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Update

Hiya everyone! Sorry I’ve been AWOL the last week. Can’t even say I’ve been overly busy. I just was throwing myself into writing up blogmas posts and getting the planning for them started. However, it was pointed out to me today by a certain person who wants a post dedicated to herself that I hadn’t posted anything new and so here I am.

 

I realise that writing a post because someone asks you to isn’t always a great idea. A lot of the time, motivation and inspiration are needed for writing a ‘good’ post. At the same time, the posts I write and expect to do well actually always tend to be a bit of a flop. Instead, the ones that I write randomly actually tend to be more popular – funny, isn’t it?

 

I wanted to write something that’s been on my mind quite a bit recently, something I keep thinking about and meaning to talk to people about but it always ends up being pushed down. I was visiting a friend on Wednesday night and we actually both agreed on it. Not that surprising when I eventually get round to telling you what we were discussing; the interesting part is that while we both agreed on the ideology neither of us put it into practice as much as we should.

 

The concept, my friends, is happiness. There are so many quotes and ideals on happiness. We all constantly strive for it, and once we have it we grasp on for dear life – savouring it for as long as we can. A lovely young lady I know through blogging pointed out a few days ago that life is far too short for us to worry. It’s too short for us to hold on to grudges and the likes. Instead, her life philosophy was simply that we should live each day to the max, make the most of the opportunities presented to us, and remember ourselves in times when we need to.

 

Now, when I was at my friend’s the other night, we were discussing some things that have been going on in his life over the last few months, and it was actually refreshing when he said that doing something because it makes you happy should be the main motivation for doing anything. It’s different for each of us, but everyone has at least that one thing that makes them happy. Me? I’m happy when I blog. I’m happy when I’m with people I care about. I’m happy when I’m singing along to crappy music and dancing like an idiot (only when drunk, otherwise you’ll find me awkwardly dancing in a small circle and only mouthing the words). I’ve been told I’m obsessed with Christmas multiple times, yet that doesn’t bother me because why shouldn’t I be excited for a time when I feel genuinely happy just because of dates on a calendar?

I wrote a post a while back about a ‘down’ day that I’d had. I censored it a bit because there were thoughts I had that day that I don’t even want to remind myself about, never mind let someone else know what went through my head. But I’m on the up again now and I’m doing the best I can to keep positive. Another thing I am constantly reminded of is that it’s okay to not always be okay, and I think a lot of us forget this so frequently.

 

However I wanted to write a motivating, or at least slightly positive, post for today. It’s almost the weekend. Whatever you do this weekend, do it not because you have to but because you want to, and don’t let anyone guilt trip you into or out of doing something. Take time for you. Think about you. Go on that walk, read that book, binge-watch that series you could never admit to loving for fear of being laughed at for it.

 

This week has reminded me that no matter what happens, we tend to be able to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and wait for the next shock to hit us. So many people inspire me daily to be like them. They either struggle daily, have done in the past, or are struggling now and don’t want to let people know how they’re doing. So while yo focus on your happiness this weekend, ask yourself are you truly happy or are you conforming to society’s conception of happiness.

 

Actually, I was going to finish this post there, but that last sentence got me thinking – what actually is happiness? We constantly chase it, hunt for it, some of us would even do anything to be ‘happy’ – no matter how you define it.

 

This weekend, I have Rachel over, and so I probably won’t be blogging much. While I’ve definitely been more excited to see her, it’ll be nice to have a change of company even if it’s only for a couple of days. Actually, while it’s in my head, I should hide the Christmas present I bought her… Well I think I’ve bought it for her, I might just keep it for me, but either way I should move it until she’s gone again.

