Wednesday, 27 April 2011


If you asked me what my interests are, I would probably list 'reading' as one of my top 5. This is because for most of my life I have been a bit of a book-worm. I always had my nose in a book as a kid and then did an English degree at university which I loved. I wouldn't say I'm a particularly fast reader, or read especially obscure or complicated texts but I can honestly say that getting lost in a book is one of my favourite things to do.

So why is it that I haven't finished a book in about a year?!

I blame a few circumstances - my job, for tiring me out and eating up most of my day; my laptop, for being an addictive, instantly gratifying form of entertainment; my car, for doing away with my hours spent reading on buses/trains; my friends and family, for being so lovely and active in my life and leaving me little time to myself.

None of those are really an excuse. I'm not *that* tired and I could be reading right now instead of writing this blog. And after I post it I'll still probably stay up watching rubbish TV programmes until I'm so sleepy I can't hold my eyes open. I feel like my brain is disintegrating and I think I've forgotten 80% of what I learnt at university even though it was only 3 years ago that I graduated. As much as I (mostly) enjoy my job, it isn't particularly 'academic'. I take photos and videos and edit them. No need for any inside knowledge of feminist theory there.

So another one of my 'goals' for the year is to start reading for pleasure again. Have you struggled to find time to sit down with a good book away from all the hustle and bustle of daily life? And have you got any book recommendations??

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Spring clean

Well, the birds are chirping, little lambs are springing and easter eggs are rolling down hills. It must be Spring! And so comes the time for a Spring Clean.

I mean this both literally and metaphorically. Firstly, I'm moving house soon. I've been in this flat for 3 years but one of my flatmates is moving out so myself and my other flatmate are getting a 2-bedroom place in the same area. Something smaller and nicer. This flat is very big and great for parties but the furnishings are a bit tired and tatty. To be honest, I also quite fancy moving and giving my things a clear out. I've stayed put for too long and gathered too much rubbish. We're looking to move in June/July but it'll take a while to sort out so I'll neeed to do little bits every week until then.

Secondly, I am cleaning out my lifestyle. Sort of. As I mentioned last week, it was my birthday. I had a great time and threw a massive party which was a great success but has left me feeling very rough all week. Lately I've been eating badly, drinking too much and generally not taking care of myself. Now that my celebrations are over, I am putting the chocolate and the booze away monday-friday, getting myself back to yoga class, the swimming pool and dusting my bike off. I'm sure that making these changes will make me feel a lot better with my joints, and help me lose a bit of that winter chub I've gathered.

It's difficult to emerge from the long laziness of winter, but I feel excited about the next few months and making positive changes to my life.

Friday, 15 April 2011


Happy birthday to meeee, happy birthday to meeee, happy birthday dear Squirrel, happy birthday toooooo meeeeeeeeeee!

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

A case of the blahs

So. This RA thing. I've had it 17 and a half months now, and I'm really not satisfied with it so I think I'm going to send it back. I've given it a fair go, and it turns out it's really not for me. Now, I'm sure I've got the receipt somewhere... A refund would be ideal but maybe I would settle for an exchange. Hayfever perhaps?

It's my 25th birthday on Friday. As a present I'd like my immune system back to normal, thanks. Oh and to win the lottery.

Sunday, 10 April 2011


This one's for cathy. Relaxing in the sun with my feet out. Lovely.
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Saturday, 2 April 2011


Hooray! What is this? Partially blue skies and it's the weekend?! Lovely. This is unusual for scotland. I've also just discovered I can post photos straight to my blogger from my phone. :-)
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