Mixtape: January


January Mixtape · via Spotify

As much as I'd like to pretend otherwise, I LOVE TIMBER. I know I shouldn't, but I just love it and I do apologise if it's stuck in your head forever after this (not really though). I have such a soft spot for country music and quite a few of the other songs on this playlist have a bit of a country/folky twang too. Hopefully the rest of them are a bit more credible than Timber though, HA.

After hearing Dragon by The Amazing on the Drinking Buddies soundtrack the other week, I've fallen completely in love with it. I think it's definitely my most-played track of this month, closely followed by Good Times Bad Times by Led Zeppelin, mostly thanks to the advert for American Hustle. It's just the best when some of your favourite songs pop up on film soundtracks, or when you discover a new favourite band through watching a film or TV show. Win/win.

Lindi Ortega · Lived and Died Alone
The Amazing · Dragon
Led Zeppelin · Good Times Bad Times
Pitbull & Ke$ha · Timber
Three Blind Wolves · Hotel
Avicii · Hey Brother
Regina Spektor · Samson
Malcolm Middleton · Fight Like the Night
Billy the Kid · Georgia
James Vincent McMorrow · Breaking Hearts
Listen to "January" here.

What have you been listening to this month?

Gillian x

Watching Lately #6


1. A.C.O.D.
Let's kick things off with a film I watched last night, A.C.O.D. (or, Adult Children of Divorce). The film stars Adam Scott as Carter, a seemingly fully functional, mentally stable, well adjusted grown up who has managed to succeed in life despite his parents' messy divorce when he was a child. As Carter helps to organise his brother's wedding, he's also dragged into the chaos of trying to keep the peace between his bitterly estranged parents. This film wasn't as funny as I had imagined it would be, but I really enjoyed it as more of a drama. Jane Lynch as Carter's childhood "therapist" was brilliant, and I also loved Amy Poehler as his dad's much younger 3rd (or maybe 4th?) wife. I watched A.C.O.D. through Blinkbox after the lovely Blinkbox folks gave me a voucher* to try out the service. It was really easy to use and has loads of new releases, as well as older films and lots of TV shows too. It's not a subscription service, so you can just use it on a pay-as-you-go basis which is perfect if there's a particular film you want to watch. You can buy films as well as rent them, so your favourites will be yours to keep! I'd definitely recommend having a browse through Blinkbox if you're a movie fiend like me.

2. Freaks and Geeks
I actually watched this a few months ago, but am super behind on writing up this post, oops! I had been meaning to watch Freaks and Geeks for yeeeaaars; I knew I'd love it and I wasn't wrong. This cult classic was only on the air for one season, and I devoured all 18 episodes in just a couple of days. Ohhhh how I wish there were more! Set in an American high school in the early '80s, the show follows Lindsay (Linda Cardellini), member of the titular "Freaks" group, and brother Sam (John Frances Daley), one of the "Geeks", as they navigate friends, love, parents, school and life in suburban Michigan. I love that the show focuses on the outcasts of high school and deals with the mundane, realistic problems that make up the average person's teenage years. I am 100% in love with Nick Andopolis (Jason Segel), and Bill (Martin Starr) is one of the most simultaneously hilarious, heartbreaking AND heartwarming characters ever. In short, you should watch this because it is amazing and I love it and I'm a little bit devastated there are no more episodes for me to watch.

3. Undeclared
Saying that, Undeclared is a sort-of spin off from Freaks and Geeks which satisfied my season two cravings for a little while, but sadly this was only kept on for one series too. WHYYYY. A lot of the same writers, producers, actors etc. are used and it has a similar style of humour to Freaks and Geeks, but the storyline and characters in Undeclared are completely different. This time, the show focuses on Steven Karp (Jay Baruchel), a college freshman who has just moved into his dorm and has to face starting university along with all the trials and tribulations of being a slightly geeky guy with dysfunctional family and friends. Again, I loved Jason Segel's character in this (in fact, I think I just love Jason Segel), even though he was completely and utterly mental. Although it is quite different to Freaks and Geeks, if you enjoyed one you'd almost certainly enjoy the other - definitely worth a watch too.

