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    Happy Things In May ’17

    If I’m honest, May has been completely wiped. I can’t remember what happened in the first half of the month because these past couple of weeks have been clouded in anxiety, upset and truly horrifying news. So yes, this Happy Things is a little different to usual.

    MCRBees

    On the one hand, it doesn’t feel right to be even trying to think about happy things that have happened in the past month. Not when the last week was plagued by such atrocity thanks to the bombing in Manchester. Yep, another bombing. And this time one that targeted children and parents.

    It goes without saying though, Manchester is a community. A tough community. Despite all the sadness and the aftermath of this crime, the city pulled together and showed great strength. People ran into the arena to save others, many residents of Manchester offered out help – rooms, beds, lifts home, food and more – and the police force and NHS staff worked their damned butts off making sure everyone was attended to and not alone.

    So amidst all this chaos, here are some of the things that have happened in this past week that have been a little beacon in the otherwise dark world. I have probably missed some of the good things that people have done, so feel free to share more in the comments if you have any!

    + Taxi drivers offering free lifts home
    + The woman who took in lost children so they weren’t alone
    + Woman singing don’t look back in anger in the crowd
    + Tattooists doing the worker bee tattoos and giving the money to charity
    + Money raised for all families from various places
    + These stories from the staff that worked through the night
    + The One Love Manchester concert that will be taking place this coming weekend

    I can’t actually remember much about the beginning of the month, though nothing much really happened of note. The only things since this is that I’ve watched Pirates of the Caribbean (and actually really enjoyed it!) and I did the Great Manchester Run 10k. There will be a blog post up about that on Saturday. I wasn’t sure how it would feel going into the city for such a big event so soon, but the atmosphere was incredible and I definitely need to write about how the day was. Proud to be from Manchester.

    MCRBee

    It’s been a weird month, and not one that we’ll forget in a good while.

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    Happy Things In April ’17

    I actually started writing this post mid-April (for once!), and yet here we are on the 4th May and I’d completely forgotten about it. May came around quite quickly didn’t it?! Probably all those pesky bank holidays…

    Cake

    I’ve actually had quite a good month it seems, with plenty happening. No wonder I’m feeling worn out!

    + Days out: Southport, Rivington Pike
    + House party with friends
    + The Wigan Good Friday & Easter Monday wins
    + Easter chocolate
    + Seeing family
    + Curry/drinks with friends
    + Pretty flowers
    + Free bowling trip (even though I only came 6th & 2nd… out of 7)
    + Guardians Double Bill
    + Hitting a new PB at the Whitley 10k
    + Getting a new wardrobe

    The best things on that list have to be the new 10km PB, which was a last minute race decision and one I’m glad I did, the Guardians Double Bill and the day trips to Southport and Rivington Pike. The latter especially – I love a good walk! We’ve got a few more places on the list to visit now so I’ll hopefully try to write a little more about these trips… (You can see photos on my instagram @katehlouise!)

    Oh and I also entered the London Virgin Marathon 2018 ballot. So there’s that. I’ll only know in October if I’ve been successful, and I’m not holding my hopes up too high. With only 18,000 ballot places or whatever and hundreds of thousands entering, it’s a very slim chance! I figured why the hell not… It takes some people years of entering before they’re lucky. We’ll see anyway. I’m sure you’ll hear about it if I’m successful.

    Blogging has taken a bit of a back seat recently, and it’s because I’m just been so busy with life that I haven’t been able to sit down and properly focus on content. I have 19 18 drafts either half written or in bullet points, but hardly any photos and the ideas are struggling to get fully from head to paper (or screen). I’m still here though, lurking. I have a few exciting things to write about in the next couple of weeks anyway so plenty to do! Time to get back on it.

    Let’s hope May is just as eventful, eh?

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    Happy Things in March ’17

    Another month down. March DRAGGED. I don’t know why, but it just really did.

    Bunch of Spring Flowers

    Maybe it’s the 5 weeks since payday… Maybe. It really has felt like a long 31 days though! I’ve had a few ‘events’ this month, but have also spent a lot of the time lying in bed watching random youtube videos or catching up on The Originals on Netflix.

