Tuesday, 30 December 2008
He started to try and remove the pen, but I told him "we don't have time for that now, just put a note on the printer telling folks not to use it and then report it to the Help Desk".
So he grabbed a piece of paper and scrawled on it. I left before he finished the note.
About 20 minutes later, one of my techs comes in laughing and says he was just in the lobby, saw a piece of paper on a printer and went to investigate. Attached is what he found.
Sometimes things don't always come out the way you want them to........
Monday, 29 December 2008
DEAR DIARY DAY TWO We spent the entire day at sea. It was beautiful and we sawsome whales and dolphins. What a wonderful vacation this has started to be. I met the Captain to day and he seems like a very nice man.______________________________________________________
DEAR DIARY DAY THREE I spent some time in thepool today. I also did some shuffleboarding and hit some golf balls off the deck. The Captain invited me to join him at his table for dinner. I felt honored and we had a wonderful time. He is a very attractive and attentive gentleman._____________________________________________________
DEAR DIARY DAY FOUR Went to the ship's casino did OK ... Won about $80. The Captain invited me to have dinner with him in his state room. We had a luxurious meal, complete with caviar and champagne. He asked me to stay the night but I declined. I told him there was no way I could be unfaithful to my husband_____________________________________________________
DEAR DIARY DAY FIVEWent back to the pool today and got a little sunburned. I decided to go to the piano bar and spend the rest of the day inside. The Captain saw me and bought me a couple of drinks. He really is a charming gentleman. He again asked me to visit him for the night and again I declined. He told me that if I didn't let him have his way with me he would sink the ship. I was appalled.___________________ __________________________________
DEAR DIARY DAY SIX I saved 1600 lives today...Twice.
Sunday, 28 December 2008
I am having a good tidy up today. I am putting away all my lovely presents. I was really pleased with all of them. My favourite present was my Pandora bracelet. Other half bought it for me. I have a few charms on it. A jewelled football and small bejewelled cross from other half, a rugby ball from teenager and a teapot from my wonderful friend A. She and I like to drink tea together, so it is very fitting.
I will get teenager to take a picture with of it later.
I also got lots of Jo Malone stuff, and some Chanel face cream. Heaven.
Better get on with my jobs....
Saturday, 27 December 2008
Our desk top is in our guest room which was occupied..... I could have borrowed teenager's new laptop but he ( as you can imagine) was too busy with it. (He has now graciously offered it to me so I can do this entry). And...
...... we have been rather busy since I last posted. Other than a lovely Christmas day with wonderful food and wine, good fun and fab presents ( more about this later), we have been to two sporting fixtures.
On Boxing Day we went to see Wigan Athletic versus Newcastle United. We lost 2-1 but the atmosphere was good ( and at times extremely interesting...).
Today we went to see Newcastle Falcons versus Worcester Warriors. It was a 16-16 draw. Sigh.
We went corporate and had lunch there ( three course carvery and unlimited wine- lovely!). During lunch, guess who wandered in? See below...
I would walk a thousand miles to see that smile...
Jonny and teenager
Wednesday, 24 December 2008
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
It's a busy day for the three kings in our house today...
- Collecting turkey and pork from butchers ( around seven miles away)
- Get a new tyre for car ( yes- we had a flat ) -groan- why do these things always happen at Christmas
- Final wrapping ( me -for other half)
- Buying stuffings and vegetables, and lots of groceries which are missing from our cupboards.
- Interflora -to send some festive flowers.
- Delivering presents around the area- it's good to play Santa.
- Having pals round for fizz and nibbles- can we start now?
- Wine stocks for the festive season. I have got the white wine in already - lucky enough to find two bottles of Cloudy Bay. If you haven't had it, you are missing a real treat. We need red now...any suggestions
- better get going....
Saturday, 20 December 2008
Friday, 19 December 2008
I recommend you visit this site. What a wonderful idea.
When I had chemo and radiotherapy last year ( urggh!) a good friend of mine ( hello wonderful Sheila) sent me cards ( sometimes every day) and gifts ( lots of them- they were all lovely). It made such a difference and really cheered me up.
