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Beer with Alys (May the Fourth be with you)

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I went home last weekend, it was okay, I got some stuff done. It’s May. The sun is shining, at least some of the time, and there are leaves on the trees again. I have started a photo challenge on Instagram that is about taking photos of books that are just good. There are a lot of these kinds of challenges on Instagram, but this one is kind of cool. It’s celebrating books that show diversity and awareness of mental health issues. It’s quite interesting because I can get book recommendations from the other people that are participating and I just find it interesting. There have been some good books that people have written about and it’s something I’d recommend you have a gander at if you’re looking for something to read. It was started by @bookmarks_for_kindness so if you want to find it, it’s over there.

I finished reading ‘Goldenhand’ by Garth Nix on Sunday. I really liked it. I don’t know if it’s the last book that will ever be in the Old Kingdom series, but it was good. I think if it were to be the last one, then it wouldn’t be such a bad thing. I want more as I love that world, but if it ended here then it would be a good ending.  There was a nice conclusion to the original trilogy and the prequel of ‘Clariel’. I liked the way that it ended and although I would love to see more of those characters and the world, I don’t think I would ever not want more, so maybe it is a good place to end. I don’t want to talk about it too much because I’m not sure that I can without ruining it. If you’ve read it please let me know!

I read a review of Clariel the other day that said that she was an inconsistent and boring character, and that she ruined the plot because she was so inconsistent and unlikeable. I think that they completely missed the point of the whole book. They called the book a ‘failed tragedy’ because although most of the characters ended the book in a negative way, Nix set Clariel up as a

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Lemonade With Alys.

 

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I tidied the shit heap that is my bedroom!! Yay! (Sort of) I tidied, but then made it messy again. Wah! It’s a constant struggle! Ah well, isn’t that part of life? The constant cycle of mess/tidying/mess. We have a viewing tomorrow, so I need to tidy again, which is okay. At least it gives me some incentive to get that done. In other news, I’m going home this weekend. I’ve been trying to get home for about four months, but I have no bedroom there anymore, so I’ve had to wait until my parents are away. My brother is still there, obviously, but now I at least have a bed to sleep in while I’m there. So that might be fun. I’m going to be sorting out my mum’s wardrobe because she’s not had one for ages. They had to refurbish one of the walls in their bedroom, so they’ve been staying in the spare room and now they finally have a wall so they can start moving back in to their own bedroom. Anyway, that’s what I’ll be doing this weekend.

I’ve been reading Clariel by Garth Nix this week. I think I’ve managed to kick the reading slump a little as I’ve almost finished it in the last couple of days, it’s nice to be able to read again.

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Apple and Mango Juice With Alys

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I spent a lot of time watching TV this week. Watching TV and knitting. Which was actually incredibly boring. But I suppose that’s a good thing because it’s made me bored of just sitting and watching TV for a while! It sounds a little pathetic that Alex went away for a week and all that I did was watch TV. But really, it’s all that I was doing before he left too! It’s the Easter break, so I’ve had nothing to do for quite a while and it’s only just now starting to drive me a little stir crazy. On the plus side, I’ve watched some pretty good TV. I made my way through all the episodes of Once Upon a Time, and started on catching up on Pretty Little Liars. I know, they’re guilty pleasures, but I try not to feel guilty about things that I enjoy, even if I know they’re a little questionable, or downright badly written…

I also watched the rest of the episodes of 3% that I hadn’t seen yet. It’s a Brazilian show on Netflix and it’s amazing. It’s a sci-fi set in a society where there is a divide between the have’s and the have not’s, no big deal right? But this time the distinction between them is so extreme that the two are separated by an ocean. On the Inland people are starving, wearing rags and trying to scrounge together enough to live off. Crime is everywhere as people try to survive. On the Offshore they live in the lap of luxury, wanting for nothing and living without crime in a society that has much more advanced medical facilities that are denied to those on the Inland. It’s your basic dystopian world vs utopian world story, with only 3% of the Inland population being able to eventually move to the Offshore. However, before they can get there they must pass the Process, a series of tests, like the Hunger Games, designed to ascertain whether they are worthy to live in the Utopia that has no crime. They only want the best people to live there, and not many make it. If they don’t pass the Process they must return to the Inland and try to live out the rest of their days there. They don’t get a second chance. They can enter the Process when they turn twenty, and only then. That sounds a little unfair, but there’s nothing wrong with it, right? Well, that’s because that’s just the theory of how it works. In practice the Process is rife with corruption, spies, unstable moderators and investigations from the Offshore. They have to try to run this Process whilst contending with pressure from their side, and also opposition from the Cause on the Inland.

