Friday, 30 September 2016

My beauty hit list - top to toe :)

My nails are in need of attention. The last time I was having them done, I got into a discussion with the customer next to me about waxing. She had just had her chin waxed.

Now my chin drives me bonkers. I literally have about 6 rogue hairs on my chin. They grow in the wrong direction and are really coarse because, wrongly, sin of all beauty sins, I have plucked out the pesky buggars!! 

This was years ago, when I was none the wiser. Now I know, but such as they are, they have to be removed. It simply never occurred to me to wax the area. 

I am now newly informed and as such, I shall be booking in for a chin wax. Also, an upper lip wax, and further an eyebrow wax and shape!!

Then, I am taking the plunge and sorting out my feet. Bit of dead skin, but mainly ugly nails. They need to be lovely like my hands. 

I also want a body scrub and a massage. Badly in need of that. 

Finally, I am booked in for a facial. If I was a bit slimmer, I would also be going for false eyelashes and a spray tan - but that will have to wait until I actually get my backside in gear!! I've lost some weight, but not where I want to be yet!! 

Enough to be going on with though even without that!! Happy Me!! :)

Somebody said something awful to me a few weeks ago. I need to diet!!

 I was describing to someone how I fell last week and bumped my head. I came a right cropper, and the person I was chatting with was being most sympathetic.

Until they said this "you're a big girl to fall like that as well!". Ok, so I am far from a stick insect, this is not news. But a big girl?? Really?

I am a size 12-14. Granted, at the moment, more 14 than twelve, still carrying my post holiday weight. But a big girl?? I am, quite simply put, devastated.

I'm 100% certain the person in question was not intentionally trying to hurt me, but my gosh it hurt all the same.

Right then. I never want to be described like that or seen like that ever again. Drastic measures are called for. Starting immediately!!

Goals for 2016 - final quarter review

Goals for 2016
  • Reach goal weight
  • Start to Learn Spanish - made a start!! 
  • Run in a race
  • Get a tattoo
  • Change job - done :) 
  • Get a new car
  • Make my garden spectacular
  • Get my porch decorated - done :) 
  • Get a new shower
  • Clear out the garage! - done :) 
  • Get the fencing painted
  • Put up great hanging baskets - done :) 
  • Keep myself maintained - nails, hair, eyebrows and massages
  • Go to the gym at least 3 times per week - oops :( 
  • Get writing again
  • Go to amazing places - theatre, live music, cinema, comedians
  • Get outdoors - every weekend some place new
  • Walk more - reboot!
  • Drink less - good progress
  • Spend less - good progress
  • Save more - good progress
  • Enjoy life more
  • Stress less - getting there!! 
  • Be Amazing!!!
  • Wardrobe sort out - done :) 
  • Draw sort out - done :) 
  • New lingerie top to bottom
  • Go somewhere lovely for a meal at least once a month
  • Host a dinner party - do BBQs count? 

My Movie Reviews - Thor : the Dark World

If you are a fan of comic book film adaptations, then this is for you. Thor: The Dark World, otherwise known as Thor 2 (as in its the second one), came out in 2013.

Quite obviously, from the title, its another episode in the story of title character superhero : Thor. Played by Chris Hemsworth so brilliantly in the first film, he returns again as the lead character.

Thor is a character from the Marvel Comics, along with others you might know better such as Spider Man, Iron Man, the Hulk and Captain America to name a few of them.

This film boasts a fabulous cast - Hemsworth as Thor, as I mentioned is the lead. But the supporting cast includes Thor's love interest in the form of Natalie Portman, Thor's dad Odin is Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo as his mum Frigga, and his brother Loki is played by Tom Hiddleston. But that's not all - the case also includes Christopher Eccleston, Stellan Skarsgard and Idris Elba!

So back to the film. This film is all about the the Convergence. This soon becomes apparent as a bad thing about to happen. Thor, fresh from fighting another battle to pacify the Nine Realms, returns to Asgard, where his brother Loki is imprisoned for his previous crimes.

The Asgardians soon discover the Convergence, which is an event that will link the nine realms together, causing random portals between the realms. This is not good, as it will distort the laws of physics and cause mayhem and disruption, not to mention destruction of the earth.

Portman who plays Jane, is in London whilst this is all beginning to happen. She gets caught up in a portal she is investigating and becomes infected by the power of a secret weapon, which was trapped years previously by Thor's father but due to all the portals and the Convergence has been released. The weapon was known as the Aether.

Thor, returning to earth, finds Jane, but is shocked when she uses the power know within her. Thor takes her back to Asgard with him, knowing that to leave her on earth will destroy her. His father Odin realises at once what has happened, and warns Thor that the power will be too much for Jane and will ultimately kill her. Worse still, he has grave concerns over the power that the Aether has and of what it portends for the nine realms.

Odin having previously fought with Malekith, a kind of dark lord, who previously tried to rule using the Aether, unknown to Odin escaped. Malekith wakes up on the release of the Aether, somehow connected to it. Algrim, a warrior of Malekith's, offers himself and is turned into one of the Kursed - a sort of souless master warrior that will fight to death. Algrim and Malekith seek the Aether and attempt to track down Jane, knowing that she is within Asgard.

In the battle, Thor's mother is killed by them. Thor, knowing he should not leave Asgard has no choice but to ask Loki for help. He doesn't trust him though, not one bit. Together, they flee with Jane to a secret portal only known by Loki. So far, it would appear Loki has been good to his word and they hope to draw Malekith away from Asgard.

The plan works, and Malekith and Algrim follow them. Loki tricks Malekith into taking the Aether without killing Jane doing it. Thor battles to destroy the weapon once and for all, but fails, and Loki is fatally hurt after killing Algrim. Thor holds his brother in his arms and promises him that he will tell their father of his courage. It seems Loki wasn't all bad after all.

Malekith however, continues to wreak havoc. He plans to destroy the world through the convergence by using the portals linking the nine realms. By using the power of the Aether, he could destroy all the realms due to the distortions in the physics. Just don't ask me to explain this part - it was very complicated.

Thor battles with him, in and out of the portals, until there is just one portal between them. He cannot get to Malekith, but he works with Jane and her team to teleport Malekith to the secret portal to the world he last Loki in, just in time for Malekiths own ship to fall upon him crushing him. Good riddance too. The world is saved. Again.

