Friday, December 22, 2006

Happy Feet

Me and Ollie joined our friends at the pictures today to see Happy Feet. The kids all loved it but the three of us 'big girls' thought it was a little bit overated (sorry!). The sound track is fab though and I did get a little goosebump when all the penguins were dancing *blush* They did advertise Night at the Museum, which I really want to see.

All food and pressie shopping is done so now it is family time - woo hoo! We're all off to Bolton Abbey tomorrow (my fav place on earth!) to catch the Thomas train, with Santa. Work have booked a carriage with prebooked tickets - so should be fab! Then we're going to Harrogate for any last minute pressies. As always at this time of year I realise I have focused on all my friends and family, I have completely forgotten DH! He is brilliant at buying pressies so I always feel guilty on christmas day cos I get amazing pressies and he gets the 'OMG I forgot to buy him anything' pressies lol!

Annoyingly I did buy him something he really wanted from t'internet but it hasn't arrived and of course he doesn't believe me!

He did say last night though he enjoys spoiling me at christmas so I should just accept it, plus he doesn't spoil me during the rest of the year (except he does ;o)) - so I may just accept the spoiling and not feel the guilts.....................wouldn't you? xxx

Plus sis and bil are on their way - so perfect christmas all round this year ;o)

Wednesday, December 20, 2006


Not just flu it seems - yukky!! Lots of vomit too! But all sorted and lovely now! We went to the panto in Bradford yesterday. His first ever and mine in about 20 years!!! Was fab. Billy Pearce was Aladdin and he was brilliant! Has not changed a bit! Ol liked it and booed and hissed etc - just didn't like it when Princess Yasmin sang.

Today has been a great day. Pub for lunch with some friends from work. Ollie loves going to the pub - always tells daddy (even though he is told not to lol!). Then this afternoon have picked up Paula's little boy from nursery early so he could come round to play. Paula will then pick him up after work. 27 minutes and counting lol! Was just saying to Sue, how to people do this all the time! I can manage billions of £'s worth of assests but two children (4 and 5) I struggle! We agreed in order to do this with lot's of children you have to be as bonkers as Em!!

Going to attempt an exploding box tonight (again!) so will maybe let you see it - depending on what it turns out like ;o))


Sunday, December 17, 2006

Birthday boy!

Well we had our party yesterday and it was fabby! Most of the kids turned up and Ol was overwhelmed by it all to begin with. I couldn't believe how many of the parents left their kids and said they would come back in 2 hours! I would never do that! but ho hum each to their own.....

There were a few bumps and tears but mostly it went well and he had a great time.

Then today we woke up to a VERY poorly baby ;o(. It looks like a case of flu - is very hot (101 degrees atm!) He slept for most of the day and his pressies from grandma's etc are still in the boxes - so we know he most be very sick! Lots of calpol and juice, oh and kisses lol!

What upsets me most is he was really poorly last year with a sickness bug that someone bought into nursery (quite openly in fact!) and he threw up all during his bday and xmas! So this year we said we would do something really special to make up for that and he is ill AGAIN! I know a couple of the mods felt that kids get poorly all the time and he will get better, which I do know. But why does it always happen on his bloody birthday?!! I think he was poorly during the week but we were just so busy it didn't 'come out' until today................big hugs for baby! But he is 5 now, so is such a big boy (hug).

Friday, December 15, 2006

Friday Feeling!!

I finished work today and Ol finished school - until 2nd January!! I am so excited! Today was a weird day. My dept has been audited and has received quite a bad grade. The findings are things I have been telling the Exec for months and no-one listened and no-one helped.

Today I was called into a meeting by three 'Heads of' who all apologised for leaving me and not supporting me and they promised to change things in the new year. I felt like a great weight had been lifted!!! I could myself filling up but managed to remain some level of professionalism lol! I was so happy - how sad is that!

Then I got home and had a fab phone call with Sue, except she probably didn't think so ooops!

Had a tough night with the child! He is so tired he has turned into the whinge monster from hell!! He told me tonight he wished I was dead, then spent an hour sobbing and telling me he loved me............bless him! He has talked about death all night, I did stuggle when he asked if me and daddy died who would look after him! He looked so sad and I really didn't know what to say! It is catch 22 - do you say don't worry that would never happen (because we don't know that it won't happen) or do you answer his question? I did the honerable and perfect mother thing...............completely fobbed him of and changed the subject! Then he asked when people die does everyone come back two days later, like Jesus did! Why do children ask such difficult bloody questions!

Think of me tomorrow - birthday party with 17 of them! Arrggghhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Thursday, December 14, 2006


Was Val's funeral. Was a very sad day, especially watching a man bury the woman who he adores and just looks so lost without her. I was ok until the Celine Dion song came on and then I went ;o( but my friends will be very proud of me cos I had a good ole cry instead of holding it in and being brave!

The words are so meaningful that I have never really noticed the sentiment before:
For all those times you stood by me
For all the truth that you made me see
For all the joy you brought to my life
For all the wrong that you made right
For every dream you made come true
For all the love I found in you
I'll be forever thankful baby
You're the one who held me up
Never let me fall
You're the one who saw me through through it all
You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn't speak
You were my eyes when I couldn't see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn't reach
You gave me faith 'coz you believed
I'm everything I am
Because you loved me
You gave me wings and made me fly
You touched my hand I could touch the sky
I lost my faith, you gave it back to me
You said no star was out of reach
You stood by me and I stood tall
I had your love I had it all
I'm grateful for each day you gave me
Maybe I don't know that much
But I know this much is true
I was blessed because I was loved by you
You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn't speak
You were my eyes when I couldn't see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn't reach
You gave me faith 'coz you believed
I'm everything I am
Because you loved me
You were always there for me
The tender wind that carried me
A light in the dark shining your love into my life
You've been my inspiration
Through the lies you were the truth
My world is a better place because of you
You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn't speak
You were my eyes when I couldn't see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn't reach
You gave me faith 'coz you believed
I'm everything I am
Because you loved me
I'm everything I am
Because you loved me

A perfect song for a perfect lady - RIP Val xxx

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Out the other side!


