Eighteen reasons why I’m basic Autumn trash.

Ok so I am aware that Autumn is almost over. It’s also very over done in the blogging world and I would like to blame illness and a new 9-5 job, well actually an 8:30-5:00 job for the lack of blogs on my part. But, I didn’t want to miss out on the Autumn fun, and as it is almost over (the Christmas red cups officially hit Costa on November 2), I will frantically try and schedule a few last minute Autumny based blog posts for the next week or so, before we wave the Pumpkin Spice goodbye for another year.

So yes, get your basic white girl trash Pumpkin Spice Lattes ready, here’s why I love Autumn. As if there’s not already a shit load of posts out there spreading the Autumn love.

1|Leaves.

Who doesn’t love walking around in a world made of cosy, orange, beige and reds? Watching the world around me change from the fresh, green summer tones, to the warming orangeness is something rather special. Also, they make great photos.

2| Harry Potter movie marathons.

Nothing says Autumn like snuggling up on the sofa, whilst wrapped up in a blanket, hot drink in hand, surrounded by family, with Harry Potter blaring from the TV. Bliss. It is the ultimate cosy night in film.

3|Eager shops.

Judging shops for already displaying Christmas decorations, but secretly you’re thrilled because CHRISTMAS IS COMING.

4| Boxsets.

The changing of the season means a decent line up on Netflix, Sky Movies/Boxsets etc…The colder seasons also means that it is socially acceptable to stay snuggled up inside binging on TV sessions.

5| Bubble baths. 

It’s so much nicer having a steaming hot bubblebath when it’s cold and dark outside. Also, the warmer summer months means that it is more likely that you will overheat. Something that does not happen in the colder months.

6| Autumny stuff in shops.

All the cosy looking Autumn and winter decorations are very aesthetically pleasing to the eyes.

7| Lush’s Halloween bath bomb range

They are literally the bomb. Also, they smell divine.

8| Flies.

There’s a noticeable lack of flies buzzing around and I love it.

9| Big cosy knitted sweaters.

Give me all the colours. Also, Newlook’s got some very nice colourful ones this year for £9.99. Give me.

10| No shaving.

Shaving is less compulsory in the colder months. Bring on the bearlegs.

11| Digging out the Primark Christmas PJs.

It’s officially time to bring those bad boys out of hibernation.

12| Duvet days are mandatory.

Bring on weekends, where you will most likely find me wrapped up like a burrito in a duvet cover, surrounded by endless hot drinks, snacks and Netflix.

13| Dad’s homemade Sunday roast dinners.

There’s nothing like ending a Sunday with a banging homemade roast and a long soak in a steamy, hot bubble bath? Long gone are the days where the kids would be crying over having four tomatoes on their salad when they specifically asked for three. I love a good cosy Sunday Autumn/Winter night.

14| All the candle scents.

Pumpkin spice, cinnamon drizzle swirl with caramel on top?

15| Colour.

All the colours every where and I’m not just talking about leaves, but in general. Orange, red, burgundy, mustard. I love it.

16| Flavours. 

Throwing cinnamon or toffee or pumpkin spice for instant Autumn success.

17| Crispness. 

The cool, crisp air and golden light everywhere. Perfect. Not too cold, but snuggly.

18|Autumn social media.

Drooling over everyone’s cosy, orangy, Autumnal social media because good light.

And there you go. Just a few basic ass reasons as to why I’m an Autumn lover.

Until next time.

Love, hugs and pugs.

Keri.

 

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WHERE I’VE BEEN AND WHAT I’VE BEEN UP TO.

As you have probably noticed, my blog has been about as silent as a grave for the past few months. (I say as if I have a huge following on here – in reality it’s probably only my mum who follows me on here – Hi Mum!) Guess what though, I am, indeed, not dead! I have, however, lost my way on this particular blog. This is despite the constant ideas buzzing around my head and the ever expanding list of blog ideas and notes being written down in notebooks, my phone notes or whatever I have on hand to jot my ideas down.

