Saturday, 31 January 2009

Day before Superbowl

Yup, very important day. It's the day where we sort out the raffle prizes, find the money boxes, get the merchandise that lives at Wolves HQ (not that much anymore, most is now at JKC!) sorted and do other bits and bobs.

I've spoken to my friend yesterday - he's got a viral infection with fever etc, so is not flying up to visit us tonight (understandable). Shame really - we have seen him the last time 2 years ago (he didn't have time to meet up when we visited my family in April and December 2008). :o Ah well... there's hoping to him coming up for one of our Wolves games (which is his intention).

That means... I am going to take Tuesday/Wednesday time for some scrapping as I've pushed my working days to Thursday/Friday. :) Monday will be tough because we won't be home until about 4:30pm I'd assume (Superbowl doesn't kick off until 11pm on Sunday!) and then we have our annual Post Superbowl Wolves AYCE buffet - this year at Jimmy Chungs (past years were at Pizza Hut).

And no, I've NOT finished the Wolves scrapbooks. Considering the Superbowl party is at Sportsters and there's usually a lot of alcohol/drinks/food involved I thought it's not the best thing to take them down. My new target is Wolves Training Camp on 10-12 April. Should be do-able, eh? ;) Considering that I am promising to get the 2004-2007 (now 2008) up to date since ... err... 2005.. yeah. :) Keep your fingers crossed for me that I will manage it this time.

Today was also the last day of Stampers' Grove. :o I went over to say my goodbyes to Rebekah (and bought a couple more things, including the "add ons" to the large metal pumpkin lamp she gave me for free in December). I've been a loyal customer since 1999 and have been to several of their classes too. That's an era gone now ... :( DH will be glad that I won't spend that much "impulsive" shopping anymore mind. ;) SHARON (and everyone else who's interested): The Heritage stamps/designs have been passed on to a lady in Dundee. I will see if I can get further info from Rebekah and will let you know.

Ok... chicken is in the slow cooker (I skinned a bought's totally "nekkid" now and "tanning" itself... LOL) and I think I'll have a go at more Season ticket stamping.

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Wolves HQ is working...

I've just perforated 40 sheets of season tickets (i.e. 200 tickets) which I've stamped yesterday with the new Wolves lid stamp.

Still got 60 more sheets to stamp & perforate, but it's a beginning!! :) The production line will now go downstairs to AP to cut & staple the season tickets.

Well.. I'm off to the gym in a bit - will take the car (even though it's not far) to give it a bit of a drive and to see how the battery is holding up.

Then back to more stamping... and perforating! :)

(good) Morning!!

Don't you just hate that? It's your day off work, you have to take early meds (6:30am) and were hoping for going back to bed for another 2 hours or so ... and then you cannot sleep!!

I have a little headache, DH had to get up early for work and his phone alarm was going off a couple of times and there's just no way you can shave and shower quietly in an en-suite.

So now I am up and about. Was thinking of going to the gym very early today (that was my thought yesterday), as in 7am, but decided against it (because of the headache). Hoping I will fall asleep again soon, or I will have to take an afternoon nap. :o

Today will see me stamping more Wolves season tickets, making hopefully 2 CJ entries and Layouts (crafty day! WAHEY!) and going to the gym. Let's hope for the best on that front. :)

So... may read a bit ... or maybe edit photos so I can show you my last couple (????!!) PODs... :D

Monday, 26 January 2009

Ironing day...

Yup, while I thought I am going to do some 30 mins stints around the house today I changed my mind when seeing the ironing pile growing again to a mountain. So there you go, nice ironing in front of the TV, 2 washes done and hung up. Will probably hoover the stairs as well.

Yesterday was the 25th January ... and while we DID have a burns supper (without the poems, music, whisky and cranachan that is), I totally forgot to take pictures. So I thought I take photos today, but again missed it. So I may give it a miss until tomorrow? ;) Who knows.

Weather outside is nice and sunny, but looks awfully cold. Hope the weather stays like that (i.e. no rain ... can accept snow but no rain!!) as I am planning to have a look at our garden Thursday/Friday.

Ah well... off to find more shirt hangers ... got tons of those trouser/skirt clippy ones but no proper ones downstairs. :o

Sunday, 25 January 2009

100 Things...

Quick early post before we head off to JKC for training...

Found this on Latharia's Blog (and others previously) and thought I'll give it a go to see what I've done already. :)

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland (Does WDW count? :) )
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill (ummm... long time ago. ;) )
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language (Scots! ;) Very difficult to understand ;) )
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelos David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit (ish - nasty episode with a former landlord)
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

Friday, 23 January 2009

Feeling better... wahey!! :)

Still feelling as if I've been flogged yesterday (always have that after a bout of migraine, my muscles just tense because of the pain and I have to deal with the soreness the day after) but at least no headache. :)

Have started to sort out some stuff in the master bedroom which has just massed up somehow. Think this is a 2 - 3 day job though to go through everything on my side of the room. Not touching DH's side so I don't chuck anything out that he needs... ;)

Weather is not the best ... :( Looks rainy... what news are that? >:( It's to warm to turn to snow, so that ain't gonna happen. Will be going to the gym later though. :)

And tonight I'll pick up DH and we'll go to the cinema to see "Frost Nixon". Now back to me catching up with "John Adams" on SKY+. DH watched it but I have missed it the first time round.

