Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Recently Read - Forward Slash by Louise Voss and Mark Edwards

Forward SlashForward Slash by Louise Voss

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another brilliant read from this duo.

It's an exciting twisty turny story which kept me guessing and glued to my kindle!

A terrifying novel about internet dating, secret desires and a chilling serial killer. From bestselling authors Mark Edwards and Louise Voss.

He's posted on your wall.
He's following you on Twitter.
He knows where you are right now…

When Amy receives an email from her older sister, Becky, announcing that she's off travelling and "don't try to find me", she is worried. Becky would never do such a thing on a whim.

Amy – who is recovering from an abusive relationship that has left her terrified of love – soon finds that Becky had started using online dating sites. Aided by Becky's neighbour, Gary, Amy sets about tracking down the men her sister had dated, following a trail that leads her into the darkly seductive world of internet hook-ups.

But Amy is unaware that a sadistic killer is watching – a killer who’s been using the internet to stalk, torture and kill. Now he’s got something very special planned for Amy and she is about to find out that romance really is dead.

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Saturday, February 07, 2015

Tired Of Being Tired

Weekends are what we all (mostly) look forward to, but recently I don't feel I've enjoyed mine as much as I should.

I want to do stuff I enjoy, go places, see things,  but I'm not really doing much at all.

Why? Because I'm so damn tired from the working week. It's becoming all too frequent that I'm waking up with a Saturday headache which lingers and makes me feel yucky, lethargic and in turn irritable as I don't have any get up & go.

Then before I get myself my sorted it's Monday and work again. 

I'm in bed around 9pm most nights which leaves me little time to even get my house stuff done, let alone have any fun. 

I'm just tired of being tired...

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Recently Read - Fry by Lorna Dounaeva

FRYFRY by Lorna Dounaeva

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I did enjoy this book - mostly. It was a bit odd at times, but it kept my interest throughout.

When Isabel Anderson nearly runs over mysterious Alicia McBride, she is ridden with guilt. She helps Alicia get a job at the supermarket where she works, and soon, Alicia is acting like her new best friend. But then strange fires start to break out all over the small seaside town of Queensbeach, including at the caravan park where Alicia is staying. Isabel suspects Alicia knows more than she's letting on and grows increasingly nervous when her friend Deacon invites Alicia to stay with him. But it's Isabel the police suspect.

Determined to confront Alicia, Isabel bursts into her room and sees the word 'FRY' branded across her back in capital letters. From then on, she sees the word "FRY' everywhere she goes: in graffiti, on toilet walls, even on car registration plates. Then her beloved cat, Fluffy, disappears and Isabel is convinced Alicia is behind it. She puts up posters all over her neighbourhood, but as fast as she puts them up, someone takes them down. Soon, a whole spate of fires is breaking out and Isabel must stay one step ahead of the flames and the police. In order to survive, she must question her own innocence, her sanity and the very fabric of her morality. Can she win back Deacon? And will she ever find Fluffy?

FRY is a very British fast paced psychological thriller.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Recently Read - The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the TrainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a brilliant book!

It's told through the eyes of the 3 main female characters, plenty of twists and turns it was a book I didn't want to put down!

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.

Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.

Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I Want To Smell Of L'OCCITANE Cherry Blossoms

For Christmas one of my daughters was given L'OCCITANE Cherry Blossom Bath & Shower Gel by one of the children she teaches.

We've been using it and it's really lovely, it smells beautiful, but it's almost gone.

I decided I'd buy more as it makes bath/shower time a real delight and the gorgeous scent lingers on the skin.

Then I saw the price! £14 for 250ml


Sadly that's completely out of my price range, but if anyone would like to buy me some.. heres the link:

L'OCCITANE Cherry Blossom Bath & Shower Gel

*cheeky grin*

Sunday, January 18, 2015

7 Habits Of Unhappy People

I saw this on Huffington Post.

I have been this person, although I am trying very hard not to be.

1. Your default belief is that life is hard.

Happy people know life can be hard and tend to bounce through hard times with an attitude of curiosity versus victimhood. They take responsibility for how they got themselves into a mess, and focus on getting themselves out of it as soon as possible.

Perseverance towards problem-solving versus complaining over circumstances is a symptom of a happy person. Unhappy people see themselves as victims of life and stay stuck in the "look what happened to me" attitude versus finding a way through and out the other side.

