Maddy Lucy.

Talking about life, love and anything inbetween.


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Run like the wind

I’m really enjoying going to the gym.

I never thought I would say that, but it’s become a big part of my life.

Maybe because I’ve got nothing else to do until I start working, but hey, whatever keeps me ticking.

I feel fabulous, and I can definitely feel that I’m getting into better shape.

at least I look the part? Gym wear isn't sexy.

at least I look the part? Gym wear isn’t sexy.

I’ve got a long way to go, of course, but I’m getting there.

I’m being a lot healthier too – well, this week hasn’t been great, but there have been two birthdays in the house, and lots of cake. I may have had cake for breakfast, but that would be telling…

Also quit smoking, which has been wonderful and I feel a million times better since quitting. Never thought I’d say that but I couldn’t imagine going back on the fags now.

The cross trainer is my current favourite, I look like an idiot and I’m  a red sweaty mess when I come off it but hey – I’m enjoying myself.

Glad there aren’t any hotties at my gym though 😉

I just hope I can keep all this up when I start working, fight the flab.

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Summer time

Well, it’s August now, and getting towards the end of Summer, I’m very well aware.

This is officially my last ‘free’ summer, because as of September 2nd, I will be a full time employee of the Cooperative Bank. How exciting!

Okay, it’s not my dream job, but I’m twenty one, and I have no money. I can’t pursue my dreams with -£800 can I?

Well, I could…

This summer isn’t turning out quite how I expected. Not a lot has been happening. I’ve got three weeks of freedom left, and I’ve not really got an awful lot to fill them with.

Last summer was probably one of the best summers of my life. I volunteered at the Olympic Games.

Me and the Copperbox VCC team.

Me and the Copperbox VCC team.

Honestly, I don’t think I could top that. It was such a rewarding experience and it felt amazing to be a part of something so big and so magical.

I’m definitely signing up to go to Rio in 2016, couldn’t think of anything better!

I also did a lot of work experience last summer, spent two weeks at a radio station in Guildford and three weeks at BBC Radio Manchester.

Also went to Reading festival, and it’s looking like that’s going to be my last festival for a good while – gutted, but maybe next year.

I can’t say this summer has been all bad, had an amazing girls holiday to Majorca in June.

Abbie and I doing it right.

Abbie and I doing it right.

The Stuttgart Six

The Stuttgart Six

Even with the hassle and struggle it was to get there, it was a brilliant holiday.

Plenty of sun and drinks!

It’s definitely made me want to go on another holiday like this, while I’m still young.

I also graduated this summer, which was a lovely day, albeit hot.

Three years of hard work - me and my coursemates

Three years of hard work – me and my coursemates

We’ve had a good run, and of course there are others aside from my coursemates who I’ll miss.

My gorgeous housemates, my lovely work colleagues, and the people I’ve met along the journey.

This summer is definitely important, and I shouldn’t waste it, but I know that come September, I’ll start a whole new chapter of my life.

I can’t wait.

 


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You had me at your proper use of you’re

If there’s something I feel really strongly about, it’s got to be spelling and grammar.

A lot of people don’t think it’s important and that makes me really sad.

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If it’s complicated stuff I can usually get over it. No one is perfect and I know I get things wrong as well. But the simple stuff which people get wrong every day just infuriates me.

For example. ‘Your a really good friend.’ Is wrong. ‘Your’ means ‘your ball’ or ‘is that your child over there rummaging through my bins?’

I think what you really meant to say was ‘you’re a really good friend.’ Why? Because what you’re actually saying is ‘you are a really good friend.’ Which can be shortened to ‘you’re’. It’s really that simple.

Another? Okay.

‘There making a really bad decision about this.’ OH ARE THEY? Is it like the decision you made to not pay attention in school? Here, ‘there’ doesn’t work, because ‘there’ is used to show where something is, as in a verbal direction. ‘The ball is over there.’ Would be an example.

In the above sentence, you’d want to use ‘they’re’ because that is the contraction of ‘they are’.

And while we’re on the topic of this, ‘their’ in a sentence would go something like this. ‘That ball is their ball.’ The word ‘their’ signifies a possession.

I hope you’re all following me.

There are a lot of things which bother me, as you can tell. I’m going to compile a few favourites for you now in a handy and easy to remember list.

Definitely = I am definitely going to get this right next time. It’s not ‘defiantly’ or anything else. You are not ‘defiantly looking forward to the football season.’ – That just implies that you aren’t allowed to look forward to it…

Generally / genuinely gets me as well, they’re both completely different words, so how do people mix them up? It’s ‘I am genuinely looking forward to our day trip.’

Generally just implies that you’re not all that bothered, and most of the time I think you actually mean genuinely, but you just got confused along the way.

Apostrophes indicate possession for nouns (“Jim’s hat,” “several years’ work”) but not for personal pronouns (its, your, their, and whose).

Apostrophes also indicate omissions in contractions (“it’s” = “it is”) – as already covered.

In general, they are not used to indicate plurals.

This picture really helps, and outlines some things which I haven’t yet mentioned, but which still bother me.

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So, that’s my pet peeve, all spelled out for you. It may not seem important to you, and you may just think ‘it’s the Internet!’ But it is important, because getting it wrong makes you look stupid.

This is just the tip of the iceberg for me really.

In my opinion, everyone should have to undergo proper testing before they’re allowed to enter chain professions. You definitely shouldn’t be allowed to teach people / be a journalist if you can’t grasp these basic rules though. Sorry, but that’s my opinion and I’m entitled to that.

I’m probably crazy, and you’re probably right about that, but it’s something I care about.

M x

Ps. If you have a genuine problem, such as dyslexia, I can let that go. Who am I to have a go at you if you genuinely can’t do it? As for the rest of you lazy sods…

Pps. I’d like to give some thanks to Sam Hill, his your / you’re video was just fantastic.