What I can say though is that 2017 has been an amazing year for me in the end. It was tough for me leaving 2016 behind, because leaving 2016 behind, signalled the end of the biggest part of my Australian adventure, which was heart breaking. I must admit, arriving back in England middle of February, I did have my doubts of how anti-climatic my life would be, returning back to normal. And, sadly, I was largely right, for most parts of 2017.  It’s taken me the best part of seven months to get myself back on track, and get myself back in the job game, but at the time of writing this, I did it. Someone took a chance on me, and I’m bloody loving it right now. Of course, I haven’t given up on my dream of returning to Australia, but for the time being, I am enjoying having something to wake up and all the fantastic opportunities which seem to be coming my way right now.

I feel like a new person right now, like I’m constantly growing and it’s a great feeling. I love throwing on office attire and joining the office world with everyone else on the 9-5, getting on a train at 7am.  I wake up each morning ready for the next day, and in a way, you could say I’m ready for the rest of my life. I’m in a career that I want to continue to grow in and learn as much as I can. I know that a career in digital marketing is something that I would happily do for the rest of my adult career. It’s been a hard few months, working in a bar, applying for jobs and just praying for someone to take a chance on me, but I am glad that I never gave up. It worked of course, but finding the energy to stay productive whilst feeling so uninspired and unsatisfied about life and how I felt like I was wasting precious time that I could be investing in something that could take me far in my chosen career field.

What I can tell you is:  life is beautiful. It’s a crazy, beautiful, wild ride. I feel so thankful for the opportunities, the people, and the things I’ve experienced this year, in particular with the team that I am working with every day.  That’s how genuinely grateful I feel right now. I know I have been granted with so many brilliant opportunities, and I will make sure that I make the most of everything that comes my way. Honestly I am beyond blessed right now.

So without further ado, let me begin.

I know that I have spent the best of this blog gushing about my new job, but honestly without the risk of repeating myself, I am loving my life right now and I feel as if things are really looking up.   back at the start of September, I managed to get myself a job as a digital marketing apprentice at a city council. I must admit, two years ago when I collected my BA (hons) Journalism degree, that I would be taking the apprentice route, I would have questioned a lot of things. But, as it turned out, it’s probably my best way of really getting my foot into the industry. I am getting the most valuable experience right now, not to mention getting to do some really cool stuff. Oh and on the side, I have to do one day at college, which isn’t my favourite part of the week, but I have made some really good friends and I am gaining another qualification, which is amazing.

Oh and despite my long 37 hours a week in the office, as well as a two hour daily train commute, I have, for the time being at least, have kept my bar job, for a little bit of extra money on the side. Although, at the moment, they are very short on staff and keep asking me to come in, when we had originally agreed that I wouldn’t be put on the rota, and would only be asked in if needed, the new staff have either been ill or haven’t bothered to come in, so I seem to be asked a lot more than I was bargaining for. I’m hoping that it will get back to the days when they forgot that I existed to be honest. As much as I’m enjoying the grind and making money, I wouldn’t mind a whole weekend to myself where I don’t have to work.

Of course, working a full working week, and pouring pints during the weekend, I am currently struggling to find some time to devote to writing blog posts, although I have managed to keep up my daily blog, which I shall link it at a later date. I am trying to find the time to fit everything in though and I have a few creative plans and ideas up my sleeve and I’m looking forward to seeing the kind of things I can produce. It does seem like the busier I am, the happier I am though. I like having things to do. I like working hard and staying busy. I have wasted the past six months, and now I want to spend the past few months of 2017, 2018 and onwards, making up for wasted time.

So yes, that’s where I have been. I’m really throwing myself into my new routine right now, as well as making yet more creative plans – Watch this space on that one. I am really enjoying everything right now. At some point I would like to get back into sport – my love and passion – football, it’s time to get back on that field, as well as find a new sport to learn and love. I also need to hurry up and finish driving, get back into photography, read more and have more adventures.

Hopefully I will finally be able to get my blog up and running properly and get all these ideas floating around in my head down on ‘paper’ soon.

Until next time,
Love, hugs and pugs,

Keri.

