Is There Anything Better Than a Guinea Pig Wearing Heart-Shaped Glasses?

imageThe answer would be no. No there isn’t.

 

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Happy Friday!

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Today is a good day. It’s Friday, it’s The Bloke’s birthday, it’s the last day of the half-term and it’s a training day, which means that I haven’t had to plan any lessons and instead get all my evidence together for my performance management review. The Bloke has taken next week off, we get paid next week too so I’m looking forward to a few days of spending some time with him, catching up on my blogging endeavours and meeting up with some friends and family. It’s been a long half-term, I’m tired, my students are tired and we have just reached the point where we need a break from each other.

If you’re in the blogosphere on Sunday I will be hosting the second of my #SundayBlogShare Twitter parties – it was a huge success last week and I’ve been receiving lovely messages all week from bloggers who shared their posts and met new people. It’s a simple process – post one of your recent links to Twitter using the hashtag #SundayBlogShare and enjoy! If you include my Twitter handle (@suzie81blog) in your post I can retweet it for you too! You don’t have to follow my blog or any associated social media accounts and there isn’t a limit on the number of times you can post. The subject of your posts is entirely up to you. I will remind everyone again on Sunday but here are a few rules for everyone who wishes to participate.

1. #SundayBlogShare is a happy place. Racist, sexist and homophobic propaganda will not be tolerated, and if you disagree with the content of a post it should be done in a polite and respectful manner.

2. Blog posts only.

3. No pornographic images are allowed.

4. Do not use it as an opportunity to demand follows and retweets from others, but feel free to retweet posts that you like.

It will start from Sunday morning and will end at midnight. I’m in the UK, so you will need to work out times for whichever country you live in. This may mean that some of you may be participating on Saturday, but please use the same hashtag…

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Happy Friday!

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The Best Children’s Halloween Costumes Ever

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As Halloween is nearly upon us I thought I would share this from a year ago – enjoy! #ThrowbackThursday

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As I seem to be in the Halloween spirit, I decided to investigate some potential ideas for costumes. I came across this picture of a child dressed as Edward Scissorhands which I thought was just fabulous, so I thought I’d share with you some others that I discovered.

Napoleon Dynamite

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Stay Puft

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The Cutest Lobster Ever

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Edward Scissorhands and the Queen of Hearts

ImageI loved all of these (although I must admit I was a little disturbed to see a few pics of children dressed as characters from ‘A Clockwork Orange’). They’ve certainly given me a few ideas!!

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Zoella: When Success Breeds Jealousy

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This has become on of my most popular posts to date, despite only creating it 24 hours ago. Here it is again for those of you that may have missed it…

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I’m 32 years old, and I’m not exactly what would be considered to be educated in up-to-date fashion and beauty. Indeed, my own fashion sense mimics that of a 15 year old boy, and when this is combined with frizzy hair that Monica Gellar would be proud of and make up that looks like it has been applied in a quickly moving car on a bumpy road I project an overall sense of ‘never mind, at least she tried’ when I leave the house each morning. Because of this, I don’t follow many beauty and fashion blogs or vlogs, namely because the content doesn’t often relate to my lifestyle.

However, there is one particular vlog that caught my attention about a year ago: Zoella. While I had nothing in common with her, I found myself glued to a number of her videos simply for one reason: I like her, and from…

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Zoella: When Success Breeds Jealousy

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I’m 32 years old, and I’m not exactly what would be considered to be educated in up-to-date fashion and beauty. Indeed, my own fashion sense mimics that of a 15 year old boy, and when this is combined with frizzy hair that Monica Gellar would be proud of and make up that looks like it has been applied in a quickly moving car on a bumpy road I project an overall sense of ‘never mind, at least she tried’ when I leave the house each morning. Because of this, I don’t follow many beauty and fashion blogs or vlogs, namely because the content doesn’t often relate to my lifestyle.

However, there is one particular vlog that caught my attention about a year ago: Zoella. While I had nothing in common with her, I found myself glued to a number of her videos simply for one reason: I like her, and from the numbers she’s acquired on her YouTube account, so do over 6 million others. She’s positive, she exudes a happy and sparkly personality and above all she seems to genuinely enjoy what she does.

Recently, Zoella has started to appear everywhere here in the UK. She has her own make up line, she has become a spokesperson for Mind, a mental health charity, after discussing her own issues with anxiety, she’s recently been the recipient of two Teen Choice Awards, her YouTube following grows daily and she deserves every bit of it. She’s a nice girl with a positive message to lots of young people, and it’s nice to see that, for once, somebody is being represented as a role model for all of the right reasons.

However, as it always seems to be with the British Press, I was disheartened to read a rather unprovoked and scathing article in The Independent that openly attacked Zoella, hiding behind the premise of debating the mixed messages that she appears to give out to her fans. While I can concede that the writer made one or two valid points on these contradictions, (and am trying to avoid going all Belieber about it), I was infuriated by the fact that the majority of the article served no purpose other than to belittle a young woman who has made a success of herself.

Unfortunately, success often breeds jealousy.

The world is full of stories that need to be told every day – war, poverty, famine, abuse, cruelty, triumph – isn’t it about time that these columnists started focusing on these issues rather than wasting their talents on trying to bring others down?

