Jane loves things

Hello all

I know, two posts in one day is wholly unnecessary. But who cares? Onwards and upwards with some things I have seen, loved, and decided that I want. There’s quite a lot here, because I haven’t done a things post for ages, but I haven’t stopped finding things I want!

typewriter

A couple of computer bits first. I love this USB typewriter. How cool would get all the cool points of using one of these to type, and yet have all the convenience of a computer. I want one. Also this leather laptop case, which would look so cool on my laptop (which isn’t currently working), but it’s a quite hefty £79.99.

Now, I never bought a slanket, or a snuggie, whatever you want to call it. But I can totally get on board with this – the Slanket Armchair! As far as I can see, it’s not something that you can actually buy, which is a crying shame, and I still want one! Total warmth!

Now for a number of pairs of awesome earrings that I have found. I love unusual earrings, and I’ve found lots! First, these bicycle earrings from Polli, an Australian website. They are quite big, but I heart them. There are some other gorgeous bits on that site, so expect more from them in coming weeks.

I’m also loving these rainbow earrings (I love almost anything with a rainbow on it); these acorn earrings are so cute, and perfect for the autumn, and, from the same seller on Etsy, these birdie post earrings.

I haven’t really featured a great many clothes on these posts before, but I have been

H!

looking through lots of clothes online lately. I love H! By Henry Holland at Debenhams. Like really, really love almost everything in the whole line. In particular, I like this blazer, this dress, and this playsuit. I’m not sure that I can pull off a playsuit, but I like it all the same. I’ve also been looking at party dresses recently, because I have been feeling in a Christmas mood for the last couple of days (I know, I know. It’s too early.), and I got to thinking about Christmas parties gone by, and how much I liked getting dressed up for them. I found this ruffled dress, also at Debenhams, by Ben de Lisi; and in the same range, this black dress, which I would love to make my requisite LDB, but I just don’t have the funds right now. I don’t usually venture anywhere near the designer clothes, for two reasons. 1) I don’t usually like designer clothes that much, and 2) I simply cannot afford them. But, I was browsing through some websites and came across this Prada dress, which is stunning. And also $600. Still, a girl can dream.

Everyone knows how much I love my tights, and I found these Snow Bunny Tights on Modcloth. They are quite expensive, but how cool would I feel wearing these throughout December. Very, is the answer. Talking of tights, I also want some of these, and some of these (perfect for a Christmas party).

Finally, as ever, I will end with a couple of elephant goodies. I need a new purse, and I haven’t found one I like as much as this one! I really like the colours, as well as the fact it is covered in elephants, of course. I also love these Etsy earrings, they come in different colours, but I think that the yellow ones are my favourites!

Jane loves links

Hi all
As you can see, I have had a minor image overhaul of the blog. I liked it the way it was before, but I wanted something a little bit more individual, and this new layout allowed me to change both the background and the header. I don’t claim to be particularly expert when it comes to Photoshop, but I can find my way around it and managed to create the very basic header to my satisfaction. I hope you like it!

Things have been a little bit quiet here for a while, for various reasons, but I am back today with a links round-up, and hopefully I can get things moving a bit more regularly from now on!

pinwheels

First up, I found these Pinwheel Escort Cards, which are just fantastic. They would be great for a wedding, but equally effective at a dinner party. I really want an excuse to make and use some now!

My friend Vicky linked on Facebook to this fantastic article on The Oatmeal: If you do this in an email, I hate you. Anyone who has ever worked in an environment in which email is the primary mode of communication should be able to recognise some of these annoying habits! The Oatmeal is a really funny website; another good article is 7 things you really don’t need to take a photo of. I am willing to bet each and everyone of us is guilty of at least one of the things on the list!

Thank goodness for Bob Gale, Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg being very good at their respective jobs. Not only did their combined talents bring us Back to the Future, they also realised that the original Marty McFly, Eric Stoltz, just wasn’t working, and the part was recast. The rest is history, as Michael J. Fox made the role his own, but some footage of Stoltz as Marty has been released to promote the release of the film on Blu-ray. On the subject of Back to the Future, there is also an article on the New York magazine website about what is possibly the coolest auction ever – props from the films. If I had lots of money, this is what I would spend it on!

I love this post over at Lox Papers, of ten little ways to spend a rainy day. I love a rainy day, especially when I get to spend it indoors, reading and drinking tea; or when I can go out splashing in puddles! A Cup of Jo pointed me in its direction.

A few more links now, that I have found courtesy of my favourite blogs:

Jane loves television

It’s been a bit quiet over here, due to my delightful weekend away with les filles in Dorset. I am quite behind with all my shows, but have tried hard to catch up over the last couple of days in order to provide some reviews.

