Sunday Summaries| Piss tasting cheap ciders by the sea, stalling in awkward places and lots of free coffee.

*For the record, I have been rather lazy I know. But, as I am off to London early tomorrow morning, I thought that I would do a bigger two week one now before I go.

Hey there,

So just to start off, I’ve been a big fan of reading lots of blog features where people talk about their week and what they’ve been up to for some time now and I’ve been wanting to start my own Sunday summaries on this blog for a while now and now that I am back freezing my arse off in the UK, I fully plan to love this blog and put a lot more time and effort into it than previously. I plan to keep a weekly schedule on here for my Sunday Summaries, high lighting what I have been up to that week for any nosy sods that might happen to stumble across my little corner of the internet. Even if the only person who reads this happens to be my mum. As I wrote on my previous Sunday Summariaries posts, once again this blog post shall be more of a wing it situation and we’ll see where I can go from here.

Also I apologise for the slow updates, not only on my Sunday Summaries series, but also throughout my blog in general. I have hit a slump recently and lost a bit of my mojo so the words just haven’t flown recently as well as they are capable of doing and honestly I haven’t really felt like writing much recently either, so there’s that. I have plans to go through my blog, tidy up, shorten, change and edit posts and the lay out within the next few weeks, so bare with me for the crappy, messy blog, for the time being at least.

Again I am late to the posting party, but I am going to blame a week lacking in creativity or motivation.

This week’s blog starts 19th June – 2nd July 2017.

The past two weeks consist of stalling cars, golfing in the rain and lots of free cups of coffee from Waitrose.

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Moody skies and hugs in a cup. 

Gym Sessions and ab attempts.

I am not even going to type that I even attempted a gym session this week. Although I did manage a homework out, which resulted in pulling my stomach muscles, and hurting for days. I don’t look too flabby though, so there’s that. My toe is pretty much back to it’s total toeyness, so that’s a good thing. I’m pleased though that it has finally started to look normal again. I know I’ll be in London for the next few days so it’s probably not too likely that I’ll manage a few home work outs, but maybe when I’m back on Thursday, I’ll get some workouts planned, plus perhaps a couple of runs and a few swims so there’s that.

Work. 

Work over the past couple of weeks has been interesting. Busy and not so busy.
Last week I picked up more hours at work, then I should have been, which has turned out to be a blessing in desguse with my new project of learning to drive. I also picked up more hours from other people’s shifts. This week I only picked up three and a half, and even then I had to beg to be allowed to stay on an extra 30 minutes as I was getting a lift home and didn’t want to mess them around. No work this week as I have it off as I thought I was off to Portugal for a few days. Hopefully the hours pick up soon as I need some money for driving and what not.

Getting out of the flunk.

Yes, I am still in the flunk, but learning to drive, as scary as it is, has definitely helped me in some respects. I’ll talk more about the driving further down in the post. But, it has been an experience so far. I’m improving a lot, which is always good. I can’t wait to be a better and more experienced driver.
Job wise: I sent off a banging application for ASOS, which I really hope works out as it sounds like a fantastic opportunity. I also got into contact with a few people over some possible freelancing so maybe somethings maybe looking up after all.  One day though, I will have myself that banging salary job, which is the start to hopefully a successful career, I won’t give up just yet, it will happen for me because I know that I am going to be very successful.  I have started another new personal website, as I had already begun to lose a little bit of direction. This time I let the site build up something which matched my expectations and I like it a lot more than what I had pulled out previously. Watch this space, it will be a bit of work and a project to get it up and looking like something I will be proud to show potential employees. Just like last week, I am hoping that this new week will be productive – blogging  editing, tidying, scheduling and job applying, as well as working out and getting my abs back etc. I’d also really love to do some website editing and posting this week as I have lots of ideas and stuff written down, which need editing and posting up in due course.

Catch Ups.

The past couple of weeks I have been fairly sociable, which is a good thing as I am pretty sure my mum was getting worried about my lack of social life.

Dad’s Birthday:

On the 19th it was my dad’s birthday and we had a lovely family evening together with Mum, Rachel, Nick and the kids up on the Downs. Oh and Daisy the dog. So many chips were consumed. Will was super cute sharing his beans with me after I asked if I could dip one chip in. He basically moved his little pot of beans next to me and said that he’d be happy to share his beans with me if I’d like. What a little cutie.  We also played football and I went shoeless, which is quite normal for me actually. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but it probably wasn’t the best idea given that I had a sore toe. I ended the evening full of chips, nuggets and mushie peas, which was a very satisfying feeling. The refreshing shower after it all though was a top idea.

 

On the Saturday last week, mum and I had a lovely evening all round with mum watching my bestie Liv kick ass on stage in the musical Our House, which she had been rehearsing for what seemed like months. 🎭 Liv was bloody fantastic as per usual, and I was left feeling super proud afterwards. The whole show was AMAZING though, so energetic and well put together. It was also nice to see the dance moves that Liv would occasionally re-enact on my sofa, on a giant stage. They made a lot more sense actually. Put it this way, for a blonde, she played a sassy black girl (her words), brilliantly.

 

This week I had a really nice time up on the Downs catching up with my really good pal Luke. I’ve missed him, we’ve always gotten on really well. It was nice nattering away for hours and making gym plans. Also I discovered that unsuprisingly cheap Tesco cider tastes like piss.  Still for £1.20 (Each, Luke and I split a pack of four), I really can’t complain and whilst ice cold tasted bearable. It was much cheaper and more scenic then forking over £4 for a bottle of cider in one of the many bars.

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I had a great few hours in Exeter with my childhood friend Rosie, which included veggie burgers, cider and a natter, plus shopping. I also finally got around to getting my phone looked at the Apple Store, which was my main reason to being in Exeter to be honest. It turns out that I was right, it was a loss cause. R.I.P iPhone. I also bought my mum the final book in the Hunger Games Trilogy as she said she’d enjoyed the other two. I found a decent copy in a charity shop. I also bought a Toy Story Dvd that I spotted.

One wet Thursday I met my pal Miles for a game of crazy golf. I also gave myself a list of things to sort out for London, which meant that I was rushing around a bit. I still managed to get everything pretty much done this morning. Although once again Vodaphone really wasn’t all that helpful. Also I think that I have FINALLY sorted out my Ping It money, which I have been trying to sort out ever since March. The girl seemed to be pissed off at first, but turned out to be nice. Also golf in the rain/miserable weather with Miles was fun again. We pretty much had the course to ourselves as you know, shitty weather. ⛳️ I also treated Miles to a Costa as I have owed him one since March. I rather enjoyed my raspberry lemonade. Good job Costa. Oh and I quite enjoyed my salad from Subway, which I have wanted to try ever since I saw it advertised in the cinema when I went to watch Wonder Woman the other week with my friend Nichole, as well as every day since. The advertisements make it look so tasty, fresh and healthy. I mean the downside was I had to pay more if I wanted To take the ham out and just have the turkey – deal of the day or something. Which was stupid.  I ended up chucking it on the floor, by accident when putting the rubbish in the bin afterwards. I bumped into a poor, distraught mother who had lost her little boy on my way back from Waitrose. Spoiler alert: he turned up. Apparently he’d done a runner down the road when she pulled up outside their house.

I had the most loveliest and spontaneous meal out on the river with mum when I went with her to pass on some CDs . We each had a home made veggie stir-fry with a black bean sauce, which was beautiful. I also enjoyed sharing three scoops of mint choc chip ice cream. We were watching fish jump out of the river as well, which was awesome. We also met this girl called Ophelia who was one of the girls on the CD, who was working there. She was lovely and very enthusiastic, which was rather infectious haha! We spoke books, music and mum informed her of the real message behind The Catcher in the Rye. Mum and I rarely spend much time together these days with life commitments getting in the way, so it really was lovely.

Netflix.

This isn’t on Netflix, but over the past couple of weeks I have watched a couple of episodes of The Handmaid’s Tail, which has Alexis Bledel from Gilmore Girls in. Man she looks so old compared to fresh faced Rory Gilmore that I have gotten used to seeing on my TV. It has quite a strong cast and a good storyline, although not painfully obvious at first. I thought they were oppressed women, but it turns out that they were the selected few to continue to keep the human race going or something. Or that’s what mum said anyway.

