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Mondaying

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Styling : I styled Dolly’s hair into a faux-hawk this week. She’s such a soppy dog that she just sits there with her head on your knee looking up at you, and lets you do things like this, because it means you’re paying her attention. Basically, she’s the neediest dog ever.

Reading : Despite having twelve books from the library at the moment, I am actually reading a book that I am due to review on the blog next week – the latest J.D. Robb book. It’s not the sort of thing I usually tend to read, but I’m getting on OK with it at the moment. It’s a long book though, so I need to get a move on!

 

Watching : Hannah and I have got slightly behind with our film watching in the last couple of weeks, but we managed to fit in Ex Machina last week. Obviously I will include it in a future films roundup, but I liked it an awful lot. It’s a real thinker – I spent the whole of the following day running it through my head and thinking about all the themes and ideas. Then on Friday night, I finally saw Belle, after I missed it at the cinema and then waited patiently for it to arrive on Netflix or DVD. I loved it as much as I expected to. It really is a very good, and important film, and while it might not be entirely historically accurate, it’s beautifully made and acted.

Waiting : I’m always impatient for the new issues of the two magazines we publish at work to come in (I tried hard but I couldn’t make that sentence sound any more elegant). But this week, one of them is an issue that I had to step in and work on more than usual, and although I’ve seen it a hundred times on the screen, I want to look at it properly!

Anticipating : The front lawn has exploded with crocuses, and it looks so pretty, especially when the sun is shining. It means that spring is on the way! I know there’s some time to go, but photos like this give everyone hope that the weather will eventually change and the nights will draw out and the sun will shine!

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Eating : Working for a vegan publication means that when it’s time to celebrate in the office, we do so with vegan cupcakes. These come from a local bakery called PS It’s Vegan, and they really are yummy. I couldn’t resist the urge to snap a photo that showed off my amazing mug to its full potential. 

Reading : I just came to the end of Station Eleven (review to follow), and I have started on The Evolution of Mara Dyer. This is another one of those books that I read about on a blog, but I can’t remember which one (I really have to start writing those down), but I’m really enjoying it. It has to go back to the library on Wednesday, and it’s a rather long book, but I’m already about a quarter of the way through, and I don’t think it’s going to take me too long to finish.

Finding : I am trying to declutter, and tidy my bedroom, and I’ve been coming across some of the things that I have hoarded over the years. One of those things is this membership card, for Special Reserve, where I used to work, along with a receipt for Theme Hospital. It’s certainly a blast from the past – I finished working there in 2003 and the company has now long passed into obsoletion. Given that I spent some time last week remembering some people I worked with in another job, it’s been quite a week of reminiscing!

Watching : As i write this, I’m watching Dawson’s Creek. I tried really hard not to fall into a Capeside-shaped hole, but every now and again it just draws me right back in. I tend to pick and choose the bits I want to watch – mainly Joey and Pacey stuff, starting in Season 3, and it won’t last long, to be honest, but it’s fun while it does last!

Wearing : Barely a week goes by in which I don’t wear one of my Harry Potter t-shirts, and every now and again I feel the need to chronicle it. It’s probably about time for a new one.

Singing : I simply cannot watch Moulin Rouge without singing along, especially when it comes to the Elephant Love Medley. Goodness me, I just love that film.

Marvelling : Yesterday my sister-in-law uploaded some photos of my niece to Facebook. She was all dressed up for a birthday party, and the way she was posing made me think that she’s a fashion blogger in the making! I’d upload a photo, except that it’s not really my place to go sharing photos of children on my blog, especially when she looks so ridiculously grown up. It’s a bit scary!

Celebrating : Talking of niblings, my nephew is a year old today! I don’t get to see him nearly as much as I would like as he lives fairly far away, but he’s a dear little thing, and has lovely soft cheeks. Happy Birthday Harry!

Mondaying

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Watching : I’ve been to the cinema an awful lot lately! Since I got my Unlimited card, I’ve been going with Hannah at least once a week. Not only does it make sense in terms of getting the most out of the card (it costs £16.40 a month), but there have also been a whole load of films out recently that I have wanted to see! There will be an I Watched That post to round everything up later this week, but I’ve really enjoyed all of the films I’ve seen (with the caveat that I’m still trying to decide how I feel about Birdman).

 

Reading : Last week I finished reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. It has been absolutely everywhere; I’ve been reading about it for months, and now it has finally been released, I’m still reading all about it! It’s also this week’s Radio 2 Book Club choice, so I’m interested to hear Paula Hawkins talking about it. I’m now reading a couple of different books, one of which is Dangerous Liaisons. I was having trouble keeping the characters straight in my head, so I made a little chart for myself!

Writing : Last week was National Handwriting Day. As it turns out, that’s a US thing, because 23rd January is the anniversary of the birth of John Hancock. There were photos on Instagram, so I thought I’d join in. I constantly find myself feeling jealous of other people’s handwriting, and I don’t think mine is really up to snuff!

Making : On Saturday night I stayed at Anna’s, and we made a mug cake from the book I bought her for Christmas. This one was Chocolate Fudge S’Mores, and was delicious! It has biscuits in the bottom, and marshmallows on the top, and we had a bit of a marshmallow explosion with Anna’s cake, and mine wasn’t as well cooked as it probably could have been, but we know for the future now! And there are loads of other yummy ones to try.

Loving : I have taken to pinning my hair up in braids lately. It’s doing my head in, and I can’t be bothered to do anything with it, so it’s the easiest way to deal with it. Then, when I unpin it after a couple of days, this is the result! It’s huge and ridiculous, but I kind of love it!