 

I know we’re close to November, and I should probably start thinking about my November goals, but I just wanted to share this with you. We have 2 months left of the year, and then most of us start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions, but what if instead of making goals, I think about what would make me happy? In fact, I should probably look back at the resolutions I made back in January… There may still be time to complete them. But the things that would make me happy are:

  • Travel more. Doesn’t matter where, doesn’t matter if I’m on my own or what, but I want to travel and see more. Even if it’s a weekend in Manchester or something, I just want to do different things.
  • Keep up blogging. I wasn’t in the best of moods when I sat down to write this, but blogging definitely relaxes me and allows me to get out all the thoughts and experiences I’ve had.
  • Spend more time with friends and people I care about. I go through phases of not seeing anyone, and I’ve begun to notice how this affects my mood. I’m not saying I need to see people all day every day – even I would get fed up with that – but the last few nights of catching up with friends has been great.
  • Appreciate the here and now. Yes, there’s always something exciting coming up, but there are so many little things in a day to be happy for! Today? I get to walk down a tree-lined street and look at all the autumn leaves as they fall.

 

So yes, life is short. And some of you may have experienced my sentiment that life sucks and then you die, but the reality is it doesn’t have to suck. We’ve been given this opportunity to live and walk and breathe and just exist, and so many of us waste it doing things we don’t want to do, to impress people we don’t like, to pretend to ourselves that we’re happy and that’s why we’re doing it. Not anymore. Tonight, I’m going to share my bed with my multiple teddies that I have here at uni (don’t judge me), I’m going to have a good time with my sister and her boyfriend, and I’m going to make the most of seeing her. I’ve a few more things I need to do for Monday, but I’ll worry about them later. For now, I’m going to sign off and go get through the shower. Anyone want to come to my Maths lecture with me?

 

 

Ktkinnes xx

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Long time no cook!

Hey there everyone, it’s finally Friday! The day when students everywhere find an excuse to not go out, simply because of the cost of weekend club nights. 

It’s been a long week, which I’ll tell you more about when we get to Sunday’s summary, and please trust me when I say I plan on an early night tonight. Plan being the main word in that sentence.

Any of you who have me on snapchat will possibly have seen that I attempted making fudge yesterday. Again, I say attempted because it’s approaching 20 hours in the fridge and still hasn’t set. We think I put it in the fridge too early or something like that. But while I was baking (does it count as baking?) I realised how long it’s been since I shared a recipe with you! So if anyone is interested in making fudge, this is the recipe I used yesterday (taken from the goodtoknow website).

Ingredients:

  • 450g caster sugar – I used brown caster sugar instead of white
  • 85g butter – I used unsalted because who actually likes the salted?
  • 150ml milk – again, I used skimmed milk as it’s what I prefer to have in my tea or cereal but use whatever you like!
  • 175g evaporated milk
  • A few drops of vanilla extract
  • Oil for lining your tray.

Now before I go any further, I’m gonna say that there are a few things I did there that could possibly be contributing to the problems with the setting. I know that really using a different sugar and/or milk shouldn’t make a difference but who knows. Maybe one of you can correct me!

Method:

  1. In a large pot over a low heat, mix together the butter, milk, evaporated milk, and sugar. Stir frequently until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Allow it to come to the boil, stirring occasionally so as to prevent the sugar from sticking and burning.
  3. Continue boiling until the mix reaches 116C (241F) on a sugar thermometer, or for those of us without a sugar thermometer – spoon a small amount of the liquid into iced water. If it forms a soft ball then it has reached the afore mentioned temperature.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract before pouring into your oiled tray. 
  5. Leave in the fridge to set! The time taken for this is yet to be confirmed, however the website claims about half an hour.

Hope you enjoy the fudge! It was suggested to me that instead of having it as fudge I just use a spoon to eat it. This is becoming more and more tempting as time goes on. 

Hope you have a great Friday and Saturday! Don’t forget to come back on Sunday for a round up of the week. 

Ktkinnes xx

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Christmas Card Swap!

So I know that a lot of you will feel it’s too early for this kind of a post, but I have finally started Christmas present shopping and I’m getting really excited for the festive season!

