Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I'd do anything for your dear anything.....

I stole it from
Things you’ve already done: bold

Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven’t done and don’t want to - leave in plain font

1. started your own blog
2. slept under the stars
3. played in a band

4. visited hawaii
5. watched a meteor shower

6. given more than you can afford to charity
7. been to disneyland/world
8. climbed a mountain
9. held a praying mantis
10. sang a solo
11. bungee jumped
12. visited paris
13. watched a lightning storm at sea

14. taught yourself an art from scratch
15. adopted a child
16. had food poisoning - ha ha ha - so manytimes, myhusband won't let me cook frozen!
17. walked to the top of the statue of liberty
18. grown your own vegetables
19. seen the mona lisa in france
20. slept on an overnight train
21. had a pillow fight
22. hitch hiked
23. taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. built a snow fort
25. held a lamb
26. gone skinny dipping
27. run a marathon
28. ridden a gondola in venice
29. seen a total eclipse
30. watched a sunrise or sunset
31. hit a home run
32. been on a cruise
33. seen niagara falls in person
34. visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. seen an amish community
36. taught yourself a new language
37. had enough money to be truly satisfied (brief, but it happened once)
38. seen the leaning tower of pisa in person
39. gone rock climbing
40. seen michelangelo’s david in person
41. sung karaoke (umm, hello? ella? sings? any of this ring a bell?)
42. seen old faithful geyser erupt
43. bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. visited africa

45. walked on a beach by moonlight
46. been transported in an ambulance

47. had your portrait painted
48. gone deep sea fishing
49. seen the sistene chapel in person
50. been to the top of the eiffel tower in paris

51. gone scuba diving or snorkelling
52. kissed in the rain
53. played in the mud
54. gone to a drive-in theatre
55. been in a movie
56. visited the great wall of china
57. started a business
58. taken a martial arts class
59. visited russia
60. served at a soup kitchen
61. sold girl scout cookies.

62. gone whale watching
63. gotten flowers for no reason
64. donated blood

65. gone sky diving - one day, right Booster? (been in a balloon)???
66. visited a nazi concentration camp
67. bounced a check
68. flown in a helicopter
69. saved a favorite childhood toy
70. visited the lincoln memorial
71. eaten caviar (and spat it out a la tom hanks in BIG)
72. pieced a quilt
73. stood in times square
74. toured the everglades
75. been fired from a job
76. seen the changing of the guard in london
77. broken a bone
78. been on a speeding motorcycle

79. seen the grand canyon in person
80. published a book
81. visited the vatican
82. bought a brand new car
83. walked in jerusalem
84. had your picture in the newspaper
85. read the entire bible
86. visited the white house
87. killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. had chickenpox

89. saved someone’s life
90. sat on a jury
91. met someone famous
92. joined a book club
93. lost a loved one
94. had a baby
95. seen the alamo in person.

96. swum in the great salt lake.
97. been involved in a law suit
98. owned a cell phone
99. been stung by a bee

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

You Are the Wind, beneath my wings

My dad, has been reincarnated as a falcon. I am absolutely sure about this. No one else is.

You know how you always see them hovering at the side of the road (you know, staying still, in the air in one place, not using a vacuum), well recently, when I had this realisation, I started seeing them sitting on fences - normally exactly where I get stuck in traffic.

And today - me and Tool were coming home from shopping (heaven help me that was a nightmare), and there he was flying straight towards us as we came of the junction to go home! Hey Dad! Nice to see you!.

Monday, December 29, 2008

The First Cut is the Deepest

Ok, so I had to take the plunge, and call the vet.

Beanie cat has plunged deep into her second season, and is wandering around yowling and pushing her wee bottie up against everything, she is distraught. If we aren't sympathising with her, she is lying prostrate at the top of the stairs, crying her wee meows out.

Beau cat, on the other hand is a bit perturbed by her behaviour, and keeps looking at her bum as if there was something hanging out of it. She is a wee bitty younger in the brain (I believe they are twins), and hasn't shown any signs of coming into season at all.

Problem lies in the fact, that they have been so enjoying running round the garden, chasing the rabbits, and climbing the fence, but I can't risk letting them out now. Heavens we would be in so much trouble.

Si is away up a hill. Tyndrum. I love Tyndrum. If it wasn't for the fact he was with all the Scouts, I would have gone too.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

And there won't be snow in Africa this Christmas Time

I don't think there is ever snow in Africa, that won't make any difference to them. Dependent upon which area of Africa you are talking about!!

On to the Business at Hand... Last Weeks Friday 5, Apologies for the delay.

What’s one really cool/useful/nice thing you purchased for yourself this year?
Mmmmm, New Car? I wanted a blue one, and I got one. I think I got that this year?? I'm sure I did. The best thing I ever bought was a Genuine 1940's Swing Coat in Cashmere. It is THE most beautiful thing I have ever owned.

