn’t kick me out!

When I left the gallery, it was pitch black but the lights of London were so beautiful. I have seen London during the day but I think it is more beautiful at night. I wondered through Trafalgar Square for a couple of minutes. In those few minutes I realised that I could live in London. Yer it would be a bit more expensive but I would be happier. I am not saying that I am not happy in Worthing but London made me feel different and stress-free, which I hadn’t felt in a long time.

Day 4: Camden and Selfridges

I went to Camden Town to see the market and town. I was actually planning to go to the zoo but it cost way too much money so I decided to go to the cannel instead.

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A trainer shop on Camden High Street

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A Gothic clothes shop on Camden High Street

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Padlocks on the fence of the canal.

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Tourists on a bridge watching a canal boat go through the lock

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Two canal boats in the water

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A decoration of  small Angels, Amy Winehouse and a man hanging on a tree in between two bridges

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A Chinese style house on the water

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Regent’s Park

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A hallway on the top floor of Selfridges

I got on a bus from Regent’s Gardens to Selfridges because my feet hurt and couldn’t be asked to walk down stairs.

Day 5: My Last Day

Sunday was my last day and I was sad that I was leaving. Luckily my friend had the day off so I was able to spend the whole day with her. We decided to go to Hempstead Heath to look at the view and what a view! We packed a lunch and a flask of hot chocolate and walked up the hill. It was really nice to see London from that height because you are able to see the part of London which is all skyscrapers and offices; but you were also able to see the part of London which was hills and countryside.

During my time in London, I realised that I could easily live there but that, if I moved there, I would be happy. If someone asked me where should they go on a mini holiday, I should say London. There is so much to see and do, the galleries and museums are free and you are able too amazing pieces of artwork for free.

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A view of London from Hempstead Heath

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A Bad Day: My Diary #4

Bad days happen. It may be a one off or part of a bad week. But one thing is to sure, bad days suck. You can try cheering yourself up, but not much can help. The best thing to do is to remember, tomorrow is another day.

Another thing is to talk about your bad day with loved ones and friends. I talked with a family friend and then I  Skyped Leah Coulthard for an hour. That made me a lot happier because I was forgetting the bad day. Plus it was nice to talk about it with someone who is not there and is in ‘your corner’.

Period Cramps, IBS and other shit:

Periods are the worst and can make you feel rotten. It is even worse when you have IBS which decided to play up on the same day as your period cramps. I tried green tea, a whole pepper, vegetarian stir fry, chocolate. None of those helped.

I finally sat in the living room, in the dark watching movies drinking really sweet tea. Tea seems to solve everything.

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What I did all day

University, my future and an exisitional crisis: 

I am finishing university soon and it is getting to the point where I am sat there thinking “What the hell am I going to do in a couple of months?” It seems that every website I go to wants me to sign up and fill in a form. In the last month, I must have filled out over 20 recruitment forms.

I have also got to the point where I am so close to finishing university, it feels like it is going too quickly. I have deadlines soon and although I am fairly confident about the work, it is still scary because this is my final year and it is year that really counts.

Being done with housemates:

Now don’t get me wrong, my housemates can be cool. But sometimes, I want to move out and never see them again. I know living in a shared house can be really cool but it can also have its disadvantages.

 

Being in a shared house means that you cannot choose your housemates. When you move in, you very rarely know who you are moving with. This means that you can end up with lots of girls or lots of boys. It also means that you can end up with a couple of housemates who love the same thing, which is really nice, but they are so passionate about it that they end up pushing you aside.

I have had the best and worst of housemates over the past two years. However, yesterday because I felt so rotten and I felt so left out and slightly offended, I snapped and couldn’t really take it as well I could have. I think they didn’t realise what they were doing and were annoyed because I had said something when in the past, I had kept quiet.

Thinking of nice things to look forward to:

Although it has been a bad day, I have a lot of things to look forward to:

+ Another trip to London

+ Leaving university, getting a job and moving out of my student house

+ Going home for Mother’s Day

+ Seeing my friends and family

+ Playing my flute in my room

+ SUMMER!!

+ Starting up orchestra again

+ More Worthing Symphony Orchestra concerts

+ More Worthing Theatres shows

+ More Skype conversations with Leah

With all of this to look forward to, it doesn’t matter if my housemates can be the biggest pain in the arse or I have to fill out another form or do another essay, in a couple of months it will all be done and in the past.

When bad days happen, sure they suck but tomorrow is another day. A new day where I can plan new things, meet new people and forget about yesterday.

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What has happened since Valentine’s Day? My Diary #3

Valentine’s Day only happened just over a week ago but it seems like a decade ago and a lot has happened to me since then. So instead of me writing individual posts about each event, I decided to make a diary like blog post, it is easier for me to write and for you to read 🙂

The Dreadful Day: Valentine’s Day

I was lucky that I wasn’t surrounded by couples that day, mainly because I was attending a concert by Worthing Symphony Orchestra. I got backstage access and was able to talk to the members of the orchestra and society. It was actually really nice to meet them because, although I have been in orchestras, I have never had the experience to meeting members of a professional orchestra. They were really nice and it seems that the section who were the funniest was the percussion. They have the best sense of humour, the whole orchestra was really down to earth.

Then, after the concert, my childhood dreams came true. My favourite movie is The Snowman, I used to watch it non-stop with my grandparents. Then, at that concert in the VIP area (oh yer) I met the composer for the music, Howard Blake! AHHHHHHHHHH! I was so starstruck and I could barely get any words out 🙂

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The view from the balcony during the warm-up

Home Sweet Home for Half Term:

From the 15th to the 21st, I went home back to Dorset for half term. I have to say, I really needed the break. My aunt from France was over and it was really nice to catch up with her. I also was able to see my dogs again who, when they first saw me, were all excited to see me and were jumping up and smiling. However after about 10 minutes, they remember that I left so they sulk and don’t talk to me. This happens every morning.

