Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a 2008 American fantasy-drama film directed by David Fincher. The screenplay by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord is loosely based on the 1922 short story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The film stars Brad Pitt as a man who ages in reverse and Cate Blanchett as the love interest throughout his life. The film was released in the United States on December 25, 2008."

The above information was taken from here (warning: link contains spoilers!)

I watched this last week, and really enjoyed it. It's a nice movie, with a sweet but kind of sad sort of ending. That's my opinion, anyway.


Saturday, February 27, 2010

February 2010 craft update: slow progress

It's time for February 2010's craft update. But there's not much to say. I've been doing a bit of knitting, but where I haven't been feeling 100% - plus all the roleplaying sessions - I haven't really done much. I really do need to devote a bit more time to finishing up these projects for that giveaway thing! Not to mention the blanket I promised to make for someone.

Sorry I don't have anything more interesting to say in this craft update.


Friday, February 26, 2010

Kero's korner: damp dog

Hi humans, it's Kero here! This is just a short post today, because it's almost time for my lunchtime treat, and because I want to go and find somewhere to curl up to get warmed up and properly dry from getting soaked on my walkies earlier. That's been happening a lot lately... It keeps raining, and I end up soaking wet from my walkies. Mami does get me dried off a bit with a towel, but I end up a bit damp for a while afterwards. Not to worry though... There are usually blankets and such I can curl up on - or in - to get warm and dry again!

Anyway, not much has been happening this week. Just usual walkies and such. Willow and I have started a routine of having a good bounce about after breakfast though, and that's always fun.

OK, I'm going to go pounce on Mami to remind her that it's time for me and Willow to have our lunchtime treats.

Licks and sniffs,

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Velveteen Rabbit (movie)

"A lonely boy wins over his distant father and strict grandmother with help from a brave velveteen rabbit whose one wish is to become a real rabbit someday."

(The above text was taken from here)

I watched this recently. It was fantastic! A great movie for kids, or those of us who are young at heart.


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

So far in roleplaying (LBE)

I'm posting this for the benifit of anyone interested in the roleplaying games. I did this originally to post on Dad's forum as an update for what's been going on at the gaming club, so it didn't take much to just copy and paste it in to this post... Enjoy!

In Kelly's D and D campaign, The Company Of The Raven - consisting of Cassi the human priest, Gwydion the elven ranger, Poppy Bramblerose the halfling wizard, Mojo the halfling rogue, Thorfin the dwarven warlord, Nemeia the teefling warlock, Erdan the half-elf wizard, Draco the dragonborn fighter, and another halfling rogue currently known as Robyn (until we can think of a better name for her) -has been doing much adventuring. Firstly, for those wondering how such a large party works, Cassi, Gwydion and Poppy are always there, but the others alternate depending on who is playing. We usually try to have one of the rogues with us, plus either Nemeia or Erdan, and either Draco or Thorfin. Anyway, the adventure started when Poppy received a letter from a fellow wizard requiring her services in Loudwater. Something was causing the weather to be unseasonably cold, and he suspected the cause was magic related, and thought she could help. Of course, everyone agreed, and - leaving Thorfin, Erdan and Mojo in town - the other six headed off in the direction suspected to be the source. It turned out to be a tower. I forget the technical details - perhaps someone can fill them in? - I do remember though that it was a place filled with dark magic, in which demons were trapped, servants had died after being locked in it when it was sealed after the wizard who lived there was taken away, and a magical orb on the roof was guarded by some kind of elemental type thing. Everyone was at a loss as to what to do, until Gwydion offered to use Fey Step to go in to the Fey world and get help from them since it was their magic. They gave him a spell which had to be read by a wizard, so when he brought it back Poppy did the honors. Luckily, the spell worked, and everything went back to normal, much to everyone's delight.

Then Cassi received news from her cousin that it was urgent that she went to Winterhaven, and - naturally - she was eager to answer the summons. So, to Winterhaven they went, killing a few Kobolds on the way. When they got there they told Lord Padraig - the guy in charge in Winterhaven - about the kobolds attacking, so he asked them to find their camp and destroy them. Cassi, of course, wanted to look for her cousin first, so the group went to the secret underground temple of The Raven Queen to look for her. She wasn't there. Fearing the worst, Cassi was eager to head out to the larger temple not far from town, however, it was getting dark by this time, so everyone thought it would be best to first go back to town, stock up on supplies, get some rest, and find out what information they could from the residents of Winterhaven. Cassi reluctantly agreed, but only on the condition that a search for her cousin be made first thing in the morning. It was. The Company Of The Raven headed out to the much larger and more impressive temple of The Raven Queen just outside of town, this time leaving Thorfin, Erdan and Robyn in town. Cassi was horrified to find blood just inside the entrance to the temple, and no sign of her cousin. Poppy and Gwydion spotted tracks, and followed them for a while, discovering that they were heading in the direction they had been told the Kobolds seemed to be coming from. Leaving Gwydion there, Poppy returned to the temple to fetch the others, arriving just in time to persuade Cassi not to strangle Mojo, who she had by the throat after spotting him checking if some golden items in the temple were really gold, and possibly wondering if he really should steal from a temple. After calming Cassi down, and explaining to Mojo that even touching anything in the temple where Cassi's cousin may have been murdered probably isn't the best idea - especially with her standing right there - Poppy led Cassi, Draco, Nemeia and Mojo to where Gwydion was waiting, and they all followed the tracks left by the Kobolds. Of course, they found them and killed them all, finding the chief of the kobolds eating what seemed to be the charred body of Cassi's cousin. Allowing Cassi time to properly bury her cousin's remains, they returned to Winterhaven with the news of their kobold slaying, and of the letter they had found with the chief which seemed to suggest some kind of plot was at hand involving the keep near Winterhaven. As you might expect, The Company Of The Raven was asked to go and check it out. They then spent several days purging the keep of various creatures, including Hob Goblins, Gilatinus Cubes, and various undead creatures, with occasional trips back to Winterhaven to give reports, have proper rests, or swap Mojo, Draco and Nemeia for Robyn, Thorfin and Erdan (not necessarily in those groups, and not necessarily all at once). As you might imagine, they managed to find out exactly what the plot was about - which involved opening a portal and releasing undead creatures in to the world - then battled their way through the many levels of the keep in order to prevent it from happening, arriving just in time to stop the one doing it - I forget his name - from opening the portal fully.

