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January 03, 2007

…and it's gone!

Well that was that! All that looking forward to something and quick as a flash it’s over. A friend of mine once said ‘it is better to travel than to arrive’ and sometimes I think she is right, the anticipation, longing, planning and excitement all building to a crescendo only for it to be over so quickly it might never have happened!
For all that it was good fun and I had some lovely presents, including a beautiful sparkly necklace from HP which was a surprise (he’s so clever!) and an amazing dolls’ house, something I’ve always wanted and it had lights and a Christmas tree and everything, it’s very sweet.
New Year was also great fun we decided to do a 1920ish casino night at one of our friends, we had so much chocolate money nobody could have lost and I think one of our friends developed an addiction to poker! Have a look at the piccies.
So what did we do in 2006?
Travel = Spain, Paris and Zakynthos, Newcastle, Wales, Glasgow, Bradford on Avon, London (I’m sure there’s more but can’t think of any)
*House *= months of building work to acheive a fantastic new kitchen, decorated spare room
*Work *= left my old (and happy) job for new, interesting job which I’m just getting to grips with
Life = HP still wonderful, started step classes again (yippee!) and swimming, Tobi is still with us, got a cleaner (yipee again!), my Dad was 60, started a blog…

OK so what’s in store for 2007?
Travel = Exeter, New York (so far in Feb and March respectively)
House = Insulate loft, decorate bedroom, study, stairs and landing and get a carpet (yippee) make a start on the garden
Work = Continue to get to grips with new job there are certainly some challenges for the year ahead which can only improve my future employment potential
Life = HP will still be wonderful, I will continue with the step classes and swimming but will also try to be more active generally, I’m 40 this year but my Grandad will be 95 in February! Hoping to get an allotment, should help with the activity aspect and better vegtables, although that remains to be seen! Will also try to do more archery when the weather gets better.
None of that seems to difficult it’s just a case of sticking to it…

December 20, 2006

It's finally here!

Yup! It’s finally here, the day I’ve been looking forward to for the last 3 months….MY LAST DAY IN WORK hurray! Let me just clarify, I like work a lot and it’s getting more and more interesting but there’s nothing like the last day of work with 2 weeks of festivities stretching out before you.
Not to say that I’m not going to be busy over the next couple of days because I’ve got to finish the food shopping and start cooking before HP’s brother and family arrive on Saturday, swiftly followed by HP’s parents on Sunday and my Dad on Monday.
I think we’ll have emptied the house again by Wednesday lunchtime, then it’ll be snuggle up on the sofa, bottle of wine, remainder of the Quality Street and watch the recordings of all the TV programmes I refused to let everyone else watch because they should be playing family games and communicating not staring at the goggle box!(He he)
This will probably be my last blog for a while unless I have an overwhelming need to sit in front of a computer (unlikely!) so Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to anyone that reads this rambling nonsense and bloody hell it’s cold today! (Hope it stays this cold for Christmas…)

December 18, 2006

Memory Foam

I must be a bed obsessed person at the moment! We’ve had one person stay on the aerobed this weekend and they’ve confirmed that it is very comfy and a 60 year old with a dodgy back and hip should be able to spend Christmas night on it, especially if he’s had some of my home made sloe gin!
Now I’ve turned my attention to the poor quality of pillow on mine and HP’s bed. I’ve noticed over the past few weeks that I wake up with stiff shoulders and neck, which can’t be good for me, but it was only when HP started complaining too that I thought a change of pillows may be on the cards. I popped off to look at some yesterday and the choice is amazing (and confusing) coz you don’t know if they’re really going to be comfy and stop your neck aching unless you’ve actually slept on them! Anyway they ranged from £3.99 a pair (don’t think they’d last too long!) to £60 for one (I think that had gold encrusted coils or something) but I plumped for the middle range of £20 for some memory foam pillows.
They seem substantial, they weigh a ton in comparison to normal pillows and are very solid. I was quite excited about going to bed last night to try out the memory foam and all seemed well while I was reading book, my head felt cocooned and my neck supported but unfortunately as I thought I was drifting off to sleep my brain kicked in and wouldn’t stop thinking about work, Christmas, the world in general and the bloody memory foam – does it remember the shape of my head or it’s own shape? and if it’s my head, what happens when I turn over? etc. etc. consequently I didn’t get much sleep and have no idea whether the pillow is better or worse, although HP claims to have had a good night’s sleep – oh well there’s always tonight!

