Monday, 16 May 2016

Saw a band...

I saw a band!
Or two or three... I went to Bungalows and Bears on Thursday night to watch Yak but also saw Femur and another band whose name escaped me but vaguely reminded me of the Primitives and Stone Roses.

I thought I would mention this as sadly seeing live music has become a bit of a rare thing since becoming a parent but at least it's still something I can do every now and then. That's the end of that public service announcement.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Best laid plans...

So I thought it might be a good idea to sign up for the blog everyday in May challenge that I do every year but for some reason this year I haven't been able to blog anything.  Not one thing.
A new hair cut selfie that I considered posting on the 1st.

For some reason every time I sit down to write or draw for the blog all of my ideas make a run for it.  I'm hoping to change that but so far this is it. Hopefully tomorrow I'll get chance to come up with something a little more exciting.

Sunday, 13 March 2016


So I've lost my writing mojo a bit at the moment.  It's a bit disappointing but I am hoping that I'll be able to rediscover the joy in it soon. Until then I still feel the need to do things and not just look at the internet or television so I've tried my hand at adult colouring books, I got a couple for Christmas.
The problem is trying to colour in the lines might soothe some but it kind of irritates me, I enjoy ragging a crayon across a blank sheet with my toddler but this doesn't make me zen.  Drawing on the other hand I quite enjoy.... here are a few things I've drawn recently.

Tux with a crazy eye!

Toddler bear reading Doctor who comics.

Clara with Dylan doodles.

Pizza gluttony doodle.

I've debated trying to do a doodle everyday to practise my drawing skills/ as a kind of meditation but I'm not great at doing something everyday.  Watch this space it might happen or I might return to my writing! Anything could happen!

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Further adventures...

So Christmas has been and gone.  I was spoiled with lots of lovely goodies including some of my favourites: books!

The lurgy keeps rearing it's ugly head and infecting us in waves.  It made January a lot more boring challenging than we'd have liked but we survived! (Ok it was only the fifth disease/flu/a cold/random viruses but it wasn't great.) Obviously the cats had to join in the fun for their annual boosters. Muwahahaha!

I've also had the pot removed from my thumb, been given some physiotherapy exercises and allowed to do a few more things.  Not skating yet, the doctor advised me to hang fire a little longer and be more careful. That's pretty tricky when learning how to skate for roller derby... so I'm listening and buying more protective pads soon.

I'm also looking forward to lots more baking, excursions, my 30th later in the year and a good friend's wedding.  It's going to be a great 2016!

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Another update.

Sooo it's been a while! It's not that I've been ridiculously busy although there have been moments I suppose... since my last post I've tried and failed at Nanowrimo again, started roller derby pre-minimum skills practice, worked, baked, danced and parented.

After Roller Derby practice.
Roller derby is hard work! It requires lots of fitness, running and jumping to warm up then lots of skating skills to master. It requires lots of kit: mouth guards, wrist guards, knee pads, elbow pads and of course roller skates. I started out with ok/the wrong gear and am slowly getting better things.

Old mouth guard.
New mouth guard.
I am finding it great fun, learning new things like cross overs, jumping on skates and transitions as well as it being a good form of exercise.  I've been trying to keep fit and healthy for a while now with differing degrees of success.

 So I've also been sporadically doing work outs around roller derby practice, as well as a little baking.

The end of November and start of December was busy with Christmas do's, leaving parties and club nights, so I got to wear sparkly things! I also had to fix the gutters, car and kitchen tap so  I've been a tad skint!

Unfortunately it doesn't look like I'll be doing much skating or baking for the next month or so as I have broken my thumb.  Luckily it is Christmas and there will be plenty of nice things to eat without me adding to them! I'm just hoping that I don't lose too much fitness by the time my thumb has healed.  Still at least there's a new Star Wars film to watch and a few weeks of work to look forward to.  (I'm going to see it on Tuesday.)
So if I don't post between now and then have a very Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

A tad more baking.

So the other week I baked my first lemon drizzle cake and shared it with my work mates.

It proved an acceptable first attempt and another was requested... I guess that means it was enjoyable!
Here's a few pictures of the baking process.

Crazy faced selfie.

Butter and sugar creamed.

Finished article.. after a small snack.
So that was one of the more productive things I did last weekend, along with filing the first draft of my first novel away and boring boring household chores.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Animated gems.

Recently I have been procrastinating watching a few more films with my son.  Mainly whilst he was ill the other week but also occasionally when we've just needed a bit of a chill out. Unfortunately toddlers love repetition but there are only so many times a woman can watch Frozen in one day... so we watched a few other things.

I discovered this delightful short film called Feast about a dog and his owner's life shown through the meals they share.

Another film I've enjoyed recently was The Book of Life about a tale of three Mexican children involved in a game of the gods.  The story spans from the land of the living to the land of the remembered and the land of the forgotten.

I also watched Song of the Sea which has a completely different pace and tone to The Book of Life but it still manages to bewitch through it's telling of Irish fairy tales and simple but beautiful animation.  Song of the Sea is mainly about two siblings learning to work together to help the faeries and each other as well as the failings of the adults who should be caring for them.  The animation of this is more traditional to the other films mentioned above but it blends well with the traditional Celtic music used in the film.
We've also watched a few more popular films like Despicable Me 2, Inside Out and Big Hero 6 which have been fun but the films above are the ones that really stood out for me.