22 May 2015

10 TV shows I can watch on repeat

I like certain shows but I rarely repeat watch. Even shows that I enjoyed the first time I saw them I have rarely watched since that first viewing. Maybe it is something I will do. But for this list I have the shows that I will watch repeats of. Most are comedies, as I guess there are no spoilers with the storylines, and a couple are guilty pleasures.

I thought this would be easy...I thought...let's see how I get on!

1.       Friends
This is a clip from one of my favourite episodes where they put the scary books in the freezer :)

2.       Only fools and horses
A show that I will always love, and the jokes are classic jokes, but my love may also be influenced by having watched it in my childhood.

3.       Buffy
I have the boxset of this and every now and again watch some episodes, I am sure there are a few I haven't seen. It all looks so dated looking back but I guess that's to be expected.

4.       Black Books
When I was burgled they stole my boxset of this and I was mid way through reviewing it! , If you click on the Film/TV page above you will be able to scroll through and see some of the reviews or alternatively type black books into the search box.

5.       Scrubs
I love Scrubs, Dr Cox is my favourite character and his comments and insults make me laugh the most, I even like series 8!!

6.       Nip/Tuck
I havent watched all episodes, the clip is from the pilot, but I have the boxset and I do intend to work my way through them. Some of the themes are really good.

7.       Modern Family
I like this show, when I saw it advertised, read the info and watched the trailer, I thought it would be rubbish! I started watching it and now I love it, Phil Dunphy is my favourite in this show, but the other characters are all close seconds.

8.       Columbo

Columbo is great and I love how he acts like he has no clue whilst all the time revealing the evidence.

9.       Murder She Wrote

Just a clip of the theme tune as all the others were full episodes! Not entirely sure why I watch this, generally its only if nothing else is on, but I can watch episodes that I have seen already. Is that a good enough reason?

10.   Poirot

Another mystery show with the grand 'How it was done reveal' which I seem to enjoy, Poirot is brilliant and I love David Suchet in the role but I also liked Peter Ustinov as Poirot too. This clip has Emily Blunt in it!

I would love any recommendations you have on TV shows that I must watch from start to finish, maybe you have a favourite show? 

20 May 2015

10 cross stitch projects

Hello and welcome back!

Some of you may remember the great fire of 2013 that destroyed everything I held dear and included in that is some of my WIPs. It is one way of getting your WIPs 'finished off' but not quite the best. This list is made up of my WIPs (2), my stash (5) and my wishlist (3).  So lets not waste another moment and see whats waiting for me....all WIP picture I will upload tomorrow.

1. Spaniola
I just liked this and it was the first almost HAED project that I have started/done.

2. Santa (WIP)
This is the oldest project that I have, and is usually taken out for a week or so at christmas and on occasion it gets a few more stitches.

3. Sampler (WIP)
This is my lunch time project which I stitch at work, so it progresses very slowly, I chose to stitch it on black aida, and also opted for a variegated thread! Why do I punish myself?

4. Mirabila, Lady of the Mist (Stash)
This I liked because of the greens, the flowers and the ladies pose - to me it is as if she is sitting in the garden for the first time that its been warm enough and just enjoying feeling the warmth of the sun on her skin.

5. Gypsy queen ....maybe? (Stash)
I shall dig this out an find out the correct details (and for all the others too) but its very bright and very flamboyant and very orange and my love for orange know no bounds. I just need to get some fabric to stitch all of these projects on.

6. NYC (Stash)
The eagle-eyed amongst you may recall a post I wrote expressing how I NEEDED this pattern and I do now have it. Its bright colours with a christmas theme set in New York all just some of my favourite things.

7. Fantasy Bookshelf (Stash)
I was lucky enough to inherit this when my dear friend Keebs over at Keebles World ordered the wrong version. I have seen some of these in progress and its a very big project!

8. Green Dragonling (Stash)
I have admired many other stitchers Jasmine Beckett-Griffith designs and during a HAED sale I spied this one. I'm not sure if I will stitch it but I do like having it in my stash.

