He thinks the gap in my teeth is sexy! – 15th to 17th November 2000

Wednesday 15th I’ve had 2 offers from universities! It was really good opening the letters to find out they want me! I got them from:

Hull > Conditional offer > 12 points
Sheffield > Conditional offer > grades B, C and C

Bye!

Thursday 16th I got a letter from UCAS today to say they’ve received 2 application forms from me. I phoned them up and they confirmed it. Apparently someone’s sent them the copy that should be in college too!

Jake told me thought that he thinks the gap in my teeth is sexy! I don’t think so!

I’ve got a cold. 😦

Bye!

Friday 17th  The college all went in school uniform today for Children In Need cos it was non-uniform day for the school!

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[Left to right: Back – Suzie, me, Sarah and Cat. Karen. Front – Isaac and Hayley.]

My voice has gone funny but Jake told me it’s nice husky (cos of my cold!) and then that I’m beautiful and then that he liked my hair how I wore it with my uniform (in 2 small bunches!).

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Bye!

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It’s my 18th birthday today!! – 12th November 2000

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Part of Auntie G’s present →

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Yes, that’s right, it’s my 18th birthday today!! I’ve got loads of money and loads of presents!! Jake bought me a pink Quiksilver jacket that I’ve like for ages, I got lots of little presents off Mum, Dad and Abby and jewellery off everyone in Wick.

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[Sporting my pink coat at a later date with Abby and Rhian in Wick.]

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[Still got the box decorated by Mum and filled with 18 little presents. It’s now one source of hideous teenage photos that I add to these posts.]

Jake and I somehow ended up in Chester just wandering round. It was a bit boring, rainy and cold but very nice!

Bye!

At least 3 of them were very, very fit! – 8th to 11th November

Wednesday 8th I went to the doctor’s again today and he thinks it’s a trapped nerve, possibly caused by me banging my elbow on something. I’ve got to go back in 2 weeks if it doesn’t improve. He mentioned something about nerve conduction tests. They don’t sound too good!

I missed half of college today cos I couldn’t write.

Bye!

Friday 10th

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I got this ↑ from Mr Smith’s nightclub in Warrington plus 8 of these:

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[They had such a strict over 18s policy that they invited me on a night when I was still 17. Good old Smith’s!]

So, a load of my mates and I went tonight. Jake didn’t come cos he hates it there but I wasn’t that bothered. It’s more fun with just my mates. Quite a few people didn’t get in in the end but all my main friends did.

I really enjoyed myself! I had loads of lads trying it on with me (and at least 3 of them were very, very fit!) but I rejected them all, of course!

Bye!

Saturday 11th Work was awful today! Q (a chef) was being a right bastard as soon as I arrived and then I kept dropping things cos of my hand being numb.

I saw Jake for a bit and Auntie G and Grandma S came to visit.

Bye!

He stabbed me with a needle – 3rd to 7th November

Friday 3rd Jake drove me round to the doctor’s this morning because I’ve had a numb right hand since Wednesday. I first noticed it when I was washing my hair. It’s really weird and, cos I can’t feel my hand properly, it takes me ages to write stuff.

The doctor twisted my hand about a bit, he stabbed me with a needle and he told me it looks like I’ve irritated a nerve. I’ve got to take Ibuprofen for a while.

It was the garden centre bonfire and firework display tonight at the garden centre itself so, because Abby’s boyfriend works there, Jake and I were allowed to go. It was good but it rained a lot!

Bye!

Monday 6th My hand’s got really bad and I can’t keep up with my note taking in college and it’s such a mess.

I’m worried!

Bye!

Tuesday 7th I didn’t go to college today cos I’m not getting anything done and Mum thinks it might help if I don’t write for a bit cos it could be making it worse.

I went to see Coyote Ugly at the Trafford Centre cinema with Jake tonight. It was quite good actually but Jake obviously fancied the main character in it!

Bye!

Cat was pissing us off beyond belief! – 29th & 31st October 2000

Sunday 29th This morning, we dumped out bags at Victoria Station so we could wander round for the day until our flight. We all split up again, this time it was just me, Jake and Floyd. The others went shopping but the rest of us decided that we’d let Floyd see all the sights cos he’s not been before. Plus, Cat was pissing us off beyond belief!

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We went to Westminster, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, the Thames, Pizza Hut and then Covent Garden cos Jake wanted to go in Starbucks. After that, we went back to Victoria, got the coach, got the plane and came home. Jake and I didn’t want to!

Bye!

Tuesday 31st Jake and I went to see Billy Elliot at the cinema tonight. It was sooo good! When he left for the Royal Ballet School though, it made me think of Jake leaving for Canada so it upset me a bit.

Jake and I both ended up in floods of tears in the Trafford Centre car park for about 45 minutes cos we’re really dreading being spit up. He kept telling me he loves me and cares for me and has never loved anyone before so it’s not fair.

When I got in, I had a message from him saying, “I LOVE YOU!!! YOU’RE SO SPECIAL – NOT JUST COS YOU MAKE ME CRY! I DON’T LIKE CRYING BUT IF IT’S WITH YOU – THAT’S OK! LOTS OF HUGS + KISSES! WISH I COULD BE THERE TO GIVE THEM TO YOU! NIGHT NIGHT!!! SWEET DREAMS! LOVE YOU… FOREVER… LOTS! : ) xxx JAKE xxx”.

