Friday, 28 May 2010

Friday smiles

Blame it on the sunshine or that it's a Friday or that it's a denims day at work, but I'm in a really chipper mood today. So chipper that the guy who's armpit I practically had to stand in on the commute this morning still got a smile. So chipper that even the guy who effectively shoved me into said armpit and who's arm was around me so he could "hold onto the pole" (despite there being one much closer to him that wouldn't involve him hugging me for four stops) still got a smile. If you knew me or the London tube in peak well, you would be impressed.

Other things I'm thankful for and things that have made me laugh or smile or wonder in amazement and I've rambled on about them below.  But  I also want to know what's making you happy? Or frustrating you?

Long weekends
This week is one of them, and I'm heading to Berlin!! Berlin, peoples, has been on my must see places for a long long time. Maybe a little bit because of learning German at school (and forgetting German post school). Maybe a bit more because of the history of the place in recent times (last 50 - 70 years). And maybe because my friends and family that have been there have raved about it. We've got 2 1/2 days there and I hope to have lots to tell you next week.

Colleagues
For exchanges like this on our internal instant chat (which honestly is used for 95% work purposes)
Me: I wish they made smell cancelling headphones. X's food smells rank
Colleague: Maybe if you shoved yours up your nostrils, they would be?
You have to admit, he has a point. You also have to admit that eating really smelly food at the desk isn't really that cool.

Family
I just love them, that's all. Ok, I miss them too. And they make me laugh. The parentals have a farm. With cows. Pinsgauer cows. Pinsgauer show cows. And some of these beasts won some ribbons at the National Beef Expo last week (which is one of the 2 big shows, if you are into this sort of thing). And to hear my folks talk of them, you would think that one of their kids has found the cure for all cancers, or become Prime Minister or something. These babies mean the world to them and, whilst I find it funny, I do love hearing them so chuffed about things. This isn't one of this week's winners, but here is one of their other ones:
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IT service desks
My computer was not playing nicely yesterday. It had had some sort of software upgrade the night before and excel was practically useless. So I rang IT. Like in any big company I assume, speaking to IT can be an adventure. After navigating the menus, I was put through to someone who explained (in broken English - our IT is very much offshore) that (after being on my computer remotely for about 45mins) he didn't know what was wrong and would escalate the call. When another guy called me back and proxied on and had a look (again for more than half an hour). And you know what he said (yes, in very very broken English)? "Your excel is not working properly". No, really? I mean, if I wanted to call for a chat, I would have phone a friend, not the IT desk in a remote third world country where English is a long way from a native language. It made me laugh. A lot. I still chuckle thinking about it. And the good news - the third person I spoke to was able to sort it out so now my excel runs like a dream.

Photography
And getting my pics published! I think we all know by now that I like taking pics. Lots of them. Of random stuff, of cool stuff and of pretty stuff. I think we also know by now that I'm a hack with a point and shoot who's doing it to indulge herself. Someone else has indulged me to (aside from you patient readers). A couple of my pics that are on Flickr have been included in the latest London edition of the Schmap app for ipohones. They contacted me a while ago to say they would like to use them and ask permission, should they make it through the final edit. Well, they did… The pics are of London things but I wouldn't have thought anything special. I think they've used them as they are of specific places they wanted pics for and there just aren't many around. They're using ones of Monmouth Cofee at Borough Markets and of the Peace Pagoda at Battersea Park (first link for each one will take you to their website, second link shows how it looks in the app).

Keeping it real though, it's not all peachy. There are things that frustrate me to. Such as:

Glasses shopping
I've had my eyes tested recently and I need some new glasses (and hopefully some prescription sunnies if the budget stretches far enough). Good news is my eyes aren't as bad as they were. Bad news is shopping for them is harrowing. To describe my indecision and frustration levels, I think it would be easier to have to buy bathers, bras and jeans all at once. And, if you are like me, those are the hardest purchases to make and require the biggest pep talk (I really do have to be in the mood for any of them). I don't know what I want, and after trying on so many pairs, I still don't know!

