5 Things That Made Me Happy This Week – 6th June 2015

I’ll be honest, at the start of this week I couldn’t think of one thing that made me happy let alone five. I was in a really crappy place in my head, you know one of those moods that’s kind of hard to shake off?

Thankfully as the week progressed I sort of naturally came out of my rut and by the end of work on Tuesday I was feeling a lot better.

The rest of the week has been pretty good and I’m feeling a lot more positive and sort of more determined than ever now to get to where I want to be, which is never a bad thing.

1. Family time 

As I still live at home I invariably see my parents everyday but a lot of the time I’m busy in my own little world, usually trying to tick things off my ever growing ‘To Do’ list. Recently I’ve been making a bit more of an effort to spend time with my parents, we had the weekend together in London a few weeks ago which was really great to get away as family and not have any stress for a few days. This Sunday I’m off to a vintage fair with my Mum and throughout the week my Dad’s been teaching me a few tricks on my new ukulele which has been nice. Life can be pretty hectic, so it’s always good to take time out and appreciate those around you.


2. Trying new things 

After a very long period of neglect I recently picked up my guitar again and taught myself a couple of new songs, one of them being this version of Patsy Cline’s ‘Strange’, by my future husband Alex Turner.

However despite being a fully grown 23 year old adult, I still have the hands of a 5 year old child, which means I can find the string spacing’s on my guitar a bit hard to reach. Because of this my Dad suggested looking into buying a ukulele and their also a little bit easier to learn to play on.

As luck would have it I walk through the ICC every day and the Symphony Hall gift shop has a whole range of ukuleles for sale, so on Wednesday lunch time I went and purchased the lovely little number you can see below. So far I’m loving life with my little ‘uke’ and have managed to learn a couple of songs already, which I’m looking forward to popping on YouTube once I’ve mastered them and there’s no chance of me looking like an idiot – cause you know people love to anything to criticize and all that jazz.

 

3. Me time 

After being at work all day sometimes its nice just to have a bit of ‘me time’ and give yourself a treat, cause why not!

On Tuesday I bought myself some lovely flowers (I also bought some for my Mum as well, what a babe), and then treated myself to nice long bubble bath and a face mask which did me the world of good. And then this morning I went and got my hair and eyebrows did like the princess I am. In all seriousness my roots, definitely had an ombre thing going on which was not cool…


 

4. New surroundings

My new job is based in a lovely part of Birmingham city centre called Brindley Place, which is right by the canal side and close to venues like the Barclaycard Arena and the Rep Theatre. It’s also surrounded by a LOT of tasty cafes and restaurants, which you’re a massive food lover like myself can be both a blessing and a curse as I’m probably going to end up bankrupt and obese. The other day I got an absolute dream of a lunch from Carluccios, honestly I’d thoroughly recommend the aubergine pasta bake it was SO much better than the sad Tesco meal deal I had become accustomed to. With my new job I get an hours lunch, so it gives me plenty of time to have a stroll around and explore my new surroundings. On Thursday, I went and enjoyed my homemade garlic and chilli mushroom burritos in the sun whilst working on a new blog post, the perfect break to get me geared up for an afternoons work.


5. Parks & Rec 

This week I’ve been having a bit of a Parks and  Recreation binge. For those of you who don’t know what the hell I’m talking about Parks and Rec is an American comedy set in the Parks and Recreation department fictional town of Pawnee. The cast includes the amazing Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza and Chris Pratt, who is excellent as the lovely but dim witted Andy Dwyer. I was feeling pretty crappy at the beginning of this week and watching this help cheer me up a lot. It’s just so clever and so funny, every member of the cast is just on their A game. Like seriously there’s not one weak character in the whole show, which is really rare! If you haven’t watched Parks and Rec yet I definitely recommend it!

I did it!

After 3 years of late nights, assignments, stress and the occasional drunken night out (okay, a lot of drunken nights out), I have finally graduated from University!