 

In our flat, because of my ‘obsession’, there’s a rule that Christmas isn’t properly mentioned until at least 1st November. Apparently my excitement for the most wonderful time of the year makes people associate Christmas as a bad thing as they can’t talk about it without worrying they’re going to set me off. However, this year I have you lovely people to talk to about it so I think I’m doing better than last year! Alongside the other GRLPOWR girls, I’ve been getting more and more excited for this festive season, talking what we’ll be doing on our Twitter, blog, instagram and just our own accounts in general. Some of us are going to attempt Blogmas, and just the general mood is Halloween isn’t coming fast enough for us to hit that festive spirit!

 

I would love to share with you all the surprise part of our flat Christmas dinner this year, but as I am aware that Mary and Nuala now read here occassionally, I don’t want to ruin the surprise for them so if you’d like to know, tweet me! I started getting organised for it on Tuesday when I met Jordanne (thelifeofaglasgowgirl) in town for lunch. I had a great time and it was so much fun to be able to meet up with someone that I’ve been talking to for almost 2 months! Wow has it really been that long? It feels like years ago and yet it also feels like only yesterday… Does that make any sense?

 

I had the brainwave for it as I got the subway into town and so I’ve managed to spend at least 10 minutes a day thinking about what I’ve to buy and organise. With last year’s Santa’s Sweet Sleigh being so well received, I’ve really struggled to think of what I can do to make this year’s surprise even better. I’m also trying really hard to watch what I say here because I plan on writing a few blogmas posts on this!

 

As it’s now the 20th of October, and time is marching on, I wanted to bring up the topic of my Christmas Card Swap. By the way, I’m going to suggest we change the spelling of Christmas as every time I type it on a computer I type ‘CHristmas’ – it’s getting annoying! But yes, the Card Swap. Currently, I have 13 names and addresses of people who would like to be involved in this, and there’s still plenty of time for those of you who want to to get involved!

 

My plan to spread some Christmas cheer this year developed into the idea of a Christmas Card Swap. The general idea of it would be for anyone who wants to be involved to send me (either DM me on Twitter or email me at lifewithktkinnes@outlook.com) with an address – this can even be a PO Box address as I know how people feel about sharing their address online – and in 3 weeks (probably the 15th of November) I will DM or email back with a list of the addresses that have been sent to me. This way, it’s up to you how many Christmas cards you send and there’s no pressure to send to everyone if you don’t want to! Of course, if you would prefer me to keep your address off the list then I’m happy to do that too! Cards can be homemade or store bought, and that part is entirely up to you. Just remember to check latest posting times and dates with your local post office as you want it to arrive before the 25th December!

 

So yes, if this is something you’d like to be involved in, I can be contacted on Twitter or through email with the subject line Christmas Card Swap.

 

Hope you’re all getting in the festive spirit and listening to those classic songs that come on every year!

 

 

Ktkinnes xx

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Wise words from Winnie the Pooh

Whoops, again I’m writing in the middle of the night. Although this is a shorter post today! Also, the featured image is that of me on my 4th birthday – look how happy I am!
I found myself humming this song last night after the GRLPOWR chat, while talking on our admins chat afterwards. My favourite line is definitely “I am short, fat, and proud of that” – even Winnie the Pooh is trying to promote self confidence in younger children!

Hope you’re all well!
Ktkinnes xx

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The Missing Mojo

So I’m trying a thing this week that I don’t actually plan my posts until I sit down to write them. Just to see if it brings back my missing blogging mojo that disappeared over the weekend.

I’ve been spending more and more time thinking at the minute. And yes, thinking’ great, it’s natural, but what do we do when the thoughts in our head just won’t go away? Take this for example. I’m an overweight, lazy 21 year old who is more than happy to sit watching Netflix all day and night with no consideration for anything at all. 

The thoughts come in that maybe I should stop snacking, reduce my portions, exercise more, and remove Mary’s Netflix from my computer. More thoughts come in after that telling me I’m being silly and to just watch the next episode.

