TAG, you’re it. Get to know me.

I was tagged by Elle in the “Get to know me” meme, so here it goes!

Tell us 5 random facts about you:

1. I can play descant, treble, tenor, bass and sopranino recorder. I own one of each apart from the Bass.
2. This Summer, I’ll become a Mum and gain a sister in law.
3. I love crime dramas – currently working my way through Criminal Minds (Season 5)
4. If I could pay the bills by crocheting and knitting – I so would!
5. I love writing pen pal letters – I think it’s a dying art that needs to be rescued.

Dear Blueberry

When is your birthday? 

April – same day as Elle!

What is your favourite colour? 

Racing green I think

What is your favourite memory? 

Walking through the door at the church, looking up and seeing Chris beaming ear to ear at the front of the church.

Describe a day in your life:

I’ve been on maternity leave since the beginning of May so each day is sort of played by ear – in the last three days though I’ve slept until almost lunchtime – I think I need to work on getting my body clock back to a sort of normal time rather than sleeping so late. Most of the days revolve around tidying, crocheting, blogging and watching TV.

What are your five favourite songs?

Seriously? I love music how am I supposed to narrow it down to 5?? (Top 5 played on my iTunes are…)

1. Reel Deep Romance by Becky Higg
2. Your Sofa by Becky Higg
3. You’ve Got The Love by Florence and The Machine
4. Defying Gravity by Glee Cast
5. Free by Hillsong United and Delirious?

If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I think it would have to be pasta – then again after a while it might get boring lol.

What is something you really dislike? 

Tuna or Mackerel – they are both so stinky!

Summer or Winter? 

Summer – I love the lighter evenings but prefer it when it’s warm but not too hot.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why? 

I’m a homebody and like where I live now lol. If Chris was to pick he’d love somewhere that overlooked a lake or you could see the mountains – if you could do both he’d be double happy.

Name five of your favourite films:

I am sure there are more but these are ones that I can watch multiple times without getting bored
1. The American President
2. You’ve Got Mail
3. Julie and Julia
4. Because I Said So
5. Eat, Pray, Love

If you won the lottery, what would you buy? 

A new laptop – my current one is about 6 years old and beginning to die. Unless it needs to be on my laptop I tend to use Chris’s computer now lol.

Favourite day of the week?

Friday at the moment, it’s usually Chris’s day off so we get to hang out.

What 3 things would you take to a desert island?

Some way of cleaning water so that it’s drinkable, tools to make fire and some form of food (would be nice as I don’t think I could kill anything to eat lol)

Sweet or Savoury? 

I love both, but most of the time I’m more for the sweet.

Early Bird or Night Owl? 

I’ve always been a Night Owl and don’t do well in the mornings – my Mum tells a story how as a teenager if we needed to discuss anything it had to be before bed rather than in the morning as we’d often not talk on the way to school.

Name five of your favourite books:

I don’t have 5 favourite books so going for authors instead……

1. Kathy Reichs – any of her Temperance Brennan books
2. Enid Blyton
3. Jason Bradbury (I know technically writes for pre-teens)
4. John Green
5. David Levithan

Favourite drink?

Lemon Squash or Diet Cola – yep I know rock ‘n’ roll lol. On the rare occasion that I do drink alcohol it’s usually JD and Diet Cola or Bulmers that I go for.

Favourite animal? 

I don’t really have one but I think my closest would be an owl.

Who do you tag next? 

I tag Hannah, Becca, Stephanie and Megan (Best of Fates)

April 21: Currently…

Currently...

Currently… image from rukristin

Watching:
Fringe (Season 1)
Rizzoli and Isles (Season 4)

Reading:
Rizzoli and Isles: The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen (all finished)
Coming Clean: A Memoir by Kimberley Rae Miller (author of thekimchallenge.com and read in less than a day and a half!)
Tune In Tokyo by Tim Anderson (Started on Friday)

Listening:
Musicals – whatever Chris had on his phone.

Making:
Working on my experiment based on the Granny Stripe blanket on Attic24.

