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Two for Tuesday

It’s back! Two facts about me, especially with it being Tuesday and since I can’t have my dominos pizza tonight. So here goes!
You’re having a dinner party. Who are your 5 guests? Can be dead/alive/real/fiction.

  • J R R Tolkein – think of the stories he could tell during and after dinner!
  • Emma Watson – childhood crush and now just full blown admirer of her. 
  • Michael Bublé – think just to make Rachel jealous. She is fully in love with him and everything he does.
  • Joshua Malina – he’d be really interesting to talk to I think. Between all the shows he’s been on and all the people he knows, he’s bound to be great fun to talk to.
  • Shonda Rhimes – I’d sit her down and make her tell me everything that’s coming up in her shows! Of course I’d do it subtly…She’d never know it was coming.

Who would you invite and why? 
The second fact I’m sharing today:

My all time favourite song is American Pie by Don McLean.

 https://youtu.be/RciM7P9K3FA

I can’t really explain why, I’m not really sure myself. But it’s one of the first songs I learnt off by heart as a child (that wasn’t a nursery rhyme) and I used to love singing and dancing along to it. Still do any time it comes on! And I still know all the words off by heart….

What’s your favourite song?
Ktkinnes xx

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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

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Two for Tuesday


Two for Tuesday is my new plan for a Tuesday night – share 2 things about myself in order for you to get to know me better! Feel free to let me know if you don’t like these new themed posts and instead preferred my random sporadic postings – @kvburton657 or katiekinnes@msn.com!
If you want to read back through my original 10 facts, they can be found on my post called Can’t Sleep Won’t Sleep. Now, while I can’t guarantee that these facts will be interesting or something you don’t already know, I can tell you that I enjoy being able to share with you.

The first is that my dog, Baron, is the reason I come home so often. Baron will be 14 years old in a few weeks but he’s still my puppy. He’s a golden cocker spaniel (well, more grey now) and he got knocked down as a puppy.

Baron as a puppy
 As a result of his accident, he broke his 2 hind legs and had to have a toe removed. I’m also pretty sure he got brain damage but this has never been confirmed or denied by a vet. Either way, I still love him to bits and miss him every time I’m away.

Me with Baron back in 2013
My second fact is that I love playing piano. From the age of 6, my dad’s Uncle Tom taught me basic songs on his keyboard until we finally persuaded Mum and Dad to get a real piano for me to learn on. Soon after this, I started attending weekly lessons. My favourite piece to play (and I know it off by heart) is My Heart Will Go On, also known as the love theme from Titanic. While I love this song, I was learning to play it when 2 of my very close relatives died and so I couldn’t bring myself to play it for a few weeks. Even now I can’t play it without it stirring up memories and emotions. 

However, I no longer let it stop me from playing it. Instead I find myself remembering the happy memories and enjoying the fact that they got to see me doing something I loved.

I hope you enjoyed tonight’s post, and remember – all feedback is welcome! I’ll let you know about today’s interview as soon as I know. Remember to come by tomorrow for the second installment of Wishful Wednesday!
Ktkinnes xx

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Can’t sleep won’t sleep

Once again, I find myself blogging during the early hours of the morning. Ah well, it’s not like I’ve got anything to get up for tomorrow!

I was lying here when it dawned on me that it’s been a long time since I opened up to you all about me and so I decided to share a few facts about me that you may or may not know. So buckle up and settle back, because here are a few facts about boring little me!

  1. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a teacher. Some of you may now be wondering why on earth I’m doing a Physics degree if I would rather be in teaching and the simple answer is I messed up. Unknowingly, I dropped first English language and English literature after my GCSEs (exams sat at the age of 15-16). I continued to AS levels with Chemistry, History, Maths and Physics but had to drop History after a year since I failed it due to bad teaching and a lack of interest in the topics on my part. And so I wasn’t doing an essay subject so couldn’t apply for a degree in education straight away. Not long now! 
  2. I have an annoying habit of becoming obsessed with things very quickly. Whether it’s a tv show or a book, I will fall under its spell and take forever to move on. See today’s post on Grey’s Anatomy for example.
  3. My all time favourite animal would be either a turtle or a penguin. This is why it was beyond anything I could imagine when I finally got to see the penguin parade at Edinburgh Zoo! 
  4. I played with Bratz dolls until I was 13. I used to claim it was because my sister made me, but really I just enjoyed creating a world to which I could escape the restrictions and problems of living at home with my parents. I would’ve continued for longer if Rachel hadn’t lost her temper with me eventually and told me to grow up…
  5. I miss my disfunctional  family. We mightn’t get along, and there may be a lot wrong with us in general, but I do miss them. Until I’ve been home 48 hours. Then I want to run again.
  6. My flatmates mean more to me than I let on to them. They’re my real family, the ones I choose to spend time with. We go through phases of annoying the hell out of each other but then who doesn’t? These 3 are life savers, don’t know where I’d be without them.
  7. I’m still annoyed at a friend of mine from when I was 7 for borrowing my VHS of The Emperor’s New Groove and losing it. She will never be fully forgiven. I feel bad admitting this to be honest.
  8. My favourite book is one from my childhood – Mermaid Magic by Gwyneth Rees. I know it’s a kids book but I would read this every day if I could. Mum and Dad donated it to the charity shop without me knowing a few years back. If it wasn’t for the fact it is now bringing some other child happiness, I would resent them more for it. The blurb is: Down in the watery blue depths of the ocean is Tingle Reef – home to young mermaid Rani and a whole host of fishy friends! It’s an underwater world of magic and mystery – where Rani’s adventures are about to begin… Rani has always known that she’s different from the rest of her family. Her flowing red hair and glowing amber eyes stand out from the other mermaids, who have golden hair and eyes like the sea. But Rani’s about to find out that she’s more different than she realised – she’s got magic powers!
  9. I own over 100 soft toys, not including the ones I have here in Glasgow. Plus I plan on buying at least one in Disneyland Paris next week.
  10. Finally, this blog has kept me sane, as have you. By following me and reading my posts, you have given me courage and self esteem that I never had growing up with my parents and friends. You are the reason I have the courage to speak my mind so freely now. Thank you.

Ktkinnes xx