Top Ten Tuesday: Books to read if you love Batman

Through the course of my blog browsing I came across The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesdays, and as I am nothing if not a list lover, I thought I would join in on the fun!

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This week’s list is Top Ten Books If You Like X (any tv show/movie/comic/play etc, basically any sort of other entertainment). So as I recently saw The Amazing Spiderman 2: Rise of Electro and lost my MIND over it, this week’s list will be of the superhero genre (and to me, graphic novels are books, okay?) as my top ten books to read if you like superheroes, but more specifically Batman movies (Whether that be the Christopher Nolan movies or the Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher series).  2014 is also the 75th year of Batman, so I expect this will not be the last of my tributes to the world’s greatest detective. I will endeavour not to spoil the major plot point of each story as I go along, hopefully the little tidbit I give you will intrigue you enough to go out an pick up a copy of the book yourself! Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Books to read if you love Batman

Pumped for Game Four (Music Monday: NBA Edition)

So I just came across this amazing song on a Chicago Bulls Tumblr page, and I may have already played it 33 times pumping myself up for Game Four. For those who don’t know, I am a massive Chicago Bulls fan, have been ever since my uncle let me play his NBA ’96 Playstation 1 game and all the way through the Andres Nocioni/PJ Brown/Chris Duhon days right up to the saga of Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose and the championship that could (should/will) be.

However living as I do all the way in little ol’ Perth, I have to stay up for a 1am tip off. Okay, I probably don’t have to stay up, but my love for this team makes it impossible for me not to. I am after all the same girl who stayed up until 6am from a 2am tip off last year against the Nets in double overtime.

So dear friends, I will apologise ahead of time if you happen to hear me yelling all the way from wherever in the world you are. Goodnight and go Bulls!
Love,
Andrea

Music Monday: Dame Del Rey

I still have this issue of Vogue, because of the amazing editorial and feature on her.
I still have this issue of Vogue, because of the amazing editorial and feature on her.

I can’t quite recall where or when I first came across Lana Del Rey, but when I did I was entranced. Not only is she a stunningly beautiful human being but her voice is phenomenal. Something about it is so hauntingly beautiful, and the songs themselves express such longing, nostalgia and individuality that I just adore. I find myself weirdly identifying with the themes in some of her songs, which just serves to make me long to be like her even more. I will admit to not having watched many of her music videos and short films (more out of the fact that I don’t really watch music videos or spend hours on YouTube) but the ones that I have seen paint an almost idealistic picture of Del Rey and her life and love, adding even more to this sense of unattainable beauty and spirit that she posesses.

So to brighten up your Monday (or depress you, depending on your reaction to Lana), here are a handful of Lana Del Rey songs that are on high rotation for me at the moment.

Once Upon A Dream (From the upcoming Malificent soundtrack)

 

Young and Beautiful (From The Great Gatsby soundtrack)

(and the Lana video)

 

Dark Paradise (Born To Die)

 

Blue Jeans (Born To Die)

 

I will love you ’til the end of time!

Love,

Andrea

10 Things

Today I was browsing through a friend’s fabulous second hand lifestyle blog and I came across her little tribute to Ten Things I Hate About You. Which I have now decided to appropriate for myself, as I am a fan of lists! This one was ten about her, I have kept her sentence starters because I quite liked them.