What’s one area of your life you really improved this year?
My health? Ha ha ha No not really, My life is good, everything that happens is a bonus. My kids are the best, I love my husband as much today, as I ever have (and I think he does me)

Who or what was a regular source of encouragement or inspiration to you this year?
my husband is my regular source of encouragement, when I get down. My kids are my inspiration to improve myself beyond what I would aspire tooo,

What’s something nice you did for someone else this year?
Nothing.. I don't think I did anything nice for anyone this year. I'm on permanent Grin Alert, I try to smile at everyone i pass, I do good things in the car. I believe that karma comes back to get you, and in that way, I always try to be on nice behaviour - I don't actively go out of my way to do bad things. oh Oh O h - I know - I made photo albums for each of my nephews and my niece, and created partial family trees for each of them. I wanted to inspire them. I hope I did.

In what way was 2008 better than 2007?
It was an even number. Was it a Leap Year??? Yes, it was. I like even numbers. Next year, like 3 days away, it is 2009. Is this bad? No I don't think it is, because my house number is 9, and i've had nothing but good times since we moved here. 2009 will be good. There was nothing seriously wrong with 2007 either, like I say, I'm really quite satisfied with my lot!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.

Am back in work

Is no bad thing. I think you need a step away from the Christmas festivities and drinking and the like. Am exhausted from food and gifts.

Am loving my new camera. I'll upload photos later, am just coming to grips with taking the photos. Haven't got as far as plugging into the computer yet.

Tooli got a fantastic video camera. A Flip. The quality of the photographs is immense. Can't wait to maybe do a wee video blog to you all.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

You Better be Good for Goodness Sake

Is 1149, and I haven't opened a pressie.

I woke with a slight sore head, took a pill, watched the kids rake their stockings.....and then went back to bed.

Boy is away to collect something for his Gran, and then present opening for moi, will commence.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Monday, December 22, 2008

And Children Listen, to hear, Sleighbells in the Snow.....

I'm home. Work done now, essentially until 5th January, I do have to go in on 26th December, but that isn't a big deal.

I've got a sore head. I'm trying to think what gave me the sore head... I thought it was maybe the BBQ chicken we just had, but I don't think so. I think it is a relief head, from finishing up at work. This has been a messy week and a bit uneven with the sickness, the volleyball and all sorts. Hmmm.

I think I might go and lie down. I think I might.

There is Just One thing I need....

Is 22 December, I'm in work. There are a scattering of Christmas Cards, A Christmas Tree I can't actually see from my desk, and a box of Quality Street in the Kitchen (Which I provided).

This is the least Christmas I have ever felt. I wish I was going to the Bahamas or something. I think I've got all the presents. Si and I will plan a menu tonight, and shop tomorrow. Kids are still at school tomorrow, so I imagine I'll be communicating with Santa at somepoint - - just to clarify a few pointers.

I'm disillusioned, you just wouldn't know it was Christmas. Tooli has the right idea. She watches EVERY single Christmas film in the world that is on TV - I think she has already topped about 10. She has wrapped presents, and written Christmas cards. Is amazing I wish I could drum up some enthusiasm like her. I really really do. But Its just not there.

Perhaps If I wasn't feeling so barfy!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

You got to feel you're on solid ground

My Boy Likes to Celebrate, here are some of his happy moments during the games.....

Friday, December 19, 2008

A Shining Star, lights Up Way Up High....

Boy Played for Scotland today.

Am So Proud of him. He plays with all his heart and soul. I wish I had that heart!

Friday 5 ... for this week

the friday 5

What’s your favorite thing about the shoes you’re wearing (or the shoes you were most recently wearing)?
They are comfy, and they have velcro fasteners. Added to which they are Tooli's so that are marginally quite trendy for an old -middle aged mother like me!

What’s your favorite thing about the people you work with (or the people you go to school with)?
There is only a few of us, and it's lovely and friendly... not big and corporate at all.

What’s your favorite thing about the climate where you live?
We can experience every type of weather available in ONE day in ONE place. Don'tyou think that other cliemates can be very boring?

What’s your favorite thing about Friday?
Is the start of the weekend and 2 days off always. I love fridays! i do i do i do. Oh and friday 5 makes it favorite too!!

What’s your favorite thing about the year coming to an end?
This has been a good year, I'll be sorry to see the end of it. My children are coming into their own, my husband and I are finding time to ourselves again. Work is fine, home is fine, everything is fine. Now, the coming year will be even better I think - we're all finding our way inthe world.... the kids are finding it faster than Si and I ever did. My kids are great.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

All Is Calm, All Is Bright.......

How Cute is This Guy?? (Josh Groban, Not Simon Amstell)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Later On We'll Conspire, as We Dream By The Fire

Is Tuesday, and I'm off work still.

I did get up and go in this morning, I felt fine, but the effort of getting up and going in completely finished me. Within 2 minutes of walking in the door I was coughing my lungs up. Oh Dear. What A mess.

