Thursday, February 24, 2011

shoes? check!

my first wedding purchase has been made & delivered! it's the most important thing that the bride wears on her wedding day....that's right....the shoes!  not tried any dresses on yet or anything but the shoes are bought & my my are they pretty! :oD yay!  only 555days till i can wear them!
x x x

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

As much as I’d like to believe it - the world doesn’t revolve around me

Shocking I know!

I’ve been reading a lot of articles about how twitter/facebook/etc are taking over our lives recently & it’s scary how true it all is.  I must check these social networking sites once an hour even though I know nothing, or very little, is going to have changed.  I also sit there in the evenings watching tv with my laptop on my knee half watching the tv & half watching twitter updates about the program I’m sitting there watching!  (wow just realised how sad this post is making me out to be!)

I’m not as bad with status updates/tweets/uploading pictures as I used to be but I still find my life being ruled by social networking websites.  A few of my mates have actually deleted their facebook accounts cos of the amount of time they’ve been spending on there.  I’m not going to do anything as drastic as that cos it is nice to hear about good news & see photos of friends who live far away, but if the snaps belong to someone who I can easily pop round to see I’d much rather flick through pictures over a cuppa & have a face to face natter than just clicking ‘like.’

In Grazia last week there was an article ‘Is Twitter Making Us Mad.’ 
~ one woman claimed it keeps her sane cos she works from home & uses it to interact with others, keep up with the news & find out about smaller gossipy things.  She’s also used it for finding people for interviews & recommendations on builders & plumbers.  I’m sure that if Twitter was used for the latter then it would be a great resource but in reality it’s not.
~ as stated in the other side of the argument where women have been known to tweet during childbirth (& I also read somewhere else about someone getting their phone out during their wedding ceremony to tweet he (yes HE!) was now married!).  There was one quote that I loved “I would no sooner tweet than start screaming at strangers at a bus stop that I can’t wait for the next series of Downton Abbey.  Would you stop people in the street to tell them you’d just eaten a delicious biscuit?  No – then why tweet it?” I actually know someone who updates both facebook & twitter constantly, some points are interesting, but most of the time it is actually about biscuits, cups of tea & food!  I find myself reading it & thinking ‘why have I just wasted my time knowing that?!’ (& also where’s my lovely biscuit?!)

The other article I saw in Stylist this morning.  It spanned 3pages & explained how modern technology is taking us away from what’s happening ‘now’ & in the real world.  There was one part that was explaining about Divided Attention Disorder & said “We’re losing our ability to concentrate on anything for a length of time without distraction” I think I proved this right by the fact I had to re-read the name 3 or 4 times cos each time I saw it I read ‘David Attenborough Disorder!!!!!!’   I also found out about Do Nothing For Two Minutes website that’s been big in the States.  The aim is you spend the time relaxing & not moving your mouse or touching your keyboard for 2 whole minutes!  I found it really good to zone out & have 2mins of nothing during my lunch hour.  Though once I’d completed it, the fact you could ‘like’ this on facebook or twitter did make me laugh though cos I was trying to switch off from using those websites!

The end result is that I’ve finally decided what I’ve going to give up for lent………who knows if I’ll manage or not but I’d like to think I could do it………..
I’M GIVING UP FACEBOOK & TWITTER FOR 40 DAYS & 40 NIGHTS!
I’ll still have my mobile, email & my blog so it’s not like I’m cut off from the 21st centaury completely, really you shouldn’t need anymore than that anyway.  We managed before, why can’t we do it now?!  Though the fact I might be getting an iphone soon is going to make it even harder to not check the websites!  If I ever turn into one of these saddos who has to have their phone out all the time please remind me of my views above!

In the mean time I’m off to have a cull of followers on twitter & ‘friends’ on facebook!
x x x

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

I can’t cope!

If this pang of excitement stays with me until my wedding day I may well explode!

