Singles :: Cheese Slices - over processed, no nutrients, over packaged, but oh so good! Blaze :: Crisp, sunny autumn day - the colours of the autumn leaves in sunshine. Sandwich :: wholemeal bread, butter, avocado slices, mayo and lots of black pepper - heaven! Outside :: picnic (please note, not a packed lunch!) - crusty bread, cheese, salad, fruit, etc. Good food, good friends, kids, dogs, sunny days. Gooey :: chocolate fudge cake. Industry :: big factories, lots of black smoke.
Exclusive :: that 5*, all inclusive holiday destination that I dream of. Warranty :: the comforting knowledge that the item in question will break down/fall apart/stop working the day after it runs out. Magical :: the fact that I have the most amazing husband whom adores me back! Heels :: sore feet!
Randomeme4u has a weekly meme to feed your mind. Each week there is a new random thought, quote or set of questions to keep you busy.
The week of September 23rd has the following random questions:
1. day or night? I love aspects of both, so I am going to sit on the fence on this one. On a clear, sunny, crisp autumn day, it would have to be day, but I love the peace of the night.
2. chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate, pure and simple.
3. coffee or tea? I love both, depending on my mood and the time of day.
4. renting a movie and staying home or going out to the theater? Depends on the movie. Big action type films have to be seen on the big screen, but I do love renting a movie, opening a bottle of wine and chilling at home.
5. regular books or audio books? Regular, the feel and smell of a real book cannot be beaten.
6. driving to a far off destination or just taking an airplane? If time is no problem, I love to drive and especially if I get to stop along the way.
7. hamburger or hotdogs? Neither, being vegetarian.
8. listening to music or watching tv? I do love to watch TV, but if I had to choose one, it would be listening to music.
9. Desperate Housewives or Survivor? (both are tv shows) Neither, not my kind of TV. I love programs like Heroes or Stargate.
10. homecooked meal or fancy restaurant? Homecooked meal, with lots of good friends to share it with, preferably a full roast dinner with all the trimmings.
The reverse of last week's question. Imagine that everything is going just swimmingly. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and all’s right with the world. You’re practically bouncing from health and have money in your pocket. The kids are playing and laughing, the puppy is chewing in the cutest possible manner on an officially-sanctioned chew toy, and in between moments of laughter for pure joy, you pick up a book to read . . .
What is it?
I have never really been the kind of person to change what I read depending on my mood. I have always been able to read whatever book I pick up, when I pick it up. Saying that, I quite often pick up a previous non-starter when I am in a good mood and find that I am able to "get into" it where I have failed before.
Seems to be a very short and sweet answer this week! Sorry!!
I received a little bonus via email yesterday - an offer of two preview tickets to go and see I now pronounce you Chuck and Larry, the new Adam Sandler film. Well, I had not heard much about it and would not normally pay to go and see a comedy (I do not think they lose much transferring to small screen), but who can argue with free tickets!
It was funny. More so than I was expecting, if I am honest. Adam Sandler is always good, even if he does always play the same character and his co-star, Kevin James, I loved in Hitch and he was good in this, but for me, VingRhames steals the film. His part is not huge and I will not go into details as I do not want to spoil it for anyone, but I loved his character! With Steve Buscemi, Jessica Biel and Dan Ackroyd supporting, all in all it was a good cast. (Oh yes, and keep an eye out for Rob Schneider!)
If I had paid to see this film, I would not have been disappointed, but going for free is always a bonus! Not a film I would add to the DVD collection, but I would watch again if it was showing on TV. Worth a watch.
Rita :: Skeeta (I have just finished Harry Potter!!) Comedy :: Timing - and I have none!! Polar :: Bear - the cutest most dangerous thing Idiots :: Jackass. I just do not get it! Perception :: common sense - knowing when to challenge your own perceptions. Infected :: foot and mouth Fake :: diamond Relating :: family tree, something I am fascinated with, but do not seem to be able to find time to sit down and do. Distraction :: Sophie! (the cat currently trying to sit on my laptop to stop me typing!!! but definitely the cutest distraction ever) Gamble :: risk taking
Randomeme4u promises a weekly meme. Each week there is a new random thought, quote or set of questions to keep you busy.
