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Sunday Summary

It’s back! Have you missed it? I can’t decide if I did or not. However, it’s a Sunday morning and here we are, ready to take a look back at the last 7 days. How have you been? Haven’t asked you in a while, how rude of me. I’m actually looking forward to sharing the last few days with you so without further adieu, here’s Sunday’s Summary!

 

Sunday  was a little bit of a lazy day. Well, not lazy as I had so much university work to do… But I stayed in my pyjamas all day and got to be a bit of a slob. I finished up around 7ish and an old friend from first year showed up unexpectedly while Mary was cooking dinner for the two of us, so it was quite nice to have a bit of a chat. Actually, I’ve just remembered I want to ask Mary for her recipe for that chicken… Knew this was helpful!

On Monday, I had my two lectures and my first lab session of the year! Except it wasn’t really a lab. Instead, we discussed estimating things and deriving equations and used a cool app called Kahoot to answer multiple choice questions on the board. We then had to partner up and sign up to our experiments and our literature reports for later in the year. This was the nervous part for me – I know no one in my labs and was so worried about having to find a partner and talk to someone completely new. I hovered by the sign up sheets until a good three quarters of the room had left before approaching 4 girls and a guy standing in a group – there was bound to be someone without a partner! Thankfully, the guy (Will) told me he didn’t have a partner and so now we’re together for the experiments! We’re starting with probably not the best experiment but then at least I’ve done it all before! Next week however is Matlab so please wish me luck with it. It’s a horrible coding course we have to take… Not looking forward to that.

Tuesday came and once again I made it to my lectures, and came home to an empty flat. I phoned home on Tuesday for a bit of a chat, and had a chat with my aunt in Dundee too, and so I passed the time that way. Again, I mainly spent the day writing notes up and making sure I understood what was going on. Of course, I remembered to take part in the GRLPOWR chat on Twitter and it basically ended up being a Christmas chat – at least the bits I saw! Oh, that’s another thing. I woke up with fresher’s flu on Monday and so by Tuesday honestly thought I was dying. Yes, I’m quite a bad sufferer of man-flu. A simple cold was killing me. But I attempted an early night on Tuesday as a result.

Ah Wednesday… The highlight of my week. If you have me on snapchat, then you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about and I’d like to apologise for my rambling so much about going to bed instead of actually getting up and going to bed. But we’ll get to that point in a minute. I woke up on Wednesday feeling slightly better and was happy to go to class. I came back, did some work, and then made a chilli. Except there were 5 portions of chilli… I don’t know if I’ve just reduced my portion sizes or what as I purposefully only bought enough meat to make 2 portions so I’m not sure how that developed into 5? Anyway. I then got ready to go to LGBTQ+ which was having it’s official Launch Night event to raise money for the year. Drinks were £1 for a single and £2 for doubles, beers and ciders. There were also raffle tickets on sale so naturally I spent £10 on tickets and didn’t win anything. Some of my old friends from last year showed up and it was a great night, resulting in me going to Polo – the LGBTQ+ club in Glasgow City Centre. Suffice to say I spent a small fortune on drinks overall, made it home just after 3am, and was still snapchat vlogging at 4am… Sorry! No wonder I was so hungover on Thursday…

Thursday morning was painful. I woke up and spent the first hour trying not to throw up, before throwing on whatever clothes I could find and going to my lectures. Warm lecture theatres, lots of people, and being hungover was not a fantastic combination but I survived! Came home, went to have a bit of a nap but couldn’t due to noise, and so just got on with some work. Mary and I got Chinese as she had been out with the football girls and was feeling equally as rough as me. We then curled up on the sofa to watch The Apprentice. Anyone else delighted that it’s back? There were some fabulous comments and one-liners! Unfortunately I missed the chat for GRLPOWR but I think it was a good one! I then went to bed and wrote up a few blog posts while discussing the GRLPOWR Christmas plans. Yes it’s early but the fact that it’s already the 9th of October is a sign that time is going to fly!

