Sunday, 20 April 2014

That one annoying person You will meet

I am talking about that one annoying person you will ever, EVER meet in your life. 

You know that person (or will meet them one day in your life), who simply irritates your very soul, their presence screams at you, so much you want to throw something at them. They are dirt to your white shoes; rain on your picnic and potholes to your car. I hope you get the idea...

This piece is mainly to highlight the annoying characteristics these people possess. Hopefully, it is not just me being a complete grumpy old woman and that some of you have come across these BUMS.

1) They will patronise you. 
Suddenly being a few years older, that automatically makes them wiser, more experienced and thus, smarter than you. You could have a debate/argument, what have you, and they would end it with "you are young still, I'm right, trust me and take it from my experience and knowledge". 
I have met people who have remain stagnate for the past 5 years; life hasn't changed for them. They wake up, eat, work, eat and sleep. They may occasionally take up a hobby but ultimately, they won't 'move' or gain much from this routine. Unless, routines and rituals mean evolving into a mindless machine?

2) Being spiteful. 
In contrast, to their 'maturity' explained above, this person will remember the most, minuscule thing and will do things just to give a taste of their idea of 'your own medicine'.
Example: You invite friends over for some gaming, movie whatever, this leads to sleeping around 2am on a non-work night.This person decides to seek revenge by vacuuming at 7 in the morning.
They've never vacuumed before. 
That person is not being funny, they're just pissed as you messed up their beauty sleep. 
He/she will remember that night and keep it in his/her bank of grudges. When you bring it up the following day, he/she explodes and all those little annoyances he/she remembers pours out.

(This blog was inspired by someone I know. Due to my laziness, lets give that person a sex... a male it is! The least masculine man you would know.)

3) Only gives if he receives. (Oh sounds naughty!)
This person will never offer their seat or tell someone that their phone has slipped out of their pockets.
Why I hear you ask? As previous situations like those, have left him feeling bitter. THEY FORGOT TO SAY "THANK YOU." 
And now, this person will never do anything nice as he won't get a pat on the head. Poor him.

4) Only does the cleaning once a year.
This is more relevant to a housemate but this bum will rarely take the rubbish out or clean the bathroom. Even if he admits those poo stains are his!
The justification for his laziness is...
"proportionately, I only contribute to 10% of the mess in this house, therefore I shouldn't have to do it that often."

That was a genuine response I got once. That one still makes me chuckle a bit. Ish. 

5) Plays Japanese pop songs in the morning. Loudly. Then pops into the shower.

6) Arrogance. That person is full of the stuff.
They claim to be this sensitive person deep inside but really, it is just to pretend they aren't as shallow.
This person will think, that every glance they have gotten is because they were being 'checked out'. That when a girl walks slowly in front of them, it is so they can catch up with them.
Another example, when a girl holds on to a door handle just a little too long, so you, her knight could 'accidentally' touch her hand. 

It's so heart-wrenching romantic.  

7) Lives an expensive lifestyle.
Soon as money rolls in, it's spent. Or perhaps, when promised of a job that will give him a 6 figure salary in half a year's time, that person would rent a city high-rise apartment in anticipation. You will hear all about 'living the dream' in their over-priced box room. Oh the dream indeed.
And when the pounds don't roll in, he continues to live beyond his means until he admits defeat. Oh no but it isn't his fault; his employers lied. Well, you have to be good at your job for a start. A sales position needs sales. 

8) The world owes me and poor me. 
This person likes to blame the world for his misfortunes. They are always the victim.        'WHY MEEE??','WHYYYY?'
There is always a reason for his flaws. 
'My parents never supported me growing up'
'I went to a state school'
'I was never pushed to try'
'I have scars on my chest, so I'm body shy'
Man up? Everyone and anyone can relate to one of those points.
What excuse do you have for being an arse? 

9) Updates Facebook/Twitter status twice a day.
I think one of the reason why I hardly use Fb anymore is because of the constant updates on trivial matters.
This person loves updating their status. Whether it be ' I love Anime' to ' My hand hurts - can't come into work'.
(The latter being because a football slapped his hand...sigh)

10) Only friend is his Mother.
Or his girlfriend is a complete blank who is stuck in their own world. 
Ok, having good relationships with your parents is fine. I am pro that. However, if she spoils you and just smothers you with kind words, and 'its never your fault' advice. Then screw that. Perhaps this annoying person characteristics is all down to their parents? There is some substance to it but hey ho. I can't bitch about their parents now - that'll be crossing the line.


Friday, 21 March 2014

DIY Wool Pillow. Woo.

I was generously given wool for Christmas. Loads of it. Not sure how my Secret Santa got that idea; surely, it couldn't have been due to my failed attempt to make a scarf the previous year? It ended up being a mess - holes dotted along the scarf. Not the most efficient scarf.

