Falling Forward: A Girl & Her Lists

Day 16

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day 16- another picture of yourself

A favourite, taken at a wedding in May. My hair is substantially longer now (Which I think Q is enjoying, given that it was his idea I grow it in the first place) but the cheek remains the same. Plus it’s one of the Cowboy’s favourites, and I’ve sorely neglected him of late!


I hope everyone has a wonderful new year, whatever you’re planning on doing. Q and I are going to stay in, snuggled under the duvet watching films and trash tv with enough chocolate to bury us. Fun!

Love to you all. Here’s to 2011!

Day 15

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day 15- put you ipod on shuffle: first 10 songs that play

1. The Fray – Unsaid
2. JLS – Only Tonight*
3. Beyonce – Freakum Dress
4. Quiet Company – On Husbands & Wives
5. Thievery Corporation – Liberation Front
6. V V Brown – Crying Blood

7. Take That – Today I’ve Lost You*
8. Paul Simon – Crazy Love Volume II
9. Broken Social Scene – Bandwitch*
10. Razorlight – Golden Touch

Bold songs are ones I actually don’t mind. Not a bad mix considering I haven’t updated this iPod in a long time. (In fact, it’s been languishing in my car since I moved to Cardiff and I’ve only just retrieved it).

* I have no idea what these songs sound like, I don’t recognise them at all!

Grace In Small Things – The Winter Edition

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(see previous lists here)

  • Crunching on new snow. An oldie, but a goodie.
  • The small click of the Kindle’s* ‘next page’ button.
  • Christmas chocolate. Even tho it’s the same as regular chocolate it just tastes better.
  • Mulled cider. Nom.
  • Cuddles in bed on a day off from work.

*Yes, Q broke down and got me a Kindle for Christmas – mostly to stop me whining so I think. Did I ever mention how much I love him?

Day 14

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day 14- a picture of you and your family

This is my family. My sister, my mum and my dad. My sister drives me crazy at times and I could have cheerfully slapped my mother a few times during my childhood but now that I’m older I don’t think I’d swap them for anything.

We all fit together I love them, flaws and all.

family shot

family shot

Day 13

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day 13- a letter to someone who has hurt you recently

Gosh. I’m not sure if I want to go down this route. I’m trying to be a more positive person (stop laughing, Hornblower!) and the people who have hurt me already know it and know it well.

I’ve been fortunate this year. I’ve gained many new friends and lost few, which is always something to be grateful for. My family and I are on an even keel, something we’ve struggled to achieve for years. The people who no longer make me happy have no place in my life and it has made me a much happier person to just try and let it go as often as I am able. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m not perfect. But I’m suceeding more than I’m failing.)

I’m not going to write this letter, instead I’ll just be thankful that the number of people I could write it to are mercifully small.

Day 12

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day 12- how you found out about blogging and why you have one

I’m pretty sure I can point the finger of blame at my second boyfriend (Hi, Andy) for how I came to find out about blogging. I found him through a friend, at the time when personal websites were all the rage and blogs were new and people were wary of them.

I remember blogger before it was bought by Google. So yeah, I’m old school with the blogging. I’ve had Livejournals, websites, blogs, tumblrs. Why I have one now? I have no idea.

I like to talk. I sometimes like to write. It’s nice to have a permanent reminder of where I’ve been and who I am and whilst I’m not taking photos this seems like a good enough place to store those thoughts and moments. Plus (and I know this is a bit weird) I genuinely enjoy the act of typing. Just hitting the keys and seeing what comes out and being able to transcribe the thoughts in my head almost as soon as I can think them, rather than having to wait whilst my pen catches up with my brain.

The comments I get from my friends are also nice, but mostly I think I write for me, and for the sake of writing at all. Which is okay, right?

Day 11

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day 11- another picture of you and your friends
I Love My Life
The only thing that would have made this evening better is if Kate and Tessa could have made it too. We had so much fun.

From left to right: Andrew, Q, Me (& Mark behind me :) ), Anna, Dani & Jeff.

Day 10

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day 10- songs you listen to when you are happy, sad, bored, hyped, mad

I think I’m perhaps a little bit odd in that I don’t really have ‘go to’ songs for emotions. However:

Elbow – Grace Under Pressure is my song of choice for destressing. Especially the live version from Glastonbury with the crowd singing “we still believe in love, so fuck you” at the end. Amazing.

Bon Iver – Skinny Love makes me all sorts of happy. Thanks, Q, for the introduction.

I don’t have a bored song – who has a bored song? I don’t listen to music when I’m bored, I just mope. Ha.

Hyped it would have to be something like Justin Timberlake – Carry Out, The Go Team – Huddle Formation or Usher – OMG. Because I am a girl and I like hot boys* who sing.

If I’m super angry the only music that can calm me down is classical. If we’re in the car and I’m listening to nothing you know I’ve passed the point of angry and am possibly at super nova level. Avoid.

*The Go Team excluded.

Day 9

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day 9- something you’re proud of in the past few days

Getting a job, getting all our Christmas shopping done before the mad rush, not falling over when we went ice-skating. Take your pick :)

I’ve also manged to make some friends at work (at least, they don’t seem to hate me) and we’re off to the cinema together tonight which is a nice social achievement. Moving to a new city and making new friends isn’t always easy (and flat out didn’t happen at all when I lived in Cambridge) so it’s nice to have someone to take me off of Q’s hands for a few hours, heh. I think he deserves a break 😉

Day 8

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day 8- short term goals for this month and why

For the month of December? But it’s almost ov..Oh. Fine, fine. I’ll do it for January, okay?

This month I would like to:

Join a gym – Q is a member and I think I’d like it more if I could go with someone so I’m going to do it and hope I don’t regret it. Plus if I join a gym I can carry on eating cheeseburgers with zero ill effect, right?

Write 5 letters – if you want to be one of the lucky five then put your hand up and wave hopefully in my direction. Letters are fun!

Learn some basic Czech words – because we’re going to Prague and I like to be polite.

Complete two more of my 101/1001 goals – because that list is stagnating and I want to clear it!

Four goals is enough, right? I’ll let you know how I get on.