Monday, 30 July 2012

Olympics are HERE!!!

I'm so HAPPY the Olympics are finally here. I might be a little biased but wasn't the opening ceremony phenomenal?! I really think we welcomed the world to what the UK have to offer brilliantly. I felt very patriotic watching the show seeing our history, the music, the Queen, Mr Bean, the fireworks and how the cauldron came together. I know it wasn't everyone's cup of tea (thank you Washington Post for your honest but slightly harsh comments!) but I'd love to know what you guys thought?!

I have always loved the Olympics. I enjoy watching genuine talent. These athletes and performers have trained for years to compete in these events, some that only last a day! I mean to train for 7 years to compete for just a one day event!? It's incredible and they deserve more credit than, in my opinion, those overpaid idiots on a football field. 

It's really the worlds moment to shine with these guys trying to win medals for your country. The motto of the Olympics is to "Inspire a Generation" and I truly believe that London 2012 have already done that. Hopefully I can speak on behalf of the UK to say how hosting this event has been such a honour for us! 

Yesterday I got to go to Eton Dorney Lake to see the Rowing. I had to be up at 5am in order to gain access to get there as many roads were closed off. I was tired, moody, hungry and although excited I just wanted my bed. When we got there though my mood totally changed. Seeing all the union jack flags, hearing different accents from people who have flown all around the world to see the Olympics and just the general vibe was amazing!!! The Rowing had me on the edge of my seat when Team GB were competing for their chance to go through to the quarter finals. (Well done Team GB we got in by pipping NZ to the post by 0.7 seconds, apart from the women's 8's of which USA won and so they should have, They were a powerhouse!). It was an awesome day and one I will NEVER forget. Who in their lifetime gets to say 'I went and saw the Olympics' - great morning!

Team GB practising for the heats.

Simon's aunty and cousins came over from Canada for the Olympics. 

Most of all, in a time where the world is going through some hard times like terrorism, natural disasters, illness and political corruption. Hopefully sitting in front of your television or being in the audience here in the UK will help people realise how much good there is in the world, how much talent there is on offer and proving it's not how you win at things in life but ultimately how you conquer it. 

Enjoy the games everyone. 

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Something to amuse you.

I saw this on Facebook the other day and could not help but think it was funny. I had to share - if you excuse some of the cursing.

I now cant help but think about when a Dog watches a washing machine in action that it think's it's watching a hurricane! Brilliant!.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Last Day.

Tonight I work my last shift at my current job. I'm having mixed feelings. I am seriously in need of something new but I am also going to miss my work colleagues so much.

As much as the job has been stressful I have enjoyed every second and I have learnt so much. I'm excited to take what I have learnt and put it into something new. Sadly, I am leaving at a low time. I can't say too much but my place of work received a complaint from a patient of which I am apart of and the last few weeks have been rough. I have never been so upset at work in my life. I keep thinking worst case scenario (i.e I could lose my job over this if it isn't handled well) and most of all I feel like I have completely failed at my job because of this. I'd never dream of upsetting anyone intentionally!

I'm trying to stay strong and see this new job as a new turning page but I can't help thinking that for me to receive a complaint from a patient that I must be doing something wrong? That I'm not in the right job or something. I just feel my confidence has taken a serious knock which is such a shame to leave this job with :(.

On the whole I look back at my time at my hospital with fond memories. I have been there 5 years and it's flown by!!! I did my 3 year training there and my first job post qualifying will always remain there too. I will always be so thankful to them!

Thank you guys. The last 2 years have been a huge learning curve but a real blessing too. I will miss the whole of the team so much!

Monday, 23 July 2012

Lake District

I'm finally getting round to posting about the Lake District a week after we got back.

I have to say that the Lake District is hands down the prettiest place in Britain. It is SO picturesque, quiet and has lots to do. I love places like Cornwall and the Isle of Wight but they're also really touristy. The Lake District is but it is so spaced out and almost mountainous that you quite often have the lakes and beautiful surrounding to yourselves!

What I would give to be back there! How can you beat a view like it?!

Simon made a little video of it because I wanted to share all the pictures with you. It's so hard to choose some just for one post. 

