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Wednesday, 30 May 2018

The Polaroid Project Update #2

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Tomorrow will mark a full five months of me taking Polaroid pictures, and I'm pleased to tell you, that I still haven't missed a single day. It's actually quite unbelievable to think it's been that long already, even more unbelievable when I look at the pictures. You can see them all, dated and numbered, but it doesn't look like five wholes months of time sitting there in a little box. It's also quite funny, because at the beginning, when I had taken something like 28 pictures, it felt like it would help slow time down a little. Because I could actually see a picture of every day that had, that it would show how few it had been. But no. Here we are months later and I feel as if we've jumped forward and there's a whole length of time in between, that I must have missed. But I didn't...there is dated proof.

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I think I told you before that I was keeping them in a little Dior box from a highlighter purchase, it worked well at the time as they're only small. It held three months fine, but then I thought I'd need something else. They have since had an upgrade and I'm very pleased with it. Not only is it a brown kraft paper box, which I love -we've been wrapping Christmas presents in that stuff for as long as I can remember. It also gave me the chance to use my label maker, and I think it looks amazing. Very simple, but very in keeping with Polaroid pictures I think. There is more than enough room for the remaining months to fit in comfortably, and it keeps that all safe and stops them getting damaged.

I thought once I'd found a box I liked, that I would throw them in each day and they would be a jumbled mess of dates and numbers. However, I've found as I've gone, that I like to keep each month in a stack, keeping them all neat and tidy in case I want to look back at them. I think once the year is up, that's sure to change, and they'll be in any old order. But for now I enjoy looking at how the colours of Shapries change as I've moved through the months. Plus, it helps keep me on track number wise! I can of course look at the calendar for the date, but I always know the number of that last picture taken, so I don't get confused.

Also, I'm sure I mentioned at the beginning, that I wasn't sure if I should do numbers, dates or both. This far in, I can definitely say I'm glad I stuck with both. It's fun to watch the number get higher and higher, but I also love being able to see exactly what date each picture was taken, without having to work it out.

Oh, and I even started doodling on some of them. The ones that are special occasions, like a birthday, or our Eurovision night. It adds a little fun to them, and makes them stand out from the rest.

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Friday, 25 May 2018

Made Me Happy This Week

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It's another Bank Holiday weekend, and...it's sunny again! We've been so lucky with the weather recently, we've had so many beautiful spring days. I swear it's leaving everyone in a better mood than usual. Our house is currently full of peonies, and I am living for it! I didn't manage to get any last year, so I'm making the most of them while they're here. Paul bought me the most beautiful, huge bouquet of them last weekend. It has the palest of pink and some almost burgundy flowers. I'm doing my best to keep them around, as they're now starting to fade, and I'm find more and more petals on the table everyday. There's another little bunch in the living room that are yet to open, a very sweet gift from my grandmas, as she knows how much I love them.

1. Ice coffee! We've been keeping sweetened espresso (decaf for Paul) made up in the fridge for instant iced lattes or americano's. It' the best treat on a hot afternoon.

2. The smell of BBQ's everywhere you go.

3. Finding new breakfast spots in my favourite city (Edinburgh, in case you were wondering).

4. Coconut and passion fruit ice-cream from Mary's Milk Bar.

5. Watching our little carrot babies get bigger by the day. I'm not too involved with the whole gardening thing, so I'm not sure when they'll be big enough to eat, but I look forward to trying them.

6. The way songs can instantly transport you back to a certain time or place, remind you of a certain person, or bring back a certain memory.

7. Trying to get a paw print from Sookie for my mum. She's a wriggly little thing and basically refuses to do it. Resulting is messy feet prints all over the floor.

8. Booking tickets to see the Lion King while we're all in New York...I'm so excited!!
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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Love Me, Love Me Not...

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Denim Jacket - Topshop
Trousers - Topshop
T-shirt - Topshop
Sunglasses - Quay via Asos

Aren't you just loving this beautiful spring weather? I can't get enough of it and want to spend nearly all of my time outside at the moment. In my humble little opinion, spring, along with autumn, are the best of the four seasons. Although I do love them all in their own rights, for their own merits. But sticking with spring for now...it's just wonderful, isn't it? It's so lovely and warm (warmer this year than most), but still cool enough most of the time for a light jacket, if you're in the shade, or it's a little windy. It's not quite reached the dizzying heat that summer can bring, but you're still able to enjoy a bbq or lunch in the park.

