Friday, 29 April 2016


Way, way back when... in a galaxy far, far away...I may finally, get to the point. Back when, I made a list of 5 things I wanted to bake, Well, my little chicks, the day has come when I actually have baked something!
Using my usual brownie recipe, I made a lovely batch of brownies. Although, I did tweak the recipe slightly and not added any nuts.

But I count it as success!

What should I bake next on my list?
Abi x

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

5 thoughts when your ill

So this post is inspired by the fact I feel like utter death right now. No lie, I'm gunky, achey and snotty. Lovely. 
I figured I'd share my lovely illness with all you lot (figuratively not literally) with 5 thoughts you have when your ill.
1) The I'm not really that bad stage// when your borderline trying work out if your actually all that bad. Then it gets worse and your fears are confirmed.
2) The blasphemous phase// I don't care whether you think gods and goddesses exist. I blame each and every one equally  for making me feel shit. Also, if you're not praying hypocritically to them all to take the snot way, then you're doing it wrong.
3) The hunt for drugs// if you're like me you probably keep a few odds and ends like paracetamol and ibuprofen around. Yet, when cold and flu strikes are they anywhere to be found. No. You have o weigh up the merits of relief versus an expedition outside. And no, you can't take your blanket...
4) The overdose period// You've finally found da drugs (please forgive me for that) . You've had so many different tablets you rattle. You've eaten so many throat sweets your burps are sugar flavoured. You're bathed in so much menthol, that you can't smell. Yet, you still feel like shite. 
5) The other side// At the time of writing, I haven't reached this point. I know it's coming but I don't know when. This is the first sneaking suspicion that you might, just, actually be feeling better. Normal function can finally be resumed!

I hope you enjoyed this silly post. It kinda made me feel better writing although not physically...  Any tips for someone full of cold/flu?
Abi X

Sunday, 24 April 2016

5's: 5 facts about...

...ME! Uh-huh, this wee post is a few facts about me that I felt like sharing. I love talking to people  and finding interesting tidbits about them, so it's time I repayed the favour and shared some about me!

  1. I  nearly have a black belt in judo// well, I was one stripe off my junior black belt. I stopped training when I was doing my A-levels and started up again at Uni. Unfortunately I was out of practice and picked up some nasty knocks, so never really got back into it.
  2. I'm actually pretty shy// Is there a word for feeling shy whilst you say that you're shy? If there is, that's me. It takes me a while to warm up to people properly. So I don't tend to have a large group of friends but rather a few people that I'm really close to. By the same token, if the communication isn't there on both ends then that's it for me. Why would I want to be friends with someone who I can't talk to? Well, this got deep...
  3. I'm a chocaholic//Yep, not a day goes by where I don't get the good stuff in some shape or form. Usually with my breakfast or a s a little treat at the end of the day when I'm trying to be good. But...I have a killer sweet tooth that will probably never go away.
  4. I used to be deathly scared of dogs// Now however, I've transitioned through to mild dislike, to liking dogs. All the way through to wanting my own. I want one so badly, especially after visiting with Lewis's parents who have a new puppy. All dem feels.
  5. I love trying new things// Anything, I just enjoy new experiences. At school I think I trialed every possible sport. Nowadays it comes out as wanting to try new foods and going to new places. I've lived in this house for nearly a year and i'm still exploring the local area.
What fun facts do you have about you?
Abi x

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Ramble on!

For me the title of this post works in several ways.
  1. Gotta love a bit of Led Zep..
  2. Ramble, meaning to walk, is something I enjoy greatly.
  3. I talk, like, A LOT!

Yep, I really do ramble a lot. It's something I actively struggle with. From talking to colleagues, or even patients. It comes from having an almost constant level of anxiety floating around my brain. Its hardly crazy, I think most people get nervous in certain situations, for me its talking to people.
I mean, clearly it doesn't effect me strongly, but it does produce a rather rambley effect to my conversation as I try to fill all and any gaps in the flow.
That's if I'm talking directly to someone, if I'm in a group I tend to step back word-wise and become part of the background. Fun.
But back to the rambling, there are few tricks I've picked up on that help me push past this ramble-ness somewhat:

  1. Ask a question// turn the focus to your conversation partner, focus on their answer and use it to form another question. It'll help curb the tendency to spout more ramble by allowing the other person to use the time.
  2. Speaking clearly//Not only am I a rambler, I'm also a mumbler. Speaking clearly can help keep the flow going smoothly, taking the onus of you to fill the gaps. Ergo, less ramble time.
  3. Not correcting people// Yep, you heard me. Sometimes its tempting to just slip little correction in but frankly it never comes across well. Unless the slip is going to actively negatively affect someone, just let it go and move on
  4. Be succinct and simple// When its your turn in the conversation use it wisely. If someone asks about your weekend for example, give a general overview and a couple of details. Few people want a play by play itinerary.
  5. Show an interest!// If you don't seem interested in the conversation then why are you there having it? If you want people to enjoy talking to you then you need to enjoy it too. Using things like open body language, smiles and questions(see Number 1) show your engaged in talking.
So just a few tips I've picked up that help me muddle along. They've all come from me and my own experiences. I'm feel like I'm getting the hang of things (I hope so) and actually really enjoy chatting with people like colleagues now!

Abi x
p.s. any tips that you have for me?

Saturday, 2 April 2016

5 things right now

So this is like a wee lifestyle post whilst also incorporating my old theme of 5s. Ngl who doesn't love list? 
1) Food// I've had loads great food lately and I'm bloody glad about it! From a nice lunch out in Chester to a celebratory meal at an Indian...I'm loving the food right now!
2)April// mate, where the heck did March go? I feel like I've blinked and missed it. On the plus side, April is a great month. For me it's the sign that Summer is not only coming but is practically here! 
3) Reading// As you know, I'm taking part in the Infinite Variety 2016 reading challenge this yet. To be frank, I'm really enjoying it and feel like I'm plowing through the list well. I'm not solely reading challenge books, but mixing them in nicely with others. I just new to remember to keep updating the reviews!
4)Family// the nice thing about all those bank holidays was it gave me the chance to catch up with the fam! My brother was back from uni, so we naturally had a catch up. I don't know if other people are like me, but I find it hard trying to organise time to see people, especially as I have quite a large family. There never seem to be enough time at the weekend.
This was literally the best pic I got, neither of us could stop sniggering long enough to take a decent pic... #bloggerprobs
5) Work// lately it feels like I've barely been in work properly, after a good week off at Easter. It feels great to be getting totally into the swing of things again. I do love my job, and being on the wards but it is undeniably stressful. At the moment I feel on top things, an I'm relishing that feeling through and through.

There we go! Just a tiddley little update.
How are all Yog doing? 
Abi x