Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
We discovered him last night in the garden when we were putting the pigs to bed, so we guess he's a new resident to one of the surrounding houses. Of course not missing a chance for photo opportunity I went out armed with a camera, much to the worry of senior who was watching from the kitchen window wondering weather he was to be replaced! I did feel guilty knowing he was watching, but you forget what energy they have and how fun they are to be around at that age, that I just couldn't help myself!
(Posted by Zara)
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Been a while since I posted any Cake Tuesday. As can be seen by the numerous animals the theme of the cake is Safari! Went down to Oxford last Thursday for the wedding which was on the Friday. And if you've been watching anything of the news you'll know how wet it was. Rain! don't talk about the rain! The happy couple are probably now happily basking somewhere on the Masi Mara. Just hope it's not the rainy season out there!
Monday, July 23, 2007
Your Score: Sad Cookie Cat
64% Affectionate, 33% Excitable, 73% Hungry
You are the classic Shakespearian tragedy of the lolcat universe. The sad story of a baking a cookie, succumbing to gluttony, and in turn consuming the very cookie that was to be offered. Bad grammar ensues.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2007
A day late due to me being a lazy arse.
To say that Zara had a busy week last week is more than a slight understatement. Her Dad's 60th Birthday cake to do plus a relatives Wedding Cake meant that I stayed well away from the kitchen whenever possible.
More pics to be added to Flickr when my arse is less lazy again.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
23 days without a post. 23 days without a rant.
That can't be right.
I`m tired. Tired of everything right now. I've been full of cold for a while and I think it's getting me down and starting to skew everything out of perspective.
That's right. You wait 23 days for some sign of life from me and this is what you get. Assuming anyone is still reading. Umm...hi Kitty.
I have no energy. I feel like just curling up in a ball in bed. But that doesn't pay the bills. Put food on the table and all that crappy stuff you have to deal with day in day out.
I need a rest. A long long permanent holiday away from it all. But unless I win the lottery then that's never gonna happen.
I need a new job. The daily grind of the shithouse I'm in is slowly killing me. The backbiting, the management (for want of a better word!), the day in day out mind-numbing boredom of what I have to do for 8 hours a bloody day.
I need to get out more. Or escape more, into books, films a new computer game. Something that takes me away from real life. Something I can envelope myself in for a few hours. Or maybe just get out more.
I need to focus. My head is a shed. My thoughts are everywhere. I sign up to new sites add a ton of people then get bored of it all and move on.
I'm just tired. Got no energy. I`m restless.
Christ this must be fun to read! Although it helps hammering it out on the keyboard again. So maybe i'll feel a little better after hitting the 'publish post' button.
I'll still be tired though.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
T'was my birthday on Saturday so I got the full Zara treatment. As with everything in life at the minute it revolves around Nintendo :)
The day was spent with my parents opening presents, stuffing ourselves silly at Pizza Hut and making muppets of ourselves on the Wii
Cool cake, cool marzipan figures and cool card. Ignore the geek in the last picture. I dunno how he got in there.
More pics n stuff on Flickr, Daily Motion and everywhere else I upload stuff.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Yes. I'm guilty. I've been playing elsewhere and have been spending less and less time with you.
It's not you.
Well maybe partly it is.
There's less complications with this other one.
Nicer looks too.
But don't take it personally. I'll keep with you until the bitter end.
I still have feelings for you and that's what matters.
This new one is just..well...different.
Of course i'm talking about blogs here. And by blog I mean my new fave obsession, and by obsession I mean here.
My private, or not so private thoughts, cake tuesday and the like will still be posted here. But the other crap I find on the internet will be over on my tumblr site. As well as the other dozen sites i'm addicted to at the minute.
I'll try not to let this blog fall into disrepair.
Maybe I just need to spread my wings a bit.
Try a change of scenery.
That sort of thing.
Friday, April 13, 2007
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Friday, April 06, 2007
It's so easy to get out the habit of blogging.
I've had nothing to say since my last post?
I think it's a habit. And like most habits they can be gotten out of.
I've sat there numerous times thinking I should blog this. And then just thought 'nah' can't be arsed to really.
It's the same with a lot of things I guess. Pictures on Flickr, Videos on Daily Motion, Mobile pics on moblog. Posts on Twitter, Tumblr. I spread myself so thin that I don't want to do any of them.
See how I got all my links in on one sentence there.
I could never do this online stuff as a job.
Unless, I could do it, if I was being paid for it...hmmm.
Anyway, after my last Cake Tuesday post a little slice of fame befell me n Zara. The story made digg and for a few days after that I was getting a thousand hits a day. And it felt good.