I finally started watching Once Upon A Time, which is a show that I have wanted to watch for a while. Holy fuck I can tell this is going to become yet another obsession.

Also mum and I are still slowly making our way through Gilmore Girls season seven, which is always a nice way to end the day. As much as I would prefer to be making some kind of money, the evenings off have provided something to look forward to. I especially enjoy sipping on a hot juice whilst getting lost in the town of Stars Hollow. We’re very close to finishing now, so next up will be the revival and I may take it back to the start as mum only started watching it properly throughout 5,6 and 7, so it would be nice for her to see the gang in the earlier series.

Reading.

I haven’t read as many books as I would like to have read over the past couple of weeks if I am being totally honest, which is strange because I am really enjoying my book, so it’s not like I don’t have the excuse of struggling through one for the reason of my stagnated progress of my ever growing pile of books this week. I have just finished reading I Heart New York, which I found in WHSmiths the other week for £3. I remembered a few years back when I was obsessed with the TV show called Over the Rainbow, that some of the contestants used to talk about how much they liked the book, so it was a bit of a throw back for me. I bought the fourth book in the series years ago as a result, so I have had that book on my shelf for years, without much intentions of picking it up and reading it. I just need to find the next couple of books –  I Heart Hollywood and Paris, now so I can continue with the adventures. With my 6 hour coach journey (x2) to London and back over the next couple of days, I am planning on bringing a couple of books with me to help pass the time, so we’ll see how that one goes. I’m also hoping to get around to start reading Highway Code as I would like to be more like Hermione and less like Ron and get a head start so I’m not cramming it all in at the end.

Cooking.

I have cooked for myself a little bit this week, and have been back shopping in the discount section of Waitrose again, which is always fun. I’ve also been back on my old favourite stir-fries a bit this week too, as well as starting my day off with a few legendary egg butties, which is always a winner in my eyes.

I also got around to finally using my George Foreman Grill, when I happened to stumble across some discounted organic chicken, from £7 something to £1.80. They were so nice, although I definitely should have made a sauce for them as they were rather dry. Thank God I found a half jar of sweet and sour sauce in the fridge from the night before.

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Speaking of Waitrose, I have found a few good bargains in there. Including: Jackets. Balls. Brew. Salad. Handmaid’s Tale. Fun.

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Balls, jackets and salad.

One day I had stuffed my face with some pre-work veggie pizza as I was running late. It was a total throw back to third year uni. Also, I don’t remember the last time I ate pizza. 🍕

There was also the day that I felt that I was let down by Waitrose’s reduction section.💔 I only wanted a salad and some cheap healthy bargains. I had to settle for a Stir-fry. To be fair, it was a very nice stir-fry and that was totally a #FirstWorldProblem

With London next week I doubt I’ll be doing all that much cooking as such, but we shall see.

Driving.

Over the past couple of weeks I have had five two hour each lessons, which has been a bit of an interesting experience. I definitely need to feel more confident behind the wheel as at the moment, I’m still very aware that I am in control of a big metal machine, which if used incorrectly, could actually kill. But, there has been some improvement, so I guess I can’t complain too much. So far I have managed two different training routes, which have been rather testing in their own way. I especially get a little anxious trying to navigate myself through a rather busy town centre.

Last week I just drove home for the first time in my life. That was terrifying and slightly fun.  That lesson went well though, so that’s the main thing. You have to really concentrate though and I didn’t realise how many things you have to do to make a car move.

The other day I managed to stall three times in a row on an extremely busy road right by the sea front, which was so embarrassing. I’m just very glad that no impatient drivers beeped at me, because that would have been so much worse lol. But apparently, despite stalling a lot, apparently I still made a lot of improvement that day with my driving.

Also, Friday’s early lesson this week, went alright, despite the fact that I started off rather nervous as there had been a few days in between since my last lesson. There was definite improvement by the end, which is a shame that I couldn’t have been like the the whole way through the lesson.

 

Extras.

Dad getting a Fitbit for his birthday is a good idea in theory as he’s always running long distances, swimming, working out and is super health conscious. But, the amount of time it took to sort it out was a bit of a joke. in the end. Basically my step brother Nick bought dad the Fitbit for his birthday and it took us over two hours to sort it all out in the end.

One day it was two years since the day that  I was in the presence of legends AKA Fleetwood Mac, I decided that Fleetwood Mac kind of day and blasted out all 190 Fleetwood Mac songs on my iPod, some are repeats by the way. I was also tour top proud and wore it with pride all the way to Waitrose.

 

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Ignore my horrendous face here, but here I am showing my tour top off with pride.

There was the day that I wrote a note and stuck it on a lady’s car as she was selfish parking over the line outside our house and I am honestly sick and tired of people being so disrespectful. Bad ass. But, then she came out not long after I got back inside the house so I awkwardly hid. Not so bad ass after all.

One day I spent hours going deep into my following on my main Twitter, unfollowing pointless celebrities and people that didn’t follow me, so now, I finally have more followers then following. 😄

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Look how beautiful it is. For the first time ever I have more followers then following. Also new bio.

I went driving with mum one night after she finished work as I had the night off. I am pleased to say it went well and was quite enjoyable. Even if we had to share the car park with another learner practising.  Also we now know that mum and I can actually sit in a car together and practise driving without killing each other, which was a personal joke between us. It was actually very lovely. My mum is top.  I definitely want to practise more with her.

There was also the day during my ten minute stroll to Waitrose where I had a total blast from the past speaking to Ellie’s mum and Josh’s mum.   Maybe I’ll take Fiona (Ellie’s mum), up on the offer to message her at some point, although I do feel like if Ellie did really want to catch up then she would have messaged me. Anyway, we shall see. Watch this space.

Liverpool.

Well the 2016/17 football season ended the other week, so unsurprisingly there’s not much news at the moment and it’s still too early for any big transfers to have taken place just yet. Liverpool signed an exciting fast paced Egyptian winger called Salah, so I am excited to see him in a red shirt. We have also been linked to some exciting players for a change, I love the transfer window, especially if Liverpool have an exciting one.

So yes, usual ending to this blog. I plan on going through my blog and tidying this rambly mess up, adding in the photos etc. So no judging for the time being. This blog is a work in progress.

Until next time,
Love, hugs and pugs.

Keri. xo

The Weekly Hit and Miss List. #23

Hey there,

So just to start off, I’ve been a big fan of reading multiple blogs where people state their weekly favourites for some time now and I’ve been wanting to start my own weekly summaries for a while. I started one draft in November, which actually didn’t work out with timings and stuff and never got finished or posted. Which is probably a good thing given how late in the year I was trying to start something. As it’s now 2017, I’m going to give this one a real good crack.

I have decided to narrow it down into three things that I am finding to be a hit this week and three things which are a miss this week, just like the kind of things you often find in magazines.

I apologise for the lack of blogs and failing to get planned blogs up on the scheduled or planned day. Hopefully next week shall be more productive, so watch this space.

So without further ado:

(Week starting /19/6/17)

Hit:

1|Free hot drinks at Waitrose. 

This basically sums up my week really, the highlights have been going to Waitrose daily for food reductions and free cups of teas and coffees.
Seriously though, as lame and as middle aged woman as I sound, applying for a Waitrose card online was a great idea. I mean, pretty much every time I go inside the store up the road from me, I come out clutching a take-away cup and hot drink, for free. What a novelty.

2| Halsey’s new album – Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. 

 

I have been a big fan of Halsey’s for a while now, I especially loved her last album – Badlands (2015), which I got my mum into during a wet family holiday to North Wales back in September 2015.
Although I have yet to purchase this album off iTunes yet (it’s on my Wishlist), I have had it on repeat on Spotify all week. Big fan. It’s edgy, bold and everything that Halsey is about (judging on her appearance, tweets, etc). I love it.

3|Our House.  (To be updated.)

At the time of writing this (Sat 5pm) I am due to the theatre in two hours and a half to see my bestie perform and honestly, I am SO excited to see her perform again. She always leaves me feeling like one of those proud mums, where your heart swells five times the size of your head and you have the biggest shit eating grin on your face for the rest of the week, so of course, I may not have seen the show yet, but I already know that it will be in my top three weekly for this week. (To be updated.)

 

Miss:

1|Selfish people constantly parking over the line outside our house. 

