Thursday, 30 December 2010

I'm still here!!

It's been a while. Things have been insane recently. Work, uni, trying to see everyone who's home for the Christmas break, spend time with my family, my boyfriend, my wonderful friends and Christmas itself on top!!Christmas was quite nice, spent the day with my family, went out for a lovely meal (saves my mum from having to do all the cooking), unwrapped my presents (Ab Fab boxset, oh yeah!), watched Doctor Who, napped from food fatigue. Did the cooking on Boxing Day with my mum, fell asleep as I was completely worn out from all the stuff I've been rushing around doing. My friend threw a Christmas party at her house on the Bank Holiday Monday, which was a giggle.
Then Tuesday (another Bank Holiday!) I went round to the boyfriend for our own Christmas, he was away over the weekend seeing his mum and family. We had a lovely roast dinner and unwrapped our gifts to each other, snuggled up and watched movies. Because I was off from uni yesterday we got to spend another day together, before I came home to sleep as it was back to work for me today.
Still, it's New Year's Eve tomorrow and another long weekend. How is everyone spending the last evening of 2010??

Something to look forward to in 2011 is the introduction of World Book Night in March, 2 days after World Book Day. 1 million books are being given away and they're looking for givers, go to and find out how to get involved, I've already signed up!

Happy New Year everyone!! See you in 2011 :)

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Some bits and bobs floating around my brain

Firstly, sorry for the sporadic nature of my posting recently, between uni, work and attempting to have a social life, blogging has fallen by the wayside.

I'm sick, and at home, not at uni attending lectures like I should be. I have some delightful chest infection thing, that's making me really grouchy. So I'm in bed, at half 11 in the morning, wondering whether I can go to work tomorrow, because I don't want to take too much time off, and I was off yesterday because I felt like death, and not even warmed up.
I went to the theatre last night, and if the tickets weren't already booked and paid for, I'd have given it a miss and gone to bed early. I saw Wicked, it was really good, but I'd definitely enjoyed it more if I'd been able to breathe properly and didn't feel so green (and not in Wicked Witch of the West way). My friend thought he'd spotted Swedish pop star Robyn in the crowd, but it wasn't her, just someone who looked a bit like her. Though that's a secret as he'd already told some people it was her, so now I have to play along with it! I did see indie popstar Lightspeed Champion in the pub though, recognised him from Never Mind the Buzzcocks a while ago.
Friday is payday, finally! So I'm Christmas shopping this weekend, though if I'm still sick, it'll all have to be online, hopefully everything will get delivered by next week!!
For Christmas itself I'm spending the day with my family, we're going out for lunch at a restaurant, we did the same thing last year, so my mum doesn't have to spend all day slaving away. Boxing Day will probably be spent watching films and eating random things from the fridge. Also chocolate.
My friend Emma is throwing a party on the 27th, Secret Santa, drinks, laughs, should be good. Usually is when we all get together. Then I get to spend the 28th and 29th with my lovely Boy. His dad's bringing him down (he's going home for the holiday weekend), so I'll get to meet his dad, and have another Christmas, opening presents and being cosy. Watching festive films and eating yummy things.
I'm seeing my grandparents next week, so really it's like 3 Christmasses this year. I think I'll survive it all, but it'll probably wipe me out.
There's a few things planned for the new year too. On top of which I have essays to write and work to turn up for. This being a grown up lark is starting to wear me out. Can't I just be irresponsible again.

So what are you lovely people doing for the holidays this year??

Monday, 6 December 2010

Screen Queens - Girl Heroes?

From the movies I used to watch, where the heroine's always skinny and perfect,with the fat best friend, the dream guy, the ridiculous odds, the happy ending etc I learnt one lesson. And no, it wasn't in order to achieve you have to starve yourself, there's a lot to be desired there in terms of positive body image and realistic role models in our weight obsessed society; it was this - you can get what you want when you work out what it really is that you want.
Even somewhat trashy films like Bring It On or Center Stage have girls who work this out. Stick It and 10 Things I Hate About You have somewhat feistier heroines, but they do what they have to without compromising themselves, and that's even better. You shouldn't have to change who you are to find the guy of your dreams or win something or achieve in your field. You can do all of that and still be you. This applies to my life, and it probably applies to yours too.
Be who you are, and not let anyone tell you otherwise. So whether you're the perfect movie princess, the fat (or just slightly less perfect) best friend, the handsome prince who's also looking for Mr Right (although there's another concept I don't agree with, but that's another post) or just someone trying to find their path in life, remember to stay true to yourself and what's in your heart and you'll get there. It won't always be easy but if you trust yourself and those around you, you'll be fine. Better than fine. You'll be whoever, and whatever you want to be. Promise.