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Things I'm looking forward to - House edition

My current desk set up, complete with a two mattress backdrop and cramped work space

For the last few months, Craig and I have been staying with his parents in one of their spare bedrooms while saving for a house. We were saving money while renting but it wasn't making much of an impact with rent and all other bills coming out monthly, so given we had the option to try and save more money this way, it became the obvious choice. Low and behold, it worked a treat! We managed to save the bulk of our deposit in just over three months. Baring in mind we've gone for a very modest little house so our deposit probably wasn't as big others, but a little house is just enough for us and the pets.

I'm so excited to move in. I've been living on my own (with Craig, too) for the last six years so these last three months have really tested my ability to not only change my entire routine, but force me to adapt to new living spaces. I'm not great with change, so living in one bedroom has been difficult. I'm also not the most sociable so it's made for a few awkward encounters along the way. But we've survived and we get the keys on Friday! With all that said, I've made a little list of things I'm looking forward to when we get into the house.

Not sharing a bathroom
Is there anything worse than being desperate to use the bathroom and someone is in the bath? Or the opposite, enjoying a bath and having someone constantly ask when you're coming out? I'm lucky Craig lets me indulge in two hour baths without saying anything.

Being able to make a mess in the kitchen
As I'm not in my own home, I feel awkward making a mess when I cook. I mean, I clean things as I go along obviously, but sometimes there's the odd chopping board, pot or pan that needs cleaning etc, but dinner is made and hot. I end up cleaning up the rest of the mess and by the time I get to my food it's cold. No more. I will be enjoying my food when I make it and then cleaning afterwards.

Not feeling awkward at dinner time
Being vegetarian has it's downsides when everyone you know isn't one. I can't share a meal with anyone, which was fine when it was just Craig as I could accommodate that, but when it's his whole family eating dinner and I'm sat upstairs like a leper, it gets to you after a while. It'll be nice to actually have proper dinner with Craig again.

Being able to keep things in separate rooms
Right now, ALL of our things, including the pets, their stuff and cages, are in the same room along with other stuff from family. To put that in perspective that's two giant cages, three mattresses (only one is ours), two desks, a giant tv, two massive wardrobes (neither are ours), two six-piece chest of drawers (one is ours), a tv unit, a bed frame, a head board (not ours), a gas fire, two chairs, a few guitars and some other things chucked in for good measure. It's a LOT of stuff. It'll be nice to have space again.

Not having to travel an hour on the train anywhere.
Craig's parent's house is kind of out in the country, which is beautiful for the scenery, but a nightmare to get anywhere. Even getting to Glasgow is an hour on the train. Our house is just over fifteen minutes from the city centre, it's brilliant.

We can decorate how we like it
We've always lived in rented flats which means you generally can't decorate without the owners permission. Now we are the owners. If I want a pink wall, I'll paint one. If I want exposed brick in the living room, I'll expose them bricks. If I want to hang a few pictures on the wall, I'll be hanging those without sending a 'Please can I do this?' email first. (Obvs will run it past Craig, though. Don't think he'd appreciate a pink wall..)

So yep, almost time to get some space again, and I literally cannot wait. Wish us luck!

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Six bands I've rediscovered


I've been using Spotify for years now and I only figured out that if you scroll down to the bottom of your playlist Spotify recommends bands and songs based on your music that would likely match. I was honestly so happy because I never knew it did this. Hello scrolling for an hour finding loads of bands I'd forgotten about and now love again. So I thought I'd make a wee list of bands I've rediscovered and send you down an emo-memory-lane. (I like to pretend that I didn't go through an emo phase, but I can't deny it, it was glorious)

Enter Shikari
Album - Take To The Skies
Song - Labyrinth

If you'd to ever ask me what my favourite band is I'd always say Pink Floyd. HOWEVER, Enter Shikari are an incredibly close second. I adore this band and have done for a very long time. The first time I heard Sorry You're Not A Winner it blew my little teenage mind. My absolutely fondest memory of them is going to see them at Glasgow Barrowlands when they're second album Common Dreads came out and I got to hold the lead singers hand. I got so involved in the music and crowd I didn't even notice I had lost my shoes! I really messed my feet up by jumping around in my socks and getting my toes squashed, I had to do to the doctors to have two splints put in the next day. Worth it, though. Plus, everyone just knows to do the *clap clap clap* bit.

