Somerset Bucket List

As I recently mentioned in a post which you can read here, I have moved to Somerset. It isn’t a permanent move but I will be here for a while. I decided that there’s a lot of things I want to do and places I want to explore while I’m here.

As I am a huge lover of a bucket list, I decided I would make a Somerset Bucket List. I don’t know why I love bucket lists so much. Maybe it’s my love of organisation or my love of lists.

So here it is:

My Somerset Bucket List

1. Visit the Glastonbury Abbey.
2. Visit the Shoe Museum.
3. Walk through Alexandra Park.
4. Visit the Wookey Hole Magical Mirror Maze.
5. Visit the Wookey Hole Old Penny Peir Arcade.
6. Visit the Roman Baths Museum.
7. Visit the Frome Independent Market.
8. Visit Cheddar Gorge.
9. Visit the Jane Austen Centre.
10. Visit the Victoria Art Gallery

Things That Would Have Been On My Bucket List But I Have Already Done

1. Visit Vicar’s Close
2. Visit Well Cathedral
3. Go shopping in Bath
4. Shop in the Clarks Village.
5. Drink Somerset cider.

What I’ve Learnt From Being A Waitress

As part of my job, I have to do some waitressing for the hotel that I work for. Sure, this has its ups and downs but overall it’s not that bad. I actually kind of really enjoy it. I’ve met some really amazing and inspiring people through my job.

1. Smiling is amazing at lifting your mood.
It’s not always that easy to smile while waitressing while you have orders being screamed at you and 5 plates in your hands but thanks to not actually wanting to lose my job, smiling in compulsory. Smile to the customers. Smile to the chefs. Smile like you’re having the best damn day of your life. As I was told a few days ago, “No smile, no tips”. Thanks to being made to smile, I actually feel a lot happier while I am working. I remember once I read somewhere that smiling increases your mood and it really does!

2. Listening.
It is the most annoying this ever when you tell someone something and they do the complete opposite. The other day I went into the kitchen to order a full English with no eggs. Want to know that the chef did?.. He added two eggs. Seriously, do you just enjoy making my job harder?

3. Communicate clearly.
You don’t want gravy? Then tell me. Don’t wait until I bring you the food and then shout at me because it has gravy on it. Dammit people, I’m a waitress not a mind reader.

4. Clean up your own mess.
I can’t even count the amount of times I’ve ended up sticking my hands in spilt food or almost slipped on spilt water. Seriously, it’s not that hard! You spill water on the floor, mop it up.

6. Treat your co-workers with respect.
If you help them, they will help you back. It’s as simple as that.

7. If you’re going to kill someone, do it with kindness.
I’ve had customer screaming, shouting and swearing at me before. I understand how hard it is to not scream right back, believe me. Yet, what I have learnt is just smile at them and try to help them all you can. It will just be so much easier in the end.

8. Comfy shoes are important in life.
Standing on your feet for 6 hours hurts. Running up and down stairs and from the kitchen to the restaurant hurts even more. You suddenly start appreciating the little things in life such as a comfy pair of shoes. You know those ‘old people’ shops that sell ‘old people’ shoes? Go in one, try on the shoes, buy the shoes and wear them constantly. Forget fashion, those shoes are the best!

9. Some people will think they are more important than you. They’re not.
For some reason, some people think that because I have to clean up after them, they are more important than me. I’m still a human. I am not your servant, treat me with some respect.

10. Working hard is worth it.
You know that one day of the month (or in my case, that one day of the week) where you look at your bank account and see all that hard earned money. Yeah, that’s a good moment.

I’ve Moved To Somerset

I’ve always liked the idea of moving all over the UK. I realise that the UK isn’t the biggest place, in fact you could drive straight through it in a day but I feel like living in all these different places just gives you so much time to explore and learn. So far I’ve lived in North Wales, Cumbria, Devon and now Somerset. The list is only small but I’m still young and have a lot of time in front of me to extend it.

