22 February 2015

This Weekend | Water Taxis & Flat Hunting

Hello everyone! Just a short and sweet post today as this weekend I've basically been spending as much time as possible in my new pyjamas... On Saturday me and Paul were going to look at some flats, and decided to take the water taxi into town as we had a bit of time to kill beforehand. It stops right outside where we live and it's free!

Flat hunting was fun and I liked the places we saw but they were a bit too student-y for us. It might be best if we look for an unfurnished place and then even if we have to sleep on airbeds for a few weeks, we can at least start to build up our own collection of furniture we like and chose for ourselves. Fingers crossed!

In other news, I've just started reading The Silkworm yesterday. I'm already 100 pages in and eager to get back to it, so I'll leave it there for today. Hope you all had a lovely weekend!


15 February 2015

This Weekend | Plane Watching, Book Gifting and Family Road Trips

Hello everyone. This is much later than I usually get around to writing my Sunday post but as usual, I sat down at the computer to write and got distracted doing something else. This time I was at least productive and updated my CV which makes a change!

When I first sat down tonight, I had just got home from a trip up to the runway lookout at Leeds Bradford airport with my mum, sister and Grandma. A bit different from our usual Sunday visit, but Grandma absolutely loves planes (as evidenced by the picture above) and so we decided to see if she would like a ride out in the car to spot some. She even brought her radio scanner along so we could hear the air traffic controllers, and we saw quite a few planes coming in while tucking into some fish and chips. Perfect Sunday activity.

Working backwards to Saturday - as you can see, Paul got the memo about it being National Book Giving Day as well as another much more well known holiday. He bought me a copy of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, which I'm so excited to read. As for Valentine's Day... Well I'm not generally a big fan, but I do love my beautiful flowers too. Even if it made me feel like a terrible girlfriend for sticking to the 'just a card' rule!

That brings us to Friday night, which was a bit of late one! I didn't get home until nearly 1am which I'm just not cut out for any more, but it was worth it for the time with my family. My brother was going to his first ever gig in Manchester and rather than him catching the train back alone at night, it was decided that Mum would drive and wait to collect him afterwards. I tagged along for the ride - I love a road trip - and we went for some food to fill the time. It was lovely to have a good chat with my mum and my youngest sister as we don't often get chance, and it sounds like my brother's first live music experience went down a treat. My sister Rowan had also managed to get a photography pass to shoot her favourite band All Time Low at the same gig, and she got some really great shots!

How was your weekend?

8 February 2015

This Weekend: A Quiet One

A sneaky preview of something coming up on the blog next week!

Hello everyone, I hope I'm finding you well this Sunday evening? First things first, let's discuss how cute the little hat sitting on top of my smoothie is! Every Innocent smoothie sold wearing it's own little hat is a donation made to Age UK to help keep elderly people warm during the winter which I think is such a lovely idea. We have to do what we can to help the older people in our communities. Although... Does anyone have any ideas what I can do with such a tiny hat once I've drunk the smoothie?

This weekend has been a fairly quiet one. Paul was busy painting our bathroom ceiling on Saturday and I hopped on a bus to go see my dad and spent the afternoon at his house catching up and watching the 6 Nations rugby. It was nice both because I haven't seen him for a while, and it was good to get out of the house to somewhere other than town... Often on weekends I find myself just kind of wandering the city centre just so I haven't spent the whole day inside, and I've got a bit bored of looking in the same shops all the time. Thanks for having me, Dad!

 - Just in case you were wondering, the bus journey to Dad's took me nicely through to Track 8!

Today has been equally relaxed. I spent the morning just browsing blogs and replying to comments over a cup of tea, and then joined my mum, brother and sisters for our usual Sunday visit to Grandma's house this afternoon. I love this Sunday tradition and I hadn't been for two weeks because I had a cold I didn't want to pass on last time. As for this evening, we're getting ready to watch the BAFTAs while we have tea, and then straight to bed! It's on til 11pm - way past my bedtime!

4 February 2015

5 Films I Refuse To Grow Out Of

1. The Princess Diaries
One of my go-to feel good films. It has so much innocence to it and, at risk of making myself sound really old, it really reminds me of a simpler time. Being aimed at the pre-teen age group, it makes a refreshing change from a lot of teen movies now that mostly seem to centre around who is seeing/sleeping with who. Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews are both absolutely wonderful and I just love the story.

2. Anastasia
I watched this film again the other day and I still love it every bit as much as I did when I watched it the first time. I love the characters, the songs and I never get tired of watching Anya and Dimitri fall for each over. You show me a girl who says she doesn't have even the teeniest crush on Dimitri and I will show you a fibber. He's pretty dreamy for a cartoon, no?

3. Labyrinth
'You remind me of the babe...' Labyrinth was shown all the time on Nickelodeon while I was growing up and I watched it so many times. It really captured my imagination and I never got tired of it, even if it did scare me a little bit in places! There are exceptions to this, but it's sad to see that they don't seem to make that many of these kind of films for children any more that are so full of imagination and adventure. I love all the characters (even Hoggle!) and I often find myself singing Magic Dance to myself!

4. 10 Things I Hate About You
Heath Ledger - check. Baby Joseph Gordon-Levitt - check. Great soundtrack - check. I've watched this so many times that when I saw it on E4 last week, I could tell all the places they had blanked out the swear words. Sad? Maybe, but I absolutely love it. I can't put my finger on exactly what it is about this film that makes it one of my all time favourites, although Heath Ledger singing Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You is definitely a contributing factor. It's funny, the songs are catchy, and you can't help but love the characters.

5. Disney ANYTHING.
This may technically be classed as cheating but I can't pick just one! Even though I recently turned 24, I make absolutely no apologies for my love of Disney and I'm a firm believer that you never get too old for a Disney film. They collectively defined my childhood and they never fail to make me smile. I was actually so happy to be in Disney World in September that I very nearly burst into tears on several occasions. They just do it all so right, and I think there are few things in life that can't be cheered by a Disney sing-a-long!

What films would be on your list?

1 February 2015

This Weekend: Coke in a Jar, Big Hero 6 and Fighting the Plague

Happy February! I can't say I'm too sad to see the back of January, I always feel like it's a bit of a strange month!

On Friday night Paul and I went out for a few drinks with our friend Jonnie who we haven't seen for a while, which was lovely. After wandering around town for a while trying various different places we ended up at LAB near the arena. It was surprisingly quiet for a Friday night but I really like it, not least because they serve drinks in jars!

Unfortunately the rest of the weekend has mostly been spent trying to fight off the man flu that Paul very kindly passed on to me which has not been fun, but we did manage to make a trip to the cinema on Saturday to see Big Hero 6 which I loved! I'm always keen to see the newest Disney film and it didn't disappoint. It's very funny but also really touching, and for once I didn't mind that the screen was full of children - I actually really enjoyed hearing them all laughing and enjoying the film, it made for a great atmosphere.

Right now, I'm about to tuck into some poached eggs on toast and go back to my blanket fort on the sofa. Here's hoping I'm feeling better before work tomorrow!
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