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Monday, 28 December 2015

My Week In Words | #52 2015

"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."

Welcome to this edition of My Week In Words which isn't actually a week in words but in fact four days in words. I decided since Christmas week is pretty eventful I would break it down into two posts. Leading up to Christmas and then Christmas Eve, Day and Boxing Day a post of their own. So this post covers from Sunday 20th to Wednesday 23rd of December. Enjoy!

Thursday, 24 December 2015

My Christmas Eve/Day Traditions

"Christmas isn't a season. It's a feeling."
Edna Ferber

I haven't really done any Christmas themed posts this year but I thought since I had a little time on this Christmas Eve while waiting for Eva to come home from work that I would share with you our Christmas Eve/Day traditions. The way we've always spent our Christmas. I love tradition and I don't handle change well. This may be my last Christmas living with my parents, so I have no idea how Christmas will be next year and how we will have to adapt these traditions. I just hope that whatever we end up doing I love it just as much as I have since these traditions started when I was a child.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

My Week In Words | #51 2015

"Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection."
Winston Churchill

Welcome to My Week In Words. Hard to believe we're up to the week before Christmas! It seems like just yesterday I was writing last year's Christmas posts. Back then I hadn't even started this series. This little blogging hiatus means I haven't been blogging about Christmas this year and I'm a little annoyed at myself for that, but at the same time I think the break has been good for me. Still, I'm glad that I'm finally back up to date with My Week In Words with this post. This edition covers from Sunday 13th to Saturday 19th of December. Enjoy! 

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

My Week In Words | #50 2015

"Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going."
Sam Levenson

Welcome to another instalment of My Week In Words. It wasn't a very eventful week and I didn't take many photos to include in this post. Bad blogger, I know. Just nothing really seemed photo worthy. Hopefully you don't mind the wall of text. This post covers from Sunday 6th to Saturday 12th of December. Enjoy! 

My Week In Words | #49 2015

"It's a wonderful thing to be optimistic. It keeps you healthy and it keeps you resilient."
Daniel Kahneman

Welcome to another belated edition of My Week In Words. I'm really hoping to have these updated by Christmas. Thankfully I haven't been up to much the last few weeks so typing these up hasn't been super time consuming. I've just been procrastinating a lot. Anyway, this instalment covers from Sunday 29th of November to Saturday 6th of December. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Friendship Four 2015

"Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow."
Anthony J. D'Angelo

On Friday 27th and Saturday the 28th of November Belfast held the inaugural Friendship Four ice hockey tournament. It was something I had been excited about for months even though I wasn't completely sure what to expect. Four US college teams would take part in what would mark the first time competitive NCAA games would have been played in Europe. They would also be competing to be the first winners of the Belpot Trophy. All very exciting. The teams coming over to take part were Brown, Colgate, Northeastern and, my personal favourite, UMass Lowell. It was my first time seeing college hockey and I was looking forward to seeing the difference between it and what we see in our league. Aside from showcasing college hockey the weekend was to promote education. The teams arrived earlier in the week and had visited schools and such. Many schools and youth clubs had also been given free tickets to the games to promote the sport within Northern Ireland.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

My Week In Words | #48 2015

"A smile is a curve that sets everything straight."
Phyllis Diller

Welcome to another belated instalment of My Week In Words. This particular post only covers from Sunday 22nd to Thursday 26th of November as I've decided to give Friday and Saturday their own post. So look out for that and enjoy this post in the mean time.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

My Week In Words | #47 2015

"I have never taken any exercise, except sleeping and resting, and I never intend to take any."
Mark Twain

Welcome to this super belated My Week In Words! I've been busy lately and feeling somewhat under the weather so blogging was put on the back burner. I'm still not feeling great but I'm hoping to at least get caught up with My Week In Words before the next is due. This post covers from Sunday 15th to Saturday 21st of November! Last week's will be up in a day or two. Enjoy! 

Friday, 27 November 2015

Arts 'n' Crafts | Custom Advent Calendar

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."
Norman Vincent Peale

You may have noticed I've been on a little bit of a hiatus the last week or so as I've been busy, both with miscellaneous life stuff and with working on this wonderful project! I got an email from the lovely Bryony from Ocean loans offering me the chance to create my own advent calendar from Hobbycraft. I obviously jumped at the chance and I can't thank Bryony enough for giving me this opportunity. She sent me the wooden advent calendar house from Hobbycraft and a £25 gift card for Hobbycraft to buy supplies to work on it.

