Thursday, 31 March 2011

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

A photo a day: 30/3/11

The lovely Sadie and I headed out to the recording of Sarah Millican's new DVD Chatterbox tonight.
It was awesome!  We even got given free badges at the end: I'm a chatterbox, while Sadie is a gobshite  ;)

The 5 Stages of Seeing Your Ex in Public

I thought I saw my ex on the tube tonight on my way home; it almost certainly wasn't him as he's out of the country on a conference (I know this by way of on-going negotiations regarding when I get my stuff back :p) but it still scared the hell out of me.
It was then that I realised that we go through the famous 5 Stages when we see an ex, just like when we did after the break up. Albeit in a (hopefully!) quicker and less painful manner...

  • Denial         "It can't have been him! He's away on business! Besides, plenty of men are 6'2" with waist-length curly hair and distinctive clothes..."
  • Anger           "What the fucking fuck is he doing in my fucking city?! Get your own fucking city!!"
  • Bargaining   "I feel like shit now... I'd have given anything not to have seen him again..." 
  • Fear              "Ohmigod... what if he saw that I've put on weight?! My new lad isn't with me - what if he thinks that I can't get anyone new?!  Aarg!"
  • Acceptance   "Yes I saw him. Whoopti-freakin-doo."

365 Self Love Project (#10)

Thing I love about myself of the day (30/3/11)

That I have a very dark sense of humour that gets me through the bad times.

I think this is something I've inherited as when my maternal grandfather died in 2008, much of my extended family coped by way of dark humour - which was actually what grandad would have done in the same situation! Sometimes the humour comes out a bit cruel, but it still gets a laugh and it still cheers me up  :p

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

A photo a day: 29/3/11

My gorgeous Iron Fist wallet, my headphones, my watch and a textbook.
Headphones: study music
Watch: counting down to breaks
Text book: for le study  ;p
Wallet: for buying emergency stocks of candy

My major essentials as exam time approaches.

365 Self Love Project (#9)

Thing I love about myself of the day (29/3/11)

That I have a massive thing for pandas.

I realise this is a bit of a weird one but this is one of the things that defines me in a way. Amongst people that know me, if you think of pandas, you think of Roxy  ;)

Monday, 28 March 2011

365 Self Love Project (#8)

Thing I love about myself of the day (28/3/11)

That I have prominent collarbones.

I first noticed this when I was 12; for the longest time I thought it was from playing the violin in my youth! Nowadays the violin is long gone, but my collarbones still stick out and - for my tastes at least - look rather nice! (even when, like now, I'm a bit on the plump side, they're still looking good ;))

A photo a day: 28/3/11

Sorry for the lack of a post yesterday, I'm not on top of things at the moment  ;)

This is my gorgeous boyfriend Damien playing with his new 3DS. He's been so amazing to me these last few weeks that I'm planning to make a massive fuss of him on Saturday when he comes back from our home town (he's going home for a few days this week before we go home together for the Easter holidays).

Beer, Chinese food, a movie and home-made baked goods. 
I think it might work  ;)

God of Cake

I command your ears and eyes for a moment!

My best friend Sadie just sent me this over Facebook; I would consider this the single greatest thing to ever happen to the internet: Hyperbole and a Half meets Inception.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Weekly Goals - week commencing 28/3/11

With the previous photo post in mind, along with inspiration to do so from classic posts by Gala Darling (such as this one) I've decided to post my weekly goals on here. Usually this sort of thing would belong solely to my progress blog but I figure goals, motivation and achievement are in many ways linked to my self worth and happiness (and, therefore to my self love).
Plus, it couldn't hurt to have a little variety ;)

Okay, so here are the goals for next week (as of 27/3 - I may update them later)
  • Update dissertation
  • Contact Leeds University to organise an open afternoon over the Easter holidays
  • Go to the Gym 3-4 times (alternatively: burn 1200 calories)
  • Write all the plans for the revision essays
  • Write 4 (out of 7) of the revision essays
  • Be happy!
The last one is a standard goal, but it's on the actual list this week as Damien is going home for much of the week and I'll be without him in earnest for the first time since January. My best friend is offering her services to keep me sane, plus the opportunity to spend some much needed time together :D (I'm thinking pizza, trash TV, baking, Sing Star and a whole lot of silliness :D). Plus this will be good training for when I have to spend 2 weeks on my own preparing for my exams (gulp!).