4. Safety Not Guaranteed
I stumbled across this whilst looking for a film to watch one night and, despite not knowing anything about it, I decided to give Safety Not Guaranteed a watch as it had a few actors I like in it and an interesting premise. Jeff (Jake Johnson), a magazine journalist, spots a classified ad in the paper for a "time travelling companion" and makes it his next assignment to find out what the deal is. He takes magazine intern Darius (Aubrey Plaza) along with him and sets off to find the mysterious "time traveller". One thing I liked about this film was the fact that you were never really sure whether it was sci-fi, or whether time travelling Kenneth (Mark Duplass) was just an eccentric weirdo. It's a pretty slow burning film, but I definitely stayed hooked until the very end. I loved Aubrey's character, and would like to think it was just an exaggerated version of herself - she's my fave. A great indie film that was creative, entertaining, unusual and a little bit funny, I'd definitely recommend it if you like that kinda thing.

What have you been watching lately?

Gillian x

Sunday Summary #109


1.Vinyl 2.Homemade nachos 3.Train journey entertainment 4.Cocktails at Tempus 5.Friday night face 6.Tapas at Cafe Andaluz

Sunday afternoon again? I'm really not sure where the time disappears to these days. I was intending on having a productive day today, but accidentally managed to sleep in very late, oops. Well it is Sunday after all! I've written a huge to-do list for tomorrow so I'm determined to get up bright and early and work my way through it all. I still feel like I'm in holiday mode (errrmm, even though it is nearly February!) but next week I'll turn over a new leaf and become super motivated about everything. Maybe.

I had a fairly quiet start to the week as I was still at home, but I got the train back down to Edinburgh on Thursday in time for some dinner at Tempus in the evening. You might have spotted my post from earlier in the week about it, and that Bard's Burger was every bit as good as it looks! It was nice to have a wee catch up with a few bloggy pals, felt like it had been ages since I last saw anyone. We caught up on all the gossip over some cocktails, and (almost literally) rolled home with very full, very happy tummies. Thanks for having us Tempus!

Then on Friday it was time for more eating and drinking, my fave! A few weeks ago Lynne suggested we organise a night out featuring tapas and karaoke, and I definitely couldn't say no to that. Ten of us descended on Cafe Andaluz to eat aaaalllll the tapas and drink endless pitchers of sangria. I'd been to Cafe Andaluz a couple of times before, but it had been years since I was last there, and it was even better than I'd remembered. As we were in such a big group, we split off into sections to choose our dishes and share them between us; Laura, Iona and I had a feast of chorizo, calamari, mackerel, honey and mustard chicken, paella, mussels, confit duck, patatas bravas and I'm sure a couple of other things I'm forgetting! All the food was SO good, I think I'll definitely have to go back and try out more of the dishes soon. After dinner, we headed across the road to Supercube to sing away til our hearts' content. There were a few pretty good singers in our group (me definitely not being one of them), and we managed to get through several hours worth of 80s power ballads, 90s cheese, chart songs and - of course - a beeeautiful rendition of Loch Lomond to end the night. Amazing!

Despite the many, many cocktail pitchers consumed during karaoke, I was suprisingly not too hungover on Saturday, but still took the opportunity to catch up on sleep and TV watching. In my ever-so-slightly-hungover state I decided it would be a great idea to order an exercise bike off Amazon so here's hoping I'll be a total babe in a few weeks (ha!). If you have any recommendations of healthy recipe blogs/websites please let me know!

What have you been up to this week?

Gillian x

The Bard's Burger at Tempus


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Last night I headed along to Tempus along with Laura, Lynne and Kirsty for a wee pre-Burns Night treat. We were invited to go along and sample the special "Bard's Burger" which is being served until Sunday in honour of everyone's favourite poet and ladies man, Rabbie Burns.

We started off with a drink from the cocktail menu; I went for a Schnapp Happy (always fun to say) which was a blend of vodka, peach schnapps, peaches, strawberries and ginger ale. Delish. Whilst we sipped our cocktails, our waitress brought a lovely selection of bread for us to get stuck into. In hindsight, filling up on loads of bread before eating a massive burger probably wasn't the wisest plan, but it certainly was a tasty plan. It wasn't long before our main course was served, and all our eyes lit up at the sight of the burgers.

