Film Review Friday: Byzantium (2012)

Starring: Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Jonny Lee Miller, Caleb Landry Jones, Sam Riley, Tom Hollander, Christine Marzano, Daniel Mays, Thure Lindhardt, Warren Brown
Runtime: 1 hour 58 minutes
Rating: 15
LoveFilm synopsis: Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret. They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence.

My verdict: I’ve always been a fan of Gemma Arterton, ever since I first saw her in St Trinian’s (2007) as the fabulous Kelly Jones so I was really looking forward to watching this. It was a great film, and wasn’t as gory as I thought it might be, seeing as it’s a vampire film. Plus Daniel Mays is in it, and he’s always good. Highly recommended!


Day 2 on the new regime

So, I got weighed yesterday morning and I’d lost 1lb from the week before, which was sh-a-mayzing considering I’d eaten my own weight in doughnuts and cakes at the weekend… :S

Someone brought “I went on holiday and all you got were these sweets” sweets into the office, and I was brave and managed to swerve them. Luckily they were further up the office than my desk, but I’m dreading the time someone brings in goodies and puts them on the tamber unit you have to pass to go to the toilet or kitchen. Tough times ahead, me hearties 😦

I hope all of you who are also trying to be healthy are doing okay 🙂

Gulp?! 12… That’s almost 13!! Help?!

An awesome birthday idea! 😀


Can you help?! Especially if you know @Shaycarl or @katilette!! Her favorite people on Earth!

Postcards from the Shaycarl family would guarantee me the Mom of the Year award (I’d say Mom of the decade…but there is no guarantee when she actually turns into a teenager next year that she’ll still think I’m the best thing ever.)

However, she thinks quarters from each state are cool so I imagine postcards from around the world would be pretty fantastical!

Her birthday is the 18th but they could come whenever if you want to play!

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Goodbye sugar, goodbye!

I have decided that as part of my healthy eating, and the ‘lose 3 stones in 9 months’ campaign trail that I’ve set myself on, that I’m going to stop having unnecessary sugar in my diet. I suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), and sugar has never agreed with me. I had been eating healthily over the last two weeks, and I felt great, so I really felt like I’d turned a corner. But then some Krispy Kreme doughnuts and some other cakes made their way into the house (totally not my fault – honest!), and I honestly couldn’t tell you how many I ate. What I can tell you though, is how wretched I feel from the sugar rush and how I feel like someone has been using my kidneys as a football. I really won’t miss this feeling, and I used to put myself through this all the time, by eating healthy, then eating crap food, and so on, and so on, like some really rubbish rollercoaster I couldn’t get off.

But now, I want off the rollercoaster because I’ve had a tasty of ‘healthy’ and I like it. It certainly tastes better than a quick hit of chocolate, which then gives me a quick hit of feeling poop for ages.

So yes, goodbye to the sugar for me. Hurrah!

Tomorrow is weigh-in day, but I’m not hopeful after this weekend’s debauchery!

So 2014, we finally meet…

I love New Year’s Eve, I always have. The promise of a new year, with new experiences, adventures and friendships to be made, and if you’ve had a particularly poop year, you can close the door on it. I have been especially looking forward to 2014 as our life’s been kind of hectic and unsettled over the last 5 years that me and Michael have been together, but 2014 really feels like our year to just be, and enjoy the fact that we’re releasing books (we have 9 on Kindle now, just craziness!).

I was speaking to the lovely Abbi at earlier, and I made a comment that I was going to get a Christmas jumper this year as in all my 35 years I’ve never had one, and I realised that as much as I’d love to post a pic on WordPress of me in a Christmas jumper, I didn’t like the idea of being photographed at my current weight and size. So, I now have a timeframe to aim for, which was a loose timeframe I had anyway, but talking to Abbi really firmed it up in my head, and I would dearly love to be 3 stones lighter when I’m photographed in my Christmas jumper, so let the 2014 weight loss commence! 😀