Thursday, January 31, 2008

Blankets, scones & questions

Neither Kelly nor myself like putting covers on quilts, so we've always had a few fleece blankets on our bed in the place of a quilt. I recently decided, however that there are times when it's just too cold to just have a couple of fleece blankets (especially when you sleep with a blanket stealing dog). So, yesterday we got a nice, warm quilt for our bed. We brought it two covers. One is black on one side and white on the other, the other is a blue that the packaging calls duck egg bblue, and both have matching pillowcases. So, when my Mam and Dad were here yesterday, Mam helped me get the quilt in one of the covers, and last night I was able to crawl in to a nice, cozy bed. I have to say, it was lovely to curl up in such a warm quilt after so long with Kero stealing most of our blankets so we ended up with just one blanket between us while Kero had a little nest he'd made of the others near the bottom of the bed. Also, there's nothing like crawling in to a freshly made bed, which is why I'm not the least bit surprised that I had the best night's sleep I've had in ages last night.

Anyway, Mam made me some scones while she was here yesterday. We (Mam, Dad, Kelly and I) all had one each, fresh from the oven, and dripping with butter, and they tasted so good we wanted more. Before we knew it we'd almost eaten the entire first batch, so Mam made some more so that Kelly and I actually have some for the next few days. LOL!

Even with those scones, we still had our chicken roast dinner. Yes, even the furkids. Mam made Kero such a big dinner that he couldn't even finish it (not that Sakura and Megan minded that, lol!) And there's still some leftover chicken, so we put it in freezer safe containers in our freezer to have another time. Mam and I are planning on having some with a baked potato (and probably some kind of veg) on Monday.

I started listening to "The Hobbit" last night, but between the fact I was a bit tired anyway, and the fact the bed was all cozy and snuggly, I didn't get to hear much of it before falling asleep. Never mind, I'll listen to some more later. It's my audio book, so it's not like there's a big rush to get it finished, is there?

By the way, if you haven't asked your question(s) yet, there's still time. I'll accept questions until such time as the post is not visible on the page when you come to my blog. My blog shows 10 posts per page, so that means that it will take 8 more posts (after this one) for that to happen. That gives you about a week in which to get questions in. I'll check the post each day until that happens, so as long as you post your question before the 8th post is written it will be answered. Or, at least, it will be answered as best as I can. And, yes, you can ask another question if you have already asked one. I don't know if the way Kaylee and her friends are doing it allows more than one question per person, but I've decided that I will put a time limit rather than a question limit on the post. Only one question at a time though. So, wait for one of your questions to be answered before asking another.

I think that's just about everything.

Have a good day :)

Tori

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The theme is food

Monday (yesterday) Mam came down for dinner. We (OK, she) did do a bit of tidying up, because Mam being Mam she couldn't possibly just leave it a bit, lol! But other than that (and several trips outside for Kero to have a sniff about and a pee, and Mam to have a smoke) we didn't really do anything. Just sat around talking most of the afternoon and part of the evening. Then Mam went home and I went to bed.

Had to get up early today (Tuesday) because Mam and her friend Kelly were taking me to Asda to do some food shopping, but Mam had to be back home in time for a 1:00 pm driving lesson. Good thing is, I woke up really early, so was more than ready by the time they got here. I'd even made my way outside to sit on the bench in our front garden (communal garden) since it was dry and not quite as cold as it has been recently.

We stopped to get my Kelly his KFC on the way home from Asda, and I brought Mam and the other Kelly something to eat too. The choices were KFC, Burger King or something from in Asda, so I had something from in Asda, because I don't like KFC and can't stand Burger King. Give me McDonalds or Wendy's any day of the week, but I'd rather starve than eat at Burger King. If I had a choice between only those two, I'd at least eat the chips (fries) that KFC make, but not Burger King's. No way! Anyway, I got myself a couple of egg sandwiches and some nacho cheese dippers from Asda instead, and man were they good!

And, continuing the food theme...

I listened to "James And The Giant Peach" by Roald Dahl last night. I've heard the story loads of times before, but only recently got the audio version. For those who don't know, it's the story of an orphan named "James Henry Trotter" and how he escapes from his horrid aunts in a giant peach with some giant insects. It's an extremely far-fetched story, but I really love it, and would recommend it to anyone who likes far-fetched stories or stories about animals acting like people.

Anyway, I just wanted to quickly point out that I do completely understand that you have things going on (work, family issues, etc) that make it difficult to do blog posts. I was just commenting on how quiet the blogs were lately. My Grandma, for example, hasn't been on the blogs (not even to leave comments) for two weeks. So, please don't feel you need to appologise or anything.

Oh, and by the way, AliceKay, my comment about everyone being obsessed with chickens a few days ago, was because there's an organic farming show on TV, and it deals with chickens (among other things) and since the show started my Grandma and my Dad (both of whom have been watching it) have been talking about these chickens. My Dad was talking about them so much last Wednesday that I was starting to think the world was obsessed with chickens. LOL!

The only other thing I've got to say today is that today is my Mam's old cat Tigger's birthday. He's 17 years old, and - unfortunately - starting to show his age. Poor old man. Still, I wanted to say, "happy birthday" to him, and now I have.

Oh, and if you haven't already seen the post below this one, you might want to take a look at it.

Enjoy whatever's left of your day :)

Tori

The question thing

OK, I'm borrowing this idea from Kaylee, who borrowed it from a couple of her friends, but I can't remember which friends and can't be bothered to go back to her blog to check. All that matters is it looked like fun, so I thought I'd borrow it for my own blog.

Anyway, on this blog post (well, in the comments section of this blog post) you can each ask me any question you like. Be it something you've always wanted to know but didn't know if you should ask, or something that pops in to your head after my invitation to ask me a question. Doesn't matter which. Either way, ask away! :)

Edited to add:
You may ask more than one question, but you may only ask another question after I have answered your previous question. Also, you can only submit questions for as long as this post is visible on the front page of my blog. My blog shows 10 posts at a time, so this means that you have until there are 10 posts more recent than this one to submit questions.

Tori

This week's menu

Will do a proper post later, I just wanted to quickly post this week's menu while I remember what I've planned on us having for dinner each day this week.

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Tuesday:
Take-out (we were going to have Elizabeth make dinner, but Kelly wants us to grab him a KFC on the way home from Asda, so I told her not to bother cooking)

Wednesday:
Chicken roast dinner (with Mam and Dad... They're coming down to us)

Thursday
Sausage, mash and peas

Friday:
Chicken drummers, chips and beans

Saturday:
Pasta or noodles with a pasta sauce

Sunday:
Dinner at my parents' place

Monday:
Dinner with Mam (so, whatever Mam feels like having that we have in the cupboard or freezer, lol)

Monday, January 28, 2008

All's quiet on the blogging front

I don't know what it is, but it seems like most people have a lot going on that's stopping them from making it to their blogs lately. Either that, or - like me - they just couldn't be bothered to put the PC on and write a blog.