I also received cards and gifts from many people, both good friends and those more distant. They made a major impact on me and gave me massive encouragement. I will never throw them out ( and I am not usually a hoarder of cards etc).
Wednesday, 17 December 2008
Last night Teenager, Mum and I went to the Newcastle Falcons Christmas Quiz at Kingston Park. It is held every years for their young fans and their families.
All the players are really friendly and happy to pose for pictures. They are really supportive of the kids. Premiership clubs and their footballers could learn a lot from how they do it: a bit of respect and kindness to the young fans. (NUFC are you listening?)
Here is teenager with Ollie Phillips. He is one of the nicest fellows I have ever met. Cheerful, warm and happy to chat. He was delightful. A wonderful rugby player too.
Monday, 15 December 2008
Anyway- you know it's Christmas in the Lakes when:
- Lakeland Jo is seen dashing down the path first thing on a dark icey morning to give the bin men their festive beer.
- Lakeland Jo is leaving beer out on the doorstep for the milkman as well as empty milk bottles.
- Lakland Jo is listening intently for postman to give him his festive treat, only to find its a temporary helper and not the usual man.
- Lakeland Jo is missing M and S food ordering deadlines, and interflora deadlines.
- Lakeland Jo is buying a large bottle of Baileys.
- Windermere and Bowness are very very quiet- mainly locals in December.
- I am stocking up on M and S stuffings in the freezer- they are lovely!
- The heating is on all day if you are in the house
- The lights are on all day if you are in the house
- Lakeland Jo is seriously considering buying a light box to mitigate the impact of the interminable grey skies
- Christmas tree lights, lovely shop windows and candles burning at night are a welcome sight in the perpetual gloom.
- Teenager is eating his advent calendar over breakfast and counting down the days.
Now over to you, and thanks to Gill - That British Woman for the idea!
Sunday, 14 December 2008
Hurray Hurray- wonderful success at sport for the North East today!
Saturday, 13 December 2008
Friday, 12 December 2008
“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley.” ( for our Scottish readers and those true to the original by Robert Burns.
We have just got rid of the snow and it has come back again. It is freezing and white outside. A delightful combination of snow and freezing fog. I am meeting twelve pals for lunch today at Pizza Express in Kendal before the school carol service. Problem is. Teenager isn't going to be there. He now has my cold, and is a miserable sneezing and coughing heap on the sofa. He is going to cuddle up in the house with other half, who is freshly back from Birmingham.
So I am going to carol service.... without my son. Just how many teachers are going to say ' So where's the boy then?'. Sigh.
If it decides to snow again it really will be fun and games. That's it- I am packing and going to live with Busy Bee Suz in the sun. Prepare the spare room
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
1.Wrapping paper or gift bags? Both. I am not a good wrapper- not enough patience!
2. Real tree or Artificial? Real
3. When do you put up the tree? It's up! Usually quite early so I can enjoy the lights on dark nights
4. When do you take the tree down? After New Year's Day
5. Do you like eggnog? Yes Yes Yes- not too sweet but lots of brandy please
6. Favourite gift received as a child? Toy post office, a pram with lots of dollies
7. Hardest person to buy for? Don't find anyone hard to buy for really
8. Easiest person to buy for? Mum- I know what she likes because we shop so much together!
9. Do you have a nativity scene? yes
10. Mail or email Christmas cards. both
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Liqueur chocolates, chocolate oranges- I hate both!Luckily other half loves so they are never wasted.
12. Favourite Christmas Movie? The Snowman but it makes me cry at the end when he melts
13. When do you start shopping? November
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? If it includes charity shops yes.
