Weekly Recap #1

6th March 2020 – 26th March 2020

Oh lord. This week started off with a bang. So the 8th of March was my mothers 48th birthday, and we went to the pub I work at. I ended up having multiple double gins and lemonade, this was a bad idea. I ended up getting very drunk, and since I hadn’t eaten all day since I was working, I got drunk very quickly.

I threw up all over my duvet, the walls, the floor everywhere. And not only that, I blacked out. I woke up to find the shower door was off and I have no idea how drunk me got the shower door of the wheels and basically broke my shower, and not only that there is a sewer smell coming from my shower, so this is just brilliant and fantastic.

This makes me wonder should I stop drinking?

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Also my prints from this artist called Lena Galore, arrived this week and I can’t wait to put them up on my walls!

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I have wrote a few blog posts on the 10th, I am trying to get everything sorted, and trying to get my schedule done and get into a routine but when you’re a lazy fuck like me and you have no motivation it’s difficult.

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After months of procrastinating I have finally set up my strip lights on my desk, and everything looks cute af.

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My skin is really bad on my hands at the moment, and I am getting quite self-conscious with it, especially when I am at work and I have to serve plates to the customers and my skin is all dry and chapped. I am currently typing this with gloves on and a lot of emollient one to try and moisturise my skin.

So the Corona Virus has wreacked? havoc and has kind of put my life on hold like so many other people. This virus is ruining lives and it honestly feels like we are in a movie.  I have had plans been canceled, we have to live in quarantine, I am now in the retention scheme so the company I work for can give me 80% of my wage, which is a blessing because so many people have lost their jobs. I am just thankful for the people who are in the NHS, delivery workers, people that work in food retail, they are working round the clock because so many people are in need of their help. My mum is one of the people on the ‘front-line’ so to speak, as she is specialised in respiratory, and Covid-19 is a respiratory virus she will need to be more at the hospital. In her hospital, there are already positive cases being patients and professionals. She is at risk as she has Asthma.

Thank you to the numerous people who are risking their lives for others, we wouldn’t be able to cope without you.

My 2019 recap!

A bit late but better late then never!

There will be a few of these posts in the next few weeks fyi.

So my 2019 was very mad, and there is a lot that is going wrong so I just want to focus on the positives of what happened to me last year and to just reflect on how my life went.

First thing I have to mention is that I graduated with a FIRST CLASS DEGREE. I am super proud of myself for getting to the end of my degree. There were so many ups and downs during the course, so many times I wanted to quit, didn’t feel like I belonged on the course, so many mental breakdowns and times questioning what the fuck am I doing with my life, but it was all worth it. I thought I would be walking away with a 2:2 or even a 2:1, but to get a 1st, really shocked me and it just showed me that I can achieve what I want when  I put my mind to it.

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Me in my cap and gown!

I got nominated and shortlisted for a BJTC Award. This organisation is very big in the journalism industry and to be nominated for a piece of work I did at uni and to be shortlisted for the final!? It was a shock, I didn’t know I was put for it, and I never did any of my work for any awards, I just wanted to get them over and done with. The fact that my work and ideas, were award worthy, gives me so much satisfaction that I am on the right path and I can be a journalist.

I know this isn’t big but this year I stayed in a tent at a festival. Seeing this is what I want to do, it was amazing to live a dream of staying at a festival with my best mates having the times of our lives.

I got a part time job at the beginning of the year, and a full time one at the end of the year. This allowed me to get out of my overdraft and save up and buy my computer and set up. I am extremely happy that I got to do it myself. I finally have a computer to game and stream on, that I have wanted for the past four years, so this is finally a dream come true.

I got my own pets. I have two kittens which I pay for. It has given me an extra level of maturity as I have to look after these two creatures apart from myself.

I earned my university’s gold Livesey Award. Which means over my fours years at university I volunteered 90 hours of my time. I had my own radio show for three years, which I planned, hosted and it was fun. From this I became the Head of PR for the student radio for a year. I also did crafts with children in the local museum, as well as make cards for a local charity. I went to a Wild Boar Park to help the rangers clean and feed the animals, I held a ferret, that was fun.

My nanna and grandad took me and my sisters to Barbados. I got body confidence here, I ate food that I wouldn’t normally eat, as I am a picky eater this was difficult but I want to experience different cultures and countries food, so this trip really helped me becoming less picky.  I have always wanted to go and this has just started the travelling bug, I want to experience many cultures and the world, whilst we still have it.

I started streaming! Which is amazing, my Twitch is KatyNellsxoxo if you wanna go follow. It has been a dream of mine for donkeys years.