Thursday, 22 January 2009

I know, I know ...

haven't been blogging lately, but haven't been feeling like it either. Weird week for me, feeling a bit in a slump and have a to do list that's far too long for my liking.

The 12-hour crop on Saturday at the Dean Parish Church was great as ever ... unfortunately my PC was very slow Saturday morning so I couldn't print all the Wolves photos I wanted to scrap. Effectively it was a lot of organising, taking photos in the graveyard and doing a double LO for me ... in 12 hours. :o Couldn't think of what to do without the photos to scrap, so rather left it be. :) But hey, managed to do one DLO at least. :) Will take photo and post asap.

Had a good chat with Mark, the minister, as well, as with the closing of "Stampers Grove" we've been thinking of having the Church as our regular venue now as there's more light, comfy seets, nice tables and a kitchen. :) Soooo...he has to speak to the treasurer first about the fees for us, but going month by month it looks like we've found a new home for the crop. :) We've been at Tollcross since 2004 I believe, and while we had wooden tables in the first year, using the small kidddy lunch tables didn't help - and the jannie wasn't always there in time and was adamant for us to leave at 4pm. Think it's time of a change, and the crop ladies agree.

Sunday was me back first time since Xmas break at the Wolves training - was nice to see the guys again, giving New Year's hugs etc. I'm amazed how many rookies we retained from the Tryout day, it's fab!! :) Lots of good guys and I have high hopes for the team! :)

Monday was a bit of a duvet day ... felt puffy etc, so did only a little bit (like washing up and putting stuff in the dishwasher), but that was about it.

Tuesday was work - and while I really prefer to get in for 8am now and leave at 4:30am, I'm totally shattered when I get home. Managed to go to the gym straight afterwards though. Then rushing home to make dinner - quite a bit of a rush, but there you go. NICE roast veggies ... tried brussel sprouts this time as DH couldn't get courgettes ... tasted actually good.

Yesterday at work I suddenly had a migraine attack at around mid-morning ... at one point I felt like going home and have a lie down (nasty aura with vision problems and tingling fingers/lips) but then the nurofen kicked in (thanks to Shari!) and I managed to get through the working day. But on the way home the headache came back (without aura) so it was getting home, empty/fill dishwasher and then retreat upstairs to the bed.

This morning I woke up with headache again - still ongoing from yesterday. Wonder if it's a high/low pressure thing again (I'm very sensitive to weather changes most times with migraine) and hope I'll be ok from tomorrow.

Decided against gym today but have been putting on 2 washes (OWN stuff this time - still got 2 Wolves washes outstanding but that doesn't have to take priority as long as it's done by Saturday ;) ), emptying and filling the dishwasher. Also had Chip coming around to finally give me the Mexican cookbook he's promised me for the last..oh... 1.5 years! ;) It's not as if we don't see each other nearly every Sunday... ;) And of course there was a lot of Wolves chat while he was here ... for about 2 hours. :D

Right ... have to get the next wash out, finish off dinner (bit late, I know) and then see what I can do with the kitchen table ... and then it's probably time to cook dinner.. or maybe doing some ironing instead for an hour.

PS: I HAVE been taking my daily photos .. just haven't had the time to edit and convert from RAW yet and load them up. Hope to do that later today as we won't be going to cinema tonight.

Friday, 16 January 2009

Bus busy busy...

Rowing Result
Originally uploaded by Wolves05
... as usual before a crop ... but this time even more as it's the 12 hour crop. :o AND I had to do my Chinese Whisper layout (which I only finished 15 mins ago!).

But ... stuff is packed (and this time I'm NOT taking everything but the kitchen sink!!) and now I just have to print some photos ... :o Think I'm going to do that tomorrow at 7am ... I have to get up at 6:30am for meds anyway (really should have just convinced myself that I can take the meds at work during the day as well... or go back to getting up at 7am for work!! ;) ), so may do it then. :)

Today's photo is evidence of my rowing skills ... and this time it was including two 1mins breaks to drink some water. Usually I manage without, but usually I start off with the rowing instead with the Crosstrainer which I did today (just to see if that helps the dizzyness). But still - even with the 2 little breaks I managed to stay under 10 mins for 2000m. Not bad, eh? :)

Tomorrow's photo will be something at the crop, obviously. Just have to remember to pack a camera.... :o

Off to select new bed linen now and ask DH to come up to turn the mattress.