I wasn't sure what colour scheme to go with at first as my mum likes our house to be very traditional at Christmas. All greens, reds and golds. Since I've had my own little Christmas tree in my bedroom I've kind of gone completely opposite to that. My Christmas decorations are all different colours but there's a running main theme of pink, purple and blue. You may remember it from my What's On My Tree post from last year. Since this year is probably the last year I'll be living with my parents at Christmas and Eva and I have decided we'd like to have our Christmas decorations pastels, I decided to go for that aesthetic with my advent calendar.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Arts 'n' Crafts | Stickers Galore

"I used to be a huge collector, and my big thing was stickers."
Jenny Lewis

Today's post is basically me just showing off some of my sticker collection. I love stickers. I mean love stickers. I often find myself buying some and keeping them for a 'special occasion' that never really happens. I mean, what is a special sticker occasion? Well, I guess the sticker swap I took part in recently would count. I got out all the stickers I'd been saving and also invested in some to add to my collection and use in the swap and for future swaps. In this post I've only included the stickers I had before the swap. In a future post I'll show you all the lovely ones I got in the swap. It's been quite a while since but I haven't had the chance to photograph them yet. Anyway, on with the stickers.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

My Week In Words | #46 2015

"Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today."
Thich Nhat Hanh

Welcome to this instalment of My Week In Words. This week's post is another I almost feel silly posting because of the trivial nature of everything I've done this week with current events fresh and weighing heavy on everyone's mind. Still, here we are. This week's post covers from Sunday 8th to Saturday 14th of November. Enjoy.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Toys 'n' Stuff | My Little Pony Blind Boxes

Today's Toys 'n' Stuff post is about a couple of blind boxes I got a couple of months ago now. Eva and I had been looking for My Little Pony blind boxes by Funko for a long time and were thrilled to finally find them in Smyths Toy Store. I have to say that I was a little surprised because they're more of a collectable than a toy. They were cheaper than the Frozen blind boxes (featured in this post) we bought in Forbidden Planet, priced at £5.99.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Film Favourites: Non-Disney Animation

"Well, luckily with animation, fantasy is your friend."
Steven Spielberg

I always say that I hate naming my favourite anything because it gives me anxiety that I'll forget something or someone. When I take part in Twitter blog chats I usually avoid questions like this because it's particularly bad when I'm put on the spot. However, there are some things I can narrow down into maybe a top 5 or 10 when I give it some thought and sometimes these small lists come to me easily. This is one of those times. Today's post is five of my favourite non-Disney animated films. You may remember a while back I named five of my favourite Disney animated movies. You can check that post out here. Anyway, on with the list!

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

My Week In Words | #45 2015

"The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom."
Arthur Schopenhauer

Welcome to this super belated edition of My Week In Words. I would love to say it's late because I'e been super busy but that would be a downright lie. I was just procrastinating because I wasn't feeling it. I haven't really been feeling anything. So while I'm feeling like that I'm not going to push myself too much as I don't want to risk making this into a chore. Anyway! This post covers from Sunday 1st to Saturday 7th of November. Gosh, November! Can't believe it. Enjoy!

Friday, 6 November 2015

Bloo's Reviews | The Circle

"We are not criminals, after all. We are not criminals."

Today I am reviewing a beautiful Swiss docudrama called The Circle (Der Kreis). It was released in 2014, written and directed by Stefan Haupt and stars Matthias Hungerbühler and Sven Schelker. The film follows those involved with a magazine for gay men in Zurich in the 1940s and 1950s, The Circle, which served as a scapegoat for the murders of several gay men in the city. While we get learn about the background to the publication and are introduced to some of the wider social network that revolved around it the docudrama mainly focuses on the relationship between teacher Ernst Ostertag (Hungerbühler) and drag queen Röbi Rapp (Schelker).

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

NSFC Songs | Drag Edition

"What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be."
Ellen Burstyn

We've all heard of the phrase 'not safe for work', usually abbreviated into NSFW. Well this post was inspired by that and by the fact I often find myself singing along to songs that, rather than not being safe for just work, aren't safe for company at all. Hence the title of this post. Company usually being my parents. Certain songs are better sang when nobody is around and thankfully I usually catch myself before anything too bad slips out but there have been times I've forgotten I wasn't alone.

Nobody does offensive and 'crude' songs quite like drag queens and I've been listening to a lot of drag music since I started watching RuPaul's Drag Race, so naturally I decided to make this first NSFC Songs post drag themed. So below are some of my favourite songs to sing when I know for sure there isn't anybody around to hear me.

Disclaimer: Remember these songs and videos may be offensive and/or crude, involving adult subject matter. So if you're sensitive to that kind of thing you're best just not listening or watching. You have been warned. 

Monday, 2 November 2015

My Week In Words | #44 2015

"Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings - always darker, emptier and simpler."
Friedrich Nietzsche

Welcome to the latest edition of My Week In Words. It's hard to believe this post documents the last week in October and that we're now into November. I've almost kept up these weekly posts for a year! Crazy. I was feeling a little off this week but had a good one none-the-less. Nothing like a little bit of retail therapy to pick you up. This post covers from Sunday 25th to Saturday 31st of October. Enjoy!

Friday, 30 October 2015

My Obsessions #4

"Be yourself. Be unique. Be a monster."

