11/31 Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

11. List 15 of your favourite things

I foresee plenty of lists appearing this month… apologies in advance!

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  1. The Royal Family… I love the Queen but, I mean just look at him! Prince George is on a whole new level of cuteness!
  2. Inspirational quote signs (I’ve actually lost count how many I own)
  3. Notebooks.
  4. RuPaul and all of her fierce drag queens.
  5. Mermaids, rainbows and unicorns.
  6. My books – Workin’ It by RuPaul, Binge by Tyler Oakley and Life Is Short (no pun intended) by Jennifer Arnold, MD, & Bill Klein (from TLC’s show The Little Couple).
  7. Netflix. Some of my favourite shows include RuPaul’s Drag Race (no surprises there!), Orphan Black, The Big Bang Theory, Once Upon A Time, Orange is the New Black, Pretty Little Liars, Person of Interest, The Good Wife… so many!
  8. Dancing without a care in the world.
  9. Singing without a care in the world.
  10. West End theatre and live performances/gigs.
  11. Disney. Pixar. Warner Brothers. Kids films in general.
  12. Making lists and satisfyingly crossing the completed tasks off one by one.
  13. Brunch. Especially on a Sunday…
  14. Exploring new places and restaurants.
  15. Reading or learning new about new things whilst sat cosily on my bean bag with a nice cup of peppermint tea.
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Sunday brunch with my flatmates at Dishoom near London’s Kings Cross – Sausage and egg naan with masala beans and a pot of fresh mint tea

5/31 Music is my life… literally

5. 10 songs you love right now

I’m obsessed with music. It doesn’t matter what emotion I’m feeling, music has the power to cheer me up, help me celebrate life or just as a form of release if I’ve had a stressful day.

That said, in no particular order…

  1. Will.i.am – Boys & Girls. I didn’t like this song when I first heard it performed on BBC’s The Voice, but the more I heard it, the more I grew to like it. It’s very accepting no matter which walk of life you follow.
  2. Rihanna – Work. I mean, come on. Who doesn’t enjoy dancing to this one?!
  3. Tinie Tempah – Girls Like. I’ve been listening to this guys songs since uni and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
  4. Fifth Harmony – Work from Home. Another good one to boogie to.
  5. Major Lazer – Light It Up. This is a song that you can be free with.
  6. Craig David – Nothing Like This. I’m so pleased that Craig David came back on the scene… destined for stardom since Rewind!
  7. Sia & Sean Paul – Cheap Thrills. What a collab…
  8. Selena Gomez – Hands To Myself. Again, this was another one I didn’t much care for when I first heard it but there’s just something about the beat that draws me in every single time.
  9. Meghan Trainor – No. The rap bits I could like without but this is a good song to belt out in a club after a few too many alcohol beverages.
  10. Zara Larsson – Lush Life. No explanation needed.

My favourite songs are forever changing… so tomorrow it’s quite possible that I could have a new list!

2/31 Wait… you didn’t know?!

2. 20 facts about you

I have a feeling that this is going to be a tricky prompt… ten I could have managed but 20 facts just about me?! Well, here goes:

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My Queen… Amen!

  1. I’m addicted to RuPaul’s Drag Race and love pretty much all of the queens that have walked through the ‘You Better Werk’ room doors.
  2. My favourite colour is duck egg blue.
  3. I own more pairs of socks than I care to admit.
  4. I’m a bit of a Netflix addict – entire mornings can disappear if I’m not careful.
  5. I love singing and dancing.
  6. When I’m at home, I’m often found in pyjama’s… I mean what’s the point in wearing your outdoor clothes, indoors?!
  7. I began and completed WordPress’ 365 Days of Writing Prompts challenge in 2014.
  8. People find it odd that I don’t drink tea or coffee…
  9. If money was no object, I’d go to see a West End theatre show every single week.
  10. I have a very close family, which means the world to me, and am even related to Howard Carter, the guy who discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb.
  11. My Great Nan reached 104 and a half years young… the half is very important at that age.
  12. I’m obsessed with Mi backpacks. So far, I’ve got a peacock feather one, a gumball one, a galaxy print one, a duck egg blue polka dot backpack and one with elephants all over it.
  13. I’m commonly found wearing Converse hi-tops… wearing heels is for special occasions.
  14. For RuPaul’s BOTS, I temporarily dyed my hair blue. I loved it so much that I’m planning to dye it permanently blue – hopefully two tone, using cobalt and duck egg blue (of course!)
  15. Through my last job, I was sent on press trips to Iceland (Ice Age 4: Continental Drift), Norway (How To Train Your Dragon 2) and Slovenia (Postojna Cave), interviewed a robotic cockatoo (Nigel from Rio 2, with actor Jemaine Clement in another room) and even photographed the stars of TV on the red carpet at the National Television Awards.
  16. I have a BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management.
  17. I love afternoon tea… especially quirky ones such a Spanish or Thai themed.
  18. Working in children’s media means that I get to see many of the new films before they hit the cinemas and I’m a big kid who loves everything Disney, so I end up enjoying every single screening… sometimes even more than the kids that are actually there.
  19. I love unicorns, rainbows and mermaids. I even wanted to be a mermaid growing up… still do!
  20. Primates are my favourite animals (well, and dolphins and marine life of course), but I’ve been lucky enough to meet the famous Primatologist, Dr Jane Goodall three times and even helped her present awards.
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At the most recent Jane Goodall Roots & Shoots Awards with my flatmate, Féaron, where we got to meet Dr Jane’s beloved Mr. H, which travels around the world with her.