Some stuff has been really bad lately and in my usual style I have gone into my little caccoon and refused to accept or talk about it! BUT I am out the other side now and all ok - phew!!

So what has been happening? ol has been doing his nativity play - mummy and daddy are going tomorrow night. Very excited. Grandma went today and said he did his two lines very well (he is a shepherd) but yawned through most of it lol! Also it has been videoed so ready to watch that on ITV when it's on.

I have finished most of my pressies and the cards are all done and sent - with the exception of two which I have lost the addy's for *blush* but they will be sent soon.

Pressies all done and mostly wrapped. So all those people who mocked me for being too anally organised with my lists..............all I can say is.................nah nah nah nah nah ;o) x

Oh good news I forgot to tell you about is that Joey's little girl did not have cancer, thank god. They did test for it and were going to treat it with chemo but one of the consultants was not happy with something on the results so sent a biopsy to New York. Came back not cancerous - so happy tears all round. She really is a brave little girl and as for daddy, just amazes me everyday. A single father who is so devoted to his child - makes me proud ;o)

At the moment DH is wrapping DS's pressies. He has his birthday so close to christmas it seems a shame sometimes. But this year he has so much stuff. Funnily alot of it is stuff DH says he never got to play with as a child....................wonder who some of these pressies are really for lol! There is a definate dinosaur, batman, lego theme for christmas and cars, Power rangers and transformers theme for birthday!

I may have made a bit of a mistake this year! Last year I booked a party at a themed place which was about 40 mins drive from here. As it was the last Sat before xmas, most of the kids from nursery that we invited couldn't make it. So I had to cancel it and have the party at home. This year I was determined not to have to do that again, so I booked Fun Planet which is a bit like Wacky Warehouse. But to make sure he had lots of friends there, we invited quite alot of his class aiming on 40 / 50% not coming so it is so close to chrimbo and the day after breaking up for far we have 17 coming with 4 still to reply!!! OMG it is going to cost us a bloody fortune!!!! Such a difference between nursery and school! Everyone is so excited about it and the mothers have all asked what kind of things he likes and is it ok to get him such and such. Nursery, never got anything like that! I've just broken the news to Dh that it is £7 per head and how many are coming - he's gone very quiet lol!!!

Friday, December 08, 2006

Fab day!

Am concious my last few posts have been blurgh so wanted to tell you about a fab morning I had on Tuesday. I went into school and spent a morning making christmas cards with the kids. 27 of them to be exact!!

It was a great day. Really let me stop and smell the roses, if you know what I mean!! They are so fab cos they just don't have any hang ups or issues. Except the two girls who had a heated arguement on who's xmas tree was better, Chloe's who's was green and Naomi's who's was pink (of course I secretly agreed with Naomi ;o)) Mrs O was really grateful and I've been pre-booked for Valentines, Mother's Day and Easter!!!

Think of me tomorrow - we have Tim's birthday party in the morning (pirate party where O is dressing up as Jack Sparrow lol!) and then Jacob's party in the afternoon!!! Oh and then work's xmas party on Sunday! Three nights out next week and then his party on Saturday! My 4 year old has a better social life than me!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Birthday box

I have FINALLY finished my sister's birthday box!!

Thank you Sue W for the letters (especially APR when I decided to change the original colour scheme *blush*) and Sue F for the halloween bits.xxxxx

A friend, Little Val

A family friend 'Little Val' died yesterday - may she rest in peace, one of the strongest and bravest women I have ever met.


Monday, December 04, 2006


I survived today - with a little help from my friends ;o)

Nothing more to say, but maybe I will have one day.............

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Was I naughty?

Well............let's just say Art from the Heart were there and they had all their Blonde Moments yeah I bloody was naughty!!

(and there were tons of bead stalls - so was even badder than that ;o))

Friday, November 24, 2006

I'm ok

I've been having lots of tests lately, cos there is something not right - but all the 'nasty' tests have come back normal, so it seems whatever I have is just your bog standard stuff woo hoo!!

I had a great chat with an old lost friend last night, which I really enjoyed. Glad we did xxx

Off to Harrogate tomorrow to the Knitting and Stitching show, which has knitting and stitching but also TONS of card making and beady stuff so am a bit excited!

I have made tons of stuff, all of which I am quite proud of! But I can't show you cos some of it is for sneaky beaks who I do not want to see their pressies before chrimbo - so I'll have to show you them after ;o)

Melissa got her beadies that I made for her and I think she quite likes them! Which is a relief as I always worry when I have sent them off and I am waiting for the response - phew lol!

Anyway, see you tomorrow when I have spent a day being inspired and spending too much money!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

And we're off!!

We all sent our Circle Journals out yesterday and I got Sarah's today. To say it is amazing is an understatement!! I am so freaked out that I am next in the book lol!!

It has been (mostly) such good fun and I am really enjoying it - even if I am freaking!! We are certainly going to be tested to the limit! Confidence is at an all time low, so my friends are going to strangle me by the end of this!

