Sunday, 15 April 2012

Heigh ho, heigh ho

It's off to work we go! I'd say I have a job, but that's basically a lie - what I have is a week volunteering my help in filing and tea-making, but it's close right? I'll feel kinda like a proper grown up anyway, living in my flat, working 9-5, wearing lovely fashionable business attire...

That last bit is what I'm babbling about today, because I've come to the conclusion that, much as I adore my clothes, they're not generally law firm appropriate. Well, some of my vast collection of dresses might be, but I don't want to push it on my first day! So it's off to buy blazers and things we go!

Here's a couple of things on my 'I'm a serious corporate lawyer (lol, jk I'm an 18, sorry, 19 year old who likes pretty clothes)' wishlist.

Black Zip Trousers
£19.99 - Sadly, out of stock, but I want something similar. I tried  couple of pairs like this on way back in February when my parents came to visit, but none of them looked great, so I live in hope for the perfect pair.

H&M Pink Blazer
£14.99 - What can I say, I just want one. I have a gorgeous black Zara dress that's actually work appropriate, and this would just liven it up  with a bit of a kick. And I could wear it over the summer too and, well, it's just rather lovely.

H&M Sand Jacket
£29.99 - Okay, more expensive, but it's a bit of a classic. And I'm so excited about teaming it with such a simple outfit, like the one in the image, if the weather ever gets that good.

 Blue Palm Print Dress
£35 - I just love it. These dresses are my thing. I couldn't love them more if I tried. I can but pray it won't be typically too short to wear in a more formal environment. Alas, it probably will be.

So that's a little snippet of the sort of things I'll hopefully be picking up in the next few weeks. A bit excessive for a single week? Probably, but then, I can wear them all again... right... XD

What would you wear for a week as a corporate lawyer? Do you have any fabulous suggestions for my wardrobe (please do!). Tell me all!

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Pinch, punch...

...first of the month, and all that :p

I accept that, as usual, I have fallen off the blogging bandwagon. (Why does this always happen!) But, first of the month, a pretty layout overhaul and a lot of sunshine has inspired me to start over. Well, at least come back, I won't be doing anything so drastic as deleting all my old posts or anything this time. That would be incredibly over-dramatic, and anyone who knows me knows I'm anything but over-dramatic. Pause for gales of laughter by anyone who does actually know me. Ahem.

You'll all, I'm sure, be pleased to know that I've finished all my end of year essays, way in advance, so I'm currently sat around, waiting to go home on Thursday, filling my time with trashy tv, shopping and generally relaxing. I might try this productivity thing more often, the free, unstressed, time it gives you is fantastic :p

I've also got my eye on a camera tripod, which will hopefully lead to more lovely things like outfit posts, which I've also wanted to do, but never managed before. I have major respect for all these people who manage o take decent ones in a mirror or with their iphone. Suffice to say, I cannot, and all attempts have been consigned to the untouchable graveyard of immediately deleted photos. But soon! Hopefully. Especially as I've been buying lots of new clothes lately, and do feel like people should share my excitement about this!

So yes, expect to see more musings on my life over the coming months. I'm hoping to do a lot baking (read: revision procrastination) over the Easter holidays, so the 'lifestyle' parts of the blog may become a bit of a 'Look! Cakes! More cakes!' overload, which will be terribly fun, but hopefully not as fun as actually making and eating them. I do apologise to anyone on a diet.

And, because I like pretty pictures, but can't take them myself (yet!), I'll just leave you with a pretty picture of some daffodils, to celebrate Spring.

Friday, 2 March 2012

I'll be the wings that keep your heart in the clouds...

So, yesterday I bought a flat, and. in celebration (considering it was already a day of spending a lot of money) a dress too! I went off shopping post flat-buying with one of the girls I'll be living with, and we popped into the new New Look that's just opened on Princes St. Oh my goodness. Big mistake. I was being awfully good, and hadn't even picked anything up-, but while I was waiting for Laura to try two things on (which she never even bought in the end!) I had to hover near this beauty. Needless to say when she emerged, I went straight in to try it on...

