Video 8 – Return of the Lip Sync

It’s that time of the week where I try and come up with another way to rock the video blog. This week, I decided it was right to attempt another lip sync.

It might not be up to the standards (cough) of Journey, but hopefully it’ll give you a chuckle on this chilly Wednesday night.

Don’t forget if you’re going to bump into me before Saturday morning and youve got some tinned puddings or UHT milk lurking around in your cupboards, you can share it with me and I’ll drop it off at Battersea food bank at the weekend.

Challenge 13 and 17 – COMBINE

This week, challenge 13 and challenge 17 collide to create a very odd video blog of me attempting to make a fish out of a balloon. I’m not spoiling the end when I say…it doesn’t go very well. But this is only my second attempt at balloon modelling, and there were certainly a lot less involuntary squeals and my ear drums are significantly more intact today.

Anyways. Sit back, relax and watch me attempt to not make inappropriate jokes. The freeze frame for this is also my favourite so far. Best facial expression. Ever.

I attempted to make another fish after filming, and came up with this…Is it the definition of an awkward balloon?

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If you want to view the full list, you can find it here

Challenge 19 – Make a Bakeoff Style Show-stopper

OK. I’m going to admit it. This wasn’t one of the hardest challenges I set myself. Though I’m no Ruby Tandoh (yes, I am team Ruby!) I’m no stranger to spending an afternoon baking. That being said, I’m not an elegant baker – bad language, clumsiness and a lot of decorational disasters are often the results of my endeavours – as I’m sure you’d expect if you know me. My baked goods usually taste pretty jazzy but look dire (as with most of my cooking, in fact). So I wanted to test myself and try to make something that looked like a show-stopper. In this instance, I was more concerned with style over substance – sorry Paul.

Big Sis Purk bought me a giant cupcake tin for my birthday (we reckon it’s about 15cm wide and 20cm tall), and I felt like it would have been rude not to embrace that for my show-stopper, so at around lunchtime today, I began my adventure. Several hours later (I think it was about five to be honest) I’d managed to rustle up a Victoria sponge cupcake, complete with whipped cream and jam in the middle, and decorated with pink buttercream icing and chocolate chips. Behold…(if you haven’t already seen it on social media)

ImageOverall, I’m pretty pleased with the finished giant cupcake product. I’m not sure Paul Hollywood would be particularly impressed with the damage at the back but sometimes structural issues just can’t be avoided, especially when your mixture splitting led to a bigger top than bottom. But it was a first attempt.

I’m not sure it’s quite a win yet, and I’m pretty sure I’ll bake again over the coming cold months, so challenge 19 might be re-attempted. Unless I make a worse job second time round. Or third time around. We’ll see.

If you’ve any recipe suggestions for another attempt at my Bakeoff challenge let me know!

#25at25 – The List

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SO. This is THE list. The FINAL LIST

  1. This is a list of 13 outdoor pools in London swim half a mile in 10 of them over the year. ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR
  2. Get yourself on a TV game show. You can read about my Audition HERE!
  3. Attempt a London Eating Challenge of your choice
  4. Sing live Jazz or Blues in a jazz or blues bar (if poss with a live band) and invite all of the fifteen people on your 25/25 bucket club. Birthday soiree scheduled! Band sorted (hopefully!)
  5. Swim The Great London Swim in August 2014.  Read about it HERE
  6. Raise £500 for a charity of your choice. You can donate HERE
  7. Go on adventure (definition: An unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity) DONE! Read about it HERE
  8. Learn to dance burlesque (at least two classes). Read about my burlesque classes HERE
  9. Write something – a short story, that novel that’s been festering in your mind. Anything. Just write something
  10. Catch a squirrel OR eat a boiled egg  – Done! Watch the video HERE
  11. Meet Auntie Kimmy and AJ at Legoland with Charlie (not sure if the challenge is getting them here from Australia?!)
  12. Go to the operaSaw La Boheme in June 2014
  13. Create a YouTube channel (Alice25in52). Post one video each week. One must: do a duet with Georgia. One must not: No Twerking!! If I fail, I have 3 months to learn enough German to have a 25 minute conversation with Vic at Christmas 2014. Ongoing. Check out all of the videos so far HERE
  14. Create a video using the “Everyday” app – 365 selfies over the year of my #25at25 challenge. 
  15. Run the 5k Colour Run (somewhere in the UK). Signed up! Running 1st June in London. Read about my training HERE. DONE! Read about the run HERE!
  16. To ride the entire circle line, getting off at each stop to have a picture at the sign. When at the station, there are two options…1) to have a shot in the nearest pub 2) to write a poem about the station and surrounding area in RHYMING COUPLETS. Read about our fun Circle Line day HERE
  17. Learn to make at least 3 balloon animals in time for Carly’s wedding in 2014
  18. Do a ballroom dancing classRead about my ballroom dancing experience HERE
  19. Make a bake-off style Show Stopper (recipe to be decided)Done! Read about it HERE
  20. Dress up fancy and go somewhere dull
  21. Do a movie marathon of at least three films at a cinema
  22. Perform 10 random acts of kindness, 5 of which must be for people you are not already acquainted with. ONE, TWO, THREE
  23. Attend an open audition for a West End show
  24. Jaffa cake challenge – Attempt to eat 18 jaffa cakes in 1 minute. Attempt one can be found HERE
  25. Learn to SURF! Booked for 17th August