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I am a full- time mum of 2 under 4year olds! I have a 'little' obsession with makeup. I don't even have to wear it. I just like having it!


I'm a twenty somthing with a 'mild' obsession with makeup and clothes. Here you will be able to see my attempts to organise the Chaos of my erratic mind and condense it's contents onto these virtual pages of LUST LISTS....

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Wedding dress and Venue in the bag!

Yesterday was a VERY productive day. Spent the afternoon with my wedding dress designer, taking measurements (yikes!) and finalising the design. I am so pleased with it.It's better then anything i could have imagined, even though I did imagine it. I can't wait to show you pictures but alas! You will have to wait until october 6th (the date of the wedding) to see me wearing it. There will be no sneak peaks as my fiance sometimes checks out my blog and obviously, he can't see! I'm *so excited*
We finalised all the details with the venue yesterday as well. The phone didn't stop ringing all day. While I was in Bristol with the lovely Maresa who is making my dress, Find her website
here or her facebook here, My lovely other half took our two sons to rugby practice and then to watch a film and then made pizzas with them at home. *sigh* I went to bed in a blissfully happy dream-like state. This morning he woke me up with a cup of tea while our 2 (nearly 3) year old climbed into bed with me for cuddles..... Such a hard life!
As I can't show you my dress, I shall leave you with a bitmap of the images I collected for my dress inspiration just to tantalize you.....
(click to enlarge)

Friday, 27 January 2012

Deco dresses!

The theme, if you can call it a theme, for our wedding is Art Deco. I say theme, but it's not fancy dress or anything. Basically we have taken inspiration from the era in terms of dress and
decoration. Style wise I have always had a penchant for vintage. In particular the 20s 30s and 70s. i love the indi, boho and rocker looks for everyday casual dress but whenever it comes to something formal I have always gone with a nod towards a more decadent era and to me the 20s embodies the pure luxury and self-indulgence as well as the self expression I associate with
weddings. It made perfect sense for us to take inspiration from the glamour and fun from the 20s.

Moving on then to the dress I will be wearing for my Hen do;

I won this on ebay. It is almost 100 years old yet it still has all the beads!! there was a teeny tiny hole on one of the shoulders which I have repaired and now it is perfect!
I am so excited to wear this. We havn't decided what we are doing for the actual do itself yet, but I know what I'll be wearing! The dress is sheer so I have bought a couple of slips from Marks and Spencers to go underneath. One is Nude and the other is Black. I havn't decided which one I will put underneath yet though. I am currently on the hunt for the perfect pair of T-bar shoes to go
with it.
My lovely mother suggested these;

Teatro Helga Bugle Bead Trim Shoe from Littlewoods.

Unfortunately they were discontinued before I could make up my mind!
The heel can't be too high as I am rubbish with heels and I need to be able to wear them all night and dance in them.
The search continues.......

Thursday, 26 January 2012

The Long overdue Ramble about life, what's been going on and why I suddenly abandoned the internet (in a manner of speaking)

Right! I have promised myself that this is going to be a brief overview of what's happened during the last year/ 18 months. For those of you who may be interested in my humble little old life, here it goes;

December 4th 2010 My lovely boyfriend of nearly a decade popped THE question. Our two children had been picked up by his parents to spend the night and we were having a rare night off and had planned to go out for a meal together. I had gone upstairs to get ready and upon my coming downstairs my boyfriend was smartly dressed and holding a bunch of flowers. The flowers weren't that unusual, he's not too bad at randomly giving me little things like flowers etc, but him being smartly dressed and having lit several candles around the living room was however, highly
unusual. To cut a long story short nestled in amongst the flowers was a a box with a not wrapped around it.the note read something along the lines of "I'm not very good at this sort of thing, so will you open the box please?" And inside the box was...you guessed it, a picture hook! Nah, just kidding. It was a gorgeous engagement ring! I was so stunned I was speachless and I am never one to not have anything to say! I just stood there Grinning like a fool. And after a few moments he said, rather anxiously I might add, "Well?" I realised at that point he was genuinely waiting for my reply....as if I would say 'no'!!!!?? He's only the love of my life not to mention the father of our two children!

