Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Life Lately // May 2017

 

It has been a loooong time since I have sat down to update on my life with my little life lately series. I've been kind of struggling lately with the blog though - well not struggling but I can't think of another word - so I thought this would be the perfect post to 1) take less than 5+ hours to put together and 2) let some friends who I would usually regularly converse with but haven't because life, know the crack!


Doing
Settling into life with 2 (technically 3) jobs! I have had a morning cleaning job for an hour and a bit since March 2015 and love that little job. However over time in this house a few of our outgoings have increased and obviously, we don't want to be so tight with money at the end of the month due to actually needing to save for a house deposit (so I don't have to live here forever). That meant me getting a second job. I've looked on and off for months but this one just stumbled into my life right at the perfect time...everything happens for a reason! I'm cleaning again but in a different 'venue' for 2 hours in the middle of the day, plus another couple hours twice a week in the bosses home.
It may not seem much but when you're used to being finished work at 8am and having the whole day to run your own home, work on blog stuff and all that other jazz it is a little shock to the system. I now only have a couple hours in the morning where I clean a little, see to Baker and then get ready for job #2 and I don't get home until after 2.30 or 4.30.
When I do get in and shower, feed everyone, tidy up and eventually sit down there's only an hour or two left to work on the laptop before bed. Therefore I am rather behind on blogging!

Thinking
How far behind on blogging I am haha! I know it doesn't bother many people and a lot just write and post all in one day, but I am used to being around a month ahead with scheduled posts. That's around 16 posts. Right now I only have 3.5 posts completed and that makes me want to cry with stress. I know no one will care if I miss a post but I do...it's not for anyone but myself and I like to stick to my Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday schedule okay?! haha
I think I have a lot of work to do this coming weekend...


Loving 
Not to sound boring or old, but the weather. Yeah, we are still having rain and stuff but the milder days do mean I've been able to get washing out on the line for a change and don't need a giant coat and scarf while walking to work. It's perfect bird photo taking weather too <3
I'm also loving all the new people at my 2nd job. At my morning job I am 100% alone and I really love that but it's been a few years since I've been in a setting working alongside people and this time, as it isn't retail, it's quite lovely.

Hating
The fact that the nice weather means everyone is everywhere! You can't go anywhere outdoors and have peace. At home, I can barely get Baker out in the garden for the toilet as it's like a street party of people, children, and dogs a lot of the time and since he was attacked yet again recently he is even nervier. Not to mention my social anxiety and fear of the neighbours :/
Town isn't too fun to pass through either with being inundated with holiday-makers and even more children and dogs! Boo!

Watching 
Obviously, I went to see Pirates of the Caribbean at the weekend so you could always pop over to check out the review I put up on Monday ;) Other than that, as you'll see in my month 'What I Watched' round up, there are a few PBS documentaries on Netflix called 'Secrets of...' and I watched a lot of them! Before we went to DLP at the start of the month I worked out how to download movies to watch offline on Netflix so did that with those and have had them playing as I'm at work in the mornings. Multitasking cleaning and learning haha!

Reading
I kind of wondered why my 'read' list seemed so short this quarter so far but I guess the whole job thing coupled with a mini holiday can be to blame for that. Still, I'm trying extra hard now and want to fit in as many as possible during June to bump up that number. It's crazy because my aim for the whole of 2017 was to read 10 books and I'm currently on 17 complete and 3 being read, those being - Alice in Wonderland (book of the2010 film), Countryside: The Tears of Adina and Great Expectations.
You could always come keep up with me over on Goodreads if you fancy! > https://www.goodreads.com/UnderToWonder

Other
- Like I said, I was at Disneyland Paris at the start of this month and can't wait to share the photos from that trip. There are still around 5 posts from my December 2016 visit to go up though so it could be a good couple months until the May posts appear!
- Life is all work just now to be fair...I don't have another day off from mt 1st job until September! That's over 13 weeks of 7 day work lol. Thankfully my new job is on 5 days a week!
- Something awesome is that my Nana goes to a little day centre on Fridays practically next door to my 2nd job so now I am able to see her so much more <3
- We haven't any trips or days out planned until October now but our 7th annual Race for Life is coming up in the next month or so!!
- Thankfully I am feeling better for the first time in like a month. I got super ill after coming back from Disney (I'll explain in another upcoming post) and then after a week of getting a little better, I ended up with a chest infection. That is no fun but extra so when you have asthma. I am glad to be able to breathe again haha.


