The Greatest Showman Hits All The Right Notes

Rating: ★★★★★

It’s been a very long time that I’ve gone to the movies and came out in a nice bubble of giddy happiness. The Showman did that to me. You know what I mean, you go to the cinema watch a movie, and it doesn’t effect you. But there’s an occasional movie that leaves you with a nice gooey feeling in your stomach.

The Showman did that to me.

It was the best movie I’ve seen in years!

While I was driving home I was already planning on seeing it again. I cannot fault it.

I went into it not knowing that it was a musical and for the first two-to-three songs I was put off. Like being hit in the face and left behind and then trying to catch up and wrap my head around the singing.

Once I got into the swing of it, it was pure Magical! The music is all upbeat and energetic that has you wanting to burst out of your chair while watching it and break into a dance. Even listening to the songs leaves a nice warm fluttery feeling that I start to wish all songs were like the ones in this movie; telling a story by the lyrics.

I loved every-single-damn-second of it. I know it’s gotten mixed reviews but for a movie to leave me in a happy bubble for hours after watching it, I just cannot fault it. Hugh Jackman is an amazing singer. I loved him in Les Mis and he was the best choice for the role of P. T. Barnum.

A Day at Perth Zoo

This wasn’t on the To-Do list when I travelled to Perth. I happened to be in Kings Park and was pointed over to the clump of trees in the middle of the city that was the zoo. Didn’t look real as it looked too tiny. You know tiny as in middle-of-the-city, no room, came-directly-from-a-cartoon tiny.

But Perth Zoo is anything but tiny. Even when writing this I still cant wrap my head around how they managed to fit so many animals [and trails] into this seemingly small space and at $31 for an adult ticket, it seems to be overly priced for such a small zoo, right?

Turns out, it was worth every penny.

The one thing I wasn’t expecting was the non-paying talks by zookeepers. We watched the Memphis, the rhino, take a mud bath while learning about to learn about the species and everything that effect them (of course, poaching was key)

Rhino - Perth ZooRhino under tree


A few of the enclosures aren’t enclosures, but they have visitors walk into their territory. And one such territory trespassing that would give most people pause, is the Kangaroos and Wallabies. If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering don’t Kangaroos kill people?? Are you insane!! Why would you walk into their territory?! But turns out they can’t be bothered with you, you’d be lucky if you get a mildly interested ear twitch from them.

Kangaroo - Perth Zoo

The bird section is also a pretty walking-in-their-territory part. You get all these pretty little blue birds flying around your head and grey small running birds zipping in-and-out of bushes and plants right beside you.

Top Three Tips

Tip #1 – wear runners. I know it’s Australia and an average day the temperature is hitting the 30s, but wear comfortable shows, your feet will thank you for it. There’s A LOT of walking and a LOT of hills.

Tip #2 – go early. Not eleven, midday or one. First thing in the morning is needed. With no proper reading of signs and missing a few animals due to them not being findable and missing the entire nocturnal section due to my companion’s fear of bats, we barely got out before closing.

Tip #3 – The best time to go is weekdays during the school term. This means that there’s no crowds! You get to see everything and watch most of the talks!

Website: https://perthzoo.wa.gov.au/
Price: Adult $31
Best time: Early morning. The earlier the better.

Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry
Release Date: January 30th 2018

Summary: When Drix was convicted of a crime–one he didn’t commit–he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves–Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence–and each other to finally get what they deserve.

Thoughts: It sounds like an easy sappy read that would be perfect for me in a weekend. I wanted to share it so someone else can enjoy it with me. Nothing too heavy and I’m putting my money on it having a happy ending.

A Crack in Everything by L.H Cosway

The Crack in Everything by L.H Cosway
Release Date: January 30th

Summary: Life used to be simple.

I was a city girl with humble dreams. Then Dylan O’Dea broke into my flat, held me against the wall and told me to stay quiet.
It was like in the movies, where the universe zeros in on a single scene. I looked into his eyes and knew he was going to change me.

For Dylan, the sky was always falling. He showed me how our world is a contradiction of beauty and ugliness. How we choose to ignore the awful and gloss over it with the palatable. How you need just a tiny drop of something unsavoury to create every great scent.

Pretty deep for a pair of teenagers living in a block of council flats in inner city Dublin, right? Probably. But we weren’t typical. We both had our obsessions. Mine was growing things, Dylan’s was scent. He taught me how to use my nose, and I introduced him to the magic of flowers.

