Monday, 25 July 2011

Things That Make Me Happy 44

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burning candles
freshly baked cakes
relaxing in hammocks
afternoons in pubs

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I have been sharing things that make me happy lists for years. If you'd like to read some more, you can scroll through the archive.


Friday, 22 July 2011

Things To Do On A Rainy Day

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read a good book

organise your bookcase
bake cakes and eat them while they're still warm
sort through your favourite jumpers - pop one of them on
pour yourself a hot bath and don't leave it until you're wrinkly 
warm up some thick comforting soup 
indulge in a netflix marathon
fashion a hot water bottle out of your pet
put blankets in the tumblr drier and snuggle in them until they get cold 
make fancy hot drinks
write lists
catch up on boring admin
write in your journal
hunt down your photo albums and get nostalgic
engage with your guilty pleasures
perform childhood dance routines
write prose
write poetry
write a letter or a note for a loved one
sit in your empty bath and sing. appreciate the acoustics.
share anecdotes
watch the rain
take photos in the rain
go for a run
take a nap underneath a double duvet
sort through things to sell
have a tidy up 
settle down with a dvd and some snacks
reblog, reblog, reblog
unplug from technology
play video games. shoot zombies.
make plans
read blogs
play a board game
make a scrapbook
listen to your favourite albums
make comfort food
play a prank on someone
pamper yourself
people watch in public
toast marshmallows



Tuesday, 19 July 2011

A Week in Corfu, Greece

I just want to close my eyes and magically be transported back to the poolside where I could read my book in peace and tan to my heart's content. Alas, my holiday has come to an end and I'm freezing my tits off back in good ol' Blighty whilst trying to deal with all the delightful things reality likes to throw at you to remind you that no one can just sail through life without a little wave hurling them in a different direction. Paleokastritsa was beautifully serene which in turn created a safe haven for me to just forget about my own identity for a while. There was no sense of urgency or schedule and I love having that flexibility in my life. Luke and I have decided we'd like to live out our days on a yacht - now we just need to become millionaires in order to feed this desire. Oh, such is life! 


Friday, 8 July 2011

20 Things That Remind Me Of Childhood

things i learned in 24 years

rocking polka dots extremely well / south west coast beats / secret garden / yeah, bitches. i had a motherfucking plane!

It wasn't the easiest of times for myself and my family but I do look back on my childhood with warmth and a great sense of happiness. I wasn't a very demanding child at all. If you gave me a sand pit and a song to sing I'd be eternally grateful. The only thing I really demanded was that my Mother watch the same old shows with me every waking hour of the day. I can't thank her enough for sitting through the billionth sitting of Watch with Mother and various other shows of the same ilk. Childhood also reminds me of how amazing my grandparents are. It saddens me that my Grandad and Grandpa aren't here anymore to see just how much has changed and how much I wish to make them proud because they gave me some of the best times of my life. There are a billion things that fill me with childhood nostalgia but I thought I'd just stick to the first twenty things that came to mind. Growing up and being serious about things is one of the scariest things to deal with so I'm so grateful that within seconds I can think back to a much more carefree/less stressful time. To some extent, I was a very lucky child indeed. I'm off to go do a last minute shop for holiday goods! What reminds you of your childhood? 

1. going bat shit crazy and running around screaming 'SHEPPY PIE' whenever we had it for dinner

2. performing spice girl songs (complete with official dance routines) in the playground
3. gingham dresses
4. believing everything i was told
5. standing up on stage in front of the whole village and revealing my knickers to them all
6. sand pit fun
7. sticker earrings
8. mother's diedre from corrie glasses and horrendous perm
9. daisy print shoes from clarks
10. picking apples from the orchard with grandad
11. reciting the italian 1-10 over breakfast everyday
12. treating gel pen swaps like it was drug dealing
13. shouting 'UMMM IM TELLING MISS' when shit was about to go down
14. disinfectant tasting recorders in recorder class. bleugh!
15. country dancing               don't judge me
16. demanding that i watch mary poppins and the aristocats on a daily basis
17. wearing grandma's jumpers for comfort
18. falling asleep to the same old stories but loving them all the same
19. time with grandparents - the best times ever
20. beautiful carefree natures


Monday, 4 July 2011

Things That Make Me Happy 43

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adding new things to my wardrobe
car boot sale finds
afternoon naps
cute animal videos
film cameras

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I have been sharing things that make me happy lists for years. If you'd like to read some more, you can scroll through the archive.

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