Thursday, February 28, 2008

The flat

OK, so we went and picked up the keys to look at the place. When we picked up the keys they told us not to just accept it because we want out of here, but to only accept it if we're 100% certain we want it. After all, with how high our points are it shouldn't be long before another property opens up now that we've started getting offers. So, with this in mind, we took the keys and went to take a look at the place.

The place is a bit bigger than where we are now (though not by much). The front room and bigger bedroom are about the size we have now, but the kitchen and spare room are a bit bigger. Also, the kitchen is actually a seporate room rather than the little bit of space off the front room that we have in this place. The bathroom and toilet are actually seporate, which we also think is a good thing, and made even better by the fact there's a bath (something I've been hoping to find in our new home). The only thing the inside needs is a bit of a touch-up with paint (and some carpets, but all council/housing association properties need that when you move in to them over here, because they always take up the carpets from the previous tenants for some reason). Otherwise it's perfect. Exactly what we want from the flat itself.

As for the garden...

The front garden is shared with the people who live above us. But, the back garden is a private, fenced off area with a small patio area and a tidy sized lawn. There's even a couple of sheds out there. The garden needs a bit of a tidy up (flower beds need weeding, lawn needs cutting, etc) and some of the fencing has gaps we'd need to fill to make sure Kero didn't slip out (in some places the fence is literally a bit of wire conecting the posts) but otherwise the garden was better than we could have hoped. It's more than big enough for us and a little dog like Kero.

As for the area itself...

The place is only a few minutes walk from the main bus stop in the town, so an easy walk in to town (even for someone like me who doesn't do much walking). But, where the actual place is we're a little way off the roads. It's nice and quiet (we actually stood out in the garden for a while just listening to the birds) and the neighbour above us certainly seems to have more respect for peoples' ear drums (not to mention better taste in music) because we had to be very quiet to hear their music, and it was actual music with singing not just "boom, boom, etc." The garden backs on to a large field, and the place is literally right beside a nice little riverside walk. So, with the trees near the riverside walk on one side, the field on the other, and the flat on the other, the only place anyone could be to make Kero bark when he's outside is in the garden next door or in the flat above, and since they'd have to live with it I don't expect those people would intensionally set him off. Also, there are both a post office and a small grocery store just down the road, so if we just needed some bread or milk or something we could go out, grab it and be home within five minutes (OK, maybe a bit more with getting served and such, but you get the idea) and the same would go for if we wanted to get something posted.

Anyway...

I think I've told you everything. The only thing I haven't told you is whether or not we're taking it, though you might have figured it out by now. Yes, we're taking it.

We would have kinda liked a bungalow or house, but we know there's no chance of a bungalow being offered to us, and very little chance of a house, so we decided that we don't want to pass up a place as perfect as this just on the off chance they "might" offer us a house. So, we agreed to take it. I mean, it's exactly what we wanted, and in a perfect location (far enough away from the main road to be quiet and safe for the cats, but close enough to make getting to things easy).

We have the keys, and are starting to move stuff in and get the painting done tomorrow. Not sure exactly what day we're moving in (depends when we can arrange a mover) but it will be some time in the next week or so. Hoping to be all moved in by the 9th at the latest, because Mam and Dad are going away on the 10th, and they're moving the bulk of the stuff in their cars (the bags, boxes, and other stuff small enough not to need a truck for).

At some point during this we'll probably be without internet access and a phone line for a bit. No idea if it'll be a couple of hours or a couple of days (depends how easily the company can sort it) and after the weekend I don't know how much I'll be able to get on line even if the sorting of the phone and internet goes smoothly. But, I'm sure everyone understands that.

Don't have time to check blogs tonight, got to get some packing done.

Tori

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The letter

We got a letter from the housing people this morning. The letter said they were offering us a 2 bedroom ground floor flat (which is what we have right now) and told us to contact them within seven days if we wanted to at least take a look at it. So, we called them right away.

We're going to go take a look at the place tomorrow morning. If we decide to accept it, we could be moving in the next few weeks.

Will know more after we've seen the place tomorrow. Right now we only know what I've already mentioned and where the place is, so we don't even know if we'll be accepting it. I mean, if it's a tiny little place you can barely move in, or if it doesn't have a garden we can let Kero out in, we wont be taking it, obviously. But, if it's a nice, big place with a garden for Kero (even if it's not a very big garden) then we'd be more likely to accept it.

Anyway, will let you know after we've seen the place.

Tori

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Mostly reviews

OK, this post might get a bit long, so you might want to grab a cuppa or something before you start reading it. LOL! There, you have been warned! LOL!

So... I started listening to an audio CD called "Victoria And The Rogue" by Meg Cabot on Wednesday evening. Since I wasn't doing much else it only took me until Thursday evening to finish listening to it. It's one of the stories I had for Christmas that sounded interesting, and it turned out to be pretty good. The story was about a young woman who agrees to marry a man only to make another jealous, but she wont admit it. I can't give too many details without giving too much away, so I'll just leave it at that, apart from saying that if you're a fan of romantic stories, you'll probably enjoy this one.

After I finished listening to that one, I started listening to "Nicholas Nickeleby" by Charles Dickens. I'm sure this one is a bit more widely known, but I'll tell you the basic plot anyway. It's the story of a young man named Nicholas Nickeleby (in case you didn't get that from the title) and how his uncle - Ralph Nickeleby - treated him and his sister and mother. Ralph was one of those people who only cared about the success of his buisseness and getting his hands on money. So, when Nicholas's father (whom he was named after) died and Nicholas and his mother and sister came to London in hopes he could help them, Ralph wasn't eager to help. He sent Nicholas to work at a poorly-run (to put it mildly) school for boys where he was to work for almost nothing, and used Kate (Nicholas' sister) in a sscheme. Basically, he made the lives of his remaining family members miserable, but Nicholas left the school he was meant to be working at and found himself a better job. Then he rescued his sister and mother from the situation they were in and helped a few other people along the way too. I don't know what else to say without re-telling the story. Anyway, it was quite a nice little story.

I can't remember if it was Thursday or Friday evening I watched "Wedding Crashers"... I think it was Thursday, but it doesn't really matter. Anyway, it's a movie about two men who crash weddings with the intension of taking advantage of the romantce in the air and getting to sleep with women, but then one of them falls in love with a woman he meets and things don't go as planned. Wasn't too bad of a movie. Funny in places, but not one of the best movies I've seen so far this year. Still, it was an OK movie.

On Saturday, my Mam came down to spend the afternoon, evening and night at my place. We didn't do much since I still wasn't feeling 100% and she's only just getting over her pneumonia. But, we did have a nice time, and that's all that matters.

We watched a movie called "I Am Sam" which is a really good movie (though, if you're one of those people who sometimes cry in sad movies, you'll need some tissues). The movie is about a mentally disabled man named Sam who has raised his daughter (Lucy) pretty much on his own for seven years, because Lucy's mother walked out and left him with the baby. Anyway, social workers and the like decide that Sam isn't capable of raising her now that she's older than his mental age, so Sam has to fight for custody of her. I really enjoyed it, and so did Mam. Like I said, it's a real tear-jerker though, so if you haven't seen it and are thinking of doing so, you might want to make sure you have some tissues handy.

Sunday, we went and had dinner at my parents' place. It was pouring with rain, so we couldn't walk (not that I was entirely disappointed about that) and the bus didn't show up, so Dad had to come down and get Mam, Kero and me to take us up there. We stayed the whole afternoon, and had a lovely lamb dinner (roast lamb, roast potatoes, sprouts, cauliflower and gravy). Then Kelly, Kero and I came home.

After we got home, I started listening to "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens, which I finished listening to yesterday. I'm sure most of you (if not all of you) know the story - at least a little. It is, of course, the story of the little orphan, Oliver Twist, who is cruely treated so runs away and ends up getting mixed up with theives and the like. He's then rescued by a kindly gentleman who takes pity on him, but is kidnapped from this gentleman by the theives he got mixed up with because they're worried he'll talk about them and have them locked up (or worse). I've seen the movie version several times, but this was my first time hearing the whole story. As usual, they leave a lot out in the movie. Anyway, it was a really good story, and, yes, I enjoyed it.

