TTBT… A Weekend In Durham…

Travel #TBT 2

The day after my job finished I headed straight to Durham to visit family and see my (not so little) cousin head off to her prom! I didn’t get a chance to show off how beautiful she looked… So this weeks Travel TBT is in honour of her and my time in Durham.

The weekend was filled with popping into shops, eating cake, and drinking champagne whilst watching Emi-K get made up… It was simply lovely… but I was rather envious that I didn’t have a special event to get dressed up for as well.

It was so nice to be able to spend some time with my family in Durham before I leave. And I am thrilled that I got to be there as Emi-K went off to her prom!

xoxo

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Five Happy Things…

Happy Things

I have 19 days until I fly out to Australia!… And I need to get organised!!!! I don’t think i’ve got any further since my last ‘the flight date is approaching’ post!

Still to do: Travel insurance, Packing checklist, Pick a camera, Book a place to stay for the first couple of nights in Brisbane! … and i’m sure there’s more!

If anyone has any recommendations for any of the above then I would love to hear them!!

On top of sorting my life out I’m also trying to see as many friends and family before I head off on my travels. So far since leaving work I have traveled to Durham and Oxford to see friends and family. I have spent this week at home catching up with various friends and next week i’m in London. I’m so excited to be heading back to the place I spent 5 years living to see some of my favourite people and places.

I plan to put some posts up all about these moments soon but after the sad news of my latest post, and as it’s a Friday, I thought i’d post some things that have made me happy this week:

Friends: So far this week i’ve had catch ups and dinner dates with 5 friends and I have even more plans for this evening, tomorrow afternoon and night where I plan to see even more lovely girls and boys. And it has been wonderful! I’ve been able to see friends who live far away so we’ve had months to catch up on. It’s also amazing how much happens in just one week when you’ve been away, which means I still have lots to catch up on with friends you often see. I have an evening of pizza and girly chatter to look forward to tonight. (Secret revealed: I also had pizza last night, yum yum yum)

Mother And Daughter Road Trip: Because i’ll be away when my mum turns the big 5-0 later this year I took mum on a secret road trip for an early birthday present. It was lovely to spend some quality time with her and we had an awesome time. Shopping, eating and strolling were involved, as well as an extra surprise activity on the way home. … A big thank you to my friend Katie who loaned me her Satnav! Who knows what would have happened along the road without that amazing creation!

Sunshine: It just makes you feel brighter and lighter doesn’t it!? Even at 5am when it streams through my beige curtains!

Thunderstorms: Waking up to a thunderstorm in the middle of the night, hearing the rain lashing against your window, the grumble of thunder building up and seeing a crack of bright light burst through your curtains.. and then getting to snuggle down further into your warm cosy bed, your duvet tucked tight around you and drifting back to sleep knowing you don’t need to go out in the rain. Bliss. I think i’d sleep a lot better if we had more storms at night.

Colouring: I find it’s very difficult to switch off. From life, from thoughts, from technology. Sometimes you just need a few minutes where you don’t think and i’ve found my way of doing so. Colouring! I am loving this latest trend of adult colouring books. You can really focus on the page with the only thoughts being what colour shall I use for the next section?

I hope you all have plenty of reasons to be happy this week!

xoxo

Let’s Have A Catch Up…

Let's SummariseOops! I cannot believe how long long it has been since I last wrote a post!… No excuses but I have been super busy rehearsing for a show and must admit that I felt a bit guilty writing or reading when I could be going through that song just one more time (five more times…). So time has well and truly slipped by. Time for a little update on whats been happening then don’t you think?

As I kind of said above, i’ve been in a local AmDram production of Legally Blonde The Musical! As you can tell by me actually sitting down and writing again, it’s now sadly finished, but what a rollercoaster ride it was! Having not sung or danced for nearly four years it was a pretty scary thing being offered a named character role. Margot…. It was a pretty big deal for me and I hope that I rose to the challenge and people enjoyed my take on it/singing/dancing/overall performance! It was an incredible feeling to be back on stage after all this time, such a buzz! However the main thing i’ll take away from the past few months are the amazing friends I made who supported me throughout… More people to miss whilst i’m away!!

Work-wise, time has flown by and now I only have two days left!… English GCSE’s have been and gone and I suppose that means that my job is done… But what a lovely week to finish though as the Year 11’s have their High School Prom tomorrow. I’ve been helping organise it and will be spending the afternoon harnessing my inner events designer to try an make the venue look wonderful. I cannot wait to see all of the girls in their dresses and the guys in their suits.The excitement will be bubbling out of them i’m sure.

Fitness. I have been going to the gym fairly regularly (for me) for the past few months to try and improve my fitness ready for travelling. Friday is my last day of my membership there so I think I am going to attempt the ’30 Day Shred’ from the beginning of July. My friends have seen incredible results in their fitness, stamina and toning since they started it. Let’s hope I can keep the motivation up once i’ve started. Maybe mentioning it on here will force me to keep it up!

It’s been lovely having my brother home for a few weeks. He found out yesterday that he passed his second year of university with a 2:1 in Chemistry!!! He is quickly overtaking me in academic knowledge. The little smarty-pants. I am so proud of him. He starts his placement soon which he will complete over the next year before going on to finish the final stage of his Degree.

My other little brother has just turned 18!! Not so little any more hey! He has also been offered the character of Eugene in Grease! with the same company that we performed with in Legally Blonde!.. Another reason to be a proud sister!

Finally, it’s also just been my Nanny’s 80th birthday! How amazing is that? .. I won’t say much though as I plan to do a separate post later on.

I should be posting more regularly from now on.. Time is quickly vanishing before I head away and there is so much to be done!

xoxo