This blog is mostly things that have happened to me as a mackem living on liverpool, but some are things that have happened to friends and family both in sunderland and in liverpool.
A wise bird once said 'its a tough job being a scouse bird' but honestly its even tougher being a mackem bird trying to fit in with scouse birds! But I love it and wouldn't change it for the world :-) x

Friday, 2 May 2014

Princess my new kitten

I'm not going to lie, I am a dog person not a cat person.  I have nothing against cats I just prefer dogs, they just seem so much more fun. And PB hates cats! I mean actually hates them!! He chases them from the garden and everything.
But then B showed me the cutest little ball of fluff I have ever set eyes on and I fell in love. Her cat had kittens and she wanted to sell them but one got left behind so she thought she would appeal to my love for all things cute. Well played b, well played.

I have named my new kitten princess because I fully intend to spoil her, all of her little cat friends are going to worship her she is so gorgeous. PB isn't happy but it's my house my rules and all that

I have never actually had a pet but I've looked after my aunties cats before so hopefully I will be ok at it!!

Wish me luck!!
Ps cats are clearly the new dogs...princess is so playful  and when she looks at me I just want to cuddle her forever!

Monday, 28 April 2014

Disaster dating part 2

I once went out with a fella who cheated on everyone (I didnt know this at the time, I was young and naive). He thought he was dead clever, but he was caught out so obviously not clever enough.
As far as I can tell you have to be quite cunning and have a good memory to be able to get away with cheating.  I have known men to have two phones,  one for their partner and one for their 'women', which is quite clever really. I have known people to pretend their phone is broken while they spend a weekend with their bit on the side. I have seen them saving girls numbers in their phone as lads names so the woman wont realise that they are actually texting women. There are men that date people who arent from their area so that they can go out drinking and pull a bird without their girlfriend knowing.  Like I said, cunning.
But they have to have a good memory, I have been told that they turned their phone off because their dad was ill, or that they had been mugged and were in hospital but then a few weeks later when asked about this they didnt have a clue what I was talking about.

However,  the one man that really stuck in my head for being the worst cheat ever was actually the biggest cheat. I was seeing him only for a couple of months but he got jealous if I spoke to any other lad (I was working as a lifeguard at the time so it was a bit difficult not to). I had my suspicions,  like when he didnt reply for days, or I would get texts that didnt really make sense, as if it was halfway through a convo that I wasnt having with him. He denied it of course but then he made a massive mistake.  He asked me if I had got his text at work, I hadnt and he panicked.  I mean really panicked.  Turns out he had sent a text saying 'how about a quickie after work' thinking it was me he had text but it was actually his girlfriend of four years (he always said he was single) and when I kicked off it came out that he had also been having sex with half of the people I worked with.  It was actually quite funny, if he had only had two phones that would never have happened. His girlfriend found out obviously and dumped him and we actually get on really well now.

I cant abide cheaters but even I can be impressed by the lengths some men will go to! All of the first part of this was about one man who managed to fool me into thinking he was faithful just really unlucky. I probably would still be with him if his memory had been better!

