Friday, 30 November 2012

#myfriendsaremarried



I've been trying to work out why I love this blog so much. Yes many of my friends are in long term relationships and some are even engaged or married while I'm still single. That said they don't really act all that disparaging of my actions (is that the right tense? - shame on me and my knowledge of grammar), most have done worse in their time (I am really far too sensible).

I think the judgement lies more with myself. The constant struggle to a perfect life and to be a better person means that we are pretty much always our harshest critics. One half of me is all yeah lets go a bit crazy - you're young and it's normal; the other is much more really at your age!

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I wish I cared less about what people might think of me (I'm pretty sure that most people don't really care at all what I do) but more so I wish I could accept the mildly crazy swimming in my clothes at night side more. She's fun and would have some great stories if I let her out more.

This weekend I'm going out with some friends and my flat mates and I'm going to try and not get too drunk and do anything embarrassing, but if I do then that's OK too.

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Thursday, 29 November 2012

staycation!

Now I have a job lined up and some money in the bank (yay!) I've been on a bit of a spending spree... I got a TV, a new coat (below), I've pretty much finished my Christmas shopping and bought some extras for me.

new coat!
This weekend is shaping up to be nice and busy but I've got another week to fill before I start my job. Here a couple of things I'm thinking of doing but let me know if you have any suggestions!

Watch The Hour I bought this in HMV in the sale! Love it so far. Great cast, great clothes, awesome story. 

Cinema Trips! I'm most likely going to see Twilight next week but I also want to see Argo
  

Galleries/Museums 
Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Victoria and Albert Museum

V&A is pretty much my favorite museum in London. It's filled with so many great exhibits and artifacts, the courtyard in summer is amazing, the cafe is spectacular and the gift shop...well it's awesome.

We went to the Hollywood Costume exhibition. The range of costumes is really impressive and the layout shows them of to great effect (just wait to you see the Indiana Jones bit!). They mix video interviews with the costumes and breakdown the costume development process.

I recommend arriving early or booking in advance as it gets pretty busy.

N.B. Did you know you can get 2 for 1 entry with a Waterstones card?



I also brought some stuff in the gift shop, this collar in gold and this mug which now sits on my desk with my crochet hooks in. 

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Week round up + good news!

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This week had been kinda annoying. I had a cold and two interviews so most of my week off has been taken up with interview/presentation prep and trying to be well. I then fell over just outside the flat (I was sober - it was 9am) and have a lovely scabby knee now.

The hard work has paid off though and I just waiting for things to be signed then I can breath a sigh of relief. My starting date is looking like the 3rd December! I'll only be unemployed for another week so I'm going to have to make the most of the time off with some museum trips!


I took a break to go to the Natural History Museum, one of my flat mates recommended the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition and it's breath taking. If you get the chance to go tickets for an adult are £10 but it's well worth it and it's on until 3rd March. They also have the ice rink out front at the moment!
Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Teenagers these days...


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When I was a teenager, even in my early/mid twenties - I was not comfortable with fashion. Only now am I starting to feel comfortable with style. I've always liked clothes I just didn't think that I had the body to wear what I wanted to. I felt that how you dressed meant conforming to a certain group and that people judged you for it. Because I didn't know who I was or who I wanted to be, I ended up dressing badly. Not even in an outragous interesting way but in a middle aged lady way.  I wish I had the confidence of these girls. They are still trying to figure it out but they are having fun while they do it.



from here where there are more photos too


Aran Cushion


I finished the first Aran Cushion cover! I'm just starting another in cream aran and they are each Christmas gifts for my aunts. I think they'll like them :)



I used:
Donegal Aran Tweed one skin (200g) in Lime Green
5mm needles
1 x Cable needle


To cover a 16x16 cushion cast on 71 stitches
knit, purl to end of row
purl, knit to end of row
(repeat row one and two)

Knit 7 work pattern (I used the pattern section from the Cosy jumper in Rowan Studio 14) Knit 7
Purl 7, pattern 57, purl 7
Repeat until you have complete the pattern 12 times

