Monday, January 22, 2018

Books of Month - December

I read six books in total in December and started another, which I'll finish in 2018. I didn't meet my Goodreads goal of 80 books, so I've adjusted for 2018 to 60 books as I'd like to meet that and maybe surpass it. I did read 70 books, which is a very good number!

Anyway, these six are what I read:

As always, my book reviews are here.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Films of the Month - December

I watched 14 films in December, which seems like a lot but I guess Christmas is a good time for watching films! In 2017, I watched 136 films, and went to the cinema eight times, which has got to be a record for me!

Of those films, I had never seen 75 of them before, which is over half. I had seen 61 before.

Stand out films were: God's Own Country, Joan Didion The Center Will Not Hold, The Last Jedi, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Logan, Hidden Figures, and Lion.

I'm hoping to watch a similar number of films in 2018. I seem to have an unlimited list of films I yet want to see! I would like to go to the cinema once a month, because I really do enjoy it. My friend Sam goes all the time so I should take myself out of the house in an evening sometimes and go with her. To that end, I've signed up for the Odeon newsletter, so that I can see films that are coming up. We'll see!

Here's what I watched in December, anyway:

Dough - this is a really cute film about a failing Jewish bakery and a young Muslim boy who starts working there and makes some "special" brownies. It's fun, watch it. I think it was on Netflix.

Miracle of 34th Street - I've never seen this so I thought I would watch it. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either

The Boy With the Topknot - this was on the BBC and is adapted from a true story. I really liked it, Sacha Dawan was fabulous for one.

Sylvia - obviously I am a Sylvia Plath fan, gosh. This biopic about her relationship with Ted Hughes is really well done.

Deck the Halls - this was hanging around in Netflix's festive favourites section and it seemed fun, and it was. I liked it!

Scrooged - one of Lee's favourite Christmas films, it is a classic

The Last Jedi - I wanted to see this as soon as it came out, instead of waiting until the week between Christmas and New Year to see it. We managed to see it on the first Tuesday it was out. I really liked it, although it was overly long. Rey is still my favourite EVER.

Mamma Mia - I've only seen this once and I'm not sure why I wanted to watch it again, but I did. It's frothy fun, and it looks so beautiful. 

God's Own Country - I had the chance to see this again at a cinema in Bradford, and I really wanted Lee to see it on a big screen. It's so sparse that to have all your attention focussed on it is the best way to see it. I picked up loads of details that I hadn't seen the first time. It is so lovely. 

Daddy's Home - Netflix recommended this to me, it's a bit of fun and Mark Wahlberg is pretty good in it.

The Fugitive - we watched most of this while with Lee's dad just before Christmas. I've never seen it, but I liked it. Harrison Ford is a dish obviously. 

Thor - my stepdad had this on over Christmas and I watched probably half of it. It's not my cup of tea, but it looks pretty good.

10 Things I Hate About You - I love this film but I hadn't seen it in forever. I'm still so upset Heath Ledger is dead, he's such a dish in this

84 Charing Cross Road - we happened to catch this on New Year's Eve while we were away, so we sat and watched it. I really liked it! It's very cute, I would recommend it.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

December 27th and 28th

On December 27th and 28th my aunt, uncle, and cousins were visiting from Surrey and Leicester, so it was time for us all to get together. On the 27th we went to my grandma's house, where we had two delicious meals, swapped presents, and played some games. It was really good fun and I enjoyed myself.

I didn't take many photos on Wednesday, and none of my outfit, but I was wearing my grey chiffon spotted Scarlett & Jo dress. My cousin Peter came to stay at ours for the night, where Ivy was very pleased to see us after she'd been abandoned for two days. Here's some photos from Wednesday:

Peter and me. He's the youngest of my cousins, but he's 19 now and at university in Bournemouth...

Lee and me

Reunited with my one true love, Ivy. She looks demented here!

On Thursday it was our turn to host. I'd volunteered, but it was still a bit of a challenge to fit ten of us in our tiny living room. We managed it with our dining table and my small craft table, although I ended up sort of sitting in the kitchen doorway. 

We made pulled pork burritos. We'd put the pork to cook in the slow cooker overnight and then I shredded it with forks. We had tortillas, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, rice, potato wedges, and salad. Wow! It was yummy. Then for afters we had two types of cheesecake. It was really nice to host people.

Because I knew the house would be warm with so many people, I put this new dress on that I got in the Yours sale a few weeks before Christmas. It's sleeveless and very summery, but it's really nice to wear and it has pockets! I put on this really old New Look jumper over the top, the colour matches one of the shades in the dress. I will definitely have to take this outfit on holiday somewhere warm!

