Changes and Goodbyes

Remember yonks ago I mentioned that I wanted to update the look of this blog a bit? Well it’s finally happening people. I’ve been busy behind the scenes designing, thinking, learning and deliberating over colours to make my little space on the tinternet just a little bit more me.

Well with all this tinkering has also come a big decision. Lau’s Rambling Corner is moving to here and the name is changing! What’s that? Why? Please explain. All things I’m sure you all shouted, thought or sung out just now (okay maybe not that last one!).

Let’s address point number one first. This blog is moving (back) to blogger. Let me lay it all on the table for you. For quite sometime now I’ve been looking at all the different options to be a bit more creative with my blog design and well basically blogger is the easiest tool for me to do this. If I stay on wordpress.com then I have almost no choices in terms of customising my design and layout. Basically you chose a theme and that’s it. Yes I can upload a header and add social media icons but I can’t change things anymore without spending money on the CSS upgrade. But here’s the thing about the CSS upgrade, even if I was okay spending that money, I actually don’t have the skills to write CSS myself – at least not yet. So yes, I’d be able to change some colours around but I still wouldn’t be able to get rid of that annoying thick black toolbar at the top there or in fact anything else that is a bug bear of mine on here – I won’t list everything as we’d be here for hours! Yes I want to learn CSS but it’s just not realistic right now, I have other things going on in my life – my job, my family, my friends, my life and my blog – the writing side – that i’d rather be doing instead of learning code. My other option is wordpress.org, but you guys that’s expensive, like over $100 a year and while I love my blog, it’s a hobby which doesn’t make me money and yes I could include ads on wp.org but I honestly don’t think that’s going to cover my blog fees – do you? Plus there’s the whole self-hosting thing and it may sound lazy to say it but I just can’t be bothered to deal with that, I don’t want to learn how that works, I’d rather use my time to concentrate on creating content for my readers.

Bearing all that in mind blogger just seems the best option for me. Over on blogger I can customise to my hearts content. I can change colours, change fonts, use CSS (if I want) and choose the adverts that show, If indeed I decide to show any at all on my blog. So there you have it, my thought process behind this move, while it’s going to be a hassle, I really do believe it’s the best thing for this blog. Yes in hindsight I should have never moved from blogger in those early month of blogging, but you know what I did, it happened and I’ve enjoyed my time over here at wp.com, but it’s made me realise what I need and what I want is more than what I can get here on this platform. I hope you understand why I’ve decided to do this, and I hope you all decide to join me over there.

Now let’s address the other elephant in the room – the name change. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while now. It’s nothing too drastic, but I figured if I’m moving why not do everything in one go. So I am becoming This Rambling Corner. The main reason? Honestly I didn’t want a comma anymore. Yes it’s really as simple as that. Also here’s something else that I find completely crazy, not many people know how to pronounce Lau. I don’t understand it, it’s a literal shortening for Laura and you say it like law but it really does perplex people. So there’s another plus side of the name change!

Hope to see you lovely people on the otherside!

Lau xx

Favourite Things #39

Hello lovely people, hope the week is treating you well.

First on the list of this week’s favourite things is the exciting news that I have booked my tickets to the Spirit of Christmas. What is this I hear you ask? Well It’s a big exhibition at London’s Olympia which is chockablock full of Christmas trimmings. It’s going to be a marvellous day spent admiring all the cute Christmas things, from decorations to handmade bits and bobs to present ideas. I’ll be wandering around this treasure trove with some of my favourite people and humming along to Christmas songs. It’s genius and perfect for anyone who is obsessed with this magical time of year.

On the note of Christmas I’m just going to take a moment in time to point out that we now have less than 9 weeks to go. 61 days in fact. Time to get thinking about starting the Christmas shopping.

I also wanted to point out another new obsession of mine – Polyvore. I’ve become a bit attached to this site as it’s the perfect way to create collages of my favourite shopping items. It’s also a great place to store all your favourite things. In fact you even get emails if something you’re added goes into the sale – dangerous but useful I think. I’ve been using this to make my monthly shopping budget posts (check out September’s here) and I think everything looks so much better.