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

Sunday Summaries| Late nights, slightly improved pint pulling techniques and lazy days and catch ups.

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 Summaries 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 appologise 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. As I have failed to get any blog posts up on a Sunday for the whole of March, shocking I know, I have decided to do one big March summary for an up and coming post so keep an eye out. Also, ironically I have had four weeks of half written up posts for each week’s Sunday Summaries. So I did make an effort, I guess I just didn’t follow through.

This week’s blog covers the month of March starting: April 3th 2017 to the 9th April.

So this week has mostly consisted of working a lot of late nights, pouring a lot of pints, collecting a lot of glasses, lacking a lot of writing and working out motivation, shopping and catching up. Oh and lying in a bit later than before, to make up for all the 1am finishes.

I had a nice start to the week though. The rota worked out rather nicely with giving me the weekend off the week before, and the first three days off of this week’s rota. That meant I had a very nice five days off work in total, which was very nice. Although, I then had quite a few unplanned late night finishes due to staff holidays and injuries. I can’t complain though, as tired as I am, I have made more money this week than the original rota would have allowed me to.

Having an evening off, meant I had what feels like a rare opportunity to head into Exeter as I wouldn’t have to rush back home. As it turned out, I ended up going two days in a row, with different friends, which was awesome. On the Tuesday, my best friend Liv and I had a very fun day of banging burgers, being #WhiteGirlTrash, with a cheeky Starbucks, mooching in shops and taking bad selfies for both Snapchat and the banter. We also left later than planned, which is normal for us, as we clearly needed to do our faces, and take bad photos before we left the house. It worked out nicely for us though, as it meant we missed our original couple of planned trains and had enough time to take the scenic route to the train station and pop into Starbucks on the way. We also made the most of the GBK app, and had a really nice burger with free fries and a really nice strawberry, mint and elderflower drink from Gourmet Burger Kitchen, and even made friends and had a nice, sophisticated older couple on the table next door. Top notched. I also treated myself to Moana and Finding Dory on DVD, and then left it too late to watch Moana as I got distracted eating and chatting to mum, so as nice as it was, I definitely had to question some of my life decisions that night. Oh and to top off my awesome day out with my bestie, Man U proved how crap they and when they couldn’t even beat Everton, a team that Liverpool had thrashed 3-1 a few days before. ‪#NightMade

Off to Exeter with Vango. (insert pics).

 

Oh and hashtag white girl trash. 

You beauty.  (Insert pic here.)

 

Home time. 


I worry about us. 

On the Wednesday, I had a really lovely day and catch up with my old school pal Sophie, who I hadn’t seen since last January before I headed out to Australia for year, so, as you can imagine, we had a lot to talk about!

We had a very nice lunch, a mooch, a ‘hipster’ coffee, two very nice, discounted cocktails from Walk About – for £2.95, for a total bargain. Oh and she also gave me a really good perspective of life, and it was all kinds of refreshing.

I also would have missed my train for definite, had I not made the genius decision to change stations last minute, giving myself a whole extra three minutes, which I didn’t even need as it turned out. Basically I ended up power walking to the station and made it with 5 minutes to spare. In other words, I am a genius. Also I didn’t help myself as I had chosen to wash my work trousers that morning and they took longer than expected. I’m glad I put them on around 9 and not 9:30 haha!

But yes it was a great day. We had a banging lunch, complete with butterscotch ice cream, although we’re fatties and were still slightly hungry afterwards, despite eating a lot. Oh and I had a passionate rant about how I was refusing to pay the occupational service charge. To the point the lady next to us agreed with us and said she wasn’t going to be paying her’s either.   Sneaky buggers. Oh and we also had a very nice shop – I fell in love with a jacket in Zara and got some discounted ripped black skinnies. Soph also got this really nice yellow jacket and we made plans for when we have banging salary jobs lol. To be honest, it was just so refreshing to hang out with someone who had the same mind set as me, who doesn’t want to settle and has goals. We also had a very nice coffee and had a very passionate and informed chat about life, issues and politics.  


