Friday, 31 January 2014

Word Vomit Friday

Happy Friday, dudes.

I'm so glad it's finally Friday. I've been on a bit of a blogging spree this week (five posts in six days is 
spree, ok), but I'm pretty sure this will be the last of the week :) I've seen so many random but hilarious
things throughout the week this week that I'm reckoning this will be the funniest edition of Word
Vomit Friday yet (I know, I hear you screaming 'that's not difficult, Laura')!

On Tuesday, this story made The Metro online and I had to share it with Twitter,
but it's too funny not to share again. Watch it, sing along and laugh your ass off!

Poor Swifty. I came across this after Zach Levi (of 'Chuck' & 'Tangled' fame) tweeted
it on Wednesday and oh how I laughed! What is she doing?!

Have you ever wondered if you, or your loved ones, are good/bad liars?
Go here and watch the video and you'll find out! Apparently, I'm a good liar!

Doesn't this just warm your heart?! How awesome that a) Mike saved Jonny in the first place
and b) that they've been reunited now that Mike is happy and healthy again!

I came across this article on the BBC News website and I have to confess, I have never owned an iPod.
However I have been the proud owner of an iPhone since 2009 (not the same one, I might add) and
although I think Samsung are producing excellent phones now (the S-series is pretty sweet) I highly
doubt that I will ever own another make of phone, simply because it's so much easier to have my iPod
in my phone - genius move, Apple!

Talking of genuis, how freaking genius is this? What takes the whole thing to a new level of genius is that
the bloke walked away quietly with a full refund on his first-class plane ticket,
so not only did he eat for the bulk of the year for free, he also got his money back -
excuse me if that's not the most thrifty thing I've read this year!

I want to share this Supernatural-related photo with you...
Now, if you've never thought about watching my beloved Supernatural
this, right here, is a reason!! #hotmaninatanktopalert

And finally, the least surprising news of the week award goes to...
"January rainfall breaks records" #noshitSherlock

Have a great weekend!
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Thursday, 30 January 2014

The Life of Bon Book Club: January

This year, I have decided to take part in the majority of the Book Club being hosted by Bonnie
at The Life of Bon and so today I'm sharing my thoughts on January's book...
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty.
Good Reads description
"My Darling Cecilia
If you're reading this, then I've died . . .

"Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains
his deepest, darkest secret - something so terrible it would destroy not just the life you built together, but 
the lives of others too. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very 
much alive. 

"Cecilia Fitzpatrick achieved it all - she's an incredibly successful business woman, a pillar of her small 
community and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is
about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia - or one another - but
they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband's devastating secret."

My (somewhat spoiler-free) Review:
I'd been wanting to read this book for a while and seeing it was one of the first books on Bonnie's list was one of the main reasons I decided to join in with her online Book Club. I must admit, I found the first few chapters a little hard to follow and almost slow. Chapter One is from the point of view of Cecilia, Chapter Two from the POV of Tess and Chapter Three from the POV of Rachel; by the end of the book, the transition between characters and POVs was easy to follow but at the beginning I found it pretty difficult, especially when I had put the book down for a day and picked it up again.

The fact that each chapter was from the POV of a different character to the one before meant that when we leave Cecilia reading the letter and discovering the secret at the end of Chapter 14, I couldn't carry on with the next chapter as it was from Tess' POV. I had to skip ahead to Chapter 18 to find out what the secret was and wow, I did not imagine it was that! I obviously went back and continued to read from Chapter 15 once I knew what the 'secret' was (I hate secrets!).

I really started to enjoy the book when we discovered the connection between the three ladies (pg. 89). This is for me when the book became 'unputdownable' (Sophie Hannah). I finished this book on a Sunday night. A night when I had gone to bed at 10pm with the intention of just reading for an hour. It was midnight when I finally turned off the light. I had begun to read from Chapter 38 (pg. 271) and, I guess, because the book only had 56 short chapters (402 pages) I could not stop reading. The climax was coming and I wanted needed to know what happened.