15. Favourite thing to eat at Christmas? Mince pies, stuffings,
16. Lights on the tree? Loads and loads
17. Favourite Christmas song? Traditional carols sung by lovely choir
18, Travel at Christmas or stay home? I would always prefer to be in Florida at Christmas- we had some wonderful times there. However, if I am with other half, teenager and mum and we are all safe and warm I am perfectly happy anywhere.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? Yes
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? A toon army santa ( will post picture sometime soon)
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? We have a tradition of opening one each on Christmas eve and rest in the morning
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? It all starts far too early, and party nights in hotels ( very noisey for the poor old business traveller).
23. Favourite ornament theme or color? Gold
24. Favourite for Christmas dinner? The usual
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? A Sony Cybershot, a pink classic IPOD, Jo Malone stuff, face creams, Jaguar XF Azure Blue ( other half are you reading this? Well- a girl can dream)..... Am I supposed to say something terribly earnest here such as 'nothing' ' happiness' 'world peace'. Oops sorry.
Monday, 8 December 2008
- My teenager- when he laughs or smiles it lights up my world
- Other half- he cheers me up when I am feeling tired and low ( and very few people can).
- My mum- we have fun and a great laugh together.
- Living in the beautiful Lake district.
- My friends over gossip and coffee.
- Going out for coffee...anywhere
- Our customers- most of them are great to work with.
- Jo Malone
- When NUFC and the Falcons win ( just as well I don't rely on them to keep the face muscles exercised though)
I nominate Clippy Mat and Busy Bee Suz for really smiley happy blogs.
Sunday, 7 December 2008
After our advent workshops for children at Church on Saturday ( see our advent candle wreath below) we went to collect our Christmas tree. Above is a picture of teenager on the farm where we chose our tree. It is a lovely place.
As you can see below they have real reindeer- aren't they lovely? There were some tiny children on the farm and they were enchanted by them.
Saturday, 6 December 2008
Friday, 5 December 2008
Tonight I am going to be in my own bed,and at least I will have peace and quiet. All I can say is bah humbug.
Thursday, 4 December 2008
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
OH DEAR !
When I wrote the earlier post I hadn't opened the curtains. It has been snowing and the roads are thick with snow and ice. Roads to Sharrow Bay are narrow and steep, and the traffic reports are not inspiring.
While we were mulling over options ( not easy with the din of teenager jumping about saying 'school will be closed SURELY!).... Sharrow Bay called to say their kitchens are closed because of some disaster or another ( flooding I think they said?). So- the lovely lunch is off.
I have persuaded other half that this is just a universal message to tell us not to do lunch, but to do dinner and a stayover on a different date....much better. At the moment he doesn't look too convinced. The food is great at SB.
Teenager arrived at school half an hour late at nine. School is open. I told him that all his friends would be there, and there would be no-one to snowball fight with here. This seemed to cheer him a little... a little....
So, a change of plan is afoot based on road conditions. Will let you know. In the meantime, above are some pictures of our frosty snowy world ( outside our front window).
Other half has hit the big 40 today and we are having the day offf. Hurray.
We are off to the Sharrow Bay - a wonderful hotel on Ullswater. Check out the link- I wish we were staying over. However, since we are off to Derby on Wednesday for work we thought a lunch would suit nicely. Apparently it is the first ever country house hotel.
It is always a lovely experience.
Here is a picture of a lovely plant on our window sill. I think it is a Christmas Cactus plant but stand to be corrected as I am not very green fingered. Favourite aunt? Are you reading ? B in Seattle are you there?
For Gill - that British Woman- this is next to the seat where I blog!
Sunday, 30 November 2008
I have decided to try to put my first video on the blog, and it's a Manchester United one! Taken by husband when he went to see them play at Old Trafford recently for his birthday. They won five nil.
Those of you who don't support soccer- the scorer is a Manchester United icon, and thought to be one of best football players in the world.
So did it work?
Paul is watching another Man Utd match as we speak and said player Ronaldo has just been sent off. Oops.
Another thing I am doing today is a letter to Santa. Yes- I know I may seem a little old for this but other half likes it as part of his present buying strategy. I will publish it on another day. What are you putting on yours?
