Sunday, 22 October 2017

Weekly Wondering // Week 38

Good day all. Hope your Sunday is a good one.
For the explanation of what is going on here, please do click here and have a quick read.
Other than that, in short, I am answering 7 of these 365 thought provoking questions each week until I complete the year. I already did this in 2013 and am revisiting them to compare my answers.

What is the best advice you have ever received?
Don't spend what you don't have! In other words don't take on any debt - credit cards, store cards, getting things on finance etc. If you can't save up money and buy whatever it is outright, then think hard why. Nothing is worth getting into debt over!! (Minus the obvious like a mortgage...)

If you could live forever, would you want to? Why?
Yes. Because I am petrified of death. Not exactly the whole being dead part of it, but the actual passing away. 

If you had to be someone else for one day, who would you be and why?
Someone who has a life completely different to mine. Someone outgoing and confident, popular and fun. A talented person, probably an entertainer of some sort, who doesn't spend their whole life cleaning and sitting at home alone with their dog watching movies haha. 

What positive changes have you made in your life recently? question.

Who makes you feel good about yourself?
I don't know :/

What is your biggest regret?
I don't do regrets because anything that should be regarded as one has taught me a lesson, and I assume they do for most people. Learn from your mistakes and put that into practise in the future instead of just dwelling on the past, wishing it didn't happen.

Which one of your responsibilities do you wish you could get rid of?
Feeding Jake and cleaning my own house, purely because I work 3 cleaning jobs as it is. ha

Make sure to look back on this same post from 2013/14 here, and see the differences in my answers! (I completed writing this before checking back to my old answers by the way). You can also see the series in whole from last time here and of course last week's Weekly Wondering here.


Friday, 20 October 2017

A Day in My Life // September

Friday, 29th September.
A Day in My Life.
Yay! Back at it again with the day in my life - successfully :) I was so gutted to miss August after having already missed one earlier in the year, because I love looking back on them so much! Admittedly, it was the 29th before I remembered and so here is a boring Friday (where I am at all 3 of my jobs) in September!

1 // By 8am I'm already home from job 1 and getting ready for 40 winks.
2 // A nutritious breakfast.
3 // Covering the Zombie. Obviously that's not the brush I use for powder...
4 // Arriving at job #2!
5 // On the way to job #3, two hours later.
6 // Also taken on the 10minute walk to job #3 but was too cute not to include.

7 // Clear blue skies walking home for the day!
8 // Trying to catch the last of light/wind and hanging the washing out with my little pal.
9 // I ate 'fake meat' for the first time in years and I think I'll just stick to no type of 'meat' at all thanks!
10 // Having a bit of a laugh with some Queen compilations before bed.
11 // Book and bed!

When you see it all in only 11 photos it looks like I did nothing! But in reality I got up at 5.30, finally got in from all 3 jobs at 4.30 and went to sleep at 8.30. Meh, not a long day for many but it is for me.
I'm glad to say that as I write this I already have October's day in photos done and so don't have to worry about missing another this year just yet.
I'd love to see what you got up to in September so leave me links to your posts below!

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Disneyland Paris 2017 - Part 3

One of my all time favorite things at Disneyland Paris is the Molly Brown Paddle Steamer and the Rivers of the Far West in general. They encompass everything I treasure at home (nature, wildlife etc) but have that Disney flare...obviously.
On each trip (well, most trips) I like to make sure I hitch a ride on the back of good old Molly at least once, and seeing as this visit was in May - therefore blessing us with beautiful weather - we made it our second attraction of the day.
Here are some shots I snapped along the way.

How exciting it was to witness the rivers during birdy breeding season. I will be doing a separate post of all the birding images I took at DLP over my previous two trips, however I just had to pop a couple in here. Just look at them! Canada Geese with chicks, Mallard chicks, a Coot with her babies, a georgous Heron and even a Canada Goose on her nest of eggs!
I could go round and round on that boat all day, waving at people on Big Thunder Mountain and taking photos. Although I have to admit I was a little dissapointed the gysers weren't working. I was under the impression that they had been repaired during all of the refurb  and was looking forward to seeing them in action for the first time since 1996. One day maybe!

Catch my other Disneyland Paris 2017 posts:
Disneyland Paris 2017 - Part 2
Disneyland Paris 2017 - Part 1
Character Meet and Greets
Disney Stars on Parade pt.1 
Disney Stars on Parade pt.2 

Monday, 16 October 2017

Things I HATE About the Internet

Woah, it's been since July since I got hateful and moaned about some irrelevant rubbish no one cares about. I'm pretty sure it's not just me who has a love / hate with technology and especially, the subject of today's post, the internet. Now before we get properly into it I know there are some truely terrible things on the internet but this is a jokey kinda post...none of that deep, dark, disgusting stuff...the fact that I hate that is implied. Here we go.

