Thursday, 18 December 2014

Drunk James' How To: Infuse Vodka

So, I mentioned a while ago that I started infusing vodka and today I thought I'd fill you in on how I do it. It's so simple, so simple in fact that I can do it!

What you'll need:


- Vodka
- The thing you want to infuse (I'm using raspberry apple tea because I'm lazy)
- A jar/container of some description to make the magic happen inside of

How you'll do it:

- First, pour your desired amount of regret juice into your jar or receptacle.



- Cool job! Secondly, put your desired infusing-thing into the jar. Since I'm using tea it's a case of just sticking the tea bags into the jar. If you're putting some real life effort into this and using something like an apple then you'll want to cut it up before hand (was that an obvious thing to say? Should I have more faith in your abilities?)


- Wow, you're doing great! Now act like André 3000 and shake it like a polaroid picture!


- Awesome, are you sure you haven't done this before!? Now you're going to want to keep it in your refrigerator for however long you want really. If you've used fruit or a vegetable or something then it might take a couple days to really get the flavour infused, just make sure to shake the jar every once in a while. If you're lazy like me and you used tea then it should only take a couple hours (you'll still have to shake it a couple times during that though).


And that's that! I've found that raspberry apple tea vodkas goes great with mango juice, give it a try, tell me what you think. Also, you can just drink it by itself and it tastes great! (be careful, this is likely to end in a questionable manner). Let me know what infusions you make (if any) and why not try infusing a different alcohol like tequila!? 

So, I'll see you next time I guess.

p.s. is this like my third blog post this month? I don't know what's come over me but I'm loving it!
p.p.s I'm heading home for christmas in a couple days so expect to hear tales of my family escapades.



Friday, 12 December 2014

The Hobbit. 3 Films. 1 Session.

So, on Thursday 11th December 2014 at 6pm I entered the cinema with live-in-friend Jess to see all three of The Hobbit films. With sustenance in hand I sat in a chair for nine hours with a bunch of strangers.

 First things first, I loved it. Second things second, this was my first time ever watching The Hobbit (I haven't read it either, oops). And, third things third, I only just saw the first Lord of The Rings film like a week ago (scandalous, I know).

This is the first time I've ever done one of these movie marathon things in the cinema and it's a really interesting experience. It's when you enter into the 7th hour and you're in complete solidarity with the room as you feel emotionally spent. 

Jess and I were dressed like we were lounging in our own living room, comfort levels on high (we literally brought a blanket). In a stark contrast to the preparedness of Jess and I, a lot of the audience were wearing suits, I didn't know why, I still don't understand it - it couldn't of been a comfortable experience.

All in all I thought the films were great! Martin Freeman/Bilbo is bae, as is Radagast . . . and Legolas . . . and Tauriel . . . and Kili (basically everyone). The fight scene in the second film, where Legolas, Tauriel and the Dwarfs are fighting the Orcs whilst sailing down the river in some barrels, is nothing short of legendary. Also, as the films come from one book the flow between the films (especially since I watched them all in one go) is so smooth and I really appreciate how it was done.

The best thing about this was that I only had to pay £1.60 for this screening because of my Cineworld card which is great! Also, it was the first time I've felt I've enjoyed a 3D film.

I highly suggest you go see the final instalment of Bilbo's story and if you can go do a three film feature like I did then definitely do.

I captured my journey between films on instagram:


2 down, 1 to go. Hobbit is love. Hobbit is life.

3 films. 9 hours. Full Hobbit education.


p.s. two blog posts in one month! can you believe it!?

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

My Blonde Moment

So, on the night of All Hallows' Eve I bleached my hair and started a month of being blonde (mostly, it was blue/grey/green for a little while but let's not focus on that).

Now, being blonde was interesting, I felt I had to change up how I dressed as my clothes didn't match my new fair locks but; I want to talk about the whole concept of blondes having more fun. It's bullshit in my experience. I'd dare to say I had less fun.

