Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Tired - but found a new green oasis in Edinburgh!

Well.. new to me that is! :) Got up early this morning after a fitful sleep and got to ERI in time for the appointment. Went to the wrong place first (why do they have Day Surgery/Day Patients in a different section of the hospital than the OP - Out patients???) but still managed to find the place ok. ;)

Heather - reason for the sleep clinic is that DH is worried as I seem to stop breathing from time to time, and as my dad has sleep apnea and I hardly ever have a restful sleep my GP thought it couldn't harm. Assessment showed that I am not a typical sleep apnea patient, so I am going to get a machine at some point in the next 4 weeks or so to take home and monitor my sleep for one night. And then we will see what the result is and take it from there.

After the appointment I went to Lisa to drop off the crop prizes/tea & coffee stuff/kitty and had a wee natter. Was quite funny, specially as Archie is really a handful now! ;)

As it was still early when I left I decided to pop up to the Royal Observatory to take a photo of it - been close to it a couple of times but never really drove up.
Parked outside and had a walk around Blackford Hill - gorgeous views! FAB! Yet another green oasis in Edinburgh I've never been to before. Think I will have to come back with my DSLR at some point to take more photos. And now I want to go to Craiglockhart Hill ... it looked nice from Blackford Hill.

Oh ... and I just realised I haven't set the date on my new camera yet!! ;)

Monday, 30 March 2009

No crafting after all

... was mostly slumping today, catching up with e-mails and manage paperwork for Wolves and the Edinburgh Crop. :o

Tomorrow I'll be off to the Sleep Clinic at ERI in the morning, drop hopefully Crop off at Lisa's and then go home ... in the evening we'll have a meet up from the EFREC girls ... I think. :)

Wolves TV

Huh... thought I posted those vids before ... at least the first one ... weird!! Anyway, the new introduction for the 2009 season is WOLVES TV - recorded & edited etc. by our own Ahmed. :)

... and it's getting better and better!! :) Wolves TV Episode 3 should be out soon!

Feeling a bit burnt out...

Not sure why ... didn't have really lie ins this weekend after long days, so maybe it's that. Or maybe I am just at the point of the year (as it seems every year) to get fed up with football stuff ... Also have a runny nose and the house is darn cold.

Planning on doing some scrapping later, and also do some house work. So hopefully I can show you a new layout later. ;)

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Earth Hour Logo

Earth Hour Logo
Originally uploaded by Earth Hour Global
Only 1hr 10 mins to go - SWITCH OFF AT 8:30pm UK!!!

Candles at the ready! ;)

Friday, 27 March 2009

OOPS! Forgot the cards!!

Here they are...

first of all, a birthday card for my BIL:

Supplies: Diecut & emboss "Football & Tee" Cuttlebug, PP (unknown) with black ink distressed, card (Woodware?), "Happy Birthday" stamp (producer unknown)

Another Birthday card, this time for Anja from the CJ group - belated birthday.

Supplies: card (Woodware?) ,"Partygirlabella" (Stampingbella), Cuttlebug Border "Just my type", Promarkers, Stamp from Autumn Leaves

And last but not least my MIL's Mother's Day Card - the fact that the Brits celebrate this day in March has caused some confusion and early/late cards being issued to MIL, my mom and my stepmom respectively in the beginning of my relationship with DH. ;)

Supplies: Card (Woodware?, PP (unknown), Cuttlebug "Love Language", CS Bazzill

Got the Cuttlebug "Love Language" a week ago and I just LOVE it!! :) It's great.. the little heart embossing folder and the diecuts. GREAT!

Shame I cannot post my LO for the Chinese Whisper. :( Ah well... it's part of the game. ;)

Might be going to Fort Kinnaird tomorrow for the opening of Hobbycrafts ... means I don't have to rush on Sunday during/after training.

Here's proof of crafting lately!! :)

Here's what I've done the last week ... 1 CJ entry plus 3 cards. Currently trying to get my head around the Chinese Whisper (sorry, ladies - I WILL have it ready and e-mailed to Pauline this evening!!) and wouldn't be allowed to post it here anyway. :o

The theme for the CJ is "The most important people in my life" and there they are ... there are lots more important people in my life, but I had to pick some who are more important than others ... so sorry to all the others. :o

I've also changed my Playlist to the right to stop playing automatically ... there were some people who've discussed that in forums and I had to take into account people who can read my blog at work (you lucky so and so's!! ;) ). And in the past it has annoyed me a little when I had other music running on the PC and then the playlist on my blog kicked in ... so just press "play" if you want to listen. :)

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Change of plans...

