The Stuck at Home Blog Tag

The Rules

• Thank the person that nominated you (I found this tag on Cranky Autistic and decided to join in!)

• Answer all the questions below

• Pingback to the creator: Ellyn at Allonsythornraxxbooks

• Nominate five other book bloggers to do this tag (or just leave it as a free-for-all)

What Are You Currently Reading? 

Tina Turner’s autobiography My Love Story. She writes like she’s having a chat with a friend, with all of her personality coming through.

What’s Your Favourite Can’t Leave The House Activity?

Connecting with people through blogging and social media. I don’t have a smart phone, so can’t do this out of the house, unless I’m in a free wi-fi area. I want to be fully engaged in the moment outside the house anyway.

A Book You’ve Been Meaning to Read?

The Velveteen Rabbit. I watched a cartoon film of it as a little kid and it was the first story that made me feel a crazy amount of emotions. “Whaaaaaaah!” “Yaaaaaaaaay!”

An Intimidating Book on Your TBR?

The last two books in the Otherworld series by Tad Williams. It’s very thick and pretty trippy and also disturbing in places so it was giving me vivid, hyper-real dreams of that nature. So literally and literary intimidating!

Top Three Books on Your TBR?

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman (prequel to film Practical Magic)

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas (an urban drama about an up and coming female rapper)

Astragal by Albertine Sarrazin (Patti Smith loves this book)

Recommend a Short Book

Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley. A gritty neo-noir detective novel, covering race, the American dream, status, trust and self respect.

Recommend a Long Book

His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. An amazing multi-layered story. The film and TV adaptation missed out entire plot lines which were vital to understanding the thing as a whole. Please just read the book instead.

Something You’d Love to Do While Stuck at Home? 

Get into baking but have someone else shop for ingredients, take it out of the hot oven and then tidy up and wash up afterward. So I’d be chucking stuff into a bowl, mixing and awkwardly rolling/folding and messily filling/icing, all the fun stuff basically! I’m heavily playing the Dyspraxia and chronic fatigue card here aren’t I, hehee!

What Book Do You Plan on Reading Next?

A comedy-drama about three more-mature women going on a road trip together through Italy, having fun and discovering lots of surprises about themselves and each other. Can’t for the life of me remember who it’s by or what it’s called! It’s my light summer read for when I’m brain fogged in the heat (appropriate vague answer then I guess).

Hope you found my (slightly random) answers interesting. I’m not tagging anyone as I don’t want them to feel pressured in this weirdest of times, so if you want to join in, then just join in!

Tag me in your post so I can have a read of your answers and please make sure you mention the original creator Ellyn (link above).

🖤✨Chrissie✨🖤

Positive Quarantine Effects

6 bonus things that have happened during quarantine:

  1. I’ve not washed my hair for two weeks (there’s only a bath where I am) and it feels and looks so naturally healthy, in shiny defined waves.
  2. I’ve not impulse bought food with wheat or dairy in so my nose, chin and tummy aren’t puffy/bloated. I have more energy and feel more upbeat and I love my features now!
  3. My skin is so healthy because I’ve been sticking to my skincare regimen.
  4. Me and the bloke have not killed each other.
  5. Meal planning doesn’t suck. It takes the stress of decision making away (a supermarket full of food yet you still come home with random shit that doesn’t make any recognisable dishes, sound familiar?) and isn’t boring or restrictive. As long as you plan enough meals to give you a choice and don’t have specific days where you have to eat them, it’s just like choosing from a menu.
  6. If you make a curry too hot and don’t have any yoghurt or cream (or dairy free versions) to swirl in it, you can add mayonnaise, so creamy!

What have been your positive quarantine effects?

🖤✨Chrissie✨🖤

The Ultimate Film List Challenge

Put an emoji against each film you’ve seen, count them up and see how you did!

