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

Musicality – Day 29

Day 29, Wednesday: Five songs or pieces of music that speak to you or bring back memories.

Breaking the Law – Emeli Sande

Apparently Emeli wrote this song for her sister. I heard her singing it live at the Royal Albert Hall and straight away I realised I could relate to it with thoughts towards my sisters too.

Living on the Run – Scott Grimes

This song reminds me of a summer spent by the sea in Sandbanks, Dorset when I was 18. I love Scott Grimes and his song with John Stamos in the last episode of ER is brilliant, see it on You Tube here.

True Colours

Quite possibly my favourite song ever. I’ve loved it ever since it was used in this car advert.

Swan Lake Waltz – Tchaikovsky

This music relaxes me instantly. It’s the first thing I put on if I want to calm down and chill out.

For Good – Wicked Cast

This is my favourite song from this musical. It’s also on my list of funeral songs. Maybe that’s slightly morbid but there’s no harm in being prepared!

All clips are from youtube.

Lau xx

Birthday chatter, GoT and Paramore love

First on the list of my favourite things this week is the fact that today is my Birthday Eve – yes, tomorrow I turn the grand old age of 28 – exciting times! Although just to say I definitely don’t feel that old, especially as my excitement seems to be at the same levels as when I was five. Seriously I’m not sure i’ll be able to sleep tonight! My birthday brings all those fun things; days off work, brunch, theatre, family time, cake, mooching around London and of course presents – with a list like that what’s not to love!

Along with it being my birthday it’s also my sister’s – being a twin you’d expect that. So I’ve been having much fun (with my other sis) picking out presents, finding that perfect birthday card and deciding on wrapping paper and ribbon – yes there must be ribbon. And bows. Always bows! I love buying presents so this has been just as much fun as counting down the sleeps until the big day.

It’s official I have become slightly obsessed with Game of Thrones. I’ve read the first two books in the series, but hadn’t got around to watching the TV version – my old sky box deleted it. since Easter I have been making my way through series 2 thanks to the catch up option on Sky. I freakin’ LOVE this show. Plus take a look at this from Buzzfeed, it’s the GoT cast being ‘normal’!

Also I have finally got back into knitting. More about this at a later date, but I am seriously loving being all crafty again. Plus it’s so relaxing and it stops me from snacking. Nope, sorry Mr Easter Egg I can’t eat you as my hands are busy and I can’t get chocolate on this lovely wool now, can I?

How did I miss that Paramore had a new album? I’ve been waiting years for their next offering. I’ve been listening to the new album; Paramore for the last two days almost continually and it definitely doesn’t disappoint. My favourite songs so far are Grow Up – loving the lyrics – ‘Some of us have to grow up sometime, so if I have to, I’m gonna leave you behind’?, and Ain’t it Fun which feels a bit 80s, i don’t know why, just my weird mind probably. Plus it just makes me smile as soon as it starts up. Time to plan a road trip I think as it’s perfect singing (shouting) while driving music! Make sure you check it out.

And finally take a look at this video of Jennifer Lawrence funny moments. Quite possibly the coolest person to ever win an Oscar?

Hope everyone’s having a good week.

Lau xxx

Music and weekend plans – my favourite things

As I mentioned previously my sisters and I like to share music with each other using Spotify. One such song that Becca sent to me recently and that I am particularly fond of is Gabrielle Aplin’s ‘Please Don’t Say You Love Me’. She’s the one who sang The Power of Love in the latest John Lewis Christmas advert. You know the one with the snowman and the gift? Anyway I love this song, the tune and the lyrics are great. I just can’t stop listening to this over and over again!

Now I don’t need new kitchen canisters and even if I did then I definitely wouldn’t need these blue ones as, fyi, my kitchen is a lovely rhubarb and custard cream and pink and these would not fit in at all. But I love these with a capital L. I stumbled across these when I was trying to remove myself from the Matalan website – I can’t help it as there are so many lovely things!

This week I am also totally over excited about my weekend plans. You see this Friday I am heading to Oxford for the weekend. My friends and I have booked a cottage a little outside of the city for Friday and Saturday night. I’m looking forward to catching up, chilling out, eating good food and exploring a new city. Any last minute suggestions for things to do and places to see?

Lau xxx

Loves, laughs and obsession #4 – tape, wise words & holiday planning

It’s that time again when I get to share all the things that have caught my eye or made me laugh and smile this past week.

First, I am absolutely loving washi tape at the moment, with so many great uses and ideas all over Pinterest you could say that it’s become quite an obsession of mine. I bought this striped gold tape before Christmas but didn’t end up using it for my Christmas wrapping, instead it’s ready and waiting for the next lot of presents. The plan is to use it with either brown or white paper to create a simple and gorgeous wrapped present.

Washi tape from Papermash

Then there’s this brilliant quote from Eleanor Roosevelt (found via Pinterest of course). What a wise woman she was. I feel like I’m always questioning what others will think of the decisions I make, so now I’m not going to. Instead i’ll be living by these words.

Wise Words

I’m also loving this song by Ron Pope. My youngest sister introduced this to me a few years ago and after reorganising my music it’s made an appearance back on to my phone playlist. I can’t help but smile each and every time I hear this song. BIG TIME LOVE.

The final thing that’s making me smile this week is organising holidays. I sat down last night and worked out when and how I am going to be using my 30 days of holidays this year. Normally I don’t do this and instead end up with a really mismatched holiday year. Like last year, I took 1 day in January, then 15 in april, then 5 in August which then left me with days for Christmas and odd days to take off. This mean that the first few months of the year and the last were really hard to deal with. So to stop this happening again I’ve got a bit organised – go me, right?! I’m also in the process of planning a weekend with friends to Oxford and also Dublin. Looking at cottages and flights is really helping me get through a miserable snow filled January. You should try it too.

Lau xxx