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Tea and Biscuits With Alys

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I’m moving soon! This week I signed away my soul and paid a deposit on my new place. Seeing as I’m still going to be at university next year I needed somewhere to live and now I have one. The most exciting thing about this, is that I have my own kitchen. I’m living alone, in a little studio room, so any mess that’s in my kitchen will be because of me. Which probably means that it will be quite messy, but it also means that I won’t get as angry about it. It’s a good thing, I promise. And considering that my kitchen is also my bedroom, I’m hoping that means that I won’t let it get too messy…

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Forest Findings UK

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This is going to be a bit of a different post from my usual ones. I want to write a review of an Etsy shop. To be completely honest, my friend runs it, but that has nothing to do with this review really. I have bought things from her shop before and I wanted to write a little something just to tell you about the beautiful things that she makes.

First off I want to talk about the service that she offers. It’s wonderful. There are open lines of communication between the owner and the customer, both through Etsy and her Instagram account, which means that each time that you need to speak to her about your order, or if you want to order something special, then you can always find somewhere to contact her. She’s always polite and friendly when interacting with customers, whilst at the same time still being professional enough that you feel comfortable parting with your money. (see below)

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Apple and Raspberry Juice with Alys

I’m moving out of this house in a few months. I’m excited for it. I’ve begun to not like living here so much lately, and I think it will be good for me to move out and live on my own for a while. I will also (hopefully) have my own kitchen so I won’t have to have that whole Thing that has been going on this year. And I will definitely have my own bathroom, so I’m happy about that. Last week I was getting that all sorted out, and now I’m almost ready to sign my contract, I think I might go tomorrow and get that done so it’s out of the way. I’m not looking forward to the process of moving house, but I am definitely beginning to get excited about actually living there, I think it’ll be good. Ash is going to be living across the road from me, so that’s good too. It’ll be nice to be able to just pop over the road to see her and stuff. We’re closer to town and the train station too, so I’m happy about that too, it’s less of a distance to walk with suitcases every time I visit home.

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Vimto with Alys.

Who else loves Vimto? Vimto is possibly the best drink in the world, other than tea. I don’t know if everywhere has it, because I know that when I went down South once I couldn’t find it anywhere. Actually I remember my cousins saying that they had never heard of it before, so maybe it’s just a North England thing. Sorry about that. I guess what I’m saying is; if you’re ever in the North of England, get yourself some vimto. (the fizzy stuff isn’t that great, but it’s okay in a pinch. what you really need is the cordial)

Spring is here! With it has come much warmer weather, even if it is more rainy than it has been. Either way, we’re getting more sun and more warmth. It’s nice. I’ve been able to feel much more motivated with the change in the weather, and it’s just nice to feel like I’m getting stuff done. I’ve been making some good progress in counselling, and with my uni stuff. AND I found a place to live next year. So I’m feeling pretty positive at the moment. It’s good. I’ve even had time to start reading other blogs again. I always liked reading stuff from Tracy at From the Laundry Room  but I’ve been a bit remiss at keeping up with her posts lately. (As in, the last few months…) But yes, I love her blog. You should all go over there and say hi because she’s absolutely lovely.

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Camomile Tea with Alys.

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Camomile tea is one of the best things to use when healing piercings. It’s pretty tasty too, but I think I prefer it on my nose, and my ear… I guess you could say, it’s not my cup of tea…

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This week I’ve been getting myself organised. I’ve been using my bullet journal more regularly and have been looking for somewhere to live next year. The search is going well so far. I had a viewing yesterday and I think I’ve found where I’d like to live. Now all I have to do is make sure that I’m actually going to be a student next year. So that’s the job for next week!

I’ve been very much enjoying the weather these last couple of weeks. We’re into Spring proper now, and I am very appreciative of the warmer weather. I even hung my laundry on the washing line on Wednesday! It’s great. I got to re-pot some of my plants yesterday, which was nice as I was scared that they would die in their teeny little pots, but they all have nice new homes now and seem very happy in them. I got a mister too,

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Liquorice Twist Tea with Alys

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This week my mother came to visit, so I did a lot, but there’s not really that much for me to write about. She came up on Tuesday and we went to get her ear re-pierced (Actually it only needed the plug pushing out) by my favourite piercer Serena. She runs Ozone if you’re in my town, I definitely recommend as she’s super friendly and lovely. And there’s a loyalty card, so if you’re planning a project, it’s nice and cheap. Anyway, we did that, and then on Wednesday travelled to Chester to go to Cheshire Oaks. I know, I’ve only just been, but that was with Alex’s family. And when I spoke to my mum on the phone about it she said she’d like to go, so that’s what we did. It was a stressful trip, but good. We got all of the things that we went for, and a few that we didn’t. And we got to look at lots of expensive things and admire them from the other side of the financial divide…

On the plus side, we got some nice chocolate from Hotel Chocolat, and some nice tea from Whittards, and I got a nice candle from Yankee Candle. Although, actually, that candle is amazing. And so worth losing it in the doc martens shop and going on a mission to find it just before we went for the bus. (It’s the Cappuccino Truffle scent, if you’re wondering. And now I need ten more in the same scent so that my room can never not smell like this again…)

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