Sunday, 7 July 2013

New House Wishlist

So, as I mentioned here, i'm moving in with Rich in a couple of weeks, and as he doesn't own much in the way of furniture and knick-knacks (how on earth do you spell that word?) and as i'm moving out of a 1 bedroom flat into a 3 bedroom house, we'll probably have to go shopping. What a shame.

So I might possibly have been doing some online window shopping for things i'd like to get and here are my top 5 things on my wishlist.

1 - Scientific Spice Rack £19.99 - Link

How cool is this spice rack?! I love all thinks geeky, and test tubes are one of my favourites. It doesn't just look awesome though, it's practical too, as it's narrow, so will fit on a counter top nicely, and you can fit a decent amount of spice in a test tube!

2 - Butterfly House £24.95 - Link

In the new house we have a garden, and it's going to be the first place that I've lived in since my parents house that has a garden where I can spend time and buy things to put in it. This butterfly house is top of my list as they're gorgeous creatures, and anything I can do to encourage them is great in my book!

3 - Duvet Cover £50
Next - Link

As my current duvet set is purple and pink, I think it might need to be changed for when we move in together, Rich might not appreciate all of my girly pink throw cushions which go with it! So that's going to become my colour scheme for the spare room, and we'll get something new for our bedroom. I like natural style covers like this, especially as our bedroom has a greeny type colour on the walls already. It's a little pricey, however cheaper bed sheets i've bought in the past have faded very quickly, and are never quite as good quality as the more expensive ones, so to me, spending more money on a duvet cover is well worth it!

4 - Slow Cooker £29.99
Argos - Link

When I start my new job i'm going to have a significant commute to do every day, so a slow cooker is going to be on my wishlist to enable a hot cooked meal to be ready and waiting for me when I get in from work, instead of having to spend hours slaving over an oven. Especially in the winter this could be a very very welcome addition to my kitchen! This one took my fancy as the reviews on the Argos website are nothing but complimentary, and the colour is really vibrant, and red is the colour I automatically go to for kitchen equipment. No idea why!

 5 - OCD Chef Chopping Board £19.99 - Link

It's a chopping board. With lots of lines on it. So you can chop all your vegetables to be precisely the same size. HOURS OF FUN! You have no idea how much I want a 1cm cubed salad. (I'm fully aware this probably makes me a bit lame, but you still love me don't you?)

Have you found any new homeware things to share with me? Let me know in the comments section below!


Friday, 5 July 2013

Birthday shenanigans part 2

This is a continuation from my last post. Missed it? Catch up here.

So after the amazing fun of London, I had yet another fun day planned for me which was a complete surprise, all I knew was that I had to wear outdoorsy clothes and take gloves. Oh, and that my sister and her boyfriend were joining us. 

As soon as we started along the route, I figured out where it was that we were going, and became very excited!

Forest Segway at Go Ape! Segways are a very unusual method of transport, and to manouver it you use your weight, by leaning forwards or backwards. It was very very weird, and took some getting used to, but once I got used to it I had fun trying to keep up with everyone and going up and down the hills and through the puddles!

As you can see in the picture it was a bit of a damp day, and part way round it started throwing it down with rain, making it hard to see, but twice as fun! The most scary moment for me was going downhill as I felt like I was going to fall off backwards, but I managed to stay upright, an achievement for me, the most uncoordinated person ever.

Once we'd had fun around the course and in the forest we headed back to my parents house where we had a good catch up, before getting ready to go out for the evening. 

I didn't get any pictures of the meal we had, as it was just standard really, nothing spectacular. But the company of Rich, my sister and her boyfriend more than made up for it. Once we'd eaten we walked into town where we headed to Revolution which is my favourite cocktail bar in my home city. We indulged in a few cocktail pitchers, and the odd shot and had a great dance before heading home around midnight as we were all a bit tired from our epic adventure of a day.

All in all I had a brilliant birthday and spent it with some amazing people and I feel like the luckiest girl in the world! Can't wait til my 25th!

Have you ever been on a Segway? Do you enjoy Revolution? Let me know in the comment section below!

Rachel xx


Thursday, 4 July 2013

What made me laugh today...

Colleague 1: Whats the number for the office downstairs?
Colleague 2: 8702
Colleague 1: Why isn't this phone working?
Me: Because that's a calculator, not a phone...
Colleague 1: Oh yes! Wheres a phone?

Kept me giggling all afternoon that did...

Birthday shenanigans

So two weeks ago I turned 24, and having been single for my past 5 birthdays I asked the boyfriend to organise something (anything) just so I didn't have to organise my own birthday yet again. After teasing me for weeks that he'd done nothing, my birthday finally arrived!

I had my favourite breakfast made for me expertly by Rich, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on toasted english muffins. Then I started opening my presents which were wrapped individually, then placed inside two large boxes which he'd also wrapped. So it was like a game of pass the parcel but just for me, and with the most amazing presents, no penny sweets for me! I wish i'd taken more photos of things, but I was just too darn excited.

After present opening I was told to pack a rucksack to spend the night overnight and we'd be getting a train shortly. Exciting! Rucksack packed we headed to the train station and as soon as I heard we were going to Watford, I knew immediatley where we were going.

