Heart-to-Heart Friday – Treasure Your Friends – Near and Far

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Waiting For A Rainbow: Catching Dreams – 21st June 2015

Bucket List

  • Participate In An Open Mic Night
  • Practise and Travel Independently
  • Go On More Holidays (Local and Aboard)
  • Do Driving Theory and Test
  • Look For Voluntary Weekend Jobs

 

  • Sign Up For Activities/Volunteer Jobs

 

  • Talk More Openly About Anxiety Issues
  • Make Sure to Return Library Books on Time
  • Go To Bed At An Earlier Time, Rather than Later
  • Complete Kat Ashley Novel
  • Help Around the House More
  • Do More Drawing and Photography and Zentangles
  • Plan for the Future; Look into Independent Living, Work Places, etc.
  • Work on Anxiety, Drama and Vocal Exercises
  • Cut Down on Fizzy Drinks
  • Study Extra Hard at Drama School
  • Do More Yoga or Mediation
  • Open Up My Imagination A Bit More
  • Don’t Be Afraid to Say “No”
  • Do More Creative Writing
  • Be A Zoo Keeper For A Day
  • Learn to Play Guitar
  • Be Friendly to Everyone
  • Don’t Be Afraid to Share Ideas with Teachers
  • Do Extra Work with UniversalExtra
  • Practise Sign Language Weekly
  • Cook More
  • Be thankful with What I Have or Got
  • Enjoy Life, As It Is
  • Keep On Believing and Never Stop Dreaming

“Never forget the feelings in your heart when you cross paths”.

June 2015

21st June 2015

In the words of Renee Zellweger, ‘It’s the truth universally acknowledged… that the moment one area of your life starts going OK… another part of it falls spectacularly to pieces’. And these words can’t express the news I’ve received in these last two weeks.

Just as I was settling into my new job, I discovered that Kat is moving away – in three weeks’ time. Since the New Year, I knew she was moving to the Isle of Wight but I didn’t know when, until she’d texted me one night. It was a devastation for me. Since we’ve been little girls, to the huge gap apart, to our reunion a year ago, Kat and I have always been close. With all the other girl friends I have ever had, she has been the most kind, fun and loyal. She wouldn’t hurt me, she shows me how to have fun and I always have good times with her.

When friends and classmates I knew moved away, I felt nothing. Sounds weird? Yes, but that was me. With Kat, it’s different. I have and feel no tears; just great, painful sadness. Although Kat said that she’ll visit me every six months and I can come to visit her. But will our friendship remain the same? That’s the question that has been haunting my mind lately. I haven’t told anyone else (apart from my parents) about this and I don’t know if I want too. Lately, I’ve been trying to cope. Even though life is normal, with the routines and people, I feel everything has changed (or I must be doing a good job of hiding my sadness) and no one seems to notice. Mum wants me to join an autistic social girls group, as usual and there’s more stress over at Drama school. However, Dad has told me that I should give her a present; something I can make myself. So, I will try to do this before Kat moves away, while I’m studying.

Song: I Will Remember You by Sarah McLachlan – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FacDkraAvlI

This song explains my friendship with Kat; even though I’ll see her again, ‘I Will Remember You’ reflects the memories of Kat and the love I have for her as a true best friend.

Meanwhile, I’ve been extremely busy with work and family. Drama school’s been busy (with my schedule), BHF is exciting; honestly, I look forward to it more than Drama school, I’ve back to visit Blenheim Palace with Ann, and I celebrated Father’s Day at my local zoo with my father, my wonderful brother, sister-in-law and nephews. We’ve had wonderful time and like all weekends, they’ve been memorable. Just like old times with friends…

Waiting For A Rainbow – Catching Dreams – Monday 25th May 2015

Monday 25th May

All this talk of bad experiences yesterday has made me realise something – that no matter how tough life is, you’ve got those who will make you smile.

At Drama school, I have some who do just that. It’s important because when we get to our second year and perform a final show together next summer, we have to be strong and make each day count. Sure, we will have our good days or bad, but we need to always be with each other. Whither it’s cheering someone up when they have stage fright, help with stage movements (without arguing or getting annoyed with them) or just simply smiling and be friendly.