I don't think I'll bring these posts back to being monthly again as my life really just isn't that exciting or busy, but I may randomly do one every 6 months or so! I wanna know what I've been missing in your life too so link any similar posts you have in the comments.
As always a massive thank you to everyone who has stuck around despite me not exactly being able to return the favor. I do plan on attempting to comment on at least 5 blogs a day so hopefully I'll stop by yours asap.



Monday, 29 May 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales [MOVIE REVIEW]

 [May contain spoilers - Probably not, but just in case don't be angry if I accidentally have a slip of the tongue!] 


It's been 6 long years - and 6 days* to be precise - that we have waited since the previous Pirates was released. The biggest gap between all 5 movies and with it being the 5th in an immensely popular and well-loved series, I, like many people I assume, was slightly cautious in my excitement before seeing it.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Or Salazar's Revenge for the UK apparently...which I don't understand but whatever. It's the whole Zootopia / Zootropolis debacle all over again and I will be calling them both by their original titles, just FYI) has still been my top 'to be seen' movie of recent years, and despite that being the case I refrained from watching or reading anything at all before going to the cinema...not even the trailer, which you can see below.

*[From the release day of On Stranger Tides to the release day of Dead Men Tell No Tales]



As I said above, I had no ideas going into this what the plot would entail, like not a clue. Not to cut the review short or anything but I think this may be my favorite story line of the whole series. It started emotionally (well for me anyway haha) with a young Henry and us being introduced to what would become his quest, then our first look at Captain Jack Sparrow 6 years on was a comical one igniting a kind of theme of mixing up the darker more serious moments with plenty witty comments and almost slapstick comedy moments.
The way in which we were told the story of who this new title character, Captain Salazar, is was interestingly done, I was actually a little surprised to learn he wasn't who or what I would have thought on first impressions. I really enjoyed the little touch of finding out where the 'Sparrow' of Jack Sparrow derived from too.
Talking about new characters, all three of the new main cast surpassed my expectations. I'm not saying I thought they'd be bad or anything but when you are invested in a series every time main characters are omitted and fresh ones enter I wait to see the movie in its entirety to pass judgment. The character backstories and development worked so well though, with a surprise or two thrown in for good measure. I'm sure many 'girl power' women will love Carina Smyth in particular for her ahead of the times intelligence, attitude and no-nonsense demeanor.
For anyone not familiar with the POTC series (firstly, why not?! Secondly, why are you reading this?!) Johnny Depp returns again as the main man Captain Jack Sparrow, just as much the shoddy but brilliant pirate he ever was, alongside Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa who has apparently grown on me over the series as I actually quite liked him in Dead Men Tell No Tales! Of course, it was lovely to see Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley as Mr & Mrs. Turner if even just for a such a short glimpse.



Something that stands out to me as a point that has only gotten better and better in the 15 years since The Curse of the Black Pearl came out, naturally, is the effects. It is just routine progression due to technology improving but you don't appreciate how amazing it has gotten until you compare it. I watched all 4 movies over the 2 days leading up to our cinema visit, making it fresh on my mind and the ghostly, bloody and sea parting CGI is one of the biggest stars of the show. However, I'm still a little shocked at how much was huge real sets and that much of it was filmed in Australia! So many beautiful scenes.