The week of September 16th has the following random questions:
1. what's your favorite color? This is tough as it depends on my mood. I tend to stick to fairly neutral colours, but if I need a spot of cheering up I love anything with plum or purple tones. 2. how many languages do you speak? Apart from my native English, I speak French well enough to get by and I can order coffee, say hello/goodbye and introduce myself in German and Spanish. I would love to learn something like Chinese or Japanese though. 3. who is your best friend? I am incredibly lucky in that I have an amazing group of friends, but my best friend and soul mate is my darling hubby. 4. are you married? Yes, to the most amazing man whom is my daily inspiration and makes getting up in the morning worth while. 5. what's your favorite song? I have so many but to narrow it to one - Please forgive me by Bryan Adams. It is "our song". After 14 1/2 years together, it still stands true. It still feels like our first night together Feels like the first kiss and It's gettin' better baby No one can better this I'm still hold on and you're still the one The first time our eyes met it's the same feelin' I get Only feels much stronger and I wanna love ya longer You still turn the fire on
6. what is your greatest fear? That I lose my health or my husband. Money and material things come and go, but they mean nothing if you do not have your health or someone to share them with. 7. who is your hero? My mother - she is the most amazing woman who has done everything in her power to ensure that I have the self confidence and the life skills to cope with everything this crazy planet we live on throws at me. I love her for that and can only hope I do half as good a job with any children I may have.
After a short break from my blog, I have returned for all the wrong reasons....boredom. I cannot believe it has been so long since I have posted, the days are just going by so quickly it feels.
After celebrating my birthday this week and having a birthday party yesterday evening, I am now at that point where I have Christmas to look forward to next and that seems to come round far to quickly once my birthday has gone.
Just over 14 weeks!! Planning to do Christmas on a budget this year, so need to start looking for ideas sooner rather than later. I have so many bits and pieces in my craft boxes that I must be able to use on something. Any ideas gratefully received!
I am off to complete some memes, I'll be back soon.
Who’s the worst fictional villain you can think of? As in, the one you hate the most, find the most evil, are happiest to see defeated? Not the cardboard, two-dimensional variety, but the most deliciously-written, most entertaining, best villain? Not necessarily the most “evil,” so much as the best-conceived on the part of the author…oh, you know what I mean!
The more I think about this the more I keep coming back to Voldemort in the Harry Potter series, but this is so unoriginal. Maybe it is just because it is so fresh in my mind, but he is such a good baddie and so well conceived and written.
I cannot believe my mind has gone so blank. There must have been so many with all the books I have read, but not one stands out!! How awful is that!!
Well I am going to leave this and go bake muffins. If I think of any better villain, I will let you know!
I'm back! Yippee!! I cannot believe I have gone so long without internet. We moved out of our house on the 15th June and we only got reconnected this week. I cannot believe it has taken so long, but I am so enjoying having it back. I do have internet at work but spending more time there than necessary is not on my list of fun things to do. I have been checking my emails and have managed to join the revolution that is "facebook"! Friends have been nagging me to join for a while so I gave in. It is great fun. I am a vampire bride and a pirate captain. I have an aquarium and a garden and a pet polar bear called Smartie.
Well we are in our new house and slowly getting settled. Still seem to have so much in boxes, but finding homes for everything is fun. And we are having our first party this weekend, to celebrate 4 birthdays and moving in.
Since school is out for the summer (in most places, at least), here’s a school-themed question for the week:
1. Do you have any old school books? Did you keep yours from college? Old textbooks from garage sales? Old workbooks from classes gone by?
Yes, from studying English at school (I still love Far from the Madding Crowd) and from studying Hotel Management and Catering. I love to be in the kitchen and still have all my recipe/catering books.
2. How about your old notes, exams, papers? Do you save them? Or have they long since gone to the great Locker-in-the-sky?
I don't think so, unless my parents have kept any. I did keep one project I did at about age 10 for years and years, but I think I finally gave in and threw that away too. (It did win me a school award though, which was my justification for keeping it for so long.)
