7 Perks of Being Home Alone

Recently I had the flat to myself for a few sweet days and made some discoveries to share with you. Here is some small scale satisfaction you can indulge in the next time you find yourself home alone.


1. Shower for as long as you like – Being home alone means no queue for the bathroom and thus no need to cut your shower time short. There’s also nobody around to judge you if you’d rather leave the daily cleansing ritual to an unorthodox time of day, or if you need to do the now risk-free naked run.

2. Walk around nakedSelf-confessed exhibitionist or not, the exhilarating feeling accompanying a naked traipse around is worth it. The pressure to cover up suddenly vanishes when you know you won’t be seen by anybody, with a heightened sense of body confidence (and maybe vanity) taking its place.

3. The kitchen is your domain Cooking can be stressful: it requires equipment, ingredients and spare time to supervise your efforts, along with an occasional stir with the big spoon. Most people eat their evening meal in tandem, making the kitchen a competitive area; suffice to say, this will no longer be the case, and it feels so good. It’s also a good time to try out an ambitious recipe since you have time to clean up any mess you totally didn’t make. 

4. Tidying-up can wait until the last minute – Consideration for other people engenders an enhanced responsibility to clean up after yourself – unless you’re home alone. If your housemates or family are away for more than one day, postpone damage repair to the last day of homely freedom and relax. 

5. Do the activities you’re usually too self-conscious to do Ideas include: singing, practicing an instrument, painting on a canvas; anything you’re afraid to do in front of other people is now open to you as an activity. Take advantage of this: create! Keep creating upon their return.

6. You can talk to yourself Lots of us process thoughts, feelings and decisions via communication and since you’re the expert on your life, there’s no better person to verbally consult than yourself. If you need to reel off your to-do list or relieve your brain of current obsessions aloud, you can freely do so.

7. Borrow something, return it ASAP and voilaSometimes you don’t have a household object to hand and suspect a housemate might possess it, yet you’d rather not disturb anybody. Fear not, you can now use whatever utensil you like and put it back without any human interaction involved. It’s the little things.

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Street Snapshots: Canal Street

Hope to you forever. Love one another

In February 2015, this had been spray-painted onto the side of a building in Manchester’s Gay Village. It’s an expression of solidarity with everybody in the LGBTQ community as well as a universal message of hope and unity lasting unto eternity.

Music videos of my childhood in the 1990s: Aerosmith – Crazy

Aerosmith: Crazy

My view of this mini-movie has evolved since childhood: somehow, the sleaziness of wanting your 17 year old daughter to star in a puerile fetishization of lesbianism only became apparent to me over time. (Here’s looking at you, Steven Tyler). As a child, I missed the implied lust in this 6 minute jaunt-around-town. Little me chose to just see ‘Aerosmith chick’ Alicia Silverstone breaking free from the oppressive school regime alongside her fun-loving pal, and longed to be a part of their world.

I just figured it got really warm in America land.

First stop on the mini road trip? Steal numerous sunglasses from a petrol station while an indifferent shop worker aids your thievery. 1993/4 was a renaissance period for Aerosmith, enabling the Toxic Twins: Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, to rake in dollars like it was still Ye Olden Days. However time is cruel and this era could now be considered retro, while viewers wonder why the pair would steal in front of CCTV so brazenly. Sike! Not every shop had CCTV cameras in the 20th century; the only lens they were performing for was the male gaze. *Mic drop*

Rad: suited-up Silverstone rebelling with her exhibitionist friend

But whatever, it still looks like a party to me! A photobooth, androgyny on Silverstone’s part, and the expert pranking of a semi-naked farmer; a portrait of reckless youth. When I was a young’un, music videos were only shown at random on the TV, and therefore my emotional attachment to this tale of two runaways grew stronger for every hour I sat in waiting. Other entertaining events unfold, including a pole-dancing Liv Tyler mimicking the Aerosmith front man perfectly because he is literally her dad. There’s also some skinny-dipping in a lake – shedding our protagonists of all that 90s denim. After the fun is had, ‘Crazy’ is furrowed into a field by farmer boy’s driver-less tractor as the girls ignore a hitchhiker in pursuit of more adventure. Badasses’ with top banter, before anyone used that word in earnest. Oh, what happy days they were. Proceed to the video link below:

Aerosmith – Crazy. (1994)

Do What You Love And The Money Will Follow

JC


I remind myself of this quote whenever I get pangs of self-doubt. The words you tell yourself are important in achieving your goals: if you believe you can, you will succeed. There will be plenty of people around to dish out some ‘realism’ to make you feel small but sensible career choices are illusory. Train yourself to be the voice telling you to keep going in the direction of your dreams. After all, you gain experience in trying to achieve your goals, and everything you wanted from accomplishing them! I think we owe it to ourselves to persevere.

Doing what you love is sometimes hard, always worth it.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Character Signs. Part 4!

Oz: Taurus

Oz was always the Earthy extra in the Scooby gang. Taureans have a calming effect on other people due to their docility and use of passive aggressive sarcasm to avoid confrontation. He was introduced to us as quiet and unassuming, staying in his shell for a long time before the beast within him emerged. After a long while of stewing over past wrongs and arguments, a Taurus will explode in fury to reveal a magnificent temper; werewolf transformations are a means of catharsis for him. Oz is an artistically inclined procrastinator as he plays live music with his buddies while schoolwork goes unnoticed. He is also very tactile in showing his affections. Taureans (arguably) function best in a relationship due to their considerate and sensual nature, as well as their tendency to prioritise other people. A self-assured sign such as Taurus adores their partner, making the end of any relationship even more difficult to process. If there’s one certainty we have regarding Oz, it’s that he’s terrible at goodbye’s. He used his inner strength to leave Willow when he felt ashamed of his infidelity, but he’ll still reminisce about their relationship from time to time.

Dawn: Libra

Libra is a social sign. A person born under this sign actively desires popularity, harmony, and a full love life more than most. Idealism is their default setting, meaning they don’t always know how to obtain the riches they romanticise. Dawn’s ‘damsel in distress’ behaviour is rooted in her preoccupation with outside perception. She deduces that since Buffy is the powerful Slayer, society must view her as the futile little sister, and acts accordingly. This behaviour evolves into a more independent streak later on, but adolescence brings Libra many phases until they decide who they truly are. Libran self-perception will always originate from how they believe other people view them as they want to fit in yet stand out simultaneously, and Dawn clearly yearns to join the Scooby gang in their adventures. Naturally beautiful, a Libra is in high demand when it comes to relationships. It’s something Dawn flirts with when she’s caught in a love spell, yet her attraction turns out to be superficial. A Libra is fickle in matters of the heart, yet disarmingly charming and smart.

Druisilla: Pisces

Cursed with psychic intuition and visions, Druisilla is the ethereal Pisces sign. These people are attuned to their gut instincts more than any other sign, giving them an affinity for occultism. Angel’s malicious character sees vulnerability in her visceral reactions to ordinary events, and her imaginative resources are a factor in his decision to sire her. He also perceived usefulness in her compassionate ability, an endearing girl he reveled in corrupting. Pisces is often beset by passivity and daydreaming, whereby the crude ways of humanity cannot provoke their heightened sensitivity. Despite her considerable cruelty, she relies on the co-dependency she has with both Angel and Spike to comfort and empower her.This reveals the essentially insecure character of a Pisces, whose self-worth is tainted by their acquiescence. Symbolised by two fish, animals are natural companions of this sign as their prominent visual thinking skills engender empathy towards smaller creatures. Druisilla is too preoccupied with assimilating everything around her to dish out puns and throwaway small talk. Unlike every other Sunnydale resident, she’s a mystery in her aloofness.

Buffy character signs Part 1 , Part 2 and Part 3!