Feeling:
Excited about my birthday and finishing work also a little nervous about the future but attempting to hand it over to God and trust him for it all – he’s got it in hand.

Planning:
Rough scribbles of my layouts for My Details. The problem with being on holiday away from home was that I had selected pens and pencils with me and wasn’t able to do all I wanted while away.

Loving:
The sunshine. It’s rained once this week and we were eating dinner so didn’t really see it.

March 4: Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not….(Kindle Offer)

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Geli Voyante's Hot or Not

Today’s actual post follows shortly but following an email I received today I had to spread the word.

Back in September and again in October I wrote about my friend Elle and her fabulous second book “Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not”. I absolutely loved it and am super excited that Elle is penning her follow up to her first novel, Kept at the moment. This is entitled Lost and I can’t wait for it!

Anyway I am writing about this because between today and Thursday you can find Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not for free on the Amazon Kindle Store. Yes I did say FREE. So give it a try.

The UK store is here and the US store is here.

“This is another fabbity book, as Geli would say, from new(ish) author Elle Field. Like her debut novel Kept, this is a brilliant example of the chick lit genre – it’s full of witty and funny moments with plenty of twists and turns in the storyline to keep you gripped! I absolutely loved the characters, especially Geli and her quirky ways, and Tiggy was the perfect “frenemy” to boo and hiss at!

If you’re a fan of the chick lit greats such as Sophie Kinsella and Helen Fielding, you won’t regret reading this. Another book soon please Elle!”

New Years Eve – 5am ish

It’s unusual that people see this early on NYE. Normally they are expecting to stay up late and see the following morning in. Well why am I up, well a combination of things, it’s either the cold making me breathe funny, the headache that either comes from those cells dilating or so I’m told or from blowing my nose too much or it’s just the 14 week old baby doing Riverdance either on my bladder or just fidgeting. I haven’t figured out yes, when I know I might post about it, but it means that at 5am I am awake. I was hoping that I would to back to work today but I could find that by 8am and my shift starting that I feel like curling up for a nap anyway. I woke up the same time yesterday morning but just got up went to the loo and then came back to sleep. Having said that there are a few bloggers I know of out there who get up around 4:30/5ish and start their day as a fully functioning human. Clearly it helps if you’re used to it!

I’ve just realised that I haven’t formally introduced you to my baby, then again for now s/he is just a black and white grainy scan image nicknamed either Pickle or Blueberry. I’ve abducted Chris’s iPad as it was on charge downstairs when I decided that staying in bed tossing and turning was just going to wake Chris up. I’ve been reading Speak Love by Annie F. Downs. In there she talks about Moses and the burning bush experience. Well like a lot of kids who grew up in Sunday School I’ve heard the story over and over but it’s only now that I broke it down and probably read it at as a grown up with Annie’s observations did I realise a few things, like the fire thing God says is Moses name, well how much better do we feel when someone remembers our name or calls up by name rather than Darling or Sweetheart.

Speak Love by Annie F. Downs
The second thing is for his safety in a way and because God cares for him and doesn’t want to see him harmed – after all yes there’s a burning bush that isn’t burning up but is still blazing hot and will hurt him if he sticks his hand in the flames.

Then he introduced himself – as if Moses didn’t know but it’s like when someone comes up to me and says “ah you’re Hannah, Albert’s granddaughter” it sort of puts it at ease that it’s not some complete weirdy bob that knows my name. God then tells Moses. “I’m the God of your father and his father and his father too” it’s like I know your whole family and it’s nice to meet you.

How much more loved to we feel when we’re introduced by our name and then our relationship so, this is Hannah my wife or Chris my husband rather than my husband Chris – it’s sometimes as if the fact Chris is my husband over takes the fact that he is Chris to start with. Okay so this doesn’t quite work as give it a little while and I’ll just be baby’s mum before I’m Hannah but it’s okay, God still knows me as Hannah and then Chris’s wife, Our Sidekick’s Foster Mum and Pickle’s Mum. He’s got my name written on his hand and if you asked him he could find it and point it out without even wondering where it was hiding.

