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I have just discovered another positive in no longer being attached - Andrew was meant to be leaving for Kent twenty minutes ago and is still gathering stuff to pack in the car - and then needs to get it into the car. I'm still in my PJs (it's the Christmas break and I'm making the most of it!) and haven't had to spend the afternoon running around helping him pack....

ETA: Dammit, I've just been asked to help load the car!!!

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Hello peeps, a request from Andrew (yep, some things never change!)

Can anyone suggest a three-letter word or phrase for a parrot, eg P08 (pieces of eight), CAW, etc? He's making a mini-Macmillan Challenge for the Land Rover club and needs some help with coming up with creative codeboards/cut-up numberplates (the highlight of March's Macmillan Challenge was BOO over a skeleton!)

I'm actually competing, but he's got so desperate for help that he's technically given me one of the clues, although I'm pretty sure I knew about it already as I'm after the inflatable duck (KWAC) if my co-driver and I win....


P.S. Naturally we would be asking on Facebook if we didn't both have friends from the club on our friends lists and can't be bothered making custom posts!
Fall Moon

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I'm rather pleased with my Christmas tree this year but have not managed to upload the picture yet - hopefully I'll get round to it soon. However as it's Christmas Eve (I'm currently suffering Eastenders at the In-laws') I wanted to say happy Christmas/Hanukah/Solstice/etc before I start the last twelve hours of countdown to finding out what's in everyone's presents under the tree! Millie the cat's is singed 'from your staff'!

Happy holidays!

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Heh, now I'm back, I seem to have something to say more regularly! Yesterday I embarked on my first house/garden project - turning our front lawn into something Dad would be proud of. Currently it's a number of ant nests, moss, weeds and a little bit of grass and apparently all I have to do is mow it at least once a week. As we now have an electric lawn mower that I can manage as opposed to Andrew's powerful petrol one that I can't start, this is now an achievable objective. Plus it's not like Andrew used to mow it regularly!

Also to add to yesterday's achievement we finally christened our patio table and chairs by having a BBQ and eating outside. As Andrew was busy he made me light it and cook, which is normally his job. I'm pleased to say that I did it with very little help and dinner was rather nice indeed. There was even enough heat left for me to make S'mores, except that I had no marshmallows so I had a S'm. instead - chocolate melted between two rich tea biscuits. It was also very nice!

Today I started at my new job with the amount of chaos expected really. I have no computer as it hasn't been set up yet and appears to be in Guildford instead of Newbury or Reading, and half the staff passes are still missing. Oh, what fun. I'm glad I only do just over half a day and could escape at lunchtime!

However I am sort of looking forward to seeing what tomorrow comes up with...

Updating 'cause I CAN!!

Seeing as I rather missed lj in its recent absence, I thought I'd better actually make a contribution now that it's back...

It has been (oh goodness, that long?) nearly five months since I've posted as I find it much easier to drop sarcastic comments on Facebook than to write comprehendable entries in long form so although I've been absent, I've not been totally absent...

Recently I have had some good news and some bad news. On Monday I start a job with some length to it - it's a temp-perm position as Receptionist for a new Ericsson office in Newbury. I am quietly optimistic but will be happier once we've got over Monday as then all the staff will no longer be worrying about the new building. Unfortunately last Monday Andrew was made redundant. The irony of history repeating (I started at my country park in Kent the day he was made redundant there) is not lost on us. The annoying thing is that we'd only just moved all our belongings here before we went on holiday. I've told him that I'm not moving until I've unpacked and touched all my books and dvds at least once. We'll see what happens as we'd both like to stay here and do sort of own the house. But I'm still p'd off.

A couple of weeks ago we took a lovely holiday to Wales including a visit to Portmeirion, the resort used as the location for The Prisoner. It was a gloriously sunny day and all my photos look like this:

Actually, some look washed-out and some are in shadow but I'm really pleased with a lot of them! I thoroughly recommend a visit if you're in that neck of the woods.

I seem to have run out of steam so I think I'll post this. I'm off now to write an article for the Land Rover club about our annual trip to Derbyshire this May, having discovered that our map program on the car computer can produce some really impressive route information. La la laaa!


Gakked from Ms jonesiexxx

1. Make a list of 5 things that are in reach.

5? More like 50 - I'm not known for being tidy.....

1. tv remote
2. Kinder Egg toys
3. Assortment of chocolate
4. the house phone
5. my latest LoveFilm dvd - Star Trek at last!

There are also leftovers from last week's death warmed up and a Land Rover model kit that is going into Andrew's Man!cave today...

2. What is your favourite holiday?

Christmas - it's the most sparkly one.

3. What is one item of clothing you wish you could always wear?

I love my pink tops, but I make sure that I sometimes wear other colours. Apart from that, I think pjs should be daywear....

