C – Alphabet Dating

For C in mine and Shannon’s alphabet dating we went climbing. But to make it a bit different, we went climbing outdoors at Almscliffe. We both work in a climbing wall so going inside would be cheating. Luckily my housemate is a climbing instructor so he knew what to do – unlike us.

It started with driving there, it’s only about a half an hour drive from Leeds so it wasn’t too bad but I was so angry when I had to bloody parallel park when we arrived. I CANT PARK. But we found a space and all was okay. It was only a 5 minute walk to the crag, which you can see from the car. 

What you should know is that recently I have started to HATE climbing. The social side is fab, but the amount of time I’m at the climbing wall and the amount of people that absolutely love it around me has put me off, unfortunately. So when I have a paddy up one of the easiest climbs there and demand steve brings me down, it causes quite a laugh from other people! 

It started well, me and shannon did a climb, and we reached the top yey! We then had a bit of a picnic, you know because one climb is so much work that we needed a break, but it is a nice place to sit and chat with a ham wrap and pringles. Steve then set up the next climb, I got about 3ft off the floor and it was so windy that steve couldn’t hear me when I said ‘where do I go now?’ and then these four people turned up and were climbing without ropes and being all pro and that’s when my paddy started. Didn’t want to do it…not doing it. I shouted to steve to slacken the rope because, you know, I could literally jump down the one rock I’d climbed on. But he couldn’t hear me and he was tightening the rope and going ‘WHAT?!’ So I had to lean back and let him bring me down the small step up I’d done. Embarrassing. If I hadn’t had a paddy and just got on with it I would have been fine, but moody Hayley decided to come out. When I was down I had a cuddle with Ollie the Mammoth (yes we took our Mammut teddys to the crag) and I was totally fine, didn’t regret not doing it at all…Shannon nailed it, even with these four guys shouting stuff like ‘go on shannon!’ she’s a little star! 

At this point it became reeeeeally windy and it was already about 3pm so we packed up our stuff and went geocaching! Something I love 100% more than climbing and something shannon tried for the first time and she liked it too! So much better than all this silly rock-climbing (don’t listen to me, I’m still regretting not just getting on with that bloody climb). 

We travelled back to horsforth, and did more geocaching there before getting chippy for tea! 

Overall a great day with lovely people. I did warn them before we went that I was 99% designated driver and 1% climber, so they expecting nothing more from me! 

ROLL ON NOVEMBER! 

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B – Alphabet Dating 

For B in our alphabet dating we tried baking! The aim was chocolate chip cookies and it went quite well! My confession is is that I have never made cookies before, which shannon thought was very weird. It was easier than I thought! Shannon read the recipe and we muddled through together, adding ingredients and kneading the mixture; I did the kneading because I’m very kneady (haha). I’ll add the recipe below. It’s a very easy recipe because we was at work all day so needed a quick one. You can probably do it faster than us though because I got flour everywhere, which wasn’t ideal. 

We even washed up after like proper adults, while picking at spare chocolate chips. That was fine until I opened the tupperware cupboard, and a sea of tupperware flooded the kitchen. Anyone else have one of these dreaded cupboards? Never having matching lids and playing Tetris to get them all back in. So annoying.

By the time the Tupperware was back in place, the cookies were ready and they were so nice, but rather sickly. It was nice to do something different though. 

ROLL ON NOVEMBER! 

http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/310732/Jasmine-s-easy-choc-chip-biscuits

A-Alphabet Dating

Today we embarked on our first alphabet ‘date’, just to reiterate, we’re both straight, these are friend dates, even though people may question that! For A we went to aqua aerobics. What a laugh! It started off by the nice instructor asking us if we have any injuries which we replied no, even though shannon had to hobble in Armley Leisure Centre due to a gymnastics injury, good start. We took our place nearer the deep end which was also a mistake because you can’t squat in the deep end without partially drowning yourself in the process. But all was going well; exercising in a place where the sweat is disguised and no sports bra is needed, we were free. 

After about half an hour it started to get tedious, doing the same moves, until the best thing ever happened…THE WATER NOODLES. I’ve never seen so many grannies get excited over long snake like things in my life (careful!), but in all honesty it took me straight back to my childhood. Sitting on them, standing on them and pretending to surf, laying on them and relaxing, it was fab. It was such a good addition to the class because it made it less boring and it actually made it a lot harder! Pushing a water noodle around in water feels like a weight! 

The music started pumping out Rick Astley and Madonna, and we were floating around on water noodles…life couldn’t get much better. Time went by quickly after this and it was soon over, sadly. We got a shower, dried off and travelled back to shannons for pizza waffles (if you haven’t tried pizza waffles then you’re missing out!). 

We would recommend anyone to try water aerobics, it was so funny and we will definitely be going back another day. It didn’t feel that strenuous but I’m pretty sure my bum muscles hurt a little bit, so that’s a bonus! 

Time for more planning for November now!

Bring on November! 

Myself (Hayley) and Shannon, are in the process of planning a travelling trip for the whole of November! We have booked some hostels and a flight already and we are super excited! We wanted to start this blog to let you guys know our crazy adventures on the trip and to give our reasons why we booked certain hostels/trips. 

We will also be able to look back at this blog to remember the amazing times we’ve had and all the f*** ups we make too, because knowing us two, nothing will go perfectly to plan! The plan so far is Oslo, Gothenburg, Malmo, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Berlin, Warsaw and Krakow…and we still have more to book! 

We hope you enjoy reading our blog and we hope you join us on our adventure through the planning stages and the actual trip itself. 

Bring on November!