Harry Potter Studios!! I have been the biggest Harry Potter fan ever since my Aunty bought me the first book just after it came out, and I loved the films as well, even though I rant about the differences between them and the books! 

Super excited Harry Potter train faces!
I'm not going to say too much about the day because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who wants to visit, but you HAVE to visit! It was one of the best days ever, not least because I got to be a complete Potter geek and see behind the scenes, and open the doors to the Great Hall because it was my birthday, and become the proud new owner of a Hermione wand!

Trying Butterbeer was interesting. Imagine Gatorade with a dollop of cream on the top... Yeah. My top tip is to just buy the one glass to share with everyone you go with, as it's a bit expensive, especially if you throw most of it away like we did because it was just so weird! 

After a very satisfying day of Pottery goodness, and spending a lot of time wandering around the gift shop deliberating what to buy, we headed to London for the night, where Rich had booked us into a lovely hotel on the South Bank. No pictures of the hotel i'm afraid, but of course there are pictures of the food we ate!

For tea I looked on Rosie's blog ( for recommendations and finally settled on Byron's burgers ( as Rich loves a good burger, as do I, and it wasn't located too far from the hotel, as my feet were knackered from walking around all day!

Our amazing spread included burgers (duh) with added avocado on mine. If you take only one thing ever from my blog, make it putting avocado on burgers. It was stunning. We also had mac and cheese, onion rings - Rich is a huge onion ring fan, the best that we've ever had is Alton Towers Hotel restaurant - chips, and courgette fries. The courgette fries were delicious, the perfect mix of firm vegetable, with the fried goodness, and went perfectly with the juicy medium cooked burger. As a drink I ordered the fresh lemonade, which was some of the best homemade style lemonade i've ever tasted. This has to be the best birthday meal i've ever had, and i'm already counting down the days until I can go to visit again and gorge on the most beautiful burgers in the world.

We wandered along South Bank for a while after we'd eaten as it was a lovely evening and neither of us wanted the day to end. Once we were back in the hotel we both fell asleep very quickly as we were worn out!

In the morning we headed to Covent Garden for breakfast and after wandering around for a while nosing at menus we settled on a place of which the name completely escapes me! Bad blogger! But I still have to share with you the picture I took of my epic breakfast, which far surpassed my expectations.

I wanted something a little different to the usual English breakfast fare, so I went for the breakfast platter, which included brie, parma ham, smoked salmon, cream cheese, strawberries, greek yoghurt with honey, and butter and jam. This was served with a bucket of bread, including a croissant, warm sourdough bread and warm white bread. What a feast eh! Now, both me and Rich don't like greek yoghurt with honey as a rule, but we tried this and I have no idea what types of greek yoghurt and honey they were but they were lovely! The whole plate was wolfed down between the two of us (and Rich had a full English, but shh!) and was most enjoyable.

We spent the rest of the day wandering around London, and meeting up with an old school friend of Rich's before heading back to the Midlands very happy and very tired, ready for part two of birthday shenanigans, to be talked about in another post!

Have you ever been to Harry Potter Studios? Would you like to go? And do you know what the place was called where I ate breakfast?!


Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Where have I been?

Oh my goodness I am such a bad blogger.

So, I last posted at the end of April, and after that the sea of revision consumed me and I drowned.

Check out my awesome diagram of a nicotinic acetylcholine receptor! My exam revision technique is about 2 or 3 weeks before my exams begin, I turn myself into a hermit and do very little else other than revise until the exams are done with. This does drive me slightly crazy, but it works for me as I just absorb myself in the world of revision.

Between my viva (oral exam) for my professional qualification and my university exams I had a job interview for a permanent contract up north, near to where the boyfriend lives and works. I have NEVER been so nervous about anything in my life, I was so desperate to get this job! It was my first ever professional job interview, so I went and bought a suit to help feel extra grown up and professional.

Skirt £23 and jacket £35 - Next.
Nervous face - models own.
I'm no fashion blogger, but I love the suit, it's comfy and looks good, and being part giant (5'11) having the option to mix and match between tall and regular lengths really impressed me. I went for a tall jacket and regular skirt if anyone was wondering.

So, after the interview, and the exams, I needed a bit of a breather from life before re-appearing. I went to Download Festival again, and had the most AWESOME birthday ever! But those will have to be discussed in a different post, as this one is already threatening to become a bit long!

Two majorly happy pieces of news to share though:

1 - I GOT THE JOB!!!! I'm moving up north to live with the boyfriend in a lovely house and work at a new amazing hospital as a fully trained qualified person. It's very very exciting and yet i'm a bit sad to be leaving the Midlands where I know and love. 
2 - I GOT A FIRST CLASS DEGREE!!!! Results day was yesterday and I was at work when they were announced online. I didn't believe my eyes for a full five minutes and then nearly burst into tears I was so happy. 4 years of hard work of doing a full time degree whilst working full time has paid off in the biggest and best way. 

I'm back people! And promise to try and blog a lot more often now (hopefully) my life has calmed down a bit.

Have you had any good news lately? Share the goodness in my comment section below!

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