Tuesday, 30 September 2014

September Round Up

A collection things that happened in the month of September

It feels like yesterday that I was writing my August round up here, but yet another month has gone by and here we are at the end of September. This month has been pretty hectic and I’m desperate for a few days rest, but I can’t see it happening any time soon! As you know I started college this month and to begin with my Mum had to drive me there and back every day. But I’ve been slowly building up my driving again and I am now able to drive myself there four days a week, which is great. I love having the independence again, and practically it’s helpful because it means I can get myself home quickly if I’m feeling too unwell.

Like I said, this month I started at a new college doing an Access to Higher Education Diploma. I am following the Nursing and Midwifery/Allied Health pathway, doing Biology (Human Physiology), Chemistry, Psychology and Sociology. I’d be lying if I said it was going well – I haven’t felt this ill in a good few months and mentally things are pretty bad. But, saying that, I’m enjoying meeting new people and learning again, so I’ve just got to try and push my body to the limit and keep everything crossed I won’t relapse in the process.

If you’ve read my ‘About Me’ section, or have been following my blog from the very beginning, you’ll probably be aware that my blog is named after my black cat, Jaffa. On the 4th September he turned 10, which is just crazy! I can’t get my head around the fact that we’ve had him for ten years. My parents bought him for me when I first got ill, to keep me company while I spent the majority of my time stuck in bed. He’s seen me through so many events over the last ten years – from hospital admissions to sitting my GCSEs and from passing my driving test to needing to be tube fed. I felt quite reflective on his birthday, as it gave me a chance to look back at the progress I’ve made over the last ten years, but it also made me feel quite sad. When we originally got him I never expected to still be so unwell in ten years time, so that was a bit hard to deal with. But I’m very lucky to have my special little guy and couldn’t wish for a better friend.

Something particularly crazy that happened this month was reaching 1000 followers on Instagram and 500 followers on my blog. I’ve been doing this for a year now and it was such a lovely blog birthday present to reach these milestones. I can’t quite get my head around these numbers, and it baffles me that so many people are interested in what I have to say! But I’m also incredibly grateful that you do like what I do, because I wouldn’t be where I am today without you all!

This last event happened just a couple of days ago, but I had to share it with you because it’s so exciting! It’s actually two separate things, but they’re of a similar topic so I thought I would combine them. So, on Saturday we found out that my brother and his girlfriend had got engaged! They’re such a lovely couple and I’m really happy for them both – another family wedding to look forward to! After hearing this news, my other brother and his fiancĂ© then came round and asked my sisters and I to be bridesmaids at their wedding. We were each given a helium balloon, which we had to pop and were then covered in confetti and a scroll saying ‘Will you be my bridesmaid?’ It was such a lovely idea and I’m super excited to be a bridesmaid for them.

Image from Weheartit

Things I’ve learnt this month…

+   Starting college is a massive step for me
+   Red hair makes me feel more like me!
+   I wish people would stick to their word
+   Real life is very exhausting
+   Life is really not fair sometimes
+   I’m fed up of my crappy body ruining my life
+   Why can’t I just be normal?
+   Nothing I ever do is good enough
+   I don’t function well when I’m tired
+   Planning and organising seems to calm me right down
+   I’m fed up of putting everything into friendships and getting nothing back
+   Days like today make me think that the world is trying to get rid of me
+   Sometimes it would just be nice to be able to sleep all day
+   I hate when my body feels like the life has been sucked out of it
+   I really hate being at the weight I am
+   If this continues I’m going to turn into a crazy cat lady who’s left on the shelf

What to look out for in October

I’ve been doing a bit of browsing on Amazon and October seems to be quite a good month for DVD releases. I love nothing more than, when the cold weather starts to draw in, snuggling up with a blanket and hot chocolate to watch a good film, so I’ll definitely be looking out some of these movies. The first film I found, The Other Woman, comes out on 13th October and I’m really excited to watch this as I loved the trailers when I saw them earlier in the year. It’s got Cameron Diaz in it as well, and I’m a bit of a fan if I’m honest, so hopefully it will be a light-hearted chick flick to distract me from college work! Next is Walking on Sunshine, which is due for release on 20th October. With the darker nights and gloomy days, what more could you possibly want than an upbeat, summery film full of good tunes and happy people?! The film I’m particularly looking forward to picking up next month though, is Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie, which comes out on 27th October, just in time for half term. I absolutely love the original TV series and was really disappointed I couldn’t see it in the cinema, so I can’t wait to pick it up on DVD and watch it over half term.

I can’t seem to find much information about what’s on TV during October, so I’m guessing there’s nothing of note to look forward to. Saying that though, there are quite a few series that have already started that will no doubt keep us entertained throughout October. We’ve got the Bake Off final to tune into (I was kind of hoping Martha would win, so now I’m trying to pick someone else!) which is set to be great. Then, of course, there’s Downton Abbey that I’m sure I will be glued to over the coming weeks – I’m already loving it! And if you’re after something a little less serious, there’s always X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing if you want your fix of sequins and sparkle!

I haven’t really spent much time looking at cinema releases recently, because I just don’t have the time or energy to go. It’s a real shame because I do love seeing a film on the big screen, but it’s so expensive to go along that it often puts me off. Still, I had a quick look online and one film that does look interesting and is coming out in October is Gone Girl. Apparently it’s based on a book of the same name, and I thought the story sounded really gripping.

Now we come to the most important thing to look out for in October – my birthday! On 4th October I will be turning 26 (eek!) and I’m in two minds about whether I’m excited about it or not! I really don’t like the fact that I’m getting older so quickly, but saying that I do love a good birthday and I’ve got a few nice things planned, which I’m sure I will share with you nearer the time.

Image from Weheartit

Do you have any favourites or things you’ve learnt in September? What are you looking forward to in October?


  1. I'm so sorry to hear that college isn't going too well and you've felt extra poorly, that really isn't fun at all! I have so much admiration for any spoonie that is studying, I take my hat off to the lot of you because I know I couldn't do it! Fingers crossed things will improve though. Congrats on 1K!



    1. Thank you so much Hayley-Eszti your support means an awful lot to me xx