The procrastination has set in

I am meant to be very busy and important right now, but when the job you’re working on is the same one you’ve been doing for a week now, and it is essentially visualising data in a very unimaginative way, you start to lose the edge a bit. Last Monday, I jumped on the opportunity to do a job for one of the managing partners to impress them, but now I’m starting to wish I hadn’t! Before I started here, I didn’t know anything about CMS (Content Management Systems), and now it seems I’m the person to come to when someone needs one visualising! The definition for any non-techy people, from plone.org is:

CMS (Content Management System)

A content management system, or CMS, is a web application designed to make it easy for non-technical users to add, edit and manage a website.

Not only do content management systems help website users with content editing, they also take care of a lot of “behind the scenes” work such as:

  • Automatically generate navigation elements
  • Making content searchable and indexable
  • Keeping track of users, their permissions and security settings
  • And much, much more.

Or, in other words, very boring to design.

Anyway, I won’t bang on too much about that- there’s a lot of pie charts and graphs involved which I’d really rather forget. Also, it’s not that impressive to look at.

In very slightly less boring news, I taught myself how to make a realistic peel-off sticker in Illustrator, loosely based on this tutorial. I needed to use it on a website banner (surprise surprise- I created another five of these this week!) And it looks like this:

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I know it is not that exciting, but it’s an example of another thing I’ve come across that I’ve never done before- learn something new every day and all that!

Aside from my thrilling week in the world of design, my activities outside of work were much more fun!

Although I was sceptical, my mum bought me a ticket to go and see Peter Andre with her at York Barbican on Tuesday night. I haven’t got a problem with him at all, but having not had the chance to listen to his new album I only had mum’s word to go on at how brilliant it was. I left work at lunchtime to go into York early and do a bit of shopping, where I bought a new slouchy sweat top and a snood from H&M- a £3.99 bargain! We went to a restaurant on Low Petergate called La Vecchia Scuola, with beautiful views of the Minster and a lovely garden, where we had some beautiful Italian food- their coconut ice cream is to die for!

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So, my honest review of the show… It was actually brilliant!

The Barbican as a venue is great- I saw Ellie Goulding there last year- although this time I had the luxury of seating! And as for Peter Andre I was more than surprised at this show after seeing him 2 years ago with a very different set-up. His latest album is all jazz and big-band songs, which I love, and him and his live band performed them so well, along with covers of songs like ‘Happy’ by Pharrell and ‘Sir Duke’ by Stevie Wonder. I am a firm believer that any man looks better in a nice suit, and Mr Andre is no exception- as well as his 5-piece band- it was really classy and not cheesy like it was the last time! All I can say is that I misjudged him and I’m sorry I did- now I have his new album on my Spotify! And… I even got a reply to the tweet I sent him- it really is my month for celebrity tweets!

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The only annoying thing is that it’s now been retweeted 10 times and favourited 54- cue the endless Twitter notifications!

Another highlight from my week was watching Daniel Radcliffe’s new film ‘Horns’ after hearing him on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show earlier in the week. BEST. FILM. EVER. Seriously, I didn’t think I could handle Daniel Radcliffe with an American accent, but it was truly amazing! Brief plot outline (may include spoilers, but nothing too serious!):

Ig Perrish is accused of murdering his beautiful, well-loved girlfriend, who was the love of his life. As he starts to hunt for her real killer, horns begin to grow from his head, turning him into the devil everyone else sees him as. He realises that everyone now feels compelled to tell him their darkest secrets, and also that he can manipulate their will, which has some interesting and mostly comical results! 

I wish I could just write out the whole plot because it’s so interesting and there’s so many twists and turns- but you’ll just have to go and see it to find out for yourself! After watching it, all I can say is that the trailers and posters only show a snippet of Radcliffe’s actual character and the real plot, especially the one below. I just can’t recommend it highly enough. I liked this movie poster I found, and it’s actually made me want to make one of my own- watch this space.

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After watching ‘Horns’, me and George played some LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7, which we haven’t done in ages! Definitely cracking that one out again tonight- the LEGO games are just insane and so much better than the official movie ones- the way they show the expressions without using words is genius!

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I also watched ‘The Edge of Tomorrow: Live. Die. Repeat’ on Saturday night with the family, and was pretty impressed by that too! Tom Cruise always makes me cringe at the beginning of any film, but once I get used to him I usually enjoy most films he does, including this one!

Another week waitressing meant another week of tips, which I used to buy myself a pretty bottle green lace dress from H&M on Saturday, and used my tips from the week before to order myself a jumper, skirt and new work shoes online from New Look. I actually exchanged the blue jumper for an orange one and the skirt for a different one as the fit was really baggy and weird, so voila- two new outfits from 2 weeks of tips- not bad, eh? And with payday this Friday, I’ll be seeing how much I’ve racked up in card tips too!

With Halloween on Friday, we’ve got an office competition to decorate our department and also dress up! My plan is to make some cupcakes like the ones below (how adorable are they?!) as a form of bribery for the judges, and also try to imitate the ventriloquist dummy make up look, which I think is quite original- pictures to follow :) Also, how adorable are the little ghostie biscuits?

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For my ‘cute animal’ sign-off, you have to watch this video if you haven’t already- 50 Cats and Dogs in Desperate need of Naps– it is the funniest and cutest thing ever!

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