Bookworms

#257: Grab the nearest book. Open it and go to the tenth word. Do a Google Image Search of the word. Write about what the image brings to mind.

Apologies for the lateness… Today I was at the incredible Invictus Games in London, supporting the worlds bravest, most inspiring wounded servicemen and women – aka heroes. It was the most incredible day.

But anyway, the task in hand. The nearest book – Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones, Mad about The Boy. Tenth word on a randomly opened page – airily. Hmm… It seems that Airily is a brand of bizarre looking headphones – far from what I expected to see! The image of the headphones bring parties to mind, but that could be linked to the fact that I was just watching a TV programme where one of the main characters is a DJ… who, by coincendence, wears headphones! It also makes me think of a friend of mine who doesn’t like dancing or clubbing, but who I’d really like to go clubbing with (if that makes sense). Who doesn’t like to boogie every now and again?!

Drawing a blank

#211: When was the last time you walked away from a discussion, only to think of The Perfect Comeback hours later? Recreate the scene for us, and use your winning line.

Last night! Perfect timing WordPress!

As I was waiting to get off the train, after attending a preview screening of Step Up 5 (ace film that makes you want to join them on the dance floor!), a guy asked myself and the girl next to me, our opinion on his dilemma so to speak, that he had been discussing quite loudly on his phone moments before. If I can remember correctly, he said “what would you do if you’d come up with a concept that would fix a big problem and it was pinched and presented by someone else as their own idea? You’d want to kick ass right?”. Trying not to laugh (as he’d clearly had a little drinkie-poos to subdue his anger), I looked at the other girl for inspiration but all she said was “I’d kick major ass”… In a panic as to what to say since my mind had gone blank (*thanks very much brain*), I went with “there’s nothing else you could do but kick ass”… oy vey!!

Once we had got off the train and all gone our separate ways, I thought of some pretty cool responses that I wished I’d thought of right there and then – it’s always the way! My first option was “try to find a flaw in your own concept/plan and expose it”. This way the thief would learn not steal other peoples ideas and it’s a sweet, sneaky form of revenge. But then I came up with option two, which is much better… “in front of the people the thief had pitched your concept to, ask him a question about the design/creation process that only you would know the answer to”. This would also expose him/her and show the people that had been impressed with the concept, that it was in fact your concept and not the work of the thief. Voila!

Nintendo’s E3 2014!

What is E3 I hear you ask? To be honest, I had no idea before I went either but I’m proud to admit that it was lots of fun! After a bit of googling, I’ve discovered that the event started back in 1995 and was known as Electronic Entertainment Expo before becoming E3 (although it’s a bit hazy as to the year it changed). My understanding of the event, is that it is to showcase Nintendo’s future releases and allow the media/hardcore gamers to be the first to put their thumbs to the test!

So here are my favourites from the event…

Splatoon!

The most addictive game to hit 2015!

The most addictive game to hit 2015!

When I first set eyes on this multiplayer game, I thought it was the silliest thing I’d ever seen… playing virtual paintball where the targets mostly included the walls, trees and the floor. However, I’ve learnt that I should not judge a game before I’ve actually played it – it’s incredibly addictive! I’d never used a Wii U before, so that was quite a challenge in itself but once I’d mastered that, I was away. I guess it’s the primal instinct in all of us to win and beat the other team, and since there aren’t blood and guts gushing everywhere, to me at least, it’s a lot more appealing!

The only problem I found with it however, is that I now want need this in my life…

Due for release (unfortunately) the first half of 2015… such a long time to wait!

Mario Maker!

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This nifty little number allows you to be the master of your own game by creating your own courses – you can make it as easy or difficult as you like! You can also switch between play and edit mode, which means you can test out your new creations instantly and should an element not work, you can change it. Easy peasy! Simply use the GamePad screen on your Wii U to drag, drop and delete blocks, pipes, enemies and more. This is the first time gamers have been able to design their own arenas, opening up the imaginations of all ages across the world… the gaming world I should say.

Also, due for release in the first half of 2015.

Just Dance 2015!

Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof...

Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof…

After being introduced to Just Dance 4 a couple of years ago, I have been addicted to hitting the highest scores ever since. I love to dance anyway, so this was a perfect addition to my life. And then I see this one… Excitingly it has THE best soundtrack with some of my favourites songs including Ellie Goulding’s Burn, Pharrell Williams’ Happy, Icona Pop’s I love it and of course Calvin Harris’ Summer. There’s only a short list of tracks confirmed at the moment but with 28 songs still to be added, hopefully more of this summers hits will make the cut. After checking out snippets of these songs and their dance moves, I honestly cannot wait to get my hands on it – I’m so excited! This game is a must for anyone who loves music regardless of their dance ability.. it will be true feel good fun.

Due for release 24th October this year! Yay!

Yoshi’s Woolly World!

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I didn’t actually play this one myself but I observed another gamer revelling in this soft, fluffy land of yarn! It was the bright colours that attracted me originally and it looked like a fantastically adorable take on a Nintendo classic. Also, instead of throwing eggs, this cute knitted Dino throws balls of yarn at his enemies instead! Super cute!

Due for release during the first half of 2015.

I’m expecting next year to be bigger and better since they’ll be celebrating their 20th anniversary!

Images: Nintendo