I’m writing to thank the lovely girlie at http://thebeautydeputy.wordpress.com, who has kindly nominated me for the ‘One Lovely Blog’ Award.
Tadaa! Isn’t that a cute logo?
As always, this award comes with a few rules:
Thank the person who nominated you,
Add the ‘One Lovely Blog’ logo to your post,
Tell everyone seven things about yourself,
Nominate seven other people,
Tell them you have nominated them!
I enjoy this award because the rules are nice and simple. Hurrah!
So, here are seven things about me:
1. Writing “here are seven things about me” makes me a bit uncomfortable. Does anybody else feel awkwardly narcissistic when they write these things, or is it just me? Either way, I hope I can offer something either amusing or informative here, to make the reading worth your while. The Beauty Deputy wrote about Disney, which is always worth reading about. Points to her!
2. I have an underactive thyroid. When I was 15, I noticed a swollen sort of tyre shape around my neck, and bounded downstairs to ask my Mum what it could be. She told me to shut up and go to bed, as mothers do, but then had a proper look and decided to take me to the doctor’s the next day. The doctor took blood tests, and sent me for an ultrasound to make sure that the swelling wasn’t caused by something nasty, like a tumour. It was a lot of fun waltzing back into school aged 15, and telling everyone I’d just been for an ultrasound! The swelling was subsequently (and still is) called my “neck baby”, as a result. Anyway, the results came back and I was tumour-free, but it became apparent that I was suffering from an underactive thyroid. Generally speaking, the condition makes you tired, but can be responsible for a whole host of other symptoms, such as sensitivity to the cold (brr!), acne, depression, and weight problems. When I feel the least bit rubbish, I always blame it on the thyroid. In fairness, it probably is the thyroid’s fault. By way of treatment, I take 75mcg of levothyroxine every day, to make up for the hormones my thyroid can’t produce, and will be on that medication for life. It seems tough, but, if I have to suffer from a chronic condition, I’m glad it’s this one! If you’d like to know more about hypothyroidism, do let me know, and I’ll do a proper post about it.
3. I have a propensity to write too much when left to my own devices. Work regulates this for me, but there’s no limit to how long a personal blog post can be. Sorry everybody…
4. I have been in a long-distance relationship for three years. My boyfriend and I met in our first week of university. We were in the same Freshers’ group, so any memories of getting together are all rather blurred by alcohol and rampaging silliness. Still, we obviously did something right, because we’re still “on” three years later! I live in Suffolk and he lives in Manchester, which are 4 1/2 – 5 hours apart both by road and by train. Visiting is tricky and increasingly expensive, but we’re managing. It’s harder now that we don’t have another term at university to look forward to during our times apart, but we speak every day, and hopefully once our work situations settle down, we’ll be able to move in together eventually. He can do the cooking. (I’ve promised to clean.)
5. I work as a copy writer. This means that I help clients to write the text that goes into their websites, social media channels, blog posts, and press releases, to help them promote their business and create a unified sense of brand identity. At the moment I do this job as part of a small PR agency in Suffolk, but I’m hoping that my work can soon take me somewhere else in the country, and that I can really test myself with some new challenges. Watch this space!
6. I am currently living with my parents. Moving back in with your parents isn’t exactly an unnatural thing to do immediately after graduation, but I do miss my independence. Still, now that my constant whining about being cold (thanks thyroid) has finally taken its toll on Dad, and he’s actually willing to turn the heating on, it’s not so bad. I’m living rent-free (but still only just breaking even…damn you beauty addition and petrol costs…), and it’s nice to be in the beautiful Suffolk countryside, and feel close to the fam. I’m missing my sister a LOT as she’s still studying at university, but it’ll be Christmas time soon, and it’s always such a pleasure to be at home during the festive season. Hooray for festive family times!
7. I, too, love Disney. As a child, I was obsessed with Sleeping Beauty, Mulan, and Robin Hood (sexy!). Today, I absolutely adore Beauty and the Beast. Everything about that film is stunning, and the introduction gives me shivers even now. I think the potency of that film has something to do with the fact that Howard Ashman, the lyricist “who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul”, was dying while Beauty and the Beast was being made. The sadness of the situation seems to have cast a shadow over the whole film, making its darker elements powerfully emotive, and its lighter moments, by contrast, all the more triumphant. It’s such a beautiful film, made unforgettable by the magic of Disney animation, and the spine-tingling brilliance of Alan Menken’s music.
To finish off the post, here’s a cheeky list of my favourite people to follow:
– Jacquelyn at The Little Scottish Corner (http://thelittlescottishcorner.wordpress.com)
– A Stairway to Fashion (http://astairwaytofashion.com)
– Joannaloves (http://joannaloves.com)
– Be Beautiful (http://enzaessentials.wordpress.com)
– The Friday Girl (http://thefridaygirl.co.uk)
– Amy’s Beauty Diary (http://amysbeautydiary.wordpress.com)
– Just Nice Stuff (http://justnicestuff1.wordpress.com)