Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Life, the Universe and Everything: 1

I think I might make this my kinda weekly roundup, although considering this is Wednesday it's not really a weekly roundup. But I got back from my holiday and haven't blogged in a wee while so Wednesday it is!

We were staying in the Lara Beach resort in Turkey, and it was so beautiful. All inclusive and had loads to do! I will do a full review of the hotel soon, but for now I just thought I'd share a pic or two of the holiday. PS the hotel had a cat sanctuary!

Short one for today, but back to daily blogging tomorrow!
How are you guys today?

Friday, 27 June 2014

Dust of the Ancients

So when people often think of Astronomy they think of the the beautiful pictures that the Hubble Space Telescope has taken over the years. A full gallery of which can be found here. But the pictures that people always remember are those of Nebulae. There are several types of Nebulae but in general they are large regions of gas and dust that are found in space.

The Eagle Nebula

The stunning picture above was dubbed the Pillars of Creation and is found in the Eagle Nebulae in the constellation of Serpens. This type of nebula is sometimes called a Stellar Nursery and is generally where stars form out of the gas and dust.When a small amount of gas, which is denser in that place than in the rest of the nebula, gravity takes over and more gas and dust is attracted to this spot, and eventually a star is born. Young stars are always found in these types of nebula and all the stars formed tend to have a similar age.

The Helix Nebula

The picture above shows another type called a Planetary Nebula called the Helix nebula. Generally these are formed when a massive star, called a Red Giant, reaches the end of it's life and begins to die in a process known as a Supernova. The star throws of an outer shell of gas and dust and becomes a smaller kind of star known as a White Dwarf.

 The Cat's Eye Nebula

There are more reasons than I've went into for these beautiful wonders of the Universe that I've saved for another post. But what do you think? Do you have a favourite?

Monday, 16 June 2014

Adios, Adios, I think I don't understand what that means.

So long time no talk friends! How have you all been?! 
Sorry for the long delayed absence I've not been able to blog due to exams/projects/work. But I've now finally got some time to blog again and I just thought I would show you some pictures of things I've been upto. 

Always coffee or alcohol or ice cream.

I got to see Wicked again in Glasgow, and it was amazing as the London West End and the songs have been stuck in my head for a few weeks now. I also got the see the Wonder Years who are one of my all time fav bands.  Obvs more wine (we ended up in the VIP section for Wicked). CAAAATTT and days out with the bf! A lovely pressie from one of the bestsos Christina. I'd never eaten a Chimichanga before, I would again!

My amazing art work. I spent too much time in the library that I found this funny. Beating the bf at 
Pokemon always makes me smile! Always time for a BBQ. Lovely packaging makes me smile!

Overall the past few months have been hard work in uni which didn't pay off quite the way I wanted it too, but these things happen! I've got a busy Summer to look forward too including a holiday and some reasearch and no doubt plenty of other things. I expect to be back to the Astronomy and lifestyle posts tomorrow!
So how have you guys been? Looking forward to Summer?

Monday, 10 March 2014

TAG: Get to know me.

So after a little bit of a blogger hiatus (work and uni got in the way), for which I am really sorry! But now I'm going to be back to posting (hopefully) daily, and responding to comments and generally just getting back involved. So I thought I'd do a little bit of a getting to know me style post, which has been really fun to write!

1. Do you have any pets?
No, my mum hates cats and my brother is allergic to dogs. But I live vicariously through the BF and his cat Monty, who hates all humans but I still want to be his friend.

2. Name 3 things physically close you you.
My laptop, which I am writing this on. My The Wonder Years hoodie, that I'm wearing. And my Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder which hasn't left my sight since I bought it, I know I'm sad. Also 'James Paterson's, Women's Murder Club' DS game. My mum loves a muder mystery!

3. Whats the weather like right now?
Well it's stop raining which is good, but windy and dry. Cloudy as well!

4. Do you drive, if so have you crashed?
No I don't, taking lessons in Summer though!

5. What time did you wake up this morning?
8 am so I can be up and ready for my lecture at 10am! I slept in yesterday though, but who doesn't love a lie in?!

6. When was the last time you showered?
Last night, as I like letting my hair air dry and then sleep with it in a bun, because I love wavy hair!

7. What was the last movie you saw?
In the cinema it was the Lego movie, which was amazingly funny. On my TV/Internet, the Producers that me, my mum and sister watched this weekend!

8. What does your last SMS / text message say?
'I moved out, too noisy because it's next to a train track...' Don't ask, it was a long silly conversation me and the BF were having!
 9. What is your ring-tone?
Nothing, my phone is always on vibrate!

10. Have you ever been to a different country?
I have! I love going on holiday and travelling. Countries I've been to include France, Spain and America!

11. Do you like sushi?
I do, but normally only the veggie kind, but tried some fish ones before and it is amazing!

12. Where do you buy your groceries?
Tesco or M&S. I do love me some ready meals!

13. Have you ever taken medication to fall asleep?
Nope, I sleep like a log most nights anyway. And if you ever have bother sleeping, just remember that whatever is bothering you will still be there in the morning, and be much easier to deal with on a good nights sleep!

