Friday, 31 October 2014

High Five for Friday: the post-birthday edition

Happy Friday, bitches!
How was your week? Mine was busy but good; I think having such a fun weekend helped, 
not to mention the fact that I have the afternoon off work today too #score

Anyway, on with my highlights from this past week, my first as a 30-year-old...

1 | My birthday was Sunday and it was all kinds of fun.

2 | Thanks to my birthday, I've recently added five new Essies to my ever-growing collection; I now have 24 different colours...

3 | On Tuesday, I ordered Taylor Swift's new album. On Wednesday evening I got an email to say my order has dispatched, 
so I hope I can get home this afternoon and blast Swifty as loud as I can :)

4 | Talking of new things, I'm buying a slow cooker, or crock pot, this afternoon so that Hubs and I can start having porridge that's been cooked overnight for our breakfast - it's getting too cold to eat overnight oats first thing in a morning.

5 | As I already mentioned, I'm off work this afternoon, to spend some time getting ready for one last birthday celebration: a murder mystery with my friends and family. It's going to be so much fun!!

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Have a good one!
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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Goodbye, October

October started off full of wet & windy days, 
but it soon gave way to unseasonably warm temps and crunchy autumn leaves, throw in plenty of Sunday 
afternoon strolls and a ton of birthday fun and October is officially the best month of 2014 so far :)

Until next year, dear friend...
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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

#100happydays: Week Five

Day 29: Hiding indoors from the storm
Day 30: Catching up on The Flash
Day 31: I LOVE the weekly work quiz
Day 32: Birthday celebrations begin early
Day 33: Tasty takeaway 
Day 34: BIRTHDAY!
Day 35: Homemade cookies and a brew

Keep up with my 100 happy day progress here
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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

#blogtober14: Things you're superstitious about

I hate to admit it, but I'm actually a really superstitious person. I know that probably doesn't 
make me sound too intelligent or logical to the sceptics out there, but I can't help it.

 

When I see one magpie, I have to make sure whoever I am will has also seen it 
(one magpie seen by two brings good luck all year throughor, if I'm alone, 
I will salute and say 'good day Mr Magpie' to counteract the bad luck.

I always recite the magpie rhyme when I see a group of them:
one for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy, 
five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret never to be told.

I never walk under ladders.

I always pick up any penny I see.

I never put new shoes on a table.

If I give a purse/wallet as a present, I always put some money inside.

I never do laundry on New Year's Day or Good Friday
(it washes someone out of the family).

I knock on wood, or my head, when I'm tempting fate.

Four leaf clovers bring good luck - I once found six in one day!

I never open an umbrella inside the house. 

I believe the old hand rhyme about money:
left to lose, right to receive.

I also believe that if your left ear itches, something is talking lovingly about you, but if your right ear itches, then someone is being mean about or toward you (left for love, right for spite).

When I shiver, someone has just walked, or danced, over my grave.

The number 13 is unlucky.

Spill salt and an argument will soon follow, but throw some of the spilt salt over your left shoulder
(into the face of the devil waiting there) and all will be well.

I throw any money spiders I come across over my left shoulder too. 

I must make a wish on a fallen eyelash; I also make Hubby do this too!

White feathers (that you can't explain, so not those from your pillows) 
mean that a passed loved one is nearby.

Never tell a wish.

And finally, bad things always come in threes.

As you can see, I am quite superstitious.
Do you have any superstitions?
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Monday, 27 October 2014

Birthday Fun

Yesterday marked the end of a chapter in my life...
the end of my 20's. I'm now officially part of the 30-club and so far, things are great, not much different to my 20's, but 
with the added bonus of the hopes and dreams of a full decade of life in front of me :)
 
The birthday celebrations actually began on Saturday evening, with a ma-hoo-sive Indian takeaway, followed by chocolates (a gift from our neighbours for cat sitting for the past week). 
After a slow moving shower, because I was so totally full, Hubs and I climbed into bed and watched Frozen #rocknroll

Sunday 26th October 2014 began in the best possible way... presents

I got a beautiful Michael Kors watch and some yellow Converse trainers from Hubby
#majorbrowniepoints

My parents gave me the money to buy a new lens for our dSLR camera and other relatives and friends were very generous, giving me money, toiletries, chocolates and nail polish. I don't think I've ever had so many cards! It was a great start to my birthday.

