Friday, 25 July 2014

life in instagram

gosh it's hot here. 
my new favourite thing is yoga in the park.
actually I've been doing a lot of yoga recently.... my arms are feeling stronger but my knees aren't really up for the job. my lower back isn't sure either.

Donna Farhi is pretty profound. I love reading her books.. got one about breathing on the way.

bert wrote a really cute review for the new craftivism book which i'm in. 

i've been reading. This is a recent library haul

and we've been continuing with beverly hills 90210 and branching out to melrose place!
I'd never seen Melrose Place before....we are enjoying it.
it's ridiculous.
these beers are cooling in the fridge with their gosh-darn-adorable labels

it is too hot to cook. there's been a lot of bread and olives going on over here.
but we have managed to cook the odd dish....
such as scrambled tofu.

cinnamon buns...
and red quinoa with tomato sauce.
I made this for bert and his delicate digestion. poor bert has trouble with all kinds of foods.
this he was a fan of though.
it's nice to work in an outdoor museum in the summer when you can have lunch outside and sunbathe at the same time.
work tomorrow and then a day off.
what you guys up to?

Monday, 14 July 2014

book haul

hmmm, there's been a few book shaped treats round here in the last few weeks! American Afterlife by Kate Sweeney looks so good. I can't wait to read it. Bert got me a reading copy of the John Waters book! argh! am also super excited to read this as I love John Waters - there's mixed reviews on goodreads tho.

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald is a beautiful book that bert also got for free. I love nature books and this looks wonderful.
Speedboat by Renata Adler was a gift from Bert's brother for my birthday. Everyone says this book is great so I'm really looking forward to reading it. I love New York Review Books.

These two were also reading copies from Bert. I have been meaning to read Miriam Toews for quite a while, and although I don't know anything about The Book of Unknown Americans it looks really good.

I do not need two books on printmaking, but I couldn't resist these two which I bought in the museum bookshop where I work. I have some new craft activites coming up so am going to use these to get inspired.

aw. this is my favourite of all! a signed Landline by Rainbow Rowell.
have you read any of these? I have so much on my to-read pile, I am almost overwhelmed.x

Saturday, 12 July 2014

at the movies...

Here's my latest movie 'reviews' guys!
If you want to read my previous ones,  go here and here. It's totally worth it.
So, we haven't been to the movies crazy amounts recently, but have just started getting back into it. Here's three films I've seen over the last few weeks.

Advanced Style
 Advanced Style is a movie based on the blog in which photographer Ari Seth Cohen roams the streets of New York taking photos of older women looking awesome.  It's a lovely film about interesting women wearing amazing clothes. I love a documentary. When we (me and Rhys) were at the cinema there were older people watching it with us too and they kept talking really loudly, saying stuff like "she's got beautiful skin" .... I thought that was cute. I'm giving it 8/10

Rhys is giving it 9/10 and says :

"I found this film so inspiring (although it's guaranteed to make you feel terribly underdressed) - it's proof positive that wisdom, spirit and, indeed, style only increase with age, and that everyone should have the right to express themselves. Oh, and it's total pro-yoga propaganda."

The Fault in our Stars
Having read the book as soon as it came out, and having had some kind of nervous breakdown while doing so, I knew I had to go and see the film. I would have liked Bert to come with me to hold my  hand but he refused to see a 'cancer film', and as I knew I was going to cry, I didn't want to go with anyone else... So off I went and watched it alone on saturday afternoon in a packed cinema surrounded by 13 year old girls. We all cried.
I loved the book so much I found it difficult to seperate it from the movie.... I just dove into the movie and let the potentially annoying bits (was augustus too smug? why wasn't it as funny as the book? why were augustus's clothes so bad?) slip away. It took me a couple of days to get over the film, it was lovely and a faithful representation of the novel. i'm giving it a 9/10 - a point is lost for augustus's brown leather jacket.

Chinese Puzzle
 Chinese Puzzle is a french film and is apparently, the third 'chapter' of a series of films... the first two of which I haven't seen. It has got Romain Duris in it. He is lovely. it's got Audrey Tautou in it and she is lovely too. Hurray! I liked that they were all in their late 30s/early 40s and weren't made to look all young and wrinkle free like in American Movies. The french are just ridicuoulsly classy in all things. It's a kind of tangled relationship film which mainly takes place in New York and I really enjoyed it. I'm giving it an 8/10 and bert is giving it 7/10 and says:
"French films are good films. Audrey Tautou films are even gooder."
Me and bert went to see this together on date night and we had a delightful evening and a beet burger.

have you seen any of these films?
what should we go and see next?

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

books read may and june 2014

 Wanna know what I read in may and june?
here goes!
Books read in May
Laura Ford by Mark Gisbourne - This is a catalogue of some of  Laura Ford's art work. I love her work but the text was pretty uninspiring.
Fierce Medicine by Ana T Forrest - this is a mix of yoga book and memoir. There is a lot of powerful stuff in here, and the bits about being honest and speaking your truth really resonated with me.
Life after Life by Kate Atkinson - really enjoyed this. It was a reading group book and I didn't think I'd enjoy it (have read two of her other books and wasn't sold), but this was really interesting, easy to read and yet full of complex ideas about living your life over and over.
The Engine 2 diet by Rip Esselstyn - this  is a vegan (or as Rip prefers - 'Plant strong') diet and cook book which is inspiring in its message but not in it's recipes. Rips a hottie tho.
Starstruck by Cyn Balog - a teen novel that seemed to be about baking and boys and then suddenly got all supernatural. odd. but good.
Omens by Kelley Armstrong I enjoyed reading this even tho it was ridiculous. It's a kind of crime/supernatural novel - and a fun and easy read.

Books read in June
The Paying Guest by Sarah Waters - this isn't out until September, but Bert got me an early reading copy because he is the bomb. Can Sarah Waters write a bad book? 
the answer is no.
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys by Viv Albertine- great title! a music memoir that was hit and miss for me.
Bark  by Lorrie Moore  - I saw Lorrie Moore speak at Hay and she was great! enjoyed these short stories too.
A Girl Called Jack by Jack Monroe - have already mentioned how much I liked this book. Great recipes, and an important message too.
The Alone to the Alone by Gwyn Thomas - a reading group book about the south wales valleys in the 30s. Lovely writing and really interesting but didn't quite do it for me.
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love and So Much More by Janet Mock. I adore Janet Mock, she is smart and wonderful and totally inspring. Everyone should read this (a memoir about being a trans woman in case you didn't know)

so that's what I've been reading over the last couple of months.
Have you read any of these? what did you think?
what are you reading now?
I have read 40 books so far this year and have already read a couple of corkers this july, which I'll tell you about next time.
happy reading!


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