9. Ink Circles Big Red Ship (Wishlist)
I was looking at ink circles designs because Tiffany at tiffstitch had some on her wishlist. This wasnt one of them but as soon as I saw it I thought it was a must have...I don't have it yet....but....its so pretty....heheheh

10. Nora Corbett Spring garden fairy (Wishlist)
Again, I am blaming Tiffany for this, I really like all the spring garden fairies but as blue flowers are my favourite, I opted for this. I also like the bewitching fairies but would like to look out for a SAL to do these. Let me know if you come across any!

Whats number one on your wishlist?

19 May 2015

10 Apps I use most on my phone

Another day and another list! I really should do this in the evenings but last night I came across a TV show on Netflix that I found interesting. It was a Danish drama (so it was more reading with moving pictures) and the main character was pretty much Nurse Jackie minus the drugs and even her sidekick was a total rip off. If you haven't seen Nurse Jackie then you won't have any clue but if you have and your interested go and check out 'Rita'.

Anyhoo...I thought I would try and be helpful today with my top ten phone Apps that I just can't live without...ahem....or rather the few that I use most often...in no particular order...

1. Facebook
I rarely check Facebook online, but in the morning I will check it, I am not really interested in status updates but rather the funny videos and interesting articles. I do read some status' but I have to confess that I have blocked seeing some peoples too, lol! As I am sure they have me...even if I don't update it.

2. Gmail
Email counts as an app surely as I use the Gmail app as opposed to using the internet search. I have a lot of junk email and really need to cancel subscriptions and delete all the rubbish....but that will be a job and a half and until Google tell me my account is full...I'll leave it! hehehe

3. Pinterest
I have pinterest on my phone because its really handy and a great distraction on the train or when you are waiting for someone or even looking for inspiration for upcoming projects. My pinterest link is on the sidebar if you're interested :)

4. My bank
This is probably the most important of all these, I check it on payday and I transfer money to people and between accounts and it actually makes me feel in control of my finances. In the old days pre-app I would have just hoped that I had the money or gone to the bank to get cash out to pay people but now I don't have to...only drawback...makes you slightly more anti-social.

5. Elevate
This is a sort of game, its a brain trainer and its one that I have only just started to use, it has fun little tests to do...I can't say if its actually helping but I feel like it is and so I think that means it is?

6. Solitaire
I am addicted to Solitaire on my phone, not even the harder versions, not even Free cell but plain old Klondike.It can sap time so I recommend only play when you have time to sap.

7. Feedly
This is great actually, and it helps me to keep on top of blog reading, sometimes it freaks out and won't let me comment on blogs but be warned I am always watching :)

8. Twitter
I rarely post on Twitter, mainly because I don't have anything to say, and not that many people who I follow have much to say either. A couple of times a week I will just check on whats happening and you can always come across good links to things and news updates. I also have a friend on there who is really only ever to be found there! lol

9. Instagram
I haven't posted anything in an extremely long time but seeing as pictures speak a thousand words and I am all out of words and bored of reading twitter and FB updates, instagram is filling that gap. Photographic communication.

10. Argus
This is a health app or a health/fitness app and you can link up with friends etc. I am not linked up with any friends as I don't know anyone on it....if you are....let me know! What I like most is the way that the information is presented.

taken from here

Well thats all for now! Short and sweet :D Enjoy today...I hate Tuesdays! Grrr!

18 May 2015

10 books I am supposed to be reading

Are you on goodreads? If so, lets be friends :D You can find me here

If you are wondering why I am asking its because this is where I have a list of all the books I am currently reading or want to be reading. I have to confess that for every book I read I do start one that is as of now in progress. The majority tend to be non-fiction books that have suitable places to stop and pick up again but on occasion I have a fiction book that I just am not compelled to finish but still want to try to. One of my failings is not reading enough. I blame the fact that I can read relatively swiftly (4hrs per novel) and that in itself means the story has been and gone before I am invested. The very best books tend to lead me on a merry chase of reading books similar to it, set in the same environment, written with the same themes and if there is a film version, yes, you guessed it, I will watch it. Below is a list of books I am reading and that I want to read....and please please recommend your favourite books!

