Day in my Life

I’m so sorry again for the irregular scheduling of my posts right now, I’ve been totally snowed under with work and haven’t had much time for anything else! Anyway, today I’m back with another day in my life post πŸ™‚

Today I’m going to be sharing with you a triple shift day!! Firstly I should just make a clear point that I am never made to do this… I am doing this of my own accord! I’m not supposed to do it too often, but last week I did work from 7:00am until 10:30pm.

So I was staying in a hotel overnight, so I didn’t have to get up as early as I would if I were commuting from home.

06:15 – Wake up and get up.

06:40 – Leave hotel and drive over to work

06:50 – Arrive at work and sit in the staff room with a coffee/my puzzle book. I’ve recently found a new love for the Nescafe Salted Caramel Mocha sachets so I had one of these πŸ™‚

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Had a wallaby come to the staff room to say hello! πŸ™‚Β 

07:00 – Head down to the lodges where I work

07:45 – Ensure all guests are ready and head down to breakfast.

08:00 – Breakfast!

08:45 – Head off to see the morning animals.

10:00 – Drop guests back off at their cars ready for the zoo to open.

10:10 – Fill in the work diary and get changed.

10:30 – Head down to my other job (still in the zoo, just a different part of the zoo).

12:00 – Lunchtime

12:30 – Back to work.

15:45 – Finish working on the events marquee then head back to the staff room to get changed and back to my other job.

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Another staff room visitor!Β 

16:00 – Start my other job and head down to the Lodges again for the guests arriving that evening.

16:30 – Welcome guests.

18:00 – Start evening tour

19:20 – TIGER CUBS! (I’m going to get better photos next week πŸ™‚ )

19:30 – Dinner time

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We had an incredible sky tonight!

20:45 – Start Torchlight Tour

21:45 – Arrive back at the lodges and say goodnight to the guests

22:00 – Head back to the staff room and fill in the diary

22:30 – Leave the zoo and either head home or back to the hotel πŸ™‚

I promise you some better baby tiger photos next week! πŸ™‚

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Hotel Life!

Firstly, I want to apologise for the lack of posts in the last couple of weeks. Work and life has got really busy for me and I’ve hardly had time to do anything! 😦 But I’m back with a post now! πŸ™‚

I adore my job, but the only thing I do not adore is the fact that I work 50 miles away from home. That makes it a 100 mile round trip to work for me. My car is pretty fuel efficient so it doesn’t cost too much but it really isn’t ideal, particularly when I’m on a 7am start or when the M25 is bad.

Anyway, I’m incredibly fortunate and I know that, but my parents are incredibly supportive and mum does help me. They’ve given me the opportunity to spend a few nights every now and then in a hotel to save me driving/petrol costs.

This last week I’ve actually been living in a hotel for 4 nights, so I thought I’d share with you a bit about staying in a hotel and what living in a hotel is like.

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1. You get to know the staff!

Now I’m becoming a bit of a “regular” at some of the hotels, the staff are beginning to know me and recognise me. This is quite nice, but also pretty awkward!

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Interview prepping from a hotel room

2. It gets expensive

It’s not really the hotel room that is expensive, it is the associated costs that come with it! In the hotel I’m staying there’s no fridge/microwave. This pretty much means that I can’t prep any meals or anything. So, that means I have no option but to buy food/eat out. I mean I don’t mind this for the one off night or so but now it’s getting a bit expensive having to buy food (unless I’m working an evening shift when I get to eat at work)!

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3. It’s a bit lonely

I suppose its a bit like living by yourself but living in a hotel is pretty lonely at times. I live at home usually with mum, dad and my brother, so I’m used to having people around.

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4. You feel like you’re transporting your whole life with you!

The boot of my car has kind of contained half of my life this week (well that’s what it feels like). I hate sitting around doing nothing, so I have to make sure I have enough stuff to keep me occupied, as well as having all the clothes and everything I need for the week!

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5. You’ll learn which are the best hotel rooms

Lastly, you’ll learn which are your favourite rooms to stay in. For example, I hate staying in room 101 in one of the hotels as it is right opposite the entrance door and you get woken up by everyone coming in and out. But in the other hotel, I love staying in room 201 because it’s at the end of the corridor and you don’t get disturbed.

So I know this was a bit of a random post, but I hope you enjoyed it. πŸ™‚ I’ll see you again soon πŸ™‚

 

If We Were Having Coffee #6 (August, 2018)

Hi everyone! I’m really sorry I’ve been a bit AWOL recently, I’ll explain why in this post. Life has been so busy for me and I’ve only just stopped… well stopped for a morning!