Heading back to Winterhaven, they planned for a rest, but - alas - it was not to be. For waiting for them was the news that their services were needed as rescuers and explorers. For one thing they were asked to find out what they could about a laberinth-like underground minator city a few days walk away, and for another thing they were given the news that some people from a nearby village (or possibly small town) had been captured by slavers, and that the people from that village/town wanted someone to go rescue them. And so, abandoning their plans for rests, they headed off once more, finding themselves in an ogre infested underground city where they were told of yet another kidnapping... This time the nephew of the halfling who owned the inn. Of course, they agreed to rescue him - since they were there - and slaughtered a few slavers in order to do so, making themselves a few hundred gold by returning both the nephew and some stolen alcahol of some sort to the inn. They now find themselves slaughtering various creatures in this underground laberinth-like place, while attempting to learn more about it and find the whereabouts of those captured from the village or small town near to Winterhaven.

Meanwhile, in Julian's Warhammer Fantasy campaign, a group of adventurers find themselves in a small city just in time to hear about an advancing army of beast men, and to help the city guards to slaughter some mutants who have managed to enter the city. The citizens fled, and the adventurers joined them, leaving them briefly along the way to warn another small city they passed, which the citizens of the first city refused to even speak about without spitting, let alone warn. Their warnings seemed to fall on deaf ears, but the party decided that they had done their best to do their duty, and it wasn't their fault if their warnings were ignored. It took them little effort to catch up with the citizens of that first city, since they were only carrying their adventuring gear, where as the citizens were burdened down with all their belongings - those they could grab quickly anyway - as well as old people and children. All seemed well at first, but then there began to be attacks, which - of course - our heroes did their best to help to stop. Their priest was killed, giving the adventurers a mysterious package to take to someone in the large city they were heading to. Then "Granny" went missing one evening, and the party - which consists of Rowan Greenleaf the halfling thief, Rolo Goldleaf the halfling field warden, Dimsad The Fearless (well, mostly) who is a dwarven fighter, and Idrial the elven mage - went to find her, only to find that she was about to open some dark portal using magic, and that she was being guarded by wolves. Wolves who attacked the party, even somehow managing to bite Rolo's head when he was up a tree. Rowan had planned to follow Rolo up said tree, however found herself attacked by a wolf before she managed it, so was forced to make desperate stabs at it with her dagger to prevent it killing her. Once the wolves and Granny were dead, Idrial destroyed the book Granny had been attempting to use, then somehow got the others back to where the citizens of that city were camped. Arriving just in time to stop some sort of attack that cost the use of one of the wagons the citizens had been using.

Eventually, however, they reached the large city, and found the priest they were to give the package to. They soon found themselves being arrested on suspicion of the murder of that priest, since he was killed right after they left him. In order to prove their inocence they agreed to help to solve the murder, and returned to the temple where he was killed to find that he had been killed by a poisoned dart while examining and making notes on the item that had been in that mysterious package. When they went and reported this they were told of other murders done with identical darts, and found themselves caught up in a large investigation in order to find a link between the murders. During the course of their invvestigations they discovered that a halfling who owned one of the brewerys in the city was quite the alcamyst and probably adding some not-so savory ingredients to the beer (though everyone who spoke of his beer loved it). Regardless of whether he was adding things one normally wouldn't to the beer, however, they were curious about him and his brewery since Halfling kin normally would take over land and buisnesses when one of their number died, yet this particular brewery was left empty, and had been for some time (though it was plain that someone had been to search it just before the party arrived). Upon leaving they were spotted by a young lad, but he disappeared before they could stop him, or even question him about why he was hanging around near the brewery. They eventually discovered that the murders were caused by some Skaven who were living in the sewers. Naturally, they went down there to find and kill them, which almost cost Rowan the use of her leg, leaving her with a scar below her right knee from a throwing dagger. After clearing the sewers of Skaven - at least, to their knowledge - they discovered both the picture that had been in that mysterious package, and some markings which they were sure meant something, though they weren't sure what.

Returning above ground, they were summoned to see Father Odo, a blind priest who told them of visions he had been having of a red skull. The adventurers were asked to accompany Father Odo - along with his aid, Reuben - in finding this red skull and destroying it. They agreed to do so, and headed through the forests in search of the source of Father Odo's visions. During their journey through the forest Reuben disappeared and noises of creatures fighting were heard nearby. Rolo could not be persuaded to wake up, so the others followed the source of the noise without him. They found an extremely large bear fighting some creatures... I think they were wolves... And have reason to believe that that bear is actually Reuben. However, they have yet to confirm this for sure, having not actually seen him transform or asked him. Either way, they soon found themselves at a large burial mound where they had to defeat a minator before they could even get near enough to find the entrance. After doing this, and gaining entry, they proceeded to investigate. A job made difficult by the fact that Rowan seemed unable to even attempt to touch the blood covered walls to search for secret doors without failing her will power test so badly she spent a long time alternating between running away and being sick. Dimsad The Fearless, however managed to find a secret door, and bearly touched the skull shaped handle before it opened, revealing a room in which a fountain of blood and some disgusting blood monsters of some sort awaited their arrival. Rowan failed to hit anything, being too scared to even stay in the room, and too scared to actually hit when she did manage to get up the courage to stay there long enough. Rolo wasn't much better, managing to hit once or twice, but being as eager as Rowan to be out of there. Meanwhile, Idrial was alternating between attempting to fightt the urge to run with the halflings, and attempting to find a spell that would work in the burial mound of Khorne, which was where they were. Reuben managed to get in a few hits before deciding that the halflings had the right idea, and Father Odo stood his ground, thrashing his stick wildly and managing to do some serious damage, while helping Dimsad to try to remain fearless. There were moments when Dimsad wasn't quite fearless, but for the most part he lived up to his name and left no enemy standing. The skull from Father Odo's visions was found in another room of the burial mound, as were various damaged items which they were sure would be greatfully received. Normally they wouldn't bother with damaged items, but these were items that would be considered important to the various races from which they appeared to have come. There was also - much to Dimsad's delight - a pile of gold. They now find themselves camped outside that burial mound deciding what comes next.

