BOURNEMOUTH WITH MY BOYFRIEND

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A weekend away with my boyfriend

Although I spent a lot of last week at home, I thought it would be a good idea for Solly to come to Bournemouth and visit me for the weekend. He caught the train up Saturday morning and arrived at around 1:00PM. I picked him up from the train station which is just a 5 minute walk from my accommodation, then we came back and watched a film and had a bit of lunch.

At around 4:30PM we got the bus into town where we walked around the Christmas market, looked in a couple of shops and then stopped to have a drink. The next available slot to go ice skating wasn’t until around 8:00PM, so we had a long wait. Ice skating was so funny, the whole set up in Bournemouth gardens is so beautiful and festive. For dinner we got a TGI Fridays which neither of us have ever had before. I got a lush cheese burger with sweet potato fries, where as so got a steak and ribs. TGI Fridays is Sollys ideal restaurant.

Because we started drinking so early, we made an impulsive decision to go on a night out with my girl friends. But by the time it got down to actually going we were completely sober, yet we went to show our faces which I am glad we did. Sasas and Nicky Blackmarket were playing at The Old Firestation and we found 2 tickets for £5.

The next day we had a nice lye in and I cooked him up a big full English breakfast, before we went back down into the Christmas Markets for the afternoon. Sol then got the train home at 4:30PM and I won’t see him again until I am home for Christmas.

The Christmas Tag

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS FILM?

My favourite will definitely have to be Elf. It is the kind of film you could watch on repeat and never get bored. I also LOVE Love Actually. The film is so heart warming and just such a good film to watch on Christmas Eve or on the evening of Christmas.

HAVE YOU EVER HAD A WHITE CHRISTMAS?

Yes I have, once! It was so funny, we went sledging on Christmas Day at a steep hill at the top of our road. I can’t remember what year it was but I was very young. I feel like this year could be a white Christmas, I can’t believe how cold it is!

WHERE DO YOU USUALLY SPEND YOUR HOLIDAY?

Well I am only 19 so I have always spent it with my family. Last Christmas Day I spent working at the pub which was actually really fun and festive but I would prefer to have lots of free time this Christmas. That way I am able to get in the festive spirit and maybe even do blogmas.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS SONG?

My favourite is 100% Fairy tale of New York, I listen to this song even when it is not Christmas!

DO YOU OPEN ANY PRESENTS ON CHRISTMAS EVE?

Yes, when I was younger we always used to open 1 present on Christmas Eve as we were always too excited. I don’t know if I will be doing that again this year. As we are all growing up we will all be doing different things, such as celebrating with friends or being with my boyfriend on Christmas Eve.

CAN YOU NAME ALL OF SANTA’S REINDEER’S?

Rudolph, Dasher, Prancer, Vixen… that is all I know.

WHAT HOLIDAY TRADITION ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOST?

On Christmas morning we all wake up early and have salmon and egg for breakfast and open our presents from Santa. We also have a glass of champagne. I am just excited to spend a long period of time at home with family and friends getting into the Christmas spirit, listening to Christmas songs, going to Christmas markets and spending time with my boyfriend when he doesn’t have to work.

IS YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE REAL OR FAKE?

Our Christmas tree is always real we would never buy a fake one! Maybe in my Uni flat we could get a small fake one, but we would never at home.

WHAT IS YOUR ALL TIME FAVOURITE HOLIDAY FOOD TREATS?

Honestly anything festive! I love having a big roast and eating lots of chocolate. I am not the biggest fan on mince pies.

DO YOU LIKE GIVING GIFTS OR RECEIVING GIFTS BETTER?

I honestly do not know. I could not tell you how much I love love love shopping for other people, wrapping it up, making it look pretty. But then everybody loves having presents bought for them, who doesn’t.

WHAT IS THE BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?

Most of the presents I get are all amazing. My parents always spoil me. I would probably have to say that my favourite present would be the Pandora bracelet that my boyfriend Solly got me for our first proper Christmas together. I put it on that day and haven’t taken it off since.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM PLACE TO VISIT FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON?

New York! That would be my absolute dream. Maybe not to spend Christmas Day there but how amazing would it be to spend a couple of days before there or even New Years!

ARE YOU A PRO PRESENT WRAPPER OR DO YOU FAIL AT IT?

I would say I was a proper as you will end up seeing!

MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY MOMENT?

The most memorable Christmas would probably have to be our white Christmas. It was so much fun. Also when we spend Christmas Day with our close cousins, that was always fun.

WHAT MADE YOU REALISE THE TRUTH ABOUT SANTA?

Hahaha, well one Christmas, I think I was in Year 6, my brother and I were having a sleepover and I saw my mum come into the room and put our presents in. I kept it a secret from my brother and sister for a couple more years.

DO YOU MAKE NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS AND DO YOU STICK TO THEM?

Yes I do make New Years resolutions every year and no I do not stick to them at all, they end after about 3 days.

WHEN DO YOU START GETTING EXCITED FOR CHRISTMAS?

Middle of November, when all the Christmas lights go on and everybody starts thinking about presents.

WHAT MAKES THE HOLIDAYS SPECIAL FOR YOU?

Just being at home with close friends and family. I love it because everyone is always happy!

AS A KID, DID A SIBLING EVER RECEIVE A PRESENT THAT YOU WANTED?

My sister always used to get the pink stuff and I always got purple which made me jealous because my favourite colour is pink. That is all that I can think of.

YOU HAVE BEEN GRANTED ONE CHRISTMAS WISH… WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Honestly just for everybody to be safe and happy.

 

ME TIME

After a lush week at home I am back to University. Spending the week at home means that I have completely got my life together again after becoming extremely lazy and unmotivated. I caught up with any work, went to the gym everyday and saw all my close friends. Although I was not as busy as I normally am at home, it was lovely just keeping myself to myself.