Thor returns to Asgard, and to his father. Odin offers Thor the throne. Thor declines. Odin comments that he has one son who is offered the throne but does not want it, and the other who would have done anything for it, but could not be given it.

All in all, this is an action packed film, and is visually stunning, amazing effects and a fab storyline. This film tells more of Thor's relations, but I have to admit it is a bit confusing at times. Yes, I get that Thor has his hammer, and has to keep battling to prove his worth, honour his father etc.. Yes, I get that he is from Asgard, and that he has to protect it. I get that he is a superhero and that his brother is a baddy for the most part. All of that, great.

The not so great stuff now then. It's all very challenging to keep up with. Unless you are an avid Marvel Comics fan, who not only has seen all the films that went before, but also has read much up on the characters, the planets, the realms and the interconnected stories between the various big hitters i.e. The Avengers Assemble ones, you get a bit lost. You can work out who is the good guy who is the bad guy mainly, but not what is happening, or why it is happening.

My best advice would be to watch the first one again, then watch this immediately after wards without delay. I haven't seen the first one for a good year or more, and this lost me at times. I'm going to watch number one, then watch this again.

This is not to detract from what a great film this is, but its not one to half watch whilst you are doing something else. This one requires your full attention. Hemsworth looks mighty hot in this, which is visually enjoyable!! The actors are very good, and the characters well written. Just don't expect the simpleness of some other comic productions. This one is deep! This boy has some issues for sure!!

Well worth a watch, just don't watch it whilst you are ironing, on the laptop or your tablet or your phone - it needs your 100% concentration. In my opinion anyway. I would give this a 6 1/2 out of ten, as the techy stuff also lost me a bit. Good film, but too over complicated.

Learning Spanish - 3 new words

  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Daily Positivity Post

Today was a good day. Great training session this morning at work. Got lots of work done at home this afternoon, without interuption!!

Then I got all the ironing done - every last bit. Great feeling. Next it was our pup's third puppy party. She was a good girl - funny, entertaining, but a good girl.

Finally, tonight, I have had a healthy tea, watched some good TV and I have a day off tomorrow :)

My Movie Reviews - Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips is one of those films that comes out to a huge amount of fuss and media hype. Ordinarily, I wait until the heat dies down a little, in order to watch without any kind of pre-conceived ideas based on other people's opinions. Now I wish I had gone and watched it at the flicks - it is epic.

Released late in 2013, unbelievably this horrendous frightening tale of modern day piracy is actually based on true events. That is a scary thought.

The film starts with the always brilliant Tom Hanks as captain of a ship called the Maersk Alabama. The ship is one of those enormous container carriers - you know the ones that seem to go on forever defying logic that something that large and that heavy should float.

Hanks plays Richard Phillips, aka Captain Phillips. The ship is unarmed, and the crew's task is to take it from the pick up in the Port of Salalah, Oman, through the Gulf of Aden and onto Mombasa in Africa. The route will take them close to Somalia, which is renowned for piracy. Due to this, Captain Phillips has the crew practice drills for what they will do should they encounter them.

As the crew practice, two small blips appear on their radar. The Captain states that he doesn't like the look of it, and orders the ship to turn slightly to see if they follow. They do. Phillips orders the crew to speed up, and at first they think its still part of the drill. Soon they realise its real, and the ship is pushed to its max, powering through the water. Behind them, 2 small boats are chasing them. The boats are armed, heavily, and they start to gain.

Phillips bluffs by pretending to have made contact with base, and that an air support is imminent. This is enough for one of the boats, who turn back, much to the anger of the other pirates. The remaining boat continues after the ship, until it burns out and can't go on. The ship carries on, but Phillips and the crew know that the pirates will return. They discuss going off route, but Phillips reminds them that the waters are notorious and that going 6 hours out will be just as likely to encounter other pirates. Many of the crew are worried and angry, and Phillips has to quell their fears by telling them that they can leave when they reach their destination, but that for now, they have no choice.

The next day, the pirates return. Their boat has been welded and this time they easily keep up despite Phillips desperately trying manoeuvres to deflect their attempts to get their metal ladder attached. The ship turns hoses on the pirates, and constantly zigzags creating choppy water which causes the small boat to bang dangerously into the ships side. The pirates don't give up though, and finally, they make contact and board the ship.

Phillips orders the crew to cut the ship's power, and sends them off to hide. The lead pirate, Muse, takes control of the ship and demands money. Phillips tells him to take what's in the safe, which is approx $30,000 dollars. This isn't enough for Muse, who plans to ransom the ship.

Muse isn't daft. He doesn't believe Phillips when he tells him the ship was pushed too far and is broken. He demands to be taken to the engine room. Realising this, the crew, who are hiding there, no that they need to hide. They need to get the lights off. One of the crew sneaks out of the engine room, distracts the pirate who is stationed there with a gun and manages to cut the power. The engine room is totally dark, and the crew breaks some glass hearing that one of the pirates is bare footed.

The pirates enter the engine room, and one of them hurts his feet on the glass. Muse works out that it was deliberate, but the crew overpower him. The others escape, but the crew negotiate to swap muse for Phillips. They tell them about the ships life capsule, which the can use to get away. The plan almost works, but the pirates force Phillips into the lifeboat and take him with them, intending to use him to get the money.

This is where it gets very claustrophobic and extremely scary. The pirates start to fall out with each other, and Phillips life is in serious danger. The pirates lose contact with their mother ship, and the US navy intercepts them. Knowing that they cannot escape, they agree to send Muse over to the navy destroyer to negotiate. The navy make them believe that their elders are waiting there for them. Unbeknown to Phillips, the captain of the USS Bainbridge navy destroyer has made it clear that under no circumstances can the lifeboat reach the shore, whatever happens.

Phillips is no fool, and he knows that the navy won't allow the situation to deteriorate. He makes out that he needs the loo, and spies his chance, diving in to the water. The navy can't tell who is in the water or who is on the boat, so they cannot take any action, and reluctantly Phillips has to return to the lifeboat. The pirates fire at him, then fight with each other, knowing that if Phillips is killed they are dead.

