Crawled out of the sea

Hello :) Long time no speak, again. Lots has been happening to keep me busy, mainly 'life'! Happy days though. Here's a wee update of some things I've been upto.


Just finished up on one of the most enjoyable jobs I've done to date. Art directing Counting With Rodd for CBBC really helped me to get my confidence back after having a tough time with my personal life last year. Film and TV can be an emotionally exhausting business, so it's a really hard industry to work in if you aren't feeling 100% sure of yourself, and what you are capable of! This job reminded me that there are nice people out there, and that I am actually good at what I do.


So sad to wrap :( Everyone on the team were lovely - we were honestly like a wee family by the end. Really hope I get to work with them all again.


The directors birthday cake being delivered by skateboard :) We worked hard but were rewarded with lots of tea and cake during filming to keep us warm (we were filming in a big warehouse at BBC's River City and it was freeeezing)


Packing up my kit at the end of the job - I actually have to keep all this stuff in my car now as there's no room for it in my house. It just keeps growing and growing!


First saturday off I had a nice afternoon in the west end with John. We went for lunch at Hillhead Book Club, and had a wander around DeCourceys arcade, Ruthven lane and all the antique shops. My bestie Jenn has got a new record player for her christmas, and Footloose is one of her favourite films so we picked this up for her from the Salvation Army Shop :)


Saturday night I went to see Panic! At the Disco who were amazing - totally look me back to my youth :) I tagged along with a few of John's friends, as my wee Louise wasn't feeling too well and couldn't make it. Went to the cathouse afterwards, and didn't wake up with a hangover today. Result!


I am quite enjoying stealing John's friends from him :) Haha. Today myself and the lovely folks I went to the Cathouse with had a photoshoot for Kyles new Chakra Energy clothing range. Me and Teri got changed in the boys loo's (the building was shut, don't worry) and for some reasons urinals really freak me out. So what did we do? Take silly pictures with them! Anyone else feel a bit freaked out seeing inside a boys toilet? I felt the same in high school. Just feels wrong, and forbidden! And smelly. Ewww,


The shoot went really well, and we went for Nando's after which was the cherry on top. Kyle also gave me a new rose quartz crystal, and let me pick an angel card to take home with me. I drew the 'opportunity' card from the pack, which feels very appropriate right now. I need to learn how to use my own angel cards properly, I've been finding it really fascinating lately but I'm going to do a separate post on Kyle and the photoshoot once I get some pictures back.


Just a wee posery picture of me thrown in for good measure :) My hair is getting so long, I have no idea what to do with it!


Some finger puppets that came with a doll I bought for work. I LOVE FINGER PUPPETS!



Got my introduction pack from the Haagen-Dazs Loves club. Anyone else a member? Ice cream shaped usb stick, ice cream scoop, and some yummy cow shed goodies. I am an absolute ice cream fiend, so this has to be one of the top parcels I've been sent since I started blogging. Haha my flatmates were laughing when it got delivered, it was a freezing morning but I managed to convince myself for about 30 seconds that it might have ice cream in it since the box was so cold. Was just the weather y'all. More on this super duper club soon though.


Aww my fuzzy little Dougal is settling in nicely! Thank you everyone who sent me advice about introducing him to Oscar and Alfie. They've had a bit of floor time together, which went well but as soon as I put him in a freshly cleaned cage with the two of them, they got very territorial. I think I will try giving them all a bath next time I clean out the cage, so they literally all smell the same. They didn't fight when they were together, just a lot of bum sniffing, teeth chattering and rumble strutting. But I'm going to persevere and keep trying. Fingers crossed!


And ending on a very random note, I finally got my hands on one of the giant teacup plant holders from Dobbies that I'd ranted about on twitter and facebook. This is the smaller one, there were ones that were even bigger! Think they'd be better for a garden though. But oh my - cool as anything! :) We bought a lot of plants from Dobbies for dressing the set of Counting With Rodd, and I can't wait to go back for a visit and get tea and cake from their cafe. I am honestly turning into such a wee golden oldie. I have a wishlist from Next Home for my birthday. Cute cushions, prints and ornaments rather than makeup and clothes? Seems to be much more tempting right now!