After all of that, I was able to catch up with my other family members. It is always nice to see them because I don’t get to see them that often, but we do have a WhatsApp chat where we are able to talk to each other.

It was really sad to go back to Worthing but I went back refreshed, that was until more train delays. Bloody delays.

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Samba taking up nearly all of my bed, as per usual

Endless Skype Conversations with Leah:

Leah (a.k.a DayDreamerzLeah – mini plug, you owe me one) and I have been friends for nearly 15 years and we are always Skype chatting each other when we are either: awake and can’t get to sleep, bored and don’t want to do work or have nothing else better to do.

During our Skype conversations, we mainly sit on our laptops or tablets and watch YouTube videos. This happens about 40% of the time, the rest of it is either: Leah talking to my housemates about Pokemon, gaming or other things which I know nothing about or making food.

Booking more events and train tickets to London:

I love going to events, especially conferences and meetings. I am one of those really weird people who could happily work at a desk all day and go to meetings. I also love organising my own planner and booking events to go to. My main reason for going is to learn something new and to network with the people there. I love meeting new people and learning about what they do, I have meet some very interesting people at these types of events.

I am going to a conference/course set up by DataGirls and it is all about making the most of data and the internet. It’s in London and will be finishing late so I will be staying round a friend’s house which will be AWESOME because I haven’t seen her in ages. The next day I will be meeting a very old friend (we have been friends for a long time, she is younger than me, I am the older one, by like 4 months) for lunch then going home.

The other day, I decided to book ANOTHER conference in London and it is also a late one so I will have to ask my friend who I am staying on her sofa, if I can stay there again. I love being busy and I love visiting London. Keep an eye on my Twitter page where I will be taking pictures (sneaky plug).

Courses, Courses and more Courses:

My mum once said (last week) “Go one as many courses as you can”. I have taken her advice and have booked myself one as many courses as I can. At university, they have free courses and workshops on Microsoft Office, Photoshop, iMovie etc. So I have booked myself onto all of those and some other ones.

My tutor sent me an email the other day, it was about a 4 day course which was all about increasing people’s sensitivity to space. I am nearly halfway through it and it’s really good. I will put a link to the course’s host here.

Surviving Valentine’s Day: My Diary #2

If you are like me, very very single, you understand the troubles of Valentine’s Day. It is not just the day which is the worst, it is built up to the day. For example the overload of lovely-dovely adverts for roses and cards, which you personalise for extra cheesiness. Whenever I see one of these, I want to projectile vomit over the television I find them that sickly.

The worst thing about Valentine’s Day is the fact that, people who are in a relationship makes it their duty to out-do their friends when it comes to doing romantic things. When you are single and all of your friends aren’t, you are left by yourself with nothing to do. You can’t go to the pub or the bar, you can’t go shopping for non-Valentine’s day stuff and you can’t even walk down the street without seeing couples taking stupid selfies and showing PDA to the maximum.

Maybe the last one was a bit over the top, but you get the idea. For this Valentine’s Day, I will be at a concert by Worthing Symphony. Now this would usually be really nice, but this is a Valentine’s Day concert so it will be overly romantic songs with couples cuddling and kissing. This may not happen but it may (according to movies). However I love Classical music so I’m sure it won’t be too bad)

My plan for the big day is to stalk the orchestra members and add lots and lots of pictures to the Facebook page (sneaky plug, plus I do the social media for them. I am not that much of a creep) and make them talk about their favourite food to eat on a Saturday and what is their favourite film to watch when the kids are out. Then I plan to go home, watch horror movies (they are least romantic movies of all time) and eat take-away until I have to go to the concert. I know I will enjoy it, it’s just romance is not my thing. (For people who are wondering why I did not add wine to the list, I don’t like wine or any type of alcohol. So in this case, ginger beer is my wine and take-away is my ice cream.)

My main problem is, I never had a ‘proper’ boyfriend. I would much rather play my flute and watch horror movies than go on a date. When it comes to people in Classical Music, the music comes first and the partner come second. Most partners do not understand this and this is when the problems start. My mum understands this very well and she know that when I am in the Classical zone, I am oblivious to the outside world. This also includes romance.

I am just not meant for romance I think. Not to worry, I have take-away. Cheaper and it never argues back.

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My Plan for Valentine’s Day and my Valentine’s Present to myself!

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Flare Path Review

Well Written, Well Produced. A good show. 3.5/5

On the 29th of January, I went to see Flare Path at the Connaught Theatre in Worthing. I had not been to a theatre production without my friends before so this was a new experience for me.  Going into the theatre, I was pleasantly surprised with the set. Simple, yet elegant. Effective for the show.

I spoke to some of the audience members, I would say 80% of the audience were over 65 and some of them had been brought up during World War 2, so I knew that they all had high expectations.

When the show started I was surprised with the level of acting by the two male leads. They are both well-known actors and a credit to the profession. Unfortunately, the same could not be said for the female lead. As a female lead, there is a lot of pressure to perform and with this type of play (one where the background and setting is based on true events) research is key. However it looked like she had not done her research and relied solely on her acting to pull it off. I am not saying she is a bad actress, but her lack of research showed through and at times, this brought her acting down.

Besides that, the play was amazing. The set was very effective and the soundtrack was well chosen for the setting. The story was like a rollercoaster of emotions; you laughed, you cried and you learnt.

The play told the untold stories of the people who were left behind during the war; the wives of the servicemen and captains, the simple hotel keepers and the people who ran the RAF bases.

This show was very good but some factors did bring it down. If Original Theatre Company and Birdsong productions came back to Worthing, I was definitely see their new show.

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