Sorry about the blurriness of the photo but it's the best I could do!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

What I Wore Boxing Day

I plucked this dress out of the wardrobe while looking for the one I'd worn on Christmas Day, realising I hadn't worn it in ages. I think I've only worn it once, when I got it (in July 2016, ish?). It's the style of dress I wear and I really liked it on, so I'll definitely have to wear it again soon. Mind you, don't I seem to be saying that with all my dresses recently? But then, on the other hand, I do feel like I've been stuck in a bit of a style rut recently and maybe that's because I've been wearing old favourites instead of unearthing all of these forgotten gems.

The material is a bit on the scuba side of fabric for me, but it's still soft enough for me to wear. The lace on the top is really stretchy which makes it comfortable and soft to wear. Plus, I really like the floral pattern!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Boxing Day 2017

I always really enjoy Boxing Day because it's so much less stressful than Christmas Day but you still have the excuse of doing nothing. We went for my grandma again, and had a nice snacky lunch. After cleaning up from that I asked if we could play the vinyl that Lee had bought me. He bought me Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and some Libertines singles. Under my mum's turntables are her own 45s in several record boxes, so I went through those picking out ones I wanted to listen to. My mum is a big fan of singles and I remember going through her singles a lot when I was little. She has them all numbered and indexed, and some of them go right back to 1970 when my mum was around 12. There are a few in that belonged to my dad, but he was more of an album person.

It was so lovely, spending the afternoon with my mum swapping over the vinyls and chatting about music. Then my stepdad got a phone call from his brother, who was ill. He's been rushed to hospital twice and he was feeling the same. So my mum and stepdad rushed off to his house and Lee, my grandma and I decided to start on a jigsaw. I bought Lee one of those jigsaw holder things for Christmas so we wanted to try it. Fortunately, my mum and stepdad weren't very long - they'd taken my stepdad's brother into hospital where he remained overnight. I hope he'll be okay as it's quite scary.

We had some more food - leftovers from Christmas Day. After we'd taken my grandma home my mum, Lee and I played a board game which was fun. I have a few photos:

Lee bought me a Terry Barlow mug for Christmas. Do you follow Terry Barlow on Twitter? It is hilarious, I sometimes can't speak for laughing about it. 

Some of my mum's vinyl 

She owns pretty much every single T-Rex ever made, but this one was my favourite because Marc and Mickey look so beautiful 

And here's part of my mum's indexing, can you see the dates from almost fifty years ago?

Doing the jigsaw with my grandma. I wasn't really involved, hence my tablet also on the table! I did help to find some edge pieces though. 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

What I Wore Christmas Day

I had got a new dress from Yours that I wanted to wear on Christmas Day, only when I put it on my bra was visible under it, so I need to sort out a different bra and I didn't have time. I'd recently been reminded of this dress, so I pulled it out of the wardrobe and put it on. The silver details add a nice bit of sparkle. I really must not let it languish in the wardrobe for another two years - the last time I remember wearing it was here. No wait, it's much longer ago than that - almost FOUR years ago. Wow!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Christmas Day 2017

We got up bright and early and got ready then go to my mum's for about 9.45. My grandma wasn't there yet because she'd woken up late and hadn't finished her breakfast, so my mum and I went down to pick her up. We tend to take ages to eat an entire meal on Christmas Day - we ate our starter about 1pm and then did eat our main meal until about 6! Oh well! It was all delicious.

I got some lovely presents and everyone loved what we'd bought them. I got my mum a gorgeous mirror that flashes between green and gold, and both her and my stepdad absolutely loved it and are planning to put it on the dining room wall so they can see it every day. My grandma collects a certain type of Derby porcelain and I picked up a milk jug and sugar bowl in an antiques shop near my house in her favourite pattern. It turns out they're quite rare - they're both over a hundred years old! She was impressed.

I took a few photos:

Lee wearing my festive penguin t-shirt over a plain black one of his own

The table at my mum's, doesn't it look nice? 

My grandma under Lee's blanket. She's 91!

My mum has two cats, brother and sister Ruben and Millie. This is Ruben ready for his dinner please.

I never had Screwball Scramble when I was little, even though I really liked it and wanted one. So my friend Jacqui bought me one! We all had a go, it's fun!

Lee bought me a daft photo of Harry Styles, which has absolutely gone on the wall next to my desk, I love him

Lee also bought me this bracelet, isn't it lovely?