Actually, I think the main reason for my lack of interest in blogging over the past few days is that I've done sod all worth blogging about over the past few days. And, what's the point of doing a blog when you've got nothing to write about?

About the most interesting thing that happened was the doctor called (well, it was the doctor's receptionist really, but still) to ask me to make an appointment to come in for more blood tests. Got to go in for them on Thursday 7th February 2008 at 10:20 am. Only thing is, I was so busy trying to find a time and day that worked for everyone involved I forgot to ask why the doctor wants them done. Oops! I guess I'll ask when I go for them. It's probably just to keep an eye on my iron level anyway.

Also, Mam dropped by on her way to town with her friend Kelly to ask if I wanted anything from town. I said I wouldn't mind a baguette... Apparently she was meaning she wanted to know if I "needed" anything. *Shrugs* Well, she said "want" not "need" so how was I to know which she meant? LOL! Anyway, there wasn't anything we needed, so she did end up getting my baguette (and a chicken sandwich for my hubby). And, very nice it was too! I guess she decided since she was going in for driving practice anyway, she might as well grab my baguette. LOL!

Spent most of the weekend watching some of my ever growing "need to watch" DVD pile.

First I watched series 9 and 10 of Friends, which I got a few weeks ago with the rest of my birthday money. So, that's that all spent now.

I was going to watch series 6 of Buffy too, but I was watching the DVDs in the bedroom, and the DVD player in there is REALLY picky, and decided that after two episodes of Buffy I had seen all it was going to let me see. LOL!

So, instead I watched "Double, Double, Toil And Trouble" which is a movie starring the Olsen twins (Mary-Kate and Ashley). The movie is about how 7-year-old twins, Kelly and Lynn (played by the Olsen twins) find out that their Aunt Agatha has trapped her own twin sister (Sophia) in a mirror, and the girls have until midnight on Halloween to free her, or the spell becomes permanent. I think it's a really good movie. But then, I'm a big fan of the Olsen twins (especially the stuff they did as kids).

I also watched "The Wild" which was about a lion named "Ryan" who lives in a zoo in New York, and who is trying to find his roar and thinks if he goes in to the wild he'll then learn how to roar like his Dad (Sampson). So Ryan goes off and Sampson has to try and rescue him and bring him back to the zoo (with a little help from some other animals from the zoo). It was a pretty good movie. Quite funny in places too!

At some point over the past few days, I also finished listening to "Cider With Rosie" by Laurie Lee. I've read it before (for one thing, parts of it were used as materials during my English GCSE) but it was only this past Christmas I actually got myself a copy on audio book (well, actually, someone brought it for me... I think it was my Mam). Anyway, it's Laurie Lee's autobiography, and it's really good. At least, I think so.

Tori

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Foxes, teenagers, food & things

I'm not sure how I never got around to doing a blog for the past few days, I just somehow didn't get to it. I've not really been all that busy, so I can't use that as an excuse, and I've not been sick or anything, so I can't use that as an excuse either. I just never made it to the "new post" screen, and as a result never got around to writing and publishing a new post. Until now.

So, let me see...

Monday, Mam came down for the evening, and Mam and Elizabeth gave my kitchen a thorough cleaning. It wasn't a tip in there or anything, but the coffee pot got thrown out, and Kian's fish tank got thrown out, so Mam noticed that it was a bit dirty under stuff, and set to work with cleaning products. I'm just thankful she inlisted Elizabeth to help and not me. LOL!

Then Elizabeth went off to see her boyfriend so Mam and I could have a couple of hours with just the two of us before she had to go home.

At some point during this time, Mam took Kero out and they saw a fox. Mam said it was just stood there staring at them, until Kero decided it had to be chased away from "his" property and practically dragged Mam after it. Don't worry though, the fox got away easily. When Mam came in to tell me about it, I told her she should have brought Kero back in and grabbed my camera so she could get me a photo of it to put on my blog. She just said, "Well, I didn't," and went to make dinner. LOL!

I heard the fox (and I think its mate) later that night though. When I took Kero out for a pee before bed I heard the fox's "bark" and an answering fox's bark that was a little higher-pitched than the first. Not sure which one Mam and Kero had seen, but both foxes were over in the field across from us when I heard them late Monday night/early Tuesday morning.

Tuesday, Mam had to take Elizabeth in so she could see a couple of people about jobs, so they went and did our shopping for us, which meant Kelly didn't have to get up and go all the way in to do our shopping when they were in town anyway.

Elizabeth made toccos for dinner Tuesday, and we let her bring her boyfriend round for dinner. I'm not really a tocco person, but I know she makes them well and I know Kelly really enjoys them, so I said she could make them just this once, but not to expect to be making them on a regular basis. Don't get me wrong, they were pretty good as toccos go, but I'm not the kind of person to sit eating toccos, enchilatas, etc more than once in a blue moon, if you know what I mean.

I had a real laugh Tuesday evening though. It was one of those situations where the best option is just to laugh about it. Those of you who have dealt with teenage sons and daughters will know where I'm coming from on this one, and those who haven't... Consider this a warning for when it's your turn to deal with a teenager. LOL!

Anyway, what happened was that I told Elizabeth to clean up any mess she makes, and wash up anything that's dirty as a result of her cooking. I pointed out that this refered to pots, pans, plates, cutlery, etc. So, no problem. She made dinner, cleared the table, wiped the table off, washed the stuff she'd gotten dirty, etc. She then went off to stay with her boyfriend the night, leaving the dishes on the drainer (which was fine, I'd told her I'd wipe them and put them away). A little while after she left, I went out in to the kitchen to put a dirty cup on the side by the sink, and wipe and put away the dishes, only to discover that while she'd washed everything that had gotten dirty from her cooking, the couple of cups and stuff that were on the side before she got home, which most people would have grabbed with the stuff they were washing, were still there. Like I said, I just laughed. I couldn't be angry with her. I mean, she'd done exactly what I asked her to. So, all I could do was stand in front of the sink and laugh until my sides hurt. So, future reference. Specify to a teenager that while they're washing the stuff they got dirty you'd really appreciate it if they could wash the other dirty dishes. LOL!