It's been a little while since my last My Obsessions post and this particular one is a past obsession that I'm sort of picking up again. Everyone knows from my Toys 'n' Stuff posts that I collect a number of different toys, including dolls, but what you probably don't realise is the extent of my doll obsession. So here is a photo that will give you a little bit of a clue.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Halloween | Baking Buns

"My idea of baking is buying a ready-make cake mix and throwing in an egg."
Cilla Black

Today's post is yet another poor attempt at baking. I often see other people's creations and think, I'm a mildly artistic person... I can totally pull that off. Well, I'm always wrong. Always. Even cutting baking corners with Betty Crocker's finest, my buns always end up looking like a five year old made them. I mean they taste good and all, hard to go wrong with a pre-made mix, but I won't be entering a prettiest cupcake contest any time soon. Despite this I continue in my efforts and sharing them with you guys. So on with the buns!

Monday, 26 October 2015

My Week In Words | #43 2015

"Boredom always precedes a period of great creativity."
Robert M. Pirsig

Welcome to this week's instalment of My Week In Words! I didn't feel great this week but it wasn't a total loss as I got a little surge of creativity! Which is always good. I'm just hoping it lasts for quite a while as I've enjoyed it. Other than that this week was filled with a trip down memory lane and ice hockey! ...But not as much ice hockey as there should have been. Anyway, this post covers from Sunday 18th to Saturday 24th of October. Enjoy!

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Bloo's Reviews | A Lover's Lament

“That’s the great thing about love … it finds you. And when it’s true love, it doesn’t go away, and you just know. You don’t have to wonder or guess, because it just … is.” 
A Lover's Lament

I read a lot of books. I mean a lot of books. In quick succession. So many that they've all sort of merged into a big melting pot of dirty talk and hotness. Because obviously the only books I read are romance novels because I have no actual love life to speak of. But I digress. I get through them so fast and on to the next one that any critique I have for the previous book kind of gets a bit hazy before I have a chance to write a review. It's the reason I have only reviewed a couple of books to date. Perhaps I could take notes as I go along but who has the time? Eh, probably a more organised blogger than me. However, after reading A Lover's Lament I felt like I couldn't not review it. It stuck with me, so here I am.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Arts 'n' Crafts | Blogger Costume Portraits

"An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture."
Jean Cocteau

It's been a while since I've done an Arts 'n' Crafts post and after getting the digital doodling bug this week I thought why not doodle some of my favourite bloggers for a blog post! I also figured since Halloween is coming up that I would doodle them dressed in costumes. And thus the idea for blogger costume portraits was born. I had hoped to get more done but apparently I'm super slow and only ended up getting three drawn. However, there are some other bloggers I would have liked to have doodled so perhaps I'll do more in the future. 

I haven't drawn much recently, especially digital and especially portraits, so these are far from perfect masterpieces. I always get nervous drawing people I know in case I make them look bad but as they say, practice makes perfect. I hope you guys don't mind being my muses. 

Monday, 19 October 2015

My Week In Words | #42 2015

"Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain."
Joseph Campbell

Welcome to this week's My Week In Words. This week's post covers from Sunday 11th to Saturday 17th of October. Not long until Halloween now! This week was full of Halloween and ice hockey fun. Enjoy! 

Friday, 16 October 2015

Halloween | Pumpkins & Other Fun

"Only the knife knows what goes on in the heart of a pumpkin."
Simone Schwarz-Bart

After my last post I was really looking forward to finally getting to do some of the Halloween themed activities I had planned. I didn't expect to actually have the chance to do any of it until later in the week but Eva ended up taking a day off work as she wasn't well. She'd also heard a friend had been taken into hospital so in the afternoon when she was in a little less pain, and to take her mind off things, we decided to carve our pumpkins! The last time I carved a pumpkin was around four or five years ago when I was still with my ex. I swore back then I would never do it again because it totally wrecked me, but I figured I'd try and be less of a lil bitch about it this time and attempt it again.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Halloween | Halloweeny In-Spirit-ion!

"Eat, drink and be scary."

Yes, yes. I know the title is a reach. 

I love Halloween but it's something that I haven't really had the chance to celebrate much since I was a kid and used to get dressed up - a term I use loosely - and go out Halloween rhyming. I've always wished for an invitation to some big fancy Halloween party. Much like the ones you see in American films. However, the last few years I've celebrated Halloween sat at my laptop, apart from last year as there was an ice hockey game. I didn't dress up but I wish I had as others did. I usually do my make up and take some photos, which I at least had a legit reason for last year as I made a blog post out of it. Here's a photo from last year.

Monday, 12 October 2015

My Week In Words | #41 2015

"Life is a succession of moments, to live each one is to succeed."
Corita Kent

Welcome to this week's My Week In Words. We're almost half way through October already and it won't be long until Halloween is here! I cannot believe it. Anyway, today's post covers from Sunday 4th to Saturday 10th of October. Enjoy! 

