Friday, 15 August 2014

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine ...

Hi everyone! 

Love this song! ~hums along~

Anyway.

The point I'm trying to get to with this sunshine talk, is that I got the Sunshine Award! I first got it a while ago - for my first post, click here - but now I've got it again, from Marian and July. Thanks very much, ladies!

First up, July's questions.

1. What is your favourite summer activity?
Can I say "not going to school"? No? No, OK. Well ... probably eating outside in the evenings, or going off with a book or notepad to a quiet spot in the sunny grass to read or write. Fun fact: the latest chapter of my novel was written outside.

2. Would you prefer lemonade or soda?
Neither, really. But if forced, lemonade.

3. Out of the following, which would you most enjoy visiting for the day - the beach,  the pool, the ocean, the swimming hole in the woods?
What's the difference between the beach and the ocean?? In terms of swimming, I love swimming the sea best, however the "swimming hole in the woods" sounds fun because it calls to mind this amazing quotation from How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (one of my favourite books, as you followers must know by now):

Eventually everyone came out of the water and for hours and hours and hours we lay under the tree and talked and read and occasionally someone got up to throw a stick for the dogs and Piper played with Ding and made tiny woven wreaths of poppies and daisies to decorate his baby horns and Isaac whistled back and forth to a robin and Edmond just lay there smoking and telling me he loved me without saying anything out loud and if there ever was a more perfect day in the history of time it isn't one I've heard about.

4. What is your summer song?
In general, I'd have to go with Feel So Close by Calvin Harris, it's so .... ZINGY. You know? This summer specifically, I've been loving Scouting For Girls, who are a very summery band. I love She's So Lovely (who doesn't?) and I Need a Holiday.



5.  What is your opinion on old Disney movies?
Well. I've not seen many of them. What does 'old' mean anyway; obviously the old Snow White and Cinderella etc. are old, but what about Mulan, Pocohontas, The Lion King? If it's not made with Pixar, does that mean it's old? I have no idea. Let's just say "I LOVE MULAN" and be done with it.

6. Would you eat cookies if I baked them?
Definitely! :3

7. If you could travel anywhere this summer vacation with no cost to you, where would it be, why and what would you do there?
Ooh ... well ... I really want to go to Paris, but one feels that August might be too hot? Maybe I'd go to London and see the V&A's new wedding dress exhibition, as well as stalking the charity shops and Camden Market. Why see the exhibition? Because I love FASHION and FASHION HISTORY, and because the Ballgowns exhibition I saw in 2012 was AMAZING AND GORGEOUS (see a post on that here).

And now, Marian's questions!

1. What is your favourite colour (be specific)?
I hate this question. Red. Green. Pink. Purple. Orange. I LIKE ALL THE COLOURS!!!!

2. If you could live in a world from a book, which would you choose?
I would love to live in Narnia ..... but really, you know I'd have to go with the world of Harry Potter (if I was magic, that is. Imagine I wasn't. Imagine I got one wish and wished to live in the world of HP and when I opened my eyes, nothing had changed. I would know it existed, but I couldn't get in. I'd spend my days trawling the Internet for leads to magic, probably wearing a tinfoil hat and forgetting to eat. I'd likely be institutionalised, all the while screaming "BUT IT'S REAL!! MAGIC'S REAL!! I'LL FIND YOU, HARRY!!"). 

3. What are top 3 favourite places in the world?
~ The field behind my house - like I managed in my answer to July's question 1, I can go there and sit in the grassy quiet to read or write. It's a gorgeous spot.
~ The island we go on holiday to each year. A tiny, beautiful island in the north of Scotland ... I love it.
~ Buchanan Street, Glasgow city centre. Whilst the other places on this list are tucked in the wilds of the countryside, I also love cities and the centre of Glasgow is a great place: lively and vibrant, it's fantastic to sit with a book (and, of course, a snack) and feel the atmosphere. There are always buskers and musicians on the streets, and I love to see and hear them, to people-watch, and to see the gorgeous outfits of some of the suave city dwellers.

4. Who was your first favourite singer/ band?
The first exposure to pop music I got was when my sister bought her first two albums, Let Go by Avril Lavigne and Insomniatic by Aly and AJ, which to this day are I think are great albums. Here are a couple of other songs I loved aged seven or so:

Don't we all love this song?? I know I still do!!

I'm not ashamed (well slightly ashamed) to admit that my deep love for this song continues to this day. 

5. Pick a number any number?
NOT THAT NUMBER -- the first thing I think when I see that question.

6. Tell me three things on  your bucket list?
I don't have an official bucket list - it's barely something I think about - but OK:
~ go to Paris! I mentioned this already. I would LOVE to go there: the art, the fashion, the culture, the FOOD.
~ Finish a novel. May seem like nothing to some of you lot, but that is a massive ambition for me!
~ See Les Mis on stage - like, properly. I love this musical a lot, but I've only seen a school performance (and the film, of course).

7. Are you a morning or night person?
Neither. My bed is my true love. 

8. What is the first thing that just popped into your head, right now?
Um well, I was thinking about "my bed is my true love" and I started thinking about a Tumblr post I saw once, let me see if I can find it ...
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^^Accurate. 
That's all from me today, because I did already do this award once and I'm not going to nominate anyone else! I hope you enjoyed this - and tell me, what's on your bucket list? I am interested in other people's bucket lists.

Emily x

10 comments:

  1. Oh yay! That was quite a tangled mess, we both nominated each other and all that good stuff. Ha. Anyway, I absolutely love that Tumblr post.... It is a perfect description of me basically every day haha.

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    1. Haha I think we did quite well of it ...

      Hehe I know, that is definitely me!

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  2. What you were wondering about the first #5... by "old" Disney movies, the person who tagged you means "classic". So movies like Mulan and Pocohantas count. Movies like Enchanted, Tangled, Frozen don't. I'm not sure where the line cuts off, but I count Brother Bear among the classics. :P

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    1. I see. It is always a confusing area! :L

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  3. you've been nominate for the Liebster award! Thanks for following my blog! :) http://emptycornerofmymind.blogspot.com/2014/08/twice-liebster.html

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  4. Hello! Sorry to plague you with even more award nonsense, but because you're just cool like that, I've awarded you two awards. Accept them if you dare! (:

    http://seanajvixen.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-sunny-sunshine.html

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  5. I WOULD COMMENT ON LOTS OF STUFF FROM THIS POST, BUT I'M WIPED OUT AND REALLY BUSY, SO I'M JUST GOING TO THANK YOU FOR NOT TAGGING ME, because I"m trying to crawl out from under a bunch of tags.

    BUT HAAAAIIIIIII YOU MADE ME GIGGLE, SO i GUESS THAT MEANS YOUR FUNNY. WOOO. bye

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    1. Haha some comment is better than no comment, and you're welcome -- I too understand the pain of a hundred tags sitting on your shoulders!!

      THANK YOU!!!

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