Currently, I Am… | #10

Hi, friends! Ah, I’ve missed you. It’s been almost a whole month since I’ve shown my face on my lovely little blog, but it’s definitely been well deserved. The first few weeks of 2017 were filled with coursework and university deadlines, so The Rose Quartz had to take a bit of a backseat. Don’t worry though, I thought about you every day!

After that, I had a few days of beautiful nothingness and relaxation with Matthew, before me, him, his brother and his girlfriend went off for a 4-day bender to Butlins for the Giants of Rock festival. That, I tell you, was flipping fantastic and I’ll be talking a lot more about that the next time I’m around! We saw some incredible bands and some really impressive musicians – it was mind blowing, really. As well as enjoying lots of music, the nearby beach was just beautiful. We spent a lot of time walking around and taking pictures – you know what I’m like.

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My “Currently, I Am” series is always a great post for when I return from a pretty long break. I haven’t posted one of these since November, just after Trump managed to find his way into an incredible, ridiculous position of power. Coincidentally, this one comes just after his inauguration and the reinforcement that his new found power is taking America down a horribly familiar, slippery slope.

Anyway, let’s not talk politics. Let’s have a bit of a catch up!

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Currently, I am feeling

…oh, well, a lot of different feelings actually. I’m gunna quickly take you through them, otherwise this could go on for a very long time. I’m feeling excited and nervous about my wedding day – I get married in November and there’s a lot of exciting plans to be made! I’m feeling anxious, unprepared and lost with regards to my future career prospects – I’m graduating in the summer, with no passion for my degree or field of work in any way. I’m feeling tired, because sleep is alluding me – that’s probably because of all these FEELS.

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Currently, I am watching

…Daredevil S2. We recently finished Jessica Jones too, which was unbelievable. Kilgrave is one of my all time favourite villains! He’s easily Marvel’s best on-screen baddie. His ability to manipulate people, simply by talking to them, is a really clever way of avoiding “not-another-fight-scene”. Daredevil is also picking up. The first season started off incredibly dull, picking up towards the end. The second season started a little slow too actually, but it quickly sorted itself out and now me and Matthew are both really enjoying it.

Since my last catch up post, Westworld finished too. That was one of the best bits of television I’ve ever seen. Highly, highly recommend.

Currently, I am reading

…The Great Gatsby. Can you believe I’ve never read it? I also recently read Tim Burton’s The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories which was a super interesting and super quick read. It’s worth it though. The title story was one of the longer short stories/poems in the collection and it actually made me feel pretty sad. Poor, Oyster Boy.

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How have you been? What have you been up to recently?

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I’ve Been a Busy Bee

Hi, friends! How are you enjoying your Bank Holiday weekend? If you were at work today, I do apologise for rubbing it in, but to just further rub salt in the wound, I broke off work for 2 whole weeks of annual leave on Friday! No work for me in the morning, yey :). I have my fingers crossed that I can catch a bit of sun before autumn heads our way!

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Rocking a leopard print dress for Julie’s hen do! Does this count as an OOTD?

To celebrate my partial freedom from the world of work, me and Matt watched a couple of films (Mad Max: Fury Road and Ant-Man, if you’re interested) with some beers on Friday night. We initially had plans to go out for a nice meal and a few drinks but, after such a long week, I really couldn’t be bothered. With a busy weekend ahead of us, we probably made a smart move.

Now, I’m not a very social person. Socialising exhausts me! Awkwardly, it’s like every social event of the summer had to fall in this one weekend. Matthew’s mum is getting married in the morning (exciting!) so there’s a lot of build up and the entire weekend has been spent with Matt’s family. We spent Saturday visiting Matt’s auntie, who flew over from Switzerland for the wedding, and on Sunday I was at the hen do. Although I really enjoyed both nights, spending today relaxing and pampering myself has been exactly what I needed.

So, tomorrow is a big day! Not only is Matt’s mum getting married, which is obviously wonderful news alone, but I’m also photographing the wedding. Like, I would have been photographing the day anyway but being asked was lovely. Me and Matt are both really looking forward to it. Any excuse for us to get all dressed up is a winner for me :).

