Monday, 27 February 2017

Life Update

"Nobody said it was easy, No one ever said it would be this hard. Oh, take me back to the start" Coldplay 

So, where to begin. The last time I posted on here I had just finished university and was a few weeks away from graduating and starting teacher training.
Now, I'm a qualified teacher and working as a supply. Granted its not exactly how I planned it out. When I was training, I had this image in my head of going straight from being a trainee to finding my first job as a newly qualified teacher. Over a year later i'm still looking. It does get disheartening, especially with the amount of job applications I have sent off and the jobs I have really wanted. But through all of it, I know one day, the job that is right for me will turn up and when it does, I will be prepared for it. Especially since now I know all of the hard work that goes into being the best teacher I can be.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

The End of An Era....

After 3 years, my time at University is over. The days of starting essays the day before they were due is over (granted I still have essays to do for teacher training but they definately won't be started late!!) And more importantly NO MORE EXAMS!!

When i'm old and grey, i'm sure I will look back on my years at uni and get the warm fuzzy feeling you get sometimes.  I'd be lying if I said it wasn't stressful, and at times it even made me breakdown in tears (That was all to do with the Education Studies side and the Psychology module I took in second year!!)  But I know that when I stand on that stage on the 16th July in silly hat and funny gown, trying not to fall over, that all the struggle, stress, tears and student debt will be worth it and that I will be one step closer to becoming a teacher.

Although, with hind sight there is maybe one thing I would change. Take my dissertation for example.... towards the end (well... middle since I still had 6000 words to write in the month before it was due.) I hated writing it for one simple reason. It was a joint dissertation between History and Education Studies. And I had to make sure it fitted both subjects. And my dissertation would have been alot better if it was just a pure history dissertation. I probably would have enjoyed writing it and researching it a whole lot more if it was something I was 100% passionate and interested in. But don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed writing it and was interested in it but not as much as I though I would when I started writing it.

And I know that the Doctor isn't going to knock on my door and say 'Hey, i've got a TARDIS that is bigger on the inside, do you want to redo your second year of uni', but if I'm totally honest, I wouldn't redo any it because that has made me who I am today. And we all make mistakes but it's if you learn from them that makes the difference and I have certainly learned from my many mistakes!

Plus, why change my time at uni when I have met some amazing people and created friendships which (hopefully) will last for years, and then when we're old and grey we will laugh about the times I left the essays to last minute and still somehow managed to get a 2:2 and get onto teacher training!

I just feel sorry for all my lecturers who had the misfortune to teach me when most of the time I was hyper on coffee which meant they had to deal with silly answers, silly questions and laughing (mainly when I was in lectures with Sarah though.... RAF pilot scenerio springs to mind ah Sarah!!)

I have run out of things to say about uni now so I will leave you with this important piece of information... I'VE PASSED UNI!!!

I can't resist a Disney Quote....

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Dear Sarah, The One With the Doctor Who Quotes

In your last blog post you challenged me to list my favourite Doctor Who episodes (Challenge Accepted!!) but there is one slight flaw in that plan....Last year I already did that!! (see that blog post here!) So i've decided to list my favourite Doctor Who quotes. And granted some will overlap with some quotes i've used on the other post but hey, this wasn't thought through very well!!

So in true Doctor Who style... GERONIMO!!!

  • Hey, I'm the Doctor! I can save the universe with a kettle and some sting and look at me! I'm wearing a vegetable! (Time Crash)
  • Books! The best weapons in the world! (Tooth and Claw)
  • Donna: Agatha Christie didn't walk around surrounded by murders, not really. I mean that's like meeting Charles Dickens, and he's surrounded by ghosts, at Christmas. The Doctor: Well.... Donna: Oh come on! It's not like we could drive across country and find Enid Blyton having Tea with Noddy. Could we? Noddy's not real. Is he? Tell me there's no Noddy! The Doctor: There's no Noddy!
  • Don't blink. Blink and you're dead. They are fast. Faster than you can believe. Don't turn your back. Don't look away. And don't blink.(Blink)
  • We're all stories, in the end.... just make it a good one. (The Big Bang)
  • "I'm charging you too! Aiding and abetting!" "Yes, I'll just step inside this police box and arrest myself." (Planet of the Dead)
  • We all change, when you think about it. We're all different people all through our lives. And that's okay, that's good, you've got to keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be. (The Time of The Doctor)
  • Look at these people. These human beings. Consider their potential. From the day they arrive on the planet, and blinking step into the sun. There is more to see than can ever be seen. More to do than --No, Hold on... Sorry, That's the Lion King. (The Christmas Invasion)
  • People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it's more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly... timey-wimey...stuff. (Blink)
  • Worst. Rescue. Ever! (The End of Time Part 2)
My second favourite quote, from my second favourite ever episode (Robot of Sherwood)

"I have no sword. I don't need a sword. Because I am the Doctor. And this is my spoon! En Garde!!"