And then there's Dad's D and D campaigne where six adventurers - Garel-Kai the genasi sorcerer, Chali the drow asassin, Keothi the goliath warden, Shara the deva cleric, Ameriesa the elven bard, and Autumn the barbarian longtooth shifter - find themselves in the same tavern one evening after hearing that the city is in need of adventurers. They all agree that they have qualities and abilities that would help one another, so they decide to form a party, which - for now at least - they are calling The Company Of The Phoenix. Their name choice is partly due to the fact that, combined, they have many qualities that the phoenix is believed to have, and the fact that their party was - in a sense - born from the ashes of the city the Hob Goblins and Orcs insisted on setting on fire. After saving the tavern from total destruction the owner of it told them to find his mother who owned a local inn, and to tell her that they were to have free beds for the night in return for saving himself and his tavern. Before doing so, however, they went with some of the local watchmen to attempt to defend the Northern bridge, arriving too late to actually do anything, but showing willingness to help none-the-less. Deciding they needed to speak to someone in charge - and being told there was no hope of getting to speak to Councilman Troyas, who was the actual top guy - they went in search of the captain of the city guard. He wasn't there, and after a bit of a wait there was still no sign of him, so the adventurers decided to go and find that inn and rest for the night. After assuring the inn keeper that her son was indeed fine, she agreed to give them a free bed - and free meals - for the night, though she made it clear it would be for one night only, and made a point of going to confirm their story with her son at the first oppertunity.

While eating breakfast the following morning, the party was approached by a watchman who told them that Councilman Troyas wanted to speak with them. They agreed to go and see him - besides, they wanted to anyway - and found him to be an unusual elf, who was rather brisk and to the point. He hired them to find the source of the attack on the city, and gave them what information he could before sending them on their way, telling them to first go to the city square where they may find something of interest to them. They did so, and found a Hob Goblin who had been captured. They convinced it that they would get it freed if it gave out information, and Chali even returned to Troyas to ask him to hand it over to their custody, but he refused. Despite this, however, Shara - with a little help from Garel-Kai - managed to get quite a bit out of the Hob Goblin, who turned out to be quite helpful for a creature who wasn't willing to talk. Meanwhile, quite a crowd was gathering, and when the Hob Goblin began to get a little agitated Garel-Kai suggested they don't press it for any more information so as to avoid causing a riot of some sort. His advice was taken, and he, along with Shara, Autumn, Keothi and Ameriesa, arrived at the edge of the crowd just as Chali was returning with the news that Councilman Troyas had no intension of allowing them to take the Hob Goblin. The others assured her that she had at least tried, and that they had gotten information from it that would give them something to go on anyway, like the fact that Sinruth was the leader of the group calling themselves "the red hand" - which were obviously not the original red hand, since the symbol they were using was upside down - and that he had Goblins, Hob Goblins, Ogres, spiders, and various undead creatures working for him. They decided to head North in order to persue the Hob Goblins - and possibly Goblins and Ogres - who had left the city via that bridge the night before, taking several captives with them.

After several hours of following the trail, they found themselves outside a burial chamber that lay beneath the ruins of a castle. The name on a plaque suggested which family was probably buried there, and Garel-Kai had some knowledge of them, so was able to confirm that it was probably correct, since they were known to have been a very well off family, and to have been buried somewhere around that area. As you might imagine, they began exploring the burial chamber, only to discover that it contained Hob Goblins and Goblins, which they began to slaughter. They cleared the main room, and are now left with a couple of options as to which direction they might go next as there are a few doors for them to choose from.

So, that's where we've gotten to so far with those particular campaigns. Meanwhile, Gareth is eagerly awaiting the start of his Star Wars campaign, and I myself have plans to try a solo adventure in order to see how I feel about being a DM to either run a campaign of my own at some point, or do a few side adventures for others to take breaks. Whether that happens or not will depend how I feel after the solo adventure though, so don't get too excited yet people!


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tuesday's catch-up on things (FD)

I was going to be saying, "we had snow on the weekend - again - but haven't had any since Saturday night/Sunday morning." However, it started snowing again about 11:00 am today. It's not as heavy as it has been sometimes, but there's no mistaking the fact it's snowing again here in Wales. Luckily though, it started snowing as I was getting my shoes on to take the dogs out for their morning walk, so we were able to go for our walk before there was much snow, which I'm pleased about. Probably not as pleased as the dogs are though. LOL!

So, I suppose you're wondering what I've been up to lately? Between roleplaying sessions, I mean.

Well, I've been watching a couple of movies, and listening to snippets of my audiobooks while trying to get a bit of knitting done. No reviews to come for the audiobooks yet, though there are a couple of movie reviews that I will be posting soon. The reason for the lack of book reviews is that I'm still listening to my new copies of the first three Discworld books, and I reviewed the Discworld books together before. Once I'm done with those - I'm finally on the last of the three - then there will be new titles to review for you.

I've also been reading through the rules for D and D so as to try out a solo adventure Dad gave me to play on my own. I'm doing that one so as to see how I feel about the idea of DMing. The idea being that if I feel I can - and want to - DM a bit, then we can give the usual DMs a rest while I either do my own campaigne, or do a couple of side adventures for them. I know Kelly wants me to do it. I'm not sure though if it's so he can have a break, or if it's more to do with the fact he's been looking at some of the classes for characters, and he likes the idea of playing a Druid, so needs someone to run something so that he can, since he has enough prep work to do with the D and D campaigne he's doing, and the Mage campaigne he did some of and will be returning to at some point.

Anyway, there have also been walks with the dogs every day that weather permits, which is most days. Plus I went for another blood test yesterday (Monday). Don't ask about the results yet, since I don't know them. You only get contacted before a week is out if it's something seriously urgent. So, I suppose they can't be too bad, since it's been nearly 24 hours and no call from a doctor yet. But I can't tell you any more than that for now.

