Days 8 and 9: Playing Catch-up

Hello everyone. Sorry for my incredible lack of presence on here over the last couple of days. Today was my Results Day, so I’ve been pretty tied up with all of that. I got my results at around ten past eleven this morning. A in drama, Bs in everything else (English literature, French, German). At first I was a little disappointed, because everyone had been convincing me I’d get straight A’s (like my best friend Kittykat, who is a genius). I got one mark off an A in the practical half of my drama exam, which annoyed me more than it should have. As you’ve seen before, I struggle with self-confidence in terms of my abilities in my favourite subject and future career choice, which isn’t exactly great, but I’m working on it. This fabulous day was all topped off with four of my friends deciding that they couldn’t be bothered to hang around with the rest of the group, so they wandered off, which was charming. Luckily, I have an amazing inner circle of friends who I can always count on to not ditch me, so we all had each other to hang out with.

Now, to today’s task: commenting on different blogs and making a post inspired/dedicated to one of the posts you read. I will put links to the posts that I left comments on at the end of this post, but the one I’ve decided to dedicate a post to is krstn‘s lovely post about things to do on your own. Now, in a little over twelve months, I will be moving out in some capacity, whether I go to uni, or drama school, or do a year abroad. Although I am a bit of a recluse by nature (I am the life and soul of the party but when it comes to my family I can’t seem to stop myself from shutting them out), I have only just realised what it will be like to live completely alone. I take for granted that, even though I can and do stay in my room all day, my mum will yell up and ask me if I want a cuppa tea, and we will sit and chat for an hour. Even in halls of residence, nothing quite beats talking to your mum.

As this is the case, here are some things I enjoy doing on my own! Please leave your own solitary hobbies in the comments below!

  • Take a walk. I live in the suburbs of a seaside town, and only now I’m leaving soon can I appreciate the complete and utter beauty of the place I’ve grown up in. Sometimes I will walk around with the worlds biggest grin on my face because the world is so amazingly beautiful and I’ve been blessed with the ability to see it all in technicolor (with the help of prescription glasses of course). It’s more pleasant to walk in sunnier months, but getting some fresh air, no matter how inner-city your neighbourhood is, is definitely good for the body and soul.


  • Talk to yourself. As I explained in the comments of the original post, when left to my own devices I will pace up and down, glass of water in hand, spouting out a stream-of-consciousness at an increasingly high volume until I’m nearly shouting my inner monologue to the rooftops. It’s surprisingly therapeutic (unless someone walks in, that’s just awkward) and I think it’s helped me to gain confidence and have a better understanding of my speech (and writing) patterns.
  • Go to the theatre. I didn’t really enjoy going to the theatre on my own before, until I went to see the amazing ‘This is How we Die‘ by Christopher Brett Bailey. I went on my own and was really glad, because it was so freaking amazing I just needed to be left alone at the end. Also for any theatre nerds, you can take notes and only strangers will judge you.
  • Reach towards your phone. Okay, this is an Unpopular Opinion: I love spending time on my tech. I have an iPad and iPhone, and if I’m on my own they both provide me with endless entertainment. When left on my own, I can go on YouTube, dance to loud music in my room, write a blogpost or just some fiction, or just contact my friends. Many people with Facebook may have a groupchat or two they’re a part of: my list of active ones is too long to put here, but I can keep up with my group of friends who go to my school, and I can also talk to my group of drama friends, who are as far afield as Prague and Bahrain.
  • Exercise. I like exercise as much as the next person (which is, generally speaking, not a lot). However, when faced with the option of being judged at my terrible lack of fitness at the gym or exercising in the comfort of your own home, it’s a bit of a no-brainer for me. You can put on whatever music at full volume, take breaks when you want, and no-one will see when you fall flat on your face when trying to do yoga (it happens to the best of us).

Here are the other blogs I looked at, they’re all really good and you should check them out!

Till next time!



  1. Sarah's Attic of Treasures · August 13, 2015

    Ellie, Congrats to you. As a FORMER TEACHER, Awesome job. You have been been busy.
    This was well written. You have not only kept up with your school work but Blogging 101 as well. I also know for a fact that you have been visiting more blogs than the ones you just mentioned.
    I love how your blog looks right now. Awesome. Hugs Sarah

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  2. Sonya · August 13, 2015

    I used to love going to the theatre on my own. These days, anything I get to do alone is great – with a small child around, me time is rather hard to come by.

    Congratulations on your results!

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    • welshshortbread · August 13, 2015

      I know what you mean, I’m no longer a small child but my mum still struggles to find time for herself! I would urge you to take a night off at some point though, your job is one of the most difficult around, you deserve a small holiday!

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  3. Continuing with M.E · August 13, 2015

    Something I want to do is go to the movies by myself and see a few different ones. I haven’t yet done this but I think it would be fun.

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    • welshshortbread · August 14, 2015

      Yeah, I need to try that too! It’s such a social yet anti-social activity, it feels weird going alone, but sometimes I prefer it πŸ™‚

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  4. Colette B · August 13, 2015

    Congrats on your results. Enjoyed reading your post. I like going to art galleries on my own to be able to take notes and take my time (not been able to go for ages tho)… Most things are solitary since I divorced & now my kids are grown up and away – apart from having a dog to love and care for. I enjoy the freedom tho after years of putting everyone else’s needs first. I was going to put blogging as a solitary hobby, but actually it creates conversation, socialisation and connection with others, so not entirely solitary although not in same physical presence.
    Talking to yourself- your description made it sound fun – do you ever record your stream of conscious outpouring? For your writing maybe?
    Best of luck with your next steps whatever you decide and continue to enjoy the seaside while you live so close πŸ™‚

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    • welshshortbread · August 14, 2015

      There’s an art gallery in my town, I should try going there on my own. And no, I hadn’t considered recording my ramblings! They might prove to be really useful, thanks for the idea!

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  5. wordscoffeeandlacedresses · August 14, 2015

    I think your results are fantastic! Congratulations. Also, I have nominated you for a Premio Dardas Award πŸ˜€ Check it out on my blog

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  6. Laura · August 14, 2015

    Well done on your results! They are better than what I got (5 years ago somehow!). I also talk to myself quite a bit when I am alone, I always worry that the neighbours can hear me!

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    • welshshortbread · August 15, 2015

      Thank you very much! Sometimes I end up singing and then I remember the neighbours can probably hear!

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