- The weekend has flown by and my son is now on his way BACK to uni
- The cake has nearly all gone
- I think I have trapped a nerve in my left shoulder and cannot move my arm. The drive to work tomorrow is going to be fun - 1st gear all the way?!
- It is STILL raining
- Despite trying to influence the judge on Sian's giveaway, the Sheriff chose someone else as the winner. The money we spent on those VIP tickets to watch Ice Road Truckers being filmed was clearly wasted.
- It's 9pm Sunday which means in less than 12 hours I will be back at my desk in the office
Sunday 28 February 2010
Friday 26 February 2010
Thursday 25 February 2010
- My son is on his way home from uni for a long weekend! Haven't seen him for SIX long weeks, I miss him so much!
- New class over at Shimelle's. Have you signed up? Well, what are you waiting for? Go on, you know you want to .....
- It's nearly Friday
- It's nearly my birthday
- I have a freshly baked cake cooling in the kitchen waiting for me to fill it with jam and butter cream
- Steak and chips with a creamy mushroom sauce for tea
Tuesday 23 February 2010
I had just got myself under control, having reduced it to a gentle snigger every now and again when I had a call from our IT guy. I'm working with him on something that requires us to produce usernames for parents. You literally take a forename and then a surname. I give IT guy the list of names and he enters them into the system. The IT guy just says down the phone 'You've made this up.'
'No I haven't, what are you talking about?'
'This guy's name, it must be a wind up.'
Now at this point you have to understand that at the time when a lot of our students' parents were born,we didn't have the famous burgers from the Golden Arches. So when IT guy says the name, he can't believe that this guy didn't just have parents with a cruel sense of humour.
And so began another bout of hysteria. Some days I love my job!
Monday 22 February 2010
Talking of emails and inboxes ... did you hear that Shimelle is going to be telling us about a new class later this week? Yup, apparently a new on line class is coming soon :-)
And I - for one - can hardly wait!
Sunday 21 February 2010
This picture shows my husband with our friend Richard. He's the husband of the lady in the photo above and I made them pose for these photos when we went round for dinner a week ago! Both men are interested in cloud formations which is a bit of a standing joke and in this photo they are posing with a book on clouds.
So that is me all scrapped out, inky of finger and gluey of hand.
Back to school tomorrow :-( And I have a Performance Management meeting - wish me luck!
Thursday 18 February 2010
Wednesday 17 February 2010
We have just received the sneak peek for this month's crop and it looks like a good one. The designer is Tracie Hudson and I've enjoyed the ones that she has designed for us in the past. I have my photos all printed and ready to go. Naturally there's one from my visit to Strictly Come Dancing on Tour and I managed to get some photos when we went to dinner at friends last weekend. Check out the sneak peek - love the colours and I think I see sparkly bits too ....
Tuesday 16 February 2010
Today is Shrove Tuesday and we all know what that means. Pancakes! So easy to make, why do I only think about cooking them on Shrove Tuesday? Anyway, I am stocked up on people's favourite toppings and ready to go for tonight. My favourite topping is the traditional lemon juice with a sprinkling of caster sugar (although I have been known to eat the corner off of my son's if it is spread with Nutella) What's yours?
Monday 15 February 2010
Sunday 14 February 2010
I think the feather boa is a bit over the top but she insisted she needed to look her best. Unrequited love and all that.
Saturday 13 February 2010
Take yesterday, I finished work at 2pm, came home, checked out a few blogs, found the recipe for scrummy fish, ciabatta and pancetta kebabs on Mel's blog. Noticed a link on Deb's blog to here for crash hot potatoes and suddenly the age old 'what shall we have for dinner tonight that's a bit different' dilemma was solved. Here's the proof:
Thanks everyone for your suggestions re stamps yesterday, I'm determined to master the art of stamping and I have a few new websites to go and browse around now. Thank goodness for half term ;-)
Friday 12 February 2010
Now it's not fancy or clever but I needed something that was fairly plain but pretty. You see, my aunt lost the sight in one eye and 75% of the sight in the other about 35 years ago so she can't see anything fussy. I hope that the texture of the layered flower and the ribbon will appeal to her and I know she will like the pretty lilac colour. I even managed to get some glitter going on!