Oh yeah, and I've been to Asda with Mam a couple of times. I hate shopping, but I especially hate it when - like last week - it happens while the kids are out of school for half term. It's as if every parent decides to save their big shopping trip for when they can take the kids with them. I can't think why. Personally I'd try and do the big shop the week before, or find a babysitter to have the kid(s) while I went shopping if I couldn't avoid doing the big shop that week. But there you go... To each their own, I suppose!

Mam and I also went to Swansea for the day. No, not during half term... We're not entirely daft, LOL! No, we went the week before, and while we were there we decided to go to Starbucks for a drink. We don't go there often, because it's extremely expensive. But then, it makes it that bit more special when we do go there, if you know what I mean.

I'm not sure if I already mentioned that we did a nice Valentine's dinner for everyone on Valentine's Day. We wanted to do a nice dinner for us couples, but didn't think it was fair that Wayne and Nan basically got left out. So, we had a nice family dinner, with little chocolates and such for everyone. There was a nice tea too, with trifle, heart shaped cinamon cookies, and heart shaped chocolates. It took me a week to finish my share of the chocolates. LOL! We did take a couple of photos of the table dinner time, but I'm having trouble finding someone who is available for photo sorting, since my usual helpers are either busy, away, or not sure what's involved in sorting the photos. Mam wants to post the table photos on her blog though, so when they're sorted she will do that, and I'll let you know that they are there if you want to go and take a look at them.

Let's see, what else? Hmm...

I've been watching a couple of TV shows lately too. For one thing there have been some new episodes of "The Simpsons" on, and I quite enjoy those. It's in it's 20th series now, and I've basically watched it from the beginning. I'm not going to even try to claim that I've seen all the episodes, because I know I haven't, but I've definately seen a lot of them.

I also watched bits of "The Biggest Loser" and some similar shows that my Mam watches. I didn't think much of them though, so I didn't bother with them again. I'm all for people losing weight, but I do think weight is being shoved down our throats just a little too much. And then people wonder why so many people have eating disorders? I mean, have you checked the "recommended" weights lately? They're ridiculous! Sorry, but they are! I mean, there was a story in the paper the other day about a little girl... She was only 5 years old... Her BMI (Body Mass Index) was literally 1% over what it should be, and her parents got a letter telling them she was overweight. And my brother is 5ft 3 ins, and weighs about 10 stone (140lbs). Not too bad, right? I mean, yeah, a couple of lbs heavier than he should probably be, but that's all, right? Wrong! He is apparently almost 2 stone (28lbs) overweight! But he's not fat... He's not even chunky... If he was 2 stone lighter, there'd be nothing to him! And this is why I say I think the "recommended weight" thing is ridiculous, and why I blame all this fuss about being the "correct" weight for many of the eating disorders people have. If there wasn't so much pressure put on people to be a certain weight, then many people wouldn't either starve themselves or over eat because of being worried about their weight. Yes, OK, being a decent weight is better for people generally. But, think about it, you can't just say, "oh, you're 5ft 3 inches tall, then you should be this weight." You have to take in to consideration people's body types and such. Not to mention the fact that most women - and even a couple of men - have a certain amount of weight that they really can't do anything about. I'm talking chest area here. Those of you who are of the larger chested persuation will, I'm sure, agree with me about how much extra weight they add.

OK, enough of that!

Hmm... The snow can't be too bad out there... I just heard the train go by,, and there was a bus not too long ago, and because of where they both come from, they had to make it over the mountain. Admittedly this part of the mountain isn't as bad as it gets further up, but those windy mountain roads can be bad sometimes and stop things - the busses especially - from getting through.

OK, I'll let this do for today. I think I've caught you up on everything anyway. Besides, I had a really bad night last night - the first for a while, actually, since I've been sleeping quite well lately - so I'm considering going for a short nap once I'm done here. Haven't decided if I will or not yet, but I'm definately considering the idea.

So, enjoy whatever's left of your day, stay warm, and stay safe! :)


Monday, February 22, 2010

Carrot, egg, or coffee?

Got this in an e-mail the other day, and wanted to post it. I've seen it before, so you may have too, but I'll post it anyway... Just because! :)


You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again!

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as soon as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me what you see.."

"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft.

The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, "What does it mean, mother?"

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently... The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boilingwater, they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean? Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain... When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor... If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?"

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy. The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches. When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Bedtime story: The Little Lame Prince

By Miss Mulock (also known as Dinah Maria Mulock Craik)


YES, he was the most beautiful Prince that ever was born.

Of course, being a prince, people said this; but it was true besides. When he looked at the candle, his eyes had an expression of earnest inquiry quite startling in a new born baby. His nose -- there was not much of it certainly, but what there was seemed an aquiline shape; his complexion was a charming, healthy purple; he was round and fat, straight- limbed and long -- in fact, a splendid baby, and everybody was exceedingly proud of him, especially his father and mother, the King and Queen of Nomansland, who had waited for him during their happy reign of ten years -- now made happier than ever, to themselves and their subjects, by the appearance of a son and heir.

The only person who was not quite happy was the King's brother, the heir presumptive, who would have been king one day had the baby not been born. But as his majesty was very kind to him, and even rather sorry for him -- insomuch that at the Queen's request he gave him a dukedom almost as big as a county -- the Crown-Prince, as he was called, tried to seem pleased also; and let us hope he succeeded.

The Prince's christening was to be a grand affair.

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Note: There are a few chapters to the story. They should only take a few minutes each to read, but you should probably read the story later if you don't have much time right now.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Bedtime Stories

"A family comedy about a hotel handyman whose life changes when the lavish bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to magically come true."

(Above taken from here).

I've wanted to watch this one for a while, and I had my Mam record it on the Sky box while I was at the flat over Christmas when it was on Sky Movies Premier. But I never got around to watching it. Then - a little over a week ago - it was on Sky Movies Family one evening when I was looking for something to watch. So, I watched it. And, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was worth the wait to watch it. Or, I think it was.


Friday, February 19, 2010

Kero's korner: snow, Valentine's Day and dice

Hi humans, it's Kero here.

That snow stuff keeps falling from the sky, then it melts really quickly. I don't know why it bothers to show up if it's going to leave that quickly. But, hey, at least with it leaving that quickly it doesn't interfeer with my walkies with Mami, Willow and Uncle Wayne.