So anyway not long after that it was christmas, then I began a course to get qualified as a professional makeup-artist and began driving lessons as well as planning a wedding before I knew it it was christmas again and my youngest started playgroup and my eldest son has been having surprisingly in-depth homework (in year 1?!?) that is far too complex for him to do on his own! I swear his school is really setting homework for the parents! Last week I h
ad to research family crests, research Judaism and build a 3D papier mache castle! Huey has also began swimming lessons and to top it all off, last June I began writing a novel! phew! There are also little everyday things called life which get in the way such as sleeping, eating, showering hoovering and visiting friends and family that get in the way of blogging...oh and breathing of course! Let's not forget to breathe!

So as you can see I have been busy busy busy. I'm not complainin
g though. I wouldn't have it any other way! Thing is, I do love blogging and I do miss it! But so much of my money has been going on driving and saving for the wedding etc I havn't really bought anything to show you or blog about, and as for blogging about life, well,I've been too busy living it to blog about it. Better than having time to blog but nothing to blog about I suppose, but hopefully things should slow down one the wedding is over and I (fingers crossed) finally pass my driving test!

...And there I was thinking this was going to be a short post. Ah well! Once a rambler,always a rambler. Nothings changed there at least! adios amigos! see you on the flip flop! xxx

Here is a pic of the ring for those that want to see;

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Still alive and kicking...

I have ulcers on my tonsils... arrrrgh.... oh and I got slightly bored with the 30 day challenge. I like the fredom of being able to write about what I want and when I feel like so mu apologies everyone, I shall probably resume with that soon but for now..... My son stars his first day of school tomorrow!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHH! He only turned 4 in July!! OMG... I spent ages ironing in name tags into all his uniform and P.E. kit. I am currently charging the camera for photos...

On another note, I am also starting school.....well a fashion and photography makeup course anyway... I am soon to be an officially qualified MUA!!! Wooop! I got my insurance sorted over the weekend as I am doing a weding on saturday the 11th. A bride, Mother of the bride and 2 bridesmaids makeup! I'm quite nervous as it's my first official job eeeeeeeeee!

I have also been giving the elf products I received a few weeks ago a fair trial and I can say it very hit and miss... somethings I love and somthing are well..... pants really! Official review coming soon...

I have much to update on but right now I need to go and gargle some aspirin.... think the tonsil ulcers are a result of being majorly run down... job/son starting school/course starting/generall household chores-mother-ness/AND youtube/blogging = not so easy... WHERE IS ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD???

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Golden Oldie

sooooo....... For todays task I have to post a photo taken of me over ten years ago, so I give you.....

My reception (first year at school, aged 4) class photo;

(Click to enlarge) See if you can guess which one I am?

Extra points if you can guess the year... Just look at what my teacher (top left) is wearing... that might just give it away!

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

A photo I took

So for this one it was a hard thing to decide what picture to use as I have taken so many and I feel that all of them are worthy of being placed in this post. The usual picture I take is of the family when they are doing somthing I want to remember and cherish, But I think I included enough of those in a recent post. (the one that was supposed to only be ONE photo that makes me happy). So I have decided that this picture will be somthing slightly different;
This was my cousin trying to write her name with a sparkler..... i wonder if you can guess what it is!

A photo that makes me sad/angry!

