Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The joys of the journey have outweighed the pain

OHMYGOSH, OHMYGOSH, OHMYGOSH!!! FRANK TURNER IS GOD!

Okay, so he's not God, that's silly. But he's pretty close to omnipotent in my opinion. I can't really disclose the full details since I'm still in Oxford and Vic kinda needs to sleep, but here come the bullets:

- The new material is AWESOME (particularly a song called 'Tonight is the Night' and the new album title track 'Poetry of the Deed')
- The old material was awesome (duh!)
- Frank spat on me! (Not intentionally, he was singing and some projectile Frank spit hit my forehead)
- Vic admitted that Frank is pretty damn righteous live!
- I was in the bar WHERE FRANK TURNER WAS ALSO before the show. Alas, I'm way too big a wuss to have gone and spoken to him
- FRANK IS SO PLAYING READING AND LEEDS (he all but said it without actually saying it. I've died and gone to heaven)By the way, Vic sends her love.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Twenty-Eighth

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Eight things I’m looking forward to:

1) FRANK TURNER
2) Finishing my last ever, ever, ever exam!
3) 'Along For The Ride'
4) Carbs
5) Training it around a random country in Europe :):):):):):):)
6) Vic coming home again
7) Adventureland (a film with Kristen Stewart AND Jesse Eisenberg! I'm in heaven!)
8) Our next BBQ

Eight things I did yesterday:

1) Talked to Vic on the phone
2) Went to see 'I Love You Man'
3) Resisted needless spending of money
4) Lost 2lb :)
5) Had a mini rave in Kirsty's car
6) Watched a lot of Roswell
7) Ordered Bishop Allen tickets (you should've known I'd cave!)
8) Power napped

Eight things I wish I could do:

1) Write an essay at least a week before it was due.
2) A backflip
3) Bake a perfect cheesecake
4) Pick the soundtrack for the next 'Twilight' film
5) Finish a novel
6) Learn Japenese
7) Figure out the perfect way to commemorate my 21st birthday
8) Reach an ideal BMI

Eight shows I watch:

1) Gossip Girl
2) Masterchef
3) Skins
4) Shipwrecked
5) Roswell
6) Peep Show
7) Frasier
8) DOG WHISPERER!!!

Tomorrow I'm off to Oxford! I'm so ridiculously excited, it feels like being six years old all over again. Right now Frank will be playing his new material for the first time. As much as I'd have loved to have been there tonight, tomorrow will be just as special. Plus he'll probably make fewer mistakes tomorrow ;P

As for the Lock-Up Stage, so maybe I was hoping for Frank to be announced. But the new hope is that he might have moved up onto the Radio 1 stage! I am VERY VERY VERY excited about seeing Rival Schools (I thought they'd split up!!!), so all is not lost.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Greedy

I've already got 7 gigs nailed down, just one more to go. But now I find myself getting greedy. I've been utterly spoiled with all the gig-age. It would be pure insanity to go see Bishop Allen in a couple of weeks. I'm telling myself this over and over to stop myself buying a ticket.

Bishop Allen are ace by the way, if you happen to be in need of some nice new ear fodder.

This is almost definitely the best resolution I've ever come up with :) Occasionally I do have some bright ideas. I'm off to Oxford next week to sit at Frank's feet and then it's less than a month till Scott Matthews.

Who is also like chicken soup for the ears.

Busy, busy, busy this weekend. If I manage to blog before Sunday it means I'm procrastinating!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Reading Minds

On Monday night we had the first barbeque of the summer and the first barbeque at Toni and Kyle's pad. I had initially thought this was a terrible idea, but I was forced to eat my words and a good time was had by all. Kyle was shown up by Mark and Dan managing to get the barbi going, but redeemed himself by cooking some pretty kick ass pork (that had been marinated in his own bbq recipe!). Us girls (and Mark Stevenson) were highly impressed!

I offered up the girl's half of the night by getting marshmellows to roast (I was pretty awesome at roasting them, but did not give into temptation even once!). It was such a great night and I'm sure we'll have many more bbqs now we know we can pull them off!



I'm not gonna comment on what Toni said on her blog yesterday. As a proffessional screw-up, there's one thing that I've learned and that's how to fix everything at the last minute. And fixing your own messes is not fun, but the gut-wrenching worry that comes with procrastination is far worse. Plus most of the time you really can be surprised at how little you really worrying about.

One thing I will say is that Danny was a total lifesaver yesterday. I felt really guilty for dragging him along (I don't care what he says, I asked him to come because I needed him there) and then dragging him into the city for retail therapy. But he was a total angel about it! He even stole me a Frank Turner poster from the student union!


And my hint dropping about Aqualung totally paid off ;)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Another Sunny Day

I love surprises. My ears are still whistling from last night :)

I've got a new addiction! Kirsty loaned me first season of Roswell and over the last couple of nights I haven't been able to get enough of it. So far it totally ticks all my boxes:

Cute guys: TICKPIECE
Non-annoying and slightly imperfect female protagonist: TICKPIECE
Good music: TICKPIECE
Non-cliched supernatural story-line: TICKPIECE

Okay, so Roswell is very 90s and, by now, could well be considered old school. What the hey, I pick up on trends a little late sometimes. Obviously the most intriguing part is the romance between Liz and Max, which, so far, is budding at an absolutely acceptable pace (e.g. I'm on episode 7 and they still haven't kissed). Sometimes I'll be watching and the characters come this close to doing something cliche/horrific/cringeworthy but then they just... don't. Which, thus far, puts Roswell up there with the best of 'em (Dawsons Creek, Buffy, Gossip Girl, Skins etc.)

