Saturday, 31 January 2009
What a great name for a blog.
Anyway we are invited to write about a variety of things and one of them is ' a used car'.
This is very much at the front of my mind. I bought my car ( used) about fifteen months ago. I really do love it. However, the last six months it has spent more time in the garage than on our drive. Last night I broke down on a roundabout ( great idea in rush hour). After much stress and being helped by good friends it has been towed ( a transporter in fact) away yet again. This time: gearbox fault, parkbrake fault, and hideous squeaking noise under the driver's seat. Sigh.
Another courtesy car on the drive. The neighbours must think we are mad.
Friday, 30 January 2009
I don't know if this happens to anyone else out there? A day which starts at a normal pace but ends up completely frantic with one unexpected interruption and phone call after another?
Yesterday I had a 'home day' planned. I don't get many of these and I look forward to them because ( usually) I get loads done. I had a conference call booked at ten, then various telephone calls ( out) planned, a visit from a good friend for a cup of tea, and some jobs to get on with.
I should have known when the traffic lights on the way to school were acting in a bizarre way that the universe had some fun in store. We were stuck on red. The other way were stuck on green ( lucky for them). The workmen were looking on ( cups of tea in hand) with curiousity. Sigh. The other road to school is closed for resurfacing work....great planning as usual by our lovely council responsible for highways which is based an hour north, most of whom appear to be on the sherry when it comes to this area ( chief engineer are you listening?).
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Fourteen days exactly and I have lost eleven pounds!
My good friend A now nicknames me the 'skinny bird'.
Not quite, not quite.....but hope springs eternal........
Thanks everyone for your kind words and support. The programme I am on is called Lighterlife -if you are interested click the link.
I went to class last night ( in Preston! An hour away but its worth it- I am determined) and we have started to think about why we think about food the way we do, and where we have got our beliefs and views from. Interesting stuff.
My primary motivation for doing this is- health, health and health. But.... am I looking forward to new clothes and skimpy underwear? Hell yes!
Monday, 26 January 2009
I am a serial bon viveur and now it is time to pay the fiddler. I do feel a lot better already, and look forward to a complete new wardrobe when I am too thin to fit into any of my current wardrobe.
Watch this space!
Off to Darlington for two busy days, and then my week three LighterLife class. Hopefully there will be lots of good news to report once again.
Signed- a trimmer Lakeland Jo
Saturday, 24 January 2009
Friday, 23 January 2009
'Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who
has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was,
since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
Knowing when to come in out of the rain; why the early bird gets the
worm; Life isn't always fair; and maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more
than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but
overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy
charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended
from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for
reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the
job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly
It declined even further when schools were required to get parental
consent to administer sun lotion or an Aspirin to a student; but could
not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an
Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses;
and criminals received better treatment than their victims.
Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a
burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to
realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in
her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his
wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason.
He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, I Want It Now,
Someone Else Is To Blame, and I'm A Victim.
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.
If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and
Thursday, 22 January 2009
1. Where do you come from in Geordieland, and what caused you to move to the Lake District?
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Only time to check a couple of blogs a day, make a couple of comments, then run off to the next meeting, the next appointment, answer calls or make them.
Having a great time though and enjoying every minute.
See you all for some chill out time on Friday when I have the morning off.
Sunday, 18 January 2009
I popped across to Renie's blog and saw that she had thirty five comments on her last post - THIRTY FIVE!!
The most I have ever had is sixteen. I was excited by that, but now I realise I am hardly out of the starting blocks ( even though Renie does deserve every comment- her blog is great,and she is a friendly blog visitor too).
So, make my day. If you are visiting today please say hello. Don't lurk ( a blogging expression I believe), and even if you are visiting and don't have a blog, leave a comment if you can. I think all you need to do is register with google.
Renie- I am going for it!! As they say in Geordieland- SHY BAIRNS GET NOWT.
Saturday, 17 January 2009
I got this meme from Clippy Mat and Busy Bee Suz ( thanks gals). Clippy has give me O and Suz has given me H. Here are the rules, before I do mine.
1.Leave a comment on this blog and I will assign you a letter.