@mackembeauty2 X

A trip to manchester

I have never actually been to manchester before last weekend, ive been through it when I used to visit PB before we moved in together,  but the furthest I ventured in was going to maccies before catching my next train to liverpool.
As we were both off this weekend PB decided that he would take me to manchester shopping, which I was a bit too excited about as im like a dog when someone gets the doglead out, I looove shopping. We got the train through as I dont like driving in places that I dont know that are busy (I have a tendency to be in the wrong lane and PB wont tell me until there are about five cars in the lane I want to be in so I cant move over-so stressful!) Plus I love the train as I get to read my kindle while he annoys everyone by trying to sing off key to whatever he listens to.
I wont bore you with what shops we went into etc other than selfridges.
Wow. I love this store!!
The only downside was my fella was in a trackie (grey adidas that I bought him for his birthday) and I was in a dress from new look, and when we went into one of the male clothes shops within selfridges the assistant tried to discreetly ask the security guard to watch us so he literally followed us around. Im not sure why this is, we dont look poor and I imagine they get scousers in all the time so I doubt it was that. The only thing I could come up with is that although we dont look poor we also dont look rich, I am in my twenties (im 23 to be exact) but I look younger (I once got ID'd in ASDA for buying an aerosol deodorant!). This annoyed me quite a bit as I am from a well off family and I do have quite a bit of money (im not trying to brag I just want you to know why it annoys me when people assume I cant afford things because I am young-it is the same when people assume I am thick because I like to look good and then they act all shocked when they find out about my job and degrees). Anyway, I took this as a perfect opportunity to have a julia roberts/pretty woman inspired moment. Cue me finding the handbags (oh my word the handbags, I was in heaven!!!) And buying the most gorgeous Saint Lauren across the body bag in colour blush (it is like a pale peachy colour), I wanted the jimmy choo calf leather bag but it was over a grand more so PB said no :-(
I also bought a ring and bracelet from Tiffany for my mams birthday and Christmas present (forward planning and all that-I had a point to prove) and bought my fella some polo shirts and new shoes that he wanted. We then went back into the first shop/section and you should have seen the assistants face. PB pretended to look at some more polo shirts while I wrinkled my nose and said loudly 'no babe they look cheap, I wouldnt let you out looking like a scruff' and then smiled sweetly and walked out. Oh their faces.
Overall I did have a brilliant time, we didnt go for food which was a shame but I did spend quite a bit of money and got a gorgeous bag! I dont think we will be going back for a while as I do tend to go a bit googly eyed when I see handbags and shoes and they are quite expensive there and although I think they are worth it PB doesnt agree.
I will post some pics of our shopping haul soon :-)

@mackembeauty2 X

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Disaster dating part 1-internet dating

As mentioned before these arent what have happened to me but have happened to mates...

The one with the wife and kids
I joined a dating site which I wont name but put it this way, there are plenty of fish in the sea, a few years ago when I was 19. A bit early to be on a dating site I know, but I thought it would be a laugh and I could get to meet men that I wouldnt normally meet.
I put a few pics of me and my best mate, and I got quite a few replies (some of which sadly preferred my mate but I suppose that was my own fault for not just putting pics of me up). There was one man, a marine (it is a well known fact that everybody looks better in an army/marine uniform) and he looked fit so I replied.  To be honest I did think he was far too good looking to be on a dating site but who was I to judge. We messaged each other quite a bit-usually on a night time and he never replied before 7pm but he said it was just his job. After a few weeks we swapped numbers and arranged to meet up. Well, tried to arrange to meet up. He wouldnt text at certain times of the day and never at weekends, I suggested some days to meet and he always had an excuse not to. I ended up telling him to delete my number as there was no point in keeping in touch if we would never meet. He rang me and whispered that he thought he was falling in love with me and it was just awkward as his mates were at his for a few weeks and he didnt want them to know he was internet dating. He gave a sob story about how he had been seeing this girl for years but she dumped him and his mates might think he was a loser or something.  I went along with it cos he was sweet and kept texting him. He started ringing me too, but never answered if I rang him and started turning his phone off. The signs were all there but I ignored them until I showed one of my girl friends his picture. It turned out he had a wife and a child that went to the same school as my friends daughter.  That was why he couldn't answer because he was with her. I text him telling him I knew about the wife and told delete my number and all he replied with was 'my wife doesnt need to know' errrr thanks but no thanks I am no mans bit on the side! I promptly deleted him and hoped that next time I would listen to my gut instincts.

The one with the pictures
I was messaging a man on a dating site for a few days before we swapped numbers.  He wasnt my usual type but had managed to charm me and he seemed canny enough. He told me he had a child, had gotten his ex pregnant but didnt find out until after they had split up. At least he was upfront about it. The first text I got from him came when I was at work and shocked me...I mean really shocked me. 'Send me a pic of your tits babe im in the toilet w*nking' erm how about no! He told me he had been joking and I believed him so we carried on texting. I wasnt going to send a topless picture to anyone never mind someone I had never met! A few days later I got a picture message, again at work,  it was a picture of his c*ck with a text saying 'do you like what you see,  send me a pic of your tight, shaven p*ssy' erm no mate, I am not a porn star nor am I a call girl. I blocked his number and showed everyone at work the pictures, well if he wanted it to be seen I would happily oblige. A word of advice...if you have never met someone and have only known them a few weeks, dont send or ask for dirty pics. A woman will show all of her mates and have a good laugh about it!