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Day 15 - Skype!

Day 15 - Skype!
Originally uploaded by Wolves05
Photo 15 of 365 was taken shortly after I've been off SKYPE with my best friend Sharon - we've not talked since she'd been up end of November and texts/e-mails/Facebook messages just don't count. So we've been on SKYPE for nearly 2 hours! ;)

Don't you just love Skype? We've installed it at my Mutsch as well, now we just have to try and figure out whether we get it to work ... might try to speak to her tomorrow or Monday - would be great to speak to her before she's off to the next OP end of this month.

I've also spoken to my best friend (from Germany) Markus (Sharon and he have to share that spot!! ;) ). He was planning to come up for a visit in Autumn (which he couldn't do because of work & health) and then for Hogmanay (where the prices were just HORRENDOUS) - so we invited him up for SuperBowl weekend ... which he got a good flight price for and he'll be up from 31.1. - 4.2. WAHEY!! Haven't seen him since we went together to the London NFL game in 2007!! So over a year! Will be great to see him again. AP has agreed that he's ok moving into the bunk beds for that time - it's times like these that I am glad we have more than 1 spare room!!

Else ... I've been making cards today (that would be projects 1&2 of 100!) and finally sent off 4 small parcels to Germany ... 3 for Birthday swaps (one of which is 3 weeks late!!) and a belated Xmas/Hogmanay pressie for my big sis. OOPS! Now I just have to finish off the BIA calendar for my Dad & Jutta (which of course is already a couple of days old *sigh*) and that's me up to speed ... with presents that is. Then it's scrapping for myself. :D

Mmmh... you could think I LOVE my Cuttlebug, eh??? ;) Now, I've just to find that Butterflies Combo die/embossing set ... like the heart you can see on card #4...

Went to the gym ... all went fine with the rowing (2000m in 9:31 mins - my instructor told me the average of an untrained person doing this distance is 12mins .. WAHEY!! And that's on "level" 10!!), the bike... but when I was doing the Crosstrainer I flagged at 9:30 mins, i.e. I got dizzy (always on the crosstrainer .. not sure why that is!!). Knowing my body I just stopped at 10 mins, took a swiss ball and had a lie down with feet up (people probably thought I'd do ab crunches!! ;) ). Was ok after 2 mins, went back to the crosstrainer to finish my 20 mins and then on to the bike again for the usual 15 mins. My hammies were KILLLING me, but Stewart told me what to do on the power plate (50Hz, 30 seconds with deep squats and that twice).... and my hamstrings have been fine!! No aching at all!! :)

Oh ... dinner was broth ... good ol' broth. I think the Brits eat far too much blended soups ... what's the point! I like my good old German broths! ;) Nice with Carrots, Potatos, Peas (this time I opted for Broad Beans instead - and it was very nice!), leek and brussel sprouts (yumm!) ... and round it up with some Fleischwurst (smoked pork sausage).

Today's to-do list therefore looks VERY good ...
  • Gym
  • Make 4 Cards
  • Take Photo
  • Skype with Sharon
  • Gym
  • Wrap remaining presents
  • Send 4 small parcels for swaps
  • Cook Dinner
  • Make Layout for Crop Chinese Whisper

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Our car at 7am this morning

Totally frozen over, and it was absolutely cold. During work and while I was at the gym the weather must have gotten warmer as there was a sllight drizzle, but when I walked from the gym back home it was freezing again.

(Duck at the pond at work - they're usually
gone until Spring!)

Currently sitting with my blankie on to warm up my feet which are still cold (have circulation problems from time to time). :(

A couple more photos of today - taken with the point & shoot camera which has problems with dusky pictures..

Oh ... managed to get back onto the 1 hour regime today, although the 20 mins on the cross trainer nearly killed me (at least no dizzyness this time!!) after 15 mins on the bike & 9.40 mins on the rowing machine (2000 m).

(my "local" - lol, GYM)

I'll declare tomorrow a CRAFT DAY (and this time I REALLY REALLY mean it!!!) - have lots to do in preparation of the 12-hour-crop on Saturday and also have to send out some Birthday swaps and belated Xmas/New Years presents. ;)

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

13 of 365

Belated Xmas pressie
Originally uploaded by Wolves05
Just a short note - didn't sleep well and had less than 6 hours sleep ... then work, and then shopping for food (in between the news that a water main burst close to my home and we didn't have any water until afternoon!).

Dinner was Risotto, and I didn't leave Tesco until 5pm (and they still didn't have Aborio (sp?) Rice)) so decided against gymming tonight - feeling totally zapped anyway. So today was my "break day" - will go gymming Wed/Thu/Fri then.

Risotto was VERY good ... and I did it by eye ... nothing was measured.. LOL. Easiest thing really.

