Stuff & Versatility

So, outside it’s grey and raining and COLD, so what better way to cheer myself up than link up with Kristin and Joey for Stuff and Things, and complete my Versatile Blogger Award which Penny from Polka Dot Penny kindly nominating me for. Thanks, Penny!

Yes, this is actually the colour of the sky right now. Also, pretty sure the neighbours just saw me open the window and take a picture of the sky so if I hear from Social Services in the next few weeks I’ll know why.

Moving on…

The rules of the Versatile Blogger Awards are, and I’m paraphrasing heavily here, say thanks, share 7 things about yourself, and nominate some more folks. Well, I’m going to bend those rules ever so slightly and share a mixture of facts about me, things that have happened this week and some random thoughts (/rants, maybe…). Awesome.

~ I’m addicted to dolly mixtures but they give me the worst headaches. No other sweets do this particularly, just dolly mixtures. I still eat them. Fun fact: this picture was taken on the flight home from visiting Durrell, which was founded by Gerald Durrell who is my childhood hero. Hero + Dolly Mixtures = Amazing.

~ I’ve got a brand shiny new blog design! I finally bit the bullet and bought something proper rather than half-assing it with my DIY HTML skills. I quite love it. Thoughts?

~ Even though I adore going to the cinema, I won’t be going to see 50 Shades of Grey. It’s…. not my kinda film. In fact, I don’t expect I shall be celebrating V-day at all; it’s just not something we really do in our house.

~ I’m a spreadsheet gal. If I can put something into a spreadsheet, I will. Case in point: food shopping, holiday planning, packing… etc.

~ I have not been loving working from home this week. I know it’s something lots of people dream about and usually it works well for me, but this week… no. I’d like to go back on a project now, please.

~ I’ve kept these all nicely short, but this last one’s a rant. Prepare yourself/skip over if you’re not in the mood today. No judgement. 

This week I remembered why I don’t buy women’s magazines. For the first time in as long as I can remember, I decided to splash out based on the cover freebie, a mascara. It worked out cheaper to buy the magazine than to buy even a sample of the mascara (hey, that’s Benefit pricing for you) so that’s how I justified it. Anyway, the process of attempting to read the magazine just sent me into ever increasing bouts of fury. 

First the fistfuls of leaflets that fly all over the floor when you open the magazine. Then the endless print adverts. The first actual magazine words were on page 105. 105! And it was only the letter from the editor! That’s 105 pages of advertising which make me have to work really hard to remember that whole ‘comparison is the thief of joy’ thing before I get to any real content. I know magazines need advertising revenue to pay the bills, but it seems with circulation declining they’re taking the approach of throwing everything they’ve got at the problem, rather than adopting a smarter attitude. I can’t see how it just doesn’t turn readers off completely. 

Then once we do get to the articles, it’s mostly just things that brands have paid to have featured, so they’re not genuine recommendations anyway. The only decent content was the interview with Kiera Knightley (p313), who seems like a nice girl, but the best bits of that will be online anyway.

The mascara was nice, though.

~ That last one counts for two, I think we can all safely say.

To tick the final component of the Versatile Blogger Award, I must nominate others to complete the reward. Well, I nominate anyone who’d like to take part. This blog is egalitarian. 

And with that… Happy Thursday everyone!




  1. 12th February 2015 / 19:41

    The sky!! While I’m sure it’s totally gloomy, you got a really cool picture of it! I was sure you just created a “grey” image in picmonkey–so when I read that i had to scroll back up!! Can’t believe that’s the actual sky! Crazy! And I’m with you on the 50 shades of grey thing. First of all, I think i would be uncomfortable watching that in a theatre, but also I have a hard time funding that project any further. I borrowed the books, so I didn’t actually pay money for them–but the whole thing bothers me a little too much. The fact that it’s stolen fanfict is just the start. Add in sensationalizing abusive relationships and I’m just not on bored. Getting off my soap box now! haha sorry! Didn’t mean for that to turn into the longest comment ever! Thanks for linking up sweet girl!

    • 12th February 2015 / 19:47

      Haha! That’s ok. It sounds like we’ve all got a bit of a rant inside us today…! I completely agree with all you’ve said – I didn’t even read the books and I still know it’s not for me (although I will admit to reading Twilight, which was as bad as people said it would be, but that’s as far as I’ll go!). And yes, that’s the actual sky. Welcome to England 😉


  2. 12th February 2015 / 22:44

    I don’t buy fashion magazines for that reason, I find a lot of them like that. But my monthly standards (Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, All You, etc) start with content right away.

    • 13th February 2015 / 12:07

      I know. I’m kicking myself for forgetting this. There was an amazing magazine in Australia called Notebook magazine which was like the best bits of all the above, and beautifully designed. And then it folded. Typical!

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