30 Jun 2015

My Reading Habits Tag!

So I saw this tag a million years ago on Bee's blog and for some reason or another it had become buried in my Unfinished-Not-Good-Enough-Shit-Post-Pile...UNTIL TODAY! Think of it like the time when you walked upstairs to get something but couldn't remember what it was or how you even got here, then the joy you felt when you got back downstairs and remembered that it was the pack of Malteasers you hid under your bed so no one would eat them. Is anybody else's family like that or is it just mine?

Anyway, as you may have guessed I am a massive book worm. My life is incomplete without one balanced on my lap as much as fish is incomplete without chips. There is just something so special about getting lost in a book and falling in love with the carefully crafted characters (try saying that 5 times!) that you cannot explain to the handful of ignorant people in society who would rather sit on their arse and watch TV all day than read.

I have never really spoken about my reading 'habits' or actually thought about them much myself to be honest, so here goes nothing: 


 Where do you like to read? 
One of my most loved places to read is the garden. Now it's nothing overly fancy or large, just a few flower beds, a mixture of block paving and grass and a wooden bench in one corner, but I think it's absolutely wonderful! In summer especially, it is just so great to get outside and make myself comfortable with a good book to the background music of nature. 

 Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Over the years I have invested in many bookmarks because there are so many bloody adorable ones on the market at the moment. Having a bookmark to make my page is a more of a necessity than anything else. The one I'm using at the moment can be found here and all the money goes to the animal charity as well so it's win, win both for the animals and the book. 

 Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter / certain amount of pages? 
Oh gosh! I don't know what it is but I just can't stop reading in the middle of a chapter...it just feels wrong. So wrong. No matter how many pages are left until the next chapter I will keep at it.

 Do you eat or drink while reading? 
Never. Why would I want to distract myself with food when I'm so engrossed in a good book, besides who wants sticky chocolate stains all over the front cover?

Music or TV while reading?
I've tried to read during the adverts of shows in the past (damn you ITV with all your commercial break!) but it's just not going to happen. I need peace and quite- not somebody advertising tampons thank you very much. 

One book at a time or several at once? 
Sometimes I will switch between books if I get bored, then pick the first up again and start to really enjoy it all of a sudden. However, I don't make it a habit to read more than one at once. Its not logical people!

 Reading at home or everywhere?
Train or car journeys are pretty fun places to really get stuck into a book plot. I have been known to fall asleep on them in the past.

 Reading aloud or silently in your head? 
Well according to friends and family I read aloud even though I'm pretty sure I'm reading silently in my head. But then the way they describe it is like a hissing sound so I wouldn't really call that reading aloud that is if my definition of reading aloud is right * 

Do you read ahead or skip pages?  
When I first get a book I always read the front page and the last page but other than that I don't 'skip'. It sort of defeats the purpose of reading if you do.

Break the spine or keep it like new?
I always try my absolute hardest to keep the spine looking good as new and for most of my books the spine is holding up pretty nicely, apart from the few I lent to my mum. Thanks a bunch.

 Do you write in your books? 
A pen or pencil mark in a book is the enemy. I will not go to the dark side.

Where do you store your books when you're not reading them?
At the moment they are all piled on my side table, getting closer and closer to the ceiling. Now exams have finished I can sort through the mess in my room and hopefully make space for a big wooden book case. Ah, I'm drooling at the thought of it!

If you want to take part in the tag and share your strange reading habits with the world, just answer the questions above and let me know how you do! 

Love Beth xx

*It is according to Oxford Dictionary anyway! 

28 Jun 2015

6 Things That Made Me Smile This Week!

Raspberry Ombre Cake- as seen here. Newly purchased colouring book from WHSmith. Me and my friend Meriel captured in a selfie on Walton Pier. Friday's prom hair trial.
I am so excited to be sitting down writing this post about my wonderful week because it is the first weekly round up since 19th April. I guess life (and mostly school!) got in the way and prevented me being able to record all the nine weeks worth of stuff I got up to. However, it might come as a relief for you as I'm guessing quite a few of those posts would have been filled up with me complaining about exams. Every cloud eh?

Anyway, this week was one of relaxing from the stress of exams and just getting everything sorted out while I can. It was the week I published my first post in over six weeks, took part in my first twitter chat in over two months and slept like a baby every single night. Here's what else I got up to:

-Satisfying unpacking: As you may have already heard I spent the last weekend celebrating birthdays and end of exams in Frinton-on-sea with a bunch of the most wonderful girls I have came to call friends. Although it was sad getting back on Monday and not being able to venture down to the beach whenever I wanted, there is nothing better than grabbed your whole suitcase and chucking all the clothes into the washing machine to let it do its magic.

