Saturday, 31 May 2014

Forms, Letters and Returns

An odd title, I'll admit, but that is basically what my afternoon has consisted of. I realised at some point after lunchtime that I still hadn't sent off some evidence for Student Finance, so I started to get the ball rolling for that. Is it me who finds it annoying that they want original versions of things, and then photocopies of others? Why be so awkward, SFE? Why? Anyhoo, after I attempted finding all the crap I needed, I also remembered I needed to return a dress, and send off a letter. Sending letters, I'm so retro! 

After yesterday's mumbo jumbo blog post, I thought I would step away from any deep thoughts in today's post. It's the end of #BEDM and I've managed 20 posts out of 31, which is good going, if you consider all the other distractions I've had this month. I also managed to reach 200 bloglovin' followers, which is just amazing. I can't believe I have 200 people reading my words, and it really fills me with excitement. Blogging has introduced me to some beautiful people who I can gladly call my friends, and it has helped me so much this past year or so. Thanks for joining me, it really means the world! 

Let's celebrate with this awful cake I made!

Have you had a fun Saturday? Any plans for tomorrow or the week ahead?

Chelsea xo

Friday, 30 May 2014

Thankfulness and Happiness

Sometimes, I like to ponder. I try to not make a habit out of it, as a ponder leads to a wander, which obviously leads to me listening to mix-cds from 2006 and earlier. Speaking of which, how good is A Decade Under The Influence - Taking Back Sunday? I love a good musical crossover, I do. Where was I? See, this is what I mean about the pondering. I was skilled in tangents before I even knew they were a thing. 

Today, I started to ponder about happiness and being thankful. As you might know, Lisette started this crazy craze of Thankful Thursdays, and I've partook in quite a few of them, but today I started to ask myself the difference between being thankful and being happy about something. 

Thankful AND happy for this chappy!
I am a glass half-empty kind of girl, and although I'm not sure when this started, I've been very aware of this in the last year or so. When 2014 rolled in, I decided to keep a jar of all my happy things, to look back on when 2014 ends. I've seen people take part in 100 happy days on instagram, and this is honestly something I don't think I could achieve. It just seems exhausting to me, to find something good in everything. How silly is that? I have to constantly remind myself to write things down to put into the jar. Today, I wrote something down that happened in March, because that's how long it takes my 'happy memories' to process in my mind. 

I kind of don't know where I'm going with this post. Is there a difference between being thankful and being happy about something? I'm thankful I have a roof over my head, but I am sure as hell not happy to be living here! I'm happy I remembered to buy a bottle of pop when I was walking by the shops, but am I thankful for it? No, probably not. It's strange, isn't it?

Or is that just me?

Chelsea xo

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Book Club #4 - The Book Thief

When I saw that The Book Thief was being turned into a Hollywood blockbuster, I had to kick myself. As a rule, I like reading the book first before seeing any adaptation of it, so I knew I needed to get myself together and read The Book Thief. It has been on my reading list for a while, but I ended up picking it up at the start of May. 

The story is unusual in that it is narrated by Death. It follows the life of Liesel, a German girl during World War 2 and how she became the book thief. I'm trying to not give anything away here, but Liesel is from a poor background - at 10/11 she can't read - and ends up moving in with a foster family in another part of German. The Book Thief shows how Liesel finds solace in books in this desperate time and how she shares them with those around her. 

My lecturer hates this book cover, but it sure beats a movie adaptation cover!
I really enjoyed The Book Thief, and even cried whilst reading it on the train. That's not something I like to do on a daily basis, let me tell you! It's a truly beautiful book, and some passages of the text were just heartbreaking. I found it to be thought-provoking, and a great reminder that not everyone in German believed in the same things as Hitler. 

Of course, I would have liked to see some development with a few of the characters near the end of the book, but I guess that would have added an extra 100 or so pages to an already hefty 560 page book. My favourite character was Max, and although his sections in the book are sad - which is what you would expect, as he's unforgivably Jewish in this already difficult time - I found them to heartwarming, emotional, and life affirming. 