Friday was a bit of a mixed day. I woke up thinking ‘Wow, Mary’s up early, I don’t normally see her before lectures…’. I rolled over and looked at my phone – 11:08am. My first lecture of the day had started 3 minutes earlier and there I was still in bed. There went my ‘attend every lecture’ goal! I did, however, manage to shower, dry my hair, have breakfast, and look semi decent all in the 40 minutes I had before my next lecture – not too bad in my opinion! On my way home, an old friend bumped into me and followed me home… Not that I don’t like him but just he ditched us for over a year because he had a girlfriend and now that they’ve broken up he’s come crawling back. I wouldn’t care but he expected me to just continue as if no time had passed. The afternoon was spent talking on the phone to Mum, and writing my post for Tuesday next week. Trust me when I say I was writing it from 4:30 until well after 9, and I didn’t even stop for dinner. So at 10pm I curled up in bed with doritos, netflix, and the GRLPOWR group chat to have a relaxed night.

Finally, Saturday was spent tidying my room, organising shopping lists and actually doing the shopping. I caught up on some uni work, spoke to one of my grannies, and cooked dinner for Jason, Mary and myself. Then Saturday night was once again spent blogging and chatting to friends! Haha, what happened to my social life?

 

So that’s you up to date! What did you get up to this week? Any fun stories to share?

 

Ktkinnes xx

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Sunday

Hello once again for your weekly summary of what I’ve been up to! How was your week? Has it been busy?

My To Do List – use post it notes to use it again!
Sunday, I posted my to do list. I’ll be posting later how I got on with the to do list. Did you like that or prefer me to not post things like that? Let me know! I’d rather know these things than post content you aren’t interested in. The rest of the day was spent revising, cleaning, blogging, and I actually went to the gym! It felt great to be exercising again. The best part about it was I got to see some of the olympics at the same time! Later that day, a friend came round, we all had dinner together, then we went to a pub for drinks with some other friends. We ended the night just after 11, but the friend who came for dinner didn’t leave until 3am, during which time I had a great DMC with him. Eventually we realised the time, he left, and I collapsed into bed.

Monday was a great day for my blogging planning. I scheduled a load of posts, finally started filling in my bloggers planner, revised a bit, and got taking part in some great Twitter chats! A couple of friends called over to chat, and it was good to see people again. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy being alone, but I also like knowing there are other people in the flat. Oh, I also signed up to a blogging challenge for September but I’ll fill you in on that later in the week.
Tuesday was spent in bed, cramming for the maths exam. I went for a walk to enjoy the sun a bit but really I didn’t do very much. Sorry!

Wednesday morning dawned and I took myself off to my exam. I didn’t realise until I got to the main building that I hadn’t checked what room I was in or anything so had a momentary panic. I actually liked the paper, it was fair in that if you knew your stuff you were fine. Some poor guy sitting beside me literally answered the first 6 marks, read the rest of his paper, closed his books, and sat there for 80 minutes not writing anything… Whoops! Afterwards, Nuala and I went for coffee/lunch in a really nice little place near us. I’ll definitely go back, maybe when Rachel’s over at Halloween. Then, it was home to pack and make up Mary’s bed again before heading to view a few friends’ new flat. What was meant to be 5 minutes for a cup of tea and a tour, turned into 3 hours of a stay. I walked back to the flat, booked a taxi, tidied up once more, and left. The airport was fine, quite boring to be honest, as all airports are. I went to the nearest bar for dinner and discovered I was stuck between a Pokéstop and a Gym but unable to access either of them despite the fact they were both so close! However, someone had dropped a lure and so I sat and caught Pokemon while eating dinner and talking to some lovely people on Twitter. At last, my gate number was put up and I headed off to wait. We were queuing to board when next thing David Cameron walked past! Fun times, right? So we boarded, had a quick and easy flight, and then home for a relatively early night. Or so I thought. Could I sleep? Not at all! Got to sleep at 3am and was awake again from 5. 

