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Friday Favourites: Jordanne

Hello and welcome back to my Friday Favourites, where it’s a Friday so I’m gonna name another of my favourite bloggers that you all should definitely be following!

 

Today’s blogger is the amazing Jordanne from The Life of a Glasgow Girl and to be honest I don’t even know where to begin with this one! Probably best thing would be to talk a little bit about Jordanne:

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Stress

Whether you’re currently stressed, or you’re relaxed and ready to take on the week, stress is something that comes for us all at some point and likes to play havoc with our lives – mentally and physically.

 

Right now, while writing this, I feel a tiny bit stressed. I know I have 6 posts to write up today and this is the first of those, so I want to do the best I can with each of them. It’s not like I can just write them, schedule them, and forget about them again! But overall, I’m not too stressed at the minute. If I stop and think about hosting the GRLPOWR chat on Thursday, then yes I will be quite stressed but we’re trying not to think about that right now. My questions are written up and all I can do now is hope you all come join in.

 

Normally, I get stressed over very trivial things. They may seem trivial to you, or even to me now while I’m reasonably relaxed, but in those moments I get so wound up about the tiniest things. For example, and one my friends won’t let me forget for a long time, we barbecued for 24 people and it reached a stage I just wanted food. Dad sent through the freshly cooked sausages and a few minutes later no one had moved but it was one of those situations where family were waiting to let friends go first and friends were waiting to let family go first, and I just didn’t want to be the first to go. So I waited a few minutes and then went through and told everyone that sausages were ready and they should go get them. Except I may have been rather forceful in how I said it… whoops… Ah well, it meant I could eat!

 

I get stressed if I’m running late for something, if I’m travelling, if I’m organising things, and if people don’t do what they were meant to do when they were meant to do it. Normal things like exams stress me out. I got so worked up when I had to go to my first LGBTQ+ event on my own last year that I ended up crying in Nuala’s room before going. Loud noises, big crowds, tight enclosed spaces… Wow I get stressed over quite a lot!

 

I try not to let these things affect my day-to-day life but sometimes it does get the better of me, and I end up a quivering mess feeling paranoid and struggling to breathe normally. Either that, or I just get angry and/or cry. If you remember back in August during my resits? I was so stressed I cried for 3 hours without stopping – not great! Normally during exams I get stressed because I feel I know nothing so spend all day inside revising and doing nothing else, and then when it comes to bedtime I can’t sleep because I feel guilty for not being up and revising. So I get up and continue revision, and start the next day exhausted. And so the new day brings about revision with very little going in due to the lack of sleep and so the endless cycle begins.

 

However, I know I have at least 3 people who can calm me down when I reach that level of stress. Nuala is great at supporting you and being there for you when you need her, even if the rest of the time she doesn’t give off that impression. The number of times I’ve been stressed and ended up going straight to Nuala to help me calm down and gain some perspective. Jason is also pretty good at calming me down, simply because of the number of times he’s had to in the past! The third actually isn’t in the flat (and this is nothing against Mary – she’s great but I haven’t gone to her when I’m properly stressed yet. But yes, Pablo  (again, he asked for this name on the blog so you won’t know him) has a calming quality that I am drawn to when stressed. I don’t know what it is but he would actually be my first point of call if he wasn’t so flipping busy all the time.

 

So, as you may have noticed, those three are all based in Scotland and it very much depends on if they’re around for me to talk to, so what do I do to destress without them? Well, any form of exercise is good. Even if it’s just a walk, getting into a completely different state of mind is good. Either a hot shower or bath also helps, especially if I can play my music as loud as I want and sing along. Of course, I frequently turn to blogging when I’m stressed – I suppose that makes you a part of my ‘who calms me’ part! Reading, knitting, colouring, anything creative just distracts me and I eventually feel better. Surprisingly, watching TV and films doesn’t actually help me unwind – I do them, but they don’t give me that feeling of clarity that the others do. Funny, considering how much time they take out of my day.

 

How about you? What stresses you out and how do you deal with it? Let me know!