This very spring appropriate denim jacket is from Topshop. Actually, everything I'm wearing is from Topshop...I didn't realise that at the time. They have so many good pieces in right now. I love the daisy embroidered design. It makes me smile to look at it, and I can't think of spring without thinking of daisies.

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Paul and I woke up very early on Saturday and decided to head in to Edinburgh for a walk around in the early morning sunshine. And Saturday was one of the most beautiful days we've had all year. We found a perfect parking spot, a free one too! If you know Edinburgh, you know what a find that is! Getting into the centre early is key!

We stayed down near Stockbridge, it's one of my absolute favourite parts of the city. It manages to keep a small village kind of feel, while at the same time, being a 15 minute walk from George Street. After a good hour or so of walking, taking pictures of plants, and stopping to play with all the dogs we passed, we decided to head for some food.

We ended up in a cafe called Patisserie Florentin. It's not somewhere we'd ever tired, Paul found it, and what sold it to him instantly was that they offered Croque Crossaint on their breakfast menu. I can confirm that it was very tasty!! The coffee was really good too. No pictures to show you sadly, we just didn't think at the time as we were starving and started eating straight away.

I think we're going to try and do that a lot more this year, head out in the early hour's and make the most of these beautiful mornings.

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Friday, 18 May 2018

Made Me Happy This Week

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Laurel, or Yanny? It's crazy isn't it!! What do you hear when the sound is played? I first heard it on the radio, and clearly heard Laurel...but! I then heard it on my laptop and it was so clearly Yanny! Madness. It fascinates me that something can sound so different depending on the way it's played or what you're listening to it on. In other news, who's looking forward to the wedding this weekend? I'm really quite excited about it all, although I think we're going to be out and will miss it, so I'll have to watch on catch up. There is just so much hype around the country right now, that it makes it hard to not want to watch and see everything that's going on. Plus, who doesn't love a wedding.

1. The Eurovision, always a good night and there were so many good songs this year. We made a list of our favourites as we watched, and now I have them playing on Spotify.

2. The weather. It's just beautiful at the moment.

3. Finally having our wedding music decided. We've gone through it all a few times, and it all now seems to fit perfectly.

4. How our garden is slowing filling with home grown vegetables. I'm most excited about the sugar snap peas!

5. White chocolate covered Oreo's. Honestly one of my favourite things.

6. My collection of Polaroid snaps. I love to bring them out every so often to have a look back at the last few months.

7. Paul and I have become completely obsessed with Brooklyn 99 recently. We're having to take out time watching it, just so we don't go through it too quickly.

8. Sheldon and Amy's wedding in The Big Bang Theory. It was so beautiful and so perfect. I'll be gutted when the show is completely over.
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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

My Mobile Detox

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I'm the first to admit that I'm well and truly addicted to my phone. But, I mean, aren't we all?

A few weeks ago, my beloved iPhone 5 started having issues. It was running slow, I couldn't update anything (an issue with an apple id, not the phone), and then one day I heard a pop while I was holding it. I thought it was the plastic case at the time, but, later that night I noticed that the screen had come away from the rest of the phone at the top. Paul's been telling me to get a new phone for years now, so he was pleased that I was finally going to have to bite the bullet and get a new one.

I kept on using it for a few days, being very careful, because apart from the screen thing it seemed to be working fine. Until it wasn't. A week or so after the screen popped, it restarted it's self.  I assumed it was because it needed updated or something along those lines, but no. That night it started doing it every half hour. At one point, it was just a constant loop of it never actually turning back on. It was dying, slowing dying on the table, and all I could do was try and save my pictures before it crashed completely.

It did stay on for days after that, and I'm sure it would still turn on now, if I tried, but it was essentially useless. If I made a call, it would turn off. If I went online, it would turn off. I could text, but if I did it for too long, it would turn off. You get the idea.

I'm someone who constantly has her phone in her hand, I carry it around with me everywhere, - I'm talking from room to room. So being without one for a few days before having to go and buy a new one, was very interesting. While the thought of it initially was horrifying, it was actually a new experience that I've learned quite a lot from. I understand that sounds rather dramatic to some, but I've had a phone since I was in Primary School, so the addiction is real!