Friday, 24 February 2012

Feel-good Friday

Yet again, I missed last week's post. Just trying to keep you on your toes you see! Or, you know, being generally forgetful. I was at a friend's birthday party, so I suppose I was having a very feel-good Friday and just never told you guys.

So, this week I may have to dredge up the little things, as nothing massively amazing is happening, as far as I'm aware, and, frankly, I'm feeling a bit down for no apparent reason (read: PMS-y) tonight; but I started this to help me look for the little things that are good each week, not the big things, so this'll probably be good for me!

Choosing happiness is exactly what I'm trying to do :)

1. Cumin makes everything better, as I discovered on making some fantastic rice and sausage concoction the evening my boyfriend went home the other week. So I'm thinking I'm going to hunker down on the sofa for a bit this evening with a similar dinner and watch some trashy tv and smile.

2. I have done a little bit of work! Which is better than nothing :)

3. Although it was a bit strange letting my parents go home again, I had a fabulous time with them, and got to do loads of great stuff which I probably wouldn't have done otherwise, like go to the zoo and see the pandas. Yes, it's a bit sad that they're gone again (or at least it is when I feel like this!) but it makes me realise how lucky I am to have amazing parents, and parents that I get on with so well.

4. Also, I'll be popping home for the weekend, for my dad's birthday in 2 weeks time, so really, I can't complain!

5. Had a great night with some great friends last night, and two of them I'll be living with next year so everything seems rosy on that front. We've also organised that the evening we had become a regular weekly or bi-weekly thing, which is fantastic.

6. I had some tea and biscuits, and Married, Single, Other, a programme that was a favourite of mine a couple of years ago was on STV, so I had a nice relaxing hour, which has chilled me out quite a bit. Luckily it wasn't one of the overly sad episodes!

7. Had a quick meeting with a photographer about a possible shoot, and he was a nice guy, we've sorted something, and hopefully that will go well. If it doesn't, I've not lost anything excpet some of my time really. He seemed alright, and the whole thing is TFP outdoors and looks fab, so I'm hoping all goes well.

8. It's my flatmate's birthday today, and the people she's currently working for on placement sent her home when they found out. Bless them. And there's a little party tomorrow which should be fun, and snap me out of whatever's left of this steadily departing funk.

9. It was a beautiful day today - one of those that makes you glad you live somewhere. Or just glad you live to be honest. Deceptively windy and cold, but beautiful

10. I have show choir tomorrow. Can't beat that.

So now, I'm going to choose to be happy, slap even more of a smile on my face, then go to bed. Yay.


Thursday, 16 February 2012

Soap and Glory

Hurray, another post on my newly fixed laptop! *small cheer* And I'm going to chat on about something you probably all know quite a lot more than me about - Soap and Glory. I made my first Soap and Glory buys a while ago now, on an ill fated shopping trip early on in my uni life, before I realised I had a budget. It was nice while it lasted! I've always really fancied buying Soap and Glory products, because I hear so many nice reviews about the smell - I'm a sucker for nice smelling things - and also because the packaging is just so pretty! I know it's terrible to buy things simply because the packaging is nice but oh I can't help it...

Luckily, I love them to bits!

The products were on 3 for 2 offer in Boots when I bought them, although sadly I'm not sure they still are. Obviously, 3 for 2 grabbed me, and I had to buy three, so I'm now the proud owner of 'Clean On Me' body wash, 'Flake Away' salt scrub, and 'Butter Yourself' body cream.

'Clean On Me' shower gel/body wash. Okay, first, I love the names of these things! And now that's out of the way, I can actually talk about the product. It smells amazing. No, really, it does. It's fruity and fresh, great to wake up with in morning, but also not too much of a kick, so I really enjoy using it on lovely girly pampering nights. I wasn't entirely convinced at first as to whether I liked it or not, but I think that's because I'd heard so many amazing things that anything was going to be disappointing straight away. Over the time I've been using it though it's grown on me so much, and now I can't stop smelling it. It really clings to you too, I find, unlike some body washes which you can't smell the minute you rinse them off, which is a massive bonus.

