So Christmas has been and gone again and I hadn’t really given it a second thought. It was nice, surrounded by family and friends, laughter and happiness. But today I read a blog post (which you can read here) which … Continue reading
Oh hey! Turns out I’ve missed this blog quite a lot. I was just sifting through it in the hope of finding some pretty pictures for a December challenge on instagram and it reawakened a love of sitting down and … Continue reading
101 – Find a goat
When I chose this challenge, I did it with the knowledge that at the end of my road is an animal sanctuary with several goats. Great I thought, this one will be easy. Awkwardly, the goats were shortly removed from the sanctuary and moved somewhere else, making challenge no. 101 actually quite hard. That was until my Sunday School class finished early one day and in an attempt to keep the kids occupied with something, took them to the farm at the back of the school that we meet at. And what should I find there? …..
101 Challenges Completed: 5
Today I watched this video and was blown away by it’s truthfulness. I’m guessing that at some point in their life, every girl has been told she does something ‘like a girl’ – and it’s meant as an insult. Growing up with two older brothers meant I heard those words quite a lot. If I failed to catch something it was ‘you’re such a girl’; if my throwing didn’t reach the target it was because I ‘threw it like a girl’. And you know what, I do throw badly, and I struggle to catch things – but I don’t think it’s because I lack a Y chromosome. I think it’s because I never practised, I never tried to catch things because I was told that being a girl made me incapable of doing it right. It’s strange how a few words can have such an affect on us right? So here are some more to push back against them: watch the video – it’s good.
Annddd we’re back. Phew that was a long time! But guess what, it’s over, exams are done and we’re free. Sort of. Thoughts are now turning towards summer and I’m getting excited and making all sorts of plans that I probably won’t actually do. We all do it – dream of adventures that never actually happen; it might be money issues, timing, distance, who knows. We know it all too well with our 101 bucket list, it takes a lot of work to actually getting round to doing them! So in the interest of realism, I’ve made a list of 5 realistic plans everyone can make for this summer.
5) Dinner with friends – inside or out
Something I’ve started recently is having dinner with a group of friends every single week. Every Friday evening we get together at someone’s house, eat together and then just sit and talk for hours. Sometimes there’s games, sometimes there’s just company but every time it’s lush. Spend time with your friends and make a big thing out of it. Light some candles, decorate the table, make something adventurous.
4) Go for a walk – somewhere surrounded by green
I would usually describe myself as a city girl but as soon as I’m back in green I realise I’m not at all. There’s something breathtakingly beautiful about countryside to me – the hills, the fields and the grass – it creates a sense of freedom. Go for a walk up a hill and just sit there and admire the view. No music or phones allowed. Just you, your thoughts and nature.
It probably won’t be as spectacular as this and hand-holding is not essential but it’s not something we usually make time for and it’s a waste. I was doing my silver DofE a few years ago and a couple of us snuck out one night and lay on the grass covered in blankets looking at the stars. We were caught pretty quickly, given a good telling off and were sent back to bed, but it was still beautiful. If you’re in a city and stars are hard to come by there’s still so much to see, even if you’re just people watching.
2) Visit a local landmark
The chances are there’s somewhere near you that’s quite the tourist attraction, but you’ve never been. Go! There’s a reason it’s a tourist attraction so go and get your fill. For me, Stonehenge is on my list.
It’s a proven fact that exercise makes people happier. Find somewhere beautiful, take a bike or hire one, use a map, get lost, ask directions. If you see a little trail and wonder where it goes, follow it – you might discover something amazing.
For more ideas for realistic summer plans, take a look at our board on Pinterest
One point of exciting news before we begin/start rambling – the blog has reached its 1st birthday! Celebrated in style 11 days ago with us completely forgetting about it and only realising when I logged on to write this! So happy birthday us!
(That’s us down there if you’ve forgotten what we look like! Please ignore the party animal living it up in the corner!)
Oh dear. We did it too. That annoying thing that bloggers do when they miss a day … then a week … and one day they check back and realise it’s been nearly two months since they last posted. Oops!
But let’s be honest – it’s exam season and that time of year where all the blogs from people still in education go strangely quiet and miss out on a bit of TCL. We just decided to get in there early, right?! I’d like to say we’ve been working hard, revising loads and making the most of our blog silence, but that would be a complete and utter lie. I don’t know about Katie (she may be secretly working away like a small squirrel behind my back) but I have been doing a lot of time-wasting and staring-out-of-windowsing.
