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Currently… image from rukristin

Watching:
Criminal Minds (Season 6 and 7)
How I Met Your Mother (Final season – how long is the wedding already???)
The Big Bang Theory

Reading:
Mainly blogs and news articles rather than books. I did restart The Reason by William Sirls.

Listening:
It varies. McFly or the radio if I’m in the car.

Making:
Last week was the week of finishing or continuing projects. I finished this chicken for my little sister and carried on working on a knitting baby blanket (which I actually started back around Christmas!)

Knitted Chicken for my little Sister

Feeling:
Sticky! Towards the end of last week the weather has changed. It’s nice to have the sunshine and not be stuck inside but being pregnant in this weather makes it hard work. Getting to sleep is hard as it’s muggy, staying asleep is hard cos you can’t get comfy or your bladder decides you need to get up ASAP.

Planning:
Working on Chris’s “Go” bag and my hospital bag – especially after Friday I have more reason to be ready.

Loving:
Crocheting, knitting and blogging. Been working through the Spark prompts by Kam at CampfireChic.

This Weekend Part One
This Weekend Part Two

Currently…

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Currently… image from rukristin

Watching:
Pacific Rim (So not my cup of tea but Our Sidekick wanted to watch it so we did)
Criminal Minds (Season 1 and 2)

Reading:
Knitting Yarns – edited by Ann Hood
My friend Hannah’s New Blog

Listening:
In the car I’ve had McFly on after watching the McBusted documentary. (Yes reliving my teens lol)

Making:
I finished up one of the pairs of maternity trousers during the week and my mum finished up the second pair on Friday before getting the dining room ready for the baby shower (more to follow!)
Also been crocheting in the middle of all the sewing sessions.

Feeling:
Ill, have a stupid cold :( And because I’m pregnant I can’t take anything really for it. Soaking in a warm (not hot) bath is a good start.

Planning:
More crochet ideas.

Loving:
Helping Kewey with her blog

thursday tunes

Thursday Tunes

As well as podcasts now I’m walking to and from work there’s a lot of music being played each day (and quite a lot of dancing too sometimes!). Here are the top 5 current favourites:

Dancing in the Streets by David Bowie and Mick Jagger

Need You Now by Lady Antebellum

Telescope by Hayden Panettiere (Also have the Lennon and Maisy cover)

Ho Hey – Lennon and Maisy (Cover of The Lumineers)

Final Performance (Mashup: Price Tag/Don’t You Forget About Me – Barden Bellas (From Pitch Perfect)

312: Wednesday Wondering v.5

We live in a world where we have a bunch of information at our fingertips – we unlock our phones and Google to our hearts content, but what about all those random questions, why was I looking and what did I find out.

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Oh Dear Silvia
It’s a new book by Dawn French. I heard Dawn interviewed on the radio the other day and her new book sounds really interesting. I read her last book (A Tiny Bit Marvellous) and really enjoyed it, I’ve added it to my Wish List ready for Christmas.

Hydrogen Cyanide
We went to see Skyfall on Sunday and part of the story involves Silva talking about taking hydrogen cyanide from a false tooth. I got thinking how much you’d need to ingest but not die. Yeah I know I’m weird but its the kind of random think that pops into my brain.

Romney’s Stance on Abortion
With all the news coverage going on I got interested with what side Obama and Romney came down on regarding different issues. This was as far as I got. I had also meant to have a look at things like foreign policy and other bits but I got far too excited about which States were voting and what way.

Highest note Christine Phantom of The Opera
On Monday Evening me and Mum went to see Phantom of The Opera at Milton Keynes Theatre. I love musicals especially ones especially ones I can sing along to. Then again that last note that Christine hits in the Main Theme is something else. I googled it while in the queue for the loo in the interval. Middle C is called C4, that note that a christine sings is E6. That’s two full octaves (12 semitones) and 5 semitones above middle C. The highest I can sing and strain is A5 maybe B5 when I manage to warm up. That’s still 5 semitones lower than Christine’s now. I tried to sing along to the CD and had to give up in about four not into the outro.