The after that I got, “REMEMBER IN THE DOG ONE NIGHT WE BOTH ASKED THE MAGIC 8 BALL IF WE’D BE TOGETHER FOREVER? WELL I HOPE WE ARE! THE LAST 8 + A BIT MONTHS HAVE BEEN THE HAPPIEST 8 + A BIT MONTHS OF MY LIFE! I REALLY THINK WE ARE MEANT TO BE TOGETHER! WE BOTH LIKED EACH OTHER AND NOT WE LOVE EACH OTHER! : ) NIGHT NIGHT TESS!”

Ohh, he’s so sweet!!

Bye!

They were making dodgy noises ALL NIGHT! – 28th October 2000

Saturday 28th We went to the Rotherhithe Youth Hostel first this morning so we didn’t’ have to carry all our bags around with us. While we were there, Cat announced that we were going to the Tate Modern and we would spend at least 3 and a half hours there! Funnily enough, the rest of us weren’t all that keen on the idea!

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[Arriving at Rotherhithe Youth Hostel with all my possessions in one plastic bag, it seems. Left to right – Gethin, Floyd, Lizzie, Jake and me.]

 

If that Millennium Bridge thing hadn’t been shut cos of the wobble then Lizzie, Mike, Jake and I would probably have gone into the Tate Modern so we could cross it. Instead, the 4 of us took a sudden interest in St Paul’s Cathedral until Gethin and Cat were out of site then we pretty much legged it! We did ring just to let them know we’d “lost” them though!

First we went to Hamley’s cos Jake wanted to go in for some reason and then Camden Market. I like it there. If you get bored, you can just do a bit of people-watching! We wandered round for ages and it was chucking it down with rain. We brought some stuff e.g. a lighter saying “tosser” on it for Gethin as an apology for putting him through the Tate Modern experience with Cat!

After getting a bit lost in Camden trying to find the tube station, we headed for Notting Hill just to have a look. We took 2 steps out of the station and went back to Rotherhithe cos the weather was awful and we were soaking.

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As soon as the other 2 got back they pissed the rest of us off (especially Cat) cos they’d been looking through our shopping and Gethin told us he’d seen his present when we gave it him. I had a bit of a go at them cos no-one else bothered and Jake told me later that Lizzie said she likes me cos I say what I think. Perhaps that’s not always a good thing though!

We all got a bit drunk later (except Cat who got VERY drunk!) so it was quite funny. Cat phoned up Crown Cars taxi firm in Warrington and asked for a taxi to Clapham Common! The bloke played along with it so it was really good! She also phoned ABBA Cabs and asked for Bjorn but the woman just told her to grow up!

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[Lizzie’s lovely legs.]

Rotherhithe has a reputation for being a bit of a dodgy area apparently so when we saw 2 scally lads outside, we weren’t surprised. Lizzie, Cat, Gethin and I went to the window to have a look but when I moved away, they were telling the others to get me back to the window. Jake got all protective even though I stayed away and shoved me further into the room. He sulked for a bit and then apologised, saying he just doesn’t like other lads looking at me like that.

Cat didn’t move out of Floyd’s bed even when the lights went out and they were making dodgy noises ALL NIGHT! It was so annoying (and a bit disgusting)! However, Jake and I wouldn’t have slept much anyway. The usual 3 happened and then 4. It was very good! Afterwards, we were just lying there and he said it was better than he expected. I’m not sure if he was referring to what he’d just done or the trip in general but, whichever, I agree!

Bye!

 

Jake had Floyd and I holding his hands – 27th October 2000

Friday 27th Our first day in London!

We stopped over at Cat Elliot’s last night but didn’t get much sleep cos Lizzie Bond talked all night. That’s not good when you have to be up at 4am!

The taxi arrived at Cat’s at 5am and took us to Liverpool Airport. Gethin Turner was his usual hyperactive self even that early but Floyd wasn’t so chirpy. He was totally wetting himself about having to go on a plane! I have to say, I was a bit nervous too so on the flight, Jake had Floyd and I holding his hands.

[Here are some weird doodles that we did on the plane…]

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It went really quickly and we got a coach from Luton Airport to Victoria Station from where we used the underground to get to Earl’s Court where the Youth Hostel is.

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[Here we are on our journey. Left to right: Lizzie, Floyd, Cat, me and Jake.]

The Youth Hostel wasn’t too bad actually. We were all in one room which was quite good. We dumped our stuff there and then got the tube to Harrods cos Jake and Floyd wanted to go in. It was all Christmassy which was nice. Jake dragged us into the ski bit (which depressed me and Cat cos we really need to ski!) and bought £110’s worth of ski gloves. Rip off!

We then went a bit down market and had a look in Gap. I got some cream flared pants from there. [Ew.]

Next we had a look round Covent Garden. I really like it there but I didn’t buy anything. We decided to go to Bond Street after that to get some shopping done. The lads got bored and we got tired so we decided to head back quite early.

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We bought a bottle of Southern Comfort from some shop and drank it with lemonade in bed! I didn’t get pissed though and neither did Jake.

I ended up sleeping in Jake’s bed and it was quite a good night! We got to 3 a few times. Later on, we were just kissing and he stopped and I’m sure he said, “Shall we?” but when I asked, “What?” he changed it and said he thought there was someone outside. I wouldn’t really have wanted to go all the way with the others in the room anyway!

Bye!