This is a recent really big pet peeve to be honest. The lines are outside our house for a reason, and there are so many selfish people out there. Yes, I am aware that it’s not illegal, but they are there for a reason and I’m really starting to dislike people. Plus it’s on a corner and a dangerous place to park and my parents, my mum especially get nervous trying to get in and out of our drive and that’s not fair. Also, there have been a few accidents there over the year. Stupid, selfish people arseholes.

2| Baby sea gulls.

Every year since we moved into this house when I was nine, around May/June/July time, the baby sea gulls fall off the roof into our garden. They are very cute, and kind of scraggly, but also a massive inconvenience. Basically my clean bedding stayed out on the washing line last week for two days straight (luckily we had a bit of a heat wave), as the parent gulls are very territorial and extremely likely to attack. So yeah, I ended up having to stay inside the house for fear of being attacked, when all I wanted to do was go and read and work out in the garden. They also would yell at me, regardless if I was in the bath or at the kitchen sink washing my dishes. They’d be outside the window telling me off. Stupid birds.

3| Too hot at work. 

As I have mentioned, it’s been a heatwave over the past few days this week, and yes I am not complaining about the weather. Although 30+ degrees in England without air-con has been a nightmare. Yes I did find myself longly looking back to my time in Australia with the power to turn a stifling hot room, nice and cold at the click of the button. This time I had the stifling room and a dream of the aircon remote. In fact it’s apparently been an English heat record for over forty years, so the heat is no exaggeration. Anyway, as much as I enjoyed the beautiful weather (without the use of my garden – stupid sea gulls), it made work this week impossibly hot and uncomfortable. It was alright for the guests sat in a nice air-conned room, but running around, dressed in all black with a tie and a shirt was horrid.

So there you have it, three things I’m digging and three things I’m not digging this week. Hopefully my life will still be slightly exciting in one way or another now that I am back in England for the time being. I know it’s not quite Australia, but I will enjoy every day, I mean after all, life is meant to be enjoyed.

I’m planning on scheduling a weekly hit and miss list every Saturday. Let’s see how long this lasts for.

See you next Saturday. 😉

Love, hugs and pugs.

Keri. xo

Sunday Summaries|

Hey there,

So just to start off, I’ve been a big fan of reading lots of blog features where people talk about their week and what they’ve been up to for some time now and I’ve been wanting to start my own Sunday summaries on this blog for a while now and now that I am back freezing my arse off in the UK, I fully plan to love this blog and put a lot more time and effort into it than previously. I plan to keep a weekly schedule on here for my Sunday Summaries, high lighting what I have been up to that week for any nosy sods that might happen to stumble across my little corner of the internet. Even if the only person who reads this happens to be my mum. As I wrote on my previous Sunday Summariaries posts, once again this blog post shall be more of a wing it situation and we’ll see where I can go from here.

Also I apologise for the slow updates, not only on my Sunday Summaries series, but also throughout my blog in general. I have hit a slump recently and lost a bit of my mojo so the words just haven’t flown recently as well as they are capable of doing and honestly I haven’t really felt like writing much recently either, so there’s that. I have plans to go through my blog, tidy up, shorten, change and edit posts and the lay out within the next few weeks, so bare with me for the crappy, messy blog, for the time being at least.

Again I am late to the posting party, but I am going to blame a week lacking in creativity or motivation.

This week’s blog starts 5th – 11th June 2017.

This week consists of one bloody toe and a ruined pair of expensive Nike trainers, lazy co-workers, catty females, and one very beautiful, hippie beach wedding in the rain.

Gym Sessions and ab attempts.

I’m not even going to even attempt to write that I made any effort to run/gym/swim this week, sadly. I did feel fat after a couple of cooked breakies though, so maybe I should have attempted to at least do some sit-ups. I have still been a little bit sceptical about my toe, as it still hasn’t quite healed over, but the good news is, a trip to the doctors did confirm that my toe is on the mend so there is that. This week I do plan to get some home-workouts planned, plus perhaps a couple of runs and a few swims so there’s that. This week (at the time of writing) is a new week and all that, yada yada yada, let’s hope I am more successful. I have a few friends up for a swim, so let’s see if swimming works out too.

Work. 

This week, like last week has been very busy, with enthusiastic all inclusive guests, keen to take advantage of their unlimited free drinks between the hours of 6-11. I didn’t work as much, as my bank account would have liked, especially as I am now learning to drive, which is an expensive hobby. But it has to be said, it has been nice to enjoy the nice and chilled out sunny evenings that have been afforded to me this week and within the next couple of weeks.  But yeah, the few nights I have worked this week, there were far too many enthusiastic oldies on the all inclusive drinks band. It was honestly none stop and I was pleased to chill out in bed after my shifts had ended as my feet were aching.  In fact I had an on going inner monologue consisting of Fuck Off every time I got a split second breather to try and restock the fridges as people were really annoying me constantly coming over for more free drinks as I couldn’t do anything else.😑😒

Getting out of the flunk.

Once again, I am in the flunk, which is becoming slightly boring to write. Although like I mentioned in last week’s post, I have now started my driving lessons. At the time of writing, which is slightly late to the party, I have now had two doubles with one booked in for tomorrow morning too, which is always fun and exciting. I just want to smash out lessons as fast as possible to get me on the road as soon as possible. So far I have started to grasp some of the basics and have already been tested with fairly busy roads and traffic lights etc. I even drove myself home for the first time ever.  I shall be keeping a record on this site of my progress, so, watch this space.

I would say I have been fairly busy with the whole job applications this week, although I definitely need to change my approach a bit and make my cover letters a little bit more personal. Oops. I have also received a few rejections on other job applications, so my confidence is going down on the daily.  One day though, I will have myself that banging salary job, which is the start to hopefully a successful career, I won’t give up just yet, it will happen for me because I know that I am going to be very successful.  I have started another new personal website, as I had already begun to lose a little bit of direction. This time I let the site build up something which matched my expectations and I like it a lot more than what I had pulled out previously. Watch this space, it will be a bit of work and a project to get it up and looking like something I will be proud to show potential employees. Just like last week, I am hoping that this new week will be productive – blogging  editing, tidying, scheduling and job applying, as well as working out and getting my abs back etc. I’d also really love to do some website editing and posting this week as I have lots of ideas and stuff written down, which need editing and posting up in due course.

Catch Ups.

This week I was fairly sociable, although more towards the end then the start to the week.

I had a lovely afternoon with Livy, for the first time considering she’s incredibly busy with lots of work hours, Slimming World, a musical that she’s in this week at our local theatre, driving lessons etc. We ended up having a late spontaneous 2pm breaky at our favourite breaky place, which I am always down for, which was followed by a reductions raid in Waitrose (7 items for £3.77, boom!), and a Netflix binge of Grace and Frankie (six episodes or something). It was very nice and chilled.

I had a lovely catch up with my friend Lydia and her adorable guide dog Bertie, who were down for the weekend as it was Lydia’s 25th birthday. I had lots of fun reminding her that she’s “well old now.” We went to The Baytree again, second day in a row and I ended up feeling slightly fat again. What can I say, two fry-ups and zero workouts can have that effect on you. It was really nice to catch up with Lydia, it’s just a shame that Liv couldn’t join us as Lydia threw the suggestion out there quite late in the day, and Liv has more of a busy life than me right now.  😛
I also met up with my old football team mate Nicole in town for a bite to eat and a cinema session. Once again we ended up at Maccys as Nicole is a big fan of the place, me not so much, where I added a chicken nuggets meal to my already fat from a fry-up stomach. Weirdly as I was walking into town in the sun I was actually craving a salad, but caved in for God knows what I was really eating as Nicole thought I was weird for wanting a salad in the middle of the Maccys queue. We also tried out this new cocktail bar, which I had been wanting to try for a while. The menu looked so awesome that it took me ages to narrow down all the drinks that I wanted to one. In the end I opted for a fruity, colourful cocktail (which didn’t look as cool as the photo in the menu), which was nice, but I should have gone for a more fruity one. Plus it had like half a can of tropical Red Bull in it, which I definitely didn’t want at 4pm in the afternoon – goodbye sleep! 😄  We did end up forking out £3 for a loyalty card which means happy hour whenever (I think!) and not just at a set time. So I am looking forward to getting down and involved in the menu at some point. I also finally got to see Wonder Woman, what a fantastic and inspiring film. I loved it. I also loved how badass she was and how insignificant men were in comparison. In fact, I already know that I need to see it again. Oh and for the record, move over Naya Rivera, I have a new girl crush holy fuck! I also have cheek bone envy. 😛

 

Paige and I also had a lovely day in Exeter, It was scorching though. ☀️ I think we should have gone to the beach then shopping. Thank God for air-con. We had an M&S picnic on the green (and I got all lame and excited over the food In there, seriously someone needs to tame me.) 🙈 I also bought a lovely top and boots in h&M. The girl didn’t remove the security tag off the boots though so I set off all the security alarms in lots of shops. Fun. Also, mortifying. Paige did some holiday shopping and I got dad a birthday and Father’s Day pressies. We also sweated our arses off. 😄 Sadly though, the main reason why I had agreed to go all the way over to Exeter was to finally get my iPhone looked at in the Apple Store. Only to realise I was half way down towards the train station that I forgotten to grab it from my bedside table as I am now so used to not having it on me. Ah well it looks like another trip to Exeter is on the cards then.