In my opinion, Animal testing for the sake of medical advancement is a neccessary, if highly unpleasant, sacrifice. They can't verywell test out a cancer cavvine on a human if there's a chance of them contracting the deadly disease- afterall they can't put a human down if they do can they?
(I do apreciate there are those who will strongly disagree with my views on this matter, we are all different afterall and that's what makes this world such an interesting and vibrant place to live.
You are all welcome to state you views However, if you choose to do so, please be respectful of others opinions. Don't argue and try to change others, there isn't only one 'correct' view and no-one likes to be told their view is wrong to please bear this in mind and we can all have a happy place to exchange ideas and p[ossibly even learn somthing. The one thing I can't stand is intollerence! So please be open minded.)
HOWEVER, Animal testing for the sake of cosmetic research, such as above...... is just plain CRUELTY!
As Beauty consumers, we are nearly all guilty of feeding the machine that indulges in such dark offences... Who here shops at the body shop? Animal friendly? maybe... maybe not! They were bought out by none other than L'Oreal as many of you will know. L'oreal is one of the leading brands in animal testing.... The Bodyshop has remained adamant that it's no animal testing ethos still remains in tact, but are they using a loop-hole to legally claim half truths? who knows! For the record I am not judging. I hang my head as one of those consumers. I still shop at TBS, and L'Oreal for that matter! And many many more who I am sure are responsible for some of the cruelties associated with animal testing for cosmetic research. I know I shouldn't shop at these places, but then when you do your research, you soon discover that if you were to boycot ALL the brands that contribute to animal testing, you would be left with hardly anywhere to shop for your daily necessities. even for things like toothpaste! And most of the brands that are cruelty free are really expensive which is fine for the odd treat.... but imagine if ALL yournecessities were purchased from these brands? Your bill would be more than your income....
Unfortunatley the sad fact remains that for the average Joe/Jill like you or I, Cruelty free shopping for everything, is just financially not achievable..... So I resign myself to the not so necessities such as makeup indulgencies, the extravagant investment buy as it were, being bought from said cruelty free brands.... and hope to god that some day soon, governments will instill a cruelty free policy across all major brands..... well, I can hope can't I?

Hello and Thankyou!

I've been really enjoying reading everyones blogs when I have the time... mostly I do it when I'm not signed in , or I'm still signed in to my youtube and I have this really annoying habit of trying to leave a comment and then it says either that I need to sign in, or it tried to leave it as under a different user name (my youtube address is sifferent from my blogger address) and so I would then have so sign out and sign back in-even more effort! And since usually the only free time I get for blogging is at about 11pm when I'm practicall unconcious I just think 'ahhhhh, i can't be bothered!' So sorry for lack of responses guys... I always read comments and apreciate every one. and I always intend to leave comments on fellow bloggers posts, but sometimes, when the boys have gone to bed, it's as much I can do to get my own post typed up! I hope everyone understands...?
On that note, amazingly, and also unexpectedly I have noticed that there are now 13 little faces at the side of my Blog now?
Does this mean there are 13 people who actually read my stange little ramblings? I find that so weird!! I don't know why, as obviously I enjoy reading the musings of others, but for someone to find what I have to say interesting enough to follow this blog... well, all I can say is you must all be raving!! haha! But Thankyou! It's lovely to know I'm connecting with the world while I'm stuck in this small pitiful excuse for a city.
I'm sure not many of you know, that my reasons for originally starting a youtube channel and this blog, (aside from my obsession and passion for makeup and beauty... and the fact I spent all the spare time I had scrapbooking paper cutouts from magazines of makeup/clothes/pretty things...-anyone else do that?-my boyf and mother-in-law think this makes me weird!?!?) Anyhoo the other reason, was to connect with adults and other like minded people. I have two boys you see. They are lovely little mites and I adore being a mum. I absolutley Love it. I think It may just be my calling in life... BUT that said, that's not all there is to me! None of my real-world friends share my passion for makeup..... well apart from the bestie, but it's hard to keep up with her on a regular basis. She's living an exciting, highflying life of a 20 somthing, with no kids or real responsibilities as are most of my friends. As a result, I feel a bit left behind. A bit our of the loop and a bit well,........ frumpy! I don't regret my decision to start my family so young! Far from it! It was the making of me. I was drifting through a sea of choices I didn't know haow to make.. drowning really. I was set for uni to study art and english without a clue what I wanted to do with it... the only thing that felt certain to me, was the lovely wonderful boyfriend... and having our children young is just what was right for us. People disagreed, but we knew what we were doing and In my family life I couldn't be happier. But socially, I am hungry for adult conversation... My 4 year old is very clever and he holds conversations really well for his age, but truthfully, at the end of the day, there's only so much I have to say on the subject of Ben10, star wars the clone wars and transformers!
This was just supposed to be a little outlet for me to have some 'me' time and indulge in my passion... so I'm so glad that I now have like minded people to sahre it with! TRUST ME when I say, there are few bloggers outh there who will apreciate their followers/subscribers comments and feedback more than I.....

