Saturday, 16 August 2014

Wedding season and London book bench tour


So it's been an action packed few weeks, what with my big brother getting married (check out some of the LEGO themed bits).  I took over 1000 photos of the day, edited about 150 and then printed 200 odd for sorting/sharing and putting in their wedding album. I'm still working on that so will share more when I get it finished.

Last weekend Pip and I went to London as he had to do a first aid course. I went off and explored by myself, going to the Globe and the Tate Modern (as well as the LEGO store of course).

But I also toured around the book benches near St Pauls and the South Bank. Check some of these out. The main one I wanted to see was the Discworld one, but they were all pretty perfect!

London Book Bench trail - Riverside

London Book Bench trail - Riverside

London Book Bench trail - Riverside

London Book Bench trail - Riverside

London Book Bench trail - Riverside

London Book Bench trail - Riverside

London Book Bench trail - Riverside

London Book Bench trail - Riverside

London Book Bench trail - Riverside

London Book Bench trail - Riverside

London Book Bench trail - Riverside

London Book Bench trail - Riverside

London Book Bench trail - Riverside

London Book Bench trail - Riverside

London Book Bench trail - Riverside

London Book Bench trail - Riverside

Friday, 25 July 2014

50 things about right now

hola. Long time no post. To ease myself back into this, and to catch up with where my life is, I'm doing this 50 things about right now thing that I have stolen from Julie.

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1. It is so hot right now (for the UK), that doing anything is hard. (25+ for the last week and the humidity is crazy!)

2. I'm on book 7 of Steven Erikson's Malazan Empire series. (I'm over on Good Reads if you want to follow me there!)

3. I'm preparing the most awesome present for my brother's 30th birthday!

4. My brother is getting married in a week and I'm taking the photos! Really scared of messing that up!

5. I got a car about three weeks ago and I started driving to work last week. This terrifies me on a daily basis.

6. I am still addicted to LEGO. My latest acquisition was a Monster Fighter's set.

7. My iMac is on it's last legs. I can't decide if it's replacement will be another iMac or a MacBook. Suggestions on a postcard please.

8. Work is crazily busy, with about 5 different pieces of work happening right now. The main website I have been working on is almost there now - it's being stress tested this week and should go into full beta by the start of August! Exciting!

I bought my first car!9. Did I mention I got a car? It's a 2006 Citroen C1 Vibe. Still scared.

10. I got AA cover with my car and this makes me feel like a grown up. Probably more than the car.

11. It is so ridiculously hot, I am sweating whilst blogging. It's like exercise with none of the adrenaline.

12. I have two new Cath Kidston dresses. One for the three weddings of the year, and one just for fun/work.

13. I'm going a little crazy living here.

14. I'm currently playing a game called 'Thomas was alone'. It's a strangely fun, soothing game involving rectangles.

15. I'm trying to grow my hair out so it can all be one length again. A part of me wonders if I should just chop it all off though!

Got the dress!16. We've been BBQing a lot - check out DJ BBQ on Jamie's Food Tube. Smoking stuff is amazing!

17. The sun has finally set now and the temperature is finally dropping a little.

18. I'm sitting in the dark as I am feeling too lazy to go turn on the light. It's actually quite nice and peaceful. Drowns out the mess.

19. I might go to London on 9th August. Any ideas what I should do? I'll be by myself! Perhaps the Tate Modern?

20. A minion has come to stay!

21. I really, desperately want to go on holiday. I would like to go to Berlin (again) and/or Copenhagen. Maybe in the autumn.

22. I live for work at home days - it's a chance to get stuff done that office interruptions just halt.

23. I'm so achy after Aikido-ing for the first time in months that it hurts to laugh. So no laughs today. Or sneezing.

24. I watched Flashdance this week for the first time.

25. Netflix is still awesome. Audiobooks I have put on hold.
BBQ time!
26. I'm not buying books off of amazon right now. Just my tiny little insignificant protest.

27. Getting lost down the rabbit hole of Pinterest all the time.

28. Planning a baby quilt for a pregnant colleague.

29. Being worried all the time.

30. Watching Weird Al's videos.

31. Can someone buy me this LEGO modular please?

32. and this one too.

33. and perhaps this one as well?

34. Okay, just buy me all the LEGO yeah?

35. Feeling that at point 35, I'm not sure what else the heck to say, and I really want a cup of tea. Good stopping point for now!

Right. Tea has been made.

36. My desk is so messy right now. [Goes and tidies desk...]

37. I'm just about finished on the birthday present of awesomeness.

Dave the Minion comes to stay38. Wondering why there is so much crap on Netflix.

39. Listening to Mumford and Sons, the Killers and Of Monsters and Men.

40. Thinking I should learn some more German.

41. Thinking I have too much to do at work and no idea how to get it done.

42. Wondering about life, the universe and everything. Of course.

43. Thinking that 43 points has got to be enough things about right now as truly, I'm swamped already.

Next day...

