Thursday, 28 April 2016

Bad times at work, wine and Eurovision...


What a week! I feel like I say that every time I post a blog haha.  This week has truly been horrendous at work.  I have been through one of the most harrowing experiences in my career so far and seen things that you could not begin to imagine.  It's something that will stay with me for a long time and not something that I will shake off too easily.  The only saving grace is that I know I am doing my job to the best of my ability and I am making a difference no matter how small.

Thankfully I have a day off tomorrow and I am really looking forward to it.  So tonight I am going to enjoy some much needed fun and go out for dinner and drinks.  My roomie and I are still getting to know the new town that we now live in but we are having fun and that's the main thing.  

I think a few cocktails or glasses of wine are in order tonight to unwind and forget about the crap that has been going on this week.

Ready for a few glasses of this tonight :-)
Even though I'm over in the States and not back home, the count down is on to this:


This is something that is so cheesy, so politically voted but I love it.  It's 3 hours of some of the most random, crazy and weird songs performed by over 20 different European Countries.  The voting for each country is fuelled by the country's neighbour giving them maximum points, because that's going to keep international, neighbour relations all happy and peaceful right? haha

The UK never win.  They haven't won since 1997, I was 9 years old (10 later that year), which shows you how long I have been watching it haha.

The reason we haven't won in so long???....


Due to the decisions made by the UK in a political sense, the rest of Europe took a stance through the art of song!! Even one of the UK's biggest boy bands performed at Eurovision a few years ago and they got so few points that they finished next to last.  They still qualified for the next year even though the countries that come last are supposed to go through the semi final stage.  However the UK (along with a couple of other countries) pumps that much money into it that we are always there in the final no matter where we came the year before.

It's such a funny night to watch it, back home my friends and I would have a night in of food and lots of drinks.  There's lots of laughs, shouting at the TV about how terrible it is and lots of shots to be drunk if by some miracle we get any points...it used to be shots when we got 10 or 12 points (the two highest marks) but now we have had to lower the standards and just take whatever points we can get.

As I'm over here for Eurovision, we are unsure of our plans yet but it will be a lot of fun no matter what we end up doing.

Enough about Eurovision, I don't want to appear obsessive about it or anything haha.

I'm still going through my Sia obsession stage so I'm going to end my blog with one of my favourite songs off her latest album...


Sunday, 17 April 2016

make up, mugs and automobiles


Another busy week has been and gone.  My roomie and I have pretty much got our new home unpacked and how we want it.

Tomorrow is big day for me because I officially start my new job.  I'm excited and nervous at the same time but after a few weeks off I'm raring and ready to go and get started in my new job role.

It's been a stressful week with things happening back at home and I've been feeling a little helpless which has made me feel a little down because I have wanted to be home to support my family through a tough time.  Thankfully things have improved but was still a difficult time.

There's been a few other things going on last week where I really wanted to just stick the finger up at the world and lose my sh*t but managed to keep my composure...thankfully I have good friends and family who are there to support me during the crappy times.

This weekend has been a busy one, I picked up my new car yesterday which I was excited for, it's always nice getting a new car and driving it away from the car company.  It took me a little while to get used to driving it, but I did not forget what I was doing at one point lol.

I also got an amazing little care package from my Mum:

Care package from home :-)


My Mum sent me some of my favourite breakfast biscuits (top left), some High Beam highlighter by Benefit (top right), some Hotel Chocolat chocolates which I looooove (left), my Mum's attempt at humour with a new mug for my new job haha.  The spotty bottle on the right is a room spray which smells amazing (it's apricot) from one of my favourite stores at home, Next.  At the bottom is the primer I use before applying my make up by Smash box.

It was such a lovely surprise to get the care package and I love every single item.  I cannot confirm or deny whether I have eaten any of my chocolates or breakfast biscuits haha.

This weekend we have had some guests visit (my roomie's boyfriend and one of my closest friends from Illinois).  We showed them around Rochester, well, the bits we have seen so far haha, and had a few drinks last night.  We then took the 4 man party back to our home and it got silly but so funny...

Roomie's boyfriend

One of my best friends from Illinois

I have no words lol
Our guests have now gone home and I have been doing stuff around the home and I'm not going to lie, I am looking forward to going to bed tonight because I have put fresh, clean bed sheets on my bed. I am going to have a nice shower, put on some clean bed clothes and just drift off to a great sleep. There is nothing better than getting into bed when you have clean bed sheets on.

Now it's time to figure out what's for dinner before catching up on shows from back home and then off to sleep in that cosy bed that's calling my name lol....

As this post has featured a few things about home I thought I would end my blog post with one of my favourite songs that I heard while I was visiting home a few weeks ago...







Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Back in the States, times are a changing and we are a moving....

The saying goes 'time flies when you're having fun' and that certainly seems to be the case for me in the last few weeks.

I headed back to the States last week...


  
It's been a busy week back in the States.  I was reunited with my housemate and he met me at the airport and embarrassed me by running around the airport shouting 'she's here, she's here'. After a long flight it was just what I needed because it made me laugh so much.

We have also been preparing for our move to Rochester.  We have finally signed on the dotted line for our next home for the next part of our adventure. Now it's time to do some serious packing (this is not my forte at all, I hate packing lol).  We will be moving in the next 7 days, eeeeek so exciting haha.