Surprise, surprise professional critics have been extremely harsh. Too long, too boring, too many sub plots, too much Johnny Depp, too much silly humor. I didn't see any of that. The length for me was perfect, things included in the plot were relevant and improved the storyline on a whole. The comedic moments weren't over the top and also fit well with the scenes they were included in. As for too much Jack Sparrow...is there even such a thing?!
I remember checking the time at one point and couldn't believe it had gone so fast, obviously because I was enthralled in the action which is surely the best way to judge a movie? Did it entertain me?  100%. And that is all I really want from a film. I can't wait to see it again!

Oh, make sure you stay after the credits for this one too. From what I saw it may hint at this not being the last installment...

Other Disney Movies Reviews by Me:
'Beauty and the Beast' 2017
'Pete's Dragon' 2016
'Alice Through The Looking Glass' 2016



Sunday, 28 May 2017

Weekly Wondering // Week 21


'Sup yo?! 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.


Is there ever a time when giving up makes sense?
Most probably. If whatever it is becomes dangerous or is causing way too much stress and general bother, then giving up on it is probably the best route. Nothing (or not much at least) is worth causing any kind of physical or mental harm to yourself or anyone else.

What makes you proud?
Hmm. When people go above and beyond to help the helpless, especially defenseless animals in need of a hand. For example, I'm very proud of my friends who have traveled to other countries volunteering at sanctuaries etc.

How do you find the strength to do what you know in your heart is right?
I just do it. I personally find it way harder to do the opposite and therefore it'd take a heck of a lot more strength to do what is wrong. Being a good person isn't difficult.

Where do you find peace?
Not at my house, that's for sure! haha

When have you worked hard and loved every minute of it?
Quite a few times in my life.  I used to love many of my jobs and have always worked hard at them...but it's when you burn yourself out that you end up not enjoying those jobs anymore. I loved when I worked as a photographer at a holiday park and it was super hard work, I also worked there another season in the arcade which is also much harder work than you'd think!

How short would your life have to be before you would start living differently today?
Considerably!! I would change my life now, but sadly money is at the center of almost everything and it's just not possible.

Is it better to have loved and lost or to have never loved at all?
Oooh, going all Alfred Lord Tennyson on me now? I would say I agree with his original quote, “'tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all”. Especially when it comes to the love of a dog ;) ahaha. No, really. 


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, 26 May 2017

Disney Movies You Didn't Know Were 'Remakes'

Live action Disney movie remakes. They've generated a lot of interest over the past couple of years, criticism being rife. ''How could Disney remake such a classic!!'', ''It'll never be as good as the original!''..and so on and so forth. I won't get into my thoughts on the 'remakes' (or reimaginings as I prefer) right now, instead, I'll ask a question: Why was it that no one cared if Disney remade previous movies of theirs, until Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast etc?
In this post, I'm gonna share a couple other live-action Disney movies that weren't exactly 'original'!


Race to Witch Mountain 2009
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Anna Sophia Robb.
Remake of: Escape to Witch Mountain 1975
Starring: Eddie Albert, Ray Milland

Escape to Witch Mountain is a fantasy adventure movie, based on a young adult sci-fi novel of the same name by Alexander Hill Key from 1968. There is a sequel, Return from Witch Mountain, released in 1978 and then another in 1982, Beyond Witch Mountain which was brought out as a TV movie.
Also as a TV movie, Escape to Witch Mountain was remade for the first time in 1995 being released as part of The Wonderful World of Disney before finally being reimagined into the 2009 feature film, Race to Witch Mountain!


The Shaggy Dog  2006
Starring: Tim Allen, Kristin Davis
Remake of: The Shaggy Dog 1959 
Starring: Fred MacMurray, Jean Hagen

Just like the afore mentioned movie, The Shaggy Dog 2006 is the second remake of this fun-filled family comedy. It had a 1994 TV movie remake, a 1976 sequel (The Shaggy D.A.) and a 1987 TV movie sequel, The Return of the Shaggy Dog.


