Last night was just one of those perfect examples of how my brain hates me with a passion.
Usually I wait with going to bed until I’m really tired, mainly because if I go to bed and don’t fall asleep within the first 10-15 minutes, I get really annoyed which then keeps me awake for the next 2 hours. Sleep in itself is boring enough without me having to spend time doing nothing in order to wait for it.
Yesterday I figured I should try to go to bed at a decent time even though I wasn’t really that tired, so after spending an hour or so reading, I decided to turn off the lamp and try to sleep.
Fun fact about me, right before I’m about to fall asleep, I usually have this weird sensation of falling. This is called a hypnic jerk, and it’s apparently very common. I’ve had it since I was a kid so it doesn’t bother me that much.
Last night it did, because it was stronger than usual and I woke up completely because of it. This annoyed me. And then I started thinking about the episode of Sherlock I’d watched earlier in the evening, where Sherlock jumps off a building. And then I started thinking about blood and pain and for some reason, I ended up freaking out over the possible demons under my bed, when in fact they wouldn’t fit because I have lots of stuff there. I spent about an hour telling myself I’m being absolutely ridiculous, before I managed to convince myself that there are no supernatural beings hiding anywhere in my apartment, and fell asleep.
I can’t even explain why I manage to scare myself the way I do, when I don’t believe in demons and stuff like that, neither am I afraid of the dark. Yet I only manage to do that to myself when I’m about to fall asleep, as if my brain is simply more vulnerable to bullshit at that time of the day. But, on the bright side, at least I have a somewhat normal circadian rhythm.
Are you into letter writing and snail mail? Do you have, or would you like to have penpals? If you’ve answered yes to either of these questions I suggest you head over to the League of Extraordinary Penpals and sign up right away!
The LEP is a penpal club where you’re able to connect to other people who are passionate about the same thing, it’s very new and in fact, if you sign up today, you will receive an extraordinary discount! Only today though, from tomorrow on it’s full price again!
And no, if you’re wondering, I’m not getting paid to say this. I really just want more people to be passionate about snail mail because there is nothing better than checking your mail and find a hand-written letter from somewhere in the world.
Speaking of letters, I went to my local book store yesterday and discovered that they had several different kinds of stationery! This makes me so happy because it’s so difficult to find good and nice-looking stationery. I also bought a few small brown envelopes, it made me wish they had them in larger packs, because I love the thin Kraft envelopes (and papers for that matter). I simply love the not-quite-white sorts of paper, they just look a bit..classier, somehow.
In other news, I finally found a teapot I think I can live with. I’ve been looking for one for ages and although I was originally going for something older, I’ve decided that this will be fine until I get a TARDIS teapot. The main reason to why I haven’t yet, is that I would be so afraid of using it.
I’m probably not the only one liking paperback books because they’re more flexible and lighter and generally easier to bring with me. Sometimes people tell me that paperbacks are made to be abused, and that makes me sad.
Even more so when I ordered the two piece Sherlock Holmes collection that I showed you a while ago.
I’m a good 25% or so through it now, and since I started to take on more daytime shifts at work, I’ve found that reading during my lunch break is a good way to relax and just disconnect from work. It gives my brain a chance to focus on something else than statistics and market research for just a little while.
However, having a paperback in your purse all the time is going to ruin it, which is why I decided to make a sleeve for mine.
I’m really happy with the result, I actually did it right on the first try even though I was so sure I’d get the measurements wrong. A book sleeve has to be fitted but not too tight, so that can be quite tricky, but as long as you actually measure seam allowances properly and don’t just guess, and you make sure to sew exactly where you’re supposed to, it’ll turn out fine.
I couldn’t find any tutorial that could show me what I wanted to do, which was to put fusible interfacing inside the entire thing, including the sleeves that would be on the inside of the book. This would obviously not be necessary for a hardcover book, but as I was designing this for a paperback I figured there is no harm in trying to make the cover a bit more sturdy. I had some medium weight interfacing that I used, and it worked fine.
I’ll definitely be making more of these, after all, I made this one for a 1000 page book, and I need one to fit each kind of book I own, don’t I?
A while ago I ordered some stationery from La Papierre, I love Julie’s blog so naturally I wanted to try her paper goods, and my oh my am I glad I did.
