Friday, 30 December 2016

The Friday Five #4



Well hello there and welcome back to the Friday Five! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and that Santa was very very good to you (I was spoiled rotten this year, I must have made it on to the nice list!).

It's been a bit of a weird week - I've survived on cocktail sausages and chocolate, taken a nap every single day and have barely got out of my pj's - and to be honest it was a relief to go back to work for a few days and get back into some kind of routine.

If you hadn't noticed (you probs didn't), I had a week off from blogging over Christmas to re-energise and re-think my content and I'm so glad I did as I'm feeling pretty positive about Alright Blondie and where we are going to go in 2017. 

Anyways, it's time to crack on, here's today's Friday Five!

BABY COWS!!
On Saturday morning me, my dad, my sister and my lil niece headed to a relative's farm to say hello and meet and feed some baby cows (!!!!). I'm a sucker for any kind of baby animal but I especially love calves so I was bouncing around like Tigger when we went to say hello. It was the best start to my Christmas holidays.

AN ABUNDANCE OF VERY GENEROUS GIFTS
In my family we always tend to go big at Christmas and all my relatives are very generous when it comes to gifting. Desite being a fully fledged adult (well kind of) I was still thoroughly spoiled and received some lovely pressies. Jody really pulled the cat out of the bag this year with some of his surprise gifts too, he knows me so well.

SPENDING CHRISTMAS WITH THE FAMILY
Christmas 2015 was a very lonely affair so getting to spend Christmas 2016 surrounded by my family was fantastic. We woke up at Jody's parents Christmas morning before heading to my grandparents for Christmas dinner. After thoroughly stuffing our faces and playing some games (I WON trivial pursuit!) we decided to bypass the pub's Christmas quiz and spent the evening watching Jungle Book before falling asleep at 10. Bliss.

BEATING JODY AT CONNECT FOUR
I bought Connect Four when I was in London and Jody and I finally cracked it out on Boxing Day. I smashed Jody to pieces on nearly every game which makes a change as he usually beats me at everything we play. Too some this may seem a bit small and insignificant but for me it was really nice to do something that did involve the TV and our phones for a change (and again, I won). If anyone can recommend any 2 player board games that would be really cool.

MY NEW BABY <3
Err yeah so, I stood on my laptop in the middle of the night a few months ago (I know what a bellend) so I've been in the market for a replacement. I was looking for one in the January sales and asked my Mum what to look for and SOMEHOW she persuaded me to buy a Macbook Air. It's cost me a ridiculous amount of money but it is absolutely fantastic and I'm so in love with it.

Have a wonderful week and a fantastic new year! Stay safe.

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Friday, 23 December 2016

The Friday Five #3

 
Happy Friday! Happy Weekend! Happy Christmas! HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY! Can you tell someone's a little bit excited for Christmas/some time off? Today is the third Friday Five post and I'm really enjoying doing them so hopefully you guys like reading them. I'm hoping that with the new year comes some blogging inspiration as I've been really struggling with ideas lately but hey ho, I guess we will see.

Anywho, let's see what I've loved this week...

ELEMENTARY
When I was asleep the other day Jody finally listened to my Dad's recommendation and started watching Elementary, the modern take on Sherlock Holmes starring Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. I missed the first few episodes (so I'm going to watch them tonight whilst Jody's out) but despite this I soon got stuck into it and now we are both obsessed, watching it at every waking moment. I really like BBC's Sherlock but *unpopular opinion* I think Cucumberbatch's Sherlock is a bit of a dick and I much prefer Miller's.

ASOS
I went off ASOS for a while but recently I've been finding more and more on there that I like. I haven't gone too crazy as I have more than enough clothes but I did treat myself to a couple of bits that I'd had my eye on for a while when I got my bonus. Despite it being Christmas, I placed my order on Friday and it was with me on Monday so I was pretty impressed - They have some of the best customer service around for sure.