Happy weekend funksters!

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Project 365 – Week 17

The last week of April, the last week of the first third of the year.  Time has been flying by and apologies for just how tardy I’ve been in blogging these pics.

I stayed in and around London this week, including on the long weekend!!  My favourite is easily 1 May 2010.  The pics are:

26 April – my work building.  I sit on the 8th floor, to the very left of the it.
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27 April – Brick Lane. A street in London known for it’s curry houses.  I’m not sure they’re the best London has to offer but it is yum and I always enjoy a night out.  Most of the restaurants have spruikers so you can get your wine, papadams, starter etc free.  If you can’t, keep going until you do!27.04.2010

28 April – the London Eye from the south bank.
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29 April – a cool church I walked passed on the way home. I don’t know it’s denomination – I’ll have to go that route again!
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30 April – My brother’s birthday and the only pic I took was of a lamp post because the logo kind of reminded me of Chanel. My lamest pic to date I think.
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1 May 2010 – cruising in Primrose (my housemate’s combi) down the street.  She was heading to the coast, I was getting a lift to a neighbouring suburb.01.05.2010

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Today I saw – today you draw…

It’s been mentioned that I exchange post cards quite often with one of my friends back home.  At the rate of about a card a week, give or take.  It’s delightful to come home from work and find a card – for whatever sweet or sour message is written on it and whatever sweet or sour picture is on the front.


Another postcard writer I’ve been lucky enough to receive a card from is Jill, from Today I Saw.  She has been drawing a picture each day for the last year of something she’d seen and sending them off to people the world over.  If you haven’t seen her blog, it is worth checking it out.  Her pictures are delightful (and I love that she often highlights the simple pleasures).


This year long project finishes on June 4.  To celebrate, she’s having a postcard swap where readers can draw what they saw.  If you want to participate (and I strongly recommend you do), head on over and sign up

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Ten on a Tuesday - 32

Tuesday ≈ Ten Questions.

Good questions this week.  I'm not sure what makes them good, I just enjoyed answering them.  I hope you enjoy reading them.  Once again, they came via Chelsea.


1. What is your favorite piece of furniture in your house?
Tough question. We rent a fully furnished place so I don't really have an attachment to any of it (it's all bland wooden stuff too). I don't have much furniture in storage back home (my brothers took care of most of it) but I think my "arm chair" is my favourite. It's a nixi chair from an Australian furniture store and styled on papasan chairs.  There are so so many ways to sit in it comfortably. With friends over, it was always the first chair nabbed (and often shared)


{pic of an old faded one courtesy of ebay}


2. If it was raining so hard on a Saturday that you couldn’t leave your house, what would you spend the day doing?
I could really happily do a lot of things. I would make a coffee, and then in no particular order - do some washing, bake some cookies, read some blogs, upload some photos, watch a DVD, catch up on tele.

3. What was your favorite candy as a child?
Probably redskins.  Hard raspberryish taffyish type lollies.  They're really hard to describe because they're a distinct flavour etc, but trust me that they're good.  Really really good.

4. Did you get an allowance? What was it based on? What did you do with it?
When I turned 5 I started getting one. It was 50c a week and went up 10c a year on our birthdays. I don't recall exactly but I think we had to keep our rooms tidy (and toys in the family room), with more chores as we got older? At some point it went up to $5 a week (a lot more chores were involved).

5. Do you have a favorite Etsy store?
Nope, not yet. I've bought a few things from there but I havent' spent much time browsing so I don't have a favourite. Suggestions welcome though (I think prints and photos are what I like the most on there).

6. Do you prefer time with family or time with friends?
Tough call. To tough to make. Sorry (and yes, the fence I'm sitting on is super comfortable).

7. Looney Tunes, Tiny Toons, or Animaniacs?
Looney Tunes only because I don't know the others. I wasn't a massive fan though. Things like Tom and Jerry, The Jetsons, The Snorks, The Smurfs and Strawberry Shortcake more captured my attention

8. Best daytime talk show: Oprah, Ellen, The Doctors, Tyra (ha!), Dr. Oz, or Dr. Phil?
Ellen. She's a laugh and people don't jump on her couch. She's not out to solve the worlds problems or anything but she entertains.