It was Valentine's Day on Sunday. I'm not too sure what it means, but it seems to happen every year. Willow and I brought each other a teddy, and Mamgu made us a chicken dinner with everyone else. It was a pretty good day! There should be a couple of photos, but the humans are so busy with different things that nobody has been able to get them sorted for me to post.

Mami, Dadi, Dadci, and a couple of other humans keep doing this thing called "roleplaying" a lot. I thought I would have a go, so I nudged those dice things with my nose to make them roll across the table like they do... Well, most of them, because Mami has something on her laptop that shouts numbers when you press certain buttons. Anyway, I rolled those dice things, and... Nothing happened! I sat there for a while, and still nothing happened! I even watched them rolling the dice - in case I was doing it wrong - but nothing happened then either! So I just took a nap on the chair I'd climbed up on to reach the dice, which were on the table. I'm not sure what all the fuss is about with those dice... Nothing interesting happens when you role them, so why do they keep doing it?

OK, it's nearly time for me to have my lunchtime treat, so I think this will do for this week's post.

Licks and sniffs,

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The quotable journal, and general babbling

About two weeks ago, Dorkys did a quotable Journal giveaway on her blog. And, I won. The journal arrived today. Thank you for choosing me as the winner, Dorkys! :)

Here is a link to the website where you can see the quotable journals.

Sorry there's no picture, but nobody is available to sort photos for me at the moment, since everyone is either away or busy with other things. It's the butterfly one... The same one Dorkys has.


Mam had a go at roleplaying last night. She played the rogue that Ian (a family friend) uses on the odd occasion he shows up. She decided it wasn't for her though, and left us to it after a while. But, hey, she tried. Besides, everyone has different preferences as to how they spend their time. And, I'm a firm believer in the "to each their own" philosophy.


It keeps snowing here still. But it's not settling properly, so as fast as it arrives it's gone again. That means I can still go for my walks with Kero, Willow and Wayne. I'd actually go anyway, personally, but because it's difficult for me to follow paths with my cane in the snow, nobody likes me to go, so it's just easier not to bother. That's actually the reason why I'm fed up of the snow... Because I can't go out much when it's here. If I could then I wouldn't be so ready for Spring to hurry up and arrive.


I have a load of audiobooks to listen to, but I'm not getting much of that done, because roleplaying is taking up a lot of time. I generally would listen to at least part of an audiobook in bed, before settling to sleep. But lately I either roleplay until late, then I'm too tired to stay awake long enough to listen to more than a few minutes of it, or Kelly is going to bed just a little before me and putting the TV on. When the second one happens I don't bother with the audiobook, because I wont be able to listen to it when he's watching a TV show or movie in the same room. And, no, I can't use headphones. Why? Because I sometimes fall asleep listening to the audiobook, and where I'm one of those people who tends to wriggle a lot in their sleep I could end up choking myself with the headphone wires, because I don't like the in-ear ones that easily come out of the ear on their own if you move about too much, and I don't want wireless ones... Especially since they don't really come cheap.


I think that'll do for today. . I don't think there was anything else I wanted to blog about anyway.

Enjoy whatever's left of your day... Stay warm, and stay safe! :)


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Mostly roleplaying related

Sorry I haven't been doing much posting or anything on the blogs lately. I've been trying to visit as normal, but it doesn't always work. Weekends seem to be especially difficult for finding time.

We have three roleplaying campaignes going at once at the moment. One that started Sunday (4th edition Dungeons And Dragons, with Dad as DM), one that officially started before Christmas but only really got going at the start of January (Warhammer Fantasy Roleplaying, with a family friend named Julian as GM) and one that has been running since January (4th edition Dungeons And Dragons, with Kelly as DM). Not to mention the prep work being done for one that's due to start in a couple of months time (Star Wars roleplaying, with another family friend named Gareth as GM), and another that's due to start after that one finishes (can't remember that one's name, but Dad will be GM). Plus, trying to remember things from the one Kelly started at the end of September (Mage The Awakening) since that one is meant to start up again once these others are finished. Confused yet?

Anyway, at the moment it's basically Warhammer Fantasy on Saturdays, Dad's D And D one some Sundays, and Kelly's D & D one some Wednesdays. Only "some" Sundays and Wednesdays, because Dad and Kelly often do figure gaming with others on Wednesdays at their Swansea club, and the same with family friends on Sundays at the club where Dad now runs his gaming club sessions. I don't join in with those though, because I'm not really interested.

Like I said, Dad's D & D campaigne only started this past Sunday. It's funny really, because he did the characters ready for us, and had us pick them at random, with nobody knowing what they'd get. And, guess what? We only picked characters almost identical to the ones we already play in Kelly's D And D campaigne. For example, I play a Halfling Wizard in Kelly's campaigne, and I picked a Genasi Sourcerer from the characters Dad had created. Julian plays a Halfling Rogue in Kelly's campaigne, and he picked a Drow Asassin. And I promise you it wasn't intensional. None of us even knew for sure what had been created. We just grabbed a character from the sheets Dad held out to us, and got characters of almost the same class - though different race - to the ones we were playing with the other D And D campaigne. LOL! The fates have spoken, and my role in those realms is that of a caster... But, hey, at least it's a different type of caster, and a different rrace!

Anyway, as I was saying...

Between how much I've been sleeping (which is a lot, though it's not as much as it was a couple of weeks back) combined with the roleplaying games, watching movies, "trying" to listen to audiobooks, and "trying" to make some progress with crafts, my PC time has been kinda limited. Yep, some of it is my own fault, but still. Anyway, I'm sorry for not being around properly!

Going to let this do for today, because we have a roleplaying session tonight, because Dad and Kelly don't want to risk going to the Swansea club because of the weather. We had snow again, and it was falling thick and fast. It was early-ish this morning, and it was the kind of snow that melted as quick as it fell, but still... When you live up on the mountains you don't go off somewhere for several hours when there's a high risk of not being able to get home because of the weather. Especially when you know it will be late when you are even starting to head home. At least, not if you have any sense, anyway.

Hope everyone is doing OK!

