Thursday, 27 November 2008

Only one word???

Oooo how exciting.. I have been tagged by a meme (what on earth is one of those?!) it seems this means I have to answer a list of innocuous questions using only one word answers. One word! For all those that know me and my lovely verbose self that's actually really, really hard. Why use one word when you can use 20? No I don't know either...

Gulp. So here goes.

1. Where is your cell phone? Desk

2. Where is your significant other? Somewhere

3. Your hair color? Blondish

4. Your mother? Beautiful

5. Your father? Idolised

6. Your favorite thing? People

7. Your dream last night? Rude

8. Your dream/goal? Undecided

9. The room you’re in? Cosy

11. Your fear? Socks

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Beach

13. Where were you last night? Yoga

14. What you’re not? Quiet

15. One of your wish-list items? Drawers

16. Where you grew up? Manchester

17. The last thing you did? Sleep

18. What are you wearing? T-Shirt

19. Your TV? Silver

20. Your pet? Tiger

21. Your computer? Free

22. Your mood? Unclassified

23. Missing someone? Family

24. Your car? Gold

25. Something you’re not wearing? Underwear

26. Favorite store? What

27. Your summer? Interesting

28. Love someone? Always

29. Your favorite color? Sky

30. When is the last time you laughed? Yesterday

31. Last time you cried? Friday

There we go, not too difficult and filled a bit of time! Thanks Anna!

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Pavement Etiquette

I've decided there are two types of people on the pavement today. The one (like me) just wants to get from A to B in as quick and sensible a manner as possible and feel that they are constantly obstructed in some form or other by slower or more inconsiderate pavement users.

The others are perhaps slower and less mobile and would like more consideration and respect from others - otherwise they are just students.

I have to be careful what I say here as I happen to work for a very well respected university and in no way do I dislike students (they practically pay my wages), although living and working in a student area does cause me a number of daily grievances. However, I fear I may digress into a general moany discourse on rubbish, flytipping and loud parties so I will go back to the point.

For those of us who wish to walk quickly (and are usually walking alone) there are the logical steps you take - moving out of the way for prams and the elderly coming the other way, giving some sort of warning before you suddenly change direction or stop and not using an umbrella as a walking weapon.

For the rest I fear there is a real lack of logic. I presume it's not just limited to students but I'm going to write about what I know here. When walking 3 abreast on a narrow pavement the polite thing to do when approached by another pedestrian walking in the opposite direction is to move aside and let them pass without forcing them onto the road. I have a colleague who I won't name who when faced with an immovable group of people will just use his shoulder to 'make a point' as it were.

So here I offer a few tips to my fellow pedestrians - a plaintive cry to the walker you might call it...

1 - when walking at night if you need to overtake a slower walker (particularly a woman) to avoid sounding like a stalker/mugger fast approaching from behind, perhaps just cross over the road before speeding up your pace. Likewise don't just stay walking right behind them either. It's weird.

2 - if you are walking somewhere and it's raining leave the golf umbrella at home. Or at the Golf Club. Either way don't walk down the road with it taking up the entire pavement and poking me in the eye.

3 - pick a speed and stick to it. Don't speed up and overtake me to only then walk really slowly in front of me. It's not drag racing.

4 - if you are wearing your funky wellies that make you look like the cool, kooky student you really want to be - don't jump in puddles and splash around when people are walking near you. It's just mean.

5 - you don't have built-in indicators or brake lights. Don't stop suddenly to look in shop windows or swerve to one side to wave at your friends. If you bump into me I'm liable to bruise.

6 - bicycles are not for the pavement. If you are scared to cycle on the road then you probably shouldn't ride a bike. Or maybe invest in some stabilisers.

7 - prams are not to be used to push other pedestrians out of the way.

I hope this clears things up slightly. Let me know if you have any other rules you would like to add to the list.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Minor gripes and grumps

I seem to spend alot of my current waking hours grumbling about one thing or another, so have decided to make a short list of my favourite current grumbles.