Freaky Friday 2003
Starring:  Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan
Remake of: Freaky Friday 1977
Starring:  Barbara Harris,  Jodie Foster

If you haven't seen or heard of Freaky Friday...where were you in the 2000s?! Popular with people of my age especially, Freaky Friday is a fantasy comedy where mother and daughter switch bodies.
The original 1977 movie was an adaptation from a book of the same name by Mary Rodgers and also had a TV movie remake in 1994 before the 2003 version which our generation knows and loves came to be.


The Parent Trap 1998
Starring: Lindsay Lohan,  Dennis Quaid
Remake of: The Parent Trap 1961
Starring: Hayley Mills,  Maureen O'Hara

Like the teen classic above, The Parent Trap is another popular with my fellow 90s kids and coincidentally also stars Lindsay Lohan. Other than the 1998 remake of the 1961 version (which, sorry, is my favorite as I adore everything to do with Hayley Mills) there are also three sequels, 1, 2 and Hawaiian Honeymoon all of which star Hayley Mills!


Flubber 1997
Starring: Robin Williams, Jodi Benson
Remake of: The Absent-Minded Professor 1961
Starring:  Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson

Now as you can see by the name, this one might not be so obvious unless you have seen the movie but yep, Flubber is indeed a remake of 1961 The Absent-Minded Professor. Legend Fred MacMurray, as Professor Brainard, creates 'flying rubber' (or Flubber) that, among other things, ends up on the feet of basketball players just like the invention of Professor Philip Brainard portrayed by the equally as legendary Robin Williams.


101 Dalmatians 1996
Starring: Glenn Close, Huge Laurie
Remake of: 101 Dalmatians 1961
Starring: Betty Lou Gerson, Rod Taylor

Adapting an animated feature film into a live-action movie is a new thing no? I thought Disney had just run out of ideas and was redoing all the classics in the last 2010s onward? No! It really gets my goat that no one seemed to complain when 101 Dalmatians was reimagined using real life people and real life dogs but nevermind, it's only now we aren't allowed to revisit any of the classics canon ;)
The 1996 movie was a big success and was followed by the sequel 102 Dalmatians in 2000.


The Jungle Book 1994
Starring: Jason Scott Lee, Lena Headey
The Jungle Book 1967
Starring: Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot

2016 wasn't the first time The Jungle Book came to real life! 1994 saw another Disney animation 'remade' and with actual wild (well, trained) animals as opposed to our CGI versions we are now lucky to be able to utilize.


Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey 1993
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Sally Field
Remake of: The Incredible Journey 1963
Starring: Émile Genest, John Drainie

Apparently, Homeward Bound is described as an adventure comedy but I'd class it as an emotional rollercoaster haha. I grew up watching both the original and the remake and have always loved them so much! You could probably say the story is the animal version of Home Alone...do you think?!
Despite there being a 30-year gap between the two versions and obvious technological advances, the sentimentality remains as strong in both movies with beautiful animal actors in both too.
Homeward Bound, unlike The Incredible Journey, was followed by a sequel in 1996 - Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco.



So yeah...now start your griping that Disney remakes are a terrible idea, only done because they have no new ideas (haha, pull the other one...just look at the insane list of announced original movies we have to come in the following years) and all that other jazz. None of these movies are direct copies either, they are just re-imagined to bring it up to date for new audiences and all 'remakes' are usually just that.
I hope you'll think a little differently about live action adaptions in future, see them as stand alone productions and try not to compare them too much to their counterparts. I also hope that you enjoyed this post! :) Thanks for reading!!


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Things I HATE About Nature


Did the title shock you as much as my last 'hate' post haha?! Indeed I adore all (well, almost) things wildlife and nature and would more than content to live out the rest of my life in a little log cabin in the middle of nowhere with only the birds and trees to talk to. Actually, I need that. Who can make it happen?
However, there are the odd things related to my Goddess, Mother Nature, that do get me down in the dumps or a little irked at times...