So maybe I can see why some people can do this day in day out.
We kept logging into digg to check out how many diggs we'd got, and read the comments. In a sad geeky kinda way it was quite exciting. Other bloggers blogged us. We'd hit the big time. And then it was over. Our moment in the spotlight was over.
It wasn't anything big or exciting. It didn't make us tons of money. But just for a minute we were noticed in this big world. It was a complete ego boost for both of us though. And I think Zara got a kick out of it answering all the cake related questions and all the compliments on her fantastic creation.
My parents have cut the cake up. Although they have managed to keep the 'screens' intact. Which will be saved. But you can't keep my dad away from fruit cake for too long!
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
But only just. So full of cold. Which seemed to come out of nowhere and hit me like a ton of bricks.
So yeah. I'm being a typical male with a common cold right now.
So how has the last 7 days or so been treating me I hear you mumble? Honestly. I have no idea. I have the crappiest memory known to man or beast.
I envy goldfish.
To give an example. I set a reminder on my phone to go off 9am Saturday morning. Car was due for its MOT. This went off as planned. A few minutes later a 2nd alarm goes off. Which, having forgotten about the first 'reminder' I'd also set.
Oh to have the brain of a guppy right now.
The car didn't pass its MOT. The car didn't even get the chance to be put through its MOT as the bonnet catch broke and they couldn't get the damn thing open.
Well before that little wobble in the life of me yesterday the past week has been reasonably ok. Especially Wednesday when the boss was being his usual nobbish self and told us all to fuck off home.
So I did. Ah it felt good. And I still have a job. That'll teach him to choose his words more carefully. Maybe. Probably not actually as he's a bit intelligently challenged.
So I finally got round to this wonderful blog post. On my wonderful new laptop. Which is. Wonderful. I keep meaning to do a post using Vista's speech recognition but due to the fact I can't understand me at the minute then I shall have to take rain check on this plan.
And if nobody has realised i'm addicted to tumblr. It's so easy for lazy people like me to post stuff. I've stuck the rss feed on the right of my blog so you don't even have to visit. But if you do want to then click here. Yes, yes. I know i've mentioned this before. But if you read from the top of this paragraph then you'll see the bit where I say i'm addicted. So gives me an excuse to mention it as often as possible. Crappy memory or not.
Well my laptop battery is about to die. My brain is about to dribble out my ears and I can't think of anything else to say.
Perfect place to stop methinks.
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Friday, March 02, 2007
Well we're surviving without Sky One so far. Zara was very brave and deleted the channels from her Digiguide so we don't get any reminders when I the shows we can no longer watch are about to start.
We're now getting into watching Heroes on SciFi channel instead.
So now it's the weekend. Zara is at work, i`m waiting for my bath to run. So what do I do?
Sign up to a new web services! Woo hoo!
It's a disease, I swear it is.
So my latest foray into the digital world is to have a tumblr account.
So what's tumblr. Other than a new Web 2.0 service that likes to leave out the odd vowel. According to the blurb:
Tumblelogs are like blogs with less fuss. Tumblr is your friendly and free tool for creating tumblelogs.
So there you go. Add this link to go have a look. Add the rss feed and then wait weeks for me to post anything new.
Well I have a reputation to keep you know!
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Well thank you Branson and Murdoch. I guess having billions of pounds doesn't mean you're gonna be less of a dickhead.
In the war between content providers the casualties are the customers. I knew it was gonna happen. But I switched the tv on this morning hoping that Sky One was still gonna be there.
So fuck you Sky. I'm not gonna be the donkey that you dangle the carrot infront of and follow you mindlessly to become a Sky customer. I'll take my chances with Virgin and see what they can offer without the crutch that is Sky.
I'll miss watching new episodes of Lost, Battlestar Galactica, Bones and others. But my life will go on without them. Even if it means waiting until later in the year to watch them I somehow think i'll live.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Long live the laptop.
It was the best of times it was the worst of times. I loved my clunky, noisy, slow ugly beast of a laptop. But on Monday 19 February 2007 at 7:35am all was silent.
A quick trip to the Dell website..and..
As of Friday 23 February 2007 at 4:45pm the world was a happy place again, and Zara could breath a sigh of relief that my days of going cold turkey were over.
So now, sat quietly and gently warming my legs is a sleak, shiny, quiet, fast Dell Inspiron. With a (unusually for me) legal copy of Windows all singing all dancing Vista. And so far i'm more than bloody happy with it.
And it's got a cool chess game too.
So does this mean i'll be blogging more?
I doubt it. But when I do be happy in the knowledge that these words have been written quickly, smoothly and quietly.
