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Thursday, 26 July 2012

Olympics Fever!

I am an Olympics Games Maker volunteering at the 2012 London Olympics! I have been placed at the main Olympic Park in Stratford and have done three shifts up there already. It is so much fun and I have met some really interesting people up there :) 

The pre-games preparations have been going well and we can't wait for the official opening on Tomorrow Night and guess what!! I'm working it so I am going to go down after my shift had have a look at the big screen in the centre of the park at the opening ceremony and hopefully see the fireworks at the end of the ceremony :) ...That is if its not raining!!!

Here are some beautiful pictures of the park!

I'll keep you updated on my time at the park and any funny moments I have there!

What are you doing for the Olympics? Are you coming to the park?

Let the Games begin!

Monday, 16 July 2012

I've Been Bitten By The eBay Bug!

Recently while down the pub I was talking to two of my friends ( & who always have lovely jewellery and decorated nails, so I asked them where they got all these bits from and they both replied 'eBay!' Now, I've never really been a fan of eBay purely because I've always heard bad experiences and that all there bits are old and used but it turns out it is full of loads of wonderful bits and bobs new and old and all at really reasonable prices...that was it I was hooked after one look. 

I've taken a liking to some of the Vintage Jewellery and in particularly owls!

Here are some of the bits I have purchased.

Cute Bronze Crystal Eye Joint Robot Long Necklace.
From- London Vintage Jewellery. 
For- £0.99p + £1.49 p&p.

Women Fashion Vintage Rhinestone OWL Long Chain Necklace.
From- Chen3yan.
For- £0.99p.

Vintage Retro Art Deco Bronze cute Owl Head Stud Earrings.
From- Jewelbox_UK.
For- £1.99+£0.99 p&p.

Vintage Antique black eye bronze owl retro Long necklace. 
From- Jewelbox_UK.
For- £1.99+£0.99 p&p.

I'm still waiting for the Rhinestone Owl to arrive but the other items have been lovely, wear really well, and because they are cheap I'm not worried about breaking them and being a student that is perfect.

I'm sure there will be many more bits that I buy and I will make sure to keep them posted on here and reviews for each.

I have also included a link to both of my friends blogs who educated me on the world of eBay... so you can have a look at their blogs and all the lovely bits they have purchased. 


Meeting the Parents

A few days after my last blog was based the bombshell was dropped that the next day (Wednesday) I would be meeting set guys parents up in London for the day.....AHHHHH!!!!!!!

Meeting the parents in any relationship is a big thing, it makes things so much more serious and no matter what anyone says it is the most nerve racking experience you will go through in any relationship.

But why is this always such a big deal? Everyone always say 'OMG your meeting the parents?' or 'OMG your meeting the parents this early on?' Well yeah I am because you have to at some point so you might as well get it out the way early and make a good impression instead of avoiding it because your scared of messing up. When meeting parents all you have to do is smile and be yourself because otherwise they'll never know who you truly are. If they don't like you then you'll have to get them to grow to like you but at the end of the day your not dating them..your dating there son/daughter. 

So this day came and admittedly on the train journey up to London I was soooooooo.....nervous, but as well as this I was excited as it was also me and set guys first proper day out together. We were meeting them at St Paul's Cathedral which I know my way to like the back of my hand. We arrived slightly early and decided to sit at the top of the stairs and wait. The time came when set guy spotted his parents and waved, they waved back....this was it....breathe....we made our way down the stairs, the whole time I was thinking don't fall please don't step at a to the bottom... smile.... and ...'Hello, I'm Sophia' introductions over and I felt a little easier we spent the day wandering London seeing various sights, art museums, the M&M world and shopping areas before heading to Canary Wharf for a surprise trip to Nandos (Yummy!). It was then getting to that time where we needed to start heading back to Canterbury. 

The Goodbye was the ultimate test to see how well I had done in the day I got a hug off both parents and both sisters and all of them said I was welcome down to see them any time....SUCCESS! 

After parting from the parents me and set guy had the most perfect film moment of all time...we got to the top of Canary Wharf escalators and needed to cross over to the other station but it was chucking it down with rain so we stopped under cover for a second but decided it wasn't going to stop any time soon so we kissed and took each others hands and rain across Canary Wharf in the pouring rain hand in hand...I know it sounds silly but it was honestly the most perfect moment ever. 

So I think after this day I can guarantee that meeting the parents is not all that bad! Was a perfect day and turns out they didn't think they would like me but I proved them wrong and that I was their kind of girl....So if your nervous about meeting the parents it doesn't matter and its okay to be nervous but in all honesty it really is not that bad! 

Good Luck :) 

Sunday, 15 July 2012

A Taster of A New Life.

