My Life In Dragons: Hoard Of Kittens

Hello and welcome to the third of many parts of my ‘My Life In Dragons’ blog series. I hope you enjoy! 🙂

HOARD OF KITTENS

Anyone who knows me knows that I have ‘a thing’ for cats, and by ‘a thing’ I mean I bloody love them!

I find it really hard to explain to people when they ask me about it but I think they are just really affectionate animals and live in their own little bubble of a world. The way they switch from being so cute and cuddly and purring to beast mode where they are hell bent on catching a bee or a dandelion.

I have always wanted a cat since I was little, and now own one (he is ever so adorable, his name is Marlo and we are besties) which hasn’t helped my obsession much. My little one (Marlo) is very individual and is not the most affectionate of cats, but that just makes the times when he does come looking for hugs and cuddles extra special. He is my little child, and like any doting mother does, I probably spend more on him than I do on myself. He owns countless toys, blankets and treats. I just purchased him (a very expensive) radiator bed with really soft fabric that he loves. Our neighbors cat that likes to sneak into our house is also partial to a wee sleep in it too.

Take a look in my bedroom, and there are countless cat inspired things, such as quotes, pictures or cat print clothing.

Y’all are probably weirded out by this as all I have done is tell you how much I love my cat. I have always said that I am going to be a cat lady and have like 500 million of them to love and its going to be great. I can invite people over to my house just for cat cuddles. 

In short, I just love the little things so darn much. I just want to skweedge their little heads until they pop- cause I just love them sooooo much. If I could have a hoard of kittens, I would have a hoard of kittens.

So that’s how I feel about cats.

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NOTE: I do not own these images nor to claim any rights to them. If the artist gets in contact I will gladly credit them but I found them on the vortex that is ‘tumblr’ and though I have tried I cannot find the original source or post-ee.

My Life In Dragons: Hoard Of Video Games

Hello! And welcome to what has become my wee mini blog post series entitled ‘My Life In Dragons’.

HOARD OF VIDEO GAMES

I wouldn’t describe myself as a huge video game fan, although I am partial to a wee game of ‘Mini Ninjas‘ now and then. One thing that is for sure is that my 10 year old self would be very disappointed in that statement. At 10 years old I was determined to own every Nintendo product that there was (and considering that they released about 5 a year my parents were glad when I found a new hobby).I would be the first person in my class to own the new gameboys and was the first to compete any level ‘Crash Bandicoot‘ (which was all the rage at the time, and I still believe is the greatest Playstation game ever released).

Although I very rarely play games consoles now I did own quite a few- most of which I am sure are gathering dust in an attic somewhere. I used to beg my big cousins to give me their old consoles and games so quite a few of the ones I own were released before I could talk. I used to sit up in my room for hours and play these games and block my brother out of the room so that I could have them to myself. 

I owned: The Playstation (the first and best), The Nintendo 64, Playstation 2 (in pink, of course), Nintendo Game Cube, The original X-box, The game boy (original first release, this was years before I was born and obviously a hand me down), Game Boy Color, Game boy advance (first in white and then pink), Nintendo DS and the little square one that I had like 5 of because they kept breaking. (also I cant seem to source it anywhere online, but I swear it existed!) 

Obviously, because I was a girl I also owned any variation of a sing star or dance mat game, because who doesn’t love that? Come on, picture it, you’re sitting with a bottle of beer or glass of wine in hand, having a laugh with your mates and someone brings out a dance mat. Are you telling me you’re not going to have a go? 

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If I play video games nowadays it either consists of me begging my little brother to let me put on Mini Ninjas or him forcing me to play Call Of Duty and get eaten my zombies (I really am not suited to Zombie Survival) I can’t wait to get my hands on another Crash Bandicoot game and relive my ‘Bamboozled’ glory!

 

NOTE: I do not own these images nor to claim any rights to them. If  the artist gets in contact I will gladly credit them but I found them on the vortex that is ‘tumblr’ and though I have tried I cannot find the original source or post-ee.

My Pursuit Of Happiness

A thank you to Louise (sprinkle of glitter), Katie (Skunk boy blog) and every other ‘happiness’ inspired blog post that I have read this week.

The last few years for me have been hard, mentally, physically and emotionally. I’ve been going through some things and have never been one to share my thoughts and feelings with others- which truthfully has only added to the amount of pressure I’ve been under.

There have been moments (although few and far between) that I have felt truly happy. This is a feeling that I crave for, daily, but also a feeling I don’t actually know how to achieve.

“Happiness is a state of mind” yet I can’t MAKE myself happy, I don’t believe that you can force happiness, but there are always steps to take to achieve it. At the moment, I am at the bottom of that staircase, rising slowly.

My life isn’t terrible, but it is 100% not going in the direction I want it to. I know that. As for where I am headed or would like to be…I have no idea. Which makes the pursuit of happiness a whole lot harder.

I am a people pleaser and will go above and beyond to make others happy and provide for them, often leaving myself without or mentally, physically and emotionally exhausted.

After reading Lou’s post last week, I have come to the realization that I am not happy and only I can change that. I have to let go of the stresses in my life and do more for me. This will be a hard to do as a lot of people are reliant on me- more than would admit it. I need to focus on me and happiness will come.