4. Books, hard cover or soft cover?

Paperback. Hardbacks are too bulky.

5. What do you hear right now?

Not a lot - the computer fan and the keyboard.

6. Who was the last person you hugged?


7. What random song just popped in your head now?

Due South is on at 1pm every day at the moment so I'm singing "Duuuuue South, that's the way I'm going, duu-uue South" over and over and over...

8. What did you do today?

It's only 1pm (Due South time)! Today I have Brownies, I have to do laundry and I have to pack for going away this for a few days while Andrew is Land Rover gallivanting.

9. What was the last text you received?

I just received it! My friend Rachel, who I'm seeing on Thursday has just dropped her phone into her tea. I will be informing her that she is a Dime Bar....

10. What was the last item of new clothing your purchased?

I still have lots of Christmas vouchers, so despite being broke, I bought a pretty white top from Marks and Spencer. It's here if you want to look.

10. What websites do you always visit when you go online?

Daily Whale Fail Mail, Lj, a multiplayer game called Dreamworld on Kongregate and occasionally Facebook.

11. What is your next big planned purchase?

Probably our holiday to Wales. Although the Tesco vouchers are hopefully going to bear the brunt of that. Also I need a new car....

12. If you could afford to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

North America - all of it.

13. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

As I've told Andrew we're staying here for at least five years, hopefully in Berkshire still. probably still job hunting (it'd help if I knew what I wanted to do), or more likely somewhere else AGAIN.

14. Where's your tattoo/Where would you like a tattoo?

I'd like a nice cliched rose, but I don't like the idea of being permanently marked.

15. What are you doing this weekend?

Visting my family, stalking Andrew as he gallivants in the Land Rover (some of the vehicles are using trackers this year), attending a charity quiz, which I'm really looking forward to!

16. If you could play any musical instrument, which one would you play?

I am very fortunate to already play the clarinet, recorder, piano and to sing, but I always wanted to play the guitar - until I realised that my freakish fingers make this really difficult.

17. Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?

Hang on, I thought I was Carmen Sandiego......

18. Are you a creeper?

No, creepers are plants.

19. What is your dream job?

Playing with books all day. Ok, so I do know what I'd like to do. I'm just not sure how....

20. What's the last good movie you saw?

I watched Wall-E while I was ill and really enjoyed it. I also watched Stranger than Fiction, which was superb. I managed to catch up with quite a lot of tv while ill - it was rather useful!

21. Recommend a thing.

Go out. See places.
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Please see my tag for my title and content. As I have a throat infection and local anaesthetic spray, Strepsils and painkillers don't seem to be working, I will not be posting any photos of my Tuesday Brownies' mascot who came to stay, or photos of some pretty Spring flowers (chanelling my inner Kes).

I am also missing work - you know, that rare thing that only comes along about one week in every four. Humbug.

And swallowing is incredibly difficult at the moment, which causes all sorts of problems....

ETA: I'm about to try to eat plain white bread minus the crusts. Wish me luck....

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Ooh, I'm such a lucky girl - my journal has just been spammed in Russian with a link to a porn site. Why, no thank you, I prefer vampire porn...

In other news I have a little work for the next few weeks. Unfortunately it wasn't what I thought it would be so I'm in telemarketing. Oh dear. However it turns out that I can be quite an aggressive saleswoman.

I currently don't like myself...
Fall Moon

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I know, I know, it's been a long time, but I've had nothing much to say since moving! (Note to self: now camera has been found, take pictures of new house.)

In my absence I've had flu for Christmas and then my job was cancelled in time for the New Year. I am however finally using my lightbox so hopefully I will feel happier soon. And the break from work is rather useful too!

We have shiny new windows on our house which are lovely, and we got a shock when we heard how much replacing our soffits and fascias is going to be - there may be some asbestos removal involved.

We still don't have all the furniture here, although I have given Andrew a deadline of Easter to get it moved here.

In other news, Brownies is back, which I am very happy about, as I have no idea what to do with myself when it's not on. And this is what has finally prompted me to post (although I do post statuses on Facebook fairly often): we are doing a night on the British Commonwealth for Commonwealth Day and I am leaning heavily towards Canada. So, to my Canoodian friend(s) and all fans of the red and white, what shall I teach my Brownies about? I was temped to do penguins, but I'm not sure that there are any native to Canada - they all seem to prefer the bottom half of the globe.

Back to Wikipedia methinks....

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Hello, I just thought I'd let you know that our house purchase completed today. Hurrah! We are now the proud owners of a much-loved and desperately in need of decorating house, and we were very naughty and accepted the first quote we got for windows cause it was rather too good!

Tomorrow the moving and decorating goes into top gear. Eeek!

And then on Tuesday, Andrew is being sent to China for a week by his work. Thanks his work! Although his colleagues have said that they'll help me in any way they can during his absence.

Hmm, painting party next weekend then!