And of course we ended the afternoon in Walk About where I got excited seeing Aussie alcoholic drinks, minus the Five Seeds. In fact, the girl who served us was an actual Aussie. I was like, why did you come to England?  And it’s ironic that you would end up working at an Aussie bar. Also, big up mum for coming to pick me up from the station as I was getting desperate for a pee at that point, to the point that it was getting painful. I have no idea how I would have survived a 30+ minute walk home had she not been a total babe. I also watched Moana in bed, and hated myself for getting too comfy to be bothered to get changed, wash my dishes and do the usual bed time shit.   


Oh and Liverpool pissed me by drawing to Bournemouth late on.

Liverpool.  That is all.

Happy hour cocktails. These cost £2.95 for both. Bargain. Also Aussie style. . Happy days. I miss Aus though. 


This week I also got to help my friend Paige out, by letting her practise eye tests on me for her Uni course and up and coming exam. That meant that not only did I get to help one of my best friends out, but I also got to have a free eye test, or some part of the test anyway. Win/Win. The sun was shining, I woke up in a good mood, and for the first time in ages, I actually arrived at the store, bang on time, which is a rarity believe me.



My eyes did feel incredibly tired though afterwards, Paige really did test them. She reckons that my right eye is slightly stronger than my left, but not enough to warrant glasses luckily.  I had a lot of fun doing an eye test with Paige, and looked super sexy in the process. I also enjoyed lunch and my omelette. It was nice to have a bit of a natter and some food, and also it was nice to have a tiny bit more money to spend so I could go a little bit more hard core than I did the last time when I reluctantly forked out for the cheapest thing I could find on the menu – soup lol. Sadly, I had to go back to work in the evening though, for the first time in five days, which was tough.  It also went from a 9:30 finish to a midnight one due to one of the guys hurting his ankle playing football.
This week I have also had quite a lazy few days, in between late night shifts. Hey, don’t blame me, I was just following instructions from my mum, to take it easy between work shifts. 😉
So yes, this week I have had a few much needed, morning lie ins, even if my mum has insisted on waking me up every day to inform that she’s off to work. There was even one day this week where I woke up at 10:40am, feeling like I actually had enough sleep for a change. What a wonderfully rare feeling haha.

I have also enjoyed a very nice coffee and Happy Hippo to start my day off right too. Top notched.

Ever since Sky decided to break my heart and remove the free viewings of boxsets *Sob Grays,* I have been getting back into Netflix, so I finally got around to watching Riverdale, which is fantastic so far by the way. I managed the first four episodes on the Monday, which wasn’t a too bad effort, given that I was also productive. Next week, I am definitely getting back into Riverdale, Gilmore Girls, and I’ll probably start Once Upon A Time, which is something else that I have meaning to make a start on.

A few months back in January, I went through a stage of going on a quote binge, which sadly has continued to go hardcore since, using up most of my very limited phone storage, and I can’t stop saving more, before I have managed to clear the rest of. So this week, in between saving more, I have been making an effort to try and clear off some of the quotes. So right now I have a very long, ever growing word document of inspirational quotes, which I’m sure will become very useful at some point. Saying that though, I hope I manage to find the time and really smash down every single quote off my phone, as two months plus, is already driving me nuts.

In terms of productivity, this week I have applied for a few decent digital marketing jobs, so wish me luck. I also have a few more linked up on my computer to apply for tomorrow, so wish me luck there. I have also finally gotten around to popping over to the post office with my letter, to claim back the money from my Australia travel card, out of £3000 or so, I have a grand total of £25 back. Fun. I also had about £400 odd from notes, so it could be worse. I also tried, and failed once again to get my money, which Lucy owed me from the Great Barrier Reef snorkelling trip, via her mum, from Barclays and Ping It, which is a shocking service given that it’s been almost a month now, and the money has already left her account. Of course, both the Ping It number and the actual store have been completely useless. I’m just waiting to hear back from Lucy’s mum now, so watch this space.
I also failed to workout, or get any real blogs up and running, which is annoying because I have lots of plans of posts, tidying up and properly designing my blog, my posts and my new website, which I have started creating, and of course actually writing and scheduling ideas. It will happen though. I’ll make sure of it. I also need to pop down to work in the day time one day next week and get my membership card sorted out so that I can get myself organised and back in the gym and in the pool. I have decided that I will use the tip money I make from work and go three times a week to the gym. I just need to get around to getting the card sorted out and I can go from there. Here’s to hoping I sort that out this week.