All in all, an interesting look at German life during World War 2, and as many of the characters are advocates for reading books, I couldn't recommend it more! Have you read The Book Thief?

Chelsea xo

Saturday, 24 May 2014

I is for...


Yep, that's right, I'm totally cheating here! I thought that I would do an 'I am..' kind of post, as I've seen a few of these going around lately. I think Rachael started it, but I could be wrong! Basically, I shall tell you the things I am, the things I'm trying to be and the things I am not. So, if you're interested in that, keep on reading!

Here's a super old picture of me.

I am...
a decent baker
a glass half-empty kind of girl
a feminist
hard on myself
always seeing the good in people
a huge pop fan (musically, and of the fizzy variety)

I'm trying to be...
a happier person
a more motivated worker
aware of my future prospects
equal and fair
the sort of person who can take time out
a better mother
more outgoing

I am not...
a fan of being told what to do
as confident as I might seem
defined by my marriage or child
as politically aware as I'd like to be
open about my feelings
a fan of healthy food

Are you any of these things?

Chelsea xo

Friday, 23 May 2014

Lots of Little Things

I'm still alive, yay! My last post was on Saturday, which I guess isn't so long ago but I've really dropped off the scene recently. You're all totally aware of my Important Uni Deadline and I managed to hand my work in, woo! Sadly, I still have another deadline (which I totally forgot about, to be honest) and I'm hoping to hand that in a day early on Wednesday. Not because I'm finished or anything, but because the deadline is 9.30am on Thursday and I would have to get a train at 7am to be there for it. Not gunna happen. 

As I'm typing this during my designated break time, I thought I would try and write a little bit on all of the #BEDM prompts I have missed. Genius, right? On Sunday, the prompt was Museum Day - which I definitely didn't know was a thing - and as I was at work, I didn't manage to actually visit a museum. I really like museums, and I think they're great asset to our country. My first memory of visiting a museum was the Captain Cook Museum in Middlesbrough on a school trip in year two. I was eight years old and told my dad that I wanted to become a famous explorer like Captain Cook. Ever the optimist, my dad then turned around and said "what, and murder the natives in whatever country you land in?" THANKS DAD! 

Monday's prompt is 'the best thing about being an adult', which I would have probably avoided answering. I always feel weird with things like this as although I am very much an adult, people my age have totally different experiences to me. I'm twenty-two and I have a husband and a toddler. I don't have the freedom of most adults - the boys would definitely worry if I just packed my bags and went somewhere on a whim - and I can't spend all my money on clothes and shoes. The soppy answer to this question, is that the best thing about being an adult is my family, the love we have for each other, and the realisation that I'll never be completely alone ever again. But in all honesty, the best thing about being an adult is that I can bake cake whenever I want and eat it for breakfast. Such a fatty.

'Being adventurous' and 'workspace' aren't really things I can fit into this post, and I don't really have a workspace anyways. Unless you call resting my laptop on my knees while I sit cross-legged in the middle of the couch a workspace. Most people don't, but I won't judge. The next prompt, 'out of the comfort zone' sounds like a fun thing to do, but I'd rather give that it's own post. I might do that if I don't fancy one of the other prompts later on. 

Today's prompt is date night. Sadly, we're not going on a date night tonight, and we haven't been on one recently. We did, however, go to Porlock last week, and then took a trip to Dunster Castle. We went with Dylan and Joe's sister - who lives in Porlock - so overall it was a really fun day out. Sadly, we didn't realise you had to pay extra to get up-close and personal with the actual castle. Hopefully we can visit again soon with a National Trust membership card and view it for free!

Yep, that's Dylan stumbling over. I'm such a great parent.
Chillin' out, maxin', relaxin' all cool.
SO CUTE. Not the most flattering pic of Joe, though.
So that's me up to date with #BEDM! Give yourself a pat on the back if you managed to make it to the end of this colossal post! Have you had a busy week?

Chelsea xo

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Saturday's Alright

I was super gutted when I realised that I'd missed the #BEDM prompt for Friday as I'd really wanted to do the photo-an-hour one. I've always fancied doing these but usually remember half-way through the day or forget altogether! I have kind of cheated though, as I did this on Saturday and now I'm posting it on Sunday, but hey - you can't stop me! 