9. Would you rather have the power of invisibility or the ability to fly?
I wish that I could fly (Into the sky, so very high.  Just like a dragonfly.  I'd fly above the trees, over the seas in all degrees, to anywhere I please.  Oh I want to get away, I want to fly away, yeah yeah yeah)

10. Name 1 thing you love about being an adult.
Freedom.

Monday, 24 May 2010

Weekend gone

IMG_0215The pic above caputres my Saturday pretty darn well.  Gorgeous sunshine, not a care nor a cloud in sight.  I picked my cousin up from Peterborough and together we headed to "The NORTH".  Got us wondering though, where in England does the North start?  I may have to look into this as the road signs aren't overly specific.

A lazy lovely lunch by the canal in Leeds and then some chat time with the grandparents. Man, they are old.  Both are closer to 100 than 90.  Not sure if I ever want to be that old.  It was the first time I'd seen them since Timbo passed on, and the first time Chelli had seen them since his Dad and Timbo had passed on. 

Their lounge is littered with family photos etc, and this one I really liked... It is from their Golden Wedding anniversary celebrations, Boxing Day 1989.  They came out to Australia for a couple of months that year.  I'm sure we got some more group shots when they came back in 1991 but I still think it would be one of the last of all of us (my Mum passed away not unexpectedly in 1991, 10 days after they returned to England).
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L-R (front and back) are: my bro Simon (F), cuz Jem (B), cuz Timbo(F), cuz Chelli(B), Grandma(F), Dad(B), Granddad(F), Mum(F), Aunty Gabs(B), me(F), Uncle Dave(B), cuz Beth(F).   We were such a fashionable bunch back then, hey? White Christmas teddies are the ultimate accessorry to any outfit!

Sunday was spent painting an elephant piggy bank and basking in the sunshine in Greenwich.  If you're ever in London on a sunny day, it is a beautiful place to be.  How were your weekends?  

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Off to play...

I'm just ducking away from live writer to go and play Google Pacman. PacmanHad you seen it?  When I saw it yesterday, I totally forgot what I was google-ing.

Not really all I’m doing.  I’m off road tripping to the Grandparents house in the north with my cousin Chelli.  The sun is out and good times are predicted…

Enjoy your weekends – is the sun shining for you?

Friday, 21 May 2010

Project 365 – Week 16

Rolling on, I spent the next week in and around London.  As the days have been getting longer, I’ve been walking a good proportion of my commute home.  Being in London, this means walking passed many a tourist sight or icon – and I’m only too happy to share them with you…

Without further adieu – I present to you April 18 – April 24th, in order as:

  • 18 April – Our little B&B in Betws-y-Coed, Wales – the Coed-y-fron
  • 19 April – Walking home via Big Ben (healthy start to the week)
  • 20 April – Walking the same way home (over Westminster Bridge) – London has some really fabulous lamp posts.  England too – I always seem drawn to them.
  • 21 April – hmm, not sure what to say here – the photo is blurry as are my memories.  A big night at a work event – far too much of this was consumed (and can I be honest?  it’s nice, but I don’t think it would make my top 5 bubbles – their branding guys have certainly done well).
  • 22 April – paying for the sins the night before, lunch was a smoothie in the sunshine.  It made me feel better.  Until I got back inside.
  • 23 April – Light at the end of the tunnel.  I take a driverless light rail to work in the mornings and I’ve always thought it would make a good pic.  Turns out you’d need a faster shutter speed as they rock about a bit and it was hard to hold steady.  So, whilst a fail photo skills wise, meaning wise it was a win – there was light, and the tunnel was ending.
  • 24 April – Bluebells galore in the gardens near here.   I love the timeline of Spring – snowdrops, daffs, bluebells then tulips.  They all overlap each other but not by much.