Uh oh Emmet!
44. I just bought two books, despite having an already over-flowing pile of them.

45. I'm worried about 20 million things. I need something to make my mind stop worrying please.

46. Thinking about making some popcorn. I really fancy some popcorn.

47. I'm not at all watching 'The Parent Trap' on Netflix right now...

48.  Can't decide what to cook tomorrow. Something Mexican.

49. Writing a review for the first Minecraft LEGO set

50. I'm off to make popcorn...

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

London Town

We took a trip to London at the end of last week. It was primarily to visit with Pip's uncle, but we stopped off at the British library and the LEGO store in Westfield.

Stormy came too, to enjoy a little sunshine.

Day trip to London

Can I live here?

We picked up some new 'friends' from the store, although Stormy's not too keen on her!
Stormy regrets the model building at the lego store...

We met a hat wearing statue!

We were taken to the Merchant's Tavern in Shoreditch for some fabulous food (ans a pretty awesome cocktail too....)
Orange light

We also stopped off at Kings Cross to go to platform 9 3/4 which has now been ridiculously commercialised and also had a stupid fluffy owl...


Tuesday, 20 May 2014

LEGO Addiction continues

Field of fieldiness

So, whilst this blog has been pretty damn quiet lately, I have been posting a lot more over on my LEGO blog.

I've entered a LEGO competition (not that it stands a chance, but it was fun!)

I've blogged about the free Daily Fail Poly-bags from last week:

And I've started a new Stormtrooper Sunday feature.

I also made a kind of a trailer for my blog, that I can't actually embed on my LEGO blog, but still, check it out. Adobe Voice is well worth downloading for those of you with iPads.

Monday, 19 May 2014


(Okay, you'll note I've given up with the Paper Blog Project. Too much effort.)

When I was a kid (and actually, to a much lesser degree today) I would make scrapbooks filled with magazine clippings, newspaper clippings, random tickets etc. I came across a couple of these a few months ago, and thought I would share the occassional snippet from them.

This page is from the first book I put together. It's an awful lot of cinema tickets from the years I had a cinema pass (back when it was cool to go to the cinema!)

I had great fun looking through these and remembering (or not) the movies we went to see. I might scan some more in from the bag shortly.

Cinema tickets

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Sunday, 27 April 2014

The Paper Blog Project - a cold

The paper blog project - blog 3

Yes, I got the date wrong. Opps. and again with the lack of legibility. although perhaps a little neater than from writing on a train.
If you can't be bothered to read it, this ones about sickness and reading books. You can keep up with what I'm reading on Good Reads.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The Paper Blog Project - Running (or not)

You get serious brownie points if you can read this. I think if I do these on the train again, I will have to write them up in best before posting them. This one's about running. Or my failure too. It's a little rambly. Sorry about that.

The Paper Blog project - Blog 2

The Paper Blog project - Blog 2

The Paper Blog project - Blog 2

That bit that's pretty unclear at the end? It asks, in short, how do you push yourself when running?
Lemme know, I need some advice on that!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

One week


I've had the last week off, and it's been pretty nice. I don't feel like I've been super productive, but I have done one heck a lot of laundry (washing all the quilts) and I have done quite a bit of trawling to the shops and back for various things.

So, in no particular order:

I've re-started the couch to 5k program (starting week 3 of that tomorrow) and I've started the 30 day plank challenge (on day 9 today which is a minute *eek*).

I went to the library - where I encountered a pidgen of all things. Hey, I guess birds want to read too...

Pigeons like to read too

I finally went and got my hair cut - just at the local hairdressers here. I want to grow it out a bit but it desperately needed a tidy up and thin.

Hair trim time


Ate some jelly beans and jelly babies and debated which came first with the stormtroopers.

Hmm, well, let's taste the jelly bean and see

Framed my series 11 LEGO folk

LEGO series 11 boxed

Replaced my old birkenstocks with an identical model

New v old Birkenstocks

Played some quidditch

Quidditch break

Went for Sunday morning coffee with Pip

Sunday morning coffee

Fell in love with this colour:

New favourite colour combo

Built and reviewed this Hobbit House over at Stepping Sideways with Bricks

An Unexpected Gathering (Set 79003)

Practised taking long exposures of the moon:


Pip's Moon

Made giant rolos (and ate said giant rolos (so.much.chocolate))

Did we shrink?

Ate at Ed's diner


Okay, I've done quite a bit. But in addition to this, I have napped a lot and read a lot. Still another 6 days before I have to go back to work so more reading and sleeping to be done, as well as an attempt to make a rolo easter egg!

What are you up to in this pre-Easter week? Looking forward to the long weekend?

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