No matter how much packing we have to do, we always have time for this:

Welcome back drinks with my roomie lol

Last weekend I spent time with friends in Illinois as it was my last weekend before my roomie and I move on to our next adventure.  So that meant it was time for a few drinks...of course...what else would I do? haha

A little vino.

Then a little bit of fizz on a Sunday afternoon:



Tomorrow sees me saying goodbye to my work colleagues that I have spent the last 7 months with and it's weighing on my mind because I have made such great friends and I know I am going to miss them terribly when I leave for Rochester at the end of this week.

It's made me a little emotional the last couple of days because I have already said goodbye to my family and friends back in the UK when I came back to the States last week and now I'm going to be saying goodbye to the people that made settling into life in the States so easy and so much fun.

I love the fact that my job gives me the freedom to move around, undertake lots of different projects in my field and allows me to meet new people, but I hate goodbyes and as my friend back home in the UK says... I'm going to be 'totes emosh' tomorrow.

No matter how hard I think I have it at the minute with feeling I know there are people going through much more than me and when I feel down I listen to this song because it kinda empowers me and makes me feel like I can achieve anything.




I am a massive fan of Sia and literally love every song of hers.  I never buy / download full albums but I recently bought her 'This is Acting' album and I love it.  It's on repeat on my phone, in the car, anywhere I can.

As a Brit in the US I love watching another Brit on TV and these next videos give me no end of laughs:



I am supposed to be packing my stuff up but as always I am procrastinating and finding other things to do other than pack.  I hate packing!!

This is my I don't caaaaare I'm not packing face that my roomie took a little while ago lol

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Happy Easter / Chocolate Eating Day

Happy Easter / Chocolate Eating Day

Easter started off great for me on Good Friday with me being woken up by the sound of the congregation of my local church singing hymns.  Just to clarify (in case you're wondering), no I didn't wake up from a crazy night out in the grounds of my local church with a raging hangover.  My parents home is close to the church and because it was a nice day outside the doors of the Church must have been open.  I have to admit I thought I was dreaming at first because it's not the usual Friday morning affair but then I realised it was Good Friday.  I woke up smiling that's for sure.

My Mum has bought me an Easter Egg and a couple of bits of other chocolate for Easter because I can't take anything back to the States with me and as much as I love chocolate I can only eat so much in a couple of days.  One thing I am a firm believer in is chocolate should always be put in the fridge for a good day or so before it's eaten.  I love cold chocolate.

These are the Easter treats I got this year:






I only have a couple of more days left at home before heading back to the States.  The last couple of weeks have been amazing.  I've been able to see lots of family and friends, had lots of fun and got to meet my cousin's new baby who is now a whole 8 days old (she's a cutie).

Of course being at home has meant nights out with my girls:

Just your average billy bobette's ready for a night out haha

All smiles hanging out at my friends place before a night out

My nights out with my girls are always so much fun and it makes me realise how much I miss them when I am in the States,

Does my bum look big in this? lol

Enjoying a drink...or 10 lol

With a couple of my beautiful girls. 

I have been home for the past couple of weeks and I have had so much fun seeing friends and family and integrating back into the British way of life. Being home is always so amazing and when I got home it was like I had never been away.  I had obviously kept in very regular touch with everyone here while I was in the States but there's nothing like being with them in person.

My time at home is coming to an end and in just a few days it'll be time to say good to the UK and everything and everyone I love about this place and hello again to:

- Being that British girl

- Being the girl with the funny accent

- Being the girl with the even funnier accent when she's drunk (My Welsh accent)

- Being asked to say 'British words' because it's so cute

- Not always understanding my humour

- Being asked if I'm Australian!!! haha

- Back to spelling things a different way (Colour/Color, Labour/Labor, Mould/Mold, Tyre/Tire)

- Driving on the 'wrong' side of the road

- Back to having a million choices for everything

As much as I will miss being home, I love being in the States and I know as soon as I get back it'll be like I've never been away from there too.

This is the latest favourite song of mine which always gets me in the mood for a night out:


Saturday, 19 March 2016

Six Word Saturday: Home is where the heart is...

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS



It's been a long time since I blogged (14 months to be precise).  In fact I took a break from all social media because I couldn't deal with the drama but I have decided that it's time to get back on the blogging and social media saddle.

So much has happened in the last year.  I have moved to the States and have been working there for the last 7-8 months.

This time last year I made the decision to make some changes to my life and I have to say that I haven't looked back and things have been great.  Very scary moving several thousands of miles away from the security of my friends, family and everything that is home and familiar to me but it's changed my life and I am so happy.

I have been on a vacation for the last week and I'm currently in the UK visiting my family and friends, catching up on everything and of course going out and having a good time with friends.

Last night I was out with the girls which is always fun.  I love the fact that no matter how far away I am or how long I have been away we always pick up where we left off and it's like I've never been away.

Last night...






Throughout the past 12 months I have also had the opportunity to travel and see lots of different places including:

Abu Dhabi;
Casually hanging out at the Formula 1 track in Abu Dhabi


Enjoying the sights in Abu Dhabi.

I also got the chance to visit Vegas and also see this amazing place:

Standing by the Colorado River at the Grand Canyon
I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to take time out of work and travel to such amazing places but nothing beats home.