Wow, 2011 already! Is it just me or did 2010 fly by? I had some really good times over the last year (and of course some really bad ones, but I’m hoping to forget about those!) and listened to some great music. I planned to not go to as many gigs in 2010 as I did in 2009 and although I only went to half as many, I still went to 7 which cost quite a lot of money as most of them were expensive stadium gigs!
The gigs I went to in 2010:
-Ellie Goulding at the O2 Academy, Birmingham (27th March) this was the second time I’d seen Ellie (the first time was supporting Little Boots in 2009) and at first, there were a few sound issues, we couldn’t hear her microphone! Once they were sorted however, it was a brilliant gig and I went with an old friend I hadn’t seen for a while which made it even better.
In our Ellie Goulding tshirts
– Bon Jovi at the O2 Arena, London (13th June) I’d wanted to see Bon Jovi for YEARS! They’re one of my favourite bands and I could never persuade anyone to go with me but I managed to persuade my mom and we had a fantastic time! We bought the cheapest tickets that were available (at £50 each, they weren’t exactly cheap) and were on the top tier at the back but we still had a great view.
Inside the O2 Arena
– Bon Jovi at the O2 Arena, London (25th June) yes, I saw them again 12 days later! I didn’t mean to but the day after I got back from London my brother came into my room and mumbled something about seeing Bon Jovi for a fiver. I was on the phone at the time so I just ignored him but later on I thought I should go and see what he was on about. It turns out that ticketmaster had decided to sell a load of the tickets off for £5 and £10! I quickly snapped up two £5 tickets and then worried about who I was going to take with me. I ended up going with my current housemate and the seat were amazing! They were the ones that were originally £200 and we were so close! Unfortunately they didn’t play my favourite song, These Days, they were alternating the nights they were playing it and did it the night before.
A day out in London before seeing Bon Jovi
– Manic Street Preachers secret gig at Hammersmith Working Men’s club, London (5th August) I was one of 100 lucky people who won a pair of tickets for the Manics’ secret album launch gig. I’d seen them before in Wolverhampton in 2009 and they were amazing. This gig was even better, it was such an intimate venue and James Dean Bradfield kept messing up but it was fine! They played a mixture of new songs and old classics and I managed to get a set list at the end of the night!
I was so close!
The set list
– Muse at LCCC, Manchester (4th September) I’m a massive Muse fan and this was the fifth time I’d seen them. I went with my friend who is also a big fan. We drove to Manchester from Coventry (after I’d got the train from Winchester) on the Friday night and stayed in a Holiday Inn opposite the Man Utd ground so that we could get up early to queue outside the stadium. We queued from 9am (doors opened at 4pm!) and managed to secure a spot on the barrier on the left hand side of the stage (in front of Matt). It certainly wasn’t the best Muse gig I’d been to set list wise but the atmosphere was amazing!
Queuing outside the stadium
On the barrier!

 – Muse at Wembley Stadium, London (11th September) a week later, I went to see them for a sixth time. Yes, I’m slightly mad! Again, we arrived at the stadium at around 9ish (I left my house at 6:45) and queued. While we were in the queue, the heavens opened and we got drenched and we decided that we didn’t want to stand up all the way through the gig, instead we’d try to get seats. All that changed when we got in there and managed to get a spot in the second row in the middle of the stage..once Muse got on I was shoved on to the barrier. This was probably one of favourite Muse gigs. They played Bliss and Ruled By Secrecy which are two of my favourite songs! They atmosphere was again amazing as it was when I saw them at Wembley Stadium in 2007. I was so happy  for those two hours that they were on stage. I want to see them again and again and again! I also managed to get a set list at the end.

The set list
– Manic Street Preachers at Southampton Guildhall, Southampton (19th October) another band I saw twice in the same year.. I had booked the ticket BEFORE I won the other tickets though. I chose to sit in the unreserved seating in the balcony for this gig as I have a bad back and it had been playing up. I had a brilliant view of the band and sitting at the back didn’t make a bit of difference in terms of the atmosphere, I was still singing along and had a fantastic time by myself. I definitely recommend going to a gig by yourself if you can’t persuade anyone to go with you (as long as it’s safe obviously). I’d rather go alone than miss it altogether!
So far for 2011, I only have one gig planned which is Band of Horses in Birmingham. I really want to see Thirteen Senses in London but I’m going to have to wait until loan day before I purchase a ticket!
What gigs did you go to this year? Which was your favourite one?

