Monday, 30 June 2014

The Explanation Post (pretty much my life story!)

I'm gonna jump straight into this guys, 'cause it could maybe get a little rambley.

Between 2011 and 2014 I have lived in 6 different houses. A little ridiculous but definitely not wanted. Taking it back to 2011 I had been in a bad relationship for an overly extended amount of time, it included physical and mental abuse then somehow I managed to man up and get myself out of it in July of that year. Complications didn't cease however as we worked for the same company and so I had to quit my job when it started being brought into shifts. I was 20 and told my Mam and Dad I was moving to Newcastle, to which the weren't happy and so arranged for me to move in with my Aunty, after he turned up on my parents door step which was just a step too far now.

Move #1 happened in August and was okay for a while although a little claustrophobic with 3 kids in the house and not much time to call my own. Jake and I started seeing each other and I traveled to visit him often - we soon realized our feelings were alot more than we first anticipated when we had just been friends to support each other through hard times. On my 21st Birthday I told my Mam and Dad about him and not long after that I decided to leave my auntys and find a place with Jake who was unfortunately homeless and crashing on his friends sofa. We were offered a spare bed in a friends house until Jake and I found a place of our own making this move #2, though it didn't last for long and we were in our own little flat by the end of October (less than a week later!) - move #3!!


Despite the lack of work, we loved our little flat. We were there for a year and 7 months and within that time I had worked as a Christmas temp at Adsa, between us we did countless courses, volunteer work, job applications, interviews and added to the family twice (Nike and Baker). However when a very bad case of mold that was not being sorted adequately by our landlord who was living in Australia caused me to develop very bad breathing and heart problems and my car died we decided it was time to look for a place nearer the city which would hopefully mean more job opportunities!


Move #4 was in June of 2013 and ended up being to Byker, a known 'rough', highly chav populated area of Newcastle, to one of the only options we had since having a dog, rabbit and being on DSS was against us. We ended up being in a great street though, away from 'The Wall' (roughest area) and was quite content, enjoying a scorching summer while still tirelessly looking for work. I landed a job at the end of August and then the friends we had made next door started being off with us. We began to have highly intoxicated people bang on our door at all hours asking for drugs...wrong house fools. Then some more good luck, Jake got a job as warehouse man in the same store as me in early October but we couldn't put up with the torment from our ex-friends anymore, who were the type of people you didn't want to cross anyways. From loud music at inappropriate times to ending up not being able to use our back garden because their Staffordshire Bull Terrier was becoming more aggressive, going after Baker and biting me (I attended hospital and was put on antibiotics because my last tetanus was still in date thank goodness!). Couple that with the fact the journey to work in Kingston Park cost alot on the Metro and with shifts crossing over meant Baker was having to be left alone for an hour or so somewhere we couldn't guarantee people wouldn't make noise to spook him, we had to look for yet another new place....


November this time and we moved into a little 1st floor private flat in a council block in Fawdon. Fab landlords, 15 minutes walk from work, nicely decorated/ layed out. Little did we know this would end up being our worst abode of them all! #Move 5.
The guy upstairs was around 50-60 and made noise constantly. If he wasn't banging, hammering and drilling he was stomping around and slamming doors or worst of all playing music or guitar very loudly, again at silly times of the evening and night. The people downstairs had the building stinking of weed 3/4 of the week making having people round embarrassing and impossible, other people in the block would have parties multiple times a week, slam doors, leave children or babies screaming in the middle of the night and we even actually saw someone jump and smash a vans windscreen one night! This was supposedly a nice area!
Anyways, we kept our heads down and got on with work and life. Well until Christmas eve and a certain man decided that heavy metal music booming through the floor at 3am was fine. Jake went to knock on his door and politely ask him to turn it down but was greeted by a thunder of abuse and beating with a baseball bat. He was chased downstairs and the man continued to beat our door causing several cracks but more importantly distress to us and Baker. Needless to say the police were called, statements taken and the man arrested, however it apparently being his first offence they couldn't do anything other than warn him. Pathetic. The months following we have been stalked, watched, mentally harassed and me in particular petrified to live in our own home. The surrounding area including paths, parks and fields were always a danger being strewn with glass, fly tippings and disgusting foods that I was paranoid were laced with poison, needless to say I was always on edge when out and about with little man.