This week I managed my weekly, favourite bubble bath a day late on the Monday night, as apposed to the usual Sunday night, as mum’s gig happened. Which is always a treat. I have to work tonight too, which means that I have to postpone it for this week’s Sunday too. It will happen for me though, it’s a weekly tradition now. A very nice home made sweet and sour chicken, a bubble bath with Spotify music and Riverdale made for a very nice, chilled Monday night. Sadly thouh I also managed to rip my favourite PJ bottoms from Australia, which sucks. I failed to get a planned blog post up though, because I couldn’t be bothered. At least though, I managed to clear off some phone quote photos, so it’s not too shabby. I also got to listen to some interest TV programmes on Chanel 4 too.

This week I also managed to successfully go food shopping on not much sleep after an unplanned midnight shift finish, which was tough, but luckily dad was running late so that meant that I got a lie in until 9, and also had time for a shower and a coffee, which made things easier. I then also had another one when I got home. I also hung out the washing for mum, which was interesting because she has a system, which I tried to stick to, which made things incredibly slower then normal, but, I got there in the end so there was that. One day I also successfully managed to wash and dry my work shirt in time for my work shift that evening, which is quite a difficult feat given that I am sadly currently in England, for the time being at least. Luckily it was sunny all day complete with the right amount of rain. Genius. Boom.

But yes, going back to the subject of my job, it’s been quite tough. Colin injured his ankle playing football, he’s actually now hobbling around on crutches, and quite a few people are on holiday, which meant that I had quite a lot of late nights in a row. Of course I am not complaining, that means more money and more opportunities to practise and get better at my job as I have a while to go yet. But, it is hard to get used to, all these long nights in a row. I definitely can’t wait to get myself more of a nine to five, normal hours job, hopefully with better pay and experience, which could get me back out to Australia quicker, that’s for sure. I’m knackered now it must be said. Luckily I finished at 9:30 tonight, which is the only day this week on the original rota, which remained the same. I did swap a shift with Jaz, so that she could go out for her friend’s birthday, so I knew that was happening. Although, I did regret that when I found myself silently crapping myself in the bar for the final hour on my own, due to limited staff. I got there though, it was definitely a learning curve. I also didn’t have to do the money at the end either as I’m not trained. So I did have a little bit of help. Put it this way though, I was very relieved to get back home that night, or that morning as I should say.

Wild Saturday night. ‪#WrongSideOfTheBar 

Hashtag sexy work selfies. I want to go home. 
This week I also enjoyed the usual video calls with Lotty, I have definitely missed her a lot, and I have done since I last saw her two months ago now. It sucks, but I will definitely take the long phone calls with her over nothing. It’s been really nice to catch up with her, even though she’s all tanned and I’m back to being horrifically white. I’m just counting down the days now, until I’m back in Aus, hanging out with her like old times. In fact I had one long call today, where I got to eat the badly attempt of poached eggs that I made for lunch, which Lotty reminded me that they fell apart because I forgot the dash of vinegar. The good news was though, I had avocado, which is one of my favourite things. Poppi even joined in on the call, when the kids and dad got back from the beach, which resulted in Poppi yelling in my ear to Lotty.

Anyway, that’s all for now folks, I’m sorry for the essay, I’ll work on narrowing shit down I promise. As I have not long now finished work, I’m off to bed as I am turning into a walking eye bag.

See you soon.

Love, hugs and pugs.

Keri.

Ps, if you do happen to see this mess, without photos, I’m sorry. I don’t usually post up rough drafts, but, I am making the exception tonight because I need to get a Sunday Summaries up, and I need to get better at time management and organising. So yes, if you see this mess now, without photos and with prompts, come back again in a few hours, where it will hopefully be tidied up and a bit better to look at. xo

 

The weekly hit and miss list. #12

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

So without further ado:
(Week starting 27/3/17)

Hit:

1| Beauty and The Beast.