Muse finally agrees to board the Bainbridge, becoming aware he has no other option. The navy negotiator keeps working with them, and the pirates eventually allow the boat to be towed. Muse goes ahead and boards the navy ship. In the handover Phillips makes the navy know what position he is in, and navy SEALs start to take position to try and end the crisis.

When nothing happens, Phillips begins to give up hope. He has been so strong, and so clever, but he finally cannot take anymore. He writes a goodbye note, but the pirate now in charge in Muse' absence gets angry. He blindfolds Phillips, hitting him hard with the gun. The other pirates try to stop him. The SEAL's can't get a clear shot, and it seems the pirates will shoot Phillips before they can.

Abruptly, the tow stops. Shots are fired, but at first its not clear what has happened. Phillips starts to shriek, and manages to get his blindfold down a little, seeing that the pirates have been shot. Muse, onboard the destroyer is arrested. The navy rescue Phillips, who is in a state of shock. They check him over, and he begins to sob. Its awful to watch. He thanks his rescuers and gives in to the despair and relief as they work on his injuries. The film titles come up stating that Muse was given 33 years imprisonment for his piracy.

As I said at the beginning of my review, this is absolutely terrifying, and is made all the worse for the knowledge that it is based on true events. The horror that anyone has actually been through this for real is unbearable, unthinkable. Hanks is superb. As always. Damn disgrace that this film didn't win an oscar. The pirates themselves were so convincing, so terrifying, that surely they should have been awarded.

Don't let that distract you though. The Oscars are Hollywood status, but not winning takes nothing away from the sheer brilliance of this film. Well scripted, amazingly acted, utterly absorbing and petrifying. The suspense had me almost groaning with despair and not knowing if Phillips would make it or what was going to happen.

This is an epic. I just cannot find any fault with this film. Its another 10 out of 10 from me. Like buses, I don't give a 10 out of 10 for months, then several together recently!!

For more movies, check out My Film Reviews here.

2016 is heading for the best year ever !!

Well last year was amazing. We went to Marrakesh, Crete and Gran Canaria. We went to London, Manchester and Nottingham.

We saw Taylor Swift, Paloma Faith and Take That. We went to see Dynamo and headed off to a Posh Pool Party.

I thought it would take some beating, but 2016 is really starting to catch up!! In Feb we headed off to Harry Potter World. In March I turned 40, and we got engaged!! (Still in shock). In May we headed off to Mexico. Then in June it was ACDC and an overnight stay in Manchester.

We went to see the Kaiser Chiefs in Delamere Forest in July, and then went off to Lanzarote.  We have a white water rafting experience to book - part of the birthday presents!! And now, we have another holiday booked for November - Gran Canaria!!  I am so excited!!

We also have tickets to the Bear Grylls tour in October, and who knows what other adventures are still unknown!! Happy days :)

Here are some reminders of last years adventures:

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Inspired by Fatonomics -the bet is on with the other half!!

I watched Fatonomics and I am utterly inspired. If there is one thing I hate more than being overweight, it is parting with my money!!

Don't get me wrong - I am happy to buy things I love, and on holidays etc.. But wasting money? No no no! So, I watched this program with Dr Christian (him off Supersize v Superskinny).

Basically two very overweight people put their own money up and compete against one another to lose the most % of fat. If they win, they get to spend their opponents money. If they lose, they lose their money and have to watch the other person spend it!!

Amazingly, this seems to work. Clearly us Brits are not easily parted with our dosh, even if it means sticking to our diets!

You may be wondering how this has inspired moi. Well let me tell you then. I'm not going to be competing with another fellow dieter. I don't have anyone who is of a similar weight to me to do it with. My other half is on a diet, but he has much less to lose, and he's one of those damned annoying types that thinks about dieting, does it for 2 weeks and it magically melts away.

Not a chance am I competing with him. Not going to happen. If anything, it would probably be more likely to de-rail my attempts. So how am I going to use this technique then?

Well, my version is this. I am going to give my other half £100 of my very own pounds. Between now and July (when we go on holiday), I am not to drink any wine, beer or cider. If I do? Bye bye £100. If I don't? I get my lovely dosh back.

You might by now be thinking that I am bonkers. I probably am. However, wine is my nemesis. I absolutely love it. It is my beverage of choice. The problem is that if I drink wine, my will power goes out of the window, and I drink more wine, then I nibble, then I gorge. Then I usually fall asleep. Its not a good combination for a diet.

I am allowed shorts, spirits with a mixer (diet of course), so this should be a successful project. I am going to put Dr Christian's logic to the test.

Will money be enough I wonder? Lets see.

My Sci-Fi Film Reviews

After Earth
Thor: the Dark World
Titanic - classic film
White House Down

Places I want to go in 2016 - review

Places we want to go in 2016
  • York
  • Lake District
  • Liverpool
  • Glasgow
  • Aberdeen
  • West End Show in London
  • Cornwall
  • Nottingham
  • Eden Project
  • Harry Potter World - COMPLETE
  • Scotland

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Daily Positivity Post

Time for today's daily positivity post. Its Tuesday, so not quite half way through the week, but I have Friday off as leave so technically, for me, its hump day!! So that's lovely - a day early.

The scales are a bit heavier than I want them to be, but my head is on track now. I've had a big plate of veg tonight and I feel healthy.

I am also being very organised this year. I have already placed my shopping delivery orders for the day I get back off hols, and also for my Christmas shop. How fabulous is that?

My puppy continues to make me feel happy and positive too. Long may that continue :)

10 Retro Singles of the Week so far

#10 The Human League - Don't You Want Me
#9 Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved
#8 The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition
#7 Radiohead - Karma Police
#6 Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
#5 REM - Everybody Hurts
#4 Shakespears Sister
#3 Elbow - One Day Like This
#2 Baz Luhrman - Sunscreen
#1 No Doubt - Don't Speak 1997

My Top 10 Action Films

Here are my top 10 Action films:

Number 1: Die Hard (all of them)
Number 2: Mission Impossible (all of them!)
Number 3: Jaws
Number 4: Lethal Weapon
Number 5: The Transporter (all of them)
Number 6: Top Gun
Number 7: The Matrix
Number 8: Con Air
Number 9: Desperado
Number 10: Speed

My Movie Reviews - Pompeii

Pompeii is a well known disaster location, courtesy of an erupting volcano called Vesuvius. Its not surprising then that an action film has know been based (loosely) around the event.