Friday, 9 October 2015

Bloo's Reviews | Kawaii Box

"Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive."
Elbert Hubbard

I had wanted to try Kawaii Box for a long time and finally got around subscribing for their July box. I feel like the build up to finally subscribing, coupled with buying from Blippo and then the wait for the box to actually arrive contributed to a slight anticlimax. Don't get me wrong, I got some cute things. Things that I love. But I wasn't overwhelmed like I thought I would be. I had hoped to have this post up quite a while ago and have since gotten my second Kawaii Box but I figured I would just review the first since I've had the photos taken for a while. I probably won't bother reviewing the August box. I forgot it was a recurring one month plan and didn't cancel it in time or I probably wouldn't have gone for a second.  Anyway, on with the box!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

My Love Of Fan Videos #2

"Where words fail, music speaks."
Hans Christian Andersen

If you have been reading my blog for a while you may remember the first of this My Love Of Fan Videos series. In this series I either share my favourite fan videos of the moment or my favourite songs to find used in them. You can check out my first instalment here. It explains a little more about my love of fan videos and why I love them. In this post I am going to share five of my favourite songs I love to find used in videos and why. As well as an example of that song being used perfectly!

Disclaimer: Videos will most likely have spoilers. 

Monday, 5 October 2015

My Week In Words | #40 2015

"The more we do, the more we can do."
William Hazlitt

Welcome to this week's My Week In Words. I can't believe we're done with yet another month and into October! October is going faster than I'd like already. Before we know it we'll be done with Halloween and on to Christmas. Okay okay, I'm getting ahead of myself. Anyway! This post covers from Sunday 27th of September to Saturday 3rd of October. Enjoy! 

Friday, 2 October 2015

Television | Cancelled Too Soon

"In TV, you usually don't get a chance to fix anything. It's always easier to cancel something than fix it."
Nick Zano

In today's post I list five series we had to say goodbye to before we were ready. Beloved characters we would never see again and cliffs we'd forever hang over. It is said that time heals all wounds but I'm not sure that person had ever fallen in love with a series and it's characters only to have it ripped away with no closure. So here are five series that were cancelled too soon. They may be gone but they will never be forgotten.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Toys 'n' Stuff | Belfast Haul

"Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child's eye - it is very beautiful."
Kailash Satyarthi

Welcome to the final Belfast weekend away related post and probably my favourite of them all, my toy haul! I already did a haul post for the stuff I bought from Lush and Primark, which you can find here. I bought toys from Forbidden Planet, the Disney Store and Build A Bear.

Monday, 28 September 2015

My Week In Words | #39 2015

Vampire Bill

Welcome to the latest instalment of My Week In Words. Finally a little bit back on track with posts. Lets hope it continues. This post covers from Sunday 20th to Saturday 26th of September. Almost another month over! I hope you enjoy reading what I got up to this week.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Lush & Primark Haul

"Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going."
Sam Levenson

Welcome to my first haul from my stay in Belfast. Apologies that some of these photos aren't great. The lighting wasn't the best and I find it difficult to photograph clothes at the best of times. They're my least favourite thing to photograph or even write about to be honest. So I figured I'd just show you what I bought. This is probably the shortest post I've ever written! Anyway, I also lost the receipt for the Primark stuff so I couldn't include the prices for those. If you want to check out the Lush items the price beneath each photo is a link to the product on the website.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

My Week In Words | #38 2015

"If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?"
Vince Lombardi

Welcome to this week's belated edition of My Week In Words. I've been very tired lately which has thrown everything out of whack. I'm hoping by next week I'll be on the ball again. We'll see. It wouldn't be the first time I've said that and haven't followed through. Anyway! It was a pretty good week and definitely had a great ending thanks to the Giants! This week's post covers from Sunday 13th to Saturday 19th of September. Enjoy!

Monday, 21 September 2015

It was Belfast. They were Giants. Pt 2

"Faith is a kind of winged intellect. The great workmen of history have been men who believed like giants."
Charles Henry Parkhurst

Welcome to part two of mine and Eva's stay in Belfast for her birthday and the first home game of the Belfast Giants 15/16 season! If you want to check out part one you can find here.

Saturday was game day! The first Belfast Giants home game of the season. I was beyond excited to check out our new team in action. However, we had plenty planned before the game. During this stay we had opted to have the Premier Inn's breakfast. At the weekend the breakfast was from 7am to 11am (as far as I remember) so we still got a bit of a lie in. We were up around 9:30am and down for breakfast by 10am. Because we hadn't drank the night before we were able to enjoy the breakfast fully. Especially Eva, who usually ends up throwing it up faster than she can get it down. They had a continental and a full on fry up option. Naturally we went for the fry buffet.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Eva's Belfast Birthday! Pt 1

"Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it don't matter."
Satchel Paige

You may remember last Halloween I had a weekend stay in Belfast, at the Titanic Quarter Premier Inn, with my sister, Eva. I wrote all about it here and here. Well, since we had such a good time last time we decided to do it all over again. However, this time we went for Eva's birthday and the first Belfast Giants home game because the two coincided. It was another awesome weekend, despite the many hiccups, and I figured it deserved posts of it's own rather than being included in My Week In Words. If you want to read about what I got up to the days before my mini getaway you can check it out here. I've decided to do it in two parts as it was quite a big weekend. This first part is Friday 11th of September and tomorrow's post will be Saturday and the morning of Sunday before we left to go home. Enjoy!

