Currently…11th August

Currently...

Currently… image from rukristin

Watching:
The West Wing (from the beginning again! Started Season 2 while Jaxon napped on Friday)
Saving Mr Banks
Perception
Tumble (anyone else thinking it’s Strictly Come Dancing for Gymnastics?)

Reading:
Providence by Jamie McGuire (The Kindle version is free on Amazon at the moment – bargain!)
If You’re Not The One by Jemma Forte
A Question of Blood by Ian Rankin
More and more articles about breastfeeding and selfies, also reading The Leaky Boob and blogs about goals.

Listening:
Still the radio but decided to take note of the songs.
Lights of Tokyo by The Gentlemen
Love Somebody by Charmaine
You’re Not Alone by Marie Miller (it has a KT Tunstall sort of vibe)
Love Have Come by Mark Schultz (Love the gospel choir coda bit at the end).
Rolling In The Deep by Adele
Feel by Robbie Williams
Greatest Day by Take That

Making:
Thanks to the lovely Judit of Monster Yarns delivering some wool to my house on Thursday I was able to carry on with one of the Christmas presents that I’ve been working on. I’ve also got a ball of Cotton DK and I’m going to attempt to make some dish cloths instead of going out to buy some more. (I love this lilac colour but it also comes in Aqua too which is a lovely colour)

Feeling:
A bit weary but it’s a new week – let’s see how it goes. I’m sort of getting used to the disturbed nights it’s just easier when Jaxon settles during the day so that I can either nap or curl up on the sofa and just not do anything for a bit lol.

Planning:
Still planning blog posts, social media bits as well as to do lists and goals.

Loving:
I loved planning my Mum’s birthday meal.

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 28: Currently..,

Currently...

Currently… image from rukristin

Watching:
Fringe (Season 2)

Reading:
Tune in Tokyo by Tim Anderson
Knitting Yarns by Ann Hood

Listening:
We Will Rock You and Frozen. Was all excited about this weekend.

Making:
Working on my experiment based on the Granny Stripe blanket on Attic24. Also having been to Liberty’s with my Mum on Saturday I started experiment with hexagons. Not sure what I’m going to do with them. Originally they were pentagons that I was trying to make into stars.

Feeling:
So grateful for this weekend, for my presents, my birthday tea at my parents and birthday cake at Chris’s Aunt amongst other things but feeling tired and achy as I think I over did it. Thankfully have a late shift today so have time to recover.

Planning:
Rough scribbles of my layouts for My Details. I’m still behind as I’m trying to write about are holiday adventures in between each entry. I’ll get there in the end I’m sure.

Loving:
The fact that the nursery is coming together. All the wall paper (apart from one bit that involves taking the radiator off the wall!) has come down, all the walls have been primed and treated where needed and now two sections have had their first coats of paint.

AtoZ Challenge: F is for…Films

A to Z Challenge

F is for….Films
This weekend was a unexpected mass film weekend. On Sunday evening, Chris and I went to see Noah at the cinema then this evening we went to see Divergent.

Noah Movie PosterAs you may have heard, Noah has had it’s critics. When I saw it was directed by Darren Aronofsky (directed Black Swan) I was always prepared that it wasn’t going to be a rainbows and butterflies version of the story – it was going to be dark and twisty because that seems to be what he does best (I saw Black Swan at the cinema and it gave me the creeps!).

Overall I liked the film, I’m not sure it’s necessarily one I’ll be downloading or getting on DVD but was interesting and raised questions. Chris and I spent most of the journey home chatting about the film. I think like a few bible stories we have a Sunday School version of it in a way, at Christmas we have a twee version with non-smelly animals and Easter doesn’t have the blood or the gore. The story of Noah takes 3 chapters in Genesis which in the whole scheme of things is a really small section of the bible. But actually even when you just count the rain (40 days and nights) and the amount of time it takes for the earth to dry out it’s nearly a year and that’s excluding all the time that Noah and his family spend building the ark in the first place. I think it was only when I saw Ila (Emma Watson’s character go through her pregnancy in the story did I realise quite how long they were in the ark for). A lot of Christians have been “upset” by the interpretation but once you get your head round that it isn’t a literal translation of the story then it is a good story in the long run.

DivergentDivergent was next up. My cousin is back from uni at the moment so we decided to go see the film. My aunt and my cousin are my film buddies, we saw all the Twilight films and the Hunger Games together so far, now we have the Divergent series to add to the list.

I read the book of Divergent in April 2012, so although I remembered bits of the story, I wasn’t entirely sure about the rest of the story. I think they did a really good job about getting Shailene to be like the Beatrice/Tris in the book, on the way back to the car we talked about how it was better than the version of Bella between the Twilight films and the Twilight movies. Overall I enjoyed it and it was a good film, some bits were tense and had me on the edge of my seat, there were a couple of bits that were missing between the book and the film but you always expect some bits to be missing along the line.

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

20140303-101324-pm.jpg

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!”

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.

geli voyante’s hot or not

Geli Voyante's Hot or Not Book Tour

I am so excited to be able to host Elle on her book tour for the release of her second book Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not. I have been able to

1. How long have you been writing?
Ever since I can remember I’ve scribbled down tales of magical adventures and damsels in distress. When I got a bit older, I moved on to the adult equivalent of these. I guess the answer is that I have been writing all of my life, though I’ve only been writing chick lit for the past seven years.

