Wednesday, 13 February 2019

thoughts on online dating

irrelevant lingerie photos, body from PLT

Ah, online dating. Is there any other way to meet people now? 

My story with online dating began I became single (obvs) and to be honest, I'm pretty sure the first thing I did after wiping my tears was download Tinder. Now, before you judge me - I work for myself, I don't meet people in the office. I have the same group of friends and frankly, I'm the instigator in doing things for the most part. I also have ME, so often miss out on going out etc. I really didn't think there was any way I'd meet someone new otherwise.

The first couple of months were weird, I didn't know what I wanted or what I was looking for and I never knew just how damn picky I was. I'm the first person to point out every flaw possible within myself, yet I didn't think I saw others like that. Here I was swiping past people for simply having 'weird eyebrows' or an ugly outfit on. Legit. Anyway, I did match with a few and that was fun, you can read more about dating herehere and here

I have friends who are so vehemently against using apps to date. Whether it be down to snobbery or simply not feeling safe talking to a stranger, it's their call. I on the other hand, actively encourage them but there are a few things I do find concerning.

1. I think we're becoming too judgemental. As I mentioned earlier, we're now examining people down to their choice in friends and shirts. We seem to have potentially lost that spark. We don't all end up with people we find fit our 'type' and yet Tinder/Bumble don't allow for that as if you're not instantly attracted to them you simply won't match with them.

2. It can be unsafe. I got very lucky in that all the men I met whilst dating were pretty normal and any that set off the slightest alarm didn't make it past the 'unmatch' button. There are some horror stories out there, but nonetheless I believe that not everyone is awful and as long as you keep your wits about you, make sure someone knows where you are (drop a live pin on WhatsApp!) and if anything flags then leave or stop speaking to someone then you can remain safe. Don't ever meet someone without doing some background research. It doesn't make you weird, it makes you wise!

On the brightest note, I met Kim on Bumble and he's a literal light of actual joy. We've discussed how our paths would never have crossed otherwise, so it just proves there are good humans on there. Just do it wisely eh!

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Thursday, 7 February 2019

puppy training 101

post in collaboration with furbo

Another one for you doggy owners, or potential dog owners for that matter! After posting my top tips on things to think about when getting a puppy, I thought that some things I've picked up re: training your little one might be handy too.

Positive reinforcement!
This is something Pepe and I are still working on, but every time he does anything good he gets a 'good boy' and perhaps a treat if they're to hand. That goes for everything from doing a wee outside to sitting on command.

Being alone
Whilst Pepe spends a lot of time with me, he does occasionally have some time to himself which is great for me but not so great for him. Que the Furbo. I have always worried that he is barking or getting himself into trouble whilst I'm out and finally I have the answer! I have set up the device in the kitchen, which is where he sleeps and his food is. If you're not familiar, the Furbo is a pretty cute looking little machine which enables you to check on, speak to and reward your pup with treats. I often call him which beckons him to the device and then he feels comforted and sits and patiently waits for a treat. He was slightly apprehensive at first, but when he learned that treats pop out of it he wouldn't leave it alone! 

Something I realised whilst trying to teach Pepe to do a few basics (sit, lie down, paw) was just how many times you need to re-iterate what you're asking him to do before he understands. Dogs are creatures of habit, and eventually learn to associate words with actions so do keep at it, it just requires a lot of patience!

Pepe was born into a house with lots of dogs so he's always been good with them, but it's definitely important to make sure your fur child is capable of being docile and friendly with others. It's best to test the waters in a neutral space whilst on leads so you can judge their behaviour first.

Take it slow
Lastly, they're just babies so do remember that! I taught Pepe one thing at a time, including toilet training and learning to adjust to being on his own. Lots of love and encouragement and they should get the hang in no time.

So those are a few of my fave tips that I've picked up along the way. Do let me know if you're thinking of getting a puppy any time soon as I do love writing about Pepe so it'd be fab to know that someone uses it! You can also see more Pepe and Furbo action on Pepe's Instagram (yep) @pepebreadmctaco.

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Monday, 4 February 2019

the weekly #002

Birthday week, yay! I turned 25 on Friday so Kim whisked me off to Berlin for a nice weekend of wine and lots of food. We ate, pottered around the city and had a generally nice time. 

I also got a fair bit of work done this week which felt good. I often give into my M.E and sleep in until fairly late and work into the evening but this time I got up early and shot lots of content that had been hanging over my head and I feel so much better for it. Albeit very tired and looking a bit worse for wear.

Next week is full steam ahead with a hospital appointment as you read this, and freelance work Tues-Fri so it's going to be a long one! Kim's sister is also having a 30th party on the weekend so that'll be fun, and another hangover that I don't need!

I'm also going to do some meal-prep so that I am encouraged to eat well as I really meed to shift a bit of weight that I've gained as it's making me unhappy so that'll be boring as hell. I just freakin love pizza so much.

So that's about it really! Hope you had a lovely week.

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