Where I've been

For anyone who wanted to know how my bowling trip went, out of 3 games I came last twice and 3rd (out of 4) once. I suck at bowling. And I am not the most gracious of losers. To add insult to injury I was also designated driver so I was sat there sipping on my coke while Daf, Jack and Al knocked back pitchers of Coors Light. Ah well, it's all good fun. And our staff do is on Tuesday and we're going bowling, funnily enough, so at least I've had some practice.

I have recently discovered How It Should Have Ended on YouTube, where they do animated alternate endings of popular movies. The one for how X-Men: First Class should have ended is a personal favourite, with honourable mention going to Harry Potter

Oh, and I've also started watching the American version of The Office on Netflix, and I love it so much, I think Dwight might be my favourite fictional character ever. Largely because of this face:

Song of the Day: Better Half by Frank Turner
There must be a better half somewhere out there/She lives a better life, a life that she shares/Shares with a better man, a man who is there when she calls in the night/Who says "Hey, it's alright"

Happy Birthday, blog

Today is the first birthday of my blog. And to celebrate, I'm going bowling later. (Although to be honest, it's more of a coincidence that I'm going bowling on my blog's birthday - my blog can't come with me). I haven't been bowling for about five years or something so I'm excited. However I can get ridiculously competitive sometimes and can see myself sulking if it turns out that I suck at bowling and I lose.

It's going to be great.

I've added a new page in the sidebar bit over on the right somewhere which will keep you updated on my 30 books target, if by any chance you're interested in my progress. So far I've read the whole Hunger Games trilogy, so that's 3 books done so far. I think I'm on track. Daf's currently reading The Lord of the Rings and has been giving me condescending looks because he's reading an 'intellectual' book whilst the font in my book is apparently too large to be considered anything other than a children's book.

Here's a photo of some of my 30 books. I don't actually have all 30 at the moment, I think my parents have some of them in Saudi.

I hope you're impressed that I've managed to write a blog post more than two sentences long. Also, I'm bringing back song of the day.

Song of the Day: 1996 by The Wombats

30 Books Update

I have finished The Hunger Games so I'm now one book down, twenty-nine to go. It was so good, not the best written book I've ever read, but I loved the storyline and the suspense and I'm so glad I have the rest of the trilogy! I've already moved on to the second one.

I've also watched the trailer for the movie version about 12 times now, and March can't come quickly enough, it looks fantastic.


So we're in a recession, and there's not a whole lot of opportunities for young people, and lots of people are being made redundant at the moment, but let's spare a thought for poor old Antony Worrall Thompson who is so hard up that he's having to steal wine and cheese from his local Tesco.

In other news, go and listen to Gabrielle Aplin's EP Home, on iTunes. Not you Dad, I don't think you'd like it.

30 books

With considerable help from my mum, I've finished my 30 books list. 

30 Books to read in 2012:

 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Starter for Ten by David Nicholls
 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
 Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
 It by Stephen King
The Shining by Stephen King
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
 Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
1984 by George Orwell
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
 I Dreamed of Africa by Kuki Gallman
 Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally
 The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
 A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
 The Shipping News by E. Anne Proulx
 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
 We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

I'm not going to read them in the order I've written them in; I'm starting on The Hunger Games and then I'll just go from there, and pick and choose what I want to read. Fingers crossed I'll be able to finish them all by the end of the year!

Happy New Year!

2012 already, I can hardly believe it. So I've been M.I.A again for a while, but I've been busy either working, or enjoying all the festivities that December brings.

Want to see what I got for Christmas? Of course you do.

Not pictured: a Cookie Monster t-shirt, and some cute little measuring cups.

I am writing this blog post on my brand new laptop, and so I am a very happy bunny.

Yesterday I spent a little while writing a list of New Year's Resolutions, which I'm not going to bore you with, but one of them is to read at least 30 books this year, including 10 classics. I originally wanted to do 50 books, but then I realised that was almost a book every week and I decided I didn't want to set out to fail. 30 it is. I've started making a list of the 30 I want to read but I'm only on about 15 so far, so when I've finished the list I'll post it here. Once it's on the internet it'll mean I HAVE to do it because I will have witnesses.

To update my blog more is not on my list of resolutions, because I don't want it to become a chore, and hopefully I'll have more blog-worthy things to say this year than I have lately.

So anyway, my brand new Shaun the Sheep calendar is up, I have a Winnie-the-Pooh pocket diary to organise my life, and I have had a relatively decent January the 1st. Bring on 2012!
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