Friday, 31 July 2009

Meeting up with Best Friend... :)

Sharon came up for a quick visit to Edinburgh, so we met up for lunch and chocolate soup to cover the time between her arriving at Waverley and her meeting up with her parents.

Originally we wanted to go to either Quiznos or Subway, but both places (Subway even the 2 around the bridges) were not the best to sit in (hardly any space - too many people around) so we decided to go to The Filling Station - haven't been there in AGES (think last time I was there was when my friend Peggy was over from San Fran with her mum!). Nice Calamari (still don't get the point of tomato sauce instead of garlicy cream/Tsatsiki to go with!) and a cheeseburger. Yum. :)

Lots of chatting about just about everything - really miss Sharon a lot since she moved to the Big Smoke! :o

Our next stop was at Chocolate Soup where we blethered for 2 more hours. ;) Premium Double Choc Float with Maltesers ... good as always. Meant I was full and didn't need any dinner when I got home. :)

The time was great - hope to do it again soon, Sharon! :) But first we're coming down to visit you and G.

Monday, 27 July 2009

North American Wolves Alumni! :)

It's quite funny ... was thinking how many North American Players we had through the years at the Wolves ... Charles "Chuck" Avison, Michael "Church" Churchward, Josh Houk, Andrew "Drew" Foster, Sean Mullen, Aaron Karlen (the first one??), Paul "Fergie" Ferguson, Jonathan Sherman plus coaches Jon Bastian and Brian Belcher.

A North American Wolves Players/Coaches Alumni reunion would be just soooo great!

It's weird how you can get used to people who are stepping into your life for just a couple of months up to 2 years ... I am really missing the lads!!

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Random things you miss from childhood... Today: ice skating

Just something that popped into my mind when driving back home on Monday.

When I was about 15 or so my friends and I suddenly got into Ice Skating. I don't even remember why or how, it just happened. :-) We used to go to the Frankfurt ice rink about twice per month during winter, by public transport with a stop at Mackie D's... Very healthy. Lol. Going for about 3-4 hours. Was fun. And we did that for about 2-3 years.

I think I haven't been on a proper ice rink in a looong time. About 17 years maybe? Been kinda skating since I moved to the UK but that only at CenterParcs or in Princes Street Gardens during the "Winter Wonderland" festivities on very tracky ice with far too many people on it. Yes, I've got my standards for skating... Ice needs to be renewed every 2 hours or so. ;-)

What still surprises me is that I never made it to a game of the Frankfurt Lions. Huh. Promised Cal and Sarah I'd go to a Capitals game at some point (well.. Sarah really any Ice hockey game. ;) ).

It's interesting what memories a totally random chat with a friend on MSN can resurface. ...

Well, I got my skates - they need sharpening, but I got them. Really fancy going skating soon. Still remember the weird feeling when you take them off after a long session ... as if walking on a trampoline! LOL.

Monday, 20 July 2009

What a day - and it's not even 2pm yet!!

Getting up early, dashing to RIE for a check up scan on my cysts. Lo and behold, no change really, apart it looks like a smaller one has now "morphed" with the big one. Joy!!

The whole thing with Dr T trying to get an answer from us regarding fresh/frozen cycle, treating the cyst ... what are we... Doctors??? They are so blimming non-committal, won't give any directions for us. :( Not a happy bunny. We've now decided that we'll look into cyst treatment, but that's a longer waiting time. DH has already looked into the 2 health insurances I kinda have and it seems they are just doing pay outs for smaller amounts. I have to double check my insurance with Reed again though. Used to be BUPA but they changed it this year.

This time it's most likely not just a drain but a "hollow out and stitch up" affair, which of course has the usual risks. It all depends, they can only make the decision when the do the keyhole surgery.

Dr T suggested frozen cycle and then IF it is successful my hormones would take care of the cyst anyway, but in my experience that's a HUGE IF! :( And the situation is right now we only have 3 frosties left. So a fresh cycle is on the cards eventually ... or we just have to accept the end of the road if the cyst treatment is not going well. Sorry, but being punished with infertility shouldn't be combined with things like that!!! GRRRRRR!!!

Treated myself to a Starbucks for breakfast after the scan (muffin & Choc Cream Blend) and picked up some team washing at the same time. Got home, had a quick MSN chat with a friend and then went to my dentist for my emergency appointment.

