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Thoughtful Thursday

A non-doer is very often a critic-that is, someone who sits back and watches doers, and then waxes philosophically about how the doers are doing. It’s easy to be a critic, but being a doer requires effort, risk, and change.
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Well, Life with Ktkinnes is officially 2 years old today! How time flies… Thank you to everyone who’s following, whether you’ve been here from the start or just arrived, your follows and likes are very much appreciated.

I’ve been trying to think of something to do to celebrate 2 years of blogging but if I’m being honest I’m not quite sure what to do. A competition? A giveaway? A special post? It would be great to hear any ideas you have so please please please send them in! I can be found at the usual spots of Twitter (@kvburton657), email (kvburton657@gmail.com or katiekinnes@msn.com) or leave a comment below!

 

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday’s Quote of the Day was quite an interesting one, and it certainly got me thinking. Personally, I think I’m a non-doer. I talk about doing things and then never do, or give up after a certain amount of time. However, blogging is something I thought I would get bored with very quickly and yet here I am! If only I was as dedicated to revision as I am my blog…  Which are you, a doer or a non-doer? Can you be a mix of both?

 

It’s been a long week, and it’s about to get more interesting. One granny is coming to visit this afternoon while Rachel’s boyfriend is here (he was meant to be here at 11:30am but only woke up about half an hour ago so the likelihood is he’ll be here around 1:30pm instead), tomorrow will be Rachel’s last-minute shopping that needs done before she leaves on Saturday night to go to Romania with Habitat for Humanity to build houses for people. Saturday is also my other granny’s 85th birthday – it’s the year of big birthdays! Speaking of which, I’d better get started on sorting Rachel’s 18th birthday presents… Can anyone remember which blog post I mentioned them in?

 

Anyway, have a great day whatever you get up to!

 

Ktkinnes xx

Posted in Lifestyle, TV, Wishful Wednesday

Wishful Wednesday and other such news.

Okay before I begin tonight, I just want to apologise for my complete lack of posting over the past 2 weeks. Again, there’s been no real reason for it except I’m revising for resits and too lazy to write the posts earlier. Although I suppose when I first started out blogging I never intended to blog every day unless there was something worth saying.


So once again, sorry! Especially if you’ve been looking for me recently. I’ve recently started watching Scandal, especially when revising. Mary kept telling me to watch it, especially since I love Greys Anatomy and How To Get Away With Murder. How right she was! Kerry Washington stars as Olivia Pope, a so-called lawyer who acts as a “fixer” for the rich and famous (sometimes infamous) of Washington D.C. It’s a great show and I can’t honestly think of a show I’d rather be watching. 

If I’m being honest, my love for all things presidential at the minute definitely adds to the reasons I’m enjoying Scandal. However, I love seeing actors and actresses from other shows that I’ve watched appearing in different roles. An example of this would be Jeff Perry. He’s a fantastic actor. I enjoyed watching him act Thatcher Grey in Grey’s Anatomy, but now I adore him as Cyrus Bean in Scandal. I don’t want to give anything away really but Cyrus and his husband are so cute together and Jeff’s acting moved me to tears today at a certain point in season 3 – no spoilers from anyone who’s seen it!
Now that I’ve covered my TV addict’s part of the post, I thought I’d move onto Wishful Wednesday. Unless you’d rather I stopped that? Again, I’m not really sure if you’re enjoying it so please please please send me some feedback! 
It’s been a long week. I’ve started revising morning, afternoon and night, with very little time for sleep or anything else for that matter. So for today’s Wishful Wednesday, I choose to pass these exams and graduate next summer. For obvious reasons (I hope) I want to pass these exams. After the exams, I will progress onto 3rd year. My desire to be a teacher is still going strong. Will I have to change the theme of my blog if/when that happens? Who knows. We’ll cross that bridge when it comes to it.
The past 10 days or so, as I’ve said, have mainly been spent revising. After a few days at the library, I switched to revising at home. Rachel finished her exams and to celebrate we had an Indian takeaway and watched The Lady In The Van. Now my rating of this isn’t very high, it was good but I’m not quite sure if it was good enough to deserve all the awards and praise it received. Definitely would rather have been watching Scandal. Rachel then went camping with Cameron for a few days in the rain, while the rest of us here in Lisburn went out for dinner which resulted in a rather interesting Sunday morning. Have I told you my uncle is living with us at the minute? I can’t really go into why or how at the minute so if I remember I’ll come back to it another time. 