I got 162 out of 225

The Revenant 🙋🏻‍♀️

Rocky Horror Picture Show 🙋🏻‍♀️

Grease 🙋🏻‍♀️

Pirates of the Caribbean franchise 🙋🏻‍♀️

Harold Lloyd Safety Last 🙋🏻‍♀️

Footloose

Fight Club 🙋🏻‍♀️

Parasite

Maze Runner franchise🙋🏻‍♀️

The Great Gatsby 🙋🏻‍♀️

Neverending Story

Blazing Saddles

Airplane 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Princess Bride 🙋🏻‍♀️

Anchorman 🙋🏻‍♀️

Crazy Rich Asians

A Few Goodmen🙋🏻‍♀️

In The Line of Fire🙋🏻‍♀️

How to Train Your Dragon films 🙋🏻‍♀️

Napoleon Dynamite 🙋🏻‍♀️

Labyrinth 🙋🏻‍♀️

Saw

Step Brothers 🙋🏻‍♀️

White Noise 🙋🏻‍♀️

Some Like It Hot🙋🏻‍♀️

50 First Dates

The Princess Diaries 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Nightmare Before Christmas 🙋🏻‍♀️

Scream franchise 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Dark Crystal🙋🏻‍♀️

Ginger Snaps🙋🏻‍♀️

Edward Scissor Hands🙋🏻‍♀️

Superbad 🙋🏻‍♀️

Million Dollar Baby 🙋🏻‍♀️

Harry Potter franchise 🙋🏻‍♀️

Resident Evil 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Wedding Singer 🙋🏻‍♀️

Lilo & Stitch 🙋🏻‍♀️

Finding Nemo 🙋🏻‍♀️

Finding Neverland 🙋🏻‍♀️

Jurassic Park films 🙋🏻‍♀️

Signs 🙋🏻‍♀️

My Neighbour Totoro 🙋🏻‍♀️

Coralline 😱

White Chicks 🙋🏻‍♀️

Butterfly Effect 🙋🏻‍♀️

13 Going on 30

iRobot 🙋🏻‍♀️

AI🙋🏻‍♀️

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 🙋🏻‍♀️

Universal Soldier🙋🏻‍♀️

Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Devil Wears Prada 🙋🏻‍♀️

Deep Impact! 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Gridiron Gang 🙋🏻‍♀️

Never Been Kissed 🙋🏻‍♀️

Meet The Parents 🙋🏻‍♀️

10 Things I Hate About You🙋🏻‍♀️

Mean Girls 🙋🏻‍♀️

A Knights Tale🙋🏻‍♀️

KING KONG

The Terminal 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants🙋🏻‍♀️

Baby Driver

Dumb & Dumber 🙋🏻‍♀️

Final Destination franchise 🙋🏻‍♀️

Halloween🙋🏻‍♀️

The Ring

Bad Santa🙋🏻‍♀️

Hitchcock’s Rear Window

Mrs Doubtfire 🙋🏻‍♀️

Rock of Ages🙋🏻‍♀️

Practical Magic 🙋🏻‍♀️

Chicago 🙋🏻‍♀️

Ghost Ship 🙋🏻‍♀️

From Hell 🙋🏻‍♀️

Hellboy🙋🏻‍♀️

Secret Window 🙋🏻‍♀️

I Am Sam 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Truman Show🙋🏻‍♀️

The Day After Tomorrow 🙋🏻‍♀️

Hunger Games franchise🙋🏻‍♀️

Child’s Play

Seed of Chucky

Bride of Chucky 🙋🏻‍♀️

P.S. I Love You🙋🏻‍♀️

Just Married 🙋🏻‍♀️

Gothika

Sixteen Candles

Coach Carter 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Grudge

The Mask 🙋🏻‍♀️

Bad Boys franchise 🙋🏻‍♀️

Joy Ride

Lucky Number Slevin

Avatar🙋🏻‍♀️

Alien Franchise 🙋🏻‍♀️

Ocean’s Eleven 🙋🏻‍♀️

Ocean’s Twelve🙋🏻‍♀️

Ocean’s Thirteen🙋🏻‍♀️

Howls Moving Castle🙋🏻‍♀️

Bourne franchise🙋🏻‍♀️

Bond franchise (new)🙋🏻‍♀️

Black Swan 🙋🏻‍♀️

Kingsman: The Secret Service 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Princess and the Frog (Disney)🙋🏻‍♀️

