Most months seem to pass by quicker than you can blink and February being the shortest month of the year I feel like I have hardly let out a breath. I'm still trying to work out what I should be doing with my graduate status, it's a terribly confusing time for me at the moment but I try to remember that I'm lucky to have a job and I'm able to pick up extra hours. My week off work is coming to an end and of course has flown by. I've spent some time with my rabbit, little sister and dad, tidying the house and shopping. Since my mum has gone away for a few weeks I have become very domesticated, I don't quite recognise myself but maybe it is part of growing up and being an adult. In between those days I have done a few things that I love to do but don't always get a chance to like visiting the Tate Modern, creative writing and taking my time to enjoy my mornings. Now I'm ready to greet Spring and see what the season holds.

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February Days

28.2.14



Most months seem to pass by quicker than you can blink and February being the shortest month of the year I feel like I have hardly let out a breath. I'm still trying to work out what I should be doing with my graduate status, it's a terribly confusing time for me at the moment but I try to remember that I'm lucky to have a job and I'm able to pick up extra hours. My week off work is coming to an end and of course has flown by. I've spent some time with my rabbit, little sister and dad, tidying the house and shopping. Since my mum has gone away for a few weeks I have become very domesticated, I don't quite recognise myself but maybe it is part of growing up and being an adult. In between those days I have done a few things that I love to do but don't always get a chance to like visiting the Tate Modern, creative writing and taking my time to enjoy my mornings. Now I'm ready to greet Spring and see what the season holds.

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Rarely do I find a story that reminds me so much of being 15/16 years old and completely consumed by another person all while dealing with typical school life and family drama. Rainbow Rowell writes Eleanor and Park like she could read the minds and feel the emotions of 2 teenagers.

In the 1980's, Eleanor who is the new girl at school and does not exactly fit in with the other girls with slightly strange clothes and a tangled mess of red hair finds herself sitting next to Park on the school bus, another misfit who has a somewhat ordinary teen life yet there is something not quite right, something missing. With days of silence until it's broken by their mutual love for comic books and mix tapes that Park brings along and shares with Eleanor.


The two of them bond over them and they start to talk about what they like about them and begin to discover they are not all that different at the very core. From then on they are getting to know each other day by day with their journey to and from school where they are alone in their world despite being surrounded by the rest of their classmates. The feelings between them start to develop while accompanied with 80's bands like Joy Division and The Smiths. They evolve like teenagers do, slowly yet quickly, in the same way that you all of a sudden forget what your life used to be like before you met the other person. The troubles of life creeps up and a crossroad appears that push them to the edge.

The soul of this story is based on first love and young love. It can be identified no matter what age you are, if you're entering your teen years or middle aged and with your long lasting love. You will be transported back to the beginning. We all can find something in a story like this. That is what I loved about Eleanor and Park,  I found I could relate to the characters as well as the 80's music references. The way Rowell writes both Eleanor's and Park's perspective is so well done. There is a distinct voice of the two minds, I personally enjoy this style in novels, it is not one-sided and it's interesting to see their lives parallel. I did however feel it ended a little too fast and I could have quite happily read another 300 pages. It does open up the possibility of a story to be continued. I guess that is the beauty of a story like this, it continues in our minds.

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Book Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

22.2.14

Rarely do I find a story that reminds me so much of being 15/16 years old and completely consumed by another person all while dealing with typical school life and family drama. Rainbow Rowell writes Eleanor and Park like she could read the minds and feel the emotions of 2 teenagers.

In the 1980's, Eleanor who is the new girl at school and does not exactly fit in with the other girls with slightly strange clothes and a tangled mess of red hair finds herself sitting next to Park on the school bus, another misfit who has a somewhat ordinary teen life yet there is something not quite right, something missing. With days of silence until it's broken by their mutual love for comic books and mix tapes that Park brings along and shares with Eleanor.


The two of them bond over them and they start to talk about what they like about them and begin to discover they are not all that different at the very core. From then on they are getting to know each other day by day with their journey to and from school where they are alone in their world despite being surrounded by the rest of their classmates. The feelings between them start to develop while accompanied with 80's bands like Joy Division and The Smiths. They evolve like teenagers do, slowly yet quickly, in the same way that you all of a sudden forget what your life used to be like before you met the other person. The troubles of life creeps up and a crossroad appears that push them to the edge.