By the way, Emma, I got the idea for this little thankyou ramble after reading yours.. as I too was struggling to find a way to thank the new faces that keep appearing!

Sunday, 22 August 2010

A piccy that makes me Happy; I'm cheating here again too!

WARNING; VERY photo heavy blog post! ; VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY (you have been warned!)

I was looking through my pics to find ONE that could some up happiness for me and guess what? it turns out I'm a very lucky lady. ALL OF THEM gave me the hugest grin on my face. I thought I'd share a selection with you all... this is what makes me apreciate my life so much; FAMILY and FRIENDS;

First up we have yesterday's trip to the adventure play and softland we took the boys to. Huey's been before but it was Izaac's first time and he LOVED it sooo much. He's just started walking so it was lovely to see him toddling around. And all the padding meant it didn't hurt when he fell over!
Then we have me and the bestie at my 24th birthday (June this year) It was lovely to see her. As with most of my friends, these days I don't see her anywhere near enough!
Again, taken at my birthday BBQ These are my 3 favourite non family members. My little cousin who is my surrogate little sister. She basically is my lil' sis except that her mum is my mums lil' sis.... (ok FAIL) then Joe... he's been a best mate since we met on the school coach to Alton Towers when I was in year 9 haha! and then of course the bestie mate ;)
Ahhhhhh, my lovely gorgeous little sis *cough cousin cough* There's no-one quite like her. I love her into lots of little pieces!! :D she make me very happy

This pic is of my eldest Huey (now 4) when he was only about 7 months! and My gorgeous boyf. I just love how stumpy Huey looks it makes me want to squish him! Anyone else have a problem with needing to squish cute things?
This next one was at a family gathering and it was the first family shot of us taken without some crazy fluke accident making the picture come out badly like a ball randomnly hitting me on the head or a leaf blowing in front of the lens as the shutter goes down!

This is me with my sister in law at new year, a couple of years back. It was fancy dress and we wanted to go as somthing original, so we went as colours!

This was my parents babysitting for me and my boyf to have a night out around the time of my 22nd birthday. We went for a quiet drink and a game of pool as I was having a joint party whith the boyf's little bro who's bday is also in June and we were hiring a club. I was putting my heels on before heading out.

chillin in the garden this may. The first day that actually felt like summer for almost 3 years!

This was a night out many years ago (about 6) I'm in the back ground holding hands with my friend Joe. The boyf is wearing white t-shirt in the bottom left hand corner, and the bestie mate is in bottom right chatting to a lad I went to school with.....

And here is me with the same bestie mate from april earlier this year on another more recent night out;

This was my mum with Huey when he was only a couple of months old. She's glowing. Like a really happy/proud grandmother. I love this photo so much!

This is me on holliday the first holliday we had after having Huey (Izaac wasn't born or even conceived yet) Me and the Boyf went off for a romantic stroll along the beach. It was such a beautiful place:

This was the boyf after having climbed a rock. Doing his joke triumphant pose ;) I probably really shouldn't fancy him here when he's pratting about like that....but i do.......

Boys will be boys.... here he is again in another rock climbing escapade...just a little one this time though. This photo makes me happy because even after nearly 9 years together I still fancy the pants off him! ;)
This is my GORGEOUS little neice indica playing big sis to Huey when He was a baby. She was so amazing with him there was no jealousy at all. She's the boyf's older sisters little girl and she looks so like him people think she's his when we take her out!

This was the first time Huey went to a beach and touched sand! Shame the weather wasn't great that day but it still makes me smile. The adventure was all over his mischivous little face! Look at him dipping his little toe!

Huey when he was a tiny baby; He used to fall asleep ANYWHERE! :) so cute! *squish!

Here he is pretending to read the back of a playstation game case aged about 8 months. look at that naff old tv and tv unit in the background. We'd just moved into our house and money was tight, This piccy reminds me how far we've come. Haha-check out how big his Daddy's shoes are compared to him!!!

