storytimewithbuffy

My Saturday of Culture and Geekiness

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2013 at 6:00 am

So, I don’t actually have a book to talk about this Sunday. Again. I’ve got about 2 weeks until I take my exam for work so, as I mentioned last week, that’s where all of my energies are focused. Urgh…

Anyway, I took an afternoon off from studying on Saturday to spend some much needed quality time with the hubs. We ventured into the vast wilds of London in search of culture and unadulterated geekiness.

Our first stop was the National Gallery. If you aren’t familiar with it, here it is:Β April-London 005

(I didn’t take this picture yesterday, by the way. We go here often. I don’t know why I felt the need to tell you that, but there you are.)

Here’s the view if you’re standing with your back to the National Gallery:Β April-London 001

We like to visit every now and then when we feel like we need some inspiration. There’s some really cool stuff in there. This time I felt like the impressionists were really speaking to me. Not literally, just so we’re clear. I just really felt drawn to them. Perhaps that style of art represents what my life is like at the moment: messy but beautiful.

I feel that I have to tell you that I know next to nothing about art. I like looking at it, but I don’t have anything profound to say about it. So, I bought postcards of these paintings to remind me of a couple that really moved me.

The Boulevard Montmartre at Night by Camille Pissarro (From National Gallery website)

The Boulevard Montmartre at Night by Camille Pissarro (from National Gallery website)

A Wheatfield, with Cypresses, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh (From the National Gallery website)

A Wheatfield, with Cypresses, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh (from the National Gallery website)

After the National Gallery, we went to Forbidden Planet which is my most favourite shop in the whole world. It’s full of wonder, geekiness and so much win! We probably spent as much time there as we did in the National Gallery. No, I’m serious. We perused shelves full of comic books, many of which I’ve earmarked for Christmas. Then on to the books. *sigh* The books.

The past two weeks I’ve been such a good girl, studying hard like I should, but I can’t even begin to tell you how much I miss reading books for fun. Half an hour before bed each night is not even close to being enough time to read! Β I’m suffering from withdrawal and an intense envy every time I see someone reading a book for fun. I must soldier on. Only two more weeks…

I’m sure that you can imagine, given the above information, how sad it made me to walk through the shelves and look at all of the books that I won’t be reading in the next two weeks.

Poor me.

However, I did treat myself to a sliver of awesomeness to dull the ache. Feast your eyes on this!

Jake and Lady Rainicorn

 

Now my oyster card can travel in style! (For those of you unfamiliar with the oyster card, it’s how we Londoners get around on the buses and underground.) I would have preferred a card featuring Lumpy Space Princess, but alas, they didn’t have one. This one is really amazing, though, as I do love Lady Rainicorn and it makes me smile every time I use it.

It was a lovely way to while away a Saturday afternoon.

Hopefully I will have a book to talk to you about on Wednesday. I’m halfway finished with one, so the outlook is positive.

Anyway, I must go study.

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  1. London is so beautiful and I totally get how inspiring it must be to be around the impressionists, their work is so beautiful! I’m sorry you’re not getting a lot of reading time but two weeks will fly by and you’ll pass your exam with flying colors and have so many books to read! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  2. Oh Buffy, your blogs never fail to make me laugh out loud at some point. Particularly when I reached the “feast your eyes on this!” part. It’s not much to soothe your book-longing woes but I can say I’m desperately envious that you’re living in London as it’s the only place I ever care if I visit internationally! Good luck with your test and the books will be waiting for you (as will we)! πŸ™‚

    • I’ll take what comfort I can through these difficult times. πŸ™‚

      It’s pretty awesome living in London (except for the part where I have to commute). Do let me know if you ever decide to visit. We can meet up and sit in a cafe and talk about books!

      Thanks for reading!

  3. Adventure Time makes the world a better place.

  4. I’ve only seen a few minutes of an episode of Adventure Time, but a bunch of people I follow on Tumblr love it.

    • Adventure Time is so fantastically trippy and just downright sweet. There are a few fart/butt jokes thrown in for good measure, but it’s like 50 different kinds of awesome. πŸ˜€

  5. Oh my gosh, Adventure Time! I love that show– it’s so adorable and fun. I mean, it’s a weird show, but so unique and different from other shows… Anyways, London looks like a beautiful place! And it is always great to go on the search for geekiness πŸ˜›

    Thanks for sharing!

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