I ended up topping up my lovely Sunday Funday hanging out with the kids. Will and I hung out mucking around with his guitar, mum’s guitar & my recorder. I also picked up my old out of tune violin, which was such a throw back. I can’t even remember the last time I even looked at that bad boy, never mind pick it up and attempt to play it. I did find it very funny when Will played a ‘tune’ and I had to try and guess what it was. Sadly I didn’t quite get ELO’s – Mr Blue Sky.  We also all sang happy birthday to dad, Poppi had a hissy fit over having 3 tomatoes when she only wanted 2 and Will wanted to watch Little Mix and Ariana Videos, only he was way too embarrassed to admit that to dad and mum. Bless. 😄

 

Netflix.

After finishing off Thirteen Reasons why the other day, I gave Dear White People a try. I’m only two episodes in, but I like it so far. I like the characters and how sassy and opinionated they are, or some are anyway. I must admit at first glance I was a little bit unsure of the jokey commentary as I thought people might see the subject area as a bit of a joke and not to be taken seriously. Only to get half way through it and realise that it was a necessary element to be a little bit more lighthearted as otherwise people might actually get offended.

Also mum and I are still slowly making our way through Gilmore Girls season six, between my late night work shifts and mum struggling to stay awake for even one episode. We’re nearly on season seven now, which is fun. I especially enjoyed the night that mum and I had buttery toast, a hot juice (me)/drink (mum) each and and watched the show. It was all kinds of lovely. 😊

Reading.

This week, well last week as I am late to posting up last week’s summary, I managed to finish the book The Woman of Number 24, which although is good and eventually got very good, it didn’t quite win me over at the beginning. I have also just finished the book I was reading – One Moment One Morning, which was a book that I bought at Uni and have only just got round to reading. I really enjoyed it. Tonight I’m starting another new one. Exciting stuff.  I’m also hoping to get around to start reading Highway Code as I would like to be more like Hermione and less like Ron and get a head start so I’m not cramming it all in at the end.

Cooking.

 

I have cooked for myself a little bit this week, and have been back shopping in the discount section of Waitrose again, which is always fun.  I also continued with my new found favourite veggie finger wraps a couple of times, which have been a top lunch idea.

I topped off my lovely afternoon with Liv by having a rare opportunity to cook myself some dinner – a banging sweet and sour chicken. I also made myself a huge bowl of pasta and made a huge mess in the garden in the process. And I still haven’t used my new George Foreman grill yet, although I am looking forward to playing with my new toy. That and my coffee maker which I bought from Currys when I worked there, back in 2015 before I went to Australia for a year. I have quite a few nights off work this week, and not only am I looking forward to a rare sit-down meal, but also, to actually cook and play around with recipes.

Extras.

Once again, I have enjoyed picking up lots of random bargains from trips to Waitrose, including mango, strawberries, veggies etc. Oh and an even bigger bonus is, I now own a Waitrose card, which means I get free teas and coffee every time I make a purchase. It’s oddly enjoyable walking out of the store, cup in one hand, shopping bag in the other.

I managed to finally book the Megabus for my trip to London for £14.50 (each way) in a few weeks. BOOM. Now all we need to do is book a relatively cheap room for a few nights. Next up we need to sort out Harry Potter World Tour, book theatre tickets and other fun stuff. Wheeeey. 😀

There was a day that I accidentally knocked my nose ring out, and lost the ring some where. It’s a sad day when you lose a piercing to the carpet. 💔   Luckily mum came home at 6 something and rammed the piercing back into my face so all good. It wasn’t as easy getting it in as I remember though.

I went to the Doctors to get my toe looked at again as it’s been a few weeks now. For the record, it went ok and I have nothing to worry about. She said it seems to be healing nicely. She was friendly, which was nice.

There was the day that I used my gym tip money from work to treat myself to a cupcake as I was craving one. Clearly life is all about the balance. 😉   😄 To be fair, no regrets, Jammy Dodger cup cake was the bomb.

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Liverpool.

Well the 2016/17 football season ended the other week, so unsurprisingly there’s not much news at the moment and it’s still too early for any big transfers to have taken place just yet. It looks like Liverpool are very close to signing this Winger from Roma though, as early as Tuesday this week. Exciting times. I love the transfer window, especially if Liverpool have an exciting one.

So yes, usual ending to this blog. I plan on going through my blog and tidying this rambly mess up, adding in the photos etc. So no judging for the time being. This blog is a work in progress.

Until next time,
Love, hugs and pugs.

Keri. xo

The Weekly Hit and Miss List. #22

Hey there,

So just to start off, I’ve been a big fan of reading multiple blogs where people state their weekly favourites for some time now and I’ve been wanting to start my own weekly summaries for a while. I started one draft in November, which actually didn’t work out with timings and stuff and never got finished or posted. Which is probably a good thing given how late in the year I was trying to start something. As it’s now 2017, I’m going to give this one a real good crack.

I have decided to narrow it down into three things that I am finding to be a hit this week and three things which are a miss this week, just like the kind of things you often find in magazines.

I apologise for the lack of blogs and failing to get planned blogs up on the scheduled or planned day. Hopefully next week shall be more productive, so watch this space.

So without further ado:

(Week starting /12/6/17)

Hit:

1| Finally getting my arse back behind the wheel.

After years of telling myself that this would be the year that I finally get my driver’s license, I took the plunge and booked driving lessons. It took a lot of concentration and I definitely have a while to go yet,  but I enjoyed it and it felt good to finally have something to concentrate on again, see it as a new project and all that. I can’t wait for more lessons next week, and making more progress.  Watch out road! (;

 

2| Wonder Woman. 

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Pardon my French, but HOLY FUCK, this film was amazing. As much as I would like to appear to be cool enough to watch super hero movies (Marvel/DC etc), I really don’t watch those kind of films very often. But, I simply had to watch this film as I am all about empowering women, and Wonder Woman is no exception to this rule. I loved how bad ass she was, saving mankind and actually mostly men, from destroying themselves. She lead the way, she was the hero. I was so inspired by the end. It was fantastic. I will definitely adding that one to my ever growing movie collection. Oh and I have a new lady crush on Gal Gadot, no shame.

3| A nice few days off work.

Yes, I know I need the money, especially as I’m still not being paid as much as I believe I am capable of. But, I have really enjoyed not having to serve people endless amounts of drinks as often as I have done, this week, which literally gets tiresome after a while. So yes, this week I have enjoyed having a few nights off to do my own thing, enjoy the sunny evenings, cook for myself and actually have a proper sit down meal. It’s such a rarity these days. 

Miss:

1| Yet more tragedy in the world. 😦

I feel like every week more tragedy is reported in the news. I know this isn’t a new thing, but I feel like recently, there seems to be more and more tragic things happening in this world. I am referring to the Grenville Tower fire incident, but that doesn’t make the tragic stories emerging from around the world, any less important. Speaking of the fire incident, my heart truly hurts for everything that happened. Once again, money is a cause behind human tragedy and loss of life. I hate it.

2| Lots of job rejections. 