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London Moonwalk…

I’ve alluded to it in previous posts and I had a little widget on the side for a bit but let me tell you about the Playtex London Moonwalk I took part in last weekend.

In short, it involves walking 26.2 miles through the night, around London, wearing a bedazzled bra.  Before hand comes a lot of training and a dash of fundraising (thanks friends) but the night it self is quite something else.

Beginning and ending in Hyde Park, you take an incredibly indirect route around the park, south to the Thames River, east along the north bank to Blackfriars, West along the south bank and around the suburbs of Chelsea and Kensington before finishing back at the start.  It took me over 8 hours to finish, walking some with a friend and some solo.

It was an amazing event, and I’m still at a bit of a loss to describe it but here are a few pics from it:

The marquee at sundown, Saturday night…
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Entering the compound
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All ready (yes, I walked with helium balloons attached to me.)
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Limbering up inside the marquee, a sea of pink
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Let’s start
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8 hours later, nearly finished (back in Hyde Park)
Really nearly finished
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The marquee in all it’s glory…


It was a wonderful event – and one I’m so glad I took part in.  Needless to say, I was stiff, sore and sleepy on Sunday but have recovered well otherwise.

Project 365 – Week 15

Wowsers – I can’t believe how far behind I’ve got on these! I’m giving myself until the end of the month to get up to date on all things I want to get up to date. 
So, here are the pics from the week beginning 11 April (yes – a long while back now).

The week was a quiet one – honestly, I was sad and bad company and went to work, went home, went to work, went home more or less (until the weekend).  A week that, from 11th April – 17th April, included:

  • Admiring the flowering magnolia tree in our garden
  • Admiring the sunset at Canary Wharf as I dashed for the tube (there were some stunning sunsets that week but I didn’t capture their magic)
  • A small change at my local tube station
  • Pretty blossoms on my walk home
  • The newly moved quote from my local tube (which really resonated with me at the time – Timbo wasted none of the present and I don’t want to either).
  • Sunsets near Birmingham as we headed to Snowdonia, Wales for the weekend
  • Views from Conwy Castle, Conwy, Wales on the most stunning day of the year thus far.

It felt like the toughest week I can remember living through, but looking back at it now, it wasn’t so bad – and there were some really good bits (thanks friends – thanks more than you probably realise).

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Friday, 14 May 2010

Friday fancies

Can I have a YAY please? It's Friday and for that very fact alone, I'm super grateful. It's been a long week but I have a feeling this weekend is going to be spectacular. Seriously spectacular. Want to know why?


My cousin is in town. Beautiful Chelli has flown over from Australia and I get to hang out with him on Sunday. We're planning on chosing a sweet sweet pub for a Sunday lunch and watching the Monaco GP. As he said though, which pub is irrelevant so long as we can have a beer and a cuddle. I need a hug from this guy - he gives the best ones. {side note - some of my friends think it is weird he said that - my Mum's side of the family is affectionate - are yours? I love this about them. Last time I saw Chelli (Zurich, Feb 09 where he was living the dream), his Dad and brother were still kicking about - you better believe we both need a hug}.

Aside from Chelli being in town, I'll be walking through the night on Saturday night. I'm doing 26miles and hoping to be finished by 8am. Wish me luck and send me sweet thoughts please…I hear it is darkest before dawn…

I've been pretty inactive in the blogging world lately, reading and posting but here is some gold dust from the past little while - I hope you like them...
Angela made Dulce De Leche brownies and man I wish I was in Calgary to help her eat them. They look and sound amazing…I think I need to find an excuse to try them.

Doniree hit the nail on the head (she does, often, but this one really stood out for me). This quote is spot on, but so is the balance of the post - do read along...


Katie (ColorMeKatie) outdid herself this time. (yes, this is not from this week, but it is recent and I still love it). Wouldn't it be fun to live in a room like this?? Head on over to see some of her other brilliant work.



