Tuesday, 15 April 2014

10 reasons to smile 23.0































Image from my Pinterest.

one - It is a four day week because on Friday it's Good Friday. Four day weeks are the thing that gets me through five day weeks.

two - I gave blood yesterday and I did not faint! It might not seem like a big deal (it does however seem like I just mentioned this to brag about my good deed but I swear that is not the case) but I get lightheaded after scraping my knees. Sidenote; I refused to actually look at the blood.

three - Tonight I did exercise despite being 99% certain that I was too tired for it. Lifetime achievement. (Full disclosure - I have been exhausted since Saturday night so it's no doubt my own fault).

four - On Sunday I ordered the last few David Mitchell (not the comedian) books that I didn't already have in physical form (as opposed to e-book). Material happiness <3

five - Tomorrow Don Draper returns to my life.

six - I have figured out what to get Steve for his 25th birthday and as the control freak I am I enjoy planning more than the actual giving the present. (More than he will enjoy receiving the present probably.)

seven - Just to prove that I am as predictable as you could get - I can't believe it's mid-April?! And I can't wait for summer despite the fact that the chances our summer is as summery as last year's are minimal.

eight - I managed to get back into reading Game of Thrones. And... I think I Get It. At the start I was like "right it's cold, just get over it" but now I've found myself getting into it more. (By the way, last night's episode?! Dad, when you read this text me so we can discuss this thoroughly.)

nine - When my family was over I decided to grow my hair out again. I'm now at the 9 week mark (so not very far at all) which is three weeks past my usual hair cutting appointment and suddenly it looks good again? I'm just going to enjoy this weird over-grown stage for as long as it lasts. Which is probably another two days and then I'll go back to looking like a freak.

ten - Secret happy stuff! Kind of.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Week 15 - a week in which I did nothing but eat


"Food and selfies" is what I thought when I looked through this week's Instagram photos. Which is fairly representative of my life, I'm sad to say. I'm gonna warn you right now; this week has been heavy on the eating. I've been eating out a lot and I'm gonna list everything for no reason at all.

On Monday I was at the office, Tuesday I had some training at uni (training for my upcoming assisting with undergrad classes - panic will ensue no doubt) and then lunch with a friend (panini with sweet chilli chicken) and in the evening I went to the cinema with Steve and his sisters to see Divergent. It's like a poor man's Hunger Games, warning you right now. On Wednesday I did transcribing and same on Thursday but on Thursday I also received two packages; sale purchases from Topshop (whoops but they're so good) and a little surprise package from my mom! A card, Swedish chocolate and gift tags from Tiger. It's all I've ever wanted.

On Friday I was in the office followed by dinner with my fellow students (we shared chicken wings, buttermilk chicken and peppered chicken plus about a million sides) and then we went to a pub quiz. Which we didn't win but it was still fun and for once I felt like I contributed more than once. Possibly three times. Yesterday me and Steve went for lunch and I had pulled pork in a bun with coleslaw because I would sell my soul for coleslaw. And I got chocolate flavoured instant coffee from Little's which I have wanted to try for ages! (Spoiler; it's good.) In the evening we went to a house party which did not end very early at all. In other words, I have spent my entire Sunday on the couch. I also finished the first season of True Detective and the ending was absolutely brilliant. Part of me is pleased that the next series is stand-alone (because how could they ever live up to this one?) but part of me wants to cry because I will never see moody Rust again. Oh the heartache.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Reading Hollow City

... The second book in the series Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children.

Oh, you guys. I cannot believe that I have to wait at least a year before the third book comes out. (This is like reading Harry Potter all over again but not really because nothing compares to Harry Potter.) In the second novel Jacob's adventures continue. I'm going to try to do this without spoilers, so I hope anyone reading this understands that the main character is going to survive for a while. This time the issues with hollows and wights have sort of reached a completely new level not to mention the fact that Jacob is wrestling with the things he discovered in the first book, making some very difficult decisions and also obviously love. Because there cannot be books about teenagers without romance getting involved.

Oh it was a good book. There must be a curse on second books in trilogies since they so often become bridges between two more interesting stories but this book fared pretty well. Things have gotten more serious as the situation is a lot less optimistic but it's still funny. I quite like getting to know the characters and previously the "children" were just a bunch of weirdos but their individual personalities are becoming more and more obvious. (It might've been obvious the whole time but I'm a bit slow.) I'd recommend this book if you enjoy fantasy and young adult fiction, which clearly is the best combination.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Week 14 - conference stuff


Eh, I've bought new shoes. (Two pairs... Shhh.) And that's the only picture I've taken this week because I was busy preparing for a conference (that's right, I go to conferences now), then panicking because of said conference and then actually going to the conference. What do I now know about conferences?

