Monday, 26 July 2010

Graduation Ball.



Last Friday I had my graduation ball. I had made a bit hype about it because I could not find a dress. Thank you for all your help but every time I went to choose it would either be out of stock or not in my size. It was so frustrating and with a week left I still had no dress. Luckily I had a day off work and was determined to find a dress that 1) fitted me and 2) was in stock. However, luck was on my side as I found a dress and it was reduced in sale - bargain!


I had a brilliant time - words cannot describe how much fun I had. It was great to be in a room full of people I have shared the past three years with. At the end of the night the last song that played was the siong from Dirty Dancing. It summed up everything so perfectly.


I've had the time of my life.


I had my hair styled beautifully. Thank you Sheryl!


We ended up being 45 minutes late because we were having so much fun getting ready. I love this picture.

This is my uni pal Vicky. I have done the majority of my nursing rotations with. I am so pleased she will only be a couple of corridors away from me when we are working as staff nurses.

I have to give a mention about my friend Dan. I wish I had got to know him sooner. He has never failed to put a smile on my face. He makes me laugh until my sides hurt. He has been a blessing during the times I have struggled.

My favourite <3

Me, Sarah and Katie met on our first day at university and stuck together since. We have gone through everything together during our course and I love them both so much. We started it together, ended it together and I am SO excited to see what their careers hold.


I get my results next Thursday but it was a brilliant way to finish a course that has given me so many tears but amazing pride. It has all been worth it every step of the way.


I've had the time of my life.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

More than 5 films...better than 2009!

One of the things I made certain for 2010 was to go out more and see more films, theatre and read books. I did a post in January about the films I was so excited about coming out this year.


In 2009 I went to the cinema 5 times (I cannot believe I can count that on one hand). I can happily say it has been more than that in the first half of year. I thought I would review the films I have seen this year. Feel free to discuss whether you agree or not :)

Alice in Wonderland - I am not really a fan of Tim Burton films because of the way he makes everything come across quite 'dark'. I did not enjoy his version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at all. I wish I could say it was brilliant but it was 'so so' - the book really captures your imagination and there is a real magical element to the writing. This did not reflect in the film. The cast was really impressive and there were some funny moments. I have not bought this film on DVD since it has been out and I probably won't either.

The Blind Side - This tugged at my heart strings and just made me realise how lucky I am. I love films that do that. This has been one of my favourite films to see this year. The plot, characters, accents and the relationships penetrated the screen. One of my favourite parts is where Michael is introduced to his new bedroom and says "I've never had one of these before." Then before he has a chance to say any more his new Mum (Leigh Anne) voices "what a bedroom?" and all Michael can say is "no a bed." I don't think there has been a night where I have gone to bed and not thought about that scene.



Date Night - Steve Carell and Tina Fey were a hoot in this film. It is a perfect date night movie. It started off really funny but as the film progressed it got a little less. However, there were some scenes that cracked me up like the "sexy" pole dancing scene. It is one of those "you had to be watching  it" films when explaining it to others. It wasn't amazing but it wasn't a total miss either. A light hearted film about how a couple's date night gets completely ruined and how they try to fix it.

Shrek Forever After - I think the character of 'Donkey' is one of the funniest characters ever written and is by far one of my favourite films. I did not have high expectations because I thought the third instalment was rather pants. But I did really enjoy it and Donkey and Puss were comedic as ever. I saw it in 3D which made it a bit more fun! I did not really get the point of Rumplestiltskin to be honest but I am pleased at where it has ended. No more Shrek films need to made but I really enjoyed it nonetheless. 


The Last Song - I LOVE Nicholas Sparks books and was so eager to see the film. I was until Miley Cyrus was cast as the main lead. She has no acting bone in her body and I really dislike her personality in interviews, shows etc. Therefore, I judged this film before I saw it. Miley Cyrus could not act but the producers of the film really captured the book so well! I was brought to tears so many times whilst watching it. I don't want to ruin the plot but it is a sad film that centres around cancer and rebuilding broken relationships. It makes you think 'live everyday as if it were your last and have no regrets.'


Letters to Juliet - This was a last minute film choice and when I sat down in the cinema I had no clue what the film was about. I was pleasantly surprised! In simple terms it is about this girl (Sophie) who goes to Verona and visits Romeo and Juliet's balcony. There is a wall there where people leave letters for Juliet daily. She then meets a group of women who respond to the letters. Sophie then finds a letter from 50 years ago and responds. From that moment she meets Claire and they go in search of her Romeo that she met 50 years before. It was a real feel good girly film! The musicality, acting and Italian scenery was beautiful. Since seeing this film I have added 'visit Italy' to my bucket list.