Well they will be as soon as I get used to this new keyboard.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Wow weekly posts now!
There isn't enough me to go round. Which sounds kinda big headed. I mean there isn't enough time to fit all of me in. I never seem to get the things I want done. Or have the time to get them done in.
Upload pictures, upload video. Set the spare pc up as a file server....again. Play Zelda on the Wii. Talk to friends online who never seem to be online anymore goddamit where are you people. Blog more! Oh, and other stuff I can't really think of right now damn my brain.
The only time I seem to get to myself is the hour (or two) I have in the bath. And then i'm too relaxed to blog or anything. I need another me...or a Mii, heh. One to do all the stuff that needs to be done and on to go off quietly and do the stuff I'd really like to get done.
Well at least i've got a blog post in.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
It's no good. I need to blog. Finally.
And when I do it's cos i'm in a slump, funk or whatever it's called.
I've got a downer on life and all those that inhabit it. There's a fly on my wall, and I rate it more highly than some human beings.
If it wasn't for the fact i have Zara and all our pets i'd probably be cutting my arms up right now.
When the first thing you see in on digg are stories titled
Man convicted of throwing...
Brothers get 10 years for cooking...
Then your day is already off to a bad start. Hopefully these fuckers will get whats coming to them whilst in jail. Ok, I've cut the end of both those titles off in case it upsets anyone. But click the links if you feel the need.
Needless to say it's pretty horrific stuff.
So after a shitty week my weekend is already fucked up.
I know, I know. These stories are pretty few and far between. But it still happens to something somewhere.
Although it did kind of put my week into perspective. Poor little me and my poor little life. Except for me it is. You can only relate to what you're going through personally. The rest is just empathy. I'm probably making no sense right now. Blame it on the Stella Artois.
It's official. I hate my job. No wait. I hate my place of employment. Things could change. But they're not happening fast enough. I'm stuck in the hell reserved only for people who talk in the theatre (ok, small Firefly reference there, ignore it if you like).
I really don't know where to begin. So I shan't. Just imagine the worst place you've worked. Then imagine the person you most hated in your life. Now imagine that person is your boss. Now imagine that persons entire family also works in the same place.
Yeah. Welcome to my life.
So why not just leave. Well, that doesn't exactly help pay the mortgage. So until the situation changes to the point that leaving is an option then I shall have to just ramble on here about how shitty things are like i'm some kind of fucking emo.
So to summaries the things I love:
Things I hate:
Ain't life grand.
Monday, February 05, 2007
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
It's 5am and i'm wide awake.
For some reason my brain is dumping images and memories of my brothers first crash.
He'd just woken up from intensive care.
It's not like it is in the movies.
People just don't wake up and start talking to you like they've woken up from a long sleep. Well maybe sometimes they do.
He didn't even recognise me. Couldn't speak.
It was one of the worst days of my life.
When was all this?
I really can't remember the exact date. Which might sound odd. But my brain is hopeless at retaining some information.
Zara sometimes thinks i'm lying to her about certain facts when they tend to change depending on how my brain relates to them.
t still no words
It was more like an animal looking at you. Looking towards where the sound was coming from.
But nothing else.
My stomach just knots up then.
He doesn't recognise me.
He has no idea who I am.
Bruising to the brain affected his speech.
But the rest....it's not like it is in the movies.
The nurse soon came in to explain everything.
She had wanted to warn us what we could expect before we went in.
But I guess I was just too impatient to see my brother.
So what's my brain doing?
It's not an anniversary of the event.
Certain times bring me crashing right down and I'm in my own little dark cloud for what seems like days sometimes.
Well i've got 2 hours before I have to get ready for work.
Time to try and sleep again. See what things my stupid brain brings forth for me to mull over.
Monday, January 29, 2007
Beware, this sounds bad.
I'm not usually one for posting warnings about scams but I had a near miss the other day.
I walked into B&Q for my 'daily' visit and some old guy, dressed all in orange, asked me if I wanted decking.
Fortunately, I got the first punch in and that was the end of that.
Those less suspecting might not be so lucky - be on your guard.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Damn you Deanna and your 'if you grew up in the 70s' email.
I've gone all dreamy of the days I grew up in a small village in the middle of nowhere next to the river.
Getting snowed in every winter and the school bus not getting through.
Only 3 tv channels, and still racing home on my bike on Saturday to watch the A Team, or the Hulk or the Dukes of Hazzard (which is being shown on Bravo and still is damn good to watch).
