Okay so I’m not going to lie- if it wasn’t for this I wouldn’t have a blog post today. Or if I did it would literally be a sentence that said “sat in pjs, drinking coffee and reading all week” because that’s pretty much all I’ve done!
Now before you call me lazy hear me out. After the mad rush that was my End of Year show and getting my Final Major Project finished and handed in on time, I’ve been feeling kinda crap. Not physically as such but mentally. I’ve been really drained and tired, feeling a bit lost now I technically have nothing to do and also a confused as I don’t really know what I want to do next. So I decided to have a week to myself, where all I did was whatever made me feel good.
And it worked!
I suddenly felt really inspired and came up with 3 new blog posts in one day- one of which became my most popular post to date! The Perks of Being Single was my first post to reach over 50 views in one day! I also managed to catch up with some friends I’d not text in what felt like ages, pamper myself and start working out as I really want to loose weight and tone myself back up.
Just a warning for anyone starting uni- you will put weight on! I’ve gained two stone in two years!!
But anyway, onto the point of this post- my adventures in Sheffield!
#HerdOfSheffield is a movement aimed at raising awareness and funds for Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Now this is a place close to my heart as when my twin cousins were only about 6 months old, one of them became seriously ill. She deteriorated to the point that they basically told us to say goodbye as she wouldn’t make it. But in the fashion of our family, she wasn’t going without a fight and managed to overcome the odds to survive! She was in hospital for quite a while (they had to put her in an induced coma at one point) but they have facilities there that allow parents to say at the hospital, meaning parents can be close to their children. This meant that my cousin and her husband could be with her the entire time she was there, which was a real comfort to them both.
They have a JustGiving page which I’ll link HERE in case anyone is interested in making a donation or wants more information 🙂
You can get a map of where all the elephants are and each one is designed by a different person, some for a specific place. Abby being Abby had our route meticulously planned out and even though we didn’t end up following it in the end, it was helpful to know where the ones we wanted to see were. There was a snooker one inside The Crucible Theatre which I absolutely loved as I’m a big snooker fan! Abby really wanted to see the one pictured above as I think it was signed by someone in the Arctic Monkeys? Not a fan of theirs but as long as she was happy and it’s actually a lovely design.
There also lots of little elephants dotted around, mostly in The Winter Gardens. These were so cute and had actually been designed by schools kids around Yorkshire. While the larger elephants were out in public places are pretty easy to find, the little ones were “hidden” in the plants inside the gardens. Now some of them stood out and were easy to spot but I actually nearly walked past one because of how well it blended in! My favourite one was the white/silver one with black trees on it, designed by Bradford School and pictured below- its gorgeous!
By lucky coincidence we ended up going on the weekend that it was Sheffield By The Sea as well! I’ve been to my local one of these once but it was nowhere near as good as the Sheffield one- it made me wish I was 5 years old again and could go on all the rides…although to be fair I nearly went on the helter-skelter and dodgems anyway.
Instead I settled on the slightly more adult option of a Caramel Latte and a freshly made donut and oh my gosh it tasted amazing! I’m a sucker for donuts and its pretty much a tradition that I will have at least one whenever I go to the seaside…
…Okay so its more like 2 or 3 normally. Don’t judge me.
We spent a good hour and a half just sat in the sun and having a catch up. We don’t get to see each other as much as we’d like and it had been a few weeks since we’d last met up. This is the really crap part of growing up- only seeing your best friend once of twice a month when you used to see them everyday! Oh and bills, those are a real pain in the butt!
After we’d seen all of the elephants and done a bit of exploring we caught the tram into Meadowhall for the mandatory shopping trip. And of course I ended up spending waaaaay more than I planned on. As always.
I love my travel mugs from Primark but the plastic ones always end up going funny after a few months, so I decided to try out the metal ones and see if they are any better. So far I am loving them! Not only am I not having to put up with that funny smell you get from the plastic ones the first few times you use them, but it also keeps my drinks warm for over an hour!
I love warm ribena but usually it cools after about half an hour and if I’m busy I usually have to finish it cold, which kind of defeats the point of using hot water. But not with these babies! I ended up leaving my drink for about 3/4 of an hour and expected it to be cold but when I opened the lid and took a sip I burnt my tongue! It was still hot and I ended up having to leave the lip open to cool it down. I’m defiantly going to be using these from now on, not bad for £3.50!
I also picked up a new choker. Now I’ve loved chokers for as long as I can remember and I used to have loads of them when I was younger but they all got broken or lost over the years. I picked up a basic one a few years ago and have been quite happy just wearing that but when I saw this I couldn’t resist getting something new, especially not at that price!
Then came the bit my bank account was dreading- The Body Shop!
My friend Kim started working there recently and we decided to pop in and say hello…twenty minutes later Abby has had a skin care consultation by Kim and we were walking out with a full set of aloe vera skincare products!
Now don’t get me wrong, I already used those products and I did need to pick some more up soon so I would have been buying them eventually anyway. But I just wasn’t planning on getting them that day. Damn you Kim, you’re a good saleswoman!
She did give us a load of sample freebies though so I guess I can forgive her.
I can’t believe how much walking we did; my feet, legs and lower back are killing me and I know I’ll be paying for it for the next few days. However I did managed to catch a ton of new Pokemon while I was out and nearly managed to hatch my eggs so it was a great day all round!
Wow this has been another long post!
It was an awesome day out but now I need to save up for London at the end of the month- we’re going to see Les Misérables on stage and then go to on the Harry Potter Studio tour…now that Dear Diary really will be a long one!
What have you been up to this weekend?
A twenty-four-year-old autistic writer and designer from Sheffield. Tattoo obsessed, animal lover, self confessed bookworm and eclectic witch.