Panic! At The Disco
Album - A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Song - The Only Difference Between Martyrdom And Suicide Is Press Coverage


I don't think there's anyone who went through an emo phase and didn't listen to P!ATD and I think pretty much everyone knows the lyrics to I Write Sins Not Tragedies. I loved this album and it was one of the first to be put onto my little MP3 player, the one that when you pressed a button the background light changed colour. You know the one I mean. I still listen to this album on a regular basis and still sing my little heart out if it's ever played in a pub/club.

Fun fact #01 - This band got me banned from MSN for a few weeks. When everyone was going through phases of putting their favourite lyrics as the tag bit I thought it'd be a good idea to put "I've got more wit A better kiss A hotter touch a better fuck Than any boy you'll ever meet Sweetie you had me". In hindsight, probably not a good idea when your dad was constantly checking on you. Also, remember MSN?

Yellowcard
Album - Ocean Avenue
Song - Only One


I haven't listened to Yellowcard since I think I left high school. I used to love this band and I found it funny when people asked who I was listening to and they'd be like okkaaayy... Still though, this is a great album and sounds like one of those albums you'd hear in a teen film about coming of age and they're driving through Beverly Hills with the top down and looking all punky and smiley. Good summer music to jump around to.

Evanescence
Album - Fallen
Song - Going Under


Going a little bit more emotionally heavy here, Evanescence definitely played a huge part of teen life. I remember the first time I ever heard Bring Me To Life was on Top of the Pops and I literally jumped out of my room and downstairs to turn the volume up and stare in awe at the TV. Hooked, instantly. I used to try and dress up like Amy Lee, but could never pull off that heavy make up look and just ended up looking like that girl from The Ring. Maybe one day.

My Chemical Romance
Album - Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge
Song - Thank You For The Venom


I couldn't write a list like this and not include MCR. I mean, c'mon, I'm Not Okay is like an emo anthem. Can anyone actually resist screaming out the lyrics to this when it plays? Even the 'trust me' part. This was the first band I ever let my dad listen to when I started to branch out into my own music and I was so nervous about it because, if you couldn't tell, my dad was very strict. I let him watch the video and listen to I'm Not Okay and he just looked so disappointed in me, but let it slide. I was allowed to listen to them and venture into my little emo phase. Cheers, dad.

Fun fact #02 - I used to be close friends with this girl in high school who, after finding out I liked MCR as well, fell out with me instantly and stopped talking to me because they were "her band" and I wasn't allowed to listen to them. I took it pretty hard, but looking back on it now it honestly makes me laugh so much.

Fallout Boy
Album - Take This To Your Grave / From Under The Cork Tree
Song - Calm Before The Storm / Sugar, We're Goin Down

I couldn't pick a single album or song for Fallout Boy, because I love them equally. Calm Before The Storm I think is the only song where you can hear them try to add a little "screamo" to the song with Pete Wentz, but it don't think it went down too well and they stopped it from there. Still though, it's a great song and my favourite on that album. Again, talking about anthems - Sugar, We're Goin Down is another one that I think that everyone just instinctively knows. Put it on, I dare you to not sing along.

So there you go, a few bands for you to go back and listen to and relive the glory days of emo and punk music. Oh, and if you didn't ever listen to these bands when they first came around, go listen now, you won't regret it!

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A few little plans for October


I still can't believe that it's already October. I know it's a little too early to be talking about the 'C' word, but still it's right around the corner. I don't really have any plans for Halloween so the festive period is on my mind instead. Things are moving along for us buying a house and college is going well so I've been keeping a little list of things I want to do and get done in the next few weeks.

Start exercising again.
I haven't been been to the gym in well over a month now. After moving out and starting college things sort of slipped on the fitness front, but hopefully I can get that back on track. I was doing well for a few months so I think it'll be hard to get back into it again.

Complete Breath of the Wild.
I re-started Zelda: BotW again about a week ago and I'm trying to complete it again. I love that game, but honestly, it's huge. Although I do hate the stupid rain mechanic, it's dumb and annoying.

Go looking for conkers.
I probably should have started looking for a conkers a few weeks ago but I still want to go and look for some. I love finding conkers so hopefully there's still some left.

Buying a proper pair of boots
I wore my last pair of boots until they fell apart so right now I'm relying on my converse, but seeing as they're canvas, they're letting in every bit of water that even remotely come close to my feet. I can't find a pair of boots that I like though, they're all either suede or have a huge heel on them. I just want a nice pair of waterproof boots with no heel. It's not difficult.

I'm planning on keeping the next few weeks fairly quiet and lowkey, saving for a house is difficult and it's also my little mum's birthday soon. It should give me plenty of time to keep going with Blogtober, though.

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