Tuesday, 26 March 2013

13 for 2013: Water

I am rubbish at drinking enough and my Coca Cola addiction (I was at one point having a can a day) doesn't really help matters! So this year I've been trying to turn things around.

For Lent I gave up coke and instead I have two cups of tea a day:
1) when I wake up (earl grey with half a lemon - hot lemon meant to be great for you first thing but I can't handle it with out the tea first thing)
2) when I get to work

On top of that I have one glass of fruit juice and I have water bottle (one of the above in fact) that I try and have two servings of at work (roughly 1 ltr).

All this works pretty well it's just the weekend and evening that I struggle with - out of my work routine and the gym I pretty much forget to have a drink which is not good! Any tips?

Side note - it was World Water Day last week:

Love Wheezy!

Monday, 25 March 2013

Theme Park

I had tickets to go see Theme Park but I felt crappy (cramps, swollen glands and general coldiness) so I stayed in and went to sleep at 8.30 (I felt so lame and old). Since then I've felt fine (bar the glands - which are only just shrinking now) so it was the right decision but I'm still sad I missed them; their album is great! Like a summery chilled out Two Door Cinema Club or similar anyway. Defo an escape from the crazy cold weather we're having!

Monday, 18 March 2013

bye bye google reader

So you won't be able to follow me on google reader soon which is lame. BUT you can follow me on other readers instead.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

I've started moving my blog subscriptions over to bloglovin now and cleaning out the old ones that people don't use anymore.

If you have suggestions for blogs/vlogs/tumblrs I should follow or you want to let me know about your own site message / comment and I'll take a look!
Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Lattice cushion

This one is based on the lattice pattern from the harmony guides: cable and aran stitches It took a lot longer than the others because there are cables on every row and also because I haven't had much time to knit lately!

I used size 5mm needles, a cable needle and aran wool

Cast on 76 stitches

1: k2, p2
2: p2, k2
repeat both rows

1: p5, c2b, *p6, c2b; rep from * to last 5 sts, p5
2: k5, p2, *k6, p2; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5
3: p4, *t2b, t2f, p4; rep from * to end
4: k4, *p1, k2, p1, k4; rep from * to end
5: p3, *t2b, p2, t2f, p2; rep from * to last st, p1
6: k3, *p1, k4, p1, k2; rep from *to last st, k1
7: p2, *t2b, p4, t2f; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2
8: k1, p2, *k6, p2; rep from * to last st, k1
9: p1, c2b, *p6, c2b; rep from * to last st, p1
10: as 8th row
11: p2, * t2f, p4, t2b; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2
12: as 6th row
13: p3, *t2f, p2, t2b, p2; rep from * to last st, p1
14: as 4th row
15: p4, *t2f, t2b, p4; rep from * to end
16: as 2nd row

Repeat rows until knitting measures 30inches or 77cm

6 rows as previous rib section. If you would like button wholes cast off 2 stitches where you would like them on the 3rd row and add 2 back in above them on the 4th row.
cast off.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Teen Fiction

I love me a young adult novel every now and again. I'm sure you realised that from my John Green obsession... but I'm not just talking the more high brow books, I'm talking proper Twilight style trash here.

Beautiful Creatures is an easy read, forbidden love blah blah witches, good vs evil etc. The plot is fairly obvious, but the action does pick up towards the end and I stormed through the last couple of chapters. It's also been made into a movie which I haven't seen so can't compare. That does however mean that you'll be able to pick a copy up fairly cheaply now although it will have a tacky movie tie in cover :/ I hate those.

Gone was recommended to me by someone in Waterstones along with Knife of Never Letting Go (awesome book) after I bought Catching Fire. It's a teenage dystopian novel set in a town where all the adult disappear. From there it just gets weirder for all the characters this is the first is a crazy long series and I haven't read the others but I'm tempted. The book was good and pacey and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I think I prefer Hunger Games (book 1) and The Knife of Never Letting Go/Chaos Walking series though.
Monday, 11 March 2013

The Peach Kings

It's cold and snowing AGAIN and I'm in denial, listening to The Peach Kings, thinking of driving through USA in the sun.

Keep warm folks! x
Saturday, 9 March 2013

Cornwall and Fear

grey day at the Eden Project

Last weekend I went to Cornwall with some friends to visit some other friends who have been living there. We arrived late Friday night / Saturday morning had a quick cuppa and a chat then headed to bed for some much needed sleep!