 

Episodes turn into seasons, seasons turn into entire series, and soon I find myself looking for a new series to binge watch.  This in turn has me thinking, what did I do and how did I cope when I watched live TV at home? How did I wait a week between episodes? When did a screen suddenly become a replacement for my bedtime reading I used to love so much I went to bed at 8pm just so I could read for three hours before attempting sleep, I say attempting because we all know how brilliant I am at sleeping… she says, writing this post at 3am because she can’t sleep…

I miss reading every night

Either way, any time I find myself thinking things, it turns into an internalised debate. Worst part is, who wins in an argument between you and you? You’d think it would be a win-win situation, so why does it feel like a losing battle any time these thoughts come into my head?

 

Truth be told, I can’t actually answer these questions. But I can tell you that listening to both sides of the argument is important. In my example from above, yes I need to be healthier. But at the same time, there’s nothing wrong with the occasional binge watching of a show.

 

I don’t really know where this post is going. In reality, I’m just rambling. I want to post, however I can’t find the inspiration to write something I’m passionate about, and so I find myself spilling my thoughts into the tiny screen of my phone as I blog on the WordPress app. It actually still baffles me that there are people who come on to read my ramblings. Not that you shouldn’t, but it’s just odd knowing there are those of you out there that I may never meet, reading my 3am thoughts as you go about your daily lives.

 

I’m in a weird place at the minute. Not physically, but mentally. I go from such a high over the simple things in life (like finishing knitting a scarf), to such a low over absolutely nothing (like dropping the toothpaste off my toothbrush). One can make me so happy, bubbly, and ready to take on the world, while the other makes me burst into tears and want to hide away forever.

 

Do you ever feel like this?

Ktkinnes xx

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Even Stars

Okay so firstly I want to say sorry this hasn’t gone up at its usual time of 9am, but I actually didn’t get writing this until after 11am… How was everyone’s weekend? Get up to anything exciting? Apologies in advance for any language in this post that may offend, I’m just taking the time to ramble and rant and think things through. Continue reading “Even Stars”

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Another Sunday

Woo we made it to the end of the week and hopefully you’ve all had a relaxing weekend. We still have today, at least, if you haven’t yet! We’re back to yet another summary of the week. Actually, to try and remember everything that’s been happening, I write this a little each day.

Continue reading “Another Sunday”

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Last night’s chat

Ahhhh!!! So last night was my first ever time hosting a Twitter Chat and yes I may be biased but I think that went extremely well! Never mind that though, it’s also Friday so the day just keeps getting better and better! So today’s post will be a little different – I’ve picked my favourite answers and will be listing them here alongside the questions and the person’s twitter handle so you can give them a follow and maybe have a nosy at their links! Think of it as a Follow Friday type post.

 

Question 1 – Starting with an easy question – what’s your favourite Disney film and why?

  • “Beauty and the Beast! I just love the story and relate to belle so much!A quiet girl who loves to read and sing! – Chloe (@chloebeeslife – chloebeeslife.blogspot.co.uk)
  • “It’s always been and always will be Dumbo, the struggle of the adorable silent elephant who was a little different” – Utterly Feral (@utterly_feral – utterlyferal.wordpress.com)
  • “Mulan. The soundtrack is cracking and she is a hero for anyone who thinks they’re a fuck up.” – Lauren Aitchison (@thetartandevil – thedevilwearstartan.com)
  • “Pocahontas cos of the songs, nature and beautiful scenery in film!” – Sarah (@SarahIslesy – sarahhealthylifestyleblog.wordpress.com)

 

Question 2 – Who is that one character you love to hate and why?

  • “Ursula is the ultimate baddie, she’s awesome and her songs are incredible” – Teri-may (@AcupofTblog – acupofT.co.uk)
  • “Gaston!He’s awful but he’s a bit of a legend, let’s be honest!” – Sally (@little_budget – littlebudget.co.uk)
  • “I love to hate Scar – who can’t resist Jeremy Irons’ lovely British accent in the Lion King” – Nicola Hughes (@mummytodex – mummytodex.wordpress.com)
  • “Ursula! I love her sassiness. Same with Hades, I feel like I’m basically Hades in a human form!” – Charlie Sinclair (@ablogbycharlie – ablogbycharlie.co.uk)

 

Question 3 – What’s that one Disney song you can’t help but sing along to?