Anyway, today's photo are the books I received yesterday as a belated Xmas present. Still waiting for 3 more: "Photo Freedom" by Stacy Julian (currently out of stock), "Month by Month Scrapbooking" by Amanda Probst (pre-order) and "Houseworks - Cut the Clutter, Speed your Cleaning and Calm the Chaos" by Cynthia Townley Ewer (she of "" ;) )

Monday, 12 January 2009

Tidy Pantry (12 of 365)

Tidy Pantry
Originally uploaded by Wolves05
Here are the "after" pictures. :) Think I've done a fairly good job, just have to make the spreadsheet for the stock keeping so we don't buy the umpteens can of sweetcorn (ok, I let DH off with that!! ;) ) or condensed milk. Just have to figure out a way to store all the dried fruits/pulses etc (top shelf) - will look into boxes.

Latharia/Pam - I've got a bad track record with Flylady... I start every year but somehow don't seem to get past the "shine your sink". I will try again this year however... as usual. :) Maybe I am getting any further this time.

Off to check my belated Christmas pressie
(well... got money for birthday and Christmas from my Dad and step-mum so ordered stuff from my wishlist on Amazon)... got the other 2 books from "The New Covent Garden Soup Co", Sharon!!! :D

Time for a break

The pantry is coming along nicely, just 1 more shelf to go and that's me hopefully. :) Next store cabinet on my list to sort out is the one on the 1st floor with all the toiletries... Maybe tackle that on Thursday.

Totally got the time for my doctor's appointment wrong, it's at 4:30pm. Not sure when DH is planning on coming home, but depending on that time, dinner time and gym I may not be able to scrap today (the usual story)... Will try to make one or 2 cards at least though.

Have been back to doing some massage therapy today on AP... will put aside 3
hours per day on my days off (and weekend apart from this Saturday because of the 12 hour crop) studying. It's time I put down a plan again so I can re-sit the exam this year which I suspect will be in February/March.

Just to show you how bad the pant
ry was before I went in (well... I had already taken out SOME stuff... :O) )... will post an "after" shot later.

It's Monday again

Sitting here, sipping some tea for late-ish breakfast... Didn't sleep too well, so am a bit tired, but hope I'll be better soon.

To-do list today:
  • Breakfast
  • Fill dishwasher
  • Finish off Pantry
  • Take daily photo
  • Gym
  • Doctors Appointment
  • Scrapbooking
  • Dinner
  • Edit/post daily photo
  • E-mail forms to Chris
  • Order prizes for Crop
Doesn't look too much ... depending on how long the pantry finishing takes of course... :)

Oh ... I've also updated my playlist. Thanks to my scrapping friends in Germany and their "Scrapping the Music Germany" I found some new German songs (well... newer than the 90s!) I really like. Shame not all are available for the Playlist, like "Das hat die Welt noch nicht gesehen" from Söhne Mannheims which is below (thanks to YouTube)

ETA: My SB orders arrived this morning - just realised I didn't get enough stuff for the Crop for prizes, so will have to do that today ASAP so we get it in time for the crop on Saturday. :o Added to the list. :o

Sunday, 11 January 2009

365 Photo Challenge - missing photos

I've taken them on the days, just didn't have the time to edit and upload.

That's Friday's Dinner - yummie Salad with Halloumi cheese (and already 1/2 tucked in!) including reading material for the evening. :)

DAY 10
Chai Latte - a yummie spiced tea (thanks for introducing me to it, Sharon!!) frothed up a bit in one of my "Dunoon" mugs (love them too). Comfort drink. :)

DAY 11

And comfort food tonight after my headachey day today. Found them when clearing out the pantry - nice micro(poppable)waveable popcorn... today's flavour: Honey Butter. YUM!

Still got a bit of tension in my neck but hope I am fine tomorrow ... got lots to do (and this time some scrapping too!!)

And I will try to capture something non-food related tomorrow. LOL.

Not my day either

Woke up with a headache...bad enough to decide against going to JKC for Wolves training (grrr... wanted to take today's photo there! :( ). Slept a bit longer to "sleep it off" but during that time the headache increased and I had to take a tablet.

Just had a light lunch (salad) and did the washing up/switching on the dishwasher so I've moved around the house a bit (like DH suggests most times - he doesn't have tension headaches/migraines though, so I'm not always following that suggestion). Headache is more tension now, sitting currently at the nape of my neck... an area where I usually get headaches but it moves to the front as well... not this time. :( My back hurts from all the "work out" yesterday in the pantry and with the car. So ... another duvet-ish day for me today. Just have to go and cook dinner later.

Hope DH is getting along ok with the car ... he's taken the battery charger with him ... just in case.

Sooo... now I have to figure out what to do for the 365 Photo challenge today... :o

Back to watching TV ... British Eurosport has a lot of Alpine Skiing, Ski Jumping, Bobsleigh, Luge, Biathlon etc. on today - at least something for me today.