So I came home, went to bed, and then coughed til I was sick. I'll keep taking the pencillin and keep sooking on the inhaler, Hopefully it will leave me before Chrissymas.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

From Now On Our Troubles will Be Miles Away....

I'm poopie.

I'm coughing like a 70 a day man, and If it's a sudden outburst, in need of Tenna LadyPads. Not impressed.

Had cold, it went, everyone else in house got it bad, and now I've got it back. Has to be a variant, Si said I should be immune to first batch now. That being said, I think he is getting worse, rather than better.

Enough Said That I didn't get to Guide Camp. When I dropped Tooli off on Friday night, they were all looking at me like I had the Plague. It isn't a pleasant noise when I start whooping. Probably best, because after three or four outbursts, I throw. violently. With everything that I've had.

So Now I'm up, sitting upright in the hope that this will keep the coughing away. Si has gone back to bed - he got up with Boy who was heading to Coltness today 50 miles away. He has already phoned to say he got there safe and sound. I'm thinking that was toooo fast. Considering also that he was going via a farm, on an out of the way road, and then stopping at petrol station to pick someone else up.

Last night, he and his mate went to Beanscene in Ayr, listened to the musician who was on, had a coffee, and then drove to see their mate, who isn't too well. He's so enjoying this driving thing. I hope he stays safe. It's a whole new set of worry for us both.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Friday 5


When did you last sleep in a bed outside your home?

mmm, not sure. I know that tomorrow I'm going to be sleeping in a bed outside my home. I'm going to be sleeping at the Guide Camp. How Lucky Am I! Oh My Gawd. I am dreading it. I think maybe last time, was at Novotel in Bristol, when we were down watching Boy playing in UK School Games. That was a NICE Hotel.

When did you last drive someone else’s car?
I think it would probably be my mums. No one else allows me to drive their car. Unless you count the two family cars as his and mine... in which case today, cause i am driving his, cause Boy is only insured to drive mine, and he has it! Clocking up the miles like you wouldn't believe.

When did you last cook in someone else’s kitchen?
When did I last cook in MY KITCHEN should be the question. ha ha ha ha. I am rubbish cook. If Si isn't there, we eat out!

When did you last care for children who aren’t yours?
Someone elses' children, i don't think so. It takes me all my time to make sure mine are safe. I couldn't accept the responsibility for someone elses. I'm dreading boy taking others out in the car!

When did you last do someone else’s job?
I'm doing it this week. My co-worker is off for a weeks holiday - she popped in today to pick up her car which she left after a drunken evening on Wednesday, and has only just recovered enough to come in and collect it! ha ha ha I haven't done much of her job - banking, speaking to customers, la la la that's all.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Im driving home for christmas



Wednesday, December 10, 2008

My tears could melt the snow.....

The Dance was Exhausting, she didn't meet Prince Charming, and her Brother didn't dance with her as much as she would have liked.

But Hey - She Looks Like Angelina Jolie, so no need to look so sad.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

A Beautiful Sight, We're Happy Tonight.......

My baby has her School Dance tonight.

How totally beautiful is she?

She is beside herself with happiness. I could cry

But the Very Next Day, You Gave it Away


I have been out of sorts.

Too much alcohol at the weekend.

Too much staying up late.

But I did Watch "Amazing Grace". A film about William Wilborforce which was very very nice. And I love Amazing Grace. Is my favourite song of all time.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

I just want you for my own .....


Friday, December 05, 2008

Friday 5... COming Soon

The Friday 5........ Wee-devil............ None of your Beeswax

read and enjoy.... above...

When did you last have a mid-day nap?

On Sunday. After getting up at 7.30, I had a nap at 9.30, 11.30, and then 2.30. Again at 5.00 and then went to my bed at 9. I can't do Saturday night drinking any more! Once I had a nap in my office at work. I have the ability to shut my eyes anywhere. I tipped the door shut. and closed my eyes on my hands, and 45 minutes later, came to with a start when someone came in. Luckily they thought I had just been concentrating and had got a fright, not that I was just waking up! ha ha

When did you last have milk and cookies?
On Monday last week. I was off work, stuffed up with the cold, and the only thing to make me feel better was Toffee Apple Crumble Biscuits (cookies to you yanks), and a lovely fresh glass of milk, time 5.

When did you last have a bubble bath?

i can't remember. I'm sure it wasn't that long ago - but I do the whole hog - Candles, Wine, Bubbles. Lovely.

When did you last jump on the furniture?
Jumping on Furniture? Have you seen me? If I jumped on Furniture I'd break it. Big Time! I lounge, yes, I definitely Lounge on furniture. And as for "Ella B's Version of Jumping on Furniture".... mmm. I rubbed my husbands buttocks last night, and Boy freaked. Husband had a quick squeeze of "his" assets the other night, and Daughter caught that! We are in the naughty corner now. If I was to start Jumping on the Furniture with himi, there would be no hope for me and my husband!