Leadership conference tomorrow (no longer called Management Conference as we are Leaders not Managers...................blurgh!!). The new MD is certainly stamping his mark on the place - can't wait for the question and answer session! (as well as the party tomorrow night ;o))

Rob is clear from cancer - flipping fantastic news. I had a horrible thought it was going to be one of those heartbreaking love stories. My sister finally finds her soul mate and he is diagnosed with cancer (again) but noooooooooooooooo he is ok (thanks up there!). I am very worried about Joey. I mentioned his little girl was poorly but they left for Florida so I assumed all is ok. Well it isn't ;o(

One good thing about the conference is I get to drive for an hour with my new Pink cd - why have I not listened to her before? She is fab!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

I've been spoilt!

Other than the fact they are very caring people, there is another benefit of having crafty friends - you get amazing birthday pressies!!

I got a fab post it pad and xmas card kit from Sue, an original Carol M candle and a die, the most amazing waterfall book from Kathy (which I was admiring yesterday on her blog little knowing I was going to get it for my birthday!) and some jewellery from Em. Now Em says she is not a beader but they were gorgeous! And her card made me blub!

And lots of beautiful cards from my BC1 friends.

Thank you everyone - made me feel very special xxxx

Circle Journal

Here is my attempt! My standard isn't very high - but I enjoyed doing it!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

So busy!!

Sorry - I haven't updated a while (again!!).

What have I been doing................?

Max's 2nd birthday party on Saturday. He is so cool! I know I am biased cos he's my godson, but he is a dude! Bex made me a little cake too and I got balloons too (cos me and Max have a joint bday party!).

It was Sue's weekend challenge this weekend and it has been so fantastic on the forum! So busy and everyone crafting - ace! I managed to do some - not all of them which was the aim ;o( but some of them. And am now determined to do Gail and Rob some coasters for chrimbo.

Have had my blood pressure taken today and it is still too high - so blood test and ECG tomorrow - happy birthday to me!! Oh and I may not have any choice in the old stress and work thingy....

Oooooooooh and Ollie is a shepard in the Nativity Play and he has got a line! 'We are the three shepard's' How chuffed am I and how much am I going to sob!! He also might be on tele. ITV are doing a religous documentry on his school on how RE was taught 50 years ago and now in present day. So I'll let you know lol!

Also I was talking to his teacher today and I mentioned I did card making and have now somehow managed to offer to do a card making session with the class in time for chrimbo..........................WHY?!!!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

My poor baby!

Will someone please tell my child not to bounce on his bed and do a 'geronimo' jump - unless there is someone there to catch you!!!

All I could think of was what a great scrapbook page it would make - I know, I am an awful mother lol!!

How sad does he look? ;o(

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Catch up!

Sorry blog - its been a while!!

Saturday was the Stamp Man demo day. I was a bit nervous on this one cos usually I am given a design to show people how to make. This time it was a 'what would you like to do' table - which basically meant they sat there and said 'I dunno' and I had to think of something to show them!! They all seemed happy and so did the boss, so I must've done ok!!

Sunday was bonfire night. We went to the village where Ol goes to school, which was lovely. a couple of fireworks went a bit haywire which was a tadge worrying but no-one got impailed on a rocket - so overall a good night lol!

Today was our first ever Parents Evening. He did good and Mrs O was very pleased with him. She said he is a serious little boy who thinks very hard about things. He tells very interesting facts (usually pointing his finger!) and obviously knows everything there is to know about dinosaurs!! One thing she did mentioned was his amazing ability to get ready for PE. Now I am very proud if this cos my friend Em mentioned ages ago that in her job, she has a nightmare when kids don't know how to undress and dress themselves. So we have practised (*blush*) and now he can do it really well. So Mrs O thanked me for making her life easier - I am sooooooo chuffed! How sad is that! lol! DH thinks its hysterical and he says he's going to get me a lollipop tomorrow!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Happy Birthday!

To my hubby!! We both took a day off work and went shopping in Ikea for house stuff (got loads of bits for my craft room but he refused to buy me a lava lamp - think I may have pushed him too far with that one ;o) ) and then Toys R Us for chrimbo pressies - which we are all finished for the children in our lives (marvellous!!).

Tomorrow we are doing the adults pressies and then we are done!! No idea why we are blitzing them - but while we feel like it we may as well!

What a way to spend your birthday! Think he is just getting old lol!

Stamp Man demo day on Saturday. Getting nervous now as am doing something a bit different!! Oh well, I am a glutton for punishment!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Mixed Emotions

Well, we have been waiting for a court summons for a while now........I didn't tell you what happened with the nutty neighbour! It involved him screaming and shouting at me and my boy in the middle of the street - threatening and f'ing and blinding (to the point my 4 year old asked me what a c**t was!!!). So last night we got a missed recorded delivery notice through the door to 'The occupiers of .....' - so that's it we thought. I went to pick it up today and it is a letter from next door. Telling us he would like to resolve this issue and he would like us to confirm in writing to promise to pay towards some of the replacement fence should we ever need to replace it in the future.

Funny, 5 weeks ago he wanted a brand new 6 foot fence all the way down his drive and we had to pay 100% of it.

We thinks he has been to see a solicitor lol!! It is the biggest backtrack on record!!!! No wonder he hasn't spoken to us in 5 weeks!

Then I got to work and my fab new boss told me she has been seconded to a major project and today was her last day. She has only been my boss for about 4 months. Before this I had the boss from HELL!! He was awful - but I love my job so I was in catch 22. Then I get a great one but I suppose that is the problem having a great boss, the MD will want her managing the biggest most important project in the company!!! It is a massive job for her and yay for girl power!!