And so Thursday was an interesting day, surviving on 5 hours sleep in the previous 48 hours. Rachel’s AS results came in, and while she was disappointed in 2 of her grades, she was over the moon about the other two! We rushed through the shower and headed to M&S to get some things for dinner, visited one granny, drove to school to speak to Rachel’s teachers about possible resits and remarks, and then went for lunch with the other granny. During a lovely meal, she decided to bring up the fact I don’t want to continue at uni and said something along the lines of “don’t give up just because it’s difficult”. Well at that point I started crying again, explaining that it wasn’t just that I clearly was struggling with passing, explaining everything I’ve thought, said and done in the last year. Afterwards, it was decided that my university stuff shouldn’t be talked about, hell I wasn’t going to complain about that! We then came back to the house for a barbecue and everyone ended up in bed just after 10. I decided that, since my new hand weights arrived this morning, I would do a mini weights routine before bed and so 20 minutes later crawled into bed in an attempt to sleep.
I actually managed a decent night’s sleep and so on Friday morning I woke up feeling fresh. My granny and aunt called round so we sat and chatted for an hour or so before they left and I was finally able to get through the shower. Stupidly, I decided to exercise after said shower – cue a rather sweaty Katie for the rest of the day. However, I was so proud of myself for motivating myself to exercise that really I didn’t care. That afternoon we went into Lisburn and I picked up a couple more things for Rachel’s birthday present as I now have 3 weeks left to sort everything for it – help! Then we went for drinks with Mum and Dad, and then out for dinner. It was actually quite a nice change of a day!
Saturday then was slightly less busy – even if the other days don’t sound busy they were! We were all through the shower and getting ready by 10am and set to clearing out one of our bookcases down stairs. Apparently people in this family get rid of books – the horror!! After lunch, we headed down to Boucher Road to try and get Rachel a bag for her upcoming formal, considering she managed to break my bag from the wedding that I was going to lend her. We didn’t get her a bag, however we did manage to get 4 new seat cushions, a photo frame, a table, and a bit of clothes shopping. Not bad for one afternoon! We visited Granny and then came on home. I got started on writing blog posts, and everyone else watched some of the Olympics. A night in front of the TV was had, and we went to bed reasonably early as Sunday has an early start with us taking part in a car boot sale. Wish us luck!!
Ktkinnes xx

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Sunday again

Well once again it’s that time of the week when I tell you all the oh so exciting things I got up to in the past 7 days. Did you know, Sundays are the most popular day for people to view my blog? That’s quite interesting actually. Sunday’s the day I tend to not be online as much! Well Saturdays are when I tend to take a break from social media anyway so in my mind Sunday wouldn’t be a popular day. But you know what you like to do, who am I to question it? 
My most popular post this week was Well then, and before I get into anything to do with my usual Sunday post I’d just like to thank everyone who took the time out of their day to read and comment on it. You’ve all helped me so much, but I’ll come to that later. 
Monday, I was awake early to see Rachel off to the airport before I then spent the day revising. I did take the time to question whether technology and social media have taken over our lives, what do you think? Let me know here! I also shared an open letter to my mum as I felt like I needed to get things off my chest. I think Monday should’ve been a sign of the upcoming week.
Tuesday was another day of revision except, for a change of scene, Jason and I went Pokemon hunting in Glasgow. This was my first ever Pokemon hunt and it was actually quite fun once I figured out how to catch the Pokemon! 
On Wednesday, I began to go a little bit crazy. No amount of revision seemed to be helping me, and in the end I wound myself up beyond belief. I think Wednesday night was the night I began to be honest with myself with regards to university and life in general. That’s when I wrote “Well then”. After a mini break down, a lot of tears, and some wise words from a few friends, I was calm enough to bed.
I woke up on Thursday and phoned home to tell them how I was feeling. Again, more tears. It took a long time for me to calm down again. To be honest, I was still in hysterics when a few friends arrived. It meant I could distract myself for an hour before the exam. Sitting the exam, I’m no longer sure if it was actually an okay paper or if it just felt that way because I was so scared about not knowing anything for it, does that make sense? Afterwards, I came home and crawled into bed where I spent the rest of the night.
Friday morning dawned and I had to go back to uni for another exam. This one I can honestly say was a disaster. I don’t know whether it was a mind blank or if I’d ever known it to begin with. And so I came back and started job hunting. 
Yesterday, I woke up with a pounding headache for the 4th time this week. I thought nothing of it, took a few painkillers and started to clean the flat. However, after an hour, the headache was getting worse and worse, I began to feel dizzy if I even lowered my head to look at what I was doing, and any time I bent over I thought I was going to be sick. After a while, I practically crawled back to bed to try and sleep off whatever was wrong with me. 5 hours later I accepted this was a migraine and not a headache, and nowhere in the flat was dark or quiet enough to be of any help. I phoned home to ask for advice and was told to take some stinger painkillers and just keep sleeping. Eventually it lightened to the steady dull pain I’m used to, and I could actually sit up in bed without feeling nauseous. Within half an hour, Nuala was back!! So I forced my company on her for a few hours until we went our separate ways to head to bed.
Today, I’ll probably finish the cleaning I started yesterday, continue some revision, tidy my room, and maybe actually go to the gym! I’m excited to exercise again, is that sad?
How was your week?
Ktkinnes xx

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Goodbye July!