I don't know what it was about my hair but it seemed to invite unwanted attention in clubs. I'm 19 so I'm used to the usual thing of being in a club, someone checking you out and it's all a nice experience that leaves me feeling confident. Until they touch me. Now, I don't liked to be touched in the best of circumstances (but that's an issue for another day) so when drunk, sweaty strangers grope me I got a little freaked out. 
When I say groped I mean just that. I was grabbed and felt and squeezed all without my consent, something that never used to happen frequently as a brunette. The frequency of these incidents went from a rarity to a guarantee every night out. One night my housemate and I decided to go out last minute - we arrived at the club fully sober, fully aware of all the drunk people surrounding us. We were stood off to the side - completely out of the way of everyone - when a guy walking passed manoeuvred his way between my friend and me just so he could run his hand so overtly over my stomach and chest before he carried on his merry way. This was the first incident of a night full of arse pinching and attempts at coping a feel. I left this night so uncomfortable that I've not been to the club since.

I decided to dye my hair back after a particular night. I was walking to a bus stop from a club and on my way I had people try to get me to come into clubs and bars with them, someone tried to get me to go to a hotel with them and I even had some guys try to get me in a car. This 30 minute part of my night turned what was a good night into me not wanting to be out by myself anymore.

Now I know that these events may have nothing to do with me being blonde, it might have just been that November was a month full of very horny people that decided I was appealing no matter what my hair colour was. But, I felt my confidence slipping so much, all because of the colour of my hair.

This post doesn't really make much sense but I just wanted to touch on it and let you know that I have been doing those bucket list items I wrote about all that time ago (I do have some sort of my shit together guys!)

Anyway, I have dark hair again and my inner goth is whole once more. I also look great, so, enjoy some visual record of this time:



p.s. I've got a job now, I actually do my uni work and I'm starting to write again. It's all coming up Milhouse.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

I've Lost My (creative) Mind


So, it's been a while . . . again. As you've probably deduced from the title of this post, it isn't because I didn't have internet this time. Even now I don't know what this post is, my creative process is stalled and wont turn over (great car engine metaphor).

Let me explain . . . erm, I don't actually know what to say. Shit.

This is all very frustrating (and frankly a little upsetting) because my goal in life is to be an author. I want to write fiction which, as you know because you're not an idiot, isn't too similar to lifestyle blogging but I approach them in similar ways (I'm just stuck on trying to trigger the method, I guess) and you might have guessed that seeming as the blogpost writing hasn't been happening, no other writing is happening.

From July to August this year I wrote a lot. I was sad and frustrated and felt like I was lacking any form of control in my life. But I wrote a lot. I wrote so much because the ideas wouldn't let me sleep. I let pens bleed dry on my page at 3am and it was therapeutic and fucking beautiful.

And now I'm frustrated and a little down for different reasons, mainly that the ideas are letting me sleep. So I'm not writing, which sucks.

I've tried to write posts, I even finished a couple but never posted them for one reason or another. I kind of feel like I need to come back with a bang and prove to myself that this 2 month block has made me better in some way, idk.

But with all that being said and after a quick read of Alice's new blogpost, I feel like I just have to write something. This post probably won't be my best, in my eyes or yours, but it's there and I wrote it and that's something.

p.s. I'm trying.


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

I'm Still Here

So, it's been a while. 1 month and 1 day if we're being exact.

Where have I been? Well, I moved back to uni and my house didn't get internet until yesterday (it's been a real struggle).

Life without wifi was interesting, the internet and everything I usually use it for wasn't as easily accessible to me (there's only so many times I can go sit in a Starbucks with my iPad, you know?) I ended up watching quite a bit of tv. I get the whole Sherlock thing now and my roommate and I have been binge watching Scrubs and oh it's so fucking good!

I've not really been up to much; doing adult stuff like sorting out gas and electricity was a big thing. Basically, the guys who lived in this house before us were waste men and stopped paying their bills months before they even moved out. When we moved in the gas had been capped and metres had been fitted to it and the electricity (the landlord didn't even know about it). SO, the stress was v real.