I planned to go down to Doncaster with DH tomorrow for the BAFL (British American Football League) AGM. Really was looking forward to it, as it meant I would be able to see my friends from Britbowl again.

However, last Sunday after training the rubber "grommets" holding the exhaust on our car up have dissolved and we heard it scraping on the road from time to time. DH got new "grommets" and fixed them this week - I went to the garage today to make sure all is fixed ok and we're safe to drive down.

They had the car up, the exhaust was fixed ok .. however, we've got another problem which needs new parts and it wouldn't be safe to drive long distances.

So we're back to DH going down by train and me staying up here.... :(

Have I ever told you I begin to HATE OUR CAR???? This year already we had the battery being flat (new one in now), the spring on one of the wheels needing replaced as it was broken (found out prior to MOT and fixed), the exhaust hanging down again (we have a history with that - it's a Laguna problem - or at least up to P reg I think) and now THAT!!! ARRRRGGGGH!!!!

Good side of things? I can SCRAP MY HEART OUT on Saturday... although I really would like to meet my friends again ... won't see them until Britbowl (end of September) now. :(

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Don't you just LOVE Google Maps??? ;)

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LOVE IT!! :)

And then in the stadium ... our pitch markings!!! :) Unfortunately you can't make out the "Wolves" in red on the home sideline (close to the stands) ... ah well, something to look into for this/next season.

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Monday, 23 March 2009

Finished 2nd CJ Entry!!

Took me 2.5 hours (gosh, I am REALLY a slow scrapper!!) but it's done, in a box and ready to go to the mail tomorrow.

Will post photos of the entry and the 3 cards I made at the crop - really should go to bed now.

Tomorrow I'll do the slightly overdue Chinese Whisper #3 ... and then I have the next CJ from Germany waiting plus another Chinese Whisper. And I haven't even started on doing some more Wolves layouts... ooops!

Night night!

Got a new phone ...

I've got a new phone ... and unfortunately used it's options a bit already - which means I have to pay around £5.50 more when the March invoice arrives ... new contract only kicks in next month. :( Ah well... should think I should manage that.

I've also moved my paperwork in a more stable box (was in a cardboard box from IKEA for the last 1/2 year and that was pushed and pulled so much that it fell apart ... really have to go through that box soon to file and shred ... have already put stuff in the recycling paper bag while I was moving it over). Did that because I was searching for the bank statements for the Junior team. :o

Then I decided to go through my women's mags (I somehow have an urge to buy "Essentials" or/and (ooops!) "Prima" from time to time.... used to be fairly regular but have cut down a bit now) - have pulled out some recipes/sowing stuff/gardening stuff and have now handed the rest off to my GP and dentist. At that point I found out that our recycling point was removed ... so "lugged" the bag of plastic bottles with me for no good reason (large bag... not a small shopping bag). Really annoying, you want to do your bit with the recycling and then they move the points away!! :( Ah... if only we would have the yellow bags like in Germany. SOOO much easier. UK is really behind with the concept of recycling.

Anyway... that was my start on spring cleaning I think... decluttering. Next I'll have a go on scrapbooking/card making stuff, probably will put up most of my mags for sale... got lots of "Making Memories" issues here from couple of years ago and I haven't had a looksie at them in ages. Stopped buying them anyway.

Oh... and my "PaperCrafts" arrived today! Great! CK March is still missing, so I will have a look later on Ebay or UKS to get it for less ... not happy with CK though about that. They promised I'd get a replacement by March 17 and now I will probably get the reply "was sold out - we'll extend your sub by a month". Specially the March one was interesting as it has supposedly organising tips in it! :(

Mmmh... going to read the "PaperCrafts" now and then I'll finish the CJ entry and get everything packed to send off to Anke.

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Nice and sunny again...

Wohooo, seems like spring is coming! :) We had nice weather for the last couple of days now, it's great!

I have a lot to do today, partly Wolves stuff, partly crafty stuff ... but instead I've dealt with a wash, have been finally getting rid of the out of date stuff from the pantry (has been outside since early January to be emptied (jars, tins) so I can put them into our recycling bucket, but of course that was too subtle a hint for the male contingent of this household.... 8/

Will have to check online for some more seed potatoes ... anyone know where there are good priced Rooster Potatoes? DH and I just love them and if I can grow them in my barrel that would save some dosh. :)

Well... off to hover the stairs now ... and then do some Wolves stuff... and then hopefully get some scrapping done!

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

I'm kinda exhausted...

