My favourite Sia songs

I have been a big fan of Sia Furler since she released “Taken For Granted” in the UK back in 2000. She has featured on a fair few songs in the last year with established artists such as David Guetta (“Titanium” and “She Wolf”) and Flo Rida (“Wild Ones”) but these are my favourite songs where she is on her own. I was lucky enough to see her live in 2008 in Leeds, and she was just simply amazing. I love Sia so much that I walked down the aisle at my wedding to “Day Too Soon” 🙂

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I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger award!

versatilebloggerI have just been nominated for the Versatile Blogger award by lovesofalibrarian.wordpress.com so thank you Rachel, I am very excited! 🙂

If you don’t know the Versatile blogger rules, here they are:

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.
* Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
* Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
* Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. (I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
* Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
* Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

The blogs I have chosen to nominate are:
http://grandmaeileensvintage.wordpress.com
http://theverybesttop10.com
http://addressofmusic.wordpress.com
http://lolasfashion.wordpress.com
http://cristianmihai.net
http://girlycamping.com
http://ukmade.wordpress.com
http://flourblog.wordpress.com
http://baublestobubbles.com
http://beckisbookblog.wordpress.com
http://blog.thenostalgiablog.com
http://brittelly.wordpress.com
http://benpriestphotography.wordpress.com
http://propergandermagazine.com
http://urbanwallart.wordpress.com

Here are 7 facts about myself:
1. I am a size 6, 7 or 8 shoe (depending on the shoe) even though I am only 5’1″
2. My favourite live performance I went to was Sia in Leeds in 2008
3. I hate flying and can only fly if I have taken Kalms
4. I have had several pet gerbils over the years, and once we have a bigger place I will get some more
5. I have girl crushes on Jennifer Coolidge and Jessie J
6. I haven’t yet managed to finish Donkey Kong on the Wii without it completing some of the levels for me!
7. I have a Hello Kitty obsession, even though I am 34 🙂

Thank you again Rachel for nominating me! 🙂

My favourite dance films

I haven’t done a film post in ages, so I thought I’d subject you to my favourite dance films (and yes, a couple of them include yummy Channing Tatum…). I have included the trailer in case you haven’t seen the film.

Strictly Ballroom (1992)
I used to watch this film on VHS video when I was a teenager, and I watched it that many times I think I must have worn out the tape! It’s one of my favourite Australian films along with Muriel’s Wedding and The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert. All three films star the wonderful Bill Hunter, who sadly is no longer with us.

 

Coyote Ugly (2000)
Such a great girlie film! I can’t hear The Devil Went Down To Georgia without remembering the girls dancing on the bar. I’ve always wanted to go to a bar like Coyote, and maybe I will one day as there are currently 21 Coyote Ugly saloons worldwide 🙂

 

Honey (2003)
This was the first film I saw Jessica Alba in and I can’t believe it’s been 10 years already since it came out. It also stars the guy who played the kid in Big (1988). He looks exactly the same!

 

Step Up (2006)
Channing Tatum is a good looking guy. Step Up is a great film that I could watch again and again. It’s so lovely that Channing met his wife Jenna Dewan on set and they are happily married now and expecting their first child. That’s a real romance right there!

 

Step Up 2: The Streets (2008)
Now, Channing is in this sequel, but only briefly, unfortunately, but he still manages to look fit throughout. What a professional!

 

Make It Happen (2008)
This was the last film I saw at the cinema, which I can’t quite believe: it’s been 5 years in the summer since I went to the cinema. Blimey! Anyhow, this is a great film, which follows in the tradition of Step Up: dancing, pretty girl, love, aw 🙂

Feeding the ducks in Sefton Park, Liverpool

Anyone who read my earlier blog post, “Why I love reading other people’s blog posts” will know that due to my husband Michael’s brain injury we haven’t been able to go out and be touristy as it would have made him ill, and we decided it wasn’t a situation we wanted to put him in. I had mentioned in that post that we wanted to try and go out more, and today, we did!

Because our printed books came last week, I am on holiday from my day job this week so I can do book promotion and contact people about advertising. We decided that as the weather has been nice that we’d go and feed the ducks today, and I am so glad that we did! We took some photos while we were there, so enjoy!

Why I love reading other people’s blog posts

It hadn’t really occured to me until today why I like reading other people’s blog posts so much. Years ago, blogs were seen as a bit nerdy or “let me tell you all about me, me, me….” but now they are cool, and you’re uncool if you don’t have one. A bit like the internet. I started using the internet at the beginning of 1999, and back then only “geeks and perverts” used the internet. Now, you’re strange if you DON’T regularly surf the web. Ah well.

It’s not a secret, but we don’t shout about it either, but my husband Michael has a brain injury, which he got from a car accident in 2009 when someone drove into the back of our car on the motorway. Although he wasn’t affected physically (we know it could have been a much worse outcome), he has sustained a traumatic brain injury that has affected our lives constantly every day since. He’s no longer able to work in a traditional job as too much noise, colours, sounds and strangers fills his head up and he becomes “full”, leaving him with a thousand yard stare, and you have to leave him in a quiet room alone for a bit so that he can “unfill” his head. When I go into a shop, I don’t register every colour, label, noise from people talking, the shop’s PA system or cheesy music being piped out, but Michael’s brain tries to process literally EVERY piece of information it is presented with, leaving him exhausted, confused and bewildered. In the early days after the accident, it led to me actually having to lead him round the shop like a toddler, because everything overwhelmed him so much. Now, he stays in the car, and I do the shopping, which at least means that he’s spared the Saturday shoppers!

One of the downsides of his brain injury is that we opted a long time ago to not leave the house on weekends, as Michael having to take me to and from work 5 days a week is enough of a bind on him. Us staying in for 2 days a week gives him a rest and he can relax with me. Before the car accident, we’d only been going out for 8 months and because I lived in Leeds and he lived in Liverpool, we would do touristy things together at weekends, because of course we had no idea that that lifestyle would be short-lived, and that the accident would come along and literally turn our lives upside down. So, because we have basically dropped out of the world, I must admit that I miss going to new places, being touristy and discovering what the big wide world has to offer. I’m only human. And I realised today that that’s why I love reading other people’s blog posts: because it reminds me that there is a world outside our home and the posts make me smile, rather than be jealous or sad (which used to happen all the time).

We have had 3 house moves in the last 12 months (a long, boring story!), my office job has been ridiculously busy and we have been working so much on getting Michael’s books ready for the printers, plus all of the book promotion I do daily, but now that we are settled home-wise and the books are here from the printers, life should calm down and we can start planning on going out again. We don’t want to be MIA anymore, and we are aware that going out will make Michael “full”, but we want to rejoin the world again 🙂

Film Review Friday: Going The Distance (2010)

As usual with my films recently, I spotted this film on LoveFilm. I’d convinced myself that Drew Barrymore and Justin Long were dating because of this film, when in fact they’d previously split up in 2008 only to get back together in 2009, and then film Going The Distance in 2010. Apparently they split up again in 2010, which is a shame as I loved their chemistry in the film, and they seemed genuinely in love.

It was a really sweet film which made me smile and cringe (sometimes at the same time) and had a great supporting cast. Charlie Day was hilarious as Justin’s flat mate and Jason Sudeikis was brilliant as his work colleague.

Going The Distance is a great film that I would recommend watching 🙂