Ticking over just fine

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Things have been a little quiet over here since the start of the year, haven’t they? My bad. January’s usually that month that feels like it’s going on and on. Yet this year, I’m finding it hard to believe that one month of 2013 is already almost over. Wasn’t Christmas just last week?

So what have I been up to? Honestly, not much past the normal! But the normal’s always more interesting when littered with photos. Am I right?

The parental units have been over since just before Christmas and are going to be heading back to their home (Portugal) at the beginning of February. It’s great having them over and seeing them, especially as they bring Cody with them. Having a home cooked meal by mum is something I definitely miss. But equally, I’m reminded just how much I have got used to living on my own and having my own space. As my own. God, I’m a selfish person.

My little bungalow

Cody looking rather serious. For a change

Happiest in the snow

IT SNOWED! Lots of snow. Though me being me I was either stuck at work, or cosy at home. The one time I did decide to venture out, the dog came with. Of course. It’s all gone now. It did last a good week though. Which made for some fun driving conditions on the residential roads around me. Fun for me. Not so fun when the driver of the car in front of me is being a stupid in the snow.

Currently reading on my Kindle... Robopocalypse

My reading has slowed somewhat this month. But trying to make an effort to get more reading squeezed into the day. Currently reading Robopocalypse and really enjoying it. I am beginning to fear all the trust (and information) I am freely giving to Google. Think if the robopocalypse comes, I’m aligning myself with the robots. They know too much about me!

Nexus 4

I might have bought a new gadget. By might, I mean I quietly placed an order in early December last year and that order finally made its way to me 7 weeks later. Yes, I’m the proud owner of a new Nexus 4. It’s just so damn pretty. And you know how lured in I am with anything Google related. No doubt you’ll hear more from me about this little beauty.

5.1 Speaker System from Acoustic Energy

Speaking of gadgets, there’s some more new tech that’s made it’s home in my house. I have a 5.1 speaker set up! It’s taken a while and it’s still not properly set up and configured. But it’s done. A sweet set of Acoustic Energy speakers found on Gumtree. I suddenly feel the need to watch everything loud and not be happy until I feel vibrations in my sofa. And belly. That’s how all films should be seen from now on, right?

It feels like I haven’t sat down and watched all that many films this month. 6. Not a bad count. If I had a film watching report card, it’d probably sign of with “Could do better.”. True. True.

TV viewing has been relatively quiet. Which I’m appreciating. Letting me rewatch some films I’ve been wanting to. The end of Fringe left me a blubbery mess. But left me totally satisfied. Even if the season was a bit wonky. I’m having a hard time watching The Following without thinking of Kevin Bacon in those awful EE adverts. It’s nice having a relatively quiet TV viewing schedule.

My poor neglected camera

Sadly, my photo taking hasn’t increased. Again, it comes down to me just not making the effort. I feel sorry for my poor, neglected camera.

And that’s your fill. Hope January’s treated you all well! What you been up to this month?


  1. Awesome pictures! I was busy studying this January but I’m thinking of starting The Following – I like Bacon and it looks like a good show.

    • Two episodes into The Following and I’m out. Just full of cop drama cliches. Kevin Bacon was barely acting. Characters are all cut outs from other shows. There doesn’t feel like there’s an ounce of originality in it. As if making it “disturbing” will give it that. They need to watch American Horror Story for truly disturbing TV!

      • Ooh, that’s a shame :/ I’ll probably check it out to see for myself, but if it sucks there is always House of Cards to fill my time with something awesome 🙂

        • Yet to see House of Cards. Have had the first couple of eps waiting for me.

          Bacon is most definitely in The Following for the money.

  2. Heh. I wondered at first HOW you took a picture OF your camera. LOL Silly me.

    You should take more pictures, Jaina, since you rule at it, but I think we can all relate to inertia. 😉

    • I’ll let you in on a secret. At one point I was wondering how to take a photo of my camera and was thinking of using mirrors. DOH!

      Damn you inertia!

  3. I feel you on the whole “not really blogging in Jan”. I think we have the same “bug”.

    Home cooked meals beat out any 5 star restaurant, IMO. It’s too bad your parents have to leave. 🙁

    OMG, *droll* over your new phone/gadgets. I wanted to buy a Nexus phone, but I’m still tied to my iPhone. Ugh….speaking of phones, I just saw the new Blackberry 10. I don’t know how I feel about that yet. I think the price point is just a tad too high, but we’ll see.

    • The Nexus 4 is perfectly priced. I know Google aren’t making a profit on it. So cheap and so worth it. Even if I somehow find myself buying a new phone 9 months down the line….. HA!

    • Good. It’s funny how you can get used to having your own space and everything suddenly just feels wrong when it’s only slightly gone!

      Right, March, I will do something photographic. I need to force myself back into it!

  4. Cody proving yet again that she is incapable of taking a bad photo. She’s even more adorable in the snow!

    I’m undecided on The Following. I really liked the pilot, but the 2nd episode felt a little flat. I think probably for the reasons you’ve mentioned. I’ll commit to a few more episodes though, mainly because I find the show’s antagonist quite intriguing.

    Nexus! So glad you finally got it. And it looks a beauty. Looking forward to hearing more and more about it 🙂

    • Cody’s adorable-ness is directly proportional to how nice the weather is. Snow and Sun = adorable. Wet & windy = bleugh.

      The 2nd episode of The Following left me so cold. I have now deleted it off my Sky box. Don’t have the time to waste! James Purefoy is interesting, but that character just didn’t have that something else to make me want to keep watching.


  5. It finally snowed over here as well. It’s nice to have some snow on the ground — at least it spices up the typical cold weather.

    Nice set of gadgets you picked up! I would love to get some 5.1 speakers. I just don’t think my neighbors in this building would appreciate it 🙂

    • Agreed – cold weather needs a bit of excitement! Though, I’d quite like winter to be over now and get spring in.

      I’m grateful that my bungalow is detached – so far no complaints. Though yet to give them a real test 😉

  6. Nice gadget upgrades Jaina! I’m still not in the market for a new phone, but the Nexus 4 does look interesting as does the new Sony Experia Z. But unless my phone suddenly stops working I’m content with what I have.

    Oh yeah, I sent you a mail this weekend. I’m interviewing Paul Verhoeven tomorrow, so if there is anything you would like me to ask him just let me know and I’ll try to squeeze the question in.

    • Son’s pushing out some nice looking phones. Just been burned by manufacturers software overlaying the beautiful android. Can’t handle it anymore!

  7. Gorgeous pics!! Love Cody in the snow. What do you think of James Purefoy in The Following? That’d be my only reason for watching that show.

    • James Purefoy is good. But the character he plays isn’t nearly as compelling as they’re trying to make him. He’s not got a lot to work with. And I don’t think the relationship between his character and Kevin Bacon’s is as dramatic as they’re trying to make it onscreen.

    • Just sometimes Cody can actually look like a proud and sorta regal German shepherd. The rest of the time she looks like a loon.

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