Saturday, 25 June 2011

Off on holiday!

These lovely bunch of people and I are off to Spain today for ten days. So I will be a MIA until July 5th. I will blog more when I am back.


Friday, 24 June 2011


I go on holiday this weekend and I like things to be made easy so I can be lazy. I had a really crap shift yesterday so now I can't flipping wait to get away! One of my friends said it's a good idea to get your legs waxed before you go away. It means you don't have to shave and saves you one more thing to do.

What the heck? I'll give it a go I thought. I don't know if many of you do it but I hated every minute of it. The woman took ages to do it as she was so busy talking haha and my legs were SO red afterwards. I came home and my mum said my legs looked like a plucked chicken. Cheers for that Mum. Anyone else tried it?

via google.

One of the pros of regular waxing is that it makes the hairs more finer and grow far less quickly so I totally get why people do it. I also hated the fact you need about 3 weeks of hair growth to wax with anyway - I couldn't wear skirts, tights or anything kinda girly to me because I was so self concious people could see my Gorilla show! I think I'll stick to shaving, it's cheaper and a lot more convenient for me. In saying that since the redness has gone down my legs feel amazing and are so soft!!! I may change my tune in a couple of days if this 'nice-leg-feeling' stays put. Here's to hoping :)

Are you a waxer or a shaver?

Sunday, 19 June 2011


Dear Dad,

Happy Father's Day! I hope you like the sweetie jar I made you. It's amazing how far a jar, sweets and some blue ribbon can take you. I know we don't have the closest relationship and I wish it were different. However, it does not mean I don't appreciate you. I do, tremendously.

Over the past year one my friends dad's has died, one of my friends dad's has had an affair and left her family and another says he hates his dad so much he'd rather see the back of him. It has got me thinking a lot about our relationship, particularly as I read many cards and blog posts dedicated to how close people are to their father's. Although, I don't feel that way there are so many things I cherish about you.

I could never imagine life without you. You would never hurt mum or us intentionally and I could never hate you. I feel that in itself shows you mean a great deal. Mum says the reason why you can be 'difficult' sometimes is because your're an only child and had very protective parents so you struggle to communicate well etc. I understand that but I do wish we could talk more, that things wouldn't be so awkward and that we could make lots of conversation instead of sentences. 

I love this picture. It's that smile you wear in it that I love best and when I see it nowadays I know that is when your're really happy. Although, things can be strained sometimes between us there are many things I love best about you.

Your so honest and are not afraid to say exactly what you think. I got that from you, thank you because I need it a lot. You have told me several times you are proud of me, thank you. When I first walk in the door from work you are the first person to ask me how my day was, thank you. I know you struggled raising four kids but you treat us individually, thank you. I love how much you treasure Mum, thank you because when we all leave home she will need you more than you'll know. 

The biggest lesson you have taught me is 'money doesn't grow on trees' and even though I HATED you telling me that as a teen. I live by it day by day now because your're right. It is the best feeling to buy something, make something or gain something that you know you earned and did yourself. You get back what you put into the world and I have got that from you, thank you.

There are many things in my 22 years that I have learnt from you, more than you realise. I know you love me, even if you have a funny way of showing it sometimes I know you do. I'm graduating next month and the fact that you have taken the day off work to come means the world to me. It makes up for all the sports days, parents evenings and ballet recitals you missed when I was growing up. Thank you in advance for coming!

I hope you enjoy one of the few days of the year dedicated to you. As I know there are people who today who are missing their Dad's so much. I am grateful you are around to say this:

Thank you for being my dad.


Monday, 13 June 2011

Haste Ye Back Scotland.

Last week I went on my mini holiday to Edinburgh, Scotland. I really enjoyed myself and would love to return back someday. I saw, explored and packed so much into 4 days it's incredible. As expected it was a little chilly compared to my southern England climate but to be fair - that's Scotland for you!

On our first day we went and visited Edinburgh Castle. I remember learning about many events and monarchs from History at school. It was neat to finally go there and it is the focal point to Edinburgh itself. It's so timeless and stunning in the backdrop! You can't not visit it.

Then in the evening I got to meet a blog friend Laura Anne! I have to say this was one of my highlights of the trip. She was so lovely and I could speak so honestly with her. We went on a Witchery Ghost tour of Edinburgh which was entertaining. Plus, she introduced me to chippin' sauce - chips will never be the same again. I'm glad we're not just IRL buddies. Thanks Laura Anne for being so kind and being my ultimate tour guide!

I also got caught out by this stuff. It happens a fair bit in Scotland I hear. It seemed to follow James and I wherever we went.