 

Ktkinnes xx

Posted in 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge, Lifestyle

Day 4 – My Friends

Happy Sunday everyone! What have you all got planned for today? If you’re looking for my Sunday Summary post, it will be live at 3pm GMT today! I’m sorry if you were looking forward to it… But it will be back later!

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Today’s theme is Who has always been there for you? Now, as it’s under the heading of ‘My Friends’, I’m going to have to have a similar post to my April Photo a Day Challenge in that I have 3 main friends I wish to thank today, before adding a few special people!

 

My flatmates, Jason, Mary and Nuala, are the people who make me happy and they each have their own way of doing so. I’ll give you a quick recap on how I met each of them.

Jason – My first time meeting Jason, he was drunk. Funny, that pretty much describes most of first year. It was the Tuesday night of fresher’s week (a week of partying and meeting other first years) and I was in Kitchen 14, drinking tea, listening to Callam playing guitar, and talking to Toby and Ryan. Truth be told, I was kind of scared of Toby and Ryan at the start because of their size (they both workout a lot) and so it was interesting talking to them. The door opened behind me, and in through it staggered a tall guy in a t-shirt and jeans. He introduced himself as Jason and went over to the lockers to get some food, blabbering away about some really friendly Canadian he had met on his way in. Taking his food with him, Jason went to bed and, truth be told, I thought nothing more of him that night. The next day, I was waiting outside the Boyd Orr building for an induction lecture for maths, letting us know what the upcoming year would bring. In my usual fashion, I was there early and so sat down to look at my phone when next thing I spotted Jason walking towards me – he was going to the induction lecture too! We sat beside each other in the lecture and walked back to Cairncross together while he told me all about his granny’s dog, and his younger siblings. We parted ways, agreeing to speak sometime – well he did only live 2 doors away from me, I didn’t have much choice, did I? That night was the headphone disco and I really wish I could tell you it was amazing. However I wouldn’t know, I ended up taking an extremely drunk Jason back to Cairncross in a taxi and having to find someone to help me carry him to his room as he couldn’t walk. As a thanks/apology, I was bought a tub of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and so began our friendship.
To tell you about Mary, I’ll have to start with Nuala.

Nuala moved in on the Saturday, the day after me. My room was opposite Kitchen 15 and so, when I heard someone going in, I opened the door to say hi. We briefly introduced ourselves and talked about who had claimed what cupboard spaces. I then made a comment about a group of us walking into the city centre to buy some of the things we’d forgotten to bring to uni. Nuala agreed and later that day I knocked on her door and we headed into town. After a while, we got bored in the city centre and walked back, talking about ourselves, our siblings, and our dogs. I made a mental note to remember Nuala, she reminded me of someone but I couldn’t quite place her. When we got back to Cairncross, Nuala suggested we invite people to our kitchen for pre drinks and so she posted a message on the Cairncross 2014-2015 Facebook page inviting anyone who wanted to come.

Nuala’s message to the Facebook page

 

The people I soon became friends with commented underneath!

As you can see, Mary was one of the first to reply. She was also the first to show up! Arriving with alcohol in one hand, mixer in the other, Mary struck me for having a gorgeous tan and these really blue eyes. Never mind that though, she actually had the courage to turn up alone to somewhere completely new! I can’t remember if we spoke much that night but I soon remembered her through playing multiple rounds of Ring Of Fire.
These three, this year especially, have kept me from going insane. They’re there if I need someone, they put up with my incessant talking and rambling, and they haven’t tried to kill me – yet. There is still time.

Without these three, my first year at uni wouldn’t have been as great as it was, and I certainly wouldn’t have ever survived second year without their encouragement and support. I can’t tell them how much they mean to me so hopefully they’ll read this and know, either that or I’m going to have to think of ways to show it!

 

Whilst they’re new friends, the Girl Power girls are definitely friends for life. They’re so supportive and literally always there. Like there is always one of them awake. I won’t list them all here, hopefully they’ll read this and know how much they mean to me.

 

Who has always been there for you?

Ktkinnes xxx

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I’m back! Again!