Spending time alone is extremely important. Being alone gives your brain a chance to reboot and rewind. Your brain constantly being on will never give it a chance to rest so being alone with no distractions gives you a chance to clear your mind of any distractions and then you are able to focus more clearly. Being alone will also increase your productivity, as I have found through this week.

In the long term it will also help with the quality of your relationships with others. By spending time with yourself and gaining a better understanding of who you are and what you want in life.

  • Try and get up early – This week I have been awake no later than 9AM (apart from the weekend) as I have been to 1 or 2 early gym classes a day. It was the best feeling knowing that I had the whole rest of the day to get stuff done, whether it was seeing friends, family or catching up on work.
  • Disconnect yourself – I can’t personally say that I am the best at this as I am addicted to social media, but set aside some time each day to unplug from others. Whether it is when you are having lunch, working or any other time. You do not need to be talking to your friends or boyfriend/girlfriend every second of the day.
  • Schedule alone time – What I found so nice about being at home was the fact that I could just sit in my room, watching TV and doing whatever I wanted to do. The thing I have found about Uni is that it is extremely hard to spend time alone as you don’t want to miss out. I have come to realise that it is OK to spend time alone. I have come to love it. Sitting in my room blogging, catching up on TV or even just chilling in my bed is how I relax my brain.

 

I hope that all students had a relaxing reading week.

BONFIRE NIGHT 2017

This years bonfire night was one of my most exciting. I spent it with all my Bournemouth girls in Poole. Unfortunately this year they stopped doing a fire work display on Bournemouth pier, so we had to travel all the way too Poole. It was very long, but was lovely to watch a good firework display with everyone. Afterwards, we were going to go on a night out, but instead decided to go for some cheesy chips, a hot chocolates and girly chatter at our closest Weatherspoons.

I have had a very busy weekend. I travelled home from Bournemouth on Friday night as on Saturday I had to attend a speed awareness course as I got caught speeding a couple months ago (I am not proud at all of it.) On Saturday night I went out with my best friend and her boyfriend before travelling back to Bournemouth for Sunday night for bonfire night and my flat mates 19th birthday. I am now back home again for reading week, which is technically my half term! I have 3 books that I want/need to read this week plus other online articles. I am studying Communications and Media so it involves a lot of English.

On Monday night my friend bought £150 worth of fireworks and invited all of our friends to the park where he set them alight. I’m not going to lie, I enjoyed them way more than the fireworks in Poole.

Halloween Outfit: Cheerleader

I love Halloween! Normally Halloween is not something that I have gone all out for since I was very young as I have not had a chance too. But this year, I am at University and it has become a much bigger thing. When you are living in a town with thousands of students everybody is out for these big events. So this year I was able to go all out!

7 of us girls decided that it would be a good idea to dress up as dead cheerleaders. My friend found a group of cheerleader outfits on ebay for just £10. We all got a different colour, but Katie (my flatmate) and I decided to get black. I wanted to look really dark for Halloween. At around 5:30 Katie and I went round to there flat so we could all start getting ready. One of my friends goes to the Arts University – AUB, which is next door to BU so she was very good at creating fake cuts and applying blood to us. The cuts ended up looking very real, but as the night went on were all too drunk to realise.

For my eye make up I used my W7 Lets Go Smokey eye shadow pallet. I then applied silver glitter to the inner corner of my eye and used my W7 Eyeliner to do a big winged eye liner. I wanted my eyes to be a lot darker than usual to look scary.

I had my hair in french plaits the whole day to make it extra curly and then put it half up, half down. I thought that would fit in with the cheer look and all of the other girls did it as well.

What did you all dress up as for Halloween?

October recap & November goals

So it is officially the first of November. Where has the time gone? I have now been at University for just over a month, I have slowly settled in an what to talk to you about what has been going on.

Firstly I am so sorry that I have not been very good with posting, I thought that when I got to Uni I would get back into the swing of it again but it seems to of gone the complete opposite way. The thing is, Uni is a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. Living with people that you don’t really know and suddenly having to do everything for yourself is a massive reality check. This is life now. It’s that huge step from being a teenager to an adult and having to suddenly provide for yourself.

October has been all about settling in and I think I have nearly completed that goal. Somebody told me that you don’t start to fully love Uni until after Christmas I think they are probably right. As much as I love it, I do get very homesick.

October has been an amazing month for me. I can’t tell you how busy I have been, which is why I have not been very good at keeping my blog updated.

November:

November is the month for getting motivated again.

  1. I want to get back into blogging again, twice a week or more. This is what I want to be doing so the fact that I have neglected it does upset me.
  2. I want to be back at the gym at least 3 times a week. I have so much spare time at Uni so I don’t know why I spend it doing absolutely nothing.
  3. Start eating proper food. When you are hungover all you want to do is eat, unfortunately I have put on quite a bit of weight which is has made me feel very down in myself. Once I get back to how I felt in myself through the summer I will be a lot happier and motivated once again.
  4. I will make sure that I am making time for all my friends. Since being at Uni I have started to appreciate the people who actually care about me which is amazing!

Everybody make the most out of November, before you know it, it will be 2018!

Triple Cooked – Weird & Wonderful | The Old Fire Station

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Tuesday 17th October

Since I started Bournemouth University I have been looking forward to this event that is on at the Old Fire Station. It was promoted around campus, my accommodation and in the Uni magazine Nerve. This is a society that I have recently got involved in.

Safe to say it was a very weird night. It had repetitive music yet was a lot of fun. I personally would not rush to go back again but the interior design was incredible. There were fluorescent lights and random objects – very much fitting into the theme.

Pictures all taken on my IPhone 7!