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It was my birthday on the 24th! Thank you to everyone who made it special for me ♥
1. What did you do this year that you’d never done before?
So many wonderful things! I sat and thankfully passed exams, ate watermelon, I attended a comic club, started college, went to the cinema alone and learnt to play ukulele.
2. Did you keep your last years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I think my biggest goal in the past year was to be more creative, so while I guess I’ve filled notebook after notebook with scribbles and I’ve learnt a new instrument it’s so far from where I want to be. I’d love to have monthy scrapbooks, a house filled with oddments, draw comics to be proud of, and to put my creations out into the world!
3. What would you like to have in the next year that you lacked last year?
A work ethic. I get excited about the things I want to do and never do them. Let’s change that, shall we?
4. What date will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
First day of college I guess 🙂 because I think I met some friends for life ❤
5. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Depends which way you look at it ^-^ I’m proud of having some qualifications under my belt and a huge rise blog activity. Just wait to see what I can get up to in the next year…
6. What was your biggest failure?
Taking many of my pursuits half-heartedly… Lets not go there ^-^
7. What was the best thing you bought?
Hm… My fluffiest petticoat yet? Shoes that remind me of Penn and Teller? Many wonderful books? Overpriced ice cream? I can’t decide!
8. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My little sisters! They get funnier, smarter and more adorable every time I see them! You know that youngest is two and has pretty much grasped tenses?
9. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Anyone who is prejudiced against subculture, homosexuality and mental illness.
10. Where did most of your money go?
No where in particular ^-^ It drifted away here and there…
11. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
SCOTT PILGRIM! Increase in blog views! College!
12. What song will always remind you of 2008?
Uh strange question, I think I got into The Dresden Dolls then, so 2008 was a huge change in music interest for me ^-^
13. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. Happier or sadder?
ii. Thinner or fatter?
Not sure, I don’t own scales…
iii. richer or poorer?
Richer… I think I’m learning how to save.
14. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Working, tidying, talking to people.
15. What do you wish you’d done less of?
16. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don’t hate anyone. I’ve drifted from people I used to be in closer contact with. Perhaps that’s for the best!
17. What was the best book you read?
Seeing as I read a lot of Neil Gaiman last year – that’s a difficult choice.
18. What did you want and get?
I wanted to meet aspiring poets, motivated people, artists, scientists and crafters alike – and I’ve sure met some wonderful people.
19. How would you describe your personal fashion concept?
I like getting dressed to be fun! I wear hats and rings with pink dodo’s on them, fluffy skirts, cupcakes and explorers backpacks. On most days if I look like some kind of grunge artist then I’m very happy.
20. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned.
I’ve learnt how to enjoy my own company. I think everyone should learn how to be completely happy even when they are alone.
And now that I’ve bored you with my 16th year in question and answer form, you may leave and have fun elsewhere :>
Love and Harry Potter references,
Hello darling! I have to admit that I’ve been pretty ill for a couple of days so I haven’t felt up to blogging all that much but fear not – I haven’t forgotten about you (I’m just not going to write anything for you!)
I’ve kept up with my gratitude lists for sure, but I also haven’t left my bed much today, therein lies a dilemma. To solve to dilemma, you’ll all have to contribute ^-^ Leave all your favourite things this past week in a comment below! I’ve added the amazing video Joe sent me for you to watch to get the ball rolling so to speak…. you’ll get the pun when you watch it!
Can’t wait to hear what’s making you all smile,
all my love,
P.S. DFTBA! ^-^
Hello darling ^-^ This week has been exciting to say the least… Every Monday I write ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ about my favourite things in the past week, to beat the Monday blues and practise gratitude. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those of you who do not join in with me! (You see what I did there? No? Go look it up) Anyways my favourite things of the past week have been:
* Being inspired by and making me want to write songs!
* Okay again with music thing, i love my baby. By that I mean my bass.
* I love the Peculiar Pretzelmen! How epic is this video?
* In my fathers house it takes about a minute for things to change from washing dishes to everybody dancing together in the kitchen..sometimes I think I live in a movie – the not very entertaining but probably fun to film kind.
* Last Wednesday was my idea of absolute bliss. If you haven’t had a day like that this week – make one. I feel like the luckiest person on the planet.
* Spending so much time with Sammie that we’ve been adopting each others habits, this is all fine and dandy as so far I’m better at judging fictional characters and her words are deteriorating (sorry Sammie!) 😀 I just can’t wait ’til I adopt her voice…
What are you guys all excited about recently? Let me know!
Love and epic times,
Hyperbole and a half is love ^-^
‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ is the perfect blend of good memories, gratitude and super radness to create what we call, ‘The Monday Blues Assassin!’ You know the drill! My favourite things this past week have been:
* My dad surprising me with the first issue of CLiNT on the morning it came out! He’s the sweetest!