Hello everyone! I’m back in action today after a very busy week. Kelsey arrived early on Wednesday morning and only left yesterday so it was go go go the entire time, even with my final exam in the middle of it all.
On the Wednesday she arrived, we all went for lunch in Cafe Andaluz, a tapas restaurant. Oh my word I am still fantasising about that meal – best food I’ve had in who knows how long! 

All the food. We ordered 3 plates each!

Of course, Nuala was the one to photograph the food while the rest of us took pictures of each other. I would highly recommend Cafe Andaluz to anyone in Glasgow looking for a lovely meal.

(left to right) Nuala, Me, Kelsey, Mary and Jason

Afterwards, we sat in George Square for a while until it was time to go and see Captain America: Civil War! Great film. Go watch it. Now. Or at least watch the trailer here! I would probably rate it 8 out of 10 as although I loved the film, there were some things that put me off it a bit. My opinion is that the plot was almost non existent and simply there to move the film from one action scene to the next. Still was a fantastic film.
Thursday was then spent in the Botanic Gardens, sleeping off hangovers in the sunshine. When it came to dinner, I cooked my Chicken Jalousie with some salad, wedges and garlic bread. I even made gluten free pastry from scratch! It was an interesting experience and not one I will hurry to repeat.

Thursday night flat dinner

After dinner, we started drinking and ended up on a night out in Garage. They were having a Disney party and so we all got tiaras.

Friday, I spent the morning revising. We then went to the park to play frisbee for a while before ordering Dominos pizza. Unfortunately there was a problem with our order in that we were given someone else’s pizzas. We had ordered 2 large, meaty pizzas. The pizzas we were given? 2 medium, vegetarian pizzas. A very sad moment. So I phoned the store and they sent out new pizzas to us, also allowing us to keep the other pizzas! So 4 pizzas for the cost of £18.99. We were still eating pizza on Monday. Friday night we just watched a film and had an earlyish night.
Saturday. Jason and Kelsey went back to the botanic gardens to give me some peace to revise. After a few hours, I joined them and we looked around the orchid show in one of the green houses. Afterwards, we met a friend for drinks and dinner in Wetherspoons before we headed home to watch Eurovision. My Twitter feed exploded – sorry to anyone who follows me!
Sunday was spent doing last minute revisions while everyone else took a more relaxing day – reading and sleeping for ages. Around 7pm, we went for dinner at The Hill on Byres Road. One word – delicious. It was so good. I had a beef stir fry with udon noodles. So much flavour, less than £10 a main course. Returning to the flat, we watched Sex Box – a strangely intriguing show. Not sure if I would recommend it or not.
Monday. Final day of exams! The exam wasn’t great, but it meant I was done for summer! Afterwards, we went to Paws for Stress – an event in the union where you could go and play with dogs to relieve stress. Honestly the best I have felt in a long time. After this, we started drinking and didn’t stop until bed almost 12 hours later…. It was a long long day…


Yesterday, Kelsey left very early in the morning. I spent the day with Paul, shopping and talking and walking a lot before going to his to watch Big. Having never seen it before, I loved it. Would definitely watch it again!

Now I’m just sitting waiting for Jason to get ready for us to go into town. We have euro to buy and some things we need for Paris – less than a week to go!
Sorry for the long winded description of the last few days, I will get onto more interesting posts at some stage soon. But for now, I need to take out the recycling 😔

Have a good day!
Ktkinnes xx

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Someone who makes you happy

Author’s note: warning, this post has the potential to be soppy, cheesy and just downright cringeworthy so save yourself if this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea. Otherwise, enjoy!
Wow, this is a tough one. I can’t possibly choose one person. I’ve had almost 24 hours to think about it and think I’m going to cheat a little on this one if you don’t mind.
I could say Baron, my dog. He never fails to bring a smile to my lips. If I’m sad or afraid, he’s there. If I’m happy, he’s there. And if I’m trying to do something in a hurry? You got it, he’s there. 

I could say my family. We have our differences, a lot of them, but we’re still family and we’ve got each others’ backs. 