Enjoy whatever's left of your day, stay warm, and stay safe! :)


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Iron update

The blood test I had done last Monday (February 8th) showed that my iron level was indeed rising again. It was 8.6. That's not great, but it's an improvement from the 7 it was the week before. We need to get it up around 12 for it to be considered to be in the "normal" range. I already have the blood forms to go and have it checked again some time next week.

I'm still having iron tablets three times a day though, making a total of 600mgs of iron being pumped in to my body via tablets. Plus what's in food items I'm eating. I'd be surprised if I come off these tablets any time soon, and even when they do stop I'll probably end up being checked very regularly to see how my iron level is doing. The good thing is though that the dizzyness has gone now, I'm not getting so tired so quickly, and - though it's not completely gone - my headache is a lot better, so all good! Well, at the moment anyway. But with my medical history I'll take what I can get, when I can get it!

Anyway, I had been told drinking a lot of tea can cause problems with keeping the iron level up, but I kept forgetting to ask the doctor how true that was. I had decreased the amount of tea I was drinking "just in case" though. It's not that I didn't believe it - because I did - it's just that I wanted it verified by the doctor, because some people I know tend to be more willing to listen if the information comes from more than one source. So, I asked the doctor about it in order to have another person give their opinion on the matter. And she said it was true. Tea in small amounts isn't an issue, but drinking a lot of it - which I do - is. So I shouldn't have more than 4 cups of tea a day, and less would be even better. Bearing in mind I was having a minimum of 6 cups a day before. :(


Monday, February 15, 2010

A child's treasure box

A child can find magic in the simplest of things, and something small and - to an adult - not worth even taking a second look at, can seem like a glorious treasure to a child.

I was reminded of this fact a few days ago while helping my Mam to clear out some old stuff. We found all sorts of things while clearing, but the one that inspired this post was a small box.

There seemed to be nothing special about the box. It was just a small, plastic, dust covered box.

Or, was it?

It was, in fact, a child's treasure box.

My childhood treasure box.

A couple of the contents I see why they were "treasures" to me. But some of them had me wondering... Why? Why would anyone want to keep some of these things? How are they treasures?

I returned every item to the box, and I handed the box back to Mam. I figured that she had kept it all this time, so she might as well continue to do so.

Ever since then I've been trying to figure out why I would have kept some of the items in the box. Why were they special? What made them worth putting in my "treasure box" to keep them safe?

The only answer I can come up with is...

I'm sure I had my reasons. Something about them must have seemed important or special to my young mind.

Perhaps they were trophies from some great adventure I had while exploring the world around me?

Perhaps they were given to me by someone who meant something to me?

Or, perhaps I just thought they looked nice?

Those treasures will - for now, at least - remain in that box. But the mystery of why they were first put in there may never be solved. The answer may be locked somewhere in my mind, but the key to unlocking it has probably been lost many years ago as I've grown up.


Sunday, February 14, 2010

The History of Valentine's Day

"Every February, across the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday? The history of Valentine's Day — and its patron saint — is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred."

"While some believe that Valentine's Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine's death or burial — which probably occurred around 270 A.D — others claim that the Christian church may have decided to celebrate Valentine's feast day in the middle of February in an effort to 'christianize' celebrations of the pagan Lupercalia festival. In ancient Rome, February was the official beginning of spring and was considered a time for purification. Houses were ritually cleansed by sweeping them out and then sprinkling salt and a type of wheat called spelt throughout their interiors. Lupercalia, which began at the ides of February, February 15, was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus."

(Above taken from this site, where you can read the rest of the article, since all I've posted here is the first paragraph and another one from further down in the article).

Happy Valentine's Day!


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Wild Child

"Wild Child is one of those guilty pleasures, a bit like Mean Girls and Thirteen Going On Thirty, which cuts through all acquired patinas of sophistication and go straight to the inner twelve year old girl inside."

(Above taken from here).

I watched this movie recently too, and I enjoyed it. It's one of those movies about teenage girls who get sent to boarding school as punishment for bad behaviour, in the hopes it will turn their behaviour around. I wont add any more, since there's plenty of information in the link I provided. :)


Friday, February 12, 2010

Kero's korner: food discussed

Hi humans, it's Kero here.

Mostly this has been an uneventful week. It's been trying to snow, but it hasn't stopped our walkies again, so that's just fine with us. Well, me anyway... Willow loves snow, so I don't think she'd have minded. But I'm not such a snow fan. Willow and Mami can play out in the snow for hours and hours. Me? I get bored after five minutes... If I even last that long!

Only three interesting things happened this week.

The first was Sunday when Willow and I went to the park with our humans. Well, with Mami and Mamgu anyway, since Dadi and Dadci were at somewhere called "gaming club" for the afternoon. Not sure why Wayne didn't come with us, but Nani almost never comes with us, so I don't bother wondering why she doesn't come now... Nobody tells me things like that anyway.

The second was on Wednesday. We all had pheasant to try, and Willow and I got some too. That stuff was great! I think birds were put on this planet to be tasty food items for us dogs!

The other happened yesterday. It was take-away food. I got a share of it. Yum! I love take-away!

So, that was basically my week. Not very exciting to some, but a good week to me.

Licks and sniffs,

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thursday's fragmented thoughts on things (FD)

Well, since snow is on everyone's minds at the moment, I might as well start on that topic. So...

Through the second half of December, and through most of January, we had snow on the ground. Mostly it was just an inch or so, but we had days - particularly in early January - where we had a foot or more of snow on the ground. I'm over the moon, because I love snow, and I'm extremely pleased about getting a good amount of snow... Especially since it happened around Christmas! But now it can go away until next Christmas. Don't get me wrong, I do love my snow. But it STILL keeps snowing. OK, it's only light dustings we're getting - though we have been told we'll probably get more on the weekend - but still... Enough is enough!


I got a telephone call from the doctor yesterday - well, her receptionist - saying I need to have my iron level checked again in two weeks. Looks like I'm having it checked every few weeks... For a while at least. So, I finally get left alone by the eye doctors, just to have them replaced with regular trips to the blood clinic. *Sigh* There's always something!

The doctor seems to think my lack of iron in my blood is due more to... Well... Things the gynacologist should be sorting out rather than my diet, since I do - now I'm eating meat again especially (or should I say while I'm eating it, since I don't know how long I will be doing so again this time) - eat plenty of stuff with iron in it. So, I'm being sent back to a gynacologist.