-Getting creative: I've been seeing colouring books all over the internet recently so decided to jump on the band wagon myself and brought myself the Secret Garden by Johanna Basford. The designs are beautiful and intricate but so easy to colour. I could spend hours filling it in!

-Baking: I haven't baked a cake in so long so it was nice to finally get back into the kitchen, just me and the whisk together at last. The outcome was a delicious fruity cake that tasted just as good as it looks.

-Now TV: We just recently subscribed to Now TV and can now watch hundreds of films when ever we feel like it for only £10 per-month. Ten times better than Netflix!

-Prom hair trail: On Friday I got my hair trail done for prom which is now only four days away! I can't believe how wonderful it looked and just spent the rest of the day feeling like a princess. My five-year-old self would have been so pleased.

-Summer weather: And to round off the week with a BANG, the weather has been absolutely topical here. Its so nice to be able to sit in the garden and not worry that the skies are suddenly going to open and cover you in rain.

Speak soon,
Love Beth xx

25 Jun 2015

Why We Should Appreciate Our Bodies More

Only just a moment ago did it finally sink in that I have finished secondary education after five long but amazing years. It really is the strangest feeling to know that I don't have to revise every minute of every day anymore and that when I do eventually go back to school, only a handful of my friends will be there. Now the future seem even scarier than it was before because I know I'm going to have face some of it alone and the idea of change just makes my stomach want to throw up it's entire content. I know variety is the spice of life and all that ball, but right now it's got me thinking about even further into the future.

Everyone I've even spoken to says that your childhood is the best time of your life. It's the thing you always look back on when you're older, thinking of all the family holidays, the birthdays and all the funny things that happened when you were an child. There was no pressure, no judgment or expectation. You were a child after all and the most important thing to you was getting that teddy you saw in the shop window or trying to find ways to convince your mum you really were too ill to go to school.

I have to agree with those people, because being a child is amazing! I look at my eleven-year-old brother who is full of so much happiness, joy and laughter. He has his whole life ahead of him- god knows he could be a the first person on mars or discover something that will save millions of lives around the world. Maybe he will just be a shop keeper but who cares, he will be somebody. And one day make somebody else very happy too.

Then I look at my Nan who is nearly 80, struggling to walk a few meters, getting easily out of breath and just recently diagnosed with diabetes. It just doesn't seem fair that after all the thing she has seen, done and experience, her body is suddenly giving up on her. Yet her mind is still as young as the day she was born. However, it isn't just her. All you have to do is pop to the shops and you are bound to came across an elderly person struggling to do even the simplest of tasks. And it's a sad sight.

We really need to appreciate our health and bodies while we are have  it, I know young people don't think about getting old because it seems such a long way off. I mean I can barely imagine myself as a mum, let alone a grandma but it's the way life works.

So getting to the point of this post, I just think we all need to look to the future more and realise that what we have will not last forever. One day our hair is going to go grey and we'll get wrinkles and maybe find it harder to get about the house than we do now and we are powerless to stop that happening because it's natural. Plastic surgery can only hide age from the world, not get rid of it.

So please lets all stop mopping about like lost little puppies and get out in the world to experience stuff while we still can. Lets all stop putting things off until tomorrow or the next day. Lets live our dreams now rather than later. Lets make each day count and have a good old time while we're at it! What have you got to lose? The internet and all your favourite blogs will still be here waiting for you when you come back. I promise.  

Love Beth xx

23 Jun 2015

14 Thoughts When You're On Your Period

I admit it, once a month I have blood pouring out my vagina which is apparently something called a period! Who would have thought eh? I know sarcastic much, but really the way people talk about it, or don't talk about for that matter, makes it seem as thought only a select few of us have experience a period. I ,on the other hand, believe there is no point in sugar coating this whole leaking blood experience because it really is not sweet or fun in any way, shape or form. Most people prefer to keep this private after all it's not really a dinner table conversation like ' Oh could you excuse me a minute while I de-wedge my sanitary towel from my bum crack' or 'Golly I've just released an egg, hang on a moment!' but for me I'm into this whole over sharing thing. I mean, we are all human after all and if we can't have a laugh about our menstrual cycle and embarrass the men around us than what can we do?

It is a natural process (although sometimes it seems quite the opposite) and I think it's about time we all stop hiding in the shadows and got a bit more confident talking about woman problems. Periods aren't a dirty thing people, so why do so many of us feel the need to hide our tampons in the very depth of our bags and try to open to packaging silently in the loo? It never works anyway!

