Falling Forward: A Girl & Her Lists


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Q and I recently spent three weeks in Asia. These are some of my favourite snaps from the trip:


Bitten to death by bugs in Bali.

Hot Dog Boat

Hot dog boat! My Singapore snack of choice.

Pink Lemonade flavour.

A pink lemonade lollipop in Singapore from Frostbite.


Merlion! These guys are cool.

Singapore Skyline

Singapore skyline.

Down Town


Downtown Macau.


Some lines, for Mike.

Banana Split

A banana split in Bali.

Bali was overwhelmingly hot with a distinct lack of air conditioning, Hong Kong was busy, Macau was full of amazing food, Kuala Lumpar mostly just smelled like a toilet the entire time (sorry KL) and Singapore had Merlions and English signage which was deeply appreciated. Also, the coolest airport in the world.

I also got to tick a few items off my Life List – more on that in another post.

Grace In Small Things

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  • Clementines that peel easily
  • Putting on a pair of brand new socks
  • Home made butterscotch sauce
  • The satisfaction of beating a high score
  • Neat handwriting

Review: Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

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Synopsis rom GoodReadsZinzi has a Sloth on her back, a dirty 419 scam habit and a talent for finding lost things. But when a little old lady turns up dead and the cops confiscate her last paycheck, she’s forced to take on her least favourite kind of job – missing persons. 

Being hired by reclusive music producer Odi Huron to find a teenybop pop star should be her ticket out of Zoo City, the festering slum where the criminal underclass and their animal companions live in the shadow of hell’s undertow. 

Instead, it catapults Zinzi deeper into the maw of a city twisted by crime and magic, where she’ll be forced to confront the dark secrets of former lives – including her own.

I read this as part of Ellie’s Sci-Fi read along challenge for 2012. Sadly for me since I read it on the kindle I didn’t get the pretty cover above, one of the downsides of not reading real paper books I suppose!

Zoo City is a novel based in South Africa, which isn’t a country I know a massive amount about and whilst I didn’t find that detracted too much from the story it always bothers me when books write certain words in other languages and fail to translate them. (See Lloyd Jones’ Hand Me Down World for that annoyance, too).

Overall I enjoyed this book but I felt really let down by the ending. I felt like the loose threads were lingering and things that could have been explained weren’t. I don’t want to give too much away for the people still reading it (Hi, Amy) but the premise of people carrying animals as a signal of guilt is a good one. I enjoyed His Dark Materials and whilst this is similar in nature the storyline is obviously more complex.

Things I liked: The idea that each animal brings with it it’s own magic ability is a good one, altho I’m not sure why people who have been found guilty of murder have been rewarded with a magic gift.

Things I didn’t: So many loose ends! How did she end up killing her brother in the first place? What exactly is the undertow? I didn’t feel like the death of the old lady really tied in with the rest of the book, some bits felt forced or jammed in to make the rest of it work.

Favourite character: Definitely the sloth. Most of the people in this book were bad to the core.

Other books to try: His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman, The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Reading Challenge 2012

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I hit my reading challenge for 2011 (more on that in another post) but next year is going to be busy with the wedding so I’m not going to set myself another large challenge. I’ll still track my books, of course, but instead of trying to read another hundred I’ve signed up to join Ellie in her 2012 Sci Fi Reading Challenge instead. One sci fi book every month for 2012. That sounds doable, right?

You can find out (and join in) here. If you’ve got any sci fi recommendations feel free to leave them in the comments :)


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monday by gemma correll
monday, a photo by gemma correll on Flickr.

Monday is done for another week, you can breathe easy for a little while.

(I know things have been quiet around here. The pace may pick up, it may not. Right now living offline has become more important to me than living online and I’m not sure if that will change soon)

Found: Youaremyfave

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Untitled by youaremyfave
Untitled, a photo by youaremyfave on Flickr.

Let’s be good today.

Things I Learnt To Cook At The Weekend

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* Fudge
* Bacon jam
* Mussels in an aromatic coconut broth
* Braised pork with pak choi and leek
* Banana and butterscotch ripple mousse

Dinner party for nine was ambitious but a lot of fun. (phew)

Recipes I Need To Learn

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* Fudge
* Bacon jam
* Apple butter
* Dry roasted spare ribs
* Salted caramel sauce

101 in 1001 – The End.

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It’s over. It’s done. 1001 days after I started it, my challenge to complete 101 things is finally over. Did I complete it? Hahahaha. No. No I did not. I got pretty close tho, which is nice. This is the second time I’ve done this but I won’t be signing up for a third – I’ve got enough lists and things going on my in life not to really need it.

Completed goals in September: 3

8. Delete all mp3s I don’t like
FINALLY. All of the mp3s in my iTunes library are rated 3* and above, everything else is gone.

45. Post at least once a week to www.exquisitefunction.com for a year.*
*amended to: reach 250 posts on Falling Forward.
I hit 252. Such an overachiever ;)

82. Nothing from McDonalds for the full 1001 days
I’m amazed that I actually managed to complete this, but I did. I had a McDonalds on the drive home from my sister’s wedding and I’m not going to lie, the fries were awesome. I’ve wanted one every day since then tho, which isn’t the best outcome, ha.

Completed goals overall: 84
Unfinished goals: 17

I don’t think that’s too bad, do you?


A Week of Lists: My Favourite Characters From Group Sitcoms

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  • FriendsJoey. Towards the end of the show they started giving him the greatest lines, it was a joy to watch.
  • How I Met Your MotherBarney. One word – legen..wait for it..dary.
  • The Big Bang TheoryRaj. The way he brutalises Sheldon is genius.
  • The IT Crowd - Moss. So cute!
  • Black Books - Bernard. I saw Dylan Moran live once and he was a bit of a let down, but as Bernard he’s just sublime.
I am all about sitcom men, apparently.

This is day seven of a week of lists. you can find them all here.