The Anti Bucket List 2015

Inspired by the lovely Emma Gannon’s post about her Anti Bucket List, I thought I would take a look back on my years achievements and exciting things that happened.

– I visited and fell in love with New York. Fulfilled a dream I’d had for ages by going into Tiffanys(Audrey Hepburn had been in there people. Omg). Got very emotional about it. Made my friend take loads of pics of me outside.

– Tried a macaroon for the first time. They’ve since become my favourite thing.

– Saw Ralph Fiennes on stage(so good)

– Went to see Birdsong another three times giving me some amazing memories with the 2015 cast

– Moved into my first flat(I now have to manage my money (aah)

– Got my first bylines in Tv Choice and Total TV Guide magazines. Realised that’s where I’d like to work

– Met Laura Camichael at the last ever Downton event *sob*

– Got a lovely letter from the editor of Vogue

– Varied my reading horizons and discovered the Grantchester mysteries book series.

– Met one of my all time favourite authors,Lindsey Kelk who told me if it was possibly for her to write a book,it was for me too. So lovely.

– Got my braces off(finally!)

– Sang my heart out on more than one occasion. George Ezra,Lawson and S Club 7,thanks for some of the best nights ever!

– Wrote 10,000 words of my novel.

– Experienced a spa for the first time. I’d quite happily have a massage every week. Please and Thankyou 😂

– Tried my hand at hosting a radio show. Such fun!

Looking back I can’t believe how much I’ve achieved this year. What a great year it was.

Things I’m looking forward to next year:

1. Seeing Sheridan Smith and Pixie Lott on stage

2. Graduating! 🎓😬

3. Going back to TV Choice magazine.  


Top 5 Christmas Traditions 

With the big day only a week away(how did that happen?) I thought I’d blog my top 5 Christmas traditions within the Pontin household.

1. Decorating the Christmas tree This has been one of my favourite traditions for as long as I can remember. Ever since I was little it’s been a thing we do as a family.

I get to choose a new decoration every year and be in charge of putting the tree topper on the tree. It’s usually a fairy but as she’s been on our tree since I was tiny we got a star instead. We also have a real tree this year as apposed to a fake one like every other year. There’s something sboit the smell of fresh pine needles that makes the room smell extra Christmassy and makes the room more festive.

2. Mums chocolate pudding 

This sounds like a really silly tradition but we used to have mums chocolate pudding everytime we had a roast dinner but for some reason that stopped. So now it’s something I associate with Christmas. It’s just a plain chocolate pudding but topped with custard and cream it’s just delicious. 

3. The Downton Abbey Christmas special
 After the presents have been opened,the Christmas films watched and the food eaten,there’s nothing better than sitting down to watch Christmas tv. Most importantly the Downton Abbey Christmas special. It’s been a tradition in the Pontin household since 2012 that on Christmas Day at 9pm,we sit and have our annual two hour special with the crawleys. I’m still not over the 2013 special where our beloved Matthew Crawley died in a car accident. No doubt this episode will end in tears too(hopefully the happy kind) as we bid farewell to the crawleys for the final time. *sob* 

4. Watching Christmas films on Christmas Day.
     It’s a tradition in the Pontin household to watch both The Holiday and Love Actually on Christmas Day without fail. They’re the two films that when I watch them I consider it to be Christmas. Plus I wouldn’t say no to Jude Law knocking at my door. Fun Fact: When I was about 12 me and mum were in London and we stumbled upon a premiere without even knowing it. I asked mum if we could stay and she said no. I later found out it was the premiere of The Holiday. I still haven’t forgiven her…I could have met Jude Law 🙊😂

5. Extra Christmas’s   Our Christmas continues for about a week after the big day. On Boxing Day my dad comes round and we spend the day with him where I open the remainder of the presents left under the tree and enjoy yet another Christmas dinner(with mums famous Christmas pudding). A few days after that we go to my nans for a few days and celebrate with her,my aunt,uncle and cousins before coming home and welcoming in the new year. 

There’s probably more which I can’t think of right now but if I do I’ll add them in. 

What are you Christmas traditions with in your household? I’d love to know. 

For now though I hope you all have a lovely Christmas however you’re celebrating and I’ll see you after the big day. 

Merry Christmas! 🌲❄️

Lots of love