365 Self Love Project (#6 & #7)

I realise that I may have screwed up yesterday in that I forgot to do my 'Thing I love about myself'' yesterday, so I'll try and do both in one post:

Thing I love about myself of the day (26/3/11)

That I can still do algebra, even after all this time.

I discovered this playing my new Professor Layton game; I was always good at algebra in Maths at school (I was on course for a D in GCSE maths until my performance in the algebra module brought me up to a B!), and not having an opportunity to practice it since I was 16 has knocked my confidence in the matter somewhat. But an algebra question came up in the game and (after some frowning and mumbling) I got it right first time.
It's the little things that make you proud  ;)

Thing I love about myself of the day (27/3/11)

That I am damn good at baking.

Ok, maybe not damn good (my buns and muffins are still hit and miss on a phenomenal scale) but when it comes to biscuits I am pretty damn good, especially if I let myself screw with the recipe a bit!
Evidence of this has come through baking Damien Jagerdoodles (which I may be baking today!) and my 'famous' (:P) shortbread biscuits  :)

Ancient Philosophy

Ancient Philosophy

Gala Darling did a lovely article on themed outfits for degree students but there wasn't a philosopher in sight. So, as a way to avoid studying, I've decided to make outfits themed on some of the modules I studied during my Philosophy degree.

This is my first offering: the first module of the first year: Ancient Philosophy

Note: the perfume is there as it is made from hemlock - if you know why this is significant to Ancient Philosophy then you have my love  :3

Saturday, 26 March 2011

A photo a day: 26/3/11

I'm loving my current use of weekly goals - which aren't too overwhelming to be attainable, but that still make a point of what I want to have achieved by the end of the week. 

I managed about 80% of last week's goals (which actually works out better than an aggregate of the daily to do lists of the week) and as long as I get to the gym today and tomorrow and get my finger out work wise a little then I'm on track for a similar feat this week :)  (it'd be better but I was a bit over-optimistic regarding my revision prep in a week where I had an essay to write...)

365 Self Love Project (#5)

Thing I love about myself of the day (25/3/11)

That I talk with my hands. 
Sadie made a video of me for her screen-writing class, which I got to see the final edit of today. It turns out that for the most part I talk with my hands (something which I think comes from my days of speaking Spanish). 
I like this  :)

Friday, 25 March 2011

A photo a day: 25/3/11

Le nom :)

A photo a day: 24/3/11

A bit of a rubbish one today, perhaps, but then again I was (as ever!) rather late with it - but at least it's for a good reason. That good reason is that I've had an extremely productive day in that I have written the above essay (all 1500 words of it!) today (and this is despite having no lectures in the subject :)) as well as kicking absolute arse at the gym, burning a whole 600 calories :D (and that doesn't include the walk up there! ;)).

But anyway that's enough gushing about today! There's your picture  ;)  ^

365 Self Love Project (#4)

 Thing I love about myself of the day (24/3/11)

That I am actually quite considerate re: night time noise.

Once again I'm late, and once again I got stuck on what to write. In the end, I came up with this.
99% of the time (well, we all have a naughty streak!) I'm very considerate regarding night time noise, that is I turn the TV down, if I want to play volume at a volume that will make "the empty chair beside me bleed" (Dylan Moran!) then the headphones come on in, and in no uncertain terms.

This might seem like a ridiculous thing to put as something that I love about myself, but people that are loud at night (especially during the week), with no consideration for others do my head in. At my halls there are a group of people that for a few days this week turned up at 1:20am and hung out on the car park outside the West Wing of the dorms. They hung around shouting, singing, and so on until 3am each time (usually only moving when security had approached them). This is particularly pissy as 1) These were all weekdays, and 2) the West Wing is primarily filled with student teachers who are on teaching placement, many of whom have to get up at 6am every morning, and be fresh-faced enough to be in charge of up to 40 6-year-olds for 6 hours.

What I guess I'm trying to say (very inelegantly!) is that one thing I really like about myself is that I'm not like them!  :P

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Happy Things Thursday

I try to do lists of things that make me happy on a daily basis as way of coping with me being a sad panda much of the time but I'm notoriously bad at keeping on top of it, so maybe a weekly version, as inspired by Gala Darling and Delacroix.