1. An Autobiography by Agatha Christie (Non-fiction)
I downloaded this to my kindle which I have a habit of forgetting to charge. However, I really do want to read some more of this as I am about a chapter in. Heres a description:
Over the three decades since her death on 12 January 1976, many of Agatha Christie’s readers and reviewers have maintained that her most compelling book is probably still her least well-known. Her candid Autobiography, written mainly in the 1960s, modestly ignores the fact that Agatha had become the best-selling novelist in history and concentrates on her fascinating private life. From early childhood at the end of the 19th century, through two marriages and two World Wars, and her experiences both as a writer and on archaeological expeditions with her second husband, Max Mallowan, Agatha shares the details of her varied and sometimes complex life with real passion and openness.

2. Awakening the Buddha within by Lama Surya Das (Non-fiction)
This is a book that I found whilst perusing a charity shop. I am very interested in spirituality and faith as a whole. Buddhism is very much something that I can relate to and this book is a good read. I am about half way through, and have stopped and started, but it is easy to do so. The writing style is very much that of a friend talking to you quite informally about their life and its this combination of biography and fact that I enjoy. Everyone has a story.
Lama Surya Das, the most highly trained American lama in the Tibetan tradition, presents the definitive book on Western Buddhism for the modern-day spiritual seeker.
The radical and compelling message of Buddhism tells us that each of us has the wisdom, awareness, love, and power of the Buddha within; yet most of us are too often like sleeping Buddhas.  In Awakening the Buddha Within, Surya Das shows how we can awaken to who we really are in order to lead a more compassionate, enlightened, and balanced life.

3. The secret history of wonder woman (Non-fiction)
I started reading this because I like super heroes and I love wonder woman and also I am a woman who believes in equality for all. I am only a couple of chapters into this book (again its on the blasted kindle) and its interesting to say the least. It definitely is making me think as I read which is not a bad thing at all.
A riveting work of historical detection revealing that the origin of one of the world’s most iconic superheroes hides within it a fascinating family story—and a crucial history of twentieth-century feminism
Wonder Woman, created in 1941, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, no superhero has lasted as long or commanded so vast and wildly passionate a following. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she has also has a secret history.

4. The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood (Fiction)
I was drawn to this book by its title and the fact that I am interested in knitting. I wish there was a knitting circle near me or a cross stitch one. Anyway, its on my kindle (aagh!) and I am about 3 chapters in. It is ok, I can't say much as its only the beginning but its ok....as far as I remember!
Come on in and join the knitting circle – it might just save your life…
Spinning yarns, weaving tales, mending lives…
Every Wednesday a group of women gathers at Alice's Sit and Knit. Little do they know that they will learn so much more than patterns…
Grieving Mary needs to fill the empty days after the death of her only child.
Glamorous Scarlet is the life and soul of any party. But beneath her trademark red hair and beaming smile lurks heartache.
Sculptor Lulu seems too cool to live in the suburbs. Why has she fled New York's bright lights?
Model housewife Beth never has a hair out of place. But her perfect world is about to fall apart….
Irish-born Ellen wears the weight of the world on her shoulders but not her heart on her sleeve. What is she hiding?
As the weeks go by, under mysterious Alice's watchful eye, an unlikely friendship forms. Secrets are revealed and pacts made. Then tragedy strikes, and each woman must learn to face her own past in order to move on…

5. A Conneticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court by Mark Twain (Fiction)
I decided along with a friend, back in February, to try to read some books from a reading challenge and so my to read list is full of random books selected purely because they fit a category. This book is one of them. I used to watch a TV show back in the late 80s, early 90s? called Never the Twain, it was too old guys bickering basically (as I recall) but I liked it and I like Huckleberry Finn so why not try this. Have you read it? What did you think?
This novel tells the story of Hank Morgan, the quintessential self-reliant New Englander who brings to King Arthur’s Age of Chivalry the “great and beneficent” miracles of nineteenth-century engineering and American ingenuity. Through the collision of past and present, Twain exposes the insubstantiality of both utopias, destroying the myth of the romantic ideal as well as his own era’s faith in scientific and social progress.