Cougar Town: I had to watch two episodes together this week, as I hadn’t managed to see last week’s. Both good episodes, but this week’s, The Damage You’ve Done, was the one that made me laugh out loud. Only Jules would turn a decision about who should be punished over betraying her into a reality show-style eviction. As someone who doesn’t watch Survivor, I didn’t get that Grayson was ‘blowing out’ Ellie’s flame on her glass of wine, but I very much enjoyed his victory dance! It was quite a dramatic episode, with Jules finding out that Grayson and Laurie had slept together, albeit before she started a relationship with him. I was wondering when it was going to come out, as I knew it would have to, but I’m glad that they didn’t use it as a real stumbling block for Grayson and Jules. I love them together too much! Again, as always with Cougar Town, I loved the balance between comedy and real issues, and I loved the way that the gang all pulled together in the end. Poor Laurie though! I recently read that, as well as Cougar Town, and the second guest appearance in Grey’s, Ryan Devlin (Smith) is also going to be guest starring in Brothers and Sisters. So it appears he is well in over at ABC. However, does this episode spell the end of Smith? Obviously he won’t be sticking around if he and Laurie are over.

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Glee: This episode was called Duets. and highly surprisingly, it featured a number of duets. And according to Brittany, a duet is a blanket. We learnt in this episode that Burt Hummel is recovering, and it was good to see Mike O’Malley back; he and Chris Colfer have brilliant chemistry together and I always enjoy any scene they share. It’s good to see a parent dealing positively with his son being gay, especially one as unenlightened as Burt, and it’s nice to see how hard he continues to work to understand Kurt. I also really appreciated the fact that we went back to the events of the end of last season when Burt asked Finn to leave his house after using the “F-word”. I always felt that it wasn’t dealt with in the best way – whilst Finn was being homophobic by just using the word, Kurt was excused some very bad behaviour in and leading up to that episode. Gay or straight, the way that Kurt was manipulating things to ensure that he and Finn ending up sharing a room together was creepy! I was glad to see Finn challenge that, and he told Kurt that he has no problem with him being gay, but he does have a problem with Kurt not understanding that no means no. Kurt being gay does not give him licence to act the way he did last year.

I really, really enjoyed Tina and Mike’s duet of  ‘Sing’ from A Chorus Line. It was a lot of fun! My favourite duet of the episode, though, was probably Kurt and Rachel’s, simply because of what it meant. How nice was her little speech to him? The song gave me a little tear (Glee is really good at making me cry), and reminded me why I love Glee so much. They are a bunch of misfits, but they really do look out for each other, even Rachel, of all people, has Kurt’s back. It was nice that they had their little moment, and it was great to see the two best singers on the show duetting. But poor Brittany! It looks like she really did like Artie after all – the shot of her in the restaurant using her nose to push the meatball across the plate was so sweet! No Sue or Emma this week, nor Puck. The rumour is that he is being disciplined for releasing a solo album and promoting it quite heavily, but he’ll back in a couple of weeks (after the Rocky Horror episode). It was a good episode of Glee, it had it all: good songs, great moments between the characters, and some good one liners too.

I just wanted to add a quick post-script to this, because I was a bit concerned with the way that I might have come across with my remarks about Burt ‘dealing’ with Kurt being gay. I don’t want it to sound like I think it is a problem that needs to be overcome; rather, Burt sees it as an obstacle in his relationship with Kurt that he needs to deal with.

Jane loves television

It looks as though the only show that I am going to be regularly reviewing is Glee. This is primarily because this is the only show that I make sure I watch each Wednesday, after it airs in America on Tuesday night. I love all of my other shows, but sometimes I fall behind with them, and I don’t mind this so much, because the opportunity for spoilers is minimal. Too many people watch and talk about Glee, and I like to watch it spoiler-free! Therefore you can look forward to hearing my thoughts onalmost every episode.

Glee: As you know I was less than impressed with last week’s episode, given the potential for it to be amazing. I knew, however, that it wasn’t going to sound the death knell for Glee. I was proved right with this episode. Entitled “Grilled Cheesus”, it explored the idea of religion, and managed to do it in a fairly responsible and thought-provoking way. It seems that Kurt is going to be a central character this season; last year we had teenage pregnancy as the main theme, Ryan Murphy has confirmed that this year it’s going to be tolerance. It started with this episode, as Finn spotted the face of Christ in a grilled cheese sandwich. Added to this was the fact that Burt Hummel suffered a major heart attack, and many of the characters decided to pray for him. This kick-started a whole discussion about religion and atheism. I wasn’t entirely happy with Kurt throughout the episode; I feel that people trying to force their atheism on people is as wrong as people who try to force their religion. Kurt came across as a bit heavy-handed at times, and seemed to tar all believers with the same brush. However, throughout the episode he seemed to come to realise that whilst he himself doesn’t believe in God, others do, and that’s fine. He appreciated that his friends, whilst praying for his father, were doing it because they loved him. Chris Colfer proved why he achieved an Emmy nomination last season, and seemed to ensure that he will receive the same again this time around. His performance of I Wanna Hold Your Hand was brilliant, as was the final group performance of One of Us. I also liked where Sue’s character went. Whilst she shone with some noteworthy quotes (To Emma: “I realize you’re only half orangutan, but I’m still allergic to your lustrous, ginger mane.”), we also saw that human side to her that pokes through every now and again. A lot of people complain about this, they don’t want to see Sue Sylvester humanised, but I do. I think that she needs to be humanised, it just adds to her greatness. Any scene she has with her sister is always very touching, and this episode was no different. I had a lump in my throat when she was discussing her faith with Jean.