I am in the middle of the job applying and waiting game and I just feel as if I am not getting anywhere lately. This week and recently actually, I have been receiving lots of emails letting me know that unfortunately I shan’t be going any further in the interviewing progress. Where’s the love man? This is already denting and hurting my ego and sense of purpose.

3|Lack of productivity.

This week job huntingwise, I’ve done pretty well, although maybe I could have been a little bit more personal with my cover letter. That might explain the lack of interviews, but I can change that. But, in terms of working out, I am still lacking. I didn’t even think about the gym once this week and only really worried about my figure after I felt fat after eating a fry-up, which was actually followed up by another one the next day, as well as Mcdonalds. Shocking. I really need to up my game and get summer bod ready.

So there you have it, three things I’m digging and three things I’m not digging this week. Hopefully my life will still be slightly exciting in one way or another now that I am back in England for the time being. I know it’s not quite Australia, but I will enjoy every day, I mean after all, life is meant to be enjoyed.

I’m planning on scheduling a weekly hit and miss list every Saturday. Let’s see how long this lasts for.

See you next Saturday. 😉

Love, hugs and pugs.

Keri. xo

Sunday Summaries|one bloody Nike trainer, annoying lazy co-workers, a lack of motivation, joining the Thirteen Reasons Why bandwagon and one hippie beach wedding in the rain.

Hey there,

So just to start off, I’ve been a big fan of reading lots of blog features where people talk about their week and what they’ve been up to for some time now and I’ve been wanting to start my own Sunday summaries on this blog for a while now and now that I am back freezing my arse off in the UK, I fully plan to love this blog and put a lot more time and effort into it than previously. I plan to keep a weekly schedule on here for my Sunday Summaries, high lighting what I have been up to that week for any nosy sods that might happen to stumble across my little corner of the internet. Even if the only person who reads this happens to be my mum. As I wrote on my previous Sunday Summariaries posts, once again this blog post shall be more of a wing it situation and we’ll see where I can go from here.

Also I apologise for the slow updates, not only on my Sunday Summaries series, but also throughout my blog in general. I have hit a slump recently and lost a bit of my mojo so the words just haven’t flown recently as well as they are capable of doing and honestly I haven’t really felt like writing much recently either, so there’s that. I have plans to go through my blog, tidy up, shorten, change and edit posts and the lay out within the next few weeks, so bare with me for the crappy, messy blog, for the time being at least.

Again I am late to the posting party, but I am going to blame a week lacking in creativity or motivation.

This week’s blog starts 5th – 11th June 2017.

This week consists of one bloody toe and a ruined pair of expensive Nike trainers, lazy co-workers, catty females, and one very beautiful, hippie beach wedding in the rain.

Gym Sessions and ab attempts.

Let’s just say I started the week with good intentions to get my arse back in the gym, I mean, I even brought my gym kit with me and lugged it around Bristol on public transport on the Sunday and Monday morning in the pissing down rain as I was just that dedicated. Sadly though I only managed one gym and swim session this week, instead of the three that I had started the week off so strongly hoping to manage. I partly blame the very apparent lack of motivation for anything in my life this week,  but also, because I ran on the treadmill for my usual forty minutes and soon discovered that my sore toe, had decided to bleed hard, all the way through my beautiful expensive Nike running trainers that I had bought with my first pay check in Australia and after that, did not trust it to behave again. This week (at the time of writing) is a new week and all that, yada yada yada, let’s hope I am more successful. My bestie Liv has a pretty free week this week, which makes a nice rare change, and wants to make the most of my free swimming, so we’ll see how things pan out.

Work. 

This week has been very busy, with enthusiastic all inclusive guests, keen to take advantage of their unlimited free drinks between the hours of 6-11. In fact for the last two days that I worked, I swear I collected MOST of the glasses in the restaurant, which has been knackering in all honesty. I really could have used a hand, and no I’m not complaining, I know two people were needed on the other bar, but, I am going to be honest, one co-worker in particular this week, has really done my head in as I generally feel, and have done for a while now, that she doesn’t really pull her weight. Fair enough, when she was trapped serving on the bar, whilst I was stuck on all the glasses, but to then go off and have food, or play on her phone, whilst I am stuck trying to sort out and clean a shit load of glasses, as well as serve customers, and refused to get the final few glasses for me, was a huge piss take. Especially as the day before she wouldn’t let me grab any food, and then I missed out on eating as the chefs had cleared away earlier than usual. Honestly, she’s been doing my head in and it’s making work a lot more tiring than it should be. Oh and I hate the fact that she doesn’t clear away her plate and is always leaving it for other’s to sort out, is bloody annoying. Especially as we walk through the kitchen to get to the other bar, and it’s really not hard to scrape a plate and leave it on the side. Anyway, enough of that, work has been alright, other than her laziness and my body aching from all the glasses. Hopefully work isn’t too bad this week too and I’m not left with all the glasses AGAIN. Oh and I really need to stop winking at one of the duty managers/my boss, yes he’s hot and I do have a little crush on him, but one night I kept accidentally winking at him all night and that’s just embarrassing. He occasionally winks too, but that’s definitely part of his charm and charisma, something that I definitely don’t have.

Getting out of the flunk.

Once again, I am in the flunk, which is becoming slightly boring to write. I have managed to organise and book driving lessons for the up-coming week (which is this week now at the time of writing and posting), which is exciting. I can’t wait to smash out lessons as fast as possible to get me on the road as soon as possible. I start tomorrow (Tuesday), so we shall see. I shall be keeping a record on this site of my progress, so, watch this space.
Sadly I haven’t really applied for many jobs this week, as nothing much has really come up, although I didn’t really look either, so swings and round about. I definitely could have done more I suppose. Sadly two, I also received a few rejections on other job applications, so my confidence is going down on the daily.  One day though, I will have myself that banging salary job, which is the start to hopefully a successful career, I won’t give up just yet, it will happen for me because I know that I am going to be very successful.  Hopefully this up and coming week be productive – blogging  editing, tidying, scheduling and job applying, as well as working out and getting my abs back etc. I’d also really love to do some website editing and posting this week as I have lots of ideas and stuff written down, which need editing and posting up in due course.

Catch Ups.

This week  once again I haven’t been all that sociable, by my standards anyway.

I had a nice Sunday evening, minus the end of the day with the holiday arrangements, in Bristol with my very good friends Paige, Nastassja and Craig. We had the most awesome burgers in this diner, complete with a free cocktail for Craig and I as they forgot to charge us, boom. I especially enjoyed the novelty paper bag that they put our drinks in, American style. We also enjoyed happy hour cocktails in Turtle Bay and watching most of the Ariana Grande One Love Benefit concert, which was almost as good as the real thing. I’ll ignore the fact that yes I did fail to get tickets for it. Once again fuck you Ticketmaster.

I enjoyed watching Pirates of the Caribbean Five with Abi, complete with a shitty Harvester. Seriously what the hell have Harvester done? They used to be so good. Anyway, you can’t beat Strawberry Pepsi I suppose and thank god Abi had discounts for there as I would have hated to have paid any more money for that shitty meal.

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The salad and the strawberry Pepsi were the only decent thing about that meal, shame Harvester, you used to be such a gem of a food chain. 
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Because I am cool.

But yes, great film, it was nice to see that the latest Pirates movie got their comic value and decent story lines back as the past couple of films have lacked in both and therefore have sucked compared to the first two. Both Abi and I were laughing our heads off throughout the duration of the film and Jack was as loveable and as drunk as ever. Oh and that plot twist at the end may just hurt your heart. Not bad for a dark and wet Monday, after rushing around on public transport, bleeding through your gym shoe on the treadmill, and struggling up the big hill in the pissing down rain with heavy bags, especially for £3.50. Bargain.

 

 

On the Saturday mum, dad and I went on a road trip, loaded with a shit load of layers and clothes, for a wedding in the rain on a beach. Basically a while ago, my mum asked me if I fancied attending my friend Rosie’s mum Kath’s wedding, with both her and my dad. Of course, I had completely forgotten that I would be spending most of my Saturday on a beach, hiking up and down hills and seeking shelter in a little tent thing pressed up against a shit load of other people. Luckily though, I happened to have both Saturday and Sunday off work, so I was able to attend, and honestly, it was a beautiful afternoon and totally Kath and Jason all over. It was lovely and the rain had even held off during the service on the beach. I had never been to a wedding wearing a bright pink coat before, but needless to say it was very much appreciated for warmth and dryness. Also, as mentioned I had two servings of the nicest home made paella. Beautiful day all round. It was also wonderful to catch up with a few of my childhood friends and their parents, all of whom I had known since I was very young.