And my favourite quote, from my favourite ever episode (Vincent and the Doctor)

"The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don't always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don't always spoil the good things and make them unimportant."

I have probably forgotten some but hey ho!! And so until next time, 

Allons-y Alonso!!!

And how can you not love that face!!!!

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Dear Sarah, The One with Nothing to Do


Now we don't have uni anymore and I'm not needed at work at the moment... I have nothing to do!! So i've been binge watching Doctor Who and specfically Harry Potter. But in typical Helen-style I watched them in this order: 5,6,7,8,1,2,3,4- and then was seriously tempted to watch 5,6,7,8 again because I stopped at 4 (luckily I told myself NO!!!)

We need to go to Milton Keynes soon and see the Frog Clock and go into Lush. Because no doubt hilarity will ensue (especially if Tom comes along!!) because as you know.. I can say some very silly things and get abit carried away!! But if we do go, we should go on the bus (even though you and Tom both have cars!!) because lets face it... buses are more fun!!!

Is it just me or do the Mcfly/Busted back catalogue sound different after you have seen them live?? (Your more experienced in Mcfly/Busted gigs than me!!) Year 3000 sounds different now I've seen it live. Awesome but different. (Can't wait till the DVD is released! I've just pre-ordered it and we can relive the awesomeness!!)

In other random news... I have a turtle and his name is Squirtle :D

Anyway. I can't think of any other things to write about... other than JUST OVER A MONTH UNTIL WE GRADUATE!!!

So until next time,
Ta Rah!!

Look how young they look!! ---^

Meet Squirtle the Turtle!!

Monday, 1 June 2015

Dear Sarah: The One With The Best Cup of Coffee*

*So Far

So our three years of university are over :( No more Crime lectures with me and Hannah hyper on Coffee (I feel sorry for Drew for having to cope with us....... IT LOOKS LIKE A FLOWER!!!) It's safe to say that I get very carried away when I have coffee. But I think last time we hung out I forgot to tell you about the best cup of coffee I have had (so far... I'm sure somewhere out there there is another cup of coffee which will beat it but I just haven't drank it yet...)

It was after my first exam and I was on my way to meet up with Tom and I went into Greggs because I had the urge to have a coffee to celebrate. I don't what made it the best cup of Coffee maybe it was the sunshine, or that I was listening to Common People by Pulp, or that I hadn't had a takeaway coffee in a while or that I was just in a really good mood. But whatever it was made that cup of coffee AWESOME!!

And if i remember correctly you have your driving test tomorrow so GOOD LUCK!! and if i've got it wrong and its not tomorrow GOOD LUCK anyway!! :P

Anyway that's enough of my rambling for now so till next time....


P.S. Can't forget the random pictures and videos......

Too true...

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Books and Movies I wish I lived.

Have you ever read a book or watched a movie and wished you could live it?? I have, plenty of times. Mainly its romantic scenarios but also some actiony ones. Take the Amazing Spiderman films, I would love to be Gwen Stacey (partly because in the second movie she has some amazing clothes) but also because imagine the views when your swinging from building to  building (holding on tightly to Spiderman.......) So here are a few of the books or films which I wish I could live (but never will)

  • Pirates of the Carribean, Yo Ho Yo Ho A Pirates Life For Me!
  • Avengers Assemble, I so would be Natasha Romanoff and kick some major butt!!
  • Bridget Jones Diary, Give me ten years and that would so be my life!!
  • The Boat that Rocked, A pirate radio station in the middle of the ocean in the swinging Sixties... YES PLEASE!!
  • Peter Pan, I do believe in fairies. I do. I do.
  • Harry Potter, I want to go to Hogwarts!!
  • Any Agatha Christie book, but I want to be the one that solves the murder, give me 50 years and a change of name form and I will be Jane Marple!!
  • The Roman Mysteries Books, I used to love these when I was younger. I just wanted to be in Ancient Rome and solve crimes... and still do if i'm totally honest!
So there you are. A few of the books and films I wish I lived. Even though it will never happen, I have a very mad imagination so i'll see you in the Sixties on a Pirate Radio Boat or in Neverland fighting Captain Hook or even on the Black Pearl with Jack Sparrow!

So till then,
Peace and love dudes, peace and love! :P