Finally, it’s 17 days, 17 hours and 50 odd minutes until we set off for Ibiza! I’ve never been so excited to go on holiday. Brief throwback to this day last year when I wrote Packing. Can you believe my blog is 2 years old? However, please ignore the adds at the top of the picture. It would be a miracle if I was pregnant! 

I can’t believe it isn’t even 10 o’clock yet, I’m exhausted! Except before I go to sleep I still have some more revision to do. Blogging is a nice change. If I’m lucky, I’ll be going to sleep around 12:30am and get up again at 7ish to start over again. Why do I do this to myself? I swear to whatever anyone believes in, I will work even harder next year. I need to. 
So goodnight! Wish me luck with Nuclear and Particle Physics… Maybe it’ll send me to sleep 😂
Happy Hump Day!
Ktkinnes xx

Posted in Food, Lifestyle

Two for Tuesday!

Hello! Me again 😊 Not only is it Two for Tuesday because tonight I share 2 facts about myself, but this is also my 2nd post of the day. How about that? My posts are a bit like buses – none for ages then 2 come along at once.
My favourite meal is the first of tonight’s reveals. Now as it’s “meal”, I’m including starter, main, pudding and cheeses – yes cheese gets its own mention, what sort of lactose-tolerant, omnivore would I be if I didn’t like cheese?

The best starter has to be prawn cocktail with either a salad or a thick slice of fresh wheaten bread. I’ve recently started to put some avocado in there too! Definitely my all time favourite starter. Unless there’s something with goats cheese. Goats cheese always wins in the end…

Main course, and please wait a minute before passing any judgement, would definitely be scampi and chips from the Ramore Wine Bar in Portrush, here in Northern Ireland. There aren’t really any words that would explain why this is my favourite except that it’s tradition and when it’s cooked fresh beside the sea you can’t help but fall in love with it. Served with a nice portion of mushy peas and lots of vinegar and ketchup, there’s very little I can think of that makes me as happy as when that plate arrives in front of me…

Ramore Wine Bar, Portrush

All time favourite pudding would definitely be sticky toffee pudding served with honeycomb ice cream. Need I say anything else?

Now for my favourite course. I love cheese, can’t get enough of it. To be honest, for 10 months of the year it’s my main source of dairy as I tend to only eat natural yogurt with fruit during the summer months and I’m really not fond of milk. For years I would’ve told you that my favourite was either Brie or Camembert however this changed a couple of years ago. I was introduced to Stilton and marmalade on hovis biscuits and I promise you there is nothing better on this earth. You have to try it! I’ve now moved on to stronger blue cheeses as I love the salty tang from them. Again, I can never turn down goats cheese but it is rarely on my cheeseboard so I don’t count it in this list.
I love knitting. For years, Rachel and I would go visit our grandparents in County Fermanagh. After Granda died, we went more frequently but often found ourselves sitting inside a small bungalow with only basic analogue TV – hands up if you remember having at most 8 channels to flick through! Granny decided, to pass time, that she would teach us to knit. From scarves to blankets to dolls and bears and clothes, Rachel and I were taught to knit quietly and it kept us happy. There was no DVD player for years, and Granny didn’t have wifi. Also, with our location so close to the Republic of Ireland, we couldn’t use 3G on our phones even if we caught signal (which was rare in itself). It actually makes me sad that a lot of kids these days wont grow up with somewhere to go to just shut off from technology… Does that make me sound old?

Good night!

Ktkinnes xx

Posted in Book reviews, Lifestyle

Room

Hello again! Sorry for not being active the last few days, I’ve been working slowly but surely through maths and physics, trying to consolidate them in my head. How are you? Feels like a lot longer than just 3 days of not blogging!

The reason for no Sunday Review this week is that I really don’t feel I did anything worth noting for you all… Is that wrong of me? Let me know if you missed it! Then, last night, instead of Monday Musings (especially with missing the Twitter chats again), I read Room! I actually finished a book in advance of the end of the month! Have you read it yet?


Written by Emma Donoghue, Room is 5 year old Jack’s perspective of life with his Ma. The story opens on his 5th birthday and follows the events of the next few weeks of his life. Wikipedia describes room as

Jack lives with his Ma in Room, a secured single-room outbuilding containing a small kitchen, a bathtub, a wardrobe, a bed, and a TV set. Because it is all he has ever known, Jack believes that only Room and the things it contains (including himself and Ma) are “real.” Ma, unwilling to disappoint Jack with a life she cannot give him, allows Jack to believe that the rest of the world exists only on television. Ma tries her best to keep Jack healthy and happy via both physical and mental exercises, keeping a healthy diet, limiting TV-watching time, and strict body and oral hygiene. The only other person Jack has ever seen is Old Nick, who visits Room at night while Jack sleeps hidden in a wardrobe. Old Nick brings them food and necessities. 