Check out the below music recommendation from Spotify. Apparently because I listened to Kristen Chenoweth (she’s in my musicals playlist because of Wicked) I might like a song from a Disney Princess film. Ummm okay then. Yes, while I do know all the words, including song lyrics, of some Disney films (Tarzan, Mulan, Cinderella and Beauty & the Beast) that doesn’t mean that I want to listen to a song from a film I haven’t ever heard of. Anyway!

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This week I found and loved this tutorial from Something Swanky on how to create a custom blog background. Now I didn’t actually want to make a blog background but I did think that this was a great resource for learning all about Picmonkey. It’s helped me no end to see how other people do things and how to translate that into what I want to do.

One final thought is this – I have had a super productive week making blog type decisions. I’ve had lots of things running around inside my brain for awhile now and I’m about to put them into practise. Basically things are going to change around here, so watch this space.

Have a lovely week everybody.

Lau xxx

A long weekend in pictures

As I mentioned last week I spent four days on a short break ‘up north’ with the family to celebrate a birthday. It was blissful so of course i’m going to share some of the fun times with you. Be warned this post is mainly going to be about the pictures, because that’s what I like best and honestly I don’t write well enough to describe my adventures and the beauty of The Peaks half as well as my pictures do!

So my trip went a little bit like this…

  • Road Trip! Queue good music, lots of talking and picking the service station we stop at depending on the coffee available. Hence the 16 miles of crossing my legs in order to go to a Starbucks!
  • Arriving in Sheffield to skip down the hill and meet the youngest Evans sister. Then touring her house before setting off to Bolsover Castle.
  • Promptly falling in love with Bolsover. Cooing over wall paintings, cute windows and fallen down ruins. And taking lots of pictures of course – the magic of smart phones!
  • Somehow finding our way into Matalan and exiting 90 minutes later with lots of purchases. You’d think that my sisters, Mum and I would have learnt not to shop together by now!

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  • Heading into the Peak District and discovering the lovely town of Bakewell.
  • Eating the best lasagne ever (thanks Mum)

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  • Training it to Leeds to have lunch with one of my favouritest people in the world. Lots of talking, lots of eating and lots of laughing!
  • Discovering the Chestnut Centre a conservation and wildlife park. A lovely long walk around the place and seeing otters, deers and owls. Along with pole cats, pine martens and field mice. Seriously if you are ever in the area go check it out.
  • Also if you are there then stop in at The Beehive pub in Combs for lunch – totally delicious grub.

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  • I also managed to fit in a run – I know I was surprised too. But having my Dad there made me do it and it was great fun. I left my headphones at home and we chatted away for a three mile explore around Bakewell. I, of course, had to stop a couple of times for photos as we saw rainbows. Yes we ran in the rain.

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  • The other plus point of going for a run was that I didn’t feel too guilt over the amount I ate (and drank) that evening! We headed to another lovely foodie place recommended by our neighbours. The Pointed Dog and Duck in Bakewell town. Checkout the trip advisor views here. Another excellent meal and the perfect place to celebrate Becca’s birthday. Plus she loved all her presents. One of which I made myself! So will be sharing soon.
  • We of course managed to fit in more board game time. Like that was ever not going to happen!

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  • Our final day started with a walk, then a trip to Costco before a long drive home. A thoroughly enjoyable weekend away with my family.

Honestly it’s trips like these that I live for. So much fun, full on relaxing and surrounding yourself with people that get you.