Not to be put off by that, I decided to forget that was my first attempt and researched (Youtubed a bit) before embarking on my first *ahem* project. A pillow. 

See below for some instructions and the outcome...

It took about 16hrs ( yes, terribly slow as I had to 'go back' a few times. Not sure that was the technical term - don't quote me) and 120metres of the woolly stuff to produce this. It was stockinette and then half way,2x2 cabling. I think that's what it's called! 
As you can see it turned out small. Baby sized kind of small. Thus, no longer a pillow of purposes, but with just one purpose; decorative only! Hah.

I'm happy how it turned out, disregarding the size. This probably could make a lovely gift for my nephew or niece.

However, this is my FIRST knit project, so I'll probably keep it and give them a ball of yarn. They probably won't notice the difference!

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Wishing I had more willpower

PANCAKES. Mmmhmmm. Healthy too with those blueberries. (That is what I tell myself.)

Above are dishes I have eaten in the past month. Clearly a case of having my cake and eating it. Lots of it. 2014 became the year I started taking pictures of my food. Not very good ones but you get the gist. Not sure why I started taking them, but looking back at them, boy do they look good and tasted amazing at the time. 
If you click or go over the pictures, I should have named the place. Ish. My memory isn't the best at times.

My favourites? The pancake and Bibimbap. I went through a phase where that was all I ate for a week. Even tried to make my own; microwaved rice and cracked an egg over it. I also had a 'normal' bowl and not a stone one. Tasted shite. I still finished it weirdly enough. I guess my hunger won.

Happy up and coming pancake day!


Thursday, 13 February 2014

Gone Girl Review...kind of...not really.

So I was late to the party and only have just read 'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn. I generally have exam books to read but this book, I couldn't put it down. Took it and read it everywhere with me. EVERYWHERE - tube, lunch and toilet breaks.

The book was a surprise. A shocker. I guess that's why it was on the Top Ten list for ages. 
I'll try and not spoil the ending for those who haven't read it. 

The basis of story is Woman meets Man, Women goes missing, Man is accused. The chapters are split between the diary of the Women(Amy), and from the view of the Man(Nick). 

Now both characters are obnoxious, delusional, arrogant and perhaps, unlikeable. Or so say my friends. I on the other hand, quite like them. Written in first narrative, really gives us an insight into their thoughts and reasons behind their actions.
It's different from the usual plots and normally, you will have a preference; Team Nick or Team Amy. First half of the book, majority will favour Team Amy. However, upon discovering she is a MASSIVE crazy, your flag will turn to Team Nick.
I was on no team until I found out how manipulative she was and was Team Amy from then on. 

The amount of time and focus she possessed. Cant' really say much more but honestly, I wish I had quarter of that determination - I would get so much done!

She had this ( as many therapists will say) 'God Complex'. A puppeteer and she could win over anyone by assuming certain personalities traits. She thought she could predict people's next steps, that she was always one ahead. (Must be so tiring.)
Nick also mentions how there was a period where he felt dead; nothing was real and that people acted in a certain way due to watching TV, movies, books etc. 
That made me think. Who is truly themselves? Do we react to situations because we know how and is it really how we feel? 
Everyone presumingly fits into a box, whether it be 'the cool girl/guy', 'the geek', 'the goth', 'the sport fanatic'. I myself, hate labels. Such a quick lazy generalisation to describe someone...

The ending was hmmm...people that I have spoken to thought it was unsatisfying and 'no justice for XXX'. Personally, I agree. It was lukewarm. I felt Nick was a wet wipe and should grow larger balls. I did say I was Team Amy.

I hear they are making a film from this and Ben Affleck is cast as Nick. I'm just looking forward to seeing how they translate Diary Amy from the real one.

I would definitely recommend for some light reading or if like me, reading on the toilet seat.

( Apologies. I did warn you that it wasn't a review as such, more just me writing...)

Friday, 24 January 2014

Playing with Ice

Ice sculpting event in Canary Wharf, London.

This one of the dog is my favourite as initially I had no idea what it was - my friend has to point it out!

Sad thing is, these will melt away. 
Was almost tempted to chip away part of its ear with something sharp - my drink was getting too warm...

They had chainsaws! ( Yes, I live a sheltered life.)

Cupid? Can't say. Looks good though whatever it may be.

Below: something inspiring about this tree. Last tree standing covered with dead leaves . It's only a tree. GAH.

If this was a competition (I think it was), this should have won. Hands down. Not sure what the hands are doing but its a minor detail.

Look at the attention to detail on the face, dress. I couldn't knit that pattern:/ 

NOW that would look cute in my drink.