Monday, 14 September 2015

My Week In Words | #37 2015

"Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life."
Omar Khayyam

Welcome to this week's My Week In Words. I decided since I had a bit of a big weekend this week that I would keep Friday and Saturday for a separate post but there's still plenty to read from Sunday 6th to Thursday 10th of September. Please enjoy! 

Friday, 11 September 2015

Short Stories | Satchel's Intro

"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."
Mark Twain

You may remember a while back, if you're been frequenting my blog for long, I posted a short story I wrote for my English Language GCSE creative writing controlled assessment. If you missed it you can read it here.  Well this time I decided to do something a little different. I have a few stories in the works and random scenes and characters that have come to mind that don't have a story just yet. I figured sharing them and getting feedback may help inspire the rest of the story. I'm not really sure where this piece of writing came from. It was one of those times the first line came to me and it kind of just snowballed. I still haven't fully figured out where this story is going yet and I guess you could consider this a rough draft but I hope you enjoy this introduction to Satchel.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Blippo Kawaii Haul!

"Kawaii /kəˈwʌɪ/: the quality of being cute, or items that are cute."

Gosh, this haul has been in the works for a while. It feels like forever ago now that I made my first order with Blippo and followed it up with a second order a couple of days later. I had already subscribed to the Kawaii Box for the first time but I was a little impatient and wanted something to tide me over. Which turned out being a little pointless as it took the orders as long to arrive as the Kawaii Box. Still, I pretty much loved everything I got anyway. So there were no regrets. Now on with the haul!

Monday, 7 September 2015

My Week In Words | #36 2015

"If you haven't got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble."
Bob Hope

Welcome to this week's edition of My Week I Words. It was another slightly uneventful week if I'm honest. I haven't been feeling great so I wasn't out much. Still, I hope you enjoy the read. This post covers from Sunday 30th of August to Saturday 5th of September. I cannot believe we're into yet another month. Enjoy!

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Save The Children Like Aylan Kurdi

"...war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children."
Howard Zinn

You would pretty much have to live under a rock not to know about the current refugee crisis going on right now and if you're reading this blog post then I can safely say you're not living under a rock. Or in the very least you have a rock that has an internet connection, but I digress. We live in a world where horrible, unthinkable things happen every day. Most of us, perhaps to preserve our sanity, turn a blind eye now and then to the things we feel we are powerless to change. However, there are just some things we cannot turn a blind eye to. Once seen there is no longer the luxury of blissful ignorance. It cannot be unseen or ignored. They haunt the mind's eye and compel us with the strong need to do something. Anything that might end the suffering of those involved. Nothing evokes this more than seeing a child in pain or, as we've witnessed over the last few days, their death.

Friday, 4 September 2015

The Color Run 2015

"The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most."
John Ruskin

A few months ago my sister's friend, Jodie, suggested they do The Color Run in Belfast. Naturally they asked if I wanted to tag along and I jumped at the chance. I mean, doing a Color Run is on my bucket list so I didn't really have much of a choice in the matter. I signed up and a while later Eva finally signed up too. Jodie never ended up registering so as usual it was just Eva and I. Sisters doing it for themselves... or by themselves, as the case may be.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

The Love / Hate Tag!

The Love / Hate Tag
"Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence."
William Blake

It's been a little while since I've done a tag. I've been nominated to do a few but they were ones I'd already completed once or twice before and I was a bit worried I wouldn't have good answers and that people were getting bored of seeing the same tags anyway. However when Danielle or Underland To Wonderland tagged me to do the Love/Hate tag, my love for these things was reignited as I've never been nominated for this one before. That being said, I appreciate all nominations and I'm still grateful even if I don't end up completing them all. Anyway, on with the rules!

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

My Week In Words | #35 2015

"In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can."
Nikos Kazantzakis

Welcome to this week's belated My Week In Words. It was a pretty uneventful week with me not being too well and then just working away getting things done for finally launching mine and Eva's Etsy store. Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy reading what little I got up to this week. This post covers from Sunday 23rd to Saturday 29th of August. Enjoy!

Friday, 28 August 2015

Bloo's Reviews | Tessa Bailey

"Writer of dirty talk."