Which brings me to this review of the 2014 film Pompeii. Its billed as a historical disaster, which is pretty accurate. It also has quite an intriguing storyline, and an impressive cast.

It begins showing pompeii casts from the actual disaster, and reflections on the devastation looking back. Then we jump back to the year 62AD. Its a settlement of celts, who are savagely murdered by the Romans. This particular pack of blood thirsty Roman soldiers headed up by the always impressive Kiefer Sutherland who plays Corvus. This man has to possess the single most blood curdling voice ever.

Back to the plot. All the celts are killed, except a small boy. He is later captured by slave traders, and grows up to be the most epic fighter. The little boy is named Milo, and is played by Kit Harrington. I had never heard of him, but this boy sports a serious physique. I've later learned he starred in Game of Thrones, and also How to Train Your Dragon 2.

His road leads him to be bought to Pompeii to fight. At this point, its reminiscent of Gladiator, which is no bad thing and perhaps hard to avoid given the similarities - vile Romans, honourable Gladiator slaves etc.. Said slave meets the beautiful Cassia when her horse falls. He is gentle with the injured horse, but possesses the strength to put it out of its misery. She is instantly attracted to him, a fact noticed at one by her lady servant Ariadne.

Cassia is returning to Pompeii from Rome, to her parents, city ruler Severus and his wife. His wife played by Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity off the Matrix). Severus hopes to do business with Rome, and shortly after her return, Corvus makes an appearance in Pompeii. It appears it is he and not the Emperor who wishes to do business in Pompeii. However, it soon becomes clear that its not just Severus business he wants - he wants Cassia too, and was the reason for her leaving Rome.

At the gladiator arena, Cassia once again sees Milo and allows him to help settle the horses. The horses have picked up on the tension from the about to erupt volcano. He takes Cassia out on the horse, but they realise they cannot escape and Cassia lies to save Milo's life. Corvus though, makes her pay for her betrayal in refusing his offer of marriage and has him whipped.

Milo and the reigning slave gladiator Atticus look set to fight to the death. However, when deals are done to sacrifice them both, they form an uneasy allegiance. The next day, it seems Milo was right Milo and Atticus manage to survive the supposed re-enactment of the Celts massacre by Corvus. As they battle and win their victory Corvus quips that he doesn't recall it happening this way.

Corvus backs Severus into a corner, and he has to agree to Cassia's hand in marriage against her will. As the fighting continues in the arena, he blackmails Cassia's father. Milo and Atticus win against the odds, but it is down to Corvus to decide their fate. Before he can raise or lower his thumb, Cassia once again saves Milo's life by raising hers. Corvus, angered by her defiance, sends her to the villa whilst he remains at the arena.

The volcano begins to rumble the ground beneath them, as cracks begin to appear in the arena. This is where the likeness to Gladiator ends - there are no volcanoes in Gladiator! Corvus, unsatisfied with the victory of Milo orders a one on one battle between Milo and his number one Roman officer Proculus. As they battle, Vesuvius erupts, clearing her throat at first, then more violently. The arena begins to collapse, and the fighters fall into the chambers beneath as people are crushed by the collapsing building.

Proculus escapes as Milo unleashes the rest of the slaves. Corvus and Severus are both pinned beneath debris. Severus wife, badly injured, urges him to kill Corvus whilst he has the chance. Corvus though, realises what is happening, and it is Severus who is killed, lying side by side with his wife as ash begins to fall upon them.

The eruption is wild now - fireballs and molten rock setting fires all around Pompeii. The people desperately try to flee to the boats in the harbour. Many are struck, and sink, and the rest are swept up in a huge Tsunami caused by the eruption.

Atticus and Milo have survived, but Milo goes to rescue Cassia. They go their separate ways, and Milo finds and rescues Cassia. They head back to the arena to get the horses to try and escape, reuniting with Atticus who has realised there is no way out. The gladiators fight with the Romans who Corvus has placed at the arena, as Cassia goes to see to her parents, realising they are dead.

As she does, Corvus captures her. Milo takes chase as Corvus takes Cassia in a chariot. Atticus faces Proculus and the two fight to the death. Atticus is badly hurt, but rises up and kills Proculus. He remains at the arena and welcomes oncoming death as a free man. Think Braveheart here.

Milo and Corvus fight one another, as Cassia frees herself from the chariot before it crashes. Avoiding fireballs and falling debris they fight on. Cassia sneaks up and chains Corvus wrist to the wall, pinning him there. Rather than kill him, Milo tells him his gods are coming for him. He and Cassia take the horse and escape.

As they put some distance between them and the oncoming flow of lava and fire, the horse throws them. Milo tells Cassia to get back on, take the horse on her own and go, telling her the horse is not strong or fast enough for them both. She refuses, and slaps the horse, leaving the together. Milo takes her in his arms and kisses her, telling her not to look at the pyroclastic cloud washes over them.

The film ends with a 360 degree view of Milo and Cassia carbonised by the heat still in their last embrace, locked their forever.

In summary, this was enjoyable. However, be warned for some seriously dodgy dialogue and some very hammy acting. A very pretty and aesthetically pleasing cast go some way towards making this more enjoyable and off-set some of the cheesier moments. Its not exactly deep, clearly has taken huge influence from other big blockbuster period films before it, but because of the disaster element, its actually good fun.

I usually am a big "weepy" type, not even as a result of anything particularly deep - even adverts can set me off on occasion, but I found I didn't much care that they didn't survive rather than being inclined to even feel sad, which is a shame as I did quite enjoy this. The characters just weren't given enough depth to get to know them.

All in all, if you like disaster movies, and you like kind of period piece that means you do get to see the lovely cast looking buff and/or pretty, then check it out. If you prefer a meatier script and deep and meaningful plot lines, then give it a wide steer.

I would give this a 6 out of 10 mainly based on the volcanoes starring role. Let me know what you think.

