Monthly Archives: April 2010

Wanderlust Blues


Today I have been sick and feeling blue.  I started a new volunteering placement at a local playgroup on Wednesday.  All the kids were running about with snotty noses and sneezing everywhere.  Now I have a sore throat, sore ears, sore head, swollen glands and am just generally feeling sorry for myself.  I’ve been spending my day mostly thinking about getting away.  There is nothing I love more than to plan a trip somewhere, booking it, then devouring a Lonely Planet or Rough Guide to find out quirky places to go when I’m there.  Backpacking is my favourite way to travel.  You have your entire life on your back and you meet the most awesome, free-spirited people.  It’s all about doing things on a budget and completely absorbing the culture of wherever you are.  Sadly, because the boy is studying right now and I’ve been out of work due to surgery on my back and am starting college in August, we have no money to go away this year.  It’s really upsetting as it’s the first year I haven’t had any international trips booked or a trip to America.  However, we are planning something quite epic for next year (which is a secret for the time being) so I will just have to bide my time and in the meantime keep looking at my globe and reading my Lonely Planets in anticipation!  What’s the saying?  Good things come to those who wait?

Top 5 Places I Want To Visit (no order, and basically I want to visit everywhere so this is just a spur of the moment top5)

001  Japan

002  Argentina

003  Roadtrip America (I love America with all my heart, lived there and want to see every little bit of it)

004  Morocco

005  Paris

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“Welcome to the maxi pad!”

In my last blog I expressed my love for the movie Almost Famous and I said it was tied with another movie for first place in my top movies of all time.  Well, that other movie is Reality Bites.

I first heard about this  movie before it came out in 1994 when a friend of mine was given a cd sampler of the movie soundtrack.  By listening to that, I knew I had to see it.  I never managed to see it at the movies but as soon as it was released on video I rented it over a weekend.  I was hooked from my first viewing.  In fact, I think I watched it about 4 times that weekend.  I got it out again the following weekend and the weekend after and along the way my friends Niki, Kirsty and Lesley became hooked also.  I think for about 2 years one of us had it rented nearly every weekend and we would watch it with cans of Diet Coke, Doritos and dip.  It was a ritual.  I don’t think it actually dawned on any of us to buy it instead of renting it over and over!  I eventually bought it on video and then DVD and still watch it at least once a month.

I can’t explain what it is about this movie that I love so much as there isn’t exactly a gripping storyline.  What it does have are identifiable characters, my favourite being Vickie, and quotable lines a-plenty.  It captures the 90s perfectly!  I think my friends and I could probably recite this movies backwards and we often still say random quotes from it to each other.  To me, Reality Bites is like an old friend.  I don’t have to pay full attention to it and sometimes I just put it on in the background while I’m doing stuff.   I also own the soundtrack and still after 16 years  I love it and listen to it often.

Top 5 Reality Bites Quotes (so hard to choose, I could’ve done a top 25!)

001  “Why don’t you get a job at the Burgerama? They’ll hire you! My Lord, I saw on the TV they had this little retarded boy working the cash register.”

002  “I’m manager of the Gap.  I’m responsible for all those t-shirts.  French-cut, v-necked, ribbed, what have you.  Dude I’m in trouble.”

003  “Oh. PFLAG.  I’m beginning to like the sound of that.”

004  “I’m late for a jean-folding seminar.  Let’s locomote.”

005  “You look like a doily!”

My friend Kirsty had her birthday at the weekend.  She was one of the original Reality Bites gang and I thought to honour those times, I would make her a Reality Bites birthday card.  It turned out cooler than I expected and I was so proud of it, I swithered over changing the KIRSTY to LISA and keeping it for myself!  Anyway, I’ll leave you with a couple of photos of the finished product.  Please watch this movie if you haven’t already done so.  If you hate it, don’t blame me….maybe you had to grow up watching it!            