So, anyway, Wednesday (yesterday) Mam and Dad came down for dinner, and Mam made us all a lamb roast dinner. There was lamb, roast potatoes, roast parsnips, sprouts, carrots and broccoli. Very tasty! Much more my kind of dinner. LOL! There's still some roasties and veg left, so I'm going to have that with something later.

Kero got to have the bone from the lamb to gnaw on. He doesn't usually get bones, because usually we either get meat off the bone, or chicken or turkey (which dogs can't have the bones from, 'cause they shatter too easy and get stuck in their throats and stuff). The only other times there's a bone around are usually when we're up at my parents' place for dinner, but Willow gets those after we leave, because they're usually quite big (they'd need to be from a joint of meat big enough to feed six or more full grown humans and a couple of dogs, lol!) Kero wouldn't take the bone from Mam for some reason though. She even put it down by his bed, but he wouldn't touch it. So, I picked it up and gave it to him, and he's been carrying it about (occasionally stopping to gnaw on it for a bit) ever since. I guess he needed me to confirm it was alright for him to have it or something? *Shrugs*

Mam and Dad didn't stay as long as they usually would have, because my Mam's not too well at the moment. I told her loads of times that if she wanted to either go lay down and let Kelly finish making the dinner, or go home and let Kelly finish making the dinner then she could, but she was determine to cook that dinner. Mam's one of those who isn't very good at just sitting down for a bit, and will keep going until she physically can't get up. I wish she'd stop being stubborn and let others take over sometimes.

OK, well, there's no menu for this week, because we are still trying to figure out who's going to be where and when, so, I think that's just about everything, except for the fact that my not getting on here to do a proper blog post meant that I missed saying happy birthday to two people on my blog. They both got a "happy birthday" in other ways, but I want to say it on my blog, even though it's now late. So, "happy birthday" to little Cerys (the toddler from upstairs) who turned 2 on January 21st, and "happy birthday" to my friend Kati who had her birthday on January 22nd.

Enjoy your day! :)

Tori

Sunday, January 20, 2008

The weekend

Well, I got back to bed about 6:00 am (ish) Saturday morning, then slept until about 11:30 am. Mam was going to be coming down, but she wasn't feeling too great, so she didn't. I didn't mind though, 'cause I was still really tired, so ended up going back to bed for a couple of hours (slept from about 1:00 pm until about 2:30 pm).

Elizabeth is storing some of her stuff in our spare room while she gets herself sorted with a place. She'll be sleeping here the odd night too, but will be staying with her boyfriend most of the time I expect. We're pretty much just a glorified storage unit. LOL! I know we're trying to get moved too, but in the meantime our spare room was just sitting there doing nothing, and she needed somewhere to put her stuff (and sometimes to sleep), so we figured we'd help her out, and said she can stay with us the nights she doesn't spend with her boyfriend. In return she's cooking for us once a week, and when she's about helping out with any chores we need done.

She came with her stuff Saturday evening, and we've hardly seen her since. She spent last night (Saturday) with her boyfriend, and is with him at the moment. We did meet up with her at my parents' place when we went there for dinner today, but that's about it. She should be back pretty soon though, 'cause she's meant to be sleeping here tonight.

I finished listening to "The Tenderness Of Wolves" by Stef Penney last night. It was an interesting story, though sometimes hard to follow. It was a story about a murder in a small village (I believe it was in Canada somewhere) and how the investigation of it revealed the answers to a few other things people had been seeking answers to. I think it was a pretty good story, but, like I said, it was hard to follow in places, because the story kept switching from past to present happenings, and from one person's point of view to another's, and there was no pattern to it. However, I did find that once I got a little way in to the story and got to know the characters a little it became easier to keep track of who was doing what, where and when, if you know what I mean.

Anyway, today (Sunday) we went to my parents' place for dinner. Mam made a lovely roast beef dinner (beef, yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, roast parsnips, sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower). And, yes I did enjoy it. I even ate my broccoli. LOL!

We didn't stay much after dinner though, 'cause I wasn't feeling right. I think all the stuff that's been going on over the past few months finally caught up with me or something. Anyway, Mam brought Kelly, Kero and I back home in her car (with her friend Kelly as co-driver) and I went to bed for the afternoon.

It's a shame though, 'cause Kero and Willow were actually being really well behaved and calm. They were both just laying down near our feet, which is normal for Kero, but not for Willow. LOL! I guess they're getting used to each other at last.

Kero was in his element when Mam's friend Kelly showed up, because she went down on the floor with him and was petting him and throwing out compliments like they were going out of style, and since Kero's a very proud little dog, I don't think I need to tell you how much he enjoys when people do that.

Mam's friend Kelly has a Westie named "Brynn" and Mam and Kelly suggested that when the weather gets warmer and dryer we all go to the park for a doggy play-date. Sounds like a good idea, but we'll see if it actually happens. If it does, poor Willow's going to think she's seeing double. Mind you, I doubt she'll mind that, she'll probably think it's the most exciting thing since Christmas. LOL!

Tori

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Gynaecologist and Swansea

OK, first of all, to AliceKay... It's not so much I was watching soaps, it was my choice of soap I was saying was pathetic. There's nothing wrong with watching soaps (if you like that kind of thing) but "Coronation Street" is rubbish. If I'd been watching something like "Home And Away" or something like that it wouldn't have been so bad.

Anyway, after I finished my blog, "The Bill" went to start. There was no power on this Earth that would persuade me to watch "The Bill" of my own free will, so I flicked the TV over from channel 3 to channel 5. Not sure what I ended up watching, but it was something about people looking after the kids of single parents. I figured I'd watch it to see if it was any good, but I have to say that I didn't think much of it. I'm glad I watched it in a way though, because I ended up finding out at the end of the show that the episode of CSI I'd missed Tuesday because of lack of TV was being repeated on another channel. I wasn't all that bothered that I hadn't caught the episode, but figured since it was on and I wasn't doing anything I'd watch it. So, that's what I did. Then, I went to bed.

Thursday was my Gynaecologist appointment (finally). For the benifit of anyone who has forgotten or hasn't been reading my blog for long, I was given pills in June of 2007 (started taking them atd the end of July 2007) because I'm trying to get pregnant but wasn't ovulating. There, now I'm sure you feel better for knowing that, LOL! Anyway, I'm not sure what the measurement they use for how much you are ovulating is, but my reading was 2 at that point. For my age it's meant to be in about the mid 20s (something like 23 to 25) so it needed to be upped quite a bit, which is what the pills were given to me for. Well, they did their job, my reading is now 38. The Gynaecologist thinks they're working too well though, so wants me to have a few months without them to see if nature will now take over. I've got to go back in about three months to see if that idea is working. In the meantime it's just a case of waiting, hoping, trying, and attempting to eat a healthy and balanced diet. LOL!