Waking up, oh yeah! - Changing the calendar blocks
So, off with an exciting start - I woke up! Whaaat, am I crazy? You betcha bottom dollar I am. As it was Saturday, I allowed Dylan to go downstairs and play for an hour or so and rolled out of bed at around eightish. The next photo, at nine, shows my crummy mantlepiece and my calendar blocks. Also, my lovely blooms. I do love me some lovely blooms. 

Worst tea ever - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 
At around 10am, I had my second cup of tea of the day. That's pretty bad, isn't it? Fear not, caffeine-naysayers, as this one was terrible and was basically warm milk with a slight tan. So disappointing, I normally make a champion brew. By 11, I needed to crack on with some uni work and Dylan was being a bit annoying so I whacked on a dvd. I love CwaCoM and think you should all watch it! 

Picking a dress for Monday - book cover design
I don't really need any encouraging to stop doing my uni work, so when my friend text me about what dress I would wear for our magazine launch night, I promptly took a break and looked through my collection. I've gone for a flowery number, and I still need to decide the little details of shoes, bag and everything else that goes with an outfit. The stress! Back to work, I created a pretend book cover design to put into my 'discarded' designs section of my research folder. Does anyone else like to make work really hard for themselves and neglect their research folders until the weeks before deadlines? Woe.

More uni work - listening to some Eurovision tunes
I felt like the vast majority of my photos for today might be of me doing uni work, so I decided to mix things up with a picture of spotify. I'm so inspiring. At some point, I also popped to the shops but  forgot to take a picture of that.

Distracting myself with polaroids - Dylan with a sock hand
Look at those photos! Aw, I love that one of Joe and his quiff. He'll probably kill me if he sees I've included that one! The next one, of Dylan, is probably one of my favourite pictures ever. SO CUTE. And then, skip ahead to 5pm and here's Dylan with a sock on his hand. WOO! 

Ice cream time! - Writing in my journal, of course!
I've definitely skipped a few hours here, as I decided to celebrate Dylan going to bed with some ice cream - don't say I don't know how to live! At some after 10pm, I wrote in my journal. It's one of those, question-a-day thingies, and I've been working my way through it since the dawn of 2014. Which is how it's intended, of course, but special bonus points for me.

That's basically it, really! I seem to have missed out on including any photos of real food and I also watched four episodes of New Girl. Maybe the next time I try a photo-a-day challenge, I'll remember all the hours!

What did you do this weekend?

Chelsea xo

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Why Pick A Favourite Decade?

Hi everyone! You'll be glad to know that I've completely my uni work and I have no more deadlines (for the next week, anyways) and that's basically why I dropped off of the face of the earth this week. I'm bending the rules a bit, and as I really wanted to take part in the photo-a-day prompt, I'm doing that tomorrow instead! So crazy! Today's topic was 'favourite decade' and I'm here to say that I ruddy well won't pick a favourite!

Why not? I hear you cry. As a big fan of music, I couldn't possibly pick a favourite decade - I still haven't picked a favourite song or genre, so I don't see why I'd narrow my music down to just ten years! The swinging sixties gave me a love for The Kinks. Even now, when I think about sixties music I instantly think of Sunday Afternoon before I think of The Beatles (I'm an average fan, at best) or the Rolling Stones (not really a fan at all, sorry guys.)

The seventies brought me ABBA, Tina Charles and Donna Summer. As a young'un, I would listen to my ABBA Gold tape and dance around my room wishing I was 'the blonde one'. Then, when my dad bought a boom box cd player, I listened to this Hits of the Seventies cd on repeat. I loved Tina Charles and Donna Summer the most, although I really liked Mungo Jerry as well. This is while I was eight or something. Such an odd child. 

So, so swoony. 
I don't even know where to start with the eighties. Of course, my love of The Smiths and Morrissey all stem from this decade, but so does my (somewhat smaller) love for Duran Duran, Wham!, Prince, Madonna and all those other eighties cheesy pop stars. I think the eighties definitely highlights my eclectic taste of music. Of course, other mentions here have to go to The Cure, Joy Division, New Order, Kate Bush and the Pixies. 