The possessive one
I had swapped numbers with a man I met online who lived not too far from me. He rang me every night and we talked about everything. I had just come out of a relationship so told him I didnt want anything serious yet. He told me he had never had a girlfriend but that he couldnt understand why. He had had a few replies on a dating site but nothing ever came of them. He also told me he once rang the police on his own brother after they had a fight....who even does that! I told him I could never imagine anyone wanting their own sibling arrested and he didnt reply to me for a few days.
Meanwhile I met someone at work who I got on well with and we arranged to go out. I was telling my mate ali all about it when I got a phonecall from internet guy shouting at me for arranging to meet up with someone when I was messaging him. I said that we werent dating and had never even met so although we talked that didnt mean that I couldnt see someone else. He totallly flipped and said he never wanted to talk to me again and that I was just a cheat like all the other girls. He sent me maybe a dozen texts saying how I had betrayed him and he was going to get his own back, and then sent a picture of a girl draped all over him with the caption 'this could have been you' as if that would make me jealous. I didnt even bother replying.

These are just a few things that have happened while trying out Internet dating. What I have noticed though is that their are quite a few men (and women as I have been told by men that are on dating sites) that use someone elses picture as their own (someone used my picture once and I wasnt even on a dating site) and when caught out say 'oh that was an old picture' oh right yeah, when you used to be a model, what happened since then? Had some bad plastic surgery on your face?! Theres no way you have ever looked like that mate.

More soon.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Funny things I was told as a child...

I was born in October 1989 so grew up as a 90s child really.  For those of you who also grew up in the 90s you will probably have been told similar things by your family especially if you are from sunderland too.

When I was growing up my parents,  especially my mam, told me some things that I genuinely believed at the time and obviously now I know it was all just white lies but I think they are quite funny.

1. If you swallow a cherry pip a cherry will grow inside of mam used to say this to me all of the time and on one occasion I did accidentally swallow one and I became convinced I had a tree growing inside of me. I even asked to go to the doctors to have it removed!

2. If you sniff up a fly it will eat your brain and make it turn to mush...when I had a cold I never used to like blowing my nose I just used to sniff instead. My mam must have got sick of it and told me that if I kept sniffing a fly would go up my nose and eat my brain. I soon stopped!

3. If the ice cream man plays music it means there is no ice cream left. ..just like the advert I was told this. I used to watch other kids running to the van and used to think how stupid are they dont they know hes got nothing left!

4. If we were naughty the men in the white coats would take us to the naughty childrens home...There was an old orphanage on a hill in seaham that we used to drive past on the way to my auntys house and we were told that it was a home for naughty girls. Whenever we were naughty we would get threatened with this, along with stories about other kids that had been sent there and were never seen again. We were told men in white coats who drove blue or white vans would come and my mam even pretended to ring them one day just as a white van pulled up outside! Needless to say we were the perfect children for the rest of that day!

5. Your teeth fall out if you kiss a boy...even our teachers told us this but we weighed up the pros and cons and decided to play catchy kiss anyway.  If you dont know what this game is, boys chase girls around the playground and when they catch them they kiss them and the game begins again. The girls pretend they dont want to be caught but secretly they do.

6. If youre naughty in a shop the shopkeeper will hit you with a big stick...obviously I was never hit with a big stick but the threat did mean that we were always perfect when in public.  When I started working a weekend job while I was at college and uni, a woman actually referred to me as the woman with the big stick to her child. I felt so old!

7. Eating crusts makes your hair curly. have to realise that this was at a time when I didnt want curly hair so I used to cut all of the crusts off and give them to my curly haired friend.

8. Eating carrots make you see in the dark. ..I think everyone was told this. Me and my sister didnt really believe it but thought we would eat extra just incase.

9. Gypsies kidnap children and hide them in drains until the parents have Gonerby and then take them away....I was told this when I went to benidorm for the first time as a child and there was a gypsy camp near to the hotel.  We werent allowed anywhere without an adult just incase.

10. Santa knows when youre sleeping. was actually a slight variation on this,  I was told if we werent in bed by 7pm on Christmas eve night then santa wouldnt bring any presents.  Well played parents, well played.

11. The stork brings babies...again there was a slight variation on this again as we were told my mam got a catalogue where she chose a baby and the stork brought that baby.

There was probably a whole load more, and im sure you got told some that I haven't mentioned too.  If I remember anymore I will add them :)