Yesterday (Monday) I didn't really do much of anything. Mam didn't come down, so I spent most of the afternoon catching up on blogs and watching TV.

One of the things I watched was a movie called "My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding." I've seen it before, but don't think I've ever mentioned it on here. I know I've seen it at least twice before, but one of those times was on a plane on the way to Canada a little over five years ago. LOL! Anyway, the movie is about a Greek woman who falls in love with a non-Greek man and her family aren't too happy about it. So, he does everything he can to try and make her family accept him as a suitable husband for their daughter. It's a very good movie. Or, I think it is anyway.

Today (Tuesday) Mam took me shopping. Usually when Mam takes me shopping we go to Asda, but we went to Tesco this time, because - apart from anything else - Mam's co-driver was limited with time today, and so was Mam. So, since Tesco is closer, that's where we went.

All I've done since then is take a nap, check blogs for new posts and watch a bit of TV. So, I think I'm out of things to write about. For now anyway. LOL!

Enjoy whatever's left of your day. :)

Tori

Monday, February 25, 2008

Was going to...

... write a proper post this evening, but I can't think what I was going to write now. So, for now I'm just going to post a "happy birthday" to our nephew, Devin, who's ninth birthday is today. I doubt he reads my blog, but I thought I'd say it anyway (I gave my sister-in-law the links to our blogs, so maybe she reads them?) Anyway, we sent him a birthday card which he hopefully got in time for his birthday, but it's hard to know how reliable the postal service is nowadays, especially when you're sending something half-way around the world.

Tori

Another award :)


I got this award from Kati a few days ago... Thanks Kati! :)

I'm supposed to pass it on to ten people, so I've decided to pass it on to my Mam, my Dad, Rachel, Carl, Wayne, Elizabeth, my Auntie Lizzie, my Grandma, Kaylee and, of course, Kelly.

There are others I could pass it on to - some of whom are a LOT more active on their blogs - but those are the people I want to tell that I adore them the most and I think it's only meant to be ten people.
Tori

Just jokes

OK, these aren't the best jokes, but I thought I'd share them anyway.

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A line of tomatoes are marching along a road and the one in front notices that the back one is lagging behind. So, the front tomato goes to the back tomato and says, "Oi, Ketchup!"

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A woman was helping her husband set up something on his computer. The computer needed a password, so the woman told her husband to think of one that would be easy to remember.
"Penis," says the husband.
The wife typed it in, thinking that at least he'd remember it. She then almost fell off her chair laughing when the computer responded with the message...

"Password rejected. Not long enough."

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Dropping in to let you know...

... That I'm feeling a lot better. :)

Still got a bit of a headache, but haven't felt I needed to take anything for it since Thursday night. Other than that (and a lingering little bit of a sniffly cold) I'm fine. Looks as though I was one of the few to just get a bout of the flu and nothing worse. Not that I'm complaining. LOL!

Will do a proper post tomorrow.

Tori

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Knew my turn was coming

I knew it wouldn't be long before it was my turn to get sick. Knew it was too good to be true that everyone else was sick and I was doing fine. Yeah, you guessed it, I'm sick now too. *Sigh*

Sunday I had a bit of a headache (which came back Monday evening) but I just ignored it. Woke up Tuesday morning feeling awful though. Was meant to go shopping with Mam and her friend Kelly, but I really didn't feel well enough, so Mam said she'd come grab my shopping list and that and go without me. When she got here she felt my head and announced she was bringing me home some medicine. Those who know me well will know I was feeling awful, because I didn't argue, and when she brought the stuff home I took it without even making any objections.

Still feeling like crap, but decided to get up and check the blogs since I've spent the best part of the past two days laying in bed and thought it was time to get my butt up. Besides, there's some chores that need doing, and laying in bed doesn't get the chores done, does it? Kelly's been doing his best, but he's not feeling 100% himself.

Can't be bothered to write more. Haven't done anything to write about anyway.

Hope you're all OK.

Tori

Monday, February 18, 2008

Where did the weekend go?

Hmm...

I don't know what happened to the weekend, but it seemed in a hurry to be over with. LOL!

Friday morning, Megan brought a bird home and let go of it in our hallway. We have no idea what happened to it after that though, because we lost sight of it and never heard it after that. We know it was injured, but not how badly. So, we aren't sure if it could have quickly doubled back and got outside, or if it just found a place near where Megan let go of it and hid there. Mam, Elizabeth, Kelly and I all searched everywhere, but we couldn't find it. There was a dead bird on the window sill next day though, so we're wondering if that was the same bird. Hope so, 'cause otherwise I might have a dead bird somewhere in my bedroom or living room... Yuck! *Pulls a disgusted face*

Didn't do much (apart from trying to find the bird, and doing those posts I did) on Friday. Although, I did finish listening to the books I have on CD from "The Worst Witch" collection by Jill Murphy. For anyone who doesn't know, the series is about a witch in training named "Mildred Hubble" for whom everything seems to go wrong. The books I have from the series are "The Worst Witch" "The Worst Witch Strikes Again" and "The Worst Witch Saves The Day." And, yes, I did enjoy them all.

I also started listening to "Goodnight Mr Tom" by Michelle Magorian, which I finished listening to last night. It's the story of a little boy called William who is evacuated from London to live in the country with a man named "Tom Oakley" during the second world war, and what happens to him during that time. I don't want to say any more, because it would give the story away too much. But, anyway, I enjoyed it.

On Saturday, Mam came to visit and we watched a few of my DVDs, one of which was the movie version of "Goodnight Mr Tom" and, yes, it was as good as the book. Although, watching the movie during the time I was listening to the audio book made the bits that were left out or slightly changed even more obvious. Still, like I said, I did enjoy them both, and that's all that matters, right?

Mam and I also watched "Double, Double, Toil And Trouble" which is a movie starring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen that I watched not too long ago. Not going to bore you with details about it because I posted about it when I watched it before. If you really want to read about it, you'll have to look through my posts from the past few weeks to find the write-up about it. Don't get me wrong, it was a really good movie, but I don't want to repeat myself. At least, not so soon. LOL!

We also watched the first eight episodes of series 9 of "Friends" while Mam made some bread. Not sure why she decided to make bread while we watched it, but I'm not daft enough to turn down home-made bread. Especially when I get to eat it fresh from the oven with butter on it. Mmm! *Grins*

Yesterday (Sunday) we all had dinner at my parents' place. This week it was a chicken dinner (roast chicken, stuffing, roast parsnips, roast potatoes, cabbage, sweet potato, sprouts and gravy). And, yes, it was as delicious as it sounds. LOL!

Mam drove us home, and Kero was really enjoying sitting on my lap in the back seat with the breeze from Mam's open window blowing in his face. I've never known him to enjoy a car ride so much. Bless him.

I went to bed when we got home from my parents' place, because I had a headache. I don't think it was anything worth worrying about though, because it was gone by this morning. I think it's probably just from the fact I've not been sleeping all that great lately. Getting to sleep isn't a problem, neither is staying asleep, or getting back to sleep if I wake. It's just I'm having such a restless sleep that I'm waking up just as tired as I was when I got in to bed... If not more so.

Anyway...

Today (Monday) I had an appointment to see the nurse for the Asthma clinic. Just an anual check-up. Although, I never got to see her last year, because we had a few issues with trying to sort out appointments (long story, wont bore you with it). So, I went to see her today and she's changing one of my inhalers because during the times I really "need" them I can't use that particular one properly. The one it's being changed to is easier to use (I tried one out while I was there) but it's the same as the one I have now in every other way.

While I was at the doctors' surgery I asked about the results of my blood tests, and was told that everything was "fine" and that the doctors were happy with the results. So, in theory I wont be needing any more blood tests for at least a couple of months. YAY! LOL!

Mam, Elizabeth and I spent a few hours together today, and we had a really nice afternoon/evening. We talked (something Elizabeth and I are great at, lol) and listened to music, and that kind of thing. So, basically, we just had a nice, relaxing few hours together, which was a really nice change, since most times when we're all together we end up spending the whole time doing chores and such.