OH HEY THERE PINK HAIR
I haven't had my hair coloured since September so on Wednesday I finally went and got my hair done. After a few months of being a rather bland and nondescript grey I decided to jazz things up for the festive season and go back pink. I have brighter darker roots then a rusty (??) kind of pink on the ends Pink is definitely my favourite hair colour - It's so much fun even if it is a bit of a pain to keep on top of!

DOMINOS THURSDAY
As Thursday was our last full day at work before Christmas, we decided that it was time to persuade the nearest Dominos to deliver to our office. We're only half a mile outside of their delivery catchment area and as 20+ people wanted pizza, it made sense financially for them to break the rules and bring us some grub. Thanks to some sweet talking from one of our staff members they eventually relented and come lunch time we were very happy campers.

I'VE GOT 4 AND A HALF DAYS OFF
I'm working 'til dinnertime today and then I have four glorious days off to eat, drink and be merry YAY! I'm excited for Christmas sure but as I've been knackered all week I'm more excited to have a big lie in tomorrow - although it can't be too big as Jody and I have to play Santa and go visiting our various relatives. I don't have much planned beyond eating my weight in pigs in blankets, watching The Muppets Christmas Carol and seeing the new Star Wars movie with my Mum but I think it's gunna be a lovely couple of days, especially after last year's wanky Christmas.

And that's all for this week - Have a lovely Christmas!

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

How Time Flies: Part One

 
So today marks a year since I left Australia and started my journey home via Bali and Thailand - Can you believe that 'cos I certainly can't. Today I thought I'd get a little bit nostalgic about my time away and reflect on this time last year. Tune back in at the end of January for part two - Thailand and my homecoming.

This time last year, on this exact day, we were sat in Adelaide airport waiting for our flight to Indonesia. I still felt queasy from our weekend spent on a boat in the middle of the ocean where we were on the lookout for great white sharks (yeah I think that's a pretty cool way to finish off a whirlwind year in Australia too) but I was so excited to start the next leg of adventure.

You see, as I've mentioned before I loved my time in Australia, by the time it was up Jody and I were both ready to leave. The hostel lifestyle was starting to take a toll on us both and our whole time in Sydney was spent working our arse's off, saving for a month in Thailand and our flight home. The weather always seemed to be bad on weekends and I don't think we really got the true Sydney experience because of this.

I loved Oz but as well know, all good things come to an end. Every now and again I have a pang of regret that I didn't complete my farm work but meh, Australia isn't going anywhere anytime soon and I can always go again in the future.

Anyways, our next stop - Bali - was okay but we had been before so we had done everything we wanted to do on our previous trip. We just wanted to be somewhere familiar for Christmas, somewhere where we kind of knew where we were going and how to get by.

Christmas wasn't the same with just the two of us - It's a time to be with your family and I don't think either of us have ever felt as alone as we did at Christmas time last year.

But we made the most of it.

We watched Christmas movies, skyped our families and despite surprisingly, we managed to find somewhere that did Christmas dinner complete with Yorkshire Puds. We ended it by watching a huge tropical lightening storm and whilst it was far from perfect, it was ok - Definitely one of our more memorable ones anyways.

The Balinese went out of their way to create a Christmassy atmosphere for the Western tourists, despite not actually celebrating it themselves (the majority of the Balinese are Hindu's). There were decorations, festive music, Christmas meals...But it just wasn't the same without our families or the cold weather.

As much as I enjoy travel I'm definitely not in any rush to spend another Christmas away from my family or North Yorkshire, that's for sure.

Annnnd that's the end of Part One! Keep an eye out for How Time Flies: Part Two around the end of January and if you want to catch up with any of my previous travel posts you can find them all here.

Have you ever spent a Christmas abroad? How did you find it?

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Monday, 19 December 2016

17 things that you will have definitely done at Christmas as a kid (especially if you're British)


If there's anything us millenials like it's nostalgic lists and Christmas so for today's post I decided to combine the two!

