26 October 2013

Brain Mush #2


You might remember a post I did a few weeks ago called 'Brain Mush #1' which was pretty much just the contents of my brain late at night. Today, I thought I'd share another brain mush with you...Sorry in advance.
Sidenote - Only 11 GFC followers away from 300?! Whaaaaaat!? XD
Also, please comment below saying if you can see my blog header or not - it isn't showing up on my dad's laptop but it shows up on my mum's. :(


It's only 11:28 but I'm trying to get my fudged-up sleeping pattern back to normal. I just had the urge to play uke so I did that but then realised that it was half 11 at night.  I'm watching Bring It On - All Or Nothing yet again - it may or may not be the 4th time this week. It's just so damn good. Britney Allen is a legend. 
I went busking the other day. Seriously. I can't believe it like what -
We earned £23 and a lesson in tolerance for 12 year old ass-hats.  Apparently music can have a sexual preference, who knew? I'm definitely busking again.
The Corey Monteith tribute episode of Glee was on tonight. All the emotions I felt from the day Corey died came flooding back. Out my face. It was horrific. The Glee writers are sadistic...
Miss fancy fingernails shimmy shimmy lipgloss barbie.
I won a tiny Mount Fuji yesterday. 

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18 October 2013

Ticked Off The Bucket List - Busking


Date: 16th October 2013
Goal: Go busking

I went busking. Yeah, that was a thing that happened. :'D It's been a goal of mine for a while to go play ukulele and sing in public but it was only when a friend of mine mentioned that she wanted to give busking a go that this actually became a reality. Busking had always seemed like a thing that would possibly happen years down the line, when I was more confident and was maybe doing something with music that wasn't just playing uke and piano in my bedroom late at night, but then I found myself standing outside Debenhams with a ukulele. We played for about 4 hours with a couple of little breaks (mainly to warm up, it was baltic) and only had to deal with three assholes which was much better than I expected. It was honestly one of the best experiences of my life and the £23 we made was just an added bonus.  

The day before we went busking, we practiced for most of the day at my house before going to hers where we watched The Great British Bake-Off and practiced a bit more before turning in for the night. I got to sleep at 2am which wasn't the best considering that we were getting up at 8am but, to be honest, I actually think it just added to the experience and made it even more exciting. :P We were off the bus and in Costa by nine getting tea and a brownie for breakfast. Standing in our chosen spot before we got started was probably the scariest part of it all - it just felt so real and that's when I kinda realised that people I had never met before were about to hear me sing and play ukulele, like what even...argh...O_O Side note: it was a bloody amazing brownie. The first person that passed us once we got started shouted "THAT SOUNDS LIKE GAY MUSIC" and I was really tempted to shout back that I didn't realise that music could have a sexual preference, but I just smiled and thanked him instead. He just smiled and laughed before giving us 50p. People are odd.

I felt really comfortable really quickly and after a wee while I wasn't at all nervous anymore, something I really wasn't expecting. I honestly thought that I would get there and just burst into tears, have a panic attack then pass out, leaving Beka to busk enough for both of us. Busking made me notice a few things:
  • The earlier it is in the day, the nicer people are,
  • It's hard to hold a ukulele up through a full song,
  • You can actually play an instrument whilst wearing fingerless gloves,
  • Costa staff recognise customers who were there 2 hours before,
  • 12 year old boys are ass-hats.
Maybe I should elaborate on that last one...
It was a couple of hours in and my fingers were completely numb. I'd ran out of tea and brownie but I'd just bought the new KIGH CD and was having an amazing time so it was all good. We'd made about £15 so far and hadn't ran into any real-life trolls yet (apart from the "your music is gay" guy) and it was all going great, then three boys passed us but instead of walking past us like most people, they stopped. They were 12 at the most, wearing chinos and all looked pretty much identical. One of them swaggered (quite literally) up to us and was all like "I'LL GIE YE 5P FUR A GID SONG" and his minions laughed and swaggered around a bit, then Beka started playing right in their little faces so they throw 5p in the hat, clapped a bit then ran off. They reminded me of all the people who were in my classes in 1st year... 

We busked for about 4 hours before going into Debenhams and having lunch in the cafe, counting and splitting up the money we'd made then heading for the bus home. I can honestly say that it was one of the best things I've done and I'm pretty sure that it won't be the last time we'll go busking. It was totally worth the blisters on my fingers (it's as gross as it sounds) and the exhaustion the next day (I literally couldn't get out of bed until 2pm), and I'm so unbelievably happy that we did it. If you had told me this time last year that I'd be out busking I would have laughed in your face, so I guess I've come quite far over the past 12 months. I'd call this one hell of an achievement. ^_^

Have you ever been busking?
Lots of love, Cat
xxx
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15 October 2013

The Never-Ending TBR


My to-be-read pile is ridiculous. Seriously ridiculous. I keep adding books to my TBR list, then when it comes to picking a new book to read I'll choose something that wasn't even on it. Who knows why... I have a feeling I'm just trying to put off reading the most hyped-up and raved about books incase I'm let down by them, so I pick something completely different that I wasn't even intending to read for a while, just to procrastinate. It's a stupid habit. Maybe if I share my TBR list with a bunch of people I'll be encouraged to get through them a bit quicker and if I don't, you all have permission to shout at me over the interwebs to get me to hurry the hell up. :D 

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 
This is a re-read in anticipation for the film release in November. I read Catching Fire straight after I read The Hunger Games a couple of years ago so I want to get it re-read before I see the film. This got bumped way up my TBR pile after I found out that it's being released next month...I thought I had until next year! I didn't really enjoy it too much the first time around but hopefully I'll like it more after having a little Hunger Games hiatus. 