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Although I actually finished Uni in May last year I had to wait until January 17th to actually get my degree. I won’t lie when my Facebook and twitter timelines were full of my friends graduation pictures over the summer I was slightly put out that we had to wait so long for our ceremony, but as all the fuss died down I was actually pretty glad ours was later as it gave me something to look forward to rather than everything being over and done with in the summer.

So on Friday 17th January the day finally came and it was definitely worth the wait. We went for a lovely graduation lunch in Derby and then off to Uni to get my cap and gown ready for the ceremony. It was so weird being sat there knowing that this was actually my graduation ceremony from University. Ever since I can remember I knew I was going to University (I remember telling my Nan when I was about 5), and to actually be sat there in my cap and gown all those years later after completing my GCSE’s , A Levels and 3 years of Uni was actually a little bit surreal.  It was a great feeling to know that all those years of hard work had paid off and I had got a degree in a two areas I love.

With my Mum and Dad
With my Mum and Dad
Josh and I at the Uni
Josh and I at the Uni

I won’t lie I don’t really remember a lot about going up to receive my degree, I just remember trying to make sure that I didn’t fall over and to make sure I smiled and shook the Chancellors hand. I had to ask my parents if I actually smiled when walking across the stage because I couldn’t remember and I  was worried that people might think I was miserable. Thankfully they assured me that I smiled and most definitely didn’t look miserable! Also after a couple of emails and telling several people on the day my name was actually pronounced correctly, although I had to actually get the lady at the side of the stage to tell the man reading out names my actual name JUST before it was my turn to walk. My dad even managed to capture this moment on camera!

With the all important degree!
  With the all important degree!

 

Derby Uni Class of 2013
Derby Uni Class of 2013
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Its ‘Lauren’ not ‘Lauren’!

After the ceremony we took some more pictures and then it was time to give back the cap and gown. All the build up and my graduation was over in a flash but I still had the Grad ball to look forward to on the night. I went with my two friends Lauren and Stacey and we had a great night catching up with people we hadn’t seen in a while!

I had a great 3 years at Derby Uni and I met some amazing people who I hope I will stay in touch with for years to come. I won’t lie I felt a bit sad on the drive home Saturday as it felt like the end of an era but I’ll still be in Derby at least once a week for my theatre company and I speak to friends from Uni all the time so its not like I’m cutting all ties. Time to start the next chapter of the crazy thing that is my life!

Before the Ball
Before the Ball

 

Enjoying a celebratory glass of champagne
Enjoying a celebratory glass of champagne

Tis the season!

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Sorry I haven’t posted for a while, working in retail over the Christmas period I’ve been busy 24/7! I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas!  It was a bit strange this year as I usually get a good couple of weeks to myself when I’m on holiday from Uni but this year I’ve been working non stop so I haven’t really had chance to get that geared up for the big day!

This year my friends and I carried on our yearly Christmas Eve tradition of Pub Golf and with this came our yearly Christmas Day hangover. I received numerous snapchats yesterday morning of hungover friends who were regretting the night before! We always have a good night though and it was definitely worth feeling a little groggy Christmas morning. I had a lovely day yesterday and really couldn’t have asked for better presents, it seems that people have actually been paying attention to what I’ve been saying for the past couple of months. I had such a great day spending time with the ones I love 🙂

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Me on Christmas Eve
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My friend Lauren and I before the drinking began

This morning I had to get up extremely early (5:45am to be exact), as the shop where I work has a very popular Boxing Day sale and I was due to work at 6:30am. This was my first experience of an early Boxing Day sale and I must say I was shocked at how many people had gotten up that early to queue outside, I love a bargain but I don’t think I’m that dedicated! I was working on the tills and as I was constantly busy the time just seemed to rush by and before I knew it it was half 10 and I was clocking out. Im so happy I was put on an early shift so that I can enjoy the rest of my day and maybe check out some of the sales myself! I’ve got my birthday and Graduation Ball coming up so I need to get myself a couple of nice outfits, although I might save myself some of the hassle and do some shopping online.

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and is enjoying their time off!

Lauren xx