December 13, 2006


I was so exited the other day when I saw an advert for an aerobed
It seemed like the ideal thing for Christmas, it would solve so many problems, like me and HP not being kicked out of our bed to sleep on the lumpy futon, somewhere for both nephews to sleep, aswell as a great idea for when we decorate our spare room because it’s a lot cheaper than the bed settee I had in mind!
So convinced this was going to save me loads of hassle I attempted to order online and everywhere was ‘out of stock’, this obviously fuelled the consumer in me (i.e. it must be really good if everywhere has sold out!) the only place that wasn’t was MFI. So I thought I’ll be sneaky, I won’t order it online I’ll go to MFI and get it there and then. Popped over Saturday morning and they’d never heard of it, hadn’t realised they sold it or anything! After long searches on their own system they found it but the earliest delivery was Christmas Eve and as that’s a Sunday I thought it was unlikely to arrive in time, it is also the day that I’m cooking Christmas dinner (long story – families etc.) it wasn’t actually convenient. So I was very sad :( and resigned to the lumpy futon.
But then Argos flashed into my mind, I went online, they had one in stock in Coventry, I reserved it, jumped in the car and picked it up and brough it home as quick as I could and OH! what a lovely bed. It does inflate in 3 minutes and deflates very quickly, it’s very substantial and is the height of a proper bed so all our ageing friends can get on and off without damaging hips, backs etc. (that does include me too)
Now I just need to try it out ;-)
I now realise that I’m middle aged and I am totally caught up in consumerism if I can get so excited about an inflatable bed…but it will be so practical…..

December 11, 2006

Holidays are coming, Holidays are coming….

In our house this is a tune that accompanies the time just before we finish work for a break, “Holidays are coming…Holidays are coming” etc. OK we stole it from the Coke advert but we like it and it sums up the feeling of anticipation before you finish work for any type of break and as this week is my last full week in work before a 2 week break it’s officially time to start singing it!
I can feel the excitement building up now, the joy of having 2 whole weeks at home, chilling, relaxing, cooking, entertaining, drinking, making merry, watching TV, yes! it’s definitely time to start singing ‘Holidays are coming…...”

December 01, 2006


I wear monthly contact lenses which means at the end of every month I take one pair out and put another pair in. So this morning as I was putting in my new pair it suddenly occured to me that this particular pair of contact lenses was going to help me see everything clearly over the next month including my family (who I don’t see very often), my friends (in all sorts of interesting social events in the coming weeks), a trip to see a comedian, a trip to Stratford, countless shopping expeditions and recipe books, numerous Christmas decorations (some glitzy, some gaudy), some good Christmas TV (not sure this is possible) and HP’s face when he opens his pressies! All these memories will be stored in my long term memory and the clarity of the events will be greatly enhanced by a pair of contact lenses, only for that insignificant piece of plastic to be discarded in the New Year, it’s weird when you really think about it.
On another tack, HP started his ‘pinch & punch for the 1st of the month, no returns’ this morning and when I tweaked his nose back he was aghast because I’d gone against the laws of gobblydy gook and no returns – just confirms my personal view that protective mysticism of any type is a pile of crap!

November 30, 2006

really, nearly there!

Yes we’re really, nearly there to so many fun things:
1. Greek lesson (tonight)
2. Friday
3. Friday night!
4. The weekend
5. December (happening on Friday)
6. Seeing my brother (who I haven’t seen for ages!)
7. Advent calendar opening
8. Week 10
9. Christmas parties
10. Christmas presents!

I worry sometimes how much I look forward to the next thing, maybe I should just spend sometime enjoying the here and now…

November 27, 2006

It's nearly December – Yippee!

Feeling much better than I did on Friday, no screaming woman around to frighten children today!
Indulged in lots of Christmas shopping over the weekend which really began to get me in the mood for Christmas. I went to TK Maxx home store on Sunday to get a trifle bowl and came out with a trifle bowl, a jug, another bowl that will look just perfect on our new coffee table, a classy christmassy tablecloth for said table to prohibit the glass rings and scratches our relatives are likely to inflict and some coasters – all for £36 bargain!! But I could have bought loads more, especially the Christmassy stuff but I did have to exercise the little control I have otherwise we could end up with santa’s grotto! I don’t care though, it’s a lovely time of year and it’s great to get all the sparkly, glitzy stuff that ordinarily wouldn’t get house room, I say indulge yourself! Now where are my Christmas decorations…

November 01, 2006

Jack Frost

First car windscreen scraping of the autumn, I wonder how many car scrapings there are until Christmas…

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