6. The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Fiction)
I have been meaning to read this book ever since its release, and I can't tell  you why I havent because I have no excuse, as it appeals to me. I like to watch those bleak Scandinavian crime dramas and as someone who loves to read crime thrillers I thought this would be good. Then whilst I was still meant to be reading it, the next book came out and the film was released, and I have yet to see the film.
Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch—and there's always a catch—is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo

7. Blankets by Craig Thompson (Fiction, Graphic Novel)
About three years ago, I stumbled upon another reading challenge and it was related to Graphic Novels, something that had long appealed to me yet I hadnt read were graphic novels. The first one I picked up was 'The Walking Dead' and maybe it was more than three years ago because it was about 6 months before the TV show came out that I began to read them. I won't go on about them now but a post may be needed at a later date. But on the list of recommended graphic novels is this one called Blankets.
Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith.

8. Me talk pretty one day by David Sedaris (Non-fictionish)
A comedic look at life and a move from NYC to Paris, whats not to appeal about that? I have visited Paris and I loved it. I really cannot explain why, maybe it was that it was overwhelmingly french or that I felt like I was in a movie, I don't know exactly but I want to go back. I met a young woman there who was from Sweden but had left to go to France for three months to learn french. Just like that. I was impressed by her carefree attitude about something that I would consider a huge thing. She had literally just gone to Paris and was looking for lodgings! Anyway, as someone who loves languages but fears speaking to a native of that language (even with the basics that I have learnt) this appealed to me along with it being a book of short stories.
David Sedaris' move to Paris from New York inspired these hilarious pieces, including the title essay, about his attempts to learn French from a sadistic teacher who declares that "every day spent with you is like having a caesarean section". 
His family is another inspiration. You Can't Kill the Rooster is a portrait of his brother, who talks incessant hip-hop slang to his bewildered father. And no one hones a finer fury in response to such modern annoyances as restaurant meals presented in ludicrous towers of food and cashiers with six-inch fingernails. 

 9. Ariel by Sylvia Plath (Poetry)
Can you believe that I have never read Sylvia Plath EVER! Hence this is on the list.
"In these poems...Sylvia Plath becomes herself, becomes something imaginary, newly, wildly and subtly created." -- From the Introduction by Robert Lowell

10.  This slot is empty because of the 80 books I "apparently" want to read, only 9 are calling out to me....so help me add something here by recommending your favourite novel or the last novel you read.

Thanks :D

17 May 2015

10 things you'll find in my handbag

So...the self-saboteur that lives in my brain informed me yesterday that as it was a Saturday that I didnt need to post....yeah right! Mother nature was kicking my butt so i'm adding that to my excuse pile. So here I am, sat in my garden, sun shining, bee harassing me and poised to post not once but twice today. 

So...lets kick it all off with the simplest list on my list of lists...or at least I thought it would be until I realised that I have an aversion to unwanted items in my handbag.

1. Purse
I have a purse but all I keep in it is small change, bank card and ID. It is a nice pink leather Radley purse and my iphone fits in that if I just want to use that instead of the large bag. 

2. Iphone
I do keep this in my bag whenever it is not tucked in my bra strap...heheh....ladies with larger boobies might relate more to this extra storage space.

3.Other cards
Other cards are kept here and by other its mainly loyalty cards...you can't seem to go anywhere without being given one, stamps too go with these cards, and also my pre-paid prescription card! Very important.

I have to have a pen, I may need to write something down, and it has to be in blue ink. Although I must confess that my current pen is black ink and that's only because it was a gift from a friend who went to Hobbiton in New Zealand.

I have a small hardback notebook. Its ideal for writing in with pen mentioned above!When inspiration strikes I can write it down, or any other mundane things that I feel need noting.

6. Keys
Yes, door key, An essential I think.

7. Sanitary stuff.
Yes, emergency sanitary stuff, not a suitcase full but a couple of items in case I get caught out.

8. Painkillers.
Obviously, for headaches and any other aches and my painkiller of choice is Ibuprofen.

9. Perfume.
Currently I have Roberto Cavalli perfume in my bag...because I absolutely love it and just the smell can cheer me up so its great to have.

10. Hairbrush
My hair has an inate ability to look a mess at any given moment in time and my small handbag sized hairbrush is perfect for those moments.

Wow! I was actually easier to think of things than I thought....but that is about everything in my bag...and yes...admittedly this is a pretty dull post...so help me out guys and tell me what random, unusual, unexpected items you have in your handbag.