Thursday, 13 September 2012

Faff Guide to American TV shows

Despite saying in the past that I hardly watch any tv, I do in fact watch a fair few tv SHOWS, I just do it through my computer, since very few of my favourites can keep up on British tv, or indeed even make any kind of appearance on this countries limited channels.  Here's a few I can't wait to get back to this season...

 Parks and Recreation - without a doubt my favourite from last year, and in fact just about every year of its four season run.  It. Is. Hilarious.  Think The Office but set in a local council building, with the Jim and Pam of the group being the far more entertaining Andy and April.  Best TV couple ever.

Up All Night - follows a couple who unexpectedly have a child and their journey raising her, while juggling work and crazy neighbours, plus Reagan's diva boss Ava (Maya Rudolph at her absolute best).  Another super comedy show that started last year, fingers crossed this season lives up to the first!

Once Upon a Time - eh, somehow the only non comedy show in the list!  The story of fairytale characters sent to live in our world (unaware of who they really are), it somehow doesn't end up being too cutesy by going back and forth between the realms, and has filled a Smallville shaped hole in my viewing :) (even if, like that, they all have perfect hair all the time.  I WISH.)

Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 -  this stars James Van Der Beek taking the piss out of himself.  And if that doesn't sway you, Krysten Ritter is superbly ridiculous as the title character Chloe.

Modern Family - I've actually got my mum into watching this, which never happens, so it must be good!  After 3 seasons, I'm looking forward to seeing how the family develops now the kids are older and possibly turning into their hilarious dad Phil ('I'm cool dad, that's my thang. I'm hip, I surf the web, I text. LOL: laugh out loud, OMG: oh my god, WTF: why the face')

I'm also looking forward to The Mindy Project, praying 30 Rock will improve and tolerating The Office and How I Met Your Mother, if only because I know the end is in sight... and I can't give up without knowing who that gosh darn mother is!  (and it better be GOOD dammit!)

Any recommendations for me?


Wednesday, 12 September 2012


Top - M&S
Skirt - Topshop
Converse - gift

  Sometimes the simplest outfits are the best.  Or sometimes you have to say that when you go to your mum's house and forget to take any interesting accessories...


Tuesday, 11 September 2012

The end of my Super Summer...

Well I think we can safely say summer is over.  The kiddies are back at school, my hours at work have been predictably slashed and after a good 2 months of bare legs, tights have made a welcome return to my life.  Cubs started back this week and we made lots of fun plans (some for next June, wtf?!).  I'm becoming restless to travel more, expand my horizons and learn new skills.  I have a weird homesickness for school, which I've never had before in my life.  I also just realised it's less than two weeks til my holidays, and after that I'm staying with my friend a few days then going to my next concert (Ultravox!!!).  So fall looks set to be more than tolerable!  

Summer however...  summer bummed me out, for the most part.  First, I hurt my hip/leg.  The diagnosis was that I'd done muscle damage and couldn't exercise for weeks.  Which dragged on to months when it didn't heal quickly enough.  Then I broke my tooth.  Then my phone died inexplicably.  Then mysteriously fixed itself weeks later after I was told it was unfixable and had bought another one.  (Seriously, avoid HTC like the plague people!)   Then my car also died.  It did not fix itself however, and had to be scrapped.  Oh and when I had to pay my share of my holiday, the bank accidentally locked me out of my account for two weeks.  So yeah, me and summer aren't on very good terms...  But I'm hopeful confident things will look up!

  Here is the original list, as it stands now

  • Learn to make friendship bracelets
  • Knit 2 items
  • Sew 2 items
  • Cycle somewhere other than work
  • Eat breakfast out
  • Cook 2 meals from scratch (pasta bake doesn't count!)
  • Finish the Inheritance books
  • Catch up on 90210 (so far I'm half way thru season 1 so...)
  • Go to IMAX again - possibly for Spiderman?
  • Have a BBQ 
  • Go urban exploring with my friend
  • Embrace running outside (was going well til I hurt my hip...) 
  • Have a birthday cocktail
  • Live on £10 for a week
  • Run the Great Scottish Run (this depends on the progress of the hip healing :/)
  • Rewatch all my DVD movies
  • Read through my book stack