I had no idea that one day he’d build an empire from what we started together. But before that, there was love and happiness, tragedy and epic heartbreak…

My name is Evelyn Flynn and I’m going to tell you about the crack in everything.

A Crack in Everything is Book #1 in L.H. Cosway’s Cracks duet.

Thoughts: I think it was the pretty cover that drew me to this one. The summary isn’t usually the sort of book I’d go for…I think the whole ‘inner city Dublin’ part is making me want to get to know the characters, they sound really interesting!

    LINKS

Goodreads | Amazon | Kobo

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Release Date: January 30th 2018
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

Thoughts: This book got me by surprise. I was expecting the usually speak of a summary, but this sounds interesting that I am very tempted to buy it just to see what it’s all about. I think the notion of “the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set” that I am hooked…maybe this one won’t be like a cliche Yes that have flooded the market…we can only keep our finger crossed till January 30th!

Day of The Dead: Bloodlines – Dead from the Start.

day of the dead poster
Rating: ★

This is what happens when bad writing happens to good actors.

A small group of military personnel and survivalists dwell in an underground bunker as they seek to find a cure in a world overrun by zombies.

I love zombie movies, and when they are done good, they are great. Think of (of course) The Walking Dead and World War Z, both different media formats but both take zombies and turn it into their own.

Day of The Dead is what happens when it doesn’t work.

Like other zombie-takes, they try and give zombies another name that isn’t zombie. The name giving in Day of The Dead is ‘rotters’. Rotters just doesn’t have the same ring to it and worst of all, there’s no reasoning behind it. They just call them ‘rotters’, because well…yea, we never find out. Should’ve just stuck with zombie.

There was constantly an aspect of the movie that was missing the mark, whether the writing was good in a certain scene, the editing would ruin it or a weak actor would butcher their lines or the storyline would bomb.

Oh, the storyline- it uses too just too many cliché to move the story along that it never connects…rape to make to just make a baddie a baddie also to have the much needed melodrama with the two main couple, yep! Gotta to have flashback moment for good measure.

The acting from the majority of the actors was great…much better than you’d expect from the mediocre writing and overall storyline.

Zombie and horror lovers, just give this one a miss.

Workout Clothing for January

It’s the beginning of January, the New Years Resolutions have barely just started or maybe they need a bit of poking and prodding. One of the popular resolutions is getting fit or losing a few extra pounds, and when the winter weather is still whistling at our windows, it’s very hard to not snuggle up and call it a cosy night till February.

But…it’s the New Year! And either you swore to yourself it’s ‘The New Year, New Me’ or you’ve been doing great on your exercise regime but the lazy motion of winter has gotten to you.

Well, here’s a few of my favourite winter workout gear and some tips to beat the cold and to get out into the windy and icy streets.

Gloves
First things to get cold before you get your rhythm is the little digits on your hands or feet. The best combat for your hands is thermal gloves. Thermal is king. And automatically you might think of the thick won’t-let-you-do-anything mittens, and these are brilliant when the only thing you have to do with your hands is click over a song. But here’s my top picks:

Black Diamond Lightweight Screentap Liner Glove by Backcountry

It doesn’t matter if you end up buying men’s [women-sizes are harder to come by], you slip those babies on with their too long fingers and puffy edges you’ll little number will be snug-as-a-bug!

It’s always fingers and toes that get the coldest. So, forget about the cute and fashionable ankle socks, get those cotton sole-padded feet warmers! Your toes will thank you when the win hits -2 and should be screaming in agony but instead you’re still able to pound the pavement with your cosy little numbers all snuggle and warm.

Thermal Liner Socks by Sealskinz

Leggings
The icy wind can leave you with itchy and bumpy skin. So keeping warm can stop the itchiness when coming in from the cold. The answer, thermal leggings. The North Face is top dog for these!

Women Warm Tights

And, of course, you cannot go wrong with Nike

Jacket
Most workout jackets are light an airy and are atrocious when it comes to trying to keep warm. Nike is the perfect sweat reducing and cooling jackets that are perfect for keeping body heat and holding off the coldness.

Layers
If you’re tight on money and need to use what you have in the wardbrobe then…Layer, Layer, layer. Slip on two shirts instead of one, you’ll be surprise at how much heat is you keep! Also, tights under workout leggings is another cheap and perfect solution to keeping body heat in.

Last thing last…
Throw a hat and scarf on if you want. But I tend to find that my hands get warm coming to the end of my workout so a hat is just going to make me warmer and I also like the crispiness of the cold on my cheeks and nose that keeps me going for longer.



Goodbye 2017 – Hello 2018!