All of the above isn't even the half of it, this is the condensed version! haha 

My poor Dad, being sick of my phone calls home moaning and complaining called for us to hand our notice in and come home. So here we are, move #6 and currently living in my childhood bedroom at my parents. We have had fantastic luck in the fact that Jake landed a 40+ hour job in a brilliant factory, earning more money than we ever have together before. We are in a great position to have my parents supporting us (they are getting rent by the way) and giving us a place to stay until we find the completely perfect (hopefully detached) cottage in the countryside!



So yes, we have received help from the government but no have never spent it on drugs, alcohol, tobacco or anything other than the basics. We actually both worked from the age of 15 as well so you can imagine how hard being out of work is for people who are truly workers. It's been a hard time and that's without even telling you the rubbish that poor Jake has had to go through pretty much his whole life, so if I hear someone say, 'You've moved AGAIN?!' again I will direct them to this post and people can read for themselves why it has been necessary.
None of this is in any way for sympathy, and I shouldn't have to justify myself to people but I think everyone should have their say and get their stories across and here is mine!

Thank you to those who have been supportive, encouraging and helpful during the past few years and stay tuned for lots of exploring in the country :)


Sunday, 29 June 2014

Weekly Wondering // Week 38

I found this set of questions, '365 thought provoking questions to ask yourself this year', last year and bookmarked the webpage. After having rediscovered it I am answering 7 of the questions each week  until I complete the year. 

259. What do you admire most about your mother and father?
Oh goodness, alot! My Dad is one of the best Dads in the world hands down and I'm not just saying that. He is selfless, caring, passionate. He has taught me how to be good with money and on the flip side has been there every single time I've needed a hand money-wise and emotionally supported me.
My Mam has grown to be my best friend and in recent times I've realized I have so many of her personality traits. Like my Dad she is hardworking and has great pride in her home (like everyone should!). When ever I've been bored, sad, angry I've called her and we can talk away on the phone for far too long.



260. What is the best advice you have ever received?
Probably not so much advice I've received, just the quote 'Everything happens for a reason.' It has helped me in situations that may of been discouraging to think then well there must be something better around the corner for me. 

261. If you could live forever, would you want to?  Why?
It depends of whether I would stay the same age and live forever or grow older like Nicolas Flammel. I'd love to see what happens to the world in the future, although if it continued to advance industrially I don't know if I'd want to see a concrete world. Hmm. I'm actually gonna say yes purely because I'm a little afraid of passing away.

262. If you had to be someone else for one day, who would you be and why?
Someone who is no longer with us that I'd more than jump at the chance to be for the day is of course the late, great Mr Walter Elias Disney. Not only would it give me the chance to be in the shoes of a man for a day but I'd be able to visit my very own Disneyland by myself, feel the pride and general amazing feeling to of achieved such astounding things, as well as experience having such a creative brain.

263. What positive changes have you made in your life recently?
Moved out of the poisonous, disgusting place we had spent the last 7 months in. Don't get me wrong, our flat was lovely...it was the people that lived around us and the area that were having a supremely negative effect on us.

264. Who makes you feel good about yourself?
I dunno. Jake?

265. What is your biggest regret?
I don't regret anything. 


Friday, 27 June 2014

A Whole New World... // Introductions.

Right now I'm sat in my childhood bedroom on our sofa from the flat, listening to nothing but birds singing, the odd seagull squark and the occasional car passing by. That is most certainly a complete world away from where we were at the beginning of the month. In my next post I plan to explain why we have moved so much, living in so many different flats over the past 3 years before this move, but right now, just a few photos to introduce to you all our new/old surroundings. I hope you enjoy.



