When did you last play in the mud?
I'm not a Mud Lover! I'm thinking very very hard about this one! Ella is able to remember dates exactly, but she is MUCH younger than me, and not going geriatric. Mud Mud Mud...... it would probably be in Shuna, in the Summer. I don't think too much about the mud there, because we are always ready for it - Wellies and the like!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Are you Hanging Up Your Stockings on the Wall?

What a weird day at work!

It started with a 14 minute discussion about the whys and wherefores of access cards.

It was awful. I was pulling faces at everyone trying to understand why we were spending so long discussing the pointless and meaninglessness of it all. It was very distressing. It left a poor energy in the office and it was exhausting all day.

I wandered at lunchtime, to get a bit of air, and some nice energy. It worked. Well the air worked, or perhaps it was the packet of pickled onion monster munches.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

There is Just One Thing I need.......

Heavens, first post of December, it scares me how time is running away with itself.

It is the count down to Christmas, and Si and I have started panick buying. Gone are the days when the Sprogs had a list ready to hand for us. Truth be told they have everything they need, they are well provided for kids, I don't like to think Spoilt, they don't have things that aren't necessary I don't think.....That's probably not true, they don't need Wiis' or Gameboys, or DS's but That is what Christmas is about, and that's when they appeared.

Oaft. It makes writing difficult now, because I want to say what I've been buying / doing but I can't.

On another note, there are changes afoot at work, which I'm not overly excited about. However this is my first Quarter End all on my own with out the Lovely Accountant over seeing me. I'm very excited about that, and feel satisfied with my first attempts!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Cabin Pressure's Rising.......


Sunday again.

Where did the weekend go? Is always the same. This one is even more weirder because this is the end of November! Where has the year gone?

December. three weeks and four days til Christmas! heavens. Si and I tried to do some Christmas Shopping.... oaft, I think we have to.

Wee-devil has started Christmas already. Her mum starts it the last weekend in November. I love that! And is James' Birthday today. I am James' Angel, I text him occassionally to remind him to be good, and not bad. Hmmm. I think when I started I quite worried him! It was a relief when I told him it was me, and he didn't hit me.


This weekend, has been quite impressive for us! Si and I actually went out. Went out somewhere that wasn't actually a volleyball match, training, or hockey practise or a match, or orchestra, or Scout related! We went to the PUB. Yes, we walked to the Pub on Saturday night. Tool was away at another sleep over, (now resulting in her laying asleep on my bed at 1830 hrs), and then had volleyball practise (see), Boy was playing all day (volleyball), and then out playing drinking games in the evening. So at 8.30, Si and I toddled down in to town, and hit Bruce's Well, Dan Mckays, The Lonsdale and Cheeky Charlies. It is always safer to go to Cheeky Charlies, once you have had a drink. It is quite scary when you are sober. It is SOO much fun to watch all the comings and going. People trying to be sober, when they are anything but!

We had a lovely time, people watching, and trying not to laugh too much at the karaoke singing. When we went for a taxi, an old man said "i'll come in your taxi and pay it, cause I don't want to wait", so he did. And he paid for us to get home.

However, this morning was another story. I could tell that his sleep was disturbed so I jumped out of bed to get Boy up (More volleyball), and tell the Relief Paper Boy about a new delivery!. It was Minus 7 outside. I really shouldn't have gone out in my dressing gown. IT WAS SOOOOO COLD.

Si never made it up before 2 pm. He was very very very very sick. I went back to bed once I had gotten rid of Boy, and I've been back to bed again since then. Is very exhausting having a night out when you aren't used to it.


Boy Has Been Selected for the Young Senior Scottish Squad for Volleyball Internationals in December!!!! wooo WOoOOO Hoooooo.

Just got the email in!

Friday, November 28, 2008


Link to Friday 5

What’s a profession you believe to be overpaid?
Footballers, most definitely! Can you believe the amount of money they are paid, to kick a football for 5 months of the year? okay so some of them look good on it, but o m g the majority. They don't know what to do with themselves. Me? I earn, what? about 2% of what they earn! I'm happy oh yes I am, but o m g - Imagine if one of them just gave me a Month of their pay. They probably wouldn't even notice it gone, and I could do SOOOOOOO Much with it. Take the kids away to New York for Christmas, buy My Si a new car, Pay for a Penthouse Flat for Me Mam (And a Toyboy), ha ha - I'm getting carried away. I'll stop at the New York for Christmas eh? I think maybe there are only one or two who could finance all that on one month's salary. But hey - if any of you are listening, and could afford all that for me - just leave a comment and I'll pass you my mobile number and bank account details. Cheers (It doesn't hurt to try)

(I had another think about this after I uploaded these pictures. I don't actually believe Mr Beckham is over paid. He is worth every penny. O M G Look at that picture)

Who’s a musician you believe to be overrated?