Oh, didn't mention that at all, right... :o Have been speaking to my dentist every time I've got a check up. I've got a crown or pin (not even sure what that is) which is in place for now 22 years (chipped my tooth during a migraine attack when I passed out due to pain - sounds worse than it is!). So this pin/crown is good German handicraft and my dentist is amazed every single check up that it's still all ok and no chips etc (think they usually have a shelf life of 5-7 years?!). We agreed to look into it next check up in December.

On Friday evening I opened a ink cartridge package (plastic bag) with my teeth (nothing new really) and that's when I felt a piece of tooth breaking off. Phoned my dentist - closed & referred to St. John's Road dentist, who were closed and referred me back to my dentist. 8-/ So we decided to contact the emergency dentists who told me to get an appointment beginning of the week if I don't have trouble with sensitivity or irritating my tongue/lip.

Well... fortunately my dentist had an emergency appointment free today, just back. She's still impressed with the original dentistry so we decided to just repair what was broken instead of putting a new pin/crown in. The tooth looks now like it was before it got chipped.

Of course I didn't take a photo of it before it was fixed. Bad scrapbooker! ;)

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Not very productive crop...

..and that with me having printed off photos yesterday from the Glasgow game... :o I am not too sure about the sizes/maps, so am going to look into that for this week.

Got my Chinese Whispers done mind, just can't show it on here... which is really annoying!! :o At the moment there's hardly any proof on my blog that I've have scrapped... ;)

Well... I am going to look into the Jessica Sprague class I've signed up and see what I can do with that. Getting more use of my CS3 and looking forward using this for some of the Wolves photos. We'll see what I can do with it. :)

Might take a while mind you ... I've not used CS3 at all really... :o

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Busy bee...

CRS (Central Registration System) for the league is back again and I am currently going through all the application forms for BAFL since yesterday and scan the ones I hadn't scanned before (like all the influx from May onwards I think!!). Also realised that I have forgotten paperwork at JKC so will have to provide that next Monday for Debbie who's handling the application process now.

Most forms (due to tons of rookies joining) are 3 pages and I think I am currently scanning application #72? Ok, I have scanned about 35 before May, but still! :) And that's only for the Senior Wolves!!! Juniors are next. :o

Then off to post office to get it sent to CRS.

Hoping to do some scrapping tonight. :)

Friday, 10 July 2009

Music ... :)

I am not sure which is "worse" ... home games or away games. Think this year it's equal, because we have a huge roster right now ... and players keep on coming!! :o SCARY! ;)

Only got 7 hours sleep (which is more than usual right now, but still not enough for a "lie in") as I've been online for donkeys yesterday and listening to my new favourite band ... "Rascal Flatts". Found it through one of the big names of Scrapbooking - can't remember if it was Karen Russell, but kinda think it was... Anyway ... the band is FAB!

The first song I heard from them was this one...

DH probably wonders why I am "suddenly" into country rock ... but hey, their songs are great!! :) And it's not as if I've been "suddenly" into it ... my old friend Trevor introduced me to the Dutch Country singer "Ilse De Lange". I've bought her CD "World of Hurt" and still listen to it. :) Haven't heard any of her newer songs since I bought the CD really, but two of my favs is "Flying High" and "Tapdancing on the Highwire" .

Also added James Morrison to my list of favourites right now - that's TV advertising for you... ;)

I know - the songs are a bit slow and all that, not to mention the lyrics (but I love the songs mostly for the melody) ... :) But I am also listening to a lot of more upbeat and faster songs... LOVING this one from Take That ... ;)

Current playlist on my MP3 Player:

James Morrison - Please don't stop the rain
Lady Gaga - Poker Face
Jason Mranz feat. James Morrison - Details in the Fabric
Andrew Gold - Oh What a lonely boy
Bowling for Soup - Stacy's Mom
ELO - Mr Blue Sky
Gavin Rossdale - Adrenaline
Gavin Rossdale - Love Remains the Same
Girls Aloud - The loving kind
James Blunt - Carry you home
James Morrison feat Nelly Furtado - Broken Strings
James Morrison - You give me Something
Jared Segal - Over me
Katy Perry - Hot N Cold
Kings of Leon - Use somebody
Natalie Imbruglia - Torn (Can't listen to that without thinking of the "Mime" Version by David Armand though - LOL)
Natasha Bedingfield - Unwritten
New Radicals - You get what you give
Newton Faulkner - Dream Catch me
Ne Yo - Closer
Ne Yo - Mad
Ne Yo - Miss Independent
Ne Yo - Single
O.A.R. - Shattered (Turn the Car Around)
One Republic - Stop and Stare
Pink - So What
Rascal Flatts - Waiting all my life
Rascal Flatts - Here Comes Goodbye
Rascal Flatts - What hurts the Most
Rascal Flatts - I'm Moving on
Rascal Flatts - See me through
Rascal Flatts - While you loved me
Take That -Rule The World
The All American Rejects - Kiss yourself goodbye
The Hoosiers - Goodbye Mr A
The Script - Breakeven
The Silencers - I can feel it