This review has been a long time coming. Well, sort of. Originally I had planned to review the first book I read by the author Tessa Bailey but I ended up reading the series faster than I could write. I had then planned to review her Line Of Duty series but then I was introduced to her other series - Serve, Crossing The Line and Broke & Beautiful - and fell in love with those too. I soon realised it was going to be difficult to pick one book or even one series to write about as they'd all become a big melting pot of hotness and hilarity in my brain. It was hard to remember who went where and what happened when etc. Plus, picking one would be like an x-rated version of Sophie's Choice. Though off the top of my head if I had to pick from a line up to become my real life bae I may be able to narrow it down to between Matt (Staking His Claim), Brent (Asking For Trouble), Jonah (Owned By Fate) or Bowen (Risking It All), Connor (Up In Smoke) or Russell (Make Me)... Yes. That is narrowing it down.

So I decided to do something a little bit different and rather than go back to review past books I've read or skip to the ones I've just read or future books, I would instead review the author herself!

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Toys 'n' Stuff | Bootlegs & Bloo

"You can't fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal."
William S. Burroughs

As you've seen I've lately become obsessed with all things cute and kawaii. I've bought a number of things from different kawaii stores such as Tofu Cute and Blippo. However, I've done this while aware that many warn against buying from them as they have a bit of a reputation for supplying bootlegs rather than authentic items. So you may wonder why I continue to purchase from them and I thought I would address that in a blog post. I know eventually someone will come along and comment on a post or Instagram photo that whatever adorable plush or squishy is the dreaded F word.


They may even go into details that brought them to that conclusion. So I thought I'd pre-emptively answer a few questions about my own feelings towards bootlegs and why I may have some in my vast toy collection.

Monday, 24 August 2015

My Week In Words | #34 2015

"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence."
Vince Lombardi

Welcome to this instalment of My Week In Words. I had a very productive week and I'm quite proud of myself for it! I hope it continues. This post covers from Sunday 16th to Saturday 22nd of August. Enjoy!

Friday, 21 August 2015

Another Tofu Cute Haul!

"Smile, it's free therapy."
Douglas Horton

Welcome to yet another Tofu Cute haul! You may remember I did my first Tofu Cute haul not too long ago. If you want to check out what I got the first time around you can find it here. I exercised a little more restraint when ordering this time. I have a few things from Blippo that I'm waiting for to arrive and decided to treat myself to a couple of things from Tofu Cute while I waited as Tofu Cute arrives pretty pronto. I'm so impatient! 

I was in two minds whether or not to make a post for this tiny haul but, I mean, I love seeing hauls of cute things no matter how few things there are. So hopefully other people agree! 

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

My Pet Peeves #1

"I don't have pet peeves; I have whole kennels of irritation."
Whoopi Goldberg

Pet peeves are something everybody has. Whether we like to admit it or not, there is always something that gets under our skin. Getting annoyed isn't a bad thing. It's human even. I would say I'm a happy and positive person but that doesn't mean when I see people do certain things I don't shake my head or give an eye roll. Sometimes I even get down right mad! So for this week's Midweek Misc post I decided to share five of my own pet peeves. Enjoy!

Monday, 17 August 2015

My Week In Words | #33 2015

"Life is about family and technology."
Mark Goddard

Welcome to this week's My Week In Words. Another family filled week of saying goodbye to a couple and meeting a new member for the first time. This post covers from Sunday 9th to Saturday 15th of August. Enjoy! 

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Arts 'n' Crafts | Custom Paper Clips

"I don't know how to organise thoughts. I don't know how to have thoughts."
Jasper Johns

Welcome to this edition of my Arts 'n' Crafts series. I recently started using my neglected Pinterest account again and while browsing the many pins I came across one about Filofax setups. After a little investigation I found Filofax and planner customisation is a big thing. There are countless videos of different setups on YouTube and blogs dedicated to it. Etsy is overflowing with cute and practical print outs. To do lists, dividers, monthly calenders, weekly calenders etc. I've always loved stationery but looking into all the different ways I can make my Filofax more fun and get better use out of it really opened my eyes to so much more stationery I could have! But not only things that I could buy, some I could make myself. And that brings us to this post. I decided to make some bookmarks out of various bits and bobs I already had and also to make some pins for my pin board a little cuter.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Toys 'n' Stuff | Misc Haul #1

"To this day, I have the most fond memories of some of my old toys."
Michael Keaton

Welcome to the first edition of my new Toys 'n' Stuff series. If you follow my blog you'll know I'm an avid toy collector. I buy new toys basically every week. Usually I would post photos of my hauls in My Week In Words but after some thought I decided to start this series so I could go a little more in depth into my passion and share more photos and such. I'm always wary about posting too many in My Week In Words as those posts are always super long at the best of times. So here we are. 

Monday, 10 August 2015

My Week In Words | #32 2015

"I find the family the most mysterious and fascinating institution in the world."
Amos Oz

Welcome to this week's instalment of My Week In Words. Another fun filled family week this week. My sister came home on Thursday from London for a few days. Another couple of fun things happened too. This post covers from Sunday 2nd to Saturday 8th of August. Enjoy! 