You can check out more of my movie reviews at My Film Reviews page by clicking here.  :)

My Top 10 Classics to Read

  • Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
  • The Catcher in the Rye - J.D Salinger
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
  • The Hobbit - J.R.R Tolkien
  • 1984 - George Orwell
  • Pride and Prejudice - Jayne Austen
  • Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
  • Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky
  • The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S Lewis
  • Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Monday, 26 September 2016

Dance like no one is watching

I read this yesterday. When you are dancing, do it like no-one is watching and just let yourself go.

You will really enjoy it if you just feel the rhythm and let all the stresses and strains flow out of you.

My recommendation for today is to dance like no one is watching. Just pop some music on and go for it. It will make you feel good so what's stopping you? :)

Autumn is coming

So the nights are getting darker earlier again. Which I wouldn't mind if we had experienced a lovely hot decent summer!! Alas that is not the case. I have had the heating on!! In August and now almost the end of September. Ridiculous. Not to mention the damn rain!!

So I'm sitting in my slippers, PJ's and dressing gown, and I watched it going dark outside decidedly earlier this evening. I hadn't really clocked it until tonight, but its defo heading into autumn now.

Not to worry too much though. Another hol already booked for November this year - a bit of winter sun. Lovely!

Lots happening - good and bad, but its getting darker, and its cooler already, and autumn is nearly here. But that does mean TV suddenly gets fab. All the best programs seem to start up again in the autumn.  So not all bad really :)

OMG - Something growled at us in the woods - a wolf? a lion??

We walked home from our local last weekend and heard a sound that I can seriously say terrified me.

I'd had a couple of glasses of wine granted, but we have walked home along our road countless times and I have never heard a thing. To the point where we have always felt really safe.

That night however, I was literally still shaking. As we passed the woods, something rustled in the bushes and undergrowth. I jumped back, and then me and my partner heard this deep growling husky noise. I started to run. My partner, ever curious, was still at the spot.

I stopped running, and told him to move his backside. We then ran / walked / trotted the rest of the half mile to get home, where in I remained panic stricken. I was imagining American Werewolf here!!

I was so scared. I have never heard anything like that. It was not a dog I swear to god. It was deeper than that. What it was, I daren't imagine.

The other half, typically, wanted to get his torch and go and see what it was. Not a chance!! Doors were locked, and we were not, repeat, not going outside again that night :(

My Movie Reviews - White House Down

I treated myself to a Sky Box Office showing of this movie, as I'm quite the fan of political action/thriller films. White House Down appealed to me, as it's the unthinkable - an attack on the White House, or the President of the United States.

Quite a new film this one, only released in 2013. The film stars Jamie Foxx as the President, and Channing Tatum as the main lead. However the supporting cast is impressive - Maggie Gyllenhaal in a rare mainstream role, James Woods (does he ever play the good guy?) and Richard Jenkins.

The film begins with a bit of scene setting, with John Kale (Channing) attempting to secure a post with the secret service, but seemingly thwarted by Carol Finnerty (Gyllenhaal) who isn't convinced that he has what it takes. He is trying to build a better relationship with his daughter, Emily, who is excited by politics, and takes her along to the White House for his interview, and then a tour of the building. Not wanting to let her down, he lies and tells he he got the job. By chance, the President passes the tour, and Emily takes her chance to ask him a very difficult question - just how he expects to get everyone to agree to peace. Then proudly tells him that her dad is going to work for his secret service. The President whispers in Cale's ear to stop lying to children!

During the tour, a cleaner's cart blows up, and chaos ensues. It turns out to be a distraction - the main goal is a plot to kidnap the president himself. Cale's daughter was in the toilet, so gets separated from everyone else. There is lots of shooting, as the men trying to take over the White House start to kill at will. Cale escapes, but the President is captured. Walker (Woods) the retiring Head of the Presidential Detail, safely escorts the President to the operations centre, but then kills the remaining agents, revealing that he is responsible for the attack. Revenge for his dead son, who was killed on a mission that he felt had gone wrong, but being black ops was never dealt with.

During all the action, the President is presumed dead, and the Vice President, who was safely evacuated onto Air Force One is sworn in. Unfortunately, Walker has acquired the launch codes, and Air Force One is shot down. Raphelson, Speaker of the House of Representatives is sworn in, and in what appears to be a last attempt to end the crisis, orders an air strike on the White House, despite the civilians still inside.

Walker by this point, has learned of Cale's daughter's identity, and Emily is threatened with being shot if the President doesn't give him the codes. Walker intends to launch a Nuclear attack on Iran, as he believes the President is too weak and wants to send a message out to reassert their power and avenge his dead son. Sawyer, the President, refuses, even when Walker again threatens Emily, explaining that more will die if he give the codes.

Cale meanwhile, is still trying to save his daughter and the President, and has started fires off in the house. The sprinklers go off, and Cale manages to kill one of Walker's main men. Sawyer takes the chance to attack Walker, but fails and is shot. Walker, somehow has the codes and sets out to launch the air strike against Iran. Cale ploughs through the wall in a four by four, kills Walker and tells Emily about the strike that has been ordered on the White House, and she runs to the lawns with an American flag, waving it about to try and stop them. It works, and they pull back, and only then Sawyer reveals he isn't dead - the bullet had hit a watch his wife had given him.

Just when you think its all over, Finnerty (Gyllenhaal) calls Cale and tells him that Walker wasn't behind the plot after all. Cale works it out, and asks Sawyer to help draw him out. Finnerty and Raphelson arrive at the White House, and Cale tells them Sawyer is dead. Raphelson orders troops to return to the Middle East, going against the peace treaty. The call back number from Walker's pager reveals that the launch codes came from Raphelson. Sawyer is returned to the presidency, and Raphelson arrested. Cale is finally appointed to the secret service, making his daughter truly proud.

This is an action packed film, with limousine car chases, helicopter crashes and tanks. Loads of gun fire, missiles and even a nuclear missile! This isn't for the faint hearted! However, what it isn't is a brainless flick - there is no Jason Statham surviving death defying situations. It actually keeps it quite real - even some humour thrown in to keep the characters a bit more humble than is usual in these sort of films.

My particular favourites are when Channing asks the President to shoot the bad guy, and he hesitates in order to put his glasses on first, and then when they are forced to get into the limo, the President goes to get in back, and then states "force of habit". It really changes this film from action-thriller, to one more alike to the first Die Hard films, where they have clever and witty dialogue and monologue. A quip from Gyllenhaal about secret tunnels that were used by Kennedy to sneak Marilyn in being just one example! This film is made all the more enjoyable as a result.

