Monthly Archives: July 2015

Dreaming of LA

Ever since I was little, I’ve always dreamed of driving down Sunset Boulevard in an open top car. There’s just something about Los Angeles that has always drawn me. Having said that, most people I’ve spoken to have said it’s a dump!

Hmmm. We shall see. I’m going to Hollywood baby!!

lsWe’re only actually in Los Angeles for two nights. Enough time to sing Caaallifooorniaaaaaaaa a few times and that’s about it. I have no idea where we’re staying as of yet, but I think we might try out Air B n B?

Here are some things I’d like to do:

1) Find the Hollywood sign.

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This is obligatory. I want a stupid selfie in front of it. My brother went on a similar quest for the Hollywood sign and said it took him hours to find it, and several locals when asked had absolutely no idea where it was. The Hollywood sign will eternally remind me of the earth-shattering ending to the reality TV show, The Hills. (hey linz)

Hahaha. Linsey and I used to watch this show a lot as teenagers and then the ending was like a massive WTF!!!!!?? The most postmodern happening of my life so far. Deep.

2) Go to the walk of fame

wof3Because it’s cool!!!

3) Universal Studios

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Again, because it’s cool. Might be pricey, so unsure if we will go or not. But Tom’s been before and the Desperate Housewives set was there! OMG Wisteria Lane! Also, the original house from Psycho is there. Oh hi Norman Bates.

4) Pretend to be Marissa on the beach.

All together now. CAlllforrniaiaiaaaaaaa.

 

Getting quite excited!

46 days to go. I repeat. There are 46 days remaining!!!

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New things 8) meditate each morning for ten days

Why hello there. It’s been a while hasn’t it? It’s been a bonkers time of year here – end of the school term, so work has been mega busy, ergo little time for poor old bloggy blogs. Anyway. Amongst the madness, I’ve been travel planning: got my rucksack sorted and I’ve booked my travel jabs for Friday. Eek!

In other news, I’ve tackled a new item off my list of twenty five new things before I turn twenty five. Meditation.

Those of you who know me well will know that I am one of life’s stress heads. If I’m not worrying about something, I feel worried. So I decided meditation was something I wanted to try. I’ve heard it calms your mind and stops it going into overdrive – perfect. So I downloaded the free Headspace app and began meditating every morning before I got out of bed.

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Headspace has a free ten day guided meditation system.

Something that surprised me: It felt different every day. Some days I was entirely focused, and felt irritated when reminded to “bring the mind back if it has wandered.” Other days when this was mentioned I realised I was in a complete daydream.

Also, I didn’t feel the benefit of meditation until I stopped. The day after the ten day course was complete I felt really frazzled and stressed. It took me a while to realise that it was because I was no longer meditating.

Something that made me laugh: Quite often I’d forget to go to the toilet before beginning the session. Don’t do that. Opening my eyes to find Tom’s face in mine was another highlight.

What did I learn?: It’s not as hard as it seems. It’s also more beneficial than it seems, and less silly. I’m going to keep going 🙂

All together now: OMMMMMM

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Here’s to…

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Here’s to unexpected coffee breaks alone with a good book. To gloriously sunny days. To good friends, good food, and pet dogs who steal the glass recycling. To driving with your hand out of the window. To strangers who smile back. To running. To the cold shower post-workout. To birthdays. To my favourite human. To fried breakfasts. To the jokes told by children. To children playing music in concerts. To battenburg cakes. To your friend’s laughter. To Pimms. To waking up to wonder every day.

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(above quote from “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd – lovely book! 🙂  )

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