Wednesday, 29 October 2014

It's What I Go To School For...

I know my last post was a round-up/taking stock kind of post, but as I'm currently super busy, I thought I would give you another catch up with me. Otherwise it'll probably be no new post for another week or so, and we wouldn't want that! 

A good book day.
So, why am I super busy? Well, I am currently working on the legacy team for Bath's Digital Festival. If you can't read between the lines, the Bath Digital Festival is a ten day festival about all things digital. If you're into coding, want to know how to create better content, or interested in how digital can be used for good (and evil!) then the festival really has something for you. Plus, their mascot is a robot, so who doesn't love that? As part of the legacy team, my role is attending events and then writing articles or press releases for them, which is not what I expected, but good all the same. 

I spent all of Tuesday morning in Bath covering some events, and then hopped on a train to Exeter to meet up with Leona! We had the *most* romantic meal you could ever imagine, and then headed to the cinema for a screen date with McBusted. Gosh darn it, we just love those guys. 

Other stuff of interest:
- I'm finally reading the final book in my Goodreads challenge, but so far I hate it. YAY.
- I'm expecting a delivery from Bimuno Prebiotics to help boost my crappy immune system.
- I received an awesome parcel from Danniella which just totally justified how freakin' awesome she is. Be jealous that she likes me more than you *smug face*
- I finally got my hands on the Tracey Emin Books Are My Bag bag. HAPPY DAYS.

Chelsea xo

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Lately, been thinkin' 'bout you, baby...

I know I posted t'other day, but I really feel out of the blogging loop. Since the start of September, my Bloglovin' feed has been stuck in the 800+ unread - which is pretty daunting, but I'm working on it - and I've only really posted once a week, ish. I'm hoping to rectify this, as I miss y'all, and what better way to do that then to steal a post idea from the delightful Michelle*?

So let's have a look at what I've been up to recently...

My beautiful playsuit <3 in my friend's messy room

Making a big deal out of my doctor's appointment, when I shouldn't really.

Cooking very little.
Drinking far too much - stupid birthday cocktails!
Reading - On The Road, still, or at least trying to...
Wanting a holiday, hey Michelle why don't we go on one together?
Looking like I haven't slept properly in ten years.
Playing on Animal Crossing more!
Wasting the hours when I should be tidying the house.
Deciding that I need a nanny to help me tidy the house.
Wishing I were a more organised gal...
Enjoying time with friends.
Waiting for Christmaaaas!
Liking my Food Writing classes, as someone always brings in cake!
Wondering how hard I need to work to kick uni-ass!
Loving some of the completely bizarre phrases Dylan comes out with.
Considering the next step...
Watching Damages, I'm hooked I tell you!
Hoping I start to feel more motivated for my assignments.
Marvelling at how I haven't died from scurvy.
Needing to up my vitamins as it's flu season.
Smelling like all my lovely new bath bombs!
Wearing my new comfy H&M jumper. It's my life.
Following so many twitter feeds...
Noticing how all my uni friends feel as worried as me, it's kind of comforting.
Knowing I need to start booking my driving lessons again :(
Thinking about how much I miss the North :( :(
Feeling like I need to rant.
Admiring my sister-in-law on her trip to German and Switzerland - pretty brave at 15!
Buying a few Christmas presents, and then deciding to keep them for myself...
Getting to grips with daily trains, again.
Bookmarking various boring websites for uni research.
Opening birthday presents!
Giggling at Dylan waking me up and saying "yoo hoo, hi family!"

*there is no better way!

So, what have you been up to?

Chelsea xo

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Simple Student Hacks with Virgin Media

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think I've ever mentioned that I'm a student. A third year student, at that. What? You mean I have? Oh, silly me! Of course, we all know that I'm a student. I've even blogged about it a few times. As I'm in my final year, I feel quite lucky that I haven't had to deal with any usual student woes (apart from Student Finance, but that's a different story) as my housemates are my little family, and I've never had to dine on beans as Joe's a fancy chef. 

As I'm in a student minority, I felt like these Virgin Media student hacks might not apply to me, but it turns out I was wrong! That ring-pull life hack is a bloody genius idea, and it's definitely one I've started applying to my wardrobe. Finally, I can feel (slightly) proud about my fizzy pop addiction! 

My friend from work has just gone off to university, so I've made sure that she knows all about these - I'm convinced it'll make her time at uni a bit easier to manage! Have a look at some of the vines below...

Check out the rest from Virgin Media

So, what do you think? Will you be applying any of the student hacks to your life? Or do you have an amazing hack I need to know about?

