Day Three – Home

They say home is where your heart is set in stone
Is where you go when you’re alone
Is where you go to rest your bones
It’s not just where you lay your head
It’s not just where you make your bed
As long as we’re together, does it matter where we go?

~ Gabrielle Aplin

 

To me, home is somewhere I feel safe and happy. I dont have the easiest home life, my brother has a lot of issues, my sister gets very sad sometimes and my mum is not very well a lot of the time. But there is nowhere else I’d rather be than with them.

Some days all I want is to get out of the house, I want to run and never look back. Some days I wish I lived somewhere else, away from the chaos and stress. But then I remember that without the often chaotic atmosphere, it wouldn’t be home. I wouldn’t feel safe, and loved. and at ease, because home is where my family are.

Home is where my cat waits at the bottom of the stairs for me when I come in. It’s where my soft, blue fairy lights are. It’s where I sing songs with my sister at the top of my lungs, dance around the house in my underwear just because I can. It’s where my brother tells terrible jokes that you can’t help but laugh at. It’s where I can go and lay in my bed with a book and a coffee at the end a bad day. Home is where I want to be.

Maybe it’s the introvert in me, but the majority of the time home is where I wish I could stay. I love going out with my friends and I love doing exciting things, I enjoy going for walks and being out of the house. This is because a lot of the time I can feel claustrophobic in my house given some of the less than perfect circumstances. But I know that none of that means anything when I have my family with me, because we have the most fun ever. My mum, although a lot of people don’t know it, is one of the funniest people I have ever met, my sister is the kindest, most considerate sister in the world, and my brother is the quickest, wittiest 8 year old in existence. They’re all perfect in their own ways despite their flaws and they are where my home is.

 

Let me know what makes a real home for you in the comments!

Love Jodie x

A stream of consciousness

So I decided that I really needed to post something and everything I have tried to write lately has been awful. So I decided to try less with a post and just write down everything that comes into my head in around 10 minutes. I think I’ve been trying too hard for perfection and have forgotten that this blog is just a fun outlet not an obligation. I have done nothing to the words other correct spelling mistakes and add paragraphs for easier reading.

So here is me, completely unedited and unplanned. I hope you get something slightly amusing from it, if anything. Step in to my brain…

 

It’s 9;05am and I am in the best mood ever!

I woke up wanting to sing and dance around the house, so I have. I’m listening to Take That, I love Take That, they make me feel nostalgic because I used to listen to them in the car with my mum when I was little.

I wonder if they ever feel nostalgic and listen to their old albums. I don’t think I could bare that. My voice recorded is horrible, I can’t believe I normally sound like that to people. My voice is so irritating, I don’t know how I have any friends when my voice is such an irritant.  But then again everyone thinks that.

My cat’s here now, Fergus. He’s sitting on my lap purring and trying to get at the keys of my laptop as I type this. Cats make everything better in life, no wonder the ancient Egyptians worshipped them, they’re my saviour when I feel sad. Cats are intelligent they know how to love- Bastille just came on, now I’m thinking about my friend Emily who loves them more than she should.

When we went on a school trip to Barcelona I set Bastille as our alarm so that she’d wake up happy every morning, it worked very well. I turned her into a morning person for that holiday. I have an itch on my forehead. I scratched it.

My phone is buzzing but I can’t be bothered to look at it in case it’s someone I don’t want to talk to because that will stress me out. I get stressed very easily. The music got too loud just now and that stressed me out- I turned it down. I have friends who need help and that stresses me out because I don’t know how to help them. I’m eating sherbet lemons… this calms me down because they are my all-time favourite sweet along with flying saucers. I like sherbet. I’m a sugar addict. I’m also a coffee addict so I have fairly strong coffee with 2 sugars, in case you’re wondering. Speaking of which I’m going to stop typing now because my sherbet lemon has almost dissolved and I want to drink my coffee. I feel like this is a good place to stop.

 

 

Thanks for reading, feel free to comment on my meandering thoughts.

Love Jodie x

A Post For My Friends

It’s only been a week and yet I have learned so much.

During the last week I have found that I have far more amazing friends than I thought I had. Now, that isn’t to say that I didn’t already know my friends were amazing, because I did. But after this past week of going through a very difficult time, I have found that my friends are the silver lining of a currently miserable situation.

You see, I was dumped. It sounds brutal, the word dumped, it wasn’t. It sounds harsh, it wasn’t. The boy that I loved told me that he no longer felt that way for me.

It hurt. A lot.

I won’t go into the details of what happened (although there isn’t much to it) because that isn’t fair.