17 things that you will have definitely done at Christmas as a kid (especially if you're British)

Agonised over what to get their bff incase they decided that your gift was lame and they no longer wanted to be your mate.

Used your fancy stationary and written a letter to Santa in your best handwriting...

...Then placed it in the airing cupboard and checked on it every 5 minutes to see if it had gone to the North Pole yet.

Put Christmas cards in the school Christmas card box and prayed that you would get some cards when they were doled out.

Painstakingly glued a shit tonne of glitter and cotton wool balls to a piece of card to present to your family members as a show of love.

Ran outside the minute there was some snow, even if your teacher/guardian didn't want you too.

Pretended to be asleep when you parent checked in on you to put out your stocking then tip toed over to take a peek inside.

Nearly fallen asleep and/or frozen to death in church during the church Christmas service (wether with school or family).

Wished you had one of those parkas like the East 17 boys have in the Stay Another Day video.

Begged your parents for a Babyliss braider, Badge It machine! and lava lamp for Christmas 'cos that's what the cool kids had asked for.

Felt really smug when you took your personalised letter from Santa into school.

Faked being ill to get out of the Christmas nativity but being forced to do it anyways.

Been forced to wear matching (or at least co-ordinating) outfits with your siblings to go out for Christmas dinner.

Caught a bug and really played it up so you could get some of that sweet nectar otherwise known as Calpol.

Stumbled over the 'Good King Wenceslas' carol and sniggered when everyone said 'Good King Wen-Slish-Slosh'.

Then laughed even more when your teacher got wound off that you were all taking the piss.

Been whitewashed by the boy you fancied.
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Friday, 16 December 2016

The Friday Five #2

 
Morning y'all. Today I got my Christmas bonus, it's Christmas jumper day (or creepy Christmas jumper day in my case - the more I look at it the more I'm starting to think the sloth looks like a sex pest) and it's the last full Frday at work before the big day itself. Everyone's in a good mood and I am so ready for a few days off stuffing my face and seeing my family.

Shall we see what's made my top 5 this week?

SEEING MY GRANDPARENTS ON MY DADS SIDE
On Saturday, my sister my niece and I packed up the car and tootled down the road to Skipton to see our grandma, grandad and brother. I haven't seen them in ageeees so it was nice to go visiting, albeit a little bit terrifying as it was my first time driving with Ivy in the car. We stayed for a few hours; my Grandma made us a banging cheese toastie, my Grandad and I had a love in over the wonders of Scotland and yeah, it was lovely and I need to stop being so lazy and make my way there a bit more often.

SPENDING TIME WITH IVY
If I'm gunna be honest, I think I'm completely missing the maternal instinct as I have zero interest in babies/kids but my niece Ivy is pretty cool. I got to spend loads of time with her last weekend and she's just so funny - My parents have four dogs and I think their behaviour is rubbing off on her 'cos she's started to growl like a puppy dog when she's playing haha! Aswell as this she seemed enraptured by my sparkly River Island bag and it looks like she might have inherited some magpie tendencies from her Auntie Jess.

GETTING TICKETS TO SEE THE VIEW IN FEBRUARY
For those of you not in the know, Scottish band The View are my all time, number one favourite band. I saw them three times this year (twice in Scotland) and. I just love 'em. Seriously if they gigged every night, I would probably go. They announced 4 dates at King Tut's in Glasgow and unfortunately I could only go to one show due to being unable to get the time off work. One show is better than no shows though and now I am counting down the days until I get to see them again.

RECEIVING MY CHRISTMAS BONUS <3
I work for a really great company and aswell as getting a Christmas do, we also got a pretty snazzy Christmas bonus. We've all worked super hard this year so it's nice to be rewarded for it. I'm torn over wether this should go into my savings or be used to treat myself so chances are I will probably do half and half.