2. You believe most people can't be trusted.

I won't argue that healthy discernment is important, but most happy people are trusting of their fellow man. They believe in the good in people, versus assuming everyone is out to get them. Generally open and friendly towards people they meet, happy people foster a sense of community around themselves and meet new people with an open heart.

Unhappy people are distrustful of most people they meet and assume that strangers can't be trusted. Unfortunately this behavior slowly starts to close the door on any connection outside of an inner-circle and thwarts all chances of meeting new friends.

3. You concentrate on what's wrong in this world versus what's right.

There's plenty wrong with this world, no arguments here, yet unhappy people turn a blind eye to what's actually right in this world and instead focus on what's wrong. You can spot them a mile away, they'll be the ones complaining and responding to any positive attributes of our world with "yeah but".

Happy people are aware of global issues, but balance their concern with also seeing what's right. I like to call this keeping both eyes open. Unhappy people tend to close one eye towards anything good in this world in fear they might be distracted from what's wrong. Happy people keep it in perspective. They know our world has problems and they also keep an eye on what's right.

4. You compare yourself to others and harbor jealousy.

Unhappy people believe someone else's good fortune steals from their own. They believe there's not enough goodness to go around and constantly compare yours against theirs. This leads to jealousy and resentment.

Happy people know that your good luck and circumstance are merely signs of what they too can aspire to achieve. Happy people believe they carry a unique blueprint that can't be duplicated or stolen from -- by anyone on the planet. They believe in unlimited possibilities and don't get bogged down by thinking one person's good fortune limits their possible outcome in life.

5. You strive to control your life.

There's a difference between control and striving to achieve our goals. Happy people take steps daily to achieve their goals, but realize in the end, there's very little control over what life throws their way.

Unhappy people tend to micromanage in effort to control all outcomes and fall apart in dramatic display when life throws a wrench in their plan. Happy people can be just as focused, yet still have the ability to go with the flow and not melt down when life delivers a curve-ball.

The key here is to be goal-oriented and focused, but allow room for letting sh*t happen without falling apart when the best laid plans go awry- because they will. Going with the flow is what happy people have as plan B.

6. You consider your future with worry and fear.

There's only so much rent space between your ears. Unhappy people fill their thoughts with what could go wrong versus what might go right.

Happy people take on a healthy dose of delusion and allow themselves to daydream about what they'd like to have life unfold for them. Unhappy people fill that head space with constant worry and fear.

Happy people experience fear and worry, but make an important distinction between feeling it and living it. When fear or worry crosses a happy person's mind, they'll ask themselves if there's an action they can be taken to prevent their fear or worry from happening (there's responsibility again) and they take it. If not, they realize they're spinning in fear and they lay it down.

7. You fill your conversations with gossip and complaints.

Unhappy people like to live in the past. What's happened to them and life's hardships are their conversation of choice. When they run out of things to say, they'll turn to other people's lives and gossip.

Happy people live in the now and dream about the future. You can feel their positive vibe from across the room. They're excited about something they're working on, grateful for what they have and dreaming about the possibilities of life.

Obviously none of us are perfect. We're all going to swim in negative waters once in a while, but what matters is how long we stay there and how quickly we work to get ourselves out. Practicing positive habits daily is what sets happy people apart from unhappy people, not doing everything perfectly.

Walk, fall down, get back up again, repeat. It's in the getting back up again where all the difference resides.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

15 Years!

This week I've been in my job for 15 years! 


How on earth did that happen?
I had no intention of staying that long!

I just can't decide if it's a good or bad thing..

Recently Read - The Humans by Matt Haig

The HumansThe Humans by Matt Haig

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It took me quite a while to get into and enjoy this book. At first I thought it was a bit silly and far fetched (well it was really... ) but once I got over that it was a rather lovely read.

"After an 'incident' one wet Friday night where Professor Andrew Martin is found walking naked through the streets of Cambridge, he is not feeling quite himself. Food sickens him. Clothes confound him. Even his loving wife and teenage son are repulsive to him. He feels lost amongst a crazy alien species and hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton, and he's a dog.

What could possibly make someone change their mind about the human race. . . ?"

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Thursday, January 01, 2015

365 - 2015

Happy 1st January everyone!

Being a lovely shiny New Year I have decided to take a photo a day for the entire 365 days! (Well at least try anyway)

It's as much for my own amusement as anything but if you would like to view them please click on the 365 - 2015 tab above!