This post came to me this morning, whilst I was tweeting away about TV shows and how I am such a teenager when it comes to the programmes that I watch. Not just in the things I choose to watch, but I get so caught up in them, I feel like I’m 14 again. Like, I root for certain couples to get together. I cried yesterday when I was watching a series, and my favoruite couple broke up. I won’t say which series (or which couple).
- One Tree Hill – Possibly my first love in regards to TV series. I started watching this in either Season 5 or 6, and I then proceeded to buy all the previous box sets to watch. (This was when I was like 14). Admittedly, I still haven’t watched all 9 seasons 😦
- Pretty Little Liars – Love it, but I hate watching it at night. Some of the episodes creep me out, and I really don’t like those creepy doll things.
- Gossip Girl – Chace Crawford. Plus, it’s fun to watch how the elite live. It doesn’t seem that different to the normal people, only the option of having a plotline where a character becomes broke has more of a detrimental effect.
- Awkward – This is a new one to me. I started watching it on Sunday, as I was waiting for my Pretty Little Liars boxset to turn up, and I’ve watched the three seasons available to me on Amazon Prime.
- Hart of Dixie – I need to do some serious catching up with this. I think I’ve only watched Season 1 and 2. All I know is, at that point I was Team George, but it may change as time goes on. Whereas most people seem to fall for the bad guy, I tend to fall for the good guy.
- Once Upon A Time – It’s based on fairytales. What isn’t to love?
- 90210 – Similar to Gossip Girl, only set in Beverley Hills not New York. So more boys surfing.
- The Vampire Diaries – Although I haven’t watched all of these either, (this seems to be a trend as I have so many TV shows on the go!) it was just something slightly different to the others. As in, there were vampires. I probably started watching this when I was still Twilight-crazy, but oh well!
- Tru Calling – I don’t think I’ve even watched a full season of this. It’s different to my usual sort of programme but I still really enjoy it. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to watch something slightly different to all of the other TV series. For a start, this one isn’t set in high school (I know Once Upon A Time isn’t either).
- Waterloo Road – Yes, I’ve watched all 10 series. And I was gutted that it finished. It sort of made me relive my childhood of watching Grange Hill.
What are your favourite TV shows? 🙂
Last Tuesday I left Aberystwyth. For good. (Unless I go back as a proper adult). And although it’s still slowly sinking in that I’ve finished my degree, there are several things about Aber that I am going to miss.
- The Aber Bubble – Everyone who has been a student in Aber will know what I mean by this. Aber just appears to be isolated from the rest of the world (unless you have a car) and, so, it can often seem like you’re in a bubble. Plus, whenever I go into the town centre, I usually see at least 5 people I know – and that’s usually just on the walk down the hill!
- Penglais Hill – Not something I’d expect to miss, but after having walked up and down it for three years, it’s become a part of my life! I obviously enjoy the walk down it more, but it was a good way of staying active without having to participate in any sports!
- St. Mike’s – This is the church that I went to whilst I was a student. I may have only started going in second year, but I have met so many people and I really feel like part of the St. Mike’s family. Everyone is so friendly, and it’s great to get to know people that aren’t students!
- Christian Union Meetings – Pretty much every Friday that I’ve been in Aberystwyth (since second year) has consisted of going to the Christian Union meetings. Not only do you get to hear some great speakers, preaching God’s message, but it’s just a great way to get to know people. I’ll always have a soft spot for C.U. as I did meet my husband-to-be at a C.U. meeting!
- The sea – Despite winter often meaning storms, the sea in Aberystwyth always looks impressive! I’m going to miss living within a couple of miles of the sea (apparently from where I was living this past year, to the pier is around 1.5 miles). In summer it’s lovely to just be able to go the beach and have bonfires and just be close to the sea. Especially as I’m now back in the Midlands and possibly as far away as possible from the sea.
- Sunsets – Being on the west coast of Britain means that you get amazing sunsets. They’re brilliant. Sure, sometimes there are ones that aren’t as good as others, but when you’re a student in Aber you will have at least taken one photo (if not dozens) of a sunset.
- University – So, some of the buildings looked horrendous (Llandinam and Hugh Owen, I’m looking at you) but I will miss being at university. Although I had between 10 and 14 hours a week in my first and second year, I only had 6 hours a week this last year and I’ve got used to having loads of time free. Plus, I have fun in lectures, whether it was making animals and snowmen out of blu-tack or speaking in a French accent.
- My room – All three years I’ve been in university accommodation. And all three years, my room has been bigger than the one I have at home. I miss having the space to put all my things where I want them to, as I have now realised that I have a lot of stuff (particularly books. I’m having to pack some into boxes because I don’t have enough room on my shelves).
- The views – Whether you’re at the top of Penglais Hill looking over the town, or in the town looking up at Consti (Constitution Hill) or Pen Dinas, the views in Aber are pretty amazing.
