Happy Birthday, Sherbet Aurora!

07 November 2017

Feel free to sing the happy birthday song...


On November 3rd 2014 I began to create my first ever blog (Tumblr doesn't count here!), inspired by my friend, hannah.

With a bright blue background, Life of Gailypi was born. It wasn't very good, and I've actually hidden a bunch of those posts because they made me feel physically repulsed, but my first post that you're able to see is called "Why I'm In A Mood" and its about my Mood Box experience from Her Velvet Vase! I like to think my photos and my writing style have evolved a lot after this post, even if I tried to go back and edit them all a few months ago.

Why I Love... Jasmine

28 October 2017


You might remember a few months ago I wrote a post titled 'Why I Love... Saph' and I said that it was a new series I was looking to do. I also said that it was something I wasn't going to be doing regularly so that once a post came out, it would be a nice surprise for whoever the subject was. Well, now's the time for the next in the series, and that person is the wonderful Jasmine, aka Kkochsongi.

That Time I Jumped Off The Pier | Bournemouth

24 October 2017


And before you ask, I was harnessed in, don't worry!

As I'm sure you're very aware, last month I flew down to Bournemouth to visit my lovely friend, hannah. There wasn't too much planned for our time there, but it was going to be a mix of a pre-birthday celebration as well as me just needing a little break from all things work related. It was nice, and I had a lot of fun!

We took a walk to the beach one day, and that's where I spotted it. A tower located at the end of the pier, attached to the beach via a zipline. Essentially, you get to fly over the sea and back onto land. It looked really cool, and I instantly knew I wanted a shot.

I stay 'instantly'. I really wanted to. But I've got a slight fear of things like this. I really wanted to do it, and it was all that I could talk about, so,  I contemplated about it over a few days, until hannah suggested that I book myself a slot online. So, I did. Sunday 24th September. 4.30pm. The countdown was on.

It was the night before that I made the booking, and I double checked that the time was okay with hannah before I made my payment. Was I really paying £18 to jump off a pier? What if I got to the top and I freaked out? I have a fear of heights... Well, more so the idea of falling from a height. The fact that 'death' was mentioned as a possibility (very small, but always needs to be put into a risk assessment legally) had me panicking a little bit, but hannah did calm me down a lot and in no time at all, it was Sunday.

Because we had some time to kill in the morning, hannah and Tom got started on a photoshoot for hannah's blog post (go have a read, you know you want to.) while I helped (I held her jacket and anything not essential to the pictures) all the while admiring my hair, makeup and outfit that I'd chosen for that day. It's honestly become my go-to outfit at the moment, but it also gives me 2010-era Gail vibes. I really need to shake up my fashion sense.

We chilled for a little bit after this, and then it was time to head to the beach. Doomsday was here.

There's a pier toll, that I paid, so that hannah could get some photos for me for this post while Tom stationed himself at the end of the zipline to get some pictures from a different angle (Shoutout to hannah and Tom and their joint blog, Dayvelle, for taking the pictures! Much love to you guys <3 Social media links will be at the bottom!) as I got on the pier for free because I had a booked slot for the zipline. The time was roughly 4.15pm.

I got myself checked in, and popped all my belongings into a box, including my hat, because I didn't want to lose my hat. Also my phone, because I didn't want to risk losing it forever to Poseidon while trying to take a selfie, and got harnessed up, and had my helmet fitted. Then I made my walk over to the tower.

There was a lot more stairs than I'd anticipated, and in hindsight, I really wished I'd started counting. It was like as soon as I thought I'd reached the top, there was just more and more stairs and I could feel my heart beating faster and faster. At this point I feel I should clarify what I thought was going to happen. I thought the zipline would be like the ones you get at playparks, where you sit on a chair and go zooming off to the other side. I thought that I'd just kept missing the chair being lifted back up to the top, as if there was a pully system in place that I just wasn't seeing. I'm sure you see where this is going.

I got to the top. There was no chair. I got clipped in. I was being reassured that it was okay, but I wasn't okay. I was being led closer and closer to the edge. The guy radioed over to the guys at the bottom to make sure it was clear and then he opened the gate.

"Jump on 3."
"No, I'm not ready."

We were getting closer to the edge.

"Yes, you are"
"No, I'm not ready"
"Yes, you are"

His hand was on my back, and I knew that if I didn't jump then he'd give me a nudge. The time wasn't yet 4.30pm. hannah and Tom were expecting my jump at 4.30pm. Were they even prepared for me? Where was hannah even standing? I couldn't see her at all! I could see Tom. I could see the fair ground ride directly below me, which could be my cause of death if I'm not harnessed in correctly.