I know I am incredibly late to the party, I mean, I have friends who are on their fourth time of watching this film, but, what a film. Spectacular effects, magical, striking colours and scenery etc. Basically it had everything that you would expect in a Disney movie. I loved it. Also, I know there has already been a Broadway show, but I can see the film easily being adapted onto the Westend at some point in the near future, and that is a thumbs up from me.

2| Liverpool FC.

I have often said that loving Liverpool, is like being married to someone that annoys the crap out of you, but at the end of the day, you love the shit out of them. Basically, they are frustrating as fuck and often leave you feeling a mixture of emotions, more often than not annoyed. But, I love them so it’s like whatever, I can’t stay mad at you forever. Anyway, they’ve done really well recently, against Arsenal, Man City (although, we definitely could have and probably should have come away with all three points as apposed to just the one), and yesterday, Everton. So they’re currently in my good books. Also, hello, Liverpool rules Merseyside, what can I say!

3| Netflix.

Now Netflix is something that I have been on for a few years now, thanks to the kindness of my old housemate Tuesday, who gave me her account details and made me a log in on hers, just so I could watch Pretty Little Liars. I try not to take advantage of her kindness too much though, but, the other day I recently got back into curling up on the sofa and watching a few episodes of TV shows. I have quite an extensive list to get through, so why not catch up with everyone and find new characters to obsess over? I mean, that’s what life is all about right? 😉

Miss:

1|Failing to get a job that I really wanted and feeling beyond disappointed.

Last Friday, I received a phone call to say that I had successfully been shortlisted for a fantastic job opportunity to be a Digital Marketing Assistant, which was not only a shock as I didn’t think I would even get that far as I was sure that there would be a lot of people interested, but it also brought me a lot of hope and confidence. Unfortunately, after a long day of interviews and tests, I didn’t get the job, I was devastated. I had really good feedback though, which made me feel a lot better and hopeful. Ben, who was the head of Digital Marketing, was also extremely helpful and also wanted to help me so I have no bad feelings. I guess it just wasn’t meant to be this time around. I was pleased to receive such good feed back though, I was told I did really well. On to the next opportunity I guess.

2| Being ill.

Unfortunately I started coming down with something last weekend, which left me feeling horrendous. I know, great timing eh! I was just relieved that the interview was on the Wednesday and not the Tuesday because I would have seriously struggled. Luckily, I also had the Tuesday off because that day was horrid. I was just really bunged up and felt extremely sorry for myself. Luckily I was slightly on the up on the day of the interview. Honestly though, if I didn’t want the job as badly as I did, I would have been on the sofa wrapped in a burrito of blankets, hiding away from the world. I pushed on though, so at least I know I can be resilient. Although I don’t think that it has gone away completely, I can smell again now and my nose isn’t crusty, the colour of a baboon’s arse and erupting every two seconds, so there’s that haha.

3| Messed up sleeping pattern.

 

I know this is a repeat from last week, but my sleeping patten this week has been especially messed up, leaving me feeling tired and lazy sleeping in past 10 haha. Saying that though, I have an excuse, I had a week of, with the exception of Friday where I finished at 11, of finishing after midnight. Now, you can’t sleep straight away, so yeah, hello weird sleeping patterns. As much as I love having a job, and the job is good, I can’t wait to get a really well paid, salary type Journalism/Digital Media one soon, so I can fix my sleeping pattern.

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.

The weekly hit and miss list. #10

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.

So without further ado:
(Week starting 27/2/17)

Hit:

1| Grey’s Anatomy

I have mentioned this one a few times, but I am shockingly bad at watching TV shows on time and binging on them as well. Once again, I find myself twelve or so years behind everyone else, but how good is this TV show! I have been meaning to watch it for years, but again it was always on my I’ll watch it at some point list. I am fortunate that my parents have Sky TV with the boxsets function, because I am finally able to play catch up.  I started the other day and gosh, it’s SO good. I was hooked from the beginning, which can be a bit of a hit and miss when it comes to TV show pilots. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately depending on how you look at it, with my dad liking to hog the remote, I only usually manage one episode every morning between my workout and dad’s lunch time. So I am very slowly getting my way through the first series and I love it. I also love the fact that twelve series is already out so I can enjoy the first time of watching it for a while to come.