My new one from tomorrow is ok, I know him quite well and he knows nothing about disaster recovery - which keeps me 'in there' ;o)

So a sad and happy day.

We have both agreed we feel like a weight has been lifted off our shoulders - the law is on our side wooooooooo hoooooooooo!

And I have just a promise to a friend not to look at something cos it will spoil a surprise - and it is very hard not to look and I have another 14 days not to look yet!!

Monday, October 30, 2006


My sister and bil drove for 7 hours to the hospital appointment to be told the machine was broken 'didn't anyone ring you'?!! To say they weren't happy was an understatement! They have to go back next week now grrrrr!

I have also had my first meeting with my new MD at work. He is a scary man! We lovingly call him the 'ballbreaker'. He is calling us in one by one. So far the people leaving are either very pale - or sobbing like babies!!

Well I was in there for an hour and I have to say.............I quite like him! We got on ok and we left it if I needed anything from him to get people to do what I want them to - I only have to ask! My job is annoying cos no-one wants to do what I ask them to do but then a disaster happens and everyone looks to me to save them!! (not literally, only in the business sense!!). We'll see though - not going to say he is fab, cos I haven't called on him for anything yet ;o)

I have a nickname too - but couldn't possibly say lol! They think I don't know what they call me lol!

Am now laughing about a conversation me and Bex have had on msn - I got her really good, bless her. And on her birthday - what a meany I am!!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

We love Camelot!!

We left our house at 8.00a. and got home at 9.30pm!! Knackered but had a great day. The kids ran around like maniacs, and went on every ride they could! Paula had to take Ollie on most of the fast / upside down ones - but that just means he loves her even more!

One funny bit, we'd just finished our fish and chips and walked past a little ride of balloons with little baskets, just going round slowly by the ground - so we thought, lovely. So on we gets - except we had only seen the end of the ride, not the mind numbing terror of what it really was! A good 80 foot in the air going round so fast and up and down. How I kept the fish and chips in is a miracle! Helen went a very funny colour and Paula just went very quiet. Of course all of the children thought it was fab!!

Have just sent Carol all my entries to the Crafts by Carolyn big comp. I am going for the 'send tons of entries and at some point someone might like the stuff' approach ;o) It is great to feel so crafty again, especially on the forum. The Mods bit is buzzing and there are so many ideas going on - feels like we have turned a corner. Fabby!

Friday, October 27, 2006

Bex's Challenge number 12

OMG - I've done one!!

Now I know

How to insert a piccy (thanks Bex and Carol!) here's my mum's bday card.

I'll be putting some more on but this is more of a test than anything else lol!

Well I've been very bored at work today so have organised myself into writing my Circle Journal to do list and I feel much happier!! Have also just been sent a little taster of someone else's and have now got a major panic on!!

Work wise I am very p'd off today. I booked this week off, fair and square. My 'colleague' who I do not get on well with did not. But her daughter is at home yesterday and today back from boarding school (she is 17) so I feel guilty and offer to go in today so she can spend the day with her - do I get a thank you? do I bugger!!! I have also got all of christmas off and Feb half term next year - don't think I'll be offering again lol!!

Wish me luck tomorrow - we're off on another work's day out. This time to Camelot to a Spooky Spectacular, including a firework display. To say Ollie is obsessed about Halloween is an understatement! He asks in June if it's nearly Halloween ;o) Don't worry about christmas or birthday - only Halloween...... Mum has made him a new cape and hat and he looks fab in it (photo tomorrow maybe!!)

And a very good friend has helped me through a really hard and difficult day today. I am so lucky to have such good friends (hug)

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

I'm jiggered!

Went to our Londonderry office yesterday - which means leaving home at 4.00am and getting there for 9.00am, a day off meetings and then home by 9.00pm - so am completely knackered now!!

Ollie had a lovely day with grandma and grandad yesterday, they went to the farm and did pumpkin carving, with 200 other children apparently!!

We've had a nice day today, went to Bex's house and played for most of the day! I am really enojoying this half term, my little man is a pleasure to be with and I am having so much fun with him.

I did get one phone call, one of my close family members had kidney cancer about 5 years ago and had one of their kidneys removed. Well their regular check up has shown abnormalaties and he is in pain again, so things are not looking good. Well, we'll find out on Monday ;o(

Off to make a birthday card for my mum. I hate making family member cards - always feel more pressure on those!!

Do me a favour tonight - give a kiss to someone you love, make the most of them.


Sunday, October 22, 2006

What a rollercoaster!!

This weekend has been very busy and quite emotional!!

Yesterday afternoon, me and Bex took the boys to the pictures to see Barnyard. It was really nice cos Ol and Tim sat in front of us and I got to cuddle Max. It was Max's first time and apparently as godmother, it was my duty to make sure I was with him! He did really well, to say he is 2 next month! They all laughed at the rudie adult jokes but me and Bex were hoping they didn't really understand them!

Then I went out to Lisa's house at night. There are a bunch of us that don't meet very often but when we do I always have a great time. There were six of us last night and we went with some wine and got a chinese (my fav!). Lisa announced she is pregnant, which is wonderful! Then she told us there were some complications so things may not be ok - she is going to the Specialist on Monday.

Then I heard about a friend who went into labour with twins yesterday. Only one made it through. How do I make a card for one and sympathy for the other?