Sporadic Weather
Weather reports, pft! What are they? Why do we even bother trying to predict it anymore as it's never right. Even if it is, our town's weather changes hourly meaning it could start out a beautiful sunny morning, perfect for hanging the washing on the line but next minute it's snowing and the washing has icicles!
It makes getting dressed a little awkward too when you expect torrential rain but are greeted by a heat wave while you sweat yourself to death walking home from work in a massive waterproof coat and scarf.

Cold Causing Colds
Ah I know it's technically another weather related thing but I just can't handle Winter. It makes me less happy, I always get ill and it plays havoc with my asthma.

Nettles
Sneaky blighters that just randomly stick their leg out to trip you up, is what they are! 'Enjoying your little stroll? A bit too much I think...here walk home with this red raw stinging ankle!'

Bully Birds
This one upsets me daily and quite effects me. The amount of times strangers passing by have gawped at me as I stand shouting at a group of gulls swooping on a Heron or try to shoo Jackdaws away from a Starling nest is unbelievable...but I can't just stand by and watch, so people will just have to stare!
The worst is when there is the whole massive river with more than enough room for everyone, but Sally Seagull decides that Susan Seagull is in the exact spot she wants so proceeds to dive on Sally and try to rip her wing off! I'd love to know what she'd do if her cat pooped in her garden or her husband park in the wrong space! Goodness me!

Hay Fever/Allergies
For those who don't suffer from these, you are truly blessed! Haha Itchy eyes, runny nose, bad head and way more. They kind of take away the fun of enjoying the sun when he actually decides to put his hat on.

Flies in My Eyes
I swear I'm sure my eyeballs are some exotic delicacy to harvest flies and green flies. No matter how hard I try to evade them, one will always succeed to momentarily blind me and make me stick my finger in my eye and question anyone within view, 'Did I get it?? Is it gone??'. Blurgh!

Not Being Loved By All Creatures Great & Small
The majority of wildlife I come into contact with seems to appreciate my company almost as much as I do theirs. But there's always one who wants nothing to do with me :(

Aragog's Children
What purpose do they even serve?! If there is a God I want to know why spiders were invented and what their meaning of life is. They just cause bother half the time...my dog is even petrified of them.

Overpopulation & Industrialism Destroying it
I suppose this isn't nature's fault and would be more at home on this 'HATE' list, it is related though so is going here.
Overpopulation, as in people are living longer, others having more children and younger meaning there is a greater world population than ever causing more and more of our gorgeous natural world to be destroyed in the name of housing and all that jazz.
One day kids will grow up and only know a forest from a movie, a lake from a school book. We need to put restrictions on human breeding - ala China's two-child-policy - helping reduce not just damage to our natural world but helping to combat the poverty and stuff thousands of children already live in.

Fluttering Demons
I can't believe I almost forgot some of my worst fears of all - not just naturewise - if you read my recent 'facts about me' post, you will know that this to refers to Butterflies and Moths and I do not wish to discuss those monsters futher!
(Thanks for giving my brain a nudge, Aimee!)



So yep, I think that's it! Fellow planet lovers, tree huggers, and bird whisperers tell me in the comments one thing that you dislike about our favorite thing! Anything at all. 
Thanks for reading :) 

Monday, 22 May 2017

1000



On Sunday (yesterday), Underland to Wonderland hit 1000 posts. Wellll. It technically hit a while ago but I deleted a couple old posts a few months back and so now there are officially 1000 posts in my little time capsule, online diary, thingy-m-bob blog. Crazy.

I'm not a one for making a fuss when I hit a certain amount of page views or when I reach a blogiversary, but I thought 1000 posts was pretty cool and wanted to write a quick post to commemorate it.

5 facts about Underland to Wonderland:
As of today, this blog is 5 years, 5 months, 25 days old.
The original blog name was a mouthful! - 'Once Upon A Time, They Lived Happily Ever After'.
I have changed the layout majorly no less than 10 times.
Everything layout, graphics etc wise has always been (& always will be) 100% done by me.
This is my 3rd blog and the first one to stick and make it over 2 years.