So the time has come to analyse and evaluate the last few months events and how my life stands now. I've been trying to find the words to describe exactly how I feel right now for weeks and have written many drafts but while showering today I had the biggest revelation and suddenly out of no where realised exactly how I felt and what had happened in the last few months and exactly how I wanted to write about it. 

When I last posted on here I was unsure of what the future held, whether what was playing out in front of me was real or a flicker of unconnected or even in some ways I guess coincidently connected events. Now most of you now have just gone 'huh?' but I hope to make it clear what I mean through this post.

When the 'ex' sent me that final text to say 'well i guess we should break up' I felt this huge sigh of relief almost like this huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders and dispersed into a million pieces into the air, all this worry and feeling of holding on and fear of losing left me as I realised all I had been fighting to keep, was something that didn't feel the same for me and if it was the other way round would not do the same for me. So what is the point of moping around and thinking about what I've lost when what I had 'lost' in all honest was not a relationship but a friendship with benefits. 

The following weekend I went on a joint social with the Equestrian team and the Rugby team at the Jolly Sailor where the previously mentioned guy was present on the rugby team. After a few hours of team activities and apparent flirting which was event to everyone else in the room but the two of us, we began the walk to barbars (club). Before leaving I had to wait for my housemates at the time bf to come pick her up and so I wouldn't be on my own walking across Canterbury I asked set guy to wait and walk with me. This turned out to be the best move I have ever made in my life. 

On the walk we spoke about various things including my recent (one week ago at this point) break up from the ex and then jokingly (well turns out we were both deadly serious) getting together ourselves or finding me someone closer to home. When we reached barsbars and were stood in the queue waiting to have our I.D's checked I decided knowing already how I felt that this could be our last chance to find out if each other liked each other as set guy was going home the next day for summer and when he returned in September who knows what the situation was going to be like. I kissed him, yes I know this was probably the most irrational thing I could have done but judging by his reaction it was again one of the best moves I've made. After the kiss we were split apart so I could enter in the girls queue and he could enter through the guys queue, we agreed to meet inside and talk about what just happened. 

We spoke most of the night about how we felt and rightly how he was concerned that this was just me rebounding after my last relationship, but in all honesty I had never been more certain of something in my life he made me feel different almost alive again, I felt special and like he was worth taking a risk for, and lets be honest this was all a huge risk....

what would everyone think? how would parents react? how would friends react? how would the ex react? would people judge me and if so did it effect me if they did? 

All these questions ran through my head in a mental Whirl Wind for the next couple of days, laying to rest in this conclusion...Right now all that I cared about was me and how these next few weeks would change my future. I love my friends and family but sometimes you have to make huge decisions for myself. Luckily it turned out that my friends and family supported this huge decision even commenting that I seemed to be the happiest I had been in a long time almost like a stronger more grounded me.

But shortly after all this the nagging side of my brain started to add doubt...

Is this all too quick? Are people secretly judging me for moving on with my life so effortlessly and quickly? Was I being silly? Why do I not feel upset? Should i be feeling guilty for moving on?

This all unfortunately came out to set guy on the Sunday Night of Old Boys weekend (the following weekend after the joint social) in my defence i was incredible drunk and was dealing with my drunk and upset friend who had just found out the guy she had been seeing was seeing someone else, set guy had disappeared with the rugby boys and I was trying to control this drunk nagging side of my brain. The final trigger was when set guy turned up, after several phone calls asking for his help, with mascara down his face (turns out he had hugged a crying girl) but at the time that was enough to fly my nagging brain out of control and into break down mode...i burst into tears and in the middle of Marlowe Arcade cried my mind out to set guy and my dear friends from the Equestrian team. After pouring my heart out my dear friend grabbed me by the face shock me slightly and in her drunken state said 'YOU TO ARE GOING TO GET MARRIED AND HAVE BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN' . This made us all laugh and continued our journey to once again barbars to where we had a beautiful picture despite the three of us had been crying and were drenched from the rain.

However, this event managed to shut my nagging brain up, I could not believe and suddenly realised quite how special this guy was as he stood by me when I really need him, and listened to me rant about my ex bf and how i felt guilty moving on but yet again wanted nothing more than to be with him and not scare him away with this outburst of uncontrolable ranting. This sudden realisation showed me that this is how a couple should be together through bad and good, there for each other no matter what is wrong. 

My Best Friend at home summed it all up just right I think when I confided in her at home...

'You only live once so do the things that make you happy, and avoid the things that don't, so you know what go for it!' 

And you know what she is right you cant try and stop yourself being happy because the world says I should be upset after a break up because if thats what stops me being happy then there is no point doing anything because your not doing them for the right reasons.

So yes no matter how I look at it this is all real and is making me a new happier Sophia.

I finally feel like everything is falling into place and making sense, I think I'm pretty close to living a perfect life right now.

Bring on the Future!