I'm writing this from the comfort of my bed, but it's time to hit the hay now. I've got a busy week ahead but hopefully it won't be too long until my next post. I also wanted to say I hit 1300 readers last week - which is absolutely insane! Thank you for reading, and commenting, and generally all your awesome chat ♥ Wee legends. Until next time...

Ayden x


Ps. Starting the 30 Day Shred tomorrow, I know I'm a bit late to the bandwagon but wish me luck :) and share your stories with me if you've done it too.

37 comments:

  1. What an exciting few weeks you've had. Love those tea cups, they also sell them in ASDA now I think. Glad all's well x

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  2. Yayy you're back! :) your posts are worth the wait, hate them really short ones where people hardly bother.
    I'm so envious of your job, you look like you work really hard, I'm just a grotty cleaner at the moment at a school (doing courses on the side though!) so I know what it's like to spend time in a mens toilet, walking into the womens one is like a breath of fresh air!!
    Ahhh wow love the teacup! :)

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  3. Hi there, looking lovely as per usual:) Dougal is absolutely gorgeous, must be so nice to cuddle this wee ball of fur. Oh and as for the 30 Days Shred - it works! I did it before my wedding and unfortunately didn´t have time to do actual 30 days, did about 20, and I mixed the levels according to how energetic I felt on the day and yea, it made a difference, especially to my abs and arms. Good luck with it! It´s tough but I love that it´s only 20mins or so, very easy to squeeze it in one´s daily routine x

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  4. Wow! Your job looks like so much fun!
    Can't wait to see the photos from that shoot too - looks really cool.
    What is Haagen Dazs club?? Can anyone join? Or is it like a blogger thing that you have to be invited to?
    I did 30 day shred last year for a while - it's really good - amazing that it's only 20 minutes too because it's so easy to fit into your daily routine then. Like Daniela above, after about a week on level 1, I just started mixing the levels depending on how I felt that day
    x

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  5. Your posts are always so jampacked and fabulous! :D Firstly, your hair looks gorgeous in these snaps - I'm very jealous of the shine. Secondly, PANIC!! More jealousy - I always put them on in the car if I'm having a crap day. Congrats on the readers too and Dougal is the cutest! <3 xoxox

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  6. Aww, this is a lovely wee post!

    I'm doing the same thing as you.. totally picking homewares over makeup these days AND spent Saturday afternoon in Dobbie's eyeing up sheds! Ha. xx

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  7. You have been a busy lady! Art directing kids programs looks really fun! I'm jealous of you seeing panic at the disco too! I used to love the 'fever you can't sweat out' album :) & the haagan daaz set looks lovely!
    Rachelle x
    inspiredbytheretired.blogspot.com

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  8. great pictures! i love those finger puppets! soo cute! what doll did you get it with? they would be perfect for when i start teaching... oh and the haagan daaz set looks so good!! xo

    pebbz | www.pebbzblog.blogspot.com

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  9. Busy busy haggis! :)
    I am amazed at your hair growth, good work lady, it looks lovely, and I love the colour. (love you really!)
    Dougal is bloody amazing! Look at him! Lush.
    Sounds like things are going the right way for you, and you are smiling lots, which I'm happy about.
    xxx

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  10. Good luck with the 30 day shred, I got about 2 weeks through it! That's because Jillian scared me, mind :') x

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  11. Your job always looks so much fun! I read Kyle's blog a few months ago and what he does is really interesting, even if I am still a bit sceptical! I love going to Dobbies too, their scones from the cafe are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! x

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  12. That set looks amazing, it looks a like dream job to work on! Love the finger puppets and the teacup planter, very you indeed xxx

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  13. I might have to number this comment, as there are lots of things I want to comment on and listing makes me happy!

    1. Your work looks awesome! And the set is so cute :) I used to store things in my car too, just because I didn't have enough space in my house. When I sold my car, I had to have a massive car boot sale to make space to move things back in.