5 Most popular posts of all time:


5 reasons I love my blog:
So many memories! Almost every day out, trip away and holiday from 2012 to present day is documented here.
It has kept me company and given me purpose from being unemployed, employed, down, happy and every time in-between.
Cliche, but I have actually made a couple friends over the years. One or two of which are now (I hope) life long, very good friends.
I can work on it no matter the time, day, month, weather. It's a 365 day hobby that constantly develops multiple skills.
It was organically born and has stayed true to it's original purpose. I make 0 money from it and am not bothered about growth, DA and all that rubbish.


5 Fave Series I've run, Past and Present:


5 Hopes for the future:
To continue documenting important moments and special days as a permanent time capsule.
Start incorporating a few more of my older style posts.
Try to find time each week to comment on more of my friend's blogs.
Eventually (after hoping and trying for the past 2 years) reach 1000 bloglovin' followers.
Get paid minimum wage for every hour I put into working on it ;) Just kidding. Be nice though eh?


5 Best trips/experiences/places I have documented:
Exploring Edinburgh  (Multiple trips to different museums and tourist attractions)


It's been nice to sit for a few many hours and look through my own posts to reminisce so to say. Some people reach 1000 posts within a year, some might not reach it until 10 years in, but 5.5 years in and I'm here. In 2011/2012 I posted as and when I liked but then a couple years in I started posting 3 days a week and finally, in 2014, my 4 day a week schedule came into effect and I have very rarely (if ever) missed a post on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Sunday since.
I love my little blog and hope to carry it on for many years to come. Here's to another 1000 posts :)




Sunday, 21 May 2017

Weekly Wondering // Week 20


Happy Sunday all!
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's the difference between settling for things and accepting the way things are?
Settling is just compromising with yourself over what you really want. Accepting is knowing that that is it. There is nothing more can be done, therefore nothing to settle on. Right?

How many of your friends would you trust with your life?
None!! My parents only.

What's your definition of heaven?
Somewhere I could be completely at peace. No neighbours for one haha! An abundance of wildlife, nature and the colour green with preferably minimal industrialism. Actually, you know Narnia after the winter ended? Just like that! Please.

What is your most prized possession?
Baker. Though as he's a living thing he technically isn't a possession. Probably some of my Disney things like park tickets and rare DVDs that would be hard to replace. I adore and cherish all of my Disney collection - from soft toys to books and everything in between - but some things can be replaced if anything were to happen to them, whereas others really can't.

How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
Hmm. I'm a quiet, very unconfrontational, lone wolf who adores magical worlds, is most at home surrounded by animals and the natural world and tries to do the best I can to help those who need me.

What stands between you and happiness?
Other people. Really, the 'proper' answer here should be 'nothing' but when you are socially anxious and live near not so nice people, people is the answer :P

What makes a person beautiful?
Pureness, kindness, modesty, the will to serve others, sweetness toward animals, and originality. Being yourself in both personality and appearance is important.


Make sure to look back on this same post from 2013 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, 19 May 2017

Disneyland Paris 2016 // Day 4, Part 1


We're getting there! The penultimate day of our trip, and our last day with Kerri and Kris! Mam and I had another fun something booked for early evening so we only had until about 4 in the parks this day. Thankfully we'd fitted in the majority of everything we'd hoped to do earlier in the week, which gave us time to have a relaxing stroll down Main Street during extra magical hours, taking photos of all the beautiful places that aren't so easy to photograph when there are more people bustling about! Oh and I think we popped in a few boutiques for a nosey too.
It seems that after that my photos became rather sporadic and missed a couple chunks of what we got up to but as far as I remember / can tell we headed to my second favorite land in search of Adventure ;)


Pirates are something I have been fascinated in for many years. I can remember choosing a pirate book at a school book fair, moving on to being obsesssssed with the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie at the age of 13 when it was released and then of course, during my first adult trip to DLP in 2010, falling in love with what remains one of my all time favourite rides ever, Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Paris. I was so excited to get to share it with Kris and Kerri :)
Snaking around the caves and Skull Rock is always a relaxing break from pushing past the crowds of Main Street too and it made a change being with someone who takes just as many photos as me haha!
For some reason I missed out a part between Kerri and Kris riding Indiana Jones and all of the Pirate adventures, but that'll be in part 2 now!