Being born in the nineties, I've got a lot of love for the music from this decade too. For ease, I'm going to join the nineties with the new millennium, as it was all pretty much pop for me. Britney, A1, Steps, Destiny's Child, Backstreet Boys, Jennifer Lopez, Spice Girls, Savage Garden, Girls Aloud, Daniel Beddingfield, N Sync, Lady Gaga, Robyn, Miley Cyrus and Shakira. Of course, special mentions have to go to Busted and McFly. I was pretty much obsessed with them, so much so that me and my bestie decided we would move to London at 16 and woo them. Yep. It gets worse than that, obviously, but I'm not putting that on the internet, haha! 

Essentially, all of these bands and singers are people I would still listen to today. From this decade, I have to say Hot Chip, Jon Hopkins, Baths, East India Youth, The Tallest Man on Earth, Wild Beasts and London Grammar are probably my biggest music choices. I think you definitely see how my taste in music has formed over the decades, and I like that. I don't want to pick favourites *cough* except Moz *cough* here, so you can't make me! 

Do you have a mixed taste in music? Or are my choices batshit crazy?

Chelsea xo

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Hair It Goes Again!

I've got to say, I absolutely love the title of this prompt 'fashion, beauty and grooming'. Grooming! Is it just me who finds grooming a funny word? It probably is, isn't it? Ah well. I thought now would be great time to show you the haircut I've been whinging about on twitter for the past couple of weeks. First, let me show you what I wanted my hair to look like... 
The hair I wanted *sigh* taken from my pinterest board
I had been 'pinning' my dream hair for weeks now, and thought I could totally rock a pixie cut. Sadly, I asked my hairdresser for her opinion and she deemed this to mean that I wasn't 'ready' for a pixie cut and then cut my hair in a way she wanted. You know, as apposed to what I wanted. She kept grabbing her little mirror to show me the back of my head and I just sort of squinted at it and smiled, in an overly British fashion. Maybe it's my own fault for not telling her that without my glasses on, I'm as blind as a bat. Maybe it's my fault for not telling her to stfu and give me my pixie cut. Who knows? But somehow I ended up with a concave bob and now I look like this... 

Excuse the face. And the hair, I guess.

It's really weird. I've no idea why a trained professional would choose to do this to someone. I mean, I asked her to cut off all my hair, including the heavily damaged stuff. She then proceeded to tell me off about dyeing my own hair, and cuts off bits but leaves the worst parts? It doesn't even make sense. She was a bit of a snooty cow, and I can safely say I will never go back there again. I've had people tell me that I suit my hair like this, which is nice, but it still upsets me that I have this hairstyle that I didn't want. 

I'm going to have to go back to a hairdressers eventually, as it's concave and I don't really want my hair to be a million lengths. Hopefully my hair will have a growth spurt (unlikely, but a girl can dream) and by the time I go back to uni in September I'll have nice enough hair again. 

Have you ever had a hairstyle you hate? 

Chelsea xo

Monday, 12 May 2014

What I Did Today #1

Today, I dedicated the time to myself to finish my Irish History work. Which kind of meant I didn't allocate myself any time to leave the house. Which is annoying, seeing as today's prompt was all about the walk to work. So, before I ramble on let's have a look at what I did instead...

Isn't that Q the most wonderful capital letter you ever did see? I might marry it.
Found on pinterest whilst looking for newsletter inspiration.

 designed and completed a newsletter
ate two scones and two bacon-on-crumpets
drank five cups of tea
watched Oliver & Company
tried a new BB cream that turned my face orange
attempted to drink one glass of water with a slice of lime (it went fuzzy)
watched Saved! on Netflix
organised a dinner party for tomorrow night
organised a lunch date for tomorrow.. erm, lunch time
 was forced to watch Cars for the hundredth time
tried to work on my Irish History work and ended up losing 300 words

Wow, I'm kind of impressed with how unproductive I can be. Surely, that takes mad skillz, yo? I'm definitely going to regret this non-work day, as I'm rather busy tomorrow and my deadline is on Friday. Won't it be nice when I never have to mention my deadline again? Cor, I can't wait until 3pm rolls around and I'm a free woman! Well, I'll be free after my other deadline, in 16 days. 