The Bard's Burger is made from haggis and venison and is served inside a toasted bun with melted cheese, gherkins, tomato and fresh salad. This was seriously the biggest burger I think I've ever eaten, so meaty! I love both haggis and venison, but they're both quite strong flavours so I wasn't sure how they would go together in a burger; turns out, they work really well together and produced a really tasty, juicy burger. I really liked the way the burger was served, with the top part of the bun flipped upside down and the salad leaves on top - no soggy salad here! Alongside the burger was a turnip and redcurrant chutney which tasted amazing. It was nice and tangy and was great smothered on the burger. There were also "jenga" chips (took me an embarrassingly long time to work out why they were called jenga chips... I think it's fairly obvious now seeing these photos!) drizzled in balsamic glaze and sprinkled with sea salt. I'm usually not a fan of chunky chips, but these were so so good. The outside was nice and crispy and the inside perfectly fluffy. The burger costs £15 and I think you definitely get your money's worth - soooo much food, we weren't even able for dessert!

The Bard's Burger is available until Sunday 26th January, but if you don't have time to make it along for this special haggis and venison concoction, the usual Crombie's beef burger is available on the Tempus menu all year round. I've been to Tempus a couple of times now and the food is always great, I would definitely recommend it if you're looking for somewhere to eat in the city centre.

I'll leave you with a bit of Burns wisdom in time for Burns Night tomorrow:

Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi' the sun:
I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o' life shall run.

Gillian x

Sunday Summary #108


1.Snuggles with Moss 2.Mini Eggs 3.Chillaxin' and blogging from bed with Fly 4.Having a Carrie Diaries marathon

Haaaappy Sunday everyone, hope you've all had a good week! This has been another very uneventful week in the life of me. I'm still at home visiting my parents, so this week has mostly consisted of catching up on sleep, lounging around the house, reading books, watching TV and keeping the dogs entertained. I was still feeling pretty ill last week, but I seem to be just about back to normal now - or, well enough to drink wine again anyway, and that's the main thing! As much as I like visiting home every so often, I'm going to be heading back down to Edinburgh some time in the next few days and it'll be nice to get back to reality.

Aside from that, I have pretty much no news to report this week. Sometimes it's quite nice to have a bit of a break from everything, but I'm looking forward to going back to Edinburgh and having some sort of social life again! I've got a couple of nights out planned and a few different blogger events to look forward to over the next couple of weeks. Particularly looking forward to some tapas and karaoke on Friday - will no doubt be breaking out a few of my favourite 80s tunes!

Oh, I've just thought of some other news - well sort of news - my best pal and I are planning a weekend trip to Berlin in a couple of months so have been busy looking up things do to, places to see, where to stay etc. Any recommendations? If you've written up a blog post about your holiday, please leave me a link so I can have a read!

What have you been doing this week?

Gillian x

Elevatormusik's Map of Edinburgh


View the full map here

I've been meaning to do something like this for ages but, as with most things in my life, it got pushed to the bottom of the to-do list and I sort of forgot about it. The eagle eyed (eared?) amongst you might have spotted me mention this in the Best of 2013 video over on Lynne's channel, which has spurred me on to actually get on with it an make my very own map of Edinburgh. The thing I get asked about the most in tweets or emails is definitely Edinburgh, usually recommendations of places to go or things to do, so I thought it would be a great idea to have a map of all my favourite spots for you to browse through. As entertaining as Tripadvisor can be, I definitely think getting recommendations from real people is a much better way to find great new places. Isn't blogging wonderful?

The full map can be found over on the Elevatormusik's Map of Edinburgh page. If you click on a marker, it will tell you a little snippet about the venue, and the links in the description box will take you directly to my posts which have mentioned that venue. There's a mixture of all sorts of things on the map: shops, restaurants, bars, pubs, visitor attractions, museums, etc. etc. etc. Markers which have a little heart symbol on them denote my very favourite Edinburgh places, and I would especially recommend visiting these ones!

I'm hoping to do lots more Edinburgh posts on the blog this year, especially reviews of lots more restaurants and little day trips out around the city. As new posts go up on the blog, they'll also be added to the map so be sure to check back every so often for new recommendations.

The whole map thing is pretty new to me and I'm still doing little bits and pieces of editing, so if you notice any bugs then please do let me know!