After getting dressed, we headed out to Frankie and Benny's for a birthday breakfast, which was delicious and, for just £14 for two breakfasts and unlimited tea and coffee, you can't go wrong; I'd highly recommend it, especially for special occasions! 

With full bellies, we headed to our local out-of-town shopping centre where I bought some brown ankle boots, 
another Essie nail polish and a gold necklace :)

The best part of the day came when my immediate family (my parents, my brother & his girlfriend, and my in-laws) got together to enjoy a meal (a carvery at a new local restaurant that was PACKED), followed by chocolate birthday cake #thebestkind 

Hubs and I ended the day at home, snuggled on the sofa #perfect

I had a fantastic day and received well wishes from so many friends and family members; 
So far, 30 is treating me extremely well and isn't anywhere near as scary as I anticipated :)

Happy Monday, friends
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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to me,

Happy birthday to me,

Happy birthday dear Laura
Happy birthday to me!
Happy birthday to any and all of my birthday twins out there; have a great birthday!
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Saturday, 25 October 2014

#blogtober14: What's your favourite book?

I know I've not taken part everyday, but I'm loving Blogtober! 

Today, Taylor and Helene are asking us to blog about our favourite book, so I had to join in because, unbelievably to me, there are still people out there who have not read this amazing book...

I first came across To Kill A Mockingbird when I was 15/16 and studying for my GCSEs. To Kill A Mockingbird was on the reading list but because we'd spent too long on another long-forgotten book, we only had time to read excerpts of the book in class; me being me read the whole thing for pleasure and loved every word. 

If you don't know what To Kill A Mockingbird is about, here's the Goodreads' description: 
"The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant best-seller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic. Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behaviour - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humour and pathos."

I'm not even really sure why a story told from the point-of-view of a six-year-old southern girl growing up in the 1930s resonated with a teenage Laura who had spent her whole life in middle England; it doesn't make any sense, but all I know is that I fell in love with that book then and I still love it now. And I'm not the only one - since the original publication in 1960, To Kill A Mockingbird has never been out of print!

With basic central themes of injustice, racism, ignorance, and prejudice - themes that have transcended the decades since it was first published - it's not hard to see why so many people consider To Kill A Mockingbird not only an enjoyable read, but also an influential piece of literature

I know critics of this book think it is naive and idealistic but I think people forget that children are naive and idealistic. I think Atticus teaches his children about bravery and courage and empathy in a way that still resonates with people today; in my opinion, the book's legacy is acceptance and integrity. More of us should be like Atticus Finch.

I was recently lucky enough to see the stage adaptation of Harper Lee's book and it blew my mind.
It was unlike anything I'd ever seen before and it actually made me cry. I would highly recommend
that anyone who has read this book, in fact anyone who hasn't, to see it performed live because
it is a fantastic experience, one that I know I will never forget. 

 Helene in Between
Happy Saturday!
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Friday, 24 October 2014

High Five for Friday: the pre-birthday edition

HAPPY FRIDAY, BLOGLAND!
I'm kinda excited today because not only is it Friday, but it's birthday Friday!
It's my birthday on Sunday but I came into work this morning to a decorated desk and
the birthday celebrations begin tomorrow night with a takeaway and a movie and I can't wait!

Anyway, on to the highlights from this past week...

1 | Sunday morning started with photos from Saturday night's 200th episode party for Supernatural; I love getting new photos of my favourite Winchesters...

2 | I've started watching Chicago Fire this week and I'm hooked - what an awesome show!

3 | Sunday also meant a walk in the gorgeous autumn sunshine; I couldn't help but try to capture the beauty that was everywhere...

4 | A week later and my Essie Bahama Mama mani is still going strong :)

5 | The birthday presents have started to come my way ready for Sunday and although I might feel old, the presents will help to soften the blow. I'll do a birthday weekend recap on Monday so keep your eyes peeled :)

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Have a great weekend; I know I will!
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