I’ll more than likely be a bit quiet around here tomorrow, but I’ll be all back to normal from Wednesday. Me and Matt will be travelling around the countryside next week too, so there will also be lots of photographs to share (and you know that they’re my favourite posts!)

I feel like this two week break from work is going to be a good one. Lots of happy plans are coming my way. I’m excited.

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How did you spend your weekend? 

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-Morgan

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101 Things in 1001 Days Update

It’s been just over a year since I first took on the 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge. I was inspired to do this after having a bit of a ‘bucket list’ nosey on the Day Zero Project’s website. After trawling through wonderful things I’d love to accomplish, I craved a way to document it all. Because I’d just started a wee blog, I thought that would be the perfect way to do so. I was so pleased. A year later, I still am.

The 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge motivates me to step out of my comfort zone and try new things. If I’m at a loss on a weekend, unsure of what to do, I’ll have a look through my list and aim to tick one of the items off. I do this a lot! I may have spent the entire Sunday afternoon watching rubbish TV and re-runs of friends but, instead, I’d end up working on a new Pinterest craft project or baking a cake.

101 Things in 1001 Days Update

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It’s been a while since I posted any progress on the challenge. My last update was in February and it’s been slow and steady since then.

So, let’s break down what I’ve managed to tick off in the past 6 months!

Read a Comic Book or Graphic Novel:

After eagerly awaiting the release of the new Torchwood comic book, I quickly snapped one up. I was really, really looking forward to reading my first comic book and because it’s the start of a new series I knew I wouldn’t be jumping into an already established story. I’m a massive Torchwood nerd too (give us season 5, please!) so you can only imagine how excited I was.

Simply put, I didn’t like it. It took me about 2 minutes to read. I got to the end and was just like “is that it?” Sure, the story was intriguing and I’d be inclined to see where it goes but each issue is £4! I can’t see any value for money there. At least I managed to tick something off my list.

I think I’d probably enjoy graphic novels more than comic books. I’ll try one of those next.

Film:

Me and Matt have watched a few films since my last update, but nowhere near the amount I would of liked. We saw “Love, Rosie”, “Inglourious Basterds” and “The Great Gatsby” – all three of them earned themselves a solid 7/10 stars (as an average of mine and Matthew’s score, anyway). We also watched the final part of The Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay Part Two, and rated that an 8.5/10. It was a great adaptation.

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Professionally Cut and Coloured Hair:

My red hair is long gone and I’m now a very happy brunette. I absolutely love my brown hair. It was the first time I’d ever had my hair professionally coloured and it was a disaster! I had to fix it myself with a £2 home box dye. It looked so much better with a home colour than it did at the hairdressers. I know, I was shocked too. So was my bank balance.

Finish My Mandala Wall Art:

This project is one of my favourite accomplishments from the 101 Things in 1001 Days so far. I spent a lot of time working on this and I’m absolutely over the moon with the results. Once me and Matt decided to decorate our bedroom, I thought it would be a nice touch to hang something of my own on the walls. To highlight the theme of our newly decorated room, I chose mandalas.

I think they’re beautiful. I don’t think I’ll ever stop being proud of them! The effort, time and detail I put into these will be a lasting memory, for sure.

Finished Mandala Wall Art DIY

Go on a Hike:

This was another wonderful thing to tick off my challenge. Although it fell on a pretty sad day, me and Matt had such a lovely time in Keswick. We hiked 9 miles around one of the lakes and, as you can imagine, the views were stunning. I’ll never forget them.

Books:

In the last 6 months, I read 3 books. Ouch. That’s terrible. I also started another 2 books but I didn’t manage to finish them. It would coincidentally fall across a hard time or a terrible day at work and I’d just lose all love for it. Luckily, I’m on the right side of that dark patch in my life and I hope to see the back of it completely in the future!

I read “The Sense of an Ending“, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “The Girl With All The Gifts“. I also reviewed all three, so I’ve linked their reviews just in case you’d like a read! If I had to choose, I think The Girl With All The Gifts was my favourite.

Exciting news! I started reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child last night too. I’m a little bit in love, so I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m sure I’ll adore it.

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I hope you liked this post, because I did! Writing “catch-up” posts like this is such a great way to recognise all of the amazing stuff you’ve been up to.

What amazing things have you done in the last 6 months or so?