* The totally rad blog – Hyperbole and a Half! I have read article after article this week ’cause they are just hilarious.
* Being Sims compatible with Sammie! I never thought the day would come to know someone else who has to pause between actions!
* Getting my tidy on! I’ve been ruthlessly obliterating a mountain of clothes and I can’t wait to be done!
* My four year old sister genuinely believes that zombies exist. I find this adorable but obviously must be a bit scary for her…
* I love Friday nights in. I don’t care how much of a loser that makes me. I love them.
* Thinking about Halloween all the time! Listening to ooky-spooky music, planning my costume and thinking of ways to win over cynics!
* Dressing like Doctor Who because everybody knows bowties are cool.
Boxes full of love,
I consider myself pretty lucky. I live in a city where the worst reaction to how I am dressed is a disapproving stare. That’s it. A stare. Some people have to deal with name-calling, cat-calling, exclusion and even physical abuse. I consider myself pretty lucky.
Can you imagine what it would be like to deal with be being abused for being yourself? For dressing the way you wanted to?
Discrimination starts from somewhere and that is often prejudice. Some people are given a negative outlook of something and in worst cases – act on it. For instance, the media has often portrayed goths to be antisocial, self harming, depressed or violent and that has lead to them being discriminated against. The negative stereotypes have to stop. When you hear something negative or wrong being said about a person just because of their subcultural interests, defend them. Set the record straight before it leads to worse things.
What brought this issue to my attention the most was probably this article from Lolita Charm. Take an extra five minutes to read it unless you don’t like reading about everyday people, just like me and you, being filmed by perverted strangers.
If you watched the video above (and you should have done, because it is vitally important that you do) you will know that Sophie Lancaster was a girl. She had a family, friends and a boyfriend. She was also a goth. This is the sole reason that she and her boyfriend were attacked. If they’d have had different interests they could still be together. She was ‘an angel too soon’.
This has to stop. For every punk accused of being violent, for every goth called dangerous, for anyone who just wants to wear a damn hoodie and not be called a theif – this has to stop. Everyone has to embrace the self expression of others even when it differs from what we know. Everyone has to understand that diversity is what makes life interesting. Beneath the clothes, earphones, cell phones, shoes, hats, paintbrushes, and lipstick we wear to differentiate ourselves, we are all human and deserve to be treated that way.
Over these next two months do something to show you care. Two months gives you enough time to try at least one or two of these ideas:
* Donate money to or buy something from the site here
* Tell a friend about the cause. Spread the word.
* Organise a fund-raising event that lasts the length of a lunch hour.
* Have a cake sale. Hey, it’s not an original concept but it’s a a flawless one.
* Make something public that draws attention to the cause. Whether it’s street art, wearing a shirt about it or leaving a note on a bench somewhere, with a link to the website.
* Get sponsored to embrace your favourite subcultures for a week. Like reading Bram Stoker? Been playing Zelda from birth? Fantasise about being in The Clash? Ask your friends to sponsor you to take your interests to a new and public extreme for a week or even do it for free to just to show that people should not be afraid to express themselves.
Love and bright wishes for the future,
Watch this too! I love Jillian Venters and this video is awesome and light-hearted and if you have any misconceptions about goth this should clear them up!
A little while back I wrote an article in an impulsive flurry to help people. It was called ‘How To Save The World’ (you can read it here) and whether it has made an effect, I don’t know but I sure hope it has opened a few eyes as too how easy it is to get involved and do some good!
But it didn’t feel like enough. I can’t rest thinking that right now I could being change a life for the better – but I’m not and I know that alone I could make a difference but in numbers you can start a revolution! ….What I mean to say is I want as many people as possible to do what they can to help everyone, to make the sun shine a little brighter so to speak.
Which is why from now on Quite Contrary Life will feature a different cause every two months. I think this is just the right amount of time to really think about what the cause means to you and consider how people (or perhaps animals or trees!) are affected by it. It gives time to get around to doing something about it, talking about it and spreading the message, donating to the cause or perhaps even organising a fund-raising event.
I can’t wait to see what we can do!
Love, peace and gold stars for all of you,
P.S. I can’t think of a nice name for the feature! If any suggestions -please leave a comment!
Hello darling, how have you been? Every Monday I write a gratitude list of my favourite things of the past week to beat the Monday blues! It has been just over a year that I’ve been doing this (though I was idle about it to begin with) so I’m really quite proud of that actually… I think it’ll probably stick with me. I’m always thinking about what is good right now, so I don’t forget it later. Anyways, hope you’ve had a good week – I certainly have, here’s why:
* Oh my gosh Toy Story 3! It is fantastic and wonderful. I saw it twice and cried a total of about 6 times..but please don’t let that put you off! My little four year old sister completely bawled but came out with a huge smile on her face and a skip in her step, so trust me on this one.