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Appropriate beach weather attire for England. 
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Oh look it matches my coat!

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It tasted SO good.

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Aw love.
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To the untrained eye, this just looks like a mother and daughter trip to the beach on a Saturday afternoon in the rain…

 

 

Netflix.

This week I have finally finished Thirteen Reasons why, and honestly I get the hype, it is SO good. I started this show the other day/ week, and yes I know 1) I am very late to the party and 2) I definitely could have binged on it a lot quicker, but you know as mentioned before I have to share the TV and work it around dad’s schedule, so it takes a lot longer to get through shows.Yes I know it’s got some very strong themes of sexual assault/ suicide etc, but I really like how the show highlights some taboo areas, which should be spoken about more, and the acting is suburb. I was hooked from the very first ‘tape’. In a way, I’m sad that I have watched all ‘thirteen’ reasons why, as I was enjoying everything ravelling. It has definitely made me think about all the times I may have been the cause of someone hurting in someway, trivial or not at the time. I just hope there’s a season two now, which I would like to think there will be, as the show has been left open.

Also mum and I are still slowly making our way through Gilmore Girls season six, between my late night work shifts and mum struggling to stay awake for even one episode.

Now that I have finished Thirteen Reasons Why, I am very much open to trying a new show on Netflix this week. So far it’s looking like Teen Wolf or Once, two shows I have always wanted to watch. We shall see though, what show eventually takes my fancy.

Reading.

This week, well last week as I am late to posting up last week’s summary, I managed to finish the book that I was re-reading, or re-reading in an attempt to finally finish it, And The Mountains Echoed, which is by one of my favourite authors Khaled Hosseini. It was good, but no where near as good as his other two books though. I also read Talking As Fast As I Can, the autobiography of Lauren Graham from Gilmore Girls, which arrived from Amazon the other day. Well I finished most with the exception of the final chapter about the new series, as advised by Lauren herself, to avoid if you haven’t watched it yet, which I haven’t done. Honestly I was laughing out loud, that woman is a hilarious treasure to the entire world. I am also half way through my book, The Woman of Number 24, which although is good, and has a decent plot line, it hasn’t quite captured me yet, but it’s readable. Hopefully next week I’ll smash my way through  books again like I have been lately as I have started slowing down a bit. Saying that though, I start my driving lessons this week, which means I will have to also factor in reading up the Highway Code as I would like to be more like Hermione and less like Ron.

 

Cooking.

I have cooked for myself a little bit this week, and have been back shopping in the discount section of Waitrose again, which is always fun. I have also enjoyed trying out their discounted soups, which seem to be packed full of flavour, before and after work, as I have made an effort to make sure I stuff my face with food before work just in case I end up not eating again. I especially liked Waitrose’s new Pea and Mint soup and their pumpkin pasta, which I decided to treat myself to the other day having had my eye on it for months. I also continued with my new found favourite veggie finger wraps, which have been a top lunch idea. And I still haven’t used my new George Foreman grill yet, although I am looking forward to playing with my new toy. I have quite a few nights off work this week, and not only am I looking forward to a rare sit-down meal, but also, to actually cook and play around with recipes.

Extras.

This week I did a very adult thing and voted, which is always a weird thrill, which fizzles out as soon as you get to your local polling station. As an anti-Tori, I tactically voted for Lib Dems as they were our town’s best hope against a Tory seat. I am team Corbyn or red, not that politics interests me all that much. I know I am supposed to care as I not only a trained journalist, but a human being too, which wants fairness for everyone, but I hate the fact that the discussion of politics literally leads to passionate debating, and no one shutting up. Which is why I always groan when people bring up politics at social gatherings, because it is like opening a can of wormholes and you never hear the end of it. The way I see it, no party is absolutely perfect, and we’re all fucked anyway, but hey, with the result, at least the Tories have lost a hold on their power – about time eh! And those poor foxes will be left alone bow.

Once again, I have enjoyed picking up lots of random bargains from trips to Waitrose, including mango, strawberries, veggies etc. Oh and an even bigger bonus is, I now own a Waitrose card, which means I get free teas and coffee every time I make a purchase. It’s oddly enjoyable walking out of the store, cup in one hand, shopping bag in the other.

I enjoyed playing football down the park as usual with my nephew Will, and some random kid called Charlie in a Barcelona shirt, who also wanted to play. I felt terrible when I accidentally kicked it just that little bit too hard and winded poor little Will. He’s an absolute little cutie though, and battled on like a trooper. I now need to get him the sweets as promised. Did I mention he is one of my favourite little things in the world, he’s my little mate. Actually I love all three of my niece and nephews and it was nice to chill on the sofa on a Sunday afternoon after our trip to the park to watch The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Little kids don’t half ask a lot of questions during films though lol.

Liverpool.

Well the 2016/17 football season ended the other week, so unsurprisingly there’s not much news at the moment and it’s still too early for any big transfers to have taken place just yet. Although Liverpool managed to allegedly get into a little trouble over approaching a Southampton player, we also signed two players and didn’t sign them the next day, which is bloody typical of Liverpool. Still it was a good statement of intent this summer and I have a good feeling that we may have a successful transfer window.

So yes, usual ending to this blog. I plan on going through my blog and tidying this rambly mess up, adding in the photos etc. So no judging for the time being. This blog is a work in progress. Also I’m off to Bristol now, so I shall be including a few updates of my afternoon/night with my besties + Craig, holiday planning and cocktail drinking at TGI’s, so watch this space.

Until next time,
Love, hugs and pugs.

Keri. xo

The Weekly Hit and Miss List. #21

* Yes I know that I am slightly late to the party, as in to the scheduled time that I had set for these type posts (as in on Saturdays), but let’s blame a wedding on the Saturday and a lack of motivation. Yolo.

Hey there,

So just to start off, I’ve been a big fan of reading multiple blogs where people state their weekly favourites for some time now and I’ve been wanting to start my own weekly summaries for a while. I started one draft in November, which actually didn’t work out with timings and stuff and never got finished or posted. Which is probably a good thing given how late in the year I was trying to start something. As it’s now 2017, I’m going to give this one a real good crack.

I have decided to narrow it down into three things that I am finding to be a hit this week and three things which are a miss this week, just like the kind of things you often find in magazines.

I apologise for the lack of blogs and failing to get planned blogs up on the scheduled or planned day. Hopefully next week shall be more productive, so watch this space.

So without further ado:

(Week starting 5/6/17)

Hit:

1| 13 Reasons Why.

I started this show the other day/ week, and yes I know 1) I am very late to the party and 2) I definitely could have binged on it a lot quicker, but you know as mentioned before I have to share the TV and work it around dad’s schedule, so it takes a lot longer to get through shows. Anyway, HOW good was Thirteen Reasons Why, I completely get the hype now. Yes I know it’s got some very strong themes of sexual assault/ suicide etc, but I really like how the show highlights some taboo areas, which should be spoken about more, and the acting is suburb. I was hooked from the very first ‘tape’. In a way, I’m sad that I have watched all ‘thirteen’ reasons why, as I was enjoying everything ravelling. It has definitely made me think about all the times I may have been the cause of someone hurting in someway, trivial or not at the time. I just hope there’s a season two now, which I would like to think there will be, as the show has been left open.

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2| Pirates of the Caribbean – Salazar’s Revenge. 

I went to see this film the other night with my friend Abi/Abster and honestly I was in stitches. I was slightly concerned as the last two films lacked a decent storyline (they were clutching at straws), as well as any comic value, which made the films so enjoyable in the first place – think of the first two and you’ll see where I am coming from. I can now see why Abi, who had already seen it once, was so eager to go again now, because I am the same. 😛 I was laughing throughout, and of course, I loved the adventure scenes that they had, and the surprise at the end, don’t worry, no spoilers here, hit me hard.  If you haven’t seen it yet, DO IT. Also, I went on a Monday, which meant cheap Mondays at my local cinema with my cinematic card, £3.50, you can’t go wrong, but that’s beside the

point.

