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Happy Birthday to me!

It’s not my actual birthday but I have just had a notification to say that this blog is now 1 year old! Thanks to anyone who’s been reading, welcome to anyone new reading! Hopefully this time next year I’ll still be around and able to celebrate the time with more followers! πŸŽπŸŽ‰πŸŽπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚πŸΈ
Ktkinnes xxx

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Carmilla – think “Dracula with lesbians”

So what I first started this blog, I wrote reviews and other things that weren’t just my ramblings. Going back to basics, I thought I’d recommend a new series for you all to watch. So far there are 45 episodes (the latest coming out just 15 minutes ago) but have no fear – they’re between 3 and 8 minutes long! It’s a YouTube series called Carmilla. Basic summary is Laura’s roommate goes missing after a night out and Laura uses her video blog to keep the rest of Silas University up to date on the search for the missing Betty. However, the university does nothing to help and allocates Laura a new roommate – Carmilla. Without giving too much away, this show is basically Vampires and Lesbians. It is a modern take on the novella Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu. I’ve decided this shall be one of my holiday reads so I’ll let you know how it goes. 

Two of my friends at uni introduced me to this series and now every Tuesday and Thursday I eagerly await 22:30 GMT even to see the 3 minute clip of my new favourite show. It even tops 24! Now on its second season, Carmilla is introducing yet more characters and its fanbase is growing daily. Give it a try! It mightn’t be your cup of tea but I’d definitely say give it a few episodes before you rule it out. Natasha Negovanlis is stunning even before you see her in leather trousers. Add into it the beautiful Elise Bauman and you really can’t fault it. Or maybe that’s just me… But feel free to let me know! πŸ™‚ or if you have any other suggestions, please comment below! I’d love for you to get to know me better so feel free to suggest any topics or questions you would like me to answer πŸ™‚
Thanks once again to anyone who’s made it this far!
Ktkinnes xx

Episode 1

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Strawberries and Cream time!

Good morning everyone! πŸ™‚ Anyone reading in the UK will be aware that as of yesterday, BBC1 and BBC2 became over run with Wimbledon. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

Every year the BBC dedicate 2 weeks to the tennis, with multiple shoes being either moved or cancelled. They focus on Andy Murray and how he’s “British number one” for the majority of the time, whether it’s during the commentary or on the news. As he starts his campaign to win Wimbledon today, I began to wonder where this skepticism of the media came from. We all know “British when he’s winning, Scottish when he’s not” but what exactly does this mean? Growing up in Northern Ireland lead to me being taught the different in each term that is used in connection with the United Kingdom and it taught me that I am not Irish. Here’s a brief summary

Britain – England and Wales

Great Britain – England, Wales and Scotland

United Kingdom – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

This of course lead to some interesting discussions at the kitchen table in uni over the year. One person didn’t know if Belfast was Northern Ireland or if it was Dublin in the north so asked me what it was like “being from Dublinfast”. We had a good laugh at that. But in all seriousness, what can I identify as? Throughout the year I came to realise that labels aren’t at all important, we are what we are and as long as we are happy why do we have to label ourselves to others. However, national identity is important. Ask a Scottish person if they’re English and you might be introduced to a Glasgow Kiss! (Note, this is a rather painful headbutt on the nose) So am I British? Am I Irish? I think I’m actually neither. How can I be British if I’m not part of Britain or Great Britain? But I’m certainly not Irish. And why, on forms, are we only given these options?
Now that I’ve questioned my nationality, I think it’s time to bring this post that was meant to be about Wimbledon to an end. Andy, whatever you classify yourself as, good luck today in your match against Mikhail Kukushkin! Fingers crossed you’ll win!
Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

Ktkinnes xx

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Packing

So continuing along the theme of the holiday, I realised when I woke up today that this is my only full day off work before go on holiday. I have mornings off over the next few days but really I would prefer to be mostly packed today.
Everyone has different ways of preparing for these things. My sister prefers to just open her wardrobe and throw in anything and everything. My dad likes to know in advance but pack it all at the last minute. Mum starts weeks in advance but regularly empties the case and changes everything in it. My method is to write lists. A list for the case, the hand luggage, makeup bags, wash bag and what can’t be packed until the day of departure. Normally this works out for me and somehow I never go over the weight limit, regardless of how many shoes I pack! 
This year, I started by using the app I talked about last year – TripList 4. Here’s the link if you’re interested. https://appsto.re/gb/PwZHP.i
The app is great in my opinion! It has suggestions on it in each section and also allows you to add your own to personalise it. It also will sync with your other devices so you don’t have to run down your battery on your phone all the time. Last year it was brilliant for me for when I panicked about not being ready on time. This year, however, I resorted to my usual habit of a list on the computer. Nothing against the app though, I just decided if I could print off a copy of the list, it would remind me when shopping that I still had things to buy. I’m not the type to look at my phone when shopping.
Who knows, maybe by the end of today I’ll have the majority of the packing done! But for now I’d better get up and get started. 
Thanks again for reading! Follow for a follow 😊
Ktkinnes xx

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So I’m sitting watching Lionel Ritchie singing at Glastonbury from the comfort of my reclining chair and found myself wondering, why do people like camping? Is it something to do with the freedom? Or something to do with our history of being nomads? Because I know sleeping on the ground in a cold, damp tent certainly doesn’t appeal to me!

Now don’t get me wrong, I did my Silver Duke of Edinburgh and thoroughly enjoyed myself, but I wouldn’t put others through the torture of waiting for me again. Suffice to say, I was a very slow walker. I enjoy looking at the scenery and the peace of being in the Mourne Mountains but I definitely appreciated my bed when I got back.

Continuing with Glastonbury, I wanted to ask anyone reading this for music advice? Once again we leave for Ibiza soon (back to the same hotel actually!) and I had hoped to update my music in case, like last year, I have to demonstrate my singing skills (which are very very basic) on at beach at 4am. So yes, feel free to comment below with any suggestions! πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

Ktkinnes x

  

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Hello again!

Hello once again! I apologise for the complete lack of posts this year and what a year it has been! Currently getting ready for work and decided to update you all. First year uni was great! Met some amazing people, discovered that 2 bottles of wine in one night leads to a serious hangover and realised that I really want to be a teacher.

People say you can’t pick your family but you can pick your friends but my new friends have become my family (clichΓ© I know) with me as Mother apparently. Don’t know how they came to that conclusion. They in turn introduced more people to the group and while I know we won’t all keep in touch, we now have a wide range of people to fall back on in an emergency or if you need to talk.

The two bottles of wine in one night weren’t the only drinks that particular party… An 18th birthday party went slightly crazy and it was fantastic. Should’ve known it was going to be when I was half way through the bottle before the party even started. Suffice to say, before we made it out to the club I had downed 2 bottles of white wine, 3 shots of whiskey, 7 shots of vodka and a few rum and cokes. Falling in the club and wrecking my ankle lead to more drinking – alcohol counts as a painkiller, right? – and showing up to an exam the next day still drunk. Definitely going to be a night I remember!

To round off the first year, I did 7 days of work experience in my old primary school and loved every minute of it. It was strange seeing all my old teachers and being called by my surname by children only 8 years younger than me. Can’t wait to get my degree and get to work!

But now I’m running late so had better go, just thought I’d update you πŸ™‚

Also, 24 is the best show in the world!