I did some knitting of tiny hats and sewed some tartan badges for work (not quite what I had in mind but reckon it counts!), I did finish my book stack but then added to it with birthday books and loans from my friend...  I couldn't do either of the running challenges obv, and the IMAX isn't really accessible without a car (altho I did see Spiderman, was decidedly 'meh').  The birthday cocktail reminded me I don't like cocktails, but I do still like beer, as evidenced at my friend's bbq...  I also realised I hate cycling unnecessarily, especially since my gear is jammed and the lower one won't work, so it makes getting to and from work...interesting...and sweaty...  I still really want to try making friendship bracelets tho, at this rate I might just make them as Christmas pressies for everyone!  And 90210 is NEARLY done, I just got a bit sidetracked watching my ER boxset instead ;)

How did everyone else get on?  Hopefully better than me!


Monday, 10 September 2012

Jumpers and tights and all things nice...

Jumper - Topman
Dress - F&F via charity shop
Boots - New Look

  You can kinda tell I got a bit overexcited the other day when the cool weather made a brief reappearance - 'omg it's COLD out I'm gonna wear a jumper and boots and tights and ooh maybe I'll wear a hat too nah hat doesn't go faff never mind I'll just embrace being windswept!'  Needless to say, it's not been quite as cold since, so my jumper got retired again...  I'm back to wearing tights at work tho so yay!  This dress was another of my 10p bargains - evidently the zip had broken at some point so the previous owner had just sewn it shut, useful...  Luckily it's 2 sizes too big anyway so I just slipped it over my head and was good to go!


Sunday, 9 September 2012

5 awesome movie trailers...

  One of my jobs at work is to watch the trailers we get delivered to check them for any faults.  Since we opened early all summer, this job got put on the back burner for a while, so last week I sat down and watched over an hours worth in one go.  It was heaven.  With some hell mixed in... (where Adam Sandler and Kevin James movies belong, as far as I'm concerned)  In case I haven't mentioned before, watching movie trailers is one of my favourite things to do, like, ever.  The good ones have the power to stir up emotions, make your heart beat faster and give you goosebumps all over.  Lately I can't stop watching the Les Miserables trailer for that very reason.  But I unearthed a few others that seem worth a watch, if only to see if the movie itself lives up to the awesomeness of the trailer eventually...

A Disney animation with a difference - as they all are I suppose!  I actually got to see the first few minutes of the film at a work event and it looks really promising - plus it has Jack McBrayer as one of the main voices, yay!
My kind of movie - a cheesy songfest!  I'm thinking (hoping) that Anna Kendrick's presence will stop it emulating Glee...
I haven't seen a good horror movie in YEARS but from the trailer this one seems promising...
Admittedly not my usual taste, but something about this just intrigued me...
Ok so it looks like Ferngully for the digital age, but as soon as I heard one of my fave Snow Patrol songs and saw those visuals in 3D, I was hooked ;)
Also on my radar is Anchorman 2 (of course!), End of Watch (weirdly) and The Great Gatsby (Baz Luhrmann!  Period costumes!  Extreme rage that it's been pushed back for the bazillionth time!)  What will you guys be watching?
(apologies for the weird formatting, I couldn't get things to even out...)

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Horses and robots...

Top - G21 via charity shop
Skirt - Topshop
Converse - gift

Necklace - Claires

  Well after yesterdays unusually long winded post, it seems only right I should tackle a lighter subject today - clothing!  Or more specifically, my recent luck on the charity shop's 10p table - last week I picked up this top, two shirts, a dress, another top, a body suit and...something else I've now forgotten about, for a grand total of 70p!  Not too shabby, especially since I've slightly lost interest in shopping lately, and that shop has been a bit rubbish too.  Must have just timed it right!  Admittedly nothing I picked up was actually my size...but I can make it work ;)

  Has anyone found any bargains lately?  Or are the charity shops not treating you so well?


Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Seasonal promise...

  I've been feeling kind of...hopeful about September the past few days.  As if maybe something great is about to happen if I just...let it.  Which would probably involve getting off my butt slightly.  I do have a few things planned for this month, but it's more than that.  Like the feeling that it's time to start steering my life in a more positive, productive, purposeful direction.  When I noticed that Claire was feeling the same way, it got the wheels in my head ticking a bit quicker.  For a while now, I've felt like I was just being pushed along at a leisurely pace, not being challenged but not particularly caring either.  Anyone know what I mean?