~ Lessons Learned ~

The first thing I noticed was how often I'd go to pick my phone up throughout the day. The first day was definitely the worst because I kept forgetting it was broken. I'd pick it up for absolutely anything, to check the time, to check my emails, to look for something online, to note something down, and so many more things on top of that. Which is all crazy in it's self because I'd probably be sitting on my laptop at the time too. I make a conscious effort now to not do this. Some days I do, but I'm so much better than I was before -and funnily enough, I get more done in the day!

Carrying it around was another big thing. I was so used to taking it from room to room with me, even into the garden when I'd go out to hand up some washing. Because I couldn't use it, I just left it on the coffee table, on the sideboard, it didn't really matter where it was. Everyone new it was broken, so no one was going to call or text. This is the thing I've improved on the most! I don't carry the phone around with me now. I don't take it from room to room, I don't take it with me if I'm going to hang out washing, or to take rubbish to the bins outside, and it's actually such a good feeling. I think I did it mostly out of habit, but after a few days of not doing it, there was no real actual reason to start again.

Having that constant need to always know what everyone else is doing. Having to watch all the Instastories, just in case you're missing something. It's something I'm definitely guilty of, but again, I think it's out of habit, and in a big way part of life in this social media age. But seeing as I didn't have a working phone, I couldn't just pick it up and scroll through my feed. I obviously still do this now I have a phone again, I'm not going to pretend that I don't anymore. But It's not because I have the feeling that I constantly have to. It's now because I want to, instead. It's also not as often, and if I've missed things, or I'm late seeing something - who cares!

The biggest thing that came from my mobile free weekend, was a feeling of relief. My phone has been in my hand for so many years that it became a cause of anxiety for me. If I didn't know where it was, I'd panic. If I checked a pocket where I thought it was, and it wasn't there, the feeling I'd get was awful, until I'd then realised I'd put it in my bag. The thought of being without it made me so uncomfortable. There was a time my brother took my phone to work instead of his own, by accident. I don't drive, so jumped on a bus to go get it from him because there was no way I could wait until he was home. The whole journey I felt so uncomfortable. I couldn't check the time, I couldn't contact anyone, I genuinely didn't know what to do with myself. I didn't like that feeling, and I thought it's how I'd feel this time. But there was something different about it, and instead of sheer panic and stress, it was kind of nice in a way.

I'm not saying that I'm completely cured of my phone addiction, I truthfully don't think I ever will be. But I've learned to be a little less obsessive with it, I don't need it on my person at all times, nothing bad is going to happen if I don't see a text or notification straight away, and I know know that I can actually function without out one if need be. I'm going to do my best to keep up these habits.








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Friday, 4 May 2018

Made Me Happy This Week


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Last weekend was interesting!

You know how occasionally people like to digitally detox, no phone or laptop? Well I had no choice, and was forced to have one. Basically my phone broke -sort of, it was still on but dying slowly. There's a post coming soon about it, so I won't get into it too much just now, but it was actually a rather interesting few days. Anyway. It's been a good week, a busy but lovely one, and the weather hasn't been too bad either. Paul's little plants are still going well, we now have carrot's planted in the garden too. I'm so looking forward to having so much fresh food from the garden, so fingers crossed everything goes well.

1. An early morning walk in the sunshine, before the day started. It was such a nice way for the day to begin.

2. Infinity War...it was amazing! So much so, that I would love to go see it again. I'm not sure if I can wait until next year for the second part.

3. Fish fingers sandwiches, they really are my favourite lazy dinner. Also, fun fact: fish fingers and sometimes fish from the chip shop, are the only fish I can eat. I think it's because they don't actually taste too much like fish. They have a taste of their own.

4. Dragons Egg bath bomb from Lush, it's a good one.

5. Squashies or Squishes? I'm not sure of the name, but they are so addictive!! The sour cherry and apple ones, specifically. Bought on a whim because we were hungry while food shopping (never a good idea), and the bag was eaten before we got home.

6. The new Loreal lavender shampoo, it leaves your hair feeling the softest it could feel. Plus, it isn't full of nasty ingredients.

7. I'm not so patiently waiting for the trees in the garden to blossom, they're so nearly there and I can't wait.

8. Bella Italia takeaway for a late night dinner. The pesto gnocchi is amazing!
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