2017 was a good year and hopefully 2018 continues the trend, so here’s my main New Years Resolutions for 2018.

    Recap of 2017…

At the beginning of the year I got out of my comfort zone and did auditions and cold script readings. Okay, so nothing came from them, but I did them and not there’s nothing daunting about them anymore.

I made a dint in my trilogy! It wasn’t that I wrote an awful lot than last year, but the trilogy all now sit around 80k – 90k in each book. So, the end is in sight and I just need to sit down and do this line-editing.

Went on a few dates – okay, this was more the start of the year, when the year hadn’t hit yet and I was still in limbo and didn’t know what to do. I did it! The year did end with a little romantic-datey-flingy thing with a guy, but oh well!

I met new people! I was thinking of this when lying hungover in her bed. It’s just so weird that a whole year previous I didn’t even know Rhiannon. I don’t know, maybe it’s me being weird. Odd that one year later and we’re besties and have big plans for 2018 together.

    Let’s Go 2018!

The start of 2018 is going to be taken up with the final college assignment. Up until the third week. Nothing exciting.

NEW IDEAS
My friend and I plan to get our business idea fleshed out, website running and hoping to be getting clients by mid-year. Can’t tell what it is. top secret!

HOBBIES
Going to pick up two hobbies this year. My friend want’s to do acting, so we’re both picking up acting and my other friend want’s to do a fitness-centric class, so maybe yoga. I wouldn’t mind spinning tough. I’m jealous that the US has the overly-expensive soul-cycle, because I’d be one of those people who splashes out for the classes. That’s two new hobbies by the end of the year.

WRITING
As the trilogy is sooo close to being finished. My goals are:

  • Line editing Book #1
  • Printing off Book #1
  • Picking someone to read one entire book.
  • Finishing book #2 + #3
  • Print off Book #2 + #3


  • Christmas Presents for the Writer in Your Life

    Writers technically have everything that they need, so they can be extremely hard to shop for when it comes to Christmas presents. So I’ve compiled a list of items that would make any writer happy come Christmas morning.

    Let’s start with the basics:

  • Clothing– precisely comfortable clothing, jumpers, tracksuit bottoms, slippers or fingerless gloves are all perfect presents.
  • Books – ask for their Book Depository wish-list[it’s the cheapest and quickest]. They send you over their wish-list and you can do it all in a matter of minutes, no trudging through the freezing cold looking for the illusive gift and you just couldn’t get anything more exciting than a brand new book to curl up with on Stephen’s Day
  • Craft Books: These books your writer will love and reuse time-and-time again and will make their New Year of writing so much easier and fun!
    642 Things to Write About
    The Writer’s Toolbox

    On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

  • Time Off – this can be in printed tokens or a gift receipt for a weekend away. Time to be by ourselves and not having to do day-to-day chores is exactly what we dream off. Either a weekend in a hotel, retreat, or a weekend with a free house is amazing!

    Planners Planners on the other hand are a good bet. They get the writer’s New Year on a good footing, but make sure that they don’t have one already.

  • Travels – Bruges, Belgium

    Mulled Wine, Mulled Wine, Mulled Wine & Chocolate

    I’ve always wanted to go to the Christmas Markets, technically the ones in Germany, but when the opportunity came for the ones in Belgium. I jumped at the chance.

    I didn’t research Belgium or its markets before going. I was only going to be there for a day, so it would be speed around, look, and get back home.

    Bruges is very picturesque [as seen in the photo above], the layout is the exact town you used to read about in your history books about medieval living. Quant little houses all narrowed together in tiny skinny laneways and abundance of huge churches in a three minute walk from one another. [ones that ring their bell first thing in the morning to wake everybody up!!]

    Being Christmas and being extremely cold that made my nose purple, mulled wine was sold everywhere really cheaply. You can also add in a little extra rum malibu or barcdai if you’re heart so desires [I got whiskey- it’s so worth it!]. It’s takes the place of coffee or tea to keep you warm as it’s cheap €2.50 for a styrophome cup of it. Sip it to beat off the chill! Who doesn’t like the sound of that?

    If you love chocolate, you’re spoiled for choice, but you’re going to be easily ripped off for coughing up more money for the same bar if you don’t look around. In one street alone there was three- three chocolatiers side-by-side, selling nearly the same chocolate and that’s not counting the others on the other side of the street.

    So, for Christmas travels and for a weekend away- Bruges is a nice escape to a little taste of winter wonderland. With it’s small and quant streets and houses, but Germany would keep you more occupied with it’s much bigger markets.