This is going to cause havoc, I can tell.

The Beatles, all of them. Ringo - Yeah, he's a lovely guy and a great drummer, but musician? Nah, I don't think so. George Harrison, erm, didn't he get petitioned a couple of times for plagerism, (and the songs he plagerised weren't that great either), John Lennon, hmm, least said the better I think.

The Bono of the 60's and early 70s
, Change/Feed/Love the world. Everyone so stoned that whatever he said sounded great!

Paul - Don't get me started. How can someone be so famous for just poking your eyebrows up to the sky. Seriously. I heard one of his "latest" songs on the radio, and I looked for something to hit my head with. It was A

Shall I c
ome up to date? Liam Gallagher, not a musicial note in his body. His brother Liam has the talent, but doesn't have the gobbiness to out gob his brother.

What in your life could stand to be overhauled?
My finances, my weight, (oh my gawd, a train outside is having a problem tooting his horn, what a racket), my relationships are great. I don't really think I need overhauling. Just brought into line.

What’s something interesting you
recently overheard?
I heard that, jees. I don't think I have heard anything very interesting really. What would be interesting would be if I was going to be given a MASSIVE pay rise, and a directorship, and my own office. That would be REALLY interesting.

Who is the most overextended person you know?
Overextended in terms of Finance? Or Busy-ness? Flip, aren't we all. We are in midst of Credit Crunch right now. Everyone is Overextended, is all part of the fun. So we have credit crunch, and everyone goes haywire, trimming their excesses, stopping buying luxuries, and what do the government do???? Drop VAT and INterest rates, and encourage us out there to do it all again, on top of what we already have!.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Some boys take a beautiful girl

I've been remiss for a couple of days.

Boy was off for a day on Monday - he was choked up with the cold and barking like a seal. I seen it as a good opportunity for him to catch up on his sleep and do a bit of prep work.

He managed to get his UCAS form updated on line and several pieces of homework completed.

Since then we fell out -He told me to nag him to study and get work done, i did, and he flew off it at me. He says I haven't to nag him when he is. Problem is, he says he is, and I don't think he is doing enough, so I nag. I hate falling out with him, he is a great kid and all heart, but REALLY REALLY needs to work harder.

Tool on the other hand is studying her face off. There is nothing Cambridge will be able to teach her, she is so studious and consciencious Wish I had been like that at school. I still don't know how to study properly.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I drove all night to get to you


Sunday again.

Boy made it home at 8.30, and chose then to advise parents that cars had BOTH crashed en route to Aberdeen! We had been worried about the weather -there were reports of 6inches of snow.

He text constantly tho - and assured us they were "almost" there. It took them til 1 pm to get there..... 6.5 hours after they left! Wow.. And to make matters worse, they lost the match, due to them agreeing that "whoever was winning at 3 would be declared winner due to time constraints" Humph!.

Have him in a Thunderbirds outfit to cheer yourself up.

Is Winter"ten"ment in Troon today. For as long as we have been back in Ayrshire, - every third Sunday in November, we have Santa arriving in Troon to mark the start of the festive period. Last year was the first day he hadn't landed by Helicopter - the helicopter, which comes from the Naval Station along the road, was out rescuing someone, so Santa had to make due with the Life Boat instead.

Is all great fun, all the shops are open, there is a parade, and some shows and entertainment on throughout the town.

Alas, my littlest one is so big now, that going with mum and dad to ooo and aahhh over Santa is a thing of the past. Going with your friends to suss out hot boys is much preferable. Hmmmm.

Boy is away again, playing more volleyball. I am sensing burn out. I think I may have to keep him in bed for a day. Just to let his body rest.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

And I would have stayed up with you all night.....

O M G - Up at 5.30, but awake at various points thru the night.

Boy is playing volleyball in Aiberdeen today - a 4 hour journey for a two hour match and then back again. Had to be a drop off point at 6.30. I was going to lay in bed, but got up with them both and bimbled around fruitlessly. He is coughing and tired, I think he is getting to burn out... but you can't tell him.

Tool and me had partially successful shopping trip last night to Silverburn. After trying every shop, we finally found "the dress" in Jane Norman, which is where we got last years dress. I can't copy the big picture so check the link! She looks like a slight bad fairy in it. Totally Beautiful, and even with her hair unbrushed last night, and her wooly socks on she looked fantastic!

Boy stayed home and caught up on Economics Homework and English Dissertation. Jees he has such a load on right now, and if you try to discuss it he says "i'm not giving anything up.. I'm fine I'm Fine". I don't think he is, but to be honest, I don't know what I can make him give up. He adores his volleyball - is dedicated to Troon Team - which is who is is with today. Doesn't want to let the School Team down -as this is is last year. Is desperate to play in internationals - which is why he is going to Training tomorrow, can't stop with his school work, needs his exams, and enjoys his football too much.