In the first photo (of the rain) the backdrop was my favourite part of Edinburgh. Arthur's seat. I read about Arthur's Seat in a book called One Day by David Nicholls. The way he described it made me want to climb it and go there. I was not disappointed, the views were BEAUTIFUL! They overlooked all of Edinburgh and you almost started day dreaming looking at the scenery. 

There's an old tale with Arthur's seat that every year on 01 May before dawn you need to climb to the top and wash your face as sunlight creeps over the seat. It is only then you achieve everlasting beauty!

We also went shopping which was really nice and enjoyed having ice cream in the gardens. We also went to Edinburgh Dungeons which was fun as well. On our last day we decided to do a tour of all of Edinburgh on one of their many open top buses. And guess what?

It rained. Umbrella ready - we left Edinburgh in style! 

It was certainly a trip to remember. I loved every minute of it and quite fancied a Scottish accent on departure. Shame my attempts always came out Geordie! (Newcastle).

Friday, 10 June 2011

For Patrice.

I have been toying over whether or not to blog about this because this post comes with a heavy heart. Yet, I really feel the need to, purely for peace of mind and as a way to show I care.

I have blogged before about Patrice. She's an awesome blogger and one of the very first blogs I started following. She knows this but she has this ability to make you laugh, cry and feel like your in the room with her when reading one of her posts. I wish I could do that. Over the past 19 months Patrice's sister Anna has been fighting cancer. Ewings Sarcoma, a type of bone cancer. It has been a literal roller-coaster of emotions and Patrice has so movingly blogged throughout all of it.

Anna passed away on Wednesday. She was 18. 

When I found out I cried. I have never met Patrice or Anna but I was just gutted for them. I have followed Anna and her families journey since November 2009. When you become involved in the hope of wishing for someone to get better you can't help but get very emotional and attached. Especially when's it's the outcome you always feared. Cancer sucks and I wish it did not exist! It makes me angry that so many are affected. However, I am a firm believer that some good has to come out of something so terrible.

To me Anna did not lose her battle with cancer. She won in the face of it and has created this amazing legacy which I know the Basso's will be so proud of.
  • Anna got to graduate last month when cancer didn't want her to.
  • Anna's illness inspired her school to hold blood donation drives. Thanks to Anna loads more people are donating blood. It is such an accomplishment. 
  • Anna was able to go to prom and get prom queen :)
  • An AWESOME campaign called '1 million 4 Anna' was set up. The aim was to achieve 1 million prayers for Anna and at the beginning of this month it was reached. One million prayers for one person, that's incredible! (can you leave your prayers here? - they're still counting them!)
  • Anna had the most amazing friends who made this sweet video to one of Anna's favourite songs. 
    She achieved so much and certainly gave cancer a run for it's money. I wish Anna survived and I wish I could be there for Patrice in more ways than this. I just want Patrice to know that we are all here and she is never alone. Anna will always keep floating and we'll keep floating along with you Patrice.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

While I'm Away.

Today I will be wrapping up my last day in Edinburgh, Scotland. I'll do a post about the trip soon.

In the mean time I did a guest post for my friend Tamara aka Starlight on her blog here. It's about the importance of studying and why it's been crucial in my life. Go check it out and see what you think. Thanks again Starlight!

Will blog again soon.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

I hate goodbyes.

I hate saying goodbye to people. I just hate it, even when I know it's for the best. I think I have introduced my friend Sacha on my blog a fair few times. I helped organise her engagement bbq, announced her pregnancy last November, threw her surprise baby/bridal shower in April and celebrated her wedding to Kevin that same month.

Our first drinks out - 2007

Tomorrow she leaves to move up north with husband and baby bump (Caleb) in tow. I'm really going to miss her. I remember when she arrived in Surrey 4 years ago. She was this shy and quiet girl. I remember thinking it would be hard to get anything out of her. So I invited her out for drinks with my girlfriends our age and as they say....the rest was history. I have seen her blossom from this 18 year old Irish chick. To this fun loving wife and yummy mummy to be! It astounds me the changes she has made and I feel so lucky to have seen it.

Surprising Sacha on her 21st birthday - 2010.

Tonight when we got up from the table it actually hit me that the next time I see her will be in a different place and she'll have a baby. I am quite good at hiding my feelings when saying goodbye to people. I leave my tears til when the doors have closed and I am on my own.

Her wedding - April 2011.

I am on my own now and I am crying. She is one of these girls that I see once a month and I can spend hours talking to her about anything and everything. I treasure her, I really do! And I thank her for letting me be apart of all the big milestones she has reached in her life. I cannot wait to cuddle her little baby in July. 

It isn't goodbye really. I know's see you soon. I'm just going to miss her a tonne and this feeling really sucks.

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