This Week I Have Been Mostly….

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This past couple of weeks has been filled with glorious sunshine and warm weather (for the most part!) It meant I’ve been able to get stuff done and generally feel more productive just because they weather has put me in such a good mood!

A couple of weeks ago I met up with a couple of friends, one of which I hadn’t seen in a LONG time and we sat in the pub garden and enjoyed the sunshine on what was, at that point, one of the hottest days of the year. The sun shone, the cider flowed and the bunting flapped in the breeze. It was bliss.

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Last weekend was Glastonbury festival, and I watch it every year. It holds a special place in my heart, being the place I met my husband and every year I watch and wish I was there. This year was no exception, and I really enjoyed what I saw on the TV, my highlights being Radiohead, Chic and The Foo Fighters – all of whom I’ve seen live before and all of whom never fail to impress.

In true honour of Glastonbury and Somerset, I had to have a few ciders during my watching time, and I picked this little beauty up from the supermarket just to try it.

 

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In true Role Models style, I like the idea of Jack Daniels more than I actually like the taste of it, so I was intrigued by the idea of Whiskey Cider. I have to say, I was very impressed. The whiskey takes the acidic edge of the cider, and the cider takes the burning from the whiskey away so they compliment each other beautifully. I need to pick up some more!

Last week wasn’t so warm, and we had some rain too, but it was a nice break in the humidity and a chance for me to get some decent sleep – which I didn’t really achieve, for one reason or another.

We were gifted some beautiful flowers are work, which helped to brighten the office even when it looked grey outside.

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Thankfully, this weekend the weather has picked up a little more, which was fortuitous because I had plans in London which wouldn’t have been all that great had it been rainy and grey. I’ll share more about what I was up to in a later post, but I will say (and I’ve said it many times before) that there’s nothing like London in the Summer sunshine. If you haven’t visited in the summer before, you really must add it to your travel bucket list.

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We spent the majority of our day by the Southbank, however we ventured off to Covent Garden and Soho, and had a lovely vegan lunch in Veggie Pret (the vegan brownies are the things dreams are made of!) followed by a stroll through China Town before we headed home.

I keep alluding to things on my twitter account, that I don’t want to jinx by telling everyone (fyi. not pregnant) and I’m hoping to be able to share things with you soon. I’ve put a lot of things on hold for the time being, but soon I’ll be back to my blogging/vlogging social media self (I hope!).

In the mean time, I hope you’re enjoying this gorgeous weather! Stay tuned for my upcoming post, on my trip to London. It’s a quacker! *wink wink*

Here’s to Looking Forward

Every year I usually post an End of Year blog, which summarises my year and looks onto the next. I didn’t do one for 2010. To be honest 2010 sucked. For many reasons. And all the highlights were subjects of their own blogs so you will all already know about those events. So this year I’m writing a blog which will look forward to the things coming up in my calendar.

The first thing to look forward to this year is seeing Taylor Swift at the 02 Arena. I got seriously mocked in my last job for liking Miss Swift, but in my new job I get to listen to her music whilst I work – granted that’s pretty much the only music I can stand at work, but still. I like a large spectrum of different music (as you’ll see with my next few things to look forward to) but Taylor hit my radar when she released ‘Love Story’. It was more than just a teeny bopper love song with a country twang. So my Husband has agreed to endure an evening with Taylor surrounded by teenage teeny boppers, no doubt. What can I say, he loves me?! šŸ™‚

The next event is also music related (in fact thinking about it they all are!). We’re off to see Roger Waters in Manchester. Apart from it being a weekend away for me and Hubby (which is very much-needed) we’re seeing The Wall by Pink Floyd performed in its entirity. Something which has to be seen, and as huge Pink Floyd fans we had to get tickets. We’ve already seen David Gilmour at the Royal Albert Hall, so this is just another thing to add to the list of must-sees seen!

After that we’re going to London to see Jersey Boys performed and spending a weekend there. We’ve seen Jersey Boys 3 times before (first time in San Fransisco and twice more in London.) You’d think after 3 times you wouldn’t want to see it again, but we still had the urge, so off to see it again, we are!