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Hello from the Combat Zone....

Why does it always look WORSE when you tidy stuff than it looked before (before it looks better after tidying)? The pantry itself looks better, but I have now half of the stuff in the living room & kitchen ... aaarrrgghhh!!! Fed up! :( Would like to drop everything now but will have to go ahead with the stuff. I'm doing inventory at the same time (it's scary when you come across stuff dated 2006 hidden away in a corner... isn't it??? ;)

And that's not all!!! Getting phone calls/messages from DH and DFIL about car battery, tried starting the car at 3:30pm and it just did a little sound and then stopped again. So DH got a bit agitated (he's down south in Doncaster for the BAFL Scheduling Meeting...well, he's on the train back home now) because he's not home and can't help to fix it (doubt he would have reacted different IF he'd been home mind! ;) ) and of course I couldn't explain things properly (just a little woman here! :( ). So started charging again, DFIL phoned to "hear" the car over the phone which meant I had to uncable/replug (whatever) the battery again, start the car (which it did! wahey!!) and then put the battery back onto the charger to keep it going until DH comes back tonight.

Currently enjoying a cup Chai Latte and taking a break. And yes ... I WANTED to do some scrapping today... even had some Mojo returning... instead I have to take notes and then try my luck tomorrow after Wolves training. Or I take 1/2 day on Monday for crafties. ... That sounds actually even more appealing!! ;)

Change of plan....

kinda thought as much already.

Car didn't start. So now I am currently charging the car battery (in the hope that works). What's the life expectancy of a car battery anyway?
Because of the cable of the charger going out of the house I cannot leave for the gym until I decide the car is a) charged or b) I give up. And then I have to do a lot of phone calls anyway to make sure we have either a new battery fitted to the car or a replacement for tomorrow's training or someone who can swing by our house to pick us up.


So...the pantry clearing it is ... I am currently "going in" (sounds like a combat? Well... that it IS!). Why does the pantry always look like a bomb exploded? I'm pretty sure I had a photo on my blog in the past (2008? 2007?) of the newly organised pantry but I can't find the entry (or the photo) right now.

Problem is that everyone in this household just chucks stuff back into the little room under the stairs without sticking to a system. With 3 people in the house it's a bit of a problem really.

I'm going to devise a system today and maybe I should declare the pantry a "female only" zone for putting stuff back in?

Personality Quiz

I've found this on my friend Carrie's blog.

Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...

You Are a Marilyn!


You are a Marilyn -- "I am affectionate and skeptical."

Marilyns are responsible, trustworthy, and value loyalty to family, friends, groups, and causes. Their personalities range broadly from reserved and timid to outspoken and confrontative.

How to Get Along with Me
  • * Be direct and clear
  • * Listen to me carefully
  • * Don't judge me for my anxiety
  • * Work things through with me
  • * Reassure me that everything is OK between us
  • * Laugh and make jokes with me
  • * Gently push me toward new experiences
  • * Try not to overreact to my overreacting.

What I Like About Being a Marilyn
  • * being committed and faithful to family and friends
  • * being responsible and hardworking
  • * being compassionate toward others
  • * having intellect and wit
  • * being a nonconformist
  • * confronting danger bravely
  • * being direct and assertive

What's Hard About Being a Marilyn

  • * the constant push and pull involved in trying to make up my mind
  • * procrastinating because of fear of failure; having little confidence in myself
  • * fearing being abandoned or taken advantage of
  • * exhausting myself by worrying and scanning for danger
  • * wishing I had a rule book at work so I could do everything right
  • * being too critical of myself when I haven't lived up to my expectations

Marilyns as Children Often

  • * are friendly, likable, and dependable, and/or sarcastic, bossy, and stubborn
  • * are anxious and hypervigilant; anticipate danger
  • * form a team of "us against them" with a best friend or parent
  • * look to groups or authorities to protect them and/or question authority and rebel
  • * are neglected or abused, come from unpredictable or alcoholic families, and/or take on the fearfulness of an overly anxious parent

Marilyns as Parents

  • * are often loving, nurturing, and have a strong sense of duty
  • * are sometimes reluctant to give their children independence
  • * worry more than most that their children will get hurt
  • * sometimes have trouble saying no and setting boundaries

Not sure if it's 100% true, but there you go.