1. They are not as scary as they sound.
2. They serve a lot of triangle sandwiches.
3. You will feel great after attending them. As in, inspired to make your own work even better.

They are also absolutely exhausting. On Friday night I fell asleep around 10pm, in the middle of a youtube video that I was watching. Crazy times. On Saturday me and Steve ran a couple of errands, visited his sister due to birthday obligations and then had takeaway and watched Children of the Corn in the evening. I feel like movies become so much scarier when accompanied by 80s haircuts and shoulder pads. Today we have done nothing. I binge-watched Breaking Bad (season 3 now!) and because we've had such an unhealthy week we decided to take it one step further and buy red velvet cupcakes. Flawless logic, right there.

P.S. Game of Thrones starts tonight at 2am yeeeeessssss....

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

March favourites

favourite on tv/movie: True Detective has aired on Saturday nights the past month. There is no doubt about it having some serious flaws (Rust - what are you talking about? Is this meant to be some type of profound philosophical insight? Because it's sounds like crap) but it's also so very moody, dark and creepy. It's like Twin Peaks without the over-dramatic soap opera parody-style. 

Matthew McConaughey in True Detective from my Pinterest.

favourite purchase: I may have bought a pair of leather trousers and I may love them.

favourite book: As per usual I liked all the books that I read this month but at the start of the month I finished Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. Such a weird but great concept.

favourite music: I don't know what has happened to me but my latest obsession is Kid Cudi. Yeah, you heard me. Rap/RnB. I've been listening to his three latest albums and they're so good. Don't be surprised if you hear me humming "mojo so dope" because it's my new favourite song.

favourite food: I learnt how to make pork chops and we are now loving pork chops over here. Plus this month marked the start of healthy eating so I've gained a new appreciation for Sainsbury's red grapes.

favourite drink: Just enjoying my regular coffee pods. (I'm thinking about making a little coffee/tea station so that I can pretend that I'm one of the A Beautiful Mess ladies.

favourite beauty item: (Let's just put this out here: The Nars Creamy Concealer will probably forever be the favourite, so I'm going to stop mentioning it.) I bought the Revlon Matte Balm in Elusive and I love how cool I feel when I wear this matte, pink lip. Girly but cool. It's all I've ever wanted. 

favourite blog: Zipped, written by Chelsea Lane, is my new favourite fashion blog. I have read through all her posts going back a year. And that is with very little time on my hands. 

favourite event: Personally, I loved the birthday celebrations I attended a few weeks ago and work-wise I attended a symposium last week which just left me feeling so inspired and ready for more work. 

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Week 13 - mother's day












All images from my Instagram. 

Such a long week. So much work. No energy left for typing.

It wasn't that bad, really. I was doing work all Monday night, a little on Tuesday too, on Wednesday me and Steve went and saw Captain America and then we went out for dinner, on Thursday my friend came over for tea and cake (emphasis on the cake ohsogood) and on Friday I went for an eye checkup and grocery shopping. Just a lot of stuff going on after the 9-5 work. Yesterday I went to the shopping center with Steve's nieces and spent most of the time waiting outside fitting rooms because apparently 9-11 year old girls are just as indecisive as adults are. Today was Mother's Day in the UK and so we went for dinner with all of Steve's family - sisters, nieces, nephews etc. And to top it off we then watched a couple of the kids for a few hours afterwards. I have supervised a baking session involving about a million cookies for no other reason than to keep them busy. Health-wise I've kept up with my four workouts (2x cardio, 2x strength) but we've just been out a bit too much. We'll do better next week.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Reading Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

Oh no. I'm coming at you with another young adult's book.










































Jacob grows up with an eccentric grandfather who entertains him with quirky - and sometimes creepy - stories about his time in Wales with his peculiar friends during WWII. As Jacob grows up and finds out about his grandfather's tragic background as the only survivor in a Jewish family it doesn't seem so strange that these horror manifests themselves as amazing stories. However when Jacob's grandfather unexpectedly die in a horrible accident, "mauled by wild dogs", Jacob realises that he needs to know the truth about his grandfather. And so he travels to Wales, to the island where his grandfather lived with Miss Peregrine and the peculiar children.

And I absolutely loved it. Sometimes I just need to take a step back from being an adult - and instead immerse myself in a story about someone who is just about to take that first step towards adulthood. Maybe it's because I'm secretly not 23 going on 24. Also, who doesn't love a good, dark fantasy story? This book may not be the most well-written but it's different. The plot takes so many different twists and turns and I just couldn't put this book down. Jacob was a funny and likable narrator. Plus it gets a major bonus for the wonderful and quirky photographs scattered throughout the book. I had bought the second book before finishing the first, just to avoid having to possibly wait before I could start on the next one. That's definitely a good sign.