Si was at Scouts. Tool and me got home at 9.30, and Me and Boy headed into the town for Kebab! I was very good and only had the chicken. No Kebab! Then Bed. Shattered. Another busy day ahead. I've been up 2 hours, and time to get Tool up , and then take her to hockey. Think I will be putting some thermals on!

Friday, November 21, 2008

The Friday 5 - How ????

The Friday

How’s your health?

My health, hmmm. Mental or Physical? Mentally, completely gone. I've been on Proxac for years. I love my happy pills. They Keep me stable, I won't say Sane, because I most definitely am not. My husband has a much better health when I am taking my prozac because he doesn't suffer anxiety attacks when I throw a wobbler. ha ha. Physically? Weight could do with dropping Several thousand sizes. However I am working on that. No carbs this week. Hopeful of kick starting lean phase. The nose has finally dried up, and although I have a little bit of a cough, nae wheezing, so honestly. you could say my health is GOOD.

How was your day?

Is only noon, so not whole day as passed yet. So far so good though. I've reconciled all my bank statements, put the weather up, crocheted a few rows. Stayed away from Facebook. Waited for Wee-Devil to come back to me. I was very worried about her. I don't think she realised how worried i was, and she still hasn't straightened that one with me! "he didn't murder me", really wasn't sufficient enough to reassure me that everything went okay.

How’s the weather?

The Weather is Windy and cold. This is Scotland. That is pretty much the way the weather is most of the time. Except for Autumn, when it rains too. I think it may be Autumn this afternoon. It looks like rain. Maybe even a wee bit of Snow??

How do you expect to get anywhere in life with an attitude like that?

I got everywhere I'm going with this attitude. I like it very much. Everyone around me seems to like my attitude. I've had offers because of my attitude, but I've turned them down, because I like where I am right now thank you very much.

How many people made you smile today?
Kittens made me smile, do they count. My daughter makes me smile, because she is gorgeous. My son makes me smile, because he is completely mental, just like me! My husband makes me smile, because I love him completely, and when I see him, my heart explodes and the resulting aftershocks move my mouth in to a smile position.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

It's a Free For All. F*&^ Em All


Ketosis has kicked in today.

Am dying.

Clinging to any piece of protein I can lay my hands on. Had a piece of cheese, well two pieces actually.

Now am feeling less stressed.

I will survive this and come out the other end, leaner and meaner.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

For Crying Out Loud, She Screamed Unto Me....

Mrs Louisa Q brought in Chocolate Cake.

Mrs Louisa Q makes the Best Chocolate Cake in the whole world, with butter icing.

I am on No CARBS. How many carbs are in chocolate cake? 51.9 Carbs per serving.

I'm just going to have to look.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Blinded by the silence of a thousand broken hearts

I've had a good day.

Poached eggs for breakfast, made with the Cling Film Method. Excellent.

Salad for lunch, Salmon, sweet potato (high carbs, not good, but only a little), rocket, herbs, chickpeas, balsamic vinegar. Cheese blocks for snack. Hmmm.

Loads of Water. You have to drink 8 x 8oz glasses.

I am drinking it by the bottle full. I have had 2 bottles, Litre bottles, 8 x 8 oz equates to 64 Oz, which converts to 1.8 litres. so am there and more.

Roll ON Friday, when I will be gorgeous.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Don't wanna close my eyes.....

I wish I could!

Am doped up now on Whisky and painkillers and cough medicine! Way Hay. But I still don't feel much better.

Did my shopping. What a nightmare.... I hate shopping, flipping supermarkets. Full of Christmas stuff too, I felt quite christmassy, but I really just wanted out.

came home and to my delight, Si was back. I went and moaned to him about how crappy I was feeling, and then made myself a hottoddie, and went upstairs, to "sleep", but I ended up doing the ironing.

Now I've got another pile. The washing that was outside was actually dry tonight, which was great! It was a lovely day, it really was, I just wasn't feeling up for it.

Bunnies are cleaned, and watered and fed, Kitties are fed and played out. I'm going upstairs to continue the endless ironing and watch the end of Armageddon....

I think I am becoming Super House-wife.

But since you've been gone,,,

Sometimes you realise that you need to lie down, and take a break.


I am so stoked up with the Cold I can barely breath. Yesterday, Tool had hockey first thing in the morning - and Boy was leaving at 9 to go to Motherwell or there abouts for Volleyball.

I spent the afternoon tidying the house - making sure everything as as clean as I can get it, for the kittens and for us with the kittens.

In the evening I had to go to bed. I couldn't hold my head up. I was knackered.

I'm up this morning, both of them are playing volleyball - one at one side of Ayr, one at the opposite. Boy was getting a lift, but Me and Tool were half way to the opposite side of Ayr when he text and says "did I pick up my strip?" ARGHHHH.

I was so relieved when we phoned him back and he said, he hadn't actually looked to see if he had forgotten it, he just wanted to check. He hasn't phoned back, so I'm imagining that he must have it, else he has beaten someone else to death to get their strip.