Check out the rest of my DLP 2016 posts below!
Christmas Decor
Day 1, Part 1
Day 1, Part 2
What I Bought
Sequoia Lodge Hotel Review 
Day 2, Part 1
Day 2, Part 2
Bistrot Chez Rémy Review
Day 3, Part 1
Day 3, Part 2 
Day 3, Part 3
Character Meet & Greets


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

25 Random Facts About Me

It's been a little while since I did an 'easy', personal, facts about me post. I thought what with having passed the 5 year blogiversary mark back in November and having a few new readers that it'd be cool to share some things people might not know about me...especially if we don't talk via social media etc.
Oh, and when I say easy - haha! I mean the opposite. You have no idea how long it took me to put this basic list together. I'd lovvve to hear from you with either links to your own fact posts or if you can relate to any of my facts - so let me know in the comments below :)


If you didn't know by now...I'm a Hufflepuff! My letter DID come too.

I am super into ancestry and heritage. I've traced my male lines on both sides back to around the early/mid 1700s by myself. I've come to a bit of a standstill as being a borderer makes finding records difficult and Scottish records are pretty hard to come by online so need to visit the archives.

An ethnicity DNA test is also something I would really, really like to do.

The physical traits I struggle with most are my wonky teeth and my very thin, fine hair.

Despite having flown every year from age 2 - 14, again at 19 & 24 and jumping out of a plane for my charity Skydive at 22, I am poop scared of planes and will never, ever step foot on an aircraft again.



I adore real wood furniture and 85% of the furniture in our house is beautiful dark woods. #NoToPaintingWood #BeGoneAnnieSlone haha

My musical taste could probably not be any more eclectic than it is! Of course, I love Disney movie soundtracks and classical scores but I am also a big hip hop fan and if you've seen my chest tattoo you'll realize Jimmy Eat World is one of my favorite bands. I like a lot of music! Sadly I don't listen to as much as I did as a teen.

At the time of writing this, my Disney movie collection stands at 248 DVDs. All 55 of the Classic Animated Canon, all 17 of the Pixar collection, 160 live action and the others miscellaneous. 

Baker, my dog, really truly is my best friend ever.

My worst nightmare of a job would be anything in an office setting. Or obviously talking in front of more than 1 person.


According to Jake, I am a 'bum head' (I asked him for a fact about me). We have been together 5 years and 9 months...somehow. haha

I never went to uni and I am 100% chuffed with that decision. Don't let anyone tell you further education is the only way forward.

Broccoli and cucumber are two of my all-time favorite foods. I would probably live off them if I could. Bit of tomato sauce to dip them in too! Yum!

Baker, Bunny, Nike, Mousen, Bear, Travis, Pepsi, Halo, Shady, Patch and Snowdrop are the names of all the furry pets I have had in my life.

I have a whole list of phobias. I guess you could say I'm a big scardey cat. They include:
Enochlophobia 
[Crowds - for me busy high streets, shopping centers/ shops in general, concerts/shows that are not seated and very busy seated ones]
 Agoraphobia 
[Open Spaces - for me this is anywhere where there isn't something I can put my back against...so wide open waters/sea or a large outdoor area where I cannot easily get to the edge]
Arachnophobia 
[Spiders - one of the most common phobias that I assume a vast percentage of people have]
 Lepidopterophobia / Mottephobia 
[ Butterflies and Moths. I don't understand how anyone can find them beautiful and they are one of the only bad things about Summer.]
Trypophobia 
[Technically holes. If you have this I'm sure you'll know what I mean. Even the word makes my whole skin crawl as it makes me think about it. There was an image that did the rounds on facebook a couple years ago that showed a particular plant photoshopped (unbeknownst to most) onto a body part that made it look like a horrible impression or wound which made me look into this fear more]
That was a big list...


