December Sounds || Soundtrack To My Life Tag

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Feels good to be back #vscocam #sea #newcastle

D E C E M B E R  S O U N D S

For this month's mix I was going to attempt another alternative Christmas playlist, but when I saw Zoe and Lily's Soundtrack To My Life tag, I thought it would be interesting to give it a go.
To be honest I don't think I could have topped the last one anyway. I'd love it if you shared yours too.

Song you listen to when you're happy?
Fuel Up by Stornoway.

Song you listen to when you're sad?
The Absence of God by Rilo Kiley. The entire More Adventurous album has been the soundtrack to my late teens and early twenties, it's one of my favourites!

What song will you have at your wedding?
Tom and I have always said that if we ever get married we'd play Ich häng an dir und du hängst an mir by Fotos. The lyrics aren't very wedding-appropriate, but there are a lot of happy German memories attached.

What song do you dance around the house to?
Here's The Thing by Girl Talk. Actually, any Girl Talk. Why doesn't everyone love Girl Talk as much as I do?

Song you play on your headphones when out and about?
Suffocation by Crystal Castles.

Song you listen to when you're angry?
Bullet with Butterfly Wings by Smashing Pumpkins.

Song you'd have at your funeral?
Something ridiculously inappropriate like King Night by Salem. Or failing that, Heroes by David Bowie.

Song that makes you lose your shit at a party?
Work by Kelly Rowland. Always.

The last song you listened to?
Sour Times by Portishead.

Your karaoke song?
I can only remember doing karaoke one time, after very many glasses of wine at a friend's party. It was It's Oh So Quiet by Bjork and it was...not a good time.

What song do you work out/exercise to?
Haha, good one! I haaate all forms of exercise, but I love blasting Negative Thinking by the Death Set when I'm blitzing the flat.

Song with the most memories attached?
Two Weeks by Grizzly Bear. It was massive during my first year of uni and that year was just the best.

Song that makes you cry?
It takes a lot to make me cry and I don't think a song's ever managed it, but A Lady of a Certain Age by The Divine Comedy comes close. I love songs that tell a story and in places, the music is so beautiful it actually feels painful. It's one of my all-time favourites.

Song you hate the most?
Blurred Lines. Aside from the truly awful misogyny, it's one of the dullest songs I've heard and I can't understand how it got so popular.

Your favourite song of all time?
Phantom Limb by The Shins

Listen on Spotify
{See my other playlists here}

Talking in Riddles

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Our Christmas tree leaves a little to be desired this year, but it still makes me feel cheery #vscocam #christmas #tree

One of the downsides of writing a lifestyle blog is that you're sharing your life with people you can't even put a face to, and it's hard to be honest without giving too much away. As I've had so much stuff going on over the last few months (good and bad) that I don't really feel like sharing on such a public platform, I feel like I've been talking in riddles over my last few posts and I've really started to miss just sharing what I've been up to. So, in true blogger fashion this is what life has looked like lately.

WATCHING || Tom managed to get us tickets to a free screening of Birdman in Manchester last night and we both really, really enjoyed it. It was bizarre, hilarious, heartbreaking and Michael Keaton was pretty fantastic. We've also been watching a lot of The Office (US), but that's nothing new.

LOOKING FORWARD TO || Christmas in Newcastle. It's been almost a year since I was last in Newcastle, so I'm looking forward to spending a few days back by the sea. 

FEELING || So very proud.

WELCOMING || A new addition to our family. We adopted a Chinese hamster called Basil in November and for such a tiny thing he brings so much happiness. So far I've only lost him down the back of the sofa twice, which is pretty impressive considering how fast he is. 

READING || Erm, not very much really. I've almost finished Gingerbread by Robert Dinsdale, which is rather bloody good. It's a modern fairytale set in the forests Belarus (already a winner) and just reading the descriptions of the frozen landscapes makes me feel cold. 

DRINKING || Black sambuca with my ex-colleagues. This actually turned out to be a terrible mistake, especially as it was followed by a day of Christmas shopping with my brother. I realised when I got to the train station the next day that I'd actually spilled a considerable amount down the front of my jeans, which wasn't my finest hour. 

EATING || Far too much. My relationship with my body is the best it's been in a long time, but the Christmas podge is already piling on. Current strategy is damage limitation until January. 

LISTENING TO || Kings of Convenience. I'd never listened to them before, but I've kind of fallen in love with Riot on an Empty Street.

PLANNING || A few weekends away early next year.

So, have you done anything interesting lately?
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