ALL THE PARCELS
This week I've had a tonne of parcels and whilst most of it was the last few bits I needed to get my family for Christmas, there were a couple of cheeky presents in there for me. I've got a new curb chain choker from Regal Rose and a little box of goodies from ASOS. I've actually been really good this month and I've hardly bought anything for myself so I felt justified in buying myself a few bits that I've been after for a while.

Jody also got a parcel this week - FROM MAC. I dunno what the boyf's bought me but big points to him.

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

5 alternate Christmas movies to watch to get you in the spirit


GREMLINS
A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.
Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates

A beloved classic for many, Gremlins is the perfect Christmassy but not too Christmassy movie to watch if you're not quite ready for Elf and The Grinch. A film that is full of chaos, giggles and a couple of scares it's a must watch. And who doesn't want their own Gizmo? (Minus the spawning of course).

BATMAN RETURNS
When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda.
Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Walken

Batman Returns is directed by the genius that is Tim Burton and his signature style is stamped all over this movie - Eerie sets, creepy costumes and dark and disturbed characters juxtaposed with the garish greens, reds and golds of the festive period. It's one of the scarier Batman movies but what else would you expect from Mr Burton?

JUST FRIENDS
While visiting his hometown during Christmas, a man comes face-to-face with his old high school crush whom he was best friends with -- a woman whose rejection of him turned him into a ferocious womanizer.
Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Faris and Chris Klein

One of my all time favourite movies tells the tale of high flying record producer Chris Brander who inadvertently ends up back in his small home town for Christmas. For the first time in ten years he has to face his teenage crush aswell as fighting off the advances of a singer he was tasked with babysitting, stopping his brother from trying to sleep with said singer and trying to keep his love rival at bay. It's heart warming but not too corny -the perfect holiday romance movie.

DIE HARD
John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman

I know quite a few people who's biggest Christmas tradition is to settle down to watch Die Hard on Christmas eve with their families. It might not be your usual Christmas movie but it definitely makes a change from all the twee, pastel coloured films that are normally on the tv. It's jam packed with action and you won't be able to look away.

THE NIGHT BEFORE
On Christmas eve, three lifelong friends spend the night in New York City looking for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.
Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie

This is definitely one for the grown ups to watch once the kids are in bed but as it has Seth Rogen in a leading role that shouldn't come as a shock. It may ne a drug fuelled, wacky comedy but it also deals with themes such as processing loss, friendship and the importance of family. Go into it with an open mind and you will have a ball of a time.
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Monday, 12 December 2016

Three days in...London

oxford street christmas lights

Oxford Street Lights

Despite walking 27 miles, knackering my feet and being subjected to numerous train delays and tube station closures I had a really good time in London when I went at the end of November with my Mum. I had such a nice time that it's actually taken me a while to decide how to word and present this post but ta-da! it's finally here.

So here's how I spent three days in London.

These photos are all off my phone so they aren't stellar quality but tbh, I didn't really feel like getting my camera out every time I saw something pretty!

WHERE DID WE STAY?
We stayed at the Mermaid Suites hotel which is based just off Oxford Street. I couldn't believe just how central it was and Bond Street station was literally a minute away.

LONDON LIT UP FOR CHRISTMAS
I've been to London a few times but never at Christmas so getting to see all the beautiful lights and window displays was something that I really enjoyed. My favourite display was definitely John Lewis' offering - All the woodland creatures (and Buster!) from their Christmas advert playing (or wreaking havoc depending on how you look at it) with some of the items John Lewis have on offer. I'm gutted I didn't take any photos of it but it was just so bloody busy.

WICKED THE MUSICAL
For those of you not in the know, Wicked tells the alternative story of how things went down in teh Wizard of Oz, centering around the friendship of Elphaba the wicked witch of the West and Glinda the good witch. I didn't really know that much about it going in but I was blown away by it - the story, the actors, the sets, the costumes...All of it was just amazing.