I don’t want to ruin the story for those of you who haven’t read it yet but it’s another must read in my opinion! How many is that now? I haven’t watched the film yet but I might get round to that tonight.

It took me a while to settle into Room, I found the style of writing difficult to follow for the first few pages. All the things in the room are personified as they are all Jack knows. As you might expect, as a 5 year old, Jack’s grammar isn’t perfect either which kind of threw me a little. However it was a fantastic read once I got used to it. In fact, I read the majority of it yesterday in one sitting! 

Now the real question is, what do I read next??
Ktkinnes xx

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Fortunate Friday

Hello my lovelies! Tonight’s the night I pick one thing from the last seven days to be happy about. Now I could be honest and say that there have been many unfortunate things that have happened, my fortunate Friday this week would definitely have to be from today actually. 
Today I found out my exams didn’t go nearly as well as I’d hoped (and to any family members reading this, please remember what we agreed before you hit the “follow” button!) and I’m looking at multiple resits. The other option is to repeat the year. Now, I’m sure you’re wondering “What on earth is Katie on about? This isn’t at all positive!” That’s where you’re wrong. Well actually you’re right, that part isn’t positive. But my conversation with Mum and Dad after I told them was positive, or as positive as can be, given the circumstances.

I had expected them to be angry or, worse, disappointed. I honestly had considered not even telling them, but that wasn’t right either. However, Mum agreed with me that Physics clearly wasn’t the right degree for me, but I should try the resits or repeat the year, or if it would help – drop out of uni, take a course in a college to sit my English A Level, and then reapply to go straight into teaching. She also suggested dropping out altogether but I think we both agree I’ve tried too hard for this. We discussed me leaving university with a designated degree in physics, meaning I would be graduating next year instead of in 2 years, but it would mean I could go into my PGDE quicker. 
It was great to finally have a proper conversation with her about my education, without me feeling I had to hide how I felt about my exams and my courses. She listened. For the first time that I can remember, she listened and understood and actually heard what I was saying about it all. It’s bizarre to think it’s taken until now for her to appreciate my own opinions on my education.
So now, while I have a summer of revision and 5 exams to sit in August, I can say that my positive moment of the week was having Mum actually listen to me.
Have a great weekend folks!
Ktkinnes xx

Posted in Lifestyle, Wishful Wednesday

Wishful Wednesday

Okay so firstly I want to apologise for yesterday’s post (Two for Tuesday) as I had scheduled it to be  around 10pm – or so I thought. Instead, it went at 1pm, so all my “tonight” comments were way off – sorry!
But enough of that, how are you? I feel like I haven’t actually talked to you properly in a while. Don’t know if that’s down to trying out these new themed posts or if I’ve just been slightly distant recently. Has that come across in my posts?
Today’s Wishful Wednesday’s addition to the bucket list is to find and do well in a job I love. I went to the second round of interviews today, except it wasn’t really an interview as such. Instead, they had me doing the one thing they promised me I wouldn’t be doing – going door to door and asking people to sign up for a direct debit donation to a charity. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for donating to charities! However, I am completely against going from door to door, invading people’s personal property and asking them to divulge bank information to you when they’ve only just met you. I know how uncomfortable it makes me feel if someone comes to my door asking me to sign up for something, so I definitely don’t want to make other people feel the same. 

So after almost 5 hours of knocking on doors, I asked to go home. I had been told on the phone last week, and in person yesterday, that the position would definitely not involve going door to door, and I wasn’t impressed at the lie. Following my request to leave, I was told that if I left I wouldn’t be considered for the job. Now I have to admit that at that point I may have seen red and told them what they could do with their job. So once again, I’m job hunting. Feel free to point me in the direction of any jobs you know of!

Now, if I managed to do well in University, I would love to go into teaching. The more I think about it, the more interested I am in Primary Education. For anyone who’s been here a while, you might remember my work experience in a primary school last year. I adored it! It made me desperate to get my degree and get started on my career in education. However, over the last few days, I’ve found myself wondering if it would be possible to get into teaching without the physics degree I’m currently working on. What are your thoughts?
Ktkinnes xx