We went out to order a Christmas tree today but they hadn't been delivered. The garden centre had a view in but we want one that we can put outside after Christmas to use again. We did , however, have more success with ordering our turkey and pork for Christmas day at a local butcher called Higginson's in Grange over Sands. They have a great reputation. Apparently folk queue to collect orders on December 23rd and 24th from 6am!! Aggh!
You may be thinking I am being rather early in my preparations? It is so busy up until Christmas I need to get cracking.
Saturday, 29 November 2008
VII Things I plan to do before I die:
- Go to New York
- Find out more about my dad's family
- See NUFC win the premiership ( I will have to be immortal)
- Enjoy every day and appreciate being here to experience it
- Weigh ten stone ( or less)
- Own a top of the range Jaguar sports car
- Get a million hits on my blog ( ok ok...)
- Plan to change the curtains in the lounge ( still planning- this type of stuff terrifies me)
- Use moisturiser every day
- Watch Celebrity Get Me Out of Here ( teenager loves it and is glued every night). It is so bad it is compelling.
- Hate the rain
- Get lots of sleep
- Enjoy my current work projects
- Look forward to 2009
VII Things I can't do:
- watch soap operas
- hang curtains ( see above)
- Iron well
- stay cross with Other half or teenager for long
- strength ( physical
- strength ( emotional)
- blue eyes
- big build ( rugby, American football types)
- Where are we going for coffee?
- Where are we going for lunch?
- Shall we have red or white?
- What's the score?
- It can't be raining again?
- Are you taking a coat or a warm top?
- Where does the time go?
VII Celebrities that I admire
- Ronnie Barker
- Eric Morecambe
- John Thaw
- Shay Given
- Jonny Wilkinson
- Jane Austen
- Paul McKenna
- macaroni cheese
- cauliflower cheese
- roast veg
- fillet steak
- Expat mum
- Clippy Mat
- Range Warfare
- Gill that British Woman
- Renie Burghardt
- Travelling Typhoon
- Jessica ( Jessica's World)
I think this is a great story, and I agree with the sentiment. I try to do one nice thing somewhere every day ( and sometimes more than one!!). You never know what a difference it might make to someone.
I went for my hospital check yesterday. The nurse who was with me was very quiet and efficient, but very warm and encouraging. I was probably just another patient to her and she probably has no idea how her calm and pleasant manner re-assured me. It made such a difference.
The Cab Ride
So I walked to the door and knocked. 'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor. After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90's stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940s movie. By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets. There were no clocks on the walls, no knick knacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.
'Would you carry my bag out to the car?' she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman. She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb. She kept thanking me for my kindness. 'It's nothing', I told her. 'I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother treated'.'Oh, you're such a good boy', she said.
When we got in the cab, she gave me an address, and then asked, 'Could you drive through downtown?''It's not the shortest way,' I answered quickly.'Oh, I don't mind,' she said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice'. I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. 'I don't have any family left,' she continued. 'The doctor says I don't have very long' I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.'What route would you like me to take?' I asked.
For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds. She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl. Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.
As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said,'I'm tired. Let's go now 'We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her.I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.
'How much do I owe you?' she asked, reaching into her purse. 'Nothing,' I said 'You have to make a living,' she answered.'There are other passengers,' I responded.
Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly.'You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,' she said.'Thank you' I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life.
I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift?What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?
On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life.We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.
PEOPLE MAY NOT REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT YOU DID, OR WHAT YOU SAID,~BUT~THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL.
Friday, 28 November 2008
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
You will find me in this building quite a bit. It is a picture of the Costa's ( coffee shop chain) in Bowness in Windermere.
I meet up with pals here, teenager and I pop in for a hot chocolate, other half and I hang out here and chat about business ideas, mum and I get together over a cappucino. It's bright and comfortable, and the staff don't mind how long you hang out. There is free internet access too. All in all, its pretty good. In the summer there is outside seating .... ( what summer? what sun?).