    + Those two (or three?) glorious days of sunshine that we had.
    + I ran my first ever half marathon and didn’t die.
    + Had a relaxing spa day with my mum.
    + Saw Beauty and the Beast. Twice.
    + Bittersweet, but Vampire Diaries ended and whilst I’m still kind of sad, it was nice to see everything come together.
    + Ate at a few new restaurants with Luke and had amazing Tapas. (That’s the goal – try new independent places!)
    + The clocks went forward so we finally have lighter evenings back!
    + I finally read my second book of the year… Caraval.
    + We came 3rd out of over 30 in the pub quiz.
    + Little Big Shots on TV has to be one of the cutest/funniest/greatest shows of the year so far.
    + I got to try out my brother’s Nintendo Switch and play a bit of Zelda.

    I think that just about sums up March. I feel like I need to do something a little more exciting next month. Watch this space!

    How was your March?

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    Happy Things in February ’17

    Oh February flew by didn’t it?! I know it has 2-3 less days than all the other months, but I don’t understand how it always goes by so quickly! Maybe because my birthday is at the beginning so there’s nothing else to look forward to for it to drag…

    Happy Things in February '17

    I should try to write these as the month goes by, because honestly February feels like a blur. I don’t remember half the things I’ve done this month, though I know it hasn’t been a lot admittedly. It has been filled with work, eating and chilling with films! There are always happy points though, and these are what I’ve got…

    + February is my birthday month.
    + And I ran the Winter Warmer 10k on my 24th birthday, hitting a new PB!
    + Rugby League season starting!
    + Oh and Wigan winning the World Club Series match – a trophy to start the year off!
    + Pancake day.
    + Watching Patriot’s Day and then Logan with friends. (Both were fab!)
    + Completing a long run of just under two hours, and at 16.5km.
    + Hitting two years of being vegetarian (post to come soon!)
    + Adding the Niffler, Newt and Bowtruckle to my Pop collection.
    + Finding new running podcasts to listen to.
    + Feeling comfortable driving on the motorway.

    Now March is bringing lots of exciting things. The main one being my Half-Marathon on the 19th, but I’ve also got a work night out for two birthdays, a spa day and Beauty and the Beast to look forward to! And Spring is officially here from the 20th according to google so you know, that’s always a win. The evenings are already getting lighter and I cannot wait for longer (and hopefully warmer) days. Might actually find taking photos a lot easier again!

    How was your February?

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    Happy Things in January ’17

    I am aware that it is the 5th of February now (Happy birthday to me!), BUT I realised that I hadn’t done a ‘Life in…’ post and honestly I feel like something is missing. I’ve decided to switch it up a little, so here we have a new series for each month – happy things. I just want to list all the good things that happened each month to look back at. Simple.

    Happy Things in January '17 | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    January has felt like the longest month ever, but it’s actually been a pretty good start to the year I’d say. There are things that I’ve listed here that I’d almost forgotten about – they just feel like so long ago!

    + Hitting a park run personal best of 29:05.
    + The quiz team got back together for the first time since December!
    + I managed to hit a 13.5km run for the first time.
    + Plenty of days/nights out with friends!
    + Two staff showings (Split, T2) and a viewing of La La Land. (Loved them all!)
    + Watching the Sherlock finale in cinema with friends.
    + Oh and watching Fantastic Beasts again.
    + We had a few blue sky days.
    + Managed to run 74.95km for the month.

    Happy Things in January '17 | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    For me, January really feels like the month of running for me. I’ve well and truly fallen back in love with everything about it, and I’m so proud of myself for actually keeping it up as consistently as I have! Minimum two runs a week for me is good! Now I just need to get it up to 3-4 runs per week and then I’m laughing.

    It just feels good to actually be working towards something and getting it done. There’s also other things going on in my personal life so that’s made the month a good ‘un too! Here’s to a fab February eh?

    Is your 2017 off to a good start?

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    Life in December ’16

    Should I carry these on for 2017? I’m not so sure I will to be honest. Felt like I should at least do a December one to finish off the year! I’m going to do a blog round up soon, pull some stats together from the year! That’ll be interesting, at least for me…

    Life in December '16 | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Manchester Christmas Markets!

    You just can’t beat a good pancake, am I right? Arguably the best thing about the Manchester Christmas Markets. Oh, and those ginger biscuits too… I twice, once with family and once with friends and enjoyed both times. A lot of the things there are super expensive, but the stalls are always lovely to walk around.

    LUSH Event

    Early December I was lucky enough to be invited to my first ever LUSH Event – the Beauty School Event at LUSH Arndale. It was a fab evening, and I definitely learnt a lot about the company through the brilliant team there. We were given handy tutorials, information on how to use certain products and even got to make our own. You can read my write up on the LUSH Arndale Beauty School Event here.