2. What inspired you to start writing?
What inspired me to start writing chick lit was life! The months leading up to my twenty-first birthday had been pretty rough, and I found it to be quite cathartic to make things turn out well for some fictional characters. It was definitely much more fun than working on my dissertation which was what I was supposed to be writing that summer!

3. Are you inspired by any specific authors?
That summer when I first started writing chick lit instead of my dissertation, I read Maggie Alderson’s Cents and Sensibility which I absolutely adored. On the surface the book comes across as fluffy; dig deeper and you’ll find it’s clever and captivating writing – that’s the type of book I knew I wanted to write, so I did!

Sophie Kinsella, Lauren Weisberger, Meg Cabot, Dorothy Koomson, Adele Parks and Helen Fielding are big-name authors who I love and who inspire me, but seeing the huge success of my fellow talented indie authors inspires me too.

Geli Voyante's Hot or Not

4. Do you have a favourite book? And what do you love about it?
I have far too many favourite books – it would be impossible for me to pick out just one! There are so many things that make can make a particular book a favourite of mine – there are the obvious traits such as an amazing plot or characters I end up rooting for like I would my friends – but quite often a book becomes a favourite of mine because I read it at a particular place or time in my life and it struck a chord with me.

5. If there was a movie adaptation of Kept or Geli who would you like to take the lead?
I think Henry Cavill would certainly have to play Piers in Kept! As for Arielle, I could see Emily Blunt playing her.

6. If you now could give your younger self advice about writing what would it be?
Try not to procrastinate as much because you will have so many great book ideas and one day you will be published and kicking yourself that you don’t have a bigger back catalogue to release! You might lose your way a bit with your writing, but that’s OK – like anything, it will make you stronger when you do get back on track and know where you want to go. Finally, keep believing – you’re going to make it one day kid!

About the Author
Elle Field is a twenty-something chick lit author who lives in South London with her boyfriend. She enjoys exploring and photographing Blighty’s capital, seeing far too many musicals, and eating her way around London’s culinary delights.

Elle Field

Her debut novel Kept was released earlier this year, and her next novel Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not will be published on October 17th in Kindle and paperback formats. Watch out in 2014 for the release of Kept’s sequel, as well as The Dirtification of Tabitha-Rose.

• You can read Elle’s literary, London and life adventures on her blog.
• Follow her on Twitter @Facebook.
• Connect with her on Goodreads.

Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not blurb:

‘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…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

geli voyante’s hot or not list

 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…

lately…

Blog bits
It’s been a bit crazy around here and blogging has to keep moving down the list of things to do, chores have to come first now rather than me avoiding them lol.

Reading
I’ve just finished reading From Notting Hill with Love… Actually by Ali McNamara and have now started its sequel From Notting Hill to New York . . . Actually. I think the thing I love the most is how Scarlett ends up in so many vignettes of scenes from movies like the brownie competition from Notting Hill and the guys fighting in the fountain for her honour from Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Basically if you love London based chick flicks give the first one a go – I’m positive that you will love it.

Watching
Season Six of Dawson’s Creek mainly, I’ve also re-downloaded You’ve Got Mail given that it’s filmed near my friend’s new apartment. She’s over in New York studying/working and apparently she regularly goes past some of the locations (while noting that she is!).

Listening
Erm the soundtrack from Hairspray and the Glee versions of the Grease songs.

Thinking about
The usual, I have a to do list that takes up one side of an A4 sheet and I think I’ve only crossed off like 3 things! I guess it’s handy having a really slow computer at work some days!

friday questions #8

Friday Questions

I’m going to do my best to get Friday Questions going again on a regular basis. If you join in leave your link in a comment or send me a tweet – I’m @girltaristhan on Twitter.

1. What book are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading Chasing The Dragon by Jackie Pullinger, I now have another two books to add to the TBR pile after being to the Girls Night In evening at Putnoe Library last night. Ali McNamara and Christina Jones were both there. There was a question and answer session and then a book signing. It was lovely to chat to Ali especially as we’d spoken earlier via Twitter – thanks to Rickie!!

2. How many films have you seen this month?
I’m not really sure – I think maybe four or five. We started the month with going to see Iron Man 3 at the cinema as part of Our Sidekick’s birthday celebrations. We’re possibly going to see Star Trek: Into Darkness at some point but I’m not sure when. I’ve been watching random films on Netflix. I’ve seen The Family Man on the TV.

3. Do you like to sit in the front, middle or back of the cinema?
I either like to sit right at the back or about half way back, sitting too far forward makes my neck hurt or there’s too much to take in and I can’t see it all. I also try and sit under one of the spot lights so that I can crochet during the films – It sounds really silly but I like to have something to do at the same time.

4. Is there anything really interesting in your family history?
I’m still looking into it, I know that there was a double wedding, Great Grandad got married the same day as his brother, what’s even funnier is that Great Grandad’s brother married his sister (does that make sense? Two brothers married two sisters).

5. If an old TV show could come back onto our screens, which would you choose?
Well I’m not sure, I love The Good Life and could watch it all the time. I love the relationship between Tom and Barbara and also their relationship with Margo and Jerry. Then again I’ve been watching Dawson’s Creek from the beginning. I think it has a flash forward at the very end but I’m on Season 3 so anything could happen.