Chelsea xo

Friday, 17 October 2014

The To-Read List #1

If you use Goodreads, you'll know that you can set up little challenges, to help you up your reading game. Luckily for me, I'm 4 books ahead of my reading challenge, having read 19 outta 20 books. Now, after congratulating myself for such a great feat, my brain has now decided it doesn't want me to finish reading that illusive last book. *shakes fist at brain* 

I'm currently reading On The Road, which is a classic, and Joe's apparently read it twice. I'm about a halfway through, and I'm giving myself the mini-challenge to finish reading it by November 1st. Who doesn't love a challenge within a challenge?! Once I've finished, I can happily delve into my to-read list, yay! 

I've already read High Fidelity and The Curious Incident before, but I'm looking forward to rereading them. I asked for Pullman's Grimm Tales last Christmas, so I'm hoping I can dip into it before Christmas is here again. Considering the amount of books I ask for, I really need to read what I already have! I bought Landline and Wonder in the same shopping trip, a few months ago, when I also bought The Knife of Never Letting Go. I lapped up the Chaos Walking series - and you should read it too - but these got left on the bookshelf. Never fear, though, as I'm determined to make these books the last reads of 2014! 

Have you read any of these books? Do you have a to-read list?

Chelsea xo

Saturday, 11 October 2014

My Favourite Christmas Experience!

Despite living in the Somerset countryside, I am a Northern girl through-and-through. I've spent the vast majority of my life living up North, and to tell you the truth, I miss it dearly. All of my family still live up there, and I'm counting down the years until I can move back up. One of my favourite things about the North East, is it's love of history - and what a rich history it has. If you're historically inclined, then you need to visit the Beamish Open Air Museum. As a family, we always had yearly passes, as we would visit as often as we could. Surprisingly, I had never visited at Christmas - so a few years ago when my best Northern buddy asked if she could take me and Dylan out for the day - how could I resist? 

Who says you can't pose with a small baby attached to you?!
My very own Li'l Sebastian <3
Santa's Sleigh! 
That face.
I'd thought I had actually taken more photos than this, but obviously I was having way too much fun. We met Santa, and he gave Dylan the loveliest little mouse teddy, which he still has now! This will always be my favourite Christmas memory, I think, as it was Dylan's first taste of the season, and it just reminds me so much of home. Although this is nearly three years ago, I think it will keep it's hold on my heart for many years to come. Someone take me back!

What's your favourite Christmas memory?
Chelsea xo

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

1001 in 101 Days #6

Is it really time for my sixth update?! Crackers. My little bucket list is over a year old now, and I can't really say I've made hugely impressive progress. I have made some progress though, so let's have a look at what I've ticked off lately... 

020. Make a playlist of 'our' songs - in progress
Well, this is very much in progress, as I've only just started it. I've got about eight songs though, which is good going if you ask me. 

024. Finish the second year of my foundation degree and upgrade to a real degree! - completed!
Yeah, boiiiiii! You so know I'm in my third year (and in high demand, if my tutor is to be believed!) so expect me to drop off the face of the blogging planet as soon as my deadlines start rolling in. 

063. Go to a festival each year - in progress
For our second year, we went to Festival No.6 again! And what a weekend it was. I'm sure you don't need me to tell you all about it again, but we've got our fingers crossed for next year too! 

065. Join the local library - completed!
Hurrah for libraries! I actually found out that I've joined every library in the county, so big thumbs up for me there. Do I get an extra point? Or extra cake? Cake would be better. I'm going to get some cake. 

078. Read 20 books a year - in progress
I'm on 19 books for this year, so I'm pretty confident I'll be able to read this target. A lot of my set texts for this year are actual novels, so I'm going to be super cheeky and include them. 

083. Buy a decent camera - completed!
I did it! I have a decent camera! Now, all I need to do is learn how to use it... 

Do you have a bucket list? I'd love to know what you've crossed off lately!

Chelsea xo

Monday, 6 October 2014

Book Club #8 - The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project had been on my to-read list ever since it came out. It became one of those elusive books that I wanted, but never got around to buying, which is always a shame. This carried on for some time until I spotted it on my local library shelf - in hardback, no less! I whizzed through it pretty quickly, which is always a good sign! 

Cor, look at the off-centre, creasiness of that! 
If The Rosie Project hasn't caught your eye before, the gist of the story is that Don, a middle-aged autistic professor, sets up the perfect solution to his Wife Problem - a detailed questionnaire to filter out all the women who are a waste of time. But, hold your horses, readers! This isn't an anti-feminism novel, or anything absurd like that, but a fun and intelligent look at how someone like fictional Don might go about finding a wife. 

