Monday, 18 February 2013

Crazy cat lady

Today I thought I'd blog about my favourite furry friends, cats. 

 When I was growing up I didn't have any brothers or sisters but I did have a cat, called Tammy. So in a funny sort of way she was a feline sibling, we got her when I was 8 and we grew up together.
She had a brother called Tim who sadly died quite a few years back.

They were so cute when they were small, and loved to climb absolutely everything. Including the wallpaper. It was so funny walking into the kitchen and seeing this tiny ball of fur clinging on to the wall, almost reaching the ceiling with a perfectly innocent expression!

Tammy died last year at the age of 17, which is good innings for a kitty but I always miss her when I visit home and she's not there to greet me. RIP kitty.

When I moved in with my boyfriend there was a cat shaped hole in my life. We decided that we wouldn't have any pets as we couldn't really afford it. So, naturally 6 months or so later we had a cat; a cat that happened to choose us.

She decided to let herself into the flat in the middle of the night by jumping through the window, giving my boyfriend a bit of a shock!

She was a stray from a feral colony on some wasteground, we fed her some chicken bites and a bit of corned beef so I guess she decided it was worth sticking around. She can't have been much more than 6 months old, my boyfriend named her "chairman meow" before we found out she was actually a girl!

She was very wary at first, and liked to sit in the corner and keep an eye on us, she's always been very inquisitive though, and likes to follow us around. Occasionally her mum (who we decided to call Raoul) came to visit but she was a lot more wild, she'd eat the food we put out for her but would never let us get very close.

 So, chairman meow became Tejas - we seem to have a bit of a penchant for odd names, and now she's as friendly and tame as any other cat and has really settled in with us. I can't imagine not having her around now, it's lovely to have a little face waiting to greet you when you get up in the morning - (even when that little face decides to trample all over your face and breathe down your ear when you're half  asleep and would much rather stay in bed).

It's definitley worth putting in the effort with a feral as it's so rewarding when they settle down and start to trust you, so please make sure you neuter your cats as feral colonies are a big problem, especially now during the recession. The PDSA can do it for free if you're on housing benefits, or at least point you in the right direction if not.

Shelters are also overrun with stray and abandoned cats at the moment so please support them and adopt!

Find your local shelter here:

Friday, 15 February 2013

My week

Reading - The Two Towers - J.R.R Tolkien.

Watching - Utopia - little gem of a series, first episode was great. Cringed at the scene involving the spoon!

Listening - Absolute radio, the Frank Skinner podcasts are pretty darn funny.

Highlight - Had a nice chilled out valentines day with the bf; in which we watched total recall, ate steak and chips and drank wine.

Bargain - Superdrug brightening hot cloth cleanser was half price at £2.99 so thought I'd treat myself. Used the Liz Earle one years ago but I'm too poor to get it now, this one seems good, smells really nice and comes with a muslin cloth.

Future - Looking at volunteering opportunities, would love to find something with animals but might just go to the PDSA charity shop.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Bane of my life and Being Human

Today I thought I'd post a little about the bane of my life: anxiety.

Wanted to put off writing about this but I'll try and share a little. So most people get anxious from time to time.. right?

I get anxious a-helluva-lot. I get anxious about general things, such as getting things done (can be anything from housework to going to the shops) and I get anxious about social things like meeting people, talking to people, basically anything that involves people! What fun!

It manifests itself in an array of different ways, from the lovely sensation of your heart pounding in your chest to the little voice in the back of your head saying "you won't be able to do this, you're a failure."

I'm in the process of trying to get over it, but damn it isn't easy. I've tried so many different things with varying success. I wish I could pop a little pill and be done with it, but from my experience.. pills don't work they just paper over the cracks, in fact never mind that the pills just fall into the cracks and I don't feel any different.

Still I haven't given up hope, there's plenty more things to try and I hope one day anxiety will have less prominence in my life. For now I'm just trying to live in the moment more, I will keep plodding on with life and it's many distractions.

Heavy stuff aside looking forward to watching series 2 of Being Human tonight, first episode was pretty good (if a little cheesy in places).

They revealed the big bad to be the devil, which I was a little bit WUT about, as I thought how can they top that; but turns out it's going to be the last series so that makes sense.

It's a shame as I like the new cast, (there's only so much shrieking Russel Tovey you can put up with)!

I guess the bbc needed the cash so we can all watch more shows like "sun sex and suspicious parents" and "the world's craziest fools."

That's all for now, ta-ta.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

My Top Sci/Fi Fantasy Films of 2013

So, as I've already mentioned in my first post, I'm a bit of a geek and I enjoy watching movies and anything sci-fi/ fantasy. I guess it's cause I like escapism, and elves.

As there are some cracking movies coming out in 2013 here's my top 5 for fellow fans of everything pointy-eared.

1. Cloud Atlas

I saw the trailer for this today and it immediately caught my eye, in fact if eyes could talk they would have said "ooooh."
The film follows the lives of six people and how they are all connected.

Definitely a must-see; anything that engages the brain gets a thumbs up from me.

2. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Yay more adventures from Bilbo Baggins and friends! I wasn't crazy about some of the additions that were made to part one but hey, we get three movies in middle earth, I'm not complaining.

Looking forward to getting a good look at Smaug; voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.

3. Star Trek Into Darkness

The second in the JJ Abrams series; in this one the crew find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organisation. Benedict Cumberbatch plays a one man weapon of mass destruction, all sounds pretty hard to the core!

Our Benedict is getting about a bit, let's hope he leaves some time in his schedule for more Sherlock..

Anyway, enjoyed the first one this looks good too.

4. Riddick

 The third long-awaited film in the Riddick series, always enjoyed these films and their quirks (necromongers anyone)?

Vin's back and this time he's been left for dead on a scorched desert planet and has to fight an alien race of predators. Awesomes.

5. Elysium

Look, Matt Damon's a baldy!

Set in the year 2159, wealthy folk live on a pristine space station called Elysium and everyone else is stuck on an overpopulated, ruined earth.

Looks interesting, and it's been a while since I've seen a good sci-fi flick (after the disappointment of Prometheus) so hope this one is worth a look.

So that's what I'll be watching this year, what would you add to the list?

Monday, 4 February 2013

All that is gold does not glitter...

At the moment I'm having another read through the Lord of the Rings trilogy; I last read it ten years ago although it doesn't feel it!

Enjoying it more the second time around, it's good to learn about the history of middle earth and more information about the characters I'd forgotten.

The Riddle of Strider by Bilbo Baggins

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

Sunday, 3 February 2013


Tejas bids you welcome

Hullo there.

Welcome to my first blog post!

As you can see it's all a little basic at the moment but I plan to redecorate as I go along. I'm going to blog about whatever takes my fancy including; what I've been up to, my ever present love of cats, reading and all things geeky!

So, a little about me. I'm 25, female ( if you hadn't guessed) and I live in sunny Stoke-on-Trent with my boyfriend and my kitty-cat Tejas. I'm socially awkward - though I try not to let it bother me, as it allows me to see the world from a somewhat *ahem* unique perspective.

I used to love to write when I was younger but I got out of the habit years ago, so bear with me as I try to fish around for the right words.

I'm currently unemployed but I scratch a living selling things on ebay, and have a little sewing project on the side making handbags. My ultimate aim is to work with animals, they are such fun to be around; much better than people it has to be said!

5 fun facts about me

  1. I'm only 5ft2
  2. I can't ride a bike
  3. I'd like to visit Germany
  4. I play a little piano (not literally, although it does sound fun)
  5. I like to eat cheese every day 

I think that's enough for starters, nice to meet you!