'Flake Away' salt scrub - This stuff also smells amazing. It's much sweeter than the body wash, I think, but there's also a sort of fruity tang to it. I can't really describe smells, so I'll just leave it at great :p I have really quite sensitive skin, so I always worry about scrubs like this, in case the grains irritate my legs, but this hasn't so far. It feels lovely as an exfoliating scrub, and although I'm not sure it's a miracle worker in terms of making my legs baby smooth, I would definitely buy it again. It also lasts forever, it looks like I've barely made a dent in the surface so far!

'Butter Yourself' body cream - Sadly, I'm not as much of a fan of the smell of this one. I think it smells more chemical and medicinal than the others - there's an odd tinge to it - but, that said, it does still smell nice. Just not fantastic. That's balanced out for me though by the fact that I may be in love with it. It has a very thick, creamy consistency, but it soaks into my skin quickly, and doesn't leave my legs feeling greasy or oily, so I can't really complain. I just wish it had the smell of 'Clean On Me'!

That's all for now folks, but I'll be much less busy this week so hopefully some more posts will be coming your way!

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

It would appear I was mistaken...

I took basically no photos over this entire weekend. Not of outfits, not of us being ridiculous and tourist-y, not of anything. I didn't even have time to paint my nails on Saturday. So much fail. But, to be honest, I don't really care, because despite the fact that we didn't do everything I'd thought of, and we, as usual, decided to ignore half our plans and do something different, I had the most fabulous weekend. So I thought I'd ramble about that instead. With very few pictures.

"So what did you do with your weekend? Feed a giraffe? No, I thought not!" 

Over the course of this weekend, I have acquired an adorable card and present, been shopping, eaten lots of cake, been out for lunch and dinner, been to the theatre, sung along to the Welsh National Anthem in a Scottish pub when the rugby was starting, swiftly vacated said pub (the two incidents were not completely connected), been to the museum, had intelligent conversations, introduced the boy to my choir, drunk a fair bit of wine, plus an awesome cocktail if I do say so myself, watched two soppy films, and talked a lot. All in all, amazing.

On Monday, shortly after the boy vacated the country, my laptop decided that it objected to his sudden absence and contracted some sort of virus. All my files are gone. I almost cried. In fact, that is a lie. I cried. I may even have rung my mum up, whilst crying, when she was supposed to be working, because of this incident. Luckily, my university is full of beautiful, beautiful people, and not only do they run free laptop clinics - where I shall be taking mine in an hour to see if they can rescue my files from the abyss, or possibly even fix it completely - they will also they lend you laptops. I mean, what? So I have a temporary laptop at least until tomorrow, and hopefully until my parents visit next week. Best case scenario, some fantasmagorical person fixes mine completely (I'm sure it's not actually that difficult, but I am so computer illiterate about stuff like this that it seems like an impossible task), and I search for a new one to buy in the Easter holidays. Otherwise, they hopefully recover my stuff (luckily most of it is backed up, but the newest stuff isn't. Learn from my mistakes. BACK UP EVERYTHING. ALWAYS.) and I continue to use this one, hopefully until Monday, when my parents will take me shopping for a new one. Either way, come next week I will have a working laptop of my own, one way or another, so all is not completely lost. Not having Skype is a bit gutting, but ah well.

So hopefully more posts then. Fingers crossed. 27 millionth time lucky? :p

Friday, 10 February 2012

Feel-good Friday

So, I missed last week's post due to general business, but I think that's enough of a feel-good in itself - I was having so much fun I forgot to make the post! I do still have a lot of exciting things to be happy about though, so back to it. I might incorporate some things from last week as well, just cos.