Does something plot-twisting happen in chapter 10? Or did I just flick open at this page? Only time will tell...
Despite the fact that everyone was telling me how great this book is, I was a little sceptical. Surely no book about dating or questionnaires could be that funny, or that captivating? As it turns out, The Rosie Project was all kinds of wonderful, and I even laughed out loud at a few points. I felt like all the characters were well thought out, and were given enough of a history to understand, and the blunt remarks from Don were always perfectly placed. 

I would definitely suggest reading The Rosie Project to anyone and everyone. 
Have you read The Rosie Project?

Chelsea xo

Friday, 3 October 2014

Things That Make You Go...


You know the feeling, right? You're just casually minding your own business when something catches your eye and then immediately makes you wish you could crawl into the deepest pit of the earth, never to return again? Please tell me I am not alone in this. 

For those lucky lot that have no idea of the horror I am describing, let me explain. Sometimes, in life, things happen beyond your control. These things can shock you, unnerve you and even make you burst into tears. As rational human beings - and British - we often find the politest thing to do is to just die on the inside, rather than telling someone of the horrific visual crimes they are committing. You need an example? Oh, I've got plenty of examples...

- Yesterday, I saw a grown man (I'm guessing mid thirties?) wearing a t-shirt which said LEGOver and had some lego figures 'doing it'. Hey, I'm no prude, but dude, my three year old loves Lego and started pointing in sheer joy at your ridiculous t-shirt. 

- Sometimes, you can be in a really civilised conversation with someone, and then they go and spoil it all by saying something stupid like, 'I read in the Daily Mail...' No, honey. No. Let's not. Nuh uh. 

- I work in a shop. It's a popular high street brand, and our rival store is pretty much directly across the street. Occasionally, when helping a customer, it might dawn upon me that we do not have whatever it is they need in stock. This is no big deal, I can order it in for you! Or I could check to see if it's in another store? But no, there will always be one angry customer who takes pride in telling me that they'll go across the road and take their custom over there. Well, fine by me, but why be so rude? 

- Living in a less than desirable town, I will often see parents with small children dashing around, looking flustered. I'm not judging here, of course, as nine times out of ten, that parent is me. However, I will judge you, if you proceed to give your toddler a whole bottle of coke to themselves, a share bag of skittles, and then scream at them when they pull faces or let go of the pushchair. It's not good.

Honestly, I could go on. I'd actually wrote down a few other things, but I seem to have misplaced my list. Bet your bottom dollar that I'll be posting the sequel to this post in good time. 

So, is it just me? Should these things not bother me? What makes you lose faith in humanity? 

Chelsea xo

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

I don't know about you...

But I'm feeling 22! Except not really, as I'm turning 23 soon. In fact, I thought I would dedicate a whole post to the materialistic desires I have. It helps Joe out with the present buying, you see. I'm pretty thoughtful like that. I thought I'd actually posted a wish list for my birthday last year, but it turns out I didn't. Maybe I'm not as materialistic as I thought? Anyhoo, let's see what beauties have caught my eye, shall we? 

Khaki Skirt - Hotel Alpha - Busby Jazz shoes - Hexagon Necklace
Let's start with the skirt. I love khaki for autumn, and I think I'm one of those people who suits khaki (if there is a type of person who suits it) and I just love the look of this midi skirt. The pleats are divine, and well, for £17.99 it's a bit of a bargain if you ask me. I think I would need to try this on first though, as New Look sizes are always a bit weird with me. Who knew you could be three dress sizes at once?! 

Hotel Alpha featured on a previous wish list, but I didn't get around to buying it. Mark Watson was actually doing a book signing for it, but unfortunately I couldn't get to Bristol for it. Sadtimes! Luckily, birthday's and other celebrations are a good time to ask for books, so I would be very happy to receive this. I mean, look at the cover! Isn't it lovely? Of course, there are plenty of books on my wish list at the moment, so if you're feeling inclined to buy me a present, head to your local bookstore and find me a treat.*

Oh, Clarks, can you do no wrong? I managed to snag myself a pair of their S/S brogues - which a lot of bloggers also got, damn them - and they are incredibly comfortable. I'd love to get these grey Busby Jazz shoes and just walk around feeling all snazzy. Having said that, every time I've typed 'busby jazz' I feel like a bit of a ding, but I'm sure the comfort and admiration of the shoes would outweigh that feeling. Right?

Possibly saving my favourite 'til last, this hexagon necklace is the stuff of dreams. I have been regularly checking the Oh My Clumsy Heart website for absolutely ages, just seeing if it's still in stock. Sure, some might find that borderline stalkerish, but I just really love it, okay?! It's so pretty, and I think I'd probably choose the 16" or 18" inch chain, so that it stays in view at all times. Something that is so simple, and so lovely gets a big fat 'yes' from me. 

So, spot anything you like on my wish list? 

Chelsea xo

*I jest, of course, but books really do make me happy. 
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