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If We Were Having Coffee #5

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This series of conversational posts was created by Part Time Monster and are normally designed for weekends, but as last weekend was quite busy I thought I would use my day off as an opportunity to update my original post that I had prepared earlier.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I was absolutely delighted with the response I have received on the blog over the last few weeks. I haven’t been able to post as much due to work commitments, but the comments, emails and messages are still coming in! I miss not being able to write when I feel that I need to, and it’s great to know that there are those out there who still think of me when I’m not around. It’s much appreciated.

I would tell you that the #SundayBlogShare went very well the other day, with an enormous response to the hashtag on Twitter. I am doing it again next Sunday, and all are welcome whether they follow my blog or not. It proved to be a great opportunity for bloggers to meet others and share their posts, which I was really pleased to discover.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my weekend was filled with the nice company and lots of laughs. I spent Saturday with The Bloke’s family, including their 18 month old retriever, Charlie, and labradoodle, Harvey. I’ve never met a labradoodle before and instantly fell in love, leaving the house afterwards covered in slobber and dog hair. We visited the local shopping centre, had breakfast, did some food shopping and had a wander around the Christmas section in Marks and Spencers. They’re lovely, kind people, and I always have a good time with them. The Bloke and I drove back to Birmingham (during which I slept for most of the journey), we got changed and then went to my boss’s 40 birthday party, which was being held at an amazing local brewery. The buffet, music and atmosphere was great, and it was lovely to sit back and relax with my colleagues and their partners and have a drink. Sunday was spent at my friend’s house, who is a superb cook, and after she had spoilt me with a gorgeous roast dinner and homemade brownies we sat down to watch a film while her young daughter and daughter’s friend played with Barbies and Lego upstairs.

I would tell you that I’m excited about The Bloke’s birthday, which is on Friday. He’ll be 46 and hates his birthday every year, but I love to make a fuss of him. I’ve bought him presents that I know that he’ll like, and even though I can’t afford to take him out for a meal on the actual day, I have arranged that we will go to our favourite restaurant next week when I get paid. What he doesn’t know (and I can write this on here because he doesn’t read my blog) is that I am going to invite some of his friends to join us and make it a surprise.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am feeling mentally and emotionally much stronger of late. Things have settled down after what has seemed like years of chaos. We’ve been in our new house for six months, everything is unpacked and has it’s own place, it’s warm, cosy and comfortable (even though I hate the curtains) and spending the evening watching some of my favourite tv programmes in a homely atmosphere with The Bloke and two sleepy is fast becoming one of the things I look forward after a long day.

I would tell you that I watched ‘Valley Girl,’ one of Nicolas Cage’s earliest films for the first time in years the other day. I had forgotten just how cheesy and how bad 80’s fashions were, but I loved it. There’s nothing better than a straightforward chick flick. It’s inspired me to think about potential 80’s costumes should a Halloween party arise.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am tired, and particularly looking forward to the half term break that starts at the end of this week. It’s been a long eight weeks, and I am exhausted, so I’m planning to take a little bit of time just to relax and recuperate. I get paid during that week too, so I’ll be able to do a few things that I’ve been meaning to for a while.

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I would tell you how sad I am to hear of the passing of Lynda Bellingham, an English actress, TV presenter and writer, who passed away yesterday from bowel cancer. She has been a prominent figure in the entertainment business as long as I can remember, and she was just 66 years old. She had known that it was terminal for a while, and only a few weeks ago she decided that she was going to stop chemotherapy in November so that she could spend one last Christmas with her family. Sadly, it took her far quicker than anyone had expected, but right until the end she carried herself with endless humour, dignity and grace. My thoughts are with her family and many friends.

What about you guys? If we were having coffee, what would we talk about?

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#SundayBlogShare: Boom!

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I’ve wanted to create a Twitter party for a while now – I have built up a wonderful little community and enjoy giving people the opportunity to share – so yesterday I decided to invite everyone to post their links with the hashtag #SundayBlogShare, and BOOM! My Twitter went nuts. I expected it to be a little busy in the morning, but it went on ALL day and into the early hours of Monday morning.

So, #SundayBlogShare is now going to become a weekly thing. Every Sunday, post a link from your favourite ramblings over the last few weeks with the hashtag, and then meet, read and retweet other participants.

I am going to need your help with this. I’ve decided to create a list of rules that I think we should follow to allow for a happy community, and I’d love you guys to reinforce this if I miss anything.

1. You are welcome to post as many links as you like covering any topic that you like, as long as they are direct links to your own blog site. There should be no links to videos, Facebook pages or book advertisements.

2. Racist, sexist and homophobic propaganda is not allowed at any point. Graphic images should also be kept to your posts with a warning in your link.

3. Do not request ‘follows’ or ‘retweets’ from anyone, but take the time to thank those that do.

4. Respect must be shown at all times. You are allowed to disagree with the content of somebody’s post, but do so in a polite and mature manner.

5. Any spammers should be reported – you are all welcome to do this.

Thanks so much to Gene’O for all his work promoting it yesterday! You can find him at @Sourcererblog and should absolutely follow him!

See you next Sunday tweeps! Tell all your friends to look out for #SundayBlogShare!

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