Falling Forward: A Girl & Her Lists

Télégramme Magazine – Issue Two

Posted by in Projects, Télégramme

Remember that time when I decided it would be good to make a magazine, and then it took me 7 months to put together? But then when we launched it 8000 people read it and we all lost our minds through happiness?

Yeah, we decided to do it again. I’ve been in Cardiff this weekend for my birthday (which was yesterday and was fantastic, thank you). If you feel like giving me a belated birthday gift then please read this, and visit the people in it. We think they’re all amazing.

27th Birthday, Come In. Your Time Is Up.

Posted by in A Little Conversation

It’s Wednesday now. Not a traditional time to start celebrating the weekend but since I am up off the M5 again tomorrow after work (and since I am leaving at 3pm tomorrow it hardly even counts as a full day) I am going to put my party hat* on right about now. My birthday plans have changed so many times this year I’ve almost lost count but I’m so excited about this weekend that I don’t really mind now.

I wanted to go on holiday, but people had plans or exams and it wasn’t feasible. I asked Andrew to plan it, but it turns out I actually have zero money, so that awesome idea was out. (which is a real shame.) Then I was going to ask people down here, but after the stress of planning it last year I decided to gate crash a friends birthday party instead, which is on Saturday.

With a bit of neat planning on our part Issue two of Télégramme launches on Sunday, i.e. my birthday (have I mentioned this enough yet?) and I’m really hoping I’m not too hungover to tell you all about it, ha. But if I am then just assume that “fnarghhh…” all over my twitter means that it’s ready, okay? I’ll do my best to be coherent, but given the inevitable amount of rum I will consume on Saturday I can’t make any promises.

As it is I’ll be wearing this:

plus these:

and seeing him, all of which makes me happier than I should possibly admit. So come the fuck on, Thursday. I can’t wait to get there.

*I do not actually have a party hat. I do have a pretty nice trilby tho, so I might wear that.


Posted by in A Little Conversation

I’ve fallen a bit in love with yellow this year. it started with the hoodie of dreamz a couple of months ago, a bright, buttercup yellow wonder that I couldn’t resist and now it’s, er, kinda snowballed.
Sunglasses of DREAMZ

Hoodie of Dreamz

DREAMZLast year it was fluorescent colours, I couldn’t get enough of the neon yellows and pinks that were flooding the shops. I’ve toned it down this year and gone for the bright, sunny yellow – my so called happy colour. I was in Cardiff again this weekend (Hi, beautiful city, I like you. Alot 😉 ) and have managed to add a pair of sunglasses and a fountain pen with yellow ink to the ‘of dreamz’ inventory. I know I should stop, but it makes me so happy to write yellow lists that i’m not entirely sure I’ll be able to. Colours Anonymous, anyone?

I really want to buy myself this filter pack so that all of my photos can be yellow too but sadly the heart says yes but the wallet says no, so I guess I’ll have to resort to trying to steal Q’s when he’s not looking. Wish me luck? 😉

Coming Soon To A Town Far Away

Posted by in A Little Conversation

We are Scientists and Regina Spektor are both playing in Cambridge now that I don’t live there. What is that about? There was barely anything going on that I wanted to do when I was on the doorstep, and now all of  sudden it’s the hub of my musical tastes and favourite comedians. Boo.

Living in Cornwall is a double edged sword. The weather is good, the people are friendly, the beaches are plentiful. But It’s far away from everywhere I’ve ever wanted to be, and it’s costly to rectify that. Sigh.

Little Red

Posted by in A Little Conversation

Even tho I take a million self portraits of myself (see this set here for example, it has 1021 photos in it, almost 50% of the photos currently online on flickr) I still hate having my photo taken by other people. I can tolerate it a bit better, but it’s still something I’d rather avoid. So it was a rather pleasant surprise when Q* got his first roll of 35mm back this weekend to find this unexpected gem:

35mm FTW

May, 2010

It got me wondering about other photos people have taken of me vs photos I take of myself. The Cowboy is visiting this weekend and apparently it’s his mission to get a smiling photo of me. I am silently living in terror of this, but shh, don’t tell!

It’s funny tho. I am so used to taking photos of myself that I can practically do it in my sleep. I know what angles to use, what light is good and what looks best for my face. But put someone else in front of me and all I want to do is this:

No, Mark. I don't want to have my photo taken.

June, 2009


*I know I said I’d carry on calling him Chip, but since his actual nickname starts with a Q I guess I can just as easily call him that. Yes, I am fickle.

Grace In Small Things

Posted by in Grace In Small Things, Projects

  • Pandas that do not really look like pandas
  • Sunlight, early in the morning
  • Empty carparks
  • Surprise post
  • 35mm film love*

Life is good.

* I could add this to every Grace in Small Things list I ever do. I cannot get enough of 35mm – mine and everyone elses.

101 in 1001 – May Update

Posted by in 101 in 1001, Projects

Horray, another month is done! Not a terrible month for 101/1001, it’s been full of distractions so actually completing any is perhaps a miracle in itself.

Completed this month:
18. Do a car boot sale

Close to completion:
4. De clutter
8. Delete all mp3s I don’t like
47. Take better care of my teeth
85. Go running

I guess for June I need to concentrate on those and try and tick them off. My 101/1001 ends in September next year, and whilst I doubt I’m going to tick them all off (the travel ones epecially) I think I’ll get pretty close. I guess I should decide whether or not I feel like doing it three times in a row?

Books! May Update

Posted by in Books, Projects

I was almost back on track for May – 50 pages shy of reaching my 8 book total. Given that I had two incredibly hectic weekends and that I’m trying to put issue two of Télégramme to bed, I don’t think 7 books is to be sniffed at, heh.

Books Read In May:
22. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman – Haruki Murakami
23. Girlfriend in a Coma – Douglas Coupland
24. Shutter Island – Dennis Lehane
25. The Midwich Cuckoos – John Wyndham
26. Goes To The Movies – Stephen King
27. A Drink Before The Way – Dennis Lehane
28. The Outsider – Albert Camus

My ‘to read’ pile is getting bigger and bigger by the day, I came home from the weekend with three books nestled in my bag courtesy of the aforementioned Chip* and I still have about six library books to plough through. June is going to be a tough month for reading I think, it’s my birthday and the magazine launch day (on the same day no less, glutton for punishment perhaps?) plus this weekend I have a super fun guest gracing my doorstep. Still, life is for living, non? I’d much rather be doing the fun things than missing them to finish my book.

*who, by the way, doesn’t like the nickname Chip but to be honest I’ve started calling him that here now and I like to be consistent. HI CHIP.