The Liebster Award

It feels like just the other day that we I, was frantically searching the web for people to nominate for the WTMR award. Thinking we’d got that all over with we settled back with a *metaphorical* cup of tea, and were thankful that it was all over. THEN. Then one of the lovely people we’d nominated hit us straight back with another award. Goes by the name of The Mostly Confused Teenager. NAMED AND SHAMED. So, MCT, we’re going to break the majority of your rules and just send our questions straight back to you. We hope you enjoy them. (P.S. We’re not actually angry with you).

So once we’d got over the shock, we settled down with a real cup of tea to answer her questions:

1) What is your favorite food?
H – Anything chicken related
K – I love a good bacon sandwich?

2) What was/is your dream job?
H – In my dreams it’s a blogger that gets paid to go on holiday a lot. In reality it’s a missionary midwife.
K – Like Hannah, if I could do anything, I’d love to be a wedding photographer, but in reality probably a teacher.

3) Why did you start blogging?
H – A combination of boredom and procrastination.
K – Hannah asked me if I’d like to join her on the blog  and I’ve loved doing it ever since.

4) If you could change your name to anything, what would it be?
H – My Dad always wanted to call me Tabatha, which I quite like. Probably because it’s quite an unusual name here and I’m sure everyone knows how annoying it is to have a pretty common name. Whenever it’s called it’s never you.
K – I know at least 7 people who are called Katherine in different variations so it’d be something more unusual as well I would think?

5) Do you go/did you go/are you going to go to college? Why?
H – I’ll assume you mean college in the American sense, which would be the English university. Yes I am planning on going to Uni, because I want to graduate and wear a fancy hat.
K – If I follow my ambitions of being a primary school teacher then yes I definitely will!

6) What’s your favorite season?
H – Spring
K – Autumn

7) Do you follow sports? If so, which ones?
H – Secretly, I’m a massive lover of F1 racing. My brothers used to make me watch it with them and I ended up getting really into it.
K – If you knew me, you would know that’s a ridiculous question and that I really don’t follow any sports.

8) How many hours a day do you spend on the computer?
H – On working days, about 1-2. On non-working days 4-5.
K – Too many.

9) What’s your favorite TV show? That is, if you watch TV.
H – Of course I do! Hart of Dixie is a favourite of mine right now, but they change depending on what’s on.
K – Honestly, I love Glee. Ridiculous amounts. But let’s be honest, everyone loves a bit of Downton Abbey.
H – I change my answer to Downton Abbey.

10) What’s your favorite book?
H – Redeeming Love. ‘Tis awesome.
K – A Company of Swans – even though its teenage fiction, I just love it.

1) If you could have any celebrity as a relative, who would it be and how would they be related?
2) Snog, Marry, Avoid: Mr Blobby; Noel Edmonds; Dale Winton. (If you don’t know who they are, Google them. And welcome to the world of 90’s English TV)
3) Yellow or purple?
4) Why did the chicken cross the road?
5) On a scale of one to ten, how much do you love Downton Abbey?
6) Grey or white?
7) If you could be any animal for the day, what would it be?
8) Snog, Marry, Avoid: Prince Harry; Justin Bieber; Justin Timberlake
9) What is your favourite type of pasta?
10) How long do you think it took us to think up these questions?

Hannah & Katie

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Walk Away With Purpose

I’ve finished my job! Woohoo! I had my last day last week and my time in the world of pensions is (hopefully) over!

So to celebrate the fact that I’ve managed to escape alive, here’s a list of my favourite parts of that job:

  1. Pretending to be more important than I am
    As in looking really busy and concentrated while walking down corridors/reading files/looking at lists. It really is quite an art that I’ve perfected over the years, and gives the illusion that I’m not just doing filing but a job that’s really important and integral to the company.
  2. Sitting under the ‘Pensions’ sign
    Following on from #1, sitting under the pensions department sign adds to the false sense of importance and implies that you must be pretty clever to work in a world of maths. It was the perfect environment to hide the results of my Maths AS level. I got a U.
  3. Pretending not to notice people who want to ask you a question
    One of the downsides of looking like you know what you’re doing is that people passing by your desk tend to want to ask you questions. Thankfully, I used to work in a library and during those days I perfected the art of ignoring people so they won’t ask you a question you don’t know the answer too. Suddenly becoming very busy and avoiding eye contact is key. If worst comes to worst, just get up and walk off with purpose.
  4. That time the pigeon died.
  5. Listening to other people’s conversations
    Like the time someone came in with whooping-cough and the secretary immediately started researching to tell her just how many people die a year from whooping-cough. Or the time when the woman who does Ali’s ironing was on holiday and she had to do it all herself. (Apart from her husband’s. He had to do his own.)
  6. Hearing what people really say as soon as they put the phone down
    They do love to complain
  7. Awkward eye contact with the guy from Payroll who walks past my desk
    It’s less the eye contact than trying to return his smile before he’s gone past so I don’t look rude. Unfortunately, he was a very fast walker

So there’s one job finished with, and to replace it, college starts again next week. Ugh is the only word to describe my feelings towards that right now.

Hannah

The Wedding Photographs

What better way to spend a Friday than look at someone else’s wedding photos? – Me

Here’s the anticipated wedding photos as promised.

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Bridesmaiding duties started early, with an 8am wake-up call to go and fetch the dress. This was quite a feat considering we’d only got to bed at gone 1 the previous night. I also got to have a quick trip to Co-op to get us some breakfast croissants, while feeling very out-of-place having just had my hair done. We then took them home and burnt them. Good start.

026080I’ll be honest, we were pretty unorganised.  The wedding was at 3 and at half 2, the bride was just starting to get dressed and the bridesmaids were printing off a game for after the meal. But we managed it and were only 10 minutes late.
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Here’s us all dressed and pretending like we’ve had a very relaxed and laid-back morning.

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This illusion was quickly shattered as we got outside and realised we’d almost left without her veil.
312Obviously I couldn’t take any pictures during the wedding, so here’s one of them as a brand new Mr and Mrs.
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You have no idea how long it took me to make that bunting. Though probably less time than it took for everyone to make those cakes.

390I also made all of these paper wheels to go behind the cake table. I may be slightly bias but I do think it looks amazing.

445This was what we were printing off in the morning instead of getting ready. Wedding guest bingo was a pretty good game. Everyone supplied an interesting fact before the wedding and then had to work out who’s fact was who’s. And there were some pretty interesting facts. I had a good laugh at the woman who met her husband as she chased a naked patient down a corridor, only to discover that this woman was actually my Grandma. I was horrified.
(If you’re wondering, my fact was that during his teenage years the groom had a picture of me dressed as a nurse in his bedroom. The groom is my brother by the way, and I was about 5 and adorable.)
501Instead of dancing in the evening, there were loads of games. There was some serious Jenga’ing going on.
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Ever seen a wedding where the bride is playing football in her dress? I think she even still in her heels at this point …

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So there’s a small part of the photos from the wedding. It was literally one of the best days I’ve had, and I’m so so happy to finally have a sister! Also, Katie still hasn’t been to a wedding. Sorry if this was hard for you to read 😉

Hannah

The WTMR Award

Humm yes I have no idea what it is either.

Apparently, that stands for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award. I Googled it and all I could find were other people who have received the award, but still we’re pretty happy to have been nominated (by the lovely blog ‘Funny For Nothing’)

As well as an award, it’s also proved to be a challenge. I don’t think that was intentional, but it seems there are a few rules for people to follow:

1) The nominee of The Wonderful Team Member Readership Award shall display the logo on his/her blog.

2)  The nominee shall nominate 14 readers they appreciate over a period of 7 days, all at once or little by little; linking to their blogs; and telling them about it at their blogs.

3) The nominee shall name his/her Wonderful Team Member Readership Award nominees on a post during 7 days.

When I was in primary school, I would have to go to a club after school one night my mum worked late. They used to have a list of rules on the wall and every week my friend and I would attempt to break every one of them before she went home. (This shows my level of intellect. We’d get told off and made to stand against a wall – after about 10 minutes, she’d go home and I’d be left with the wall for another hour or so.)