I also like the technology used - the references to the daughter's blog, how everything is recorded and put onto You Tube, and the fact that virtually all of us have mobile phones - sorry, cell phones to use the American parlance. It makes it very present day.

It may well be a little far fetched - hacking into the American National Security system, getting explosives into the White House and so on, but if you put that aside, this is a fantastically enjoyable film. The effects are fabulous, Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx are an inspired pairing. The acting is good, the storyline solid. I definitely recommend this one. 9 out 10. I loved it!

I want to read the classics

I do love a good read, especially on my holidays. Usually I tend to opt for a good crime, or a bit of forensic investigation. My trusted faithfuls are Stephen King and Patricia Cornwell.

I have decided that I need to inject my reading material with a bit of classic literature. A bit of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein maybe? Or perhaps Jayne Ayre?

I might go for a bit of bodice ripping in the form of Pride and Prejudice, or maybe some gothic reading - Dracula?

Who knows. I need to get some of those famous tomes under my belt. I did some back in school - Thomas Hardy, Shakespeare, but its been a while since I flexed my literature muscles.

I shall compile my top 10 to work my way through as a starting point, and let you know how I get on!!

Sunday, 25 September 2016

New Years Resolutions for 2016 - 5 so far!!

Resolution 1 - My first resolution is to reach my goal weight. My goal weight is 10 stone 7lbs. I can only dread what weight I am currently. A lot heavier than before Christmas I have no doubt.

I would put my weight somewhere around 14 stone currently. Possibly worse. I can tell by my clothes - in that they don't fit me!!

So this one starts on 4th January 2016. So that means somewhere in the region of 3 and a half to 4 stone to lose. (I will face the scales on Monday and report on exactly how bad the situation has become!!)

I turn 40 this year, and I will crack this diet business!

Resolution 2 - sort my finances.

This is very important to me. I have a target in mind for this year - to clear credit debt, increase savings, and start to pay extra off my mortgage.

The plan is to use loyalty schemes, cashback sites, voucher codes and so on to keep costs down. To shop around for deals and services, along with entering competitions. Anything saved, I shall sweep into an account and gradually chip away.

I'm not massively in debt, but it can so quickly spiral and I will not let that happen. So, Resolution 2 - sort my finances.

This is a long term plan this one, but from small acorns and all that.

Resolution 3 - get fit. This one will help me to accomplish resolution 1 - which is to reach goal weight.

Now, when I say get fit, I mean in both ways. Fit as in physically fit - able to beat my fastest run time (from my last attempts), strong, healthy. Fit as in looking fit - a fine tuned body, that is bikini ready.

This is going to take more determination than the diet will. Dieting is all about will power, eating in moderation, keeping the carbs down. Its hard but I know what I'm doing and you can have a treat.

This resolution is going to be harder than that. It will hurt. I will ache, I will have to endure personal training sessions, sore muscles, and go to the gym a lot. I will have to work out at home, walk more, jog more, generally move more. This is a commitment, not a short term plan.

So resolution 3 is the toughest on the list so far. Get fit.

Resolution 4 - drink less. I've consumed far too much over Christmas. So, resolution 4 is that I want to drink less. When I say drink less, I'm referring to alcohol.

January 4th, is the start of the diet and health kick. So alcohol is being kicked too.

Resolution 4 - drink less.

Resolution 5 - learn to cook.

I am going to learn how to cook this year. I am rubbish in the kitchen, but fresh from cooking Christmas Dinner for the first time ever, I am feeling inspired! Here is my list of things I want to learn how to cook:
  • Roast Potatoes
  • Mash potatoes
  • Yorkshire Pudding
  • Lasagne
  • Shepherd's Pie
  • Chicken Kiev
  • Chicken chop suey
  • Ravioli
  • Potato skins
  • Homemade soup
  • Garlic mushrooms
  • Homemade burger
  • Cheesecake
  • Fish and chips
  • Sponge pudding
  • Meat and Potato Pie
  • Hunters Chicken
  • Cajun Chicken
  • Mushroom Risotto
  • Chocolate Fudge Cake
  • Chicken fried rice
  • Chicken Chow Mein
  • Beef enchiladas
  • Satay Chicken
  • Carrot and parsnip mash
  • Homemade bread
  • Pizza
  • Beef in black bean sauce
  • Sweet and sour chicken
  • Cheese and onion quiche
  • Chocolate brownies
  • Lemon chicken
  • Cupcakes
  • Crispy seaweed
  • Treacle pudding
  • Chicken gyoza
  • Spring rolls
  • Cucumber maki
  • Pumpkin katsu
  • Scones
  • Beef Teriyaki
  • Apple crumble

Ok, so I am a writer. Well, I try ...

A while back, I posted about a novel in us all. Is that true? I cannot say. What I can say is, that I shall continue to hope so. I mean, we all have experience, we all have something we can write about. Right?

Well hell yeah!! So here goes. I may write the odd short post about this and that. The odd movie review or song of the week. But can i actually write? Let's see. 

Over the next few weeks, I shall share some of my meanderings. Some might resonate. Some you might dismiss as mere dross. But maybe, just maybe, someone, maybe just one of you, might just like what you read. 

I have tippy toed around this my whole life. Now is the time to test the water. Am I good enough???? 

Today's reason to diet - get that middle trimmed down

As a woman, and just turned 40, the area around my middle is a problem. Always has been if I'm brutally honest, but now it bugs me more than ever!!

So, my reason to continue with this intense plan for the next 10 days, is that - I want that middle trimmed down and not bulging over the top of my waistbands!!

Today's reason to diet is that - its also a reason to do a lot of abs. :)

New Single of the Week - Christine and the Queens - Tilted

My New Single of the Week is from Christine and the Queens with 'Tilted'.

This is an unusual song, and is as I write this, it is riding at number 29 in the UK singles charts. This artists real name is Héloïse Letissier, and she is French, but she is also known as Christine - hence Christine and the Queens.

'Tilted' is the third single from her debut album Chaleur Humaine. It was translated from the French version "Christine". The album was released in the UK in 2016, as was this single.