Not been around much - we sold our house some time ago and the solicitors have been too-ing and fro-ing for months, then last monday we were told we were exchanging wednesday and completing friday. Scary - we had waited so long, we had not found anywhere else, we were so convinced the sale was going to fall through. So I spent most of last week surrounded by boxes and newspaper and now we are staying with my aunt until we find somewhere to rent. Hopefully only a week or two.
We did enjoy a lovely weekend away though, friday to monday just gone. We stayed at Moorhead Farm just outside Barnstaple, in Devon. Swam, hot tubbed, sauna'd and pottered around the shops. After a stressful week and days of moving boxes, it was just what the doctor ordered. If you want to head that way, check it out, it is lovely.
1. A mani/pedi or mountain biking? Would have to be mani/pedi (but would prefer a facial or massage). 2. A day at the beach or a day on the slopes? A day at the beach. 3. Dinner at a 5 star restaurant or homecooking at a diner? Homecooking every time. 4. Coffee and a good book at a coffee shop or a cold drink and a good book in the park? Coffee and a good book (well a good book anywhere actually!). 5. Musical theater a là Broadway or a movie in the theater? Either, I love both. 6. An evening at the opera or a rock concert? Rock concert would be more fun but I do love an evening at the opera. 7. Manilow or Metallica? Neither I'm afraid - not my kinda music.
Sorry I am a day late guys, we had a friends for dinner last night and didn't finish 'til late, so did not manage to get online.
Have a great weekend all, I am off to Intech science museum today for my godson's birthday treat. Looks fun, I will let you know what it is like.
Booking Through Thursday Almost everyone can name at least one author that you would love just ONE more book from. Either because they’re dead, not being published any more, not writing more, not producing new work for whatever reason . . . or they’ve aged and aren’t writing to their old standards any more . . . For whatever reason, there just hasn’t been anything new (or worth reading) of theirs and isn’t likely to be. If you could have just ONE more book from an author you love . . . a book that would be as good any of their best (while we’re dreaming) . . . something that would round out a series, or finish their last work, or just be something NEW . . . Who would the author be, and why? Jane Austen? Shakespeare? Laurie Colwin? Kurt Vonnegut?
The first one that comes to mind is another book from Jean M Auel in the Earth's Children series, but I already know that is supposed to be in the pipeline. There was a number of years between books four and five in the series, so it could be a while. This series, for those who haven't read it, is set in the ice age and follows the life of Ayla and Jondalar. Brilliant series!
But I know she is not dead and a 6th book is promised, so that does not really fit the bill.
I love all the books by Louisa May Alcott, especially Little Women, so something else by her would be good. The same goes for Jane Austen. I have always loved her books.
Lastly, and returning completely selfishly to my childhood, I would absolutely love to have another book in the Magic Faraway Tree series written by Enid Blyton. The stories of Moon Face, Silky the elf, Saucepan Man and the children and the worlds they visit at the top of the tree!! I grew up reading and re-reading these books and now as an adult own all of them and, shame free, have re-read them again!
Found a new game to play - Friday Fun - from Multifaceted Mama.
This weeks questions are:
What is your favorite…? 1. Flavor of ice cream? I love Strawberry, Chocolate and Cherry all equally. 2. Cold beverage? Water, ice cold. 3. TV show? At the moment Supernatural. Jensen Ackles is so cute. 4. Hobby? Cardmaking or Scrapbooking. 5. Place to visit? To date, South Africa, it is so beautiful. 6. Pizza? Five cheese, but it has to include blue cheese. 7. Online news source? bbc.co.uk 8. Online game? Mah-jong at Play and Win
I have not read any e-Books and I have not yet been tempted to. Part of the reading for me is the feel of a book in my hands and the smell of a new book is high on my list of favourite smells. I love my computer and the fact that I can travel all over the world from within the confines of my home, but there comes a time when the weight of a book and the feel of paper in my hands calls and that means the computer has to be put away.
