Easter, sunny weather, and 101 ThingsPosted by blatantblithe on April 11, 2010 Blog posts | Personal | Social | | 7 comments
I came home to sunny Wales on Good Friday, and have been a busy bee since then. Hank and I have had a lovely week together, and the nice weather has made things even better. We’ve been visiting relatives, including my auntie’s newborn twin babies! They’re lovely, although I felt a bit nervous about them because they’re so small and delicate – I’m always so scared about hurting them or doing something wrong.
Hank and I have spent a lot of time together as a couple, enjoying the spring sunshine – I am in LOVE with this balmy weather! We did a lot of gardening this week at my parents’ house – they’ve got a patch of earth at the bottom of the garden which we have claimed as ours, and spent a few days weeding it and putting in new plants that Hank’s mum gave us. It’s now full of lovely green things, such as mint, lavender (blue and purple), rosemary, marjoram, lupins, bluebells, tulips, dwarf daffodils, and a few other pretty plants that I can’t remember. When they all flower in a few weeks, I’ll take a photo and show you all. We’ve spent a lot of time eating, reading, gardening and talking al fresco. I also helped him with his Bonsai trees for the first time, which was quite enjoyable.
Hank and I went to Swansea with his sister Victoria, and we had a great time at Eddie Rocket’s Diner, a 50s-style American diner. It’s an awesome place, with 50s decor, American-style hamburgers and shakes, and those coin-operated jukeboxes on the tables! I’m a sucker for kitsch.
Sadly, Hank went back to his university in Leeds yesterday (and his sister is going away tomorrow), so there ends my busy life. Not only that, but the atmosphere in my parents’ house at the moment is awful, for reasons I can’t really discuss on a public blog. Needless to say, I’m feeling kinda low at the moment. I’m trying to immerse myself in the many items on my Easter to-do list as a means of distraction, and am hiding away in my room to escape the negativity downstairs. I’m really looking forward to meeting up with one of my good friends next Saturday though; it’ll be nice to see a friendly face.
Zine Update: My zine Here. In My Head. #4 is now being stocked at TWO distros – Marching Stars Distro and Vampire Sushi Distro! I am over the moon about this news. I’ve also done a few trades, and received a few letters. Letters always make me so happy. <3 Speaking of zines, I have a question for everyone: I’d like to start reviewing zines, as I love writing reviews, and don’t know of more than three blogs that review zines. What does everyone think of this idea? If I start a seperate blog for zine reviews, would this be a good thing, or would I be treading on some people’s turf, so to speak?
101 Things Update: I failed my challenge to wear make-up once a week – I don’t think I’ve put anything other than tinted lip balm on for at least two weeks. I set myself that challenge as a way of improving my self-esteem slightly – if I make an effort with my appearance, I do tend to feel better about myself for a while. However, putting on make-up seems like too much of an effort when the people I’m with don’t wear any make-up, and don’t care if I’m wearing any (like Hank, his male friends, and his sister). Ah well, it wasn’t much of a goal anyway, and I don’t feel at all bad about failing that one.
I forgot that I set myself the challenge of going a day a month without using my laptop or my TV, and so I failed it this month. I’ve gone quite a few days without my laptop, but it’s the TV part that’s difficult. How tragic is my life that I can’t go one day without a TV? I guess it was quite a hard challenge. Nevertheless, I’ll try to go a day without laptop and TV every month from now on, and I won’t beat myself up if I can’t do it. I’m actually writing a piece about television for the next issue of my zine, so keep your eyes open for that.
I also watched Trainspotting for the first time last week, and as it is at #153 on the IMDB Top 250 Movies, it’s going down on my 101 Things list. Although I loved the movie, I felt so bleak afterwards that I had to watch something cheery before I went to bed. I settled on Bill Bailey’s Tinselworm, because he always makes me laugh.