The other day, I felt extremely sick after I overdid myself. When some of my peers realised this, they came to the rescue. They brought me a glass of water to drink, fanned me, and poured water onto my neck to cool me down, checked to see if I was alright and stayed with me until my Dad came to pick me up. They’re really thoughtful to do this and they didn’t have to. But since they insisted, I could I say “no”? Poor Jacob looked in shock when one of the teachers had asked me to fetch me water. I could tell he was worried because he had never seen me sick before. Bless him, though; he’s got a heart of gold just like all the others who helped. 😊

However, it’s also important to consider standing up for yourself, which is the process I’m doing right now. It may not be easy but it’s the risk I have to take. You can do this, Georgina Latimer. You can do this! 😊

Waiting For A Rainbow – 30th April – Part II

Note: This entry is a day late; this was due to Internet problems last night. I’m really sorry about that, but I hope you enjoy reading Part II. 🙂

‘Happy Birthday’.

‘“Happy Birthday”?’ I was confused; what on earth was she talking about?

‘You better ring your parents and tell them you’re coming home late, Georgina’.

‘What? Why?’

‘You’re going to see “Disney on Ice” for your birthday’.

I was so shocked; I couldn’t believe it. Ann said she kept the show as a secret since Christmas and I knew nothing about it. We went to see the last show and loved every second of it; there was brilliant ice-skating, dancing and tons of visual effects including fireworks and glow lights. What’s more, the show was inclusive as the audience were allowed to sing along, dance and have fun. I won’t give too much away, expect the movies that were featured were The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Beauty and the Beast and Frozen. Ann and I had a blast and we didn’t want the show to end; there’s no such thing as being too old for Disney!

Songs #4 & #5: I See the Light from ‘Tangled’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLSrOijxFKQ and Let It Go from Frozen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-EZNWeei9Q

 

These songs were in the ‘Disney On Ice’ Show, but I think these songs have a special meaning to me; I See the Light explains positive outcomes and hopes for the future, as I am coming towards, seeing the light. Let It Go was one of the songs that helped me get through my heartbreak a year ago and it helped me become a stronger person. And I sang along to it, because I wanted to! 🙂    

 

Yesterday, I had a small gathering with my close friends at Drama school. After our afternoon lesson (which was Home Education), I brought out cake, chocolate and sweets. We all had a bite and a chat and sang S Club 7 songs. The small party lasted until the early evening and we all had a wonderful time; there weren’t many people around and two of my friends were angry that most of our peers couldn’t be bothered to celebrate or wish me a ‘happy birthday’. But I didn’t care; I learned that I didn’t need a big party to be liked or admired. All I needed was to invite those who were close to me and show everyone that I was having a good time. It’s a wonderful life lesson, one which I will never, ever forget and treasure forever.

Song #6: Reach For the Stars by S Club 7: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SxSnjL3nZ0

This is one of the songs I played and sang along to, while talking to my friends, but this a favourite song of mine because I love it sooo much! 🙂

Today, I had a father and daughter outing with my Dad; we spend the day in London and as a birthday treat, we went to see Romeo and Juliet at the Globe Theatre! It was pretty spectacular; we saw the show in Bay K (the Middle Gallery) and had front row seats. We saw everything! The actors were amazing, the music was amazing, and the action and the romance were amazing. In the interval, I saw (from the corner of my eye) a woman, who was taking pictures of a Lego man, dressed as William Shakespeare standing on the oak rail and in front of the stage, near our seats. After she’d finished, the lady noticed my interest in her Lego figure; I kindly asked her how she made it.

‘I didn’t’, she said. ‘I bought him’.

The lady explained to me that she is currently travelling around the world and she takes pictures of the figure, wherever they go. Then, she lifted the Lego Will’s hair and revealed his baldness. ‘Look; he’s bald’, she laughed. I laughed with her. When Dad came back, I explained to him what the lady was doing and said to me. He was pretty interested too. Before she left, the lady told us that she had published a book, based on Juliet’s Nurse and it is a prequel; the story begins fourteen years prior to the play.

When we got home, I decided to research the book and the lady’s name. First, I discovered that the lady who I spoke to was American author Lois M. Leveen and the book she mentioned was Juliet’s Nurse. It was a complete surprise speaking to her; to be honest, I have never heard of Lois before, nor have I read her books but I now I have, I’m really, really keen to read Juliet’s Nurse which I’ll definitely read sometime soon.

Well, this it. I’m nearly coming to the end of my one year journey and tomorrow, I’ll reach my twenty-first birthday. I hardly can believe it; normally, I wouldn’t finish a task but I’m proud to say that this is my first. Yay! Soon, I’ll be taking a new path into my life – one that (I hope) will be full of new discoveries, new thrilling adventures, positive outcomes and tons of happy memories, full of smiles and uplifting hearts. I’m sure it will (*TOUCH WOOD*) because I can feel it in my heart. (*TOUCH WOOD, AGAIN*).