    2. The urinal picture made me laugh, because I'm sure there's a picture of me doing exactly the same thing (although said picture still hasn't come to light.). I was visiting some Students' Unions for my job, and we were having a nose around the toilets for ideas of redecorating ours, and I agree that going into the boys loos felt very strange, like I shouldn't have been there!

    3. Awww finger puppets!

    4. I want this Haagen Dazs box! I love getting exciting things in the post :)

    /essay comment!

    x

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  14. You're such a busy bee, it's quite inspiring. Your hair is looking amazing, I wish mine would grow quicker!!

    http://www.rafflesbizarre.blogspot.com

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  15. Aaaaw, look at you lot! So glad the job went well mi querida, and it looks as though you had a fab little weekend of it!

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  16. Wee Dougal is adorable! and the Haagen dazs looks sooo cool! Possible birthday present idea for my flat mate who eats a ridiculous amount of ice cream...

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  17. Fab post, gorgeous pics and your hair is beautiful! xx

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  18. Apologies in advance for what is likely to be a long and boring comment!

    But do you have any advice for getting involved in working in tv? I've just finished a project for a local BBC project and have a couple more ready to go, but don't really know how to make the leap from doing odd projects to actually getting some work experience.

    Also, those finger puppets are adorable! I love Alice in Wonderland which makes these even cuter! And Haagen Dazs club?! How have I never heard of this before! Amazing!

    x

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  19. you look great ayden and congrats with the latest job- looks really really fantastic! glad to see you looking so well. xxx

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  20. You have been up to a lot! All sounds amazing though :) xx

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  21. glad to see works going well, the cbbc set looks like a lot of fun!! cant believe you saw panic! that takes me back :) wish i was in the haagen dazs loves club.. i really do love haagen dazs! the ice cream scoop is cool. glad to see dougals fitting in well, such a good name for him, he's so fluffy! xxx

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  22. lovely to see how much you enjoy your work.
    I've done the shred, its a little daunting to start but once you are in to it you will love it. Good luck!
    xx

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  23. the set looks great, so jealous you got to go see panic at the disco! i think i might just have to sign up to haagen dazs club now :)

    x

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  24. Your job looks like it was a lot of fun indeed!

    Ah, Panic! at the Disco... they've only improved their sound over time, haven't they? :)

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  25. Oh my goodness, sounds like you have been having such a great time! Firstly I LOVE the finger puppets, I really need some like that for when I'm in my ks1 placement! I'm so jealous of you seeing Panic! Takes me right back to my teenage years! I've actually not put them on in the background! Memories :)

    L x

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  26. Love this post - what a catch up! I don't really know what an Art Director does, but it sounds cool, very envious you are getting to work behind the scenes at CBBC, I am a big kid at heart. Your hair looks so gorgeous - it is getting really long. I'm trying to grow mine, which is very boring at the minute because it is so short still. Oh and Dougal is very cute! :) x

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  27. I absolutely love this blog. My little guinea pig died last week :-( but he'd had a good innings. Dougal is very cute x

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  28. where can i sign up for the Haagen Daz club???

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  29. Well well well... you have been busy!!! New man, new job and new furry friends!

    You and sound great, loved catching up on your posts!

    Here's to a cracking 2012!

    Luv luv luv

    Joanne xxx

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  30. Oh my, you have been busy! I loved this post and reading what you've been up to, I hope you're having a great week :) xxx

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  31. MM Ice cream and Panic! All in one post? Heaven.
    Amy x
    www.the-cameras-lying.blogspot.com

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  32. haha that is SO true about boys toilets! I once had to go into the boys toilets in work to shout at some kids messing around - felt so weird and wrong ha. ahh how cute is Dougal too? Little fuzzball hehe.

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  33. Oh matey, the dreaded 30 day shred :) It totally works, as i have told you before :) but oh man @ the amount of motivation needed to stick with it for longer than two weeks. Get out a bunch of walks instead! :) much less sweaty. Missin yer face xxx

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  34. Hey Ayden - I nominated you an award over on my blog x

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  35. I love your blog sweety and just think you are so Whimsical and fun I love it. Your blog is one of the only blogs i follow that isn't based around beauty or fashion just because I think your and absolute doll face :D xx

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