Next project is in progress…

… and it’s an exciting one at that! Speed dating!!

This is something that I’ve wanted to do for years and I’m so excited that I’m finally doing it. I managed to persuade (possibly push?!) my friend from work into coming along and we took the plunge and booked it the other night. So, in a couple of weeks time, we’ll be going on 20-30 dates in one evening!

For those of you who aren’t 100% what speed dating is, according to Google, it is “an organized social activity in which people seeking romantic relationships have a series of short conversations with potential partners in order to determine whether there is mutual interest”. Basically, the women sit and the men rotate tables every three minutes to talk to all the women there. Everyone has a little scorecard and you mark down whether you like that person or not, and then the organisers will get in touch with you about any matches.

My friend that’s going with me is a bit older than myself but we managed to find a age category we both fit in. At twenty one, I’m right at the bottom end and my friend is closer to the thirties end of the group. Good start, right?

It is something that always looks fun in the movies and I’ve heard from various people I know who have been before that it’s a brilliant night. It can be a bit hit and miss but who knows, I might just meet Mr Right!

In preparation, I thought I’d look up some tips to ensure as smooth a night as possible and here are my top five.

  1. Smile!
    Nothing is more relaxing or puts nerves at ease as much as seeing a friendly, smiling face.
  2. Don’t talk about yourself all the time.
    Make sure you actually ask them some questions and that the conversation works both ways. No one likes someone who is obsessed with me, myself and I!
  3. Say goodbye properly.
    I didn’t think of this at all but once I read it, it seemed obvious. Don’t just stop speaking mid-sentence and walk away but actually finish the conversation and maybe tell them how nice it was to meet them.
  4. Don’t get drunk.
    I’d hope this would be pretty obvious but pace yourself, a drunk potential partner is not an appealing potential partner.
  5. Make sure you have some back-up questions/topics.
    I think this is one of the most important tips I’ve read. There’s nothing more uncomfortable than an awkward lull and having a few go-to conversation pieces is always handy.

Speaking of conversation topics, I’m trying to think up a few myself. I have a couple of ideas (dream holiday destination, three things you couldn’t live without, etc) but I’m hoping I won’t need them too often. So, any tips, guys? They’re more than welcome!

I have no doubt that there’ll be a real mix of guys there. Some I won’t fancy, some that may creep me out and some (hopefully) that’ll I’ll hit it off with. If in doubt though, I’m gonna stick with my three golden rules when first meeting new people… good teeth, strong handshake and good shoes (you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes). And if they tick all three and can make me laugh? I’m their’s!

Yay me! I’m a Liebster Award Nominee!!

Oh my goodness, I have been nominated for the Liebster Award and I’m delighted liebster awardto accept! It’s such a lovely thing when someone comments or likes a post you’ve worked so hard on, and to receive a nomination just makes you feel all warm and gooey inside!

I can’t go on without massively thanking the wonderful The Thought Card for nominating me. So, be a doll and check out her amazing blog!

Now, the Liebster Award is  a way of recognising other bloggers and helping the newer ones get themselves out there. And there are very specific rules which are …

  1. Thank the amazing person who nominated you.
  2. Display the logo for the award.
  3. Nominate 5-10 other bloggers with less than 200 followers, let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts.
    Answer the questions that the person who nominated you has set and pose 11 new questions to your nominees.

My questions, set by The Thought Card, were as follows.

  1. What’s your nationality?
    British, old chap!
  2. Would you rather explore a new planet or the deepest part of the ocean? Why?
    I think I’d rather visit the deepest part of the ocean because of all the beautiful colours and sea life (despite the fact that there may be sharks and big fish lurking about!).
  3. What are some of the best friend’s qualities?
    I think loyalty, integrity and a good sense of humour are essential.
  4. Cats, dogs or neither?
    Cats, all the way!! I have two cats – the feisty Trixie and fluffball Tallulah.
    trtl~

  5. Which are you likely to fight for, love or money? Why?
    I will always fight for love ❤ While money provides security and piece of mind, a life without love is a crying shame.
  6. If you could speak another language, which would it be? Why?
    Je parle un peu le français! ¡Y hablo un poco de español tambien!
  7. Would you rather receive a text message or call? Why?
    I think it depends on the situation. A little text to say that someone is thinking of you is so sweet but generally, it’s lovely to receive phone call because that person has taken the time to think of you and talk to you.
  8. What’s the single best decision you’ve made in your life so far?
    One of the best decisions I made was not to go to a residential university. I was meant to study in Lincoln but due to family illness and other factors, I had to withdraw. I am now studying for my degree with the Open University. This has allowed me to earn money, gain work experience and have flexibility with my studies. Oh, and meet some great people!
  9. Do you focus on the big picture or do you get lost in the details?
    I love tiny details but I love planning more and tend to focus on the big picture. (I totally had a five year plan when I was 19! haha!)
  10. Luxury or low maintenance?
    Hmmm, tricky one! I like to think I’m low maintenance when it matters but I can’t help but appreciate (and admire) life’s luxuries.
  11. What are you looking forward to the most?
    I’m looking forward to finishing my degree, mainly because I’ll feel like my life will finally be starting! 

Now, for the exciting part: my nominees!! Make sure you keep an eye out for their fabulous blogs 🙂

Hey Now, Haley Now
My Sweet Lolita
Wishing I Was There and Everywhere
74lbs to Hot Mom
Sojourning in Style
Explore a Corner
Magnolia Messages 

These lovely bloggers will now have the option to accept the nomination and answer the eleven questions I’ve set them. These are..