Waiting For A Rainbow – 1st April

There’ll be times that’ll go wrong; you may feel like a failure. But there’s a light, shining inside of you. That’s your faith telling you, ‘Hey, its okay. Try again cause you will get through this’. And that’s what I’m going to do – try again”.

April 2015

Wednesday 1st April

March didn’t start well; I’ve been emotionally down as the same people who wouldn’t allow me to have my personal space, started violating in order to get my attention (and maybe a reaction).When I have these situations, I do my best to ignore them, but there are some who just wouldn’t leave me alone!The things they do to me are really, really bad. I had my hips grabbed and squeezed very tightly while I was eating my food; this left me in pain for a day,I have had my neck grabbed too, but it felt like someone was attempting to strangle me, I’ve been poked in the back and on one occasion, I’ve had someone, using their elbow to press onto my skull. All of these situations have happened behind the teachers’ backs and when they are lots of people around.

I started to feel frustrated and really anxious, in case they would try and go for me again. Also, I have begun to step away from nearly all my peers and friends, hide in corners, standing near doors and wondering by myself around the school. None of the teachers have noticed my behaviour (yet), but I have told my parents and learning monitor.

When I explain my problems, I would always let them out in frustration because that’s the only way I can let it all out. However, I’ve noticed that Mum was fed up of listening to me lately.She told me that I have been rude and becoming a control freak; instead, she said I should just stop complaining and keep saying “No”, so the people can stop picking on me. I could easily see that Mum’s advice wasn’t going to help because every time I did, they’ll still pick on me.

Song #1: Land Of Confusion by Genesis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZujuYiweht8

This song explains about my difficulties at Drama school and home, while I’ve been publishing articles on my blog.

At the same time, most of my peers were ignoring me. I then decided to give myself personal space and do creative writing; this caused a lot of attention. And in a good way. I realised that there were really interested and I even got praised for my work. This helped me to boost my confidence. Next, I tried mixing with my peers, politely asking them to join in their conversations. I normally do this, but I usually don’t get a response or just a simple “yeah”. However, they were very accepting; I even had discussions and debates about various subjects. Since then, I’ve not looked back; old friendships have rekindled and new friendships have been made.

12 Angry Men was a huge success. Sometimes, we had a small audience; one show was tiny since we performed on Mother’s Day. Mostly, we had sold out shows and on the opening night, we had a standing ovation, which is very unusual. When the show finished, we had positive feedback from the audience and in our evaluation session. I couldn’t have been more proud.

Song #2: Let In the Sun by Take That: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhG6pZIlhZQ

This song was new at this time and I would frequently listen to it when I was travelling to Drama school. Then, I realised it was a message, telling me to open myself and keep smiling. And I’m glad I did. 🙂

Towards the end of the spring term, I was attempted to participate in a special class at Drama school. This session is called Playhouse. Playhouse allows where students and staff to share their work they’ve done outside of the school; it takes place every term. At the last minute, I submitted a play, (which is early in development). I have written a short monologue. Finding directors and actors weren’t easy but E agreed to perform while another girl in my year agreed to direct. I did manage to find an actress, who agreed to participate as my main character. However, the actress said that she had to do something. Despite that, she said she wanted to do this. Within days leading to the session, I didn’t get any response from the actress when I tried to send things to her. On the day, she didn’t turn up. This meant, I had to leave my piece and I went home.  

Song #3: True Colours by Phil Collins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4txwNwz_MP8

I would listen to this song whenever I feel down. Although I like Cyndi Lauper’s version, I love this version more because it makes me feel better, like Phil Collins is telling a story. 

Next day, the actress apologised out of the blue and I didn’t know what to do. True, I was worried and stressed that she wasn’t responding to me but I was in a real sticky situation. I asked my Mum for advice; in the end I accepted the actress’ apology and said I was thinking of her.I haven’t seen her since. I learned an important lesson that day. Although these things happen, I just have to accept, carry on and try again.Sometimes, it’s best to forgive others even if it’s hard not to.

On that same afternoon, I went in Drama school for a lesson. I then broke up for Easter.