  • “What do you mean ONE song?! I sing along to EVERY Disney song” – Lisa (@Following_Lisa – followinglisa.com)
  • “When Will My Life Begin – Tangled ūüôā it’s my cleaning song” – Kirsty Morgan (@kirstyCprincess –¬†booadventures.com)
  • “Sometimes dramatically singing along to the slow and sad ones is all I need” – Lisa¬†(@Following_Lisa – followinglisa.com)
  • “Zero to Hero. The Hercules soundtrack is so underrated. I love that the muses are all WOC” – Lauren Aitchison¬† (@thetartandevil – thedevilwearstartan.com)

 

Question 4 – Have you ever been to Disneyland? What was your favourite part if you have been?

  • “YES!!! I’m proud to say it and being little it was like a dream! Got all of the characters autographs too” – Ashley (@ashmcc87 – ashmcc87.blogspot.co.uk)
  • “I went to Disneyland Paris for my 21st Birthday this Summer and it was MAGICAL!” – Kayleigh Elizabeth (@hiyakayleigh – hiyakayleigh.blogspot.com)
  • “Nope! I’m not sure I want to go if I’m honest because as much as it looks magical I don’t love theme parks” – Erin Grace (@everythingxerin – itseverythingerin.blogspot.co.uk)
  • “Going during Christmas is amazing and magical. I went after my Thanksgiving last time and it was THE BEST.” – Wendy Banner (@fashionblogger – fashionableheart.comfashionableheart.com)

 

Question 5 – If you could be any Disney character who would you be and why?

  • “I would probably be Cinderella as she got her happy ever after, after everything!” – Kimberley Jessica (@kimmcpherson_ – kimberlyjessica.co.uk)
  • “I would want to be Mia from Princess Diaries. Like, when is my Gran gonna randomly tell me I’m a princess?” –¬†Kayleigh Elizabeth (@hiyakayleigh – hiyakayleigh.blogspot.com)
  • BELLE because there is no reason why you wouldn’t want to be her” – Shannon Valentine (@shanvalentine_ – shannon-marie.co.uk)
  • “I used to want to be a princess but now I like the idea of being a villain! Cruella, maleficent or the evil queen” – Robyn (@midnightandlace – midnightandlace.co.uk)

 

So that was my first experience of hosting a chat and I had the most fantastic time! Hope you all have a lovely weekend whatever you get up to!

 

Ktkinnes xx

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An hour of my thoughts

So today’s post is again a little different. How many of you go to your lectures? Yeah, I know, it’s a bit of a struggle. But I thought today I’d let you sit in on my Physics lecture I had on Tuesday. I was going to talk you through all the scientific stuff but instead, here’s basically what went through my head for the duration of this lecture!

 

12:05 – stupid SRC election people coming in telling us to vote…

12:09 I swear this lecturer reminds me of a welsh guy who used to teach in my primary school… We’re going over all the stuff we did last day – Simple Harmonic Motion with Damping. For a physics lecture you’d be surprised at the number of words and letters on the board as opposed to numbers.

12:12 – he’s now writing on the board… I wasn’t prepared to have to write things on paper as well as on the laptop! It’s okay, he’s included it on the next slide, phew!

12:14 I can see our scanner… Does anyone else’s uni have them scan the bar-code on their student ID to take attendance? It’s genuinely the highlight of these lectures.

12:16 so I’ve actually learnt something I didn’t know before today! The ‘real’ and ‘imaginary’ parts of the equation can be solved. I mean I should’ve known that but I suppose I never really noticed it was that kind of an equation before (slide 5). Complex numbers aren’t my strong point.

12:18 Yay I’ve been scanned in! We have to attend a minimum of 50% of our lectures (reduced from last year) to get credit for the course.

12:20 Whoever is sitting at the back really needs to get up and close the door… People talking outside are too loud for me to hear the lecturer

12:26 I am decidedly hungry. Coco Pops aren’t as filling as you’d expect. Considering I only ate them 2 hours ago, I shouldn’t be hungry again. Only another 30 minutes of the lecture!

