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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

Posted in Christmas, Lifestyle

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

Posted in Lifestyle

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

Posted in Lifestyle

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

Posted in Lifestyle

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”

Posted in Lifestyle, Sunday's Summary

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. It’s weird thinking that I write these in advance so you can read them at 9 am while, most of the time, I’m still asleep. But the point in telling you all this is because I can now tell you I’m sitting in a lecture theatre and someone near me smells incredible! Still can’t figure out what they smell of though… And now I sound a bit like a creep so sorry. But you aren’t here for my ramblings, are you? Well maybe you are, I don’t actually know… but yes, Sunday summary.

 

Sunday was a bit of a mixed day. I slept until about 11-ish when I was woken by the living room door closing. There are times closing the door helps with noise control, but when you’re woken by the noise of the door closing, and then someone starts making a smoothie or banging plates around, it does become quite difficult to sleep – especially if, like me, you’re an incredibly light sleeper and have a weird sleep pattern anyway. So yes, I got up and had breakfast before cleaning the kitchen. Not quite sure how it happened but this took me up to 1:30 pm! I’d offered to cook a roast for a flat dinner and so we were going to eat at about 4 pm. So I did a bit of maths until it was time to stick the oven on. As it heated, I showered and did some more maths and physics and then just fitted in work around finishing off the rest of the preparation. It was an alright dinner, I hadn’t cooked the vegetables enough unfortunately but the rest of it was reasonable enough (haha, Katie, sell your cooking skills why don’t you?) and the others did the dishes afterwards. I had a chat with Mum, who has suddenly somehow reverted back to phoning every other day? May need to cut that… But after I got rid of her, I started back into the maths. At one stage, I looked at my phone to see a message from the old friend I mentioned in last week’s Sunday Summary. He was asking to come round again, but I didn’t want to reply straight away and say no. Felt that would be rather rude. However, I should’ve. He appeared at the door 5 minutes later and I just wasn’t up for playing host or pretending to be interested. He tried to tell me he misses his ex girlfriend and just wants back with her, but had arranged a date within 24 hours of them breaking up and has since been on 2 or 3 dates? I wasn’t in the mood. I wasn’t rude, but I did give him 2o minutes and then heavily hint that he needed to go so I could finish my homeworks. The GRLPOWR chat was earlier on Sunday so I took part in it (by the way, Ciara did a fantastic job and you should definitely check out her blog here) before making hot chocolate and crawling into bed.

 

Monday got off to a bad start. I struggle to get out of bed at the best of times, but give me a headache first thing in the morning and it really is a battle! However, I managed to jump up and get through the shower, have breakfast, make my lunch, and get to class. Mondays are now my 11-1 and 2-5 days so in an attempt to save some money I made sure to have something in that I could bring for lunch. Let’s disregard the fact I went and had a large pumpkin spice latte, that didn’t count as saving money… but it did make the day slightly easier to handle. One of my friends actually suggested that my headaches are because I got so used to drinking coffee daily that now that I’m trying to cut down on my coffee intake I’m getting withdrawal headaches. Whoops! Maths was dull as ever. Mondays are tutorials which aren’t compulsory but they’re definitely helpful! We get set questions every Monday afternoon and have a week to do them. Then we go in the following Monday, get the answers to the problems, and have a chance to talk to lecturers and fellow students about how to approach the questions we had trouble with – don’t know why I didn’t use them last year! Then Physics was Mathematical Techniques – a component of the course we aren’t examined on but it can be useful for lab work. I had Matlab in the afternoon and it went surprisingly well! I finished up to exercise 11 of 18 within the 3 hours and was quite pleased with that. In the evening, I just watched some TV and relaxed until Mary came home from football, when I made some really good hot chocolate, if I do say so myself! 

Tuesday was another good day. I went to class, and came home to two deliveries – one being my clothes horse so I could finally put a wash on, and the other was a delivery from Teagime. I’m going to talk more about Teagime this week but just wanted to do a quick mention of them here. Becca was the one who pointed me in their direction. You fill in a questionnaire and they then tailor your tea to this questionnaire, and in your first box you also get 2 reusable tea diffusers! But yes, I’ll talk about that another time. A friend called in over lunch too, which was nice to have a catch up. I spent the rest of the day studying, and forgot about dinner until 7pm when I found out what I wanted was going to take an hour to cook – no thank you! So instead Mary let me have some of her spicy tomato and chorizo pasta – it was so good! 
Wednesday, now the best day of my weeks, was spent in class in the morning, followed by a trip into town to buy a couple of 21st birthday presents. Now, if you’ve been following my twitter, you’ll be aware that my birthday present shopping was a bit of a fail, however I did manage to get some more Christmas stuff! This included Tanya Burr’s beauty calendar, and the Yankee Candle advent calendar – I can’t wait to open them both! In fact I’m already having to hide them from myself… I came home, then got ready to go to LGBTQ+’s Scene Tour – basically a pub crawl around the gay bars in Glasgow. It was so much fun! My poor liver hates me again this week, as does my bank account. And the hangover was worse than last week… 
Thursday, I managed to miss maths again… but I did make it to physics. It was a struggle to not be sick over everyone but I survived! After getting home and attempting to work, I crawled into bed to be hungover in style. I get so incredibly moody when hungover. My mood significantly improved after 6pm though as I started to get ready to host my first ever chat! Now in my opinion, the GRLPOWR chat all about disney went really well, but I’ll wait to hear your opinions. We then watched the apprentice on the projector and went to bed quite annoyed that there wasn’t a 6 person firing. What a disappointment!
On Friday I finally got to meet Becca after uni! We went for coffee on Byres Road and it was amazing! We chatted for ages before going out separate ways and I came home to do some work and some knitting. I’m in the middle of 2 different scarves so I’ll let you know how they go! To be honest, I then spent the rest of the evening knitting until about 2am when I tried to sleep and found that sleep was once again avoiding me. 

Saturday, after only 3 and a half hours sleep, I got up and was semi productive with my day. I got a decent amount of my housework done – just the floors and food shop to do tomorrow – before getting some work done in the afternoon. I then showered and got ready for a friend’s 21st birthday party which was really quite fun! Although, not going to lie, being home before midnight and in bed just after felt incredible.
So how was your week? Anyone do anything fun?
Ktkinnes xx