Yesterday (Friday) I went to Swansea with my Mam for the day. I needed a few bits of clothes, and she just likes browsing the sales to see if anything catches her eye. LOL! We didn't buy all that much though.

Mam got herself a couple of new tops that had caught her eye, and we both had new jackets. I got one because I needed one since I've broken the zip on my old one (which is starting to look a bit tatty anyway) but Mam got hers by accident. The jacket had been put on a hanger that was labeled with a different size to the jacket itself. Usually we check the label on the clothes too, but for some reason we didn't. Anyway, we brought the jacket (knowing that if it was the size it said on the hanger it would fit, but still not thinking to check to make sure it was the size it was meant to be) and left the store where we proceeded to remove the tags for me to put it on. Luckily Mam is a smaller size than me, because the jacket was too small. Needless to say, we went back in and got me another one (making sure to check the labels properly this time) and I gave Mam the other one. I also needed a couple of new t-shirts, so I got myself a couple. They're blue with the "Lonsdale" logo across the chest. I also grabbed a couple of t-shirts for Kelly, since I was sure he probably needed some too, and the sales are a good time to get stuff without paying through your nose for it.

While we were in Swansea we went to "Starbucks" for a drink. It was quite cold and wet, so we needed something to warm us up, and somewhere to dry off a bit, so, since we don't go near Starbucks very often we thought we'd go for it this time. Anyway, we had a piece of carrot cake and a mug of caramel cocoa, both of which were delicious! I only drank about half my cocoa though, because after that I started to get the queezy feeling I get when I've had my limit of dairy stuff (probably should have said "no" to having whipped cream on top of the cocoa). But I still enjoyed what I drank. Starbucks is quite expensive, but worth its money, so at least the £10.20 it cost for the two drinks and two pieces of cake was worth spending. And, Mam finished my drink, so it's not like it went to waste.

Another place I don't get near often is "Subway" so, even though I had the option of going to McDonalds, or any other fast food place (those that are run over here anyway) I decided I'd much rather have a sub from Subway. So, I had a tuna sub on the Italian herb and cheese bread. That one's my signature sub. I had it so much in Canada that the people who worked there just saw hubby come in, asked if it was for me or someone else, and when he told them it was for me they could make the sub without being told what to put in it (we lived about two blocks - if that - from Subway when we were in Canada so we were very regular customers... LOL!)

So, apart from the fact it was cold and wet, and the fact my system decided I'd had too much dairy stuff in the last couple of days, it was a really good day. At least, I enjoyed, and I hope Mam did.

After everything I'd done the last few days I was VERY tired when I got home though. I'd actually had a good night's sleep Thursday night (and it was solid sleep, not broken sleep) but even so, by the time we were coming home, I was just about ready to curl up on the nearest dry and flat surface and go to sleep. I only managed to make it until around 6:00 pm before I fell asleep, which is probably why I'm wide awake now. Still a bit tired though, so I will probably go back to bed for a while in a bit.

Tori

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Fantastic discoveries

We decided we'd attach the Freeview box to the TV ready for when we could get an aerial (we figured we might as well, since the Sky box had officially been declared broken) and my Mam (who was down here cooking our chicken dinner) had the idea of seeing if the outdoor aerial that was already here when we moved in - but which I'd forgotten existed since we never used it - worked. Turned out it works brilliantly, so we have our Freeview box all set up now. And, I've managed to find out which channel I can watch "The Simpsons" on. Not sure if it's on every day or not, but it's on today, and I'm watching it right now. Yeah, I know, funny thing to consider important to figure out, but I consider it a good thing, and that's all that matters. I've also figured out which channel "Friends" is on, which is another show I really enjoy watching.

OK, enough of that...

Like I said, Mam and Dad came down for dinner, and Mam cooked a lovely chicken dinner. There was even some chicken for Kero, Sakura and Megan. In case you're wondering, Mam cooks the dinner on Wednesdays when she and Dad come down because she chooses to, not because we make her. Kelly would quite willingly cook the dinner, but Mam enjoys cooking, so who are we to tell her not to? LOL!

After Mam got the chicken in the oven, Mam, Kero and I went for a walk, since it was actually not too bad of a day. It's been a little chilly, but at least it's been dry today. The sun was even shining this afternoon. It was a lovely little walk. I've not been out much lately with one thing and another, so it was nice to just go out for a leisurely walk.

We ran in to Lucy with her girls, and little Catrin (the baby born on December 21st) has grown SO much! Lucy says that she now weighs about 8 lbs 11 oz, which means she's already put on 2 lbs 4 oz, which is pretty good for only being about 3 & 1/2 weeks old. Cerys has now turned 2, and is a real handful, but luckily Catrin is a really good baby. So, at least one of the babies is willing to let them sleep. That's got to be making dealing with a toddler and a tiny baby easier for them.

Anyway, Kero loved his long walk. We ended up walking through the park, and where it's been so wet there are still loads of places where the ground is just a pool of mud. This, of course, was a fantastic discovery for Kero, who may hate water, but can't resist mud. Needless to say, my little white dog is no longer white. Oops! Oh, well, at least he enjoyed himself. LOL!

OK, I'm pathetic! I'm watching Coronation Street. I haven't sat and watched the soaps for a good few years (by "good few years" I mean, before I was married). How pathetic am I? Well, my excuse is that there's sod all on TV, and I can't be bothered to get up and get one of my DVDs to watch. Besides, I don't really want to get too in to watching stuff on TV or anything like that, becauseI'll be trying for another early night tonight, since I need to be up early in the morning. Maybe tonight the "going to bed early" thing will actually work out? It hasn't so far this week. Don't get me wrong, I slept quite well last night, but I was still awake at 3:00 am, so my sleep was from some time after that until about 10:00 am. Which means it was a nice sleep, but I could have done with a bit more sleep really.

So, that's how my day's been. Hope your day has been enjoyable too, and I also hope you enjoy whatever's left of your day.

Tori

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Sleep, Sky and other stuff

It took me a bit longer than I'd hoped to get to sleep last night, but I still slept better than I slept over the last couple of nights. Finally got to bed around 11:00 pm, since it took me until gone 10:00 pm to finish my blog post because of stopping part way through to go up and speak to my neighbours (since I heard that they were at home, but still up). So, by the time I'd done everything I needed to before bed (like take Kero out for a last pee in the yard, make sure Sirius has food and water, etc) it was about 11:00 pm. Finally got to sleep a little after 2:00 am, and slept right through until some time between 9:00 and 10:00 am, when Kelly was telling me he was leaving to go do the shopping. Went back to sleep for about an hour, and got up some time between 10:30 and 11:00 am (not sure exactly when... It's not important.

