So you’ve heard on monthly favourites….I thought I would do a twist on this called ‘Monthly Memories’ I haven’t heard of anyone doing this before so decided to do something new. Also, if this is already a thing and I just haven’t heard of it please let me know in the comments! So here’s how this is gonna work; I’m gonna give an overview of my month, every month, so I can look back in a few years. One or two of these are from the last few days of March but I thought I’d include them anyway 🙂 Enjoy!
This month started with a trip to the cinema to see the new Emma Watson film Beauty and the Beast. I went with one of my friends and it was one of those spontaneous outings where we were both bored on a Friday night so decided to go out. Regarding the film, it was so much better than I thought it was going to be! I’m not a big Disney film fanatic or anything so I wasn’t too bothered about it but seeing a classic film remade was pretty awesome. Also, who knew Emma Watson could sing so well?!
My grandma came to visit this month (as she does most months!) and we made a point of having a girly outing into Oxford. We went shopping and had some lunch in one of my favourite cafes. A few evenings after that my dad, grandma and I went out for dinner at a Tapas bar in Oxford. We’d never been before but it was so good!
One exciting thing that happened this month was one of my friends turned 18. We celebrated by going out for dinner and then drinks and beerpong back at his house. The place we went for dinner was SO nice! It’s one of those places you drive past so many times but have never actually been so we thought we’d try it out. It was such a good evening filled with laughter and fun!
My grandparents from Switzerland and my cousin and her boyfriend visited for a few days. It was awesome to see them all – especially my cousin as I hadn’t seen her for about 5 years! We had a lot of family fun; looking at old photos and laughing at memories.
Easter was this month as well so we celebrated that with a string of events. On Easter day we cycled to a nearby village and had lunch at the pub there – they do the best stuffed mushrooms! We also tried cycling with Jazz (our dog) on the lead next to us. This did not go as planned and I’m amazed my dad stayed on his bike throughout this!
And last but not least, last weekend a group of friends and I went to the pub. This has recently become a bit of a hang out place and I love it there. I don’t drink but love the atmosphere. My friends ended up having a few too many, which was very entertaining. We went to a local fair on the same night and I don’t know how they managed to go on so many rides given their tipsy state! Two of my friends and I then had a sleepover the same night and stayed up ages chatting – I hadn’t seen either of them in ages so it was the best night. The next morning we went to a trampoline park called Rush for my friends little sisters birthday party. I’d never been before but it was so much fun! I think I managed to hurt my back someone but it was well worth it!
That’s it for this month – I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to so feel free to leave a comment letting me know!
I thought to end a chapter (and year) I would look back at the best moments of 2016.
In all honesty, January didn’t start out great with both my mum and I being ill. However, it was the start to a brilliant year. New Years Eve was spent at a friends house, which was a lot of fun!
On the 31st January we celebrated Burns Night – a Scottish tradition celebrating a poet. We’re not Scottish but my mum went to a university in Scotland so we always celebrate it. As always, my best friend (Char) came and we laughed our way through dinner with my family, which is a common occurrence on this night!
February (as always) was very cold. In the half term a group of friends and I went to stay in a house near Hereford for the weekend. Although wet and muddy, we had a lot of fun and laughs. We went on walks, made a mud slide (never again!) and drank hot chocolate whilst playing board games. We also went into the city and did a bit of shopping (and eating)!
March arrived and with it brought a lot of rain and cold weather. My brother celebrated his birthday in early March, which was fun! Apart from that, not a lot happened in March other than revision for exams!
One great thing about March this year (well, last year now!) was that I wasn’t ill for 3 weeks! Considering it was winter, that was pretty good.