And despite only the 3 channels I had more tv to watch than I do with my 30+ channels; Charlie's Angels, Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers In The 25th Century, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, Knight Rider, The A-Team, Kung Fu, CHiPs, The Fall Guy, Street Hawk, Logan's Run and The Man From Atlantis to name a few!
Going out to play with friends first thing in the morning and not coming home until tea was ready at 5pm. And actually having to walk or ride a bike to get anywhere.
Action Man was a real hero, and not some gimp with a snowboard like he is now. Losing the skin on my knuckles winding up the power wheel to release Evil Knievel on his motorbike.
Queuing up outside to watch Star Wars at the local cinema. And the film shown before the 'main feature' was about bikers/hells angels. And I decided then that I wanted a motorbike.
Never actually getting the hang of skateboarding. Despite having a cool book with lots of pictures showing you how to 'hang 5'
Buying 'Look In' for all the cool posters of bands like Boomtown Rats, Adam and his ants & Blondie.
Not even knowing what a computer was!
Being able to buy sweets for half a pence.
Saying flippng heck was classed as swearing.
I guess everybody feels like this about the decade they grew up in. Mine seems to span between 1976 and 1986 when I left school.
Everybody's years are the best to them.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Can't believe it's been nearly a week since my last post.
And I hope my reader(s) haven't been feeling neglected, but I can't say i've missed blogging.
It's just laziness. I'm out of the groove. I get settled in the bath ready to write another rant and then think, ahh, this is nice and warm. Relax.
And all the anger just washes away.
My hand hurts though.
I punched the shed door in a moment of frustration. I can't say i've been feeling particularly calm this last week or so. No one thing is to blame. Jut life I guess. Money. The usual things.
Living with a stubborn head strong, yet slightly indecisive girl doesn't help. Joking honey ;)
So i'm finally uploading the videos of us playing the wii over Christmas. It's still January so I think it still falls under the festive season umbrella. I'll blog them as soon as they're uploaded.
Which might be sometime in February going by my track record.
So there you go. After a week waiting for me to say something deep and meaningful you get a few lines of waffle.
Meh, Life eh.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
SYMPTOMS OF BEING OVER 25
1. You leave clubs before the end to "beat the rush".
2. You get more excited about having a roast on a Sunday than going clubbing the night before.
3. You stop dreaming of becoming a professional footballer and start dreaming of having a son who might instead.
4. Before throwing the local paper away, you look through the property section.
5. All of a sudden, middle aged people are not 46, they are only 46.
6. Before going out anywhere, you ask whether there is anywhere to park.
7. Rather than throw a knackered pair of trainers out, you keep them because they'll be alright for the DIY or in the garden.
8. You buy T-shirts without anything written on them.
9. Instead of laughing at the innovations catalogue that falls out of the newspaper, you suddenly see both the benefit and money saving Properties of most of the things that are in it.
10. You start to worry about your parents' health.
11. You have more disposable income, but everything you want or need to buy costs between 200 and 500 quid.
12. You don't get funny looks when you buy a Disney video or a Wallace And Gromit bubble bath, as the sales assistant assumes they are for your children.
13. Pop music all starts to sound the same.
14. You opt for Pizza Express over Pizza Hut because they do a really nice half-bottle of house red.
15. You always have enough milk in.
16. To compensate for the fact that you have little desire to go clubbing, you instead frequent trendy bars and restaurants in the mistaken belief that you have not turned into your parents.
17. While flicking through the TV channels, you happen upon C4's Time Team with Tony Robinson. You get drawn in.
18. The benefits of a pension scheme become clear.
19. You go out of your way to pick up a colour chart from B&Q.
20. You wish you had a shed.
21. You have a shed.
22. You actually find yourself saying "They don't make 'em like that anymore" and "I remember when there were only 4 TV channels" and "Not in my day...."
23. Radio 2 play more songs you know than Radio 1 - and Jeremy Vine has some really interesting guests on.
24. Instead of tutting at old people who take ages to get off the bus, You tut at rowdy school children.
25. When sitting outside a pub you admire their hanging baskets.
26. You find yourself saying "is it cold in here or is it just me
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Monday, January 15, 2007
BOISE, Idaho – Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said Thursday he will support public hunts to kill all but 100 gray wolves in the state once the federal government removes the animal from Endangered Species Act protections, and that he hopes to shoot a wolf himself.
The Idaho Office of Species Conservation estimates the state's current wolf population at about 650, in roughly 60 packs. Otter told The Associated Press after a rally of hunters on the Capitol steps that he wants hunters to gradually kill about 550 of the animals, leaving about 100 wolves or 10 packs, the minimum the federal government would allow before wolves again would be considered endangered....more
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Ok, feel like I want to post, but as usual have nothing interesting to say. So here's a lazy post which I nicked from my very lovely friend Deanna's myspace page.