Will see how the car is behaving now ... I came to our car park just outside the door yesterday after the gym and had to move the Xmas tree as the Council STILL hadn't lifted it (and yep, it's still outside!! :( ) - so left the car there for a minute - got back and the battery didn't like me anymore. :( So had to push it (with the help of the usually annoying neighbours kids who offered their help *huh*!) ... and of course first forgot to put the car out of gear. D'OH!! ;)

We've got a new battery charger thingy from Aldi last week but we haven't looked into using it yet ... will check into that as training is back on tomorrow and we really can't do with NO car on Sundays. :o

Plan is to go to the gym and then organise/tidy the pantry once I am back. Then doing the washing up/hang up the wash I've just put on and then ... hopefully ... some scrapping?! Depending on the Mojo of course. ;)

Friday, 9 January 2009

Not scrapping after all

Nope ... the one day (well... 1/2 day) I set aside for me to scrap ... and my Mojo's disappeared!!! :(

Will read scrap mags instead to make sure I can do something tomorrow (really need to do 2 CJ entries!). Or maybe do some cross stitch instead.

Still have to take my photo of the day though and that should be possible. ;)

I WILL scrap today!!

Yup, that's my promise to myself for today. :)

Had to get up at 6:30am for meds, DH got up same time for work. I went straight back to bed with eyeshades so he could leave on the bed side light, but I never realised how much racket he makes while shaving/showering/getting dressed/having breakfast downstairs. :o So I didn't really have the most restful sleep.

Totally shattered, still sore from Wednesday, so I am going to take my duvet day today ... will go to the gym mind, but the rest is all for me.

Tomorrow I'll be doing more household chores then - both DH and AP are out of the house until late evening, so I will have time to myself. :)

Let's see how much I can manage to scrap/craft today. :)

Oh ... and to answer Sharon's question - I didn't brayer the Wolves stamps. I've just used a StazOn inkpad.

Thursday, 8 January 2009

Wolves Photo Stamps

Wolves Photo Stamps
Originally uploaded by Wolves05
Today's photo is of 2 (of 5) custom made stamps (courtesy of Dimension Fourth Ltd) - they show the Wolves Logo (which we have as decals) and the Wolves helmet (I've got the both facing the other way as well) plus the official Wolves Logo as well.

They are the first "photo" stamps (photo like) I have and they are looking fab! Roy and Ally have done a FAB job on that.

Done lots of Wolves paper work after phoning the league to figure out about temporary applications - and then had to sign, scan and save about 25 forms (Seniors and Juniors) ... and then add the details into a spreadsheet. Want to use a database again this year but am not sure if I should go for OpenOffice or Access??

Feeling like I've been in a tumble dryer!!

I'm hurting all over ... maybe going to the gym yesterday after scrubbing the en-suite wasn't the best idea??? ;)

Soooo... I am going to skip gym today and go Saturday instead. Stewart (my gym instructor) said I shouldn't overdo it, so he suggested doing Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri gym and have Wednesday off. Sounds good to me and I'll do that from next week.

The weight is slowly going down, think I am nearly 2 pounds down in a week which is in line of the losing weight. Have to admit I've been nibbling and we still had Trifle for dessert for 2 days so that's going to stop from today. If I crave for chocs I just have to resort to the hot choc idea (not full fat stuff) again. Not a problem anyway. And cutting down on Caffeine is going fine apart from today ... really needed 2 mugs to get me going (well, I'm still sitting on the 2nd one). LOTS of water again though.

Currently dealing with catching up on yesterday's to-do list and then will look into organising the scrap area ... and then I have to PURGE stash. :o Ebay or so I think.

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Clothes to put away

Clothes to put away
Originally uploaded by Wolves05
Managed to put away my clothes ... but I never know where DH is putting his stuff really ... got more wardrobe space than me to start with! ;)

Also cleaned the en-suite (took me 2.5 hours!!!) incl. purging the medicine cabinet. Must have been clenching my jaws when scrubbing the shower screen, totally hurts now! :o

Done dinner as well, and been to the gym ... even though my arms and back were hurting after doing the cleaning.

The other stuff will have to roll over to tomorrow's to-do list (which looks most likely to be a "Wolves paperwork" day... :o

Wishing for a Duvet day...

Woke up with very swollen glands...sore throat again... hope the cuppa tea is doing its work.

Yep, I am wishing for a duvet day, but I've got far too much to do again for the rest of the week. Bad enough I'm still in PJs right now ... but about to get up and follow my to do list for today.

  • Clean ensuite
  • Put away ironed clothes
  • make inroads in tidying master bedroom
  • Take photo for 365 challenge
  • E-mail junior contacts to our Junior HC
  • E-mail Registration numbers of now Youth players to Forth Fusion GM
  • E-mail DH with dimensions for Wolves Stamps
  • Gym for 45 mins
  • make Dinner

And then I have the tiny hope of being able to do some crafty stuff.... :D We'll see...

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Chocs & musings

Today's photo shows one of the chocs I am missing from my old home and cannot get here... fortunately there's my Mutsch who provides me with it from time to time - part of Xmas presents and duly eaten between Xmas and now. :) TA MUTSCH!! (LOL)

Else ... been to the gym straight from work (planning on going every WORK day - not sure about weekends) for 45 - 60 mins. Currently still on 45 mins as the head cold virus is still troubling me. Still feel dizzy after working out on the cross trainer, but my blood tests came back "normal" ... well, in my eyes it can't be normal that I suddenly (since December) feel dizzy when doing the cross trainer. Have been fairly regularly to the gym since September and been there 3x60 mins per week... with 20 mins on the cross trainer (now only doing 15). Soooo... have appointment with the docs next Monday to talk about my results.