Then we worked out that out of 6 of us aged 40 and under, 3 are having some kind of cancer treatment. That is so scary!!

But before we knew it, it was 1.30am and we had nattered since 8.00pm!! I love girly nights in, you remember you are not on your own and you have really good friends. And of course lots of wine and food helps too ;o)

Then today a cyber friend has just given me some good news, in fact the best news you can hear from a friend! So now I am back on a high!

Friday, October 20, 2006

Well it turns out she was stronger than me ;o)

What a day! Have spent all day interviewing and met two really nice people and two nightmare's!! Easy decision to make though - so jobs offered!

I'm very proud of myself that I have done quite a few entries for the CBC Comp - just now have to photograph them all and get them sent in! It's so good to be crafty again, I can feel my stress levels reducing already! Just have to do a scrapbook page and I'm all done.

Talking of stress, I now have to have my blood pressure taken every fortnight cos it is too high. I have two more chances of it being below a certain amount and then I have to have ECG tests etc - so no problems about getting my blood pressure down then!! They really know how to calm you down!

Well that's it for today. Our first ever half term is upon us and I have planned things for most of the days - so I may just be knackered by this time next week (and alot poorer!).

Thursday, October 19, 2006

New start

I've been thinking of restarting this bloggy thing for a while and just haven't got round to it - so sorry for the delay!!

Extension now finished you'll be pleased to know! I now have the house of my dreams.

Neighbour is completely bonkers - now screams at us in the middle of the street! Don't think it helps that our solicitor has told him to 'bog off'! Nice man!

Friends - now that is a subject I'm going to avoid, lets just say I now know who they are! Update - I've actually just come back to edit this after reading Saffa's blog. I actually already knew who they were and I am thankful everyday for that. But in all of the recent 'troubles' I feel like I have lost a really good friend and I wish I was strong enough to say 'hi' but I'm not! And also recent events made me do something that I have never ever done in my life!! I backed down and contacted someone who I had fallen out with (over something petty really) and asked if we could put it all behind us. Luckily she said yes! But I was suprised by how good it actually made me feel - I should admit I'm wrong more often! (not too bloody often though iykwim!!).

Work is good. Interviewing this week - god I hate doing those! But I am so desperate for staff I'll take anyone at the moment! If they turn up, they get 10 points in the first place ;o)

Biggest news is that my little baby has started school!! He loves it, has settled in really well. Seems to have found his voice too which is great. he is so quiet and shy, I always worry he is going to be forgotten in the corner (hug) but his teacher (who is now on the same hero level as Batman!!) says he is getting bigger and stronger everyday. It was his harvest festival a week or so ago. All reception class went to the front and sang a song about vegetables - my man was a marrow! I wept like a baby - which is fab cos I didn't cry on his first day and felt guilty all day for not crying!!

One of my friends is having a tough time with his daughter and has been told he must go straight back to the hospital to discuss results of some tests. BUT he's now gone to Florida for a fortnight and hasn't told me what the doc said - so now I'm panicking!

Speaking of Florida, Sue is there on honeymoon now - so Sue if you see Joey can you ask him what the doc said?!

Monday, July 31, 2006

We have a ...........


Just waiting for the windows and then the dust and crap really starts!!

Good day today, now getting lot's of support from my new manager so no longer feel horrible when at work ;o)

Think of me tomorrow, going on a coach for 2.5 hours to a craft mill with my mother - why did I say yes I would go?!! Loaded tons of new stuff on the MP3 player so that will help!

Sunday, July 30, 2006

This weekend......

Friday involved us going to the Farm with a friend and her 3 year old son. I really like going out with Lisa and Jacob, and the Farm is the best place on earth! You get to hold rabbits and guinea pigs and piglets and loads of other things!

Jacob was diagnosed with Autism last week, which just breaks my heart. he is the sweetest little boy I know and Lisa is one of the best mothers I have ever met.

It helped me to put things into perspective. Ho hum...........

Anyway, Saturday we had a family day out. We went shopping in Knaresborough and had a fabby time. Also got to go to Matalan's and redo all of Ollie's wardrobe for £30!!! BARGAIN!

Today has been a nice relaxing day. Although my best mate Bex had pulled a blinder that I'm not sure I can forgive her for! Every Sunday afternoon we go to their house or they come here. We have done that since we met at our Anti natal classes. Timmy and Ollie were born in the room next door to each other and they genuinly adore each other - always have and they play so nicely together. I am godmother to Bex's second son Max, who is one of the cheekiest little baby I have ever met! He is fantastic and he's only 1 and a half - cannot wait until he's 5!!! Anyway, she sent me a text this morning to say unfortunately we couldn't meet up today but she wouldn't tell me why - so I eventually got it out of her.

They were picking up their 12 week old Brichon Frise - OMG!!! We have just managed to convince my 4 year old that you are not allowed to have puppies until you are 10 years old. He has accepted this and has said he will wait until he is old enough. Now his best friend, who is also 4, has got one! He doesn't know yet - can't wait for next Sunday now!

Well, till next time - take care and try and put your 'things' into perspective too. One day with Jacob would help............

Thursday, July 27, 2006


I've been having a nice time lately. Went out for a meal with my new team last night which was good. Second week of neighbours holiday so no hassle there and the builders are so determined to finish this job quickly!!! Family issues but nothing that can't be sorted (with a big stick).

Some friends are not so happy and that makes me sad ;o( There feels alot of tension around at the moment too so the sooner this heatwave breaks the better! Lots of arguements going on too, which is never a good thing. Witnessed a corker today at work - just glad I wasn't involved!!!!