2. Write about ten things you love that begin with said letter.
3. Post the list on your blog.
4. When people comment on your list, you assign them a letter, and the game continues.
So.... letter O
1. Oba Martins- the wonderful NUFC player who does wonderful gymnastics when he scores. Other than Shay Given he is my favourite player. Injured at the moment. Oba- we miss you.
2. Orlando. I love that place. Have been lots and I can't wait to go back.
3. Olives. I really like an olive with a glass of wine, or on a pizza.
4. Oranges. Satsumas particularly. Have to be easy to peel.
5. Orient Express. Other half, are you reading this? I would love to go on a trip on this train.
6. Oscar Wilde. Always the source of a great quote.
"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world"
There is an example, to ponder on.
7. Ollie Phillips. Rugby player and one of the most charming men I have ever met. Plays for the wonderful Newcastle Falcons.
8. Opal. My favourite aunt got me a wonderful pendant for Christmas to match the lovely earrings she got me last year. Note to self. Must do a photo!
9. Overbusy This is me, and this is the way I like it. Lots going on. I need to remember to chill out, rest and enjoy the moment though and I am so much better at doing this these days.
10. Overweight. But not for long, I have been on my diet for three full days!!!!
I will do H in my next post, after my breakfast!
I seriously thought of stealing the clip from Suz's blog but she's just too much of a cyber pal these days, so I am being nice. Enjoy anyway!
Friday, 16 January 2009
A Spanish teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.
'House' for instance, is feminine: 'la casa.' 'Pencil,' however, is masculine: 'el lapiz.'
A student asked, 'What gender is 'computer'?' Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether computer' should be a masculine or a feminine noun.
Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation. The men's group decided that 'computer' should definitely be of the feminine gender ('la computadora'), because:
1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;
2 The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;
3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.
The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be Masculine ('el computador'), because:
1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on; 2. They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves;
3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.
The women won.
Thursday, 15 January 2009
The ' L I T T L E ' Things .
As you might know, the head of a company survived
9/11 because his son started kindergarten.
Another fellow was alive because it was His turn to bring donuts.
One woman was late because her
Alarm clock didn't go off in time.
One was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike Because of an auto accident.
One of them
Missed his bus.
One spilled food on her clothes and had to take Time to change.
Car wouldn't start.
Get a taxi.
The one that struck me was the man
Who put on a new pair of shoes that morning, Took the various means to get to work But before he got there, he developed a blister on his foot.
He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid.
That is why he is alive today.
Now when I am
Stuck in traffic ,
Miss an elevator,
Turn back to answer a ringing telephone ...
All the little things that annoy me.
I think to myself,
This is exactly where
God wants me to be
At this very moment..
Next time your morning seems to be
Going wrong ,
The children are slow getting dressed,
You can't seem to find the car keys,
You hit every traffic light,
Don't get mad or frustrated;
It May be just that
God is at work watching over you.
May God continue to bless you
With all those annoying little things
And may you remember their possible purpose.
Pass this on to someone else, if you'd like.
There is NO LUCK attached.
If you delete this, it's okay:
God's Love Is Not Dependent On E-Mail !!
(that's the cool part)
My mum's friend send her this and she sent it to me. I think it's lovely.
Never again for this hotel, even if the staff are lovely. Last night I booked in here last minute after a meeting. I was put in the annex in a cottage room. I was happy with this because I was told 'it is a big room, and nice and quiet'.
- The heating is broken. The radiators are dead. The porter came over to 'bleed' the radiators ( foul description) but no joy. Since I had unpacked I decided to put up with the heater they gave me which has as much heat as a cat's breath. Slightly more heat than the hairdryer though- if you blow on your hair it would dry quicker!! I don't like hot rooms, but no heating? And guess what- the temperature was below freezing. Sigh.
- There was no tv remote. Another trip for the sweet natured porter.
- The best had yet to come. At midnight the man upstairs came in to his room and it sounded like a football match being played on the floorboards. After a long talk with someone on the phone at what seemed like the top of his voice, he proceeded to wander around the room. At three am he was still at it. Why do people wander around all night? What are they doing?
- I was so tired I couldn't be bothered to move to do anything about it, and I doubt there is anything that could be done ( either than move me with all my unpacked stuff to another room...).......
- Astonishingly, I am now up ( and so is the lovely man upstairs-grrh) and feeling fairly bright. I managed to get a few hours ( earplugs- always in the bag), and tonight I will be in bed by half eight.