Then we’re going to see the Foo Fighters. They’re playing the Milton Keynes Bowl and since I live in Milton Keynes and adore the Foos it would have been an insult if I hadn’t been able to get tickets. I absolutely cannot wait!

And in the mix I’m hoping to get invited to a couple of weddings (I love weddings!) and also hoping that there’s some truth in the South Park Oxford Radiohead gig – and since they’ve just announced their new album I’ve got my fingers crossed.

I’m also aiming to get my second photography book finished and published by the end of the year. I loved making the first one so much and it’s going to be something I can keep forever, which I’m really proud of.

So here’s to a better year, filled with fun things, and good health. Raise your glass. Clink!

Mood Music

It’s interesting how music can lift your mood. I was thinking about this during my day at work today. For the last 6 months we’ve been listening to normal music intermingled with spanish music (Mexico being the theme of our season at work). It was okay for a while but then it started to grate. On Friday we got a new cd and it was pretty much all new music. And it was the kind of music we don’t usually have. It’s all pretty cool (Free Bird, Purple Haze, The Chain, Sex on Fire).Ā 

Considering how tired and headachey I felt today, I was pleasantly surprised at how much the music lifted my mood. I kept turning it up until it was beyond an acceptable shopping level…… oops! But it got me to thinking how music effects me. No matter how rubbish I feel, there’s always some band’s music I can put on and it’ll match my mood.

When I was an angsty teen, all I wanted to listen to was Sarah McLachlan. I can’t listen to her now, because it is just way too angsty. During my G.C.S.Es all I listened to was Astro Lounge by Smash Mouth. I like my pop/ska šŸ˜€ The first song I remember ever feeling strongly about was ‘Think Twice’ by Celine Dion (I know).Ā  I couldn’t get enough of it. I yearned for the song. Listening back now I can hear to empty it is, butĀ backĀ then I loved it so much. Full of Grace by Sarah McLachlan was another one. It played at the end of the episode ‘Becoming pt 2’ of Buffy (season 2 finale). And it made me cry so much, I had to skip that track on her album. Sad yes.

The onlyĀ album I can safely say I can listen to over and over without fail or getting bored of is Static and Silence by The Sundays. My absolute favourite album. Best listened to in the summer and preferably at night, but I can happily put it on and I’m away. Ryan Adams is one musician I have to be in the mood for. I was deeply in love with his music for a long while, and then went off it completly. I referred to it as being ‘on a break’ from him. I’m getting back into it though. He’s truely one of the most talented song writers I’ve ever heard.

But the band who blow all other artists out of the water, and my current source of mood music is Radiohead. I always get frustrated when people say Radiohead are depressing. They obviously haven’t everĀ listened to them. They’ve maybe heard them, but notĀ listened (there is a difference!).Ā They are uplifting and emotive and make truely original music. I saw them for the first time in 1995, supporting R.E.M at the Milton Keynes Bowl. I’ve seen them 3 more times since (Glastonbury, Earl’s Court, Victoria Park) and they never fail to deliver. My favourite song ever, of any artist, is Let Down which is on their 1997 albumĀ OK Computer. I can only describe the song as sparkley – and anyone who knows me knows how much I’m attracted to anything that shines or glitters. The song makes me see stars.

At the moment I’m addicted to In Rainbows. I loved it when it came out in 2007. I think it must have been the Twilight link that got me back into it again (15 Steps is the track at the endĀ of the movie), but right now I have the album on repeat and it’s not getting old. If you haven’t heard it, I recommend you do! And if you’re new to Radiohead and you don’t know where to start, I’d say listen to The Bends and then In Rainbows (and by then you’ll be addicted and want to hear the other albums!)

I just love how music can make you feel. You can hate a band and then hear one of their songs in a certain environment and all of a sudden you love them! That works for me when I go to a festival. If I soak up the environment, I all of a sudden love the band I’m watching! A song can make you happy, sad, energetic, your pulse race (Angel by Massive Attack anyone?), can tell a story and remind you of an event in your life. I love it!!

Can you tell I’m a music fan?