I think I need to invest in a stamp or two to get this card making going. Does anyone have any suggestions on some characters that would be quite versatile? At this point I do have to admit to being a student of the Scruffy School of Stamping. So something that will not easily smudge will be good! The only stamping I have done is on a few Christmas cards I made this year, snowmen are very forgiving! Come on girls, I have a whole week of half term to fill!
Thursday 11 February 2010
Today I wore it to work. Felt really smart, in my fitted jacket, pencil skirt with a little kick panel at the back, wore it with a smart polka dot blouse with tiny ruffles down the front. Such smartness deserved a bit more effort with the mascara and a darker lippy.
The whole office is now convinced that I was off to an interview after work! Do I normally look so scruffy that turning up in a smart suit could only mean one thing? Still, doesn't hurt to keep them guessing eh?!
Wednesday 10 February 2010
We're not great 'flat pack' people. We haven't been to Ikea since 2007. But a storage unit was needed in the spare bedroom. Apparently, someone has been buying lots of 'stuff' that is spilling out of the study. I don't know what he's talking about! So a trip to the motherland of all that is packed flatly was in order. Now, that has to be something worth scrapbooking!
Monday 8 February 2010
Then trailers started appearing on tv for the new series and I realised I had an awful lot of catching up to do before I could start watching that. Fortunately, I put a request out via the school email system and discovered that a member of our art dept is a huge fan and has all the other box sets! Woohoo! I just finished series two and today she delivered series three and four. No need to ask what I will be doing over half term ;-)
I am recording series six to watch when I have caught up but it is awful trying not to hear people discussing it. When a trailer comes on the tv I have to quickly find the remote to change channels as I don't want to have the story lines spoiled. I already heard that one of the interns dies this series and dread to think who it may be.
If you know, please DON'T tell me!!!
Saturday 6 February 2010
It was an amazing show and I enjoyed it so much. But that is officially the end of my Christmas presents now!
Thursday 4 February 2010
I'm not normally a fan of ballroom dancing, and I certainly can't do it myself but I just love this programme. I prefer the up tempo dances to the waltzes but have to admire the beauty of it all and love to see how the celebrities improve from week to week. The highlight of the whole Strictly seasons has to be John Sargeant dragging his poor partner like a sack of potatoes in the Paso Doble. Makes me laugh out loud whenever I see a clip of it! What he lacked in style he made up for in enthusiasm!
My tickets were part of my Christmas present and whilst my husband doesn't share my love of SCD, he is bravely coming with me. I suspect that in return I may have to accompany him to a concert of some obscure guitarist later in the year!
It's my first visit to the O2 arena too so watch out for some photos and a layout in the very near future.
Tuesday 2 February 2010
Monday 1 February 2010
Rabbit is probably about 43 years old now which is REALLY old in rabbit years. Rabbit was hand stitched by a little red headed girl called Deborah when she was in primary school in about 1967. Rabbit's main purpose in life was to keep Deborah's boiled egg warm at breakfast time. These were the days when runny eggs and dippy soldiers were an everyday meal to start the day on. Deborah liked to cut the top off her boiled egg really carefully, eat it very neatly and then turn it upside down in her egg cup so the broken part was hidden and pretend to her mum that she couldn't break into the shell. Oh how her mum was surprised when she broke into the egg shell and find it empty! And no matter how often Deborah played this trick, her mum still found it funny.
Rabbit was probably the first bit of 'proper' sewing that Deborah did. and you can see how lovingly and carefully those little 9 year old fingers did the blanket stitching around the edge to hold the pieces of felt together. Rabbit seems to have lost half of his bow tie and I suspect that happened while he was hidden away in a box of momentos in our loft.
Rabbit is probably very proud to know that he was the first in a very long line of sewing projects that I have done over the years (I used to make almost all my own clothes!) who'd have thought I would have gone from that to A level needlework before I finished my school days?!