Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Lost In Austen

So yesterday I finally finished Mansfield Park and have now read all six Jane Austen novels! Um, GO ME!

So here's a final verdict.

Mansfield Park

I left Mansfield Park until last because it was one of two that I knew absolutely nothing about. I hoped this would mean it was my favourite. Sadly this was not the case. It has to be my least favourite. Though it did have some entertaining moments, Fanny was the only one of Austen's heroines that I felt almost nothing for. She was so bloody cowardly! And boring.

Edmund too was a huge letdown. He spent 460 pages in love with someone else. My copy was only 485 pages long. You can do the math.

No, Mansfield Park was a massive disappointment and I don't plan to ever reread it.

Jane Austen

I'm glad I took the time to better justify my opinion of her. Though I can't say I've had a 360 degree change in my opinion of her, at an older age I've been better equipped to appreciate the extreme subtlety of her writing. Her novels are incredibly witty and have caused me to laugh out loud many times (not a common occurrence for me), but this humour is so tongue in cheek, so incredibly subtle that a girl of twelve (which is how old I was when I read Pride and Prejudice) could not really pick up on it.

Having read all six novels, my favourite was definitely Pride and Prejudice. I'm reluctant to say that since it seems like the most obvious choice, but I just loved the dynamic of five sisters. Henry Tilney was undoubtedly my favourite hero. And my favourite heroine? Hmm, probably Anne Elliot. She was the heroine I felt the most for.

Ranked by order of Favourite:

1. Pride and Prejudice
2. Northanger Abbey
3. Persuasion
4. Emma
5. Sense and Sensibility
6. Mansfield Park

It's been an interesting study and I'll be sad to be without a reading mission. Perhaps I'll undertake something similar one day?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

To The Boy Who Doesn't Like Sport - I'm down with that. Okay, I may be a little sports crazy in comparison to some women. I did spend my weekend watching the World Cup in the day and the US Open at night. And tonight I sat in bliss watching the longest tennis match in history followed by the world cup highlights :)

Really I prefer a boy who doesn't like football. There's less chance of us arguing then. But how can I be expected not to love football? I'm surrounded by it! I even work at a football stadium for goodness sake!

To The Boy Who Doesn't Like Games - No nintendo? No xbox? Not even minesweeper? Well, I guess there's a lot to be said for a boy who reads. Still, don't you want to blow things up? Shoot arrows whilst on horseback? Fire shells from a go-kart? Hack zombies to pieces with a chainsaw? Play virtual tennis???

To The Boy Who Doesn't Like Music - Nope, you're pushing me too far. I have nothing to say to you.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Blackberry Fields Forever

To say I'm loving my new Blackberry is probably an understatement. It's so cool to walk out of work checking my tweets or to check the football scores while I'm on the train. Of course this is nothing new to the rest of the universe - I'm only just getting on board.

Phone shopping is so darned confusing for someone like me. I like to think I'm not a total tech retard - but I have to admit I know nothing about phones. Nada, zip, zilch. What the hell is a Blackberry Bolt On? Shit, I don't know! All I wanted was a phone I could tweet from! Luckily I feel I have stumbled into the right choice.

My brother departs for Glastonbury tonight. This is the only reason I'm holding my tongue about the (disgustingly) hot weather this week. Because, despite the competitiveness over festivals, I would never wish bad weather on a fellow festival-goer.

And, as promised, not a single word about you know who :P

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Nope, not Frank Turner

So I realise that all I've been blogging/tweeting/talking/thinking about is Frank Turner. So much so that my brother addressed my birthday card to 'Frank Turner's Number 1 Stalker'. Funny.

As such I promise that, for the next week, I will not talk about Frank Turner in this space. I promise. I swear!

Kirsty and I went to the cinema tonight to watch 'Wild Target' (not Wild Catch as I seemed convinced it was called). And I mighty good time was had. I love when a British film is done well. And really, can you go wrong with Bill Nighy? I don't think so.
My friend in high school used to be obsessed with girl crushes. As in straight girls with harmless crushes on other girls. Personally, I think this is a socially acceptable topic when it comes to celebrities. This is, in essence, me admitting I have a girl crush on Emily Blunt.