2| Spending time with the pals and parents. 

I have a feeling that this one might be a regular feature on this blog series, but I honestly am really enjoying spending time with those who I abandoned for a year.

This week I have had fun catching up with my friend Paige, which had been booked in two weeks in advance as Paige has a lot of Uni work at the moment. I hadn’t seen her in over a year and I regard her as one of my best friends so it was lovely. It was also very wet, cold and gross but who’s counting. We ended up in this little cafe in town, catching up and munching on a veggie breaky in Paige’s case and sipping on some warming soup and a cheeky pot of tea in my case whilst the rain lashed down outside.
I also met up with my old teammate Nicole, and had a nice natter over a flat glass of coke in one of my local pubs. Oh and we watched this dog take the biggest, sloppiest, smelliest, grossest shit right in the middle of the pub’s floor. The funniest thing was, I had skipped a workout as the original plan was a kick around in the park, but in the end we went to the pub. Priorities. I also met up with Liv again, we ended up having a super lazy day and night watching a load of movies and eating fajitas. Oh and in the morning Liv made us pancakes and set the cutest breakfast table set up and we had the funniest video call with Lotty.  I also met up with my friend Lydia, who I haven’t seen in over a year. We had a banging breaky at my favourite cafe, where we both used to work. Also I met her new guide dog Bertie and he is the cutest thing ever. I also managed to catch up with Paul again in town and had a lovely afternoon with him, nattering over our favourite hot apple and cinnamon drinks and I helped him shop for new work t-shirts in Primark. It’s been a great week.

3| Ed Sheeran’s newest album: Divide.

I wrote about Ed’s newest work of art in last week’s blog series installment. In fact it very narrowly missed out on being included on that list. But yes, it’s fantastic. It’s actually been on repeat since I bought it. I really love how there’s such a variety of cultured type songs this time around. For example, on the deluxe version which I have, track fourteen – Bibia Be Ye Ye has upbeat African influences, after which track fifteen – Nancy Mulligan seamlessly flows into an Irish jig type jam. I love it. Also once again Ed’s beautiful lyrics really do manage to hit you with all the feels. As a lot of people comment on Youtube videos of his work, Ed really does make you feel like you have just broken up from someone that you didn’t even know you were even dating. Ed Sheeran was asked on an interview on The One Show last week if Divide contains a “Thinking Out Loud song?” and he replied with the song Perfect, and I completely agree with him. Perfect is, along with How Would You Feel (Paean), Shape of You and Castle On The Hill, my favourite songs on this album. Actually it’s my favourite, it’s just beautiful. Oh so beautiful.

Miss:

1|Lack of motivation.

In terms of being motivated to workout, run and blog, I really have lost my mojo recently and it’s pooey. It just makes workouts much harder than they should be and blogging/writing not very fun, when for me it always has been fun. I hate it when I lose some mojo and hit a bit of a slump because I really would love to give this blog a real good crack. I have lots of ideas of what I would like to do and posts drafted, noted down or maybe half written, so I am really keen to showcase everything to the best of my ability. This week I feel like it’s lacking again. Here’s to hoping my motivation comes back because I was finally feeling happy about my body and my writing ability.

2| Lack of money/ Stress.

I am currently in the middle of playing the waiting game. You know, when you apply for a shit load of jobs and then have to sit back and wait to find out if someone wants you or not. Well being in between jobs, as well as travelling around Australia  for a year, has left me without a lot of money, for the time being at least. Super fun. Having £1 something on my card, makes it rather difficult to enjoy simple things like buying coffee in town with friends, which is fine, for the time being at least, but it’s not much fun when you become that guy who talks about lack of money, pretty much most of the time. For the record, I’m not someone who throws money around too much, but it’s weird not having a safety net of a little bit of money on my debt card.