I did have a look at my diet and sort out a sort of food plan thing for myself anyway. When I went to a dietitian a couple of years ago, we sorted out a food plan then, but I sort of let it slide. So, now I've gone back to that, which means going back to eating smaller portions with healthy snacks if needed in between. I was a bit worried about how hungry I'd be with doing that, but I've been doing it for a little over a week now, and I'm actually not even finding I need the snacks that muchh. Most days I don't at all, actually.

If anyone wants info on the food plan, let me know. If not, then I wont bother posting it.


We're working on sorting out a few things - mostly to do with decorating - at my parents' house so the stuff from the flat can come up. Well, the stuff we're keeping anyway, since there are obviously things we're not keeping, since we don't need them. We're getting there with it.


As you've probably figured out from all the movie reviews I've posted recently, I've been watching a lot of movies. It's all thanks to Sky Movies. Well, if I'm paying for it, I might as well make the most of it and watch all the movies that look good, right? ;)


I've been curling up with Kero and listening to the Discworld books I ordered in between watching the movies. But I wont bother reviewing them, because I already did a post on Terry Pratchett's Discworld series before. I'll review the other audiobooks in my "to listen to" pile when I listen to them though. I still have a few Iggy sent me, and the other one I had for Christmas. But I'm listening to the Discworld ones first, because they were easier to get to when I wanted an audiobook - and couldn't be bothered to move stuff out of my way - the other day. LOL!

In my defence, it was while I was feeling really tired and ill.


I tried pheasant yesterday... I don't like it. It has a funny taste. Mam didn't like it either. Kelly, Dad, Wayne and Nan did though. Well, Nan knew she did, since she'd had it before. But, anyway, Mam and I don't like pheasant, so if the others want it some other time we'll have something else instead. Maybe some jetters? Yep, those we like!

For those who don't know, Jetters are pieces of breaded chicken shaped like planes and rockets.


OK, I think that's about it for today. If I missed anything out I'll just have to try and remember to add it in the next catch-up type post I do, since I seem to be doing a lot of those - in between my movie reviews, and shares from my e-mail. LOL!

In the meantime...

Stay warm, and stay safe! Oh, and... Enjoy the rest of your day! :)


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Addams Family Values

On any day of the week, you could expect a newborn baby to be nurtured and loved by his older sister. Except, of course, if it's Wednesday. Pubert is the latest addition to the Addams family and, to prevent sibling rivalry escalating to fratricide, Wednesday and Pugsley are shipped off to summer camp and a nanny is hired. Debby Jellinsky is great with wrinkling baldies, which makes her the perfect nanny for Pubert and the unlikely wife of Uncle Fester. The question is..."Is she grave-digging or gold-digging?"

(Above taken from here).

I've seen this movie several times, but I don't think I've ever reviewed it before. I think it's a great movie, with plenty of funny parts. I actually enjoy all the Addams Family movies, and have to wonder how they manage to survive with all the things they do to one another. Yeah, I know it's just a movie, but it still fascinates me how they electricute one another, throw sharp objects at each other, etc, yet live to see another day. Most people would be dead from just half those things happening to them. But I think that's part of their appeal... The whole "pain can often give pleasure to some" situation.


Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Update on most recent medical issue

I'll catch up on blogs and comments as soon as I can. I just wanted to let anyone who is interested know that I saw the doctor yesterday (Monday) and she checked my iron level again. Not sure what it was, but I'm sure it's up a bit, because she didn't call back like she did last week. I'm meant to be talking to her next Monday morning to find out exactly what it is.

I'm still feeling a bit tired, and having the odd dizzy spell. But it's definately better than it was. :)


Monday, February 08, 2010


"Los Angeles, 1928. A single mother returns from work to find her nine-year-old son gone. She calls the LAPD to initiate a search. Five months later, a boy is found in Illinois who fits the description; he says he's her son. To fanfare and photos, the LAPD reunite mother and son, but she insists he's not her boy. The cops dismiss her as either a liar or hysterical. When she joins a minister in his public criticism of the police, they in turn use government power to silence and intimidate her. Meanwhile, a cop goes to a dilapidated ranch to find a Canadian lad who's without legal status; the youth tells a grisly tale. There's redress for murder; is there redress for abuse of power

(Above taken from here).

I watched this the other day. It was a strange movie, and some scenes were emotional... Some even slightly disturbing. It wasn't too bad of a movie though, despite that.


Sunday, February 07, 2010

Joke: Lady phones her local hospital

A 75 Year Old Lady rings her local NHS hospital and this conversation follows:

"Hello I'd like some information on a patient, Mrs Tiptree. She was admitted last week with chest pains and I just want to know if her condition has deteriorated, stabilised or improved?"

"Do you know which ward she is in?"

"Yes, ward P, room 2B"

"I'll just put you through to the nurse station."

"Hello, ward P, how can I help?"

"I would just like some information on a patient, Mrs Tiptree, I was wondering if her condition had deteriorated, stabilised or improved?"

"I'll just check her notes. I'm pleased to say that Mrs Tiptree's conditioned has improved. She has regained her appetite, her temperature has steadied and after some routine checks tonight, she should be well enough to go home tomorrow."

"Oh that's wonderful news, I'm so happy, thank you ever so much!"

"You seem very relieved, are you a close friend or relative?"

"No, I'm Mrs Tiptree in room 2b. Nobody tells you f**k all in here!"

Saturday, February 06, 2010

10000 BC

"Tagline: It takes a hero to change the world.

A prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter's journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe."

(Above taken from here).

I've been trying to get to watch this for a while, then - finally - I managed to watch it last Friday. Not yesterday, the Friday before. And I really enjoyed it too! I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys stories such as "Stonehenge" by Bernard Cornwell, and Jean M Auel's Earth's Children series, since it seems to be along the same sort of lines as those stories.


Friday, February 05, 2010

Kero's korner: all about walkies and naps

Hi humans.

