Archive | May, 2012

Sometimes, One Just Needs A Little Inspiration..

30 May

Today, I need that motivation to get my behind to the gym.



The Book Chat!

30 May

Today is Thursday, and we all know what that means – book chat day!! Today’s prompt is to talk about your favourite female characters, so here goes…

Rebecca Bloomwood, from the Shopaholic series – Sophie Kinsella.

I read these books when I was at school, loved them, and have since seen a few of the films. If I’m honest, I enjoyed them when I first read them because they made me feel grown up! Not many of my friends were in to reading (at least nothing that we didn’t study at school!) so I felt very grown up! As I did actually grow up though, I loved them because they were so easy to relate too. I mean what 20-something female has not gone on a mad shopping spree and then dreaded opening their bank statement?! Exactly!

Talking of relating to characters, I also love Bridget Jones (Helen Fielding!)

Katniss Everdeen, from The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins.

The Hunger Games is not the sort of book I usually go for, but it was Katniss’ character that originally drew me in. She is so well written and Collins does a really good job of giving us a glimpse in to her world in District 12 before she goes off to The Hunger Games. I felt emotionally invested in her character and was rooting for her throughout the book.

Thanks to Jessica for hosting 🙂 🙂

Woop, it’s official – I have posted every day this month!!

Weekend Recap

29 May

I had the best weekend in a very long time this week – especially as I was actually working!  (plus, if  my calculations are correct, it was actually my last working weekend this academic year -woohoo!)

Anyway, on Saturday I took a group of students on a surfing trip to Croyde in North Devon.  Somebody ran a similar trip a few weeks ago and the weather was gorgeous so I thought it would be just my luck that it rained this time, but it was hot hot hot!

It was lovely – the students got a 2hour surf lesson, while I got in some serious sunbathing time! And then we filled our afternoon playing beach games and eating fish and chips.


On Saturday night, we had a Eurovision Song Contest party at school. When I heard this was planned I didn’t know what to think, but it was actually so bad it was good, and with such a mix of nationalities in the room it was really good fun! When it gotto voting time, things got a little intense (think ‘ah I hate you, I can’t believe your country didn’t give my country any points!!’) but team Russia were relatively pleased with their final position 🙂

Sunday was my day off, so I went to Bristol to meet some friends. Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures but we lunched and drank and talked while we enjoyed an ice cream by the river. I hadn’t seen my friend Lou since New Year which is an age considering we used to see each other every day at university, so there was a lot of catching up to be done!

How was your weekend?


Olympic Torch Relay.

28 May

As I mentioned, last week I went to see the Olympic Torch realy – once in Plymouth (on day 1!!) with my Mum, then again in Taunton on a ‘school trip’.

Am I the only one childish enough to still find that sign hilariously funny?!!

The Taunton event was particularly cool as I was there with lots of friends, and Labyrinth (as in Earthquake) and Twist & Pule (as in Britain’s Got Talent) were both there, and I even spotted!

You can’t really see that well but that is the actual Olympic torch on stage!

It was such a cool experience, and has actually made me really excited for the Olympics to start…plus, any excuse to get out of school for the afternoon and drink beer!

May Goals: Read 4 Books.

27 May

If you cast your mind back to the beginning of the month, you’ll remember that one of my goals was to read 4 books in May.

I am a little disappointed to say that I haven’t completed this. In fact, at the moment I have only only hit about 2.5, but I am still working at it, and will be posting full reviews soon.

I hope you have all had a fantastic weekend 🙂

Ps – YAY, this is my 300th post! Thanks for sticking with me!


26 May

Been too busy having fun at the beach and cringing at the Eurovision song contest to post properly today….

The Book Chat

25 May

Aaaaahh, another hectic day – I’m glad I set myself the goal of posting every day this month otherwise I get the feeling I may have skipped this week’s book chat!

Anyway….my favourite male characters.

Let’s just get it out of the way, because we all know this is going to happen….Harry Potter (Sorry, Jessica!) I love everything about those series’, and they will always be a real reminder of my love for reading when I was growing up, and while we’re talking of favourite males, I was a big fan of the way that Rupert Grint grew up!


Also on the list is Mr Darcy (I nearly wrote Mark Darcy [Bridget Jones’ Diary] there..not quite the same thing!) from Pride & Prejudice. P&P was one of the books I studied for A-level English Lit, and I have to say that although at the time it was pretty tough going, some of the lines really stuck with my and I have read it (and enjoyed it!) since. Let’s face it, we’d all like a Mr Darcy in our lives!

Finally, as I mentioned last week, I love To Kill A Mockingbird, and I think Atticus Finch is amazing. I love the way that he teaches Jem & Scout decent morals, and is so approachable and a fantastic role model to them. Again, I wish there were more people like him in my life.

“Atticus said to Jem, “I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” 

Have a great Friday, everyone!