The Mummy franchise 🙋🏻‍♀️

Predator franchise 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Fog 🙋🏻‍♀️

Ice Age franchise 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel🙋🏻‍♀️

Independence Day 🙋🏻‍♀️

Cujo

A Bronx Tale

Darkness Falls

Christine 🙋🏻‍♀️

ET 💗

Children of the Corn

Leon 🙋🏻‍♀️

Maid in Manhattan 🙋🏻‍♀️

War of the Worlds 🙋🏻‍♀️

Rush Hour franchise 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Best Bet

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days 🙋🏻‍♀️

She’s All That 🙋🏻‍♀️

Calendar Girls

Sideways 🙋🏻‍♀️

Mars Attacks 🙋🏻‍♀️

Event Horizon

Ever After

Wizard of Oz (original)🙋🏻‍♀️

Forrest Gump 🙋🏻‍♀️

Big Trouble in Little China 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Terminator franchise 🙋🏻‍♀️

Ant Man 🙋🏻‍♀️

Ant Man and the Wasp🙋🏻‍♀️

Die Hard franchise🙋🏻‍♀️

Spider Man franchise🙋🏻‍♀️

Batman franchise🙋🏻‍♀️

Blade Runner🙋🏻‍♀️

Jeepers Creepers

Jeepers Creepers 2

Catch Me If You Can 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Little Mermaid 🙋🏻‍♀️

Freaky Friday 🙋🏻‍♀️

Reign of Fire

The Skulls

Cruel Intentions 🙋🏻‍♀️

Burlesque🙋🏻‍♀️

Shrek️ franchise🙋🏻‍♀️

Swimfan

Miracle on 34th Street 🙋🏻‍♀️

Old School

The Notebook 🙋🏻‍♀️

K-Pax🙋🏻‍♀️

Krippendorf’s Tribe

A Walk to Remember

Kidulthood films 🙋🏻‍♀️

Boogeyman

The 40-year-old Virgin

Little Miss Sunshine🙋🏻‍♀️

Lord of the Rings franchise 🙋🏻‍♀️

Indiana Jones franchise🙋🏻‍♀️

Basketball Diaries🙋🏻‍♀️

Hostel

Do the Right Thing 🙋🏻‍♀️

House of 1000 Corpses

Devils Reject

Elf 🙋🏻‍♀️

Highlander🙋🏻‍♀️

Mothman Prophecies️

American History X🙋🏻‍♀️

The Jacket

Kung Fu Hustle

Shaolin Soccer

Night Watch

Monsters Inc 🙋🏻‍♀️

Titanic 🙋🏻‍♀️

Monty Python and the Holy Grail 🙋🏻‍♀️

Shaun Of the Dead 🙋🏻‍♀️

Legally Blonde🙋🏻‍♀️

High Tension

Club Dread

Hulk 🙋🏻‍♀️

Dawn Of the Dead 🙋🏻‍♀️

Hook 🙋🏻‍♀️

Mad Max (old or new)🙋🏻‍♀️

28 days later 🙋🏻‍♀️

Ghostbusters franchise🙋🏻‍♀️

Phantasm

Water World 🤣

Kill Bill Vol 1 🙋🏻‍♀️

Kill Bill Vol 2 🙋🏻‍♀️

Mortal Kombat

Wolf Creek

Kingdom of Heaven 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Hills Have Eyes

Miss Congeniality 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Last House on the Left