"1. 2. 3"

I jumped, and as soon as I left that edge, I relaxed. I felt free. My anxiety was gone as I was flying closer and closer to the beach, over the sea. I saw hannah, and I waved. As soon as I saw her, I was gone, closer and closer and then I had to brace for impact as I landed. Because I'm so short as well, one of the guys had to pull me up by my feet, but it was over. They did make conversation with me though, and they asked if I was Irish (genuinely, a first for me.) and I said my goodbyes then made way to Tom to talk briefly before heading back to get my harness off and collect my belongings. On my way I passed hannah and posed for a few more pictures. Turns out that she wasn't ready for me to jump off, as I expected but she did manage to get a few pictures for me, so thank you!

I'd do this again. Now that I know what to expect, it was really fun! This year I've been trying to tackle this fear of falling. When I did snowboarding for the first time, it took me about an hour before I learned how to do a turn on the slope, and now I can do it without even thinking too much about it. I'm getting there. I've also been thinking more and more about skydiving (I blame Point Break tbh) but that's ... Not very likely to happen very soon. Or possibly even ever in my lifetime.

Never say never though, eh?

Have you ever done anything like this? Or contemplated it? How was your experience of it?

Until next time, be excellent to each other.


Girls' Afternoon | Snow Factor

19 October 2017


Ski season has started up again, and I'm sure you probably all remember that a few months ago I wrote a post all about my Snowboarding lessons with Snow Factor (located in Soar at Intu Braehead). Well, a couple of weeks ago, they held an event called Girls' Afternoon, which meant 2 hours on the slope for £22.70 (a 30% discount!) followed by cakes in Bar Varia (bar/restaurant upstairs) which were free when you bought a hot drink.

I couldn't pass up this opportunity, especially because I hadn't been on the slope since I wrote that post, and knowing that there would be an instructor on hand to help should I need it, it was the perfect time to re-discover my snow legs! (I mean, they'd be pretty easy to find. I'd just need to look down at the two feet strapped into the bindings of a snowboard, but you know what I mean!)

I also bought myself a new ski jacket and sallopettes from my work, because they were brand new in and I thought it might be a fun little opportunity to advocate my shop, because we are located in the centre.

On the day, I had to nip into my store first because I couldn't find my gloves, so I bought some new ones (child size 14/16, because I have tiny hands), and let my colleagues know about how nervous I was about going, because it was 2 hours, I was going on my own and I had no idea how many people were interested in going along or the day - or even the age range that were going. They calmed me down a little, told me that I was gonna have a lot of fun and essentially just gave me the reassurance I needed to calm my nervous heart. I'm still battling through my sense of lonliness at the moment as well, from moving in with family at the other side of Scotland, where I only really know the guys that I work with, so this was going to be a huge attempt for me to try and make some new friends.

Eventually I plucked up the courage and left the shop, on my way to Snow Factor, where I got my lift pass, and then made my way to get changed. I was directed towards the benches, where I sat down and waited for everyone else to join. I'm not going to lie, I did feel really awkward sitting there until one person striked up conversation by asking if we were all sitting for the Girls' Afternoon. In no time at all the instructors, Rio and Kate, appeared and let us know the plans for the afternoon. Then, we all made our way to the slope!

I stayed out of the first run, because it'd been too long since I'd been on the slope and I felt too nervous, but Louise convinced me to go up to the halfway point. Once I was up, Rio appeared and so I asked her for her help to gain my little bit of snowboarding confidence back again. She helped me remember how to turn and after a few runs, I was confident enough in what I was doing, so started to go up by myself. Throughout my two hours I only took myself to the halfway point because I didn't feel confident enough to go straight to the top, not with so many people around. I did get talking to a bunch more people, however, so that was a lot of fun! Did I make any lifetime friends? Probably not, but it was a fun afternoon.

I fell a lot of times, and I was super impressed with my jacket and sallopettes because once I was finished, they were both still dry, so that's definitely something I'm able to tell customers who are interested in them! I find it really great that I'm able to relate to my customers a lot more since I began to snowboard, because I feel it really helps me to sell our clothes - I know what I'm talking about a lot better now, and it gives a lot of reassurance to them.

The cake was also really nice, too! I bought myself a hot chocolate, and chose the most chocolate-y cake available as well! It was really busy in Bar Varia, so I did really struggle to hear what anybody was saying, and socialising tired me out a lot, but it was a lot of fun!

There's another Girl's Afternoon in December, Saturday 2nd December to be exact, and instead of just being 2 hours on the slope, this will be 3 hours! From 1pm until 4pm, followed by free cake with a hot drink once again! The afternoon is £29, which is a saving of £6. (And no, this isn't a sponsored post, I just really would like some new friends!)

Hopefully I'll be able to go along to this afternoon as well, and I hope I'll be able to see you there!

Until next time, be excellent to each other.

My Struggles With Vegetarianism

10 October 2017


So, I've been a veggie for around 2 months now (check out my last post about it here) and on the whole, I've really enjoyed my time with it, but that doesn't mean that it's been straightforward.