Some of my favourite moments (that you see in the slideshow).
  • BBQ on Crummock Water on the Sunday night. This was my favourite of the 10 lakes in the district. We had it all to ourselves, you could hear no cars or people. Plus, we had a paddle and the BBQ was nice too!
  • Bike riding around Derwent Water. I think this was the busiest Lake because it is right next door to Keswick (one of the main towns). We took our bikes up with us so it was a really active way to see parts of the Lake. We also took a boat ride on the Lake itself and had fish and chips next to the water :)
  • Visiting Beatrix Potter's house. On the way home we decided to visit Lake Windemere. It's the biggest and most popular lake in Cumbria. However, the weather was miserable! The rain and cloud was so bad that you could not really see the Lake through the rain/mist. However, as we drove through Windemere I saw a poster about how this was Beatrix Potter's favourite place. So I typed into google, got the address of where she lived and off we went! I'm so glad we got to see where she made her famous creations. I remember reading her books like Tale of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck when I was little. It was really special to go there!
  • Not having a set plan. Usually when I go away I like to make a little list or plan of what I want to see/do. Visiting Cumbria has been on my bucket list but we only booked it about 3 weeks ago so it was quite last minute. Most of the time Simon and I just drove between towns and that way we were able to go down some awesome country roads, see more lakes and steer clear of the touristy side.
We saw Cumbria at it's most authentic and we loved every second! I'd like to go back when I know the weather will be nice and sunny because you can swim in the Lakes and it would be awesome to do that!

In other news I finish my job on Thursday morning. I have 2 more shifts until my time on Kingfisher ends and 4 days until the Olympics. CANNOT WAIT!!!

P.s I know the you tube video doesn't work on this site but if you click through you can watch it there. Sorry I am trying to fix it. 

Friday, 20 July 2012

Why I NEED to travel.

This past weekend Simon and I went to the Lake District in Cumbria (north England). I will blog about our beautiful time there asap. When I mentioned this to the girls at work or their friends (and twitter). I got the same response I got when I said I was going to California, to Cornwall and to Aussie. 

"Going away again?!"
"All you seem to do its go on holiday"
"Do you actually work?"
"Your are on a perma-holiday"

And I sigh.

Simply because I don't really have an explanation as to why I feel the need to go to places all the time. It's not that I hate where I live. It's more that I know there is so much out there to see and do. But my response is usually half heartedly a *giggle* and then say "yeah I guess".

Then the other day I saw this quote and it explains why travelling is so important to me perfectly.

George Orwell once said how childhood "often creates a false map of the world, but it's the only map we have. And no matter how old we are at the first sign on trouble, a need for change or to fill an empty space, we take off running for those fabulous countries."

Although I love England and it will always be my home. I do feel there is a gap on my map of the world that I haven't explored. This quote is so true because when I was little I would hear of these "paradise islands" that people used to go to relax. Or these adventure holidays where people went to seek thrill and it is only now that I am adult and have a good conception of what "life" can be like. That I refuse to waste it saying "I wish I could go there".

Because in simple terms.

You can.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

The Middle Place

I am not sure whether it is the summer months (although the word "summer" in the UK at the moment is debatable). Or whether I tend to feel more relaxed in "summer" that I just become a book worm. My Mum has said since I was little girl that as soon as the clocks turned forward I just loved to read and then as soon as the clocks turned back for winter I just was not that interested!

"Summer" has come again and I am now officially a book worm once more. I have read quite a few books this summer. They have mainly been Nicholas Sparks books because he's quite light, they're romantic and easy to read. I am halfway through the 50 shades trilogy (I'll put a little side note about that at the end of this post) but I wanted to blog about another book that I REALLY think should be on your bookshelves everyone!

The Middle Place: By Kelly Corrigan. 

It is about a mid thirties, married and mum of two young girls, who finds out she has breast cancer. Then halfway through her treatment her hero (her Dad) is diagnosed with bladder cancer for the third time. It was exceptional reading!

I first came into awareness of this book from a patient I was looking after. I know you should not have favourites for patients but she was so lovely, her family had hearts of gold and she was so pleasant. There was just one thing that broke my heart.