MK Theatre
While sat in the theatre, me and Mum talked about how much more it was to have box sears rather than seats in the Circle or Stalls. We didn’t get much further though the MK Theatre website is rubbish for mobiles.

The Host Movie
I finished reading the book and was looking for more information to see when the film is coming out. Anyone excited or will it be like Twilight?

284: #WednesdayWonderings

We live in a world where we have a bunch of information at our fingertips – we unlock our phones and Google to our hearts content, but what about all those random questions, why was I looking and what did I find out.

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Fisheye app for iPhone – I post a lot of pictures to Instagram and wanted to play about with a fisheye lens but wondered if there was an app for that. The first app I tried was rubbish the second was £1.49 and decided that I wouldn’t buy it especially as I’d just cleared like 3 photography apps off my phone because I wasn’t using them.

Heathcliff musical – I’m currently reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë and vaguely remembered my Dad buying a CD for my Mum after she’d been to see Cliff Richard in some performance. Well him with a friend or two wrote and starred in a musical called Heathcliff and it revolved around the character of Heathcliff and his life. It’s only while reading Wuthering Heights that I’ve realised how little we actually know about Heathcliff as the reader. Emily carefully gives us just enough information to create this rugged and rough character but doesn’t give us too much and lose the enigma that is Heathcliff.

Chapter 7 “my dinner goes up in smoke” – I posted a picture on Instagram and was looking at other pictures with similar tags and this appeared in a picture. I was looking to find out what book it was from. I think it comes from The Lightning Thief that then became Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

Doctor Who 11th Hour - My friend Angelika is catching up on Doctor Who via Netflix at the moment, so while she was watching The Eleventh Hour episode (Rory and Amy’s first proper episode) she posted on my FB wall about how excited she was and how she liked the new doctor and wanted to know what his name was. Well I had a mental moment and couldn’t remember if it was Matt Smith or David Tennant. Okay before you demand my fan girl status back I was like 99% sure that it was Matt Smith but there was a tiny bit of doubt that I had to get rid of. Now I know and will remember.

Soap taste after temporary filling - A while back I had a hole in my tooth and got a filing – didn’t really think any more of it – sometimes my teeth are a bit sensitive but it usually combines with whatever I’m eating or how harshly I attempted to clean (or beat up) my teeth the night before! I went for my check up yesterday and told my dentist that I thought my tooth was decaying around my filing and could he take a look. So he had a look and a poke and said “Yes, your filing is loose – I’ll take it out and put in a temporary one” so he took it out with some tweezers (oh dear!) and then said “The hole in there is actually quite big, I suggest that we take out your tooth” Great okay last time I had an extraction I sat in the chair in tears and bit the dentist’s finger because I’d really had enough as I’m not 100% sure I was given enough anaesthetic (That was my old dentist – I am with my third dentist!). So back to the filing – I’m given a temporary filing to plug the hole and I have to book a date for an extraction. So that’s next week. I might cry. I might need the following day off work but that depends on how I feel. Anyway so following my dentist appointment all I could taste this soapy taste – it was really gross.

Losing my Boyfriend to World of Warcraft – Our Sidekick downloaded Minecraft at the weekend and this song kept coming into my head. It’s by All Caps

Piano in St. Pancras – I walked through St Pancras and could hear a piano being played and thought I was going a bit mad but there next to the lift is a graffitied piano and two lads were playing it. I wanted to sit down and play Für Elise but I had to catch the train. I found more information here.

St John’s ambulance history – we had a meeting on Tuesday and as we drove past the local St John’s Ambulance base we ended up having a whole conversation about how the St Johns Ambulance came about.

Chemicals in cigarettes – on Monday after getting back from London me, JD and Our Sidekick were sat at The Fountain and somehow what chemicals there were in cigarettes came up. There’s things like formaldehyde, benzene, ammonia and tar. They were just the ones I can remember off the top of my head.