Knit 2, purl 2 to end
purl 2, knit 2 to end
repeat x 4
cast off
Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Food Blogs I Love

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I mentioned a while back about my friends healthy eating/cooking blog Health and Hearty, now I've a bit more time I'll also be trying some recipies from these blogs:

Joy The Baker

Seven Spoons

What Katie Ate

Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body
 Which food blogs do you follow?
Monday, 19 November 2012

Gotye

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Where: Hammersmith Apollo
When: 12th November

Support Acts: 
  • Jonti - all limbs running around the stage mad scientist. Not my usual musical taste but I kinda loved it.
  • The Chap - more craziness, I thought they were a joke act at first but they are great pop rock fun

The Main Event:
Like many other people in the UK my first experience of Gotye was THAT song. I'm guesisng I don't need to type much about how amazing and varied his music is or how talented he is so I'll stop there.

What I didn't expect was quite how good a performer he is. Yes the visuals were impressive (animations from many of his videos, some films and even some new animations played in the background on a big screen), the band were top notch (he regularily thanked and introduced them) and we had a singalong (the audience singing the Kimbra part of Somebody That I Used To Know). But Gotye works the stage well, playing the drums one minute and a syth the next. It's up there for my gig of the year at the moment.

For more about Gotye you should read the bio on his website - it's gold. I'm a bit in love with him now.


Saturday, 17 November 2012

Weekly round up

lovely Doctor Who quote from here


This week has been a tough one all round.

It's always hard when you can't take action to help people you care about (something I'm learning a lot about this year). It's also been my last week in my job (yep that one I moved to London for). The company have been sold to another company. It's all been very fair but it's always hard when you don't know what you are doing in the near future. We had a lovely meal out and I'm sure we'll all catch up again soon. I've had some interviews and got some more lined up so things are looking good, plus I get a bit of time off to do Christmas things in London!


Internet goodness:
Friday, 16 November 2012

May I have a word?

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Mrs. Toquet: Cinderella... Cin-der-el-la. Such a beautiful word, I like it very much. There are other words I like very much, like windowsill and elbow. El-bow. And I like Apple Dumpling too. Apple dumpling, it's a comical word. Apple Dumpling. Pickle Relish! That has a nice snap to it!
 

I wish I was more articulate and verbose. One of the things that I have enjoyed about blogging more regularily is that it's becoming more of an outlet for my thoughts and I think it's helping me to put those thoughts into words. I'm still not where I would like to be though. 

I'm not a stickler for the rules of language and I love made up words (when they make sense). One of the great things about the English language is that it's a missmatch of so many others and is constantly evolving. This years word of the year (links below) isn't even in the dictionary yet!

I want to learn more words and use them better. I want to take more pleasure in using words that feel good to say and to match them perfectly to what I'm hoping to express. The quote above is one of my favourites  - there are many wonderful words that we take for granted, skipping over them or not ennuciating them (I'm from Portsmouth so have been known to drop my 't's) or we rarely use them at all. I for one have become lazy with it and I'd like that to change.

Some words I like to say:
  • Windowsill (because of the quote)
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Tart
  • Sibilance
  • Park
What words do you like to say?

More Words on Words:


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Thursday, 15 November 2012

Finding Friends in you 20s



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Part of the reason I moved to Wimbledon after getting my job here (well I guess THE reason) was because one of my best friends told me too. Roisin lives on the same train line but further out so it meant automatically I had someone I knew near by. While some of our other school friends live in London too we don't often see them. They both have busy lives with jobs, partners and other friendship groups. I have a couple of other friends around (hello Dale!) but I've been keen to meet new people as it can still get a bit lonely.
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I read this book earlier in the year and thought about some of the tactics that the author employed to meet people:

  • Clubs - I tried to go to a knitting group I found on the internet but when I showed up I couldn't see anyone that was knitting! Since then I joined a book club but so far have been too much of a chicken to actually attend any meetings...
  • Friend set ups - I've met two friends of friends so far. The awkward phone swap and meeting in a bar feels very blind date. They are both lovely and one I've met a few times since, so we're on the right track :)
  • Housemates - This isn't in the book but I'm lucky enough to have moved in with some amazing girls who I now count as friends.
  • Work - It's hard to get past the work life boundaries and most of the people I've been working with are in relationships and live all over London. That said we've still had some fun nights out though and think we'll keep in touch.
  • The gym - Oddly this has been rather successful! I didn't really join to meet people - it was more to get fit and loss some of that desk job weight! However after a charity event at the gym some of the other girls from my step class and I made plans to  meet up after work and had a great time. 


