The person who opened my eyes to the wonderful world of blogging was none other than Mr Chris Killen.
In 2009 Chris came to Edge Hill University to perform at a fiction reading. He read from his first novel 'The Bird Room', a book that I found to be tragically hilarious, extremely current, and certainly a must for any reader.
The next day he came into our Creative Writing Fiction class to give us a talk on his work. It was then that he told us about 'Blogs' and how it was very important for us as writers to create one.
And so I did.
Chris inspired me and many others in our class to create blogs and since then I myself have inspired others to do so too.
Blogging is a rewarding hobby and I've been doing it now for two years, it never gets old because there's always something new to write about, or if you're suffering from a bit of writers block there's nothing better than to read other peoples blogs for a spot of inspiration.
Excuse the pun in the title but it is Easter after all, well it was Easter. Apologies for not being around since Thursday :s My long Easter weekend was very jam packed and may seem a little random to some, so of course I'm going to tell you all about it.
Good Friday saw me and The Boy eating posh pizza instead of fish and enjoying a night at the theatre. We saw Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Tell me on a Sunday'. A one woman musical masterpiece, it was a very enjoyable evening. I couldn't help mouthing along to the songs and wishing it was me on the stage.
Easter Saturday saw me making my way to Old Trafford to watch the Everton V Man Utd football match. Now, I am a Scouser so can you guess which team I was cheering on?
I'm guessing that you've guessed wrong.
I was in fact cheering on The Red Devils.
Am I mad? Possibly so... I donned a Man-U top and tried to disguise my Scouse accent for the whole day.
I loved it though! The atmosphere at the ground was electric. I was so nervous watching the game, I found myself practically praying for a goal and my nails have never seen so much action with all the biting.
After all the excitement of the game there was some much needed drinking to be done. One Scouser and six Irish people... Loads of alcohol to be had!
Easter Sunday!!!!! Easter eggs galore!!! Yes I'm a big kid :)
Then on to a BBQ with lots of good food, good drink and good laughs with great people.
Easter Monday was a nice chilled out day, a little bit of car washing and a romantic trip to feed the swans. I say romantic but in truth the swans were scared away by all the bloody seagulls! We had to run back to the car after we ran out of bread :s Seagulls are angry birds!!!
So now hopefully you will understand why I've been missing for a few days. Now back to the 30day blogger challenge.
'In This Box of Goodies' was originally a song created by me probably about eight years ago.
It all came about when I was in year 9 at school, I think, in a rehearsal for a school play. I think it was 'Our Day Out' by Willy Russell.
If you've ever been in a play you'll know that sometimes rehearsals can be a little long, and if you're not in the scene that's being rehearsed then you're more than likely hiding in the wings somewhere.
Hiding in the wings was were I was along with my co-stars, we were all messing about, as usual, and I decided to step inside a wooden box.
The wooden box was like a small wardrobe without any doors, I remember it being a little unstable, I can't remember if it was black, blue, or red in colour.
So yeah, I stepped in the box and started to sing and dance. I remember pretending to be sexy whilst I was singing it! Ha! I think the only words in the song were 'In this box of goodies'. The tune wasn't anything spectacular, but it kept us all entertained backstage.
And that's the meaning of my blogger name. Why I decided to use it for my blog I'm not too sure, I guess it just fitted at the time of creation.
The trip to Amsterdam went as planned, The Boy and I spent a lovely four days roaming around this wonderful (slightly wacky) city.
There's so much to write home about that I'm finding it really difficult to put it all into words.
I figured instead of boring the life out of you by telling you every single little detail about our trip, I'd just tell you about the highest of the highlights instead. How does that sound? I'll include some pics too!
Ok here goes:
What an utterly amazing place, deeply moving and extremely thought provoking. It was so interesting to see the place I'd come to know so well from reading Anne Frank's diary. I think this was definitely the highlight of the trip for me.
From Anne Frank to an old Dutch guy pulling a wheelie on his mobility scooter. Not sure what else to say about that really.
Drinking Heineken in Amsterdam is a must. It's brewed there, therefore you must drink it :) It's just like eating pasta in Italy.
Begijnhof - Accommodation for unmarried religious women. I loved this place, I thought it was so special, a beautiful serene paradise hidden away in the heart of Amsterdam. We visited twice because it was so lovely.
When in Rome...
The effects of a space cake... I look soooo happy :)
We found some rather interesting artefacts in the Sex Museum ;)
We decided to hire bikes, which was definitely a decision worth making. We took the free ferry over to the other side of Amsterdam and explored the countryside. It was wonderful.
We cycled 13kilometres to Zaanse Schans, where we saw traditional Dutch houses and windmills. This was such a lovely quaint little place, definitely worth the sore bums caused by the bike saddles!
The Red Light District was most definitely a highlight of the trip. I have to be honest we did go back every day, and every night for that matter, but I have to stress we were merely looking out of curiosity, we didn't buy. Anyway you're not allowed to take pictures of The Red Light District but I sneaked a few shots, quite a fetching blue ensemble the girl has on in the window don't you think?
Now time for a pop quiz!!! Can you name the dude in the red hat???
He came up to us and he said 'Yo where the red lights at?'
He's very famous!
Whoever guesses right wins a lolly pop!!!
You know that's the best prize ever :)
Well I hope you've enjoyed my whistle stop tour of all things Amsterdam. I know it was brief and the pictures probably weren't the best, to be honest I could probably write a whole blog post about each individual thing done or seen in Amsterdam, but then I would most certainly bore the socks off you.