Falling Forward: A Girl & Her Lists

A Week of Lists: Guilty Pleasure TV Shows

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  • America’s Next Top Model. Sky Living is showing all the old series’ back to back and it’s glorious.
  • How I Met Your Mother. I know they probably won’t ever reveal how he met their damn mother, but I’m a sucker for Barney.
  • The Hills. DON’T YOU JUDGE ME.
  • X Factor. Even tho it’s trash and made up and blah blah blah. Hearing people who can really sing gives me goosebumps every single time.
  • Australian Masterchef. It’s so much more fun than UK Masterchef, altho Matt Preston annoys the merry hell out of me.

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

Books! 2011 – August Update

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I know this is horrendously late but yes, here are the books I read in August.

Read in August:
93. Palm Trees on the Hudson: A Story of the Mob, Judy Garland & Interior Decorating – Elliot Tibor
94. Meltdown – Ben Elton
95. The Distance Between Us – Maggie O’Farrell
96. The Last Bachelor – Jay McInerney
97. Juliet, Naked – Nick Hornby
98. Checkmate – Malorie Blackman
99. Slam – Nick Horby

Favourite book read this month:
I think it was actually Meltdown by Ben Elton. I know some people don’t like his style, but I’ve enjoyed all of his books. I was expecting this one to end in a certain way and I was pleasantly surprised with the twists he threw in to keep it interesting.

Least favourite book read this month:
The Last Bachelor was a book of short stories which I couldn’t really get into and didn’t really enjoy all that much. Juliet, Naked dragged on for too long and Slam was just a little…flat. I should learn that I don’t really enjoy Nick Hornby all that much but I always seem to forget that whenever I see his books on the shelf.

I read: 8 new books in August and 0 re-reads, bring my life list wish of reading 1000 new books up to: 93/1000.

A Week of Lists: Things That I Miss

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  • Cadbury creme eggs
  • hugs from my mum
  • having a pet (Eric doesn’t really count as a pet)
  • the ice cream freezer at the cinema. No more magnums, sigh.
  • owning a car

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


Friday Thanks

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Dear The Internet,

Thank you for enabling me to meet fantastic, wonderful, inspiring people every day. Thank you for providing me with videos of slow loris’ being tickled, xkcd comics and Maggie Mason’s Life List. You’re awesome. I know sometimes people abuse you, and people use you to procrastinate every day but you’re also pretty cool. It’s nice to remember that.

Love Sarah

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

More Yellow Love

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Remember Leni? She drew me a beautiful yellow portrait :)

(I think I love her)

Topshop Thinks You’re A Dick

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The quest for the perfect winter coat is one which stresses me out every year. I want something warm but not too warm, bright but not crazy, easy to undo but not something the wind is going to whip open and something with pockets. PLEASE GOD LET ME HAVE POCKETS. Every year I search and every year I end up buying a £30 duffle coat from Tesco or Asda because I just can’t be bothered anymore, there are too many bad coats.

Today I was idly looking at the Topshop website after Sarah wrote a post calling for her ‘perfect coat’ (nice to know I’m not the only one with such high coat standards, maybe it’s something in the name?) It started off innocently enough. I quite liked some of the styles:


Nice, plain, unconfirmed pocket status tho. Then it started getting a bit too “fashion” for me…


Aztec prints and Dalmatian print sleeves. Right. Aztec I might be able to get on board with, but you’d have to strap me down and drug me up before you get me in this piece of weirdness below.dal

And then they decide you’d look good as a £325 gorilla, because that’s everyone’s dream – right? I’d buy it of course, but I seem to have misplaced my drumsticks and bar of Dairy Milk…


Then it started getting really weird.


Is that… do you…I don’t…No. No matter how I look at it, I can’t understand this. If I wore it I’d end up looking like a mackerel. Is that the intention? Are all the coats going with an animal theme this year?



By the time I ended up at this I realised that Topshop? Topshop thinks you’re an idiot. I can imagine them sitting in their ergonomically designed chairs, sipping some crazy coffee concoction and deciding to have a bet on what the ugliest piece of clothing people would genuinely buy is.


It’s this, guys. They’re mocking you, and charging you £450 for the privilege.

Next year I’m just going to hibernate over winter and avoid all the ugly coats once and for all because I know some misguided idiot will buy this and I just can’t take this kind of abuse walking down the high street.

Things I Did That You Might Not Know About

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I made a magazine, once. Actually, I made a magazine twice. Then I burnt myself out trying to do it all too quickly, took a year off and didn’t think I’d ever do it again.

Issue 1 – Télégramme Magazine

Issue 2 – Télégramme Magazine

I’m in the midst of working on issue 3. It’s mostly together, there are a few bits and loose ends to tie up but it’s getting there. Probably most of the readers of this blog have come in the last 12 months or so, so maybe you weren’t aware that before I was a bit of a wreck I used to be the editor of something really worth looking at. Who knew?

I’d love it if Issue 3 could generate the same type of excitement that the first two did, so if you want to know more about it just add it on Twitter or follow it on Facebook. At the very least it’s giving me something to do, right?

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30 Day BC – Day 30 : The Book By Your Bed Right Now

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I bet you didn’t think I’d finish this, did you? (Confession: I didn’t either.) But here we are, finally, day 30 and thankfully for me it’s a nice easy one. By my bed at the moment are:

Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar – borrowed from Hayley, I’ve actually finished this one and yes, I enjoyed it. Guilty pleasures by damned, I enjoy slightly trashy books, okay?

Zero History by William Gibson – I read one of his books and really loved it but I haven’t been able to get into this one. Eek.

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov – this is a bookgroup book. I’ve barely started it and have never read a Russian novel before, hopefully it won’t be too hard.

My Kindle also has 173 ‘to read’ books on it. Er, oops?


101 in 1001: Update

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This is it, kids. The last few days of my 101 in 1001 challenge. So, what have I got left to do? Will I manage to tick any more off before the 29th of September rolls around? I’ve managed to do a couple more, thankfully, but I know they’ll be some left by the end of it. Luckily for me, I can just shove the ones I want to keep on my Life List – it’s my life, my list and my damn rules. (Phew.)

Completed Goals:

24. Send a postcard to www.postsecret.com
I didn’t actually create a physical postcard and send it in, but I did make one on the postsecret app and  upload it, so I’m going to tick this one off. No, I’m not going to tell you what it was but I will say it wasn’t directly related to me. Ooh, mystery!

78. Use all of something before buying anything new
I am much, much better at this than I was so I’m going to mark it off as done. I gave away a lot of things that actually didn’t suit me to the Give and Make Up charity recently, and I’ve been trying to use up things that I’ve have lingering for a while. Of course, now I’m unemployed I actually can’t buy anything new, heh, which will presumably help in the long run.

This project has been fun, but hard work. I think I’m going to enjoy my Life List a lot more since it doesn’t really have a deadline and is more about joy. Yay for joy!