  1. Collecting Perth Wildcats memorabilia, Audrey Hepburn memorabilia and my newest one is scarves. Started as a necessity for what I thought would be my new job but now is just a bunch of scarves.
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  2. Wishing for some fun time with my number one. Tonight is their first night off in more than a week and they want a night to themselves (being a very individual, independent person). However since I so rarely get to see them I am struggling to keep myself from sending them twenty “what are you up to,” “how is your night,” “wanna hang out” messages. Sigh.
  3. Feeling antsy for some reason. It’s been a tiring and emotional week and my sleep schedule is so out of whack that I no longer know when I am actually tired or not.
  4. Watching season one of Friends. Funniest show of all time!!
  5. Smiling whenever my dad tells me to, even in text. This goes back to my child modelling days when I was taught smile number one (big smile with teeth) and smile number two (little smile, no teeth). My whole life whenever I have been upset or angry my dad will ask me to show him “number one” and no matter how old I am (as in how old I was last week when I called him upset about something. Also on Monday when I sent him a message saying “No job L” and he replied with “No worries SMILE, and think of the positives LOVE YOU!!” I smiled even though I was crying at he time) it makes me smile. Without fail. Gosh my dad is pretty amazing.
  6. Thinking that I really wanna see my number one, that I should have saved half my Turkish bread and fish melt for later instead of having it all for dinner, and that I should really clean up my room.
  7. Recently enjoyed how many gripes I have with episode two of the new season of Game of Thrones as a fan of the book series. For example, when Brienne and Cersei were chatting this is what was happening in my head: “WTF BRIENNE ALWAYS LOVES RENLY NOT JAMIE YOU TWAT! SHE IS LOYAL AND TRUE TO HER WORD BECAUSE SHE HAS A KNIGHT’S HONOUR AND FOLLOWS THROUGH ON HER PROMISES TO EVERYONE, NOT BECAUSE SHE WANTS JAMIE IN HER BREECHES! ARGH!!
  8. Totally Addicted to bass? It’s okay if you don’t get the reference, I listen to some obscure music sometimes. Probably more TV show and books, to the detriment of almost two university degrees, one hot body, one body image and almost two whole years of my life..
  9. Craving a hug from my number one. They have a way of making me feel safe and home and excited and loved all at the same time. Plus it’s been a rough week and I would really like some level of comfort beyond “something will come up eventually, keep applying.”
  10. Looking forward to the start of the Bulls’ off season in the wee hours of Monday, the Wildcats’ Ball next Saturday, the new X Men movie and Game of Thrones. And of course The Winds of Winter. But I have a feeling that the more people complain about it, the longer it will take to reach our Jon Snow deprived hands.

So that’s ten things about me, hopefully you don’t hate them!

Love,
Andrea

Life Updates and Literature

Long time no speak!

Just a quick one for now, life has both treated me fairly and unjustly in the past month or so. I have been fortunate enough to get some English relief work for the end of term one, only to be rejected for that very job when I applied for it. It has been a very emotional, gruelling period. I put everything I had into those students for the short time I taught them, which only served to remind me that this makes me so happy, that it is what I love doing, and that I am excellent at it no matter what. And for the record, I was rejected for the job due to my “lack of experience.” Bogus excuse but one that will rear its head time and time again until someone decides to give me the very experience I seek.

All my fantastic teaching has left my “to read” list growing higher and higher, so I thought I would share a few that I am hoping to tackle while in between jobs.

 

I’m currently in the last few chapters of the most recent Sue Grafton, so hopefully get that done tonight and get stuck into the next one on my list! I am looking forward to getting back in touch with my books, even if it isn’t technically touching them (I predominantly use an ereader now). My Goodreads Challenge goal for the year is 100, and so far I am sitting on 36 which is eight books ahead of schedule. Not bad, but by my usual standards fairly average!

Hope you are getting some good reading in too!

Love,
Andrea

10 Years Later, There’s A Little Bit Of ‘Friends’ In All Of Us

Greatest of all time. Even now, as many times as I have seen every episode of the show, it still has the ability to make me howl with laughter even in my darkest moments.
Love your friends just as much as you love your Friends!
Love,
Andrea

Thought Catalog

As the 10th anniversary of the beloved sitcom’s final episode airing approaches, we take a look back at our favorite Friends that truly grew to become an integral part of our lives—or maybe they already were, all along.

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1. Chandler

Chandler embodies the slight awkwardness in each and every one of us: the one who uses puns to get out of sticky situations, fart noises to ruin sentimental moments, and a weird sense of humor to mask our insecurities.  Plus, would any of us really be able to come up with a better response than “Gum would be perfection?” if trapped in a bank vestibule with Jill Goodacre?

2. Monica

Monica is the part of us that knows that it is perfectly okay to like things a certain way and to slightly freak out if everything is not precisely to our pleasure… Even if this means having 11…

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