Friday, December 30, 2011

It's that time of year again

A new year & new resolutions! Im currently sitting in the hairdressers having a long overdue cut & colour & started to think about the year ahead. 2011's list seemed to go quite well so now I'm on a roll let's take a look at 2012:
~ get married:
Thought I'd start with one that's (hopefully!) a definite to happen. Adam & I can't wait till Sept 1st & plans are going really well.
~ pay off credit card:
This was part of last year's list & I did it! It was such a great feeling to be free from debt. This time cos of Chrimbo & Adam's birthday a bit has gone back on but I'm confident I can tackle it & be debt free again. Woop!
~ loose weight:
The wedding diet's gone on the back burner for a bit but come Jan 1st mum & I are challenging each other again to fight the flab, forfeits & all! I'm planning on getting back into the swing (no pun intended!) of jive & to start swimming properly as well.

~ stop trying to keep everyone happy:
Mum came up with this one for her & I like it so I've pinched it too. Sometimes in this last year I've tried too hard to keep others happy which has resulted in me getting upset. So from now on its going to be a bit more about me. I loved the post from IRockSoWhat's blog below:

There was an old man, a boy and a donkey. They were going to town and it was decided that the boy should ride.
As they went along they passed some people who thought that it was a shame for the boy to ride and the old man to walk. The old man and boy decided that maybe the critics were right so they changed positions.
Later, they passed some more people who thought that it was a real shame for that man to make such a small boy walk. The two decided that maybe they should both walk.
Soon they passed some people who thought that it was stupid to walk when they had a donkey to ride. The man and the boy decided maybe the best thing would be for them both to ride the donkey.
Soon, they passed a group who thought that it was a shame to put such a load on a poor helpless animal. The old man and the boy decided that maybe the critics were right so they decided to carry the donkey.
As they crossed a bridge, they lost their grip on the animal and he fell into the river and drowned.
The Moral of the Story: If you try to please everyone, you will eventually lose your ass!
--Do what you want, you don't need to worry about what anyone else thinks.

The others I'm carrying over from 2011 are:
~ i must read most of the books i've bought, not just keep buying new ones just cos i like the covers! don't get me wrong i love reading but i think i could last all year with the unread books i have so far rather than needing to buy any more! i think my 12 page amazon wish list could do with being edited slightly too!
~ i need to try taking out my roller skates at least once & give them a good airing, rather than just using them at an outdoor roller disco & thinking that's enough use! i also must must must learn how to stop successfully! I haven't even got them out this year at all (apart from during the leak in the coal shed!).
~ seeing as we bought a house 1yr & 6months ago (how times flies!) I'd like to have more time at home with adam being a couple rather than rushing around seeing people or having people over & we need to sort wedding stuff too now.

Well there we go. My last resolution is to enjoy every minute of the year to come a little birdie tells me it's gonna be ace!
Ttfn x

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

boxing day take two

Yesterday ma, pa & I headed down to Aunty Del & Uncle Pete's for some long overdue family time.
My cousin David was back over from Germany for a bit & Becs came round with Luke & Amelia. We hadn't all been together since Amelia's Christening so it was great to relax with everyone & catch up properly.
Amelia's grown up so much & she has this lovely little toothy smile which makes her nose scrunch up as well. She's such a cutie!
Luke & Becs seemed to be doing really well too, parenting really suits them & everyone was so sweet playing with Amelia, she was good as gold & they deserve to be very proud parents.
It then came to present time, the most exciting time for a kid cos that means box time! Amelia loved the noises daddy's bottles of beer made as they clanged together & then discovered the box of unwanted gift wrap - what more could a little girl want?!
Christmas must be such an exciting time for a little person & Amelia had a great time exploring everyone & everything.
Uncle D is rather besotted with this little lady & I'm sure she had pretty much every male in that room wrapped round her little finger - she's leaning from her mum already! :P
Before I was dropped off back in London to go back to work today (boo!) we had a nibbly picnic style tea complete with curry popcorn. Nom!