'Grab a Cuppa & Get Comfy'.
I really don't know why but it nerks me so much haha. I have clicked the 'X' straight away more than once when I have heard/read that. Don't tell me what to do! I don't drink hot drinks. Maybe I want to eat my ice cream and sit uncomfortably with my dog half on top of me. 

Pop up 'Sign up to Our Newsletters'.
Those with hidden close buttons specifically. These also makes me click off websites imeddiatly. I don't do newsletters. If I did love your company (or blog or whatever) so much as to want a newsletter, I'd go out of my way to take the 2 seconds to click a link at the bottom of the page or in a banner.

As in when you go to click a blog link on Twitter but the feed sudden refreshes and you click sometime completely different loosing the original link.
Or, trying to browse a shopping website and as you attempt to open one thing a pop down menu or whatever stealth attacks you into looking in an opposing category.

Vehicles/Children/Animals as Display Pictures. This isn't you!
Unless 2017 Astras with blacked out windows and crap rims can use facebook now. And I know how much we love our pets and children but it isn't their account either - have a photo of you with them in that case! If you hate how you look, like me, make it a photo from a fancy dress event, taken futher away or with me ;)!

Newsletter Emails You Never Signed Up To.
I know it's about newsletters again, but really this!! Especially with having a separate blog email I find so many random things in my inbox that I certainly never signed up for myself. Hmm...!

Social Media Spoilers.
Twitter is the absolute worst for people 'live tweeting' and completely ruining whole programmes or movies in less than 140 characters.  To those that say ''well watch it when it comes out and you won't have it spoiled for you'' - shut up. Not all of us have a cinema in our towns, or sky and stuff.

Phew! Glad that's off my chest :) If I switched to my thinking cap I'd probably roll out another 10+ items for this list but limiting the negativity could be better here.
Let me know your internet hates in the comments! Nothing too serious though please haha.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Weekly Wondering // Week 37

Hiiiiiiiiee. For the explanation of what is going on here, please do click here and have a quick read.
Other than that, in short, I am answering 7 of these 365 thought provoking questions each week until I complete the year. I already did this in 2013 and am revisiting them to compare my answers.

What did life teach you yesterday?
Well I knew it already, but how fast it passes and how quickly it can be taken away from you :(

Who impresses you?
Loads of people! Those who are living life to the full, working toward the goals they want to achive and generally doing exactly what they want to. People who are making a change in the world, standing up for what is right, giving a voice to those who don't have one, as well as having the backs of those who do. Insanely talented people - in whatever field it may be they work in - film makers, photographers, singers, musicians, actors, mechanics, scientists, drag queens, doctors, carers, parents, teachers, vets and so on.

What have you done that you are not proud of?
This is one to think about and come back to I think...

When should you reveal a secret that you promised you wouldn't reveal?
If someone is in danger. Physical or otherwise. I think that's probably the only time really.

How would you spend your ideal day?
Get up early but have no work to go to, take my time getting ready while hanging out with Baker. Be able to take him for a long walk, with no other dogs or people around (& no stress), along with my camera and all the amazing wildlife we have around here. Then I'd somehow be able to magically teleport to Disneyland in time for opening and spend the full day there - preferably with Baker too.

What is the one primary quality you look for in a significant other?
Honesty. Cannot bare a liar.

What do you admire most about your mother and father?
Everything! Their hard working-ness, the strength of thier realationshipand that I am lucky enugh to still have them together. Dad's sense when it comes to finances etc,  Mam's cleanilness etc. And so much more.

Make sure to look back on this same post from 2013/14 here, and see the differences in my answers! (I completed writing this before checking back to my old answers by the way). You can also see the series in whole from last time here and of course last week's Weekly Wondering here.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Quarterly Collective Haul // July - September 2017

It's that time again! Time to scramble around my house trying to remember everything I have been so lucky to purchase or receive in the previous three months, take photos of them and post them on my blog. I really appreciate and am thankful for every possession that comes into my life so documenting them means I don't forget or take any of it for granted. After having worked so hard the last few months it's been pretty cool to be able to buy things I haven't been in the position to for quite a few years. Anyway, this is what I've bought during July, August and September.

