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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Button Button, Who's Got The Button!

"Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising."
Mark Twain

Okay, this is my week round up about what I got up to this week. But first I wanted to mention something I got to working on last night. If you follow me on Twitter you might already know I fashioned myself a button for my blog. You know, the type you swap with other bloggers you enjoy to promote each other etc? Yeah, one of them.

I started out with an idea I liked, but when it came to doing it digitally I just couldn't get it right. Then I had another idea and drew my kitty character for it instead. But then my sister kinda reminded me I hadn't really explained my kitty character thing on here so that might be confusing. SO, I compromised and this what I came up with.

I'm pretty happy with it. I was worried it didn't really reflect the look of my blog, but at the same time I think it reflects me. My blog is a little more gray scale than my personality is. If that makes sense. I'll get around to explaining the kitty thing soon enough. Also, I know it's probably a little bigger than someone people would be happy displaying, so I'll either offer different sizes of this or possibly make one smaller/simpler. We'll see! Any feedback would be appreciated. 

Okay! On with the week...

The first half of the week was pretty uneventful. I spent most of the time revising for my controlled assessment on Thursday (23/10/14), and other than that I blogged Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday about what I got up to the week before. So we'll skip right to Thursday. I think I mentioned in one of my previous blogs my biggest worry about my controlled assessment was that I wouldn't get it finished, and I hoped I would be able to use a laptop or at least get extra time. I think it was Tuesday I found out that I was able to have both! It was such a weight off my shoulder and a strain off my wrist. There was no way I would have been able to finish otherwise, and I would have been so disappointed because it's probably the most work I've put into anything education related in a long time. And I felt confident that my work would pay off if I was able to get finished.

My pre assessment face! 

So the day rolled around and I crammed in some last minute revision. I don't know how I managed it, but I almost remembered my essay word for word. I've NEVER remembered ANYTHING word for word. I rationalised it by thinking if people can memorise scripts and perform them live on stage, I can memorise an essay to rewrite in an exam. I mean, it didn't have to be word for word, so long as I remembered the key points. Still, I knew there was always the danger my mind could just go blank. That's what usually happens. I tried not to worry myself too much though, because I knew anxiety would be the very thing to make it happen. I did my assessment in the room next door to everyone else. I had my classroom assistant Jenni in with me, plus someone from examinations to make sure I didn't cheat etc. I was allowed 25% extra time, which meant I had an hour and 53 minutes. I didn't finish as fast as I thought I would, but I only went a few minutes over the time the rest of the class had, an hour and 30 minutes. And I needn't have worried about my mind going blank, I basically remembered everything! I couldn't believe it. I'm actually quite proud of myself. I mean, it hasn't been marked yet, but if the quality was consistent with the unfinished practise I did, then I should have done well. I feel like I've even achieved something by putting in as much worse as I did. I never would have been that committed before. I would have been too scared of failing none the less and being disappointed. Silly logic, I know.

I have to say, it feels a little weird after all that work that I don't have to think about George Bush's Congress speech or Bullhorn speech ever again! Now we're off for half term. I have to read Of Mice And Men during the break as we're doing it next. I hope everything clicks into place with it the same way.

That brings me to Friday (24/10/14). My phone contract ended on Friday, which happened to coincide with my dad having a day off. So we decided to go over and get me a new phone! The last time I got my phone I didn't have a proper bank account or something, so I got it in my dads name and paid him every month. This time I could be a proper grown up and get it in my own name and everything! Whilst we were at the shopping centre, we decided to make a bit of a day of it. First we went to the O2 shop to purchase my phone. I knew I wanted an iPhone (I can just hear all the boo and hisses for Apple! Aha), but I wasn't sure what model. I had thought about getting a colour, just because it looked different and would be cheaper than the 6. But then he told me it only came in 8GB and I already had no space on my 16GB iPhone 5. So my option was either the 5s or the 6. Because I'm highly superficial and looks matter to me, I decided to go with the 6. Not because it was prettier, but because it just looked different to what I already had. Definitely a good reason to spend £100 more, right? My dad was sort of goading me on. He thought I should get the 6 too. So yeah, for £130 up front and £38 a month + £6 for insurance I got my iPhone 6. And I have no regrets... even if my bank has taken quite a bit this month. It's not like I don't get the use out of my phone. I also bought a highly overpriced cover and screen protectors.