The Front

The Inside

*images from Reality Bites from weheartit*


“It’s all happening”

Almost Famous is one of my all-time favourite movies, definitely in my Top 3, it’s a tie between that and Reality Bites for Number 1.  I went to see it at the movies and was just lost in it.  I guess it’s no secret that I’m obsessed with the late 60s and 70s.  I often desperately wish someone would make a Doc Brown style Delorean time machine so that I could go back and live in that time period.  I love everything about that era, the music, the clothes, the fact young people stood up for what they believed in and women stood up for gender equality. It all just seemed so free.  People were free to wear what they wanted, do want they wanted, believe what they wanted, express who they were in whatever way they wanted and just be.  I’m pretty sure I would have protested war with the best of them and probably would’ve lived in a commune.  It must have been amazing to be a part of, what was, an incredible time for music.  I would have loved to see Janis Joplin, The Band or Led Zeppelin back in the early days and gone to Woodstock.  For me, Almost Famous captures the essence of that era.  What I wouldn’t give to be Penny Lane, not for the groupie “band-aid” aspect per se, but to be so in love with a band and fortunate enough to be able to tour with them and inspire music.  It must have been magical.

My favourite quote from the movie

  I’m known as being a bit of a dreamer and I’m sure I romanticise the idea of hippie in my head a bit too much but I guess in my own way that’s what I am.  The dictionary definition of hippie is….

“A person who opposes and rejects many of the conventional standards and customs of society, especially one who advocates extreme liberalism in sociopolitical attitudes and lifestyles.”

This is me.  I don’t crave the idea of settling down in one place with a 9-5 job and furniture just like everyone else from Ikea and cushions and bedding from Next Home.  To be perfectly honest, the idea of that scares me and I feel trapped just thinking about it.  I want to travel the world and live in different places experiencing different cultures.  I can’t stand cookie cutter houses.  I like individuality and creativity.  I believe in total equality for everyone no matter what your gender, sexuality, religion, ethnicity.  I often get called weird or get funny looks when I express my ideas but I don’t care. The hippies fought for the right to be who you wanted to be and I won’t change who I am for anyone.   

Hippie Wedding


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You’ll Find Me Curled Up With A Book…

i am always up for a challenge and this is no exception.  i recently found a list of 50 books to read before you die and have decided this is something i must do.  some of them i have already read, but am going to re-read as part of this challenge.  a few of these books are massive tomes and a couple of them are several books or a trilogy so even if I can read at least 2 from the list a year, i should get through them all.  So here goes with the list…

001  lord of the rings trilogy ~ j.r.r. tolkein
002  1984 ~ george orwell
003  pride & prejudice ~ jane austen
004  the grapes of wrath ~ john steinbeck
005  to kill a mockingbird ~ harper lee
006  jane eyre ~ charlotte brontë
007  wuthering heights ~ emily brontë
008  a passage to india ~ e.m. forster
009  lord of the flies ~ william golding
010  hamlet ~ william shakespeare
011  a bend in the river ~ v.s. naipaul
012  the great gatsby ~ f. scott fitzgerald
013  the catcher in the rye ~ j.d. salinger
014  the bell jar ~ sylvia plath
015  a brave new world ~ aldous huxley
016  don quixote ~ miguel de cervantes
017  the canterbury tales ~ geoffrey chaucer
018  ullyses ~ james joyce
019  the quiet american ~ graham greene
020  birdsong ~ sebastian faulks
021  money ~ martin amis
022  harry potter series ~ j.k. rowling 
023  moby dick ~ herman melville
024  the wind in the willows ~ kenneth grahame
025  his dark materials trilogy ~ phillip pullman
026  anna karenina ~ leo tolstoy
027  alice’s adventures in wonderland ~ lewis carroll
028  rebecca ~ daphne du maurier
029  the curious incident of the dog in the night time ~ mark haddon
030  on the road ~ jack kerouac
031  heart of darkness ~ joseph conrad
032  the way we live now ~ anthony trollope
033  the outsider ~ albert camus
034  the colour purple ~ alice walker
035  life of pi ~ yann martel
036  frankenstein ~ mary shelley
037  the war of the worlds ~ h.g. wells
038  men without women ~ ernest hemingway
039  gulliver’s travels ~ jonathan swift
040  a christmas carol ~ charles dickens
041  huckleberry finn ~ mark twain
042  robinson crusoe ~ daniel defoe
043  one flew over the cuckoo’s nest ~ ken kesey
044  catch 22 ~ joseph heller
045  the count of monte cristo ~ alexandre dumas
046  memoirs of a geisha ~ arthur golden
047  the divine comedy ~ alighieri dante
048  the picture of dorian gray ~ oscar wilde
049  the diary of anne frank ~ anne frank
050  lolita ~ vladimir nobokov