Enjoyed watching "Eurosport" while gymming ... somehow miss the Winter Sports stuff - Sky Sports is usually only used for NFL stuff nowadays and gets cancelled before SuperBowl again until September. Didn't realise how much I enjoy watching Winter Sports really.

Also fancy going away for my birthday this year ... just for a week. Quite like the idea to go to Switzerland/Austria/Bavaria with DH and Sharon & Graeme if they fancy coming along (and I know Sharon is interested.... ;) )... and maybe even get family or Markus down for it? Snow for birthday.. would be fab!! Think your feelings about birthdays are changing the older you get - as a Teen or even Twen I didn't like being away from home for my birthday. I know one of my birthdays we spent in Tyrol/Austria with family friends... when was that ... 11 birthday? Something like that? And I HATED it! Being away from friends etc.

Nowadays ... birthdays are nothing special, just normal days ... ok with presents, but we don't have big parties etc. Going out for a meal or DH cooking steak dinner.


Well, that's it for today - think DH and I may be watching another episode of "Chuck" (FAB TV series - you GOTTA watch it!!) before lights out.

Monday, 5 January 2009

It's COLD!!

Originally uploaded by Wolves05
When I left the house our car windows were frozen and the road/side walk was icy. We had a nice crisp sunny winter day - without the snow. :( Nothing. NADA... while everywhere else there seems to have been snow... :(

Today's photo is a picture of my work - it's not the nicest building really, brown glass structure, but we have a pond, and it's not toooo bad really. Close to Arthur's Seat as well.

Got an e-mail from my big sis stating she's leaving early to go sledding with my nephew... they had snow in the Main Taunus Area in Hesse.

And elsewhere in Germany too...

And in England....

Just up here, we've got a nice sunny (well, at least not RAINY) day ... with temps at -2 degrees when I left the gym at 6:30pm. :o

Sunday, 4 January 2009

Tree is out

...and the boxes in the Master Bedroom waiting for the Dolphins Wildcard game to be over (that would be around 9ish) so DH and I can move them up to the loft... You know Michael McIntyre's routine about the loft??? ;) That's more or less DH ... as well as the "Man Drawer". LOL.

I've decided to leave the master bedroom and ensuite for later the week ... most likely on Wednesday ... maybe do some inroads Monday and/or Tuesday evening after work.
Instead I may have a go at something crafty ... maybe a CJ entry or so while half watching "Cheaper by the Dozen II". :D

In the worst case clearing some space in the study (which needs a full clean & purge as well as the master bedroom!!). Today's photo is this A pic of the last 2 boxes to go upstairs to the loft. :D

Nope, not feeling well

Face feels puffy. Throat was aching a little when I woke up, but that's gone now, thanks to hot liquid (Chai Latte - courtesy of DH!). Body feels a bit battered though. Think it's still the head cold that's stuck and won't come out. Glands still swollen.

Was thinking of going to the gym today but don't want to aggravate and end up with dizzy spells again. So instead I will take it slowly by taking the tree down (ok.. not really TAKING IT EASY but it won't cause my pulse to go up too much IYKWIM).

Else? Need to start tidying the master bedroom, and clean the ensuite. So assume I better get out of bed now... ;)

Working tomorrow (as asked by boss due to being short staffed) and Tuesday, and the rest of the week will be all in tidying as well... but I hope to manage some crafting as well!

Tonight is TV evening for DH - Dolphins are in the play-offs after a 1-15 result in 2007 they are now the AFC East Champs (11-5 so far)!! So from 6pm that's all that's on SKY for our household... might sit through the first 1/2 but then retreat upstairs? Who knows.

Ok...let's go and deal with that tree!!

Saturday, 3 January 2009

3 of 365 and the 11th Doctor

Not a very inspired photo today, and only taken with BIL's small digi point & shoot. DH has been stocking up on Lego over the last year and used the time off over Xmas to build some of them. ;)

Had a bit of a rush today - first a longer lie in, then worked on a couple of e-mails and then we decided to go shopping... ended up a bit of a longer trip as everyone and his dog seemed to be out at McArthur Glen!

I managed to get some clothes (including one pair of trousers for work) and also got some tape runner at the Papermill (plus the last purchase before the 100 projects challenge - a "Pay per box" with A4 card). Then a quick trip to Julian Graves (they still don't sell those cookies anymore DH is after! :( ) and Aldi (which looked like they didn't have any delivery today at all - hardly any fruit & veg in! Because of that we had to go to Lidl (still not all we wanted) and Tesco, and DH got fairly antsy because we wanted to be home in time for "Dr Who Confidential" for the announcement of the 11th Doctor.