The next day was pasty day at the Eden Project. The Eden Project is awesome and weird and warm inside which is good because as you can see it was a pretty grey weekend. My pasty (below, the traditional variety) was lovely but we had expected a few tasters from the competition that was happening. No such luck. I had a fantastic day, we went ice skating, had ice cream saw a traditional cornish folk band and had some rather nice cider.

the gang

can you see my fear

The fear part? Well I'm not comfortable with heights and in the tropical/rain-forest dome you can go to a platform at the top. I made it up with the help of Rich and Matt (who took this photo of me). It's not so much the height that's scary it's the movement. The platform and stairs are suspended so they start to shake as people walk around them. The views are stunning and I'm glad I went up there. That said I'm not sure I will next time!

I'm not sure this post was interesting so here are some robot's dancing:
Friday, 8 March 2013

International Women's Day

It's Women's day today so I'm sharing some links that I liked and I hope you do too.

Feminism, it is relevant: http://whoneedsfeminism.tumblr.com/ 
Rape victims are not 'asking for it': here and here
Women and Christianity: here and here
Right to choose: my old blog post 

Some videos:



Thursday, 7 March 2013

Women in the Media

At the moment the TV shows I love the most have strong female characters not 2d romantic leads.

  • Robin in How I Met Your Mother - that episode where she finds out she can't have children, even though she didn't want them... That episode broke my heart it was so beautifully done. 
  • All the people in Game of Thrones - I am so excited about the new season! but yeah everyone is shades of grey in this no one is perfect or acts perfectly (even Ned Stark doesn't do whats best for the country because he's being a stickler for the rules). Ok maybe Joffrey is truly evil.  
  • Once Upon a Time - Mainly the Queen in this (although all of them can kick some arse) her storyline is pretty awesome
  • Pretty Little Liars - Yes it's trashy and unbelievable but still it's about friendship and sticking together really isn't it? And not telling stupid lies. 
  • Parks and Recreation - How could I not mention Lesley Knope in this honestly! Ovaries before Brovaries, Uterus' before Duderus'  people!
Not to mention the girls trying to figure it all out in sitcoms: New Girl, Girls, Mindy Project. 

I read an article this week on HelloGiggles about women in the media. It's quotes Gena Davis as saying:
“All of Hollywood is run on one assumption: that women will watch stories about men, but men won’t watch stories about women. All the decisions are made based on this ‘concrete fact’. Nobody’s really proved that this is true. It’s a horrible indictment of our society.”

I think that a lot of the time that's true sadly. Gena Davis' charity states that in family films there is only one female character for every 3 male!

This TED talk - watch it. Media shouldn't cover gender roles but show real representations of PEOPLE.
Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Role models

Lately I'm a bit obsessed with Jennifer Lawrence (like most of the world!) not only is she pretty but she's outspoken, funny and seems unafraid to be herself. I don't people want to see too much perfection in female role models I know I want to see girls like Lawrence, Anna Kendrick and Emma Stone who are smart and funny and that I REALLY want to be friends with.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Ageing and Nora Ephron

I'm not much of a biography reader - I struggle to get into non-fiction sometimes and tend to find novels much more accessible. Nora Ephron died last year and I read bits about her in the papers and on the blogs. Like most romcom fans When Harry Met Sally is one of my top films and I've of course seen many of her others. I hadn't read any of her written work though. 

Lena Dunham Remembers Nora Ephron in The New Yorker here

I Feel Bad About My Neck is a collection of essays by Ephron covering what it is to me a women who's aging. Even though I'm only 27 and can't afford half her lifestyle I found it accessible and funny - It's a quick read and I recommend you give it ago. She covers things like falling in love with a property, beauty regime changes, divorce, empty nesters and cooking.

More awesome ladies writing stuff about themselves some I've read, others are on my list:
Mindy Kaling
Tina Fey
Dawn French
Caitlin Moran
Carrie Fisher
Deborah Devonshire
Diane Keaton
Sloane Crosley
Miranda Hart
Clare Balding
Jeanette Winterson

Please let me know if you have more recommendation - I do love a good book!
Monday, 4 March 2013

Diva music

International Women's Day is this week. So I'm going to try and post some female focused bits on the blog starting with this playlist. Being a woman can mean so many different things I don't think that there is one way to be feminine but I think it's important to own who you are and feel proud of it. Too often we are beaten down by ourselves others (men and women) for not meeting expectations and stereotypes that are unrealistic. 

These songs make me feel pretty epic let me know if you have more recommendation to add.

It's on spotify here
Friday, 1 March 2013

How musicals have ruined the world for me #12

None of my friends have libraries I can hide in at parties this makes me sad. It's normally the kitchen or the hall way for teh real party.