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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Halloween Festivities

I am a huge fan of Halloween, but even at university it just isn't as big a deal in the UK as it is in America and I think that's just a shame!  I wish we had all of the hype around it, all of the Halloween themed goodies, haunted houses, proper parties and so on.  It's a silly holiday, but when else can you dress up like a monster and gorge yourself on sweets and pumpkin flavoured things while it still being socially acceptable?

Speaking of dressing up like a monster... I finally got to use my zombie make-up, once for a Halloween party and again for a local zombie walk this weekend!  The walk was great - many more zombies than I had expected to turn up - but sadly the weather could've been a little less damp.  In any case, it was just nice to be a part of a zombie walk after wanting to do one ever since I found out they existed years ago!

I managed to create a pretty nasty looking bite mark on my hand, but it wasn't really perfect.  I didn't have enough of a variety of reds or a flesh-coloured foundation I couldn't really get it as good as it could've been, but I suppose given what I had to work with, it's not bad!



 I'm pretty happy with how the make-up turned out on the whole, but I'm a perfectionist and would've preferred it if I had the money to have bought more shades and been able to use more make-up.  I didn't particularly like how it was pretty obvious where the latex started and finished under the make-up and I would've liked some more different kinds of fake blood and dirt and stuff.  Oh well!

One of my house mates also carved this rather fantastic little pumpkin, who also has the skeleton of an umbrella to accompany it so it looks a little bit like it's been struck by lightning.


I hope everyone has a lovely, treat-filled Halloween!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Rain, rain, brains...

 Predictably, the weather here has been mostly awful with the occasional sunny spell (although usually only when I don't have to leave the house).  To be honest though, I don't think it would really feel like autumn if it wasn't a little bit miserable and the smell of the air didn't keep alternating between that lovely autumnal crispness and the stink of wet leaves.

Because of the weather and our house's unfortunate lack of a dryer, meaning that what knitwear I do have takes a long time to dry, I decided to invest in some more layerable jumpers (also I just wanted more knit jumpers...).  All of them are from New Look and have yet to arrive, but I am very excited to have some new additions to my wardrobe.  I also bought a knit snood, since for some silly reason I only thought to bring one of my winter scarves up with me.

£12.99, £17.99, £29.99 and £7.99 respectively.

I'm hoping that they'll arrive before I leave to visit Chris for the weekend, but knowing my luck they'll be delivered on the Saturday when no one will be in.  Oh well!

This Monday marked the premier of the season three of The Walking Dead (it aired at 2am my time, and I couldn't watch it until after classes) and I am very, very excited for the rest of the season.  As my username and choice of Halloween attire probably suggest, I freaking love zombie things and TWD is wonderful in both television and comic format, although I'm sadly on one volume into the comic so far.  

The first episode was a little bit slow-paced at the start but did a good job of setting the scene and made the survivors' growing desperation pretty clear.  I already can't wait to see what's going to happen with Michonne and Andrea, Laurie and her pregnancy and problems with Rick and Carl (who is also turning into quite the little bamf), Daryl and Carol's still budding relationship and, of course, the prison.  

It's strange to see a different opening sequence after so long, but man, I can't wait until next Monday!  This is only getting even more psyched to dress up for Halloween.

And, because I finally managed to get an okay photo of one of the other cats from our street, here are the obligatory neighbourhood cat photos.


Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Miscellaneous

I ordered some proper theatre make-up a few days ago to use for my Halloween costume (zombie, naturally) and was really excited to test it out, and here's the result:


I am so psyched!  I can't wait to be all gross and decaying.

Apart from fiddling with make-up and liquid latex, I haven't really been doing a whole lot worth talking about lately, so here are some miscellaneous photos of our garden.







Monday, 1 October 2012

Happy October!

I can't believe that it's already October!  Not long now before it's Halloween, which means I need to start assembling items for my costume.

In other news, I've just started my second week of university and my department has finally sorted itself out well enough to assign us to our respective groups.  As expected, I'm in the class that's continuing work with N2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency, and on top of that will be taking translation (using The Routledge Course in Japanese Translation by Yoko Hasegawa) and the dreaded reading class.  I have a feeling that that last class of the week is going to be the bane of my existence this year, judging by the heavy workload, quick-speaking teacher and my complete lack of understand anything that was going on in the first lesson.

Predictably, it has been raining a lot.  Spotting freshers is reasonably easy here in Manchester in that if they're huddled in groups acting completely and utterly baffled by the fact that it's been raining for over a week straight - you know, coupled with the fact that they look young and are all naive and excited and/or partying up a storm - they're probably first years and were completely oblivious to Manc's rainy reputation.

I acquired some new insect-related jewellery (plus one skull ring) from New Look's latest sale, which was great, since I'd had my eye on all of this stuff in the store and managed to get most of them for well under half price just by waiting a little while longer!


I haven't really been doing much exciting, other than simply enjoying the house that I'm in.  I'm happily living in a house with another baker and another person who enjoys baked goods, and my contribution for the week was a Pumpkin and Ginger Tea Loaf that was very delicious but difficult to slice and even more difficult to prepare (try carving up a butternut squash with only diddy little knives and you'll see what I mean).  I also discovered that one of the bars close to where I used to live has changed (again) and now serves some pretty lovely, cheap cocktails that I made a point of having several of when we last when there.


We're also pretty excited to be living on a street that seems to be home to a lot of cats.  So far, we've spotted a little black cat, a ginger and white cat, a big skittish tabby, a black and white cat (and an indoor kitten) and I'm sure there's plenty more.  Also among our local wildlife is our clothesline spider, lovingly named Shelob, who is kindly keeping our garden as fly-free as possible.



Goes without saying that I'm going to be trying to take photos of and befriend the neighbourhood cats.