OK, well, I think I've rambled on enough for one evening. LOL!

Enjoy whatever's left of your day :)

Tori

Friday, February 15, 2008

Valentine's Day 2008

Didn't get around to doing a post yesterday, so a belated "Happy Valentine's Day" to everyone :)

If you scroll down past this post you can see the Eeyore slippers I had for Valentine's Day from Kelly. I also had some choccies and a really nice card. We don't tend to stick to the traditional gifts as a rule, we just get each other what the other wants, if that makes sense. Kelly was going to get me some of those fluffy bunny slippers you can get, but he couldn't find a pair and wasn't going in to Swansea just for a pair of bunny slippers. He was just about to give up and go look for something else for me when he spotted the Eeyore slippers. I'm a big fan of Eeyore, so he knew I'd like them, and brought them for me. *Smiles happily* Gotta love Eeyore! He's so cute! Besides, stuff with Eeyore's picture on it generally comes in purple (my favourite colour) so if nothing else, that's a reason to like him. LOL!

I also did a post to show you the little teddy we got for Kero (couldn't leave our little man out). So, if you look below the Eeyore slippers post you can see those photos too. One is just Kero's teddy, the other is Kero with the teddy.

Anyway...

We did go out to dinner. Mam wasn't feeling 100% but was determined to go out for dinner. She'd been looking forward to it since we arranged it (almost a month ago) and wasn't going to let being sick stop her going. And people say I'm the stubbourn one? LOL!

So, we went to an all you can eat Chinese resteraunt. I think it's called "China China" or something like that. It was quite nice, but I didn't think much of the service (took us about 5 minutes to get our drinks ordered, and when Kelly wanted another it took us 10 minutes to get the attention of the waitress hanging around a foot or so from our table). On top of that, there wasn't much of a variety, and half of what was there didn't taste like it should have (like crispy duck that tasted more like a chicken nugget, only so spicy even Mam thought it was a bit too spicy). So, although it was a nice evening, I'm not really all that eager to go back again. I'd rather pay a little extra and go eat at "The Royal Kitchen" which is the Chinese place I love, because the most enjoyable part about the evening (apart from the company) was the price (£41.96 for the four of us, including drinks). It would have cost about twice that if we went to The Royal Kitchen and ate as much as we did at China China. But, I'd rather pay more and enjoy myself more. The all you can eat Chinese resteraunt up in Norwich that Mam and I went to with Rachel was fantastic, so I know it's not just all you can eat Chinese places in general, and that I'm not just being bias because of liking The Royal Kitchen so much. This particular place just wasn't to my liking. It wasn't too bad, just not the best place I've eaten at.

Tori

Eeyore slippers



The photo above is my Eeyore slippers. Kelly brought them (as well as some chocolates and a very nice card) for me for Valentine's Day. I love things with Eeyore on them, so when he saw them he knew he just "had to" get me a pair.

You may need to click on the photo and enlarge it to see the picture of Eeyore on the toes of the slippers, because I only posted a small picture on here, and I'm not sure how well you'll be able to see the Eeyore in a small picture.

Tori

Kero's little teddy


The teddy in the above photo is the little gift that Kelly and I got for Kero for Valentine's day. I mean, we couldn't leave our little man out, could we? Oh no! That just wouldn't do!

Anyway, here's a photo of Kero with the teddy.


I did say it was a little teddy. LOL!

Kero seems pleased with it, and that's all that matters! :)

Tori

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Wednesday's post

Not really done much today. Took Kero outside a few times and stayed out there for a bit to enjoy the sun - which is still shining nicely - and did a bit of housework. Other than that I've just been watching TV and messing about on the blogs.

I've started watching "Home And Away" and "Coronation Street" for some weird reason. I used to watch them before I went over to Canada to marry Kelly, but haven't really followed them since. I think it's boredom that's made me start watching them again. LOL! Ah well, there are worse things I could be watching, I suppose. I just hope I don't end up becoming one of those soap addicts who get stroppy if they miss an episode of their favourite soap. LOL!

Anyway...

Don't know what was wrong with Kero last night, but it took a lot of persuading to get him outside for a pee before bed. Then he was darting around nervously the whole time we were out there. I finally got him to calm down enough to have his pee, then he nearly dragged me back indoors. He even pushed against the door to get it open, which he doesn't usually do (usually if the door isn't open enough for him to walk right in he'll just stand there waiting for someone to open it for him). Whatever his problem was he seems to have gotten over it though, because he was happy to go out today.

We (Mam, Dad, Kelly and I) are planning on going out for dinner tomorrow night. We've told Mam we can cancel if she isn't feeling up to it, but as it stands at the moment she's still determined to go. So, Kelly and I told her to make sure she gets plenty of rest today and through the day tomorrow so that she'll "hopefully" be feeling well enough to enjoy herself tomorrow evening.

It seems a lot of people are in need of get well wishes, positive thoughts, etc, at the moment.

For one thing, I'm sure you all read what Kaylee posted in the comments section of yesterday's blog post. So, I'm sure she'd appreciate some positive thoughts being sent her way.

For another thing (and I've been meaning to post this for a few days, but for some reason never did, sorry) Kati's cousin is in hospital and very ill, and I'm sure that Kati and her family would really appreciate any possitive thoughts that could be sent their way for his speedy recovery.

Also, there are quite a few people - family and friends alike - who are sick, either with colds or worse, and I'm sure they'd appreciate some get well wishes and positive thoughts sent their way.

It seems it's the season for illnesses. But, isn't that normal for this time of the year? Anyway, I hope everyone recovers from whatever it is they have. *Hugs*

On that note...

I hope you aren't one of the people who are ill, and that you are enjoying your day. :)

Tori

The Pastor's Ass

This was sent to me in an e-mail, and I thought I'd post it here.

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The Pastor's Ass

The pastor entered his donkey in arace and it won. The pastor was so pleased with the donkey that he entered it in the race again, and it won again.
The local paper read: PASTOR'S ASS OUT FRONT.
The Bishop was so upset with this kind of publicity that he ordered the pastor not to enter the donkey in another race.
The next day, the local paper headline read: BISHOP SCRATCHES PASTOR'S ASS.
This was too much for the bishop, so he ordered the pastor to get rid of the donkey.
The pastor decided to give it to a nun in a nearby convent.
The local paper, hearing of the news, posted the following headline the next day: NUN HAS BEST ASS IN TOWN.
The bishop fainted.
He informed the nun that she would have to get rid of the donkey, so she sold it to a farmer for $10.
The next day the paper read: NUN SELLS ASS FOR $10.
This was too much for the bishop, so he ordered the nun to buy back the donkey and lead it to the plains where it could run wild.
The next day the headlines read: NUN ANNOUNCES HER ASS IS WILD AND FREE.
The bishop was buried the next day.

The moral of the story is:
being concerned about public opinion can bring you much grief and misery. even shorten your life. So be yourself and enjoy life.

Stop worryingabout everyone else's ass and you'll be a lot happier and live longer!

Have a nice day! :)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Forgot it was half-term

When I took Kero outside earlier I wondered why there were so many kids around. I mean, it wasn't even 1:30 pm. Then I remembered that this week is "half-term" and the mystery was solved. LOL!

Normally I'd go back indoors as soon as I could with all those kids home, but it's such a beautiful day that I decided to stay outside for a while. I didn't stay outside as long as I'd have liked to though, but it was lovely being out there in the warm, sunny, Spring weather we're having and listening to the sounds of the birds chirping and singing, and the children playing. I was actually quite pleased to learn that at least most of the local kids - the under 10s anyway - seemed to be outside playing. That's what they should be doing on a beautiful day like this. Admitedly this meant I didn't feel too comfortable staying outside for too long because of the hastle I've had from some of the older kids, but it's still good to know the kids aren't all sat at home in front of TVs and computers.

Anyway...

We called the housing officer from the council this morning, and he assures us that he has done as he promised and passed our info on to his colegues (think that's spelled right, but not sure). He says we're now at the top of the list for a 2 bedroom house or ground floor flat that has a garden, and as soon as one becomes available in one of the areas we've requested (which he says shouldn't take more than a couple of months, at most) we'll be contacted to arrange to see the property and see if we want to accept it. Now that the bit about needing properties to be adapted for me has been cleared up it should help to speed the process along. And the fact we've agreed that "if it's suitable" we'll accept another ground floor flat helps too. So, basically it's a waiting game now.

