“Hobbies”

Well hello again 🙂

I will skip the usual “sorry I have neglected you blog, etc etc etc”, and go straight to what is on my mind, k? k.

Am I the only one (I’m sure I am not. . please let me not be) that is utterly useless at maintaining a hobby. I think it is sadly safe to say, that this blog is the most consistent hobby I have ever had. . I say this in the full knowledge that I often disappear from the blogesphere, and when I do return, it is usually useless shit like this that I choose to splurge out.

I have been through the various phases of hobby; guitar, drums at one very distant point, exercise (lol), cycling – although to be fair I still am really keen to get involved in. But I refuse to own any type of bike that isn’t one with a little basket and a bell, and they are pricey. . what else, hmm. . oh yes, jewellery making, that was a thing once. Basically long story short, I have spent quite a decent amount of my money (and parents money in the younger years) over my life span on various interests that sooner or later, usually sooner, gather dust in a corner. My ÂŁÂŁÂŁ’s worth of jewellery making material hasn’t seen the light of day in a good few years!

My point? Well, I have spent the past hour searching Ebay for a ukelele and I sense one of these phases on the horizon. But this time, before I go buying, I want to find out how normal people with will power take up a new hobby, and then stick to it for a respected amount of time, enough for them then to be able to say, “Yes, I used to play the guitar” . . as at the minute, other than blogging, there really isn’t anything I can say that I “used” to do.

As usual WordPress, I am looking to you for advice =]

In other news, I have taken to the bedroom for my Saturday night, and I’m about to snuggle down watching Sweeney Todd! . . Is bed a hobby? I can definitely profess that,

“Yes, I often spend my free time in bed”

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Manchester :)

I have spent the day wandering around sunny Manchester with my mother and I fall more in love with the place each time we do our little pamper days. Ignoring the regular bouts of mental preachers and pushing past the masses of people all going the same way as you, Manchester is magical. We spent the afternoon having lunch, with wine of course. A little bit of the fancy shopping that is required, (who can resist the big yellow Selfridges bags- they come with their own sense of fancyness!), and then on to Harvey Nichols for a few cocktails! 

I have to admit that this little day trip probably won’t go unpunished as I will no doubt wake up for work tomorrow with a vodka hangover but for now it all feels worth it!!! I have to give massive props to the sales women at the perfume stalls in Selfridges! They don’t have know how to get into your head, and ÂŁ80 lighter I think my mother would agree! 

Anyway today’s trip has made me so much more excited for the Manchester Christmas markets, and in turn, Christmas all together! I am hoping for a good one this year, so no pressure Santa 🙂

The Sweet Corner- A Real British Treat!

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So like many others I am extremely poor and whilst I am newly employed I am yet to start my job, so as you can imagine Christmas is looking more and more stingy as the weeks pass! I know I am not alone in this and like most people in my situation I am eager to find great, CHEAP christmassy ideas for my family and friends…I am excited because I think my search may well be over!!!

There is a fairly new fad that everyone in the UK will be aware of, and that is the purchasing of classic American food, mainly things like chocolate and sweets. . and Lucky Charms cereal! But as fun as all of that is it is also really expensive and not quite as exciting for me as the classic British treats of old!

So I have recently been made aware of a new company that essentially sells every classically British sweet you can imagine! I don’t know about you, but in my social circle if conversation ever turns to the things we used to love as children (and it does!), talk will eventually turn too the classic sweets and chocolates that people so often get extremely animated and enthusiastic talking about! BonBon’s, Love Hearts, Flying Saucers, Sherbet Dib Dabs. . The list really does go on, and so you can imagine my delight when I found this website, not only does it sell all of the above and so much more. . .but it is really, really affordable!

It is a very quaint vintage looking online store so that makes everything so much quicker and means that I don’t have to leave the house- What more could you want?!

I implore you to take a look! I can’t imagine you being disappointed by this company, especially if you really miss and love those retro British sweets!!

thesweetcorner.co.uk

Ooohh… And they have Twitter/Facebook that hold competitions! So Maybe check it out if you do like the website, because the next best thing is even cheaper sweets!! 🙂

https://twitter.com/The_SweetCorner

https://www.facebook.com/SweetCornerSweets

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Postgraduate Life. . Talk to me people!!

So I have been an official graduate for about a month maybe less than? And I have applied for so many jobs, and had a reasonable amount of luck, having been accepted on to two teaching agencies to become a cover supervisor this coming September. . but that is if and when they need me work, and I need some now work!

. . . So as many of my fellow graduates I have been trawling through the jobs that nobody wants and applying for near enough anything I can find that pays more than the one I work at now. . and it is soul destroying!! 

So what I am asking is for you all to tell me what you did/what you are currently doing after you graduated? I need inspiration! OR just to know I am not the only one bored out of their mind after a month of “adulthood”

 

One more sleep til. . .

Student loan day!!!

Usually I wouldn’t be this excited about receiving my student loan as it just means that I have to actually start doing work again, and am no longer safe to stay in pajamas all day. However I am ridiculously skint at the moment so will welcome with open arms the money and the stress that comes with it!

It is freshers week now and the chances of me seeing much of it are slim, however I will go for at least one night out during the fortnight of frolics! This mite be my last year too really go mad after all, and not living on campus means I do miss out on the socializing that comes so naturally to being a student- So I will let my hair down soon!

The biggest of internal wars is coursing through me at the moment as I debate to and fro about buying a Kindle with the soon to be mine money. . in the long run I think it would be an investment as I am going to have to buy so many books for my last year at university, and a lot of these books come cheaper or even free on the kindle. But can I cheat on my beloved books?? I’m just not sure.

Today is an extremely lazy day at Fiona’s house. I have watched the Sabrina the Teenage Witch movie! So a lazy day well spent I would say!

What are you doing today?

XO

Checking in. . 08/07/2012

Okay okay so I haven’t even managed to do a blog every other day, but here we are so let’s crack on. So what have I been up too since last time? Well I have not done a lot of reading! Shame on me for that. . and nor have I give my looming dissertation any further thought . . so educationally wise I have not done myself justice at all this week!

Spending money? Yeah, another thing I said I wouldn’t do but have yet to stop doing. It was my friends Hen do last night which is a guaranteed money squeezer of an occasion and I threw away a good ÂŁ40 on drink, taxis and much needed take away food. So well done Fiona, I am letting not just myself down, but all the blogees I keep making empty promises too. .

What have I learnt? I have learnt to make more attainable goals. So today’s is to get through another 100 pages of 50 Shades Freed as I would like to move on from this trilogy before the end of next week! I think another thing I need to start remembering is that people, will not always treat you the way you treat them, and to stop letting that kind of thing bother me so much. I guess it is always disappointing when somebody reveals themselves to be less loyal than you thought them to be, but I guess that says more about them than me so hey ho!

New goal. . . I want to save up. . . *deep breath* for a kindle!! I THINK. It is paining me to admit this now after all my arguments against them, but ever since beginning the 50 Shades trilogy I have found a great desire to be holding a kindle! That probably says a lot about my sillyness as it is only a book but I think I would have been able to read it outside of my bedroom if I could disguise it as something more innocent!, and therefore be done with it by now! Also, I am not sure if I am ready to stop buying books, but do I have the space for any more?? They currently surround my bed and I don’t want them to be damaged, so maybe a kindle is for the greater good?!

What do we think guys? Kindle? Bookshelf? Stop buying books that I can’t accommodate?