28 Jul 2014

This Week in Numbers #9

- I can officially call myself a Camping Gal after three days of long, hard camping! No I'm joking, it was one of most enjoyable experiences of my life. Enjoying the summer sunshine under the shade of the gazebo, reading magazines,enjoying a good old brew, dunking biscuits, toasting marshmallows in the glow of a fire, walking along the sandy beach hunting for crabs in the rock pools and having a round of golf with my family in the burning heat (I came last but who cares!). It was a really good weekend actually- minus the uncomfortable sleeping arrangements and constant moans of "I'm bored" coming from the broken record that is my ten year old brother!

(L-R) Brother, Mum and Me 
Rather proud of this picture! 
- And we put the tent up in record time: 40 minutes and counting! That deserves a Commonwealth Games medal me thinks. Why is tent-putting-uppy not classed as a sport anyway?

-Speaking of the games, even though I am not a very sporty person (although sometimes I wish I was!) I really enjoyed watching some of sport especially swimming and gymnastics. I NEED TO LEARN TO DO A BACK FLIP! 

-Also while I was away camping I managed to finish my Divergent book, but having seen the film before hand, I can't help thinking that it was better than the book (unusual right?). I just think the film had more tension because of the extra scenes that the director had evidently added  towards the end. Still I enjoyed reading it, as I hope I will with the 2nd and 3rd book in the series that I want to get on my new Kindle.

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Love Beth x

21 Jul 2014

This Week in Numbers #8

This post comes to you with a mixture of excitement and nerves. On Friday I packed up school for the 6 weeks hols (but in my case seven!)

 It was a relief to be able to get home and know that I can sit down and relax in the sunshine- in other words not be sweating it out at school in the stuffy rooms, surrounded by people I frankly can't stand. But it also means that when I get back in September I will be several month closer to completing my GCSE...that's scary! But for now I can celebrate the end of a hard academic year *cue High School Musical song breakout*:                                                                                                                                                                                           

So, to rest of the week: 

 - On Tuesday I invited on a Rewards Trip ('cos I'm just that good!) to Hazle Ceramics & Pottery Barn in Barleylands, Billericay. My friend Meriel and I went to a cute little tea room, got a cuppa tea (two sugars if you please!) and a glorious ham baguette all for under £3. Then at 1pm we went to the Barn and got the choice of either a china plate, bowl or mug to paint. As a border-line obsessive tea drinker-have you noticed that yet?- I just had to paint a mug. And I do have to say that I pretty pleased with the outcome (below right)

- Wednesday was another exciting day with the annual  Year 10 Practice Interview Day, where students have to dress up in posh frocks and ties for a day of looking to the future and thinking about our career path. Plus the dreaded 30 minute interview with a stranger! I had a bit of a dilemma with my dress for the day as I couldn't decided between two dresses but I'll do a post later on in the week about that.                                I was very surprised to find that my interview (the whole day in fact) was wonderful and a complete success. My interviewer Mr Pits made me feel so comfortable, after initially being rather nervous, and it was like I was talking to an old friend that I hadn't seen in a while. He commented on how intellectually mature and lovely to talk too I was. Also that my interview was per-fect and that I had a great personality. Which for somebody who thinks she is about as interesting as a plank of wood is so nice to hear! Mr Pits if your reading this I think your amazing and that's not just because you love English as much as me! 

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day (thanks to Bethan for finally putting them up on Facebook!)
(Left to right) Me, Jane, Meriel and Bethan
(Top Back L-R) Marcus, Adem, Tim, Tiegan, Kian Fraser
(Top Front L-R) Ross, Jane, Me, Tony, Ella, Meriel
(Bottom) Ethan 
(L-R) Meriel, Chelsea, Bethan, Me, Jane, Ross

- Also I have had a pretty Simple Sunday (Ooh, Jess would be proud!) spending my time glued to the TV screen due to my obsession with Netflix. But seriously who isn't obsessed with that beauty?

- And in between those film sessions I managed to help my wonderful mum out with the housework and all I got to show for it was a burnt hand from that evil iron and a headache from the vacuum. Why does it have to be so difficult to be helpful?  

How was your week my lovelies? What are you up to next week?  

Love Beth x

13 Jul 2014

This Week in Numbers #7

-Early on in the week, I got a call from my local library to say that one of my books, Divergent by Veronica Roth, is FINALLY ready for collection. I've had it on order since I first saw the film- 4 whole months ago! But the wait was worth it. I picked it up on Wednesday and have literally not stopped reading it! The fact that I know what happens make it even more exciting. 11 chapters down, 28 to go! 

-On Thursday it was my last EVER sports day, having attended this annul event for 11 years straight. And frankly I couldn't be happier since no matter how much I try I will never be classed as a 'sporty' person. I couldn't think of anything else worse than sport. It is not fun, nor is entertainment. It is a way of causing huge amounts of embarrassment and awkwardness in a team of people who you rather despise and/or are jealous of  as they can catch/run/jog/throw/jump a whole lot better than you. Au Revoir Sports Day! I won't miss you! 

-Later in the week we were took my cat Toby to the vets for his regular check up- a little injection, a tablet and a cuddle from the lovely vet. But what made this trip rather eventful was that Toby decided it would be a good idea if he escaped from his cat box during the car ride home. One minute in his was in his box the next he was climbing onto my lap to get a look out of the window. I can't imagine what people must have thought to see a cat eye balling them at the traffic lights! 