Actually, I've been a bit of a DVD watching machine the last couple of days. On Saturday night I watched '27 Dresses'. It was o-kay, but as far as Chick Flicks go it was hardly a classic. I really liked Katherine Heigl (by the way, I was not watching this just because she was in Roswell!), but the film got way annoying in parts and the dude she was "supposedly" in love with was ugly, boring and seriously irritating.

I also watched 'Priceless' when I got home last night. And I enjoyed it, I really did, just not as much as I was expecting after all the hype. Audrey Tatou was stunning all the way through, I tell you, that woman is the closest thing to Audrey Hepburn that we're gonna get in this century. Like '27 Dresses', it's not something I'd watch again (or buy), but it wasn't a waste of time.

Sarah Dessen releases her new book on my birthday and Incubus release their new greatest hits (Monuments and Melodies) the same day. Like personal presents to honour my upcoming adulthood. Aqualung are playing in Manchester 3 days after my birthday :( I really wanna go...


I was stood around at work yesterday (tuning out the incredibly talkative girl I was working with) and a plot twist just exploded in my head. I honestly think if anyone had been paying attention they'd have seen a light bulb appear above my head! So my writers' block may not be over, but there's light at the end of the tunnel (thank you Chocobo for your advice, I've been trying to write down my dreams in detail the minute I wake up. Most of it is drivel, but it feels good to just be writing something).

Oh yeah, I've been rocking the atkins for the last four days after my Easter break. Today I got on the Wii Fit and discovered that I didn't put on any weight over Easter (or if I did I lost it again in the last four days). It feels good to be back on the weightloss track, especially with a gorgeous summer looming ahead.
:)
Squee.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Champagne From A Paper Cup

This just dropped through my letter box. My Dad carried it to me as if it were a letter bomb.

I've been getting love for the Human Pyramid vid all day :)

Toni has a crush on Scarlett Johannson. If I did have a crush on another girl it would be Kat Dennings (go google her, she's stunning!) whom has now knocked Liv Tyler off the top of my most beautiful women in the world list. Seriously, the girl is gorgeous.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Only Two Months Till I'm Invincible

Busy days, Queen stage plays, livin in a haze, changin' my ways! Literally had two of the best days ever and now I'm feeling the come down. But they were not without souvenirs!

I'm afraid to write down our holiday plans through fear of jinxing them. I think a decision was made. We're closer than we've gotten before anyway. And I'm excited. It doesn't really matter how much the planning puts everyone (especially Vic, snaps for Vic for taking initiative) through the ringer, once we're there it all seems worth it. At least in my opinion.

You read right. In only two months I shall turn 21. Can you say scared shitless? Everyone else seems to have escaped the ordeal unscathed thus far, but I don't handle milestones (or responsibility) very well.

Vic goes back to Oxford on Saturday (because she's a total geek who can't stay away!) which really just marks the end of my Easter Holidays. From here on things get a bit sticky life wise, so if I'm boring and blue for the next month and a half, I do apologise.

Oh, and I finished Evermore today. It wasn't terrible (a.k.a. I'm gonna read the next book when it comes out) but I wouldn't exactly recommend it. Not to be horrifically egotistical, but I honestly believe that I could write better. Now I move on to finally finishing 'Wicked'. Check me out, I'm on a roll!

Speaking of, 'We Will Rock You' was actually a lot of fun! I know! No one was more shocked than me! It hasn't changed my strong dislike of musicals, but Rome wasn't built in a day.

Last, but certainly not least, I made a little video documenting the events of last night. I hope you like ;)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

You Could Pluck Me To Sleep With Those Fingers

Tomorrow I'm working. Yesterday I worked. It was the most mind-numbingly boring seven hours of my life.

I've finished Carra's autobiography. I plan on finishing 'Wicked' next. I haven't picked up 'Evermore' since Monday. It's progress.

I booked my tickets for Oxford. My dream of sitting at Frank Turner's feet is getting closer and closer.
No one is texting me back. Well, except for Craig. He's sweet, even if he is a total love rat.

I keep having the most wonderful dreams, but when I wake up I feel so empty. I guess I might as well face it - I have the dreaded block. Everything I write is awful (or at least I think so). For non-writers, this is something that you have to experience to understand, but I'll do my best to describe. It's like mental constipation. The ideas, the desire, the need, it's all there. But it just won't come out.

It can make a little writer like me feel very, very sad and frustrated. If I can't write... it's like the world just dulls. Lately I feel so dull already, now I'm mute. Boring and voiceless.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

To You From Me

(The last time I wrote a "future post" to myself, it came at just the right time. So this is my second one and I hope it will be helpful to me.)