I hope you enjoy having a wee browse through my favourite Edinburgh haunts!

Gillian x

Reading Lately #2


1. The Cove by Ron Rash
I am way way way behind on my "Reading Lately" posts, and actually picked this up for about 99p in a Kindle sale way back in August. I hadn't really heard of the author before (or the book), but liked the sound of the plot so decided to give it a go. The story revolves around Hank and Laurel, a pair of brother and sister outcasts who inhabit an old farm deep inside a cove in rural North Carolina. They live a lonely life, with Hank having been disabled whilst serving during the First World War and the local townspeople believing Laurel is "cursed". The discovery of a mute and illiterate stranger on their land brings some hope to Laurel's lonely existence, but Walter is far more mysterious than the siblings first imagined and their lives are changed forever. I loved the whole "Southern gothic" feel to the novel, with beautiful, evocative writing, strong characters and an ever-present sense of underlying tragedy. I really liked Rash's style of writing, and I'll definitely be reading more from him; Serena is next on my list.

2. Ramshackle by Elizabeth Reeder
Again, it's been a while since I read this, but Ramshackle was another book I really enjoyed despite having just chosen it randomly from Amazon. Fifteen year old Roe wakes up one morning to find her father, an eccentric locksmith, has disappeared. Her family life had always been a bit peculiar, but it's not until her dad disappears that she begins to uncover long-forgotten secrets and realises her father was deeply flawed and troubled in ways she never knew. Despite having "conventional" coming-of-age themes - new boyfriend, unstable friendships, rebelling against adults - there's an overwhelming sense of loss and loneliness throughout the novel which gives it a completely different feel. The story is set during a bitter winter in northern Chicago and the setting really adds to the atmospheric feel of the novel. I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it, I loved the almost surreal/magical quality to it - in some ways it really reminded me of John Burnside's A Summer of Drowning which I also loved.

3. This Isn't the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You by Jon McGregor
I'm not usually a fan of short stories, but I thought I'd give this collection a go as it's written by the author of one of my all-time top five favourite books. I love love love McGregor's style of writing, which I think is beautiful and poetic but totally readable at the same time. I wanted to love this book, but I'm afraid I only like it. As is the danger with collections of short stories, it's difficult to become equally invested in all the characters and storylines, therefore I ended up wanting to finish some chapters as quickly as possible whilst others were over and done with before I was ready to say goodbye to them. I did really love some of the stories, particularly "We Wave and Call", but reading this has confirmed my suspicions that I much prefer full-length novels. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this if you've never read anything by McGregor before, but nonetheless it's quite a nice collection of stories to dip in and out of if you like this style of writing.

What have you been reading lately?

Gillian x

Sunday Summary #107


1.Driving home 2.Fly

Well this has been a fairly uneventful week, hence only having two Instagram photos to show for it. Two! I've been feeling ill all week so haven't been doing much of anything apart from sleeping and attempting to make myself feel better. I was feeling pretty terrrrible on Wednesday/Thursday and managed to convince myself that I had glandular fever, but by Friday I was starting to feel much better so I think it's safe to say it was just a cold/bug type thing! I was planning on coming home this week/next week anyway, but as I was ill my mum and dad kindly offered to drive down and pick me up instead of having to get the train. So now I'm tucked up in bed at home, being fed homemade soup and recovering with the help of puppy cuddles!

On Friday evening I dosed myself up on ibuprofen and headed round to Lynne's flat for a catch up with Laura and Kirsty. Being the cool cats that we are, we decided to film a little Youtube "collab" video, the first part of which you can see over on Lynne's channel here. There's also a part 2 which you'll be able to watch next Sunday! Filming with other people is pretty fun, so no doubt you'll see some more of our beautiful faces soon! I'm such a sporadic Youtuber but I do enjoy filming videos so hopefully this year I'll be a bit more organised and manage to film more often. If only the editing/uploading part of it wasn't so time consuming!

What have you been up to this week?

Gillian x

Top 13 of 2013


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Well, it's officially back-to-work day and I definitely should have written this post at least a week ago but here's one more reflection on 2013 if you're not sick to death of them already. I wasn't going to bother doing a 2013 round-up post, but reading all of yours has left me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside so I thought I'd just do a quick run through some of my favourite blog posts, memories, events, products and all that kinda thing before we get too far into 2014.