As you can tell there are alot more scenic places than a school field surrounded by houses for our daily walks now, or more like multiple times a day now. The wildlife is alot friendlier as well, meaning I can get closer, although perhaps not the seagulls as they have babies right now and have dived at Baker and I in defense - a little scary I must say!
We're very lucky to of moved when we have meaning the weather has been perfect for exploring, paddling, hiking and generally enjoying the summer. I'm sure there will be an abundance of posts coming your way from what we get up to in the coming weeks.
Thanks again for putting up with me while I've been slightly MIA and a giant thank you to my guest posters, Beth of Little Miss Disney, Jess of Mayhem Makeup, Nichole of Upbeat Uplifts, and Belle of Part of Belles World who put so much time and effort into the fabulous posts they put together to keep you all entertained - please check them out and thank them for me!!




Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Guest Post // Belle's Dream Disney Wedding

Hi all, I’m Belle and can usually be found over on Part of Belle’s World but today I’m making a special appearance here for the lovely Danielle. Of course there wasn't anything more perfect to write about than the subject of Disney, who doesn't love a good Disney post? even better I thought I’d combine two of my obsessions, Disney & weddings.

Most girls will grow up imagining their wedding day to be the most biggest, lavish and huge event and that’s exactly what they’ll plan when the time comes, but not me, I knew that wasn't what I wanted, the thought of 100+ people all having eyes on me walking down the aisle, worrying about who does and doesn't get on when arranging seating plans just wasn't my idea of fun so before I even got engaged I knew there was one thing I wanted to do and that was escape the UK and everyone I didn't really want at our wedding and get married abroad, that special and perfect place in my mind was always Disney and that’s exactly what we did.



Way back in September 2009 towards the end of a perfect day in Disneyland California we found a lovely quiet spot to view the fireworks from and my then boyfriend made a dream of mine come true. Since I can remember being proposed to at Disney while watching the fireworks was, in my mind the most perfect, amazing and magical way it could happen and in that moment my dream came true, as a complete shock to me and it was just the start of even more magical Disney dreams coming true.

The hope, wish and dreams of a Disney wedding all started long before I was engaged or even close to getting engaged, for someone who loves Disney as much as I do there probably isn't a more perfect place to say ‘I Do’ after all Disney is the place where dreams come true, however I never thought I’d have this dream happen for me even after being engaged because unfortunately for me the other half of this ‘Disney couple’ actually has no interest in Disney, I know what you’re thinking, why did I say yes then? I know, call it a weak moment ;)
Within about a month of being engaged I just couldn't let this idea go, I needed to at least put it to him and have him say ‘no way’ rather than never even suggest it and regret it for ever, so I did and well you can guess what happened next.

He said YES, without any hesitation, second thoughts and doubt he told me if that’s what I truly want and where I dream of getting married then that’s where we’ll be having it :) this is why I said yes, he doesn’t love Disney, he isn't the most perfect person in the world but he has the most amazing quality every person deserves, he’ll do anything to see me happy.
We set a rough date, late April/early May 2012, it gave the people we wanted there enough notice and of course us time to save, as we were having a small Disney wedding, or at least that was what I spent nearly 2 years planning, we couldn't contact Disney fairy tale weddings until 8 months before to book our date so for now it was all just planning in my head, researching, lots of researching and making all the choices so when the time came I was ready to tell them exactly what we wanted and no wasting time or missing out, things didn't quite end up how I initially hoped and dreamed, DFTW department changed some of their rules between when I started planning and when I could finally book to do with what spaces could and couldn't be used and with things no longer looking or feeling ‘perfect’ I looked at other options in Orlando, Florida. In the end we chose to have our ceremony off Disney property at the gorgeous Cypress Grove and would return to Disney property for our reception or rather wedding meal and to finish the days celebrations. 
Switching our ceremony to Cypress Grove was a decision I’m so glad we made, the venue was beautiful, private and so peaceful and our wedding planner was amazing throughout, she went above and beyond to help make our day perfect.
We had 2 hours at our ceremony location which was about 20 minutes drive from the Disney area, we spent the time of course having the ceremony and then taking some of the most gorgeous photos with our amazing photographer Jason Angelini and enjoyed some delicious cake and champagne. 