How are you all? I hope you’re all well? πŸ™‚

So, if we were having coffee, again, I’d be having a cold drink of sorts! The heatwave here has returned. It has now gone on for long enough! πŸ˜₯ What would you be having to drink?

If we were having coffee…Β I’d tell you how busy I’ve been. In the last 2 weeks I’ve only been at home for 4 nights. I’ve been staying away for work + working quite a lot of hours. As well as that I’ve had 2 interviews and I’ve been away as a leader on a kids summer camp this week. So it’s been busy busy busy for me lately!

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I properly saw one of the tiger cubs at work this week. It was so cute! I have a few photos if you’d like to see them? I’m really hoping that as the cubs get older (and as the temperature drops) they’ll be spending more time out of their den, so I’ll get to see them more.

If we were having coffee…Β I’d tell you how I really enjoyed my week away on kids camp, even though I wasn’t there for the whole week this year. I love seeing my “Venture family” and always miss them so badly when its time to leave!

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I’m a bit fed up of the hot weather now. It was quite nice for a while but now it has gone on long enough!

If we were having coffee… I’d ask you how you are and if there’s anything you’d like to tell me? πŸ™‚

What have you been up to lately? πŸ™‚Β 

Hokey Pokey Biscuits (Bake With Me #18)

For today’s post I’m joining Angela from The Life of Angela to bring you a new recipe πŸ™‚ As a collab we decided to set each other a recipe from our own countries for the other to try. I challenged Angela to make a Lemon Drizzle cake, you can see her attempt here, and she challenged me to make some Hokey Pokey Biscuits.

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Now I’ve never heard of Hokey Pokey biscuits before, but I used this recipe here. They were really tasty and so simple and quick to make!

They only needed 6 basic ingredients, which were all in my fridge/cupboard anyway πŸ™‚

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Cream the butter and sugar together then warm the milk and syrup and add the bicarbonate of soda.

 

Then add the milk/syrup mix to the butter mix then add the flour.

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Bring the mixture into small balls and place them on to the baking sheet. Then using a fork lightly press them down.

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Bake for around 15 minutes then enjoy! πŸ™‚

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I really enjoyed making these, they were so simple but really good. They tasted kind of butterscotch like. πŸ™‚ Don’t forget to check out Angela’s post! πŸ™‚

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On a Beautiful Day

It feels like ages ago that I last finished a book. Work and life has been really busy the last few weeks and reading has sadly taken a bit of a back seat! Anyway, I’m finally back with another book review for you all!

My latest read is “On a Beautiful Day” by Lucy Diamond, and it is in fact Lucy Diamond’s latest book. Quite honestly, unfortunately I haven’t enjoyed the last few Lucy Diamond books compared to some of her early ones. I mean it was still a good read, but doesn’t live up to the standards of books like “Summer at Shell Cottage” or “The Beach Cafe”.

So in “On a Beautiful Day” we join a group of four friends after witnessing a road accident has a major impact on their lives. Laura is desperate for kids but is struggling to have them, and then her husband walks off. Jo is trying to start again with a new relationship but her new fella’s daughter isn’t making it easy. Eve is desperately hoping the lump in her breast will disappear, while India is closely drawn to one of the victims of the accident, but will she confide in her family?

I did quite enjoy “On a Beautiful Day”, there were some good storylines in there, but as with the last Lucy Diamond book “The House of New Beginnings” there were too many main characters for my liking. It was continually jumping around between the four ladies and I often found myself forgetting who was who and whose storyline was whose. It was a good story, just a bit confusing at times! The characters were all good and very relatable, but at the same time there were too many storylines going on for my liking.

Would I recommend this book? If you don’t mind reading about lots of characters and different stories in each chapter, then go for it! πŸ™‚ If you struggle with multiple storylines I’d try a different book instead!

Empties #2

Hey everyone! Hope you’re all well? πŸ™‚ It’s time for another empties post… aka trash hoarding!

I was tidying my room up and decided it was time to do another empties post so I could get rid of this stuff! πŸ™‚

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So first up, Colgate Sensitive Pro Relief.Β I spoke about this in my previous empties postΒ and again, I’ve used it for probably 6 years now. Will I buy again? Yes, I already have.