Ashley over at You’re the Charlie Browniest told it as it is. We've all had those flippant comments thrown at us (and possibly thrown them) and years later they're still playing on our mind. Humans are great but man, we can be cruel. I had an instance like this last year at my old job - when a 52year old grown woman (with teenage daughters…so should know better…and isn't exactly a perfect physical specimen) took me to town on my size. And for the record, yes, I'm overweight - I'm sure you've all seen that in the photos I occaisionally post. Does it play on my mind? Yes, sometimes. Is it her place to comment - I didn't realise it was. And it annoyed me, but it annoyed others around me a lot more. My way of dealing with it was thinking about what she said (which I could still repeat verbatim but am chosing not to, not right now) was that yes, I was all of the things she said about me but I wasn't only the things she said about me.  At the end of it all, I'd rather be me (with the faults she so kindly pointed out) than her.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Another ten - a relatively mixed bag of questions that I quite enjoyed.  Thanks Chelsea

1. What was your high school superlative (if you didn’t have one- what would it have been)?
Can't be sure. As in, I answered 95% of questions with that phrase. Drove my parents and many many others batty.


2. What sports did you play in high school?
Netball was my main sport but I was also on aths, swimming, baseball, indoor cricket, lawn bowls, gymnastics and softball teams.


3. What was the best part about your wedding (if you’re not married yet, what are you looking forward to)?
I honestly don't know. Aside from knowing which song I'd like to dance with Dad to (if I even do that), I haven't really got a clue what I'd want for the wedding. I guess it is a case of ifs and whens and mostly, who.


4. It’s your last meal– what Appetizer, Soup, Salad, Entree and Dessert would you choose?
I'd honestly probably choose a few desserts but in the spirit of playing along, I'd say
Appetizer - Antipasto (vegie versian)
Soup - Spicy Thai sweet pumpkin
Salad - Roast pumpkin, goats cheese, pine nuts and spinach with a balsamic dressing.
Entree - Vegetarian samosas.
Dessert - my step mum's chocolate mouse with lashings of fresh cream.


5. What song is your guilty pleasure?
Probably Aneiki's "Pleased to Meet You". They were a short lived Australian pop band in around 2000ish and I'm pretty sure this is their only single.


6. What is your favorite professional sports team, and why do you like them?
Hawthorn Football Club (Aussie rules football). I've gone for them since I was claimed as a supporter by mum, pre-birth. It is my favourite sport to watch (so exciting) and I really miss watching it over here. Tele is not the same as being at the game live. Incidentally, despite my team wearing yellow and brown, they're still the hottest team in the league. Now if only they'd get on and win some games.

7. What is your favorite reality show and why do you like it?
So you think you can dance. I just like it - who knows why as I've certainly never been a dancer. I really enjoy the variety and the routines, and that the contestants are people who have long worked towards their goals and have a talent.


8. How would you classify your home decorating style (modern, classic, french country)?
I'm not sure I really have a style - I live in a furnished place so furniture etc is not my call. I tend to like loads of styles. These are two rooms I love...



9. Pizza- deep dish or thin crust? White sauce or red sauce? What toppings?
Thin crust, red sauce. Mushrooms, olives, artichokes, sundried tomatoes.


10. Favorite weekend getaway within a two hour driving radius?
I would have thought somewhere coastal but most of the coastal places I’ve been in England are more than two hours away from London. Maybe Bath? It’s a gorgeous townd and I’d love love love to head back there.

A Weekend Walk

Happy Tuesday all!  The weekend and Monday have just flown by and a lot didn’t get accomplished.  I was away this weekend but thought I’d finally upload my pics for the my project 365 and bring them up to date.  The longer I leave it, the harder it gets.  I’m now nearly a month behind with the posting.

That said, I had a really wonderful weekend.  One of my goals this year was to improve my fitness and I’ve fallen in with some pretty fit outdoorsy people at my job.  Together, we all headed to the Yorkshire Dales to walk the Yorkshire Three Peaks.  Yorkshire is where my Mum was from so being up their for Mothers Day (Australian mothers day – the UK celebrate it in March) was really apt.

