Wednesday, 27 February 2013

The light nights have FINALLY arrived!

I left work at 5:10pm this evening and look how light it was...
The thing I hate MOST about winter is the lack of light - it's so dark, ALL. THE. TIME. I love the arrival of the lighter nights, as it means spring is on its way!

I took two bonus photos as well, just to prove that it's not a trick of the light and that it really is this light :)
My local park
Outside my house, looking left across the street

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

I'm Currently Reading...

'My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.'

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren't stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

I'm really enjoying this book. I picked it up on Sunday at my local WH Smith's as it was part of their frequent 'Buy One Get One Half Price' deals and I'm loving it. It's funny, moving and brutally honest and, although I haven't yet finished it, I would highly recommend it. In fact, I've recommended it to two people already!

Have you read any good books lately?

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

A-to-Z April Blogging Challenge 2013

OMG! I've done it. I've signed up. I must be mad. 
I decided not to take part last year even though three of my buddies did, because I thought it'd be too hard to theme my photos for each letter of the alphabet. I don't have that excuse this year. So I'm taking the plunge.

Head on over to here to find out what it's all about, and sign up yourself.

Wish me luck and feel free to send me any A-Z suggestions!

Monday, 18 February 2013

Supernatural Book Review

I’d like to start off by congratulating Titan Books and Alice Henderson on a much better effort for a Supernatural tie-in novel. I’ve only ever read one of these books before (‘One Year Gone’ and the less said about that the better), but the reviews of past books from other fans haven’t filled me with much confidence; however I was more than happy to give Fresh Meat a fair chance (especially as Titan sent me a FREE copy).

Fresh Meat follows Sam, Dean and Bobby as they investigate a rash of strange deaths in the Tahoe National Forest. The story is well-written and reads like a TV episode of the hit CW series. The handful of new characters that are introduced to help and aid our trio are believable and add something extra to the book.

The plot builds nicely and very much runs like an episode would; at first we think our trio, with the help of fellow hunter Jason, have killed the monster causing the deaths, but when more people go missing, Sam, Dean and Bobby return to town to find the real cause of the mysterious killings.

You don’t even need to be a fan of Supernatural to understand what is going on in Fresh Meat; previous story points and characters are explained, but not in a way that would be annoying to someone who already knows who Castiel is or why Bobby’s house burnt down.

I only have two complaints with this book; firstly, (on page 127) the writer talks about Sam’s hand scar, which comes from an injury sustained when falling on a piece of glass in the first episode of season seven (Meet The New Boss) however, the writer states: “The scar in his hand where Dean had stabbed him…” which is obviously wrong. Getting the facts of the characters/series wrong has been a common complaint in previous Supernatural tie-in novels, so it annoyed me to see this error in print when Alice and Titan have clearly gone out of their way to improve everything else about the tie-in novels.

My second issue is with everything that happens to Sam, Dean and Bobby in this novel. There’s a Wendigo, an Aswang and its eggs, a bar fire, vampires, snow storms, rangers who aren’t really rangers, a stalker, a couple of avalanches and a literal cliff-hanger – there was just too much action for this to be a believable episode of Supernatural. Just when you think nothing else can possibly go wrong for the fearless trio, something else happens. This adds to the length of the book but by chapter 45 (of 63), I was fed up. The action was a tad over the top – there was just too much happening, and on more than one occasion, I wondered how on earth Sam, Dean and Bobby were still alive.

I’d love to give this book four stars out of five, but the action overkill, plus the error on the origin of Sam’s hand scar mean I can only give it three stars out of five.

You can pre-order Fresh Meat here (UK) and here (USA)

Have you read any of the other Supernatural tie-in novels? What did you think? 

Friday, 15 February 2013

I Love Painted Nails!

Above are just some of the designs that have adorned my nails in the past six months 
and this is what my nails look like right now...
 I think I have a problem! 

Do you know of a 'Nail Painting Anonymous' group I can join? "Hi, my name is Laura, and I'm addicted to painting my nails..."

Pancake Day 2013

As I wasn't feeling too well on Shrove Tuesday (I was in bed at 8:25pm), Hubby & me decided we would have pancakes on Ash Wednesday - what can I say, we're rebels!
Here's one of our pancakes cooking - I think in total we made about five or six, of which I only managed two - it was a poor effort, but I was still feeling a bit peaky! I promise to do better next year.

On my first pancake I had chocolate spread, which I regularly have on toast, but it was a little sickly so on my second, I had the traditional, but equally yummy, sugar and lemon juice (I didn't take a photo though).
Hubby on the other hand, loves (and when I says loves I mean LOVES) ice cream, so he had three or four pancakes with two scoops of vanilla ice cream in the centre.
All-in-all, I'd say it was a pretty successful pancake day :)

Monday, 11 February 2013

"Working nine-to-five, what a way to make a living..."

I thought it was time to share with you some examples of the things I write on a day-to-day basis for both Aspire Magazine and Reflect Magazine: