Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Auf Wiedersehen, April

April consisted of lots of sunshine and warm temperatures, Easter fun, decorating (not so fun) 
and finally April showers bring May flowers...

I can't believe May will be here tomorrow... where is this year going?!
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Monday, 28 April 2014

My oddities

idiosyncrasy ɪdɪə(ʊ)ˈsɪŋkrəsi/
noun
  1. 1.
    a mode of behaviour or way of thought peculiar to an individual.
    "one of his little idiosyncrasies was always preferring to be in the car first"
  2. synonyms: peculiarity, individual/personal trait, oddity, eccentricity, mannerism, quirk, kink, characteristic 
  3. "his idiosyncrasies included the recycling of cigar butts"

Idiosyncrasies, or quirks as they're more affectionately known... 
we all have them. Some have more than others.

Here (for no reason at all) are ten of mine...
 
  • I can't follow an odd-number of people on social media, particularly on Twitter. 
  • When washing dishes, I have to wash things in a particular order: glasses, cups, cutlery, bowls, plates, saucepans then baking trays.
  • If they're not being used, appliances cannot be plugged in at the mains and switched on.
  • Even on the hottest nights, I have to be covered when in bed. I cannot not be covered if I have any hope of getting some sleep.
  • I HATE it when British people use American spellings, especially replacing an S with a Z!!
  • Thanks to my buddy and fellow book-lover, Sarah, I can no longer fold the corner of books to mark my page - I'm a bookmark girl these days!
  • I can't stand ticking clocks, or watches that make a noise as the seconds of my life tick on by. Hubby has his late-grandfather's watch. It ticks. He can't hear it; I can. He has to put it in a drawer at night so I can sleep, because we all know that a sleep-deprived Laura is a total bitch!
  • Since moving in with Hubby and finding out that one of his pet peeves was unused pens with their lids off laying around the house, I can't leave a pen with its lid off!
  • The volume on my TV or car stereo has to be on an even number, unless it's on 5 or 15 or 25. Odd numbers are bad except for the number 5, which I like more than the number 6.
  • I eat with my knife in my left-hand (not so much as an idiosyncrasy than something that makes me different from the rest of my family).

Life would be boring if we were all the same, 
so share with me your individual idiosyncrasies in the comments :)
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Friday, 25 April 2014

Word Vomit Friday

Happy Friday, blogland.
I hope you're all well and have had a great four-day working week!
I've been a little busier than usual what with having Monday off but nothing I can't handle :)

I have to start with this this week.
I hate it when people label things as 'gay' when they mean lame or another derogatory term, so thank you to Buzzfeed for making light of the situation. Madge should know better as well, being a gay icon and all!

Staying with Buzzfeed, I came across this and have to say it is 100% accurate, 
especially numbers 2, 3, 7, 8, 10, 12, 17, 19 and 22 :)

Finally, thank you Buzzfeed for chilling me to my core. Being only 18 months old at the time of the disaster, I don't remember any of the news reports from the time, but I've read lots of things since and still cannot comprehend what happened; I do know though that I am 100% against nuclear power due to Chernobyl and the 2011 disaster at Fukushima.

Moving away from Buzzfeed, baby Prince George is soooo freakin' cute, but man he looks like his papa!

It's raining today, so to inject a bit of brightness into my life, I've painted my nails (which are wrecked)
I love this Essie colour, even though I wasn't a fan last summer when I bought it!

That's all I have for you today, peeps.
Have a great weekend!
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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Book Club: April

This year, I'm taking part in the majority of Bon's Book Club and today it's time to review April's book, 
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern...
Good Reads description:
"The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. 

"But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance."

My Review:
I really, really struggled to get into this book, so much so that up until two days ago, I had read less than 100 pages. I've still only read 120 so I don't feel that I can contribute much to Bon's Book Club discussion, so I won't be answering her questions this time around :(

Admittedly, I've been crazy busy lately, with any spare time being spent decorating and re-organising the upstairs of my house, but that kind of thing doesn't usually stop me enjoying a good book, which leads me to believe this book isn't as great as the reviews would have me believe. I think the pace of this book is just too slow for my liking. 

I was excited to begin reading mainly due to the quote on the back of the book from Audrey Niffenegger, who wrote one of my favourite books The Time Traveler's Wife. Audrey said: "The Night Circus made me happy. Playful and intensely imaginative, Erin Morgenstern has created the circus I have always longed for... This is a marvellous book." What a great endorsement from one of my favourite authors, but what a shame the book hasn't so far lived up to its hype. I don't see myself continuing to read this book as I'm not someone who wastes time continuing to read a book I'm not enjoying (although I can count on one hand the number of books I've given up on, with no hope of returning to).

Sorry my review is so short - you can read everyone else's better and longer reviews here.
Next month's book is The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, which I have been desperate 
to read for months - fingers crossed I get on better with that than I did with this book! 
Come back on Thursday 29th May for my review :)
Until then...
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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Weekend Recap

Happy Tuesday, guys 'n' gals!
I hope you all had a lovely and relaxing long Easter weekend. My Easter weekend was far from relaxing...

It all began a few months ago when Hubby and I decided that we wanted to move house, or try to, in 2015. That got us thinking about the jobs that need doing around the house to get it 'saleable', so we decided that we'd decorate over the four-day Easter weekend. We settled on decorating our bedroom and the study (which has never been decorated since we moved in, six and a half years ago) and stupidly, we figured we could do both rooms over the four days.

Whilst we got the majority of painting done and our bedroom is almost complete, the study walls need at least another coat of paint - I guess that's what you get for trying to cover blue with magnolia! 
Here are some photos from during the weekend...

Friday involved a lot of glossing...

Saturday saw us painting the walls...

On Sunday we took the day off and enjoyed an Easter feast...

...and a walk with gorgeous girl Izzy

Monday saw us attempting to put our bedroom back together 
and lessen the chaos in the back bedroom...
See what I mean about feeling like one of those hoarders off the TV!
The room should look like this.

Here are the before and after photos (so far)...

The Study


The Bedroom

During all the chaos...

Before
After



Obviously, neither room is finished yet, but our bedroom looks so much brighter and I'm certain that the study will look bigger and brighter once it's done and styled. I'm sure once these rooms are done, 
I'll post about it, so if you're interested keep your eyes peeled :)

Ciao for now,
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