Loose Posters & Spider Cleavage (When it’s Hot in England)

We Brits are well known for complaining about the weather. If it’s cold, we don’t like it. If it’s hot, we can’t cope with it. If it snows, we think it’s pretty initially, then a pain in the arse to drive in. Essentially, if it’s anything other than a mid-range temperature where you’re not hot but not cold (i.e. on extremely rare occasions), we will find something to complain about.

So I came home for the summer the weekend before last, having spent the majority of the past nine months in windy, windy Liverpool. Did I mention it’s windy up there? Anyway, so I come home and suddenly the country has a heat wave! It is not windy where I live. I honestly think my town could run for the least windy part of the UK. As I look out of my window at the trees right now, there are about four tree branches that are vaguely shifting maybe a couple of inches side to side. The rest of them? Still.

Anyway, this past weekend has been especially hot. 32C, or 89F, which may sound cool enough to those of you from countries that are meant to be hot, but heat in England is way hotter than heat in a hot country. I don’t know how it works, but our land and our buildings and the fact we only have heating, not air con, means we cannot cope.

I’ve adopted a fan in my room which hasn’t really been off much for the past week. And early on Saturday morning I woke up to a persistent flapping sound every few seconds. Turns out that the fan had loosened half of the blu tac holding up the poster I have above my head. There was some debate going on in my head – you know, do I leave it there and risk it falling on my face when I go back to sleep… and so I ended up standing on my pillow at half five in the morning, putting the poster back up.

land army poster
(The poster in question)

Then on Sunday, father’s day here in the UK, I went to the outhouse to grab an ice lolly (that’s where we keep our freezer), when a spider came out of nowhere, and fell into the cleavage of the playsuit I was wearing, causing me to freak out. I thought it simply fell through from the top and out of the bottom, ’cause it’s a short playsuit, but I wasn’t 100% sure. So I go back inside, place the lolly on the counter, and then notice it crawling up out of my cleavage! I’m an arachnophobe, if you don’t know, and so there was much squealing and flapping around, then it ended up in my hair and there was more squealing and flapping around, until eventually it fell onto the floor.

And finally, today, I checked behind my curtain, where there was a new candle I’d forgotten existed, which had melted from the heat and sun coming through my window, leaving a huge puddle of wax on hte windowsill… What’s been happening this week?!

Either way, I’m trying to be productive in this jobless time, and have been working on my writing. Not blog writing yet, but other writing, and I feel like I’ve been making good progress. Hopefully I’ll get this project I’m working on done soon enough, and then I’ll probably be able to focus more on other things. For now, I’m just typing away.

Katy x

Marshmallows & Magazines

Hello! This is officially my second day at home for the summer, having spent the weekend finishing packing up my flat and moving back home. I feel like you can never quite anticipate how many things you accumulate in the process of living at uni for a year, particularly when self-catered, until it actually happens.

I spent all of yesterday unpacking the two large suitcases it took to contain my entire uni wardrobe and towels, as well as sorting out some old stuff to go to charity or elsewhere, and putting away various boxes of shoes and toiletries. I have an abundance of the latter at the moment due to having the same things at home and at uni so that I wouldn’t have to transport them back and forth… So now I’ve got cleansers a-plenty!

What was nice was coming home to the arrival of the new Blogosphere magazine, as well as an array of stationery-type things from my mum, and a bag she bought me in Spain. While I unpacked I found some marshmallows and had a hot chocolate in one of the mugs I missed while I was at uni (it’s from the Elephant Café in Edinburgh, where J.K. Rowling wrote a fair amount of Harry Potter). It’s the small things that count, right?

the one i am using

So now that most of my unpacking has been done, I have to think about summer. Largely in terms of employment. Despite applying for dozens of things, my streak of rejection has not yet come to an end! Which means that I will likely end up visiting an agency again. Who knows what I’ll end up doing? Keeping optimistic about the jobs market is something I’m not sure anybody has mastered, but we try regardless.

