Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Christmas Wishlist

I don't have a proper Christmas wishlist. I only started thinking about "oh, maybe I should have some idea of what to tell people I want for Christmas" mid November, but I did manage to put a few things together that I wouldn't be adverse to finding under the tree. You may be able to sense a theme from the main image...

  • Indian Summer tart burner. Well any wax tart burner would be fantastic, but this one is very pretty. Then I can go spending a small fortune on Etsy on wax tarts. 
  • Portable mobile charger. For conventions, train journeys and those times when I'm stuck without a plug socket. You may have guessed, but the purple is my favourite. Sleek black is also acceptable =P
  • Purple Hudl2. Always said I'd never get a tablet, but these are pretty bargain priced (especially with the double points offer meaning they're half the original price pretty much). Plus I lost my Kindle so this would allow me to start reading kindle books and my old comics on the go.
  • Massage. I think this is on my Christmas wishlist every year, haven't had one yet.
  • Something I'll not ask for (I'd feel awful since they're so expensive) but in my dreams I'd get, Volante Harrier or Volante EagleI own the Jackdaw and it's my favourite thing ever, a coat would just be *swoon*
So that's it, my wishlist (with one "never ask for but in my dreams" item). What do you want for Christmas?

Sunday, 30 November 2014

A-Z of Me: G


Grandparents – My grandparents are a massive part of my life, they practically raised me! I used t spend all my school holidays with them, pretty much, and they've always been a part of my life. Well, my grandparents on my mum's side, I've never really been close to any of my dads family. I'm closer to my Grandad than my Grandma, he used to push me on the swing and he made a whole bunch of playsets as a kid. Still, I have fond memories of cooking with my Grandma. We still spend every christmas with them and I'm regularly over there when I'm home at weekends.

Graphic Novels – I prefer them to comics books, I can read more in one go and they feel like more of a money saving option. Plus I started out with Graphic Novels before single comics, compilations of Johnny The Homocidal Maniac and Gloomcookie, followed very quickly by Hellboy. I still have them, and a bunch more. I'm always wanting to add to my collection.

Gemstones - I love them, they're gorgeous. My favourites are Amethyst, Sapphire, Emerald and Opal. Diamonds don't interest me outside of them chemistry and their properties. I'm a terrible girl.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014


I may not be American but as I shall be in the States for Thanksgiving and it's never a bad thing to give thanks every now and again (I do love Leona and Sophie's Thankful Thursday posts). So here are a few of the things I've been thankful for this year. 

1. Employment. Aka my PhD. Okay it's really hard and it makes me upset more often than not, but I'm thankful for something meaningful (kind of) to do with my days and I'm super tahnkful for the regular pay.

2. Conventions. This sounds weird as they're something I sink a lot of money into, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Without conventions I would rarely have anything to look forwards to and I wouldn't have met some of the most awesome people and greatest friends I've met in years.

3. My Grandparents. They might be getting demented (have been for years) but they're both still alive and after the scare my Grandad gave me last Christmas that's one of the greatest things I could ask for. Given that my Grandad is nearly 91 (will be in January) I think that he's doing great.

4. My privileges. That probably sounds like a terrible thing to say but I can't think of a better way to say it. I know I'm really lucky and have a lot of privilege (as the internet likes to say) associated with being white and cis-gendered and fairly middle class, and while I wish that others also all got the same kind of treatment and advantages I do I am thankful for the advantages I do have. You can't help the advantages you are born with and I think recognising them and being thankful for them is important.

5. The internet. I wouldn't have half the knowledge or friends I do without the internet. It's been an eye opener, a lifesaver and just generally a great thing to make use of, and that was just the past year. Who isn't thankful for this awesome piece of technology?

What are you thankful for?

Monday, 24 November 2014

The Christmas Tag

I got this tag from Milk Bubble Tea, and well, 'tis almost the season I guess...

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
I don't really have a favourite, I'm not a big Christmas movie person. My mum loves them but eh, guess I missed out on that gene. I do quite like The Santa Clause though, so I'll say that.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas morning! I'd feel weird opening them sooner.

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
I can't think of any that really jump out, I just really like being able to sit around with the whole family.

4. Favourite festive food?
I'm getting rather fond of sprouts, and I do usually steal the crispy bacon from the top of the turkey. Really my plate is mostly a mountain of broccoli. I'm a sucker for festive sweets though, and fruit cake. The fruit cake is probably my favourite, I just hate to admit it.

5. Favourite Christmas gift ?
My iPod. Of recent years anyway, Cards Against Humanity was also an awesome present from my sister. Had things been different I would have been talking about the necklace I got from my ex, but eh c'est la vie.

6. Favourite Christmas scent?
Oooh, I like the winter spice candles that come out this time of year. And back in the day when she used to still cook I loved the smell of my grandma's fruit cake. It was fruity and boozy and just wonderful.

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Not really. When I was little we used to put out the stockings and the sacks for Santa to fill with presents, but at 23 I'm a little too old for that now. Mostly I try to get a reasonably early night.

8. What tops your tree?
At present nothing, we don't have an indoor tree any more at home and I don't have one in Bolton. We used to have an angel on top though if I remember correctly. It's been a few years. If I do get a tree for Bolton I think I'm going to try and find a Weeping Angel or a bat to stick on it, if that fails I'll make a star.

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?

A horse/pony. I asked for one for Christmas and my birthday every year for aaaages. Never happened. I still don't have my own horse! I did get horse riding lessons though, which was nearly as good. (I am joking, I really appreciated the riding lessons and they're still one of the greatest things I ever did.)

10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?
Spending time with family, and seeing family members I don't get to see very often like my aunt and uncle. And the Doctor Who Christmas special.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

A-Z of Me: F


Fire – Fire is a big part of my life, my mum works in Fire Safety writing standards and doing certification for products and factories, I was brought up in and around her work. Now I'm a grown up my PhD is also in Fire Sciences, specifically Fire Materials Science formulating phosphorous based flame retardant coatings. Plus, what's not to love about fire? Aside from the whole burning thing. It looks stunning and I adore the smell of woodsmoke.

February - my birth month had to get a mention on an A – Z of me!

Fears – I have a few fears, mostly they're pretty run of the mill; I'm not a massive fan of heights, or at least heights where I'm not fully secured so really it's more a fear of falling than heights themselves, I do get super nervous standing on wobbly chairs. I'm not too big on clowns or spiders either, and now my grandparents are old I am forever in fear of them dying though again I imagine that's fairly normal. But for slightly odder ones I'm scared of phone conversations. If you make me ring someone I will end up in a wobbly, half-tearful mess, especially if anything goes even slightly wrong with the call. I hate phones, with a passion, I'll text or email instead wherever possible.

Fossils – growing up I was fascinated with fossils and fossil hunters, tying in to my fascination with dinosaurs and the prehistoric world. I remember going fossil hunting on the Isle of Wight and religiously watching a video we had about dinosaurs and fossil hunting (it was 3D, with the funny red and blue glasses).