I now have to go out and get food for the week. You know what it feels like doing the shopping when you are hungry. Well think about what it feels like when you feel like crap, and you have to wander round food. Yeuk. I am not looking forward to this AT ALL.

But since you've been gone/

Saturday, November 15, 2008

I would Do anything for another minute with you

I have such a cold. So much for Flu Jab.

My nose is streaming, my top lip is disappearing up my nose.

I should be grateful that I have, so far, refrained from pee'ing myself when I sneeze., which is brilliant, because I'm sneezing a LOAD.


Si is up a hill.

Have a picture of Bean, waiting to say Herlo to the Fishie.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Because what he does he does so well

Boy passed his driving theory test yeahhhhhhhhhh


When did you last use the edge of a coin (or a knife blade) as a screwdriver?
I have no need for a coin or knife blade, I have Swiss Army Card courtesy of Wee-Devil. I got it for my birthday. Is totally Amazing. Has : Knife, Nailfile/Screwdriver, PEN, Scissors, tweezers, and weirdly enough...... pin. Yes one solitary little pin, and it is this pin which causes most joy when i demonstrate it to people. And no - I haven't poked anyone with it!

When did you last use a wire coat-hanger to break into a car?
O M G Can you really do that? I thought it was just something they did on TV. I must ask Wee-Devil cause she has probably done it. She has done far more illegal things than me. And she is Mad.

When did you last use food or drink as medication?
Honest Injins, I used it approximately 2 weeks ago. I had a wee problem at work, which i was holding into myself until I got it sorted, which I did courtesy of the lovely Tel-Boy. However the night before I was due to sort it, I swallowed a very large bourbon so that I could sleep. And Boy Did I Sleep! Very Bad I know, but after 2 nights of no sleep I needed something.

When did you last use your cellular telephone as a flashlight?
This is something that distresses me, because my phone is f all use for anything. It doesn't even work as a phone any more. I have had to resort to my old Motorola Rzr which has a cracked face. My new motorola rzr has been replaced once, due to its random switching off problem, and then I couldn't be arsed speaking to the O2 people anymore - they weren't be most helpful. So I tolerated the new one telling me I had the wrong battery in??? Going Purple and Yellow and then switching off, until i realised it was preventing me from making calls and taking calls! Stupid Phone. The only thing it was good for was watching Bourne Identity on it - and I think that is way my darling husband recommended it for me!!!!!

When did you last use a paper clip for any purpose other than to clip paper?
I used a paperclip to poke my keyboard last week. I have problems with my keyboards all the time - If I'm not poking keys off with my extra fast fingers, I am trapping things (well, other paperclips and staples if truth be known), in between them, and of course the occassional lump of food. I try now since I had a new keyboard installed to maintain a non-food zone around my lappy, but it doesn't always work. Who can resist a slice of toast and lemon curd if it is going.... yummy

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

We're so wonderfully wonderfully wonderfully pretty

Welcome to Bean and Beau Newest Members of The Cruse Household.

(Sorry Nant, I know You Said No, but Who Could Resist?)

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Lest We Forget

For the first year I remember, the Remembrance Ceremony wasn't held at the Cenotaph, they all went inside! Look how deserted the beach is. In previous years, this is packed.

Okay It was cold, but men died in the war, surely we could take a little cold for 30 minutes?

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Hello baby......

Welcome to the Latest Member of the Cunningham Clan.

This is Abby, a wee wee cocker spaniel puppy, for John. Who misses Katy, now he's got a new wee bundle to love.

Friday, November 07, 2008

The Friday 5

The Friday 5 -- Check The Link and Read Everyone Else.

What usually marks the middle of your day?
Lunch. Oh Yes, Lunch. Today was quite boring, soup and a roll and some peanut m&ms. I fancied something wonderful, but unfortunately, I work in Ar-Dross-An and the selection of Absolutely Wonderful places to eat are few and far between. I could go to Asda, and make something from scratch (not brilliant in a wee kitchen, shared by 13). There is a deli - but they have a major problem with their soup. For Italians, they have NO Idea - is all water with bits floating in it. Now I know you are going to say, "that is what soup is". But No. That is what My Soup is (or so my daughter tells me), Real Soup, has depth, consistency and a taste to define the rest of your day. They don't do that. Just water, with little flavour, and occassionally a piece of rice. The Cafe does soup - but it is out a tin, and don't particularly like tinned soup. I should really get off my arse and make soup honestly shouldn't I?

From whom (or to whom) was your most recent middle-of-the-night phone call?
Boy, I believe called me in the middle of the night to ask me for the number of a taxi company. He was trying to show me he was mature and sensible but probably knew that by phoning me to ask for a taxi, I would reason that since I was awake, I might as well get up and go fetch him myself. I'm glad I did. His mate K was paralytic, and I don't think a taxi driver would have appreciated him in his cab!