Whenever I see my bit of bling it makes me smile cos all I can see is Adam getting down on one knee while looking out over London & then at random times I just get a jolt of excitement rushing through me as I think “eek I’m going to be a MRS & I get to show how much I love Adam & vice versa in front of all my family & friends & have a good old party after!” what more could you want?!
Plans are going well.  I’ve been to two wedding fayres now (one with the rents & one with adam, nick & lisa (another bride-to-be!)).  The first one was lovely, nothing huge & no scary bride-zillas walking around with clipboards, just simple ideas to add an individual touch.  The second was in Croydon & a bit bigger, by this point tho I’d begun to realise that if you look interested & pick up a flyer on a cake stand they’ll give you tasters!  Needless to say we didn’t need any lunch that day & we got to try some lovely cakes!  Hehe! 

We’ve been trying to figure out our theme as well & how we want our invites to look.  I got home last night at 11:30pm (after seeing the Kings Speech, fab film if you ain’t seen it!) & adam had got some good ideas printed out so we sat down & talked it through & then BAM! the theme hit us & we got all excited!  We ended up sketching until about 1:30am & ideas were whizzing round.  That’s a pair of designers for you!  On top of that I’m going home tonight armed with a Pantone book so we can choose colours from chips with references we can quote to printers, official or what?!
Anyways I apologise for having really sickly sweet posts at the moment but I want to remember all these little exciting times so that when I’m in mid transformation of turning into bride-zilla & insisting we HAVE to have flowers that match the pantone reference exactly I can log on here & remember the day doesn’t have to be grand, no ones going to care if something so miniscule doesn’t go to plan & we don’t need a strict itinerary, it’s all about us two, our love & sharing it in the form of a huge party with everyone we love as well.
x x x

Saturday, February 05, 2011

welcome to our humble abode 3

finally we have another room finished in 'chez p!' after the lounge in post one and the main bedroom in post two the kitchen is complete! (well apart from the light shade but i'm sure you can over look that little detail!)

it was so exciting to finally get the floor down cos that marked the completion of the first room we'd have to start from scratch with.  see the photo story below:

how the kitchen used to look when we first looked round our 'home to be,' there wasn't a washing machine at all & the lady wouldn't be leaving the cooker or fridge so we really had to start again to make sure everything would fit.  the space isn't tiny but it's not huge either so it was a trcky jigsaw puzzle to put it all together.

the rest of the space as well as the larder which you can see more of below.....

the larder - such a valable storage space but we weren't sure if we'd be able to keep it or not cos the fridge might have to move into this doorway.

our new kitchen being delivered just after we'd moved in.

 while decorating the other rooms took up most of our time we kept everything in the spare bedroom out of the way

making our first cuppa with our posh new delonghi kettle!

brandon looking on waiting for refreshments after working hard to help out uncle adam & aunty katie!

our first lunch in our house picnic style!

adam called for reinforcements in the form of his mate paul to help take off all the tiles

what a mess! :P

the plumber then came over to figure out the many pipes & to see if anything could be moved back a bit to help fit the cupboards in

the fridge fitted like a glove in the space where the larder was. phew! there was only one fridge we could find that was this narrow!

the cupboards started to take shape & the counter was put in

we finally had a washing machine, a sink & cupboard space to start storing stuff, such a relief!

the first cupboard with doors! not much to put in there at that point but boy are they full now!

the cooker & hob then made an appearance! woop! no more need for wetherspoons meals! not quite sure why we hadn't thought of using the microwave in the period of no cooker but it was just as cheap to have a beer & a burger in the evenings the microwave summit!

we then figured that if we took out the shelving in the larder we might be able to push the fridge back into it & have some shelf space to the side which we tried.....

it also meant we'd get some more light from a little side window in the larder

we took the shelves out which also lead to a gap in the wall between the kitchen & bathroom! perfect for if you'd had a curry the night before & needed to keep the loo roll in the fridge! :P this gap was blocked up very quickly i hasten to add!

 the paint pots stacked up ready for textured walls & matt woodwork

the finished room! it seems so much bigger & brighter than 6 months ago when we moved in. the colour scheme is fab too, we're dead chuffed with it.

 the fridge in the larder as well as shelf space & the washing machine hidden behind a cupboard door

the larder & our notice boards

adam's posh coffee machine & hanging red & silver utensils

the delonghi appliances & the knif stand (which gets mixed responses when people see it for the first time!)

well i hope you enjoyed the tour around out kicthen, next up the bathroom......watch this space!
x x x