12 Grimmauld Place actual location – having met Mel and Jelly at Platform 9 and 3/4s in Kings Cross Station on Monday I quickly googled to see if there was an actual address used for Grimmauld Place continuing the Harry Potter theme – according to my results there could be any number of addresses in London used as 12 Grimmauld Place. I found on Living The Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted) that the address is New Square, Camden. Apparently chunks of Westminster Tube station are used as the Ministry of Magic but I didn’t know that until I started writing this post today.

Hummingbird Bakery – I was trying to think of all the tourist things to do in London to take Mel and Jelly to then I decided that if we were close we should go for an afternoon piece of cake however turns out we were kind of in the wrong area of London for Hummingbird Bakery we were in Covent Garden area and I think HB is closer to Kensington – oh well that’ll be a trip for next time.

 

Image from here. Text my own.

277: Dear Monday/This Weekend I…#TWI

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Joining with Megan from Happy Day.

Dear Monday (except it’s Tuesday because I either can’t count or read a calendar it seems!)

Dear Monday, this week it was my fault – I got distracted by my book and couldn’t put it down – I read almost a whole book in one night. Erm about 3 hours but it did mean that I went to sleep at 1am. Probably explains why I feel so rubbish today.

Dear Tummy, what is with you?! You just kept playing up all day!

Dear Worship Song, I get it’s supposed to be serious but when the line “heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss” in is one of your verses I couldn’t help but laugh – even “he even gave the cat it’s furry bottom” in Lovely Jubbly is less laugh inducing (mainly because it’s a kid’s worship song not a serious worship song.

Dear October, you have arrived. I wore a woolly jumper yesterday which was fine until I went out at lunch and then I was too warm but the jumper worked as a bit of a comforter when I spend the whole morning feeling a bit death like.

 

Joining with Sar from [Life of Love] and Syndal from Synfully Delicious
I couldn’t decide whether to carry on with Dear Monday or join This Weekend I….so double whammy. In my mind the weekend starts at 5ish on a Friday right?

This Weekend I went to the cinema with Libs – we went for dinner first. I had Four Cheese Rigatoni with chicken and garlic bread. We went to see Untouchable at the cinema. It’s in French with English subtitles but the story is so good!

This Weekend I (well we) took Our Sidekick on a guided tour around Huntingdon and Godmanchester where Chris grew up and told him (OS) stories like how Chris cooked Spag Bol for me and two friends after we drover from Bedford to Godmanchester as a surprise crazy road trip.

This Weekend I (well we – again!) had dinner with my in-laws – originally we popped in for a cuppa as part of the magical mystery tour but ended up staying for tea (we went to Fayre and Square at Hartford Mill) and then went back to their house to watch Doctor Who. Our Sidekick helped Chris’s Dad (My FIL) get the guinea pigs in from the garden. My FIL and MIL have a small zoo in their garden lol. There’s two guinea pigs, at least two if not three rabbits, a dog, tank of fish. There were hamsters or rats at one point and some African Snails – not sure if they are still there.

This Weekend I played bass in the band for the last time. I have officially stepped down from the band now. Kinda sad but I’m still part of the team when it comes to kid’s worship songs and doing the actions so I’m not completely out just yet lol

This Weekend I spoke to B about Kid’s Work – I start in two weeks covering one of the others ladies. It’s the first time I’ll have done proper Sunday School kid’s work since 2006 ish (I’ve done odd Sundays but not proper being part of the rota)

This Weekend I bought some more wool and did some more crocheting – I’ve had to undo the bit I started on Saturday as it was all wrong and there were too many stitches in places, I do however have my original project home from work so I can carry on with that one instead.

195: 15 Day Challenge – July 13th

Joining with Sar from Life of Love

List Your Favourites….