Tonight’s my last night at home before I go back to my cold, empty house in Winchester. I’d love to stay at home a bit longer, but I have to work Saturday, Sunday and Monday. I’m really going to miss my family, my cat, not worrying about the heating costing a bomb, not seeing my breath indoors and proper food. As soon as I finish work on Monday I’ll be getting on a train to London to meet my boyfriend and then we’re going to go back to his house in Essex for a few days. I’m quite excited, but nervous at the same time.. I’ve never been to his house! On Thursday we’ll be travelling back to London to see Britain’s Got Talent and then staying overnight in his aunt’s flat with a couple of our friends.On Friday I’ll be going back to Winchester to work over the weekend. So overall, I’m going to have a pretty good week I think!

Last night, I had my last night out with my friends for.. a while. We just went to a local pub and had a few drinks but since I’ve been ill all over Christmas, it’s the first time I’d actually made an effort.

Apologies for the rubbish quality of the photo, it’s from my Blackberry as I’ve left my camera in Winchester! I decided it’s time to grow out my full fringe so I’ve changed it over to a side fringe. What do you think? Does it look alright? I’m really impressed with my new foundation as well. I can’t find it on the website but it’s Smooth Minerals (I used both the liquid and the powder) from Avon. I filled my brows in with Benefit’s Browzing which I lost for a while but have recently found. It’s amazing, definitely worth the £22.50 I paid for it. My eyebrows are usually a lot lighter than my hair but I look more normal when I use this.

I’d better get on with my packing, I’m leaving in around 12 hours and I haven’t packed at all!

I never usually make any new year’s resolutions and if I do I either end up not sticking to them or completely forgetting about them. This year I’m going to make some and hopefully stick with them. They’re not going to be completely unattainable goals because I know I’m lazy and won’t try. It’s taken me a while to come up with this list, so here it is:

Get rid of my debts
– I want to try to get rid of some of the horrible debt I’ve got. I want to at least pay off my credit card in the first few months. I was supposed to just buy an iPod and stop at that but I seem to have used it to buy the odd (edible) treat here and there.. it all adds up! I’d also like to pay off some of my overdraft but I’m not sure if that’s going to work. I can at least try though. I got one of those tin money boxes for Christmas so I can save money in there and I won’t be able to touch it unless I take a tin opener to it!

Walk more
– I’m so lazy and take the bus everywhere. The odd £1.60 here and there seems like nothing but if I want to pay off some debts I need to stop jumping on the bus at every opportunity and start walking into town. It’s not that far away at all.. about half an hour and it’s all downhill. I really have no excuse. It would be a good idea if I put £1 or so in my tin every time I walk into town..two resolutions in one!

Learn a craft
– I either want to learn to crochet or knit. I’d love to be able to make myself a blanket or a scarf. I’ll need to get myself some knitting needles/crochet hooks and some wool/yarn and then sit down in front of some youtube tutorials or Ravelry. It can’t be that hard really, can it?

Visit another country
– I haven’t left England since 2007 when I went on a French Exchange. I’d like to go away somewhere for a weekend or minibreak. Top of my list is Amsterdam and Paris (I have already been twice though) but I would love to go anywhere I’d never been before. I could go somewhere nice for less than £200, I just need to start saving! Maybe I could save up and go somewhere just before I start my third year of uni. That would be a nice end to the summer.

Explore England a bit more
– I’d like a couple of days out in England too. I’d like to visit some cities/towns I’ve never been to before. I do a lot of travelling but it’s usually between Winchester and Birmingham so I just pass  through places. Places I’d like to go to include: Bath, Portsmouth, Oxford, Isle of Wight, Brighton.

Make more of an effort with my appearance
– I always tend to look a bit scruffy nowadays. I’m stuck in a rut with my hair and my clothes and I don’t know what to do with them. Luckily, I have a hair appointment towards the end of January so I can get something done to my hair and then maybe I’ll feel more inclined to actually style it instead of sticking it in a ponytail everyday. I have a lot of clothes I don’t wear and I’m going to try to branch out a bit more instead of just wearing leggings/denim shorts and tights/long tshirts/hoodies. I’m 21, I should be dressing smarter/looking more my age!

Learn to use my camera
-I’ve had my Canon EOS 450D for 2 years now but I just treat it as a point and shoot – I don’t really know what to do with it. I’m also a bit too scared to take it out a lot of the time. So I’m going to start using it more, especially as I’ve got lucozade all over the lens of my point and shoot. I can’t rely on my Blackberry camera all the time, it’s rubbish!

Well, that’s the list. I guess I’ll come back to it halfway through the year and then again at the end and see if I’ve stuck to any of it. Like I said, none of them are completely unrealistic so I shouldn’t really have a problem. Fingers crossed!