Top 13 Blog Posts of 2013
1. A Love Letter to Edinburgh · Probably my favourite post I've ever written, I've got so much love for my wee city.
2. An Education · A little look back on my time at university and how fan-frickin-tastic it was.
3. This House is a Home · The one where I get a bit sentimental about how much I love my flat.
4. Home Sweet Home: Living Room Tour · It's where the (blog) magic happens. I like it a lot.
5. A Night In · This one time, I made a fort out of blankets and watched DVDs under the dining room table. It was great.
6. One Thousand and Ninety Six Days · Reflecting on three years of elevatormusik. I think I love blogging now more than ever.
7. Top 5: Favourite Books · I love books. Especially these ones.
8. Adventures: Rediscover Hilton Doubletree at Dunblane Hydro · One of the best opportunities I've had through blogging (and my first foray into out-and-about vlogging).
9. How To: Perfect Cat Eye Winged Liner · I will never not love cat eyes. Let me impart my wisdom on you.
10. Barbecue Season · This summer was all about sunny days, wine in the afternoons, and home cooked barbecue delights. The best.
11. Edinburgh City Guide #1: Eating and Drinking · Sharing some of my favourite food and drink spots; must get round to writing up more of these posts soon!
12. The Scottish Bloggers Valentine's Party · The first blog-related event I co-organised, and the start of a brilliant year of making great new pals.
13. Mixtape: February · My favourite mixtape of the year. A little bit sad, a little bit acoustic. A lot great.

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Top 13 Memories & Achievements of 2013
1. Graduating from the University of Edinburgh again, this time with an MSc under my belt and a whole extra year of wisdom (or so I'd like to think anyway).
2. Getting the highest mark (and pretty lovely feedback comments) I've ever got during my 5 years at university on my MSc dissertation. Pretty proud of that one, plus I'm now your go-to gal for all things war memorial related.
3. Meeting and becoming friends with lots of amazing ladies through blogging. It really is a pleasure to be able to call them "real life pals".
4. Still having the chance to have lots of nights out and fun times with my best pal, even though we now live in different countries. Yes, England counts as a different country.
5. Getting the chance to spend a large chunk of the summer at home, watching baby Fly grow up from a tiny puppy into a slightly less tiny puppy.
6. Being invited to some amazing events through blogging. Sipping prosecco on the rooftop of an Edinburgh hotel on a midsummer night, watching the sun set and being the last ones to leave, was a particular highlight.
7. Holidaying in Aberfeldy with blogger chums. Lots of eating, drinking and board games. Can't wait to do it again.
8. Learning how to make (proper) cocktails at Laura's birthday masterclass. And then drinking them all, obviously.
9. Volunteering with Doors Open Days and learning new skills, meeting new people, having fun days out and being able to use my blogging expertise for the power of good (ha!).
10. Going on a mini holiday to Aviemore with the parents and the dogs. Walks on the beach, barbecues in the sun, reading lots of books. Simple pleasures.
11. Seeing Alkaline Trio play at the Liquid Rooms. My all-time favourite band in a tiny venue playing all their old songs? Yes please.
12. Telling people about my blog. Might sound a bit silly, but after 3 years of blogging hardly anyone knew about my blog. Now, I feel much more comfortable telling my friends and family about it. Proud of my little bit of internet!
13. Spending time with all my pals, even though we're all pretty spread out now that uni's finished. It would be really easy to get slack on keeping up to date, but I think I've made a pretty good go of seeing as many of my friends as possible this year.

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Top 13 Beauty Products of 2013
1. Anastasia Brow Wiz · for perfect brows
2. Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream · for a lightweight base
3. Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask · for super moisture on dry skin days
4. Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Beg · for a natural rosy flush
5. Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick in Rose Millesime · for perfect pink lips
6. Antipodes Juliet Skin Brightening Cleanser · for keeping skin clear and bright
7. Korres Pomegranate Lip Butter · for soft, moisturised lips
8. Benefit Dallas · for a perfect dusky glow
9. Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette · for easy smudgy shadow and liner, or defining brows
10. Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation · for my all-time favourite foundation
11. Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre · for keeping makeup in place all day
12. Benefit Fake Up Concealer · for making eyes look wide awake
13. Vita Liberata Capture the Light Highlighter · for glowing skin and highlighted cheekbones

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What were your highlights of 2013?

