17/31 There’s no buddy like a Brother!

17. What is your most proud moment

Watching my brother collect his degree. Ooo no wait… it was during his last year at University, when I watched him in his Drama group’s end of year performance. He had a couple of vocal leads and I welled up like a baby. I thought, in that very moment, that my heart was actually going to burst! It’s in these moments that I wish I was allowed to film it to be able to feel that pride over and over…

Playtime

#326: Do you play in your daily life? What says “playtime” to you?

Kicking back and watching The Good Wife. Or playing some video games with my brother – most recently LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (such a good game!). Another form of my playtime is meeting up with my friends for dinner, drinks or the odd pub quiz. There are simply too many options to choose from!

Graduation!!!

It’s a late one tonight but it’s for a very, very good reason! I’ve spent the whole day bursting with pride as my little brother graduated uni 😀

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Michelangelo’s YOU

#286: Your personal sculptor is carving a person, thing, or event from the last month of your life into the glistening marble of immortality. What’s the statue and what makes it so significant?

It would be a statue of a brother and sister, titled ‘Never-ending family’. I have chosen this, as recently it was just my Brother and I in the house whilst our parents were away for their anniversary… and we had a great time! We got to eat what ever we fancied (admittedly we did treat ourselves to two takeaways, which across nine days isn’t actually that bad!) and we got to watch LOADS of The Big Bang Theory on the big screen (woop), but most importantly we got to spend lots of time together, which in this day and age is hard to do. I feel like it went way too quickly though – not that I didn’t want our parents to return, it’s just that nowadays we spend most of our evenings in our own rooms. So, I thoroughly look forward to the next time we’re given free rein!

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You can’t escape

So today (or for what’s left of it), I will be cheating on my blogging prompt challenge. It’s been a hectic day and since getting home, I’ve felt really under the weather. The colleague who sits next to me at work (and who I annoyingly share a phone with) is disgusting ill with a lingering cold and instead of doing the decent thing by staying home, she decided that it would be a great idea to infect the entire office. I was doing a pretty good job avoiding it… using antibacterial hand gel as often as breathing, consuming a ridiculous amount of pineapple, vitamin c and pine nuts, and just generally staying away from anything she’d touched… Well, that was until my brother got a cold, too. So for the past few nights, I’ve been segregated to my room in a pointless attempt at trying to avoid this virus, but I think it’s finally got me. So brain functionality, at this moment of time, has well and truly hit rock bottom.

Hopefully I’ll be able to resume normal service tomorrow…

Ready for your close-up

#240: Cast the movie of your life.

Apologies for the lateness of this one… as you may have read on Wednesdays post, it was my brothers birthday yesterday and it was a seriously jam packed day, which involved a wedge of Choccywoccydoodah cake (of course!), an IMAX screening, dressing up as Astronauts/Red Arrow Pilots, eating too much and seeing a west end show. I will elaborate on our day very soon!

Hmm… Considering the majority of my life has been spent in education, it would be quite a boring film. So instead of a life movie, it would focus on my journey from Uni to the world of work. It would include my many adventures and opportunities experienced since entering the journalism world: – Heading to Iceland for the release of Ice Age 4 on DVD – Covering the European Premiere of Oz: The Great & Powerful – Being on the red carpet of the National Television Awards 2014, mingling with the stars – Interviewing a robotic Nigel from Rio 2, whilst the characters voice, Jemaine Clement, was in another room – Attending the World press conference of Thor: The Dark World – Attending a launch night of Nerf’s Zombie Strike range and making a short video to promote it.

Hopefully that wouldn’t be too boring!

I’d like to thank my cats

#239: You are receiving an award – either one that already exists, or a new one created just for you. What would the award be, why are you being honored, and what would you say in your acceptance speech?

Argh! Just realised I have missed yesterday’s deadline by 37 minutes! However, I do have a very good reason for it… I was wrapping up a couple of last minute birthday presents for my brother (whose birthday is now today… HAPPY BIRTHDAY!) and didn’t realise the time!

The award would be The Most Organised award… ask anyone I work with, I am THE most organised (borderline obsessive compulsive) individual they have ever come across. But, this of course regularly comes in handy when I’m in charge of organising and managing promotional events & festivals 🙂

I’ve never had to make a speech before as such… tonnes of educational presentations throughout sixth form and uni, but never a speech. So, I’d of course keep it incredibly short – I’d do the typical thing by thanking my family and everyone who has contributed to creating the person I am today, but I’d then thank the person who recognised just how much effort I put into my work, striving to make it as perfect as possible.

Moved to tears

#222: Describe the last time you were moved to tears by something beautiful.

I can’t remember if I’ve cried because of something’s beauty since my brothers drama showcase back in March, which I wrote about in my blog post Happy Happy Joy Joy!

Pat on the back

#212: Tell someone you’re proud of, just how proud you are.

To the best brother,

I hope you already know how proud I am of you, even though I don’t say it as often as I should. You took independent living at Uni in your stride and, even when refusing proofreading assistance, you achieved a 2:1 all on your own merit! Not only that, you managed to walk straight out of Uni and straight into a job. Albeit, it’s not in an industry you want a future in (and you got it through a friend of a friend you lucky whatsit), but you have picked it up instantly and are now thriving – even suggesting new management systems to increase time efficiency and productivity. I always seem to forget just how smart you are! 

Towards the end of your Uni days, you made me cry… in a good way, of course. I literally was bursting with pride during your end of year Drama showcase, at just how much you have grown up – none of us had ever heard you sing properly, so to stand up in front of an audience and sing solo without music… my hat well and truly comes off to you! You then revealed that you had set up your own mini business whilst a member of the Drama group, too – taking professional portfolio shots and offering equally professional recording sessions, which you would then produce into a proper track. It was just amazing, you little entrepreneur!

I can imagine you’re probably cringing right now with all of this gushiness, so I’ll stop now. But just so you know, I couldn’t be prouder…

Happy happy joy joy

#87: We cry for lots of reasons: sadness, pain, fear . . . and happiness. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?

Easy… when I watched my brother in his drama production the day after my birthday, a few weeks back. It was his singing that made the tears of happiness and pride fall as he’s never participated in a public show like this… and to be honest, I’d never heard him sing like that in all my life! He had quite a few solo sections within the four or so songs he performed in and it felt like my heart (and the fabric of time) had stopped with every word he sung… it was just incredible! I don’t normally get emotional in that way but I have never felt prouder to have him as my little brother. I thought I was going to burst with pride!