We were really lucky to catch Rachel Tucker in the role of Elphaba too - She's the longest running Elphaba, has played the character in both London and New York and was only back for a limited run for the tenth anniversary. Her rendition of Defying gravity sent shivers down my spine and if I go back to London in the future, I will be seeing Wicked again.

I loved that you got to find out how the cowardly lion lost his courage, why the tinman needed a heart and why the scarecrow needed brains - It was so clever!

photo of the Knight bus and I
 
A rare photo of me smiling  (sort of) with the Knight Bus

THE WARNER BROS STUDIO TOUR

I've already been to the Warner Bros Studio Tour before (in 2012 for my 21st birthday) and I decided that I wanted to go back to see Hogwarts in the Snow.

It was good but to be honest I was a little bit disappointed because only the Great Hall and the Hogwarts model were 'decorated' for Christmas. The rest of it was exactly the same as my previous visit.

Aswell as this our allocated time coincided with a school group - a BIG school group of about 100 kids or more. They were polite kids don't get me wrong, but when there's kids coming at you from all angles running around excitedly and trying to shuffle in front of you to take photos, it kind of takes the magic away from it all.

Regardless, it was still nice to see all the props, costumes & sets again and I loved seeing the outfits from 'Fantastic beasts and where to find them'. Ooh and it turns out my Mum's an ace photographer (or her phone is really good) cos I look pretty good in all the photos she took of me.

the Houses of Parliament

I wasn't really sure if I was allowed to take photos in the Houses of Parliament so a lot of them were taken very slyly and have turned out a bit blurred - Oops! I got away with wearing my Vans in the HoP but our black jeans meant we weren't allowed access to some areas.

A PRIVATE TOUR OF THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT

My mum is a hairdresser and one of her clients is a Lord, who happened to be in London working at the same time we were there. He very kindly offered to take us for a nosy around the HoP and despite being a bit apprehensive about it, it turned out to be my number one highlight of the trip (and my Mums too I think).

So, the night of we were getting our tour it turned out that the Jubilee line - which would have got us from Oxford St to Westminster in minutes - was cancelled so we decided to walk to Hyde Park Corner and hop on a train from there. We managed to get lost in Hyde Park though and thanks to Winter Wonderland, we couldn't just cut across the park we had to go all the way around. Then once we got to the station, there was even more tube delays - Fab! So, we had to walk to the Houses of Parliament and by the time we got there we were an hour late and I thought my legs were gunna drop off - Such fun!

Despite being super late, our host was lovely and gave us a great tour around the HoP, filling us in on the history of the building, what the queen gets up too when she's there and even letting us into a Lords debate to have a listen. We also got to go into the MP's debate room which is often on the tv and guess what - it is so so small in real life!

We were in there for nearly two hours and it flew by - If you're ever offered the chance to go on a tour of the Houses of Parliament I would definitely recommend that you do so as it was so so interesting.

Being the art/history/architecture nerd that I am, I was totally in my element having a wander round and being told some facts about this building that we all see on the TV so often and I'm so glad that I got to go.

Many thanks to my Mum's client for inviting us for a nosy!

And apart from that we did A LOT of shopping (which is probably why my feet hurt so much). As much as I love London, I love hopping on the train to come back up North. I'm usually so exhaused when I get back that feel like I need another holiday to get over my London break haha!

Are you a fan of London? Or would you rather give it a miss?

platform 9 and 3/4
 
The iconic platform nine and 3/4 sign

platform 9 and 3/4 selfie
 
Yep here's another photo of me, this one's a little cringier though.

houses of parliament
 
The ceiling in the Houses of Parliament. Honestly, one of my favourite things about being in the building was looking up and seeing all the amazing details that had gone into the ceilings.
 
selfridges santa
 
This is a terrible photo but LOOK at Selfridge's Santa's jazzy red suit! I would totally wear a suit like this.
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Friday, 9 December 2016

The Friday Five #1

SIMON NEIL BIFFY CLYRO

I mentioned in this post that I'm trying to cut down on my time online so in order to keep my weekends (mostly) free of blogging, I've decided to scrap 'The Sunday Catch Up' and introduce 'The Friday Five'. It's exactly the same as TSCU just with a new publishing day and a new snazzy title so yeah, shall we get on with it?