Update on my previous post about my burn - the blister burst of its own accord and I now have an open wound that is very sore. There has been a huge debate in my house about whether to leave it uncovered to scab over or whether to keep it covered and supple. In the end I called a friend of my mum's who is a nurse and her opinion was to keep it covered, so that is what I am doing. Please pray for me for a quick recovery! I don't do pain very well, it is such a waste of energy, and hubby is getting a little fed up with me!!!
We went to see Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End last night. Despite being just shy of 3 hours, it was amazing.
I have always been a fan of Johnny Depp, but if I am honest, I think Orlando Bloom shone in this film, especially the "kiss" scene, it made me go all weak at the knees!!
The weirdest thing though, was that the cinema stopped the film half way through for a 10 minute comfort break. I understand the notion, but the point they chose to stop was a little odd. The screen just went black and all the lights went on. 10 minutes later the lights went off and the film just picked up where it stopped. I have never been to see a film where this has happened before and it felt very strange, yet when you go to the theatre, it seems so natural!!
But for all that, it did not spoil the film. I do wish I had watched Dead Man's Chest before I went, it took me a few minutes to remember where we had left them all, but I soon got back into the story. Chow Yun Fat was fantastic as one of the Pirate Captains and Keith Richards as Jack Sparrows dad was hilarious and all the favourites were there. Everytime I watch any of the films, I end up wanting a Capuchin monkey - they are so adorable, but is it fair to keep a wild animal in captivity?
Anyway, if you liked the first two, you have to go see it, I loved it!
Today's Booking Through Thursday question is as follows:
Parlez Vous? I had an idea for a BTT question when I was taking a peek at one of my bookcases yesterday and spotted my old copy of the Aeneid in Latin sitting there. Maybe this question has already been done—but if not… Do you have any foreign language books and if so can you (still) read them?
The quick answer is no, unless you include magazines (well they are reading, sort of)!! Although I can get by in French, I really do not speak any foreign languages, never mind read them. But, I do have magazines from both France and Spain, mainly cross-stitch and scrapbooking, where to be honest the pictures are more important.
Not been on for a few days, had a bit of an accident earlier this week when I spilt hot oil all down my thigh! Now I have a very painful burn, with a lovely blister which I am aching to burst!! Keep being told off for thinking about that though, so am resisting.
Well, am round a friends house for the evening, sitting being very anti-social, posting on her computer, so will be off now. I can't resist BTT though.
Twisted Vision Ltd was born in July 2004 and like any new baby it takes nurturing and loving care and attention to allow the baby to grow. Without any exaggeration, it has been the longest, hardest 3 years I have ever known.
We have had 2 different bank accounts, a huge bank loan and overdraft, 2 different units, 6 directors (4 are still current), numerous bad staff, and customers, and many, many, many working hours and late nights. But we are still here, when so many new companies do not make it through their 1st year. And, we are just starting to make some kind of profit.
So it was with some shock that we received a call on Friday from our, now ex, bank. They are withdrawing their support as we are not paying enough into our account! Considering we have paid more into our account in the last three months than at any time previous, we were a little surprised. When we asked how they expected us to now purchase materials to continue making a profit, in order to repay the huge bank loan and overdraft, the response was "well you can't". Well, I cannot think of any answer to that. Unfortunately the only way we could get the loan was to sign a personal guarantee, so if we close the company, we still have to pay, but there is nothing stopping us from going personally bankrupt if that happens. Drastic, yes; do-able, yes; but not an action I would like to take.
So Monday morning sees us trying to find a new bank account. We have contracts in place and more work booked in than at any time before, so here's to hoping someone else sees the potential in our little infant company.
Please pray for us as we try and jump this latest hurdle.
"It happens even to the best readers from time to time… you close the cover on the book you’re reading and discover, to your horror, that there’s nothing else to read. Either there’s nothing in the house, or nothing you’re in the mood for. Just, nothing that “clicks.” What do you do?? How do you get the reading wheels turning again?"
I have never, to date, not had a book-in-waiting. I always have at least three or four books "next in line" to be read.