Although this is a lot of new clothing to me, I know it's probably one weeks worth for many fashionistas! It is also all from Primark (I may have 3 jobs but I'm still not made of money haha) minus the boots which were 20% off in New Look :) I don't often shop at New Look these days as, I don't think any of you know, I used to work for them and had a pretty bad experience so tend to stay clear of all of their stores. :P

We've got a nice little DVD and book haul this time around too, though as usual the vast percentage are second hand. 1 of the books and 4 of the DVDs were brand new but then again the DVDs were still on offer haha. Frugal shmugal me!
Disney DVDs are proving harder and harder to get my hands on so I've worked on animated sequels recently. It's pretty rubbish how many of the live action catalog are not available on region 2, plus there are some rarer movies that cost up to £100+ which is insane. Boo.

Lastly are the odd bits like homeware and stuff. I think the Bambi pillow and Simba and Hufflepuff throws were pretty much from the begining of July as it's been a long time since I got those. So much so that I haven't even gotten to use the Hufflepuff throw yet, it's been sat still wrapped up, in the spare room, because I wanted to photograph it like that before using it ha!
The final random bits are a beautiful ceramic bunny who joins the rest of my woodland ornaments, some super cool freaky 'changing' portraits from Poundland that I framed in cheap B&M frames and a of couple new Halloween candle holders - the pumpkin and skull from Poundland, the big black 'cauldron' like one from B&M.

See you in Jan for the 'big' one of the year which will include my birthday stuff, London trip souvineers and Christmas bits.

Feel free to pop over to my previous quarterly hauls:
April - June 2017
January - March 2017
October - December 2016
July - September 2016
April - June 2016 
January - March 2016

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Disney Movies Based on True Stories pt.1

Did you know I loved movies? Shocker, I know, but I do. I especially love Disney movies and I am very much a fan of one thing* inparticular that they do extra well - movies based on or inspired by real life events - and there are a lot of them!
(* Technically they do all things super well, the best in many cases infact!)
Although they are based on or 'inspired by' some are a lot more accurate than others and as you will tell from the titles below, many are related to sporting stories. Here's a look at a handful from the past 10-15 years or so...

Queen of Katwe [2016] 💗💗💗💗💗
 ''A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess.''

The Finest Hours [2016] 💗💗💗
'' The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.''

McFarland, USA [2015] 💗💗💗💗
'' Jim White moves his family after losing his last job as a football coach. He sees that some of the students are worth starting a cross-country team and turns seven students with no hope into one of the best cross-country teams.''

Million Dollar Arm [2014] 💗💗💗
'' A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball.''

Saving Mr Banks [2013] 💗💗💗💗💗
'' Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen.''

Secretariat [2010] 💗💗💗💗
'' Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown.''

Invincible [2006] 💗💗💗
'' Based on the story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia who overcame long odds to play for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in 1976. ''

Eight Below [2006] 💗💗💗💗
'' Brutal cold forces two Antarctic explorers to leave their team of sled dogs behind as they fend for their survival. ''

Glory Road [2006] 💗💗💗💗
'' In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship. ''

The Greatest Game Ever Played [2005] 💗💗💗
'' In the 1913 US Open, 20-year-old Francis Ouimet played against his idol, 1900 US Open champion, Englishman Harry Vardon. ''

Miracle [2004] 💗💗💗
'' Miracle tells the true story of Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell), the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad. ''

Full-Court Miracle [2003] 💗💗💗💗
'' An African American college basketball star becomes the head coach of a yeshiva's struggling basketball team in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after a knee injury forces him to leave the game. Based on the true story of Lamont Carr. ''

You'll probably have gathered that the hearts represent my personal score out of 5 for each movie and you'll also see that none have less than 3 hearts as they are all nothing short of fantastic, those with 5 being simply perfect.
Obviously, with true story movies they are easier to fall into, become invested in and, in a way, build an emotional connection to, knowing that although these may be actors and not the real people it is someone's real life. It happened. It wasn't imagined or dreamed but happened. I for one appreciate and respect those movies so much.

Anyway, are you a fan of any of those listed above?? If there are any you haven't seen, do any stand out as something you'd like to?
I have a part 2 of this coming soon so look out for it and let me know if you'd like a non-Disney version too ;)

*FYI all descriptions are those that are shown on one of my most visted and favorite websites haha.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Baker is 5!

On Augutst 26th, coincidentally 'National Dog Day', saw my not-so-little guy turn a huge five years old!
A little outdated, I still wanted to share the photos for my future reference.I'm not gonna say much, so here are the photos of his first experience with balloons (he's now obsessed), opening his gifts and having his birthday cake!

As you can see he had a fun and tiring day overall. We had his little 'party' up at my parents house and my Nana came up too. I wanted to go all out with gifts with it being such a special birthday but there really is just nothing left to buy this dog as he has everything!! He loves his talking Destiny toy though, as he also has the Bailey, Nemo and Dory from the same collection and I kind of think he might think they are real when they talk haha. Oh, and we STILL have leftover cake frozen in the freezer haha.