This piccy makes me laugh. Again Huey when he was much stumpier! He was actually leaning so far back he was almost level with the ground but the camera's at an angle so you can't tell very well. This photo reminds me of the trust he has in me not to let him fall! :)

This pic was taken on the train on the way home from visiting the REAL THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE. Huey loved it. He was giving his favourite toy teletubby PO a hug on the way home. All I can say is this piccy makes me go wobbly with 'awwwwww' he's just so lush. we're so lucky to have him! :D

This was the boyf's face minutes after Huey was born. Taken in the delivery room shortly after daddy clapped eyes on his baby for the first time. He looks the typical proud father.It makes me almost cry! He hadn't shaved for a couple of weeks cuz I'd been staying in hospital with pre-eclampsia and he had been spending all his time in the hospital with me and hardly been home long enough to shave!

wind forward about 3 years and we have baby number 2! Okay I know I look rough as hell here but give me some slack people, I had given birth only an hour before this was taken! My mum was watching Huey along with my brother when Izaac was being born and she brought huey to the delivery room to meet his little brother for the first time. This is the very First time Huey met izaac and they've been inseperable ever since. This was the day my family became complete!

Huey loves being outside. This was a day I took the boys on a coach trip out to a family fun event. He was having so much fun. at the end of the day he said; 'mummy my cheeks hurt.' I said 'oh dear, what's wrong? did you bite them by accident?' he said 'no, i fink it's fwom smiling too much all the times!'

This is the first time Huey held a bunny. This was at an animal mania event and he loved it. He was so gentle with it. He said 'look mummy this is how you hold a baby' I was a very proud mummy that day! :)

This is a recent pic of my mum with the boys. we were all flustered because we'd been dancing around the living room. The dots on faces were stickers which meant you were 'allowed' to dance!

This photo makes me feel like I want to curl up inside it. Izaac adores his big brother and Huey adores him right back! Here Izaac is going in for a kiss and Huey is more than happy to oblige! They are so close. we couldn't ask for the boys to have a better relationship!

Having a sweeet treat after a hard days play! They look so alike! If anyone had told me 5 years ago I'd have these two amazingly gorgeous little rascals I'd never have believed them.

Huey having fun in the sandpit that visited our city park this summer! He looks so like his Daddy. I look at my boyfriend every day and think 'I'm so glad your the father of my children' this photo just reminds me of that fact! Both my boys have their Daddy's gorgeous blue eyes!

This is me with izaac the first day he ever touched sand! He LOVED it!! He was squeeling so much all the old dears were stopping to have a coo at him!

Again me with the boys at the park. This was the day Izaac took his first few wobbly steps on his own! I felt like a mother of 2 not a mother of one boy and a baby... know what I mean? I like this photo because it was a great day. Huey was knackered from all the rides at the fair and I look like a mum. I don't normally see it in myself. I always think because I look so young that people are judging me as a scummy mummy or somthing but here I look like a proper mum whilst still retaining the essence of me! Am I even making any sense any more?

Huey learning to ride his bike! We tried the whole taking one stabeliser off thing! tee hee!

Ahhh... I LOVE this photo. Me and the boyf have been fans of the band REEF for a LOOOOOONNNNGGG time! they reformed earlier this year and we were lucky enough to get VIP tickets and meet them! It was such a laugh!

This is my boyf with izaac. I love it! Daddy with his boy! he's such a great Dad! He's amazing. I wish I'd had a Dad like him when I was little. :)

Here Is Huey with his baby bro the next day in hospital. Izaac had to be transferred to the children's ward where he stayed on and off for the next few weeks. For a while we thought we were going to loose him. He had a rare and complex blood disorder and they were concerned he would bleed into his brain. It was such a devestating time and I was seperated from Huey for a lot of it because I had to stay in hospital with izaac as I was breast feeding. I don't know how we coped! Well I do. With a LOT of support from my mum who was brilliant! Thank god Izaac is fine now. We are so lucky and greatful to have him. This photo was taken after we received the bad news but I Like it because it reminds me of how lucky we were that we got to take our baby home after all we went through, when so many parents don't.