Songs
Your Sofa by Becky Higg (but there’s no video! Watch this one instead – So Much More To Come)
It Doesn’t Always Have To Be Beautiful by Slow Club
Rivera Life by Caro Emerald
Hollywood Nights by Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band

Quotes
“We’re all I’m the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.” Oscar Wilde

“For I know the plans I have for you” says the Lord “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” – Jeremiah 29:11 (not quite the version I know by heart though).

“Our help is in the name of the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” – Psalm 124:8

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13

Foods
Pizza
Pasta
Cake – Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese icing or Chocolate are my favourites.
Jaffa Cakes
Mozzarella
Haloumi
Bavarian (or Hungarian) Smoked Cheese

Vacation Spots
Amsterdam
Paris

(I like city holidays. I don’t have the patience to sit and sunbath on the beach for example. If I go to the pool then I’m swimming not sunbathing).

Photos

Me and my mamma. #selfportrait #photoaday
Hanging out in the garden. Pity the sun isn't shining.

Kamikaze guinea pigs #guardianofgps
I love moments like this. All snuggled up on the sofa watching #thevoiceuk

With my fab friends. #friends #family
#oursidekick took this of me two weekends ago and I love it so much (well as much as you can love a picture!) #connectwithpc #mysmile #day3 @papercoterie

165: The Day The Music (Album) Died?

A few weeks ago me and a group of friends stood outside church and discussed “What was the last album you bought?”. I really had to think – what was the last album I bought. At the time the last album was Ben Howard, Mumford and Sons or Disney (except Disney was bought for me) but they were all digital downloads rather than physical CDs. I think I only listen to CDs in the car now (because I can’t get my iPhone to play music through my stereo without lots of wires and interference).

I wracked my brain some more – what was the last physical CD that I purchased. I think the conclusion that I came to was that it could have been Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor by Caro Emerald – but then that’s been in my car for ages (I don’t actually remember not having it in my car). Then it could be Don’t Look Down by Cerys Matthews but that’s been in there for over a year now (After I saw her play at Milton Keynes Stables – she was amazing!).

I tend to select the tracks I like – for example on my current Recently Added play list it goes something like……

We Are Young by Fun (feat. Janelle Monáe)

Shake It Out by Glee

This Kiss (feat. Carrie Hope Fletcher)

I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) by Meatloaf

Find You On My Knees by Kari Jobe

So why am I writing about this – and why now. There’s a guy called Alex Day aka Nerimon. He’s been on YouTube for years but has recently been turning the music chart upside down when he made it to Number 4 in the Christmas chart in 2011 without being tied to a record label and pretty much by fan power I think!  He then went on to make it to Number 15 with his next song Lady Godiva in April 2012. He’s now shaking it up some more by releasing three singles all on the same day – which is completely different to what a record label would suggest to do. Then again with some singles hanging around for weeks and weeks it’s possible for some artists (like Lady Gaga and Adele for example) to chart multiple times even though the songs were released weeks (or months apart). Also with talent shows like X Factor and The Voice covering “older” songs the originals and the covers then make it into the chart again (what’s funniest in my opinion is when the original charts higher than the cover or higher than it did the first time round). He’s even managed to have two appearances on the Forbes Magazine website twice this week (Article 1, Article 2).

So I’m posing this question (if it hasn’t already been else where). Is the physical CD album dying? I’ve chatted to people about no longer purchasing CD singles because they were £4-5 for 3 or 4 tracks when I could wait for a 12 track album for £8-10 and now I can just cherry pick the tracks that I’m actually going to listen to rather than skip. It annoys Chris on road trips that I’ll just play one or two songs and then flick onto the next CD (which probably explains why I seem to drive most of the time because it’s preoccupying me!)

How about record labels – if you can launch a career without being tied to a major label will we see smaller independent labels pop up here and there. How easy (or hard) is it to set up your own record company? Then again maybe you record your own songs and covers and stick it out there on YouTube and see what happens. I’ve recorded a couple of covers but I get more feedback singing at the local Open Mic Night. (I do keep meaning to take my camera with me and try and record some up to date covers lol).