Still don't have a job but what did you expect.

p.s. I've started infusing vodka and I've invented a drink (maybe someone's made it before but I'll never know, so)

Friday, 15 August 2014

Advice for Freshers


The results are in, your place has been confirmed and you're nursing a celebratory hangover. But what happens now? Soon you'll be moving into halls, meeting the people you'll share space with for at least a year. Before you know it Freshers Week will be over and all you know is that there is some incriminating evidence against you on a couple of people's phones. Ah freshers, how I wish I could be you again . . . 

Now, the details of it all are different for every uni (move in dates, start dates, events, etc., they all vary) but here are some tips from my experience as a fresher:

  • Make friends with your flat mates
    If you're anything like me and making friends isn't your strong suit (I have an intimidating perma bitch face apparently and crippling anxiety, sigh) then your flat mates are key! I was very lucky and got along great with all of mine (there was 8 of us) and they are literally stay-at-home friends. You don't have to worry about the whole making a fantastic first impression thing because you have a week of living together before classes start - get drunk, get to know them - you will not regret it!
  • Hang out with other flats/people
    Again, I was very lucky and my flat happened to be pretty close with a flat above ours and we all hung out together. It's great to have another dynamic join yours and yay more friends. Make sure to hangout with people outside of those you live with, it can get . . . incestuous(?).
  • Talk to the people on your course
    This is something I wish I did more, but like I said, not great at it. You'll see these people a lot, why not befriend them, you know you already have some things in common (you are studying the same thing).
  • Get the Freshers pack
    Just do it, everyone will go, it'll be fun. Just don't give in to 'Lad Culture' and scream 'DOWN IT FRESHER' at every poor soul that happens to be holding a drink.
  • Kitchen stuffYou don't need an arsenal of cooking equipment. Everyone will bring at least two tea towels. Take a shelf in the fridge each. Wash up your shit, don't leave it in the sink. You may need to bring a toaster.
  • Vodka
    Glen's is always at hand and even when you can't push the boat out that far, supermarket brands get you just as drunk.
  • Make sure to see the city you live in
    So many people get caught up in the day to day uni life and always put off seeing where they've moved to 'eh, we'll go next week, let's just go to the place down the road' (R.I.P Redrum, gone but not forgotten).
  • You're only a Fresher once
    It's highly likely that your first year doesn't count towards your degree and you usually only need 40% to pass(you'll soon be reminding yourself of that when it's 4AM and you still haven't finished your essay in for 10AM). Don't fret when you don't make it to every lecture and seminar (because you wont), they'll probably put it online - I was a mark off a first in a subject I literally never went to, not even once.
So, yeah, just some stuff I lived and learned. Remember that your experience will be so different to mine, so don't take any of this as gospel. Have fun and don't be an idiot (at least try not to be an idiot)

p.s. if you want to ask me anything about my experience at uni or about the process of moving in etc. (especially if you're coming to the University of Manchester, hey) feel free to leave it in the comments or you message me on tumblr or you can send me an email (just check the contact page).


Sunday, 10 August 2014

Motivation

So, recently I've been feeling a little down. Feeling a little powerless and useless in life lead me to seek out motivation. After trolling the internet I've found a few videos that have been really helpful in lifting my spirits and encouraging to my morale. Think of this post as a checkpoint to come back to when you're feeling down and in need of some inspiration/encouragement/motivation.


Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)



Inspirational Running Video



Be Phenomenal



Quiet Desperation

Sunday, 3 August 2014

July Favourites 2014 (We'll see how this goes)



This past month I've been introduced to a few new things that I've really enjoyed. So, saving you the time of reading individual posts (and me writing them), I thought I'd group them all together in this 'Favourites' post. I don't really know what I'm doing.


- Admittedly ,they tend to divide people's opinions, but love 'em or hate 'em, they are super comfortable. I'm really liking them because they satisfy both my extremes of all-black-everything-super-fashionable-don't-fuck-with-me and being the dirty, dirty hippie I truly am. I also got mine 10% off because of that student discount hashtag blessed.