Inception - I think this is the latest summer blockbuster which has stormed into the box office. I had to be persuaded for days by my friend James to see this. Psychological action thrillers just are not my cup of tea. I would explain what it is about but I feel I would confuse you. I did enjoy it and it had me firmly fixed to the screen throughout. But it is a film that makes you think and I personally I hate that. I go to the cinema to sit back and relax not think "right so if that person is incepting that dream, he must be incepting that dream." - see it makes you over think haha.  However I have to say the special effects were out of this world. I would see it again just to see that!

Toy Story 3 - This is the film I have been most excited about seeing!!! :) The Toy Story movies are my favourite Pixar animation films. The plots, cast, animations and humour are fantastic. I loved every second and I don't think there was a scene where I didn't laugh out loud.  The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care centre instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return homeI saw it in 3D and I had my glasses off for most of it because there wasn't much 3D in it. In saying that it just made my evening, some of the one liners were cracking and I am going to see it again (and again)!!!






If you have seen any of these films what did you think?! I am still eagerly awaiting Despicable Me, Harry Potter, The Other Guys, Megamind and Grown Ups.

Friday, 16 July 2010

Penmanship

I have a really stupid confession to make. Well, it is not really a confession just an observation I have made lately.


I can never have just one style of handwriting.


It is just something I have noticed over the years. My parents, best friends, the nurses I work with and even my doctor has always had the same style of writing but I haven't.


I always feel the need to change it, to be different. As observed from examples in my project 365.


I went through a phase earlier this year where my writing was really narrow and quite symmetrical.


Then in April I went through a period where it was less smudged together. The spacing was more separated and I guess more readable.


Last month, and to this day, my handwriting is more flowy and less conjoined. It has a more 'wavy' effect.

I have no idea why I change my handwriting quite so often but it is always a couple of times every year. I just find it odd that I feel I have to change mine routinely, and others accept that their handwriting as apart of them whether they like it or not. Yeah...I am weird haha :)

Anyone the same?


Saturday, 3 July 2010

A Catch Up.

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I have been such a busy bee lately I feel like I have been neglecting my blog a lot. I have still managed to keep up with reading some of my favourite blogs though so that's a plus =]. I just thought I would do a catch up post!

  • Firstly, thank you so much for all your help on the dress situation for my graduation ball. It is 3 weeks away and I still do not have a dress. I decided to go with number #1 - which is what a lot of you really liked. However, it has gone out of stock, how typical!!! So I am back to square one! After much soul searching on the internet and in shops I have come down to two more. So which one do you prefer?! It will definitely be either of these ones - I'm sorry I can't try them on!

  • My parents have gone on holiday for ten days to the Mediterranean. They are having a lovely time. Sadly, their apartment was burgled the other night and luckily the thieves only got away with very little money.  Although I was annoyed, I am glad they are not letting it ruin their holiday. They deserve time away from us!
  • In saying that I am struggling with my parents being away, especially without my Mum! I am responsible for looking after my younger brother and sister at the moment. Since they do not drive I am essentially their taxi driver and whilst working long hours I am exhausted. Whenever my Mum goes away I just develop even more appreciation for what she does. Please note exhibit A...

Exhibit A.

I hate washing and the washing just seems to appear out of nowhere. It has come to the point where I have just left the clean washing on a bed to be sorted when I have time. I hate it!
  • The weather has been glorious the past couple of weeks in England. I had a BBQ last night. I have been saying to the guys all summer I will have a big BBQ round mine and I finally did it last night. It was so nice to have them round, watch films, eat food, banter, play games and listen to music. We did not get to bed until around 3am. I just love them all so much and feel so blessed!
James, Andy, Chris, Jim and Danny.
  • A couple of weeks ago I decided to use some of my monthly wages on a gym membership. I just want to feel fitter and not so sluggish. My shift work really gets my body clock out of sync sometimes and I just feel really lethargic. I joined LA fitness last week and so far I am enjoying it. I feel so refreshed after a work out which I thought were words I would never utter out of my mouth. 
  • I have been following Patrice's blog for a while now and was really gutted when her younger sister was diagnosed with bone cancer last November. Well this week Anna finished her treatment and is awaiting scans to see how effective it has been. Patrice has documented her sisters journey so movingly. I have been brought to tears on so many of her posts. Her family are just amazing and the support they have received has been out of this world. So please pray (you can pledge a prayer for Anna here) and have hope that everything will work out positively for Patrice, her family and especially Anna!
  • Finally, in 5 weeks time I will qualify as a staff nurse. As long as I get my sign off onto the nursing register and pass my dissertation then I should be a qualified nurse this time next month. I just cannot wait! It has been a long tiring and fantastic three years of training. The end is so nearly here and I going to cross that finish line with a BSc honours degree in Adult Nursing =]
I will be back soon. Have a lovely weekend and for all my American friends have a brilliant fourth of July celebration.
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