  I feel like being creative again, although I'm not exactly sure how.  At school I excelled in creative subjects - art and craft and design (technical) were my favourite, even if I never really followed up on that after leaving college.  I know I'm not a strong writer, nor do I really have any desire to be (my childhood dreams of being an author had dimmed way before I failed Higher English for not critiquing a book the 'proper way').  I'm reasonable with a camera, but not in any special unique way.  Same goes for drawing.  And painting.  And even crafting - I have a longing to learn more knitting techniques but somehow have never got round to it, after 20 years I think I should probably at least have learned a basic cable pattern though...

  However I am looking forward to pushing myself in a few areas.  By nature I'm not a very outgoing person so certain things really require my full determination to happen!  Don't get me wrong, I'm not quiet or one to hold back on the truth, or even afraid of the unknown, but big changes to my routine are not usually welcome...  This weekend I read about 'clinging to that which I need to let go of' and it made total sense.  THAT is the position I'm in.  The only thing is I'm not quite sure that I WANT to let go of all the stuff holding me back from being a better person.  Isn't that a bit ridiculous?  Just ask my mum though - I don't like change, even the good kind!  I over think stupid things, and barely give brain time to stuff I really should be focussing on.

  While I don't have a specific, set in stone list of actions I need to take, I know I have some things coming up that will push me in the right direction;
- I'm going on holiday with my friends for 5 days at the end of the month - if I'm around people for more than a few hours I get cranky, so this will be a great lesson in tolerance and being more sociable. (my friends are all easy to get along with but living almost alone for so long has done me no favours...)
- My work hours have been cut again, so I need to really push myself to prioritize and say no to less important tasks more, especially around the more, um, lazy co-workers ;)
- Cubs starts again this week, which I'm actually super excited about, especially since I'll have a more active role this term.  I must admit I'm not so confident about the whole 'teaching kids to be better human beings' thing - I now know how all my teachers felt when I asked them questions and expected all the right answers, explained in a simple, easy to understand way!
- I signed up for 30 Days of Lists last month - and promptly forgot about it.  So I'll be pushing myself creatively in at least one small way!  August was the month of reading for me, and September seems set to become the month of writing, some of which I may share on here if I don't get too personal about it!  (Anyone else taking part?)

  I'm sure there will be other stuff to consider in the near future, but I'll take it at my own pace.  In a way it seems like a new year rather than just a new season - like a really good time to start over, or just improve on the things I got kinda right in the first place.  

  What's everyone else's thoughts?  Hopefully I'm not the only one that feels this way!


Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Layers and jeans issues...

Jumper - H&M mens
Shirt - Marc Jacobs via charity shop
Jeans - M&S Limited Collection (here)
Converse - gift

  I'm layering again, woohoo!  Admittedly it was a tiny bit warm for two tops yesterday... but I really liked getting the knitwear back out - I may be a summer baby but the cold weather is definitely for me!  

  I found these jeans in the M&S sale last week in a longer length and had to grab them.  They're made of a stretchy type denim which seems to be the way to go - is it just me or are skinny jeans getting tighter?  Seriously, I tried on numerous pairs in other shops and none would go past my knees after a certain point.  And I don't know how to lose knee weight!  Of course because this pair fit my legs, they're far too big on my waist...not sure how to fix that either, grr!  Looking out for a darker pair now, think it may be back to M&S, it's just a shame they no longer have a tall range or I'd never be out the place (as opposed to the 3 days a week I frequent it these days... ;))

  Anyone agree with my clothing issues?  Where do you guys go for foolproof jeans?


Sunday, 2 September 2012

Faff Favourites...

  Last week my friend and I visited the Riverside Museum and the People's Palace in Glasgow, then got a bit distracted by shopping so that was as far as we got...  It was a v fun day tho, the weather turned out lovely in the end and I got some M&S sale bargains, my fave kind of shopping ;)  Today has been about knitting more tiny hats and watching Film 4 all day - I'm in desperate need of actual good movies now!

 I realised yesterday I've pretty much ignored the net this week so links are a bit thin on the ground, enjoy the small selection anyway!

I found a very fun website about a guy and his dog - who text each other...

My friend has excellent taste in blogs - I've been in stitches since she directed me to Hyperbole and a Half

Florida in illustrations - I wanna go back so bad!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend peoples!


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