If you do move somewhere new and feel lonely I suggest keeping busy. Have rarely felt lonely in London (the exception being when we got some bad family news) because there is so much to do and it's not unusual for people to be sat in cafe's or walking around museums on their own. The gigs, the gym and cinema are always a win too. Chances are you'll meet people with similar interests while you're there too.
Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Glitter!

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Oh man am I loving the sparkles that are around at the moment. My pinterest style boards are getting filled with glitter mixed with other textures. Must be party season soon!

Here are my top 5 glittery buys for when I'm rich and skinny:

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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Adoption

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I really liked this video. Adoption is always something I've thought about - whether I ever do it will depend on my situation when I'm ready to have children. I am crazy scared of childbirth - not just the things that could go wrong but just the standard pain etc (I'm from a large family and they like sharing the grizzly details). More than that though I think it would be great to build and make a family (some of your own in the traditional sense and some adopted). Too many children are lost in the system - especially siblings and older children. I think it would be great to raise children in a loving environment that they might not otherwise have.

That said it's incredibly hard to adopt in the UK and a very lengthly process (so I'm told). I do also worry about building the relationship with a child or with children that I haven't given birth to but then you read stories like these:


Rockstar Diaries guest post by Carissa Gallo
Run with Scissors 

Monday, 12 November 2012

Jazz on a Monday

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It's Monday and it's cold and a bit rainy, snuggle up with a blanket and listen to some women who really know how to sing:












Saturday, 10 November 2012

Internet love this week featuring John Green (again)

from here via hello giggles

Girls guide to getting through a dry spell (on hellogiggles)
Art on walls on Nesting Place


I know I talk about John and Hank Green a lot on here. I'm sorry...just not so sorry I'm going to stop.

Have you read John's tumblr post on the US elections display of support for marrage equality over here?


Science blowing my mind!! Via Hank Green


couple of spoilers (lots) but great review of The Fault in Our Stars via John's Tumblr.
Friday, 9 November 2012

What's with the woman hating?


I've been extra worried about the US election this year - luckily sanity prevailed - but the increased debate about womens rights has had concequenses for us in the UK too. The more (typically) republican men speak out about rape and abortion regulations the more it has been coming up here too.

This might be me not being very polically aware, but I don't remember these rights ever being an issue in the UK, at least not in the last 10 years. Over the past few months however, people have been discussing reducing the current limit of 24 weeks down to 20. Our current Health Minister in fact favours a 12 week limit! I don't understand why this is coming up now and can only think that it is women hating men trying to exercise their power after being shown that there are people in the world (women sadly included) that will vote to limit a womans rights over her own body. I haven't had an abortion and I probably wouldn't but circumstances change and knowing that I have the choice is important.

I found many of the campaigns messages and articles around the election empowering and hope that they get more people to think about the issues that could effect them



We need to educate more people, put an end to derogatory comments and show people running the country that we have the power before things get worse.
Thursday, 8 November 2012

Knitting your roots

from here via Miss Indie

Both my Nan's knitted when I was little and we were forever wrapped up in beautiful hand knitted aran cable cardigans that I hated at the time. We also had clothes knitted for my dolls and baby blankets etc. My mum still has some of them tucked away in case I have children. Neither of them taught me to knit in the end, I think they must have tried when I was younger but it didn't stick.

I started to knit and crochet around the time I moved home after university. It was a hard time for me, I ended a 3 year relationship, started a new job (my first real career!), I couldn't drive, many of my friends hadn't yet moved back and I felt I was moving backwards by living at home. I learnt knitting and crochet from a mix of books and youtube videos starting with scarfs and granny squares. As well as being a creative outlet it relaxed me and helped me feel like I was doing something other than just sitting around and watching tv at home.



