Category Archives: Personal

My great-grandma

As part of a series on families who have lived in the town for many years, the local paper recently published a group photo from a wedding in the early 50s which my great-grandma and my grandad amongst other family … Continue reading

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One year anniversary

Today is my one year non-smoking anniversary.  That’s a sentence I never thought I’d write as I’d been smoking for longer than I’d care to admit and also never intended to quit. There was no masterplan, I don’t use vapes, … Continue reading

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Feeding my soul

​’Feeding your soul’ is a concept I have come across quite frequently from some lifestyle blogs I used to read but I never gave it any more meaning than ‘treat yourself’. After a tumultuous year, a few days of travelling … Continue reading

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1135 days

It’s been 1135 days since I’ve last updated this blog which is a very long time! Technically I should be celebrating my ten year anniversary of this blog, but it feels wrong to do so when I’ve had a gap … Continue reading

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19 days later

It has been 19 days since I’ve had the first symptoms of my illness which I’ve had diagnosed as bronchitis with whooping cough (pertussis) last week. The symptoms initially started with a cough on a Thursday and by Saturday I … Continue reading

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2012 in review

2012 was a curious year for me with a lot happening. After glorious #funemployment lasting six months I got a new job that I am still enjoying ten months later. Whilst it is the best job I have had my … Continue reading

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Shine London 2012

Last year I had this crazy idea of signing up for a half marathon walk in aid of Cancer Research. I talked about it here and here. And then I didn’t talk about it any more.. First things first: I … Continue reading

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[Probably] great holiday [definitely] wrong time

I’ve decided to come home from Pisa two days early and spent far too much money on a flight for tomorrow night. There are several reasons for it [in no particular order]: I didn’t do any of the things I … Continue reading

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“It is *because* I love you that I don’t let you do whatever you want.”

Had a conversation with a friend about children earlier which somehow brought back a memory from my childhood. During my second year of primary school – I would have been around seven or eight years old – my mum decided … Continue reading

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“The Body”

Saying I recognise myself in an episode of a TV show always makes me feel like I’m going to crazy, but actually feeling that an episode has helped coping with things sounds even crazier. Buffy’s ‘The Body‘ aired in 2001; … Continue reading

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Olympic torch!

Went to see the Olympic torch through Reading this week as a colleague was taking part in it and because it is a chance in a lifetime. I think it was probably my parents trying to shield me disappointment early … Continue reading

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RIP Andy Griffith

When I was just a little girl I used to love watching TV with my mum in the afternoons. Shows like ‘Murder, She Wrote‘, ‘MacGyver‘, ‘Diagnosis: Murder‘ and, one of my mum’s favourites, ‘Matlock‘. I remember quite a lot of … Continue reading

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About a month and a half ago I was going to sit down and write a blogpost about my life, for once, working out well. Something along the lines of my continued negativity with regards to illnesses, personal setbacks and … Continue reading

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Lactose intolerance

Some of my favourite foods have always been dairy ones. If it was possible to survive just on yoghurt, I probably would do it. Whilst drinking milk and eating cheese. It pains me to think that I might be lactose … Continue reading

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I have never managed to budget money. Once or twice I have attempted to set up a system, but always felt that I didn’t really know how to put it in place or make it fit me. Over the past … Continue reading

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Blogpost procrastination

I got on track with my level of organisation and then it slipped again. I’ve noticed that particularly the past three weeks I’ve been playing catch up every day. I can’t find things I know I’ve bought and many of … Continue reading

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To course or not to course

Whilst the reason I first moved back to the UK in 2003 was to do a one year humanities Access to Higher Education course, I never really considered studying. Sure, I had some ideas and for a while played around … Continue reading

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Writing blogposts and taking pictures

At the beginning of the year I had this idea of writing a blogpost every day this year. I didn’t mention this publicly or make a big deal out of it as I was doing it to see if I … Continue reading

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