Huey's first sparkler!Just look at his chuffed little face. it lit up both literally and figuratively. 'nuff said.
This was a few years ago. that's me with the blue hair. I'm with my sis in law and another friend. i miss having my hair other colours :( but that's not why I like this photo.. It reminds me of the good times we had when we were really close. We don't see enough of eachother these days. She got a job and a serious boyfriend and became an adult and now life gets a bit hectic. I suppose we all have to grow up sometime...

This is me with the little sister and brother in law recreating a Harry potter film poster; Such a laugh and not a bad attempt. We were at our neices 1st birthday party. we were using cocktail sticks for wands ha! see if you can guess who's who....?

This was taken aproximatley 2-3years before Huey was born. I was about 18 . That's the boyf on the top stair, his sis below. below left of her is their bro, next to him one of the boyf's best mates and bassist in his band. Then me and the sis in laws mate.(L-R)standing on the bottom step is The Boyf's half bro and sitting on bottom step next to him is his mate. Standing to the right of the stairs is the boyf's best mate, drummer and brother of the bassist. Did you get all that? Oh yeah... and apart from 2, (the half bro and his mate at the bottom) we all went to school together. That's why I like it. They've always felt like my family :)

And ho and beload as my old science prefessor from year 12 physics used to say; we have reached the end. Sorry to go a bit over-kill on that one. I just honestly couldn't leave out any of those pics x

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Questions 25 random Tag for my own choice of post

The lovely Emma Tagged me in the following Post; Thankyou Em! I tag the lovely Laura(Lauraloves) and Dani (p1nkii)

1. Do you have any pets? Not exactly... we have 2 'goldfish'.... Actually we have an empty tank in the kitchen with water and gravel and a little boat in it that used to house 2 goldfish who tragically died a couple of months ago. I think they suffocated in that extreme hot weather we had a while back but unfortunatley we havn't got around to replacing them yet so I keep telling Huey (my 4 year old who starts school this september-yikes!) they're 'sleeping' in their little boat thing. He keeps dragging a chair over from the kitchen table and trying to have a look.... He asked me why they're always sleeping and I said it's because they're lazy! Yesterday, after watching a wildlife programme about bears on CBBC, he came in to the kitchen and told me; 'Mummy, My fishies aren't being lazy they're Hyber-lating!!'

2. Name 3 things that are physically close to you. 1 is Huey's 3/4 size acoustic guitar which he plays e minor on and now thinks he's better than Daddy... 2 is a jug of dead flowers I keep looking at and meaning to put in the composter but not quite getting around to it... and 3 is the digital TV remote.

3. What's the weather like right now? BLAH :-( (it's been monsoon season today)

4. Do you drive? No but one of us really needs to. with 2 kids it's no joke doing the family shop. I can't push a buggy and a trolly round the supermarket!

5. What time did you wake up this morning? 7am ish. To the sound of Huey yelling 'I'm fiiii-niiiished!! from the toilet after doing his morning number two! Lovely!

6. When was the last time you showered? Yesterday. I know it's gross but that's actually quite good for me. Time for Showering has become somthing of a luxury since having the boys!

7. What was the last movie you saw? The Matrix.... I used to think the 'special' effects were good ha!

8. What does your last text message say? It's an update ffrom my Bank about my balance which needless to say is private!

9. What's your ringtone? Boring. It's the least cheesy one that came with the phone and isn't plain old 'ring-ring'

10. Have you ever been to a different country? Several. Portugal, New York, Amsterdam (well that's a city not a country, I meant to say Holland) Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, (WALES Tee Hee!) But not for some years *Sigh! I went travelling in my gap year when I was 19 so 5 years since the old passport got a bashing!

11. Do you like sushi? Yes I LURVE it!! I would eat it all the time if it wasn't so expensive!

12. Where do you buy your groceries? Asda, Co-Op, Lidl, Tesco... in that order or frequency too if you must know!

13. Have you ever taken medication to help you fall asleep faster? Does Kalms count?

14. How many siblings do you have? One Actual Sibling. My brother-older (but you wouldn't believe it) and my brother from another mother- well sister actually, my little cousin who is 16 and I love her to bits...

