Tuesday, 17 March 2015

The A to Z of Me Part Two: N-Z

Hello there! I know you've all been anxiously anticipating part two of the A-Z of me, so here it is! If you missed A-M, you can catch up here before you read the rest of the letters. So here we go!

(finding) Nemo
 Okay so I slightly cheated on this letter, (I'm sorry that I'm having to twist so many of them!). I know a lot of people love Pixar for Toy Story, or Monsters Inc., but my favourite Pixar film by far is Finding Nemo! I still remember going to see this in the cinema, and I just love Dory. I know that there's a 'Finding Dory' film coming out in the near future, but I think I'll wait to see the trailer before I decide to go and watch it, as I don't want it to ruin the original!

One Tree Hill
 Another one of my all-time favourite tv series is that of One Tree Hill. I think I only started watching it from about series 4-5, but I made sure to buy the box set once all 9 series were complete! If you've never watched it, seriously, go and watch it. But, unlike me, make sure you watch it from the beginning! This way you'll really get into the characters (not that I didn't, but they'd make references to things I didn't know about). As I'm writing this I'm making a mental note to myself to bring the box set back after Easter so I can watch it again!

 This might come as a surprise to some people, as I don't think I've mentioned it on my blog before, but I love to paint. When I was younger for every birthday my Grandad used to paint me a picture, and he is where I get my talent and love of it from. My favourite mediums to work with are acrylic and watercolour. The thing that I really like to draw/paint is wildlife (if you ask me to draw a person, I will draw a stickman) and I'm hoping that if I can become less busy next term (one can hope) I'll be able to get right back into it again.

 I always, always wanted a quilt when I was younger. But I knew that I'd never be able to make one myself as I am terrible at sewing. At home there's still a half-completed embroidery image of a fisherman with a fish, which I started when I was about 5, and still haven't completed as I just get bored/annoyed as I can't do it properly. However for Christmas last year, my parents bought me one that I could finally put on my bed! I am someone who easily gets cold, and so this comes in handy when I'm going to bed (plus it just looks so cute).

 From a young age, I have always had pet rabbits. We also used to have guinea pigs too! Currently I now have two rabbits; a girl called Sprinkle and a boy named Hazel (I picked the name Sprinkle when I was about 12, and when we bought Hazel, we were told that he was a girl, but after finding out he was a boy I just decided to keep the same name). Unlike how my hamsters used to be, both of the rabbits love a cuddle (especially Sprinkle).

This is Sprinkle, I couldn't find a photo of Hazel that wasn't blurry as he moves too quickly!

 I am a massive lover of the sea. I find it so calming. I never used to like piers as you could see the sea between the slats of wood, but that was just a fear of it falling down. But on a cheerier note, I do like to just stand on the shore and watch it roll in and out! I am much more of a sea swimmer on holiday rather than a pool swimmer, and I absolutely love to swim in the Mediterranean as it's so warm and you can go snorkelling and see all of the fish. That was the one thing that I missed when Tom and I went on holiday to Lanzarote, as the island is situated in the Atlantic sea and so was freezing cold!

Cromer/Overstrand in North Norfolk. It's not the med, but it's still lovely.

Thomas (Wright and Hardy)
 T of course had to go to Thomas. But there has to be two. Of course there's Thomas who I go on about all the time, who is just so lovely and wonderful and I am just ever so lucky to have in my life. (I'll stop being soppy now). The other Thomas that I love is the writer Thomas Hardy. I talked about his novel Tess of the D'urbervilles in my '10 books that left an impression on me' which if you missed, you can read here. Although his novels and poetry are anything but happy, he writes in such a beautiful way that makes me thoroughly enjoy reading his work, and makes him one of my favourite authors.

Throw back to Tom and I in 2010. Wasn't he such a cutie??

 If you didn't know, I am currently studying English Literature at The University of Sheffield. Can I just say, this was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. I didn't actually decide that I wanted to come to University until the end of year 12, as I was adamant that I didn't want to go. However Tom went to a fair where he picked up a lot of prospectuses, which of course I had a look through and haven't looked back since. I did two blogposts about my University experience, which if you missed you can see here and here. I've met so many amazing people, and have had so many opportunities that I wouldn't have had otherwise, that if you're currently in the process of thinking about whether to go to University or not, I definitely wouldn't completely dismiss it but suggest you look into it further!

 A lot of people don't know this about me, but I used to be a vegetarian. I was one for about two years, but even now although I do eat meat, I don't eat a lot of it. Particularly while I am at University I eat a lot of Quorn, as it tends to be cheaper and keeps for a lot longer than meat does. I find it easier to cook with, as you're not worrying about whether it's cooked all the way through or not, as at the end of the day if it isn't, it's only made out of mushrooms! 

Walt Disney
 I am a mahoosive Disney fan. When I was younger, while my parents had their tea, I would always sit and watch a disney movie. Goodness knows how many hours of my life have been spent watching disney movies. Now I have a few favourites. My favourite princess movie is Sleeping Beauty, and I also love Robin Hood. To this day I can still not watch The Lion King/Dumbo/Bambi because of the parent deaths/separations (plot spoilers sorry) as they still make me cry. I absolutely love the soundtracks to the movies, and they're great to revise/do work too!
 For my 6th birthday, I went to Disneyland for the first time and was just blown away. I have been back 2 times after this, one of which was with Tom in 2012. We queued for absolutely ages to meet Winnie the Pooh as he kept going for toilet breaks. What was magical was going on Thunder Mountain at about 10:30 pm, whilst the parade was on, as when you came out into the open aired areas, you could see the whole park lit up. I really want to go back again, but it's just so expensive!

When we FINALLY met Winnie the Pooh, it was very exciting!

 Okay allow me another cheat. I actually had to look in the dictionary under 'x', and in my edition there are only 5 words! I don't call it Xmas, I do actually call it Christmas and it is one of my favourite times of the year. I always think the lead up is just so exciting, and everyone's in such good spirits (plus it's the only time of year I can really get away with watching Christmas films/listening to Christmas tunes). I think that even if you don't celebrate Christmas, it's still a lovely time of year to share with family and relax after a super busy year!

 I think it was about 3 years ago now that I started watching Youtube videos. I think the first one was when I was trying to find out what people thought the best eyeliner was to use, and after that I was hooked! The Youtube culture has definitely grown a lot from the time when I starting watching it, but there's such a range from things like make-up tutorials, to baking videos, to how to do origami- there really is something for everyone!

 Ah, Z, another tricky one! I thought 'Zoology' could cover my love for animals. I find them so fascinating, and if an animal is hurt in a movie, I always care a lot more than if it's a human. One of things that is on my 'bucket list' is to go to Africa and go on safari. I would absolutely love to go one day, and encounter such beautiful and fascinating creatures in their own habitat. Until that day, I'll just live out my dream through watching David Attenborough documentaries!

So comes the end of the A-Z of me! I hope you've enjoyed finding out some new things about me- why not have a go at making your own? I'd love to hear the A-Z of you!

Love Jess xxx


  1. A to Z of Jessica

    Mum of the house
    Nap taker
    Quick witted
    Ray of sunshine
    Up and coming
    Xtra extra special

    Love Mamma Sue xxxxxx


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