And here we are, the last day of the month. Is it just me or did July last longer than normal? Might have something to do with being back at home with the family. 
Tomorrow I’ll lay out my new goals for the month, but if you want a quick read of July’s goals before I discuss whether or not I successfully achieved them, read them here! Should start a little competition each month, see how many of you correctly guess how successful I was.
July has been busy. From the start, we’ve had Rachel’s trip to Romania, I went to Kesh, a lot of barbeques and packing, a drive up to Portrush on the north coast, our holiday to Ibiza, and now I’m in Glasgow! 
What have you been up to this month?

Ktkinnes xx

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End of the week, end of the month!

Wow okay so I’ve actually got both of these to write up today, please be patient while I try and remember the last month! Or will I start with the week’s review? Yeah, let’s do that first and then come back later for a round up of the month. Here goes!
Monday, I was an abandoned child while Mum, Dad and Rachel all went to the beach. I lay by the pool and read to my hearts content, and yes I still have that review to write. I’ll get on that as soon as I’ve finished these two posts, I promise. When they came back, we had our usual dip in the pool followed by a pre-shower drink so that we could go get ready for the night ahead. As was our usual routine, we got changed in our respective rooms and then Rachel and I moved through to Mum and Dad to chat while they finished getting ready. As we started down for dinner, Rachel somehow managed to kick the door frame and ended up with a bleeding toe. Now, while this doesn’t sound funny here it was hilarious at the time. To be honest, her toe is still sore so maybe it isn’t funny… But it definitely was at the time. After dinner that night, we met José in Es Canar for a few drinks with Mum and Dad. It was a good night and we got back to the hotel around 2:30am.
Tuesday was more of the same, just lying by the pool and getting some sun while reading and revising. I accidentally fell asleep for an hour and woke up completely sunburnt on the back of my legs to the point that it hurt to walk. That night we said goodbye to 2 of our friends who had been going to the hotel for 10 years but they have decided that this year wil have been their last. There were quite a few tears, and the night ended reasonably early given the circumstances.
Wednesday marked our last full day. We said our goodbyes to some of the staff in the afternoon, making them promise to come visit us if they’re ever in the UK. That night there was a party of some kind in the hotel and everyone was invited however we felt extremely underdressed, even in some of our best clothes. There were people from Chanel there… Rachel and I were then to go on and meet José in Es Canar again for a few drinks and so we said farewell to yet more staff – it was painful, especially knowing they mightn’t be there the next time we go if and when we next go. After a few drinks in one bar, we went on the dodgems (I’ve a serious bruise on my knee to prove it) before having a few drinks in another bar and then on to a club after. As per usual, we ended the night on the beach before getting a taxi back to the hotel.
Thursday had us doing our last minute packing and soaking up the sun. It was also the worst day for goodbyes as we were properly saying goodbye to José and I honestly didn’t want to. I could have a platonic marriage to a 39 year old and live in Ibiza, right? We got on the bus and went to the airport and finally got home around 10pm on Thursday night. 
Friday brought about a mad scramble to unpack and then repack for me. I got a new phone in the middle of it all, and then Granny H came up to the house for a Chinese takeaway and a catch up. It was a quiet enough day considering we were adapting to the delightful summer weather we get here in the UK.
Saturday (yesterday) was then a case of up early to finish packing and get across to the hairdressers. I was furious when I came out though. The prices have gone up to £34 for a cut and blow dry, my hair looked nothing like what I’d asked for, and when I voiced that concern the response was “well I did what you asked and there isn’t anything else I can do”. My hair looked like it hadn’t seen shampoo in a month it was that limp!!! So I came home and restyled it myself to look semi reasonable. We then went and visited Granny before taking me to the airport. I then flew back to Glasgow, arrived into the flat, and collapsed into bed. It had been a busy couple of days!
So today I’m going to revise and write a few more blog posts. Have a great Sunday!
Ktkinnes xx

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Ibiza 2016

Hello my lovely friends! How’ve you all been?