These are probably just rambling a of a tired pregnant lady but hopefully they make sense.

Let’s attempt for a few more hours sleep. Night night.

December 2 – This Weekend I…


Joining with Sar from [Life of Love]
and Syndal from Synfully Delicious.
 

This Weekend I… went over to Interchange with my Mum. The Range opened a new store in Bedford so we went for an explore after some of our friends have been talking about it. It was fairly busy but not jammed like Chris said it would be! I had a good time and it was lovely to catch up with my Mum, we pottered round Argos and Next. Did a favour for one of her friend’s while we were over there too. We got tea and headed home again. I got some felt for a Christmas project, some writing paper, another Christmas present and new pillows – my big chunky one I purchased during the summer or possibly even spring seems to have vanished!

This Weekend I… got up and went to the supermarket to get the bits I needed for the dinner party I was hosting on Saturday Evening. By the time I’d finished shopping two people had dropped out :( . While I was in the supermarket I bumped into my Mum who was shopping with my brother before it got to busy. While I was looking at the cheese, my trolley got moved from beside me, when I looked up it was my brother dragging it away from me. It was kind of funny but he nearly got an earful! I told Chris when I got home that someone had tried to steal my trolley in the supermarket, he looked horrified then I told him it was my brother and he started laughing.

This Weekend I… spent some time just chilling out and surfing the internet – I am pretty sure that I could have spent the time better but actually in the crazy that was going to happen I decided to chill for a bit. I tidied the kitchen a bit around the surfing and also had some lunch.

This Weekend I… popped round to see Judit who helped me cast off my loom knitting project, I had made it as a Christmas present for one person but I’ve had a reshuffle but think I’m still going to use it for a Christmas present. It would seem the casting off is all about the crochet – which is really funny given that it’s loom knitting!

This Weekend I… got home and followed the instructions to make a low syn version of Lasagne. It’s not the same but it’s a close alternative that’s for sure! You can find it here.

This Weekend I…  hosted a dinner party of sorts. My two guests arrived and dinner was almost ready as they walked through the door so the guests sat in the living room for about 10 minutes while I finished getting ready then we all sat down to eat. Dinner was lasagne with side salad. Pudding was fruit salad and ice cream. Following dinner we sat in the living room and chatted then shortly after 9 we put the TV on to watch The Bible series that started on Channel 5 this weekend. (What was with the ninja angels? And what happened to Joseph?)

This Weekend I… and Chris (yes bad English I know!) ended up watching more Elementary – we ended up a couple of episodes behind what was showing on TV so we’re now catching up. We’re now up to Episode 5. Episode 6 here we come! I carried on reading Summer Falls by Amelia Williams. It’s a tie in to the Doctor Who episode that it appears – it was a really easy read and I was definitely too old for it!

This Weekend I… sat at church working on a crochet blanket while I listened to the band rehearse and Chris opened the building ready for the service. During the preach I decided I really needed a drink and couldn’t wait for the end of the service. I snuck out and went into the kitchen – normally by that point on a Sunday there are mugs out on the side and a jug of squash ready for the kids. But actually there wasn’t anything ready, I’d just seen The Murf who would probably have some idea about whether refreshements was cancelled after the service. I managed to find him and we found out that the Connect Group who were supposed to be doing refreshments had forgotten they were on duty. As I know how to drive the coffee machine, K and me got on the case and got the refreshments ready just in time for the end of the service. I stayed around to help serve the refreshments and once we were down to cleaning up I went to find Chris as we had other bits to be getting on with.

This Weekend We… were invited for dinner at our friend’s house we had chicken and noodle soup and ended up talking lots of cheese! Mainly me talking about my love for Bavarian or Hungarian smoked cheese. It’s my favourite!