- Now, I was first introduced to Keith Haring at about 14 and have loved his work ever since, so when I saw that Next had a bunch of t-shirts with Haring designs on, I got pretty excited. I love the design and the t-shirt itself is super comfortable and great quality. There's no link to this on the website but mine was £18 and I'm pretty sure it's in aid of The Keith Haring Foundation.

- Oily skin is the bane of my existence. I hate it. So when it comes to moisturiser I'm very hesitant as they usually just leave my skin feeling oilier than ever - but not this guy! I decided to try it after using the Botanics face washes, they're great and leave my skin feeling great and so does this moisturiser. It's oil balancing and while I'm not too sure what that means I do know that it doesn't make my skin feel too oily at all. To top it all off it has SPF 15 so gives you protection from the sun. Also, it lasts a really long time which is great.

- July has been a hot month here in ol' Blighty and these face wipes have come in really handy to cleanse my face of all the grime after an afternoon in the sun. They cool you down a little, clean up all of the gunk of the day and don't leave that weird film-like feeling that face wipes often do (does that make sense? Who knows).

- I dedicated the latter half of July to rereading Harry Potter and, if you follow me on my other social media you'll know, I've been feeling the feels. Idk guys, it hit me really hard this time around. I cried a bunch. Even when Mrs Weasley kills Belatrix, I was just so overwhelemed by feelings.

So yeah, that's been my top 5 'favourite' things from July . . . this was a thing, idk.

p.s. Let me know how I did with a 'favourites' post because I honestly don't know what I'm doing.


Sunday, 20 July 2014

The Adventures of James

So, July has been pretty busy for me (especially since I'm a lazy human that only moves between his bed and the sofa on the other side of his room) and I thought I'd fill you in a little!

I've decided to re-read Harry Potter. It's been too long - so long in fact that a lot of the details in the book seem brand new to me; but that's not really a bad thing. I'm currently 3/4 through Goblet of Fire and loving it like it was the first time (I'm talking page 363 where Dumbledore hints towards the Room of Requirement, guys).

Trains have played a pretty big part in this month too! I travel by cars, buses and planes but rarely by train but this month I headed down to Exeter for a friend's party. From Manchester Piccadilly to Birmingham New Street to Exeter St David's took me around 5 hours but it was worth it to see some of my uni friends and get really drunk on free champaign and wine (NB - I drink wine now and some may argue that I got too drunk; me, I argue that *sigh*) I also got to meet my friend's pooches and I love them unconditionally. I plan to steal all of my friend's dogs, it's a thing. Also, I looked great.

Back up in The North I organised my uni timetable for next year and I'm really pumped for it. In my first semester I'll be studying: Writing, Identity and Nation and Literature to 1750 (I only have 6 hours a week ayyyy) and second semester I'll be engrossed in Literature from 1750 (I'll only have 5 hours a week aaayyyy).

And finally, in James-is-super-proud news, my sister graduated form university! She is now a bachelor of science in broadcast-engineering-media-technology-stuff(?) (she's really smart basically) and yeah, I got to go see her graduate and it was a beautiful day and once again, I looked great. Also, shoutout to my sister for working so damn hard the past 3 years and inspiring me every second of it - I love you mi hermana.

So that's it really, next month will probably consist of me moving (again, yay) and hopefully I'll be employed and be telling you tales of that fun stuff.

p.s. don't hold your breath on the job thing, I'm seemingly unemployable

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Change


So, change almost always sucks. Be it the loose change that shuffles and clanks around uselessly in your pocket or when you reconnect with a friend and notice a change in either them or you.

Often an uninvited occurrence, change demands a lot of us, leaving us drained both emotionally and physically. Change is truly exhausting when you are worrying about the unknown outcomes.

But, despite all the nights you lay awake with worry and anxiety about change, there are some good points:


  • Loose change can be collected and saved and eventually amount to something greater and worth while
  • A change of scenery offers a new outlook to explore
  • A change of opinion shows growth
  • A change of circumstance offers an opportunity to adapt and learn
  • A change in a person you know or yourself can bring the two of you closer
  • If a change brings about the end of something then know a new period will always come along
  • A change can be brought on by you. You have an active choice to: change, grow, learn, teach and be happy
As the saying goes, 'the only thing constant is change'. The sooner we start to change perspective and stop ignoring the positives, just because they're harder to find, the sooner we'll find happiness.

p.s. start small - change your 'want's into 'will do's and see how much more fulfilled that change will leave you (be realistic; 'I want to write a book' becomes 'I will write for at least 15 minutes a day'. Ok? Got it? Cool).