Have a great day folks!
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
I was interviewed on the phone and it went out live. I haven't heard the broadcast. My favourite aunt heard it and a couple of my friends. They have said positive things, but I felt as if I sounded rambling and drunk!!
Anyway, it has been a busy and exciting day. Lots of positive stress. I need a good night's sleep now ( one of my tips) and some deep breathing.
Monday, 12 January 2009
Sunday, 11 January 2009
Can anyone out there see it or can you see the error message? ( little red cross)
If it has gone dead I will delete it and find another one- sigh!
Please let me know
Saturday, 10 January 2009
An ancient sacrificial ritual?
An out of control barbecue in zero temperatures?
Thursday, 8 January 2009
It is about Geordies. Watch the Catherine Tate show clip about the nanny - priceless!
Remember their are only two types of people in this world: Geordies and people who wish they were.
Ower and oot as they say in God's own country.
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
Monday, 5 January 2009
Before I lay me down to sleep,
I pray for a man, who's not a creep,
One who's handsome, smart and strong.
One who loves to listen long.
One who thinks before he speaks,
One who'll call, not wait for weeks.
I pray he's gainfully employed,
When I spend his cash he won't be annoyed.
Pulls out my chair and opens my door.
Massages my back and begs to do more.
Oh! Send me a man who'll make love to my mind,
Knows what to answer to 'how big is my behind?
'I pray that this man will love me to no end,
And always be my very best friend.
A MAN'S POEM
I pray for a deaf-mute gymnast nymphomaniac with huge boobs who owns a golf course, and loves to send me fishing and drinking. This doesn't rhyme and I don't give a shit.
1. Coca-Cola was originally green.
2. The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
3. The name of all the continents ends with the same letter that they start with.
4. The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.
5. There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.
6. TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard
7. Women blink nearly twice as much as men!
8. You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.
9. It is impossible to lick your elbow.
10. People say "Bless you" when you sneeze because when you Sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.
11. It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
12. The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
13. If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to Suppress a sneeze; you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.
14. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents great king from History. "Spades" - King David; "Clubs" - Alexander the Great; " Hearts" - Charlemagne; "Diamonds" - Julius Caesar.
15. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
16. If a statue of a warrior on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has a all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
17 What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common? Ans. - All invented by women.
18. Honey - This is the only food that doesn't spoil.
19. A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
20. A snail can sleep for three year
21. All polar bears are left handed.
22. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.
23. Butterflies taste with their feet.
24. Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.
25. In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
26. On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.
27. Shakespeare invented the word 'assassination' and 'bump'.
28. Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
29. The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
30. The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
31. The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
32. Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over million descendants.
33.. Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
34. The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
35. Most lipstick contains fish scales.
36. Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different
37. And finally 99% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.
Saturday, 3 January 2009
BS5 's blog post (Three!) has put me in reflective mood about my own 2008. It was really good. Why?
- After 2007 ( annus horribilis) and ten months off sick, 2008 had a good chance of being better ....... a lot better..
- I STAYED WELL AND GOT STRONGER.
- My family are well and I love them all
- Teenager is totally fab: I am so proud of him.
- The business? We pulled off a blinder this year. At last: after all the years of hard work, we have success.
- I laughed lots with my lovely friends
- I found blogging and made lots of cyber friends ( thanks to Expat mum)
- Mum and I discovered our second home: Corbridge!
- I 'passed' the first year of my MA, met a couple of new lovely friends ( hello Travelling Typhoon and AB in Derry, Northern Ireland).
- Other half and I went to Nice ( South of France) and had a ball.
- Other half became an NLP trainer, and ran his first NLP practitioner programme which went really well
- I have started to get better at FOCUSSING ON WHAT I DO WANT, RATHER THAN FOCUSSING ON WHAT I DON'T WANT. In 2009 I am going to keep working on this one: it's a great habit.
Thursday, 1 January 2009
From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.
The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.
The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit--Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes. -
Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit--Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.
The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.So there is your history for today.
This knowledge was shared with me and I found it interesting and enlightening and now I know how that strange song became a Christmas Carol...so pass it on if you wish.
Thanks to my favourite aunt for this one- fascinating!