So, anyway, Kelly went and did the shopping, and got home almost an hour after I got up, bringing a tuna, sweetcorn, cheese and onion baguette home with him for me. And, yes, I did enjoy it.

Kelly also picked up our Freeview box, but unfortunately the aerial is out of stock, so we still can't use it until we have an aerial (didn't need one for Sky, so never brought one). We still have the Sky for a couple of weeks so that's no big deal really. Or, it wouldn't have been if it wasn't for the fact I think the Sky box has finally given up the ghost, so to speak. The weather's not been too great, so I wasn't sure if I'd get a picture, but thought I'd try anyway since the rain had calmed down to a light drizzle. Turned the TV on, tried to turn the Sky box on. Nothing. So, we turned off the TV, turned the plug off at the wall for a bit, and tried again. After a few attempts the Sky box flickered to life. Then froze before it had even attempted to re-set itself. This time we couldn't get it turned off, and it was stuck at the point where it tells us it's going to reset itself. So, off go the TV and the plug again. When we tried again the box wouldn't turn back on. That was about three hours ago, and we're still having no luck. *Sigh* So, it looks like we have no TV until we can get an aerial (hopefully Friday). I wouldn't mind so much, but the people from Sky insist I have to pay for the rest of this month (even though I can't watch it) so, until the start of February, I'm paying for a subscription to something I can't use. Then they wonder why I'm canceling my subscription! They'd come fix it, but I'm not paying £70 for them to come out and fix it for just a few weeks, even if I thought they would (last time I had them out to fix the Sky they just re attached a wire the local kids had pulled out and left, charging me £70 for their time). Not to mention the fact I'd have to pay for a new Sky box if this one really has died, and I'm not paying for a box I would only want for a couple of weeks. Besides, with the Sky's history of not working if the weather gets bad it wouldn't be worth the time or money involved. It's easier and cheaper for me to just get the Freeview box set up and pay them their final bill (which is nearly £30). Especially since I'd have to pay that bill either way.

I forgot to say yesterday that our final fish died. Well, he was technically Elizabeth's fish, but we've been looking after him for a little over three years. So, we no longer have any fish, since Kian was our last fish. And, no, we don't plan on getting any more fish. He lasted quite well though, I think Elizabeth said she'd had him for a good year before we got him, and he was a stupid fish who kept jumping up so high out of his tank that until we put a cover over it he kept ending up on the floor. So, how he survived for so long is anyone's guess.

The story I chose to start listening to last night was called "The Tenderness Of Wolves" and it's by someone called Stef Penney. It was one of the audio books I'd stumbled across and put on my "stuff I want" list for people to buy from for me for Christmas. Listened to some of it today too, and am about a third of the way through the story. So far, so good.

Anyway, despite not getting up until gone 10:30 am, I was ready for a nap by about 1:30 pm. I guess I still had some sleep I needed to catch up on. It certainly seemed to be the case, because I fell asleep quite quickly, and never woke again until around 4:30 pm. And, yes, I do feel better for it.

OK, well, I think that covers just about everything, since the only other things I really did today were put away the stuff Kelly got when he went shopping, and check everyone's blogs for new posts (leaving comments on any new posts I found).

Enjoy whatever's left of your day.

Tori

P.S. Just wanted to let anyone who's posted comments on my poetry page know that I have read them. I always check for comments on my poems, I just don't often reply to them. So, thank you to the people who commented on my poems, and thank you in advance to anyone who posts comments on my poems in the future. Your comments - good or bad - are very much appreciated. The same goes for any comments left on my story page.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Marley and more

Had a bad night last night too, but nobody was to blame for it this time. I just couldn't sleep. It was one of those times when you're so tired you can hardly keep your eyes open, then you get in to bed and you're suddenly wide awake, and it takes AGES to finally get to sleep. Plus, I knew I needed to get up early this morning to call in and order a repeat of my pills and some of my drops, because I'm almost out of those things, and I'm sure most of you know how hard it can be to sleep when you know you have to be up a certain time.

I had thought I also needed to be up for when my Freeview box arrived, but it turned out they weren't able to bring it today for some reason. Good thing I needed to be up anyway, or I wouldn't have been impressed at getting up at 7:00 am to wait for something that wasn't coming.

I finished listening to "Marley And Me" by John Grogan last night. I'm glad I finally know how it ends, but part of me wishes I hadn't finished it yet, because it had quite a sad ending. For those who don't know, it's about when John Grogan and his wife "Jenny" get a Labrador puppy, and all the things that happen during the time they have him. It's a fantastic story that's both funny and - in places - sad, and I recommend that you read it (if you haven't already).

After hearing the ending of "Marley And Me" I wanted something a bit more cheerful in my mind before I went to bed, so I decided to listen to "Fairy Dust" by Gwyneth Rees, which I ended up finishing as it was only a short story. It was about a little girl named "Rosie" who moved up to Scotland with her mother and ended up making friends with some fairies and helping them with a task they needed doing that they couldn't do without the help of a human. Luckily it had a much happier ending than "Marley And Me" did. It was a sweet little story, and just as enjoyable as the book ("Fairy Treasure") by the same author that prompted me to buy this one.

Not sure which audio book I'm going to listen to next. I figure this time I'll just grab one from the "need to listen to" pile and whichever one it is that's the one I'll listen to.

Got a letter from the Sky people asking me to phone and confirm I really did want to cancel my subscription with them. What a waste of paper! What they really wanted was another chance to try and convince me to keep it. But I wasn't going to fall for that one. I was a bit surprised they didn't try to offer me some kind of "special offer" because I'd "been a customer for longer than x amount of time" or something like that to try and keep me as a customer. It wouldn't have changed my mind, but it surprised me they didn't try it.

My Mam came down for a few hours today, and made both of us some dinner. We both had chicken, green beans, pees and corn on the cob, but both had different things with them. Mam had rice, but I prefer potatoes, so she made me a baked potato instead. I don't exactly not like rice, I mean, I'll happily eat it, but I'm more of a potato products person than a rice and pasta person.

And, speaking of food, here's our menu for the rest of this week for anyone who's interested:

Tuesday: Turkey drummers, mashed potato and peas
Wednesday: Chicken dinner with Mam and Dad (they're coming down to us for dinner)
Thursday: Spaghetti and meatballs
Friday: Dinosaurs, potatoes and beans
Saturday: Egg and chips for me, and sausage and chips for Kelly (Kelly doesn't really like eggs, but I want egg)
Sunday: Roast beef dinner with Mam and Dad (us going up to their place this time)

Don't worry, the roast dinners have veg with them. I know Wednesday we're having parsnips, carrots and cabbage, but not sure about Sunday since it's up to Mam, Dad and Nan to figure that out. I usually don't find out what veg we're having when we go up there until when we get there.