I’ve followed the same sort of vibe with this.

1) The logo thing. I have no idea where to get that from. Is it okay to make my own?

2) This one I did. To a degree. I quickly discovered I don’t actually have 14 blogs I appreciate, so I had to go out and hunt down some new ones. Also, Katie is currently swanning off in Germany, so she wasn’t much help. *Ahem* Thanks Kutch.

3) It’s been over 7 days. Sorry.

Still, here’s my list. If you’re a blog I’ve nominated, don’t feel like you have to complete this. I would be a rubbish dictator. Just know that you’ve been appreciated …

1) Little Brown Book
2) ZI
3) Bianca’s In Wonderland
4) Black and Blue
5) Erstwhile Felicity
6) Sweet Reverie
7) Hearts and Chances
8) The Colorless Cottage
9) Feeling Bloggy
10) My Life is Full of Journeys
11) photosIwords
12) Ramblings of a Misguided Squirrel
13) The Mostly Confused Teenager
14) Everything is Dandy

Next week we promise wedding photos, German photos and the story of how the grumpy guy in my office reacts when he finds a woman he hates has moved her desk next to him …
And as Katie said to me from her German hotel the other night, ‘Guten Nacho’

Hannah

The Wedding Video – Favourite Quotes

So I went to see my grandad today. If I’m cake-girl, he is most definitely video-guy. Sometimes its as if he has a video camera permanently attached to his hand. He films everything, from weddings to birthdays to sitting in the living-room with my grandma discussing the disadvantages of window cleaners. That one’s a good un’.

And he likes to watch them back too.  I remember visiting my grandparents on a Christian holiday camp they went on, where my Dad preached, my grandad filmed the whole thing, and as soon as we got back to the caravan, I was forced to watch the entire thing back.

So of course, when we dropped in on him on the way home from work, out came the partially edited wedding video. I managed to get away with only watching about half an hour of it, but I still came away with, not one, but four DVD copies of the still unfinished first half.

We’ve been watching it as tonight’s entertainment. My Grandad isn’t the master of filming. Everything seems to be slightly leaning to the right and focus isn’t his forté, but the best parts are the things he can be overheard saying, Here’s a few examples:

  • “Here’s the groom, ready for his big day”
    The first shot of the groom, before his wedding. Unfortunately, the camera was actually on my other brother, who, let’s be honest, has a very vague resemblance to our eldest sibling.
  • I think this interview is about soap”
    Is said as the registrar is asking the bride the legal questions before we headed down the aisle. There’s no explanation given on this, just an extreme close-up on her face.
  • “Did you pay her enough money to come here today?”
    This was said to my Dad as Esther completed her registrar interview. Unfortunately, the registrar was standing right behind them, and my Dad then had to explain how that was very inappropriate seen as the registrar was currently checking that this wasn’t an arranged marriage.

There’s just a few. I’m sure they’ll be more to come soon, as well as some photos. Until then, just enjoy this one. Can you even tell which one’s me?

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Hannah

The Dead Pigeon Society

Who got their results yesterday? I very much enjoyed the feeling of not having done any exams to an extreme. I just spent the day sitting in the office secretly hoping that all of my friends would get terrible results and have to re do the year with me in September. Is that bad? Either way, my wish came true and now I won’t be alone! WOOP WOOP! Of course, I was very upset for them on the phone, but it was all lies, I’m so happy!

Anyway, the pigeon thing. Whilst we were all sitting around the office, secretly hoping for failure and having great fun in the world of pensions, a pigeon became suicidal and flew right into the window. So hard in fact, people from the department next door thought it a bookcase had fallen over, and it left a splattering of a clear-ish liquid that I’m not sure we wanted to know the origins of.

You can tell something’s a big deal in this office, when a conversation about a tea run is completely forgotten and changed to whether pigeons might wee themselves when hitting a window at high-speed.

Then next ten minutes were spent watching it hobble slightly down the road, then lie dying while another pigeon came along to finish it off. Discussion then turned to if any one had the courage to go down and let it out of its misery, combined with what great timing it was that our boss chose this week to go on holiday, so she wasn’t there to make us all get back to work.