She was dying of cancer. In fact, she sadly passed away last week.

When she was in my care she was reading this book and urged me to read it too. She said it made cancer "funny" and the stories the author mentioned were some she completely related to. Also, another reason she enjoyed reading it was because the book had no faith based background. I remember when I read "Same Kind of Different As Me" (which I also recommend you read) but it was a book that involved a lot of Christianity and references to the Bible, which in simple terms I don't get or relate to. 

This book has none of that, which I found really refreshing. Kelly Corrigan goes through her despair, how she relished the simple moments like when her husband plays her Guitar, how fish don't have noses (they have fish-noses according to her two year old) and my favourite aspect was her adoration for her Dad!

It was truly heart warming to read and makes you see someone's journey to remission in a totally different light. I see cancer a lot. But I see people when they're really sick with it or dying of it. I don't get the see the heroes that helped them in life before cancer struck, the person they were before chemotherapy began or the realisation "that they will always be someone else's daughter/son, mum/dad or sister/brother". It really hit home to me that however you're affected by cancer in your lifetime. You simply cant let cancer have it's way!

So if you have an empty gap on your book shelf I really recommend this.

In a small note to 50 shades - the first book made for uncomfortable reading and it isn't written very well either. I like the idea of the dark side of sex and how Ana is so affected. I am onto the second book which is better. I don't recommend buying but if someone has the book then borrow it to see what it's like. So far it is not worth the money!

Any other good summer reads?!

Monday, 9 July 2012


When I was little at school there were these 'fads' of things that were popular. Anyone remember when Pokemon cards, Micro Scooters and Tamagotchis were really popular?! I'll never forget (I was about 9/10) my Mum getting up early one Saturday morning heading to Toys R Us first thing to grab me a Tamagotchi. The excitement of having one lasted about a month until the next thing came along.

I guess that happens even in Adulthood now, we just fail to realise it cause we're the ones buying it. But I have to say I have got to a point where I refuse to "fall for the fad". For instance Converses were so popular a couple of years ago and then Super Dry etc. My real pet hate was Twilight?! I have never tried to read a more stupid book and was bored of the whole "what team are you on Edward or Jacob?" and seeing people's faces when I responded saying "I tried reading it but got bored- YES BORED!"

The only thing I guess I really fell for were Ugg boots. But I bought mine for about £60 and then a month later they doubled in price as they were the newest thing you had to have on the scene. At the time of buying them I hadn't realised they were so popular.

So yeah that not falling for the fad thing did work

Guilty as charged. This book is sweeping the UK at the moment! Is it the same in other parts of the world?! So much so that I went into my local food store the other day and when I first arrived a man was stacking these books. When I went to pay for my items the first book of this trilogy was empty. The shelf was bare and I was only in there 20 minutes. Crazy huh?!

I started it this morning and I have to say I am quite taken with it so far. It is renowned for it's erotic nature but the storyline seems really different to a lot of books I have read. This is the 'blurb'...

"When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating.  Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind – until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.
The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him.  Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her too – but on his own terms.
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success – his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving adoptive family – Grey is man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny."

Anyone read this book? What fads have you fallen for in the past or now even?

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Henley Regatta

On Saturday I went to Henley Regatta. It's a formal boat racing day and you see teams from all over the world race against each other. I'll be honest I do not know the first thing about rowing or even boat races. But it was a fun day out where we ate, drank, dressed up and spent the day in good conversation!

What's annoying is my camera ran out of battery. I knew I should have checked it Saturday and so did Simon's Mum's camera pack up too grr! So the only few pictures we have are on phones. Below is a picture (with my eyes closed) of Si and I. I LOVED my dress and I liked having my hair curly for a change!

This was along the River Thames on Henley at the start of the boat races. We saw a few races and I have to say the power they have to row those boars - phenomenal.

The weather on the whole was good. It rained at first but then the sun came out. I even got a little sun burnt! I really enjoyed myself though and would love to go back next year!

And now it's July I can officially say the Olympics are THIS MONTH!!! So excited to host this to the world.
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