Friday, 7 August 2015

What's On My Desk

"People think that I must be a very strange person. This is not correct. I have the heart of a small boy. It is in a glass jar on my desk."
Stephen King

I had another post planned for today but I ended up running out of time getting it finished as my sister was coming home from London for a few days and I had to get my room into order. Okay, not completely into order but as good as it's going to get with the amount of stuff I have crammed into it. I figured since I wasn't going to get the other post finished and I didn't want to miss posting as I'm just getting back into the swing of things, I would incorporate tidying with my post! And thus was born the idea for What's On My Desk. Which basically does what it says on the tin. Gives you a run down of what you'll find on my desk! 

First we have this, what I call, display tray. I used to have my cactuses on these so I could pull my cactuses towards me when I needed to water them. However, as my cactuses got bigger and also started dying I decided to move them to my windowsill to see if it would help. So my display trays became where I displayed various toys etc. Right now they're mostly taken up by my Zelf collection. I got the trays in a pack of four from IKEA. 

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Bloo's Review | Streamvale Open Farm

"He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."
Immanuel Kant

Howdy readers! I know Bloo's Reviews are usually a Thursday or Friday post but I've been looking forward to writing and posting this since last Thursday but I've been rather busy. While this is a review it's also about what I got up to on my visit to Streamvale Open Farm as I figured it deserved a post of it's own rather than lumping it in with My Week In Words. 

Streamvale is a family run, open farm in Dundonald, Northern Ireland. I'd visited a number of times as a child but hadn't been in many years. I was looking forward to seeing how it had changed over the years and what was the same. The last time I was there I could walk, yes it was THAT long ago, and so I made sure to inquire as to how wheelchair accessible they were. I tweeted them pretty late at night and they replied faster than I thought they would! They assured me that most of the farm was indeed electric wheelchair friendly apart from the viewing gallery were the milk the cows and that I might have some trouble around the nature trail. That sounded fair enough to me. I wasn't too bothered about seeing cows being milked anyway as all I'm really interested in is petting them!

Photo taken by Eva

Monday, 3 August 2015

My Week In Words | #31 2015

"Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun."
Randy Pausch

Welcome to My Week In Words! I had a great week but spent too much as usual! Oh well, you can't take it with you... right? This post covers from Sunday 26th of July to Saturday 1st of August. Enjoy!

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Belfast Pride 2015

"Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start."
Jason Collins

Yesterday I attended my first gay pride event, Belfast Pride. The closest I'd come before that was battling my way through the crowds in London a few years ago on my way to see Avenue Q. I remember seeing these two super hot guys dressed as a devil and an angel. Nothing but shimmery hot pants and the various props that made up their costumes. Sigh. We were then rudely accosted by a woman who wanted followed us the whole way trying to teach my dad the cure to my disability. Who knew the cure to my muscle wasting disease was something as simple as reading the Bible morning, noon and night? Literally her words. But I digress. after that one glimpse into how fun a Pride event could be I always wanted to go for real. 

I've always felt very close to the LGBTQ community as I've always had a lot of homosexual, bisexual and trans friends. And although I haven't spoken about it before and uhm, family if you're reading this I'd appreciate you not bringing it up, I've struggled with my own sexuality for quite a while. Which sounds ridiculous even to me as I'm so passionate about everyone else being able to openly express who they are. Fuck everyone else! But growing up very close to my Christian grandparents and aunt I've always been much more comfortable defending other's sexuality while not really fully accepting my own. Not because I think it's wrong in my own mind but because of what they would say. It even feels scary writing this despite my immediate family being very accepting. I've never discussed this fully with anyone. I've always identified as straight. I've only ever been with guys so that just feels right. However, I'm a big believer that sexuality is fluid. Much like gender. In my teens I started to question my gender along with my sexuality. For a long time I thought I wanted to be male but that never quite felt right either. Again, this is something I've never really discussed. This almost feels like a weird coming out! Haha. It's only now that gender fluidity is becoming more well recognised that I'm starting to feel more comfortable in myself. I understand myself more. 

As I said, I've only been with guys and it might be that that's all I'll ever experience but I would be lying if I were to say that I would ever limit myself where love is concerned. Love is love and I truly believe we do ourselves no favours by forcing ourselves into a box and shutting out all the wonderful possibilities out there purely because of gender. And as I grow up and feel more comfortable in myself and less like I have to be a certain way because I was brought up a certain way, I feel even closer and passionate about LGBTQ issues. And why I was glad to be able to attend my first gay pride event, which in turn encouraged me even more and helped me gain the courage to open up a little more about myself. I know it's okay to go as an ally but I wanted to acknowledge the fact I didn't just want to go as a fun day out and an excuse to get drunk. It meant more than that, whether I fully realised it at the time or not. Anyway! I hope any of that made sense and wasn't a little too intense. Now on with how the day went and some photos! You know, the part you actually wanted to read and see.

