Falling Forward: A Girl & Her Lists

Life List Update: Try Rock Climbing

Posted by in My Life In Lists, Projects

Q and I had a voucher for a rock climbing trial so we went along one evening early this year to see what it was all about. Honestly? I wasn’t a fan. Q enjoyed it but the sensation of being so close to a wall, gripping on by my finger tips wasn’t one that I relished.

Still, at least I tried it, right?

rock climbing

Want to know more about the Life List? You can view it in full here.

What I’ve Been Up To Lately – In Photos

Posted by in A Little Conversation, Food Exploits

I’ve been absent from here for quite some time. Mostly wedding, job and life stress has made me less inclined to post – rather than try and catch up on six months of updates I’m going to catch up from now and try and update as I go. 

We went to London a little over a month ago to eat burgers and catch up with some friends pre-wedding. It’s been a while since I went to London to see someone other than the best friend (our visits normally revolve around pubs and chinese food) so I wanted to take advantage of it and get my grubby paws on a doughnut and a burger. We spotted:

Tiny Singers in the Sea

Singer In The Sea

We popped over to the Tate Modern whilst we were in London and spotted this guy doing an impromptu performance (complete with a mike stand and an electric guitar) whilst standing in the Thames. Like you do.

Doughnuts at St Johns

Doughnuts

Doughnut Eating

Leni

The Boy & Lady Velo

We met up with Ian, Jools, Leni and Owen for doughnuts at St Johns Bakery and Coffee at Monmouth Street before heading to Meat Liquor and meeting up with Aaron to consume some delicious burgers and deep fried pickles.

Alexandra Palace

We also met up with Amy, Anna and Andrew (triple A!) for a wander around Alexandra Palace.

Deer

There are deer there. Who knew?

All of these were shot on the Minolta 35mm. Dreamy little camera. There are more on my Flickr stream if anyone remotely cares.

It’s nice to be able to introduce people to each other before the wedding – it’s only 15 weeks away now but it still feels like a complete dream at this point. It’ll feel real eventually, right?

Friday Thanks

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Dear September,

Thanks for being close enough now that I’m scared I won’t get everything done in time. I always work better with a little fear and motivation behind me.

Love Sarah

See other Friday Thanks here or visit the original inspiration for the project here.

Friday Thanks

Posted by in Friday Thanks, Projects

Dear Falling Foward,

Thank you for waiting around for me to feel like writing again. I’m almost there, I promise.

Love Sarah

See other Friday Thanks here or visit the original inspiration for the project here.

Grace In Small Things

Posted by in Grace In Small Things, Projects

  • Finally finishing a project you started a long time ago
  • Picnic sets
  • The first glimpses of spring
  • Coral coloured clothes
  • Pink sea salt

Asia

Posted by in A Little Conversation

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

Shoes

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

Merlion! These guys are cool.

Singapore Skyline

Singapore skyline.

Down Town

Macau

Downtown Macau.

Lines

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

Posted by in Grace In Small Things, Projects

  • 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

Posted by in Books, Projects

zoo

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 :)

monday

Posted by in A Little Conversation

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)