One of my Nans passed away earlier this year and mum and I thought it would be nice for me to knit some cushion covers for my aunts in a cable stich aran (like our old jumpers). The wool I'm using is also from Ireland (where my Grandad's from). I'm only part way through the first one at the moment - I'll share proper pictures when I'm done - but it's nice to do something that links to my past.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Guys in bars

from here via Hello Giggles
So the dating thing... it's pretty tough right? At the moment I've been busy with the relocation, new job stuff and haven't really done much about it. Since my last date (which was in my last week living in Portsmouth - how's that for timing!) I've dipped my toes in a little and it's still a bit of a weird place.

So how do you meet people? How do you get talking? Personally I've never really gotten into a conversation with a guy outside the bar/club situation (other than friends of friends etc). Where are these men at gigs and in bookshops we see in the movies?! They must have got the idea from somewhere...

Living in London there are more opportunities to talk to people on nights out and weirdly I've been doing this more than I did in Portsmouth as I don't expect to ever see these people again (unlike in a small town where you see them EVERYWHERE).



I suppose that the next issue is I'm a little judgmental and insecure.  It's a bit of a Groucho Marx situation and a bit 'why are you hitting on my, do you think I'm an easy target because I'm not the best looking girl here' sort of thing. These thoughts often lead to my signature move; the kiss and run (does what it says on the tin).

If I do hand over my number to a guy I never want theirs. This isn't some kind of dating rules bull, but simply me not wanting to put myself out there for rejection. It's not a great system as I'm sure men feel the same way and they tend to have to do the initial moves in the first place! I figure if they like me enough they'll take the risk - but how can you know if you like someone from meeting them in that kinda situation anyway...

What do you do?


Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Wrap up Warm

It's getting colder here and so I'm cracking out the woolens even more than usual. My hat has been making an appearence (see dodgy photo of me above) and I've purchased a few too many jumpers/cardigans from GAP recently... I especially like the ones with elbow patches!


My Pinterest style board is also starting to get more wool heavy; this is a firm favourite this week:

from here via Pinterest

A Cup Of Jo has an article today about cardigans over wedding dresses! While I'm not planning on getting married anytime soon (a shocker given my single status) I am loving the mix of textures in the photos she's featured.


from here via A Cup of Jo
Monday, 5 November 2012

Dry The River


I went to see Dry the River atShepards Bush Empire on Thursday. Truely great gig. There was a lot more head banging than I expected and there was some nice chatting on stage about home brewed beer and first songs. They played totally acoustically at one point, no mikes or amps just harmonys, violin and guitar and I have never heard so many people so quiet. It was quite magical.



Saturday, 3 November 2012

Lizzie Bennet Diaries + internet round up


Oh Pride and Prejudice... you have given us so much already Colin Firth, fights with zombies and numerous other reimaginings, spin offs and romantic aspirations yet you just keep giving.



The Lizzie Bennet Diaries are the modern retelling of the story from Lizzies point of view in the form of vlogs, created by Bernie Su and Hank Green. It's pretty great and very cleverly done. Plus this week we met Darcy for the first time!!




Some posts I've loved this week:
Friday, 2 November 2012

November Goals

I'm in Christmas mode and pre December I'm aiming to complete my Christmas shopping - I HATE shopping in December, walking around the shops is fine so long as I don't need to buy anything...

I also want to:
  • Get my Paris Map framed - I got this in the summer, it's just a sheet of wrapping paper from Waterstones but it looks very cute. 
  • Bake some stuff for the office - I haven't baked nearly as much since I moved, this needs to change!
  • Catch up on my Goodreads goals- I'm dragging behind a little at the moment.
  • Sort out my Ravelry account - I have an account but haven't used this properly at all.
  • Buy some boots - my shoes are not season appropriate.
Thursday, 1 November 2012

How musicals have ruined the world for me #8



When you're that drunk a sober person will not find you attractive (maybe that's just when I'm the drunk person though...)