In fact, I was there today. I met up with my pals A and D and we chatted about teenagers and school stuff. I had my favourite : medium sized skinny cappucino. It was the start of nice day. After Costa's, I went to meet up with a colleague of ours for a couple of hours at his house ( he put a real fire on for me - bless him- wonderful man) . I then went to lunch with my mum in a local country house hotel ( real fires, lovely views, nice food) and then I came home and had a rest!
A couple of wonderful customers put good orders in, and I finished the day hearing about teenager's brilliant science test scores ( he gets his talent in this from my dad- he was a science teacher- must be genetic- but is skipped a generation....).
All in all it was a great day- and the weather was grand!
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
AND YOU ARE ALL WELCOME-IT'S GOOD TO SEE EVERYONE!
Have done lots of miles today but it was fine- a sunny bright day and traffic ok. I went from Windermere to Crook in County Durham, to Darlington, and then back up to Durham. I then came back to Windermere. With all the economic bad news I feel blessed to be busy. We have had a couple of tough years, and feel heart sore for anyone who is challenged at the moment. I know what it's like and I feel for you. I can see some sad stories coming through on a few blogs.
Teenager and I are chilling out in front of the tv. Other half is in Birmingham. Tomorrow I am having a day off. Lunch with mum. Pottering. Catching up on odds and ends. Planning for Christmas. Head space day. Lovely.
Monday, 24 November 2008
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? No
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Last week. Nearly. Trying to get a suitcase closed. Other half usually does it. It's a beast.
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? I defy anyone to have worse but I am fond of it.
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Canned corned beef. Same as Gill That British Woman
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Yes, a son
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Yes I think so.
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? I think I can do but I wouldn't like to hurt anyone with it. Its the lowest form of wit ( who said that? Oscar Wilde?)
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS. Yes
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? If I was younger- I wouldn't be scared.
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CEREAL? Ricicles or Alpen
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? I only have one pair with laces, and yes
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Physically- no. Emotionally- not really. But I am resilient ( does that make sense?). I have a great support network.
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Not a big ice cream lover, if I had to choose though Pralines and Cream. A direct copy from Gill That British Woman.
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Their manner.
15. RED OR PINK? Pink
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? My weight ( copying Gill again!)
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My dad
18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? Yes
19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? none- furry slippers!
20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? Roast Veg
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Teenager is watching the truly hideous I am Celebrity Get me Out of Here. It is appalling. Is it only in the UK we have to suffer this dross?
22. IF YOU WHERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOUR WOULD YOU BE? Gold
23. FAVORITE SMELLS? Coffee, lovely aftershave on a lovely man, Jo Malone
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? My friend A
25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Yes! From what I read about her. We have never met.
26.FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Football and Rugby
27. HAIR COLOR? Blonde
28. EYE COLOR? Blue
29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? No.
30. FAVOURITE FOOD? Anything with cooked cheese
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy ending.
32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Sex and The City
233. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? In pyjamas again-it.s bedtime
34. SUMMER OR WINTER? Summer
35. HUGS OR KISSES? Hugs
36. FAVORITE DESSERT? Creme Caramel ( same as Gill)
37. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Not sure
38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND. Not sure
39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? Where do I start? I always have a load on the go.
40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? I have a glide pad
41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? I didn't
42. FAVORITE SOUND. Teenager laughing
43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Neither really
44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? Chicago or Florida- which is furthest?
45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? I am good at my job
46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? North Shields, Tyne and Wear
I went to layout and add a gadget, and clicked on it. I then went to the add htlm feature and put the text from the counter website. And there it is! Hope it is clear for those interested? ( as scotch mist I hear you say)
Sunday, 23 November 2008
I sometimes look at the Blogs of Note. There is lovely one on there just now called Cape Cod Memories and the photos are great. I was sad to see that they have removed their comments facility because of the negativity of the comments they have received. I can't see what there is to be unpleasant about.
I have never had a nasty comment on my blog. I have had some unwanted advertising 'comments' dressed up as ordinary bloggers ( hence the comments moderation) but nothing spiteful.
How about anyone else?
I challenge any of my fellow bloggers to take part!