This song is very mellow, and it reminds me of bands like Haim with the lovely female vocals and sort of pop come folk type of sound. This particular song stands out though - its quirky and very original.

The video is simple but fascinating. Just Héloïse and a few friends dressed in black dancing on a black box. It perfectly suits the song.

According to Héloïse aka Christine, the song is all about being off balance. It makes sense in a funny sort of way, and it really appeals to me.

This is a great song, one that fits sultry evenings, or cosy evenings equally as well. Go take a listen and let me know what you think.

You can find loads more singles of the week and music stuff over at My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)


All these films that I have seen 10 #128

Here are the next 10 films that I have seen:

Needful Things
Sometimes They Come Back for More
The Mangler
Storm of the Century
Zombie Sharks
Bend it Like Beckham
The Hole
King Arthur

Thats a massive 1280 !! Here  are all the previous ones:

films #1             films #45             films #89
films #2             films #46             films #90
films #3             films #47             films #91
films #4             films #48             films #92
films #5             films #49             films #93
films #6             films #50             films #94
films #7             films #51             films #95
films #8             films #52             films #96
films #9             films #53             films #97
films #10           films #54             films #98
films #11           films #55             films #99
films #12           films #56             films #100
films #13           films #57             films #101
films #14           films #58             films #102
films #15           films #59             films #103
films #16           films #60             films #104
films #17           films #61             films #105
films #18           films #62             films #106
films #19           films #63             films #107
films #20           films #64             films #108
films #21           films #65             films #109
films #22           films #66             films #110
films #23           films #67             films #111
films #24           films #68             films #112
films #25           films #69             films #113
films #26           films #70             films #114
films #27           films #71             films #115
films #28           films #72             films #116
films #29           films #73             films #117
films #30           films #74             films #118
films #31           films #75             films #119
films #32           films #76             films #120
films #33           films #77             films #121
films #34           films #78             films #122
films #35           films #79             films #123
films #36           films #80             films #124
films #37           films #81             films #125
films #38           films #82             films #126
films #39           films #83             films #127
films #40           films #84
films #41           films #85
films #42           films #86
films #43           films #87
films #44           films #88

Saturday, 24 September 2016

My Top 10 Jacket Spud Fillings

  • Cheese and Onion
  • Veggie Curry
  • Cheese and Beans
  • Chick Pea Dahl
  • Chilli Con Carne
  • Sour Cream and Salsa
  • Feta, garlic and olives
  • Sausage and Cheese
  • BBQ Chicken
  • Cottage cheese and spring onion

My Top 10 Milk Tray

  • Salted Caramel Charm
  • Orange Truffle
  • Strawberry Temptation
  • Apple Crunch
  • Fudge Duet
  • Truffle Heart
  • Perfect Praline
  • Surprise Parcel
  • Hazelnut Swirl
  • Caramel Softy

Friday, 23 September 2016

Learning Spanish - 3 new words

  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Daily Positivity Post

Time for today's positivity post, and its another with a decidedly doggy theme!!

Yes, tonight was my little pup's second puppy party. Before that she went for her second jabs, and she was such a good girl. Then we headed off and bought her a lovely tweed harness, and a fab matching tweed hat!! She looked so cute :)

The puppy party was much better this week, or should I say our little girl was much better!! Last week she was such a bossy madam. This week, she was much more disciplined and such a good girl.

So proud, and now she is exhausted and flaked out by my feet. Feeling very happy tonight :)


“If you're gonna be two-faced at least make one of them pretty.” 
― Marilyn Monroe

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Dance like no one is watching :)

I read somewhere that if you are going to dance, do it like no-one is watching and just let yourself go.

You will really enjoy it if you just feel the rhythm and let all the stresses and strains flow out of you.

My recommendation for today is to dance like no one is watching. Just pop some music on and go for it. It will make you feel good so what's stopping you? :)

Why is losing weight so hard?

It should be easy shouldn't it? Its science - if you burn off what you eat by only taking in what you need, then you lose weight right?

So why is it so hard? I will tell you why its so hard. Life. Sometimes it feels like everything I want to eat is high in fat, sugar and calories. Everything I can't stand is good for me. So what happens? I deny myself the things I enjoy then go mad with cravings for them and eat until I burst when the opportunity presents itself. Little and often would be better.

To control my diet, I need to control it all the time. Its no good being good for 3 days then going beserk at weekends. Its no good to be good for weeks at a time, to then derail completely for a week and end up back at the starting point.

This is why its so hard. You have to change everything - your habits, your coping mechanisms, your lifestyle choices. I can motivate myself by slimming for a holiday, or to get into a new dress, but long term it just seems to big and too far away.

So I console myself with wine, or crisps, or cheese or biscuits, bread - anything really that high fat, high carb, high taste!! Food tastes good. Wine goes so well with it!!

Its the long term discipline that does me every time. I can do short bursts its maintaining I struggle with. This is why losing weight is so hard. There are no quick wins. There are no shortcuts. I'm either losing weight or I am not. Sticking to it or not caring and out of control.

Its hard. If it wasn't, everybody would be slim. I have to keep reminding myself that most people with great bodies have to work really hard at it. Most people, it doesn't come naturally to, with the odd exception.

Sometimes I feel hard done by because I am not a size 10. Then I remind myself, that I could be, but its my choice to put that food into my mouth. My choice, noone elses and that is why I am not a size 10. That's why its so hard. I do this to myself!!

Yeah there are reasons. Namely stress at the moment, but I still have a choice. I need to make better choices from this point. No more derailing. A slip shouldn't mean total relapse. It should just be a slip.

Its hard, but it will be worth it. I just need to understand that a slip is just that. Each day is a new day. If I blow it one day, get back up and on it the following day and start again. Don't throw in the towel and stuff my face the following day too!!

Are any of you on a diet at the moment? What do you do to control your cravings and keep your will power on track?

A little bit of inspiration :)

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

My Perfect Pictures #3 - Palm Trees and Blue Skies

I caught this snap in Gran Canaria earlier this year. I think its beautiful. Palm trees and blue skies. It doesn't get much better. 

Monday, 19 September 2016

My Perfect Pictures - #1 Fairy Hunting

I took this snap at Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire. It was a clear, cold day and it came out magical!!

