Thursday, 21 July 2016

Dark Star



Not my DVD but one I inherited from someone else. I'm not really into sci-fi, but I was determined to watch it with an open mind. I got about ten minutes into it before abandoning it.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Chicago



I flippin' love this film! I love every song in it and I have a massive girl-crush on Catherine Zeta Jones who I think is just completely amazing in this. I've never seen it on the stage, and I'm sure some people would say that that's far superior and I'd completely understand that, but since this is the only version I've seen, this is my favourite.

And all that jazz.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Cats


Next one on the list, this is the Cats Ultimate Edition, released in 1998.

Cats is one of my favourite musicals, I've seen it three times at the theatre, where it's a really magical experience. Obviously, watching a dvd on the tv in the living room isn't quite the same thing; I started off on the sofa watching it, and then kind of started doing other things whilst just listening to it in the background.

I can't listen to Elaine Paige singing Memory without crying though...

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Review: This House is Haunted

This House is Haunted This House is Haunted by John Boyne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It definitely is about a haunted house. An enjoyable read, but I guessed a couple of the main plot points quite early on. Not a book to send a shiver up your spine...

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Saturday, 16 July 2016

Review: Never Binge Again: Reprogram Yourself to Think Like a Permanently Thin Person

Never Binge Again: Reprogram Yourself to Think Like a Permanently Thin Person Never Binge Again: Reprogram Yourself to Think Like a Permanently Thin Person by Glenn Livingston
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really thought I'd cracked it when I read this book. I thought I'd found 'the one', the one that was going to finally help me get some of my bad eating habits under control. But... no.

I've only read a few self-help books, on various topics, but I always find that they basically state the obvious, and tell you what you (kind of) already know. And yet, quite a lot of the time, that's what you need - you just need someone to say it, maybe in a slightly different way to how you've thought of it before.

This book pretty much states the obvious, and the author sort of admits that himself, at one point basically saying that you don't need to read the book. His basic premise for never bingeing again is "just never binge again".

He uses the idea that you have a Pig inside you. Not a cute little pink oinky pig, but a big ugly nasty grunting Pig-with-a-capital-P, and it's this Pig that has all the cravings, not you. So the next time the Pig says "ooh, lets eat a whole tube of Pringles" you are supposed to say "shut up Pig!" (or words to that effect) and lock it in it's cage and ignore it. And don't eat the Pringles.

I didn't like the idea of being horrible to a pig, or even a Pig, so my internal craving voice belongs to a Troll. "Yeah, shut up Troll!"

The thing is, this method did work for a while with me. I stopped snacking during the day, and I didn't have anything else to eat after our evening meal (I have a bad habit of having a bowl of cereal for 'supper' at around 9pm, even when I'm not hungry and I know I shouldn't eat that late). I managed to avoid all these bad habits by shutting down my Troll, and telling myself that I didn't need the snacks etc.

But, after a while, the ideas in the book just started to slip from my mind, and the snacking and eating when I didn't need to slowly crept back in. Occasionally I still think about my Troll, and I ignore it's pleas, but sometimes it gets it's own way.

So obviously it takes more than just reading a self-help book to change bad eating habits. Personally, I need someone to follow me around, and slap my hand away from my mouth every time I'm about to eat something unhealthy, I think that's the only thing that will work for me.

The book does make some good points though, and it did give me another way of thinking about my eating habits, and another method of dealing with them; just because it didn't work out for me the first time, there's no reason I can't try it again.

After all, you know what they say?

"Don't feed the Trolls!"

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Friday, 15 July 2016

Review: The Thirteenth Tale

The Thirteenth Tale The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
My rating: 4 of 5 stars





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I saw an adaptation of this on TV a couple of years ago, starring the brilliant Olivia Colman, but as I have a memory like a sieve I'd forgotten a lot of the plot, so it didn't spoil my reading of the book (I'm not even sure how closely they stuck to the story anyway).

