L – Alphabet Dating

Shannon drove to Ilkley lido and it was possibly one of the coldest days of our lives. We thought ‘it’ll be fine, it’s summer’ and wasn’t we wrong. I waltzed in wearing my beanie, and kept my beanie on throughout going in the pool. It was needed!

We had a nice chat with some of the lovely grannies in the changing room and soon decided we will be okay if these 70+ year olds can swim in the coldness of the water. Some of them chose to do it daily! After going outside and dipping only our toes in, we soon realised that these grannies have bigger balls than us and we couldn’t cope! After an hour we got in waist deep, and that was enough for us.

Then Shannon made me go in the indoor pool. That’s when I realised she may have suggested the lido to get me to do some exercise. She made me swim. 20 lengths! That may not be that much but spontaneous exercise shouldn’t be allowed.

After 20 lengths we showered and had a picnic near the outdoor pool. Wrapped up in multiple layers watching people in next to nothing freeze their arses off. I know where I’d prefer to be.

Well, it was definitely an experience!

ROLL ON NOVEMBER!!!

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K – Alphabet Dating

This has definitely been the best alphabet date so far, and we will definitely be back at this place again. 

For K, we went Kayaking! We found a place in north cave near hull with the East Yorkshire Canoe Club, were it is £6 on a Saturday morning for 2 hours. BARGAIN! 

We arrived a bit nervous because we didn’t know anyone, but straight away everyone was so friendly! All the coaches there are volunteers and more than happy to help. A lovely lady gave us our equipment and helped us into our boats and even gave us some string so we could tie my go pro onto my life jacket! We got in our boats and someone pushed us into the water and we were off! 

When they asked if we had ever kayaked before, we politely said ‘no we’re beginners’ because you know we haven’t been kayaking in a while and we’re not exactly pros but it all came back to us when we were on the water! We were in the beginners group and we did quite well! Going in straight lines and spinning around properly and learning how to stop. It was great fun. 

Our faces lit up though when one coach mentioned he was going to get the paddle boards out! HOW EXCITING! Me and Shannon jumped at the chance! We got them out and was soon standing up and paddling. My go pro had ran out of battery so they kindly filmed us for a bit to put it on Facebook. Unfortunately the filmed the part where Dan the coach pushed us both in the water! 

After this we were trying headstands and handstands, and between the three of us we completed the first ever three person pyramid on two paddle boards at north cave! WE HAD SO MUCH FUN! 

We will definitely be back at north cave soon. I haven’t had so much fun in a while! We then got in the car with soaking wet, lake water covered hair and drove home, behind some annoyingly slow cars going 30mph in a 60mph zone! 

Now it’s time to get ready to party tonight!

ROLL ON NOVEMBER! 

Back to A! 

So today we decided to re-live a previous alphabet date and go to aqua aerobics again, as we had so much fun last time and we finally had a Tuesday off together, where we were both alive enough to do it.
We got their in convoy as we both were going to different places afterwards.
We got in and it was just our luck when the manager came to tell us that the aqua aerobics teacher hadnt shown up so the class was cancelled. Everyone was gutted. However..one of the other customers said ‘get us some music’ and we did our own lesson with her leading the way! It was so much more fun with her and Hayley kept laughing at me when I was almost drowning when we had to balance on the noodles and use the arm floats to move (true friendship there). The lady taking the class noticed too, and she couldn’t help from laughing at poor shannon either! 

Whilst we were having a shower I bumped into to my grandma who still goes swimming every week but I had totally forgot that she was going today. What a small world!

We then went for lunch at a new place we had not been to before but is very close to work and I feel like we will be going there instead of Greggs, which is the usual place we run out to when we forget lunch or end up living at the wall for days and run out of food supply. It was really nice, I had a nicely portioned jacket potato with beans whilst Hayley ordered half a chicken and chips which looked liked a full chicken! In all fairness she did manage to finish most of it with a little bit of help from me.

Now it’s time for work! 

ROLL ON NOVEMBER! 

J – Alphabet Dating

For J we actually had a normal date and did a jigsaw (that’s normal right?). It was of the London Underground and it was actually so much more fun than I thought it would be. I got completely hooked while shannon was gawping at the Disney film on tv. To be fair Zootropolis is quite good! 

We didn’t manage to finish the jigsaw because we had to go to work early and paint but we’re getting there, and we will finish it at some point! 

I – Alphabet Dating

After Hayley’s driving lesson (she’s been driving for 6 months but is terrible at parking) we all met at the Leeds Climbing wall before embarking to IKEA! We had a magical mystery tour of the M62 because I kept missing the turn off for Ikea, but we eventually got there. 