Although I will say that I am fine now, I wasn’t then, but I am now. At times I still feel sad about it, sometimes I am angry but most of the time- I’m over it. I’m so over it.

After two years of being in a relationship with someone you’d think it’d take longer to feel ok again. However, honestly, a week later I’m practically me again. I have my friends to thank for that.

I am beyond grateful. They have been there for me, for the late night phone calls, the teary afternoons, the anxiety filled mornings, everything. They have been supportive, accepting, helpful, kind and considerate. They’ve put up with my moaning and ranting and confusion. They’ve helped me feel ok again in such a short space of time. I know now, that no matter what happens in my love life or lack thereof for now, I will always have the most phenomenal people there to help me through.

So thank you.

As for the feeling of first heartbreak, there isn’t much I can say other than it’s s*** to be completely honest. I went for days with a lump in my throat and a weight on my chest. I felt sick to my stomach, I held a constant feeling of dread and I permanently felt light-headed.

He was my first love, first kiss, first everything.

But I regret nothing, the two years we were together were some of the happiest I’ve had. He was an amazing person to be able to share part of my teenage life with and I’m honestly so glad that I got to share it with him. But now, I’m ready to move on, I’ve done my moping. Some days may be harder than others but pretty soon I won’t even think twice when I see him in the corridor at school. I’m practically there already. I don’t feel uncomfortable in the slightest when around him, the first day was the hardest, now I don’t actually care. I’m happy. I do what I want, I talk to who I want. I try my hardest to be as sensitive as possible but to be honest, it wasn’t my decision to end the relationship so I should be able to do as I please now.

I’ve finally had the opportunity to make a decision, even though the end of our relationship was not my decision.

What happens next most definitely is.

 

Thank you for reading,

let me know your thoughts on first loves, or first heartbreaks, or any other firsts.

Love Jodie x

 

The Harry Potter Picnic Extravaganza

In case you hadn’t already guessed by this obviously Potter inspired blog that you are currently reading…

I’m a huge Harry Potter fan! I love all things Harry Potter and so do the majority of my friends. So I thought, seeing as the weather had been absolutely amazing, why not have a Potter inspired event. My friend Isobel and I had been contemplating this for years and a couple of weeks ago, we put our plan into action.

First of all, we sent out these invitations via ‘Virtual Owl Post’:

Dear  [Person],
We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to the Hogwarts Picnic Extravaganza.
The Extravaganza will be held on Saturday 11th June 2016 (in 3 days time) beginning at 1pm.
You will have the opportunity to take part in a grand feast of Hogwarts finest house elf made food and enjoy an afternoon of fun with friends.
If you accept this invitation then you are to report to Platform 9 3/4 at 1pm
(Muggle Address: [My Address] )
Yours Sincerely
Jodie [Surname] and Isobel [Surname]
Chief Assistants to Minerva McGonagall
We then realised that inviting people meant that there was an actual commitment to the cause… so we had to start planning the picnic itself.

Let me tell you, finding Harry Potter themed food is not easy!

However, somehow we managed it! (Yes I am as proud as I sound).

Our Menu consisted of; Pumpkin Pasties, Hagrid’s Rock Cakes, various crisps, sweets (including Sherbet lemons and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans), cupcakes (courtesy of our friend Ella), (brownies courtesy of our friend Jade), and of course Butterbeer!

As well as all the copious amounts of food, I also decorated my house with various different handwritten signs, Potter merchandise and of course fairy lights because nothing is complete without fairy lights.

Here are some photos of the decorations and food, in case you’re curious.

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After deciding all of these things I realised… I am not the most entertaining of people. So I had to think of something for us all to do.

I decided, what better way to entertain my Potter-obsessed friends than to allow them to show off the extensive, and admittedly rather excessive, knowledge of the Wizarding World. I made sure that, before arriving, everyone had taken the Pottermore test. This was because we decided to have an inter-house trivia challenge.

So, with, 3 Gryffindors, 2 Hufflepuffs, 2 Slytherins and 1 Ravenclaw, we proceeded. It was an intense and brutal battle, I’ll be honest friendships were tested throughout this gruelling contest. But after literally 2 hours of quiz questions, the result was as follows:

1st Place: Hufflepuff

2nd Place: Ravenclaw

3rd Place: Gryffindor

4th Place: Slytherin

 

As you can see, our Hufflepuffs were extremely proud of the result.

Proud, Victorious, Hufflepuffs
Proud, Victorious, Hufflepuffs.