THE OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY
It was my work Christmas party last Saturday and as I'm a bit awkward, I ended up getting vodka drunk and my colleagues were quite surprised at this different version of Jess that they had never seen before. Luckily I didn't make a complete fool of myself and ended up having a great night - It was just a shame about the stinking hangover that came the next day.

BIFFY F*CKIN CLYRO
Despite being hungover to death, I still managed to get myself sorted out and headed to Leeds to watch Biffy Clyro. I haven't seen them in three years so I was buzzing to hear the new album live and they didn't disappoint (although the set list was a tad strange). Due to my hungover state I forgot to take any photo ID with me and they wouldn't let us in without it - Thank God I had my phone and could show my confirmation emails as proof that I bought them!

IN PLAIN SIGHT
I am a Martin Compston fan girl - I've seen the large majority of his movies and think he's AMAZING in Line of Duty - so when I saw he would be portraying Scottish serial killer, Peter Manuel I did a little scream. It aired on Wednesday and it was everything I hoped it would be. Compston delivers a chilling performance as the smug psychopath Manuel and I'm interested to see how he gets his comeuppance.

MY NEW TATTOO
I went for my first tattoo in four or five years on Tuesday and man did it sting! I'll be sharing more details on the design and the artist who did it when I can get some decent photos of it - at the moment it's a bit scabby and red, ew! - so keep an eye out for it! I'm totally in love with it and the artist has done an incredible job.

THE SOFA KING PODCAST
I'm a massive fan of this podcast but I'm not really sure if it's that well known in the UK? Basically three dudes living in California sit for an hour or so discussing topics such as serial killers, conspiracy theories and notable historical figures (Some of my fave topics by the way). The podcast is hilarious and I come away feeling like I've learned something new every time. I will give a warning though: Go in with an open mind and take what they say with pinch of salt as some parts of the podcast may offend.

Have a lovely weekend!

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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Why I quit Blogmas before it had even started

 
So I was all set to do Blogmas.
 
I'd bored on about it on social media, I'd been planning posts since October and had a lot of them typed with photos all ready to go.
 
Then I decided on the 30th November that I didn't wanna do it anymore.
 
I had an epiphany you see - It's time to take a step back from the online world and start enjoying the real world a bit more.
 
You see, I'm stuck behind a screen at work all week, then on a night I go home and sit on my phone scrolling mindlessly through social media and THEN I spend my weekend taking photos or writing stuff for my blog.
 
Blogmas would have just meant spending even more of my free time online; stressing over pushing out content, getting annoyed over being unable taking photos due to the crap light and unnecessary worrying over numbers - I just couldn't be arsed with that extra pressure.
 
So after deciding to not bother with Blogmas, I've also decided to change my approach to blogging.
 
No more comparing myself to others, no more trying to fit the typical blogger mould, no more weekend blogging and definitely no strict scheduling.
 
As much as I like to blog, I think nurturing my real life relationships and hobbies is much more important than spending every spare moment glued to my laptop or phone, worrying about how many likes I have, how many followers I've lost or what strangers think about me and my writing.
 
Don't you?
 
Aaaand I'm done. I hope this doesn't come across as bitchy or spiteful because that wasn't the aim of the post, I promise.
 
Peace out.
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Friday, 2 December 2016

21 Reasons to be happy that Winter is here

 
And by Winter, I mean December, that just doesn't sound as catchy.

1. The shops are full of velvet, faux fur and glitter.

2. Ditto cute coats, beanie hats and blanket scarves.

3. An obvious one - CHRISTMAS

4. Going into hibernation is totally normal and people won't think you're weird.

5. We are edging closer to 2017 which means we are edging closer to Game Of Thrones S7.

6. Ice skating rinks and Christmas markets start to pop up - Plenty of opportunities to have fun, get festive and spruce up your Instagram.

