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Friday, 31 October 2014

Pumpkin Attempt 2014

I like to try and carve a pumpkin every year for Halloween so trick or treaters know they can come to my house for sweets. 

I usually go for a face but I thought this year I'd up the stakes and so I googled a template. 

Drew it on in gel pen and then set about gutting out the pumpkin. 

Barclay the cat wasn't loving the smell.

Then I set to work carving with a smaller knife. You know I should really get one of those kits with the special tools in... never mind,

Cat pumpkin is now in pride of place with a candle in to welcome children to my house (sounds sinister doesn't it!?). 

Also, on another note, I got carried away with the Christmas things in Marks and Spencer and so I bought a pack of dried mulled wine berries and cinnamon and stuff. Only I don't like red wine so I've put it in apple juice to make hot spiced apple. Yum! Hurrah for Autumn!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Red Herring

Have you guys played Red Herring? It's an app on iPhone (free!) and it's a kind of puzzle type game. 

You choose a difficulty level and then you have to sort the words it gives you into categories. 

But some of the words can be put into different categories - the red herrings! 

I like to do the puzzles when I'm on the bus and when you complete all of them (there's a lot!) you can buy more or you can do the free puzzle that gets delivered every day. 

The only problem with this app is that it's American, so some celebrities or brand names I didn't know. 

Other than that it's a great boredom buster. Go download it, I promise you'll be hooked (pun intended). 

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Scaresville 2014

It's Halloween soon... and for my annual Halloween activity some nursing friends and I went to Scaresville, driven by the very capable Jo. You might remember I went last year with my lovely chum Kiran and her work mates. 

The unfair ground was smaller than last year but we all got dinner there (mm hot dogs), measured our heights (haha, Nancy's a hobbit) and waited for our ticket numbers to be called. 

And then we entered the queue to go to the stables, where there was a video before entering... the scare zone (it was really called that!). 

The horror trail took us an hour and a half to get through, winding through out buildings, a hedge maze, woodland, farm fields, over bridges and into tents - all in darkness! I laughed so hard. 

Here's what my camera could see... (nothing basically). The tickets were just over £20 but it was really worth it, it felt like it took a really long time with all sorts of scares from clowns to people with chain saws, masks, hazmat suits... you name it. I did notice there were less scarers than last year but I think the scarers are volunteers so I suppose that can't be helped and it probably varies night to night. 

And then like last year you escaped the scare zone into the bar, sadly it was without the screen so you could watch other people getting scared but luckily it was still serving hot spiced apple so I forgave them. 

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Tired Out

So I'm unpacked and in my new place and gave back the keys for my old; Barclay's just pleased I've unpacked his toys. 

But cocktails with the lovely Anastasia cheered me up this week. She ordered a white Russian (she's white and Russian so this made me laugh).

It's so weird, I've heard a ton about it but I'd never been to Franks Bar in Norwich, I had a really tasty cocktail called apple crumble and it really tasted like that! 

But other things like changing my address (including an 18 minute long conversation with Scottish Widows!) have been much less fun and because of all this moving I am so behind on my dissertation. Wah :(

I was thinking today, I don't get body warmers. I never have a situation where my arms are hot but my body is cold. Surely no one does... why do they exist??

Monday, 29 September 2014

Location Location

So the boyfriend and I decided to call it a day recently and since then I've been moving my things to a shared student house (including Barclay the cat of course!). Isn't moving such a chore?

Barclay's enjoyed the boxes and seems to be settling in... after a tense stand off where he hid behind the washing machine for 20 minutes on arrival. 

But I've been busy trying to cram all my worldly goods into my minuscule room. Luckily my lovely new house mates haven't told me off when I overflow and put my stuff elsewhere (oops). Moving sucks. But in other news I've started my third and final year at uni having passed first and second now with a first (so far so good), just have to get through my dissertation (probably where I'll lose the first!) and placement this module and then it's just sign off module left! Everyone else seems panicked they'll be qualified nurses soon but I personally just can't wait to be working full time again. 

Thursday, 18 September 2014

What I Got Up To In Tenerife

I'm not gonna lie, I was lazy by the pool most days in Tenerife but here's what I did get up to... 

Our first day away from the hotel we went to Siam Park, the worlds best water park. There were some pretty cool rides but my favourite part was the cool beach with imported sand and 4ft wave machine. 

We picked a good day to go too because it was boiling, the floor burned my feet!

The day after that the boyfriend's mum wanted to go to a musical night... you guys, musicals aren't really my thing... at all. In fact I don't really like them. But saying that the show wasn't too bad, the performers worked really hard. It was ok, however unlike an older couple who were chatting to us I don't think that I would go 3 times. 