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Teenage Bucket List (The 'I'm coming up on 20' addition)


So, recently I feel like I've had to grow up a little bit more, but, taking on responsibilities and accepting a more realistic view of the world isn't too fun. This is where this bucket list comes in. I'm 19, I have less than a year left of being a teenager and I think there's still some stuff I want to do (and some stuff I've done already) that you can only really get away with as a teen and you might want to partake too! So here we go:


  • Have a blog
    - I think anyone can blog, just write about the things that you care about, chances are someone else is interested too!
  • Cut your own hair
    - Everyone's had the experience of going to get a hair cut and not getting what you really wanted so why not just do it yourself!? I do it all the time and it doesn't look (that) bad.
  • Dye your hair
    - Definitely something I'm going to do, no real reason other than to show just how edgy and full of teenage angst I am, obviously.
  • Get a tattoo
    - Yes they're permanent, yes they're not for everybody and no not just for teenagers but, you know, who doesn't want a permanent etching on their skin that they might regret later on in life? I sure do.
  • All nighters, lots of 'em
    - Wether it's staying up talking about life with friends, drinking or just to finish 2000 words of that essay that needs to be handed in in the morning, all nighters are a staple of angsty teenage life.
  • Have a crush, crush hard
    - Infatuation teaches us more than we think. You learn that life still goes on and you're not defined by other people. You may even learn to love yourself more.
  • Write down those feelings!
    - If you start as an impressionable teen you'll carry on a good 
    habit. It's good to get out all of those thoughts and feelings physically onto paper, be it poetic and thought out or just a stream consciousness - it's better to keep it safe on a page than swirling around your head.
     
  • Travel with friends or by yourself
    - The distance aspect is up to you, go a city over or a continent, just start that state of being independent and experience somewhere new at the same time.
  • Eat too much at a buffet
    - This is just really important to me.
  • Bond with your friends over the shared illness you got from the buffet
    - Buffet's are like life, it might look great at the time but it can come back and bite you in the ass.
  • Wake up still drunk
    - It's usually a sign of a really good night out and it's also quite fun (if you don't have anything to do that day, if you do then you're kind of screwed my friend).
  • Invent a game
    - Games; great for bonding and great fun. Exercise that imagination you haven't used since you were 10, recreate a popular t.v. show or just take a normal game and add drinking rules! The possibilities are endless!
  • Read some canon novels
    - They're canon for a reason, no matter what genre or period. Just read more, it's good for your mind and soul, man. You may even find some angsty teenager to relate to . . . 
    Just a few favourites

  • Learn about a different culture/religion/etc.
    - Sometimes it's nice to know how things work in parts of the world you don't relate to. You might decide to adopt some practices into your own life. Again, it's not strictly for your teenage years, I think you should never stop going out and seeking knowledge. I'm currently learning about buddhism from this book


  • p.s. this is not a definitive list, I'm going to add more to it during my final teenage year and probably carry on most of it till way past my final teenage year


Sunday, 29 June 2014

What I'm Currently Reading


So, I'm currently reading James Franco's Palo Alto. It's a collection of short, linked stories that explore adolescence in a raw, slightly-dark manner.

First impression? Well, the style of Franco's writing is blunt and dark which is quite interesting and I enjoy his portrayal of youth - he seems to have not lost touch with his own adolescence so the characters are presented in quite a believable way.

I'll let you know how this turns out I guess.

p.s. sorry for my lack of posting, I've been dealing with life atm

Friday, 20 June 2014

The Great Job Hunt

So, after another day spent lounging in the sun and reading a good book (The Catcher in the Rye), I thought I'd write a blog post. 