This Weekend I… got in from church and flopped in a heap on the sofa. I had originally grabbed the purple blanket that lives on the back of one of the chairs, but as I curled up on the sofa, Our Sidekick walked over to me and took the blanket off me, then put his duvet over me – I think he’d been cold and so had brought it down from his bedroom, he’d then seen that I wasn’t 100% so gave it up for me! he’s such a sweetie! He’s going to make a good husband to a lovely girl one day. I watched Strictly Come Dancing (predicted who was going home and I was correct!) then watched A Christmas Wish. The happy ending made me son, Chris tapped me on the shoulder and asked me if I was okay because my breathing had gone all funny.

This Weekend We… watched another episode of Elementary. I finished reading Summer Falls and started Cranky, Beautiful Faith by Nadia Bolz-Weber. This lady is amazing, she’s a recovering alcoholic, put herself through seminary and then trained to be a Lutheran Pastor, on one fore arm she has a tattoo of Mary Magdalene and tattoos on the other arm too. I think if you saw a picture of her and didn’t know who she was, Pastor would be one of the last guesses when it came to her occupation.

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 Geli Voyante's Hot or Not Elle Field cover

My beautiful friend Elle is about to release her second book and I’m so excited and blessed to have been asked by her to join in the cover launch today. Having read Kept back in April when it was released, I can’t wait for Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not to be released in four weeks time.

From Elle Field, the author of Kept, Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not will be released on October 17th in Kindle and paperback formats. You can add it to your Goodreads shelf today!

‘I think I will always be known as the Hot or Not girl, defined by it for the rest of my career. Even my tombstone will read: Angelica “Geli” Voyante, beloved trendsetter. Death? Not Hot.

Yet, it doesn’t sound right. Why won’t anyone realise that there is more to me than this fickle persona I have inadvertently become?’

Geli Voyante is bored of being the Hot or Not girl, even if it has the perk of sitting next to Theo, the newspaper’s very Hot political columnist. She’s also getting a little lonely being single.

When her arch-nemesis Tiggy Boodles gets engaged, and other loved ones start to settle down, it’s time for Geli to convince Theo that she’s not as shallow as her column suggests and, more importantly, she’s the one for him. Geli should remember though that there are always two sides to every story, and that applies to people too…

twentysix: what i did today

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The crazy weather was set to continue this weekend. The weather was warning that we were going to have rain and snow last night but instead it was a bit of rain and sleet. According to my phone we had an 100% chance of snow around midnight and it was still sleeting. Any snow that we had was gone by this morning. Even as I write this post outside it’s chucking it down so clearly it’s warmer out there – I’ve got bare feet and am not reaching for the slippers so that’s got to be a sign too! I guess unless we have another cold snap it’s going to get warmer from here onwards. (Woah I think we just had some hail!)

This morning Our Sidekick and Chris were both out doing different things and I was heading out too. I’d seen on Facebook at the end of last week that there was a new book club that had sprung up. I had got in touch with the guy who’s organising it and decided to go along – they were meeting at The Ship pub which I’d been to on Thursday for the S&B. It’s called Bedford Books Connections. The book this time was Dune by Frank Herbert. When I was growing up we had a computer game of Dune – I can’t say it was anything amazing but it introduced me to the whole story of Dune – or as I found out by starting the book this week that I actually missed chunks of the story out. We also spoke about what books to do next and we’ve decided to do Dracula by Bram Stoker next which should be interesting – I think a lot of it is linked to Whitby and The Abbey there. Part of the Book Club is to share linked material as well so maybe a film, or in my case for Dune, the game. So maybe writing about The Abbey and Whitby might be handy – although I’m not sure I’ve ever been to Whitby – I will need to ask Mum and Dad about that one (Chris – that might be a choice for a holiday some time!)

Nuntium - Found by accident. #bedford #michellecrowther

When I walk from a specific car park to the hight street in town, there’s an alleyway I often use – it’s quite gloomy and I’m never 100% sure i’m safe so I walk as fast as I can. But I got a pleasant surprise when I walked along the alleyway today  – it’s been painted a creamy white colour and there are lights up on the walls to light up the whole alley way and there’s these amazing pieces of art on the wall. I started to read it but it takes some effort especially as it’s backwards and often in other fonts. I guess if i was really clever I could try and mirror it or something to read it but that would be too clever! There’s also this plaque – clearly if the art went up in July I don’t walk through the alleyway very often any more because this was the first time I saw it. “Nuntium” is Latin for a message or annoucement. I think I might have to go and read the wall in more detail – maybe drag the boys with me too!