We missed the first 15-20 mins so didn't hear the original announcement, but when they were talking about "the youngest Doctor" DH just KNEW who it's going to be (me being totally oblivious!) and he was't happy at all! When I saw him, I had to agree (and it's not because I will miss seeing DT as the Doctor!) ... I mean.. come-on .. Matt Smith? Why do the Doctors have to get younger? And now even younger than US??? How is that going to work out when he's going to meet his "daughter" again??? Huh???

DH was hoping for Paterson Joseph to take over ..


Friday, 2 January 2009

Day 2 of 2009

Went to work today - with the car, as there was only "special service" on LRT. :o DH drove us to his office and then I was trying to navigate around this week's closed roads etc - ended up having to go up Leith Walk!

Finding a car parking space was another matter - lots of double yellows around, a couple of single yellows (and DH warned me that the traffic wardens do not treat today as a bank holiday/Sunday - although shops and even Royal Mail do so - so I didn't DARE to park in the bay at work!) and tons of "Residents only". Found a space close to work but it was ticketed ... and it was a rip-off of £1.20 per HOUR! So I decided to drive to the car park further down which usually costs around £6 or £7 but there was nobody there. Decided to put a note in the window with the time I arrived, just to be fair.

At work we were told that there was not much on the system work, but I found enough problem cases to keep me going for the 7 hours. Have been working so intensly on one case that I only remembered to have lunch at 2:30pm!!!

Had my camera with me at work (the small one from BIL) but just didn't get the chance to take photos - was sooo busy.

Got back to the car to find that the wee booth was still closed, so got free parking afterall!! :)

Quick trip to Matalan (which closed early today) but didn't find anything that jumped out at me. Have to say though - MORE ORGANISED THAN M&S!!!

After Dinner we watched the Franky Boyle DVD DH bought ... I have to say... he's not THAT funny ... and I prefer him "censored" (FB that is ... not DH! ;) ). Prefer Dara O'Briain, Russel Howard and Michael McIntyre I have to say.

Oh - the photo is the view out of our back window at night - eerie light, eh?

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Corstorphine Hill Walk

Quick decision around 3:15pm to go for a walk afterall. I had a look for the details of the geocaches on the website but there was not much of a map/plan - obviously! You're supposed to go for the coordinates, and without a GPS it's a bit of a problem.

We've never been up Corstorphine Hill, so this was quite an interesting walk. It's yet another big green/woody expanse in Edinburgh - I am always amazed how many of those we actually have!!

We didn't cover a lot of ground, basically just to Corstorphine Hill Tower and a bit further, all the while me (and later DH and AP as well) searching for a place where the cache could be. But without a proper map with coordinates or a GPS we were lost ... and of course the light was fading fairly quickly as well.

DH said it's a spooky area, but I think it's just nice to have such a green expanse close to our house.

Went back home around 4:30pm (got dark very quickly!!) and I did some copying of photos onto the laptop, installing the Canon tools and editing the pic below for my 1. picture of 2009 (365 challenge).

Hello 2009

Not sure what we're doing today - we decided not to go to the cinema, so may do some crafting and maybe go for a walk?

Sitting here, the 3 of us surfing the net - sounds unsocial, but to be honest, we can chat away while being online, better than one of us being upstairs. ;)

New Year's Eve was weird ... it really feels like I am 1 week behind with everything (Christmas and New Year). We watched The Big Fat Quiz of 2008 and the new Michael McIntyre DVD yesterday - which is really FAB! Specially the "Man Drawer" and the "Loft" (pic taken while watching the DVD), nearly missed midnight, didn't have any bubbly (non-alcoholic or alcoholic) to welcome the new year ... as I said, quite weird.

Not sure if I am happy with that. Even had to take the only photo of fireworks from the TV!! :o

Currently installing Photoshop CS3 on my new laptop - the old one was not strong enough, neither is my old PC - and the new one is not set up yet. So I am planning on doing a bit of photo editing later this week.

Work tomorrow - not really looking forward to it, but hey ... I'll take the car in, drop DH off and then can drive home sharply after work.

Haven't done any New Year's aspirations yet (DH has sent me his on the 30th already), haven't picked a word for 2009 (as per Ali Edwards) either, and then there are a couple of challenges I want to take part ... one being the 365 Photo challenge from Pam (Wombat on UKS) - i.e. to produce a photo a day. Should be able to manage, just not sure if I can upload them, considering that I am shooting more and more in RAW.

Other challenges are "Use your Stash" - there's one on Dani Peuss' Forum about 100 projects (incl. cards, mini albums etc.) before you buy new stash, and Kimmy is doing Own Stash Kits. Pretty sure DH would be VERY happy with me doing either of them.