Re-Animator

Army of Darkness

Star Wars franchise

Joker

The Irishman

The Matrix franchise🙋🏻‍♀️

Evil Dead1

Evil Dead 2

Team America: World Police

Red Dragon 🙋🏻‍♀️

Silence of the Lambs 🙋🏻‍♀️

Hannibal 🙋🏻‍♀️

The Breakfast Club 🙋🏻‍♀️

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 🙋🏻‍♀️

Grown Ups

Dazed and confused

Natural Born Killers🙋🏻‍♀️

Pretty in Pink 🙋🏻‍♀️

Sweet Charity 🙋🏻‍♀️

Polar Express 🙋🏻‍♀️

American Werewolf in London 🙋🏻‍♀️

Fantastic Four 🙋🏻‍♀️

Leprechaun

The Blindside 🙋🏻‍♀️

Inside Out

How did you do?

Let me know your score and what you want (or don’t want) to watch! I’ve got The Irishman, Joker and Inside Out on my watch list. I have no intention to watch any horror films – ever.

🖤✨Chrissie✨🖤

Would You Rather tag (with bonus christmas questions)

I came across this on the awesome Hunida’s blog. It originated with The Newbury Girl  (I think) but I wanted to keep the chain going so I joined in!

1. Would you rather lose all of your money or all your sentimental items?

When I first read this question I immediately thought I’d want to keep sentimental items (I do have a giant shoe box as a ‘memory box’) but having no money would take away all of my independence and make me totally reliant on others. So it would have to be the items *sob*

2. Would you rather experience unrequited love or never love at all?

I don’t think I’d like to be incapable of love. The guys I’ve loved haven’t loved me back to the same extent and vice-versa. So to never be madly, intoxicatingly in love again would be okay with me!

3. Would you rather own your own business or work for someone else?

I don’t have the executive functioning to be my own executive (bad Aspie joke) and I’ve actually liked a lot of my bosses, so I’d work for someone else.

4. Would you rather give up television (including streaming/YouTube) or reading?

I get eye strain really easy when reading and I love that I can watch telly with people and chat about it.

5. Would you rather give up sushi or tacos for the rest of your life?

I’d give up tacos. The ones in the UK are really hard and crispy and just break in half as soon as you bight them. I love veggie sushi, it’s so refreshing but filing.

6. Would you rather live in your hometown and never travel anywhere, or live in another country but never visit home?

I have lived in my hometown all my life and love Manchester but it would be cool to live somewhere else and have my Dad visit me (he loves travelling btw).

7. Would you rather live in the desert or live in a frozen tundra?

Hmmm, extreme heat fatigue probs or terrible circulation probs. I’d be unconscious with the heat so frozen tundra it is.

8. Would you rather eat dessert (but never dinner) or dinner (but never dessert)?

I’m such a salty person – so to speak. I find a lot of deserts too sickly after a while.

9. Would you rather run a successful blog or a successful YouTube channel?

Blog! I hate the sound of my voice as my Dyspraxia means my pitch and tone can accidentally be a bit over the top (too dramatic) or really monotone (too sarcastic sounding), plus when I’m fatigued I sound a bit pissed, ha!

10. Would you rather give up all makeup/cosmetics products or give up “dressing fashionably”?

I need skincare but I actively try to avoid wearing anything that happens to be in fashion at the time. So I’d bin fashion (or the idea of things being in or out of fashion) in general actually.

5 Bonus Christmas Questions!

1. Christmas jumper or Christmas Jewellery?

These 5 are my questions so I can cheat and say both jumper and jewellery, and a Crimbo scrunchy and pin badges and socks and…

2. Classic or Contemporary Christmas Songs?

Contemporary as in Stay Now by East 17 and All I Want For Christmas by Mariah.

3. Christmas dinner with ALL of your family or dinner cooked by your fave chef in a restaurant?

Well seeing as my Dad is going on holiday and he’s my only family, it would have to be a restaurant in this scenario. There’s a really fit Asian chef that was on Celebrity Masterchef this year.

4. A big surprise present or five things off your wish list?

As I’m (just about) financially stable and can’t buy my own stuff, I’d love a big surprise! Maybe a trip to see The Northern Lights.