Ttfn x

Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Well that's it for another year! Adam & I headed to ma&pa's straight after work on Friday so we could make the most of Chrimbo Eve rather than spending it sitting on a motorway in traffic jams. We spent the morning pottering round a surprisingly empty Hinckley town centre, Morrisons & Woodlands - think everyone had gone to Leicester for last minute buys.
It wouldn't be Christmas Eve without heading to church for the Christingle Service & nibbling away at the raisins while singing carols. The church was packed - a lovely sight to see. Afterwards, just like back in the day, we went over to Aunty Di & Uncle Dave's for dinner. It was lovely to catch up with them both & I got to see Helen as well who I grew up with & met her Fiance Pete before their wedding in April next year. We left theirs & headed to Midnight Mass. It's hard to believe Adam & I were some of the youngest there cos I'm sure we almost nodded off during the sermon (sorry mum! :P).
Before heading up to bed I left my usual note for Santa in the kitchen. I wanted to give Santa a bit of variety on his journey round the world so gave him to chance to have a few miniatures & toast en route.
I woke up the next morning to a messy kitchen thanks to Blitzen & I think I annoyed Rudolph a bit cos there was no carrot but it seemed to go down better than they year I left Santa milk cos I decided it wasn't safe for him to drink & drive.
As has become our little tradition over the last few years Adam & I had an hour together early Chrimbo morning before everyone else woke up & before he set off to see his family. We gave each other our gifts & had a cuddle while watching Scooby Doo (the same one that's on tv every year!). It's really lovely having that little bit of quiet time before the hustle & bustle of the rest of the day.
Adam had warned me not to make too much noise around his present which he'd put airholes in & had heavily hinted there might be a little pug in there. When I opened it I saw he hadn't lied......
there was little pug guarding my pressies! Looking at my gifts below do you think I have a slight obsession?!
I also got some fab pug mugs from Lou too!
Adam left about 8am & ma, pa & I had a really super duper lazy day. It was brill. We opened pressies, eventually got dressed & tucked into a yummy Chrimbo lunch with a 3-bird roast (turkey stuffed with a duck, stuffed with a chicken stuffed with stuffing) cooked by dad. Our Christingle (we added some more raisins) had pride of place in the table centre.
I managed to stay awake until after TOTP & the Queen's Speech then had a cheeky snooze on the sofa. Bliss!
I hope everyone had a lovely break wherever you are. :)
Ttfn x

Friday, December 23, 2011

Chrimbo ain't cancelled!

Huzzah! I know most of you probably didn't think it was in the first place but seeing as we didn't get a proper Chrimbo outing at work this year I wasn't feeling quite as festive as I could. Last night, things all changed for the better, Adam's company invited me along to their Chrimbo party at the Wimbledon Dog Track.
Not long after we'd sat down in the warm restaurant (no standing outside for us!) we placed bets on the first race. Most of the others were trying to figure out who was the best to put their money on & I just sat there picking the ones who's names I liked. We (the 'royal we') were off to a good start & Andy won the first race woop!
As well as the excitement of the dogs we also had the excitement of Secret Santa! I'd got quite carried away with mine & got loads of things from the pound shop & put them in a big box, others weren't quite so enthusiastic & wrapped their gifts in the carrier bags they'd came in!
About half way through the night we decided to change tactics seeing as we'd lost every race so far. We went for a "forecast reverse" (getting into the lingo here!) on dog 5 & 6 coming 1st & 2nd in either order.
we waited with baited breath as our 2 dogs ran round the track
onto the finishing straight
and they.............................lost! Rubbish!

While the races were going the waiters had been providing our 3 course Chrimbo dinners. Adam went traditional with turkey & all the trimmings while I opted for the beef.
By this point Hayley & Andy were getting into this whole betting malarkey & were studying the boards along with the booklet & counting out their pennies. It seemed to work though & they won another few races while Adam & I were on a mega loss. Shocking! No added extras to the wedding fund that's for sure, if anything we're a bouquet & pair of shoes short!
Then finally our luck changed on race 9. We put £2 on Skippys Samson....
and we won........................£5.20! Get in! All's not lost!