The ceremony was perfect, with just 10 guests it was kept intimate and relaxed, I walked down the aisle with my 2 bridesmaids and mum to ‘See the light’ from Tangled, I can’t put in to words how special that moment feels, the excitement, the emotions and most of all the amount of happiness you feel is overwhelming, it was the moment it really sunk in that I was about to marry my best friend, the person I will be spending the rest of my life with, it couldn’t have been more special.

We headed back to Disney for more photos and to continue celebrations, it’s beautiful to see how special Disney cast members treat you and really make you feel like a princess and all the little kids are so cute with their comments, we had so many congratulations from everyone we walked past and most kids would be telling their parents ‘there’s a real princess’, one of my most special moments of the day was as we were leaving the Grand Floridian to go back to our hotel at the end of the day a little boy came running over and said ‘I just wanted to tell you you look like a real princess and are so beautiful’ he must have been about 5 or 6 and it really was such a special part of the day that I won’t forget, as much as I didn’t want a huge wedding here due to so many eyes on me it felt very special having so many strangers wishing you well and giving you compliments, there was no where else I’d have rather been.





Due to being such a small party we decided to have our meal in a restaurant rather than a larger space which worked out extremely well, we still had a private room but it never felt too big and empty, if you’re heading to Disney World anytime soon I cannot recommend Il Mulino at the Swan & Dolphin enough, the food and service we received was some of the best I’d ever experienced in at a restaurant and our guests still mention how amazing the food was till this day but not as much as they mention our perfecting ending to what can only be described as the day of our dreams, we decided to hire The Grand 1 Yacht to watch Wishes (if you've never been to Disney that’s the beautiful fireworks show that is put on nightly at Magic Kingdom) this yacht was stunning and I wish we could have just stayed on it all night, we had the most perfect view of Wishes, it was so incredible watching it with no other people around us, we couldn't have wanted anything more special to end the day, in that moment I never wanted the day to end, I wish we could have all been put in a bubble and stayed there forever, it’s going to take something incredibly out of this world to ever beat our wedding day for us, 2 years on and I still miss it so much and want to do it all over again.
Our wedding wasn't planned to see how many people we could have there, how lavish it could be, or to try and impress our guests with a huge venue with as much free food and drink as they could possibly have but it was about making memories, about having the most special people by our side as we said our vowels and started our happily ever after.

It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the moment when wedding planning and spending more money than you need to, thinking about every little detail and all the materialist aspects when in reality you should take a step back and just remember what the day is about, celebrating the love between you and your husband to be and enjoying your day as much as possible because believe me it goes by in a flash, you’ll forget so much, you want notice tiny little details and neither will your guests.
If you’re thinking of having a destination wedding or a wedding at Disney, then do it, don’t put it off because of what your family might think, this is your day and it should be exactly what you and your husband to be want not anybody else. I promise you it will be the day of your dreams and you’ll never regret it. Having a destination wedding especially at Disney was the best choice we made despite the sarcastic comments and judgement we received along the way like ‘oh is Mickey mouse marrying you’ ‘are Mickey & Minnie going to be there’ you say Disney and wedding to people and some just see it as a big joke, if I wanted characters there I could well have and would have, this was our wedding not theirs, we had the last laugh because our day was special, magical and what dreams are made of and not once have we ever looked back and thought we should have got married over in the UK with all our extended family that we hardly ever see.