The soul of this story is based on first love and young love. It can be identified no matter what age you are, if you're entering your teen years or middle aged and with your long lasting love. You will be transported back to the beginning. We all can find something in a story like this. That is what I loved about Eleanor and Park,  I found I could relate to the characters as well as the 80's music references. The way Rowell writes both Eleanor's and Park's perspective is so well done. There is a distinct voice of the two minds, I personally enjoy this style in novels, it is not one-sided and it's interesting to see their lives parallel. I did however feel it ended a little too fast and I could have quite happily read another 300 pages. It does open up the possibility of a story to be continued. I guess that is the beauty of a story like this, it continues in our minds.

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Every once in a while the subject of my diet and eating choices arises in conversation. Mostly when in a restaurant with people I haven't seen in a while or it randomly finds itself in a general conversation. With that I always have to answer the same few question. Therefore I decided I would share my thoughts on it.

The correct term for my diet choice is pescatarian, this means I only eat fish and seafood, I don't eat all other forms of meat. No land animals, ever. I would say the majority of the time my diet is vegetarian, I eat fish a maximum of twice a week. Partially for convenience, nutrition value and taste. Sometimes to avoid confusion I say I'm vegetarian to those I first meet. I have eaten this way for around 4 and a half years now. I'm uncertain if I will ever go back to eating meat, the thought of it makes me feel uneasy but who knows.

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When I'm asked why I decided this because I was previously a meat eater, I don't always have an answer I feel will satisfy most people. The best I can do is explain that I did not eat a lot of meat beforehand, mostly chicken and occasionally pork and beef. Bacon for example I never liked yet almost all meat eaters seem to love it. For the most part I was not too fond of meat. I wanted to see if it would push me to eat more vegetables, it did slightly and I also found that I started to like them more than ever. My taste buds in general have become more sophisticated you could say since then. I'm also an animal lover so over time I started to feel a little uncomfortable eating them after what they go through. I believe that if you are a meat eater you should be able to hunt and kill it, I can't.

Of course I have absolutely no problem or even care what other people choose to eat, with the exception of cannibalism. I don't mind sitting next to someone eating meat, I live with meat eaters and almost every single one of my friends are also. I do feel uneasy handling and cooking meat for others so I avoid it as much as possible. It does bother me slightly when people dismiss my choice like it is bad idea. Especially when I accept every persons choice, it's all down to personal preferences. As long as you're happy and healthy then why not?

Are any of you pescatarian, vegetarian or vegan? What are some of your thoughts?

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Thoughts on being pescatarian/vegetarian

15.2.14

Every once in a while the subject of my diet and eating choices arises in conversation. Mostly when in a restaurant with people I haven't seen in a while or it randomly finds itself in a general conversation. With that I always have to answer the same few question. Therefore I decided I would share my thoughts on it.

The correct term for my diet choice is pescatarian, this means I only eat fish and seafood, I don't eat all other forms of meat. No land animals, ever. I would say the majority of the time my diet is vegetarian, I eat fish a maximum of twice a week. Partially for convenience, nutrition value and taste. Sometimes to avoid confusion I say I'm vegetarian to those I first meet. I have eaten this way for around 4 and a half years now. I'm uncertain if I will ever go back to eating meat, the thought of it makes me feel uneasy but who knows.

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When I'm asked why I decided this because I was previously a meat eater, I don't always have an answer I feel will satisfy most people. The best I can do is explain that I did not eat a lot of meat beforehand, mostly chicken and occasionally pork and beef. Bacon for example I never liked yet almost all meat eaters seem to love it. For the most part I was not too fond of meat. I wanted to see if it would push me to eat more vegetables, it did slightly and I also found that I started to like them more than ever. My taste buds in general have become more sophisticated you could say since then. I'm also an animal lover so over time I started to feel a little uncomfortable eating them after what they go through. I believe that if you are a meat eater you should be able to hunt and kill it, I can't.

Of course I have absolutely no problem or even care what other people choose to eat, with the exception of cannibalism. I don't mind sitting next to someone eating meat, I live with meat eaters and almost every single one of my friends are also. I do feel uneasy handling and cooking meat for others so I avoid it as much as possible. It does bother me slightly when people dismiss my choice like it is bad idea. Especially when I accept every persons choice, it's all down to personal preferences. As long as you're happy and healthy then why not?

Are any of you pescatarian, vegetarian or vegan? What are some of your thoughts?