The truth is, I'm not too sure what to write as of recent, all I'm doing is lounging around, watching tv, reading and writing - it's a pretty nice life, don't get me wrong, but it's getting a little dull. And I've only been back home for two weeks. Consequently I'm not too sure if I can write anything of interest for you guys.

To remedy this situation I've decided to get a job (at last). The truth is, I need one, I like things but things cost money and I feel I'm a little bit too old to be living solely off of my parent's money.


It's pretty hard though.

I've 'attempted' to get a job before, although admittedly not very hard and quite selectively at that, and nothing ever came to pass. But now I'm a nineteen year old that's never had a job which makes it a little bit harder because there's people 2 even 3 years younger than me with more experience. And I'm only getting older.

So that's that. I need a job, not only for the money but I need something stimulating in my life - Einstein got a job just so he could figure out relativity (I think? That's probably really wrong. I should delete that. Or Google it. Or I could just leave it and hope for the best? Yeah).

idk, see you next time

p.s. feel free to leave me job seeking advice (I need it, trust me)

Monday, 16 June 2014

Book Review: The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden


The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden is Jonas Jonasson's follow-up to his bestselling debut The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared and it's an incredibly worthy follow-up at that.

The novel follows Nombeko, an intelligent woman born in the shanty-town Soweto, South Africa, as she finds herself in Sweden with a package she really doesn't want and running from some people who really do.

Her tale goes from rags to riches a couple times, with Jonasson's incredibly imaginative plot line making this improbable story extremely probable. Jonasson's creation of the main plot, like his debut, involves the creation of smaller narratives that inevitably all intertwine in an excellent fashion - all this whilst maintaining humour and a sharp wit in (most of) his characters.

Jonasson creates a phenomenal character in Nombeko; a black woman being the main protagonist and a beacon of sanity, rationality and intelligence in a crazy patriarchal world.

I highly suggest this read, it's long but 100% worth it. Find it here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Girl-Saved-King-Sweden/dp/006232912X

p.s. Jonasson is fast becoming a favourite of mine and I can't wait for more of his work 

Friday, 13 June 2014

One Month Blogging! Moving! Other Things!

So, I'm sat on the sofa in my room at home, there is no more uni work that needs to be done and this little blog of mine is officially one month and one day old.

I've enjoyed writing here so much and the response I've received, with people frequently reading, commenting and following me on bloglovin' has been so encouraging. Thanks for that Team.

Here's to many more months together :)

This past week I have, admittedly, been very absent from here - I apologise - but I have a reason!

I moved!


I said goodbye to my uni room but, seeming as I'm going back tomorrow for a flatmate's birthday, it doesn't quit feel like I've left it behind yet. 

Whilst procrastinating from packing (I had nobody to keep me on track, such is life) I decided to climb atop my wardrobe . . .



... and I got stuck there for like 40 minutes.

But, now I'm home, I've spent my time: watching stupid amounts of Adventure Time and Orange is the New Black, laying around and reading - a lot (yay).





















(Expect a blog post about the book you see on the left - it's Jonas Jonasson's The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden and it was great.)


Also, now I'm home I have a full length mirror again so my inner narcissist is having a field day.





















(I was 100% channeling Life Aquatic with the one on the left)


p.s. since being home I've rediscovered how delicious meat is and eat it like every day

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Squirrels Hate Me

So, I was home yesterday (I've started moving back from uni, it's a weird time) and I was reminded of how my favourite rodents hate me as I saw one run along my garden fence.

Let me explain . . .

I live in a valley so there's plenty of wooded areas and wildlife, etc., and my parents are big fans of supporting said wildlife by setting up feeders and houses in the garden - squirrels love it.

Every now and then someone will be in the garden at the same time as a squirrel and, if it's anyone else, they just ignore them and carry on their search for food; but it's me, so they don't.

Squirrels are not above charging at me. 

I've been sat in the garden reading and heard a bloodcurdling squirrel squeal to look up at see one running at me.

Hanging out the laundry, they watch and wait for me to bend down to pick up a laundry peg before launching themselves at me - grabbing a brush and aggressively sweeping in their direction does not deter them!