So yes, the list for 24/3/11:
  • Starting Pandoala and (more or less!) keeping on top of it
  • Utterly destroying myself (in a good way) at the gym to Gaga and Tinie Tempah
  • Finishing my last ever presentation essays
  • Being told that my dissertation is almost ready for submission
  • Finally applying for my Masters degree
  • Adele on repeat (even if it does make me cry!)
  • Red nose day and pizza with my best friend and boyfriend
  • Sadie (the aforementioned best friend) being hillarious and supportive as ever :3
  • Damien (the aforementioned boyfriend) being gorgeous, cute, and loving :)
  • Trashy TV times with my best friend and boyfriend.
  • "Monty, you are the devil himself!" "Who told you-!" (Classic Simpsons FTW!)
  • Ditching the coat and picking up the cardigan and sunnies ;)
  • "Discovering" Scala and Kolacny Brothers
  • The Ricky Gervais Show - series 1 (on DVD) and 2 (on TV) - you can't feel bad listening to Karl Pilkington, you just can't!  :D
  • Coming across a pandoala (as pictured at the side) 

A photo a day: 23/3/11

This is the necklace that my close friend and former flatmate Harriet gave to me (it used to be hers :)).  I wore it today as I was feeling summery, and when I'm summery I wear gorgeous costume jewellery  :D

A 'runner-up' (as it were) for photo of the day was this:

It amused me that I had a ladder in my tights and no recollection of when, were or how it had occurred  :)  :p

365 Self Love Project (#3)

Thing I love about myself of the day (23/3/11)

That I naturally have French-tipped nails

For some reason, picking something to say for today was unbelievably difficult. But then maybe this just proves that I need this exercise so when asked to think of something I like about myself, that it doesn't take over an hour to choose  :/

But this is something that I commented on earlier when Sadie and I were discussing manicures and nail varnish and the fact is my nails naturally have white tips; they just happen to grow that way  :)  Here's a particularly rubbish picture to demonstrate this:   (I have varnish on my left hand, otherwise it would have looked better :p)

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

365 Self Love Project (#2)

Thing I love about myself of the day (22/3/11)

That I can't eat chocolate without making an almighty mess.

Today, Damien and I acquired a big bag of malteasers to share. Within ten minutes, I'd gotten chocolate stains on the bed, and my (white!) pyjama bottoms. This might not seem like something to be celebrated, but (unless I'm in a bad mood or I've wrecked something I need) it makes me laugh. And as I believe more than anything that laughter is the most important thing we can do, I might as well celebrate something about myself that really makes me giggle  :3

A photo a day: 22/3/11

Just made it!
I'm in a rush to not be too late to do my 365 Self Love deeley, so here's a quick one  :p

Today I had a really good dissertation meeting in which my supervisor said I was almost ready to submit and even advised me to start prepping my bibliography, and in my quest to write a short essay on something I know nothing about (*cough*Wittgenstein*cough*) I managed to get my paws on some books which have proven to be invaluable, so I'm feeling pretty good about myself on that front  ;p

Monday, 21 March 2011

365 Self Love Project (#1)

The plan is to list one thing I love about myself every day for a year.
I did a similar thing for my ex once and a thought occurs: if he was worthy of such gushing then why aren't I?

I feel I must clarify something: I'm not self interested, I don't think I'm awesome, in fact the opposite, my distaste for myself downright terrifies my current boyfriend, so this exercise is to try and go some way to fix that  :)

So yes, on day 1, I'm going for something a little obvious for me:

I'm really good at writing essays.

A photo a day: 21/3/11

I picked the can as it's representative of today - I'm both wallowing and celebrating: today has been a bad day, and I'm a bit bad at comfort eating. But I'm also celebrating getting my MA applications sent off and getting a good reference off of my tutor for those applications (I haven't read it, but she basically said I'll be getting a good one).


Good afternoon! (or morning... or evening - it depends where and when you're reading this!) And welcome to what is to be my daft little blog.

I fill my Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook with a stream of ramblings and picture after picture, so I wanted a place to call my own for outside of that. This will also be used as my SLB or rather Self Love Blog ~ Radical Self Love is (for want of a better word) a movement started by gorgeous fashion and lifestyle blogger Gala Darling - for more information, click here  :) In addition I'll fill it with inspiration, projects, and that rarity of all rarities in my head: an eloquent thought  ;)

So that's my blog, and with regards to myself I suppose you'll learn about me as time goes on  :)