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May. 12th, 2009

Cute Rin

Link of the Day

silverwerecat and odangochan, you will definitely enjoy this one:

In pictures: Budgie hassles kitten to play

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May. 11th, 2009



In an attempt to revitalise the way I write about life out here, I have started a new blog!

Drifting Astray by Miss Rosie. ;)

I am planning on making it a home for thoughtful and well-crafted writings on life, music, living abroad, Spain, travel, etc. I've been meaning to put more effort into recording my life out here, and I'm really excited about, well, blogging.

Also, I love the theme. It's shiny. And I can post Twitter updates on it!

If anyone has a blog which they would like me to link, please let me know! (rossmills and princess_mark, I already linked Touch Sensitive and Epic Destinies. ;D)

'sall for now. Time for bed, I'm exhausted!

May. 2nd, 2009


Back from Paradise

Jess, Noel, Christina and I went to Lagos, Portugal, for a couple of days and just got back this afternoon. I can honestly say that it is one of the most astonishingly beautiful places I have ever been.

Three photos under the cutCollapse )

Mar. 7th, 2009

Cute Rin

'Strange and Beautiful' in more than one way

I listened to 'Strange and Beautiful (I'll Put a Spell on You)' by Aqualung for the first time in ages this morning. I've never thought about it in this way before, but as I was listening I began to find the implication behind the words slightly disturbing!

"I've been watching your world from afar,
I've been trying to be where you are,
And I've been secretly falling apart, unseen.
To me, you're strange and you're beautiful,
You'd be so perfect with me but you just can't see,
You turn every head but you don't see me.

I'll put a spell on you,
You'll fall asleep and I'll put a spell on you.
And when I wake you,
I'll be the first thing you see, lyric's top
And you'll realise that you love me."

To me, there could easily be something sinister going on.

Audio Overflow puts it like this:

"What I love about this song is the magical feel is possesses. Not only with some of the music/sounds but the lyrics in this song take on the same tone. In the verses of the song, he gently describes this girl…how he’s watching her, how she’s way out of his league, and how she doesn’t even notice him, so what does he do? He decides he’s going to figuratively take matters into his own hands. “I’ll put a spell on you. You’ll fall asleep and I’ll put a spell on you, and when I wake you I’ll be the first thing you see, and you’ll realize that you love me”, he lightly voices. Indeed, the lyrics sound a bit hokie, but the song in its entirety says otherwise. It is not your typical, “please, please fall for me” type of song. It has appropriate maturity to it."

Okay, the song doesn't go for the whiny "please, please fall for me" method of persuasion, but the alternative is slightly less honest, surely? Casting a spell on somebody so they'll fall in love? It all sounds a bit Midsummer Night's Dream, but it also made me think of The Collector by John Fowles, which is about a socially awkward young man who kidnaps an art student who he has become infatuated with. He keeps her locked in a makeshift apartment in the cellar of the country cottage he owns, hoping that she will in time come to accept him and fall in love with him.

I still enjoy the song though. And I know I'm reading too much into it. ^_^


Today has been a good day in the sunshine. Shopping with Jess, eating ice cream, sitting by the river listening to Devendra Banhart, and tonight I'm hosting my very first dinner party (of sorts)! I'm cooking chicken and mushrooms in a white wine sauce, and making a curry pasta and rocket salad. Hopefully it will all be a roaring success. Stay tuned ...

Feb. 27th, 2009


Of Cooking and Vampire Tales

I got home from teaching last night and look what was waiting for me!Collapse )

I also watched the last two episodes of HBO's True Blood last night, which has been my top series lately. I'm glad they've ordered a second season, because it was one of those shows that started off a little slow but got better and better. And the final episodes ... my God. The writers really didn't pull any punches.

Between True Blood and George R R Martin's vampire tale, Fevre Dream, I'm feeling a little like I've OD'd on vampire stories lately. Maybe it's because I read a particularly chilling part of Fevre Dream last night, but when I went to bed I was watching the shadows on my wall, listening for noises outside and wondering if the nastiest vampire in Fevre Dream was going to glide into my room and suck my blood.

When I finally relaxed and got to sleep, I also dreamed pretty vividly. Thankfully not about vampires. I don't care what Stephenie Meyer thinks: vampires are not cuddly.

Oct. 25th, 2008

Smiling San

Intelligence type meme

Nabbed from silverwerecat

Your result for Howard Gardner's Eight Types of Intelligence Test...


12% Logical, 31% Spatial, 71% Linguistic, 29% Intrapersonal, 24% Interpersonal, 12% Musical, 14% Bodily-Kinesthetic and 49% Naturalistic!

"Verbal-linguistic intelligence has to do with words, spoken or written. People with verbal-linguistic intelligence display a facility with words and languages. They are typically good at reading, writing, telling stories and memorizing words and dates. They tend to learn best by reading, taking notes, listening to lectures, and via discussion and debate. They are also frequently skilled at explaining, teaching and oration or persuasive speaking. Those with verbal-linguistic intelligence learn foreign languages very easily as they have high verbal memory and recall, and an ability to understand and manipulate syntax and structure.

Careers which suit those with this intelligence include writers, lawyers, philosophers, journalists, politicians and teachers." (Wikipedia)

Take Howard Gardner's Eight Types of Intelligence Test at HelloQuizzy

Hmmm, interesting! This is pretty darn accurate tbh.

LOLled at the comic as well. ^_^

Jul. 14th, 2008

Cute Rin


Day 172: still not dead. Hooray!

I've been plagued by a landslide of computer breakage lately. Our home computer died for the second time in two or three weeks, and this time it's looking to be of the permanent nature. Luckily my uni laptop has been resurrected from beyond the grave, sans old hard drive, which means I basically need a computer whizz to extract all my files from it so I don't lose them all forever. A technically-minded guy at work has volunteered, so I might get him to have a look at it. Meanwhile, the laptop is up and running with a much smaller hard drive, which basically means I'm being very very careful about what I download and install. But anyway, at least we have the internet back in our home again! The main computer is out of action but the guy who fixed my laptop is going to transfer its hard drive into a new, basic, not-broken computer. Win.

I'm leaving for Seville on August the 8th. It's less than a month away. How scary! I'm very very very very excited though. :3 I'm also getting very excited about my leaving party on the 26th. :D

Anyway, I just wanted to make this a short update to say "hey I'm still here!" and sorry for not being around to check my flist and stuff. I'm slowly catching up on the pages of posts that have built up during my hiatus. I've missed it around here!

Jun. 6th, 2008

Pink Hair <3

Technology = Fail

I think my [parents'] computer might have died on me.

I got back from visiting Sooty and Anita in London last night, switched the computer on to check my e-mail and LJ and other stuff, and then went to bed and left it on overnight. Which isn't so strange, as this was at about 1am and I figured I'd be up at about 7, checking my e-mails again before work. We leave the computer on overnight sometimes - not often, mind - but anyway. I digress.

Basically, came downstairs this morning to hear a high pitched whine/whistle coming from the computer, accompanied by a plasticky smell. A Not Good plasticky smell. The monitor was still working fine ('no input detected') but I couldn't get ANY response from the computer. Tried switching on/off at the mains and the back, and - nada. Left it switched off (at the mains, everywhere) for at least 10 minutes, still nothing. Popped home at lunchtime - NOTHING.

This HAD to happen while my parents were on holiday, didn't it? -_-

So yeah - add that to the reasons why I'm having the most annoying Friday EVAR. D:

May. 20th, 2008



I will update with more actual details about my life really soon, I promise ...

For now I just want to say that I passed my driving test today!!! :D

Apr. 19th, 2008

Cute Rin


I have new hair!!

Couple of photos under hereCollapse )

I like my new fringe. ^_^ I went to a different salon today than usual and the stylist was really confident about what sort of fringe I should have (solving my full/side fringe question easily), and she really made the side fringe work well. She also gave my hair TONS of volume, which it doesn't normally have. I am happy. Of course, I will wake up tomorrow and it will be completely flat, but I suppose I can always *try* to recreate that salon look ... try, and fail, lol.

I got home from having my hair done and put on a dress and did my makeup and took some photos and felt completely self-indulgent. It's nice to feel that way sometimes. And these photos did actually come out pretty well. :)

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