I've been sat in the conservatory only to look up and see a squirrel watching me from the fence - safety at last to view this majestic creature I think - think again James! The squirrel jumped into the window to try and get at me.

Hell, I've been chased down the street by a squirrel!

In year 6 we took a class trip to Formby, famed for it's red squirrels. Now, many a school child has visited the squirrels at Formby and so they are used to being fed nuts by them, they'll even take it out of your hand . . . that is, as long as you aren't me. Yes, the squirrels ate out of everyone's hand but mine. It's like how strangers never sit next to me on the bus except I like that strangers don't sit next to me on the bus.

Squirrels, why do you collectively hate me so? Did you have a meeting?
They are dopey and cute, we should realistically get on so well


p.s. I didn't put a p.s. at the end of my last post and I'm not comfortable with that at all

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Body Image and Meghan Tonjes

So, the other day I posted to my tumblr a question about good ways to gain weight; I got some helpful responses and some people were also curious as to how to gain weight in a healthy way themselves.

However, I did receive messages that followed the theme of 'why would you want to gain weight, you're thin/skinny/hot?'.

I have a few things wrong with that:

  • I want to gain weight because I don't like being as thin as I am - I'm 6ft so I feel gangly and weird sometimes
  • According to my BMI I'm classed as underweight so it's probably healthier for me to do this
  • Thin ≠ 'hot'
Attractiveness is subjective. Everyone has different ideas of beauty, I get that, but don't discourage another person by forcing your ideas upon them.

The way I see it, weight is not the defining factor of beauty, let's explore that with the amazingness that is Meghan Tonjes:

Now, you may recognise her as 'The Woman Who Had Her Butt Removed by Instagram' but I know her as that pretty cool singer on youtube who's podcast (with Roommate Keith) I like to listen to. Also, she has the coolest tattoos, especially the thigh tat and also she tweeted me a couple years back and it was the best.

Try and tell me she is not beautiful, I will fight you.
Meghan made the decision to lose weight, she looks great, she looked great before but that's not what makes her beautiful. If you've followed her then you know that she has: an incredible sense of humour, a wonderful voice, a great love for her friends and family and is an all round bad bitch with no time to give a fuck.

She's beautiful because she's the kind of person you want to be your friend.


And that's what I want. I don't want anyone to consider me 'ideal' because of what I look like - I get that looks attract yada yada yada - I want to be liked for the person I am because I'm pretty great.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Procrastination Post #2

So, I'm currently sat in a Starbucks, reading The Bell Jar and writing in a moleskin - I'm that guy, living that cliché lifestyle.

I've finished exams and that means I've finished my first year of uni. I have nothing to do. It's actually incredibly boring.

'But, James, if you have nothing to do, how are you procrastinating?'

Well, You, I'm not quite sure; I just have that procrastination ~feeling~, you know? But, I guess I could be looking for a job, so . . . we'll go with that - I'm procrastinating from the job hunt! (side-note, after returning to my room I realise I'm also procrastinating from cleaning my room and packing up my stuff, oops).

I really do need a job though. My biggest issue is that handing out C.V.'s gives me a ridiculous amount of anxiety, so, after the good 45 minutes it takes for me to successfully hand out one C.V., I reward myself by buying things - you see my problem. It's truly a vicious cycle.

Speaking of buying things! Today I bought a couple long-sleeved t-shirt things from H&M (one for each I exam I successfully completed, probably?) Idk, H&M can be really hit-or-miss for me but they have some really nice stuff right now and I would've bought more but sizing was an issue, sigh. 


(Apologies for the
awful green uni
door, I hate it) 
















Btw, in H&M's 'Summer Essentials' section they have thick jumpers and waterproof jackets - classic Manchester summer.

Guys, I've just had a quick glance around and I am 100% not the only cliché here! There's at least 3 people writing screenplays/manuscripts, a lady reading on her iPad (side-note, I have an iPad Mini so normal iPads look HUGE to me, idk) and business men in business suits talking about business.