Nuntium by Michelle Crowther
While coming out of the alleyway, I had a chat to Chris and he was heading over to my parents house to sort out some bits so I caught the bus there, while waiting for the bus to arrive at the stop in town I popped into the Oxfam Bookshop – oh dear what a mistake to make! I ended up purchasing The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse, This Book Will Save Your Life by A. M. Homes and another one but I can’t remember the title (it’s all the way downstairs and I’m being lazy – sorry lol!)

The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse - Reading at the bus stop
For Christmas, Chris got the box set of the Doctor Who specials (David Tennant ones). Our Sidekick had been watching the episode when Matt Smith’s incarnation meets Richard Nixon. I had to explain who Richard Nixonwas, who did The Doctor mean when he says “say hello to David Frost” (I knew this mainly because of the film Frost/Nixon) and then who the little girl was. We decided to go back to David Tennant’s incarnation so me and Our Sidekick ran upstairs to where Chris was working knelt on the floor and said please like twenty times each then explained why. We watched

Doctor Who - The Complete Specials - David Tennant!!!

eight: onehundredwords #72

100 Words Challenge for Grown Ups

I haven’t taken part in 100 Words since about August (I had to look at my old posts to work it out!). I’ve decided that with 2013 – I’m going to try and join in some more.

You can get more information and join in here.

The prompt for this week is …you said you’d do WHAT?….

There goes my weekend. Maybe if I canceled my plans tonight I could still be free for the weekend.

I dialled Sophia’s number and waited for the call to connect, my stomach tied itself I’m a knot.

“Sophia it’s me” I started “The dragon has just handed me extra work. I think I can be free tomorrow if I work this evening”

You said you’d do WHAT?” Sophia was upset and rightly so “It’s my birthday weekend. You knew we had plans, can’t you tell her to stick it?”

“And risk my job? Sophia I am so sorry. I’ll make it up to you tomorrow”

364: Resolutions and Goals

Each year people make resolutions. They decide to quit smoking, to stop biting their nails, to drink less alcohol (usually while under the influence of a NYE hangover) or they decide to loose those stubborn ten pounds that won’t go away.

But what about me? Well I don’t make resolutions. I hated that first post-Christmas English lesson when the teacher decides that it’s a great idea to get people to write resolutions, mainly because I broke them within the first week. Give up chocolate – well I think my upper school diet consisted of chocolate and cheese toastie pizza things from the canteen or the interesting attempt at a chicken burger. (Probably explains the start of my current waistline lol).

I imagine that if I had someone to physically drag me to the gym and refuse to let me out until I’d achieved that days goal then I’d be skinnier – no guarantee I’d be happier but we can put the idea out there – could I be skinnier and happier? Yes more than likely I could but id have to quit eating junk, chocolate and cake.

Last January I kind of gave in and set a goal rather than a resolution. I love reading but needed a goal or a deadline to achieve something other wise I end up with 20 books on the go and none completely read. I challenge myself to read a classic and get bored and go back to other “newer” writers.

Well it’s the 29th December. I’m on book 27 of 30 and I’m writing this blog post rather than getting on reading. I know I know. I won’t achieve a goal by procrastinating doing something else but I seem to have become the worst person at achieving goals and the best at procrastination. Why focus on a task 100% when I can multitask and have no focus.

Now Reading (Book 1 - 24ish to go!) #2012 #nowreading

So yeah I am kicking myself in the butt I scheduling this for a Saturday which is uncharacteristic of me in the hope that you my lovely reader will come out of the woodwork and tell me that I can do it. I just have to focus and maybe you can tell me about the goal that I can kick you in the butt about. We can be butt kicking buddies together. So lets do it. Bring on book 27 – it’s The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien by the way. Let me know if you’ve read it too.

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.