Anyway, the eye ointment stuff is helping a tiny bit, but not all that much. It eases the pain a bit, but doesn't really ease it as much as I'd hoped it would. Still, every little helps, I suppose.

Oh, and for anyone interested, I managed to catch the neighbours this evening, and asked if they can ask their friends to be a little quieter when they're leaving that late at night. I also pointed out that when they yell at Kero it actually makes it harder for me to shut him up. They appologised about ten times or more on behalf of their friends, and said they'd have a word with them about it.

And, by the way, I haven't been sick since I stopped using the rice milk. So, it does look like whatever was making me sick half of last week was something in the rice milk, since that's the only thing different between the days I was sick and the days I wasn't. Gotta find out everything that was in that milk so we can see if we can pin-point what the thing that made me sick was.

Well, I can't think of anything else to say, so I'll let this do for today, besides, I'm tired, so I think I'm going to see about having an early night. Maybe I'll catch up on the sleep I've missed over the past few days? Let's hope so!

Enjoy whatever's left of your day.

Tori

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Stroppy, sleepy Sunday

As my Mam said on her blog, we almost got us moved out of here, but it fell through. We actually found an affordable private rented place that allowed pets. It was only a two bedroom house, but there are only the two of us at the moment, besides, the smallest bedroom was the same size as - if not a bit bigger than - our largest bedroom here. Unfortunately things didn't work out, and we didn't get it. It's a shame, because not only was it a lovely, big place, but it was almost directly opposite my parents' place, which would have made a lot of things easier for us all. It's extremely difficult to find affordable private rented places around here that allow animals, so we're a bit disappointed. Guess we're going to have to wait for the council and the housing people who deal with them after all. *sigh* Still, it was worth a try.

Anyway, I had a really bad night last night. Part of it was, I think, that I'd gotten over tired with everything I tried to get done yesterday, but that wasn't the whole problem.

The people who live above us have friends visiting quite late on the weekends. I've got no problem with that, doesn't even bother me that it's like 3:00 am (sometimes nearly 4:00 am) that they go home. Or even that they don't exactly make an effort to be quiet when they're leaving. But, when they come down the stairs yelling and messing about at 3:30 am, setting Kero off barking and then have the cheek to yell at him to shut up (only not that nicely)... That I'm not willing to put up with. I'd almost fallen asleep when they set him off last night, and it was more than an hour later that I finally got to sleep properly. Like I said, it's not the fact they're there so late that I mind, nor even that they made a noise leaving. My issue is that Kero has every right to bark when someone is less than two feet away from our door and making a load of noise, and the only people other than myself and Kelly I would expect to hear telling him to stop barking would be one of my parents, or whoever I'd left looking after him while I went out (usually Wayne). I nearly went out to say something, but I decided I have enough hastle around here without making more. Next time, however, I will be doing something about it.

So, with my late night, it was around 2:00 pm that I finally dragged my butt out of bed, which means I haven't really done anything today.

I did make a start on listening to "Marley And Me" last night after I did my blog post and commented on a couple of other people's blog posts. Really enjoying it (and so is Kelly, LOL!)

Alright, I think that covers everything.

Enjoy what's left of your day! :)

Tori

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Saturday seemed to slip by

It's wet and cold here. So, typical Welsh weather. LOL!

Spent most of today sorting some stuff out in our bedroom. When we got our stuff for Christmas we just sort of shoved them in there where ever they'd fit so most of it needed straightening up. It's amazing how quickly time seems to slip by when you're doing something like that, isn't it?

I also finished listening to "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows" today. I have the same opinion of it after listening to it as I did after Mam read it to me, so I wont bore you with my opinion on the book. If you want to know what I thought of it, go back to my post about it from about the end of October 2007 and read that. Only thing I'll say is that I still can't help wondering why J. K. Rowling seemed to be in such a rush to finish writing the Harry Potter books. Perhaps she's become bored with writing about Harry and his friends and enemies?

Planning on listening to "Marley And Me" next, because of the fact I got part way through it (well, actually quite a way through it) with Mam and want to find out how it ends. Haven't started listening to it yet though.

Only other thing I've got to say is that today is my friend Angela's birthday, so I'll just say, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" to her, then go see if anyone else has done a blog post today.

Enjoy whatever's left of your day.

Tori

Friday, January 11, 2008

Heating, hospital, Sky and stuff

Kelly got our heat working today. Not really sure how he fixed it, but he did. Maybe one day we can actually get the maintanence people out to fix it properly? Yeah, I didn't think so either. LOL!

Had an appointment with my eye doctor yesterday (Thursday). Saw a doctor who's known me since I was about a week old. Half the doctors and nurses there seemed to remember me, so I started joking that I was as famous as Harry Potter. LOL! I know I'm not, but when all those doctors and nurses were remembering me I felt like Harry Potter when he first entered the wizarding world and found out he was famous.

Anyway, he's given me some eye ointment stuff to use as well as all the drops because I'm still getting some pain in my eye (and inside my head just behind my eye). I'm supposed to use it as and when I need it, but at least a couple of times a day. Hasn't helped so far, but it's only been a little over 24 hours, so I can't really pass judgement on how much (or if) it helps. Either way, I've got an appointment to go back and see him on May 15th 2008 at 11:15 am.

Still really cold here, but no sign of my snow. They're now saying I'm not going to get any until some time in February... *sigh*... Oh, well, can't really be helped. We have had LOADS of rain and strong winds, and even a bit of sleet and hail, but no snow.

Our Sky box keeps playing up, and between that and the bad weather we're not getting to watch much TV. Where the Sky people say the dish has to be to get a good signal the wind and rain keep knocking out the signal. We're getting fed up of paying for channels we can't watch though, so we're getting a Freeview box. It arrives on Monday. At least with a Freeview box the aerial can be indoors so wont be affected by the weather (unless there's a power cut, or a really bad storm, but that's different) and although we'll end up with a few less channels, we wont have to pay nearly £50 a month to be allowed to watch the channels we will get.