I attempted to sleep, feeling a little sad that the book was over - read here about my issues with grieving the loss of characters from my life - but loving the epilogue. However, when I woke the next day, I had somehow, overnight, decided that I hated the epilogue, that it was the worst part of the book. Without spoiling anything, the epilogue tells us what would have happened to the characters had the event/secret never happened. Why write that? Life isn't like that. We don't know what would have happened to us and our lives if we'd chosen another option, walked another path, so why would the author tell us about the 'what ifs' for these characters?! I would go as far to say that by the morning, I had a bad taste in my mouth thanks to the epilogue.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others; oh and for the record, I totally would have opened the letter, and WAY before Cecilia did! I'd have opened it when I first came across it not imagining anything that bad could possibly be inside!

Book club discussion questions *contains spoilers*:
+ The book is told from the viewpoint of three women. Which women did you like the most and why? Whom did you dislike the most and why?
Ohhh, what a good question. I think I liked Tess the least - I'm not sure I'd jump straight into bed with an ex if I found out that my husband had fallen in love with  my sister-like cousin. To be honest, Tess' entire story didn't feel right to me. At the end, when Tess and Will 'make love' and both cry - what is that about?! I cannot understand 'settling' for someone. Will was obviously in love with Tess' cousin, Felicity, and Tess thought she was falling in love with Connor, so I cannot understand 'settling'. We only get one life, as shown throughout the book with extracts from/about Janie, so why would you spend the majority of your life unhappy with a man/woman you don't really love?! However, I think I understand why Tess (as a character) did 'settle' - she was a child of divorce herself. As I am not one, I can't understand what it's like to have your parents live separate lives. It was obvious that Liam (her son) was the motivation behind staying with Will (Liam's father). As well as not being a child of divorce, I'm also not a mother, so I don't know what it is like to put your child first. However, I also think children pick up on their parents' feelings so surely Liam and the second baby would have known that not all was right/well in their parents' marriage.

I think the loneliness of Rachel's life without her daughter and husband, and the feelings of being far removed from her son's life, came across beautifully and I feel as equally sorry for her as I do Cecilia. They're both innocent women whose lives are forever changed by the actions of John-Paul. I think the author barely scratched the surface of Rachel's story - I think there was a lot of unexplored potential there.

+ What would you have done if you had found out the secret that Celia did? Did you agree with the way she handled it?  What is the 'right' thing to do in a situation like that?
I would hate to be in Cecilia's position. How do you deal with that?! Whatever you do, you're screwed! If you tell his secret and punish him, you also lose him as a husband and your children lose their father. If you don't tell and keep his secret, you feel sick every time you think of someone doing what he did to Janie to one of your daughters and you begin to hate him. Whichever way you look at it, for Cecilia, the man she married is gone the second she reads the letter. I don't think there is a right thing to do in this situation; either way, people get hurt. I think if Polly hadn't been hurt by Rachel, Cecilia would have kept John-Paul's secret but I'm not certain their marriage would have survived.

+ Do you believe the bike accident was adequate 'penance' for what John Paul had done?
No. I've thought about this a lot and no I don't. It didn't happen to John-Paul; it happened to his daughter, Polly.
An innocent girl who has to suffer because of something her father did when he was young. 

Bonnie's book for February is I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai if you want to join in, however I'm actually going to read Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult as I've been dying to read it for ages and can't wait any longer!
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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

So long January...

January is almost over. 
Congrats to you for surviving the longest month in the whole year with your sanity intact!

January was a pretty good month for me if you ignore the fact that I stupidly banned cheese from
our house, so I thought today was the perfect opportunity to dump a few of my unedited
dSLR photos from this past month on you...

Roll on February...
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Monday, 27 January 2014

Birthday fun

Happy Monday, peeps!
How was your weekend?

After spending Saturday morning defrosting the freezer and the early afternoon at the gym...

...we started celebrating Hubby's 32nd birthday!

We tucked into a huge delicious Indian takeaway on Saturday night...
...which defeated me, but Hubby conquered!

We also watched The Watch, which Hubby found hilarious
whereas I just thought it was ok.

Sunday started with presents...

...and ended with cake :)
(Sunday obviously featured a shave at some point)

Despite being another year older, Hubby had a lovely day. But the celebrations don't end here;
we're out on Saturday night for a 'few' drinks with his friends - I see a 2am crawl into bed
and a Sunday spent nursing a hangover! Bring it on!
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