My first impression upon unpacking my sets was “wow, this is nice” and I actually said those exact words to myself while touching the paper and looking generally starry-eyed.
I’m not exaggerating, this is like..well, like porn for letter writers.
Anyway, I didn’t want to write about it before I’d actually tried to write on the paper with my fountain pens, because that’s usually what convinces me of the quality of a paper. To me, its ability to take fountain pen ink is one of the most important aspects of stationery.
I ordered two sets, and both were of a nice, smooth, paper quality, absolutely thick enough to write on both sides (which I usually do in my letters). They were very easy and neat to write on, there were no scratchy noises from the pen and the ink dried instantly on the paper.
I can absolutely recommend anyone who’s looking for high quality stationery to take a look at La Papierre!
Oh, and if you’re into letter writing and penpalling, The League of Extraordinary Penpals is definitely something you have to check out! If you sign up before February 1st you get a discount!
..and now most of my readers have no clue what that is but St Dwynwen is the Welsh saint of love, so today, it being St Dwynwen’s day, is basically the Welsh equivalent to Valentine’s.
There are several different versions of the story about Dwynwen, but they all have the main element of her being heartbroken over the man she fell in love with, either because her father wouldn’t let her marry him or because the man hurt her in some way, after which she ran into the forest. There she met an angel who granted her three wishes, one of them being that she would be the saint of love to be able to support the broken-hearted.
I hope you’ve all had a great day and that your weekend will be filled with happiness and rest!
Today I watched Struck by Lightning. I was hesitant to watch it for several reasons, the most important one being that I’ve seen so many adaptions of the story about the bullied high school kid that I’m generally sick of them. I heard about this one about a year and a half ago, and so I’ve been waiting for it with something like despair mixed with curiosity. This movie is written by someone who has a history of being bullied himself, and I’ve always said that stories like this can’t be told by people who think they know what it’s like.
I was actually pleasantly surprised.
Of course there are the stereotypical characters; the buff athlete guy, the immigrant guy, the goth girl, the cheerleader, and so on. I feel like that’s deliberate though, and some of them actually turn out to have a human side too.
Struck by lightning is the story of how Carson blackmails his classmates into writing a literary magazine to up his chances of getting into the college he’s applied for. I feel like, with everything going on in this guy’s life, it could’ve been me if I’d been a little bit braver and a little bit more sure about myself. And I’m not entirely sure that’s a good thing.
Having read a fair amount of discussion online about this movie, I’ve stumbled upon so many people arguing whether or not Carson did “the right thing”, and I’m surprised that that’s all people get from it.
Honestly, when you’re the kid everyone hates, there’s not really a right or wrong way of doing things. Do I think Carson was awesome for blackmailing his fellow students into doing what he asked? Yes.
Do I think blackmail in general is a good way to go? No.
However, the message of this movie was that having dreams isn’t a bad thing, because some people will fulfil them, and there’s no reason to assume you won’t be one of them. If you die tomorrow, would you rather die knowing you had dreams and plans and hopes to fight for, or that you’d given up hope on such silly things as dreams a long time ago and were just living a life accepting you’d have to settle for less?
Do you remember this post I made about Colin Morgan? Do you remember how I said “Turns out that Colin Morgan isn’t just a great Merlin, but a great actor in general.” and “I know this man will go far”?
Yesterday he won a National Television Award for Best Male Drama Performance. I just love it when I’m right.
The only winner I’m actually slightly disappointed about is Best Drama, in Which Merlin, Doctor Who, Sherlock, and Downton Abbey were nominated. I’ve just recently started watching Downton Abbey but it’s got me nowhere as hooked as the other three shows did and it saddens me that they didn’t get the recognition they deserved, especially seeing as Downton Abbey really just keeps winning every award of their category. Here is a complete list of nominees and winners of the NTAs 2013, for those of you curious.
Enough about that, a day at work ahead, and then I’ll make a post about all the beautiful stuff I’ve been finding in my mailbox lately! :)
My boyfriend posted this on my facebook wall earlier this evening and I just wanted to share it because it made me smile. :) (I think me forcing him to smell my new copy of The Hobbit might have something to do with it..)