People watching is a great procrastination technique, very entertaining if in a good spot, highly recommend (side-note, one of the business men just claimed to 'know Banksy' - v bold business man, v bold). Oh, one of the screenplay writers is now on Facebook - procrastination is all around me. I'm like a beacon. Love it.

So, I'm going to get back to reading/might type this up first idk, get off my case, you're not my real dad! (side-note, I didn't do it, I just read).

p.s. What is your go-to coffee shop beverage? I'm a chai tea latte guy (on an iced chai kick right now though).
p.p.s. I think Kris Jenner is my new favourite person.


Thursday, 22 May 2014

Just Some Books I Enjoy

I've mentioned in previous posts that I'm an English Literature student so one might assume I enjoy reading.

Good assumption, you.

So, after reading many of my friend Alice's lists on her blog, I thought it might be nice to list some books I really enjoy, won't that be fun!? Before I start I'd like to say I'm omitting book series, not because I don't enjoy them, but because I believe they're so subjective and not all books in a series are that good, let's be real. That being said I'd like to mention both the Harry Potter and Alex Rider series because they're great.

I'd also like to say that I like these books, you might not, you don't have to read them but I highly suggest you do (because I'm bias).

Right, let us begin, in no particular order:


  • Alices's Adventures is Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
I'd say we all know the story of Alice, everyone except my flat mate who, at 20, has never even seen any of the film adaptations - don't worry, I was shocked too. So, for those of you in my flatmate's situation, Alice's story follows her journey through the magical world down the rabbit hole after she follows the anthropomorphised, eager-to-be-on-time White Rabbit. She deals with a topsy-turvy world filled with odd happenings and larger-than-life creatures and characters, learning a couple lessons along the way. This book genuinely delivers a whole new meaning when read as a semi-adult. Also, it's a really easy read so you wont be spending too much time on it.


  • Stuart: A Life Backwards - Alexander Masters
I first read this biography as part of my A Level English course, this definitely didn't take away from the books potent meaning and touching story however. Masters writes the story of his friend Stuart Shorter in the most interesting way, starting at the end (chapter 0) we find out Stuart sadly died and we work backwards from there, to his beginning. This final version is a complete re-write of the first manuscript presented to Stuart and Masters includes interjections of the writing process with Stuart amongst the episodes of his sad and troubled past. The book gives an incredible insight into the lives of convicts and drug addicts and helps to develop an understanding of how people end up in such awful situations. I will say there are potential triggers of substance abuse, self-harm and rape in the book so maybe one to avoid for some.



  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson

I love this story. Love it. There's a real Forest Gump-esque vibe as you follow the incredible life of centurion Allan Karlsson as he sets off on a new adventure on his hundredth birthday. You learn of Allan's involvement in major historical events and how it all comes to play during the present. I love how Jonasson captures the essence of even the most unlikely people having incredible pasts, so many of us forget that the elderly weren't always the elderly - which is pretty strange. Also, the book was originally written in Swedish and it's interesting to read a book that has such strong ties to a non-english speaking country, idk.


  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer
A heart-breaking tale that follows 9-year-old Oskar, who lost his dad in 9/11, as he searches New York for the origins of a key that once belonged to his dad. There is a separate narrative that eventually merges with the main plot, following a 'love' story that started years before the events of the book. The book so cleverly explores the mental illnesses that grief causes and how differently everyone copes with death, especially after tragic accidents.


  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
Made popular by the film (that I enjoyed despite thinking it didn't completely honour the book but oh well, it's all subjective) the book follows 'Charlie' during his first year at high school through letters he writes to a stranger. I know this isn't strictly literary genius or whatever but I love this book. Love it. For me it was a situation of right place, right time; the story is so relatable to me, and many others, and portrays the thoughts of the introverted extremely well. Also, again, a very easy read.

I know this was a long one but I hope you enjoyed it, I hope to do more of these lists in the future (they wont all be about books, I promise).

I do want to post more about books though. I'll figure something out that's less time consuming for you and a little bit more structured . . . probably.

p.s. I'm always looking for new books to read so feel free to suggest some either here or over on my tumblr