It's also about time we fess up to those strange thoughts we are all too embarrassed to admit. We all have them so don't try to tell me otherwise, because then you would be telling a porkie! Yes periods are gross and weird and icky but they are part of being a woman. Therefore we should all just embrace our beautiful bodies and broadcast to the world what having a period is really like. And what they are really like is very different from those adverts on television, believe me:

1. My calendar says my period should arrive today? Where are you little period? What if something is wrong with me and this is the first sign of an incurable disease or worse- what if I'm a pregnant virgin? I don't even know if that is possible. Oh would you just hurry up and come already!

2. *a few minutes later* OH! There you are! The eagle has landed everyone, please lets welcome it to the world with open arms and a sigh of relief that I won't be 16 and pregnant after all.

3. *the next day* Shit this is so bloody annoying! Why is my body punishing me for eating my fruit and veg? I've never done anything wrong...expect that time I ate nothing but chocolate all day. But it was Easter, can't you give a girl some slack?

4. Why do woman get the short end of the stick? First boob pain then having to become a naked mole rat every time we want to wear a bikini, child birth and now blood flowing out my vagina!

5. Eww! I swear I saw something like this in one of those sci-fi movies at the cinema the other day. It's bloody terrifying.

6. Wait, that is one of my babies being thrown in the bin there. I've had that egg since the moment I was born. What if that egg was the one? The one who would find a cure for cancer or be the first person on mars...well it's too late now.

7. AHHH the pain! It feels like I've been shot in the stomach. GIMME ME A HOT WATER BOTTLE NOW!!

8. No I don't need no drugs! I want to do this the natural way like the woman did in 1990s.

9. I'm not trying to scare you or anything but please stand back for a moment 'cos I think my ovaries are about the explode.

10. *lays on sofa* So this is the end then? This is really what it feels like to die. I always pictured my death in a more dramatic way like sky diving or something.

11. OH THIS IS PATHETIC! Pass me all the meds you can find...quick! I have places to go and people to see and I cannot afford to spend another moment feeling like death.

12. Ah that's better...I have no idea why woman make such a fuss about this. It's a breeze.

13. Hallelujah, Hallelujah it's over!! That was the longest week of my life.

14. See you, wouldn't want to be you. Just imagine being more hated than Katie Hopkins!

Phew, one down and only 300+ more to go,
Love Beth xx

22 Jun 2015

End of exams + beach breaks

Hello everyone! You may have noticed that I've been away for a while but when your knee deep in revision for 18 exams, highlighters and stress, blogging is the last thing on your mind. However I'm back now with hundreds of post ideas that have been whizzing around my brain at night for the past few months and driving me insane. Best of all though is that I'm finally free, a day I never thought would come. This whole year has basically been dedicated to my studies so I can't wait to get a break from it all. But I tell you what if I don't get good grades, somebody is gunna get hurt!

I have lost count of the amount of times I spent crying over a simple maths problem and feeling like a complete and utter failer. GCSEs create such an insane amount of pressure for young people that I am surprised that any of us manages to get through the other side smiling. But we do. I did!

Still that does not make me forget about how much worse this whole experience was than what I expected: the endless hours spent revising, the guilt when I went out and didn't revise for the whole day, the stress of having 18 exams all on top of each other with barely any room to breathe, the weather getting warming but not being able to enjoy it, people speaking of throwing up from nerves and one boy flat out fainting in one of my exams with him, the whole table and the chair scattered across the floor with an almighty bang that I thought the ceiling was going to fall down on us and actually thought for a moment 'thank fuck for that, at least that's 6 less exams I have endure!' I mean how terrible is that!

As you can imagine I'm over the moon that I never have to do anything like that again because I think if it had gone on much longer I would have had a breakdown, no lie or exaggeration people! GCSEs are evil and I can't help feeling extremely sympathetic for the people who have to go and do the same thing next year. Good luck 'cos you're gunna need it!

The whole time I spent studying, I was thinking about this day. And now it has finally come bringing with it three months worth of sleep, blogging, book reading and film watching. Plus I've just come back from a long weekend away with my friends to one of their beach holiday homes in Frinton. So the last few days have been spent walking along the sand. paddling in the water, watching the sun set, eating gloriously creamy ice cream, having BBQs in the sun and wearing my first pair of shorts this year! There was hardly anyone there and with the beach just a short distance from our house, we spent almost every minute of the day there. Just letting the sea breeze take all our cares and worries away about Results Day and celebrating the end of exams in style. Just look how beautiful it is there and how summery we look below!

Please ignore my pale legs compared to the others!

Right now life does not get much better than this and I cannot wait to see what I will get up to next. However, with all this free time on my hands, I can only assume that you will be seeing a bit more of me than you did before. And that is completely okay because I'M FREEEEEE!

Love Beth xx

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