Books, General, Travel

30 before 30

It’s November. Halloween has been and gone, the shops are plastered from wall to wall, floor to ceiling with all things Christmas, and this month, it’s my birthday. If I’m honest, I didn’t accept my 21st birthday very well, or my 22nd, and certainly not my 25th. This year, I am once again face with a slight feeling of getting older with nothing to show for it, so, this year, I am going to try and make it my mission to change that. So, I decided to make a motivational list of things that I want to do between now and my next milestone birthday. Here’s my 30 before 30 list:

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General, Travel

Live Below The Line

Ending-Hunger-is-Possible-Rethink-World-Hunger-The-Hunger-Project-UK-home-pageI’ve had this blog for almost 9 months, and throughout that time, I have blogged about a multitude of things, trivial and important, fun and serious, books and travel.

This is probably one of, if not the most important post I will have written while I have had it.

To donate, click here.

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Ice, Ice Baby: Part 2

I was nominated a few days ago to complete the ice bucket challenge, and after recovering from my cold (I didn’t think it best to dump a bucket of freezing water over my head while I was ill) I completed it.

I decided to donate to the Motor Neurone Disease Association rather than ALS (the US version of the same charity, and the cause responsible for the viral craze.) I am not downgrading the importance of the ALS association, I just feel as a Brit, I should donate to the charity over here and spread the fundraising around a bit.

I also donated to Parkinson’s UK, a charity close to me. I urge you to donate to this cause, or to find a charity close to your heart and raise money/awareness in any way you can. It seems dumping ice cold water is the current way to do it, but if that is not your cup of tea, check out some fundraising ideas online, or come up with you own scheme.

Click on the charity for more information, and for details to donate: Parkinson’s UK, ALS, and MNDA


General, Travel

If today was was a GCSE result, it would have got an A

Do you ever wake up in the morning and think ‘Today is going to be a good day?’ No, me neither, usually.

That said, this morning I woke up, and just felt happy, excited, productive, which is a bit new for me. I think I might be a morning person (my Mum would vehemently disagree considering how late I sometimes, and prefer to, rise) which is good to learn, even if I have wasted many a morning in bed.

Vietnamese Visa
Vietnamese Visa

My Vietnamese visa arrived this morning, which was a great wake to mark the 4 weeks today until I fly to Thailand marker. I am ridiculously excited. Ever since that little countdown clock on the side of my blog changed from months to days it has seemed extra real. Seeing the visa in my passport was an extra thing that made my mood soar this morning! (I have put a pic up, the weird angle is just to hide any actual details of either my passport/visa for security reasons.)

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Ice, Ice Baby

Tom Hiddleston during Live Below the Line and ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Tom Hiddleston during Live Below the Line and ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I don’t know about you, but I really hate viral videos and campaigns, and half the time, don’t understand the point. This past 12 months has been the yeah of the selfie and viral video (neknomination, I’m in me mum’s car, James Franco’s weird semi-nude selfies) and I hate how they clog up my twitter, facebook, and Tumblr feeds. I don’t want to sound bitter about the use of social media for charity, in fact I whole-heartedly support it – if it wasn’t for Tom Hiddleston and his video regarding Live Below the Line, I never would have signed up!

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Viva La Nerdolution

nerd machineFor as long as I could remember, I just presumed I was pretty bog-standard normal. That doesn’t really bother me. I didn’t really think I was very into anything, maybe sports, or Harry Potter, but if you can find many kids in Liverpool who aren’t at least mildly obsessed with one of those things than you are a better human-seeker than I am.

I used to love the OC. I don’t really know why I have put used to there, I still do, I can’t believe it finished 7 years ago! Seth Cohen was my favourite character in it without a shadow of a doubt. He was witty, intelligent, and a nerd. I’ve always loved the stories in comic-books, just don’t enjoy reading the actual things, and for the first time, there was a character on a main-stream show that I loved who liked all things nerdy. Now we have all sorts on the TV that are embraced by nerds, The Big Bang Theory epitomising this. It’s made me realise that being nerdy about something has almost become the way of saying that you really quite like it.

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General, Travel, University

Marathons, Marvel, and Murder: A week in the life of a bored graduate

I am a Graduate. It has been official for a week now. Well, 8 days. I have uploaded all the photographs and shown them to various interested parties. I have written a post about it here to capture my thoughts on the day. I have ordered my official photographs. I’ve organised my certification and booklets from the day. Once that was done, which took me all of one afternoon, I have literally done nothing. A complete, huge, diddly squit. Nada.

The big things I meant to do were locate my passport and tidy/organise my bedroom. I would like to stress at this point that I don’t think my passport is lost, I have filed it in an EXTREMELY safe place, I have just forgotten where that place is. Very annoying, especially as I am travelling soon and need to begin organising visas etc. Let’s not panic yet, eh? And my room. Well I have been meaning to do that since I graduated. I did quite a bit when I first moved back in, but it’s really not as simple as that. My room is small, and I have a lot of stuff, and at the moment I have issues with actually moving in there. I find that when I try to sort stuff, the space I put it into to sort then blocks the place I am trying to sort it into, and vice versa. And with the hot weather (I really do my best not to complain too much with the weather, and just to be thankful when it is warm, but…) being so attractive at the moment, I just don’t want to lock myself away in a room that is already pretty damn stuffy and heat filled. I will get it done. At some point. Before my parents get home from their holiday.

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