As well as Liv Tyler and Kat Dennings. Hmm, interestingly I go for brunettes. So now that's out there... I hope it doesn't come back to bite me on the ass.

Also I was 22 for all of, oh say 48 hours before I had a cold. A full on good singing voice cold. Do you ever get those? When you're so bunged up that your voice actually becomes quite good? I can sing like Taylor Momsen right now! Too bad I don't look like her.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

You Are The Kid On My Shoulders

"Hey Karen."
Earnestly: "Have a good day"
Our heroine feels her cold heart melt a little as she struggles for an answer to that. "I'm just gonna see how it goes. The key is-"
"-Keeping your expectations low."
The two smile, knowingly.

No, you're not hallucinating - I can haz paisley wellingtons! They were a lovely birthday pressie from Alee Pally who dropped them off disgustingly early this morning. I lurve them! I'm gonna look so cool at Leeds this year :D

Lucky little me has been playing with her new iGhost most of the day whilst feeling sorry for her fellow primarkers and being rather lazy to be honest. At tea we tucked into a delicious steak pie followed by a sumptuous apple pie - three guesses what my favourite food is?

In fact, the only thing that let me down today was the stupid Spanish squad. Honestly!

But indefinitely the most exciting part of my day was when I received this message from my good friend Kylie:

YES! It's FRANK onstage at the Manchester Cricket Ground! I squeed myself like crazy!

While I've been writing this my brother has proceeded to break all our washing lines. Shit.

No Rest For The Wicked

I may post birthday thoughts later today. Right now I'm reeling from discovering the dates for Frank Turner's tour in December.


So yeah, I have to get up early to book 3 tickets :) - Preston, Liverpool and Sheffield. Oh yes, you may notice that there's NO MANCHESTER!!!


Sorry, I'm boring you I realise. I was just looking forward to a lie-in on my birthday.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Lazy Week Continues

So perhaps my week off hasn't been what I thought so far. For instance today I got soaked in the rain, learned how to plait my hair, finished a book and played too much Fire Emblem. But tomorrow I am busy, busy, busy and I hope to have good things to report.

One thing that has come out of this slice of time off is that I'm writing. A lot. My head is filled with characters and plotlines. And every time I put pen to paper I get something good. At least I think so.

I'm not telling you this to rub it in. But it is very exciting for me. You stop writing for long enough and you start to think, ridiculously, that you never will again. It's a scary thought for people who express themselves best through the written word.

We're freaks, it's true.

My brother got ridiculously excited when I told him I'd finally watched the first Godfather. He explained many bits of it to me and assured me it would all become clearer when I watched it again (again??? Um, yeah, not gonna happen). So now I'm compelled to watch the others. Le sigh.

He better hold up his end of the bargain. I'm awaiting an awesome Lord of the Rings discussion.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Tall and Cold with Whipped Cream Please

Was spoiled with Nandos and Starbucks at the Trafford Centre yesterday. Alan even got me a copy of Stephenie Meyer's new book!

My tired zombie face is because I stayed up watching The Godfather last night. It was blah. Maybe because I was exhausted, I just didn't get parts.

2&3 to go...

Chillin watchin' 'Saved'. I still have a total thing for Macauley Culkin. Love, love, love! I mean add in Patrick Fugit and you have a perfect film.

What adventures will my third day of freedom bring???

Sunday, June 06, 2010

My New Favourite Thing

Yes, I'm a day early. But I can hardly contain my love for this!


I mean seriously, have you heard that tat from Dizzee Rascal and James Cordon? I FUCKING HATE James Cordon. I'd rather Zooey Deschanel did the bloody world cup anthem.

No, We Are Scientists have created this years' anthem, whether it's official or not.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Wednesday Giggles

Sometimes we all just need a good laugh. Happy Wednesday!