It's October 8th. Everyone is out (except Rob, but he's so quiet that I don't notice him) and it is surprisingly sunny and beautiful outside. Fye is chilling in his run, and I'm listening to Clair De Lune. It's been a tough old week and somehow I keep deceiving myself into thinking that I'm okay. I'm not, not yet, but I will be.

This is for who I will be in six months, since I recognise the ever changing nature of people. Right now you'll probably be on the verge of that most horrible time of year and the rest of your uni time will be slipping through your fingers like sand. I sincerely hope you're okay, but I believe with all my heart that you will be. And that Liverpool with be this close to winning the premiership :)

Like last time, I want to make sure you're keeping up with a few things you should be:

- Give Mark, Toni and Kirsty massive, massive hugs. They are all wonderful friends and have stuck by you when you thought you were on your own.
- Be reckless. You're far, far too careful sometimes and you won't be 20 forever.
- Start thinking about quitting that damn job! I know you and I know you'll still be there. I think it's time to move on soon.
- Write. I think it might be the only thing that ever really makes sense to us, writing. So keep it up, no matter what.

Big times ahead. But Norman and I are cheering for you. Go and listen to 'Twisted Logic' by Coldplay.

Remember that lock and key. Keep dreaming, inside.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

The Fight Goes On

I'm still in an epic battle against my iTunes playcount. Right now I'm listening to Sigur Ros - a band that everyone really does bum but I do find them occasionally mind-numbingly dull. Still, all in the name of playcount!

I've become slightly addicted to Peep Show in the last couple of weeks. I'd seen the first two series ages ago, but now I'm halfway through the fourth and still loving it. Peep Show is very much a marmite/mighty boosh kind of programme. You either love it or loathe it. And I can understand that. Plus it's so inherently British which I adore. Nope, there'll be no stealing Peep Show and getting Steve Carrell to play Mark in the U.S version!
I watched an episode the other day where Mark goes jogging and in the first few seconds thinks he's really good at it. It was in those moments that I found myself empathising with Mark in a way I never have before. We were one, Mark and I.

I was this close to finishing Carra's autobiography, and then a new book arrived yesterday. It's called 'Evermore' by Alyson Noel and, whilst I don't really want to say this, it's a blatant leap onto the Twilight bandwagon. The truth is, any teen book about Vampires is gonna suffer from comparisons from now on, which is really unfair. 'Evermore' isn't like Twilight, but the lead male is kind of Edward-wannabe. Honestly I can't decide whether I like it or not. But it does kind of suck you in (no pun intended).

The problem is I have so many other books that I need to finish! Not just Carra, but Wicked, Others and Musicophilia. But I just know I'll end up finishing Evermore before any of these. I'm such a sucker for YA.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

MY WEEKEND OFF

Since I don't get many weekends off (in fact, I won't have one for the forseeable future after this) I've been determined to make the most of this one. Today has been so awesome and chilled, I feel so relaxed and contented :)

As I'd suspected, my Twilight DVD arrived this morning (two days before official UK release! Thank you Play.com!) which made me very, very happy and gave me reason to brag to all my Twihard friends.

And here are the promised Postcards. Very noice!


I had like the best bacon barm ever for breakfast. Considering I haven't been eating bread for weeks it was so delish.
Vic and I watched the match in peace. Ah, true bliss! The two cutest players (Lucas and Emiliano Insua) were playing and we nicked a goal in extra time to take all three points. Does it really get any better?
Here is goalscorer Yossi! I've met him!!! EEEEEEK!

Since we're hanging out with Skinny tomorrow, I promised to bake her something. And since I'm skint I decided to make chocolate covered flapjacks and oat choc chip cookies!

The whole baking process was hugely relaxing and everything turned out awesome, though I do say so myself. This was my final batch of cookies and they are was moister than they look! Now my brother is ecstatic cause there's cookies galore and left-over porridge.


I really love weekends off :)
I'm off to bed to watch TWILIGHT! I hope everyone else's weekend is happy and productive!

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Breakfast Day

This is officially ones of the greatest adverts of all time. Holy shit, breakfast is so awesome.


Thursday, April 02, 2009

OTAKU!

Otaku (おたく/オタク) is a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests, particularly anime, manga, and video games.

Tsundere (ツンデレ) is a Japanese word for a character archetype which describes a person with a conceited, spiky, combative personality that suddenly becomes modest and loving when triggered by some sort of cause (such as being alone with someone).

Moe (?, /mo.e/, pronounced "mo-eh" literally "budding", as with a plant) is a Japanese slang word originally referring to fetish or love for characters in video games or anime and manga.

(Moe kinda sounds like Squee!?)


I've been watching this awesome anime, Lucky Star. In anime terms, it's achieved cult-like status and, for once, I can totally understand what all the fuss is about. It's called a 'Slice of Life' anime because nothing really happens, the characters just talk a lot about stuff. But I love it.

(In other news, I got an email from Play.com today telling me that my Twilight DVD had been dispatched. Now I've been told a few times that if you pre-order from Play.com you'll often receive your item the Saturday before it's meant to come out. Could I be about to get my Twilight DVD two days before most of the UK???)