Gillian x

Sunday Summary #106


1.New Year sparkles 2.Anchorman 3.Margaritas at Illegal Jack's 4.Die Hard with a Vengeance and the last day of the Christmas tree

Hello! Hope you had fun celebrating the new year, and have all just about recovered by now! I spent Hogmanay with some of my best blogger pals and we saw in the bells amidst homemade cocktails, party food, great chat, a bit of Cranium and, of course, a wee rendition or two of Auld Lang Syne. Thanks very much to Kirsty for being our hostess with the mostess (and once again apologies go out to the poor DVD shelf which I seemed to take a disliking to haaa - the less said about this part of the night the better!). Needless to say, after sambuca-laced cocktails and tequila shots in the pub (amongst many, many, many other things) I was rendered completely immobile the next day and had to spend most of it asleep/trying to drink some Lucozade/lying perfectly still in a dark room/purposefully avoiding reading any texts from the night before. From what I remember it was a pretty great night though!

I was still feeling pretty ropey on the 2nd, so decided to take it easy and headed to the cinema in the evening to see the new Anchorman film. I loved the first Anchorman film (who doesn't?) so was pretty excited to see this - although I didn't have particularly high expectations as sequels are quite often a bit rubbish. I was pleasantly surprised though, it definitely wasn't as good as the first one but had plenty of bits that kept me laughing throughout. "I'M BLLLLLLIIIIIIIIND".

My best pal was up visiting for a few days, so on Friday evening we went out for some dinner at one of my favourite places, Illegal Jack's. Can't beat a good pulled pork burrito! We also shared a huge pitcher of margaritas which was pretty excellent, before heading back to the flat for some more homemade cocktails. I was sensible this time, though, and didn't drink all that much so even after dancing the night away I managed to wake up without a hangover the next morning. Result! I still had a massively lazy day on Saturday though, which mostly involved lazing in bed and watching Die Hard films. I'm going to have to take the Christmas tree down later this afternoon, so thought I'd make the most of a nice cosy festive flat before it all gets put away!

What have you been up to this week?

Gillian x

Start as You Mean to Go On


I've never really thought of myself as a happy-go-lucky sort of person but, you know what, maybe I am. I just take things as they come and, usually, I'm pretty happy with how it all works out in the end. I don't make big plans for the future and I never make resolutions. I know I'll never stick to them, so what's the point?

I was going to fill this post with all the things I'm unhappy with at the moment, and how I want them to change this year. But when I started writing it I realised that actually I wasn't all that unhappy at all. Yes, I want a new job and to be a stone lighter and to be more confident and to save up some money and to go on a great transatlantic adventure and to organise my life. But there's no use writing a list of resolutions that will remain untouched for the next twelve months, instead I'll just take each day as it comes and take opportunities as they meander into my life. I'll live by that old wisdom "whit's fur ye'll no go by ye". I hope the things I'm not so satisfied with will be different by this time next year, but in the meantime I'll just be grateful for every day as it is. I'm lucky to have great friends and great family, to wake up every morning in my very favourite city, to be independent and intelligent and altogether not a completely terrible person.

It's so silly to feel old at 23, and, although I definitely do feel it at times, I need to remind myself that I'm not old. It's around this age that everyone suddenly seems to be getting married, having babies, buying houses. It's pretty disheartening always being the one who can't find a job, the one who's going to be renting indefinitely, the one who can barely fathom having a long-term boyfriend never mind getting married. But the world is still my oyster, if you will. I can stay out until 5am and have one too many drinks and kiss one too many boys, if I want to. I can squander my money on pretty dresses and garishly pink lipstick instead of mortgage bills. I can spend entire days reading books, curled up in my bed by myself. I can catch a train or a bus or a plane and go anywhere I want to go, even just for the afternoon. Sometimes just knowing I can do all these things is enough.

So, no, I won't be making any resolutions this year. I just hope my year is filled with "magic and dreams and good madness". I hope I surprise myself, and I hope life surprises me too. And that's all I can ask for, really.

I hope your 2014 is just how you'd like it to be, too.

Gillian x