Went to RIE in the morning to sign the usual paperworks for my hysteroscopy and to hopefully get a date for the OP itself. It didn't start well with the X48 having problems and us having to switch buses on the bridges ... and then I had to wait about 20 mins at RIE ... wonder why they don't just let you sign at the front desk??? Then I was herded to the gyno section (brilliant ... preggers women at any stage ... wahey!! >:( ) to wait for someone with the calendar for the OPs... fortunately I was sitting in the smaller waiting area where there was only the odd person completing a questionnaire, but still ... not the section someone who is going through infertility wants to be placed. ... and guess what ... I was waiting there for about an hour too!!!

At last I was provided with a date and they will contact me with pre-op stuff etc (dont' know any time yet). Or is the 2 April the date for the pre-op stuff??? BETTER NOT!!! :(

During the waiting time I called work to arrange for my work day today to be switched for Friday as I could guess I would only arrive at work at lunchtime... and didn't fancy working past 6pm!

Got home and as it was sunny I decided to give our back lawn the first "haircut" of the season! ;) THAT took ages (and my back hurts!) ... the grass was sooo long as we couldn't cut it since last year November ... either it was raining/frosty or we were at work when it was nice weather. :o

While I was at it I planted the 3 small fruit bushes (1 gooseberry, 1 Red currant, 1 Blackberry) in a sunny spot, had a look at the dwarf rhodies (looking good, have already buds) and my blueberry bush (looking good, too - think I will get a better harvest this year!!). And as I was already out with dirty hands I planted my seed potatoes in the barrel & the potato growing bag. PHEW!!!

For the rest of the day I will put my feet up ... well... will cook dinner and maybe/hopefully do the CJ entry.

And while I have my feet up I will look into my gardening mags (BBC's "Easy Gardening" - really a shame they discontinued it after 2(?) years! It was my fav gardening mag) and do maybe some planning. :)

Monday, 16 March 2009

New Toy!!

After BIL's camera was giving up on me middle of February (zapping Batteries like there's no tomorrow!) I first decided to get my mobile contract changed to the LG Renoir (with a 8mp camera) but DH decided against it (it's his contract afterall... and I really don't NEED all the stuff the £25 would give me - only a GPS (for geocaching? Not sure if they work for that) and apart from that it would be £10 more than my current contract!! ). So when we got the offers flyer from Aldi for this week we found this...

However, that is only coming out on Thursday ... and I just wanted a new small camera NOW!! (you know how that works!! ;) )

And then I found this:
Available there and then! And while I am not the girly girl I quite liked the Butterfly. :) And it's probably the only "bling" DH is going to buy me. ;) It's really slimline, got "smile recognition" (i.e. it takes 3 photos as soon as it recognises a smile!) and it does focus on max 5 faces in a group shot - with the faces not having to be beside each other. Haven't gotten used to it yet - haven't had a "point & shoot" (with zoom - granted) camera since I was about 17 ... :D Taking BIL's camera out of the equation of course (which had easier programs than this one). I'm more a SLR person.

But ... what I've read in the instructions so far I like... ;) And it's easier to take along than lugging my DSLR with me (even with only the 50mm lens) or trying to take photos with my 2mp phone.


PS: Both cameras are effectively the same ... although Aldi Sued (in Germany) had the 10mp version on sale from February 2009 ... ah well... doesn't matter!! ;)

Saturday, 14 March 2009

I survived Alien Wars!!!

... And I've got the T-shirt to prove it. ;)

DH asked me some weeks back if I am available on the 14th March to go to Alien Wars. It was sold to me to a bit "jumpy" and "Aliens" ... not much more. It's an early birthday present for BIL. So stupid me said "Well, why not?".
Then I decided to check online what it is all about ...THIS MORNING!! And I didn't like the description a little bit!! Told DH I might not come along, am concerned with the strobe lighting causing problems with my migraine (well, actually ... it's only UV lighting that's the problem) etc. And I admitted - I am blimming scared! ;) Got the usual "Ah, won't be that bad - and we have a tradition to bring someone new every time we go".

Got to the "The Arches" in Glasgow (interesting building!) and I forced myself to do it ... heart in throat and all that before we even started!! And then we got into a group with 4 little girls and their mom!! And I mean about 10-12 year olds! So I thought "Ah, can't be that bad" ... that was until we got out of the briefing room and I was picked to open the first door ... still ok, no problem. But then ... first Alien encounter. SCAAAARY!!! ;) Screaming a bit, but then I had that out of my system ... but it really revved up my Pulse, I tell you!!! Nowhere near DH, first at the head of the group, then for the rest of it behind the girls ... who cannot RUN!! And there was a lot of shouts to "MOVE!!!"