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-Morgan

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July

So, it’s August. How did that happen? Am I getting old? The weeks and months seem to be passing by super quickly recently.

Soon, summer will be long gone. That sounds a little pessimistic but, even though we’ve only had a handful of summer-worthy days, once we hit the end of August, autumn is well and truly on its way. I don’t mind. I’m looking forward to my autumn just as much as I’m enjoying my summer. Obviously, I’m completely not grouping my absolute nightmare (for my mental health, that is) of a job in with that sprout of happiness. I’ve only got to deal with that until the end of September and then,we can try and pretend like it never existed!

July Monthly Catch Up

July was a busy month! It had some incredible moments and I celebrated some big days with Matt, including a couple of snippets that will become lifelong memories. It bloody dragged though. Yes, it’s all well and truly shocking that we’re already in the 8th month of the year, but July felt like a lifetime!

My blog continues to feel fantastic and I’m loving the online community recently. When I first started my blog, it definitely felt like more of a group of friends. It’s completely my fault, but I drifted away from them and I followed a path into pristine, white flat lays, statistics and stress. I’m now trying to squeeze myself back into the WordPress community, hoping that I’m not long forgotten! It’s been nice, so I’m looking forward to continuing that throughout the rest of August (and beyond, of course).

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So, what did I get up to in July? (If you missed last month’s monthly catch-up, you can find it here):

PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS AND MEMORABLE MOMENTS:

  • I went to a beautiful hotel in Scarborough with my mum called Ox Pasture Hall Hotel. I reviewed it on my blog, and it’s probably one of my favourite posts.
  • Matt graduated! It was such a good day. After all the formal celebrations, we went to the pub with his brother and brother’s girlfriend. We had a cracking night!
  • It was also Matt’s 22nd birthday in July. We had a beautiful day at the beach.
  • I popped into Hull’s Folk Festival on Hull Marina. Me and Matt had an ice-cream, basked in the very hot sun and listened to the folk music.
  • I had one of the best days of my life. Me and Matt went to Sewerby Hall (which was lovely) and then we walked down to the cliffs – we found a little spot under some white cliffs, overlooking the crystal clear sea… it was incredible.
  • I went to a vegetarian restaurant called Hitchcocks.
  • I spent the day at North Landing with Matt, my mum and my dad. So pretty!
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My parents on the beach at North Landing.

ENTERTAINMENT:

  • In July, Pokémon Go was released. That was a wild ride. I went completely mental for it at the start… I felt hugely nostalgic and I really enjoyed the catching element of it. Eventually, a couple of days ago, I kind of got over it. Until the game introduces trading and local battles (like you’d presume a Pokémon game would include), I doubt I’ll be taking it seriously again.
  • Me and Matt re-watched series 9 of Supernatural in our full re-watch of the show. We’re currently on series 10 now, and recently watched the epic 200th episode show. If you’re a fan, I’m sure you know the one I’m talking about.
  • I got sucked into the drama of Marina Joyce.
  • With hopes of getting fit, I’ve started using Xbox Fitness. Using the Kinect, it follows my movements and tells me where I’m going right and where I’m going wrong. I even get achievements so that’s a massive incentive, too.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was released! Yey. I have my copy. I’ll be reading that tonight and tomorrow.

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I’m very happy with a lot of the posts from July. Some I look back on and think “meh”, but c’est la vie.

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How was July for you? What was your highlight?

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-Morgan

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May

Bye bye, May! What a lovely month. The weather wasn’t spectacularly sunny towards the end but I’ve made lots of plans for the coming months and I’m enjoying the current atmosphere at work. That alone is a pretty good reason to be happy, and I just feel as if I’ve finally got over that (gigantic and daunting) bump in the road that left me completely bummed out for the first half of the year.

May Monthly Wrap-Up

How has your month been? Have you made any plans for summer yet? I don’t have a summer break this year so finding time for a holiday is going to be practically impossible. Instead, I’m using my limited remaining holiday days to stretch out a couple of long weekends throughout July and August. Like last year, me and Matt are planning on ‘road tripping’ around the country – I say road tripping, but we don’t actually drive so it’s more like bus tripping… Good fun either way!

Hello, June!