14. How many Siblings do you have?
Two! My older brother, John and my younger sister, Michelle!

15. Do you have a desktop or Laptop?
I have a laptop, just so I can take it into uni with me. But desktops are much better for gaming!

16. How old will you be on your next birthday?
22.. Now I feel old!

17. Do you wear contacts or glasses?
I have pretty good vision, but I have glasses for reading!

18. What colour is your hair?
Well here comes a rant. I have strawberry blonde hair *coughGINGERcough*

19. Tell me something your planning on doing today?
Making the Broccoli soup that I seen in the Sorted food video, and studying. I made a pinky promise with Rebekah to study every night from today on..

20. When was the last time you cried?
Yesterday at a Youtube video, there is a Doge mod for Minecraft and the idea of this filled me with joy. But Imgur also normally brings a tear to my eye, either with something being funny or sad :(

21. What is your perfect pizza topping?
Cheese, just cheese and sauce. I'm pretty plain.

22. Which do you prefer Hamburgers or Cheese burgers?
Cheeseburgers, is there any other answer to this question?!

23. Have you ever had an all nighter?
Yup, once when I got a date for an exam wrong. I thought it was in a weeks time, it was the next day, que panic studying. Meh, I still passed!

24. What is your eye color?
Greenish blue!

25. Can you taste the difference between Pepsi and Coke?
No, they taste the same. I actually prefer Pepsi..

So now you know some strange things about me, I haven't tagged specific people, but I tag you to answer these questions either on your own blogs (leave the links below, I wanna read them!) or in the comments below!

Monday, 3 March 2014

Cooking Days; Gucamole

So today I am gonna show you how we made some gucamole last week. I love my dips and this one tasted amazing! I'm following a Hairy Biker's recipe, and the things we'll need are;
3 avocados,
an onion, 
a lime, 
about 3 chillies (I'm a wimp when it comes to spice),
3 tomatoes 
and then something to dip (we used lightly salted tortilla chips).

The BF decided to snap a lovely picture of me arranging some ingredients, I look incredibly ginger.

The ingredients you'll need artistically arranged.

We used a food processor for the main blending as we like it quite smooth, but you could equally use a mortar and pestle or just a fork! We started by peeling and chopping our onion, and chopping our tomatoes and chillies into quite fine pieces.

Remember to take the seeds out of the chillies (and make sure not to touch your eyes, mine were bloodshot for the rest of the day). 

Then squeeze half a lime into the mixture, and blend until smooth!

We then added the other tomato to leave it a little chunky! And blended again!

     action shots

Blending fun!

The difference in how you get the stone out of an avocado (mines is on the left, it wasn't my best work).

I did better this time!

Scoop out soft avocado from the skin and mash it up!

 And then combine (we blended a little), it doesn't look as green as it did in person in this picture, but it tasted amazing! And it is pretty good for you, look at how much fruit and veg is in it!

And then all that is left to do is taste it! I couldn't believe how easy it was to make and how tasty it was! 

Will you try making this? What are your favourite dips and why?

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

What I Did Last Week #1

So I thought I'd show you some of the pictures I took last week of some of the things we did, it mostly relates to food! I've never done this kind of post before, so I apologise if it's a little all over the place!

My boyfriends cat Monty being a cutie, we just love dips, shopping on a rainy day (haul on the way), I swear their was cauliflower in this tea, pizza and quesadilas, me and the boyfriend at a gig (he was tired of me trying to take a selfie). 

I discovered this ornament I painted as a kid (it's really scary), found this bottle of brandy for £1650 (I bought 4 of course), Papermoons were amazing at a gig last week!

What did you guys get upto last week?

Monday, 24 February 2014

Sea Gods and Tridents

So finally in our little series about the planets we are talking about Neptune. The eighth planet in our solar system, and the furthest from the Sun. It is a gassy planet but is also classified as an Ice Giant (I'm voting for renaming it Loki), but this means that there is more water, ammonia and methane than in planets like Saturn! Neptune is named after the Roman god of the Sea, or Poseidon if you are from Greece! Although Galileo did see Neptune in 1612, it was not officially discovered as a planet in 1846.

Neptune is pretty massive and weights about 17 Earths. It is made of mostly gases, but has rocky core which is bigger than Earth! It is so far away from the Sun that most of the heat is generated by the planet itself, but the atmosphere has a temperature of almost 450 degrees Celsius (which is pretty darn hot!) so Neptune is generating a lot of heat!

This is an image taken by Voyager 2 in the 80s.

Neptune has a ring system (like Saturn), but it is really hard to see in visible light. They are mostly made of ice, but instead of Saturn's pure white rings, Neptune's is a reddish colour. They are also pretty unstable compared to Saturn's. Neptune has 14 moons, the largest of which is called Triton (who was the son of Poseidon) and is one of the largest moons in the solar system! We haven't really explored Neptune very much, but hopefully soon they'll launch a new satellite that can tell us more about this distant, mysterious planet!

What do you think about this lonely planet? Is there anything Astronomy you'd like me to cover? (I promise black holes are coming soon!)