12:29 Decided I like and respect this lecturer. He comes in in his casual baggy trousers that probably haven’t seen an iron in a while, his polo shirts from varying designers (and yet still looking casual) and what can only be described as beige slip-on trainers with no laces or velcro or whatever. I think if I was a lecturer, I’d probably be like him – casual and comfy instead of worrying about looking amazing daily.

12:33 Yeah I’m not wearing this jumper again unless there’s a top under it. It’s one of my favourite jumpers but it’s so itchy I just can’t cope! It’s making it hard to concentrate.

12:35 I’m not really sure why he just talked us through the units of gamma but at the same time i’m sure it’s useful. I’ll remember that one.

12:39 Just caved and checked Twitter. I think I may have an addiction. Send help.

12:41 I could play the sims… I shouldn’t but I could. The people sitting beside me keep looking at my laptop to see what I’m writing. Yes I know I’m not typing notes but I am paying attention unlike you and your whispering in whatever language you’re talking.

12:45 These seats are incredibly uncomfortable. You’d think if they want us to sit for 50 minutes in the one position, they’d make the seats more comfortable. And he just divided stuff by 2 to ‘make it simpler’ but in my opinion is was easier to leave it as it was… Maybe that’s where I lost marks last year – I didn’t simplify to their level?

12:51 He has 4 minutes left…. Almost free! Although we only got half way through the powerpoint… not so good. Ah well, there’s always next time. My attendance record this year (so far) probably looks fab… That’s exciting.

12:53 Come on… finish up for the day. Please. Like this is interesting but I can go home for lunch and maybe a nap…

12:54 yas he finished!

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My anti-anti-bucket list

And once again we find ourselves looking at a Wednesday morning. Only 3 more hours until we’re officially half way through the working week! The more I think about it, the more I’m ready for the weekend again. With another night out again tonight (and many advance apologies to my snapchat friends) I’m not looking forward to tomorrow morning.

 

Anyway, enough about today, and on to today’s post! Anyone who read all of last week’s posts – and if you didn’t, why not? – will know that last week I guest posted on Jade’s blog over at¬†simpleyjadey.co.uk¬†with the topic of My Anti-Bucket list, a list of things I hope not to do in my lifetime. So today, a week later, I thought I would share my bucket list with you! Sounds interesting, right?

 

  1. Become a teacher. It’s all I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember and it’s so close but yet so far!
  2. Go to a Christmas Market on the continent. I don’t overly mind which one, but I’ve heard the Christmas Markets on the mainland of Europe are fantastic and so, being obsessed with the festive season, I really want to go!
  3. Have a holiday home in Ibiza. Yes, my love of Ibiza has spread even to here. When asked why I love it so much, I still can’t give an exact answer. But surely that’s a good thing? If you’ve never been, I definitely recommend Santa Eulalia. Just saying.
  4. Visit Florida. Not really sure why this one either but it seems like a nice place to go!
  5. Go ice skating in New York.¬†Yes, I’ve been to the Big Apple, but I didn’t get to go ice skating. I did, however, go shopping on 5th Avenue but that wasn’t ever on the bucket list.
  6. See Ed Sheeran in concert.¬†I was heartbroken that I couldn’t get tickets for him in Glasgow but was able to get Rachel and a friend tickets for in Belfast while I was stuck in lectures in Glasgow.
  7. Go to Disneyland in America. Having been to the Parisian one, I’m now set on going in the states.
  8. Visit the Harry Potter studios. What Potter fan our age doesn’t want to go??
  9. Go to South Africa to see the penguins. When I told my sister this she looked at me in disbelief but yes there are times of the year when penguins are at the southern-most tip of South Africa!
  10. Visit London’s Winter Wonderland. It sounds magical and it’s Christmassy so who wouldn’t want to go?
  11. Get my tattoo. Have you not heard about my tattoo? The one I want is a turtle but I’ll have to show you it.

 

What would be on your list?

 

Ktkinnes xx