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It’s time for my monthly wrap-up. (If you missed last month’s, you can find it here):

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PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS AND MEMORABLE MOMENTS:

  • Matthew finished university! He graduates in July so he technically hasn’t left yet but he finished all his essays and his last exam. So proud.
  • Me and Matthew played squash. We had such a good time but it certainly highlighted how unfit I am.
  • I finished my mandala wall art project and I’m seriously over the moon. They look great.
  • Me and Matthew had a super lazy Sunday where we got ridiculously snug on the settee and watched Teen Mom for about 4 hours. It was the cutest day ever, really.
  • We also had a lovely day in the park. It was kind of a picnic. We bought salads from Morrisons and took our dinner onto the grass to eat in the sun. Ah, lovely.
  • I went to a board game cafe (so fun!)
  • I made a beautiful but lethal gin cocktail. I’m pretty incredible at making cocktails, not going to lie.
  • Me and my mum have a night away in a countryside hall booked for early July. We’re both so excited!

ENTERTAINMENT:

  • Jon Snow lives. In the second episode of Game of Thrones season 6, he finally woke up. Thank the Game of Thrones gods! It was spectacular and I broke my settee with excitement.
  • I watched a few films this month including: Chicago, Wreck-It Ralph, Mean Girls, Love Rosie and Captain America: Civil War.
  • I started playing The Elder Scrolls Online and it’s incredible. I love the Elder Scrolls games, especially Skyrim, so it was a no brainer that I’d enjoy it but I didn’t realise I’d enjoy it this much!
  • A couple of weeks ago, me and Matthew had the urge to play Minecraft again. We spent around 2 and a half hours trying to find a server that we enjoyed and failed. Oops.
  • I’ve started reading again! I only picked up a book in the later half of May so I didn’t read many. I read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Sense of an Ending (which is incredible. Keep your eyes peeled for my review!)

BLOG:

It started off slow, but I think I posted some lovely stuff this month!

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How was May for you? Did you get up to anything good?

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-Morgan

Currently, I Am… | #7

Hi, friends! Happy “hump day” – I hope you’ve had a great week so far.

This is going to be the most positive “Currently, I Am” post that I’ve shared for a few months (yay) so that’s good news. In April, I managed to muster up a pretty positive catch-up but before that they haven’t exactly projected happiness for a while and I apologise! That’s all changed now, though.

Honestly, I’ve had a really good couple of weeks. After being off work sick for a while, I finally returned with absolutely no problems. It was like I never left but in a good way. I’m noticeably happier and I feel as if I even look healthier – clear eyes, clear skin etc. Currently, everything is just way more positive. Granted, I’m tired. Getting back to work was tough, but I’m happy to be there!

Anyway, let’s get back to the real topic. What have I been up to recently!?

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Currently, I am watching

…right this second, SacconeJoly vlogs on YouTube. We had a pretty busy week and we couldn’t keep on top of them. So, whilst eating our tea, we had a bit of a catch up!

In general,  I’m still re-watching Supernatural with Matt (we’re on series 9) as well as eagerly awaiting the new episodes of series 11. That’s about it! We’re thinking of starting Modern Family for a bit of fun when we have 20 minutes to burn, so that should be good.

I’ve been in such a film mood recently too but I haven’t found the time to  watch any in the last few weeks. I’m super excited for so many films – I think I’ll be finally seeing X-Men: Apocalypse soon (can’t wait!) and, huge news, the first trailer for Beauty and the Beast was finally released. My heart melted and it was only the tiniest of snippets so I can’t even imagine how excited I’ll be when the film comes out next year!

Currently, I am listening to…

…a lot of Absolute Classic Rock and Absolute 80’s – my two favourite radio stations, and they’re both fantastic to listen to when I’m sat at my desk working!

Currently, I am reading

…nothing, right this second. I finished A Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes this afternoon which was absolutely incredible. Wow. I’ll be reviewing it on my blog very soon because I’d love to share my opinions on it. Before that, I read Alice in Wonderland and you can read my review here.

I’m finally out of my reading slump!

Currently, I am feeling

…pretty fantastic, really! I’m quite tired today because I had a terrible night’s sleep last night. In comparison to the last few months though, I’m feeling great. Right now, I’m also feeling lovely and warm and cosy, which is always good. It seems like everything is looking up! Let’s hope the second half of 2016 is far, far, far better than the first.