Mam also called the doctor (again) about the fact she's still sick. He agreed it had gone on too long to just be an ordinary cold, or something that asthma inhalers will clear up. So, he had her come in for a proper check-up. Turns out she had Bronchile Pneumonia (don't know if I spelled that right) so she's got some medication for it. Maybe now she'll actually get better properly?

Mam's friend Kelly was waiting to be Mam's co-driver to take me to Asda, but by the time Mam had seen the doctor I didn't really want to go any more (if we'd gone to Asda we'd have had to rush around doing the shopping to be home for when Kelly needed to be home, and I don't do rushing). So, my Kelly went in to Tesco for me instead. Mam and her friend Kelly came down and had a cup of tea with me, then Mam remembered she needed to go in to town too, so they went in to town and found my Kelly and ended up bringing him and our shopping back for us.

We really need an easier way to distinguish between the two Kellys than "my Kelly" and "Mam's friend Kelly"... Preferably one that means a little less typing. LOL! Ah, well... Moving on...

I spent most of the afternoon alternating between checking people's blogs and making trips out in to the yard. Some of the trips were because Kero wanted out, but many of them were just my excuses to go out in to the beautiful sunshine. But, I don't think Kero minded that. LOL! He did get a bit upset about the fact my Mam and her friend Kelly didn't stay long though, but that can't be helped.

You can tell the sun is starting to set, because it's starting to get a bit chilly. It's OK though, because I've got a load of washing that needs to go in the dryer, which I'll put on in a bit (there are washing lines out in the communal garden, but there are only three between six of us, so it's next to impossible to get to use one). Putting the dryer on will warm the place up a bit, and that's all it really needs. Plus, we'll be sorting dinner soon, so that means the oven will be going on in a bit as well. That means we wont have to worry about "trying" to persuade the heating to work this evening.

I think that just about covers things for today. Besides, it's already taken me longer than it should have to write this, because I stopped half way through and took Kero outside for a while to enjoy a last bit of sun before it started to set.

Enjoy whatever's left of your day :)

Tori

Monday, February 11, 2008

Smiles on a sunny Monday

These photos were taken this afternoon (or would you call the time between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm evening?) My Mam was playing with my model dragon after taking the photo in the post below this one, and Kero was trying to figure out what planet she was on. LOL!

Makes a change for my Mam to be laughing and smiling so much.




There are more photos (not all from today) in my photo albums. Only about half a dozen photos (including these ones) but you can go look if you want to.

Anyway...

Today has been another one of those beautiful sunny days. The kind where it's warm enough not to need jumpers or coats, but still cool enough so you can get on and do stuff without getting all hot and snappy. So, perfect weather in other words.

I took Kero outside quite a few times just for an excuse to sit out there. I doubt he minded that though. LOL!

Mam came down for the afternoon. Normally when she comes down Kelly goes up and spends some time with my Dad, but he decided not to today. Instead he stayed home and spent the afternoon with Mam and me. We had a really nice afternoon. All of us were in good moods, which always helps.

We got some housework done, but messed about while doing it, so it made it more fun. Then Mam cooked us all dinner. Mam and I had bacon, herby mushrooms, scrambled eggs and chips, but Kelly had bacon, sausages and chips. Mam and I had already planned our meal not realising Kelly would be here, and he doesn't eat eggs and mushrooms as a rule, which is why he had sausages instead of the eggs and mushrooms. After today Mam is back on her diet again, which was part of the reason for us having the bacon and chips today. There was also the fact we wanted something different, and when Mam suggested the meal last week I liked the idea, and brought some bacon and mushrooms so it could be made.

While we're on the subject of food, here's our menu for this week:

Tuesday: Chicken pie, potatoes and veg
Wednesday: Sausages, mash and beans
Thursday: Dinner out (Mam, Dad, Kelly and I are going out to dinner for Valentine's day)
Friday: Gammon, chips and peas
Saturday: Baked potato and nut cutlets
Sunday: Chicken roast dinner (at my parents' place)
Monday: Lamb steaklets, potatoes and veg

OK, going back to today...

We called to speak to the housing officer, but he'd just been called out of the office. So, we've been told to call back at 9:00 am tomorrow morning. That's when he's meant to have only just clocked in, so we should be able to catch him before he goes out on any appointments or in to any meetings or whatever. So, we'll be calling him, then heading off to Asda to do some shopping. That's the plan anyway. LOL!

I think that covers just about everything for today. Don't forget to scroll down and look at my dragon (if you haven't already) :)

Enjoy whatever's left of your day :)

Tori

My model dragon


Here's the promised pic of the model dragon I made. We ended up taking a new pic with my camera, because for some reason we couldn't get the pic from Mam's phone to my PC. Anyway, here's the dragon.

Tori

Sunday, February 10, 2008

This was awarded to me by Kati


So, first of all, thank you very much Kati. :)


Secondly, I would like to pass it on to someone. That person is Kaylee, because she's a sweet and kind person, and though she is dealing with a lot in her life - far more than someone of her age should have to deal with in fact - she always finds the time to check up on all of her friends and let them know she's thinking of them. She could be back and forth to the hospital, but she still finds the time to enquire about the well being of her friends.

My nice weekend

The weather has been beautiful yesterday (Saturday) and today (Sunday). After I did the post yesterday I took Kero out for a pee and noticed that it had warmed up quite nicely. We stayed out there for a good five or ten minutes longer than we normally do for a "potty break." We might have stayed out longer, but some of the local kids came racing past on their bikes and skateboards and Kero decided it was time to turn tail and head indoors. I can't say I was overly against it, because - although I like to be outside - I don't like to be out (at least not without another human) when I know the kids are around. Once we move I'll be able to enjoy being outside again, and let me tell you, it couldn't come soon enough for my liking.

Anyway, it stayed nice and sunny and warm all the rest of the day, and all of today. Although, it did start to get a little chilly as the sun was going down. But, I suppose that goes without saying.

Since Kelly goes up to my parents' place pretty much every Saturday, and often doesn't get home until quite late, we decided that - at least for the time being - when he goes up there for the gaming club, Mam will come down here. And, Kelly will stay the night at my parents' place, while Mam stays down with me. Of course, this wont be possible if Elizabeth is here on a Saturday night, but since she spends most nights (Saturday nights being one of them) with her boyfriend I don't see that becoming an issue. needless to say, Mam was here from around lunch time yesterday and stayed all night.

We spent most of the afternoon talking while doing our own thing. Mam was working on a character on one of the games she likes to play, and I was putting together a model dragon that my Dad brought for me.

It took me all afternoon and part of the evening to get that dragon put together. But, I really enjoyed doing it. It's now on top of our TV, and - if I do say so myself - looks really good. My Mam took a couple of photos of it on her phone to show my Dad, and she was going to e-mail them to me so I could get them on here. But we never got around to it. She's down tomorrow evening though, so we'll see about sorting them out then (hopefully).

Mam and I were going to watch some of my DVDs, but we never really got around to it, because we were too engrossed in what we were doing. Somehow we ended up just hanging out and not doing much of anything until gone midnight. And yet, we were both up and ready to face the day by 7:30 am (actually, Mam got up a little before that, but 7:30 am is when I got up).

We took our time getting ready to go up to my parents' place this morning, but were still ready to leave long before we needed to. We ended up leaving just before 11:00 am, planning on a slow walk through the park. It seems I'm learning to walk faster though, because - despite the fact I was setting the pace - we got to the other side of the park a good 35 to 40 minutes earlier than we'd planned to.

There's only one bus on a Sunday, and it was due about 50 minutes after we got to the bus stop. I've never liked the walk from that point to my Mam's place (the first bit's OK, but the second half of the walk is all up a steep hill) but we had a choice. Start walking or wait for almost an hour for a bus that may not even show up anyway (it's been known not to).

We walked.