The walk itself?  It’s a 25 mile loop up and over the three highest mountains in Yorkshire.  I found it pretty tough going at times but so so worth it.  Clocking back in at the end, I was so pleased I’d done it.  If you had asked me at the start of the year if I could do it, I would have said no for sure.  Since then, I’ve been working on my fitness but more importantly, I’m learning to back myself.  I can do these things. You can do these things.

I didn’t actually take many pics (too busy walking) but here’s one.  You may recognise the viaduct?  It’s on the way to Hogwarts…
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Back later with Ten, because it is a Tuesday!  What did you guys do for the weekend?  Conquer any demons?

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Ten on a Tuesday - 29

Whilst I'm on a roll, let's go for three from three shall we?  Or free for free for those Aussies reading along at home.  This weeks questions are from Chelsea.  No via, she and her bump came up with them.  Here goes...

1. Do you prefer markers, crayons, or coloured pencils?
I love the smell of freshly sharpened pencils so that I guess?  Any colour work I’ve done recently has been with fine liners though. 

2. As a child, how did your parents celebrate your birthday? (Parties, cake, you pick the dinner, etc.)
Family dinner on the day.  Party with school friends too.  Usually at home but sometimes roller-skating etc.

3. How do you feel about leggings?
They’re an undergarment.  They’re not to be worn in place of pants.

4. How do you prefer to follow directions? With a map? Words?
Map.  Pictures and me, well, we get on.

5. What do you eat for snack?
Olives.  I’m addicted to them at the moment.  And ginger oatcakes.  Yum.  Oh, and granny smiths – I get a bag on a Monday and eat them as I get bored at work.  I would eat chocolate, but I’m too lazy to walk to the cafe and get some you see?

6. Have you ever ordered anything from an infomercial or bought any As Seen on TV products?
No, and the pedi-egg isn’t about to get me started.  Sorry.

7. What’s your favourite thing about summer?
Sunshine.  I feel like I can achieve anything and be anyone when the sun is shining. It’s such a freeing feeling.

8. Do you have a tattoo? What and where is it?
Nope.  No plans to.  Not for me, thanks.

9. Are you good at journaling?
I use the Keel’s simple diary.  Maybe it’s cheating, but it works for me. 

10. What’s your favourite way to eat a hamburger?
With hands, outside at a bbq.

Twenty on a Tuesday – 27 and 28

Ok, a catch up post because I’ve been of crying, shouting, sulking and footstomping M.I.A. for a few weeks.  They’re all via Ring and Roots – go check out her special 10 on a Tuesday page… these questions come from Courtney and Kara

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1.  What two cities should be moved closer together?
London and Melbourne.  For obvious reasons for long time readers.  Because I’m here (London) and my family is there (Melbourne).

2. What was the first plane ride you took?
I think it was to Tasmania when I was still an infant (<2).  I only know that from Dad mentioning it as I don’t remember it.  The first I remember is coming to the UK a year later (were my parents mad – a 2 and a 4 year old on a plane for 24+ hours??)

3. What continent would you most like to visit?  Africa.  I really want to climb Mt Kilimanjaro.  I think I need to get to doing this next year maybe.

4. What’s your favorite place to window-shop?
I think Muji maybe.  I’m not sure – I’m not good at window shopping, I always end up buying, so I’m trying to avoid the temptation.

5. What’s the least fun you’ve ever had at a place specifically tailored for fun?
I can’t think of an instance to be honest.  Maybe at a club where the music is too doofy doofy for me to dance to? (I’m a bit of a nana now?)

6.  You’re stuck on an island with plenty of food, a companion, and a relatively stress-free lifestyle. What do you say when the rescue ship comes?
Fuck right off.  Why would you leave that sort of paradise?  Or maybe I’d play nice and go home and see my family. 

7. Which day of the week do you look forward to most?  Saturday.  I’m not sure I need to explain this.

8. What’s your favourite place to enjoy the great outdoors?
Currently anywhere in the UK.  I’m going through a big outdoorsy phase at the moment.