By the way this'll be my last post before Chrimbo so I hope y'all have a great one :)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

spot the difference

last night was the Jive Nation Chrimbo party & me & my sister-from-another-mister rocked up in our festive jumpers see if you can spot the difference :P
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It was a great evening - I may have missed the class due to nattering away (typical!) but I had some great freestyles later on. Bar Lenuccia are always so welcoming & the atmosphere's brill. It got even better when the mulled wine was brought out in a giant wine glass followed by a huge Panettone! They sure know how to look after a load of festive dancers. :P Later on Kev & Aggie did a spectacular showcase, we're so lucky to have them as teachers (& friends!), if you ever get a chance to see them you must.
Well that was my last jive of 2011. I'm definately hoping to dance a hell of a lot more next year & it's going to be one of my resolutions I'm really wanting to stick to (come on, we all make ones that we know we ain't gonna stick to & this ain't it!). Cheers for the brill times in 2011 guys, bring on 2012! :)

Ttfn x

Monday, December 19, 2011

Wedding dress? Tick!

This is quite a strange blog post cos I can't go into too much detail about what we did & where on Saturday but all I can say is I now own a wedding dress!
Ma&Pa came down for the weekend, we met up with Anna & Lou & headed to a certain shop in a certain area of London to get the dress! I knew what I wanted & had tried it on previously but it was nice to see what 2 more people thought & to try it on with the shoes. Mum & I scurried into the changing room ready for my glam transformation. I had a bit of a wobble once it was all on before the curtain was pulled back, I don't know why but I didn't want to go out & do a twirl, it wasn't that I was scared they'd not like it I just didn't want the fuss I think. I felt really self conscious. Not a great start for the actual wedding day! Once I stepped out in front of everyone & was greeted with lovely smiles I knew I'd be fine. I did a few twirls & loved how I looked so I can't wait now.
After purchasing my new special frock we headed for lunch at a lovely cafe. Seeing as the wedding diet is going so well (!!!) I had a Full English complete with black pudding. There's always tomorrow to start the healthy eating right?!
After lunch we popped somewhere else (it's actually really hard to write without giving anything away!) to check about summit else to do with my outfit before heading home - tired but happy :) Only 256 days to go till it can be worn!
Ttfn x

Friday, December 16, 2011

it's behind you!

yes folks it's that time of year again - Panto Time! oh no it isn't! Adam got us tickets to Bollywood Cinderella at Tara Arts in Earlsfield, oh yes he did!
The show had been written by Hardeep Singh Kohli & was brill! Here's a description from the program:
"Sunder is the daughter of the Kind of Dil, whose wife died at childbirth. Evil Shanti - a widow with an eccentric daughter, Happy-Lucky - wooed the King to become his second wife & stepmother to Sunder. No sooner had they married then she forced him into exile - to return only if & when either of their daughters were to wed.
Evil Shanti wants to get her daughter married, to keep the Kingdom of Dil to herself. She forces Sunder to slave night & day making chappals (slippers). Poor Sunder has only vegetables for company.
When the neighbouring Prince Raj arrives searching for 'a girl who loves me for me,' he sets in train a series of romantic possibilities. Will Shanti succeed in getting Happy-Lucky married? Will Sunder regain her birthright? Will the prince find his love? And what about Nitin, the Prince's loyal servant...?"
The theatre was tiny, just an end terrace house really, but they'd gone to town making the place Indian-fied with the decorations. There was a huge billboard advertising the show under the railway bridge next door which I think was actually bigger than the theatre itself! After grabbing a drink in the foyer/bar area we went in to the auditorium & we were greeted by benches, a few chairs & cushions on the floor - it only held about 60people so it was a very intimate show!
There were lots of Bollywood influences & puns all through the show meaning it was a great panto in general but even better if you'd seen the odd film beforehand to appreciate all the jokes & actor references. I think it's time to introduce Adam to a Bollywood, better dust off Om Shanti Om & put aside a spare 3/4hours! There was as much colour, singing & dancing as I'd hoped & it left me excited to get back to Mumbai in January. Thinking about it, I'd love to see this show again with a more typical Indian audience that really get into it with the cheering & boo-ing. Our crowd were a bit timid & I started some of the boo-ing in the second half myself, maybe cos it was such a small venue people were nervous to make a sound?! Either that or they were totally engrossed in the show (which is possible!) so didn't make a peep!
Usually this would be the point where I'd tell you to go & see the show for yourselves & enjoy every minute but unfortunately it's sold out for the whole run, apart from a Matinee today. Boo! Who knows maybe they'll put it on again next year, if so you better go!
Ttfn x