If any of you follow me on Twitter, you’ll be well aware of the fact that recently I’ve been completely AWOL from all aspects of my blog, so please don’t feel abandoned.
Ibiza this year was good. I can’t say it was great, I can’t gush about it, but I can 100% guarantee that I didn’t want to come home again. We had an interesting flight out to Ibiza with Jet2 to start – firstly we were delayed by about 45 minutes with no explanation or apology. This really irritated me because we were already going to be arriving late enough, never mind a delay. Plus, have you ever been delayed on a plane predominantly filled with drunk Northern Irish people who’re excited for their trip to Ibiza? Let’s just say it was noisy, cramped and embarrassing (I mean, really. Have you heard our accents??). Finally we got up in the air and I plugged in my headphones to watch We’re The Millers – I still haven’t seen the end of the film so review will be up eventually. Mum and I had some prossecco and we relaxed into holiday mode. 

Drinks on the plane
About half an hour after the seatbelt sign had been switched off, I looked at Dad (who was sitting beside me) and asked could he smell smoke. Turns out one of the drunken a*******s had decided to light up in the toilets just behind us. He then proceeded to claim that the stewardesses has said he could. His passport was confiscated and he was told he would be arrested when we landed as smoking on an airplane is a serious offence. We could’ve all died! We settled back down and eventually the plane started to land in the country I’ve now adopted as my 3rd home (order being Scotland, Northern Ireland and then Ibiza). It was at this point that a delightful friend of Mr Smoker decided the seatbelt rule didn’t apply to him and so, as the wheels hit the tarmac, he stood up and opened the overhead locker to retrieve his belongings. Well we don’t know how he was aware of it but the pilot slammed on his brakes and yelled over then intercom “SIT DOWN NOW!” as the rest of us watched this eejit stumble to the ground. Finally we stopped and that was all fine, we began to gather our stuff and make our way into the aisles to disembark (can I use that for a plane or is it only used for a boat?) when once again we were instructed to take our seats. The Guardia Civil were coming on the plane to arrest our two idiots. Great start to their holiday! This however meant a further 30 minute delay in getting off the airplane. 
Arriving at the hotel felt like bliss. Someone came out of reception to help us lift our cases up, and checking in was straightforward as ever. We started downstairs to grab some dinner before the restaurant shut where we were greeted by staff we consider old friends. Hugs and kisses all around and a lot of talking later, we finally got something to eat around 9:30pm… I was starving!

So, instead of boring you with a day by day account of the trip, I’ll give you the interesting parts, or at least the bits I would find interesting.
Once again, there were a few changes to the hotel. Due to last year’s slating of the changes, a lot of the guests were around my age and only staying for bed and breakfast, not half board. This meant that management had decided to close the main restaurant and have us eat dinner at the pool bar. Here we were given a choice of 2 meat and 2 fish which were served with potato and vegetables. Now, we aren’t a stereotypical family from the island of Ireland. We don’t like potato. The thought of 11 days of meat, potato and veg was already quite daunting. It was then quickly explained to us that, for no extra cost, we could order something from the pool bar’s lunchtime menu. Considering the lunch menu from the pool bar was more a dinner menu anyway, we did this for a few nights. On our 6th night, José (who had gone out with Rachel and me for drinks the previous 2 years and had received a promotion this year to head of the restaurant – I felt like a proud parent!) came over to us and said that the next day we would be moving back to the main restaurant for dinners as numbers were increasing again. The cheer we let out! So note, if considering booking Sol Beach House Hotel Ibiza, go for it! It’s brilliant.

The other change was a lot of staff from last year had been dropped and a lot of new faces were introduced. However our main favourites were still there and we were able to continue our friendships with them all, we’ve even invited some of them to come visit us here in Northern Ireland if they’d like to come and practice their English for a week or so. 
We did venture out of the hotel a few times. On the first Wednesday, we went to the hippy market in Es Canar where we got a caracature drawn of us as a family – picture soon to follow! We spent a good amount of time browsing the stalls and it was good to experience however I don’t think I’d rush back as so many stalls were over priced. 
We also took an evening out to go to Ibiza Town and see what it was like in the evenings. Unfortunately we missed the parade and a lot of the shows as we ended up going shopping instead. However we did go up into the old town a bit and got some lovely photos of the port.


Those pictures don’t really do it justice but I felt I had to share them. 
The next night, Mum, Dad, Rachel and I met José for drinks in Es Canar, this was Mum and Dad’s way of saying thanks for everything over the last few years. We went to the bar that he’d taken Rachel and me to over the last 2 years and there was a Robbie Williams tribute act so it was a good laugh singing along and dancing when conversation was avoiding us. It was a good night but mum and dad dragged us back to the hotel before we could go to the nightclub or anywhere near the beach and so on Wednesday night we went out with him again.