Ollie has been referred to a Specialist Speech Therapist rather than the 'bog standard' one that we see already. I have to keep a diary now - so will have to remember to write it!! We have to monitor 10 mins everyday at different situations to see what happens........

Well if you are sad I hope you find your smile, if you are angry I hope you sort things out and if you are happy I hope it stays!!!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Rachel's challenge

My favourite word is 'squidgy'. Be it squidgy hug, squidgy kiss etc etc.

My Ollie is affectionately known as Squidgy Bum!! At four years old it is cute (as is his bum!!) but I must remember not to call him it when he is 16 years old with all his mates round!!! Or maybe I should as that is what mother's do..............;o)

Friday, July 21, 2006

I have a challenge!!

Well I have a challenge for you - if you could chose your own name, what would it be and why............

Consider yourself tagged!!

PS Had a nice day today, lots of playtime and kisses = fab!! And hubby is getting me a chinese later - woo hoo!!!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Kel's challenge

Four things about ...Lisa

A ) Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. Saturday girl in Co-op shoe shop
2. Saturday girl in pet shop
3. Lots of bar work
4. Cleaner for Narrow Boat company

B ) Four movies you would watch over and over:
1. Pirates of the Carribean
2.Dirty Dozen
3. Footloose
4. Blues Brothers

C ) Four places you have lived:
1. Birmingham (left when I was 6 months old)
2. Weston-super-Mare (forever will be where I'm from)
3. Wokingham in Berks (hated it!)
4. Skipton (love it!)

D ) Four TV shows you love to watch:
1. Lost
2. Buffy
3. Angel
4. Top Gear!

E ) Places I have been on holiday:
1. Florida
2. New York
3. Spain
4. France
(all when I was younger - now mainly do Scotland, Wales and the Lakes!!)

F ) Four websites you visit daily:
1. Carolyn's
2. Kirsty Wiseman's Blog
3. Friend's blogs
4. Work ones but they're very boring!

G ) Four of my favourite foods:
1. Italian
2. Chinese
3. Salmon
4. Roast dinner

H ) Four places I would rather be right now:
1. I'm quite happy being here actually!
2. If not, at a forum meet!
3. Or.......Canada
4. Somewhere a bit cooler!

Jane's Challenge

Gone on a blind date -NO
Skipped school -YES
Seen someone die -NO
Snuck out of your parent's house -YES
Been in love- OH YES!
Been dumped - YES!
Been laid off/fired -NO
Quit your job YES (only the part time ones that got me through Uni)
Been in a fist fight?- NO
Had feelings for someone who didn't have them back -YES
Been arrested -YES
Been to Canada -NO (but am obsessed with going to Bannf)
Been to Mexico -NO
Been on the opposite side of the world -NO
Been to Paris - NO
Cried yourself to sleep -YES
Played cops and robbers -NO
Recently coloured with crayons -YES
Sang karaoke -YES
Paid for a meal with only coins - NO
Done something you told yourself you wouldn't -YES
Made prank phone calls - YES (but was very young!)
Caught a snowflake on your tongue -YES
Danced like nobody was watching -YES
Been kissed under the mistletoe -YES
Watched the sun rise with someone you care about -NO (but keep meaning to cos I think I should!)
Blown bubbles -YES
Crashed a party -NO
Gone roller-skating-YES
Ice-skating -YES (terrified though!)
Crashed a car -NO
Swam in the ocean -NO (but yes to the sea!)
Felt like dying -NO
Made a bonfire on the beach -YES
Drank so much you threw up -OH OH YES!
Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose -YES
Knitted -YES (a long time with Grandma)
Skinny dipped -NO

It's been a while....!

Well, I thought I would give you all a break from my moaning to give me time to put things into perspective - and its worked!!

What has happened since last time?

The gas board advised us that our pipe went under 'his' drive and the only way to move our stuff was to dig up his drive!!! OMG!! So the nice gas man rang hubby and mentioned what an absolute XXXX this man was and was there anything he could do to help. I think the fact that he said 'don't worry, I'll refuse to like what you've done and order them to pay for a new drive for me'!! So our builder came up with a cunning plan to stop the build and go through our side. It means we don't have any gas but the only thing we use gas for is the heating - which I don't think we need at the moment!! So we did that and he was absolutley GUTTED!!

Then the builder asked if he would mind if we put some scaffolding on his drive. He said no, as long as the builder did some jobs for him. Now I've seen the list of these things and they were outrageous!! So the builder said not to bother and again his face was a picture. He then said, well they didn't put the notice of the start of work into writing so I'm going to stop the work for 31 days. The Planning and Enforcement Office have told us that they will not stop the build cos they like us and hate him and our solicitor has said to carry on - so that's what we're doing and we'll see him in court!! They're on holiday at the moment so lovely peace and quiet! As I say everyday, thank god we're not attached to him - can you imagine?!

The other bombshell is an adored loved one has been told the IVF hasn't worked and won't do. She needs to have eggs implanted. Now she is on the waiting list that is 12 months - UNLESS she can get me to donate some and she goes to the top of the list!! Thing is, maybe I want another one at some point and I have had to decide which one to do - the hardest decision I think I have ever had to make. A very good friend helped me through the darkest times and now I think I know the right thing to do..............I think so anyway!!

Good news today - got back in touch with Jo. She was a very good friend and I loved her hubby too. We all used to work together and it was fab. We had a big misunderstanding when baba was born and haven't really spoken since. All kissed and made up today and agreed we were both a 'pair of prats'!!