What did you do today?

Chelsea xo

Sunday, 11 May 2014

A Post Not Entirely About British Sandwich Week

I'll be honest and say this post in actually not at all about British Sandwich Week. I was definitely going to blog about my favourite sandwiches, but then I accidentally ate my sandwich before I snapped/instagrammed it so now I'm going to blog about something else. I mean, I make the rules around here. Instead, I'm going to talk about my week. YAY EXCITING. 

Looking like a gremlin next to beautiful Leona - Dylan messing with gender stereotypes
Okay, so in the last week or so, I have been basically working my arse off trying to do uni work. I say 'working my arse off' I have been doing slightly more than the minimum. As well as working to the slightly-less-than nth degree, I have also been having fun. YAY FUN. I love having fun. Much more than I tolerate doing uni work. So, what fun did I have? I only went and saw McBusted! Oh baby. Best night ever. I mean, you would think it wouldn't get any better than that but I only went and met Leona as well! And then we went to the gig together! And I cried! It was so good. One of my favourite things about the gig, actually, is that my phone had died so I had no option but to completely immerse myself in all the lovely McBustedness. It was like actually being at a gig in 2003, chortle! 

I've got to be honest and say that ever day after that gig was a huge comedown. That was, until, I walked to the shop one day with Dylan and we had a browse in the chocolate aisle. I mean, that was a complete accident, of course. Anyhoo, there we were, wondering if 3 chocolate bars for £1 is better value for money than one large chocolate bar for £1 when Dylan decided he wanted one of the fancy themed Kinder Eggs. Now, I want you to look at the picture of him. Do you see his t-shirt? It's Marvel Superheroes. When faced with the option of a blue Marvel egg and a pink Disney Princess egg, Dylan went for pink. When we got home, he excitedly ripped off the wrapper, bashed the egg until all the chocolate broke off, and asked me to pop open the little orange case. He was delighted to see Jasmin, and then asked if we could buy another one for an Ariel. I know, Dylan is two, and I know, he doesn't realise that Disney Princesses are for everyone but in a world were there are 'girl' toys and 'boy' toys, I am so fucking happy that he wanted a girl toy. Seriously. Well done, child. 

 Okay, so that wasn't all of my week, but I have been posting every day and I thought you would be sick of me by now! How has your week been? Are you taking part in #BEDM?

Chelsea xo

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Catching Up With Myself

As much as I would have loved to go and buy some fair-trade chocolate for the original #BEDM prompt for today, I currently have a stack of scones in my kitchen waiting to be devoured. As I don't want to roll to work tomorrow, I thought I would show you my to-read list for the summer. I am still reading The Book Thief, which Goodreads tells me I've read nearly 40% which is slightly motivating!

You might recognise a few titles from my recent book wish list post - I didn't realise that I actually owned a copy of On The Road, and I couldn't turn down the half-price price tag for The Girl Who Saved... in my local WH Smiths. 

Hopefully these should last me a few months...
I have, rather unwillingly, decided that I'm not allowed to buy any more books until I had read all of these. And even then, I still have plenty of books on my rickety shelf waiting to be picked up and enjoyed with a good cup of tea. 

What do you think of my selection? Have you read any of these? 
Would you like a review of any of these?

Chelsea xo

Motivation: Better Late Than Never

Okay, so yesterday I decided I would type out my post whilst trying to get Dylan to sleep and it just resulted in a warbly collection of text and I had a bit of a cry. No body needed to read that, so I scrapped it and sent myself to bed. 

This was taken yesterday. Can't waste any motivation to take a new one, ha!
With two important deadlines looming, I need motivation now more than ever. I've only just this second considered taking the day off from uni work, but alas, I cannot justify that - and I know I'll be regretting it later. This is because a Saturday off as well as a Sunday off (gotta go to work, guys!) is in fact two days off and I can't allow that with the amount of work I have steadily growing in the back of my mind. Another reason I can't justify a day off is that I think I have to go into uni four times next week, which is a huge pain in the arse. I'll lose 16 hours of working time and that's just from commuting. Again, 16 hours I can't afford to waste today. 