This, of course, resulted in him getting very drunk and Rachel and I were semi drunk. As Wednesday was our last full day, we decided to treat ourselves to a cocktail before going to our rooms to get changed for dinner. Mum and I had some lemon gin thing that tasted delicious, Dad had a Bloody Mary and Rachel had some weird take on an amaretto sour. Except, it was one of our friendly waiters who made it and so she was drunk before she’d even half finished the drink. Considering this was followed by more predinner drinks, wine with dinner, and drinks at a party the hotel was having, it wasn’t really our fault that we were so drunk by the time José took us to the nightclub and we were dancing with him. After dancing for an hour, we decided to go to the beach – yes, that’s what you do at 2am. Rachel as usual wanted to go swimming in the sea and so we all ended up soaked. José at least had had the sense to strip down to his underwear before joining us in the water. We all walked a bit to dry off but José was complaining that he’d need a shower before bed. However, as he’s now living in the hotel and sharing a room with another member of staff, he couldn’t use their bathroom at 3am, so Rachel offered him our bathroom. We had a bit of a laugh after he’d showered off and then the 3 of us all tried to share the small double in the room until he decided he was too uncomfortable and also realised he needed to get up for work the next morning without being seen by any other guests or members of staff and so he snuck out again around 4:30ish. Needless to say, he didn’t make it in to start his shift at 10am.

Goodbyes are always the worst and suffice to say I was crying a lot as we left. With the cost of the holiday, there’s no way we’ll be back any time soon and we have no idea if or when we’ll next see our friends. I’d like to hope that we’ll go back in a few years, but the cost needs to come down and our friends most likely won’t still be working there.

So for now, I’ll just keep looking at the pictures and focus on the memories from this year. Who knows, maybe I’ll go by myself next summer?!
Ktkinnes xx

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Hello from The Island!

Hello my lovely friends! How are you all? If you haven’t already guessed – I’m in Ibiza!  Well I’m actually not there yet, I’m scheduling this post in case I get too tired and fall asleep without blogging tomorrow… But by the time you’re reading this I’ll be in Ibiza!

Unfortunately, I didn’t win the euromillions on Friday night so after 11 nights I will need to go back to Northern Ireland again. But enough of that, I’ve only just arrived and I plan on making the most of this holiday. So instead of boring you with why I want to stay, shall we have a look back at the last 7 days?

Sunday, Rachel returned from Romania and woke us all up around 4:30am when she arrived in with her McDonald’s cheeseburger and fries which she proceeded to eat in front of us, offering us a bite while we were still waking up. No thanks. To mark her return, and the final of Wimbledon, Granny H came up for dinner and a good night. We were fed and watered before settling down to watch TV – Dad watching the football, Mum and I watching Les Misérables. Could there have been a more perfect way to end the week? Oh! And I almost forgot, I actually managed to take part in the Teacup Club’s Twitter chat on Sunday! 

Monday, I did a bit of revision before going on a shopping spree in Boots for some last minute holiday purchases. Would you like to see a haul post from it? Monday was quite quiet. I can’t really remember it all that well to be honest! Can’t have been anything important.

Tuesday marked the 12th of July, something of a public holiday here in Northern Ireland. To celebrate the Battle of the Boyne, there are parades and marches and the like and so we made our way down to watch them for half an hour or so. We got a good walk though, and it was a lovely warm morning. Considering I have something against loud noises (always have, always will. Couldn’t even have windows open while someone was cutting the grass) half an hour was long enough for me to cope with the Lambeg drums and loud music. Rachel’s boyfriend and his mum came around for an all afternoon barbeque, even though the rain was pouring down, and it was actually a good day. 

On Wednesday we took a road trip up to the north coast, Portrush and Port Ballintrae, for a different afternoon. It turned out to be a glorious day, and we finished it by having dinner in the Ramore Wine Bar. 


Thursday was spent revising, cleaning, and packing. Rachel was at her boyfriend’s, and I ended up having an argument with Mum so sat in my room the majority of the night.

Friday I saw Granny B and said goodbye to her before the holiday. The rest of the day was taken up with making her a list of instructions for while she’s cat-and-dog-sitting, teaching Mum how to download podcasts, painting nails and collecting our travel money. 