9. What’s on your “to do” list this summer?
It’s long, but the best sort of long.  I went booking mad in Jan/Feb so I’ve got quite a summer coming up.  The list includes climbing mountains (Snowdon down, Scaffell Pike and maybe Ben Nevis and the Y3P to go), sail the Greek Islands (June), kick back in Spain and France (August), take in a music festival (August) and some random gigs in London.  With a few other tentative trips planned (which I’m happy if they fall over), it is likely I am in London for two weekends between now and August).

10. Which natural disaster freaks you out the most?
Floods.  Drowing petrifies me.  Because it would be slow, right?  And when the end comes, I want to come quick. 

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1.  Think back a decade, do you remember what your first cellphone was? Was it as cool as Zack Morris’s phone?
Brick like.  An old Motorola.  Bigger than the Nokia 5110s.  About two years older than them.  I’ve just had a quick google and can’t find it but was big!

2. What is the first children’s book you remember being read to you?  I really have no recollection.  We were read to all the time but I can’t remember the specifics much. I know we use to pore over Richard Scarry’s big book of words a lot.

3. What was your first car? Did you love it or hate it?
Ernie.  Or Ernillious when he played up.  A 1990 Ford Laser hatch.  I was fond of him – he was a great little car and did all I asked of him. 

4. Who was your hero growing up?
I use to want to be Nadia Comaneci.  Not that you’d now know it but I did gymnastics for years and years and loved it. 

5. Think back to your first kiss. Was it everything you dreamed of?
No.  Not at all.  I kid you not, but that guy (we’ll call him DA) ended up being even more of a deadbeat than we can imagine, serving time.  Not that you’d have known this in grade 6.  It wasn’t my next one but the first one where I felt adult etc was at sunset on the beach and was much better.  My first holiday fling.  I was 14.

6.  What was your first BAD hairstyle choice? (Extra points for embarrassing photos)
I’m not taking responsibility for what my parents did as it wasn’t my choice.  Also not my choice but I had the worst haircut of my life last year.  But it was scarring and I’m still not ready to talk about it.

7. What was your first realistic dream? (One where you had to think “Oh dang, was that a dream?”)
I’m not usually someone that remembers dreams.  Last week dream of the mini is still vivid and fresh.  There would have been others over the years, I just can’t remember them.

8. What was the first phobia you remember developing?
I never use to like to sleep facing the window.  The phobia is gone but I’ve always slept on my left side, maybe as a result of this.

9. Which character on Sesame Street do you most identify with?
I’m really unsure here.  We didn’t use to watch it because I was scared of it!  I may have been a chicken but I was scared of the count and that grover lived in a bin.  The street just looked dirty and scary to me as a kid (I know – not a realistic view of the world but it was very different to my world as a 4 year old).

10. What was the hardest goal you ever accomplished?  I don’t know that I have really.  Maybe completing my studies whist working full time.  Lots of people do this, and more, but I guess that was my hardest.  Maybe I need to aim a little higher? 

Pieces of Me – May Edition

It feels like only yesterday I was doing the April edition of this, and now it’s May already.  Time flies when your having fun.  Time flies when your not, too (but mostly I am).

This month....


I like: That April has gone.  Not wishing my life away and whilst I had some amazing moments, the lows were the lowest lows of my life.

I don't like: thinking about what I don’t like.  Or overanalysing things.  Or how trying to stop overanalysing things makes me think about them more.  Deep (well as deep as I get on this blog). 


I want you to know: That I’m going to walk around in my bra and a tutu for a casual 26.2 miles, starting midnight May 15th.  It’s the done thing.  Ok, it isn’t really, but it is for a really good cause (more details here – I’m not asking for sponsorship (my RL friends and fam have been hassled for that!) but there are links to pics and all sorts.).

I’ve planned: To walk the Yorkshire Three Peaks next weekend.  A 25mile round walk up and down three “mountains” (by this country’s standard).

I want to say to someone special:  Hi there ;-)

{no pic this month}