5. Snowball fight outside or ice skating at a rink?

I tried to ice skate once, for fifteen terrifying minutes. I’m ace at snowball fights though, tactical and ruthless!

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Please feel free to join in with this tag and include your own photos of your choices if you want, or just comment instead!

🎄Chrissie🎄

Mystery Blogger Award

I was nominated for this award by Hunida over at Hunida’s Blog; a lifestyle/journal type blog that’s as honest as it is amusing and interesting. Thank you so much! It came at a good time for me as I was thinking my blog was all over the place these days but now I realise that’s why it’s fun!

About the award:

This is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.

Rules:

  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Answer the questions given to you.
    Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Nominate other people to receive this award.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice; with one weird/funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

Hunida’s Q’s to Me

(Weird/funny) Are you able to poop in public restrooms?

LOL Only if there’s enough loo roll to pad the toilet bowl with first, to reduce the sound!

What are your favorite foods in the breakfast category?

I have my breakfast around 12.00pm – 1.00pm, usually some light deli type stuff from the fridge or a halloumi wrap if it’s a cheat day.

What is your favorite brand and style of pens? How about pencils?

Anything non scratchy and with a wide rubber grip as I grip my pens so tight, it’s like my life depends on it. Nothing smudgy either as I’m left handed.

What do you do when you have a really bad headache?

Curl up and sleep, wherever I happen to be!

Do you use a laptop, desktop, cell phone, or tablet to blog on?

Laptop or tablet depending on whether I’m typing and adding links or editing photo’s with apps.

Three Things About Myself

  1. I’m proud to be neurodiverse (Google it)
  2. I need hugs on a daily basis as they sort of recharge me
  3. I’ve never met anyone who likes a larger range of music and TV genres than myself – although I’d love to!

I Nominate:

Megan @ A Geeky Gal

Cher @ The Chicago Files

Alexis Chateau @ Alexis Chateau

Mariah @ Bizarre Brunette

Meghan @ Got Meghan’s Blog

Michelle @ A Geek Girls Guide

I get the feeling the dudes I follow wouldn’t join in with blog tags, but if you identify as a dude or an alien or whatever and you want to join in, please do!

My Questions for you

  1. Would you rather be a famous super hero and have lots of vague friends OR be the normal you and have a few close friends?
  2. How has your blogging style changed since you started and why?
  3. If you could make a pizza OR a milkshake/smoothie and add ANY ingredients to it (no judgment) what would you make?
  4. If you could have one small-medium wish, what would it be? (NOT endless wishes lol)
  5. What is the most important thing in the world to you?
  6. What decade do you feel suits your personality and style the most?

My Best Post

Polly Pocket Bag from Truffle Shuffle review

Chrissie

The Geeky Girl Tag

I know I’ve done this before but it was quite a while ago and likes and dislikes change over time, so I’m doing it again! I noticed this recently on A Geeky Gal and those are the questions I’m using today.

What is your must-have tech gadget?

It has to be my iPad. Here’s a pretentious thing to say – if I didn’t also have an iMac, I’d be lost without my iPad. Urgh, I know right!? I realise I’m very, very lucky to have both but I can’t choose between them as often they are my link to the outside world and company during the day, rather than just house plants and delivery drivers.

Which house do you belong to in Hogwarts?

I’d have to say Gryffindor because it’s summed up by courage, honour, courtesy, justice, and a readiness to help the weak. I am a very full-on person when it comes to standing up for myself and calm when navigating possibly dangerous situations. I’ve always stood up for others too and have a very strong sense of fairness and justice.

Who is your favorite Doctor?

Has to be Christopher Eccleston, mainly as I fancy the arse off him.

If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be?

If you look at how Spock behaves when he’s been on the Enterprise for a long time and how he logically thinks about problems but how he cares about others welbeing, I’m sure he’s an Aspie (although no one has ever officially confirmed this).

What is your gaming system of choice?

Playstation is what I had then and its what I have now, with a mostly ignored XBox in between.

If you had a super power, what would it be?

