Friday, October 26, 2007

Feeling well and truly chilled....

Been a good day, although I do find it hard lately to get myself interested in the wider world affairs at present; feeling very introspective . Very much concerned with how I'm perceived by others, which is probably a sign of my insecurity which appears every so often. Having been married twice plus another long term relationship, I often get really worried that I'm going to muck it up again with I've gone to the heart of things today and...cooked a cracking meal!!! Thank Mr J Oliver for your Italian recipes.

Found this tool and it's VERY addictive. Be careful.

As it's Friday, let's go for the Friday 'Stuff'..

Friday Fill-In #43

1. The last good thing that came in the mail was our new door bell - saves people scaring the shit out of me by tapping on the window!
2. This week I'm grateful for school vacations.
3. New Zealand pinot noir is the most delicious thing ever.
4.Art inspires me.
5. I'm most happy when I am still enough to listen to Grieg.
6. And all the roads we have to walk along are leading to our eventual destiny - it's up to us how fast/slow we take it.
7. As for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a feast, tomorrow my plans include bet you can't! (At Hertford Town this week) and a lovely fish n chip supper dance at Enfield and Sunday, I want to enjoy the last day of our fall holiday !

Friday Five

1. What is sweet? Yummy Clotted Cream and Strawberry Jam on a home made scone.
2. What hours do you work? Have to be there for half 8ish - go home when ready after 4ish
3. When do you relax? When there's no distractions and I can read in peace....not often now with all the electronic paraphernalia around me (and it's my fault..)
4. How did you learn about the birds and the bees? Ask Maureen....
5. Friday fill-in:The good vibes flow when WFC are in the groove....

Friday 5 for October 26: Fruits and Laws

Of peace, joy, love, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control, which are you most lacking? Can I compartmentalise the answer? Moods tend to dictate which and when, but after my half century the one I've possibly missed the most is self control at the wrong times.

Of peace, joy, love, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control, which are you most blessed with? Now I've reached that half century - wasn't there half a lifetime away.

The Scout Law says that a scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. Which of these are relative strengths for you? I try to be cheerful, definitely not thrifty, would hope to be seen as courteous and kind....clean!!

Which of the elements in the Scout Law are relative weaknesses for you? Thrifty is hard, often find it hard to be reverent....

If you were to create a list-type law, such as the Scout Law, for your occupation, what might it look like? One line- treat others as you would like to be treated....

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Surfing and found my next phone...

Had a Samsung for a year or so now - been looking as to what newbies are out there and found this one:-

"Samsung G800 (SGH-G800) Preview
Announcement expected soon 18th October 2007 NEW!

We don't have all the details of the Samsung G800 yet, but we do have enough to know that this is likely to be the camera phone to beat during 2008.

This is a 5 megapixel camera phone, like the G600, but we understand the the SGH-G800 has a 3X optical zoom, plus a Xenon flash. Optical zoom is a very rare thing to find in a mobile phone camera, but it is much better and clearer than the standard digital zoom found in almost everything else. The camera lens is hidden behind a protective cover when not in use.
It's certainly a 3G phone, and it is rumoured to be HSDPA capable. We understand that the 240x320 pixel display is 2.6" in size, and the SGH-G800 also has microSD expandable memory, Bluetooth, a TV-out port and an FM radio.
There's no word on pricing or availability, and we can't even speculate if the Samsung G800 will be available by Christmas or not. However, we think that the SGH-G800 is likely to cause a stir when it hits the streets.. we look forward to it. "

Sounds alright to me....

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Friday things....

Friday Fill-in

Here we go!

1. October is the cooling month.
2.Being alone doesn't/don't scare me!
3. Haunted houses are always grey
4. My favorite scary movie is Shout At The Devil because it's the first one I saw!
5. Yah Boo me.
6. It was a dark and stormy night when a rat landed on the doorstep and....
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to England winning the World Cup (never going to happen...), tomorrow my plans include nothing at all....

Friday Fiver.

1. What makes you feel exposed? Questions....

2. What do you have to force yourself to do? DIY (YUK)

3. Where do you like to spend your time outdoors? Secluded nooks

4. What surprises you? Always surprised by Watford winning - born sports pessimist...

5. Friday fill-in:Late at night I'm imagining what might have been, what could be and happily realising what my life actually is.

Friday 5

What would be a good collective name for your family, as in “A _____ of Joneses?” spread

What would be a good collective name for your closest group of friends? few

What would be a good collective name for the stuff in your desk? perplexity

What would be a good collective name for your next-door neighbors? Who....