1. Where is your mobile phone? On table-needs charging!
2. Your significant other? Asleep- it's early
3. Your hair? Blond
4.Your mother? Wonderful lady and my great friend. We laugh lots
5. Your father? Died 2001. I loved him dearly and it was a profound loss.
6. Your favorite thing? My family
7. Your dream last night? None- too tired!
8. Your favorite drink? Coffee and white wine
9. Your dream/goal? To stay in good health
10. The room you're in? Warm and bright. There is snow outside the window
11. Your fear? Reverse of 9
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Here would be fine- I love it.
13. Where were you last night? At our friends' house having a lovely meal and a good laugh
14. What you're not? A supporter of Gordon Brown
15. Muffins? bacon ( I am talking about the savoury bread ones)
16. One of your wish list items? A holiday in New York at the Four Seasons
17. Where you grew up? North Tyneside. Howay the lads.
18. The last thing you did? Have a cup of tea
19. What are you wearing? Dressing gown
20. Your TV? Has Sunday morning Match of the Day on it
21. Your pet? None. We travel too much
22. Your computer? vital - a small and very light laptop
23. Your life? Varied, interesting, challenging and a bit hectic at times
24. Your mood? optimistic
25. Missing someone? My dad. Every day.
26. Your car? Large and comfortable. It is a work horse
27. Something you're not wearing? ear-rings ( yet)
28. Favourite Store? Selfridges
29. Your summer? What's that?
30. Your favourite color? Gold
31. When is the last time you laughed? Today- at Clippy Mat's blog
32. Last time you cried? Nearly on Thursday- trying to get a suitcase closed, and over the Baby P case on the news. Depressing and heart wrenching.
Saturday, 22 November 2008
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
The answer by one student was so "profound" that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well:
Bonus question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)? Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.
One student, however, wrote the following:First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time.So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving.I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave.Therefore, no souls are leaving.As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different Religions that exist in the world today.Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell.Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell.With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially.Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.
This gives two possibilities:1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.So which is it?If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa, during my freshman year, that:"It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you";and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number two must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over.The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct...leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting "Oh my God."
THIS STUDENT RECEIVED THE ONLY "A"
Monday, 17 November 2008
Saturday, 15 November 2008
Thursday, 13 November 2008
You can get M's blog information down below on my blog list or click this link.
I am having a busy week but as per yesterday's post I had the afternoon off. Nice Italian lunch, shopping in the wonderful Corbridge village ( great shops, lovely atmosphere) and a peep in the always quiet Hexham M and S store. Got a ton of Christmas gifts and feel pleased with myself.
Today I am off to the very much busier Eldon Square in Newcastle City Centre. First though I have meetings to go to so over and out!
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Checking emails, working and blogging. Early in the morning.
I saw this on House of Jules blog and it is absolutely right. It's a great blog too- take a look. I am glad I visited.
I am taking a leaf out of this book. I am on a business trip all week and should have a back to back diary. However, I have taken this afternoon and tomorrow afternoon off. I am going to have lunch with mum, shop, potter around and have some down time. Why? See below.
At forty four, and a recovering work- a - holic, I am learning! All of you out there reading- have a great day!
Don't eke out your existence with the assumption that you can put a dollar value on recharging your soul. Get out there. Live so you can breathe.
Monday, 10 November 2008
It sums up yesterday.
If I tell you that I was in bed last night at ten having consumed red wine and a glass of whiskey and ginger you may get an idea of where I am heading.
Nothing terrible happened...just an accumulation of horrible bits and pieces.
Having had a busy week last week, Saturday was busy but jolly too. We went to the Holker Hall winter fair. It was lovely but very wet. We got there early ( with everyone else it turns out- what recession?) and I did well with the Christmas shopping.
After getting teenager ( more) trainers for school ( when will he stop growing?) we went to a bonfire party. I hate fireworks ( hate them!) and it was pouring, so I stayed in the house ( fabulous with the most wonderful real fire in a huge fireplace) and snuggled into the sofa in the warm. ( everyone else in the wet and wind getting soaked - I am happy to be wimp).