I went with Eva and her friend Rhys. Being the late risers we are we knew we wouldn't make it in time for the parade and decided not to rush ourselves. I'm glad we didn't because it gave me time to get a good old Ulster fry up into me which set me up for the day of drinking. I'm not sure I would have survived without it. We met Rhys at the train station and headed up to Belfast. We planned to hit Alley Cat for a few drinks before heading over to where Pride was being held. Well, we learned Alley Cat was no longer there but instead it's been renamed Bootleggers. That didn't stop us from starting off our drinking there!

We stayed here for a while for a couple of drinks while we chatted. Well, Eva had a couple. I had a half pint of Guinness and Rhys had a pint, I think. It wasn't long until we then made our way to Pride and my FIRST drenching. The heavens opened and I looked like a drowned rat. There were food vans and the woman, that can be seen behind me, made space for me and helped Eva pull my hoody up over my shoulders to keep me dry. She even found tissues in her bag so Eva could dry me off! It got sunny after that and it didn't take us long to dry off. We left our shelter and made our way down closer to the stage, where Rhys talked some people into giving us balloons to attach to my chair.

We basically just hung out and enjoyed the entertainment on the stage. They had a bunch of awesome acts. Finally even seen some drag performances! Does that mean I can tick 'attend a drag show' off my bucket list? 

After watching the stage for a bit I needed the bathroom. I was worried we'd have to leave but we decided to try another first. My first time using a portaloo! I decided to document this experience. I used a regular portaloo, leaving my wheelchair outside, because we didn't realise there was a wheelchair accessible one until later when I needed to go again and two girls took us to it. On the way out of the first one Eva wrecked my knee of the door and then I wrecked it again on the inside of the wheelchair accessible one. Wasn't until we got home that we realised it was bleeding. Another first! Alcohol related injury. 

Not actually going to the toilet here... that would be weird.

When we came out of the toilet it was pouring again. So that was my SECOND drenching. Thankfully, I think it was also the last. We headed down to near the front of the stage and stayed there quite a while enjoying the music. One of my favourite moments of the whole day was when one act sang Sissy That Walk by RuPaul. We sang and danced and bumped into so many lovely people and I met some of Eva's friends from when she was younger. I loved how friendly everyone was. Someone even gave me their flower necklace and I got a photo with a drag queen. We also taught Rhys about feeling his fantasy. Here's another assortment of photos from throughout the day. 

As I said, I met so many lovely people. Around three separate people offered to help me get my coat on when it was chucking it down. I also got so many compliments on my new hair! Someone even said I look like a mermaid, so that's pretty much a life goal met. I had such an amazing day and the feeling of love, openness and acceptance all around was palpable. 

The day did come to a less than stellar end as all my drinking and dancing got to me. I did make it to the end of the event in Custom House Square but then everything hit me like a train. I didn't eat all day, apart from one Dinky Donut, and felt pretty worse for wear and the dancing gave me neck pain and a migraine. I almost threw up on the way home on the train. Luckily I was able to avoid my third dose of alcohol related vomiting. I just had to get some food into my stomach. Namely tea, toast and a chicken wing. I'm a tiny bit hungover today but yesterday was totally worth it! I had an amazing first Belfast Pride and I hope to go to many more. 

Friday, 31 July 2015

Tofu Cute Haul!

"Food is our common ground, a universal experience."
James Beard

In the last edition of My Week In Words I wrote about my sister ordering from a website called Tofu Cute and how she'd treated me to a couple of things and shared the yummy treats she'd bought with me. I also wrote how I hadn't been able to resist putting in my own order! Well, that order arrived and I thought I would make my lovely readers a little jealous by showing you what I purchased and telling you what I think!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Mental Health | My Anxiety Tells

"I try not to worry about the future - so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time."
Tom Wilson

Self-soothing is something we all do, whether we realise it or not. All of us, young and old, have ways in which we make ourselves feel better when we're in certain situations. Some of them are methods we've picked up in a self help book or a magazine. Things like counting to ten or taking deep breaths. They are things we knowingly put into action when we need to but others we do without realising. Little things we do subconsciously. Often we, nor others, realise or perhaps understand it for what it is. However, some are more noticeable and we may be called out on it as people may not realise it might be the only thing stopping you from going over the cliff of anxiety!

You may be wondering why I named this post 'My Anxiety Tells' rather than something about self-soothing. The reason for this is that I didn't want to give the impression this is an advice post. I'm not going to tell you methods to give a go as mine aren't the common forms as mentioned above. They are things I started to do subconsciously that I either started to notice over time or were pointed out by the person who knows me best, my sister Eva. It might come across like being fidgety or a tic at times.

Monday, 27 July 2015

My Week In Words | #30 2015

"Everything looks cute when it's small."
Cynthia Rowley

Welcome to this belated My Week In Words. I've decided to change when I post to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Admittedly I'd like to post earlier on a Monday but a few things cropped up that delayed me finishing off this post. Anyway, this post covers from Sunday 19th to Saturday 25th of July. Enjoy!

Friday, 24 July 2015

Bloo's Reviews | The Call

"And don't make promises... cause you know you can't keep'em."
The Call

This review may contain spoilers.
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