Monday, 23 June 2014

Guest Post // A Disney Lovers Playlist

Hey there Underland to Wonderland readers, my name is Nichole and I blog over at Upbeat Uplifts! I was really excited when Danielle asked me to guest post here on her corner in cyberspace! Since I am an unfamiliar face behind the words you are about to read I first would like to take a few moments to introduce myself. 
I started blogging back in February and instantly it has become such an integral part of my life I can't imagine not doing it. For as long as I can remember I have always been a person to look for the best in any given situation. Life is going to happen and not every day is going to be good, but what matters most is not letting the bad define you or your life. I graduated from college last month which means I have to transform into being a big kid, but trust me there is lots of emphasis on the word kid still! I also just completed my rookie season as a member on the dance team for the NBA team in my area, The Pistons. It's an opportunity I am extremely grateful for. My family is my everything. I would not be half the person I am today without their love and support. This is just a little glimpse into who I am and now that we are better acquainted, let's get onto the rest of the post!


Being a reader of Danielle's blog I am sure you are aware of her love for Disney. Well, this is something she and I have in common! I have and always will be a lover of all things Disney. As I have gotten older however, I have come to appreciate the valuable lessons in all they elicit. A place I tend to look most for motivation and inspiration is in lyrics. There are SO many powerful phrases hidden in the fun music. Today I'm happy to share some Disney favorites with you all! (title is linked to a video!)

"Let it go, let it go!
Can't hold it back any more.
Let it go, let it go!
Turn away and slam the door.
I don't care what they're going to say.
Let the storm rage on.
The cold never bothered me anyway."


"Hakuna Matata, what a wonderful phrase
Hakuna Matata, ain't no passing craze
It means no worries for the rest of your days
It's our problem free philosophy, Hakuna Matata"

"Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling through
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
the dream that you wish will come true"


"Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
Old Mother Nature's recipes
That brings the bare necessities of life"


"And at last I see the light
And it's like the fog has lifted
And at last I see the light
And it's like the sky is new
And it's warm and real and bright
And the world has somehow shifted
All at once everything looks different
Now that I see you"

"And I'm almost there, I'm almost there!
People down here think I'm crazy, but I don't care
Tribes and tribulations have had my share
There ain't nothing gonna stop me now cause I'm almost there"

"I'll be there someday 
I can go the distance 
I will find my way 
If I can be strong 
I know every mile 
Will be worth my while 
When I go the distance 
I'll be right where I belong"

"When there's a smile in your heart
There's no better time to start
Think of all the joy you'll find
When you leave the world behind
And bid your cares good-bye
You can fly! You can fly! You can fly!"


Happy listening! :)

My parents and I at Disney World 2 years ago.

Thanks again Danielle for having me! 
I hope you all are having a fabulous day!

Questions of the Day:
1) Are you a Disney fan?
2) Is music something you look to for inspiration?
3) Which of these songs did you like best?

❤ Nichole 

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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Guest Post // Jess and Her Birds.

Hi there, thank you to Danielle for allowing me to feature on her fantastic blog! I'm going to be showing off some of my beloved furbabies. 

But first about me, I'm 29 years old, study full time (animal studies) and am also studying business management and English. My love of animals blossomed when I moved in with my partner of 9 years. We will not be having children so animals are kind of my replacement for that :) 
I have 3 cats, four guinea pigs, one rabbit and parrots! We have 7 aviaries, and we have aviary bred parrots, doves and different species of quail. I think from last count we have approx 60 birds.

I'll be showing off my fids (feathered kids) in this post today but to meet more of my animals I post segments called my animal kingdom on my blog which is http://maybemayhemmakeup.blogspot.com.au/



Here is my first parrot named Tara, she is a cinnamon green cheek conure named Tara and we hand raised her from 3 weeks old as her own parents rejected her from the nest, we had to feed her every 4 hours until she got old enough to feed for herself which took awhile!




Next I'm introducing you to Sarah our rainbow lorikeet parrot, she's a darling and we adopted her from 10 weeks of age because our wildlife shelter manager gave her to us. We do work placement at the shelter for our studies. 





