I can’t decide whether to start blogging again.

I’m pretty sure no-one cares what I write.

Happy New Year everyone. I need to make some resolutions to make me a happier Jemma.

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I finished watching Season 2 of True Blood a couple of weeks ago. I watched the entire first and second seasons online, as they haven’t yet been shown on any non-satellite channels over here in the UK. Apparently Channel 4 is going to start broadcasting Season 1 in October, but they’re a bit late – the DVD has already been released!

True Blood is based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. I haven’t read the books yet, but I should probably invest in them! The first is on my Amazon wishlist, anyway.

Now, for those of you who have never seen this show, you’re probably thinking “Oh god…not another vampire series…not more Twilight”. I know lots of people are sick of the Twilight series; personally, I loved the movie, and the first three books (the only ones I’ve read).

True Blood is very slightly similar to Twilight – although the books were written before Twilight. The story centres around a girl called Sookie Stackhouse, a barmaid and mind-reader in the small town of Bon Temps. In this world, vampires have made themselves public, and even have a voice in government. When Sookie comes into contact with a vampire called Bill, she’s in for a gripping adventure. There must be at least one sex scene or one murder in every episode…

I’ve enjoyed this TV show immensely, and I’d recommend it to anyone who has a remote interest in vampires.

True Blood is available to watch online, mostly in MegaVideo format. I found a handy application for Firefox which eliminates the time limit on MegaVideo (72 minutes, then a 54 minute break before you can watch any more). This application is called Illimitux, and works with MegaVideo, MegaUpload, Veoh and many more internet video platforms.

I am attending this fantastic event, Progressive Nation 2009, on Saturday 10th October at Wembley Stadium.

It’s only 27 days away…I’m rather excited.

I mainly bought tickets because Dream Theater are playing, and Opeth was just a great bonus!

There will be…

Bigelf; a psychedelic/progressive rock quartet from Los Angeles, CA (30 mins)

Unexpect; a 7-piece “avant-garde” metal band from Quebec, Canada (30 mins)

Opeth; a 5-piece progressive rock band from Sodermanland, Sweden. (60 mins)

And lastly, Dream Theater; again a 5-piece progressive rock band from Long Island, NY. (90 mins)

Readers: Anyone else going to Progressive Nation? How about at Wembley?

Pushing Daisies was described as a “forensic fairy tale”. The story revolves around the main guy, Ned, who is a pie-maker, but who also has the ability to bring people back from the dead at a touch. It’s incredibly quirky but fun.

I watched a few episodes of Pushing Daisies on TV when it first came out, but then for some reason missed an episode and then got completely lost.

However! I have now got Pushing Daisies series 1 & 2, so I shall be watching them all again.

Apparently, there won’t be a third series, as ABC cancelled it 😦

Readers: Did you see Pushing Daisies? What did you think of it?

I finally have some patent shoes! Here they are in their gorgeousness:

I also bought some other shoes yesterday but they’re not on the website of where I bought them… Anyway, they’re flat, quilted, mary-jane type shoes and REALLY soft and comfortable. I’m very pleased.

My nan gave me some money to get shoes because I had holes in the soles of all my other shoes… Haha 😀

I am now the owner of six pairs of high-heeled shoes…And a pair of small wedges :3

Readers: What sort of shoes do you absolutely covet? Do you have lots of shoes?

Recently, I decided on a path for my future.

Throughout my life, I’ve wanted to be a dancer, a veterinary surgeon, a writer… But now I’ve finally decided what I’d like to do after I finish University (either after my BA or after doing an MA):

I’m going to teach English to people in Japan!

So, in order to get by and survive in Japan, I must learn the language before I get there. I have started teaching myself from a textbook, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Conversational Japanese.


It did come with an audio CD, but I lost it. Anyhow, I know exactly how to pronounce the language, so I don’t mind. I’ve always been very good at pronunciation when I learnt Spanish. French however, evaded me…that’s another story.

Eventually, I’ll start learning how to read and write Kana/Kanji.

So far, I’ve learnt particles and sentence structure; Affirmative Present, Affirmative Past, Negative Present and Negative Past tenses for verbs, adjectives and nouns; and the TE-form (-ing verbs).

I’ve learnt to say: “That’s my book” – Kore-wa watashi-no hoN-desu. “There’s pizza in the freezer” – Piza-wa furiizaa-ni ari-masu.

I haven’t really bothered to learn much else by heart yet. I’m going to go over everything I’ve learnt so far for a brush up and to test myself.

Readers: Are you learning a new language? What do you find easy or difficult about learning the language?

iMais is May, 22 from Qatar. May is a ‘digital painter’.

Her colours make me happy 🙂

Visit her gallery here.