Currently, I am playing

…so much Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. So much. I need an intervention. I need help. Seriously though, I’m loving this game. It’s not my cup of tea at all (well, I didn’t think it was) but since buying it last month or so, me and Matt can’t drag ourselves away from it when we’re free from normal, grown-up commitments.

I also started Ori and the Blind Forest on the Xbox One recently which is a super beautiful platform adventure game. I’m sure I’ll be reviewing this on my blog once I’ve completed the story because it has been fascinating, heart-breaking and fun in equal measures.

Currently, I am excited for…

…a little country break away with my mum in June. We’re going to stay at a hotel on the outskirts of Scarborough for a night, just the two of us, and we’re both so bloody excited!

I’m also very excited for Matthew at the moment as he finished the final essay of his degree this afternoon and is only one more exam away from completely his 3 years at university! Then, he graduates in July and starts a year of teacher training in September… I’m such a proud fiancé!

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How have you been? Have you done, watched or read anything good recently?

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-Morgan

April

April flew by. How is it May bank holiday already? I feel like 2016 has been a completely giant, useless blur of nothingness (even though I’ve done some pretty great things recently). It’s been a weird year so far, that’s for sure.

April Monthly Wrap-Up

Saying that though, I’m super excited about how close we are getting to an actual English summer! I bought some summer clothes in the tiny April heatwave we had a couple of weeks ago, and it’s done nothing but rain since… so,  yeah, I’m sorry England, that’s definitely my fault. I jinxed us all. My sunglasses are still in my handbag though. I’m not fooling for this changeable English weather again. I’m ready, sun. Come and get me.

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Last month, in my March monthly wrap-up, I mentioned how I hadn’t had my first “beer garden” afternoon of the year yet – no coat, sunglasses, a cold beer and a bowl of chips! That’s one of my favourite summer afternoons. We had a super hot week this month though, so I finally ticked that off my to-do list. And, as expected, it was a fantastic day.

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I made a daisy chain because I’m actually 5-years old in a 21-year old body.

So, let’s get on with this month’s wrap up! (If you’d like to check out March’s post, you can read it here):

Personal Achievements and Memorable Moments:

  • I took the plunge and finally got my hair cut and coloured at the hairdressers. I went from red to brown and had about 4 inches chopped off. My hair is feeling lovely and healthy. I was terrified (and it took 4 hours!) but it was worth it.
  • I’ve been trying to do a lot more things that are way out of my comfort zone, so me and Matt went for a late lunch (the later it gets, the more worried I become) at a restaurant called Level. We had cocktails and it was a really lovely afternoon.
  • I baked sugar cookies and practised decorating and piping with royal icing.
  • Me and Matt had a lovely week of walks around Hull Marina and Hull’s Old Town in the sun. We had our first beer garden drink of the year and even ate lunch outside. (Big achievement for me! I was nowhere near as scared as I normally am)
  • I had a beautiful day out with my mum. We went up to Hornsea to grab patty, chips and peas, and then ate it at Hornsea Mere.
  • Because it was suddenly so sunny, I went spring/summer clothes shopping. The next day it rained, and it hasn’t stopped since. Either way, I’m ready!
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It was warm enough to sit on the grass. Yes!

Entertainment:

  • Game of Thrones, guys. Game of Thrones.
    Season 6 finally aired this month and the opening episode was absolutely fantastic. It’s on again tonight (well, 2am!) and I’m just so over excited. I can’t wait!
  • Since we finished Glee last month, we haven’t started a new TV series. Instead, I’ve been really into daily vlogs on YouTube – Alfie, Zoe, Louie and the SacconeJolys are my favourite right now.
  • I still haven’t read a book. However, I have placed one on my desk, so… progress.
  • Me and Matt bought Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for the Xbox One. I am in love.
  • I’ve also started playing Skyrim on the Xbox 360 when I have some spare time. I think Skyrim is my favourite ever game. That’s a bold statement, but I went there.
  • Britain’s Got Talent is one of my huge guilty pleasures, and it finally started up again in April. That’s my Saturday night sorted for the next couple of months – no shame! We even celebrated the first episode with a little party tea.

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How was April for you?

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-Morgan

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