I do, however, suffer occasionally from not clicking with anything I have. When this happens I go back to an old favourite. The Dark Materials trilogy from Philip Pullman, the Diana Gabaldon series, the Ayla books by Jean Auel or the Shellseekers by Rosamunde Pilcher. I have read all of these several times.
Failing that - I read a beach-trash novel. When completed, my brain is ready to go back to something that stretches the grey matter a little further!
To change the subject a little, a question to those who have read the Philip Pullman trilogy, are you excited about the Golden Compass film released later this year? I am torn between utter excitement and true fear that it won't match up to the book!
On discovering I had absolutely no "oomph" today, I headed over to the Daily Meme website for some inspiration and found Tina's Tuesday questions, so I decided to have a go today. The questions today are all about Food.
1. What was the last food you ate? Chicken and Pasta Bake in Creamy Tomato Sauce, topped with Garlic and Herb Cheese. (Okay so it was leftovers from yesterday, but it tasted good!)
2. What is your favourite food to eat for dinner? I love Italian, pretty much in any form, but the meal I can eat at any time, no matter what, is Chicken Caesar salad with a jacket potato with sour cream on the side.
3. What kind of food do you refuse to eat no matter what? Any kind of red meat, any fish or sea food, anything with indian spices, peanut butter, pumpkin and any form of berry (bar strawberries of course). And I don't think I would even try Jellied Eels, the look puts me off even putting it in my mouth!!
However, everything I dislike, I have tried at least once. I have little time for people who say they hate something, yet when asked have never tried it!
The Monday Melee, a Fracas Project . . The idea is to answer the following questions posed by Fracas. . 1. The Misanthropic: Name something (about humanity) you absolutely hate. Ignorance - there is so much information available, about any chosen subject, that ignorance is unforgivable.
. 2. The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent or bogus. Our governmental system. Need I say anymore! . 3. The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with. The price we pay for petrol.
. 4. The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can. Baz Luhrmann - for his fantastic films, I have loved everyone! . 5. The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it. My ears - although I went through a lot of pain to get them so neat. (I may even tell that story one day!:) . 6. The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for. Gonna be selfish this time, a baby. I am at that stage in life when all my friends are starting families and it just don't seem to be happening for me. (Having fun practicing though. ;) . Happy Monday and Blessings to all Daisy Cat xx
Hubby got home from work on Thursday, doubled over in pain, having pulled his back, wait for it, walking down the stairs!! It is a recurrence of an old injury, in which one of his ribs detaches from the spine. It pops back in of its own accord, but leaves him in severe muscular pain. So Thursday evening was spent taking care of him. He did not go to work Friday, which is a big thing for him being self employed. But yesterday came and he was no better and was having real trouble breathing anything other than very shallow breaths, so I had to take him to our local A&E. Three hours plus later we left with him dosed up to the eyeballs in muscle relaxants and pain killers. Nothing major serious, but his muscles were in spasm. Just what I had planned for my Saturday evening!
Today I have the pleasure of my niece coming to stay. She lives in South Africa and is coming to the UK for a few months. At the moment she is staying with us for 2 1/2 months of that. It is going to be an experience - I have not lived with an 18 year old for some time! I just hope she finds work like she has promised.
I am going to leave you with a quote from Epictetus:
"There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will."
Something which is very easy to say, but very difficult in practice.
Well the first answer that pops into my head is "nowhere", but as I start to think about it in more depth, I suppose there are certain places!
The first place that comes to mind is at work, probably because that may get me fired. However, I do always have a book on my desk for reading at lunchtime.
I also never read in the cinema, but that is probably because its too dark. I can (and do) read whilst watching TV or a film and am able to give you a run down of both at the end!
And I never, ever read in the car - it makes me very car sick, even just looking at the map!
And to be honest, I think that is about it. I generally have at least 2, sometimes 3, books on the go at any one time. I am often asked how do I remember which characters are in which story, but I just do. I read pretty much any genre, by any author, set in any time. But I cannot and will not finish a book that does not engage me by chapter 3. I think that 3 chapters is a fair trial for an author to prove the book is worth reading.
One thing I find very hard to understand is when people say they don't enjoy to read. Reading transports you into other worlds, times and places, allows you to meet new people, discover new experiences. What is there not to enjoy?