so you see, i have quite the task on my hands, but as i’ve blogged before, i absolutely adore reading so i’m looking forward to it.  i won’t be doing them in this particular order and i’ve already decided to start with the harry potter series.  i’ve read it before and own all the movies ~ i ♥ harry potter.  i’m on book one, harry potter and the philosopher’s stone right now and loving it.  i’ll keep you all posted on how i’m getting on.

*image from weheartit*

My Birthday Boy

Just wanted to say a huge Happy Birthday to this amazing monkey boy…

I hope that although he has spent the day studying hard and now working tonight, our day of celebration tomorrow makes up for it!  I also wish I could have baked him this amazing cake…..

How yummy does that look?




xoxo, your girl

*images of cake from weheartit*

A Lolly In The Big Apple

My friend Lolly is off to NYC on Thursday and I’m insanely jealous about it! I absolutely adore New York and cannot wait to visit again someday (soon I hope!). Lolly, I hope you have an amazing time and please keep your promise to walk down 5th Avenue singing Jay-Z’s ‘Empire State Of Mind’ in my honour! Have fun. xo

*image from weheartit*

Beautiful People ~ Winona Ryder

Back when I was about 10 or 11, I became a huge fan of Winona Ryder.  She was the first female star I’d ever looked up to.  I thought she was beautiful, quirky, had awesome cropped hair and best of all, she was dating Johnny Depp!  I was in love with Johnny Depp.  I had an entire wall in my room devoted to him and I really thought that one day I might become Mrs Depp!  But I thought if I couldn’t have him then I was glad he was with someone as cool as Winona.  He even had a tattoo in her honour stating “Winona Forever”.  I thought that was the most romantic thing, ever!

Winona Laura Horowitz was born in 1971 in Minnesota, USA.  She was named after the nearby town of Winona and later chose the surname Ryder after listening to a Mitch Ryder record that belonged to her Dad.  She grew up with hippie parents and when she was 7 the family joined a commune called Rainbow in Elk, California.  The commune didn’t have a tv but she used to watch movies in the barn with her Mom which inspired her love for acting.  Her first movie was ‘Lucas’ in 1986 and since then she has starred in a ton of awesome movies; ‘Beetlejuice’, ‘Mermaids’, ‘Edward Scissorhands’, ‘Little Women’, ‘Reality Bites’, Girl, Interrupted’ and ‘Heathers’ to name a few.  More recently, she has been in the press after a well documented arrest for shoplifting and sadly the relationship with Johnny ended and the tattoo now reads “Wino Forever”.  Personally, I don’t care about the bad stuff written about her, her arrest, the fact that her career has pretty much come to a standstill, I will always think of her as someone who I admired and helped form my teenage years in some way.

Winona with Cher in Mermaids

Winona with Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands

Winona with Ethan Hawke in Reality Bites

It’s pretty hard to choose but my top 5 Winona Ryder movies are…

1. Reality Bites

2. Edward Scissorhands

3. Mermaids

4. Little Women

5. Girl, Interrupted