Bruce is being quiet for a change!
Sunday, 27 November 2011
I have spent the day today doing some xmas shopping with my other half and also cleaning the house. Exciting stuff!
We went and did a bit of shopping in Cardiff Bay and finally got ourselves a tidy set of cutlery ready for xmas dinner! After a late lunch of hot dogs we cleaned the house and I've made a beef and ale casserole which is now bubbling away nicely ready for tea!
I'm putting my xmas trimmings up next weekend so trying to figure out where everything will go. I'm also still reading the Night Circus. It's taking me a while because I've been so tired but I am enjoying it.
Friday, 25 November 2011
Bruce is having another nap sat next to me now as we are sharing a duvet on the sofa. He is such a cutie when he is asleep. I just hope he remembers to have a lie in tomorrow morning.
I had to take Mr Sheli (also known as Steven!) to the hospital last night as he hurt his ankle again playing football last night and wanted to go to A&E to get it checked out. After 2 hours of waiting, they told him there was nothing they could do as he had torn his tendons and ligaments! Grrr! So this is why I'm so tired today! No wonder really.
I'm hoping to feel more chirpy tomorrow!
(By the way, I've decided to read The Night Circus first and am going to start it this evening. I love the black edged pages! Steven reckons it looks like a book that belongs to a vampire!)
Thursday, 24 November 2011
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
I really wish I could say that I enjoyed this book but I really didn't. In fact I couldn't wait to finish it, but for all the wrong reasons so found it really hard to motivate myself to actually pick it up.
I didn't like the characters, especially Dora and the way her sections were written. When I was reading it all I could hear in my head was the voice of Dawn French when she played Vicky Pollard's mum in Little Britain. If you can imagine that then you will know what I am talking about!
Very disappointing! I won't be starting a new book now until tomorrow when my mum will bring over my delivery of books. I'll tell you all about that tomorrow!
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
I really enjoyed reading it and was really engrossed in the character's stories! It was based around 3 main characters and they all featured in the books in separate sections. I liked this as it was easier to keep track of each character and also was a bit like reading 3 books in one. I also liked that this book was a book about writing books and really inspired me as I'm starting my Creative Writing course in January (still need to mention about this!).
My favourite character was Gemma as she was the funniest and the person I could identify with the most.
I was a little disappointed with the ending as it was a little predictable but the book was tied up nicely at the end and you knew what everyones future would be. I would definitely recommend this book, especially to Marian Keyes fans!
Sunday, 20 November 2011
I got a lovely notepad in Paperchase for when I start my Creative Writing course in the new year (Eeeek! More on this soon!) and of course a new pen which is supercute and is covered in a Russian doll pattern. I had to stop myself from buying the entire range to be honest but was very restrained!
I also went into Waterstones for a look around as I love bookshops. I was very disappointed that there were no offers on for me, and the only ones that would have interested me were for books I already have. I was intending on treating myself so felt a bit rubbish about this.
But on Saturday morning I got the latest catalogue from The Book People and found loads of books I wanted that were really cheap!!! So I have ordered a grand total of 14 books (this should keep me going until Santa brings me some more!!) but I will let you know more about them when the postman brings them for me!! :-)
Thursday, 17 November 2011
It is hosted by Kirstie Allsopp and shows all sorts of different crafts and she then enters competitions with what she has made. It has really inspired me to be more crafty and make things as this is something I enjoy doing and it really gives me a sense of achievement to see the finished product. I have recently posted a few times about the christmas cards I have made but am considering trying some other things.
I like baking so am going to try and do more of it. I am also tempted by things like jam and chutney making.
I am also quite tempted by some sort of needlecraft project as this could be something that I could undertake over a long period and would hopefully be very proud of what I made.
Any suggestions gratefully received!!
Here they are:
I've made a few Welsh language ones for my friends too.
This one is my favourite out of all the ones I've done so far.
I need to make quite a few more to make sure I've got enough though!! I'd better crack on!
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
I really enjoy xmas shopping as I like spending time buying things for other people and like trying to get special little things to suprise them.
Now to crack on with getting my cards done in time to send them!
Monday, 14 November 2011
I have just finished reading The Sisters Brothers and really enjoyed it. I wasn't sure I would like this book as it is a cowboy/western style story and I've never read anything like that before as I generally don't find it interesting.
This book was on the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize this year so I thought I would give it a go based on this and I'm glad I did.
The story is about two brothers named Eli and Charlie Sisters and follows them on a job. It is no ordinary job though as they are hitmen paid to murder people. The story is set at the time of the Californian goldrush and is an amusing yet dark tale of their journey and the various saloons (and whores) they visit on the way. DeWitt has written this really well and turned what could be a very serious and dry story into something which I think could have a fairly universal appeal. Do not expect your average spagetti western though as you may be disappointed!
Sunday, 13 November 2011
I've always watched reality tv such as big brother and I'm a celeb (new series tonight woohoo!). And am a massive fan of come dine with me, coach trip and three in a bed. I also have a soft spot for don't tell the bride, young apprentice, young, dumb and living off mum.... the list is endless.
Since being off work I have started watching something I never thought I would...the only way is essex. I'm quite enjoying it and even have my favourite people and the ones I hate. I also sit shaking my head at the stupidity of them (for example, did you know that the moon and the sun are actually two different planets?) but still watch it! I've tried watching made in chelsea but I hated it. I think I'll stick to towie as my guilty pleasure!
I've also discovered a new programme called sorority girls on E4. I find it fascinating that there are girls like this in America who are so involved in their sorority and that it's a bit like a religion. Episode 2 is on next tuesday so I'm looking forward to that.
I hope all this crap tv isn't ruining my braincells and that intelligent people can watch reality tv too!
Thursday, 10 November 2011
I had high expectations for this book as it won the prize over the rest of the shortlist. I have read Jamrach's Menagerie and Pigeon English from the shortlist and really enjoyed them so was looking forward to this book.
Unfortunately I was really disappointed. I found that the first few pages did not grab me and I found them difficult to read. I did not feel an affinity with the characters and they weren't particularly likeable or the story itself particularly gripping. Even though the book was only 150 pages, it took me a few days to finish, just because I found it difficult to motivate myself to pick the book back up.
I wouldn't recommend this book and am disappointed that this won the prize. I still have three books from the shortlist to read so at least I have those to look forward to!!
Saturday, 5 November 2011
The story is about Jaffy Brown and his life. He starts working at Mr Jamrach's menagerie after deciding to stroke a tiger on the nose when he was 8 as he has an obvious talent with animals. When he is older he goes on an expedition on a ship to find a dragon for one of Mr Jamrach's customers. The story follows his voyage and what he encounters on the way.
I loved the way the book was written. I could really imagine the scenes in Jaffy's life. Because of this, the reader feels a real affinity with the characters. This story will stay with me for a very long time and is a real story of bravery.
It was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize this year, but did not win. I've got another four books from the shortlist to read, including the winner so I'll see if I agree with the judge's choice!
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Soup is one of my favourite things and have recently started making batches myself and eating it with some lovely crusty bread! I just have to learn to make the bread now!