We've had all kinds of weather this week, so walkies haven't been happening every day like they should. On Sunday that snow stuff came back, and it was very icy with it. The ice was gone by Tuesday, but it was very wet. We did go for walkies that day, because we hadn't been for a few days so Mami thought we should go. We didn't go walkies in Wednesday's rain though, because it was worse than Tuesday, and we got soaked enough then, thank you very much!

Willow and I have had lotts of play time together, and she's getting really good at joining in with me when I bark warnings to the humans. It seems she's a very fast learner when she wants to be.

Mami hasn't been feeling too well lately - as you already know - so she's needed lots of naps, which is absolutely fine by me. I mean, you all know how much I love my naps! I just wish I'd remember more often not to roll over when I'm on the edge of the bed... Floors are hard!

That's pretty much all that's been going on this past week, so I'm going to let this do for this week's post. Besides, it's almost time for me to get Mami to sort our lunchtime trreat.

Licks and sniffs,

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Food discussed

A comment made by the doctor when she told me I needed the pills was that this wouldn't have gone that low over-night, so to speak, and would have happened over a longer period of time. So, we're thinking that my diet is probably partly responsible, if not mostly responsible. I'm going to discuss iron rich foods with my doctor on Monday, but in the meantime I'm making sure to have those things I know are good for people needing iron boosts. I think the close look at iron levels in food, combined with the tablets, should keep me out of hospital. At least, I hope so!


Wednesday, February 03, 2010

My sick note

Sorry I've not been on the blogs properly lately. I've tried to keep posts set up, and I've tried to keep up with commenting and such, but it's been difficult. Why? Because I haven't been well. To cut a long story short, I've been anemic for several years, but I did have it under control - even without pills - only something seems to have changed that. Not sure what, though - hopefully - all the tests I had done will shed some light on it. Anyway, I had been a bit worried about my iron level since before Christmas, but wasn't all that worried. I mean, I figured it was down a bit, but never thought for a moment it was as low as it is. But it was discovered on Monday - when I went to see the doctor for something else - that my iron level had dropped way below the normal range. The normal range is 12+, mine is currently at 7. If it was any lower I'd be in hospital right about now. In fact, it's only that I'm young enough for my body to - in theory - work with the pills that I'm still home as it is. I'm on a high dose of iron tablets, and seeing the doctor Monday morning to see if that's enough or if she thinks I do need to go in to hospital after all. I'm hoping not, since I'd much rather be taking loads of pills at home than end up in hospital having a blood transfusion. But if I disappear completely then that'll be why.

In the meantime I'm not feeling too great - actually, I haven't been feeling too great for a while now - and I'm extremely tired. I suppose the good thing here is... At least I'm getting plenty of sleep, for a change. It's actually staying awake that's the problem lately. But that will go back to normal - well, normal for me - when my iron level is brought back up.


Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Sugar Doll

Wendy gave me the sugar doll award the other day.
Thank you Wendy! :)

I have to list 10 things about myself, so... Let me think...

1. I hate wearing shoes, and only wear them because I have to. If it's really cold then I put socks on, but I only put shoes on if I'm going out somewhere, and then only because I have to.

2. Even though I can no longer see colours, I still havve favourites. My favourite colour is purple, closely followed by red and blue, which I like because they make purple.

3. I treat my West Highland White Terrier (Kero) like a member of the family, even arranging a "puppy sitter" for him when I go out like I would for a child. Some people think I'm weird because of that, but I don't care. To me he's my baby, and nobody will convince me otherwise. He's like an adopted child... Only he has a lot more fur than a human child would have.

4. I have a strange sleep pattern, which means that sometimes I'll sleep for a good 6 to 8 hours in one night, but other times I go 2 or 3 days without any sleep at all. There doesn't seem to be any kind of pattern to it. It's just some nights I sleep, other nights I don't.

5. I'm usually quite a patient and mild tempered person, but being hungry makes me extremely bad tempered, and so does being tired. Trust me, you really don't want to be anywhere near me if I'm tired and hungry at the same time... I'm pure evil!

6. I don't feel the cold as quickly as most people, but I'd rather be too cold than too hot anyway, because I don't deal with heat very well.

7. Most people think that - because I love my food - I'll eat just about anything, but that's not the case. I'm actually a very picky eater. Especially when it comes to meat. I did try a vegetarian diet, which worked for me for a while, but I'm not sure if it could be a full time option for me, since I do sometimes want the meat. I don't eat fish though, and certain things - bananas, for example - I have to really be in the mood for in order for me to eat them. Then there are certain things that I prefer in certain ways. Basically, though I do love my food, I'm very fussy about what food I eat, and how it's prepared.

8. I don't drink alcahol. I did for a while - as all youngsters do at some point - but I learned quite quickly how stupid it was, and that I lack the ability to just have a little drink. So, I avoid it. When I go round the pub with friends I stick to either coke, diet coke, orange juice, orange juice and lemonade, plain lemonade, or blackcurrant and lemonade.

9. I absolutely detest shopping. Especially clothes shopping, but food shopping is almost as bad. I enjoy going on outings with my Mam though, and she LOVES shopping. Personally it's more the getting out of the house part I enjoy... I just put up with the shopping because I know how much she enjoys it. And, yes, she does know that I feel that way.

10. I wont do anything if it feels like it's an order. If I feel I have a choice in the matter, then I will - if I think the request is reasonable - do it. If I don't feel I have a choice, however, then I will refuse to do it, simply on the grounds that I don't like to be ordered around, or to be made to feel like someone else is in charge of what I do.

Right, well, I'm also supposed to pass it on to 10 people, but since a lot of my bloggy friends prefer to just grab these types of things if they want to play, leaving them free to not play along if they don't want to do so, while avoiding them feeling they're upsetting or offending anyone by not doing them, I'm going to cheat a bit with this part, and I'm just going to say that it's open to anyone who reads my blog and wants to grab it. So, if you want to play along, then do so. If not, then don't. It's your call! :)


Monday, February 01, 2010


"An ancient struggle re-erupts on Earth between two extraterrestrial clans, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, with a clue to the ultimate power held by a young teenager."

(Above taken from here)

I watched this some time last week. It was "OK"... Not as good as the old transformers cartoons I remember from childhood though. And not as good as several people had led me to believe. Would I watch it again? Maybe. Would I go out and buy it for my own DVD collection? No.