The next night for dinner we went to... jousting! If you're a regular reader you might remember I saw some jousting just recently (25 years with no jousting then twice in one year?!). 

So it was kind of similar to the Medieval Times in Canada until it got uncomfortable. They had a black dwarf who worked there only they had made him dress as a jester, so this made me feel a little uncomfortable. I felt much more uncomfortable when they sent him on stage in a grass skirt, greased up to juggle fire... so yeeeah. 

They also had dancing afterwards which they didn't have in Canada. 

The last day we went to Loro Parque which is a zoo. 

They had a load of animal shows including Orcas. 

And dolphins, parrots and sea lions. 

They had a penguinarium with a moving floor revolving around the outside which was really cool. 

There were a ton of other animals and about a million parrots!

They even had a breeding program and baby centre. These parrots were only a couple weeks old.


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Off To Tenerife

I was off again after just getting back from the USA. The boyfriend and I went to Tenerife with his mum and her partner. 

We stayed in a two bedroom apartment which was pretty big and had a wrap around balcony which was nice to relax on. 

And the apartment was in a hotel complex on the more arid and volcanic side of the island. 

The beach was really rocky but the pool was lovely and warm so we stayed at the complex a lot of time. There weren't loads of shops in a walkable distance but the hotel complex had a little supermarket so I could buy my obligatory inflatable rubber ring for the pool. 

Every time I go on a hot holiday I buy an inflatable something and then my good deed at the end of the holiday is to give it away to other people to use. 

I think normally the entertainment at hotels in foreign countries is usually a little... dodgy? Cringy? But I didn't think it was so bad, most of the acts had been booked in from outside the hotel. 

Also I trounced the old people twice in contests and won a bottle of wine and a cocktail. Hurrah!

Friday, 5 September 2014

Two For Tea

My dear pal Crissy is visiting from Australia to get married and have a catch up with everyone so we met up the other day, look what she brought me... chicken flavoured salt... how clement. 

As you know I love afternoon tea and we took a little trip out to Biddy's Tea Room in Norwich. 

It was really sweet in there, I loved the d├ęcor. 

Foolishly, they seated us next to the cakes. We were tempted to pick berries off of the cakes secretly but we resisted. 

I got a lavender scone with lemond curd and stilton and apple sandwiches which were so good but Crissy opted for a cheese scone and smoked salmon sandwiches. 

They were so goooooood. And it only cost £18.95 for both of us, bargain!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Last day - New York

So I flew back from New York and that meant a long old drive back to JFK to park up, not long because of distance but long because of the insane traffic. It was just gridlock almost the entire way. It was Kim's birthday too so to say sorry for making her drive to JFK and back and to wish her a happy birthday we went to a spa in New York called Aire Baths. It was all fancyyy. We walked in and got special wristbands that unlocked out lockers where we had a robe and slippers and a towel. There was this attendant there that was hovering over us trying to be helpful (which she was) but it was like having a servant, she even insisted that she squeeze out our swimsuits after and put them in little ziplock bags for us. 

I had to steal this photo of the baths cuz I didn't take my phone in there. There were all different pools, a tepid one, a hot one, two freezing cold ones, a jacuzzi one and a salt water one where you floated. There was also showers and a really big steam room, a warmed marble seating area and curtained areas for massages, candles were absolutely everywhere. We each had a massage, mine was really good and relaxing.

You got two hours in the spa which was just the right time and then we got out and got showered and dressed. All the showers had shampoo and conditioner etc and there were mirrored areas with make up wipes and hair dryers and straighteners. There were even hair brushes you could borrow (um... no.. ) and a simsuit drainer machine with purple ziplock bags. 

So that was really cool, we both left smelling gorgeous and we walked a little way to the Crosby Bar where we had booked afternoon tea. I hadn't realised other countries never did afternoon tea, the whole bar was English themed. 

They had lovely Wedgwood china, Kim got flowering tea and I got Earl Grey. 

And we had nice pink tiered plates. It was a lot less formal than afternoon tea at the Goring in London. 

But it was still fancy, even the bathrooms looked fancy. Sorry America... rest rooms... they even had a little chair should you wish to rest (ugh... why do they call it this?). 

Then we decided to go to ground zero and see the 9/11 monument... which wasn't really that interesting. If you wanted to read any information or do anything other than look at the fountain you had to pay to go in the museum. There weren't even many places to sit there so we were only there 5 minutes.  

Then I had a lovely long delay on the plane for 4 hours before an overnight flight with a screaming baby... oh joy.