Sunday, March 31, 2013

Location, location, location

Have you seen Game of Thrones yet? It's a series based on George Martin's books, A Song Of Ice and Fire.

We just got season 2 on DVD, and have been trying to watch as much as possible before Fabio goes back to work.

One of the most amazing things about the series is it's attention to detail. The costumes, the hairstyles, the languages (at least one was specifically written for the show)-- and the amazing locations used for filming.
Although some of the scenes are shot in studios, the crew have made location almost another cast member. Much like Lord of the Rings being filmed in New Zealand, the stunning scenery is used to great effect, and it comes as a surprise to realise that some of the exotic locations from the show are actually real places right here on Earth.

It adds believability, when the snow falling on The Nights' Watch is real snow, in a real wilderness.
I think I have to add "visit the Game of Thrones locations' to my Bucket List. Want to come along?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

K is for.....

You know the love notes in Baci chocolates? this is my favourite...

"A kiss, when all is said, what is it? 'Tis a secret told to the mouth."

Saturday, March 16, 2013

J is for jiggle-no-more....

.... or at least, jiggle-less.

So, since moving house, I've lost weight. Brought on in part, no doubt, by having to get OFF my ass, and do stuff.

I keep catching sight of myself in mirrors (this house is filled with the wretched things) and admiring my new, stream-lined shape.

I feel so much better, and in my eyes, I look better. There is still a jiggle when I walk, but it's not so much like a tsunami threatening to knock me off my feet, and is now like a gentle reminder that I need to NOT have that second TimTam, and I should maybe take the dogs for a walk or do some gardening.

BUT... winter is coming. Let's see how I fare through 4 or 5 months of rain and cold and comfort food.

Friday, March 15, 2013

i is for Ita

There's an interview with Ita in todays' Daily Telegraph.

Hop over and have a quick look. It won't take long.

Ita says that womens' magazines are boring. I agree.

I don't buy any 'womens' magazines' any more. I sometimes pick up a copy of one of the cooking mags, if there's a dish on the cover that grabs my attention.
But the likes of No Idea and the rest have no appeal at all for me, being full of gossip and light-weight fluff. Cleo and Cosmo are too aggressively sexual, and aimed at a demographic I have no desire to be part of.
And craft magazines -- no, thanks.

I want to read about real issues. Real women. And MEN, dammit! Not some 20 year old singer who looks like a girl. (and sings like one)
Why aren't there magazines for women like me, who are interested in something beyond that latest hyped up non-story about Kates' baby, how to give great oral sex, or knit a cardigan, or some fakery palm-reading fortune teller garbage?

What do you think? Do you buy magazines? do you enjoy them? would you like to see something different?

(my husband is politely requested NOT to buy the magazines with articles about how to give great oral sex. Thankyou)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

a giggle. And a song.

We just had a long weekend, and spent yesterday at a barbie with friends. I drank a lot of cocktails, and while I'm not hungover (no,really!), I AM very tired. And in need of a giggle.

Thus, I bring you a selection of giggles from my Pinterest board.

You're very welcome.

Worlds' worst hunting dog....

 (this one brought to you indirectly by Allison Tait)
and the song?

Sunday, March 3, 2013

H is for hair

I always had an odd relationship with my hair. Most redheads will completely get this.

As a child, I hated it, because of the notoriety it earned me.

I got teased about it endlessly, and some of the nicknames were cute (like Meggsy) but I couldn't see it at the time. I wanted to blend in, not stand out.

{{One of lifes' facts -- redheads don't blend in.}}

I would have cheerfully swapped with a blonde; they seemed to have so much more fun.

As I got older, I began to appreciate it more. Yes, I still got a lot of nasty comments. (do a quick Google search, and you'll find a lot of this sort of stuff...


but a lot of people also found it kind of .. well, hot. And when it's washed and straightened, it looks good. And in the last few years, I've really come to love it, and be proud of it.

So it is kind of ironic that it's now turning white.

Clairol, anyone?