15. Do you have a desktop computer or a laptop? Lappy Toppy

16. How old will you be turning on your next birthday? 25... quarter of a century hmmm!

17. Do you wear contacts or glasses? Neither although I probably should wear glasses!

18. Do you color your hair? Sometimes I whack on a bit of blue or red or pink but not for a couple of years!

19. Tell me something you are planning to do today. There's no today left its 10.38pm! But today we took the boys to a climbing softland with lots of slides and tunnels and then burger king after for a treat (or guilty sin)

20. When was the last time you cried? I cry at water aid and oxfam adverts all the time then I write down the number and set up a direct debit to donate monthly. I'm such a sucker. Half my tax credits go to charities... The last time I rang up to give to NSPCC after seeing an advert the girl on the end of the phone went through all the procedures to seet up my donations and then said 'we've already got you listed!' I'd already been donating £3 a month for 3 years! I also gove to Cancer research Uk, Great Ormund street hospital, Wateraid, RSPCA and Oxfam although I probably shouldn't as we're on Tax credits and practically a charity ourselves!

21. What is your perfect pizza topping? Cheese and tomato with pineapple, olives, mushrooms, BBQ chicken and sweetcorn. mmmmm I'm salivating now!

22. Which do you prefer-hamburgers or cheeseburgers? Cheeseburgers... a hamburger is just a cheeseburger without the cheese!

23. Have you ever had an all-nighter? Yes. When me and the boyf were in school I used to stay at his house most weekends and we'd stay up all night talking about life, the universe and everything (and no I'm not referring to the book!)

24. What is your eye color? Green/Grey

25. Can you taste the difference between Pepsi and Coke? Yes! Pepsi all the way!

Friday, 20 August 2010

Favourite quote (s) okay I cheated a little........ (a lot)

Lady Astor to winston Churchill; 'Sir if you were my husband I would poison your drink.'
Winston Chirchill's retort; 'Madam, If you were my wife I would drink it.'
Such an eloquent era, where the 'yo mama...'s were witty and dignified!

Then there's the poem in Tank Girl; 'Laugh you piece of Dental Floss you burn me toast..' That is but one line but it sums up the poem quite well... I laughed till I needed to wee!

Then of course if you're struggling to find somthing to say you can always fall back on a well educated, enlightening and thought provoking modern classic.... who the hell am I kidding? It's got to be GHOST BUSTERS

Peter to Eagon; 'Remember the time you tried to drill a hole through your head?'
Eagon to Peter; 'That would've worked if you hadn't stopped me.'

Worst Quote;
My boyfriend keeps playing Pro Evolution 2009 on Ps2 (yes, we're still old school PS3s do cost a lot of penolas you know!) It has a rather small selection of tracks on it that loop around on rotation. Nedless to say with the amount of time he spends playing it I have grown to either really love or really hate (mostly hate) some of the tracks by now. One in particuar is a random band (who I have no idea of the name of as they aren't credited) who have the most obnoxious line in one of their songs...... it goes like this; 'you're smiling too loud..'
That's it. That's the line. But I hate it so much I want to burn the Game Disc. I bet they thought they were being really poetically clever when they wrote that... eaurgh! it's disgusting! (a bit strong?)

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Favourite book it is then....

If you'd asked me a while ago I'd have said The Time Traveller's Wife was my favourite bookof all time without any hesitation. I discovered it through my mum when I was still living at home (hello 5 years ago!) and she in turn discovered it through Richard and Judy's book club. I was gripped by it, turning every page as if I were being paid for getting through them in the fastest possible time. I carried it to school (I must have been in 6th form so that means it was at least 6/7 years ago) reading it in the common room between lessons and under the table in the ones I thought I could get away with it in. I read through lunch, I read whilst walking home, even crossing roads, oblivious to the on-coming threat of traffic (somthing I do not recommend). I read through dinner and then through the evening hours until I literally fell asleep with itchy red blood shot eyes. I did this for 2 days straight until it was finished. Then I cried.

