Archive for September, 2014

Smashed screen

Posted: September 13, 2014 in books


Have you ever done this? I have to two mobiles, and I was totally gutted. The most recent, was my HTC mini. I loved that phone, but I also valued the skin on my face. I put it aside, not having the heart to throw it away. I went on to buy a new mobile, but it was nothing, compared to my HTC. I asked in the phone shops, how much it would cost to repair, but was quoted £100. That is money, I refuse to pay when it could go to other uses.

My daughter’s son got hold of her mobile, and threw it on the floor, smashing the screen. She took it to one of those cheap stores, and they quoted £40, to fix it for her. It seemed reasonable, and I considered taking mine there, but when she got it back, it was never the same. It continued to freeze, the touch screen barely worked, and she ended up getting a new mobile.

Knowing that Ebay, and other such sites, do spare mobile parts, I figured that if I ordered a new screen, and followed a Youtube video (they have videos for everything!) then I could fix it myself. I found a screen for £40 which I ordered, the video looked fairly straightforward, but knowing me, I’d probably snap something off! I decided to pass the job onto my dad. It took a while, with a few minor hiccups, but he done it, and now I have my mobile all working perfectly 🙂

The moral of the story is, if you love your mobile, as I did, there are cheaper options, although a little on the tricky side, but it can be done 🙂


Dressing up day

Posted: September 12, 2014 in books

dress up

Most schools love to put on dressing up days. They are usually because of subjects the children have been learning, and it’s a way of making education fun for them. While this is all well and good, what about the children who don’t like dressing up? Or the parents, who can’t afford to go out and spend a small fortune on an outfit. My children don’t own any dress up clothes, it’s not something they are interested in, but this particular day at my child’s school, is come as a caveman. Now really, why would my girls have a caveman outfit? it’s not exactly girly. And to be honest, I refuse to pay out for something they will only wear once. While it’s true, that if you didn’t have the funds to go and buy something, then you could probably rustle something up. But then you face the drama of those certain children, and there is always one, who have a brand spanking new outfit, and feel the need to take the mick out of your creative attempt.

I personally feel that if the school wants a dressing up day, then they should make it a classroom activity, getting the children to design their outfits and help them make it. This would solve all these common problems, and would prove far more useful to the class subject. I mean, the cavemen didn’t exactly pop down to Asda, or some other store, and buy their clothing now, did they 🙂

Sentimental attachments

Posted: September 10, 2014 in books


Have you ever had something that you really loved, and for whatever reason, you no longer have it, yet nothing similar quite compares? It could be your first love. You felt as though the world may end, if you missed even a second with them, but then the relationship breaks down, and no-one else quite lives up to your first love.

It could even be a possession, or an item of clothing. A favorite mobile, which did everything you wanted it to, but then broke, and no other phone compares. I’ve had one like that 🙂 Or a favorite pair of jeans, so comfortable and a perfect fit, but sadly constant wear and tear, render them fit for the bin. You’ve bought hundreds of pairs since, but none compare, and that one pair, just sticks in the back of your mind driving you insane with the hunt to find an exact replica.

All of those have at one point plagued me, but my utmost sentimental attachment is my first car. An extremely old model, no power steering, or electric windows. It had an unknown leak in the backseat, which I cursed on many occasions. Not forgetting the rather scary times, when I got locked in randomly by the central locking, or even when the gas pedal used to press itself down, without my foot being anywhere near it! Despite all these things, and the fact that I have a new car with power steering (no more pop-eye biceps 🙂 ) electric windows, and a much smoother drive, It just doesn’t seem to compare. Maybe it’s because that was my first car, I don’t know. All I do know is, that I miss it.

Why do we form these attachments? And why does nothing else seem to compare, especially when in my case, it’s a much better deal? Let’s hear your attachments, especially if you managed to move past them 🙂

Would you change?

Posted: September 4, 2014 in books


Would you change yourself to please someone? Obviously when you partner with a person, some amount of change will come about. Instead of being only responsible for your own wishes, you have to compromise when you become a couple. Certain things will change. Be it reckless spending, that you were previously able to do without anyone to answer to, but now as a couple money may have to be managed more appropriately, especially if you have moved into a new home. Or maybe shameless flirting, after a few drinks on a Friday night. You may have habits, that your partner finds annoying, and vice versa, so you attempt to rectify them to keep harmony. But really, how much change would you make, in order to please the one you love?

As teenagers, most of us have all at some point, changed our ways in order to attract the attention of a prospective crush. Is it worth it? As the quote above points out, you’re basically lying about who you really are. Is it worth losing yourself for the sake of another? I’ve known many friends who have done this. They go on to marry the person, and spend the rest of their lives miserable, having been molded into something they are not. If you are not happy with who you are, then change for yourself, not for others.

Have any of you done this? I know I have, and it will never happen again. I am who I am, and if you don’t like it, then that’s up to you 🙂