A couple of days ago, my boyfriend and I packed up our lives in Devon and moved on to Somerset. We have visited Somerset before on a little holiday so we sort of knew what to expect. That all changed when we got here though. Everything just looked so different and more exciting. Maybe it was just the buzz of moving again or maybe it was because I was viewing everything differently. I don’t even mind why, I just loved it here.

We have moved to a place called Street in Somerset. Street is just over a mile away from Glastonbury, which you may or may not know of. Street is the home of  a major factory outlet shopping complex called Clarks Village. It was the first purpose-built outlet shopping scheme in Britain. I am located only 2 minutes away from this shopping complex which isn’t great for my bank account but definitely great for my wardrobe.

On a clear day in Street, while walking down the high street you can manage to see the Glastonbury Tor. This is a hill in Glastonbury topped by the roofless St Michael’s Tower. I don’t know too much about the Tor yet nor have I been but I am definitely going to. It has been said that the Tor was once the realm of the fairies. According to folklore the Tor is the home of Gwynn ap Nudd, the king of the underworld and is a gateway into the realm of Annwn.

I think I’m going to really love living in Somerset.

Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 459
Rating: 5/5 stars

‘Cath and Wren are identical twins and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She would rather bury herself in the fanfiction she writes where there’s romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.

Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible…

A tale of fanfiction, family and first love.’

Recently, I have been struggling to find a book that I can get lost in for a while. I didn’t have any motivation to read at all. That is until I came across Fangirl. I’d read so many good reviews on this book that I just needed to read it. Now that’s it’s over I’m just sat here thinking “now what?”. I didn’t want the book to end. I loved reading about Cath and Levi and Regan and Art and Wren and Nick and literally every character in between.

One of my favourite parts of this book is that it gives equal importance to all relationships portrayed. I fully expected the most featured relationship in the book to be the relationship between Cath and Levi. I was fully mistaken. Rowell manages to avoid erasing all other relationships just to focus on the lovey dovey scenes which is so common in book these day. She manages to also focus on friendship, father-daughter relationships and sister relationships.

Every character was different and perfectly relatable. They all had their own quirks and flaws. You found yourself feeling proud of them and also feeling down with them. It was easy to find parts of yourself in the characters. I feel like I need to talk about them all individually because they all deserve that. I’ll start with the main protagonist, Cath. She is a Fangirl. She uses writing fanfiction as a way to escape from her everyday life and stresses. I found her to be so cute and naive in an adorable kind of way. Next, Levi. How could anyone not fall in love with Levi?! He loved being read to, he worked at Starbucks and he is never not smiling. I found Regan to be someone I actually loved more than Cath. I don’t even know how to explain why. She carried herself with confidence and I admired that. I had a love hate relationship with Wren. Her character was perfectly flawed. However, I just couldn’t get over how selfish her character could be.

I found myself to be in book heaven while reading Fangirl. I managed to read it in 3 days which is extremely fast for me considering I’m a slow reader. You should definitely read this book no matter who you are. I feel like this review didn’t do the book justice. Maybe no review, no matter how good, ever will.

I haven’t loved a book this much since reading The Fault In Our Stars

Meet The New Edition To My Body

A couple of days ago I went and got myself a new tattoo. It was something that I had been wanting to do for a while. 

About half a year ago, I got a tattoo of a camera on the back of my neck. It was only small but I hated it. Don’t get me wrong, at first I loved it. I thought that it was great and I showed it to everyone. After a short amount of time the novelty started to wear off. I started to notice all the small mistakes in it. First of all, it was wonky. Secondly, it looked more like a car than an camera. In the end, I simply began to hate it. 

I began to hate my car/ camera tattoo so much that I decided it needed to be covered. I originally decided to get a frame tattoo because I had seen some lovely ones on Pinterest. The only problem with that was that I didn’t know what to put in the frame.