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
I read and loved Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell in August, and have just finished reading Fangirl (also by Rainbow Rowell. She's a genius...) so Attachments is next on the list. I love the way Rainbow Rowell writes and my experience with her books so far has been 100% positive. Her characters are always really unique and she is super imaginative with her plots. I can't wait to get stuck into Attachments. :D

The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom
This is actually what I'm reading at the moment, I only started it last night (or this morning, to be honest...1am isn't really night) though so I can't really say much. So far I'm enjoying the way Mitch Albom is building the scene and I have high hopes for the rest of the book. You started singing that song about high hopes, didn't you. I see right through you. ;) Hiiigh hopes...she's got hiiigh hopes...

Divergent by Veronica Roth 
I know, I know; I really should have read this by now. You don't have to tell me again. :P Every time I mention Divergent it's like I've opened the gates to a flood of fangirls that will do anything to get me to read this book. It's scary. Divergent's been sitting on my bookshelf for a few months now and I keep reaching for it, reading the blurb then putting it back... I'm scared to start reading it in case it doesn't meet my expectations. :( It's really near the top of my TBR pile though. 

Soul Shadows by Alex Woolf*
I was really kindly sent this book for review from Curious Fox Books a few months ago but I'm yet to read it. It sounds really good and I've read a few good reviews for it so I have a feeling this will be a good'un. :D 

The Soterion Mission by Stewart Ross*
This was another review book from Curious Fox Books but, again, I haven't read it. After reading and reviewing two of their books - Diary Of A Mall Girl and Amber - I decided to take a little break and read some other stuff for a while. I guess I'm still on that break... I really like the sound of this one: it's really original.

Geek Girl by Holly Smale
This is my most recent book purchase but it's been on my TBR list for a couple of months. I bought it in ASDA for £3.80 on Friday night when I was out with my friends (that's right, we go gallivanting round the ASDA book section at 8pm on a Friday night) and I can't wait to give it a shot. This is the most talked about book on my Twitter feed right now and everyone's raving about it, so I thought it was about time I picked it up. 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief has been on my bookshelf for well over a year and it's been on my TBR list for the same amount of time. Everyone loves it and I know I will too, but the hype intimidates me... It's meant to be a really sad, profound novel so I'm waiting until I'm wanting a bit of a heavier read before I get stuck into this one. 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Carrie Fletcher talked about this book in a video a year or so ago and I've been wanting to read it ever since. I bought it pretty quickly and read the first few chapters, but then school work piled up and I needed to read a different book for English so I put it back on my bookshelf. :( It seems like such a beautiful book and I haven't heard a single bad review so I'm looking forward to giving it another go. ^_^

The sad thing is that I've only told you about half of my TBR pile... I didn't want this post to be too massive so I cut it off prematurely. I have one hell of a challenge if I want to get through my list. D: Wish me luck!

Lots of love, Cat
xxx


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13 October 2013

Brain Mush #1


This was written at 1:46am on the 9th of August 2013 when I couldn't sleep and was feeling a little delirious, to say the least. I just found it again in a notebook and though it'd be pretty funny to share it with you, letting 200-odd people see how my mind works late at night. Enjoy.


It's quarter to two, Patty Walters is keeping me awake by being a beautiful and wonderful human being. He's so optimistic and bubbly and he makes me want to be a better version of myself.  Not someone different, just me but better. He smiles all the time, bounces around all the damn time but isn't afraid to feel down, and I want to be more like that. I love Patty Walters for so many reasons.  I want to do music.  I want to spend days just playing around with songs with my friends and be able to walk down the street saying that I came back from band practice. I'm not even in a band. Maybe I should talk to someone about that...again. I'm watching Patty Walters's VEDOs from 2012.  He's wonderful and the one where he goes shopping in Reading has an amazing ending for when you feel down. Remember that. My brain is mush at night. I'm going to smile more, be more friendly and approachable and do the musics. Just anything with music. It's just turned 2am, my brain is mushy and yeah. I want to sleep.

Patty Walters though...


Lots of love, Cat 
xxx
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6 October 2013

Book Guilt #2


I have book guilt again.

You may remember a post I did in January where I confessed to not having read some of the most-loved and talked about YA books, aka. your children. I caused a bit of a shizstorm and it became one of my most-read posts, so I thought it was about time that I owned up to my crime again and shared some more books that I really should have read, but haven't. Please don't disown me...
  1. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  3. Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman
  4. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  5. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
  6. City Of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  7. Room by Emma Donoghue
  8. One Day by David Nicholls
  9. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
  10. Divergent by Veronica Roth
You think that's bad? You haven't seen my Kindle...*head desk*.  There are 182 unread books on there and only 24 read ones. Terrible, I know. I'm not going to list every book on my Kindle so here are some of the most shameful, unread books:

  1. Life Of Pi by Yann Martel
  2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  3. A Series Of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (the full series)
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  5. Marley and Me by John Grogan
  6. A Hat Full Of Sky by Terry Pratchett
  7. 1984 by George Orwell
  8. The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan
  9. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  10. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
You have my permission to shake your head in disappointment. :( As you'll already know, I am a massive bookworm and I read an awful lot but for some reason, I never seem to get round to reading the books everyone tells me to read. If a book is hyped up and raved about, I'm often scared to read it in case I'm let down and it doesn't meet my expectations. I'm going to try harder than ever to get these books read. Do you have book guilt?

Lots of love, Cat
xxx
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