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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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! 

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! 

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!