 

3| Missing Australia.

I miss Australia. I have accepted that I will be here for a little bit at least, but I do miss it. I have been looking at photos of my final few weeks and I still end up feeling like wow I miss it. Plus my home town is getting more and more scuzzy.

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.

Monday Motivation – On a Tuesday| Catch up, what’s next: Life after Aus.

Hello there,

Firstly sorry for the lack of posts for the past couple of weeks, I made the decision of abandoning my blog for the past couple of weeks in favour of enjoying the remaining time that I had left on my visa for this time around.
Also this was supposed to be posted up on Monday, as it is actually a part of my Monday Motivation series, but then a busy day of being an adult (I figured this planned blog post would work out to be posted up in the evening after my busy day full of being productive and attempting to adult), followed by a long overdue catch up with my best friend Livy plus a whole bunch of Mexican food, cocktails, chatting, laughing, reminiscing and catching up, meant that I simply did not have the time to sit down and splurge it all down when I got back home, so here I am now, writing a Monday style post on a Tuesday – go figure!

Priorities. 😉

But yes where was I? I will be posting and up and coming a blog or a few regarding my final couple of weeks in The Land Down Under and what I have been up/ feelings/the future etc, as well as my next plans in more detail, so I won’t go into too much detail in this particular post, also keep an eye out, if you’re a nosy sod like I am.

This blog post is more of a quick summary of what’s next? After the best year of my life traveling around Australia, what are my plans now that I have come crashing back down to reality and I am back home, with my parents.

Well firstly, I now know that I want to be back out in Australia within the next year or two. Only this time on a more permanent visa than the one I was on. I am realistic, I know that it won’t be easy and I have a long challenge ahead of me, with plenty of obstacles, but I am prepared to fight. And fight hard.

So yes, I have been back for two days now, well three at the time of writing. Following a seven hour and a twelve hour flight across the world, which was accompanied by a five hour car ride back home from the airport – annoyingly I live NOWHERE near London, unsurprisingly I gave myself the first day back (Sunday) to recover, but now I am back laying the start of the foundations down. Yesterday, as arranged with dad the minute I stepped foot off the plane, we made a plan of action for how am I going to achieve my goal of getting back out to Australia.

See attached below:


As you can see, this one’s just a rough draft, I plan to make a nice clean version to attach to my bedroom wall as a form of motivation, but it will do for the time being.

But on it I have included various steps which I need to undertake which will hopefully get me to my desired destination Australia. These include the main ones of applying for jobs, networking, Linked In, direct contact, producing articles and blogs and improving my CV etc.

These also include hopefully getting jobs within my field – Journalism. I have a BA Hons Journalism degree, or an internship, junior role, freelance etc.

The above points if I am successful, should give me the relevant job experience to boost my chances of getting a sponsorship and residency to live and work in Australia. That is pretty much the main gist of things on that front. So the next stage now is to go away and work on the above points – wish me luck there. 😛 I’ll be sure to keep regularly posting updates on how my ‘quest’ to get a new life in the beautiful sunny shores of Australia is coming along, so you will more than likely see several blog posts on how I am getting on.

I am currently also on the hunt for an extra job for extra cash, which was also on the list, so it’s all full steam ahead on this front. All I need to do now is hope that my Macbook, which has been abandoned for a year, can start working again so I don’t have to share dad’s laptop. But that is another story for another time.

So yes, in terms of Monday motivation (shush ignore the fact that it is technically Tuesday), I think I have covered everything that I wanted to say. I think in terms of blog posts, this one is pretty choppy and I am not as pleased with it as I usually am when posting, also hello rambles – sorry to any future employer, I can do better I promise!

That’s all for now, I am off to apply for more jobs.

Love, hugs and pugs,

Keri.

Ps also on the subject of attempting to adult yesterday, I would say creating this extensive list and making plans for how I am going to achieve what I am hoping to achieve as well as doing boring adulty things such as taking a trip down to the banks to sort out my accounts and left over money from Australia, I would say I adulted rather well.