    Life in December '16 | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Moana

    I feel like this film needs a mention. IT WAS SO GOOD. Oh I loved the storyline. Moana and Maui were both brilliant characters and the songs are just so catchy. I’m sure you all know by now that I work in a cinema right? Well we’re obviously still showing Moana so I’ll be walking down the corridor and all of a sudden hear ‘Hey, it’s okay, it’s okay, you’re welcome!’ Then it gets stuck in my head for the rest of the day and I don’t hate it at all. I love it.

    Blogmas

    Blogmas happened! I told myself I’d do it this year and got really excited for it. I did do it, but I missed two days… Not the end of the world, I’m impressed I managed to post 22 days out of 24 to be honest! If you want to look back, all my Blogmas 2016 posts have their own category for ease.

    Particular favourites include: LUSH Never Mind the Ballistics, 8 Reasons to Love Christmas, My Winter Trail Running Must-Haves & 5 Reasons Why Winter is My Least Favourite Season.

    Life in December '16 | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Christmas

    I almost forgot about this… How ridiculous. Christmas Day itself was great, though it didn’t feel like Christmas to be honest. We went out for dinner, absolutely stuffed ourselves and spent the rest of the night playing Trivial Pursuit and eating yet more food. (Cheese and crackers, obviously)

    Park Run

    I successfully managed to attend every Park Run that I could (bar the days I was working) and got my Christmas Eve run in there! I was planning on doing two on New Years Day as it is possible with the two local to me, but I just honestly don’t think I’ll have the time.

    I’m staying at a friends after their NYE party and the original plan was to go to my second nearest local Park Run at 9am and go to my usual at 10:30, but I’m also starting a 10 hour shift at 12:15 so yeah, I can’t go home in between the run and work. That’s why I’ll probably just do my usual at the later time, then head straight to work and change there. Maybe I’ll be up bright and early to do the 9am one… We’ll see. (Don’t hold your breath!)

    Life in December '16 | lifeofkitty.co.uk

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    How was your December? Ready for the new year?

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    Life in November ’16

    Has October been special? It’s been ridiculously busy with work, that’s for sure. These months are all just flying by and blending into one, it’s hard to remember where each one stops.

    Life in November '16 | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    I Bought A Car!

    Yep, if you hadn’t seen me mention it enough already, I bought a car. It’s exciting okay! I couldn’t not mention it considering it’s the biggest thing I did in November so here it is again. I have freedom thanks to this cute little Citroen C1.

    Park Run

    I’ve managed to fit a couple more Park Runs in and I’m still loving it. 9am on a Saturday morning is freezing cold, but the views really are something else. The sun has just about risen, but there’s still that golden light lingering about and it shines through the wintery fog. Or it’s hammering down with rain and you’re getting absolutely soaked. Really depends on your luck that week. I’m in the North West of England after all.

    Life in November '16 | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Fantastic Beasts

    OH. ALL THE FEELS. I was not prepared for this film. Honestly I wasn’t expecting too much – or rather, I didn’t want to expect too much because I didn’t want to be disappointed. Well, I was not disappointed. I’ve heard mixed reviews from friends but for me it felt like the world of Harry Potter was back. The magic was back.

    Fantastic Beasts focused very much on the wizarding world as a whole – as in, we saw more ‘everyday’ magic and it was just about the actual world rather than revolving around just Harry, Voldemort and Hogwarts. Obviously things were happening and there was some ‘bad’ in there but it just felt like we had more magic.

    Random things were mentioned from the Potter books though and we were even treated to that famous little tune. It made me all tingly inside, not gonna lie. Eddie Redmayne was A++ as Newt and now I love him even more than I did before. Also, can I please have a bowtruckle? So yep, I loved it and I’m so excited for the next one!

    Life in November '16 | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Life

    What else has happened? Not much to be honest. Work has been horrendously busy thanks to Fantastic Beasts coming out. I’ve attempted to make a start on Christmas shopping but I’m not doing too well to be honest. Just over a week to go until both works’ Christmas parties and I don’t have an outfit for either yet, or a complete present for my Secret Santa. I seem to be back on the blogging game though so that’s good, my words are actually coming out!

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    Now I’m just ready to get the tree up, the Christmas music playing, the Christmas jumpers out and for Blogmas to begin!

    How was your November?

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