For some reason the rice milk seems to be making me sicker than the normal milk was. We have no idea why. All we know is that I spent the last few days not too well, and a few times was actually sick. Haven't had any of the rice milk today and I've been feeling fine. Perhaps, as LadyStyx said in the comments section of my last blog, the problem is something else? All I know is during the days I used the rice milk I was sick, and when I stopped drinking it I stopped being sick. *shrugs*

Can't remember if I mentioned in my last post that my new audio books and DVDs arrived on Monday. The audio books are, as you may remember from a few posts back, "Marley And Me" by John Grogan, and "Fairy Dust" by Gwyneth Rees. Haven't started listening to them yet though, because I'm still listening to "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows" (which I've almost finished listening to). The DVDs were, a movie called "Double, Double, Toil And Trouble" and the first season of "The Simpsons" (yes, the whole first season). Not watched them yet either.

I think that's just about everything I was going to post about. Time to go catch up on everyone else's blog posts, I think.

Tori

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Greetings fellow bloggers

Sorry I haven't been around over the last few days, I just haven't felt much like doing a blog.

A couple of days ago, I added a few new poems to my poetry page if you want to take a look. A couple of them were written around Christmas time, but there's a couple I wrote since the new year too. Just thought I'd let you know in case you want to take a look.

Sunday, Kelly, Kero and I went up to my parents' place to have a roast chicken dinner with Mam, Dad, Nan, Wayne and Willow. It was a lovely dinner, but then there's nothing like Mam's roast dinners! We spent the afternoon with them, and Mam made us a jam sponge and custard for our tea. That was lovely too!

Yesterday (Monday) Mam came down to my place and we were going to have dinner down here, but our heating (which has never worked particularly well) has decided to die completely, so Mam was too cold, so we (Mam, Kero and I) went up to my parents' place to have dinner with everyone else (Dad, Kelly, Nan and Wayne) instead.

We haven't done much today (Tuesday) although Kelly did go and get a few bits of shopping we needed. We didn't need much, but there were a few bits we'd run out of (like bread, milk, etc) and I wanted him to get some "rice milk" for me, because it's a lactos free milk that actually tastes OK, so I'm giving it a try, since I'm meant to watch my lactos intake because I'm lactos intolerant (yeah, that's right, I'm lactos intolerant, but my favourite "sweets" are chocolates and marshmallows. LOL!)

Since I wasn't on here Sunday, I didn't get a chance to say, "Happy Birthday," on here to my Auntie Lizzie, who's birthday it was on Sunday. So, I thought I'd say a late happy birthday to her today instead.

And, speaking of birthdays, today is my Nan's birthday. She doesn't come on the blogs, but I decided I'd say, "Happy Birthday," to her on here anyway.

Tori

Saturday, January 05, 2008

My wet and lazy Saturday

Still really cold here, but no sign of my snow. Just rain, rain, and more rain. Ah, well, it's not like rain is unusual here. LOL!

Kelly went up for the role playing session at my Dad's gaming club today, so Kero, Sakura, Megan and I spent the day by ourselves. Well, Kian (fish) and Sirius (hamster) were here too, but I'm sure you know what I mean.

We all curled up on the sofa together to watch a few of the DVDs I had for Christmas. They were all ones I'd seen before, but I don't mind, because they were ones I wanted on DVD and had asked for.

The first one we watched was "Chicken Little" which is the movie based on the story of the little chicken who was convinced the sky was falling. Really good movie.

Then we watched "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory" (the new version) which I know I mentioned on here when I went to see it in the cinema.

And, the final movie we watched was "Charlotte's Web" (the new movie) which, again, I know I mentioned on here before when I borrowed it off my Mam a while back.

Anyway, hope you're having a good day.

Tori

Friday, January 04, 2008

Down with the decs

I forgot to mention yesterday (Thursday) when I did my blog that the night before (Wednesday night) I'd watched a couple of movies. So, I decided I'd mention them today (Friday).

Did you follow that? LOL! Anyway...

The first one was "Tracy Beaker - The Movie Of Me" which I hadn't actually seen before. It was, of course, based on the books by Jaqueline Wilson that the TV series was based on. The movie was about Tracy's 13th birthday, and her realising what her mother is really like. It was quite a good movie with many emotional scenes.

The other movie I watched was "Brother Bear" which I've seen several times before, but I don't remember if I mentioned what it was about on here before, so I will now. It tells the story of a young man who learns about love when he gets turned in to a bear by the spirits and meets a cute - but annoying - little bear cub. I have no idea how to spell the name of the guy who got turned in to a bear. It was "Keenai" or something like that. But I know the little bear cub was called Koda. It's a sweet little movie, with some funny parts - especially the bits with the Canadian mousses - in it, but a few sad bits too.

Anyway, moving on to today...

We took our Christmas decorations down today. Well, actually we put the tree away yesterday, but the bulk of the decorations - the reef on the front door, the tinsel, the little hanging ornaments, etc - only got put away today. So, it's official... Christmas is over!

I got a nice little card from my Grandma's friend Dawn to thank me for the little presents I'd sent to my Grandma's place for her and her little dog, Freddy. They weren't much, but she was obviously very pleased with them. That's the thing you're aiming for when you give presents to people though, isn't it?

I was getting a bit fed up of waiting for a letter to make my next appointment for the Gynaecologist, so I called them up today. They don't know why I didn't get a letter, but it said on my notes I was meant to be allowed a new appointment, so they let me make one. So, I go to see my Gynaecologist on Jan 17th at 2:20 pm. I could have gone on Jan 10th, but since I have to be at a different hospital at 10:30 am for an appointment with my eye doctor on Jan 10th I couldn't be sure I'd be able to make it to the other hospital in time. They tend to keep us waiting quite a while with our eye appointments, after all. So, just to be sure, I made it for the following week.

Can't think of anything else to say, so I'll just end this and go see if anyone's posted on their blogs since I checked all the blogs yesterday. Hope you're having a good day, or - if your day only just started - hope you have a good day! :)

Tori

Thursday, January 03, 2008

First Thursday of 2008

Not much happened today. Although, I did get a slightly late Christmas card from the North Pole in the mail this morning. Thanks Kati!

I also ordered a couple more audio books online with some of the birthday money I still hadn't spent. One is called "Fairy Dust" and is by Gwyneth Rees who wrote the book "Fairy Treasure" that I had for my birthday and really enjoyed. The other one is "Marley And Me" written and read by John Grogan. Mam is reading her print copy of "Marley And Me" to me, but I'm eager to hear the end, and my Mam has too much going on at the moment to finish reading it to me.

And, speaking of audio books. I finished listening to "Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire" today. It's the fourth book in the Harry Potter series, and about what happens in Harry's fourth year at Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft And Wizardry. I suppose it goes without saying that I enjoyed it. It's much more detailed than the newest book, and doesn't leave you with all those unanswered questions. My favourite of the set is book three - "Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban" - but I think the fourth book is definately one of the best written ones in the series.