So after an afternoon  of stuffing our faces and nearly ruining friendships over quiz questions, I can honestly say it was one of the most brilliant times I have ever had. I had been so so nervous about hosting this get-together but I am extremely glad that I did. Although, there is absolutely no way I would have done it without all the help from my friends, particularly Isobel’s contribution of food and Butterbeer making skills which were extremely helpful. Also, Ella brought her Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit, without which we would not have been able to engage in an epic battle of knowledge.

Thank you for reading, comment below what house you’re in and whether you would consider doing something like this. Even if it wouldn’t necessarily be Harry Potter themed, I’d still love to here it!

 

Love Jodie x

I’ve been a busy bee.

Hello there!

It’s Erin.

I haven’t updated in a while, sorry about that. At first, I didn’t know what to write after the events of last weekend, which then turned into a bit of writers block. I was really upset, but didn’t know how to get my point across. But by the time I’d gotten brave enough to maybe write something, it was too long after to actually post. Thus begun the endless cycle of ‘I don’t know what to write’. It probably doesn’t help that I’ve been working and mocks week is coming up. But what can you do? I thought maybe I’d just tell you what I’ve been up to, because I think it might help. I’ve been working a lot on the weekends, so I thought I’d tell you about my job.

I’m a princess.

No, sadly, I’m not the heir to a real throne, (wouldn’t that be great, though?) I’m a children’s entertainer. I dress as a character, chosen by the host and I show up at Birthday parties and events, and I also work with another company to do home visits, which I think are my personal favourite. It’s nice to actually individually meet the children, rather than see a mass of eyes looking up at you. I stay in character the whole time, and talk to the kids, sing, and take photos. Work has been crazy at the moment. There’s always events around June – July and also November – December. You get the summer rush and then the Christmas rush. between these months, you get the occasional booking, but I’m busy every weekend for the next few weeks, bar next weekend. I adore my job, I get to act, and sing, it’s everything I wanted. My favourite part is the kids though. The majority of them believe in it so wholeheartedly and it’s so sweet. I always try to keep the magic intact, by staying in character, and you can tell how excited they are. I often end up with a second shadow, and sometimes a third and fourth. It’s really interesting the range of personalities you meet, as well. There’s the kids who will throw themselves at you, dancing and jumping. But there’s also the ones that watch you from afar, until they pluck up the courage to come and chat, or I go over to them. It’s so adorable the way their faces just light up. I also really like that it’s my own business. I can upgrade costumes and wigs and makeup. I can choose what character I’d like to add next. I’m thinking a certain space princess or maybe a Kryptonian.  And it’s a really good conversation starter. Which is a massive help when you are extremely socially awkward like myself. So anyway, now you know why I’ve been away so much. But I love it.

Again, I’m so sorry about not updating more here and on the twitter (@geeksandhugs. Shameless plug). But hopefully that will improve in a few weeks time. Do you guys have a weekend job? Or a full-time job? If so, do you like it, and if not, what would be your dream job? Please tell me in the comments down below. Personally, I’d really like to be an actress. As always, I love chatting to you in the comments, please feel free to ramble at me on twitter as well.

Till next time!

Erin xxx

Tink
This is my foot and the skirt of my Tink costume. It’s very sparkly. 

 

Who are The Geeks that Shall Hug You?

Hello there!

I’m Erin (Bold text)

I’m a 15 year old Hufflepuff who is still waiting for her letter to Hogwarts. Yes, it’s a sad reality for the majority of us.

As well as being a complete Potterhead, I’m an all-round geek, and proud. Here is, hopefully, where I will be able to release my creativity in-between exams and, well, life. But I solemnly swear (Potter Reference already, you see what I mean?) that I will write on here when I have time, and enjoy myself doing so.

And I’m Jodie (italic text)

Aren’t we intelligent for letting you know who’s who straight away?

I’m the 17 year old Ravenclaw who encourages Erin to be strange in the selfish hope that it will make me feel less abnormal. I have an obsessive personality, hopefully this blog will be one of my obsessions because then I might actually be doing something productive with my time. Let’s face it spending hours on youtube and pottermore is not actually beneficial the functioning of my brain. So it’s time for myself and Erin to branch out and actually put our love of writing out there.

Together though, because we lack the ability to motivate ourselves. We’re not ambitious like Slytherins or outgoing like Gryffindors. We are anxiety-ridden Ravenpuffs, all we want is to be at home with our books, pyjamas and warm beverages. Literally that’s all we do, even when we’re together.

Hope we haven’t bored you to tears already!

Love,

The Geeks That Shall Hug You

xx