Jimmy is a green Quaker parrot and he is approx 6 years old, he hates all male humans and only loves his females. I have to watch that he doesn't attack and cause injury but with me he's a sweet wee green guy.


We also breed budgies and this is a tiny baby at just a couple of weeks old, he's just starting to feather up.



Sparkles is a pet diamond dove and he lives inside with Jimmy, Sarah and Tara for company :)




My latest addition to our flock is Sprite, he's a peach face love bird but sadly his mother bit off his toes however she's still feeding and caring for him. I'm hoping he will adapt to his life living with me, Jimmy, Sarah, Tara, and Sparkles.




Thank you so much for checking out my first guest post! I look forward to doing it again.
Jess



Friday, 20 June 2014

Guest Post // Why No Other Holiday Will Ever Live Up To Walt Disney World...

Hello, I’m Beth and I blog over at Little Miss Disney. I was so excited when Danielle asked me to write a guest post for her as I’ve never written a guest post before and I’m a big fan of Danielle’s blog. We both share a love for all things Disney so I thought my post should definitely take on a Disney theme... here goes!
I first visited Florida’s Walt Disney World in April 2012. I’ve always been a big Disney fan and have been watching classic Disney films such as The Lion King and 101 Dalmatians ever since I can remember, but I’d never been to a Disney park before 2012. My fiancĂ© convinced me to go as he’d been with his family so many times and he was convinced that I’d love it there. After much deliberation and dithering, I agreed to go. Although I was very excited about the prospect of going all the way to Florida, I insisted that it would be a once in a lifetime thing as it was quite pricey compared to my usual holidays.
After our very first evening in Walt Disney World, I was hooked and definitely needed to re think my ‘once in a lifetime’ stance! We stayed in Coronado Springs back in 2012 which was a beautiful resort with stunning scenery, so we were off to a good start as soon as we arrived.


We went to Downtown Disney on our first evening which firmly remains one of my favourite places in the world. It’s full of amazing places to eat such as The Rainforest Cafe, Earl of Sandwich and Ghirardelli’s, and its many shops sell every piece of Disney merchandise you could wish for. The atmosphere there is always relaxed and there are lots of people of all ages strolling around and taking in the sights. There are also lots of people sitting by the lake and enjoying a cocktail! It’s the perfect place to end up after a busy day spent travelling or in one of the Disney parks.


We visited the Magic Kingdom on our first day, which coincidentally is also one of my favourite places in the world! You seriously feel as if you’ve stepped into another world when you walk through the turnstiles into this incredible park. Cinderella’s Castle is the pinnacle of this park’s beauty... no words can do it justice. We probably spent more time in the Magic Kingdom than in any other park due to brilliant rides such as Space Mountain and Thunder Mountain, the Plaza’s amazing strawberry ice cream, the spectacular parades and the hustle and bustle of Main Street USA. It also has an awe inspiring night show which gives me goosebumps every time. Some people argue that the Magic Kingdom is the childish park which means they try to avoid it... the more childish the better, in my opinion!




Epcot is also a beautiful park and really does have something for everyone. The first half of the park (Future World) is very popular with children as it has a futuristic/scientific/space theme with lots of unique rides such as Spaceship Earth, Test Track and Mission Space. The second half of the park is made up of the World Showcase which is one of the most breathtaking sights in all of Walt Disney World and is, without any exaggeration, one of the most fascinating places I've ever been to. Eleven countries are literally showcased around Epcot's massive lagoon with restaurants, shops and landmarks accurately reflecting each country's culture and lifestyle. People from each respective country are employed to work in the World Showcase which adds to its authenticity, and everything in the World Showcase is imported from the countries themselves. With striking views from all corners of the park, this is one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever see. Oh, and Epcot’s night show is also pretty impressive!