7. The supermarkets have mint offers on when it comes to chocolate and sweets.

8. All the comfort food - Shepherds Pie, Sausage and Mash, Mac and Cheese...Do I really need to elaborate?

9. Everyone you meet just seems to be in a great mood, it's like fairy dust is released into the air or something.

10. Snuggly chunky knit jumpers <3

11. Shitty, horrible, miserable 2016 is finally almost over.

12. Snow. The possibility of snow, waiting for snow, waking up to snow, watching snow, seeing dogs in snow, playing in snow. SNOWSNOWSNOW.

13. Log fires will begin to roar in every pub and restaurant in the country.

14. Christmas cups and Christmas drinks. No specific chains mentioned here ;)

15. 'Moana' is released on the 2nd of December, FINALLY.

16. The sales will soon be upon us and you can finally get that one item you've lusted after for yonks but struggled to justify the price tag.

17. Glitter becomes an acceptable everyday make up item.

18. At the end of the month you get a few GLORIOUS days off to bask in the glory of Christmas (unless you're in retail or the emergency services etc then nevermind and if you are, I'm sorry but thank you, you guys rule).

19. It's the norm to have chocolate for breakfast, thanks Advent.

20. SHERLOCK IS BACK!

21. Christmas flake cakes. End of.

What's your favourite thing about Winter?
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Thursday, 1 December 2016

November what I watched

NOVEMBER WHAT I WATCHED

Err yeah, film watching has been thin on the ground this month oops. I started the month smashing through Sons of Anarchy, got half way though season 6 then decided that it was a great time to rewatch Strike Back. So I've been watching Scott and Stonebridge fight bad guys instead of watching anything new, sorry.

I did watch a few new things though so here goes.

GIRL ON THE TRAIN (3/5)
A divorcee becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life.
Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Luke Evans

I'm not gunna lie to you, I found this film really slow, especially compared to how fast paced the book is. It felt like the first hour and a half went along at a snails pace then the last half an hour was like wham bam thank you mam. The cast are fantastic though and Emily Blunt S-H-I-N-E-S as the alcoholic mess that is Rachel.

PLANET EARTH 2 (5/5)
David Attenborough returns in this breathtaking documentary showcasing life on Planet Earth.
Narrated by David Attenborough

I've mentioned this in one of my Sunday catch up posts already but it's that incredible I felt like I simply had to include it here aswell. So far we've been treated to four episodes and each one has been as amazing as the last. beautiful cinematography, gorgeous scenery and I love the little feature at the end showing how they got certain shorts. Oh and David is the man <3

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (5/5)
The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.
Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterson, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol and Colin Farrell

So I didn't expect to like this movie as I thought JK Rowling was ruining the wizarding world by creating this spin off and trying to milk that cash cow a bit more. Turns out I was wrong and it's absolutely incredible. The special effects are out of this world, Eddie Redmayne is endearing as Newt Scamander, Dan Fogler is a hilarious no maj who's dragged into the wizarding world by him and I really enjoyed the twist at the end. I also think that the way the 'Fantastic Beasts' series is going to tie into the books is genius.

THE REVENANT (A very generous 2/5 for the gorgeous cinematography)
A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domnhall Gleeson, Will Poulter.

I've tried to watch this movie three times - THREE TIMES - and each time I've got bored and turned it off. This is really weird because I'm a HUGE DiCaprio/Hardy fan so the two of them together sounds right up my street but something about this movie just didn't work for me. When it premiered on Sky I decided I would give it another go and yep, still boring. Too much trudging around in the snow, not enough action.

I'm gunna try and watch a lot more in December and I'm hoping that with Christmas coming up there will be some great releases in the cinema and on tv. I'm really excited to see Moana so expect that to pop up in next month's post!
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