I could pick any individual. Instead, I’m picking three. These three in fact.

 

From left to right: Jason, Nuala and Mary

They mightn’t forgive me for using this picture but it’s one of the only ones I have of all three of them. My flatmates, Jason, Mary and Nuala, are the people who make me happy and they each have their own way of doing so.

A brief history on how I met each of them.

Jason – My first time meeting Jason, he was drunk. Funny, that pretty much describes most of first year. It was the Tuesday night of fresher’s week (a week of partying and meeting other first years) and I was in Kitchen 14, drinking tea, listening to Callam playing guitar, and talking to Toby and Ryan. Truth be told, I was kind of scared of Toby and Ryan at the start because of their size (they both workout a lot) and so it was interesting talking to them. The door opened behind me, and in through it staggered a tall guy in a t-shirt and jeans. He introduced himself as Jason and went over to the lockers to get some food, blabbering away about some really friendly Canadian he had met on his way in. Taking his food with him, Jason went to bed and, truth be told, I thought nothing more of him that night. The next day, I was waiting outside the Boyd Orr building for an induction lecture for maths, letting us know what the upcoming year would bring. In my usual fashion, I was there early and so sat down to look at my phone when next thing I spotted Jason walking towards me – he was going to the induction lecture too! We sat beside each other in the lecture and walked back to Cairncross together while he told me all about his granny’s dog, and his younger siblings. We parted ways, agreeing to speak sometime – well he did only live 2 doors away from me, I didn’t have much choice, did I? That night was the headphone disco and I really wish I could tell you it was amazing. However I wouldn’t know, I ended up taking an extremely drunk Jason back to Cairncross in a taxi and having to find someone to help me carry him to his room as he couldn’t walk. As a thanks/apology, I was bought a tub of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and so began our friendship.
To tell you about Mary, I’ll have to start with Nuala. 

Nuala moved in on the Saturday, the day after me. My room was opposite Kitchen 15 and so, when I heard someone going in, I opened the door to say hi. We briefly introduced ourselves and talked about who had claimed what cupboard spaces. I then made a comment about a group of us walking into the city centre to buy some of the things we’d forgotten to bring to uni. Nuala agreed and later that day I knocked on her door and we headed into town. After a while, we got bored in the city centre and walked back, talking about ourselves, our siblings, and our dogs. I made a mental note to remember Nuala, she reminded me of someone but I couldn’t quite place her. When we got back to Cairncross, Nuala suggested we invite people to our kitchen for pre drinks and so she posted a message on the Cairncross 2014-2015 Facebook page inviting anyone who wanted to come.
 

Nuala’s message to the Facebook page

 
   

The people I soon became friends with commented underneath!

As you can see, Mary was one of the first to reply. She was also the first to show up! Arriving with alcohol in one hand, mixer in the other, Mary struck me for having a gorgeous tan and these really blue eyes. Never mind that though, she actually had the courage to turn up alone to somewhere completely new! I can’t remember if we spoke much that night but I soon remembered her through playing multiple rounds of Ring Of Fire. 
Wow, all this and she hasn’t said how they make her happy? My goodness, Katie is rambling tonight.


These three, this year especially, have kept me from going insane. They’re there if I need someone, they put up with my incessant talking and rambling, and they haven’t tried to kill me – yet. There is still time.

Without these three, my first year at uni wouldn’t have been as great as it was and I certainly wouldn’t be having as great a time in my second year. I can’t tell them how much they mean to me so hopefully they’ll read this and know, either that or I’m going to have to think of ways to show it!
Don’t take people for granted, and let those who you love know it. I love these three. They’re my surrogate family, and sometimes they’re all the family I need. 
Ktkinnes xx
  
 

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On the road again…

Once again, I find myself writing packing lists and trying to cram a week’s worth of clothing into a carry-on bag measuring 56cmx45cmx20cm. The real worry is always the liquid allowance – the time when every woman has to choose between her makeup and her shampoo.

I read somewhere once that you can “click and collect” your toiletries at the airport in order to save the problem of security and it also saves you spending the over the top on the items in the airport. This of course is continuing along the theme of student budgeting.