(of Wolves TV and Wolves Home Games Fame!! :) )
There are a couple more I don't have yet, like "Please don't leave me - Pink" and of course more songs from Rascal Flatts. :)

Sooo... what's your current playlist?? :)

Sunday, 5 July 2009

What a day!!

I am still totally knackered - yesterday was a looong day again, with Junior game in the morning and Seniors kicking off against the Manchester Titans at 2:30pm.

I had agreed with management that I would like to get time off "behind the scenes" duties from 12pm onwards so I could give my full attention to taping, giving DTM (Deep tissue massage) etc, so this time I missed watching our Juniors playing against the Clyde Valley Falcons. This was a bonus game (i.e. outwith the tournaments and as such won't be counted for the standings) and with the beginning of the summer holidays we had depleted numbers and several (if not all) players were playing both ways.

BUT the final result was 56 - 19, and that's against one of the top 2 Scottish Junior Teams. Because of our squad being nearly all rookies to the sport this year - we have graduated our star players to the Forth Valley Fusion this season - and our juniors being smaller than the West coast guys and even Inverness (what are they FEEDING them over there??? ;) ) we are still finding our feet. Our coaches see the desire to win and the improvements in our rookie squad though and are proud of our "Cubs".

As for the seniors game - it was dubbed the "Battle of the Soaps", due to Ricky Whittle (Hollyoaks' Calvin Valentine) playing for the Titans (and not just for a publicity stunt - that guy can play!) and our own John "Wombat" Wilmore hailing from the same town as "Neighbours", Melbourne AUS.

A hot and sunny day, and fortunately the forecast for heavy showers around 4pm didn't come true! We had a good ref crew, got good marks on the "Slavin Award" audit - just a shame our team didn't beat the Titans (who are still undefeated, mind, and a strong contender for Playoffs of the Div 2 North). Luke (668 x 749)

But yet again one of our rookies of 2009 (rookies to the sport I hasten to add!!) put all in and will make the headlines (Edinburgh Evening News, at least online if not on paper!)!! ;) Luke Jeacock (#52) picked up a fumble recovery in the 3rd Q and ran it in for a touchdown!!

This stayed the only score for the Wolves as we couldn't convert the PAT (Point after Touchdown - i.e. kick from Billy Mitchell) and didn't get more points on the board.

Our current position in our Division is 3rd (a big tumble from 1st just before our game against the Tigers a couple of weeks ago). Because of our points conceded we're even below the Clyde Valley Blackhawks even though we won against them (it's a weird mathematical thing!).

Our aim now is to win all remaining 3 regular games. We definitely have to WIN the games against the Tigers (away on 12th July) and the Blackhawks (home at 1st August) by more than 1 score between their points gained to be back on the top of the division and make it to the playoffs.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

"Heatwave" is taking its toll...

Never thought I'd say that, after me going to Florida fairly regularly for holiday, having lived for most of my life in warmer climate (well... about 5-10 degrees warmer than here on average, and summer temps over 30 degrees no rarity!).

The stupid tickly cough doesn't help of course... when I woke up this morning I felt like a lead weight on my chest - which from experience is a signal of asthma problems. I didn't have an attack or anything, but I contacted work and switched my day today for Friday ... I don't like being out of the house when such a situation occurs (and - to be fair - it hasn't happened that often, maybe once per year now). Fortunately, my boss is ok with that (maybe not too happy, but ok).

I think it's the muggy weather right now ... doesn't work for me. And it doesn't help that I am very sensitive when it comes to cigarette smoke, and we have several neighbours who smoke outside on their patios ... :( And right now I can smell it up here in the bedroom. :(

Currently staying in bed but hope that I'll be fine later to do the last finishing touches to the Chinese Whisper so Pauline is getting it asap.