Teleportation. I would go on clothes shopping sprees (where I’d get to try stuff on, rather guessing sizes online) and buy free-from veggie food for lunch from my fave places. I’d visit cities and national parks around the world. I’d go on beach holidays but only for ten minutes at a time because of the heat. I’d do some superhero stuff too, of course but only after I’d finished my Humingbird cupcake from New York’s Magnolia Bakery.

What is your favorite fantasy world?

Rivendell. Just look at that architecture and nature!

If you could be any fictional race, what would you be?

This is a bit of weird answer but I look very different from most English people and from my family. I’m also an Aspie so I don’t get a lot of what people do. For instance in Manchester people say “Y’oright?” but they aren’t actually asking “Are you all right?” It’s just a way of saying “Hi”. But I find myself thinking they must be concerned about my health if I’m having a wobbly/fatigued day and genuinely answering them – doh! Also when people say “Yeah, we’ll have to catch up sometime.” I’m like “Ok, when?” then I realise they didn’t actually mean that either. So a lot of the time I feel like I’m already from some other race, from some other planet anyway.

Star Trek or Star Wars?

Star Trek as I think the new Star Trek Discovery series is engaging, well written and well acted and because Jason Issacs.

List your top 5 geektastic movies or TV Series.

  • Westworld
  • Jessica Jones
  • Elementary
  • Santa Clarita Diet LOL
  • Extant
  • List your top 5 favorite video games. (26 years of gaming!)
  • Spyro The Dragon/Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Metal Gear Solid – The Phantom Pain/Titan Fall
  • Teken/Mortal Kombat
  • GTA/Any Winter X game
  • Devil Dice/8 Ball Pool

Hope you found my answers interesting and feel free to join in!

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My Favourite 90’s Christmas Films

I didn’t intentionally start out with only 90’s films but all of my fave crimbo films happened to have been made then!

Jack Frost (1998)

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A too busy father dies in an accident and then comes back in the form of a snowman his son builds. Sounds cheesy and it is but it’s also funny and heart-warming.

Home Alone (1990)

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Kevin gets accidentally left behind when his family go on holiday. He realises burglars are intent on breaking in and so he improvises to defend his home, with effective and hilarious consequences.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

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A Jim Henson twist on Dicken’s A Christmas Carol of course! I watched this the other week and it still stands up as wonderfully creative, funny and surprisingly moving christmas film.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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When Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town he is fascinated by it. He tries to recreate it and chaos ensues, along with a love story as Jack is quite sweet really.

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

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A sceptical six year old and and a department store santa who say he is The Santa but can they prove it? An oddly-practical but charming christmas fairytale.

Which are your five general christmas favourite’s?

Chrissie

 

 

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Geek Blogger Tag 2017


I really love joining in with blog tags and reading other bloggers answers, so I decided to make one of my own. This is for absolutely any one who wants to join in! ^_^

What is your earliest memory of liking something un-mainstream or geeky?

The live action film of Marvels Howard The Duck in the 80’s. Pretty sure that film wasn’t meant for little kids but I loved it!

What is your fave geeky item of clothing or accessory?

Has to be my Count Duckula tee from Truffle Shuffle.

What guilty purchases do you treat yourself to sometimes?

Funko Pops! Hardly original, ha!

What are your favourite geeky or unusual books (including comics or graphic novels)?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Little Big by John Crowley and The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and The Crow by James O’ Barr.

Which geeky/alternative character do you identify with most and why?

Jane, the best friend of Daria in the 90’s TV series Daria. She was alternative in an edgy sort of way, plus she was sarcastic and observational but more optimistic than Daria.

What are your favourite hobbies other people consider geeky?

Keeping a rough scrap book full of mood boards or ticket stubs or anything else you can glue to a page that’s interesting. Keeping an optimism diary complete with cute stickers.

What are your favourite retro games (tabletop or console/PC)?