I think this can be pretty well backed up by the fact that today’s free lesson at college – one that is scheduled in by teachers in the desperate hope that some of us will use the study room for actual study – was spent walking to the shop to relieve my sudden craving for oreos. And while oreo craving is a very serious situation, I’m not sure how it took us an hour.
Still, the school year is once again drawing to a close. For Katie that means sixth form life is over. For me it means that I have yet another year to drag myself through with only my other re-takers for company. I don’t know why but I’m strangely excited, though I’m sure that excitement will disappear as soon as the new Year 12s arrive and the common room is overrun by 16 year olds watching Jeremy Kyle all day.
Thankfully though, I have my fellow re-takers to entertain me. I’m pretty happy with the selection – the majority are big enough characters to create lots of drama and a select few to quiet enough to sit back and watch it unfold with me …
But see, I’ve got distracted again. The point of these ramblings was to apologise for being MIA for so long, and to tell you not to expect anything much until after exams, after which we will probably just forget again.
Oh what? You thought Valentines was over? Think again.
I’ve had many a Valentine’s Day alone. In fact pretty much all of them. Any potential Valentine has managed to time their interest a couple of months around it (whether that was on purpose or not, I have no idea). So major achievement this year when I managed to pin one down (which makes it sound like he was trying to get away, I promise it was by his choice). However, however, I’ve since discovered that there’s something worse/more annoying than not having a Valentines on the 14th, which is having one and not being able to see them. As the title suggests, it’s a long-distance sort of thing. We’re not just talking a few hundred miles either, more like a few thousand. In short, he’s swanned off to Africa for a few months, and that’s about 6,000 miles.
But hey, they invented post and Facebook! It’s kind of got me a little sentimental. Not entirely sure that’s the word I’m looking for but you know, amazed that we can talk so easily despite the fact there are 8 countries between us. Pretty amazing right? They say that you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone, so could you imagine what our lives would look like without the conversations we take for granted? What if there were no phone calls or Facebook messages, no texts or emails, even no letters? Would you make the effort to see the people you love or just let those relationships die out?
This week, my goal is to be appreciative of the conversations I have and the ease at which I can do it. I’m going to message people I haven’t spoken to in ages, phone my relatives, write letters to foreign countries, and make the most of this modern technology.
So I’m currently sat here watching the Winter Olympics. This thing is insane! Firstly the ice hockey. Who saw a game of hockey and thought ‘you know what this game needs? A really slippy surface. Let’s do this on ice!’
And then there’s speed skating. Like what?! Probably one of the weirdest sights you’ll see in all the sports. Men dressed in really tight Lycra skating around really fast with their hands behind their backs. They just look so casual, holding the same position my grandad does when he wanders down the the newsagents in the morning. Until the corners where they’re practically skimming the floor and somehow managing to overtake!
But now, my personal favourite, freestyle skiing. Seriously, if you haven’t seen this you really should. You’ll be amazed trust me. Basically it’s skiing down a hill over what I can only describe as snow speed bumps and throwing in a spectacular jump every now and then. Kind of reminds me the when I used to slide down the stairs on my bum as a child (and still now, let’s not lie). If you’ve seen it then you’ll know what I mean …
I spent last night trying to contend with what I so beautifully described to Katie this morning as ‘an avalanche of snot’. This is a lifestyle blog yes, so I’m afraid you’ll have to listen to the not so pretty parts of life too. Basically, I’m man fluing. I’ve been brought up in a house where a cold is not valued as an ‘illness’ and more of a ‘minor setback’, so when I woke up this morning and cried to my mum that I didn’t think I could go into college today so told me that I should get on with it. I’m a Maggs and apparently that means that illness doesn’t affect me. So I went off to college … and came home again after three hours because my psychology teacher told me I looked terrible and he didn’t want my germs in his lesson (it was said in a caring way if that makes it better). The rest of the day has been divided between sleeping, drinking tea and making my way through several tissue boxes (ew gross).
Seemed like I was going to have a pretty rubbish day UNTIL I remembered the new Cadbury’s advert which kind of gets me in hysterics every time I see it. I think it has something to do with the man in it looking very much like a guy I used to work in a similar office with. I like to think this is what he does when no one else is around.
59 – Wear Legwarmers
101 Challenges Completed: 4