I love words - English, French, Spanish - well, in any language really. English was my favourite subject at school. I also love to read - books, magazines, newspapers, websites, blogs, the list goes on.
I have favourite words. Effervescence, giggle, bubbles - the word changes, depending on my mood, the weather or even the day of the week. I have found that most people do, if you raise the subject in conversation.
One of my favourite websites is www.dictionary.com. They offer a daily email giving you their word of the day. They send some amazing words, but 90% of them I have never managed to fit into an everyday conversation! I must visit this website at least three times a week, as I hate to not know what the definition of a word is.
This problem with having a love of words is that it led into a love of fonts, especially when it comes to scrapbooking. I have an uncountable number of fonts installed on my computer, but choosing the right one for a particular page has become a bit a nightmare. If anyone has any hints or tips on how they choose a font for any given situation, I would love to hear them.
I am going to leave you with my favourite word of all time so far: triskaidekaphobia. This literally means "the fear of Friday 13th" but has also come to mean "the fear of the number 13". As my birthday falls on Friday 13th in certain years (and the 13th every year) it would be very difficult for me to suffer from this phobia and still celebrate my birthday!
The idea is to answer the following questions posed by Fracas.
1. The Misanthropic: Name something (about humanity) you absolutely hate.
Bigotry - I strongly feel that in this day and age, it is completely unacceptable to be so intolerant of another individuals beliefs or opinions. I am not saying you have to agree with everybody, but disagreement should be the starting point to an open and frank discussion, not the excuse to hate somebody. If you still don't agree, then agree to disagree.
2. The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent or bogus.
The creams that leading companies claim to make wrinkles or cellulite disappear. The Advertising Standards Authority have picked on individual companies in the past, but I personally do not believe any of the claims made. Please, grow old gracefully and have a face with a little personality.
3. The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
Banks! Need I say any more. I truly believe they have forgotten that they are, basically, a service industry and not there purely to make a profit whilst having no regard for their customer.
4. The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
My beloved husband - for sticking at his business, although it is going through a really tough time financially. He started the company to make peoples dreams come true and it has become about the £ label we can give to each customer and this really stings. But he is fighting it and when the tough time passes, he can return to the dreams.
5. The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
My eyes. They are truly the best thing about me, I believe. They are the darkest chocolate brown, with long eyelashes. But you can tell when I am starting to get angry, they go almost black!
6. The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
It would be very easy to go for the "world peace" answer for this, but honestly, I think my answer would have to be for each person to do one thing nice to another person, friend or stranger, each day, in a completely selfless way.
I am going to try to complete this each week, but will honestly have to see how it goes.
Having contemplated a blog for some time, I have finally taken the plunge! How scary!! I do not even really know what I plan to blog, although I think it is going to be mainly about my crafting interests.
These include, but are not limited to: scrapbooking - both paper and digital, cardmaking, dressmaking, patchwork and, the most recent addition, making jewellery. I dabble in various other crafts at times, there is pretty much nothing I will not try once.
I suppose some info about me is in order. I am very happily married to my gorgeous soulmate and we have three very cute baby substitutes in the form of Sophie, a blue and white British Shorthair, Mini-me, a Bengal and Louis, a blue British Shorthair, seen in that order in the photo below.We are currently trying for a "proper" baby, although this is proving more difficult than either of us ever imagined, but the trying is fun. I do, however, have three wonderful godchildren of almost 9 years, 6 years and 20 months. They keep me busy, especially the 6 year old, who adores to be sat at my dining table with my crafting supplies.
Hubby and I run our own company (with the assistance of 2 other directors), which has been the largest learning curve I have ever experienced. We set it up almost 3 years ago and we are still going, well just about. Balancing all the various aspects of running a company is not for the feint-hearted! If you have any interest in Customised and Modified Cars, check out our website - Twisted Vision. Even I enjoy the finished product and I assure you, I am not a huge car lover!
Well, I think that is enough rambling for day one. I have no doubt that you will learn more than you ever wished to know about me over my coming posts.