Idiot Box from the 90’s full of questions on film and TV. Dingbats which was full of those say-it-as-you-see-it cartoons which describe well known sayings. C64 games like Rainbow Islands, Bounder and Manic Miner.

Who is your geeky inspiration IRL?

Jennifer Lawrence. She falls, a lot (she’s won me over already) but she also says inspirational things in her usual un-sanctamonious way.

What would your superhero/vigilante name be and what would your power/special skill be?

Wenchetta and my special skill would be Jeet Kune Do which uses your opponents moves, weight and momentum against them, while you stay relatively still using the least energy possible.

What 3 geeky TV series have you gotten into lately?

Westworld OMG it’s amazing! Lucifer, why does no one ever talk about this series, it’s been on forever? Elementary, a US version of Sherlock Holmes with Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Loo which actually works really well. I have a huge crush on Miller as Sherlock. Rick and Morty, how have I only just come across this wonderful madness!?

Don’t forget to add the logo and a link back to my blog in your reply post to join in! Let me know if you do in the comments so I can pop over and have a read ^_^

Chrissie

My Lifestyle Lately – May 2017


Obviously as I’m Mancunian there has been one big event for me which has separated May from any month surrounding it. The terrorist attack. I have so many things to say about this, how upset and angry I am, the social and religious politics, the possible ramifications and what actions could be taken now, but I’m emotionally exhausted by it so I won’t. What I will say is that the resilient and empathetic spirit of my fellow Mancs and the support from people around the world has been amazing. I’m actually writing this to the sound of The Courteeners concert drifting over from Old Trafford Cricket ground and they are doing a cover of Oasis’s Don’t Look Back In Anger, with all of crowd singing their hearts out. Aw shit, I’m filling up now. I really do love Manchester.

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Food & Drink

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Have you been drinking lots of water but still feel more thirsty, brain foggy or fatigued because of the heat? I’d give this a go. It tastes like blue ice pops (you can get other flavours like strawberry and tropical) and because of the aloe (i.e electrolyte) content, it hydrates better because our bodies use it more efficiently, rather than just rushing it through our system like it would with water.

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As the weather has been so warm I’ve only been able to manage very light meals. I’ve discovered that Original Sheese spread can be broken up and used as a creamy feta cheese alternative.

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I’m starting to see why people mistake me for a vegan but it’s actually my wonky body that can’t cope with dairy and egg white for gastro and auto-imune reasons. I miss having omelettes though so I was pleased to come across this. If you use it with a small amount of say, mushrooms and are sparing with the cooking oil and leave it alone to cook, rather than harassing it with the spatula, this comes out brilliantly! Unfortunately I was too hungry to take a photo of my perfect first time attempt. Then I fracked it up something terrible the second time – doh!

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At the begging of the month it was my birthday so me and the bloke hopped on a bus and then a tram and went to our fave Indian restaurant of all time, Lilly’s in Ashton-Under-Lyne. You can read my review of Lilly’s here. We also got a lot of takeaway which lasted us for around three days!

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I’ve been making cold mocha’s every evening so there is one waiting for me as soon as I get up. I actually take it back to bed with me. 1 heaped tspn dark cocoa powder (mixed with a little cold water), 1 heaped tspn instant coffee, 2 rounded tspn sugar, 1 tspn vanilla essence, a little hot water to mix, fill up beaker with unsweetened almond milk. Chill.

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I compiled a dairy and gluten free shopping list and reviewed each item to make it easier for people who are feeling a bit overwhelmed with this kind of dietary transition.

Fashion & Style 

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I put this Romwe wish list together right at the start of the month and managed to resist buying anything for myself. op

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It’s funny that in the same month that I’ve stopped approaching any brands, two brands have asked me to collaborate with them on Outfit Of The Day outfit reviews. However, the items (around six of them) are taking ages to arrive so those will be live on the blog next month. I’ve also ordered stuff from EMP, yet again and opted for everything to arrive together but apparently it’s not all available (even though they weren’t ‘Out of Stock’) so that hasn’t arrived either. Only just realised last week that my fave jumper works really well with my fave skirt, both of which I’ve had for ages, ha!