Saturday, holiday spirit began to take over. The kitchen was cleaned, Rachel went to her first “day” of work (it was only 3 hours and she complained after that she was exhausted – come back to me when you’ve worked 3:30-11:30pm one night and been back in 6:30am-3:30pm the next morning). The afternoon was spent at Granny H’s house before she took us out for dinner at a little restaurant on the Lisburn Road. It was lovely but boy does she talk… I swear she didn’t shut up for longer than 30 seconds in the 6 and a half hours we were with her. We went home and I curled up in bed to watch The Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. Love it.
And that brings you up to date! I’ll probably blog about our travels while we’re away so keep an eye out for my posts!
Hope the upcoming week is good to you all!
Ktkinnes xx

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Sunday’s Summary


Isn’t it a miserable day? After weeks of sunshine and heat, the rain is falling and I am sitting planning a stereotypical Sunday in the house.

This week has been a good one, even if not too busy. Monday was spent running around doing things for one granny, making sure she had everything needed for the week ahead. It was also on Monday that I somehow spent almost £80 in Boots… How did that happen?? Then we lazed around the garden and sunbathed before the typical bbq. Unfortunately, this meant I missed the blogging chat I was looking forward to.

Tuesday was then another day Of sunning myself but also watching Iron Man for the first time. Having loved the two sequels, I was excited to watch the original and finally understand who/what everything was. Unfortunately I was slightly disappointed by it but then again, that just goes to show that the actors and actresses grew into their roles and became the more relatable ones now seen.

Wednesday I swapped driving and sunning myself for cleaning my granny’s house in preparation of her guests this weekend. Did I mention we had a family wedding to go to? Anyway, it took most of the day to clean the house and get the shopping in, so it was no surprise that I collapsed into bed with Bridge of Spies on dvd. Quite a good film actually, just too long if you’re trying not to fall asleep. 

Thursday, Mum was off work and tans were being done. I think I quite suit it! Most colour I’ve ever had… We then did some more shopping before dashing down to Belfast to leave the bbq there for granny. I made another delicious (if I say so myself) lasagne and we enjoyed the last meal outside in the sun. 
Friday was the day of the wedding and we all (the girls anyway) headed to the hairdressers to be prepped. Dad managed to try and put on a suit that was 4 sizes too small for him, and then we headed to Greyabbey for a lovely day. Don’t we all look fab?


Yesterday was the most exciting day though – we finally booked to go back to Ibiza! 5 weeks today we’ll be at the airport!! But apart from that, there was an extended family bbq and since then we’ve been taking a quiet day today. 
Rachel’s got 3 exams for her As Levels in the upcoming week, I’ve a job interview in the morning, and apart from that I’m not sure what the upcoming week will bring. What did you get up to this week? Anything exciting next week? Whatever you get up to, hopefully the upcoming week is good to you!
Ktkinnes xx

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Eugh. Sunday.

I love Sunday’s. The relaxation, the preparation for the week ahead, and the ever present desire to hide in bed for an eternity.

  
After a busy week of what felt like doing nothing, I’m exhausted. And I’ve somehow developed a cold. Monday was hectic, writing a presentation due in on Tuesday, and accompanied by a trip to the park. Tuesday then saw a day of shopping, spending money unnecessarily but it was fun. Wednesday came with a presentation in physics that I think went well, and then a fab night out with my new friends at lgbtq+. Thursday should’ve been a day of recovery except it was St. Patrick’s Day and so the drinking continued – the day ending with me attending my first ever ceilidh. Friday saw me tidying and beginning to get my life organised again before watching Freedom Writers, a fantastic film. My review can be found titled “Freedom Writers”. Saturday was super Saturday, 3 rugby matches and once again alcohol was consumed. With the cold I wasn’t drinking much and so it was fun to watch Nuala and Charlie get incredibly drunk.
I’m now currently in bed, dosed up with painkillers and cold and flu medicine, watching Criminal Minds and considering making a revision timetable. 37 days until the first exam!

  

Tonight’s plan is a quiet night in. Maybe a film with Mary. I’m heading home for a few weeks as of Tuesday so tomorrow will probably be spent packing along with meeting up with one of said lgbtq+ friends for coffee. Hopefully this week will be less hectic with a lot more sleep involved! Coughing stops me from sleeping…
Anyway, I’m going to go and pay attention to the tv. Remember, make the most of what’s left of your Sunday night freedom!
  

Ktkinnes xxx