  • Shoes that let rain in

  • People that don't read/follow instructions

  • Yoghurt lids that squirt you when you peel them off

  • Noisy breathers (yes seriously, it's cold season - try working in an office with people who huff and puff all day)

  • Noisy eaters (see above)

  • Washing machines that don't rinse properly

  • People who wait until they are at the till or cash machine to start fumbling in their bag for their money/card. Aaaargh!!! I'm waiting!!!

  • Queuing - especially when prolonged by the above

  • Students trying to give me flyers when I clearly don't look like a student

There, that will do for now. Deep Breath.

Friday, 7 November 2008

The best kind of puppies

Without much of an introductory preamble I'm just going to squeal like a girl because I have to share this with as many people as physically possible!

Some incredibly kind and forward-thinking individual has set up a web cam so that you can watch their very beautiful and furry and lovable Shiba Inu puppies ALL DAY! Genius.

So here it is:

Shibu Inu Puppy Cam

If there is just a slide show showing when you go see it (because why would you NOT go see it I ask) then have a look at one of the archived videos at the bottom. They play. They roll around. They feed. They generally gambol around without a care in the world with extraordinarily furry faces and a wonderfully bumbling nature. Awwwwwwwww.

Secondary to this for your information I am going on my first proper hen do this evening. By 'proper' I mean one where I have to dress up and wear a sash etc etc. I'm actually pretty excited for someone who vehemently hates fancy dress of any sort. Perhaps it's because I'm going as a Geisha and get to wear full make-up and a wig. I have a not-so-secret obsession with make up design since I studied it for two years as part of a drama course. I will of course post a picture after the event...

- Oh and we are going to a Silent Disco so not only are there going to be 17 of us dressed in various Miss World costumes (I am of course Miss Japan) we will all be dancing around in silence to different songs.

Puppies, make-up and silent disco dancing? A perfect Friday I think!

Qype: Guy Christian Hair Salon in Cardiff

Cardiff - Beauty & Wellness - Hairdressers

Ok, so to 'fess up first, I am officially a big fan of the Guy Christian salon. I started having my hair cut by Chris (Guy Christian himself) about two years ago and followed him to his salon when he opened it just over a year ago. The salon is completely lovely - it's a fantastic mixture of edgy/funky/luxurious decor that reminds me of a french boudouir. Not that I've ever been in a french boudouir mind you...

The staff here are ALL really friendly and relaxed whilst still being completely professional and fab at their jobs. The whole experience starts with a consultation, then a relax in one of the Shiatsu massage chairs whilst you have your hair washed and scalp massaged. They'll also fetch you a drink or a magazine and generally just be very charming.

I've got a mass of unruly curly hair and Chris is fantastic at listening to what I want as well as suggesting options for my hair (and even occasionally telling me off/giving me hair care advice). I always come away feeling really happy with the cut and he's one of the only hairdressers I've met who knows how to dry curly hair properly.

I've been getting my hair cut here since the salon opened and have become friends with Chris and the staff to the extent that I'm now editing their website (that's my vested interest bit owned up to). All that aside I would honestly recommend this salon to anyone who fancies a great style experience. It's a little bit of luxury tucked away on City Road.
Check out my review of Guy Christian Hair Salon - I am juniper_7 - on Qype

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Magical disappearing bruises

I don't have anything very interesting to say today apart from a general musing... I had a bruise on my arm, a pretty nasty one I think. A lovely shade of yellow, blue and brown it had a delightful maroon centre. It looked a bit like Italy in shape. It was there all day yesterday having been there for a whole week.

I got into bed last night and looked down and I swear the bruise had just disappeared. Like magically so. Earlier in the day I'd been bemoaning how unattractively vicious looking this particular bruise was. All of a sudden my skin was just back to normal, clear of all Italy shaped contusions.

This led to me spending a good while deciding whether I might have developed supernatural healing powers, much like Claire in Heroes. I can't think what event yesterday might have triggered these amazing powers but I'd be pretty pleased if I had developed them. I know how cool Claire is for being able to jump off buildings and be fine, however I'd just be happy with the ability to wear HEELS again and not worry about twisting my ankle.

*Sigh*.... heels.

On another more topical note I have been mesmerised by the twitter feed on the American Election - amazing. It's a real up to the minute rolling feed of opinion and updates. You should check it out: Election 2008 on Twitter.