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Even though I don’t rent a place I can call my own, I still love compiling homeware posts every now and then like this In The Tropics one.

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I made a Stylish and Sensible Summer Shoes post because I like alteration and not falling over when I walk in summer.

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No, not me going for a job as a waitress at a sports bar but me melting in this fracking horrendous heat. My feet still get cold in the evening though due to circulation issues, hence the Uggs. I actually love this basic look but haven’t been brave (crazy?) enough to leave the house in it yet. I’m managing to keep weight on these days but my muscles tone is disappearing fast so I’m getting a cross trainer for less fatigued days (I’m being very optimistic here) as it will give me a whole body work out but the machine gathers it’s own momentum quickly so you can put as much or as little effort into it as you want.

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I’m a firm believer in wearing what you want no matter what size or firmness you are so I gathered together the 15 best shorts. There is a style here to suit everyone. I’ve bought the denim scalloped hem one’s from H&M and wear them with very sheer black tights and they look great! I keep meaning to get some black fishnet tights to wear with them and with my ripped jeans for a grungy feel (like I used to in the 90’s) but I keep forgetting.

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I would stagger around blindly in summer if it weren’t for my sunglasses. Some of these are off-the-shelf but some are designer so they should be widely available in options if you need prescription lenses like I do. I suggest getting polarised lenses to decrease glare if you are light sensitive.

Random Stuff

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As a fellow geek I decided to join in with the The Geeky Girl Tag after I enjoyed reading other bloggers answers.

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I wrote this post as I wish my parents would have come across something like this when I was a kid as they and they and my paediatrician and my teachers where clueless as to why I was struggling so much and therefor how they could help me to help myself. Actually my Paediatrician barley noticed. *giant face palm* As a child I was very aware that I was different. Things didn’t come easily to me, yet the other kids magically seemed to instantly know what to do and how to do it, without constant mishaps. As a teen I realised I had a rather different thought processes going compared to my mates as well a lot of the time. Like what is the point of over analysing the way that cute guy said “Hi” to you for hours. Just be glad he said it and maybe even have an actual conversation next time. Reading something like this would have made me feel a lot less like an alien from another planet.

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I made a Funko Pop! of myself, which I’m pleased with.

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May has been Ehlers Danlos Syndrome awareness day, which is so important as it’s one of the most misunderstood and miss represented genetic disorders out there. I’ve been given a verbal diagnosis of EDS but several Rheumatologists are still refusing to put it in writing on my medical records. Preferring instead to say instead “Christine is having it that she has EDS” er, I’m ‘having it’ because I was TOLD that I have it FFS!?!? It’s important to mention that all of this stubborn ignorance and arrogance from specialists (and I do use that term lightly) makes dealing with EDS so much worse as it’s a constant battle with people who’s actual job it is to know better. It really does make us emotionally exhausted and just adds to all the other shit we have to deal with. I’m so lucky to have received support from an amazing online community of fellow zebra’s here, otherwise I would have been questioning my own sanity.

Beauty and Skincare

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I reviewed e.l.f. Studio Tone Correcting Powder and Studio Flawless Foundation and was impressed with both products. In fact their foundation was the best I have ever used!

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I arranged my lipsticks in colour order and had a general makeup clear out. I just kept on buying the same 3-4 shades of lippy over and over again, having forgotten that I already own them. I’ve thrown out any shade that needs mixing with another to create the colour I bought it for in the first place and any lipsticks which are either too drying or slide off after ten minutes. Same with foundations as I don’t have the time, storage space or patience to have to mix several together to get the right colour or consistency. No more making-do with crappy makeup.

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I reviewed Soap & Glory Perfect Ten Shadow Palette but wasn’t that impressed with it for some unexpected reasons.

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I finally found a use for my old metal heart cage. Storage for all of my mini’s and free samples.

Well that was quite a catch up! Let me know if there was anything you found interesting.

Chrissie