While my pulse was still up (and was until about 2 hours later to calm down the adrenaline! LOL!) - I enjoyed it. Screamed only at the first alien encounter (FAB costumes!!) but was still jumpy at the rest. :) Did I tell you that I don't like stuff like that? Not too keen on the "serious" hounted house ("Geisterbahn") things ... Even Disney's "Hounted Mansion" has me jumping ... when they get their staff to do things ... not the animatronic things. ;) So DH already said - once we were in the queue for the briefing room "You will hate me for that!!". So ... I made him buy me the T-shirt afterwards. He's usually fairly stingy in things like that. ;)

Would I go again? Mmmmmh.... maybe ... They say it's "everchanging". And now that we were told they have extend the stay in Glasgow until end of August, I think we're planning on bringing some Wolves out there. ;)

And yes ... they used to have Alien Wars back in 1990s in Glasgow - both DH and BIL have been back then, but it's definitely different now (apparently). I wonder if they have cut it short because we had the little girls with us???

Preview from BBC:

And the teaser for 2008

NOT for the faint hearted - but still... go if you think you can handle it!! ;)

Friday, 13 March 2009

1st CJ entry done.. :)

There you go, one CJ down, one more to go (and I was told the next one is on its way).

Another German CJ, topic this time was "Selbstportrait" (Self-Portrait).

Left hand side:

Right hand side with my current favourite photo of me (thanks, Pauline!!!):

The next one's called "The most important person in my life". I hope to get that done tomorrow or Sunday so I can send it to Anke on Monday.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Reached 1st WW "Milestone"!!!

Today I reached my first milestone at the Weight Watchers weigh in!! :) I lost a total of 10 lbs since I started (that's about 6 weeks ago I think)!!! And I lost 3 lbs this week (that means I got the stupid 2lbs down I gained last week, plus an extra pound!!). Soooo pround of myself. :) And I am only 4 lbs short of a stone!!

Think WW works for me because I can enjoy chocolates/crisps as long as I build it into my daily points. Havent' been back to the gym yet, so wonder if I will gain muscle mass again... :o We'll see. Pulled a muscle in my shoulder this morning (still in pain really, but feeling better after a hot bath) so don't think I'll go to the gym tomorrow but am planning on going on Friday.

Also will be doing some scrapping tomorrow. :) HAVE to get those CJs done ... I am already feeling really bad for having them for 3 months now! :o But ... life wasn't really the best in Q1 of 2009!! :(

Oh ... bought a new travel book ... "Flight free Europe" from the TimeOut Travel guides. Now I just wish DH would take some time out from the Wolves from time to time to have some weekends away or so. I quite like the idea of travelling by train to Italy etc. as well... reminds me of my childhood holidays to (then) Yugoslavia (today's Croatia) - we took the car, left around 4am and I was sleeping in the car on my big pillow! :) It was always camping as well ... I never stayed in a hotel until I was 12 I think. :)

That's part of my "Everywhere" of Shim's class I think. :) Planning on doing some "There" layouts tomorrow or Friday too. Hopefully my mojo won't leave me alone again.

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Why is the weather nice on my work days???

Sunny but cold. The perfect weather to take photos for the "Here" part of Shimelle's "Here, There and Everywhere" class. And what am I doing? Sitting at work, trudging away the hours... :( Bet ya, on Thursday/Friday the weather will be rain or snow again!! :(

And to add to all that I am still crampy and totally shattered ... could fall asleep any minute. :o Ah well... need a lie in or something like that on Thursday. :)

Currently searching for a new book to read - have asked DH to check his books (we bought quite a few together at Tesco before Christmas). Finished my last book yesterday night - "Sepulcre" by Kate Mosse - another GREAT read from her! This time I had even more problems to put the book down!! :) And I finished the other books I bought too... apart from the non-fiction ones. ;)

Mmmh... tomorrow is WW weigh in ... after gaining 2 lbs last week I think I managed to get them down again, but am not 100% sure. Fingers crossed!! :)

Monday, 9 March 2009

Sunny Monday

Well... more or less... it's changing quite fast, so I assume we've got strong winds outside (it definitely was stormy yesterday, both my dwarf rhodies are fallen over - really consider taking them out of the pots and plant them into the ground. :(

Currently taking a break from doing some housework ... done the washing up, put on/empty the dishwasher and currently got the 2nd Wolves wash going. Also have done some ironing. The weather is still too cold to hang the washing outside I think, but it's still nice to see the sun out.