Dentek Complete Clean Back Teeth Floss. I’ve again been using these flossers for around 5 years and they’re good. I always keep an eye out on Boots for offers when I’m down to my last back. They’re quite expensive otherwise, but Boots almost always have 1/3 off or 3 for 2 offers on them.Β Will I buy again?Β Yes, I already have πŸ™‚

Wet Ones – Be Gentle. I actually bought these for South Africa. I don’t particularly like that they’re not biodegradable but they’re pretty good. I use them mostly for wiping sun cream off my hands once applying it while I’m out and about.Β Will I buy again?Β Probably.Β Β 

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Gillette Venus Sensitive Shave Gel –Β I’ve tried a few other shave gels in my life and personally I don’t like them as much as this one. I’ll only get this when its on offer though as again, it’s pretty expensive otherwise!Β Will I buy again?Β Yes, I already have as it was on offer last week! πŸ˜€

Febreze Car Air Freshener – Cotton Fresh. I used to love my Jelly Belly air fresheners for my car, but the last two I’ve bought haven’t smelt much at all after the first couple of days. After I’d seen Sophie talk about these on her blogΒ I decided to give them a go. I was really impressed actually! It was a really good scent and lasted probably around a month. Personally I’d have liked it to last a little longer but I did quite like it.Β Would I buy again?Β Yes, I already have but I’ve got a vanilla one this time!

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Child’s Farm Moisturiser – I absolutely ADORE this stuff! First up it smells absolutely amazing but second it does wonders for dry and eczema ridden skin. A couple of years ago I was getting awful eczema on my hands and I was desperate for something to sort it out. I spent ages researching and found good reviews about the Child’s Farm range so I decided to try it. I’m so glad I did! It is a little expensive but it is brilliant. My only gripe is that last year several newspapers/magazines started promoting how brilliant it is, and since then Child’s Farm seem to have some supply issues every now and then so sometimes it is impossible to get hold of. ButΒ Will I buy again?Β Yes!!!Β I most definitely will, in fact I bought 2 massive bottles of it last time I found some! πŸ˜€

Imperial Leather Foamburst Unicorn Marshmallow – I can’t remember how I found out about this foamburst, but I knew as soon as I saw it I needed to try it. Basically I love it! I was a tad disappointed because I thought it was going to be multicoloured when it came out but it’s not! Never mind! I love it all the time. Plus it does make pretty good shave gel if you’ve run out or anything.Β Will I buy again?Β Yes!Β I’ve got 3 more cans in the bathroom! πŸ˜€

Nivea Invisible Deodorant – I decided to try this having fallen in love with the packaging. Sadly they don’t do it in this packaging now but I love it. It was a really nice deodorant to use… I mean enough said really!Β Will I buy again?Β Probably πŸ™‚ I mean with deodorant I kind of just buy what is on offer.

Finally, Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures Strength Restorer.Β I’ve been using the Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey shampoo range for a couple of years now and bought this along with the shampoo and conditioner. To be honest, it does the exact same as the 3 minute mask tub and I can actually tell the difference from when I have and haven’t used the mask. They don’t sell this one in the tube any more, instead they sell it in individual sachet things now.Β Will I buy again?Β Probably not. As I said, it is the same as the big tub of mask really and I notice no difference between the two, so I’ll just buy the tub from now.Β Β 

So now I can finally throw my rubbish away! πŸ˜€ I hope you enjoyed this post. Have you tried any of these items, if so what do you think? πŸ™‚

If We Were Having Coffee #5 (July, 2018)

It’s catch up time? How are we all? πŸ™‚ Are you all enjoying Summer/Winter wherever in the world you are? πŸ™‚

It’s really hot here at the moment. We’ve had a bit of a heatwave so I think today I’ll be having an iced drink πŸ™‚ What would you be having?

So, let’s get to it πŸ™‚

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how much I’m still loving my job. It never really feels like I’m going to “work” because I love it so much.

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If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I’m pretty much working full time now through July and August. It is getting busier at work, plus various colleagues are having holidays throughout the summer which I’m covering, and I start my second job again on 21st July so it’s super busy.

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If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I got to do the meet the elephants experience at work last week. They needed volunteers to do the experience for filming so obviously I jumped at the chance and I got to go and meet the Asian Elephants at the zoo πŸ™‚

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If we were having coffee… I’d warn you to expect baby tiger photos soon! The zoo has had baby tigers! πŸ˜€ I’d known Naya was pregnant for ages and I knew she’d had the babies but we weren’t allowed to say anything until Friday just gone.

Anyway, enough about work!

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I was in London this weekend for a Cath Kidston Tea Party. Cath Kidston turned 25 this year and they were celebrating by attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the largest afternoon tea party. So me and mum went along, and it was great fun and a lovely day out πŸ™‚ (You can read about my time at the Tea Party here)

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If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I’ve nearly completed my Girlguiding leadership qualification so I’m now very nearly a fully qualified Brownie Leader πŸ™‚

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I’ve been enjoying the warm weather lately. I’ve really enjoyed sitting out in the garden with my laptop getting some work done and being able to eat outside in the evening.

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If we were having coffee…Β I’d ask you how you are and if you’ve got any news that you’d like to share? πŸ™‚