1. Tomorrow morning my boyfriend arrives for a weekend in Edinburgh! This is making me possibly too excited. I've bought food, and new clothes, and theatre tickets, and stuck a face mask on last night, and have generally used it as a jolly good excuse to treat myself. And I get to see him all weekend. I can't wait. At all. Bring on tomorrow!

2. Yep, yesterday I went on a fab shopping trip round Princes' St in between lectures, and came away with rather a few things, including a few I definitely didn't need. well, didn't set out to buy. I definitely need them :p I'll hopefully manage to take some decent pictures, and do a little haul post very soon, but suffice to say there's quite a lot of pink stuff. Also hoping to get an OOTD and NOTD post out of it, so I could be very busy next week. I only wish I had decent photography skills, but hopefully the boyfriend will be able to take some outfit pics for me tomorrow.

3. I've done all the work I need to do before Feb 28th, so I'm rather far ahead :p So happy about this - I can absolutely relax this weekend without any stress about translating.

4. I'm off to the theatre tomorrow, to see an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 'Snow, Glass, Apples' which tells another side to the Snow White tale. It's supposed to be unsuitable for under-15s with 'dark, mature themes' so I'll possibly be hiding in the boyfriend's shoulder for some of it. Must remember to take sweets to calm me down. So looking forward to it though, and it'll be so lovely to have a proper night out with the boy. There's a possibility one of my friends might be going with her boyfriend too, which would be nice.

5. Last Friday I went to a fabulous (late) Burns' Night celebration. It was my first experience of a traditional Scottish Burns' Night and worried as I was (mostly about the haggis!) the whole experience was amazing. I got to chat to a lot more people at the CSU, do some more ceilidhing, which is always good, and I actually loved the haggis, neeps and tatties. I could pass for a true Scot yet!

6. This afternoon I spent an hour going round estate agents with Jonny, one of the friends I'll be living with next year, and applying to view flats. We've got our first viewing on Monday, and the one I desperately want (although we haven't actually viewed it yet...) isn't yet under offer, so I'm hoping. Everyone keep your fingers crossed for us!!

7. I finally remembered to blog today! That's got to be good!

8. As usual we had our little hot chocolate session after Latin this morning. This never ceases to make my list of awesome things. I don't know how the library hot chocolate manages to be so good, but I'm pretty sure it's witchcraft. And it's always nice to have an hour set aside to just sit and chat with people. Bliss.

9. I'm going to spend Valentine's Day with some good friends who are all single or in long-distance relationships. There will be pizza and films and joy. And then a trip to a bar :p No couples allowed. Sounds great to me.

10. Okay, so kinda cheating, but really, my boyfriend arrives tomorrow morning! That's a good two and half days spent with someone I love to pieces, who I haven't seen in over a month. It's got to be good enough to make the list twice!

10a. Okay, a real 10? Tonight I'm going to go to bed early with a Woo-Woo and read Glamour. Life is good.

10b. And I have tickets booked for the Lion King at Christmas! So excited to see that. I saw it in London when I was about 7, and I don't really remember it, so I'm really looking forward to seeing it again.

Anyway, now I'm off to the gym, so I can do my tutorial work and then spend the evening watching trashy tv, trying on clothes and tidying my room in an overexcited state. Argh! :D

Monday, 30 January 2012

I need some 'Happinose'...

Do they even sell that anymore? I really, really hope so. I'm gonna go on a hunt for it in a minute before I come back and attempt the gym for about 5 minutes before deciding that 'Sneezy' is not really a good exercise look. Because, hurray, I am totally full of a cold. Ugh. It attacked me on Thursday and although it's getting better it's just at that proper cold stage now where my nose hurts because it's been scrubbed at with a tissue so much. Lovely image eh? So I am in dire need of some nose rescuing substance that I can slather all over it tonight and sit in my pyjamas eating cake and watching tv. I haven't been out with friends in the evening for over a week, because I fail dismally due to being ill - the boyfriend on the other hand seems to never stop at the minute (usually much the other way round!). I'm not sure whether this is making me feel worse, or whether I'm just enjoying the quiet time to get early nights with tv and cosmo in! :D