When I finished my spring term, I did things and I visited people. I took Mum out for a late Mother’s Day dinner with Dad, I went out to dinner with T at our, new local Frankie & Benny’s restaurant, had a few girly day outings with A, went to a lecture in my local library about Elizabeth I and Walter Raleigh; there is a novel about them and the author was presenting it. Also, I had been tidying my bedroom, catching up on my writing, and homework and I did some gardening. I normally don’t do this but one day, I asked Mum if she needed help; in the end, I ended up planting Lily of the Valley bulbs in our back garden. I was so proud of myself.

Now I’m off, I have to focus getting ready for the summer term and prepare for what lies ahead. In March, I learned that T is moving away; I don’t know when she’ll move but I know that I have to spend more time with her beforehand. Also, I have to prepare for my second year. I cannot believe I nearly finished my first year already. And doing this while I catch up on my creative writing and homework. Life’s too short to stand still, so I’m going to take risks and try to make the rest of it.

Song #4: Over the Rainbow by Eva Cassidy: https://vimeo.com/51146842

During March, we had lots of rainy days and rainbows appearing. I guess, they were reminding me that there is still hope and I shouldn’t give up. I grew up with this song and it always reminds me that I should never stop chasing my dreams. This song was the inspiration for the title, “Waiting For A Rainbow”, so I have many reasons to put this in. XD     

WAITING FOR A RAINBOW – 1ST FEBRUARY 2015 – PART II

On the third, I started performing Peter Pan again and it a really good show. My last show was on the tenth. I had a week off after the last show.

During the half-term, A and I returned to Bletchley Park. Everything there had changed; when we first went to Bletchley, there were dug out holes around the grounds and there wasn’t a lot to see. Now, there is plenty to see; there are restored huts and we got a chance to see them, Alan Turing’s office and a new exhibition where they exhibited the set, costumes and props from The Imitation Game in the mansion. It is amazing.

After Bletchley, A and I had train delays. But, we only had to wait ten minutes before getting a train. We went back to A’s house and I watched a film, Sex and the City. J joined us but decided to watch an American Football match on his iPad instead. After the film, A and I watched a little bit of the match but I couldn’t stop taking my eye off one of the hosts.

“Alright, that’s it, I’m officially fancying American men”, I said in jokey way.

A and I had a really good laugh about it.

Later in the week, I met up with T and had a lunch at our local Pizza Express restaurant. Then, Mum, Dad and I went to see the musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in London’s West End. However, we had a “spanner in the works” day. It started getting a train to London Blackfairs. We missed our scheduled train and had to wait twenty minutes before we could get the next one. After we arrived at Blackfairs, we caught a cab that drove us to the Savoy Theatre. We missed the show by a few minutes but it was alright. The show was really good and enjoyed every moment of it.

The next situation came when we went home. After having dinner at Nando’s and a walk in Trafalgar Square, we travelled back to St Pancras station when we were stopped a huge crowd who were heading towards the barrier; no one could get through. We the reason for the delays that there was incident involving a person, who was hit by a train at West Hampstead Station. So, Mum and Dad decided to take an alternative route. It wasn’t easy; we had to go back on the underground, to a different station and switch two lines. Overall, it took us nearly an hour and a half. We didn’t arrive back home until ten in the evening. It was pretty frustrating; I’m not used to situations like these but it taught me an important lesson – to always stop and ask for help before deciding your alternative route. Luckily, we didn’t have any more spanner in the works days later that week.

And in between the excitement, I tidied up my room and catched up on my homework (as usual).

On the eighteenth, A and I went to St. Albans, Hertfordshire for the day. We did some shopping and had lunch at Nando’s. Then, we went on a tour around St. Albans Abbey; this year, the Abbey is celebrating nine hundred years since its foundation. The Abbey was amazing. It has a mixture of Victorian gothic and medieval structure. But, the room that captivated me was the Lady Chapel; it’s the most beautiful section in the Abbey. A and I would like to come back again later in the year.

I went back to Drama school again on the twenty-first. On the same day, I’ve started rehearsals for the school’s spring show, 12 Angry Men.

On the twenty-fourth, A and I went up to London. In the morning, we went to visit 221b Baker Street – the home of Sherlock Holmes. On the way to the house, we stopped in front of the TFL Lost Property Office. Through the window, there were old antiques that were found on public transport; these included a top hat, a 1930’s iron, left on Bus No. 49 and an early mobile phone. A and I were curious; it was interesting to see antiques that you would never expect to see on public transport and displayed in front of glass window.

Then, we went on a tour around Holmes’ house. I won’t explain all in detail but the house is wonderful. It has fire places with real fire burning inside and real candles, and you can have pictures in the house, wearing Dr Watson and Holmes’ hats.

