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Quotes for Christmas!

 

Well that’s been a fun couple of days in London and I’m now curled up in bed getting some more revision done for these exams. Considering I’m the only one in the flat with exams this semester. Well, Jason has tests to do but they don’t count for anything.
London was incredible! And now that we’re on the 12th day of Blogmas, I’ve finished opening my Tanya Burr Beauty Advent Calendar! Would you be interested in a post about what is in it? Let me know below or tweet me! Today’s song on the Christmas Countdown is Driving Home For Christmas. While I’m not heading home for Christmas just yet, this always is on my playlist for travelling home at this time of year.

 

Now for today’s blogmas post (day 12) I wanted to share my favourite Christmas quotes with you! Last year I wrote these down and put them in my refillable advent calendar with a chocolate each day.

 

 

  • “He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree” – Roy L. Smith

 

  • “Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling” – Edna Ferber

 

  • “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year” – Charles Dickens

 

  • “Christmas is the day that holds all time together” – Alexander Smith

 

  • “Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” – Dale Evans Rogers

 

  • “Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little more!” – Dr Seuss

 

  • “Christmas is not as much about opening out presents as opening out hearts” – Janice Maeditere

 

  • “Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white'” – Bill Crosby

 

  • “One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.” – Andy Rooney

 

  • “Christmas gift suggestions: to your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” – Oren Arnold

 

  • “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” – Norman Vincent Peale

 

  • “Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.” – Harlan Miller

 

  • “Christmas – that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance – a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.” – Augusta E. Rundel

 

  • “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” – Charles Schulz

 

  • “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” – Bob Hope

 

Hopefully some of these have caused you to smile, laugh or just think about the way we all view Christmas.

 

Hope you all have a lovely day! Do you have any favourites I haven’t included there?

 

Ktkinnes xxx

 

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Accidental rambling

So I’m currently attempting to revise but my mind isn’t focusing at all as sitting behind me is a nearly packed suitcase! Ibiza isn’t far away and I’m desperate to get away now. 

I seriously cannot settle down to do any work and I’m beginning to worry. How am I meant to pass these resits if I can’t focus for more than a couple of hours at a time during the day? I mean, I could stay awake at night but that makes the day time work ethic even worse. Any suggestions?
Today’s thought for the day is 

Judge a man by his questions, not by his answers.   

– Voltaire          

So what does that mean for us? To me, especially today, it implies that an intelligent person doesn’t boast of his intellect through his answers, rather he asks the right questions at the right times. 

This week has been an interesting political development, probably one of the bigger ones of my lifetime. As we all know, the U.K. voted to leave the EU at the end of June. As a result, David Cameron resigned as prime minister and we now have Theresa May. Now, truth be told, I know very little about her, her policies or her intentions for the country. However, I am slightly wary of her for the simple reason I was unaware of her before this parliamentary shuffle. Is that wrong of me to say, especially when women should be rejoicing at this supposed win for feminists around the globe? I don’t know. All I do know is that it’s time I took an interest in the politics of the mainland and left behind the politics of Northern Ireland.
Whoops, I somehow got off topic. I actually came on here to talk about my summer reading list and how I’ve just downloaded Pokemon go! But I’ll save that for later. So call back tonight for this summer’s reading list and any other ramblings I may have!
Ktkinnes xx

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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

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Have your say

Apologies for disappearing and not  posting as frequently over the last few days, the weather has been glorious and there’s been a lot happening! But I’ll fill you all in on that in tomorrow’s Sunday Review. Tonight I thought I’d share a quote of the day from eduro.com.

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.

– Epictetus          

Now tonight I was coming on here to share another few facts about me, for those of you who enjoy trivial information – if ever I’m famous, these could win you quizzes! But this quote made me think about something I read somewhere recently. Don’t ask me where though as I honestly can’t remember! 

I always feel like I’m rambling away and not always giving you what you might actually be interested in. So what would you like to read about? Is there something I did once or twice and then never repeated that you would like to see repeated? 

Please please let me know! You can comment below, let me know on Twitter (@kvburton657) or send me an email! Not sure if it appears anywhere on here so if you’d prefer to email feel free to contact me at katiekinnes@msn.com.
Hope you’re all well!
Ktkinnes xx

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Too much to do

Success in life is a matter not so much of talent or opportunity as of concentration and perseverance. – C. W. Wendte          

Today I woke up feeling like I could lie in bed forever, but here’s why I can’t. 

  • I’ve still to unpack from Paris. I am the world’s laziest traveller. Most of the time, everything ends up back in the laundry basket so I can have a few more days of doing nothing. But this time I’ve to unpack so I can repack to return to Northern Ireland. Great…
  • I need to wash my hair. It hasn’t been washed since Wednesday night and looks a state right now, so I’ve tied it up in the hope I can leave it until tomorrow.
  • My Paris blog post needs to be written. Except I’m waiting until my external hard drive arrives so I can save all my photos to it before writing the post. 
  • I need to start packing for going home. Normally packing takes me 3 weeks, now I’ve to condense it to 2 days!
  • Dinner needs cooked at some stage…
  • My bedroom is a mess and the kitchen needs sorted
  • I’ve too much food and no idea if it’ll freeze or not.
  • Shopping needs done since I’ve got parts of meals but not actual meals

And probably so much more that I can’t think of right now! The first step will be getting out of bed. Wish me luck!
Ktkinnes xx