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3| Beautiful beach weddings and very yummy Paella. 

A while ago, my asked me if I fancied attending my friend Rosie’s mum Kath’s wedding, with both her and my dad. Of course, I had completely forgotten that I would be spending most of my Saturday on a beach, hiking up and down hills and seeking shelter in a little tent thing pressed up against a shit load of other people. Luckily though, I happened to have both Saturday and Sunday off work, so I was able to attend, and honestly, it was a beautiful afternoon and totally Kath and Jason all over. It was lovely and the rain had even held off during the service on the beach. I had never been to a wedding wearing a bright pink coat before, but needless to say it was very much appreciated for warmth and dryness. Also, as mentioned I had two servings of the nicest home made paella. Beautiful day all round. DB_LVv4XYAAVogw.jpgDB_LhghXcAMXoXL.jpg

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Miss:

1| Catty friends/ falling out over holiday plans.

Now I am going to try not to appear too bitchy/catty etc here, as I generally do think that this is a trait which seems to be a generic part of every female’s genes, but yes, as I mentioned on my blog in last week’s summaries, I was off to Bristol for the evening to not only catch up with my friends Nastassja and her boyfriend Craig, along with my friend Paige, but also to hopefully finally nail down these holiday plans that we had. And yes, I shall admit, maybe I was a tad flaky, but in the end, the apartment that the majority wanted – P and N, was just that little bit too expensive for my liking, for essentially a four day, three night city break to Lisbon, and yes I did factor in the fact that we wanted to go in July. Let’s just say, with the apartment costs, flights, getting up to Bristol, plus food, spending money, tax, 40 euros for the cleaners at the end,, extra costs etc we were definitely looking at a rather expensive ‘long weekend’ and I opted out. Not without some words being exchanged on both ends of course. Of course, we are all still friends and I am actually going to be hanging out with Paige, so everything is all good, it’s just that they will be in Lisbon, whilst it is looking very likely that I will be in London around the same time.

2|Lazy, co-workers. 

Again, I shall try not to be too catty here, but my GOD there is just the one co-worker, who I am finding it very difficult to work with at the moment. I just feel as if she’s lazy and does not pull her weight, like at all. For the past few days at work, whilst it has been very busy and we have needed two people on the other bar, I feel as if I have gotten most of the glasses from the restaurant, which is knackering, whilst she has served customers, which is fair enough, but then she’ll go and eat her dinner or play on her phone, and leave me to also put all the glasses through the dishwasher and serve customers. I have been achy and in a bad mood as a result of having to do everything, which makes working late very difficult. When I have asked her to get the last glasses, she won’t, or when I ask her to take her plate to the kitchen, which is what we’re all supposed to do, she won’t, which she does ALL the bloody time. Honestly she’s really pissing me off at the moment, and other’s have picked up on her laziness too, which is a relief I suppose.

3| A lack of motivation/ little things annoying me.

I would like to write this week, or erm last week now, as a lazy one and start again this week a’fresh as I have seriously struggled to do anything last week. Shocking right. Once again I am annoying myself, and this is getting tiresome to write down. Also I suppose, and yes this feeds into the above two points, but yes, people this week have seriously annoyed me.  And it’s just the small, minor things too.

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So there you have it, three things I’m digging and three things I’m not digging this week. Hopefully my life will still be slightly exciting in one way or another now that I am back in England for the time being. I know it’s not quite Australia, but I will enjoy every day, I mean after all, life is meant to be enjoyed.

I’m planning on scheduling a weekly hit and miss list every Saturday. Let’s see how long this lasts for.

See you next Saturday. 😉

Love, hugs and pugs.

Keri. xo

Sunday Summaries|Zac Efron’s abs, happy discounts, bloody wrists, failed ticket attempts,

Hey there,

So just to start off, I’ve been a big fan of reading lots of blog features where people talk about their week and what they’ve been up to for some time now and I’ve been wanting to start my own Sunday summaries on this blog for a while now and now that I am back freezing my arse off in the UK, I fully plan to love this blog and put a lot more time and effort into it than previously. I plan to keep a weekly schedule on here for my Sunday Summaries, high lighting what I have been up to that week for any nosy sods that might happen to stumble across my little corner of the internet. Even if the only person who reads this happens to be my mum. As I wrote on my previous Sunday Summariaries posts, once again this blog post shall be more of a wing it situation and we’ll see where I can go from here.

Also I apologise for the slow updates, not only on my Sunday Summaries series, but also throughout my blog in general. I have hit a slump recently and lost a bit of my mojo so the words just haven’t flown recently as well as they are capable of doing and honestly I haven’t really felt like writing much recently either, so there’s that. I have plans to go through my blog, tidy up, shorten, change and edit posts and the lay out within the next few weeks, so bare with me for the crappy, messy blog, for the time being at least.

This week’s blog starts 29th May – 4th June 2017.

This week consists of lots of walks, photography opportunities, a lack of productivity (work wise), too many glasses at work and hobbling around with a sore toe.

Gym Sessions and ab attempts.

Again I have been shit at even attempting to gym or workout. After last Sunday’s hectic night at work and hearing customers telling me about the fact that the whole pool was booked out and everyone was frustrated after traveling for hours to get to the hotel, they couldn’t use the hotel’s facilities, I decided to avoid the hotel at all costs this week, apart  from when I had work of course. I did try some ab workouts at home, but had to stop as my toe was making planking impossible. I feel fairly fit from a job where you’re constantly on your feet running about collecting glasses and lifting anyway, so I suppose at least I’m not at a job at the moment where I’m sat at a desk for hours on an end. Although I do want one of course, but by the time those opportunities come around, I shall be making sure to gym at least three times a week to compensate so I don’t get flabby.  Next week is a new week and all that, yada yada yada, let’s hope I am more successful. I am off to Bristol today, and I plan to hit the gym tomorrow morning when I get back to the Bay, (I’m even bringing my gym stuff with me, dedication). So yes gyming and/or running this week as well as home workouts are on the cards. Watch this space.

Work. 

Work has been fairly busy this week being fully booked out with holiday makers and the half term holidays. Luckily though, no all inclusive, not that I mind it, but sometimes it’s nice to not have that on. We’ve had a big group of Germans in this week, who like to eat late and order lots of drinks, which makes our job harder as we’re waiting around for lots of glasses at the end. Usually we’d have all the restaurant glasses finished by around 9 at the latest. In fact I was running the other bar a few times, and I had to keep rushing out to the dishwasher in between serving lots of customers drinks, which made my job a bit harder. I definitely prefer having most of the glasses from the restaurant done so I can focus more on the bar. In fact I ended up cutting my wrist when a Carling glass shattered all over me, and I didn’t have time to cover it, so had to try and angle my wrist away from the customers and try not to bleed everywhere when pouring a few pints. Health and safety and all that. The Germans were polite and nice though, and tipped very well, I made £6.50 from them, and a cute, seemingly deaf old man, which is £1 away from an hour’s pay for me. (Crap pay I know, I’m working on it!)  The waiting staff weren’t a fan of having those tables though, as they ended up having to leave a lot later than everyone else.

I had a big group of singers in, who sat at the tables singing all night. That was nice and very different to the usual sounds of mindless chitchat and the TV, which you usually get. I especially liked their version of Les Mis – I Dreamed A Dream and You’ll Never Walk Alone. They were nice though, very polite. In fact I came in an hour earlier with Mark as they were eating dinner earlier than usual as they were performing somewhere. Mark originally thought it was the Germans, and he wanted a hand with the drink orders. As it turned out, I wasn’t really needed as between Mark and myself, we did two tables. It was the easiest hour’s work though. Sadly, that night was very busy for me, I ended up staying until midnight, as well as walking to work as mum and dad were working. I worked out that I had been standing up for eight hours straight by the end of the night and my feet were absolutely throbbing.  I also got very tired at the end and accidentally spilled a beer all over the bar when I pulled a beer mat without looking. That meant that Mark and I then had to clean all the glasses on the top row, plus clean the row quickly etc. That extra work was not necessary when it was almost closing. I basically gave my manager extra work to do.😳 Thank god we were on top of everything that night.

 

 

Getting out of the flunk.