Because I wanted to keep my old number I had to wait 24 hours to call O2 and have my dad cancel his account and switch the number over to my new contract. So I basically barely touched my new phone until this morning and just kept using my old one. We called O2 today, but it's another 24 hours until the number switches over. My dad is having my old iPhone 5. I'm going to lie, I'm going to miss it. Best phone I've had so far. 

After I got my phone we headed to Tesco and I don't know if I mentioned it before, but when I start spending it's like a dam breaks and I just can't stop. No matter how good my intentions are to save etc, I just start buying and don't stop. I've decided my new years resolution for 2015 might have to be 'do more, but spend less'. This month has been particularly bad with me getting NHL Gamecenter Live, Edwin's vet bills, ice hockey tickets, new phone and then my sister and I going to stay in a hotel for two nights this weekend and the inevitable shopping spree that will occur. On one hand I tell myself I should be saving for when I move out, but on the other I think I should enjoy my money while I can. Especially because we haven't heard anything about moving at all. I think what I need to do is find a good balance, and I'm definitely going to do that in the new year. No point worrying about it too much right now with Christmas just around the corner. 

While we were out my dad treated me to a Subway. It was nice spending time with my dad, and this time there was no tension or anything. It was a fun day. 

After we got some grub we headed to Poundland and I bought my make up for my Halloween blog post. I'm not actually going out for Halloween this year. I'll be at a Hockey match, but I thought that I could have a bit of fun dressing up in my house, like I did last year. Last year I was Divine, which I REALLY enjoyed. This year my 'costume' (I'm not sure what clothes I'm going to wear, I just bought make up) is a little generic, but I think I'll have fun with it. I'm keeping it secret until I make the post. Hopefully it's not too much of an anti-climax! 

We then went to visit my grand parents. My granda wasn't very well this week and had the doctor out, but he'd had an injection of something and was doing a lot better. My granny was in a good mood too. It was a nice impromptu catch up. It's not often I visit them during the week, usually just on a Saturday.

While my dad and I were in Tesco's I seen some peppered steak and I've been craving steak for so long. I asked him to buy me one. They were only £2. We bought some onions and mushrooms and later that night when my mum and sister were still at work my dad cooked us both a steak each. Oh my gosh, they were so good. I hadn't eaten steak in so long because I choked on it when I was going through that whole anxiety related choking thing. Now I know it's all in my head, I didn't even almost choke. It's amazing how faulty brains our. Since finding out there's nothing wrong with my swallow, I haven't choked once. Now I can't wait for more!

And that brings me to today! I'm just back from seeing them. Granda seems to still be doing well, though granny's mood fluctuated a little. She wasn't feeling as good as yesterday. It was a nice visit none the less. Now I've almost finished this post, I just plan to relax the rest of the evening I think. Might catch up on some NHL matches from this week. It's not as fun as watching live though. Tomorrow my aunt is visiting as usual I think, and it will be nice because Eva is off work too. Then we'll be off to another week. They're flying in! 

I know I've been doing week round ups usually at the end of the week, but this week I think I'll be doing separate day posts again throughout the weekend. Having a trip to IKEA with my sister and my aunt on Monday. Then I'll probably post my Halloween post on Thursday night since I'm away Friday. Sometime during I week I'm hoping to get a Bloo's Reviews up too. So yeah, busy busy.

Have you got any plans this week? Or any for Halloween?


  1. Love the button Sara! Wish I could figure out how to make one myself! Great job :)

    Catherine x

    1. Thank you. It's growing on me every time I see it. xD
      Gosh, it was the first time I'd drawn in ages. It took me a while to be happy with it. Lol.

  2. I'm so with you with the spending breaking a dam things haha. If only money grew on trees ;)
    And a huge congrats on doing so well in your exam, I can't remember yesterday let alone a whole essay worth of info haha.
    I've also added your button to my sidebar :)


    1. It's awful! I always have such good intentions, but it never works out. Hopefully I'll do better next year. :D When I move out, I won't have a choice. Lol.
      Thanks! My memory is usually awful. I don't know why it just clicked this time. I'm hoping it wasn't just a fluke. xD
      Oh, thank you so much! I'll add yours too. I'm glad Dee's will look less lonely by itself. :D



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