The Week That Was

Spreading the blog love

♥ Sarah made a Chocolate, Caramel & Peanut Butter Pie, and it looks good. Like, really good.

♥ Jasmin went on a tour of an abandoned tube station, and now I want to go on a tour of an abandoned tube station.

♥ Angela had all her hair cut off, and it looks great!

♥ Elizabeth blogged about bringing more colour into her life, and I’m inspired to do the same!

The rest of the web

Five ordinary photos that you didn’t realise changed the world.

♥  The man who returned works of art that his grandfather looted from his time in Nigeria.

♥ This week’s Colossal link – a CT scan revealed the mummified remains of a monk hidden inside a buddha statue.

Tweets I’ve favourited this week

Three Worders

Monday ~ Totally unproductive weekend

Tuesday ~ New desk success

Wednesday ~ Weekend in sight

Thursday ~ Trouble stating awake

 

Photo an Hour #19

Saturday brought with it February’s Photo an Hour. I had no plans when I suggested the date, and I ended up spending some time with my sister and sister-in-law, helping them with a project they have underway. Other than that, it was a usual Saturday; books, radio, food and baths!

 

9am ~ I woke up earlier than this, but I dozed for a bit, while Radio 4 played in the background. By 9am, I was awake and reading. (How to Read a Girl by Caitlin Moran, if you’re interested. I’m fairly ambivalent about it so far.)

10am ~ I thought I had to have a quick bath, because Kim and Frances were coming to pick me up, but when they texted to say they were running late, I had a longer soak! You just can’t beat a bubble bath.

  

11am ~ Last week I ordered this Back to the Future t-shire online, and I love it for two reasons. Firstly, it’s a movie tee without being a big logo, and I love a bit of subtlety (or subtle-tee). Secondly, it has my birthday on it! The Enchantment Under the Sea dance takes place on 12th November, 1955. It’s my new favourite piece of clothing. 

12pm ~ When the weather is nice, I spend a fair amount of time at the prom in Maldon, and the sun was shining on Saturday, so I headed over there for a while with Kim and Frances. The sun was out, but sadly it’s a February sun, and not a July sun, so it was freezing!

 

1pm ~ We headed into town for a spot of lunch. I went for a chicken salad sandwich, and it was very nice indeed!

2pm ~ I’ve been on my own all weekend, so that means being responsible for feeding myself. I’m usually pretty lazy about doing so, so I was looking for inspiration in Marks and Spencer. I didn’t really find any – I came out with a loaf of bread.

 

3pm ~ The project I was helping Kim and Frances with involved a camera, so I had borrowed my dad’s for the day. Kim was also doing photo an hour, but she was on the half hour rather than the hour, so I had to keep reminding her that it was time to take her photo, but I kept forgetting mine!

4pm ~ Time for tea! As Janet said, four o’clock hit, and a lot of the photos started featuring tea cups! These are my sister’s cannisters, and very cool they are too.

 

5pm ~ On the way home.

6pm ~ I spent a large part of the weekend doing a jigsaw puzzle, when I should have been doing a hundred other things. You can’t beat a jigsaw puzzle though. On Sunday morning, I put on Bob Harris’ show from the night before, and had a jolly lovely time listening to some fabulous music and doing my puzzle.

 

7pm ~ I love The Voice, but this week marked the end of the blind auditions, and from now on in, my attention starts to wane. It’s a lot less interesting to me once they get into the Battles and the Knock Outs and whatever comes next. The spinny chair bit is definitely the best.

8pm ~ Probably the least interesting photo ever, but I was struggling to think of something to capture! I had to drag the uplighter in from the other room to continue with my puzzle, because once the sun goes down, the light is terrible (modern light bulbs might help save the planet, but they are rubbish at illuminating a room!).

 

9pm ~ Another bubble bath! Completely unnecessary, but I do love them, and if I’m going to sit around and read my book,I always think that I might as well do it in the bath!

10pm ~ Time for a before-bed treat. I found this Toffee Treat Kit Kat in the local shop, and as it was only 39p, I thought I’d give it a go. I wasn’t expecting it to be a different colour from usual, but it was fairly tasty. My favourites are the dark ones though.

So there you have it, a not very interesting day in the life of Jane! I’m not sure I’ll ever get bored of doing Photo an Hour posts – I love looking back on them and seeing what I have been up to! It’s Louisa’s turn to round things up and pick a new date this month, so waddle on over to her blog and take a look, she’ll be setting a date for March.

Mondaying

Right now, I am mostly…

Reminiscing : I decided that I wanted to start organising my digital photos, backing them up and actually getting some of them printing. I like the idea of doing photo books, rather than getting individual photos printed, so I am organising everything into years, as far as I can, and then I might get a book done for each year. The problem with this is that there are a lot of photos! And going through them leads to a lot of reminiscing, most of it good, but some bad too! I did find a photo of my mum and me though, that I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen before, so I’m going to get a print of that done and into a frame.

Moving : I’m actually kind of moving house next weekend. It’s something I’m probably going to devote a post to, but the long and short of it is that I’m going to be moving out of my family house and into a flat with my friend Hannah. I’m slightly in denial about the whole thing, really, because I’m not even close to being organised. I should probably get on that.

Winning : At life, in general, of course, but also, more specifically, at the bingo. Our trip to the bingo actually took place two weeks ago, but I failed to provide a Mondaying update last week, and it’s too exciting to miss it out. We went for a work night out, though there only actually ended up being four of us in the end, and we managed to get everything for free! As new members, we were given our cards for free, and then a bottle of ‘bubbly’ was bought over (cheap Bucks Fizz, of course), and then a lady came over to teach us how to play the table games, and gave us a pound to put in, telling us we could keep whatever we won. I managed to win £16! What a result!