I tell you what though, I was bloody knackered by the time I got to my parents' place. And Kero was just as tired as me. For the benifit of those who don't know the distance between my place and my Mam's place... There's about 2.5 miles between us. About 1/2 a mile of that is the park, and - as I said - the final mile is all up hill. It might not sound like too bad of a walk, but it's quite a walk for someone like me who rarely even does the 1/2 a mile through from one side of the park to the other without a long rest before heading for home. LOL!

We all spent the afternoon at my parents' place and had dinner with them. Mam made a roast beef dinner (roast beef, yorkshire puddings, parsnips, turnips, roast potatoes, cauliflower, sprouts, carrots and gravy) which was really nice. And, it was lucky it was a big joint of meat, because there were certainly enough of us to eat it. Besides the usual people (my parents, my Nan, Kelly, myself and my brother Wayne) there was also my sister (Elizabeth) and Dad's friend Lee.

Speaking of Lee. Today is his birthday. I don't usually put birthday wishes for friends of my parents on here, but Lee has been a family friend for as long as I can remember. So, I think he deserves a "happy birthday Lee!" :)

Kelly, Kero and I came home pretty much straight after dinner. Kero's now sprawled out on the sofa... Fast asleep. I'm thinking it wont be too long before I'm sleeping as well. LOL! In fact, I was thinking of finishing off this post and curling up in bed to listen to some more of my story (haven't listened to much over the past few days). Don't know how much I'll get to hear before I'm asleep, but never mind. LOL!

I want to go check a couple of blogs before I do that though, but before I do... Kaylee, I just wanted to say good luck to you for the tests at the hospital tomorrow. I hope they finally find some answers. *Hugs*

Enjoy whatever's left of your day :)

Tori

Saturday, February 09, 2008

It's a sunny Saturday morning

It's a sunny Saturday morning here in Wales. Of course, this doesn't mean it's warm, but at least the sun is shining. Yesterday (Friday) turned out not to be too bad of a day either. A bit chilly, but at least it was dry.

Kelly told me after I'd added the updated bit to my post yesterday that the vet said Sakura's gums were a bit inflamed. He said that the vet said it's nothing to worry about though. I think it could be from her trying to eat stuff cats shouldn't (like dog biscuits) but I could be wrong. I didn't add it on yesterday's post though, because I thought it was more than long enough without adding more to it. LOL!

I had what we call here in Wales a "duvet day" yesterday. That just means I had one of those lazy days when I didn't even bother to get dressed properly, let alone do much of anything. I tell you what, I needed it after Thursday. LOL!

We had Chinese food for dinner last night. Kelly walked along to the Chinese take-away place to get it for us. All we had was chicken fried rice and - in my case - some sweet and sour chicken, but it was very nice.

Nothing else worth talking about happened, so I'll let you have a nice, short post to counter-act the VERY LONG post I did yesterday. LOL!

Enjoy your day, however you choose to spend it :)

Tori

Friday, February 08, 2008

Friday's here again

Well, I gave as long as I could for people to ask any other questions, but now I really need to do a post. Or, I should say, "I really want to do a post." I gave a bit longer to give Iggy a chance to ask the other question he wanted to ask, because I'm curious as to what that question might have been. And, that's why I'm going to give him one final oppertunity to ask the question. So, Iggy, you know that other question you asked if you could ask? Well, I'm giving you the oppertunity to ask it in the comments section of this post, because I'm curious about what it might be.

*Wonders if I'm going to regret giving Iggy an invitation to ask me that question* LOL!

Anyway...

Mam and Dad came down on Wednesday and spent the afternoon and part of the evening with Kelly and myself.

We had pancakes for lunch with maple syrrup on them. I know pancake day (or, "Shrove Tuesday") was the day before, but since all we acknowledge it for is an excuse to have pancakes, none of us saw a problem with having them Wednesday ("Ash Wednesday") instead.

Kelly and Dad spent most of the time that Mam and Dad were down here playing on their games on the PCs, leaving me and Mam free to do some baking and generally potter around doing any bits that need doing around the house. We ended up making some bread rolls (OK, Mam made them, I just stood around talking to her and passing her the odd item... LOL!) The rolls turned out really good, and we each had one while they were still fresh and warm from the oven.

We had spaghetti Bolognese (I think that's spelled right) for dinner, which was really nice. And, after dinner Mam and Dad went home, so I went to bed. I must have been really tired, because I slept right through until around 6:00 am the next morning, and it was around 6:00 pm Wednesday night that I climbed in to bed.

Yesterday (Thursday) turned out to be quite a busy day.

I had to be at the doctor for 10:20 am for those blood tests, but since we wanted to sort out a couple of things to do with the things I have on repeat prescription we made sure to be there early. It turned out I was basically right about why they wanted to do more blood tests. They were doing a full blood check (again) to keep an eye on how my iron level and everything else is doing.

After that we went in to town, because Mam had to get a few things, and I needed to get our Nephew (Devin)'s birthday card posted, or it wont make it to Canada for the end of the month (his birthday is Feb 25th). As it was we were sending it later than normal.

While we were in town I suggested we drop by the council office and see if we can move things along a bit with our attempts at moving. It turned out to be quite a successful trip, and I'm glad I did it. No, we don't have a place yet, but we made a few discoveries, and started things rolling in the right direction. The discoveries we made were as follows:

1. We were, for some reason, only listed as being interested in accepting properties from the village we're currently in and one of the villages next to us, both of which are in high demand, and nobody is in a hurry to vacate properties in (well, other than the housing estate we're on).
2. We have the highest number of points that most of the people there have ever seen, and even the people who have seen this high a number have only ever seen it once before. This means that once a suitable property becomes available we'll be first to be considered for it. Because of the "exceptional circumstance" points we were given, we have more points than even someone considered homeless would have.
3. The council were for some reason convinced that I would need "special adaptations" to any accomadation I was given, and this "might" be the reason we haven't been offered one as yet (this combined with the fact we were down for so few areas).
4. We were only down for a house or bungalow, and as neither of us are over 60 we don't stand much of a chance getting a bungalow, this was narrowing our options down even more.

So, what did we get done? Well:

1. We had our names put down for several more areas. Including some just the other side of the town. So, now we're down for a good half a dozen or more areas as well as the two we were already down for.
2. We added to our application that we would be willing to accept another ground floor flat as long as it has a garden that "the dog" is allowed to access. I mean, we have a ground floor flat now, so what difference would it make? Only reason we're wanting to move from here is the hastle with neighbours after all.
3. We put a note on our application specifying that I "DO NOT" require adaptions to be made to any property. I mean, I've never had them done before, why should I start now?

We also now have the direct number for a housing officer at the council (we have one from the association who own the place we're in now, but didn't have one for the council themselves). And, we're meant to be phoning him on Monday once he's had time to have a thorough read of our application and e-mail it to his co-workers who deal with some of the areas we have said we'll move to. He says that if one of his co-workers have a suitable property we could at least be looking at one in about two weeks or so, and he's possitive that we will be moved out of here by the end of July at the latest. So, fingers crossed, eh?

Anyway...

Once I got home I was tired, and could have really done with a nap. But do you think I could fall asleep? No! Not a bit of it! And after 2 & 1/2 hours of trying I was forced to give up, because it was 4:00 pm by this time, and Wayne and Elizabeth were coming down for dinner and to spend the evening with us so that Mam and Dad could have some time by themselves.

Elizabeth cooked dinner. She made a chicken pie with mashed potato, peas and carrots, which was very nice (thank you Elizabeth).

Then we sat and watched some of my Full House DVDs. Wayne's trying to get through them, and watches one each time he's down. He's only got 3/4 of the way through series 2 at the moment though. I've watched all the first five series (only just got series 6, so haven't had time to watch it yet). I have seen all apart from the final episode on TV though, but this was only because I got to watch it in Canada. Only the first two or three series aired on TV over here for some reason. But, it doesn't matter, because I'm planning on getting them all on DVD anyway.

By the time Elizabeth and Wayne left just before 9:00 pm last night I was exhausted. I doubt they were even out of the gate before I was getting in to my PJs, grabbing Kero's bed time treats, and climbing in to bed.