Things I want to do in my life

Things I want to do in my life
  • Write a novel
  • Learn another language fluently
  • Reach my goal weight
  • Pay off my mortgage
  • Own a new car fresh off the forecourt
  • Own a place in the sun
  • Set foot on every continent
  • Own an apartment in London
  • Own an apartment in Manchester
  • Ride a horse across a beach
  • Go skiing
  • Learn to cook Sushi
  • Have the whole house how I want it to be fully finished
  • Have no money worries
  • Live abroad for a few months 
  • Go on a round the world trip
  • Own a horse
  • Go the races
  • Go on a theatre break
  • Own a place in Gran Canaria
  • Learn to ride a motorbike
  • Learn to scuba dive
  • Travel the world
  • Be in a play or a film
  • Change career
  • Get a degree
  • Swimming with sea turtles
  • Shark cage experience

A Bath for Bluebell the Bear!

Bluebell is a pale blue bear that I loved when I was younger. Somewhere over the years, she got neglected. I thought she was lost and I confess I hadn't thought of her for a long time. But there she was in a bag of old toys my mum had kept in her loft. 

She was looking some what worse for wear. She was also not so much pale blue, but mucky dirty blue. Presumably from several years stuck in the loft gathering dust. Emergency treatment was required. 

Bluebell had to have a bath. It was a risk to take. This is a bear that is well over 30 years old. (I shall not say any more on that subject!) Here she is taking the plunge. 

I was most concerned that she might shrink, turn a funny colour, fall apart! There was no choice to be had here though - she was too dirty and she smelled musty. 

I can report that Bluebell survived her ordeal and is now where she should be. With the other toys that I hold most dear. A happy ending for one precious little blue bear. :)

22 Words of the Week

10 Pusillanimous
11 Countervail
12 Esemplastic
13 Churrigueresque
14 Inanity
15 Anachronism
16 Portmanteau
17 Requiescence
18 Phosphorescence
19 Sycophant
20 Obsequious
21 Gasconade
22 Convivial

Word of the Week - Convivial


1. friendly; agreeable:  a convivial atmosphere.

2. fond of feasting, drinking, and merry company; jovial.

3. of or befitting a feast; festive.

4. of or relating to social events where people can eat, drink, and talk in a friendly way with others.

definition derived from Merriam Webster and

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Daily Positivity Post

Time for today's positivity post. Its Sunday, so its the weekend, which is lovely. Better still as we've had a nice relaxing day today.

The other half is in the dog house, courtesy of some ill thought gardening!! However, we have sat and planned how best to salvage the situation, and actually, I feel pretty good now.

I was upset about things - he had butchered my lovely plants, but now, we have a blank canvas to make it our own and I have been busy pinning some fresh and lovely ideas over on Pinterest. Check it out here :)

So now, I am having a nice evening, playing with my puppy, making plans with the other half and it feels good again :)

One Small Change Number 3

Like a Sunday roast? Me too. Check this out:

This may look like a roast. It is, it is a quorn family roast. If you swap your chicken or meat for this, you will save loads of calories and fat content. You can still put your favourite veggies with it, and you can still have gravy. This is all about making one small change. They build up over time. There are more swaps on this plate, but we will cover those another day. For now, focus on the roast and make one small change. 

One Small Change Number 2

I am not a vegetarian. Usually cottage pie is made from mince. I swapped mince for quorn mince to see if it tasted good. However, it can be a little bland, so to make it mighty meaty in taste, despite being a vegetarian favourite, I actually soaked the quorn mince in some beef stock. 

This was my attempt. The potato didn't spread too well, but trust me, it tasted lovely. Obviously if you are a vegetarian, you wouldn't use the beef stock, but if you are a veggie, then you wouldn't be needing to make this particular small change anyway!

For me, being quite a lover of cottage pie, I wasn't at all sure. I can't say it will be a permanent swap, but the idea is to make one small change. If you can swap it once and cut out all those calories then it will add up over time. 

Give it a go and let me know what you think of a quorn cottage pie. :)

One Small Change Number 1

I have always loved a lovely pint of lager. I have come to realise though that its not a good choice for a tipple in that it is high in calories, plus for some reason it makes me want to eat!! Now, if you want to make a small change, then swap your normal pint of lager for a short. 

Swap this for this:

Even if you can't give up the beer altogether, and you just make a small change in swapping for one night, it will add up over time. You can have a short with a diet mixer and it will be so much better for your calorie intake. Plus, beer bloats you up, where as spirits don't. 

I don't do calorie counting, I'm a weight watchers pro-pointer myself. In those terms, a pint of San Miguel pictured is 6 points. A measure of most clear spirits in 2 points. That's a massive difference. If you replaced a couple of drinks based on that reduction of calories, you could really make a difference. 

What I am listening to this week

  • Heathens - 21 Pilots
  • Don't Let Me Down - Chainsmokers
  • Kylie - Can't Get You out of my Head
  • Hey There Delilah - Plain White Tees
  • Foo Fighters - My Hero
  • Easy - Faith No More
  • With or Without You - U2
  • Dancing on My Own - Callum Scott
  • This Girl - Kungs ft Cooking on Three Burners
  • Tilted - Christine and The Queens

Saturday, 17 September 2016

A Look Back on My Week With Kylie

My Week with Kylie Minogue is over. 7 songs, 7 days and now its all finished. I've learned more about her its fair to say. Her ups, her downs, her come backs. What an artist!

Now all that remains to be done is to decide which of her songs is my favourite. So here are my seven songs in order of my preference. Which will be in the number 1 spot?

Without further ado:

Number 1: Slow
Number 2: I Believe in You
Number 3: Can't Get You Out of My Head
Number 4: Kids
Number 5: All the Lovers
Number 6: Where the Wild Roses Grow
Number 7: Spinning Around

So the brilliant 'Slow' is my number 1 Kylie track. Its a fabulous song, but then, so are all the 7 I chose not to mention lots of the ones that didn't make my list!

The pop princess still has it. I've reminded myself how good her music is and some will now be on my play list. But now its over. I need to choose someone new. Its been great!

Who will be next? Decisions, decisions. If you want to check out my previous weeks, you can find them plus my singles of the week over at My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)