On the plus side, 8 of us went to Pizza Express yesterday, and had a fantastic Sunday lunch. All the better because it only came to £7.50 each, because I had £50 in vouchers that needed using up :p And the best bit? The waitress came over after everyone but me had got their food, and apologised for accidentally squishing my pizza - which I was fine with anyway, but no, they'd already put another one in the oven. So she gave me the original to 'nibble on'  and said she'd swap it for the proper one when it was ready. So in true student style, I wolfed down as much as possible and called in 'nibbling' and when they brought my fresh pizza, they let me keep the first one. It would only have been thrown out, so 2 pizzas for the price of one for me! Student life is great...

So tonight I will mostly be eating pasta, watching Gossip Girl (yay new series back on ITV2!!!) with cake, and turning my phone off in between ad breaks so that the boy cannot harass me once  he gets back from dinner, as he's pleasantly promised to. Sounds good to me.

(Is it only me that's desperately excited to see this?)

Friday, 27 January 2012

Feel-good Friday

Oops at my total lack of posting since last Friday. Ah well, if I remember this every week, at least that's one a week right? Always look on the bright side :p With that in mind, here goes  this weeks good stuff...

1. I got the most fabulous early night (kind of) last night. I was in bed just after nine, tucked up with a copy of Cosmo, and hopefully beating this cold off. Yay. And the boyfriend didn't text me past 10 (okay, apart from once at nearly 11...) because he knew I was going to sleep, so he wouldn't wake me, bless him, even though usually when he goes out on a Thursday I get at least one text at around 1am.

2. I've, yet again, kept on top of the work I wanted to do this week, so I'm still on track! My friends and I do like to bitch about how we want to swap to Ancient History so we don't have to do all this work but it's not so bad really.

3. Especially when you're doing Ovid! 50 lines of Ovid (in about an hour!) was a big achievement today, and it made me realise that I actually really love his writing. Yay.

4. Next weekend one of my best friends is popping in on her way back to St Andrews so we can go shopping and hot chocolate/cocktail drinking and gossiping. I genuinely cannot wait.

5. The weekend after that my boyfriend will be here! :D We're both ridiculously excited for this, planning what to do and where to go. Well, okay, I'm trying to plan, and he doesn't care what we do because he's just so happy to be coming, but still. Eek. There will be eating out and drinking decent wine in the flat and just talking properly. It feels like both next to no time and forever since we were last together, and I can't wait. At all.

6. The week after that (I know, my February is getting busy!) my parents are coming up for a few days and we've booked tickets to go and see the pandas at the zoo! I'm really hoping they're out, because if they're inside you can't see them, and I will be gutted if that's the case.

7. My boyfriend's mum sent me a little parcel on Monday with some slippers and photographs from over Christmas in it, which are all now stuck on my wall. Well, not the slippers.

8. I've acquired £50 of Pizza Express vouchers from the boyfriend, because they have to be used by the end of Jan, and there isn't a Pizza Express in Huddersfield (what is this madness!?) so I'm going for Sunday lunch with friends which will be great!

9. Even though I have a silly cold I've not been too bad, and hopefully I'll be able to shake it off very soon. And I've still been to the gym, just for less time than usual. Very proud of myself :)

10. Last but not least, tv has been good this week. I've basically been holed up at home working/being ill, and I've  watched a good amount of Don't Tell the Bride and Pretty Little Liars :p Also, Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents is back on Wednesdays! I was so excited about that it was a little embarrassing. It's so terrible, but I love it so much. And thankfully, it just serves to make me feel lucky for having the parents I do :p

Hope you've all had a good week too, and your next is as good, if not better :D

Friday, 20 January 2012

Feel-good Friday

I've been wanting to do one of these posts for a while - I've seen them around, and I always love reading them, so here we are.