I did wake once or twice in the night, but not for long. And, other than those short wakings I slept right through until around 6:30 am this morning.

Kelly's taken Sakura to the vet this morning. She didn't seem too happy about being shut in her pet carrier. She was grumpy anyway, because we kept the window closed last night to make sure she was home this morning (didn't want Kelly getting up and getting ready to leave then finding the cat's gone out). Hopefully she'll be as good as she was last time. If not, then I hope the vet's had his tetnus shots. LOL!

Kero's very upset that not only has his "Dadi" left, but he's taken one of the cats. And, not just any cat, but Sakura (Kero and Sakura grew up together, and are VERY close). He spent the first fifteen minutes or so after they left alternating between whining and howling. Thankfully though, he then stopped that. Now he's just wandering around like a little lost sheep and whimpering every so often. It's funny, he never gets upset if Sakura goes out by herself. But if she gets taken out in the pet carrier... Well, I think he thinks she's being catnapped or something. Poor baby! I've tried to comfort him, but he's having none of it. I don't think he'll be able to calm down properly until Sakura is safely back home. I don't know what he'd do if anything happened to her. He'd be broken hearted.

It appears Spring is starting to show itself here. Admitedly this decreases my chances of snow (which were never high anyway) but it's still nice to hear the birds start coming back to fill the morning with their beautiful songs. And, it's still nice to be able to begin smelling the smells that tell you the flowers will soon begin to creep up out of the frozen ground and show their pretty heads. Plus, Spring rain is usually a bit warmer than Winter rain. LOL!

Oh, yeah, I almost forgot...

When I was in town yesterday I went in "Crumbs" and got myself a baguette (bacon, cheese and onion). Anyway, Mam noticed they sell "home-made" risoles. So, I asked them exactly what's in a risole. Apparently it's corned beef, potatoes and onions. They just chop those things up really fine, mix them in to a mush, roll some in to a ball, roll it in bread crumbs, and cook it. So, there you go. For those who wanted to know what a risole is, that's your answer.

Right, I think that's enough of my nonsense. Besides, I think I've said everything I wanted to say.

Enjoy your day, however you choose to spend it :)

Tori

Added - 9:45 am: Kelly just got home with Sakura (just after I got this post finished and hit "publish" lol) and she got on fine. Luckily for the vet, she was the cute, cuddly kitten she was the last time I took her in, so the vet was safe from her claws and teeth. LOL! So, that's Sakura set for another year.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Proper post

OK, let me think...

Yesterday (Monday) my Mam came down to spend the afternoon with me, and she and Elizabeth stayed around for dinner. Mam didn't stay as long as she would have liked though, because she had things to do at home. Plus, she's still not feeling too great.

That reminds me, she says, "Thank you," to those of you who sent hugs and get well wishes to her via either my blog or her own.

We didn't do a whole lot, but it was a nice afternoon anyway.

After Mam left I started listening to "The Worst Witch" series, but I'll tell you about it after I'm done listening to it, because I can't be bothered right now. Besides, I'd only have to say again when telling you what I thought about it. And most of you probably know what it's about anyway. Didn't listen to much of it though, because I fell asleep (not because I wasn't enjoying it, I was just really tired).

Today (Tuesday) I got up almost three hours earlier than I needed to - not intensionally either - which gave me time to do a bit of catching up with blogs and e-mails before going to Asda with Mam and her friend, Kelly.

Didn't get anything of interest in Asda, just did some food shopping. About the most interesting thing that happened in Asda was that a little one who was sat in a trolley beside me at one point (I'd say she was somewhere between 2 and 3, judging by her speech skills) felt the need to inform me that she was a girl, her Mami was a girl, but not her Dadi, because he's a boy. So, I told her she was very clever, but she told me, "No, Dadi told me." LOL! So, there you have it. If someone tells you something, even though you now have the knowledge, you aren't clever. LOL!

And, speaking of little kids...

The other day we heard a really loud "bang" from upstairs. We weren't sure if we should go see if everything was OK or not, and ended up not going, because after listening for a while everything seemed fine. Well, yesterday we found out what caused it. It seems that little Cerys has learned a new game (or she thinks it's a game anyway). She's learned that she's got enough room to run on the bed, which is fine, but she hasn't yet learned that when you're about to run out of bed to run on you should stop. I'm sure you've all just figured out the source of the bang. Yep, that's right. She kept on running, ran out of bed and hit the floor. Oops! She doesn't seem to be any the worse for it though. I wonder if it has taught her not to do it again, or if she's one of those toddlers who find things like that funny... Despite the pain. LOL!

Anyway...

When I got home today I phoned the people from Sky (again). Lucky for them I was tired, so couldn't be bothered with getting in to an argument, so, when asked what they could do for me, I very nicely replied that they could, "Tell me why exactly I'm getting letters asking me to pay my monthly subscription when I have asked for it to be cancelled." The woman I spoke to (I forget her name, but unless it's family, friends, or neighbours I have a lot to do with that are "sort of" friends, I don't usually use names on here anyway) told me if I gave her my details so she could bring my account up on her computer she'd find out for me. So, I gave her the details. Anyway, to cut a long story short, the computer "apparently" automatically issues those letters if the monthly subscription hasn't been paid unless someone goes in to tell it not to, which it doesn't appear anyone has done (ya think?) So, my account IS getting cancelled, the billing computer just hadn't been told this. Hmm... OK, fine, if you say so. Anyway, she told me to just ignore any bill that comes in that doesn't say "final bill" and have the amount of £28 as the amount due. She then appologised several times, and - funnily enough - made no attempts to try and talk me out of leaving them (probably thought under the circumstances it would be best not to). I asked her when I could expect that bill, she said I'd get it "probably around the end of Feb" (it's due on Feb 27th, but might get sent out a bit early, then again, it might get sent out a bit late). I told her that was fine, but that I would appreciate it if the billing computer could be informed that I'm getting sick of having someone come and read the same letter to me every couple of days, and that if at the end of Feb my bill says anything more than £28 then my next phone call will NOT be a polite one. I'd fully intended this one not being polite, but having been up since around 5:30 am I was quite tired by this time (it was around 4:00 pm). I usually go straight for a nap after doing the shopping, but - even though I'd been home for a couple of hours - I hadn't yet made it for my nap (I did get my nap afterwards though).

Today is "pancake day" but we didn't have pancakes for our tea. For one thing we'd planned for about two weeks that we were going to have "sloppy joes" today and had forgotten that today was going to be pancake day. For another thing, we're having pancakes with Mam and Dad lunch time tomorrow, and I don't really want them two days in a row. But we've got some "real Canadian maple syrrup" that I got today (or, it better be the real stuff for how much I paid for the damn stuff) and we're going to have that with our pancakes tomorrow. We also have some lemon juice, because I know Mam and Dad like that with a bit of sugar on their pancakes.

So, Kelly made "sloppy joes" for dinner. I've never had a sloppy joe before. Doubt I ever will again either. I really didn't think much of them. I think Kelly was a bit disappointed that I didn't really like them, but I told him I think it's just the fact I'm not used to the taste. A lot of the stuff I've had that people seem to eat (and enjoy) a lot in Canada I've not really thought much of. I think it's because of not being used to them. I mean, I was raised on sausage mash and peas, roast dinners, risole and chips, bubble and squeak, shepherds' pie, toad in the hole... that sort of thing. So, things like sloppy joes are strange to me. I mean, the mince meat stuff that's in it (the stuff that's called "hamburger" in Canada, and I think the U.S. too) is what you put in sheperds' pie, or use to make spaghetti bolognese... who's bright idea was it to mix it with a sort of tomato paste thing and stick it in a giant burger bun? Anyway, I have discovered that I don't really like sloppy joes. But, at least I can say I tried one. And, I know it wasn't just Kelly's cooking skills, because I have learned over these past six months or so that he's actually a fantastic cook. Wish I'd known sooner, because then he could have done more of the cooking before. LOL!

I think that's just about it, apart from one thing...

You're almost out of chances to ask me questions. If I'm not mistaken I only need to do one more post after this one for the question post to disappear from the front page of my blog, so if you want to get a question in you need to do it quickly, or you wont get to ask it (well, unless the topic comes up some time in the future and you get the oppertunity).

