Friday, 26 September 2014

New House

It's been a week and a half since I moved house. I'm still waiting for the internet to be activated, the wardrobe I wanted from IKEA wasn't in stock earlier in the week meaning my clothes are still in bags, heard horrifying tales of rats and dry outside toilets, and I have some boxes to unpack, but it's getting there. The kitchen is pretty great, and I'm enjoying having an "office". Here's a bunch of photos you'd already have seen if you follow me on Instagram.



My sister out the back: "It's like Coronation Street".



Dave appears to feel the same about Outside as I do.



The kitchen is my favourite.



Bedroom only got sorted out yesterday, so nice after sleeping on the floor for 10 days.



New digital bear print cushion from George Home at ASDA, and a European map duvet from Tesco Direct. Two of my favourite things!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Moving



Wow, I can't believe it's been almost four months since I last updated. I haven't done a great deal, to be honest. However, I am moving house in a fortnight, which is exciting and frightening in equal measure. At the moment I live on the second floor in a block of flats - which ain't ideal when you're a tad mental agoraphobic. I'll be moving into a house very close to the centre of town and, best of all, I'll have outside space! So even if I spend months only making it as far as my back yard, at least I'll be getting fresh air and some much needed Vitamin D. It'll be nice for the cat, too. I shall no longer need to worry about him leaping out the window! The house is opposite a park and Google Maps tells me it's only a six minute walk to the centre of town. It <i>seems</i> I'd have a better chance of being able to get out more because I wouldn't need to tackle public transport. I'm hoping I'll be able to dust off my cameras and and take nice photographs of that crooked church and all the lovely mock-Tudor buildings. Before I moved to London, nine and a half years ago (!), I wasn't <i>into</i> taking photographs, so hardly have any of the town. I just hope everything works out as well as I picture it in my mind. But first I need to figure out how to handle the car journey to the new house...

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Hej

As usual, I don't really have a lot to say for myself, but it seems a shame to give up on this blog entirely, so here's an update:



This one made an escape over the last bank holiday weekend. My mum had been pestering me forever to watch Game of Thrones, so I settled down with the season one boxset, and next thing I know Dave is flying out the top window. I live on the second floor - or third if you call the ground floor first. The top window was only cracked open slightly, but he obviously managed to get a grip on the thin ledge and push it out. I was so worried he'd injured himself and was suffering in a bush somewhere, but he seems to be completely fine. In the end he was outside for two nights - I went out looking for him and heard a miaow from a bush and he looked so frightened that it took me a while to coax him out.

Now I am trying to decide if finding him a new home would be the best thing to do, because he still seems so determined to get back out there. It's not possible for me to let him out where I live, because I wouldn't know when he'd be at the main door wanting to get back in. He was a stray for who knows how long, so he's used to be outside.



I've been a right food bore on Instagram lately, but it did land me a £50 Ocado voucher! They had a competition where you had to post a photo of a meal that includes courgettes and, considering courgettes are my favourite and I eat them almost every day, I couldn't resist. My favourite meal was the above pita pizza, but it was the courgette fritters and raw salsa that bagged me the prize. I'm looking forward to spending my voucher on chocolate fish and round courgettes. I've wanted to try the latter since Grania posted a roasted round courgettes stuffed with cous cous and goats cheese recipe.



Lately I've been lucky to have two of my bestest friends visit. A couple of weekends ago, Cath came down for the weekend from Glasgow. We used to spend so much time together, but I hadn't seen her in almost four years! It was only a flying visit, but so so lovely. We had a Hiddlesthon and watched the Thor and Avengers films. She's the Loki nut, really, and I blame her for my Tom Hiddleston obsession love at the moment. And the weekend just gone, Peter came up from London for Eurovision. Conchita Wurst's win was so well deserved, but I voted for Italy as I figured Austria didn't need my vote. It was a good Eurovision, but 2009 remains my favourite year.

It seems I haven't made a single post about books since last September, so here's what I've read so far this year. My Goodreads goal for 2014 is 52 books, which is less than previous years where I often read over 100. Currently, I'm two books behind schedule. I would say being busy with work is my excuse, but in reality it's Netflix.



On the whole, I've been slightly disappointed with most of my book choices. None of them were particularly bad - I'd say they were just average. They've mostly been books I didn't feel the urge to pick back up as soon as possible because I couldn't possibly wait to find out what happened next. I really enjoyed The Hunger Games, and flew through the trilogy. I found the two Jon McGregor books disappointing, and I didn't enjoy them as much as If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things. The only books I'd recommend from the above are The Goldfinch and Fangirl.

If somebody could recommend me a most amazing book I would love you forever, because I really would prefer to spend my time enjoying a book than watching trash on Netflix.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Marvellous



Lately, I've been rather distracted by Tom Hiddleston. Isn't he a fine specimen of a gentleman? A couple of weeks ago I decided to watch Thor to see what all the fuss with Loki was about. At Christmas I bought a friend a Loki cushion cover from Society6, and last month decided to buy one for myself - although I was looking for one that looked more like Tom Hiddleston as opposed to Loki. The cat also seems rather fond of it.

My Loki-loving friend has been filling me in on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is quite overwhelming when there are so many films and you're unsure of the order in which they run. During The Dark World I was wondering what the heck Loki did in NYC, and in the Avengers I was wondering what Captain America's story was. I didn't expect to like these films at all, but I'm hooked.

For Mother's Day, my mum the cat bought me the t-shirt below from Primark.



Because my main Tumblr account is predominantly Russian-themed, I decided to set up a personal account to share all the things that don't quite belong here - not that I know what does. With the Tumblr account I feel like I can post everything and anything (okay, so it's mostly Tom Hiddleston at the moment!) I'm sure the people who have followed this blog, or end up here from Google, wouldn't want to read about things like this.
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