I'm pretty bad for being too hard on myself - I'm one of those people who's prone to ridiculous freak-outs about little things I think are wrong, and think everything's going to be a disaster if I'm not sure of something. Oops. But since coming back to uni last week, I've been better than I thought I would be about letting things go sometimes, so I thought I'd keep up the happy thoughts with a little post of things that are making me smile this week. I was originally going to do this on a Sunday, but I think I'll have more time on Fridays, so here goes. If I suddenly switch to Sundays, ah well, these things happen. I'm going to aim for ten things each week, which might be a bit steep, but we'll see! :)

1. I may not have done quite the amount of work I was planning on this week, but I've done enough - and the rest of my time was spent taking time off to read and watch tv :D

2. I've actually been to the gym every single day this week, since I got back to uni! Only for half an hour every day, but I'm so proud of myself. Now to keep it up for next week!

3. As a side-effect of going to the gym, I've been reading so much more recently. I finally put something other than lecture notes on my Kindle over Christmas, so I've been taking it to the gym and reading away while I exercise, with the result that I've read at least 4 books in as many days. I can see this Kindle is going to serve me very very well at uni. And it makes exercise seem much easier.

4. Today I booked my train ticket home for my Dad's birthday in March, and got upgraded to first class for the entire journey. For less than £20!

5. As of tomorrow, it will only be three weeks until the boy's Valentine's weekend trip up to see me :D

6. Speaking thereof, I went shopping yesterday (in the 10 minutes in which there decided to be a freak snowstorm, grr) and got the little present I wanted. Nothing impressive, just a little silly bit, and I still have to get a card, but it makes me smile to know I've at least got something.

7. I finished Season 1 of Pretty Little Liars today. Can't wait to start on season 2!

8. It's my friend's 19th birthday do tomorrow, and I'm looking forward to it a ridiculous amount. I'm not a massive clubbing/going out person, but I've had some of my best nights in Edinburgh with her, so it promises to be a good one.

9. I had the full day off today. 3 day weekend. Oh yeah... Okay, this is the only time it'll ever happen, but still. Besides, due to a weird tweak in our timetable this year, I've only got half the amount of Friday Latin this semester than I did last semester, which means every other week I have pretty much the whole day off (one tutorial at 12 definitely doesn't count!)

10. I made a bleedin' good stir fry for dinner, and topped it off with ginger sponge and custard, watching Don't Tell The Bride, before I head off in 2 minutes to a 'Back to Uni' house party. Life is definitely good

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Tea-tree face washes

So, although I decided to veer a little a bit away from the fashion/beauty blog thing, basically because I don't know enough about it, but I will still be posting that sort of thing for sure. Today for starters, because I've been planning to write a post about my weekend since about Saturday and still haven't, so I feel bad for having no posts. So here is one!

Thought I might take a look at my day to day face products. They are... (please ignore shocking picture quality - the lighting in my room decided to get weird on me and I'm not enough of a camera genius to combat it)

Superdrug's own brand tea tree and peppermint facial wash and scrub :) I was attracted to them firstly because Superdrug had an offer on their own brand products, and I am an advertisers dream, alas. But also, I think tea tree/mint is a really refreshing smell and it really wakes me up in the morning, so for a girl who enjoys her morning shower these were really good. Also, my conditioner is tea tree and I thought it would match, but that's just my weirdness. They actually smell really good, tangy and refreshing, which is great, but I've also found that they work! I use the face wash first, and then a tiny amount of the scrub, and I've found that my poor party-abused skin has started to recover a little.

You get 150ml of 'Foaming Facial Wash' for £1.49. It lathers up really well, and once I've got it on my face it feels slightly warm, but not uncomfortable. I was worried the first time I used it, because I have fairly sensitive skin, and if something like this feels warm, I occasionally end up with a bright red face :/ Luckily, I didn't, and the warmth just seems to be it doing its thing. I really like it now, it's as though I can feel it working.