- The people – If you go to university in Aber, you get to make some pretty amazing friends. I’m definitely going to miss the majority of people, and I definitely hope that I’ll be able to visit people (and Aber) this next year! (You’ve all been pre-warned!)
These lists aren’t really Top Ten things anymore. But they are always 10 things, and I plan on sticking to that. I shall probably call them Top Ten Tuesday still, as you never know, I might do a list that actually orders things. Most of the time, it’s just 10 things in any order… but I suppose they are still my Top 10 as I have actually thought of them.
Anyway, on with the list:
- First Dance Song – I had completely forgotten this until I was in band last week. I knew that Alex and I would have to think about hymns and the processional/recessional music but I doubt we’d have remembered the First Dance song.
- Wedding Favours – Neither Alex or I had even remembered these were a thing (well, I actually kept seeing it mentioned, but didn’t have a clue what they were). Apparently, they’re a thing. I don’t really get why, I mean, we’ve just fed our guests but I suppose that’s wedding etiquette for you!
- A Wedding Theme – I know it’s not essential to have a wedding theme, and I don’t think the actual ceremony will be themed (just you know, a nice colour scheme), but I hadn’t even thought about the reception. My brother’s fiancée, Beth (her blog is here) mentioned it when on the phone to me. Probably a good thing too!
- Shoes and Jewellery – I keep forgetting that it’s not just a dress and veil I need to get. I need to think about what jewellery I will want to wear, and find a pair of shoes that are comfortable but still look pretty!
- Drinks for Guests – I sort of remembered about this. I knew that there would need to be a glass of champagne for guests to toast us, but didn’t think about anything else. Mum and Dad though remembered, and have looked at welcome drinks and bottles of wine for guests at the reception! Thank you parents!
- Guest Book – This one keeps coming and going. When I’ve been on Pinterest, I’ve seen some lovely ideas, but then when I actually come to write lists of things that I will need to get for the reeption, I keep forgetting the guest book!
- Wedding Gift List – Yeah, I’m sure that Alex and I will forget about this until the last minute. We’ll know that we need to do one, and we’ll probably have thought about things we’d like, but we probably won’t have got it out to people (or online, or however it is done now!)
- Finding Somewhere To Live – Not technically to do with the wedding ceremony or reception, but Alex and I will have to look for somewhere to live for afterwards. Which is a scary prospect!
- Wedding Bouquets – Alex and I are quite lucky that we don’t need to think about the flowers needed to decorate the church as that will already be decorated. But, I do need to think about the flowers for the bouquets and buttonholes, and possibly the wedding reception. Lots of flowers.
- Coming up with a new signature – Alex doesn’t have to worry about this! I briefly attempted to come up with a new one, but Alex has a stupid surname with no gs or ys. Which means I can’t do any loops like I would with my surname. I just have to remember to keep thinking about it, otherwise when I finally have to change my name at banks etc., I won’t have a lovely signature all prepared!
So, there we have it! Hopefully this blog post will now serve as a reminder for me to do all of these things!
So I’ve been AWOL for a few weeks. I’ve been working over the Easter holidays, and I’ve not had a lot of time to just relax and blog. When I’ve not been earning money, I’m supposed to have been working on uni assignments but I spent a lot of time asleep (working 9 hour shifts is exhausting… especially when starting at 7am!).
Anyway, on with the list…
- Hogwarts from the Harry Potter series – When I turned 11, I was gutted not to receive my Hogwarts letter. Even though I knew it was fictional, I still hoped. I would love to go into the Harry Potter world and experience it all. (Unfortunately, if I went in 2005 when I actually turned 11, Draco Malfoy would be quite a bit older than me, and Scorpius wouldn’t have been born so no Malfoys for me!)
- Narnia from The Chronicles of Narnia – Narnia has always held a special place in my heart. Not only was it part of my childhood, as a Christian it’s more than simply another fictional place. It’s a place where you got to meet Aslan and it was just pretty amazing!
- Rivendell from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings – Beautiful location. Waterfalls. Elves. Orlando Bloom (and yes, I’m aware he’s a wood elf but that’s not the point right now). Yeah, I could live with visiting Rivendell.
- The Shire from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings – Why wouldn’t you want to visit here? It just sounds so lovely and peaceful, and I think that everyone would be pretty welcoming!
- Gondor from Lord of the Rings – I’ve realised this is the third place from Lord of the Rings. They’re all so different though! And Gondor, after Aragorn is king, just looks amazing and sounds like it would be such a nice place to live.
- The Garden from The Secret Garden – It always sounded so magical! And reading it as a child, it was somewhere that I could escape to. I know that Yorkshire is real, but visiting this garden and making friends with Mary, Colin and Dicken (mainly Dicken as he was a wonder with animals) would have been pretty awesome!