After lunch at Nando’s, we went to see Shakespeare in Love at the Noël Coward Theatre. It was a really funny play, with a tremendous cast (including the dog), stunning chorography and amazing set. The set was built to look like The Globe Theatre in Shakespeare’s time. At the end of the show, A and I collected white heart-shaped confetti that was used in the wedding scene.

Our favourite part of the day was the play; in our opinion, it was better than the film.

On the thirtieth, I had a photo shoot morning with a professional photographer. The event took place a studio, which was actually an old horse stable, in the middle of the countryside.

The pictures he took were amazing. One minute, I would be dressed in my red dress I wore at the fancy dress party; next, I would be dressed in a white men’s shirt and posing like a 1930’s gangster. It was really fun to do and I enjoyed every moment of it.

Today, it was I’s birthday and to celebrate, he, his parents and I went out for lunch at the Shard in London.

Our original plan was to travel to London Bridge Station; however, I had another spanner-in-the-works day. We couldn’t get onto the Jubilee Line or London St Pancras because of engineering works and flooding between Blackfairs, and London Bridge (Apparently, this has happened for a week). So, we had to take a diversion. In the end, we travelled from West Hampstead, then changed to the Jubilee Line to Finchley Road, the Metropolitan Line to Baker Street, the Circle Line to St Pancras and the Northern Line to London Bridge.

Then, we arrived to the shard and went up into the lift. It took us ten seconds to wait inside; we arrived from the ground to the 32nd Floor; the Oblix Restaurant, where we had our meal. The restaurant was lovely and the staff were very friendly. Although we sat next to the open kitchen, the view we had was incredible.

Where we sat, there breath-taking views of St Pauls, the River Thames, Southwark Cathedral, the BT Tower and the Houses of Parliament. I and I took lots of pictures of Central London from the Shard when we had breaks from our meals.

The food and drinks were nice too. I had gluten-free beard, seared beef, lime, chilli, garlic, and ginger dressing as a starter, rotisserie chicken, as the main and coconut semi-freddo, passion fruit & mango for dessert. For drinks, I had a coke, sprinkling water, a virgin territory Kiwi, apple, ginger, mint cocktail and cups of fresh mint tea.

After dinner, we travelled back home and I got a little tipsy.

I don’t drink alcohol much. But when I do, I go a little crazy; when the train between Baker Street and Finchley Road was bumpy, I ended up dancing on one of the train poles. (Don’t worry, it wasn’t inappropriate) I regret doing it; luckily, I didn’t make a scene.

When we arrived back at I’s house, I and I watched a program called Animals In Love. Then, my parents and I sang “Happy Birthday” to I and watched him blowing out the candles, that were on top of his gluten-free ginger birthday cake. I eat a slice and it wasn’t long before my parents came to pick me up. I had a lovely day; it’s certainly a day to remember, not for me, but for I too.

Lately, I’ve been really down about life. For a few days, there have been friends at Drama school who either wouldn’t give me my personal space or would choose to ignore me when I try to join into conversations.

Why do people do it? Is it in their nature to do, or are they doing it because they think its “cool”?

When I travel back home, I think deep in my thoughts. Why? Am I a bad person? What have I done wrong? Sometimes, it could get emotional. I would get a huge lump in my throat but I would control myself, as I didn’t want to make a scene.

In my mind, I wish to run away and start a new life. However, I know it never solves anything. Instead, I would talk to my parents; they are a few people I can trust.

Mum and Dad have told me that situations like these still happen today; even the older generation share them.It’s surprising that small talk can teach you a lot of things.No person is alone in this world; there is always someone who is an outcast at school, work or home.People will make you invisible, but be calm and keep smiling. If that doesn’t work, you can always tell the truth.Some people (like me) aren’t brave and have difficulty talking about their feelings with loved ones and strangers. If we have the courage, explaining your troubles can change lives.But you have to prepare yourself for what people say about you.Some of their words aren’t true or kind. Be strong; you have a voice that has a right to be heard.

I try, but, I don’t succeed. I guess I’m afraid because I lose my confidence all the time. I have stood up for myself a few times; I know that’s not enough. I wish I could take on my advice…

Song #2 – Lost Stars by Keira Knightly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-5eibAoQD4&spfreload=1

This song explains my thoughts and feelings about my friends; the lyrics truly match the emotions I was going through.