Margaret Lea is investigating Angelfield House, and the March family who once lived there, as the dying request of a famous author. Margaret has her own troubled past, which is part of what draws her into the history of the house and it's occupants.

There were quite a few names and dates to keep up with throughout the book, and I think I sometimes got a bit confused about who people were, and when did this or that event happen. A very enjoyable book though, nonetheless.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Review: Dragonfly in Amber

Dragonfly in Amber Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just loved it!

Really enjoyed the book, and just finished watching the second series on Amazon Prime. I'm basically emotionally drained by it all, but will be downloading book 3 onto my Kindle very soon, because I HAVE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!!!

I don't know if I'd be enjoying the Outlander novels as much if I hadn't started watching the tv series, I don't even know if I would've started reading them again. It may well be the Sam Heughan effect, but whatever it is, Diana Gabaldon has a new fan, and it's so exciting to think that I have about 7 more books in this series to read, so far (I don't know how much longer she can keep it going!)



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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Calendar Girls



Another off my list, the tale of the ladies from the WI who made a nude calendar to raise money for charity. I think everyone knows this story by now. It's an enjoyable film, a bit sad in places, but with a lot of humour (I'd like to say, Yorkshire humour ;-) ). It's got a good cast, but once again, as much as I love Julie Walters, I think her character is a lot like a lot of other characters she portrays.

Hiatus

I've reluctantly come to the decision that I'm going to put this blog on an indefinite hiatus.

I feel as though I don't have time to write any more, or rather, I'd prefer to spend what little spare time I have doing something else (crochet, mainly). I also feel as though I don't have as much to write about. Even though I'm probably busier now than I've ever been in terms of doing 'family' things - days out, holidays, fun days at home etc - the fact that I want to keep that part of my life fairly private means that it's actually quite hard to write about any of it.

As I said, I still love doing crochet, although I seem to have lots of WIPs and not many finished objects to show. I mostly crochet after Junior has gone to bed, but not every evening - a lot of the time I'm too tired, or occasionally I might decide to have an evening of reading instead (or I might have some boring but necessary admin or houseworky stuff to do). I've been trying to get into using Instagram to take photos of my crochet, but my posts on there are very few and far between at the moment. There's no denying it's a lot quicker than blogging though.

I think I will continue to record my 'books read' and 'dvds watched' in 2016 on the blog, if only for the sake of completeness - I've started it, so I might as well finish it. My reviews aren't great by any means, but I think it would be a shame to just abandon them half way through.

There are still a few favourite blogs that I enjoy reading, and I'll make sure I have them bookmarked (I usually get to them through the list in the sidebar, but if I don't visit my own blog as much, I'll need another way of finding them). But really, I'd like to spend less time on my computer, even if that means less blog-reading. Even though I've talked about wanting to use Instagram, there's a part of me that is increasingly feeling like I want - need - to take a big step away from all social media. I've tried quitting Twitter and Facebook in the past, but only ever for a month or so at a time. I kind of want to stay connected, but at the same time I want to shut out all the bad news, all the nastiness, all the inane showbiz stories (I'll read something about a Z-list celeb and then think "that's five minutes of my life I won't get back, why did I bother to read it?"). I'd love to just switch off from it all, and immerse myself in my spare time in crochet and reading. But then, when you're, say, in the dentists waiting room and you've got a few minutes, it's handy to just have a quick scroll through Twitter on your phone, isn't it? Soooo, I don't know if I'll ever be able to give it up completely...

If I do feel the urge to start blogging again, I think it will be on my other blog HookyHare, and the focus will probably be mainly crochet/crafts (plus it's the same name as my Instagram, and I quite like the idea of having one 'identity'). Or maybe one day I'll come back to this blog? Never say never.

But for now, bye bye xxx


Monday, 11 July 2016

Review: White Nights

White Nights White Nights by Ann Cleeves
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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I enjoyed this, but as it was a while since I read it, I can't remember the story now! A great review, I know! ;-)
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