It could have been exhaustion causing me to feel emotionsl. It could have been because the ending was so final that there was no room for the sequels todays Twilighters have some to depend on to get their next fix. When it was finished. There really was no more and I pined for it.

It could have been because Audrey Niffenegger wrote Henry and Claire so well that they came to life in my mind. I felt like I knew them. I cared about them (somthing which Stephanie Meyer failed to get me to do with Bella and Edward). I wanted them to have a happy ending. They didn't get one. I cried because the book was sad. Because the story was told so exquisitley that the loss and heartbreak made me feel empathy.

Sympathy is an easy thing for an author to conjure up in her readers...but Empathy? To truly not just feel sorry for the person with the heartbreak but to feel it with them? And all of that for characters who didn't exist anywhere but inside the pages of a book?

If only she had been the author of Twilight.

I enjoyed the concept of Twilight, but Staphenie Meyer's writing skills left a lot to be desired with me... I would have enjoyed growing to love and care for her characters but they remained verymuch one dimensional, trapped on their pages, never quite managing to come to life. They lacked Niffenegger's magic touch. And it frustrates me that even though her book made it successfuly into the realms of Adult literature... they still managed to MURDER it with a stupid film adaptation that once again left out vital parts that were in the book and added in random made up scenes that never took place and were completely irrelevent to the story!!! Grrrr.... ever heard of the expression 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it!' ?? hmmm? have you? HAVE YOU!?

All that aside, because loads of people jumped on the band wagon when that atrocity of a film came out, I am no longer going to name The Time Travellers Wife as my favourite book...

Instead I'm going to go with the one that was my favourite for years before it.... the one that I still read again every summer and I see somthing different in it every time I do...

DOUGLAS ADAMS The Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy. *which was also nearly ruined by another nearly horrid film adaptation -rescued by martin freeman....but ruined by that god awful bit where Trillian has that emotion ray gun thing that she shoots them with to show them how she's feeling!? what was up with that!? But I'm not goining to go on about that now...

I think it appeals because I love randomness wih a point to it.... and then just plain old randomness which this book does ingeniously well..

One of my favourite characers is slarty bartfast because he reminds me of my step-dad (don't ask!) But what I find intriguing is that as I've read the book at differen ages and stages in my life I have identified with different characters and had different favourites and liked different bis. Heck, I've even noticed different bits.

When I read it in year 13 I was studying war poetry in English (I wanted to poke my eyes out and stuff them in my ears so I wouldn't have to be exposed to another stanza) And I loved the part where they are captured by the volgins and being read poetry as a orture method.

I loved how the answer to life the universe and everything was 42 and deep thought had calculated the answer without knowing what the real question was!! It's just an amazing read... I recommend it to man woman and child from ages 6 and up. my son is 4 but very bright and I have started reading him sections before bed. He loves it....

It's comedy but it makes you think... when you've finished reading it you might not think it, but I bet if you started at page one again you'd keep going til the end... the whole time saying to yourself 'I'll just get to the end of this bit then I'll stop'

Go and pick it up.. I swear you won't put it down without taking somthing away from it worth the time Douglas Adams took to write it. Too bad he popped his cloggs a couple of years (or more now?) ago.... with all the Meyers about we need people like him to balance out the literary world!

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

third task; Favourite Telly programme

Well this one can be a bit tricky as I don't really watch much telly. It's mostly hogged by the boys in this house. My boys like cartoon network and the boyf favours the old playstation so when I can get a look in edgeways it's a different day of the week each time so I never really get to follow one show. I most often try to catch CSi, ghost whisperer, medium.... that sorta thing.. Anything supernaturally/mystery/crime solving and it's a recipe for success with me! I suppose I'd have to go with medium as it's a cross between ghost whisperer and CSI (Vegas all the way... New york is a bit blah sometimes, character-wise and MIAMI?...Purlease! Horacio?? don't make me laugh with your side head tilt-remove sunglasses to deliver cheesy one liners...and then cue replace sunglasses and walk away...*shudder*)

So I'm gonna go with....


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