WAITING FOR A RAINBOW – 1ST FEBRUARY 2015 – PART I

Bucket List – Things To Do Before I Turn 21

Glastonbury

  1. Visit Versailles ^
  2. Take a Photography Course
  3. Learn to Play the Guitar
  4. Publish Something (!)
  5. Host a Dinner Party – and Invite People (!)
  6. Have a Portrait Painted (or in this case, photographed)
  7. Learn a Foreign Language
  8. Be An Extra in a Film/Television Program
  9. Do My Own Laundry (!)
  10. Get a Move On With My Driving (!)
  11. Be a Zoo Keeper For A Day
  12. Be More Charitable
  13. Volunteer To Help
  14. Go Somewhere Unfamiliar
  15. Sing karaoke
  16. Go 24 Hours Without Technology
  17. Watch A Sunset
  18. Be Brave
  19. Create a Dream Home – For When I Move Out (Goodness Knows How Long It’ll Be)
  20. Plan An Awesome 21st Birthday Party (!)

“Dreams come slowly, but I am determined to achieve them. Whatever it takes”.

 

                                                                                                                                                 January 2015


 Sunday 1st February

After the New Year, I was unsure if I was going to gain confidence and falling in love (if I find the right person). But all of that was about to change. One morning, I overheard a song from the radio which was coming from our kitchen. The song was Don’t Give Up by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush. I took my iPad and listened to the full song. I listened to the lyrics very carefully; I realised something. I mustn’t give up on something just because of the bad things that have happened to me.

Song #1 – Don’t Give Up by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twVErD4Wf0I

If I wasn’t going to find true love straight away, then I’m going to start sharing and caring with the people I admire the most. Also, I’m going consecrate on my studies and find a job. No more distractions for me; I’m going to be an independent woman. I have already made a start.

At home, I’ve started a food diary; I’m not a huge fan of healthy-eating and exercising, but I am determined to lose weight.

Also, I’m doing a British Sign Language course; in the comfort of my own home. I’ve started on New Year’s Day with Mum.I’m on lesson two now.I try to practice every one to two weeks but it is impossible as I am trying to keep on top of my work at Drama school.

January has been a month full of roller coaster rides and emotions; one minute, I am happy, then I will be feeling sad at the next. It certainly has been a challenge and I’ve made mistakes along the way, but something tells me this won’t end for a while.

H stayed for the rest of New Year’s Day after sleeping around the night before. Mum and I went for a walk, back in Ashridge with my Auntie and A. It was a very cold, wet day but it was worth getting out once in a while.

On the second, Mum, Dad and I went to a 40th birthday costume party. I didn’t know we were going until on the day.

The birthday we were celebrating was my cousins, B. The theme for the party was favourite Hollywood actors or actresses in movies. I knew who I wanted to be; Julia Roberts.

I had a bright, red dress, which was almost similar to the one she wore in Pretty Woman. However, my short hair didn’t match because Mum and Dad thought I needed to be a look-a-like. Mum said I looked more like Mia Farrow or Grace Kelly, but I didn’t want to go as either of them.

My parents and I arrived at the party at half-eight; this took place in a venue at the Hilton Hotel. When we went inside, we greeted our cousins.

B dressed up as John Travolta, my cousin-in-law, E was Natalie Portman from Black Swan; their eldest Y was Hermione Granger from Harry Potter, M was Anna and the youngest La was Elsa from Frozen.

We had so much fun; there was a live disco and we got to catch up with everyone, even my teenage cousin, R. We are very close, like A and me; we have extremely long girly chats because we don’t see each other a lot; the last time we saw each other was a year ago. R and I also bumped into, met and talked to the children.

In the middle of the party, there was a dance-off; boys vs. girls, involving the grown-ups. I watched the first round, however, I saw that the girls weren’t doing very well. In the end, I went onto the dance floor to join them. I stood next to E and gave it all I got. In the end, the girls won the dance-off.

Then, we congaed to the song “Follow the Leader”, with B as the leader. Afterwards, R and I spent some time with a tired Y; she fell asleep straight away on R’s lap.

However, M was wide awake. She and her friend came round and chatted to us. Then, I took my high-heels off my aching feet; that was big mistake. The girls admired my shoes. Suddenly, they picked them up and began to run. They dared me to chase them so I could get my heels back. M and her friend were screaming when I tried to catch them, clinging to my heels with tight grips in their hands. Soon, R and Dad were involved; it took me fifteen minutes to get them back. By the time I did, it was time to go home. We all had a lovely time, but running around the venue was exhausting.