On what social, political, economic, or moral issue are you in the middle of the road?
Abortion. I'm right down there in the middle. I understand those women who petition for the rights of the foetus however barmy it may seem. I had a foetus who moved at 13 weeks and I felt it very very clearly (that Foetus is now 17 years old and very much alive, and so to reassure my daughter who nearly fainted when she read this, no I didn't actually have an abortion, I was just trying to make the point, that i believe that at 13 weeks the child growing in you is alive, but that I still understand that some people have to have an abortion), so to remove something from your body which is very obviously alive is going to be contentious. However, I also feel very strongly for those women who find themselves pregnant - poor birth control, mistake, rape, really really bad timing. They should have the choice. Having a baby is not just for Christmas. Most definitely.

How likely are you to give someone your middle finger?
Very Very Likely.

I'm always waving one or two fingers at someone. Mostly when I'm driving, so that they can't catch me.

But Am equally likely to give it to Wee-Devil because she winds me up at such lengths. Gullible, Yes that's me where Wee-Devil is concerned!

When were you last caught in the middle of a disagreement that really had nothing to do with you?

I try to stay out of disagreements - I don't like them and they don't do anything for my blood pressure. I can't remember the last time i was in the middle of one between me and anyone, and if I was, I probably couldn't mention it here, incase either of the parties seen it and realised I was talking about them! tee hee

Thursday, November 06, 2008

While the whole wide world is fast asleep....

Poor Tooli.

Not Well. Starting throwing up about 1.30, and has continued from both ends all night.

We are down to yellow bile, and water now. We are exhausted. And there are many piles of washing.

Sleeping on sofa now. Tool tucked up beside Dad.

Then I electrocuted myself.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

I wanna Talk Like You , Walk LIke You. Obie, Doo

I have been remiss. However, I have due cause.

On Monday, I was preparing for yesterday's trip, and feeling a bit bowfy.

And Yesterday, I had the best trip ever.

Wee-Devil, Kez and Moi, boarded a plane, courtesy of Ryanair at 2p per flight (inclusive of taxes), and flew to Bournemouth. Once at Bournemouth, we got a hired car, and started our Drive to


which we knew to be close by, but not 100% sure exactly where it was. After a few wrong turns, we covered the 25 miles, in a roundabout trip of 50miles. Good Job Wee-Devil is a good driver and didn't make us feel sick at all!

Monkey World is a fantastic place. They provide a home and help for monkeys of all types who have
been trapped in Pet, Circus or experimental labs.

We spent 5 hours there and didn't see it all, nor did we spent as much time with the animals we did see, that we wanted to. I think I could have happil
y spent a week there, getting to know all the animals, and spending time with them all.

They are fantastic beautiful creatures, and i
f you have the time and the money - GO GO GO - Go and visit the beautiful monkeys too.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

High up where the stallion meets the sun

So, this morning Si is away off up another hill. He likes his hills he does. I decided to be pro-active today. ha ha ha - Yeah, i know I try, it sounds good, but I never quite get there.

As I sat pondering what needed done (a) Dishes, (b) ironing (c) my roots (d) the mess in my bedroom, the phone went and the spar told us that R wasn't delivering again this week... did Boy know. No he didn't! I went up and got him and the pair of us went up - he drove, I delivered. It was a perfect combination. when I drive, he dawdles round the houses, I'm sure we got it done twice as fast today.

We got back and I did my roots, desperately needed, and I did bacon rolls for him, and poached eggs for me. I love poached eggs.

Tool finally got up and I made her a roll in Flat Sausage. This is a treat.

After that, we started to get organised to go out. Boy wanted to drive today. I prepped dinner - We weren't sure when Si would be home, but I reckoned small joints would only take 30 minutes to cook - so would just chuck it all on when he called to say he was on way home.

We went away out - first we drove to Ar-dross-an and left carpet for Pete at the Marina. (they use it to protect the boats against the cradles.

Then we drove out of Ardrossan and headed towards Largs, but turned right at Fencebay and headed up the Moor. This was a lovely experience for Boy- see picture on left. Is a single track road, which is about 3 in 1 slope..... but you get to the top and you see this. This isn't the best bit of the view, but it is spectacular eh? Cumbraes in the foreground... Arran to the back - and numerous other peninsula's and island to the right. Is unbelievable that such a gorgeous sight is only 20 miles up the coast. Beautiful.

We headed back, dropped into Sainsbury in Saltcoats (very strange location for such a nice shop), and then headed home, via Irvine, Dreghorn, Bourtreehill and Shewalton.

He is doing so good on his driving, I so hope he passes his theory test.

Tooli has been very quiet today, but is tired. She is upstairs now, bashing away on her clarinet. She is sooo oorganised, we are going to take a wee trip over to Tesco to get tights for in case of emergency.

and Boy, and Si are away to Flicks to see Bond! Boy Bonding. I love it.