Quite hot here today!! I hate this weather - love Autumn passionately!!

Well there you go. Kathy said blogging was for letting it all out and I have!!

Oooooh forgot to say have nearly finished the nursery girls leaving pressies. I just have one more to make, I'm going to alter a notice thingy but I have seen Sue's and Lythan's and am not sure mine could ever look that good!! But I'll let you see it!

(Once I figure out how to put piccies on!).

One more thing, I was asked to make a jewellery set for a 21st birthday last week. She got given it yesterday and cried when she opened it - how cool do I feel?!!!

See y'all soon!


Wednesday, July 05, 2006

What a day!!

School went very well, they said he was quiet but joined in and seemed to have fun. Then we went to go to the Wiggles. Bus was late. Went via Bradford to Manchester - very long way round! Got to Manchester, got lost and we managed to see the last 20 mins of the concert ;o(

The kids were ok cos the 20 mins was fantastic but we all knew they should've been there for an hour and 10 mins instead! So 5 hours on a coach with no air conditioning, for 20 mins and the driver never even apologised!

Sorry all I ever seem to blog is moans!

Nite nite all!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Kathy's challenge

I've been thinking about this one (songs that make you go Ahhhh) and I'm having trouble!!

My all time favourite cd is Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Elton John. Harmony and Roy Rodgers are my fav on there. Then you have the fun summer ones - Walking on Sunshine, Layla, any Beach Boys! etc etc.

Then you have the ones that have special memories for you - Groovy Kind of Love, Spirit in the Sky, Almaz, etc etc.

Then you have the ones where you turn up the volume, Fighter - Christina, Red Hot Chillis, Pump It - Black Eyed Peas.....

Oh I don't know - I can't answer this challenge Kathy - sorry!! Too many songs make me go ahhh!


The extension saga continues but I won't go on about it cos apparently its getting a bit boring!! Ain't friends great!!

Not much to update you on apart from me and Ollie's fabby day tomorrow. In the morning Ollie is going to his primary school for two hours. He seems a bit nervous but is being very brave! Then in the afternoon we are going to Manchester on a works trip to see the Wiggles in concert.

To say I am excited is an understatement! For those without a clue of who I am talking about - the Wiggles are 4 Australian blokes (very camp) who sing and dance and are fantastic!! Three of us going are Execs and we have been warned photos will be taken if we get up and dance - sod them, I'm going to dance and sing like never before!

Oh one more thing. In the last few days my friends on Carolyn's have really cheered me up. I got a parcel from Kathy with loads of ace prima flowers, Bex sent me some fabby teddies which she chalked up for me ready to use and Lucy sent me some beads cos I missed out on the sale she was doing - ain't they wonderful? Made me really happy and I need that at the moment!!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Fed Up!

I haven't blogged for the last few days as I have been having a poohie time!! That's my main problem you see, when things are bad I clam up rather than talking about my feelings........

The nutty neighbours informed us yesterday that the fence between us is a shared one and as we are building our extension up to the fence, we cannot maintain our side - so we legally can't build upto the fence. Also as it is shared we have to pay half of whatever he does (since DH bought his new car - funny that eh?!) So this time yesterday I thought we were going to have to stop our extension. Today however I have visited my fab legal dept at work (who happen to sit 2 yeards away from me ;o)) who have said that is rubbish (would like to use stronger word but won't!). Dh phoned one of his clients who is a solicitor and he said the same. Dad went to the council offices who said we have been given planning permission to build it 10cms from the fence and that is what we can do. Funny when we have the chance to stick two fingers up they are nowhere to be seen!!

The council gave us a brochure about shared walls and fences and we now know that unless the fence is broken (which it isn't) we do not have to pay for any alterations to it. If neighbours want to change it they have to pay for it and ask us in writing for us to consider it. They also have to give 2 months notice for any work, which means our extension (which officially starts tomorrow) will be well on its way!

So he has shot himself in the foot as we never knew he had to do all this and would never have insisted on any of this had he not of pointed out about the shared bit - so all in all UPS YOURS!!

Then at work one of my team got told off this morning for a really stupid thing that he did on Saturday that has major consquences on the business. He has sulked all day and in one meeting was so embarressing I was shocked at his attitude! My new boss has told me to take this to a formal conclusion - tomorrow morning. Now I have been a boss for 6 - 7 years now and am quite high on 'the ladder' but I still hate doing this part! He is so hard to manage because he does care and when he tries he is good - he is just lazy and I need to nudge him on everything. Which means I end up doing mine and his job!

So tomorrow I have to lay down the law and I fully expect him to sulk all day tomorrow too! Like I said to boss, I drop my toddler off at nursery - I don't expect to deal with one when I get to work!

But apart from that life is good. My garden looks ace and I cannot wait for tomorrow cos the lawn is going down. Once I have worked out how to do photos I will bore you all with the photos from the work!!

Sorry for moaning and sounding negative! It was just a hard day yesterday!

Saturday, June 24, 2006

why there?!

Well, yesterday was a lovely day up until we went to the school's Garden Party. Ollie had been so excited about it all day and I think got a bit too excited! Went in and he went into ultra shy mode (which I knew he would!) and we had a go on the tombola. We didn't win the water pistol and all hell broke loose!

He is 4 and a half now and has never had a major strop...............until now ;o) He went totally mental in front of everyone - I was soooooooooo embaressed and the more I tried to guide him out the door the worse he got. I had to literally drag him out and throw him in the car to calm down. We then went for a walk round the village and ended up at grandma's house (mil). He managed to calm down and we agreed he would do jobs for people and they would pay him. Then once he has saved up his money he can buy a water pistol. So we went back and he was a nice boy. Damage is done though - Mrs Oswald is going to think he is a total nightmare!