So, I need to work my butt off today. Then, as a reward, later this evening I can write my post for today's #BEDM challenge. Phew, this posting every day malarky is hard stuff! 

Do you have any tips for motivating yourself? Send 'em my way!

Chelsea xo

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Local Schmocal!

Hmm, so today's prompt is to talk about my local area. Sadly for me, I hate my local area, and it basically has no places of interest. Actually, that's a lie. The town I live in is considered to be a carnival town and that's a pretty big deal here. They hold this carnival in honour of a king who hated the places. Strange world, really. 

Anyways, enough cryptic clues about my whereabouts, I thought I would tell you about a few places I'd like to visit around the UK. 
Northern Ireland - Game of Thrones locations
Hey, recognise this place? That's right, it's Renly Baratheon's camp place. It's also in Northern Ireland. As an Editorial Assistant-in training for the Irish Studies Review, I reckon I could convince my editor to take me on a field trip to Ireland. That's likely, right? I've actually wanted to visit Ireland for the longest time, and I believe I might be allowed to visit there even though my passport is out of date. So that's a huge saving to go into the 'visit all the GoT locations' fundraising pot.  

Devon. Yup.
Can you believe I've never been to Devon? Considering I know live within an hours drive of the place, I think that's pretty criminal. My main reason for wanting to go to Devon is so I can have some scones and annoy the locals with my jam-then-cream method - I'm such a tease. I'm hoping to visit Devon next month for a blogging event, so that should be fun! It also means I can tick it off my list and feel super proud of myself.

I think this might be a cheating entry, as I've visited York before. I think I will forever associate York with the beginning of my relationship with Joe. When we visited - our only visit together! - we were with a big group of friends, so I would love to explore the city with only him. Maybe Dylan also. I love York, and I really miss living a short train ride away. I mean, look at that view? Beautiful.

I could go on all day, but I guess I should stop here. If you're taking part in #BEDM I'd love to hear about your local area! 

Chelsea xo

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Business Time

Earlier in the year, I read plenty of blog posts sharing the goodies sent to bloggers by Viking so I couldn't believe my luck when I was given the opportunity to pick some stationary things for myself. Throughout May, I know I'm going to be using these for all my last minute work sessions! Yep, that's right, I went down the super boring route and picked out a few bits to help me with uni deadlines and the like. Plus, you might not realise that the title for this post isn't what it may seem... 

My goodies ℅ Viking Direct
The Pukka Pad Executive Project Books are actually for me to use next year as I'm definitely going to be taking plenty of notes during third year. This year I've been using A5 notebooks, which are good and all that, but if I need to take a page out and put them with my research folder, it looks a bit scruffy. These project books have ring binder holes after the perforated edge, which means they'll stay in tip-top condition. Another reason why I wanted to move up to A4 is so I can convince Joe that I need this bag in my life. Isn't it wonderful? Swoon. 

I felt like the highlighters were definitely a *must have* as my current highlighters are running out of juice. Sadly, not because I've been highlighting like crazy, but because Dylan recently discovered them. Big sighs from me. I also picked these fine liners as I thought they would be helpful when I do mounds and mounds of copy editing and proof reading. I'm supposed to master the art of copywriting marks, so a red fine liner is essential. I feel like a school teacher when I use copywriting marks, except it's usually my own work I have to edit! 

Now, I'm not 100% sure why I plumped for paper clips. I don't use them all that often, but maybe it's because I didn't own any? Who knows? Anyways, I thought they'd be useful with my editing and keeping all the bits and bobs together in my research folders. I think I had narrowed my choices down to these paper clips and a pack of chocolate but as it was Easter, I thought it would be best to stay away from chocolate. Little did I know that I would only get one (!!!) easter egg. Oh well, who needs chocolate when you have 500 paper clips? Maybe I could make a paper clip chain necklace? 

