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! 

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! 

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!