The first thing we did was find the cafe and stand in the hour long queue to get the famous Swedish meatballs. Hayley and Kristine got the normal meatballs while I tried the vegetarian meatballs. They were lush! We then suddenly realised the devastating news that we didn’t have a small Swedish flag sticking out of our meatballs like the children did. Hayley marched up to the counter, and politely demanded our flags. We got a few strange looks but we’re going to Sweden soon so we needed them! 

We then showed each other our newly decorated rooms (not fake at all) we all had a cheeky nap in our new cinema studio and made videos for MTV Cribs. 

We did go for a mop, a tooth brush holder and tea, coffee and sugars holders, but left with an octopus and a photo frame! 

We had to then drive back to reality and go to work.

ROLL ON NOVEMBER! 

H – Alphabet Dating

Harewood House! We had double H! Actually we had Hayley in Harewood House and we saw a Horse! So quadruple H! We tried to Hitchhike with a Hot ranger guy to add two more H’s but that didn’t work out, unfortunately. 

We set off at 9 and parked down wyke lane. I got attacked by trees while geocaching, literally brushing tree off me for a good half an hour after, I wouldn’t normally be bothered but I didn’t even find the geocache, just a small jar with a tiny bucket in it..


We did successfully find one geocache though so that was exciting. 

Why are the cows so friendly here?! A huge cow came up to us like it thought it was a dog or something and I’ve never been so scared. Cows are cute but in a fight I think a cow would beat me. 

Lovely walks around here though, especially if you park were we did because you have the views of the beautiful house but you don’t have to pay a penny. Lovely place! 

Time for work now! 

ROLL ON NOVEMBER 

G – Alphabet Dating 

Our imaginative ‘G’ was ‘get drunk’ which I have done quite a lot of recently due to events. Well, the first one, on Monday was a spontaneous night out so I don’t have any excuse there, except that I wanted to be drunk. We went out to Pryzm and I honestly felt like the oldest person there! (I’m 21). It wasn’t too bad though. Drinks were dirt cheap the cheesey floor was open and we had some great company! It was such a classy night, so classy that we were playing spin the bottle with an empty plastic VK in the middle of the dance floor, nothing from us though, but it was an experience to say the least! I knew I was the oldest one there when I started popping rennies when I started getting heartburn, I did look quite odd! But rennies are a life saver! We stayed at Shannons that night, and we did feel rough the next day! 


The next night of getting drunk for ‘G’ was on Friday, and my excuse is that I graduated on Friday! (So I suppose that is another G too!) We had a meal at Gino D’Acampo’s restaurant, very posh, then we went out to call lane. Starting at Neon Cactus and ending at Call Lane Social. This was a fab night, my mum and dad and their partners were out, myself and Shannon and my fellow graduate Ash. We got very drunk but had an overall brilliant night! Great celebrations for graduation day! 

Finally our last night out was last night (Saturday night). It was meant to be a follow on graduation celebration from friday but went a tad wrong. Don’t get me wrong it was a good night but not perfect! We had great company, this time it was myself and shannon and the two guys I live with, a fellow graduate (Danny) and our lovely Canadian friend, Kristine. It was good but things didn’t go to plan. We started in headingley, all was good, there was quite a bit of drama throughout the night, but nothing we couldn’t handle! We ended up in popworld in Leeds and it was a beach themed night. It started great, we got our face painted and some free glasses, the music was brilliant and the floor wasn’t even that sticky which is unusual for popworld! It turned bad when they brought inflatable lilos and beach balls out. I don’t mind getting hit a few times with a beach ball but when a lilo comes at your drink at 100mph and makes you spill your whole drink down yourself, it’s always bad. I left after that to go outside in the rain. McDonald’s was our last stop before heading home from our drama filled night.
So I’m currently recovering and I swear I’m never drinking again (always the biggest lie right?). If anyone has any hungover tips, let me know! 

ROLL ON NOVEMBER! 

F – Alphabet Dating

Farm time! I was so excited when I heard the farm we were going to (meanwood urban valley farm) has Alpacas! I once procrastinated so much at university that I adopted an alpaca from Loughborough instead of doing my essay, so when I knew I was going to be going up close to an alpaca I was so excited! 

We arrived and paid in the shop for entrance, it was only £2! And 50p for a bag of food to feed the animals obviously! We got a map of the farm and set off on our adventure to meet the animals. 

Sheep were first, they ran over as soon as we walked up and they were cute, bit smelly but cute! We found some chickens are that, and pigs and all the while we were learning the sign language that went with them! 

We then met the goats, they’re hilarious! On every video shannon took, you can hear me arguing with them in the background. They ran eachother for a little bit of food! Every time I wanted to give a baby goat some food it was rammed out the way by a bigger one! After arguing with the goats we found piglets, guinea pigs and chicks! So cute! We then washed our hands (following a tutorial) and had some lunch in the cafe. It was so nice! I had jacket potato with tuna and cheese and shannon had jacket potato with hummus and roasted vegetables, very nice and I would recommend people to eat there. 