Have you gone stationery mad recently? Or do you have any study tips for me? I've been procrastinating so much this week... 

Chelsea xo

*Disclaimer: I was sent these products free of charge, but all thoughts and words are my own*

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Pass on the Passion!

Sticking with the prompts again today, kind of. I'm sure you all know that I'm studying Publishing at uni with hope to work in the publishing industry in the future. Now, let's dive into that a bit more, shall we? 

The area I'd like to work in is children's publishing. It feels quite natural for me to say that as I have a little boy and I am passionate about ensuring he reads. I have always loved books, as a child I doted on Peter Rabbit and Winnie The Pooh stories. I loved snuggling up in bed and having someone read me a story, or me attempting to read my own. These are books I still have today, and I cannot wait to share them with Dylan when he's a little older. Growing from Peter Rabbit, I began to love The Chronicles of Narnia stories, The Little Princess and The Secret Garden - stories that allowed my imagination to run wild. 

Gotta love that social media!
Of course, when I was a teen Young Adult novels weren't really a 'thing'. Sure, I'd read my fair share of Jacqueline Wilson stories, but there was no Hunger Games equivalent in 2003. These days, I really enjoy reading YA novels, so that's another area of publishing I'd like to explore. Another area of my interest, is social media. I've based my main project at uni this year on live tweeting events, and that was quite fun. I'd love to be able to go to book fairs around the globe, tweeting away, and call that my job. I'll be going into my third year at uni in September, so I'm hoping I might narrow down what I'd like to do a bit better. Who knows, maybe this time next year I'll have my life sussed out? Scary! 

What would you love to do for a living? 

Chelsea xo

Monday, 5 May 2014

Cinco de Mayo!

Hullo there, friends! Hope you've all had a great bank holiday Monday. I sat inside doing a spot of academic editing, which is always a blast. I also took on my creative side and 'designed' a front cover for one of my final hand-ins. I'm using the term designed in it's loosest term, why anyone thought I'd be any good at book cover designing is beyond me! 

Anyways, today is Cinco de May, a Mexican-American celebration to commemorate and celebrate their freedom after the American Civil War. Fancy slice of history there, don't say you didn't learn something new! Cinco de May literally translates as Fifth of May, which is nice after all that May the Fourth crap we had yesterday! 

In true Mexican style, we went all out for tea and had some enchiladas. Yup, that one dish served seven people, would you believe that? I thought the big eaters in the family were going to lose their minds! Luckily, we had a bowl of salad to fill up any space on our plate and plenty of wine - which was sadly out of shot. We had this meal over at Joe's parents, which is always a treat to me. I love sitting around the table and dipping in and out of conversations. If we ever move from this crappy house, I hope we have room for a table, as I really having one! God, that made me sound old, didn't it? 

Tomorrow, I'm going to Cardiff with the lovely Leona to see McBusted! I honestly can't believe the day is nearly here. Do you have any plans for tomorrow? Hope it's not all back-to-work doom and gloom! 

Chelsea xo

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Be You With May Fourth The!

Today is Star Wars Day! I'm really not a huge sci-fi fan, so Star Wars Day isn't really one I celebrate. I like to be all pedantic and point out that we say the date differently when people say May The Fourth to me. Sorry guys, but I'm a bit of a killjoy like that. A lot of my chums are big Star Wars fans so I don't know why I didn't get all up in that franchise - probably due to the shoddy films we had - but hey, each to their own and all that. 

My little brother's entry to his school's Easter egg comp. He didn't even win. 
Apparently, celebrating May The Fourth started out as a Conservative campaign as good ol' Maggie Thatcher came into power on a May 4th and the Tory's ran an ad with the slogan. Is this true? Maybe. Have I ruined your fun? Probably not. 

Today hasn't been very exciting, like I said in my post yesterday I work on Sundays. As the sun is out, the day seemed to slowly tick by, not that I was clock-watching or anything. Tonight, however, is going to be awesome as I have loads of blogs to catch up on and we're having lasagne for tea - yay lasagne! If you're taking part in #BEDM let me know in the comments and I'll add you to my reading list. 

Did you have an exciting day? Did you do any Yoda impressions?

