50 things that make me happy.

To be Happy is something subjective, but I wanted to count my blessings, and put on a post what makes me happy.

  1. Planning! Because it is a comfort, and it is always something that I can fall back on. You can tell I’m an Aspie, can’t you?
  2. My family. Obviously.
  3. Blogging. I never thought that this would be a project that’s taken me forward for half a decade, and as far as I have come.
  4. Twitter. Because the people on it are usually nice to me.
  5. CHIPS!
  6. Chatting about the Presidents.
  7. Getting an email from a brand that I would love to work with, saying that they would love to work with me!
  8. Washi tape.
  9. CATS!
  10. Anything Queen related, because I LOVE their music.
  11. A new pair of shoes.
  12. Netflix, late at night, with a bowl full of ice-cream.
  13. Anything that comes in the post-I love to receive Blogger mail, or letters from my correspondents.
  14. Sylvia Plath’s poetry.
  15. Downloading new albums on iTunes.
  16. Being included in the Freddie Friday hashtag.
  17. People online who are autistic, and leave me lovely comments on my posts about ASD.
  18. Blog chats.
  19. Cheese toasties.
  20. A good hair cut.
  21. When an author that I love makes a new book announcement,
  22. The smell of Taylor Swift’s Wonderstruck.
  23. The song ‘I Thought I Told You That’…
  24. And ‘Left Outside Alone’.
  25. Getting an honest blog comment.
  26. Being tagged in a blog award.
  27. Running into friends that I have not seen in a while.
  28. Blogger mail.
  29. Browsing Paperchase for new planner related materials.
  30. Seeing Sylvia Plath in the newspaper.
  31. A good joke.
  32. Visiting the cat cafe.
  33. Lemon sherbets.
  34. A good manicure.
  35. Writing on the first page of a new notebook.
  36. looking through fountain pens.
  37. The feeling after a prayer, when I feel at one with myself.
  38. Strawberries!
  39. When people appreciate me baking-because I don’t cook, but making cakes is something I’m half decent at.
  40. Collecting Vinyl and finding a gem of a record.
  41. The feeling at a concert, when everyone is just so caught up in the music, and it’s almost as if time has stopped.
  42. Playing Articulate.
  43. Red nail varnish.
  44. Uploading several posts at once.
  45. Watching Highlander and being able to sing along.
  46. A peaceful pint of Cider at the pub.
  47. Queen Rock Montreal, the album.
  48. A new biography of Jacqueline Kennedy.
  49. A visit to Foyles bookshop.
  50. A visit to the British library.

What makes you happy?

 

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My favourite books list. 


Books are life, and life is books. These are my list of my favourite books:

  • The diary of Anne Frank.
  • Searching For Grace Kelly.
  • Dreaming in French by Alice Kaplan.
  • Mad Girl By Bryony Gordon.
  • Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig.
  • Pain, parties, work; Sylvia Plath in New York, 1953 by Elizabeth Winder.
  • Ariel by Sylvia Plath.
  • The Big Life by Ann Shoket.
  • First woman by Kate Brower.
  • Dear Pussycat by Helen Gurley Brown.
  • We are all made of stars by Rowan Coleman.
  • The book thief.
  • Reading Jackie by William Kuhn.
  • The Help.
  • The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult.
  • Sherlock Holmes.
  • House Rules by Jodi Picoult.
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
  • The Summer Of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman.
  • Deathless.

What are your favourite books?

Lydia

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QUEX Anticipation. Here’s What I wish To See.

Last year, I was lucky enough to see Queen Extravaganza in concert; to put it bluntly, the official tribute band is immensely stunning. Pure brilliance. 

This year, they are returning with A Nght At The Opera and Greatest Hits. For somebody who’s never got to see Queenin their heyday, this is something I’m really excited to be seeing, latterly reviewing. This is what I would like to see at the Hammersmith Odeon performance:

1. More from Drummer Tyler Warren.

Last year, I couldn’t help but think he was a little bit confined to behind his huge drum kit. From an interview coming soon, I want to see more of what he articulates, to be on stage. And that falsetto…

2. A gritty Another One Bites The Dust.

This was Queen’s best selling single. But when performed live, I like the rhythm to be quite fast, less stilted, with very raw vocals, and less guitar. Just my preference, or am I being overly picky?! (On second thoughts, don’t answer that one..)

3. Bicycle Race live.

Why? Because I haven’t seen it live, apart from when I saw Queen and Adam Lambert last year. I want to see it performed in an old venue, complete with auidence participation, lights, the full works. Will there be literal bikes? Probably not, in my estimation.

4. Let Me Entertain You live.

And no, not the Robbie Williams song. This was on the Jazz album, and it’s the pure embodiment of a hedonistic Rock lifestyle. As I’ve already said, I never got to see Queenin their heyday, but this is one of my favourite songs. Though it’s not a greatest hit, I would love to see this. After all, Hammersmith Odeon seems ideal for that sort of song. The Rock Montreal version is epic.