In all, I thought this was a very strong episode of Glee. It addressed some really serious issues that a lot of people grapple with all the time. I also seem to be correct in my assumption from last week, that “Britney/Brittany” could be taken out and we would be more or less the same position with regards to each and every storyline.

 

motorcycle hug

 

Cougar Town: My review of Cougar Town is of last week’s episode, “Let Yourself Go”, the second in the second season. It was another good episode. The thing about this show is that whilst it’s funny, it’s not all laughs, all the time. What I love about it is its warmth. It’s about a group of people who genuinely care for one another, and the comedy is born out of that. This week’s episode dealt with Travis leaving for college, and whilst he was only going 20 minutes away, he was still moving out. This of course, gave Jules licence to board the crazy train. Cougar Town is great when Jules is aboard that particular train, and never is she more so than when Travis is involved. This is just one example, however, of why I love Cougar Town. Everyone came together to see Travis off to college (for a second time, as the first one didn’t really count) and to support Jules. If you don’t laugh out loud with this as much as you do with other 30 minute comedies, it doesn’t matter, because you care about the characters so much.

Jane loves lists

Do you remember by list of 28 things that I wanted to achieve by the time my birthday came around? I only started the list in April, so I didn’t have a full year to complete it. Nevertheless, that’s no excuse to have only completed 4 of the 28. In my defence, I have had a lot to occupy me since April.

I am, of course, not going to get them all done by November 12th. I originally said that I would recycle any that I didn’t get done, but that’s not going to be the case now. I may recycle some of them, but not all, as some just aren’t realistic.

Of the four I have done, the one I am most proud of is learning to knit. My mum taught me the basics quite a few weeks ago, and the first image is of my little piece that I did, just to learn the stitches. Then, my sister-in-law’s mum kindly bought me a pattern, for four different baby’s hats, and I knitted my first ever thing last week! The photo shows it as it is now, I still need to add a little button to it, and then I will be giving it to my baby niece (possibly for Christmas). My niece Abbie also gave me a book at the weekend, called Knitting in No Time. It was meant to be my Christmas present, but she gave it to me early, so hopefully I can knit some Christmas presents out of it!

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I also managed to go and see a football match, albeit a friendly one. I went with my friend Steve, who supports Ipswich, and had a spare ticket to Ipswich vs. Spurs XI. As I support Spurs, I am glad it was a match of theirs that I managed to see. It was a pretty good match, it was on 3rd August, just before the season started. Tottenham had another friendly that night too, so a lot of the big stars weren’t there, and neither was Harry Redknapp. But Pavlyuchenko, King, and Kaboul all played, so it was good to see them, and Tim Sherwood was standing in for Harry in the dugout. It finished 1-0 to Spurs, although I wasn’t really allowed to celebrate the goal as I was in the Ipswich seats!  The photos aren’t great, but I only had my mobile with me!

Ipswich – 0 Spurs XI – 1
sunrise

One of the other items on the list was a bit of a cheat. At the summer ball in June, I stayed up all night, and I counted this as having seen a sunrise. Technically, as I have mentioned before, I did; I was outside as we were waiting for the survivor’s photo to be taken. The sun wasn’t up when we started waiting, and it was when we finished. So I am taking it and claiming it as a victory. It’s my list, I can do what I want! The photo is of myself, Richard and Hannah, as we were waiting for the official photo to be taken.

The final item on the list that I have achieved is an easy one. I wrote a letter to my 40-year-old-self. I don’t know why I particularly wanted to, it’s just something I have seen in various magazines and thought it would be a good idea. I just wrote about what I am doing and feeling now, and my hopes for the future. I gave myself a few instructions, said “I hope you have done this or that” (I did say ‘you’, I wasn’t sure if it wasn’t a bit stupid, but I decided that I  am the only one who is ever going to read it!). The only thing now is what to do with it to make sure that I don’t lose it before my 40th birthday. Hopefully this blog will still exist, so if I have forgotten about it, this should jog my memory. I did actually hear about a service called Future Me, in which you can write yourself an email and it will be sent on a specific day in the future. I might write myself an email for my 40th birthday and remind myself to read the letter!

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This post isn’t me admitting defeat, I will get a couple more done before my birthday. In fact I hope to get at least seven or eight done. But my track record is not great, so it won’t necessarily happen. I am very close on learning all the world capitals by the way. Close, but not quite there!