In April I went to Devon for the weekend with my dad. This was great and I got loads of revision done, as well as being able to stroll along the beach and enjoy the delicious pastries from the bakery. The weekend was really relaxed and well needed to de-stress just before exams started! To hear more about my Devon trip and see more pics check out my Weekend Away – Devon blog post. https://megssaskia.wordpress.com/2016/04/27/weekend-away-devon/
May went past very quickly in a blur of revision and exams. My GCSE exams started half way through May so I wasn’t able to do much other than revise. However, it started to get warmer so I still managed to find time to get out and enjoy the good weather with friends. May was also the start of BBQ season, which made up for all the revision! Check out this post for more: https://megssaskia.wordpress.com/2016/05/09/summer-evening-with-friends/
June was a very exciting month. It was the month of my dad’s birthday and the end of my GCSE’s!! We celebrated my dads birthday half way through the month and a few days later I was done with exams. This was the best feeling in the world! I then had around 2 and a half months of holidays to do whatever I liked, without having to worry about exams.
I also got my first job as a waitress in a local cafe! This was awesome because I needed something to do and also money!
In July I went to Spain with my family for two weeks. We spent most of the time by the pool and went out in the evenings to restaurants and simply to stroll through the late night stalls in nearby towns. It was a very relaxed/refreshing holiday. To see more photo’s from this trip, here is the separate blog post: https://megssaskia.wordpress.com/2016/08/29/spain-2016/
Throughout the summer I also played quite a lot of cricket as I got into the county development squad! One of the best matches I played was when I got 4 wickets in one game – 3 of which were taken in one over! Definitely something I’m going to remember!
August started off with a choir tour to Hereford. We got to sing in the cathedral each day for a week. In the evenings we went out for meals or just hung out together. The week went very quickly and I’m so excited for the next one!
GCSE results were on the 25th August. This was so nerve wracking and I remember it seemed to take forever for them to find the envelope with my name on it. I passed everything and I was so pleased! I managed to get a few A’s, B’s and only 1 C! Actually, I think I was more pleased with my C in maths than my full marks in English as I had been so convinced that I hadn’t passed, but I did! August ended with a good feeling and happiness.
Canoeing in Wales whilst on the choir trip
The shock of my results on results day!
In September I started at a new college for sixth form. I also chose my A levels; English Language, Law and Psychology. The start of college was more exciting than daunting as a few of my friends were also starting so we all got the bus together. It was easy to make friends in some classes and I also knew a few people from previous schools.
I attended a KLS (Kleine-Levin Syndrome) meeting in London. This was very eye-opening and helpful as I was able to meet other people who understood what it felt like to be ‘in episode.’
I also started visiting universities, starting with Bath. This was really cool and made me feel very grown up. I’m so excited to go to Uni!
Afternoon drinks in the sun
At a rugby match
October was also a fun and exciting month. We went back to the house in Hereford for the weekend – I seem to have spent a large amount of time in Hereford this year haha! This time more people went so it was a lot more fun! We did the same as before, except no mud slide this time!
At the end of the month we went to Paris for a few days for my 16th Birthday. This was an amazing experience as I’ve never stayed in Paris before. We saw most of the main attractions, including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre. We stayed a few streets away from the red light district and drove through it a few times at night – this was an experience in itself. When we came back it was my 16th birthday and we celebrated by having an excellent meal (creds to my grandma!) and I went out with some friends a few days later.
In early November both my mum and my grandma celebrated their birthdays also. 3 generations of my mums side of the family have birthdays within a week of each other, which means the excitement lasts longer than a day! 🙂
On the 5th November, it was fireworks night, which meant going into town with friends and watching the firework display. This year fireworks night was one of my favourite nights of the year! I was with Char and another friend and we just had the best night. It was good to see girl-friends as I spend most of my time around my guy friends!
Of course, the highlight for many people in December is Christmas! Our Christmas was fairly relaxed and quiet with just my parents, brother and grandma, but it was good none-the-less. Most of the day was spent lounging around, opening presents and (of course) eating!
December ended on a high as I saw friends most nights leading up to New Years Eve. The highlight was definitely seeing friends I haven’t seen in ages! We had a ‘raclette party’ which consisted of having raclette (obviously!) and playing games. Oh don’t forget Just Dance! Here’s to a great 2017!