The October Bucket List

 

 

  • Make a leaf pile, jump in it.
  • Be a common white girl and have a Pumpkin Spice Latte.
  • Have a movie marathon with friends involving lots of blankets, cushions, popcorn and warm beverages.
  • Wear lots of oversized jumpers. And beanie hats.
  • Read a book.
  • Carve pumpkins and attempt to do so artistically.
  • Decorate your house for autumn because we all know how badly you want a pinterest worthy house.
  • Take loads of pictures of everything Autumnal.
  • Make an October playlist.
  • Toast Marshmallows over a fire.
  • Cuddle with an animal or human of your choice because hugs are amazing.
  • Watch Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare before Christmas at least 7 times each. Why 7 you ask? If you’re Potter fan you’ll understand.
  • Speaking of Harry Potter, October is the perfect time to have a Potter Marathon with all your nerdy friends.
  • Find or make a kickass Halloween costume.
  • Have a Halloween Party.
  • Eat way too many sweets and more chocolate than you’ve ever consumed before!

 

That’s my October Bucket List, let me know  some of your ideas in the comments below.

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

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

Too Young To Know What Love Is

Lately, a lot of ‘adults’ have been talking about teenage relationships as if they are insignificant or inferior. As a 17 year old who has been in a relationship for two years, I disagree.

The idea of love being a feeling that is dependent on age is absurd. If I am too young to feel romantic love, then surely I am too young to feel familial love and platonic love as well? Yet I have love for my parents, siblings, grandparents, friends and even pets. But you don’t question it.

Is it that teenage romantic love is inferior to adult romantic love?

Or is it just that adults in long term relationship forget what falling in love for the first time is like?   Do people get so comfortable in their relationships that they stop doing the small things that make young love so special? I think so.

When an adult leaves a relationship and starts to fall for someone else, they often describe having the feeling of being young again. Or they mock their actions and say things like ‘I’m acting like a teenager’. As if it’s something to be ashamed of.

Maybe it’s adults that have got it wrong. Perhaps teenage love is the exact kind of love that everyone should be feeling.

Teenage love is raw, new, exciting, stupid and a learning process.It’s so important for a teenager to accept that their feelings are valid and real. By the time people get to adulthood they seem to have exhausted their education of love and want to settle down. But why is this boring cyclical relationship that they spend hours complaining about to their friends, superior to the joyous ‘puppy love’ that they look down upon.

My opinion is; it’s not superior in the slightest.

I am not too young to feel love. I think you are too old to remember the basic premise of love and relationships. I agree commitment and support are fundamental components in a successful relationship. In order to sustain a relationship you must be able to be practical and look at it maturely. However, most adults I know seem to think that this is all the matters in a relationship. How boring.

So if your an adult reading this and feel as though you and your partner have lost your spark.

My challenge to you is:

Grow the hell down! Surprise your partner with flowers or chocolate, eat too much ice cream, go on a double date, go to a theme park, play 20 questions, take ridiculously silly photos of each other! Be a teenager, just for a day. Chances are you might learn something new about each other.

And if you’re a teenager reading this, enjoy being a teenager! Make mistakes, have a laugh,  fall in love, go out with your friends, girlfriends, boyfriends. Savour your youth, because most people don’t.

I’m not saying that all adolescent relationships are healthy or will last, but I think everyone needs an equal balance of youth and maturity.

I hope you found this interesting, helpful, or even if you concluded it was  a little stupid. Whatever your thoughts, let me know in the comments.

Love Jodie X