We went back to Florida in September 2013 and stayed in Old Key West, a tranquil resort in the Downtown Disney area. This holiday was even more special than the first as Neil proposed to me on our very first day in the Magic Kingdom! You can read all about my Disney engagement here. Again, we spent lots of time in the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Downtown Disney, met lots of characters and ate a LOT of amazing food. Yes, we did a lot of the same things we did on our first holiday to Florida, but it wasn’t repetitive at all as everything is so enjoyable. You’ll want to do everything at least five times during your holiday alone, so you’ll definitely want to do everything again when you return!



You’ve probably gathered by now that words can’t quite express how much I love Walt Disney World. I love the atmosphere, the food, the resorts, the parks, the rides, the Disney transportation system, the shops, the characters and just the general ‘magical’ factor. Every day truly seems like a fairytale, and you come back down to earth with a nasty bump when you have to come back to the real world! The customer service is impeccable everywhere, whether you’re at a park or in your resort, and you’re made to feel welcome wherever you go. I promise you’ll never encounter a grumpy waiter/waitress or shop assistant in Walt Disney World!


People wonder why I want to keep going back and why I don’t want to try new places every year. The truth is, no other holiday will ever live up to Walt Disney World. It might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but it’s just perfect for what I want from a holiday. Good food, beautiful views, rides and plenty of magical moments where you do actually feel as if all your dreams could come true... what more could you possibly want?



Does anyone else love Walt Disney World as much as I do? I can’t wait for our next trip in 2015! 


Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Life Lately // June



Doing
Urm, just MOVING HOUSE. Uh. Packing, cleaning, washing, stressing and seeing friends before we re-locate on the 21st. I'm still looking for a little part time job, though Jake has actually landed an awesome job with amazing hours, perfect for us.
I've also been trying to juggle the blog making sure there are still good quality posts going up on time and have been gathering some pretty sweet guest posts to cover the next week or so, giving me a little breather while I'm so busy.
Other than everything moving related I had my charity dog walk this Sunday past and there will be a post all about that in a little while, so hang tight!

Thinking
That it's now or never. As much doubt I've had and people thinking I'm crazy, I'm sure we're doing the right thing. I saw a quote online the other night saying, 'There are 7 days in a week. And someday isn't one of them.' We've had such a hard time living here, I actually detest it and the people and that is a strong, strong word, so Saturday the 21st is a day and it's the day we're doing something to make us happy. It's going to be difficult and there will be new stresses to handle until we're sorted but if you want to make a change in your life you just have to do it now.

Loving
That I'm starting to read alot more again. I eased myself in by re-reading the Harry Potter series. I'm currently just reading a few pages a night before bed, or in the bath (just whenever I can get 5 minutes to myself!) and am now 3/4 of the way into the Prisioner of Azkaban after a month. I'd love some recommendations, nothing lovey dovey, romatical please as I'm a crime, fantasy, historical type of girl :)  Hopefully I'll be able to step my game up on the reading front. Not as much as some of you '5 books a month' guys though!

Hating
Mosquito's, my never ending laundry pile and playing the waiting game. Now that our 'to let' sign is up outside and the 'neighbours' are aware we're moving they're pushing it even more with all the horrible things they do to us. I don't like it :( 

Other
- Now that the move is common knowledge, I've realized how many friends I've made since moving to the city. Hearing the words 'I'm gonna miss you' means more than people think.
- I saw 22 Jump Street with said friends at the cinema on the 8th and it was awesome. 
- If you haven't already we would be ever so grateful if you would donate to the Guide Dogs Association in sponsorship for our charity dog walk! 
- I also saw Devils Knot Monday the 16th and it's not what I thought from the name at all. It doesn't seem to have had much publicity but fans of true stories and crime thrillers should check it out!



The next post to go up will be a guest post and the following 3 will be also, this is allowing me to take a slight step back and not have to worry about producing content for a week while the move is in full swing so I'd like to take the opportunity to thank my guest posters and tell them how much I highly appreciate the time and effort they have put into such wonderful post for you guys to read. I hope you all enjoy them and you had better get over to their blogs and show them love there too!

<3