Went to training yesterday and had a weird day, weather-wise. We woke up to about 1 inch of snow on the car plus slush on the street, but sun was shining and everything was ok. On our way to JKC the sky got really grey and suddenly we were in a small blizzard!! Got to JKC and the sun was shining and hardly any snow on the ground. During Junior training we had our 2nd small blizzard ... and during adult training the 3rd. :o DH was really worried how to get up the big hill to our house - but when we got home all was clear! WEATHER!!! 8/

Got some pulling pain since yesterday ... think my Endo is flaring up again - hope it's "just" the endo and not the cyst. Really could do without that one growing again! Decided to buy some books at Borders including "Endometriosis for Dummies". Flicked through it during the film session at training and really am still concerned that the clinic isn't going to look into my condition after they diagnosed me with severe endo. They didn't check how far it is spread/what organs are affected (did you know you can have endo in your brain????). It's like "yep, we know you got it, but that's about it!". Really doesn't work with my "German" brain!!! :(

Sitting currently with a heat pack here - maybe need to take a paracetamol soon. :( Off to read my Creating Keepsakes APRIL issue (March never turned up ... and Februar's was very late - only got it end of February!) - was told by CK Media that the March issue should arrive by 17th March ... Not happy with that - it's the second time the mag arrives late (or maybe not at all!) - later than in the shops! Surely direct subscribers should receive their mags BEFORE everyone else???? I am aware of the problems CK Media has at the moment, but still.... :( There are enough girls on UKS who actually got an e-mail stating that the March issue was sold out and they would extend their subscription at the end - considering that their sister mag "Simple Scrapbooks" has folded ... not very assuring, mmmmh???

Quite incoherent topics, but my brain is just going a bit overdrive right now. Sorry! :0

Thursday, 5 March 2009

A little productive

Earache still there, but have been up and about since 9am as our friend John has been fixing our car (he took it to the MOT last week and they suggested we do some fixing). Done the washing up, some ironing and have currently the 2nd wash on.

So ... not too bad, considering I am not feeling 100%. Weather is a bit weird today as well ... was grey when I woke up, then around 11am it started to snow (was fairly cold too) and now we have sunshine, no snow and possibly still fairly cold.

My earache is weird - it's not a constant pain, just very dull and suddenly a very sharp pain. :( Don't like that at all.

If I am not going to get the CJs done today I'll do it tomorrow - don't have to keep anyone company then. :)

Also, met up with Dawn for a cuppa yesterday after work and we had a good natter about treatments etc. We both getting to the point to look into other options, like other tests etc which EFREC cannot provide. Lots of things to read up and check. I've got 2 people already telling me that endo can cause implantation problems (which, let's face it, seems to be our only problem with our IVF cycles). The NK (Natural Killer) cell count is higher in endo sufferers, so that may be a problem.

So, I am currently reading up a lot again on that stuff... :o

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Well... didn't take long!

Woke up this morning with earache and a scratchy throat. And *SURPRISE* managed to get an appointment with my GP practice this morning as well (usually I have to wait 2-3 days and by then the infect is either gone or really bad). Right ear is slightly inflamed around the eardrum, and the throat as well, but at least there are no white spots in the throat (phew!).

Been told to take it easy and to take Paracetamol/Ibuprofen and also got prescription for a gargle solution, but the chemist close to the docs didn't have that stuff in, so will try the other one close to us either later today or tomorrow. If it's getting worse over the next couple of days (or stays the same) I'm to go back to the docs for antibiotics. :o

If I am not feeling worse tomorrow I'll try to go to work (because of WW).

I'm totally shattered - couldn't go back to sleep after 7am because of the pain so hopefully can take a nap later today. :o

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Tired...and feel a cold coming...

Went to training for the first time after 3 weeks off ... quite funny. Doesn't help that I've got trouble again to remember the names of our rookies... :o Ah well... I'll hopefully get it right again in 2 weeks time. :)

Feeling tired ... and as if a cold is coming along. :( Doesn't help that we suddenly had a downpour with hail. :o Frozen to the bone etc.

Planning on going back to taking daily photos again - had some nice photos of clouds today, will post them on here tomorrow (am really shattered and want to sleep!).

DH and I decided to have a nice chinese takeaway today ... AP went with the guys for dinner so didn't want to cook for the 2 of us. :) I had nice Chicken Wings with Peking sauce and then Mongolia Chicken. Both were yummie, although I couldn't finish the main course - that's going to be my lunch tomorrow. :D

Pam - thanks for the "tag" - I will "play" tomorrow ... :)