Anyway... Enjoy the rest of your day :)

Tori

Jokes from my inbox

I had these jokes sent to me by a friend via e-mail, and thought I'd post them here.

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Little Johnny Strikes Again

The teacher asked the class to use the word "fascinate" in a sentence.
Molly put up her hand and said, "We all went to my Grandad's farm and saw his pet sheep. It was fascinating."
The teacher said, "That was good. But I wanted you to use the word fascinate, not fascinating."
Sally raised her hand and said, "My family went to see Rock City and I was fascinated."
The teacher said, "Well, that was good Sally. But I wanted you to use the word fascinate."
Little Johnny raised his hand.
The teacher hesitated, because she had been burned by little Johnny before. She finally decided there was no way he could damage the word "fascinate" so she called on him.
Johnny said, "My Aunt Gina has a sweater with ten buttons, but her tits are so big she can only fasten eight."
The teacher sat down and cried.

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The Chicken At The Movies

A man approached the window of a movie theatre with a chicken on his shoulder, and asked for two tickets.
"Who's the other ticket for?" the ticket girl asked.
"For my pet chicken," he said, pointing to the bird.
"I'm sorry," the girl tells him, "but we don't allow animals in the theatre."
The man walked around the corner of the building and stuffed the chicken in to his pants.
He returned to the ticket window, brought a ticket, entered the theatre, and sat down.
The chicken started to get hot, so the man - figuring it was OK because it was dark - unzipped his pants to let the chicken stick its head out.
The woman sitting next to him looked down in horror.
She nudged her friend Amanda, and whispered, "Amanda, this man beside me just unzipped his pants."
Amanda replied, "Oh, don't worry. Just ignore him. If you've seen one, you've seen them all."
The woman whispered back, "I know, I know. But this one's eating my popcorn."

Getting annoyed with Sky

This is getting stupid. This is the third letter we have had from Sky asking why I haven't paid my subscription this month and wanting £48 from me for it (£43 for the monthly subscription and £5 for sending me a bill on paper). This after I phoned to cancel my subscription over a month ago, and was told I'd get a final bill for about £30 (it was £20 something, but I don't remember what). My Sky box stopped working a couple of weeks ago, and has been unplugged and even thrown out, and my card was cut up and the pieces thrown away, so there's no way they can even say I'm using the Sky subscription. I'm getting really annoyed with them, since I've told them countless times that I don't want the subscription any more and that I want it cancelled. I'll be phoning them later on today, and let me tell you that if they don't sort it out this time they're going to get an ear full from me. How hard is it to figure out that when someone cancels their subscription they aren't planning on paying for it any more? For that matter, how hard is it to cancel a damn subscription? Idiots!

I'll do a proper post later, just wanted a bit of a rant about the idiots from Sky Digital.

Tori

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Sunday's nonsense

It's really cold here, and the weather people keep saying we'll get snow. We aren't getting any though. We're getting more sun than snow. There was a bit of rain yesterday, but other than that it's been dry. The wind is one of those bitter winds that cut through you're clothes when you go outside (no matter how many layers you're wearing) and make it sound like you have a pack of wolves howling at your windows and doors. I'm glad we've got our nice, warm quilt to curl up under, and that we don't have to go anywhere.

We were going to be going to my parents' place for dinner, but my Mam's not feeling too well still, so instead we're staying home, and Kelly's cooking a shepherds' pie and peas for our dinner later.

After loads of patient coaxing, I've managed to convince Kero that he can jump up on the bed by himself. I got one of his favourite treats, showed him I had it, then sat in the middle of the bed with it and called him. After about 20 minutes the fact he wanted the treat must have over-powered his fear of not making the jump, because he jumped up on the bed for his treat. I did it a few times, and each time it took him a little less time to jump up. By this morning he was jumping up on the bed without any coaxing again. When he did this both Kelly and I praised him like mad. We acted like he'd just won the lottery for us or something. He probably thought we'd gone nuts, but we wanted him to know that we were pleased with him. He's now stretched out on my side of the bed beside Kelly, and they're both fast asleep.

We got the reminder card for taking Sakura in for her shots. It arrived yesterday. I already knew she needed to go this week though. It's just a matter of figuring out when. Looks like it'll be either Wednesday morning or Friday morning, because one or the other of us is busy the other mornings, and we need us both free so that Kero doesn't have to be dragged along to the vet trip. Kelly's busy tomorrow (he's going in to town to run a couple of errands), Mam is taking me to Asda Tuesday, and Thursday I have to go to the doctor for those blood tests. So, like I said, that means it'll have to be Wednesday or Friday. Maybe I'll see when Mam is taking Willow in for her shots (Willow and Sakura's shots are due the same time) and Kelly and Sakura can grab a lift with them instead of having to wait for a bus. It used to be me who'd take the furbabies in to the vet, but it's much easier for Kelly to go now, and makes no sense for both of us to go. Especially when it's for one of the cats and not Kero. But even for Kero it makes more sense for just Kelly to go, because otherwise he'd have to lead me while trying to deal with Kero (Kero hates busy roads, and we have to walk along one to get from the bus stop to the vet). At least without me there he can concentrate on the furkid. And if the routine check became something where a majour decision had to be made, I'm sure he'd call me to ask my opinions. He'd never make a majour decision with any of the furkids without consulting me first.

I finished listening to "The Hobbit" by J R R Tolkein (I think I got the i and e the right way around). I don't know how I ended up never hearing the story before, especially with my Dad loving the story so much (and having it on cassette for as long as I can remember). Oh, well, I've listened to it now. Anyway, for those who don't know, it's the story of a hobbit named "Bilbo Baggins" and the adventures he has when trying to help a group of dwarves to defeat a dragon and reclaim their stolen treasure. And, yes, I did enjoy it.

Haven't figured out what I'll be listening to next, but will let you know either once I've decided, or once I've listened to it. Depending on when I get around to choosing it, and how long it takes me to listen to it.

Yesterday (Feb 2nd) was Imbolc. Last year Kero and I went for a long walk and took some really nice photos (or, I thought they were really nice, anyway). This year we didn't though. For one thing I don't feel confident taking walks around here without another human in tow any more. For another thing, it was so cold that even Kero didn't want to be outside. I usually like to do a little something to at least acknowledge the Pagan holidays/sabbats (whatever you want to call them) but I have to admit that yesterday I really didn't feel up to doing anything other than curling up in a blanket listening to my story. And, other than when I was trying to convince Kero that he can still jump on the bed by himself, that's all I did. Still, hope you had a good day, and that you managed to find signs that Spring is on it's way where you live.

By the way, you still have time to ask questions on that post, so if there's something else you wanted to ask - or, if you haven't asked me anything yet, but wanted to ask me something - then you still have time to do so.

Right, well, I think that's enough of my nonsense for now. LOL! :)

Hope you have a good day, however you choose to spend it :)

Tori

Friday, February 01, 2008

Friday Feb first

OK, so LadyStyx was right, and it does look like it will be less than a week for those eight posts. LOL! This is my third post today. In my defence though, the second post I did today was for information purposes. Yes, that's my excuse, and yes, I am sticking to it! LOL!

Anyway...

It's been a VERY cold start to February. The sun has been shining, and you'd think that would mean it would make it a bit warmer, but it didn't. Oh, well, it's not like I had to be out there (unless you count a couple of trips outside with Kero for him to have a pee).

And, speaking of Kero. We thought he might of hurt his hip Wednesday night/Thursday morning, because he went to jump on the bed, slipped, and landed on his side on the floor. Then he acted like he couldn't get on the bed by himself and would make half-hearted attempts while whining (until one of us got fed up and got out of bed to lift him up). But then we noticed he was able to run around just fine. Plus, he had no trouble jumping up for toys or his lead. Anyway, to cut a long story short, we think he had trouble gripping the blanket as he jumped up on the bed (fleece blankets are a lot easier to grip than cotton quilt covers) and slipped, and since this happened at least twice in as many days, it seems to have shaken his confidence in his ability to jump on the bed. I wouldn't mind, but he jumps off in the middle of the night, then wants back up, and if we ignore him he just starts howling and refuses to settle until he's in what he's always considered his rightful place. I mean, he'll be four in May, and he's slept on our bed with us since we brought him home from the breeder (when he was about 9 & 1/2 weeks old). We have one of the fleece blankets on top of the quilt now, so maybe he'll realise and manage to get the confidence back to jump up by himself again?