I collect DVDs and Books (Disney and non-Disney) , as well as smaller collections of Disney soft toys, special Disney pins and other random stuff.

People say I'm a prude, but I just do not want to know about/discuss etc inappropriate, indecent or promiscuous subjects.

If I had no responsibilities, family or home, but did have better health, doing a long trek similar to the Appalachian Trail would be an absolute dream. Being able to do it with Baker would be even better but you know, health and safety risks etc.

I prefer Halloween to Christmas. Actually, I really don't like Christmas at all, to be honest.

It has now been over 5 years and 5 months since I have drunk any alcohol at all. I don't plan to ever again either. :)


I really like trains. Like old trains - Steam trains etc. [See here]

As a child I was a Brownie. I quit not long after Burns night when the other girls made fun of me for not eating haggis. Years later I re-joined that world as a young leader for the rainbows! I would love to be involved in it again but kids these days are not my favorite people.

I'm definitely a morning person. With working at 6am every morning I'm used to getting up early and now I'm not a fan of being up any later than 9.30pm.

My favorite colours are green and yellow!

Anthropomorphism. Do you know what that is? I didn't either until recently. However, I have personified inanimate objects and animals since I was a child and still do. It's so bad that if there are two chocolate bunnies left, for example, I have to take both as I can leave one to be lonely.
As a kid I would tuck all my soft toys in and kiss them at bedtime each night. As well as so much more.



 There we have it! Just a few facts about me. I hope you learnt something about me, let me know if you share any traits, found anything weird or had a laugh at all lol! Thanks for reading!

Just a quick edit to this post to shout out the wonderful Dee (whose blog I have loved for a long time) as she actually tagged me in the 20 Things You Didn't Know About Me tag on her blog last week (last week from the day this goes up)! It's such great timing, as a lot of you probably know I pre-write and schedule my posts a couple weeks to a couple months ahead of time. This time it means I'm actually able to participate - well, somewhat - in a tag without being months behind haha.
Make sure to pop over and read Dee's post and give her a follow, she is one of the loveliest bloggers out there.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Baker's Fun at Ford


Back in April, when the weather was starting to improve (and before we had that weird, sporadic snowy time), our friend Laura came up to stay at ours for a few days. It's always fun when Laura comes to visit as Baker loves her but he also loves cars...!
We were super lucky and thankful that while she was here, she took us all out to one of our favorite play spots - Ford. We don't get to venture far anymore what with me not having a car these days and although all of the towns 3 beaches are well within walking distance for us, they aren't an option for us now with how nervous B-man is and how disrespectful some owners can be!

Long story short, here are a handful of photos I took of little man having a wail of a time swimming and running about in the ford at Ford!


Apologies for my no-make up, over exposed face and Baker's derp on the 3rd to last photo haha.
You can tell, I'm sure, that once he's in he's like a duck. He adores swimming and even after getting dried twice, he still wanted to go back in haha. His sad face in the photo of him wrapped in the towel isn't because he was told off or anything but because we were leaving. We had such a great time, without too much stress from other dogs/owners and B-man was so jiggered he fell asleep in the car home.
One downside did come to light the next again day though when Mr-Constantly-Wagging-Tail had a limp, hanging tail :( I was really concerned so like any responsible dog owner I Googled it. Apparently it's not very common but the most usual explanation is over exertion which of course made sense. After about 3-4 lazy days I was happy to be greeted one morning by a waggy tail!! You never know how much you miss something until it isn't there ;)