I've now started listening to "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows" which I'm sure you all know is the newest (and final) book in the series. I would have listened to books five and six next, but I don't have them yet, so I decided to skip to book seven. I can always go through and listen to all seven one after the other when I have books five and six.

I was going to watch one of my new DVDs, but couldn't be bothered to try and figure out the remote for the DVD player in the bedroom (it's been ages since I used it) and Kelly was watching TV in the living room, so I couldn't use the one in there. He probably would have stopped watching it if I asked him, but I decided to leave him watching it. I'll have plenty of other oppertunities to watch my new DVDs.

Anyway, that's all I've got to say today. So... Enjoy the rest of your day!

Tori

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Better

Well, as I mentioned in the comments section of my post from yesterday, I'm feeling a lot better today. My headache was still lingering a bit earlier, but seems to have gone away now. Didn't need to take anything for it last night either, so that's good.

I really enjoyed my roast beef dinner yesterday. Seems Kelly's a fantastic cook... When he wants to be. LOL! We had roast beef, yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, roast parsnips and peas. I didn't have any of my wine stuff though. I was going to, but Kelly got me a glass of grape juice so I just drank that instead.

Managed to sleep well last night without the aid of pain killers or anything. Went in the bedroom and had a lay down on the bed while listening to some more of "Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire" (which I've almost finished listening to now) and fell asleep about 9:30 pm ish. Woke up about 3:30 am, but didn't stay awake for too long. Ended up getting up about 9:30 am, when Kelly was getting up to go in to town to get the couple of bits we'd gotten really low on or run out of (food wise).

Spent the morning watching various shows on TV and checking for new posts on blogs. Not sure what I'm going to be doing the rest of the day.

It keeps being quite chilly here, but there's STILL no sign of my snow. Maybe it's doing what it did last year and waiting until mid to late January before turning up? Well, I can hope, right?

Haven't gotten around to watching any of my new DVDs yet. No real reason for it, just haven't gotten around to it. Besides, I don't want to watch and listen to everything now and have nothing to do come the end of the month, right?

It's time for everyone to start "trying" to get back in to routine now. That's sometimes easier said than done though, isn't it? Still, it's nice to think there's a possibility of getting back in to some kind of routine. LOL! I'm hoping to get some kind of basic routine formed again myself, but I don't hold out much hope. Every time I've attempted a routine, something's happened to mess up the routine, and I've been back to square one again. Still, I'm going to "try" to get a routine worked out.

I'm also going to "try" to get back to eating healthier. It's not going to be very easy at first since I still have a tidy stack of chocolates and sweets, but even over Christmas I was able to not pig out on treats (the fact I still have a lot of my stuff prooves that) so that's going to help. I'm not going to try and reach for some kind of weight loss goal though, because it just wasn't working for me. I'm just going to try to get in the habbit of eating more fruit and vegetables than chocolates and chips. If I get some weight off in the process, great! If not, I'm not going to worry too much about it. I know I could stand to loose some, but there's no sence worrying about it and getting myself all upset if I don't loose any (like last year).

Anyway, I think that's about it from me for today. Hope you're having a good day.

Tori

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Welcome to 2008

I hope you enjoyed whatever you did to celebrate last night. Personally, I didn't really have an enjoyable evening, and was in bed well before midnight.

The evening started off quite nicely. Mam, Dad, Wayne, Carl and Rachel came down for Carl, Rachel, Kelly and myself to exchange Christmas gifts.

They got me some audio books, and a couple of boxes of candy canes (Yummy!) I can't remember what one of the audio books was, but the others were the "Worst Witch" stories. I think they got me the whole set.

They even brought a present for Kero, which he wasn't very interested in last night, but was playing with today. It's a "Christmas pudding" on the end of a rope tuggy, and the Christmas pudding squeaks. Kelly would have taken a photo of him playing with it, but we've only just been able to get to the charger for the camera's batteries, so they aren't charged yet.

Then, Mam, Wayne, Carl, Rachel and I went to "The Half Moon" pub for a bit. We don't usually go there, but thought it would be a nice change. Besides, it's the closest one to me, so meant they wouldn't have so far to double back to take me home before going up to "The Mount" (the pub right by my Mam). It was a change alright, but certainly not a good one! The people behind the bar gave us the impression they had better things to do than serve us drinks, the music was REALLY depressing, but played so loudly you couldn't even hear yourself think over it, and everyone in there seemed to be thoroughly miserable. The complete opposite to the normal atmosphere of The Mount (and every other pub we go to around here). We wont be going back to The Half Moon in a hurry, that's for sure! We just drank the drinks we'd brought when we arrived there and left.

Mam, Wayne, Carl and Rachel were going to come in to my place for a bit (I think they were feeling a bit guilty for cutting there time out with me short) but I told them to just take me home and go on up to The Mount. I wasn't feeling much like celebrating any more anyway. So, after asking me several times if I was sure, they left.

Apart from the fact the atmosphere in The Half Moon spoiled the evening for us, my head was really hurting, so I wasn't feeling like doing anything any more, so I just took some Paracetamol and went to bed. I usually avoid taking pain killers in favour of either just toughing it out, or using some kind of herbal treatment, but my head hurt so much I just wanted to do something that would make it stop and send me to sleep.

I was asleep by 9:00 pm. I did wake briefly just after midnight to the sounds of fireworks going off and people yelling "Happy New Year" in the middle of the street and just outside our window (our bedroom window opens in to the communal garden that serves as a front garden for not just us but several other people) but I just turned over and went back to sleep. Woke about 4:30 am with a throbbing headache, so took some more Paracetamol and went back to bed. Finally got up about 10:30 am, but that was more because I knew I needed to get up to feed Kero, Sakura and Megan than anything.

Called and sent texts to some people to say "Happy New Year" when I was awake properly, and I've been and checked at least most of the blogs. But haven't really done anything else. Can't be bothered, and my head still hurts.

Kelly's making a roast beef dinner today, but we don't have anything else planned for today. I was going to see in the New Year with a glass or two of the non-alcaholic grape wine stuff I like (still got a bottle left from Christmas) but the bottle is still unopened in the fridge. Maybe I'll have some with my dinner? It's not like it'll cause problems with the pain killers, since it's not got any alcahol in it.

OK, I think I've whined long enough. Sorry for being so miserable today. Maybe I'll be a bit more cheerful tomorrow?

On a more cheerful note though... Today is my friend Sarah's birthday. So, happy birthday Sarah! :)

Tori