* Speaking of movies and my little sister, I introduced My Neighbour Totoro to her and she loved it! I’m totally pleased because now I can share all the Ghibli movies with her and together we can plan the Ghilbi World Resort…like Disney World only, a little more Japanese.
* The fact the my family are Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy nerds! In the car my brother noticed a bypass in construction which lead to lots of quotes being quoted and jokes being shared 🙂
* If you follow my twitter, you’ll know that I’m so obsessed with slam poetry, to the point of which I was reciting my favourites in my head because I missed watching them while was away! Why are there no slam poetry readings in my city?
* Perhaps I’ve already mentioned, but I’m planning for halloween already! It is awesome…ok.
* Reading KERA on the train, this is how I like to travel.
* Listening to soundtracks! I’ve listened to Tu Mira from Kill Bill loads recently, because it’s just so awesome.
* Visiting the cute Italian café in town with my mother. The whole place and the people who work there are like a exact balance Welsh (that’s here) and Italian culture. So awesome.
* Meeting someone awesome who works at Lush! We talked about sewing, vintage fairs and period dramas :>
Live long, prosper and all that jazz,
Two headed elephant, Bimba and Kimba FTW
Of all the things that have ever sat in my bag I think a notebook has been the most useful. Having one on you all the time means you can never be bored, never forget anything and never let inspiration fall away from you. They are super useful, versatile and fun – everyone should have one. For most days I like to carry an A5 notebook and a really thick calligraphy pen but if I’m going on a trip or on a long walk then I take my polka-dotted pencil case full of cheap colourful brush tip pens with me. Without further ado, a billion reasons you should carry a notebook!
* Write gratitude lists!
* To-do lists
* Perfect cure for boredom.
* Draw or write down anything you that inspires you – these are things you don’t want to be forgetting!
* Make paper aeroplanes.
* Write shopping lists and make them fun ^-^
* Doodle without a care. People should do this more – you don’t have to be an expert to draw.
* Make a mini vision board on a page or two to make your brain happy while you’re out.
* Write down favourite quotes or interesting things you hear the people around you say.
* Document everything! Take minutes! Forget nothing!
* Remember the last time you said “note to self”? (okay perhaps it has been ten years) Actually write yourself a note next time. You’ll remember your advice to yourself that way.
* Make a dream diary. Write or draw down absolutely everything you can remember, locations, pictures, colours and then interpret them using a dream dictionary.
* If you don’t have a diary, it doubles nicely as one. Just write down all your appointments and you won’t forget them.
* Use it for your work and hobbies. Write down blog ideas, be a detective, a journalist, a poet etcetera
* Write down your aspirations, and in time write down ways you can make them happen
* Practise writing meditation.
* Be score-master when playing games!
* Write love letters and leave them in the street for anyone to find and make their day.
Got an idea of something you can do with a notebook? Leave a comment and one day we’ll reach a billion ideas!
Love, peace and paper,
Hello darling! I’ve really missed writing ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ – it feels like it’s been too long! Every Monday I write a gratitude list of things I have loved in the past week because, as you know by now, gratitude is a key to happiness. It’s not about what you wish would happen etcetera – it’s about loving everything you’ve got right now. (Don’t you just love that word now?) However since I was away last Monday, I didn’t get to tell you what I loved about that week! So without further ado – my adventures in France!
* One of the cutest things I saw was a little boy with a guitar in a big plastic bag – it looked like he’d just bought it and in his excitement he was trying to play it through the plastic!
*Sitting and reading in the sunshine of the apartments lime tree garden (patio thing!) = Bliss! I had so much lovely free time so I read Runaways – Vol.1, The Happy Prince and Other Stories, The Graveyard Book and That Was Then, This Is Now. I loved all of them♥
* Shed tournaments (that’s a card game, for those of you with the confused faces) with my brothers! My luck was pretty bad but it was still lots of fun ^-^
* (Excuse my lameness for this one but) At customs I’d forgotten to put my perfume in a ‘seal-able bag’ so when I got called up for it and of course I didn’t want it taken off me, I pulled some tissues out of their packet and put the perfume inside… apparently that was fine as long as I could seal it! Ha!
* Spending a the evening under the moon on the pier. This was beautiful. The water looked like liquid onyx and there people all around singing and drinking… gosh it was so gorgeous.
* Going to four different art galleries in a week! We went to a contemporary gallery that was four floors high! I pretty skipped with glee around the whole place!
* I went to my first professional gig (I know, I know) to see Joshua Redman and Roy Hargrove in a the mega awesome festival: Jazz A Juan! So I’ve nothing to compare it to but it was the (band) best stage I’ve ever seen! It was right on the coast, so beyond the stage you could see all along the ocean and we watched the sunset…. What more can I say?
Love and serenades,