- Tree Hill from One Tree Hill – I love One Tree Hill so visiting would be pretty cool! I think I’d have liked to have gone to high school with them all, as I definitely prefer the first four series to the later ones!
- Kirrin from The Famous Five – I’m surprised I’m not sick of this place after doing my dissertation on the books but it sounded so picturesque, and it really was idyllic. Whenever I used to go to Cornwall, I felt like I was in the Famous Five.
- Cafe Musain from Les Miserables – Sure, I’d be part of the resistance for the June Rebellion, and therefore, if I actually took part I’d probably die, but I think it’d be really interesting to be there when a meeting was taking place.
- Genovia from The Princess Diaries – So, Grandmere would probably be annoying all of the time, but it’s basically a place somewhere near the Mediterranean with a good climate. I could spend time getting a suntan. And if Mia invited Michael and other good-looking boys over, it’d give me something to observe whilst sunbathing!
I was aiming to do all of these from books, but Tree Hill crept in there. And I’m aware I’ve got three different locations from Middle-Earth. But I couldn’t put Middle-Earth as I don’t particularly want to visit Mordor.
… But That I Love Watching Anyway.
These films aren’t in any particular order. Although Titanic is my favourite film, the others were just as I thought of them. I’d recommend all these films, however, if you’re not good with sad films, then maybe you shouldn’t watch them… I personally think though that if a film makes me cry, it must have been brilliantly done.
- Titanic (1997) – My absolute favourite film. I have no idea why when it makes me bawl my eyes out. But it’s a film that I will continue to watch over and over again. I used to watch it every holiday, and I’d get annoyed if my brothers tried to ruin it for me.
- War Horse (2011) – I try not to cry at this film. I really do. But because you get to know Albert and Joey so well, it’s really quite difficult not to cry. It is an amazing film though, and I love watching it.
- Black Beauty (1994) – Just, poor Black Beauty. He really did suffer a bit. Although I cry and the end, which isn’t actually the sad bit?
- The Notebook (2004) – Such a great love story. Why wouldn’t you want to watch this film over and over again?
- Les Miserables (2012) – I like singing along. Although towards the end, I usually struggle. Actually, I cry at quite a lot of it. When I saw it at the cinema, I was crying before the events happened, because I’d read the book and knew what happened.
- Life is Beautiful (1997) – This film is beautiful and so moving. I’ve technically only seen this once, but I’d love to watch it again as it really captivated me.
- The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008) – Bruno is a dear. And Shmuel. I had read the book for this too, so I knew what was going to happen but it didn’t make it any easier. But it’s such a heartfelt story, and it shows the German side during the Second World War.
- Marley & Me (2008) – This is just sad. But with the sad times, there were good times too.
- P.S. I Love You (2007) – Gerard Butler. Oh, and Irish accents. Enough said.
- Atonement (2007) – Another film set in WW2. I seem to like these ones. Atonement is just… I don’t really know how to put it. It’s a great film though even if it makes me cry.
So this one doesn’t necessarily have to be your dissertation. It could be another essay, assignment, homework or even revision.
- Reading – I like reading. I had to make sure I’d finished Gone Girl before I started doing my work today, because I just didn’t want to put it down. I’m trying to resist the urge to start another book because I know I’ll just get distracted.
- Writing a blog post – This is clearly not me procrastinating. Note the sarcasm there. Blogging has been a bit hit and miss recently as my dissertation deadline approaches (27th Feb!) but I sometimes can’t help but procrastinate.
- Tidying my room – My room isn’t even that messy, but I’ll find something to do just to put off work. Even if it’s just rearranging things.
- Facebook – The dreaded facebook. I don’t have it open when I’m working, but that doesn’t stop me checking it on my phone. And then I check it on my computer just to see if there is anything more interesting than what I’ve just looked at.
- Baking – I’ve done quite a bit of baking since the move into Penglais Farm, and I will admit that it’s sometimes just to stop having to do work.
- Doing other assignments – This is strange I know. But unfortunately, my dissertation isn’t the only thing I have to hand in this semester, so I procrastinate by doing the easier things first, even if they don’t have to be in for a while.
- Sleeping – I like sleeping. And working pretty much non-stop in the morning makes me sleepy. So by the afternoon, I feel completely drained and have to have a little nap. Sometimes the nap goes on for a bit longer than anticipated, and I’ve wasted my afternoon sleeping.
- Watching a film/TV programme – This usually happens if Alex has come round for lunch, and then I can’t be bothered to start working again. So we catch up on The Musketeers or Waterloo Road.
- Lectures – Can this count? Sometimes, I don’t bother to start work because I know I have a lecture in a couple of hours and I don’t want to have to keep checkingt the time. I think this is a valid procrastination technique.
- Doing absolutely nothing – Sometimes I just lie on my bed and do nothing. Or in my bed. It depends how cold I am. This isn’t my favourite though as I actually like to be doing something, so I can feel like I’ve accomplished something.