And finally I just want to honour a man that we lost in December. I would call him my uncle, much like I would call Kelly my aunt. One of my mums best friends, and we would become close with their children. Most of my childhood we hung out, creating plays that would make fun of the parents and they would be drunk and laugh and it would be a great time. So many sleepovers, picnics, trips to the pub, takeaways on Friday. I never thought that my childhood memories of you would now stay memories. It is with a heavy heart and tears in my eyes that I now have to say heaven has gained an angel. Rest In Peace and I will never forget you farting on me Uncle Mark, or the love you and Kelly shared.

I am excited for what 2020 will bring, and the experiences that it will offer me.

What was your biggest achievement of 2019?

KatyNells xoxo

Things I have learned becoming a cat mum

I am one of those people who love animals. I am working to try and change my lifestyle so that it benefits animals, ie not eating meat, using animal products in skincare, etc and not own anything tested by animals.

In the future I want to open up my own animal sanctuary, I want to go to protests about animals, the world and so on. But for now, I will just start by having my own pets.

In November of 2019, I adopted two black, male kittens. And they have made me the happiest person I am in the short time of owning them.

We originally was only going to get one, but the woman who couldn’t keep them, very naughty of her, but she brought both of them round for us to pick the one we wanted. We ended up getting both and even though we were manipulated into getting both of them, it was the best thing to have happened.

I am now the proud parent of Salem and Sully, two amazing, cute, adorable kittens.

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The reason we adopted them, even though we did it at the time where I was still fully in my overdraft, is because my mum didn’t want them going to somewhere bad, as black cats, especially black male cats have a superstition ‘against’ them. As they are seen as bad luck, linked with witches and dark magic, we just couldn’t bare the thought of two innocent kittens being out in the world and having the lowest scum of humanity harming them.

What have I learned then?

  • You have to be patient – They are kittens, they have a lot of energy, they want to be with you 24/7. They scratch the shit out if the furniture, even though they have posts, so that’s annoying but you still can’t get angry and shout, as they are only kittens and it’s in their nature be cheeky and mischievous. At night and early in the mornings they would meow at the bedroom door and it pissed my boyfriend off but they just wanted to be with us, so how can you get mad at them for that?
  • I have two creatures that are dependant on me, I am no longer just looking after myself, I have to be more organised, by getting their food, making sure we have enough and when we don’t, I need to buy it. I need to clean the flat more, clean their litter tray, make sure no tiny things are lying about that they could eat. It’s a lot,  but they have made me a better person and adult, as before I would clean my flat maybe once every four weeks, now I tidy it daily and do a deep clean once every two weeks.
  • I NEVER get any alone time anymore. They always sit with me, when I am writing, watching videos, playing games, sleeping, they will always sit on me, on my laptop, on the notepad that I am writing on, but I would not have it any other way. I love it when I am streaming and they sit in the nook of the shelves beside me, they are so cute and I love their snuggles.
  • I was scared of letting them outside because of what happened to Tommy, he got run over, and I didn’t want my world to end again. But they now both go outside for the majority of the day, and then they sleep with me at night. They stay in the garden most of the time, and then when I go outside and call their names or whistle, they come running back in.
  • I have learned what it will be like being a mother. I want a load of children when I am older, so this is a trial and I think I have done well. The first day they went outside, I was lost, I kept going outside with my coat, brolly and a cuppa, just to make sure they were okay and safe. But I realised I couldn’t keep doing that. So the next day I stayed in, but there were no cats to cuddle me,  sit on my keyboard and mess my laptop up. It felt great to relax and be able to eat my bowl of Cheerios without a kitten stealing them all, but I felt so lonely because they were walking alone, together, in the big, scary world, but then they came back in and sat on my head, and I was fine.
  • I have learned both of their traits. Salem loves it when I pick him up and cuddle him, Sully hates that, but Sulbear loves to sit on me whilst I am sat on the couch, whilst Salem sits on the cat post I bought them. Sully loves to crawl under the covers and play with my feet, but he loves to be under blankets and stuff, whilst Salem likes to sit on my head when we are falling asleep. I love that I know these features about them, because I can tell which one is which straight away.

Being a cat mum has taught me a lot about motherhood and myself. I always thought as I admittedly do have a temper, I would get angry at the lack of sleep and naughtiness, but I have learned that I am understanding and a very patient person, which really shocked me. I wouldn’t have said yes to the cats, if I didn’t have a full-time job, I recently got a minimum wage job at a local pub, so I knew I was getting out of my overdraft and I could afford to keep them.

My advice to people who are looking into getting a kitten is just make sure you’re in a position to have them and afford them. Be patient, they will scratch everything, I still have scars on my arms and shoulders from when they accidentally scratched me. You need to be extra vigilant, make sure there isn’t open candles, small things they can choke on, etc. But I promise you to have my two black panthers in my life is the biggest blessing I think I have had in a long time. I am happy and I love these two more than I love Yorkshire puddings, and that’s saying something.

KatyNells xoxo