Donna H.

Category: Cooking

Sleepover!

I’m so behind on the posts… This one was about a month ago.  Uni is insanely busy and I’ve been super stressed and anxious but, after Tuesday, I’ve made it through the worst of the deadlines in time to start revision.  I’m even having a celebratory lunch and piercing on Wednesday!  Anyway, back to the sleepover – my two nieces and one of my nephews came down to Glasgow for a sleepover at my flat (mainly to give my sister and her husband a well deserved night off!).
We all went for a trip to Glasgow Science Centre on the day they arrived.  It’s expensive, and when they said the price I was pretty taken aback.  I can now definitely say that it’s worth it though – there’s so much to see and do, you can be there for hours and the children loved it!P1000587P1000589P1000593P1000595 P1000596P1000599P1000601P1000603P1000620P1000625P1000630 P1000631P1000633 P1000634P1000640

After the science centre, it was time to ditch the parents and head back to mine for fun!  First for arts and crafts… We drew pictures, made Halloween decorations, baked cakes and carved pumpkins.P1000645P1000648P1000652 P1000653 P1000654 P1000655P1000658

Then a certain little one had had too much fun and it was nap time.P1000659 P1000660

For tea, it was homemade pizzas – the easiest thing I could think of for all ages to help out with!P1000661P1000663 P1000664 P1000665P1000667 P1000668P1000672

After tea, we watched Chicken Run and ate popcorn.  The eldest two got a little bit of a late night, and much to Lewis’ surprise – they could eat on the couch!  No rules in this house!  It was the first thing he told my sister and her husband when they came to collect them: “You can eat on the couch here!”P1000678P1000681

In the morning, we watched another film – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – then Michelle and Scot came round for a quick cuppa before their drive back up to Aberdeen.  It was such a cute day and so good to see them.  I miss them so much, and don’t get to see them and Lukas, my other nephew, nearly enough.P1000690 P1000691 P1000692Anyway, back to the uni grind and presentation practicing.   Only remembered to post this at all because of Lynn’s blog. Thankfully, it won’t be as long until I see the family again because everyone is going home for Christmas! So exciting!

This time last week…

I cannot believe how quickly this week has gone and how little I’ve achieved despite spending the majority of my time on uni work… Fourth year problems I suppose.  The most exciting parts of my week though were going to my favourite cinema GFT with my flatmate, Rosemary to see the cringey but wonderful Sunshine on Leith; going through to Edinburgh to see Ewan; lunch at with Sasha, Louise and Andrea and dinner at with Steven, Fiona and Ewan.

Today has been very boring as far as Sundays go, with the gym and lots of uni work. Last Sunday was much better with a super productive day ending with Sunday dinner with Eilidh and Ross which we all chipped in a cooked at Ross’ flat.

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 I seem to have found myself with three summer jobs but hardly any shifts!  Hopefully it picks up as I am skint.  In the meantime here is a huge mishmash of what I’ve been doing in my joblessness, other than applications.

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I painted my nails with newspaper which was a lot easier than I expected. Here’s the WikiHow page I used. It honestly took no longer than normal nails!

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Lovely photo of Nanny and my brother’s friend Jim! My brother, his fiancee and my nephew are all home just now too so both my brothers and I had people over at the weekend before we went out. It used to always be so busy but since we all left home it’s been ridiculously quiet. It was good to have a houseful again!

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I’m going to paint my room and furniture over summer. Don’t think I like any of the samples I got but I’m thinking a mint green if I ever get started.

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Can’t get enough of Snapchat. I cannot quite describe how delicious Vimto lollies are. If you see them, buy them.

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These photos are an insult to how beautiful they really are but you cannot beat a Shetland sunset.

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I customised these shorts that I’ve had for about 5 years to cover up the edges which were starting to wear (no wonder!).

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Sunny skies on the way to work.

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Cooking up a veggie curry.

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I found this old magazine scrapbook I used to keep when I was about 16 because I was super cool!

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Lerwick by night.

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Trip to Fine Peerie Cakes with Lynn. (Shetland dialect for ‘nice little cakes’)  Had some butternut squash soup followed by a delicious chocolate banana cake!

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My brother, Kevin; his fiancee, Annika and my nephew, Lukas.  We went exploring!

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Hay’s Dock – Outside Mareel & the Museum in Lerwick.

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These photos are all from St Ninian’s Isle beach in the South end of Shetland which is the largest tombolo in the UK and where the St Ninian’s Isle treasure which is now in Edinburgh Museum was found.  Read all about it here!

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Hopefully my next posts will be less sporadic although I only find out each day if I’m working on that day with one of these jobs I’m doing which is pretty annoying and doesn’t allow me to make many plans!  It’s all about the money ca$h dolla though and it’ll be worth it when I’m in London in a few weeks and Munich in September! 🙂

Today Dad taught me how to clean and dress a crab, as well as languostines, scallops and mussels. Then we had a feast with mam, a delicious feast! This is what I love about being home. You can’t beat Shetland seafood.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

 

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This is me trying to be Asian! I decided on Asia for this week’s photo challenge because it’s probably the culture I try to copy most when I’m at home. Or at least when it comes to food. My kitchen is covered in rice vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, fish sauce, sesame oil and so on. I’ve never been to Asia but I am dying to go. A friend from Penang in Malaysia says I should go and see where he’s from and I’d absolutely love to (It was him I took this photo to send to with the caption “How Asian am I?!” Haha I’m such a wannabe!).
The two places I was to go most though are Hanoi and Tokyo. Both of these come from when I was at school. When I was about 15 I was obsessed with Harajuku where all the cool Japanese kids hang out with their crazy styles! I used to stick pictures of them in a scrapbook I had and since then have become fixated on the idea of going to Tokyo. The Hanoi thing came about when I was doing Higher Art & Design. We had to do a design project and make mood board type things to base a piece of jewellery on. Mine was a necklace based on a junk ship. It was when researching these beautiful boats that I came across lots of pictures of Hanoi and my love grew from there.
For now this is all just a pipe dream with a £10 a month deposit going into my “Travel” account! But one day I’ll go…