8 Jul 2014

At The Movies I The Fault In Our Stars

In my last This Week in Numbers (I should probably start referring to as TWIN now) I promised I would write a review of The Fault In Our Stars film. So here goes:

I absolutely loved the book (*here) so I had pretty high standards for the film. And I am pleased to say that it did not disappoint! I absolutely loved the choice of actors/actresses for the main characters, particularly Hazel and Gus (despite it being strange that they only recently worked together on the set of Divergent as brother and sister, whereas here they are lover!). The directer has also included the majority of the scenes in the book- some might say he successfully sucked up to his fellow bookworms. However I couldn't help thinking that maybe Peter Van Houten should have been meaner and attempted to sport the hobo-tramp look a little better. But I'm just being picky! 

I can also confirm, as you might have heard flying around due to MASSIVE buzz surrounding this film, that you may well need a fistful of tissue (make that a whole box!). The rather happy, idyllic mood does change pretty quickly when you reach the mid-point of the film. Long gone is the soppy romance, charismatic Augustus and laugh-out-loud Isaac (my favourite bit is when they are throwing eggs at Monica's car!!). It all becomes very serious and emotional. If you don't cry then there is something wrong with you. 

However I found that it did focused on death too much, which I know sounds weird for a story based on cancer. It celebrates life, the sad parts are always lightened by comedy and don't happen until the very end. Whereas in the film, you will be sobbing almost the whole way through (about an hour in). And I think that ruin the whole idea that there is happiness to be found even in death that the author John Green wanted to show. But at least the script included most of the quotes that I had painstakingly learnt off by heart 'cus I'm cool like that! 

Overall I think, as with most films, the book was better but the film was a VERY close 2nd. If your wary of sentimental films, stay clear as this story will stay with you forever. I can definitely say that it has changed my whole outlook on life and shown just how precious it is. After all, YOLO (You Only Live Once)! 

 Have you read the book? Seen the film? 
Let me know what you think xx

7 Jul 2014

This Week in Numbers #6

You may remember me talking about the caterpillars I had acquired a few weeks ago, in my last               This Week in Numbers (*here). Well good news! On Thursday afternoon the first Painted Lady butterfly emerged from its chrysalis, shortly followed by the other 4 the next day. I went out that very day and collected some Buddleia, a beautiful purple flower commonly associated with butterflies. And I can see why! They just loved the stuff.

However on Saturday, I was observing them when I noticed a 6th butterfly (hence the reason why it says 6 and not 5 butterflies as I mentioned in the last TWIN). It was absolutely beautiful, a richer red than the other butterflies with four 'eyes' on the corners of each wing- known as a Peacock Butterfly, according to Google anyway! I have no idea how it got in the net but I suspect its chrysalis must have been hanging on the Buddleia flower when I brought it in and it hatched shortly after. Animals just love me that much! 

I released them into the wild on Sunday, and am happy to say that all 6 flew away safety  into the air. I also spotted one later on in the afternoon taking some nectar from the rose bush at the bottom of our garden. 
My brother just had to get in the picture! 

On Saturday, my good friend Bethan invited me to the cinema as it was her birthday the next day. And guess what I finally got to see? The Fault In Our Stars! I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for this to come onto our screens after reading the book some time ago (*here) and sharing my favourite quotes with you all (*here). Three packets of tissues later, I will hopefully be posting a review of it mid-week, so keep yours eyes open! 

Also in just 4 weeks (okay...3 weeks and 4 days) from today, it will be my birthday! I was planning to write my wishlist here but I think this post has gone on for too long. Therefore you will be seeing it popping up hopefully next week sometime. So keep your eyes open for that as well! 

Love Bethany xx

1 Jul 2014

The Sad List

I would describe myself as quite an emotional and sensitive person-a deep thinker if you will. However this is something that not many people will know, for the simple reason that I'm a bottle. That sounds strange I know but let me explain. I am an emotional and sensitive person, but not when I am around others. I prefer to keep my feelings locked away from people, stored in a bullet-proof glass bottle. It is must simpler that way. You don't get those cringey sympathetic looks or the 'are you okay?' questions to which you always reply 'I'm fine' even if tears are already streaming down your face. 

However there are several things that I openly admit to getting emotional at: 

My parents will never know how much I love them
My family mean more to me than anything else in the world. No matter what I do I know they will always be there for me, not because they have to but because they want to. I would do anything for them. And although I know they know I love them, I don't think they realise just how much I really do. That's the thing that probably makes me the saddest. 

My children will probably never meet their great-grandparents
(I know there is a possibility so that's why I put 'probably') My grandparents are the most amazing people I have ever met. They have been there, done that and yet they are still so humble. I just love them to bits! What I really adore is that my Nan and Grandad have been married for over 40 years and yet they are still in love, and that is something I will always strive to achieve. The fact that my children might not get to meet them, and that they will only be alive in the stories and memories I share with them, is pretty devastating.  

Watching the News
I point blank refuse to watch the News any more. They hardly ever talk about the good things that have happened in the world, or that people have achieved. Its always about very serious, upsetting issues that I know are important to learn about but sometimes I really don't want to know about the latest murder victim or that a celebrity (who lets face it we didn't even know existed) has died suddenly. Sometimes I feel it would be better to be living in that childhood bubble of innocence again. 

Marley & Me 
Oh just hand me some tissues now! I watched this film, expected it be a happy one, just after my guinea pig died. But no, I balled my eyes out as they went about burying their beloved dog just as I has buried my piggie. And still a few years on I can't watch it without crying!

Whoever said that change is a good thing is a liar. I would be very happy doing basically the same thing as I do now everyday, thank you very much. I'm not sure why you have ruin the wonderful flow of my life by changing something without my permission. It seems pretty pointless to me when I am very comfortable and happy as I am. But then again whoever said life was cruel wasn't wrong there. 
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