It was finally time…the moment I had been waiting for…ALPACAS! Omg aren’t they just hilarious. They’re like sheep with long necks or fluffy giraffes. They’re my new favourite animal ever, they’re so underrated! We got a great selfie with an alpaca and a goat that I’ll post below! 

We then said hey to some donkeys and some huge pigs before having a wander around the shop and washing our hands again obviously! I like alpacas and goats but don’t want their spit on my hands. 

We left after giving a quick wave goodbye to the alpacas. 

It was another fab day, and a great day out for all the family! 

ROLL ON NOVEMBER! 

E – Alphabet Dating

Eccup reservoir was what we chose for the fifth date and for letter E. It started with a girly sleepover at shannons the night before-well I say ‘girly’, if you class girly as watching game of thrones and playing gran turismo and quidditch on the PS2. 

We went to sleep giggling away like proper girls though, bitching until our hearts content! We planned to get up, leave the house at 9 to go to the gym before embarking on our E adventure, but that didn’t happen. We slept through alarms and got up at 10, with sleepy heads and regret for not going to do a work out. 

We took our mind off this by doing art! We are in the process of making a REALLY COOL piece of art, that we can’t reveal just yet but we will soon! It will be amazing, we promise. 

So, after our random art session we set off to Eccup, going to Tesco on the way to buy a picnic for dinner. We were armed with apple juice, a pasta pot, doritos, fruit and popcorn and we set off on the hot summers day. We got there pretty quickly and found a parking space after driving down the same road 726373 times to find a suitable spot, but we eventually found one and left Timmy (the car) to start our adventure. 

We found the right path to the reservoir and when we got near we soon realised that it was surrounded by forest and a fence with a line of barbed wire on the top. It seemed impossible to actually get to the reservoir, but that didn’t stop us. We would like to thank Shannon’s friend, Lauren at this point for helping us out. She has been a lot before and helped us with a detailed diagrammed picture of where to go and responded well to my ‘how the hell do I get my fat arse over the barbed wire fence?!’ 

EVENTUALLY, we managed it, without any cuts or bruises or broken limbs, we strategically made it over the fence and found a path down to the reservoir. It was so pretty! We found a nice spot in the sun and ate our picnic, it was picture perfect. 

After our lovely picnic we decided to set up our camera and take a picture, we got a lovely one at first, then we decided to get one of us doing a handstand. Have you ever tried to get two people doing a perfect handstand with a timer on your phone? Absolute nightmare! It took several attempts, but the best ones are below! 

We gradually made our way back, through the forest, over the fence and up the hill back to the boiling hot car to drive back home. Overall it was a fab day, such nice weather for it and a beautiful reservoir! Now it’s time to go to work! 

ROLL ON NOVEMBER! 

D – Alphabet Dating

What does a 21 and a 20 year old choose for D? Dance class? Darts? Drinking maybe? Nah we donated blood! 

It’s something everyone should do if they are capable because it’s such an easy way to save a life, it takes such little time and you get free biscuits and drinks! I have given blood before and shannon hasn’t, but we’re both very wary when it comes to needles…but we stayed strong and we were both successful donors today! 

We started by having lunch in horsforth, we went to the courtyard cafe. I don’t know if any of you have been but it is mainly run by people who are less abled and it was amazing! The atmosphere that they present to you and the happiness they radiate by just giving them a smile is so genuine! They made us feel very welcome and the food was amazing! We had a chicken, pesto and tomato panini, and we will definitely be going back one day soon! 

We then travelled to the donor centre, both a bit nervous because of the needle and the vein and just ew. But the nurses at the Leeds donor centre are so friendly and always make us feel welcome so I’d recommend anyone to go there, especially if you’re slightly scared. All was going well, I had my screening done and then got sat in a chair and hooked up to the needle and the nurse I had was so funny and nice! There was also a trainee nurse there who, after chatting with her, I found out she’s 21 and just moved to Leeds and doesn’t have any friends here! (More about this later). 

So I’m giving blood and there is still no sign of shannon, she had a later appointment than me but not this late! I start to get worried and give her a text. It turns out they had to go through multiple things before allowing her to give blood – she’s always the awkward one! They had to question her about the dentist she went to this morning, the doctors she visited yesterday, the paracetomol she took yesterday, the travelling she had done (8 months of it!) in the past year, and then had to weigh her to see if she wasn’t too small! 

EVENTUALLY, she got seated and sorted and she successfully gave her first lot of blood! 

So after we’ve given blood and we’ve had a penguin and a cup of tea, we chat about the lonely girl in Leeds. We decide to write our numbers down and give her our numbers in case she’s ever lonely or needs a friend in Leeds…how nice are we?! 

Two good deeds done today, and now it’s time to plan for alphabet date E, which will be coming shortly..

BRING ON NOVEMBER!