5. General chat between songs.

Yeah, this isn’t something typically associated with Rock concerts. But this is truly what I think should be a fixture in all concerts, just to lend it a little bit of fluency. It also doesn’t make such an event to be an all out intimidating thing…

What do you look for at a concert?

Lydia

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10 Things I love About Autumn. Because who doesn’t?!

Probably, over the past few years, my favourite season has changed to Autumn. I like it more than winter, the mainly doom and gloom months of where I live. Autumn I have come to love, for various reasons:

  1. You can combine wearing what counts as a sunmer dress, with thick tights. (I majorly prefer this, than trousers and thick jumpers, bundled all in! 😂)
  2. Halloween! One night a year to dress up with emphasis on the eccentric, to scary yourself witless. What’s not to love?
  3. Cinema nights in. With chocolate. And a decent film. 
  4. I like to observe bonfire night’s, complete with loud fireworks, from my bedroom window. I dislike the sound, but they are so proud.
  5. There’s usually a lot of New books that are out, I’m the run up to Christmas. For a reader like me, that’s ideal. I can spend time pouring over a new plot…
  6. The Fall, season Three!
  7. Netflix. Obviously.
  8. There are a lot of events, primarily to do with blogging, at this time of year.
  9. Blogtober. 
  10. Hot soup on a rainy day.

What do you live about Autumn?

Lydia

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My bucket list: here’s what I want to achieve.

Bucket lists..love them, hate them, they essentially are goals set over a certain amount of time you wish to achieve. These are long term goals that I wish to achieve, and what currently reside in my Filofax:

  • Meet and/or interview Carly Simon.
  • Visit Holland for a week.
  • Be a reporter.
  • Write an article for Blogosphere magazine.
  • Publish a book.
  • Learn to cook a curry.
  • Get married.
  • Meet Hilary Clinton.
  • Take part in a flash mob.
  • Learn a full Sylvia Plath poem.
  • Qualify on the NTCJ course.
  • Read Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon.
  • Interview Brian May.
  • Cook a complex three course meal.
  • Visit the JFK library for research.
  • Have at least a thousand hits.
  • Sell a literal book to make money.
  • Attend many concerts.
  • See Alison Moyet live. 
  • Have an award from Royalty.
  • See an imperial Russia exhibit.
  • Design my own stationery.
  • Interview Alfie Boe. 
  • Sing live on stage.
  • Become a national columnist.
  • Write a poetry book.
  • Learn Dutch.
  • Be able in Shorthand.
  • Play pingpong for an hour.
  • Make a mixtape.
  • Interview Caitlin Moran.
  • Sustain a pot plant.
  • Watch The Entity.
  • Learn a passage from the Diary Of Anne Frank.
  • Read the critical edition.
  • Sing a Carly Simon song fully.
  • Listen to Serinita.
  • Cook a roast.
  • A week of no sugar and meat!
  • Meet a drummer.
  • Take part in an acapella group.
  • Read Everyday Sexism.
  • Type a poem.
  • Watch Race.
  • Lie peacefully in a Bostonian beach.
  • Visit Plath’s hometown.
  • Buy myself a diamond ring.
  • Always vote.
  • Serve politically.
  • Have a spa day.

What are your ambitions?

Lydia

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30 Things to do in Autumn.

If ever you look over at Gala Darling’s website, there’s always a list of things to do in accordance to season. This is my version, and what I’m challenging myself to do.

  1. Try a pumpkin spiced latte. I don’t drink coffee, but the obsession with this has me intruged.
  2. Organise a guest post week. (In the making as I write this!)
  3. Make a collage of leaves, like I used to do as a kid. And they have to be all shades of the season..
  4. Cinema night!
  5. Wear red nails for at least a week.
  6. Go through a box set, complete with blankets and cider, cushions and chocolate.
  7. Sing a song loudly.
  8. Take photos of the changing season in a park, including motion shots. 
  9. Write poetry to somebody.
  10. Keep up a correspondence. 
  11. Crochet myself a scarf.
  12. Compile a seasonal playlist to listen to everywhere.
  13. Take a break from blogging!
  14. Meet an old friend for coffee, just as a catch up.
  15. Try a new perfume.
  16. Walk along the sea front, despite the obvious biting cold. Smiling.
  17. Have a soup for dinner.
  18. Read an old childrens book. Fantastic Mr Fox, anyone?
  19. Shop for boots. H&M, here I come!
  20. Watch a film by myself.
  21. Decide on a favorite emoji.
  22. Write a song.
  23. Complete a time capsule to be opened when I’m in my mid twenties.
  24. Create a lip sync video.
  25. Learn a passage of my favorite book.
  26. Quote a poem.
  27. Wear a matte lipstick.
  28. Try false eyelashes.
  29. Organise a party.
  30. Be thankful.

Do you have anything else for this list?

Lydia

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