Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Early morning book change

I'm always awake far too early, which isn't great but which has turned into my early morning read time. Yay! 

 So- finished Rogue finally this morning. It was ok, an easy read and I'm quite taken with the characters, but the plot could have moved on a bit sharpish. 

I've just picked out A court of thorns and roses from the monumental pile awaiting my attention. No reason for the choice other than I liked the author's previous books.

Ha ha, you can see I've got a cold by the meds in that picture!

My girlie and I have also just finished reading the first Harry Potter book together, so we'll be moving onto the second- Chamber of Secrets- my least favourite if I'm honest. Still pretty good though!


Friday, September 4, 2015

Saturday round up

Busy week this week. Back to work, back to school (for one child), illness, piano lessons, taekwondo....phew!

We've started a bit of an Avengers-fest, so we've watched Avengers Assemble, the first Captain America and Thor. Ooh, and Guardians of the Galaxy- so I've been singing "hoogachacha hoogachacha...IIiiiiiiiiiiii'm hooked on a feeling, ba ba bah bahhhhhhh" all week. We've got a few films to go! This always leads to a big debate on who's the best superhero. I veer towards Iron Man, because he's a superhero because he's clever, but to be honest I change my mind regularly. I definitely have a favourite bad guy though.

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We named our cat after him- and he's little bit mischevious too.

How cute?

As ever there's been a lot of reading going on here- I'm reading the first Harry Potter book with my girl.
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I've just started Rogue by Julie Kagawa
Image result for rogue kagawaI enjoyed Talon, the first in the series which I picked up solely because I liked the cover, all red reptilian skin and embossed! I know you shouldn't, but I often judge a new book by it's cover. A really good cover can spark an impulse buy :)

On the TV front I've finished watching Sons of Anarchy. I miss Jax. Traumatic ending, but kinda fitting, it certainly couldn't have gone any other way. Well worth a watch. With TV shows, it's a case of- was that worth the investment of my time? Well yeah, this one was.

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However, the most exciting this is that STRICTLY COME DANCING STARTS TONIGHT! Oonly the launch show, but Yippee!!! Strictly means snuggly Saturday evenings in front of the box with my lovelies, eating cottage pie and oooohing over the sparkly frocks. It means Sunday lunchtimes discussing performances with my Mom, and weekday injections of Strictly fever from It takes 2. Then it's Christmas!!!!

Saturday, August 29, 2015


I love, love, love me some Nashville. I'm just catching up on this week's episode.

I'm rooting for Deacon and Rayna, and Gunnar and Scarlett... and I'm also off to buy the OST, seems I've caught the country bug.

Today will involve me tidying up my craft space- I have a desk and lots of storage that's overflowing, so I'm going to weed it down and get rid of a lot of stuff. Probably with the World Athletic Championships in the background. I'm a big fan of big sporting championships, but only certain sports (I know, I'm picky). So- Olympics, Commonwealth Games? Big tick. Athletics? Yup. Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana? I'm in. World Snooker Champs? Yes please. Football? Never in a million years. Tennis? Rather stab myself with a fork.

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We're looking at getting the NFL Gamepass for my son, he plays for a youth American football team and wants to watch the matches, but I don't want to pay for Sky Sports- we don't watch soccer, so it's a waste!

Have a good day folks!!!

Monday, August 24, 2015


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Yesterday's cinema trip was to see Pixels. Despite the bad reviews, I quite liked it. I'm not an Adam Sandler fan really, but he was OK. Peter Dinklage was.. well Peter Dinklage. So awesome in everything, even with a mullet. I spent half the film trying to work out which animated character Josh Gad had voiced* thank goodness for IMDB eh?

There was an awful family a couple of rows back who'd bought a crying baby to see a 12A film- not good...

Next on the film to do list is Fantastic Four.

*Olaf from Frozen in case you were wondering.

This morning's insomnia-watch

So, this morning wasn't quite as early as usual, but still at 6am start. I'm not at work today (woohoo), so it doesn't matter if I sit around in my jammies watching TV for a while. So.... I started with an episode of Zoo-

Not sure so far, but I've watched enough meh first episodes to know I need to give it a couple more before making my mind up. Besides it's got killer animals and Billy Burke in, so that's gotta be worth another try.

I've also realised there's a whole last season of Justified that I haven't watched. No idea why, unless it wasn't available o box sets when I was binging on Raylan and Boyd. Yay! More southern drawl and Boyd quotes-

"Whole world's a tree Raylan. I'm just a squirrel tryin' to get a nut."

Saturday, August 22, 2015

6am on a Sunday...so I'm watching...

As usual, I'm up early. I can't even start to explain my truly messed up sleep patterns, but I've given up trying to sleep today, and I'm now watching Sons of Anarchy. I'm on season 7 and it's the last one- boo. If you haven't watched and intend to- don't read on, there may be spoilers.

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I've read that Walton Goggins is reprising his role as Venus Van Dam, which makes my face smile. I adored Justified and he was awesome in that, but Venus is a joy. Time for some Justified promo posters, just because.

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I'm seriously thinking of buying a Sons of Anarchy t-shirt, but I have no idea when I'd ever wear it. If I had the means I'd have a wardrobe, no a house full of daft fangirl tat!

I usually do something else when I'm watching TV, at the moment it's a cross stitch for my little girl- this one. It's called Night, and I have Day to do as well, but it's taking a long, long time! It's very pretty.


Distraction is something at which I am rather good. Distracting myself primarily, although I am a dab hand at derailing other's train of thought too.

Why distraction? Well, because I like it... and as I'm not a retired millionaire living in a countryside mansion with a swimming pool and my own craft studio, I sometimes need distracting from real life.

My distraction takes various forms, so I'm expecting to blog about
Books- lots and lots of books;
Films- cinema trips and DVD purchases, we're a film-aholic family;
TV- I'm very partial to a box set binge watch, especially if I find a programme with several series to catch up on;
Doodles- I doodle all the time, but then I make all sorts of things and if you're interested in inky, stampy, arty stuff I've got another blog all about that stuff- lisasparkleandstamps.blogspot.com

Let's get up to date now then.

I'm reading this, about 15 pages in so far. It's the sequel to Dorothy Must Die, which was an OK read. That sounds quite damning, but it's not- I read it and enjoyed it, it was a nice re-take on the whole Dorothy/Oz story. Good enough for me to buy the sequel anyway! I'm a bit of a wicked witch fan.


Recent cinema watches

Image result for ant man Love Paul Rudd, love Marvel, loved this.

Image result for hot pursuit 2015  Ugh. I was with my bestie at the cinema though, so that was good...

Image result for minions  Kinda disappointed... Despicable Me set the bar too high.


I'm a big TV fan. Currently on my planner...

Image result for sons of anarchy  Season 7. I may cry when I get to the end.

Image result for great british bake off  Has to be done.

Image result for chicago fire  Essentially a fire based soap.

Image result for goldbergs  80s fest.

Righto, so that's a start made. Expect more of the same!