Lau xxx

More things for Autumn

So clearly I can’t stop planning for Autumn and Winter. Seriously I keep seeing things that I want/need to own. Why is there so much great stuff in the shops and why haven’t I won the lottery so that I can treat myself? Maybe I should just not go near shops or online at all and then I wouldn’t see all these things. But then life would be boring and it’s nice to dream and look at even if you can’t do anything more than give each item a quick stroke or longing look before walking past. On the plus side it is not too long now until Christmas so at least when people ask me what I want I will have a ready made list (or two) to go to! Anyway here’s my latest loves, be warned it’s highly likely that you will see a lot more of these over the coming months, I girl can but dream right!
Lau's Autumn Wishlist
Check Skirt, Fat Face / Kissing Stags Cushion, Anorak
Cable Knit socks, Joules / Mini Bow Ring, Kate Spade / Chevron Throw, BHS
 Padlock Tote Bag, M&S / Fairisle Cardigan, Fat Face / Riding Boots, M&S
Fluffy socks and blankets, plus fairisle knits? I’ve found my own little piece of heaven right here in this post. Isn’t that what the cold weather is all about? Although I’m not sure I would ever spend £25 on a pair of socks. It may be time to fetch out the knitting needles and get practicing my cable.
Also I am so tempted by the boots, I’ve been searching for the perfect pair for ages and ages and then I found these and they fit perfectly around the calves – miracles of miracles. But can I really spend £99 on boots? I know that so reasonable for riding boots but I still sort of balk at that price tag. Hmmm, watch this space because honestly these are my favourite thing on this whole board of beautiful things.
Okay one final thing about these lovely things. The ring – the Kate Spade ring. I am obsessed with it and yes while it isn’t officially autumnal or wintery (yes, I know that#s not a real word) I love love love it. It’s an obsession. Hence the inclusion. What can I say, I’m a sucker for shiny things with bows! Plus I want a ring for my middle finger on my left hand and this just grabbed my attention straight away. This is definitely making it’s way onto my Christmas list.
What bits and bobs have you all got your eye on? Tell me please, although don’t make them too lovely otherwise I will need them too!
Lau xxx

My Favourite Things #38

Happy Thursday you lovely lot. So I cheated and really wrote and scheduled this post the other day because right now I’m sitting in a car somewhere on the motorway heading North. You see I’ve taken a few days off work for an extended weekend and I’m off to celebrate my little sister’s birthday in The Peak District. I say little sister – she’s turning 20! But she’s still younger than me and I can still remember life before her existence; hence she will always be called my little sister.So this trip is clearly the highlight of my week – family fun in the middle of a National Park. What’s not to love. Just so you know what you are missing out on here are a couple of snaps of Ladybower Dam from last year’s visit.

The Peak District

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Completely stunning right?

So aside from this long weekend what else do I want to share with you this week.

Well let’s look at internet links and blog posts first.

1. I absolutely loved Fi’s post on Perception and here’s why. Obviously she makes a couple of good points, but the one that caught my eye was the second one, because this question is along the same vein as my final dissertation project for my Psychology degree. Yep things might get a bit geeky here, but I studied whether our confidence in what people said was related to how we perceived them. i.e. would you be more confident in a professor or a train driver. It was a fascinating topic and honestly I really enjoyed working on my dissertation  Yes even scoring the 100 questionnaires that were filled out. Gosh just talking about this is making me realise how much I miss Uni days.

2. I also enjoyed Betsy’s post Never Have I Ever…Been a Movie Person. I consider myself a movie person but looking at that list of 50 Greatest Movies of all time I discovered I had only watched 12 of them. This made me think that maybe I’m not really a movie fan. But then I realised that those thoughts were just silly. I mean I love films, trips to the cinema and movie trivia. A good film cheers me up, calms me down and evokes long ago memories. And that’s what makes me a film person. Honestly a greatest movies list is so subjective and just because I’ve not watched many of these doesn’t mean i’m not a film person. So yes there me go, that’s my thoughts on that – bit of a ramble – sorry!

3. I also loved Jennie’s post about the Books Are My Bag Campaign because obviously it’s an awesome cause, but also because I have become quite excited about the first book she bought – Susan Hill’s A Question of Identity, I’ve never seen anything by this author before but I love the sound of this one – crime, intrigue and mystery – just my cup of tea.

Finally today let’s talk music. I have been listening to a lot of old favourites on Spotify over the last few days. Mostly it’s all been about Halo – Bethany Joy Lenz, Drops of Jupiter – Train, I Don’t Want to Be – Gavin DeGraw and All or Nothing – O-Town.

Also I have discovered a cover of Walking on Sunshine by Wakey Wakey over here on soundcloud. Not only is this one of my favourite songs, but also one of my favourite bands too. They have managed to make the song sound so different than the original. Totally amazed.

Lau xxx