Archive | February, 2012

Busy Bee

29 Feb

Wow, another super hectic few days at school.

Quick run down.

Teenage girls still get their hearts broken, and all of the pain of your boyfriend getting kicked out of school to return back to his own country can still be helped marginally by a card and cuddle from Miss Leach!

Boys hockey day again tomorrow – I am yet to prep my lesson but excited nonetheless… Especially if the weather is amazing as it has been today.

Talking of the amazing times today – I had my first ice cream of the year (double caramel magnum, in case you’re wondering!) and I also played tennis this afternoon! It is very clear that I have never been taught to play tennis – any tips very much appreciated! – but I enjoyed it nonetheless!

How has your week been so far? Ooh also, this is my first blog post from my snazzy new iPad!! How exciting!

❤ Sophie


Currently On That List…

25 Feb

Room – By Emma Donoghue

The Single Girls To Do List – By Lindsey Kelk

The Fault In Our Stars – By John Green

My Name is Memory – By Anne Brashares

The Help – By Kathryn Stockett

Sisterhood Everafter – By Anne Brashares

To Prussia With Love – By Roger Boyes

Heaven is for Real – By Tidd Burpo & Lynn Vincent

Blood, Sweat & Tea: Real Life Advetures in an Inner-City Ambulance – By Tom Reynolds

The Mockingbirds – By Daisy Whitney

Olive Kitteridge – By Elizabeth Strout

The Pile of Stuff at the Bottom of the Stairs – By Christina Hopkinson

The 5 People You Meet in Heaven – By Mitch Albom

Lonely Planet’s 1000 Adventures

The list goes on and on, and that’s without the World Book Night Top 100 challenge!

Have you read any of these? What did you think? Any more you think I should be adding to the list?


Thought For Friday!

24 Feb

Happy Friday Everyone! ❤

23 And Counting!

22 Feb

Last Thursday I wrote a little post about how I was going away for a few days, but I’ve just realised that I saved it as a draft and just abandoned my little corner of the blogosphere for a while – sorry about that!

The last few days have been a little blur of Birthday-ness – I will share my holiday break photos and stories with you, but today I wanted to share my favourite memories of the past year a la this post!

1. Moving house, and having our first ‘gathering’ and getting to show my friends around The Villa.

2. Running a 37minute 5k…when I didn’t think I could run that far at all!

3. Being offered, and accepting, a job that I love.

4. Making a whole new friendship group in Taunton.

5. Lois coming to visit 🙂

6. Teaching my first Boys’ Hockey lesson, and loving every minute.

7. Reaching my target weight.

8. A student telling me that I was going to make a good teacher.

9. And another telling me how much I meant to him.

10. Ordering my iPad as a birthday present to myself (happened this morning!)

There are lots more, obviously but it’s been a good year!

What are your hightlights from the last 12 months?



Lent Challenges.

21 Feb

When I was about 15 I gave up crisps for Lent. I used to eat at least a packet a day, and now I hardly eat any at all. They say it takes 30 days to break (or make a new) habit. That 40 was all I needed.

This Lent I’m giving up diet coke. I know I drink too much of it, and although I don’t want to cut it out altogether, I would like to break the habit and begin to view it as a sweet treat again, instead of glugging it daily and rotting my teeth to death!

In addition to this, I am going to run a mile (1.6km) every day from now until Easter. I read this article, and this article, last week, and though ‘how hard can that be?!’ There are 1440 minutes in a day, so I should definitely be able to set 20 of them aside to runa mile. Please help support me with this!

What are you doing for Lent this year? Have you had any massive success stories in the past?


It’s My Birthday!

20 Feb

Hello Lovelies!

How was your weekend? I will be back to fill you in on the holiday soon, but for now there is too much cake to be eaten, presents to be opened and fun to be had!

(WordPress is having a spaz out but imagine nice, colourful, birthday-related picture here!)

Peace out ❤

Blogger Fun! Part 2.

15 Feb

So, continuing on from yesterday’s post….

Favourite vacation of all time? As mentioned yesterday, when I was younger I went to South Africa and it was amazing! We visited Cape Town, and I remember being completely amazed and inspired at how laid-back and friendly everyone was. I’d definitely be very happy going back there one day! I don’t know if this counts, but I also spent a month travelling between my 2nd and 3rd years at uni which was obviously pretty amazing!

Favourite running workout? As a general rule, I just run…without a plan. I always feel quite satisfied after running rolling intervals though 🙂

Do you track your daily dietary intake? I used to when I was following the Slimming World plan more strictly. I probably still should, at least a little more accurately than I am…

What were you doing around this time 10 years ago? Well, I was 12 years old. Just about finding my way at secondary school – playing a lot of hockey, working hard, and spending all the time I could with my friends (and probably chatting to them on the phone when we couldn’t actually be together!)

What’s your favourite cheat meal? I love chicken fajitas! Spice and cheese and tortillas jam-packed with chicken. Nom nom nom. (Not really overly bad for me, I know, but I don’t really do ‘cheat meals’ as it were, so that’s just one of my favourite meals!)

What’s your favourite memory of 2011? Oooh, I don’t know! Getting my new job and working at the summer school was a big highlight. Also, reaching my target weight, spending New Year with my uni friends at a little ‘reunion’ and the first party we had at our new house.

Have you ever been hospitalized and how were your nurses? Only once, when I was about 13. To be honest, I can’t even remember the nurses :/ (sorry NHS!) All I remember is having a really hot doctor, and being embarassed that I hadn’t shaved my armpits – as if he would have been interested! hahahaha 🙂

Do you prefer to train alone of in a group? I prefer to do my actual workout alone, but I quite like having ‘gym dates’ to make sure I get there!

What’s your resting heart rate? I have no idea!

What accomplishment makes you most proud? Most recently, running a 37minute 5K! (I’m still reeling off that one..!) Also, losing my weight, getting a degree and my job, and making my Mum proud of me 🙂

Tag 11 people and ask them 11 questions? I am only sure of one person other than John that regularly reads the blog, so Melissa, you’re up! (Big shout out by the way chick!)