Celebrating : I spent Valentine’s evening in the company of these three beauties; Lucy, Laura and Hannah. We had Mexican food, and then we slobbed out on the sofa watching a music channel counting down the best love songs ever. I began to lose faith in the chart when Sam Smith appeared, and then Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud was number one. Yep. Seriously. Still, we had fun.

Spotting : I love spotting oil spills, even when they have slightly phallic tendencies, like this one. I know that my joy in spotting them is probably not matched by the person causing them, because it evidently means a leak. Especially as this one was of several that were space intermittently down the road!

 

Watching : I went to the cinema last weekend to see Selma. Despite it being stuck in a tiny screen that was completely full (not everyone wants to see 50 Shades, Cineworld), I really, really loved it, and agree with everyone who lamented David Oyelowo’s omission from the Best Actor list at the Oscars. It’s a very powerful film, and it had me sobbing at various points, but everything is completely outshone by Oyelowo’s performance. Truly stunning.

Receiving : I had a lot of post waiting for me when I got home on Friday, and one bit was this letter from Ashley, the lovely lady who I was paired with in Charlotte’s letter swap last year. She currently lives in South Korea, and she sent me this awesome New Year card, and some stickers! She had no way of knowing, but I love stickers! I can’t wait to write back to her, I just have to find some cool writing paper!

 

Making : Yesterday I made macaroni cheese for the first time ever. It’s not something that I have eaten that much of (save for a disastrous packet in America when my plans for Thanksgiving fell through. I felt pretty Chandler-esque that day, I have to say, and the mac ‘n’ cheese was not tasty), and I don’t love cheese, but I’ve been fancying it for a while, and I wanted to know if I could make it. Turns out I can, and it was rather tasty.

Ravensburger Puzzle ~ The Red Box

I consider myself a very lucky blogger when opportunities like this come along. I might not be asked to review high end fashion items, but when someone asks me if I want to review a jigsaw puzzle, there’s a certain amount of hand biting-off that will occur.

I love jigsaw puzzles. Like, really, really love them. I don’t do them often enough, but having sat down and spent some time on this one, I am definitely going to get back into the habit! Ravensburger sent me The Red Box for review, and although I haven’t managed to finish it yet, I’m having a lot of fun with it.

As you can see, the image is made up of several different compartments, which makes it a lot easier to do than some puzzles. It means I can pick a small box, and just work on part of the puzzle. That’s the way I prefer to work on jigsaws, going through the pieces methodically and finding the specific pieces I need. I once tried to do a jigsaw with my friend Jen, and our methods differed so spectacularly that I had to give up and just let her do it, because I couldn’t cope with the amount of pieces she had on the board that she had identified from the front of the box. They were just laying around haphazardly, and didn’t bear any relation to anything else that was already in place. I like things to connect from the get-go, and if they don’t, they don’t come out of the box!

The Chinese theme is very relevant right now, with the advent of the new Lunar Year! The thing I like best is that there are several little pandas hidden throughout the puzzle!

Ravensburger puzzles are amongst my favourite, because the designs are great, and the pieces are well made. It’s very annoying when you are doing a puzzle and the paper starts to come away from the cardboard, but there’s no fear of that here. It’s a sturdy puzzle, and one that I know I’ll enjoy doing more than once.

The Week That Was

Whenever I feel as though I am not blogging enough, I introduce a new series, in the hope that it will spur me on. And so here we find ourselves with a weekly round up of links and fun stuff. I always used to do a Link Love round up, but that kind of petered out, so I thought I’d resurrect it with The Week That Was. It’s going to be a bit of a scrapbook of things that I’ve found and loved. I hope you find something you love too!

Spreading the blog love

♥ It’s all about the cushions: Janet from Words That Can Only Be Your Own made a cloud, and Sammy from Live It Love It Make It made a geometric heart.

♥ Elise made the actual best tea cosy you’ll ever, ever see. It’s a dormouse!

♥ Emily got married last year, and she’s sharing some photos on her blog. She looked amazing; what a dress!

♥ Lou went to Edinburgh, and made me jealous with her photos.

The rest of the web

♥ Colossal is one of my favourite websites on which to spend any amount of time, and my favourite post from there this week is this one: Three Dimensional Figurative Collages Encased in Multiple Layers of Glass, by Dustin Yellin. Stunning!

♥ I love this illustration of each Best Picture nominee as an Oscar, by Olly Gibbs.

♥ I have read all about breathing techniques that will help you fall asleep before, in one of the magazines I work for, but this article reminded me that sometimes you actually have to think about your breathing, and not just rely on it to do the same thing it always does (i.e. keep you alive).

A timeline of everything that has happened regarding Adnan Syed’s case since the podcast started.

Tweets I’ve favourited* this week

* Favourited or retweeted. Let’s not be pedantic

Three Worders

Every single weekday (excluding Friday), Simon Mayo asks for listeners’ three word summaries of their day, and he reads some of them out. I’m a bit obsessive about sending in my three-worders, and I have barely missed a day in over a year. I thought it would go some way to sum up my week to share them here!

Monday ~ Suspiciously quiet inbox

Tuesday ~ Totally still light

Wednesday ~ Given up sugar

Thursday ~ EastEnders excitement mounting

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