I then came up with a better idea. I decided to get a dreamcatcher. I have been in love with dreamcatchers for years. The idea of a dreamcatcher tattoo had never appealed to me though. I thought that it was too ‘fashionable’ at the moment and I didn’t want people to think I was just being it to be cool. In the end, I decided that I didn’t care if other people thought I was getting it just because everyone else was. 

And here is the finished piece:
The camera from my neck is gone and it has been replaced by a beautiful dreamcatcher. Just so everyone is clear, it isn’t wonky. My neck is just on a funny angle. 

I absolutely love my new tattoo. It was 40 minutes of pain but totally worth it. 

I got the tattoo at a place called Kustom Ink  in Bideford, North Devon. All the staff in there were lovely. They only charged me £40 for my tattoo which I personally think is amazing. I will definitely be getting all my next tattoos from there. I don’t know if anyone who will read this lives in Devon but if you do and you want a tattoo, you should check them out. Their artwork is amazing. Heck, you should check them out anyway. They are awesome!

Book Review: The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart

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Pages:229
Rating: 1/5 stars

Mark has been in and out of hospital his whole life – and he’s fed up.
So when his cancer returns, he decides he’s had enough. Running away with his dog Beau, he sets out to climb a mountain – and it’s only when he’s left everything behind that Mark realises he has everything to live for.’

This is a quick (if you can motivate yourself to read it) and easy read. I didn’t find this book to be particularly exciting or heart-warming at all. I struggled to actually get to the end even though it is a simple read.

I found myself disliking the main character, Mark.  It is bad enough that he left his family and friends to worry about whether or not he is alive but the fact that he took the dog to suffer too made me upset. I spent the majority of this book worrying about Beau, the dog more than Mark himself. Sorry Mark. I found myself loving the secondary characters and wanting to learn their stories more than I wanted to listen to narrator, Mark. He’s selfish and frustrating.

One of the things that bothered me throughout the story was Jessie’s chapters. They were rammed in between Mark’s story. Jessie’s part had nothing to add to the story. They were also extremely repetitive. Jessie is in a dilemma: Honour her friend or save his life? This is probably a huge issue for a 12 year old girl. However, I don’t think it is bad enough of an issue to write a chapter about it over and over and over.

*WARNING: Spoiler* The fact that a man would actually let Mark climb that damn mountain frustrates me so much. What kind of man would willing let a 12 year old climb in a mountain, ugh! *Spoiler over*

I don’t really recommend this book to anyone in particular. It just wasn’t a good book

April Favourites

I love reading other people’s favourite posts. I always find lots of new things that I want to try from them.

This month I have decided to attempt a favourites post myself.

Lush May Day Bath Bomb:

Lush May Day Bath Bomb

This little beauty is the nicest smelling thing EVER! I found myself sniffing it over and over. I bought this mainly due to the campaign but I will probably buy it again.

Girls:

Girls DVDs

If you haven’t seen this TV shows then I definitely recommend that you do. I recently bought series 1 on DVD because I wanted my boyfriend to watch it. He started watching it and fell in love with it so we bought series 2 a couple of days ago. Girls is a series that follows the life of Hannah and her three friends who live in New York.

Simple Facial Toner:

Simple Toner

All I do with this toner is apply it to my skin after using facial wash. It feels so refreshing and makes my skin feel completely clean. It contains no harsh drying alcohol or fragrance, only soothing ingredients that are calming and helpful for the skin. If you have sensitive skin like I do, this toner is perfect.

Primark Coin Purse:

Primark Coin Purse

I purchased this purse a couple of months ago but this month, I have been using it rather a lot. It is just so perfect if I’m nipping to the shop or don’t need to take much with me.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Ritz:

Cadbury's Ritz Bar

Oh my gosh, if you haven’t tried these yet them you need to get off the internet and run to your nearest shop to get one! They are literally my favourite snack ever invented. The salty-ness with the chocolate taste is just a magical combination.

I hope you enjoyed reading my favourites post. Maybe I will do one next month too if this one goes down well..