The weekend was full of playing on the Wii. And eating copious amounts of things covered in chocolate using Zara's chocolate fountain. Pictures/videos to follow if i'm not too lazy to upload them.
Drink: Smirnoff Ice
Alcohol See above
Bagel: plain with jam
Body Part on Opposite sex: Oh easy....tits
Pepsi or Coke: Neither really
McDonalds or BurgerKing: Both as bad
Strawberry or Watermelon: Urgh, fruit!
Hot tea or Ice tea: Neither
Chocolate or Vanilla Vanilla
Hot Chocolate or Coffee: Hot chocolate
Kiss or Hug: Depends who it is
Dog or Cat: Cat
Rap or Punk: Punk
Summer or Winter: Summer
Scary Movies or
Funny Movies: Scary
Love or Money: Love, with money!
Bedtime: 11:00 - 12:00
Most Missed Memory: My brother
Best phyiscal feature: Umm
First Thought Waking Up: God, not work already!
Goal for this year: Make money
Best Friends: Zara
Weakness: Computer games
Fears: Losing loved ones
Longest relationship: 15 years
Ever Drank: yes
Ever Smoked: yes
Ever been Drunk: yes
Ever been beaten up: yes
Ever beaten someone up: yes
Ever Shoplifted: yes
Ever Skinny Dipped: no
Ever Kissed Opposite sex: yes
Been Dumped Lately: no
IN A GUY/GIRL
Favorite Eye Color: blue
Favorite Hair Color: blonde
Short or Long: long
Height: don't mind
Style: rock chick
Looks or Personality: Bit of both
Hot or Cute Cute
Drugs and Alcohol: Not too much of either
Muscular or Really Skinny: Bit of meat on her bones :)
Number of Regrets in the Past: None
What country do you want to Visit: USA or Italy
How do you want to Die: Quickly
Been to the Mall Lately: The where?
Do you like Thunderstorms: Ooh, yeah
Get along with your Parents: Yes
Health Freak: God no
Do you think your Attractive: No
Believe in Yourself: A little
Want to go to College: Yeah, easy life ;)
Do you Smoke: No
Do you Drink: Yes
Shower Daily: No...have a bath
Been in Love: Yes
Do you Sing: Badly
Want to get Married: Again!
Do you want Children: Nooooo
Hate anyone: Yes
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
As a complete Nintendo Fanboy and Wii nerd I couldn't help but blog this:
The score’s 40 to 0 and you’re two games down, risking an embarrassing defeat at the hands of your opponent. He’s warming up for his fourth consecutive power serve, and your palm is sweating. What do you do?...more
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Happy Birthday Zara
Sorry I'm not the type to wine you n dine you, I'm just no good at that sort of thing. Although I am hopefully going to make something with pasta later tonight.
And we have a ton of chocolate to melt on the chocolate fountain. So at least we can make ourselves violently sick; even if we can't watch Battlestar Galactica on our new LCD tv. Damn modern technology. You think they'd make em last more than a day!
So my day off work, and Zara's 25th has been a day of ups n downs.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
2 days in and I need another break from work already. My morning starts at:
7:10am Zara's Alarm goes off
7:15am My radio alarm goes off
7:20am My mobile phone alarm goes off
7:25am My mobile phone alarm goes off
7:30am My mobile phone alarm goes off
Ok, i`m getting out of fuckin bed.
7:55am Go to work
12:30pm Wake up
What happens between the hours of 8am and my dinner at 12:30 is a mystery. But i'm sure I must be working as I haven't been sacked yet.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
And another crappy New Year begins.
I'm full of cold. As soon as my holidays started I could feel it taking over my system. And now it's set up home in my head and keeps making banging noises and has installed cladding in the walls.
Anyway. Christmas was great despite all this. Oh, and Zara's wisdom tooth made a bid for freedom and has been trying to push it's way up. So she's not a happy bunny.
Anyway, yeah. Christmas. Copious amounts of alcohol were drunk. EU food size mountains were eaten. And cool presents exchanged. And we've still got a ton of food to get through. I think we went a little mad on the shopping.
So now I have books to read. DVD's to watch and Nintendo DS/PC games to play.
The Wii is way more fun than I imagined (Sorry to rub it in Carto). My parents came round Boxing Day and we played Wii Sports until we couldn't move. My mum was frighteningly good at it!
Then it was down to Oxford to stay at Zara's Dad's....
...ok, I'll stop typing for now.
Don't want to make this into a novel sized post.