What would be a good collective name for the people in your line of work, as in “A _____ of accountants?” grunge

Loyalties, and the Friday things....(ok IKNOW I'm late..)

It's nearly 8am on the first day of our Autumn school holiday and I'm sat watching the final of The Air New Zealand Cup live on Sky - loyalty question is who do I support? Should be Auckland as that is where we spent most of our time when in Kiwi land (which is showing some really naff adverts at present over here), or go for the underdog Wellington? Ok it's Wellington!!!

I've actually more interest in this game than in the 'BIG ONE' tonight - South Africa v England Rugby World Cup Final in Paris tonight....I'll be watching though...

Come on Waikato for next year then....and this game marks another small milestone in the slow disappearance of our hols - the cup started while we there!!

I shall have to keep a weather eye on the Super 14 games that start in Feb - The Chiefs are the Bay of Plenty/Hamilton area team.

So what's the plans for this week? Not too much, watch Watford play Hull this afternoon, then the rugby tonight. Going to Coventry on Tuesday for WFC's game there and possibly a trip to London on Wed for training.

CHILL as the saying goes....

Sunday, October 14, 2007


getting older ..sat watching BBC 4 showing Dylan at Newport .. how could those philistines boo him????

I was only, what 9? but i can remember the furore about this icon picking up an electric guitar...hope all those are sat in their warden homes thinking how.....

The Beeb is looking at 1968 - the year of musical, and racial, freedom movements - cream, and Dylan.

Suzie's half a decade younger than me - and he is not part of her generation, unless you were introduced by somebody...his music has been part of my life, especially since voodoo child..connection 'All Along the Watchtower'...

1972 - left home, lived in a barrack block full of tubular bells fans, Slade and all the other 'glam rock' If you want a taste of the music - try here...

Anyway - the amazing meal..venison stew (onions, carrot's, rosemary, red wine and stock, served over taglietelle) yummy..

Friday, October 12, 2007

Celebreal stuff for Fridays...

Found these to liven up our thinking on a Friday....

Friday Five

What was the last thing you baked?

A rhubarb crumble.
What was the last thing you tried on for size?

A New Watford shirt.
What was the last thing you purchased on credit?
Car insurance

What was the last thing you put a postage stamp on?
Birthday card to granddaughter

What was the last thing you took a photo of?
Suzie at badminton last night.

Friday Fiver

Open up my head

1. What's your personal hell?
Mnnnn - Tesco's on a Sunday afternoon in December.

2. Do you prefer brightly lit rooms or dim spaces?
More towards the dim spaces time of life - bright rooms will show the wrinkles and sag....

3. What's the weather like today?
A bit too humid for mid October for my liking - roll on crisp icy evenings watching the football with a hot pie and bovril...

4. Is it easy to be you?
It is distinctly getting easier as time passes by - much more laid back nowadays....

5.My heaven is ____. ....Watford winning ANYTHING!!!

Friday Fill-in

1. Once upon a time the sun shining was nor considered global warming - HOW can they give that .... a Nobel prize?

2. Jump up screaming and singing 'We are top of the league, say we are top of the league..!'

3. Intersestingly smug people will only drink white tea and ginger.

4. Way down (it's just gotta be ) yonder in New Orleans...

5. Keys have fleas; locks hide Debs smelly socks...

6. Have you seen the Kiwi's? They're so upset (all go ahhhh)!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to chilling with a glass or two of South African Shiraz, tomorrow my plans include watching lots of football, cricket and rugby, both union and league and hopeful of an England clean sweep and Sunday, I want to cook an amazing meal..
and lastly...enjoy whatever it is you're up to ....

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Hello weekend...

Off to Scunthorpe soon to watch The Golden Boys (we are top of the league, repeat several times and wave hands in the air!!!) . Haven't been before, so hopefully will be a good day out - brekkies in Kings X, get there in time to watch mid-day game, followed by the Kiwi's stuffing the French out of the Rugby Wotld Cup, a curry and train home!!

Meanwhile, Stephen is somewhere in continental Europe off on his great personal adventure - teaching english in Poland. He's driving there the slow way and taking it all in. Text reports of his birthday in Eindohven, then dinner in Germany - I have to admit to be quite jealous:)

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Well, it's sort of official now...

Went to the Registrar last night and completed the forms notifying of our intended marriage within the next 12 months - so if any of you out there have any reasonable knowledge as to why we shouldn't tie the matrimonial knot - you have fifteen days in which to tell them....