Yes I am still in the ‘flunk,’ which is getting very repetitive isn’t it. Although I have applied for a few jobs, mostly around Liverpool actually this week, so I do feel better. I have also been writing this week, which is a start. I just need a tidy up job and to organise stuff so I can start getting my writing up and running. That’s some progression I suppose, I am still a long way off from where I want to be of course, but small steps always lead to the bigger picture, so happy days. One day, I will have myself that banging salary job, which is the start to hopefully a successful career, I won’t give up just yet, it will happen. Hopefully this up and coming week will continue to be productive – blogging  editing, tidying, scheduling and job applying, as well as working out and getting my abs back etc. I’d also really love to do some website editing and posting this week. I have plans to be getting on with.

Catch Ups.

This week I haven’t been all that sociable, by my standards anyway.

On the Monday, I really enjoyed a cheeky trip to the cinema in the afternoon with Abi, especially as the film involved Zac Efron’s abs. 😏 Basically we went to see the new Baywatch film, which as enjoyable as it was, the film was very predictable, although it did have some very funny moments in it. Also Zac played a dooshbag, which kind of didn’t make him as attractive, as in the character, not Zac. Still I enjoyed all the abs and hot bodies on display throughout the film, so there’s that. Like Abi said, as good as it was to watch, it’s not the kind of film that you’d rush to buy on DVD, although if it was on the TV I’d watch it or on a plane etc.

I also had a nice and lazy afternoon with my best friend Livy, who was knackered after a long morning of rushing around to buy the last of the stuff for her boyfriend’s birthday the next day. We ended up eating lots of discounted healthy salady stuff from Waitrose and watching Pirates of the Caribbean Four all afternoon, and Liv was battling not to fall asleep as she’d gotten pretty comfy on the sofa, and we’d closed the curtains and the film is quite dark, and it was bright outside. I was so full of salad and avocado by the end and I felt bloody brilliant, the only downside was, I was SO not feeling having to get ready for work afterwards. Such a kill joy.

I was supposed to catch up with my friend Luke, but he bailed on me (AGAIN), and I was also supposed to meet up with Paige on the Friday, but after my horrendous long shift on the Thursday (the 8 hours on my feet one), I ended up sleeping in until midday as I was knackered and we missed each other, but saying that Paige and I are going to Bristol today, along with Nastassja, so I’ll be seeing them today. (To be updated in the next few days).

 

Netflix.

This week I finally got around to watching the last three episodes and catching up and finishing off Riverdale. Ooh I wasn’t expecting that. I have also just started off watching Thirteen Reasons Why, and man it is SO good. I can see why there’s been so much hype to the show. Although I am only on episode two as I have to fit it around Dad and seemingly my niece and nephews who come over randomly and want to watch Finding Dory/talk a lot over it, I am really enjoying the show and am already hooked. I can’t wait to watch more. Of course I have also been watching Gilmore Girls, although it’s easier to just watch it with mum in the evenings, on a rare night off, which slows progress of course, but I’m enjoying watching it with mum. I just wished we’d watched it together from the beginning as mum’s only seen random episodes of season 3,4,5 and now 6, which we started last night. I’ve decided I’m going to introduce her to Orange Is The New Black next once we’ve finished Gilmore Girls and The Revival.

Reading.

I actually haven’t read that much I am ashamed to say this week, I’m not too sure why, but I will be getting back into it, as I have lots of books by my bed, as well as other’s in the post, and on both mine and mum’s book shelves, which I am excited to get stuck into. I’m now re-reading And The Mountains Echoed, which is by one of my favourite authors Khaled Hosseini. I am enjoying it so far. As noted before, I have many ideas of reviews for books that I have recently read to come, so watch this space. I was very excited to receive my book – Talking As Fast As I Can. Lauren Graham from Gilmore Girls Autobiography, which I purchased off Amazon. I am a big fan of Lauren Graham and I have only heard good things about this book.

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Cooking.

This week I have had a fair few evenings off work, which has given me a rare opportunity to cook a little bit more. I enjoyed making myself these very nice vegetable and haloumi skewers with a Greek herb sauce, discounted in Waitrose along with rice and couscous (which was also in the reduced section in Waitrose). I also enjoyed making myself a very nice stirfry – from Waitrose’s reduced section haha.  I also continued with my new found favourite veggie finger wraps, which have been a top lunch idea. I still haven’t used my new George Foreman grill yet. I tried to treat myself to some fancy turkey or lamb from Waitrose the other day for a Friday treat, just so I could be a little different, as well as to experiment with my grill, but it was unsurprisingly too expensive for my taste. Watch this space though, I’m looking forward to playing with my new toy, as well as being healthy again.

Extras.

One day I randomly woke up early so I ended up deciding to try and get tickets for Ariana’s benefit concert much earlier than planned, which ended up with me since 6:50ish having lots of tabs open on Safari, which just gets confusing after a while. I ended up stressing out as it was getting later in the morning and I still hadn’t joined any queues. It turned out being a waste of time as despite the fact that I had been on the websites since 6:50am, I still managed to get tickets for Ebony and myself to go to the concert. In all honesty I would have been better off staying in bed. What a waste of time. Also, FUCK YOU TICKETMASTER, for changing your ticketing policy queuing.

This week I have enjoyed picking up lots of random bargains from trips to Waitrose, including mango, strawberries, veggies and my new favourite caramel surprises.

I was disappointed that mum refused to pick me up on her way to Sainsburies as it was the morning after that horrifically long shift and my feet were still slightly throbbing. My mum is fantastic at being there for me, so I hate complaining too much, but I honestly was so tired that I couldn’t face going food shopping at 9am, having been up since about 2am and on my feet for eight hours straight the night before. Big up dad for accepting my shopping list with grace  though and saving my tired ass so I could have a lie in and recover.

I had a long overdue fun video call with Lucy, one afternoon, which was fun. I missed hanging out in her room in Australia. In fact I really miss hanging out with her properly. To be honest, we chat everyday so we didn’t have much to chat about as we both know the ins and outs of each other’s lives, but it was fun to chat to her regardless.

Last week I treated myself to the first two Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean soundtracks on Amazon as they were the cheapest ones that I could find. I also bought the third Pirates one, but issues with my card meant that they had to refund me as the CD had already been sold. Never mind, next time. Anyway it was bloody awesome listening to both soundtracks, they are genius. Also I know which scene in the film is playing at the song, especially Harry Potter. They made the walk to work a lot more interesting and I loved lying in bed listening to Harry Potter, so magical.

I finally got around to booking my train tickets for the afternoon and night in Bristol for tonight, which I’m kind of glad that I was too lazy, as I bought them much later than planned, but saved myself some money in the process. If I’d bought myself a ticket the day before, I would have paid an extra tenner at least. In the end my laziness meant I was able to treat myself to an £8 ticket for the next day, meaning that I ended up spending £26ish instead of £36+, fun.
I finally managed to get my iPad updated, which was much needed trust me. I had been trying for a couple of weeks, but couldn’t as I didn’t have enough storage space. It ended up taking ages, but I am so glad that I can finally get apps back that I haven’t seen in a while like Instagram, Facebook, Timehop etc. Small things eh. I had missed them though.

 

Liverpool.

Well the 2016/17 football season ended the other week, so unsurprisingly there’s not much news at the moment and it’s still too early for any big transfers to have taken place just yet. Liverpool did sign Dom Solanke from Chelsea, which was quite funny as his older brother went to the same university as me. Although I never really spoke to him, I always found him attractive. He knew it though, so I didn’t really bother. Also, my team mate and really good pal Becky fancied him so it was always a no go from the start. He looks like a good player though, but he’s only 19, so I reckon Klopp will slowly introduce him like he has been doing with young players Alexander-Arnold, Woodburn, Wilson etc. I’m sure Klopp has a plan though with the youngsters as he’s been giving them plenty of opportunities this season with the first team, I trust him. I can’t wait for the start of the new season and all the summer friendlies etc to come though, it will be a long couple of months without my boys.

So yes, usual ending to this blog. I plan on going through my blog and tidying this rambly mess up, adding in the photos etc. So no judging for the time being. This blog is a work in progress. Also I’m off to Bristol now, so I shall be including a few updates of my afternoon/night with my besties + Craig, holiday planning and cocktail drinking at TGI’s, so watch this space.

Until next time,
Love, hugs and pugs.

Keri. xo