The scrub, as you can tell, is smaller, and you only get 75ml for the same price of £1.49, however, you do only use a tiny amount each time really. I've always used facial scrub type things before, so it's nice to follow up the wash with something more familiar to me - I always think that when you can feel the little beads it at least feels like you're doing some good! The granules in this are great, not too scratchy, and it leaves my skin feeling very soft and exfoliated.

Overall, for two things I picked up simply because I needed some face wash, I love these, and I will almost certainly be repurchasing them when I run out! :)

Friday, 6 January 2012

Mafia murder-mystery

I feel the need to share my terror with someone. Lucky you, eh?

Tonight, I am going to one of those murder mystery dinner/party things. Set in 1960s Soho. Involving the mafia. It sounds fun, in theory, doesn't it? Even I think it sounds fun, in theory, but the reality is I am bleedin' terrified.

It's hosted by a friend of my boyfriend's mum, and was originally just a party, which sounded great, but then they had this bright idea. I do really want to go, but can I not just hide in the corner in a pretty dress and make people cocktails while they do this whole murder mystery thing? Apparently not. Without me there won't be enough people, so I have to bite the bullet and attempt to do this whole improv/acting thing. The boyfriend does not understand, because, being an actor, this is heaven to him. I, however, do not do improv. Just no. The thought makes me want to cry. And noone will pander to me because they keep bringing up my Drama A-Level. NOT THE SAME.

At least he's tried to pick me the character that gets to wear a cocktail dress. He's done his best to make me as comfortable and happy as I could be, poor love.

This isn't even coherent, I am that worried about tonight. I am going to embarrass myself to death, I just know I am. Have any of you ever done one of these things and can put my mind at rest? Tell me I'm going to love it and have the best time ever? Ta.

I'm going to have a fantastic time. I will try my best and it will be awesome. 

I need a cup of tea.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Cupcakes and breakdowns

This was supposed to be a happy, shiny post about the cupcakes that I made with the cupcake maker my wonderful nan bought me for Christmas (because much as I can bake properly, my oven at university did goodness knows what to my last cake, and although edible, it wasn't altogether beautiful, so this will save both time and my sanity when in Edinburgh.) However. life conspired against me.

First, what happens when I go to university but the self-raising flour getting all weevil-y and icky? Not a good start. I will actually cry if, when I get back to Scotland, the flour in my cupboard is weevil-y. I did manage to get over myself, and find the plain flour and baking powder to attempt to rectify the situation, and was thoroughly happy again. Or close enough anyway. I had my snazzy new apron on and Disney/Evita playing loudly to sing along to, so all was looking well on the cupcake front.

I got 100g into measuring the caster sugar and realised there was a spider on the bag. And I freaked.

You know how people say they're arachnophobic, and they mean they don't like those things? I am not one of those people. I cannot even say the word. It took serious shivering to write it up there so that you all actually have an idea what I'm talking about. My boyfriend was the one who started calling them 'flabbits' because it 'sounded nicer' and now even my parents do it. They even bought me a bottle of repellent for Christmas so that I can ward them off at uni, and they stuck stickers, on which they'd written 'Flabbit,' over where it should have given the real name. It sounds stupid, but it honestly helps massively.

I am pretty certain this one was long dead (and barely the size of a fingernail) but still, I screamed, ran, and had a minor panic attack. It was not at all pretty. I just about managed to get the milk back in the fridge so I didn't ruin it, but the other accoutrements of my baking fiasco are still littering the kitchen, waiting for my mother to return from work and help me out. Because until then, I cannot go in my kitchen. Great.

So I am cupcake-less, still. Hopefully tonight will involve a clean out of the baking cupboard and the buying of some more flour so that tomorrow will be infinitely better on the cupcake front. I live in hope.

Eep, new blogger!

Ahhh, so I may actually keep up with this whole blogging thing now. I've discovered both inspiration, and the new blogger interface. Now, I'm sure most of you already found that, and I'm just very slow, but hurray, I feel like I can actually use it. This is rare. Blogger used to make me want to kill things. And I wondered why I never got into blogging...

Watch this space, I say!