Chelsea xo

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Saturday Morning Routine

I know the prompt is 'weekend morning routine' but my routine on a Sunday is going to work, and that's a bit boring. Having said that, I don't think I have an actual routine for Saturdays. I usually wake up around the same time as Dylan - tends to be because he's jumped on me and is shouting HIYA in my face - and take the day from there.

Today, however, Joe has the weekend off! It's a miracle, I tells ye! Joe's a chef, and naturally they get super busy on a weekend. As this is another bank bloomin' holiday, I think Monday will be quite hectic for them all in the restaurant instead. But enough about Joe. What did I do this morning, I hear you cry. Well, it all started with a cup of tea...

Pukka Tea?
The story behind this mug is that Dylan often copies words or phrases that we say. Naturally, as a two year old, he hasn't quite grasped language properly, and instead of saying "cup of tea?" he says "pukka tea?" Of course, this is hilarious and I had to get it personalised onto a mug. That's what you do when you become a parent. Anyways, I pretty much start every day with a brew, and then answer all the household demands. Does Dylan want toast for breakfast? Do I need to wash stuff? Usually, the answers are always a resounding 'yes'.

So, after I became fully functioning, Joe and I needed to decide what we would do with his luxury day off. After what felt like hours of to-ing and fro-ing, we decided on a spot of lunch in town. On the way, Dylan spotted some ducks and wanted to quack at them...

This is Dylan quacking at the ducks. 
Aaaand by the time we started walking again, it was early afternoon. So that was my Saturday morning routine for today. Next Saturday will be completely different, and no doubt as will the one after that. What can I say, we like to live spontaneously!

What did you get up to this morning? Anything exciting?

Chelsea xo

Friday, 2 May 2014

5 Favourite Posts

Day two of #BEDM brings my top five favourite posts. I love to indulge in a little bit of narcissism so had a riot reading through my old blog posts. It was quite funny, actually, to see how I've grown on this here internet.

What a tune, though.
This is probably cheating slightly, but this post is from last year's #BEDM and it's my top five blogs of other people. I still love these five blogs, but I love so many others as well, I doubt I'd be able to just narrow it down to five! 

My second post is my friendship post. I'm going to be honest and tell you that it's all for the song clip I included at the end. 

Next up, my review of David O'Doherty's stand up show at Bristol Tobacco Factory.

Who can forget my post on Why Being a Feminist Matters to Me?

Last up, my post on last year's Festival No. 6 in beautiful Portmeirion. I cannot wait to go back this year! 

Have a read if you missed any of these the first time round, and make a comment if you'd like! Do I have any posts you think should have been included? I know you all have me saved as your homepage ;)

Chelsea xo

Thursday, 1 May 2014

What is my blog all about?

I thought I would be totally crazy and partake in Rosalilium's #BEDM challenge. Why is that totally crazy? Well, because I've got two uni deadlines this month. Nevertheless, here I am, taking a break from my work to devote myself to the ol' blog. Today's prompt is: What is your blog all about? So, let me tell you...

Here's a super old pic of me from 2010 when I was living in London, whoa! Totally irrelevant, but I miss that top.
Love in Modern Life is a lifestyle blog which features my rambles, cute pictures of a crazy toddler and a fluffy sausage dog, as well as plenty talk of books, an A to Z of Me, and general wittiness. I'm able to voice my thoughts and feelings at times when I feel alone or just need a chat. I can have a rant and raise important issues and have someone add valid points and a new perspective. 

 More importantly, Love in Modern Life has allowed me to find people who are equally - and sometimes much more - brilliant. Funny women who are caring, love books, have awesome wardrobes, cute pets and are just nicer than pie. If I gave up Love in Modern Life tomorrow, without a doubt I would miss my friends the most. 

Love in Modern Life reminds me to be thankful for everything I have and everything I feel. It shows me that I'm important, I can do whatever the hell I want - if I work for it - and it tells me that there are hundreds of people out there who love Disney, cheesy pop songs, Primark £8 dresses, baking cakes and buying more nail varnish than necessary, just like me. 

Chelsea xo
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