If you’re feeling sorry for the pigeon right now, you’ll be happy to know that our department’s pub quiz team was shortly named ‘The Dead Pigeon Society’ in his memory. Tis’ beautiful.

P.S. Once again, I have made the cruel mistake of finding a picture from a pest control website. Why does this keep happening?

Hannah

 

Is Life a He?

Isn’t it weird how life likes to laugh in your face? Like he’s a proper comedian. Assuming he’s a he, which I’m assuming he is, mainly because he has an inability to follow directions and take you were you want to go. He’d much prefer to wing it and take the ‘scenic route’ that happens to go the opposite direction to your preferred destination.

What a deep metaphor. Maybe I’m being a little melodramatic. It’s just someone asked me the other day ‘how are you enjoying your summer holidays?’

I’m not on summer holidays. I should be. I should be going into my last year of college with the friends I’ve spent my whole childhood with, and beginning to get really bored of the holidays. That was how I thought this was going to go.

Instead, I’m a college drop out, who has three jobs, one of which is as a pensions administrator. A pensions administrator. My dad’s worked in pensions all his life and when we were kids me and my brothers used to joke that he’d drag at least one of us into a world of RSP’s and WULS. Turns out it was me. Always sacrifice the little one.

Not that I’m going to carry on with that job. I’m getting out as soon as I can, because I’ve already found myself giving out pensions advice and that shit is scary.

I can’t complain too much though. There’s nothing more amusing than watching people’s faces when I tell them I’m 17 and work in pensions.

Also, because I’ve never liked a picture-less post, here’s one of a squirrel, because I had a dream about one the other night and apparently that symbolises pleasant meetings. More importantly, the website then says if you dream of ironing a squirrel that means family pleasures. Firstly ironing?! Secondly, family pleasures?! Even worse, I’ve just realised that this image is from a pest termination website …

Hannah

Button Swap And a Grasshopper

*Serious boring bit first, amusing joke second. Feel free to skip to the good bit, I know I would.*

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Anyway, to liven things up a little, here’s that joke I promised. If you don’t like it, I take no credit, it’s not mine. If you do like it, I take all the credit.

A grasshopper walks into a bar. The barman sees him and says ‘Oh hello, we’ve got a drink named after you.’ The grasshopper looks at him and says, ‘You’ve got a drink named Steve?’

………………… Well I thought it was funny.

More amusingly, when I told my mum she fake laughed and pretended to understand. She then admitted that she’d never heard of a drink named Steve. When I told her the drink is named the Grasshopper she looked at me and said ‘But his name wasn’t Grasshopper, it was Steve.’ Bless her …

Hannah & Katie(But Hannah for the second part. Just in case that joke made you laugh)

Alan Partridge – The Film

Yes, they actually made a film out of it. I actually paid to see it. And I think I actually might have enjoyed.

Firstly, you should probably take a second to watch the trailer, so here it is:

In case some of you are trés confused right now, this has come from a BBC sketch show about a radio DJ who’s frankly, a bit of a weirdo.

In the film, he becomes the in-between man in a hostage situation at his radio station, which, if we’re being realistic, is the worst hostage situation I’ve ever seen. There’s one man with a gun against 10 or 15 hostages who could easily take him down. But we’ll allow them some artistic license.

If I’m giving an honest review, then I’d probably say, only go and see it if you’re a fan of Alan Partridge as the TV show. Obviously, if you hate the TV show then you’re going to hate the film, but if you don’t watch the TV show at all, it may seem a little dull. I went with my brother because he really loves the TV show and needed someone to go with him. I wasn’t really bothered about it but just assumed that it would be quite funny. And don’t get me wrong, there are a lot funny moments, just also a lot of seriously-nothing-has-actually-happened-in-the-past-half-an-hour moments.

There’s definitely a lot more jokes than … action.

But I guess there’s no other film where a guy has a masking tape hat on for the majority. (But can I just say, when it’s removed, his hair isn’t harmed at all. What’s that all about?!)

Hannah