I’m also hoping for some exciting things to happen! Despite living just outside of London my entire life, there are tonnes of tourist-y things I’ve never done there, so me and my mum are planning to do a few of those. Plus I may be going up to York at some point, and there are various other things I might be doing, and if it all works out, there should be some good posts going up over the next couple of months!

For now, though, that’s all – I’ll see you on Thursday with another post!

Katy x

Interviewing Myself

1: What motivates you more: failure or success?

Success. I used to be afraid of failure; now I think failure is only a stepping stone towards success. I’m determined in everything that I do.

2: You can ask anyone in the world a question. Who and what would it be?

JK Rowling. I’d ask what keeps her motivated.

3: If you could say something to your 85-year-old self, what would it be?

Keep a youthful mindset. Don’t let your mind go stale.

4: If you could say something to your 15-year-old self, what would it be?

Despite how frustrated you feel at this moment, and despite a couple of hard years to come, you will see the other side and be so much happier.

5: Imagine money is no longer a thing. How would you spend your time?

I would spend my time being creative. I’d write. I’d travel. I’d laugh as much as I could. Hang out with the people I want to hang out with. And I’d work as hard as I could to make something better in the world.

6: If you stripped away all the layers of other people’s expectations and desires for you, what would you want for yourself?

I would want myself to be completely open and honest with people. I try to be as things stand, but sometimes it’s not possible.

7: What’s one thing you’ve been putting off doing?

One thing I’ve been putting off doing is finishing my book. Not because I don’t want to, and not because I don’t know how to, but because my priorities in the last two years have prevented me from doing so.

8: What headline would you like to read in tomorrow’s newspaper?

In tomorrow’s newspaper I’d love to see that every country in the world has switched to renewable energy and are making concerted efforts to save the animals and environments we’ve so crudely endangered.

9: What do you want written on your gravestone?

“She loved deeply.”

10: What is a perfect day to you, truly?

A perfect day for me would be sunny, and the perfect temperature so I was warm, but not hot. I’d spend the morning exercising, meeting close friends and eating food by the beach, and the afternoon alone in a café or somewhere I can be entirely isolated to write. In the evening, I’d go home to a partner I trust completely, and we’d watch a film under a blanket.

11: What do you find annoying in this great charade we call ‘modern life’?

What I find annoying about ‘modern life’ is the amount of people who can want to talk to you at any one time. It’s so hard sometimes to simply focus on what’s in front of you, rather than flitting between six social media platforms and the present. Sometimes I just leave my Wifi off on my phone for hours.

12: What are you most looking forward to in life?

I’m most looking forward to reaching milestones, achieving goals, and setting new ones.

13: If you could change just one thing in your past, what would it be?

I would change the fact that I had/still have acne. It’s been nine years since I started getting scarring spots and to be honest, it’s just inconvenient at this point. It’s not even like I’m hugely self-conscious about it, I just find them annoying.

14: Would you want to be your own friend?

I think so. Alternatively I’d find myself really weird, but I think I would.

15: Describe the last five years of your life in one sentence – and the next five.

The last five years: A lot of experiences which changed me and my outlook on life, and helped me mature. The next five: Achieving things I’ve been planning for a long time.

16: When did you last do something for the first time?

Today! Well, as I’m writing this. I just posted my postal vote for the UK General Election. It’s the first time I’ve been eligible to vote in one.

17: How many hours a week do you watch TV? And browse the internet?

I don’t watch TV, but browsing the internet (excluding uni work time) probably around 14 hours a week. I try to make it productive as possible but let’s be real, I could probably put some of that time to better use.

18: If you had 10K to start a business, what would you do with it?

If I had 10K… I’d start an agency to help creative people access their goals. Kind of like a job agency with connections and stuff, but for creative people.


And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this post, I found this idea  and these questions through Bianca Bass on Pinterest, so check her out. I’ll be back on Thursday!

Katy x