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Have you ever found yourself listening to the same songs over and over again. Almost without realising that you are actually doing it when you skip the rest of the songs on the playlist that are full of songs you love but have a subconscious yearning for several of them. That has been me for the last couple of weeks, well months in fact. The National's collection of albums have been on repeat a lot when I've been at home recently. However I have branched out a little in the past few days, sometimes it is an artist I've never heard of or I'll look back into my music library.

I find that it's an on going part of my life to be discovering new music. Although I will always have my favourites that I will go back to I try to remember that they were once all unknown to me and because of that I allow myself to let the new come as it may. The playlist I have created is a mix of old and new(ish) songs that I have been listening to this afternoon. Maybe some of them will be completely new to you and you will discover one that will be played on repeat someday.

February Afternoon Music by Natasha Chan on Grooveshark

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February Afternoon Music

11.2.14

Have you ever found yourself listening to the same songs over and over again. Almost without realising that you are actually doing it when you skip the rest of the songs on the playlist that are full of songs you love but have a subconscious yearning for several of them. That has been me for the last couple of weeks, well months in fact. The National's collection of albums have been on repeat a lot when I've been at home recently. However I have branched out a little in the past few days, sometimes it is an artist I've never heard of or I'll look back into my music library.

I find that it's an on going part of my life to be discovering new music. Although I will always have my favourites that I will go back to I try to remember that they were once all unknown to me and because of that I allow myself to let the new come as it may. The playlist I have created is a mix of old and new(ish) songs that I have been listening to this afternoon. Maybe some of them will be completely new to you and you will discover one that will be played on repeat someday.

February Afternoon Music by Natasha Chan on Grooveshark

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Speaking as a person who has not been in love, reading books about them is a way of being able to look inside it. Those of us who are on the outside or have come close to the gates can only imagine the joyful feeling it possesses. This book gives that while showing the simple reality of two people's love story that only those in love can completely identify with.

The style of the book is what pulled me into buying it when browsing the reduced section in Waterstones. I have also read Dash and Lily's Book of Dares that Levithan co-wrote, I liked the book so I expected to like The Lover's Dictionary. Exactly like a dictionary, each page or so has a new word in relation to love. Every 'definition' links to the relationship between the nameless lovers, from the details of when they first met, the great days and the hard times. We get into the mind of the man's point of view of the relationship.


It reminded me of how you would read a persons diary, you discover how they feel and gain an understanding of what is going on in their head. As well as reading each part like a book of poems, when reading certain definitions I could not quite process how carefully chosen some of the words were. I can only compare it to how I write in my journal, a place where I let myself feel whatever it may be that I'm feeling in that moment and just write down that raw emotion. The way the story is told I think is what makes it powerful.

The short book can be read all at once and that is personally the one thing I can criticise. I could have easily read more, although this may be what makes it what it is. For me, reading The Lover's Dictionary has helped me understand how complicated love and romantic relationships can be. We don't get to choose how or what we feel but it is better to have felt them than to not have felt them at all. When a book does this, teaches me something, I know I've read a good one. And maybe it will do the same for you or at the very least will be somewhat enjoyable.

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Book Review: The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan

3.2.14

Speaking as a person who has not been in love, reading books about them is a way of being able to look inside it. Those of us who are on the outside or have come close to the gates can only imagine the joyful feeling it possesses. This book gives that while showing the simple reality of two people's love story that only those in love can completely identify with.

The style of the book is what pulled me into buying it when browsing the reduced section in Waterstones. I have also read Dash and Lily's Book of Dares that Levithan co-wrote, I liked the book so I expected to like The Lover's Dictionary. Exactly like a dictionary, each page or so has a new word in relation to love. Every 'definition' links to the relationship between the nameless lovers, from the details of when they first met, the great days and the hard times. We get into the mind of the man's point of view of the relationship.


It reminded me of how you would read a persons diary, you discover how they feel and gain an understanding of what is going on in their head. As well as reading each part like a book of poems, when reading certain definitions I could not quite process how carefully chosen some of the words were. I can only compare it to how I write in my journal, a place where I let myself feel whatever it may be that I'm feeling in that moment and just write down that raw emotion. The way the story is told I think is what makes it powerful.

The short book can be read all at once and that is personally the one thing I can criticise. I could have easily read more, although this may be what makes it what it is. For me, reading The Lover's Dictionary has helped me understand how complicated love and romantic relationships can be. We don't get to choose how or what we feel but it is better to have felt them than to not have felt them at all. When a book does this, teaches me something, I know I've read a good one. And maybe it will do the same for you or at the very least will be somewhat enjoyable.

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