 

Watching (again): Although it seems as though most of my film watching happens at the cinema these days, I am trying to watch other films too! I watched Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, and enjoyed it more than I expected to. And I bought Boyhood on DVD last week, because I enjoyed it so very much at the cinema, and I watched it at Anna’s on Saturday night.

Writing : I bought a Bibliofile a few weeks ago, and I’ve just started putting my 2015 reads into it. I love it, and I’m trying really hard not to be a loser about keeping it neat and tidy. I like the idea of scribbling my thoughts down, rather than finding the perfect pen and then being anal about no crossings out.

Mondaying

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Reading : I have managed to read two books so far this year, and both of them have been by the same author! This is largely coincidental; I picked up The Absolutist by John Boyne in the library because it sounded interesting, and then I read Only Remember and read an extract from Stay Where You Are and Then Leave, and decided I wanted to read it. Both good, and both will hopefully have reviews at some point. The rest of my haul were books I had reserved; I just started Station Eleven, and though I have no idea where I read about it, or who recommended it, I am already loving it.

Watching : I signed up for a Cineworld Unlimited card last week, which is probably the best thing that has ever happened. I immediately took advantage of having it by hotfooting it to the picturehouse to see The Theory of Everything. I’ll be including it in a future I Watched That roundup, but suffice to say that it was very, very good, and I enjoyed it a lot. I already have a list of films for the rest of the year that I want to see, first among them Birdman and Foxcatcher.

Eating : I cracked open some chocolates that my sister brought over at Christmas. Obviously I am not planning on eating them all, at least not all at once! They are fairly posh, from Marks & Spencers, but they aren’t actually all to my taste. I’ll eat what I like and leave the rest for my dad!

Reminiscing : My brother found some old photos from around 2003 on an old laptop, and uploaded them to Facebook. It was really nice to see them, because there’s some nice ones of my mum, and some of my nephews when they were wee, and they are super cute! This particular one of me, gave me pause for thought, because it struck me how not fat I was back then. Of course, I spent all my time thinking I was fat, as I do now, with the difference being that I wasn’t fat then.

Starting : I just started watching Arrow, to see if it’s as good as everyone says it is. It’s a comic book series, so I am pretty much on board from the outset. Stephen Amell does nothing for me, in terms of attractiveness, so I’m just waiting to see who it is that I’m going to fancy (it’s probably going to be the police officer, if I’m honest).

Spotting : I saw this oil spill in Sainsbury’s car park the other day, and couldn’t resist taking a snap of it. It’s pretty!

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Celebrating : When I sat down to write this post, I had to check with my brain that New Year’s Eve happened within the last week. Isn’t it funny that as soon as Christmas is over, everything festive feels as though it happened so long ago? Anyway, I ‘celebrated’ New Year’s Eve with just about all of my best friends (only John was missing), which is so unusual. We are just so rarely all in the same room, so it was really nice to see everyone. The thing is, I kind of hate New Year’s Eve. I would stay at home and watch a film on my own if it wasn’t for the fact that society would make me feel rubbish for doing so. Of course, I love my friends, and I had lots of fun, but I can do that on any day of the week, without counting down to midnight and then pretending to be excited about the fact that a new year has started. There are reasons to be excited about the start of a new year, but the actual ticking over of the clock is not one of them, for me.

Leaving : On New Year’s Eve, I leave a coin out on the window sill at my house. This is a tradition that I have observed for as long as I can remember; my granddad used to tell us to do it, and I just did, without realising why. When I got older, and I looked it up, I learnt that it is to do with bringing it back into the house in the morning, and it being the first thing over the threshold in the new year, meaning you will have a prosperous year. Obviously I don’t believe that, but it’s a tradition, and I like to do it. I’ve never met anyone else who does though!

Writing : It’s really hard for me to write blog posts during the week, so I have to try and get as many written and scheduled at the weekend. I have a list as long as my arm of posts I need to write, and I’ve been really busy writing, but I’m still not through even half of them! I hope my posting schedule will be a little more regular this year, as it was all a bit all over the place last year, but I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself.

Spending : I had amassed a fair number of gift cards, with competition winnings, birthday and Christmas presents, so I went out on Saturday and attempted to spend them. I am notoriously rubbish at spending gift vouchers, the fact that I’ve had those One 4 All cards since the summer without having spent very much of them should give you some idea. I did actually manage to part with some this time; I bought some boots and a t-shirt in Primark, and two dresses in New Look. At least, I thought I had bought two dresses, it turns out I bought one dress and a playsuit. I can’t really get away with playsuits, so I was a bit gutted that I didn’t look at it properly, but it was only £3, so it’s no great loss. And the dress I bought is a beaut.

Wearing : This is the t-shirt that I bought in Primark. I am yet to find a Harry Potter t-shirt in Primark that I don’t want to buy, although I am less keen on the ones with Harry’s face on them (I’d still buy them given the funds, though). I really, really like this one, I like the fit of it especially, and I like the design, obviously. The photo makes it look as though I have spilt tea down the front of this, but I think that’s just the Instagram filter on the photo. I certainly haven’t spilt anything!

  

Watching : The start of the new year means that my film total resets to zero, and I have to start aiming for 52 again. I have made a pretty good start in the first week of the year, watching The Rock, The Titfield Thunderbolt and Twenty Feet from Stardom. I am secretly hoping that I can double 52 this year, and if I keep things up, I can definitely manage that!

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