To say he is so shy it is painful sometimes, he really did let rip. I think he's saved it up all these years to wait until the most humiliating moment he could!

Today was a good day. We went and picked up DH's new car. It is gorgeous and a bit too posh for my liking but he adores it! He has worked so hard for it and I am really pleased for him. He keeps looking on the drive and sighing!! I think it is love!

I'm doing ok though - have managed to wangle a new set of cheap PINK woolworths stuff like a stereo and tv for my new craft I'm happy. He has also got a Ipod in the car so I get his MP3 player - so I'm a happy chick today!

Cleaned my car out today as it was a disgrace and I am very proud. Even washed it - must think its her birthday!

One problem with his new car is I got an orchid from the garage. Oh my word - I am soooooo going to kill it! Must have a chat with Kathy and Shal to see what I need to do.

Well that's a happy post - all cool and dandy in my world!!!

Oh almost forgot - Lythan's challenge.........
I've been thinking what I could do as I have so many happy childhood memories (which all seem to be on a warm sunny day?!) but I'm afraid my example is not a happy one - in fact it is so bad it has shaped my whole like.

Every year in Weston-super-Mare there is a winter carnival. Fantastic floats and amazing food etc. Well it always happened on or around my birthday. So my loving and wonderful parent used to tell me it was my birthday party and all the carnival was for me! I was so happy - all those things just for me!

When I found out I was heartbroken. To be fair mum and dad did throw me a party to say sorry at my next brithday. I invited classfriends including David Morgan (sigh) and it was all going well until we decided to have a 'who can eat a twix in one go' competition. All ok until my dad jumped out just when David had started his all got a bit scary when he started to choke but luckily dad was a paramedic so did the hymlic (sp?) on him and bought him back.

So to say to this day I have never had a birthday party is the honest truth - scarred I am!!!

Friday, June 23, 2006

1 What was your first pet and what was it's name?
Cat called Tim Brooke Taylor (my maiden name is Taylor!)
2 which WtP character are you? Pooh, Piglet? Eyeore? Or one of the others?
I'd like to say Tigger but I am getting more and more like Rabbit!
3 Aston Martin or Ferrari?
4 Favourite crisps (potato chips) flavour?
Cheese and onion or Beefy Monster Munch!
5 Money no object sailing trip - where would you go?
Alaska / Canada
6 Tea? coffee? or juice?
Juice (if pop is not allowed!)
7 What's your favourite season?
Autumn (with Winter second)
8 Have you ever seen an eclipse?
Yes I was about 10 I think
9.Would you rather hold a snake or a spider?
10.Which do you play? And which is your favourite? Chess, Monopoly, Backgammon, Scrabble
Don't know how to play any of them!
11. Do you do Sudoku?
No but DH is obsessed!
12. 3 favourite flowers?
Lily, Sunflower, Aquilegea (sp?)
13. What's you favourite in a box of chocs?
Soft caramel
14. How many handbags? none, 1-5, 5-10, 10-15 or more than that?
15. How many different countries have you visited?

Thursday, June 22, 2006


I've got some comments on my first post - how fab is that?! Thanks everyone.

Today has been bad and good. Went for goodbye drinks with Derek. He was given a very unfair ultimatum a few weeks ago at work (knowing that he had just come back over being signed off with stress!) and so he chose to leave. I really do miss him - a nice bloke. He was telling me how he is now a freelance gardener and he is loving it. All I could think of was how jealous I was of him!!

Good news - paid my overdraft off today. Big Yay!! Big achievement for me. Can't wait to close this account!!

Got home and we now have a 6' fence between us and nutty neighbours and it is looking really good so far.

Tomorrow is Ollie's garden party at his new school which he starts in Sept. Quite looking forward to it! Ollie is hysterical as Grandma told him there would be a bouncy castle...........yeah thanks for that!!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

My first post!

Well, I have spent so long reading everybody else's blogs - I felt I really needed to do one too! Can't think why anyone would want to read about my day but here we go!

We are one week into our house extension and so far so good (apart from our new bonkers neighbours trying to overturn the planning permission as they did not know about it when they bought the house!!). This week the garage has been taken down and the garden dug up ready for the garderner coming tomorrow. Very excited!!!

Work has been good today. Did a 3 hour workshop on Pandemics - only I would find that exciting! Although all the attendees have thanked me for a good meeting, so once I get people locked in a room with no escape - they WILL like disaster management!

I am trying to finish off the birthday cards for July's birthday club and am struggling with the one on the 1st! Can't think why......;o)

Treatment is going well for my psoriasis. I've been going to St Luke's in Bradford three times a week for the last 6 months for Phototherapy treatment. The hospital is about 45 mins from my house but that's ok cos I am listening to R2 there and back. If I time it right I get to drive home to the Oldies and get to sing all the way home! I am meeting the oddest people while I am there! They all seem to gather in the Dermatology dept for some reason. I also got road raged today - some nutter beeped at me as I wouldn't pull over to let him take over me (in the city centre) and then continued to flash and beep at me for the next 10 mins, whilst driving so far up my bum! Funny, he did leave me alone when I pulled into the Police station. I did try to lose him but I was in a Jimny and he was in an Impreza! What a pleasant man!

Well, there we have it. I gave in at last and hope to keep this up. Please don't feel you have to keep coming back - it was nice to see you this once!