Now I know a lot of people argue that students go home to be spooky by their families and to be bought things as frequently as possible but here’s one student who likes to provide for herself! 
Ironing is completed and the outfits are in the carry-on case. I’ve added my reading (And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, hopefully a good read) and, ever hopeful, my sunglasses are tucked away in a neat little pocket. One thing I simply must do is find my passport. This happens every time I travel. I come back and put away the passport in a safe place with my driving licence and then proceed to lose them both the next time I need them. 
For a change I am actually looking forward to going home for a while. I think I need either out of the flat or out of Glasgow. I’ve grown restless here for some reason this semester, possibly with the change in second semester dynamics now that I’m experiencing it without Kelsey and Nikki, our exchange students last year. It’s not the company I miss, think it’s having people I can go chat to whenever, instead I come to you all here on WordPress. Not that I’m complaining! Still having a great time and couldn’t complain about life really, I think that’s why I feel restless instead of anything else – I’m genuinely loving this year. Something just feels off within me if that makes any sense.
There’s nothing really to talk about though, I think I really am just restless and needing reminded  as to why I try and escape the family as frequently as I do. Only time will tell! One slight problem at the minute is the amount I’ve been thinking about relationships, and I’ve been especially broody recently. Not exactly a great combination when you’re as single as possible and as far away from having kids as is possible. All of this isn’t helped by rewatching BBC’s Call The Midwife!
So with that, I’ll sign off and leave you all in peace.

Speak soon!

Ktkinnes xx

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Another one bites the dust

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Well paper one is completed! Now just to pray for a miracle that lets me pass with paper two. As expected, Glasgow is getting boring with no one to see and nowhere to go while I’m revising. It would also be good if I could build the courage to go out for lunch or dinner! Unfortunately, I am too worried about what people will think when they see me sitting on my own at a table. I wouldn’t want anyone thinking I’d been stood up! Although one of my friends recommended doing just that and seeing if I would get a free meal out of it – the way Ross does in Season 9 Episode 14 of Friends “The One With The Blind Dates”. Would definitely recommend watching this!

Another thing I would recommend either watching or reading right now would be Bridget Jones’ Diary (found //ws-eu.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=GB&source=ss&ref=ss_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=lifewithktinn-21&marketplace=amazon&region=GB&placement=B003DWC6LI&asins=B003DWC6LI&linkId=5KDTKLF7T6SYJO2Y&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true” target=”_blank”>here). Wikipedia’s summary is a good place to start – British writer Helen Fielding started her Bridget Jones’s Diary column in The Independent in 1995, while chronicling the life of Bridget Jones as a thirtysomething single woman in London as she tries to make sense of life and love with the help of a surrogate “urban family” of friends in the 1990s. The column lampooned the obsession of women with women’s magazines such as Cosmopolitan and wider social trends in Britain at the time. Helen Fielding published the novelisation of the column in 1996, followed by a sequel in 1999 called Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Both novels were adapted for the big screen in 2001 and 2004, starring Renée Zellweger as Bridget Jones, and Hugh Grant and Colin Firth as the men in her life: Daniel Cleaver and Mark Darcy. After Fielding had ceased to work for The Daily Telegraph in late 1998, the feature began again in The Independent on 4 August 2005 and finished in June 2006. Helen Fielding released a third novel in 2013, “Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy”, which is set 18 years later.

Basically – Bridget has been around for 20 years! This shocked me as I have loved both the book and film since before I can remember. I mean, who wouldn’t love watching Colin Firth fighting Hugh Grant? Facebook told me this morning that most women can easily relate to the protagonist and of course it was right. That’s what makes it such an easy read.

If you haven’t seen this film (and shame on you if you haven’t even heard of it before today) here’s the link to the trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQdy98B1nf0

Yes, I am procrastinating and pretending I don’t have an exam tomorrow that I am completely unprepared for. Yes I am scared. And finally, yes I am about to sign off and get some work done. Oooh, I can watch a film instead! Happy almost weekend everybody!

Ktkinnes xxx

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