This has all taken longer to write than it should have, because I ended up getting up to make a cup of coffee for Kelly (he's helping people with quests on World Of Warcraft, and can't leave the computer without risking his character - and maybe everyone else's - getting killed). Plus, I had to take Kero out for another pee. I swear half these so-called bathroom trips are just an excuse to go outside. LOL!

I think Sakura thinks she's a kitten again. In fact, I swear she's playing more now than she did as a kitten. She was rolling around the floor with a catnip toy earlier, then batting the toy around and chasing it. She's also been playing with some of the balls with bells in, and the other day she was playing with one of Kero's rope tuggy toys (not as a tuggy, but as a sort of mobile scratch post). She even let my Mam sit and watch her play on Monday. It's good to see her so happy, but I can't help but wonder if this step back in to her kitten-hood is a result of Chance's passing. Especially since it started not long after he "crossed the bridge." She's also started to get really cuddly, and cuddles up with me like Chance used to. Still, I suppose there are worse ways for her to grieve for him than mimicking some of his behaviour.

We're still no closer to getting moved out of here. The good thing is that the people who were hastling us have backed off (for now at least). I think one neighbour is intent on making waves though. The kids rode their bikes around the garden the other day, and where it was muddy it churned up the grass a bit. I knew they'd been in there, but figured since they didn't break anything or bother me (or anyone else) it wasn't worth worrying about. This one neighbour disagrees though, and wanted me to take photos of the "vandalism" and get them printed so she can send them to the housing and report them. Report them for what? For wanting somewhere to play with their bikes that's not on a road? For plaing in a communal garden? For actually finding something to amuse themselves that doesn't involve name-calling or stone-throwing? I mean, come on! If it was a private garden I could sort of understand, but it's not. So, why can't they play in there? They weren't hurting anyone or anything (well, unless you count the grass). And, if it's something the housing really need to know, surely the caretakers/groundsmen (whatever they want to call themselves) can take photos and report it themselves. That way I wont have to use my money or ink to print a photo that would either cause more trouble for me or do sod all anyway. I just don't get people like that. It's those kinds of people who are the reason kids are indoors in front of the TV or their computers and games machines instead of outside playing ball and riding their bikes.

OK, well, I think that's just about everything I've got to say today. LOL! Besides, I'm hungry, so I think I'm going to have some toast.

Enjoy whatever's left of your day :)

Tori

Eating during pregnancy

I was bored this morning, so I decided to have a look on the net to find out a bit more about the things you should or shouldn't be eating if trying to get pregnant or if you are pregnant. It's information that's useful for me right now, and may be useful to some of the people who read my blog at some point in the future, so I think I'll post the info here. If nothing else it'll make it easier for me to find in the future. LOL!

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Eating well for a healthy pregnancy

Keeping your weight under control and eating a balanced diet can help you conceive, and help you to have a healthy pregnancy and baby

A healthy pregnancy starts well before conception. Your diet during the few months before you conceive can significantly increase your ability to get pregnant and be as important for the baby’s well being as what you eat during pregnancy itself.

Supplements:
It is vital to take at least 400 micrograms of folic acid daily when trying to conceive, as well as during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, as this greatly reduces the risk of your baby having a congenital neural tube defect such as spina bifida. Folic acid tablets are widely available from chemists.

Do:
Remember to take your folic acid supplement every day.
Eat plenty of folate-rich (the natural form of folic acid) foods as well. Include plenty of dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach and watercress, nuts, pulses, whole grains and fruit juices.

Don’t:
Take excessive amounts of vitamin A, as this can cause foetal abnormalities. Check any supplements you are already taking and make sure you're not exceeding the RDA (recommended daily amount) for vitamin A. Avoid liver, and products that contain it, such as paté.

Alcohol:
Women who are pregnant or who are trying to concieve should avoid drinking alcohol. You may find getting pregnant more difficult if you drink, and even quite modest alcohol intake during pregnancy can lead to Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, a wholly avoidable birth defect that can leave a child with severe learning difficulties, poor physical health and a distinctive appearance.

Do:
Stop drinking alcohol if you're planning to get pregnant.

Don’t:
Drink alcohol while you're pregnant, and be very cautious afterwards when breastfeeding. Alcohol passes straight through the placenta, and even quite small amounts will make your unborn baby drunk and ill.

Food safety:
Bacterial infections such as listeriosis, salmonella and toxoplasmosis can be particularly dangerous for both pregnant women and their unborn babies. The bacteria can infect the unborn baby, causing great harm and interfering with normal development.

Do:
Avoid unpasteurised soft cheese, such as brie and camembert.
Cook eggs thoroughly and avoid any foods that incorporate raw or lightly cooked eggs, such as home-made mayonnaise, sauces and puddings.
Make sure all meats are cooked though. Undercooked hamburgers and other minced meats are particularly dangerous to your unborn baby. Barbecues can be hazardous, so treat all meat with caution.
Wash your hands after handling raw meat.

Don’t:
Eat liver or liver products, as this is a very rich source of vitamin A.
Eat more than two portions of oily fish a week, or more than four cans of tuna, due to risk of contamination with environmental pollutants.
Eat shellfish, marlin, shark or swordfish, due to risk of contamination with heavy metals such as lead and mercury.

Healthy balance:
A well-balanced diet will supply all the energy and nutrients needed by you and your growing baby.

Do:
Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, at least five portions a day.
Eat plenty of foods from the starchy carbohydrate group, such as breads, cereals, rice, pasta and potatoes. Choose wholegrain versions whenever you can.
Consume low-fat milk and dairy products to ensure a good intake of calcium. Make sure you go outside for at least half an hour a day, exposing your skin to daylight. This will ensure your body makes an adequate amount of vitamin D, needed to absorb calcium from the diet.
Eat moderate amounts of protein foods, such as meat, fish, eggs, soya, pulses and nuts. Have a good variety to ensure adequate protein as well as important nutrients such as iron, zinc, magnesium and essential fatty acids, including omega 3 fats.
Stay active and move around.

Don’t:
Eat for two. You don’t need many extra calories during pregnancy. Be guided by your appetite and when you feel hungry between meals, choose a healthy snack such as a fruit scone, a yoghurt, a slice of cheese on toast or a handful of dried fruits.
Try to lose weight during pregnancy. You may end up with a nutrient deficiency.

Morning sickness and heartburn:
Morning sickness is most common during the first three months and can happen at any time during the day. Heartburn and indigestion often occur during the later stages of pregnancy.

Do:
Eat little and often.
Avoid fatty and spicy foods.
Drink plenty of water.

Don’t:
Skip meals.

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Something that doesn't seem to have been mentioned in that article, but which I know to be important is caffeen (I think I spelled that right). I've read in sevoral places that you should limit your caffeen intake to a maximum of four servings per day. This doesn't just apply to coffee. Tea contains almost as much caffeen as coffee, and - apparently - chocolate contains a fair amount of caffeen too, so those things have to be considered as caffeen portions.

Tori

"Damn you to a Willow house"

When my Mam is getting annoyed with the furkids (be it mine or her own) she says, "damn you to a sausage factory!" So, she said it to Sakura (our eldest cat) on Wednesday, and the following conversation was the result:

Mam (to Sakura): Damn you to a sausage factory!
Me: Actually, she'd probably be quite happy to go to one.
Mam: Well... Then damn you to a Willow house!
Me (laughing): To a what?
Mam: A Willow house
Me (still laughing): Where the hell did that come from?
Mam: Well, she leaves whenever I bring Willow down, doesn't she?
Me: Well, yes
Mam: So, she wouldn't want to visit Willow's house, would she?
Me: No, she probably wouldn't
Mam (triumphantly): There you are then!

And, it seems Mam was right, because the threat worked much better than "damn you to a sausage factory" ever has. LOL!

Tori