I will struggle with this, and will probably go back on my word multiple times, just to make others happy, but it’s a journey I am excited to take.

I’ve got to live for me and strive for my happiness above other peoples.

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Just a thought….

I am thinking of putting up some of my personal writing and experiences on here in a kind of essay format. Ideas that started as essays for school but I had to cut way down to fit into the format that he exam boards wanted. I think it is a good way to store these things. When I write on a personal experience, I tend to get rambly and say the same things over and over, but lets see, shall we?

Hello September

This is my favourite time of year; the boots, jumpers, blankets, fall candles and the community atmosphere that is all around this time of year.
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There is just something so comforting and fascinating about watching all of the leaves changing colour- I just can’t wait to be surrounded by the warm glow of autumn.

To me this time of year means a lot of family time. Playing card games, watching seasonal movies (yes, I am already in Halloween mode) and drinking got coco while breathing in the artificial smell of autumn via the 9 million seasonal candles that I have collected throughout the year.

This month, as it is my happy season, I want to focus on happy things. As I am a lover of lists and all things organised, I thought I’d record a few of my goals. So here goes…

1. Walk more! Stick in my headphones or drag the dog along with me. I love the brisk autumn air and walking around at this time of the year just brigs me so much happiness and joy. I’d like to take advantage of that.
2. Read more. Autumn nights are perfect for snuggling up with a good book and a cuppa, on the sofa or on the decking with a fire or some wee candles going.
3. Me time! Focus less on stressing about and hating work and spend more time on me. Whether that be writing out my thoughts on here or taking the worlds longest bubble bath.
4. Crafts. I have a lot of craft projects started and not finished due to lack of time and focus. This month I’d like to finish some of my little projects and get more enjoyment out of being creative.
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Why do I blog?

For me, blogging is like writing my thoughts and feelings down. I will often think of something that comes to mind, a question or topic or something I like and I will jot it down, either in my notebook (that is always with me), or in the notes on my phone. This is kind of a way to collect all of these things in one place. It’s kind of like writing to my future self, which I really like the idea of. Hopefully in a few years or even months if I am feeling down I will have some happy thoughts to look back on.

I have always enjoyed writing true events and always loved getting assignments in school where we had to write about our school holidays. I remember getting and A from my teacher for writing a portfolio essay on fishing and having to stand up in front of my class (and the year below) to read it out. I like having an idea or event that has happened and making it the most interesting thing by adding thoughts and feelings.

I write this like I am talking to a person because it is easier that way. It is easier to direct a post or a conversation or even a body of thoughts towards a specific person. I was never any good at keeping a diary, although I tried and tried-I probably have about ten that I started and kept up for a few days and just got bored.

As I have gotten older, I have realized the importance of getting my thoughts out, whether that being phoning a friend or recording them in a journal style. It helps me work things out and often if I am upset, it helps me to find the positive in the situation. 

As I write this, I am not expecting anyone to read it, I am just writing to write. I think that it will help improve my writing style, as in the past I have only been comfortable with comedy-esque pieces, being very sarcastic and having to have a humorous side. I think that it will also support me if I ever decide to study further.

I am writing to write and I think that that is good enough.

My Life In Dragons: Hoard of Books

I was recently scrolling trough my ‘liked’ posts on tumblr, a place that is normally reserved for recipes and Disney posts only to find dragons. Yes, DRAGONS! 

It had ocured to me at the time of finding the post and again now that I had re-discovered it that these dragons illustrated my life in a rather poetic and wonderful way. I want to share some of my favorites with you, but knowing me the posts will start to get rather long and rambling so I may post it in a few parts.

HOARD OF BOOKS

Over the years I have not been a great reader, having to concentrate on school, college and studying I could never really get in to reading a book, but I always seemed to collect them.

I have gotten better over recent years after discovering Good Reads to help me organize and categorize my hoard of books into something more manageable. Using this app I am able to record the books that I have read and that I would like to read. It lets you keep track of the number of books that you have read that year and lets you set goals for yourself.

I most definitely would say that I have a ‘hoard of books’ ranging from books I loved when I was 2 or 3 to books that I bought on child development and spreadsheets because I thought I would one day need to know that kind of information.

I don’t think I could ever throw out a book but in recent months I have definitely gotten better at donating my old books to my local charity shops like Oxfam and Cancer Research UK. They are always greatful for the donation, especially if they are in good condition. The only downside to donating in store is that I always find time to browse the bookshelves and pick up a couple of new books for myself. Its the thought that counts, right?

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I have been loving a few books recently that I feel if I don’t recommend, I am doing you a disservice. These are just some of the books that I have read and re-read and that I feel everyone should know about:

Jodi Picoult- The Tenth Circle

Bethany Hamilton- Soul Surfer

John Green- The fault in our stars

Demi Lovato- Staying Strong: 365 days a year

Cassandra Clare- The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Mark Haddon- The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Tim

Happy reading! 

NOTE: I do not own these images nor to claim any rights to them. If the artist gets in contact I will gladly credit them but I found them on the vortex that is ‘tumblr’ and though I have tried I cannot find the original source or post-ee.