Drove back in the rain and wind, and woke up the next morning in the same rain and wind. Off to rugby via a serious accident, a wide load hold up and a delay caused by a huge of cows off to milking. Teenager played rugby in wind hail and pouring rain ( they won 33-15 hurray) and was a mud monster afterwards.
The clean up operation on our return home took over thirty minutes - and this included the stress of finding out that the gum guard ( cost £30) was left in the shorts in the washing machine. Less said the better.
I struggle to get ready for a week away in the North East (other half in London over weekend at the NLP conference) and find I have lost a major document which I needed to print out. By now- my usually low blood pressure was rising by the second, and the air was blue.
I drop teenager off at his pals ( James Bond film and a roast chicken dinner) for a sleepover and I set off ( in the wind,rain and hail, and pitch black) to Corbridge. Mum and I arrived around half six and were in the pub at seven. Things started to look up by then.
Today, after eight hours sleep ( and the calm tones of other half telling me he knows where the document is!), the sun is shining ( a bit anyway) and I feel a lot better.
Saturday, 8 November 2008
Little Rupert, who is so small he can fit in an adult's hand, was born after vets failed in their battle to save his mother.
At just six inches tall and weighing just over a pound, he is now in an incubator in the intensive care unit at Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in Buckinghamshire.
He has only recently opened his eyes.
Les Stocker, founder of Tiggywinkles, said: "Rupert's mother had very severe injuries.
We brought him out and got him breathing and then he went into an incubator on oxygen. He is now being fed by a tube."
Staff are optimistic Rupert, now five days old, will make a full recovery.
"Deer are very, very tricky but this one has spirit. He's an extremely feisty little guy and quite pushy",Mr Stocker said.
Friday, 7 November 2008
Recently. I went to a garage to the toilet and couldn't find the light. I hunted and hunted on the wall. Eventually, I went out to the counter and found a member of staff. I couldn't 'go' in the pitch dark and don't carry a torch for such problems in my handbag.
"Terribly sorry" I say sheepishly. " I can't find the light for the toilet"
" I will show you where it is" says the member of staff. She comes with me, points up to the ceiling where there is a small piece of string. " It's up there. No-one ever sees it, and we get disturbed about it a hundred times a day".
Bizarre. How about making the string longer? How about calling an electrician? How about putting a huge sign on the door such as:
FOR SOME BIZARRE REASON OUR LIGHT SWITCHES ON USING A TINY PIECE OF STRING HANGING FROM THE CEILING. PLEASE LOOK UP.
IF YOU ARE LESS THAN FIVE FOOT FIVE OR HAVE TROUBLE STANDING ON TIPTOES PLEASE SEE THE ASSISTANT
How about just sorting it out!
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
We have to think of six things which are interesting or unusual about ourselves:
- I have met quite a few famous people, and several in elevators: Sting, Axel Rose from Guns and Roses, the rugby player Lawrence Dallaglio, and Damien Duff ( football player) being four examples.
- I have been to Iceland
- I used to work in a bookshop in London where Princess Diana bought books for Prince William.
- One of my favourite pastimes is going out for coffee
- I would love to visit New York and Hawaii
- I have a collection of china pug dogs and I would love to own a pug
Tuesday, 4 November 2008
- fans of the Toon army
- fans of football/soccer at all
- fans of sport of any kind
- have no idea who Mike Ashley is
- aware of the North East of England culture
The rest of you- should love this one!
Thanks to my Bolton Wanderer's fan Chris for making me laugh.
Mike Ashley was in Tesco last week when he saw an old lady struggling with a large shopping bag.
"Can you manage pet?" he said.
"Sorry I am not interested" she said -"try Kevin Keegan again".
Monday, 3 November 2008
Our friend Chris is a great fan of Bolton Wanderers. We have great fun bantering about football all season. I am delighted to say that they are back in the relegation zone. This is mainly because he has to cook for us if the Toon finish higher in the table. Looking good at the moment....