Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Some Happy Little Things

Some Happy Little Things

I’ve seen a few of these types of posts floating around the blogosphere and I really like the idea. Let’s share some happy thoughts! I decided I would write my own happy little post on things that have made me happy lately…

  1. Firstly it has just been my birthday, which involved lots and lots of celebrations. I went out dancing with the girls, had a romantic meal with the boyfriend and had a couple of family meals too. I have therefore ate my bodyweight in food washed down with a lot of gin. Mucho happy. 
  2. I have just come back from Cuba and I loved it there. I got to see a whole new different way of live, as well as ticking of a lot of first time experiences. I’ve never had a summer-winter holiday before. Such a shock to the system when we arrived bak in England after the 30 degrees heat we had over there!
  3. ANIMALS! I love love love animals (I am currently watching Planet Earth 2 while writing this - for the second time). While I was on holiday I got to hold a turtle, swim with dolphins and go horseback riding. And when I got home I was reunited with my cute little ferrets.
  4. And while we’re on animals, the fact that Planet Earth two is finally out! Who else is loving this? It’s the perfect sunday evening television that will cure any hangover and Sunday blues.
  5. Having time off work has also made me rather happy. I think you get to that point every now and then where one of two things are gonna happen - you have time off or you snap! I feel a lot more refreshed now (and I still have some time off to take before the Christmas holidays).
  6. Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them is out in the cinema! I have somehow not managed to see this yet (what with the holiday and birthday celebrations). But I promise I am going this week and I just cannot wait. UNBELIEVABLY HAPPY!


So there are a few things that have put a smile on my face lately. It’s good to think about the good things cos the bad things sure try to take over your thoughts! What has made you happy lately?
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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Cuban Diaries


So i just had an amazing and action packed holiday in a wonderful county called Cuba. We got up to so many fun things I thought I'd share some pictures and stories with you.

Thursday

We start our journey a little tired but extremely excited! I went with the boyfriend, my sister and her boyfriend. This was my sisters first time out of Europe so we were all a little giddy, even with a 10 hour flight ahead of us (that’s right, 10 hours!). This was the first time I’ve flown with Thomas Cook and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised! I don’t know what I was expecting, but what I got was a roomy seat on a plane that had six bathrooms. One thing to note is you get around 4 films to choose from, or you can pay £5 for more options. As we flew during the day we paid the £5. We arrived at the hotel Playas Pesqeuro near Holguin and was greeted by welcome cocktails. Feeling too tired to do much that night we hunted for food, had a few drinks and then headed to our rooms.


Friday

This was probably the laziest day we had throughout the whole holiday, although we did go on a run in the morning. I love running in new places as you get to see so much more. We booked a couple of excursions out of the resort for later in the holiday, then spent the rest of the day exploring what was inside the resort. This included a large (but mainly shallow) swimming pool, shops and bars and a beach. We went camera happy and spent a lot of time taking pictures, especially when the sun was setting. Then we went to bed early so we would be well rested for our first day of activities.




Saturday

If Friday was the laziest day then we sure as hell made up for it on the Saturday. We choose a trip  called Fantastica that included just about everything and thus started at 7.40am. Let me walk (or talk) you through it. Firstly we went to a local beach town called Guardalavaca, which means guard your cows, to go horseback riding. I have never ridden a horse so I was extremely excited and perhaps a touch apprehensive. My horse was wonderful though and we ended our route walking along an idyllic beach with the first rays of sun beating down.

We then went on a short drive to a little harbour. Here we got to go speedboating!!! It was so exhilarating to speedily skim along the water with the wind in our hair and the sun shining way above us. The views were incredible, with the large stretch of open water and palm trees lining the land. After this we stopped at a couple of places including a fisherman's village, a farm and an aboriginal museum where we had lunch. These places were all tucked away, untouched by mass tourism. You really got a feel for what the real Cuban lifestyle was like. They are really quite a poor country but they were just so peaceful and happy.

Last but most certainly not least, the trip ended with just a casual swim….WITH DOLPHINS! I have wanted to do this for oh so long and practically ran to the enclosure and dived in. Now I know what you’re thinking, dolphins in an enclosure isn’t all good. But these were inn enclosure at the sea where the fences were quite low so the dolphins could jump out if they wanted. Apparently they go out for a swim quite a bit but also return, as the owner said “why wouldn’t they return, we have good fish for them!” The dolphins danced, kissed and splashed their way into my heart and I was sad to say bye.





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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Pedestrian Rage


Pedestrian rage is a feeling of anger and astonishment at the rudeness/dimwittedness of other people walking on the same path as you.

This is a common but under-reported condition that affects people from all around the world. Due to the nature of the condition this may occur only once or it may occur regularly throughout your life. There is no known cure to this behaviour, although many have suggested rounding up all the offending people and putting them on a dessert island. As of yet this is just a theory and more research will need to be conducted before we can know for certain it will work.

There are many symptoms of pedestrian rage, including but not limited to:

  • shock
  • anger
  • fury
  • incredulousness 

There are several causes of pedestrian rage, although not all are currently known as new ones are created every day. Research shows us that some of the most common causes are:

  • someone walking really slowly
  • someone swaying left and right so you cannot over take them
  • someone stopping in front of you suddenly
  • a group of people taking up the whole path and not moving, forcing you to stand in the road/grass while they pass by
  • someone staring idly down at their phone and drifting directly in front of you
  • someone walking towards you, seeing you on one side of the path and then deciding that they want to walk on that side too, forcing you to move out of their way
  • someone seeing you are trying to get past them but then continue to block your path for no apparent reason 
  • someone who knocks into your bag
  • someone who barges past you

Treatment is limited, but there are a few things you can do to help prevent or alleviate your symptoms:

  • staying away from crowded places
  • muttering obscenities under your breath
  • throwing shade at the back of the offenders head
  • thinking of ways to get back at the offender but not actually doing them
  • thinking of clever retorts to say to the offender but not actually saying them
  • complaining to people you know about the offenders behaviour when you’re out of earshot of said offender

If you too have suffered from this condition, or any related condition, please let me know in the comments section below.

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