1. In what country do you currently live?
2. Favourite local delicasy?
3. What’s your earliest memory?
4. You can have any superpower for the rest of your life – what would you choose?
5. Do you believe in true love and soul mates? If so, why?
6.. If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, which song would it be and why?
7. Someone offers you the holiday of a lifetime to a destination of your choice – where do you go?
8. If you could only have one condiment (ketchup, burger sauce, mayo, etc) for the rest of your life, what would it be? Why?
9. Would you rather have a maid to clean for you and have to cook all your own meals, or a chef to cook for you whenever you’d like but you have to clean your home all the time?
10. Sweet or savoury?
11. What do you hope to achieve in your life? Your life’s goal?

Thank you once again for my nomination The Thought Card  and to everyone (ok, all five of you!) who actually read my blog 🙂 Good luck to my nominees and keep up the brilliant work!!

It’s small world.

So many people tell you what a small world it is and I’ve never really thought much of it. With 7 billion people living on our planet, it seemed more like a saying than a possibility. I have been proved wrong though.

It turns out a fellow blogger on this wonderful website is the daughter of one of my mum’s friends. I stumbled across her blog and really enjoyed reading about this mother who was originally from Yorkshire and had moved to the Middle East with her husband. It wasn’t until I saw her mum at a  function a few weeks later and she pointed out that Mrs Lady Muck was actually her daughter that it clicked! Mrs Lady Muck was someone I’d heard all about already and I’d just not connected the pieces.

Why am I bothering to tell you this? I hear you ask. Well, because today I met her for the first time and she was just as delightful as I thought she’d be. It was so nice to chat to her and to have someone to talk all things blogs with. We met at a local cafe with our mums and it was a lovely morning. And most importantly, she had some gorgeous shoes! *sigh* I knew I’d like her …

So, why don’t you guys bob over and check out her blog – it’s a great read!! I even put a little link in HERE so you can get there.

Useful links!
Mrs Lady Muck’s blog – http://mrsladymuck.com/

Why are books so expensive?!

Like many students, it’s around this time of year when you get your list of set books for the upcoming academic year. I do look forward to receiving the list and seeing what books I get to study this year (and hoping there’s one or two I’ve already read, at least!). My two modules for 2015/16 are ‘Reading and studying Literature’ and ‘Creative Writing’. Naturally, the set book list for ‘Reading and studying Literature’ has a fair few on and I’ve had to bite the bullet and order them. Seventy pounds down and a polite email from Waterstones later, I had done it .

I know a lot of you will be aghast that I’ve bought them from Waterstones and not from Amazon but I’ve not a novice. My first instinct was to check out Amazon. I searched the website with all my ISBNs and added all ten compulsory books to my basket. However, despite the majority of them being second-hand, the total came well over sixty pounds. Because I was buying the books from different sellers, I had separate delivery charges for each book. In the end,I figured I may as well pay an extra £10 and get them all brand new in one delivery.

Every year when I spend a small fortune on set books, I always wonder why they can’t be provided. We can’t complete the course without them and we’re already paying thousands a year for the privilege so I personally think they should chuck the books in for free. Much like when you buy a car and you haggle for a full tank of petrol and a free mats! I don’t think it’s too much to ask.

Anyway, moan over! I’ve written down the books below – let me know if you’ve read any and what you thought. It’s always great to hear another opinion 🙂

Oroonoko by Aphra Behn

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel

Dubliners by James Joyce

The Emigrants by W. G. Sebald

The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon

Othello by William Shakespeare

Candide, or Optimism by Voltaire

The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster

Ey up!! It’s Yorkshire Day!

Yesterday, the 1st August, was Yorkshire Day. Yorkshire is a region in England (where I happen to live) and the 1st August is dedicated to celebrating the beauty of the county. A lot of actors, writers, sportsmen and well-know personalities have come from Yorkshire – Sean Bean, Emily Bronte, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dame Judi Dench but to name a few. So you can understand why we’re so proud of ourselves.

**Fun little fact for you! During the London 2012 Olympics, Yorkshire won seven gold, two silver and three bronze medals which would’ve placed us 12th in the medal table, if we were an independent country.**

Yorkshire, also known as God’s own county, has a very specific dialect and we have a quite a few words that aren’t always found in other parts of the country. (We, also have lots of other wonderful things, like Yorkshire Puddings, but that will have to be saved for another post!) As a Yorkshire lass born and bred, I thought I’d share with you a few gems.

1. Any road.
To change the conversation or end a conversation.
“Any road, did you see the football last night?”

2. Mardy
To be moody or miserable.
She’s so mardy today!”

3. Maftin’.
To be uncomfortably hot.
“It’s absolutely maftin’ in here”

4. Chuddy.
Street name for chewing gum.
“You got any chuddy?”

5. Chuffin’ eck.
An exclamation of surprise.
“Chuffin’ eck! When did you get here?”

6. Got m’dander up.
To become annoyed or angry.
“I’ve got m’dander up now!”

7. Now then.
To say hello (friendly greeting).
“Now then, how’ve you been?”

8. Go’t face-on.
To be in a bad mood.
“Why’ve you go’t face-on? What’s wrong?”

9. Cack-handed.
To be bad at something.
“You’re so cack-handed”

10. Wazzock.
To be stupid or an idiot.
“What a wazzock!”

 

There are plenty more weird and wonderful words but those are just a few of my favourites. If you know any more Yorkshire phrases or have words that are only known where you live, why not share them in the comments below. In the meantime, maybe try one or two out on your friends and family. Or, if not, grab thy Whippet, flat cap and get your sen off t’pub!

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Useful links!
Yorkshire’s Wiki Page – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yorkshire
Yorkshire Dictionary – http://imfromyorkshire.com/yorkshire-sayings/
Yorkshire Puddings – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yorkshire_pudding
Whippet – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whippet